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joli6
Joli6  (Level: 65.4 - Posts: 2)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 2:54 PM

BENEFITS OF UPGRADING!

Hello everyone,

I would just like to get an idea of why I should upgrade my account. What are the benefits of the Gold and Platinium levels?

Thanks in advance

geniuswaitress
Geniuswaitress  (Level: 52.1 - Posts: 381)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:00 PM

The answer will vary from player to player. I upgraded when I got interested in quiz authoring (and discovered that I could make skrillions of points), and a gold or platinum membership allows UNLIMITED quiz authoring.

I know that a lot of Word Puzzle addicts upgraded for more Word Puzzles. I'm sure you'll hear varied answers though.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:06 PM


Being able to play both Word Puzzles every day did it for me. Since my upgrade, I've also done a lot more Word Rounds, as I'm now allowed to do about a zillion an hour if I choose to do so. I'm not the most competitive player on Sploofus Island, but it is fun to see my points accumulation climb dramatically.

Susan

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5888)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:10 PM

What they said. Ditto!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 211.2 - Posts: 5888)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:10 PM

AND welcome aboard. Have fun.

swiper
Swiper  (Level: 146.5 - Posts: 874)
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:14 PM

I went platinum so I could practice and improve on Wr's and Wm's. It helped me alot although I am not consistent. And I don't care if "HE" played 25 WR's and was #1 on all 25 of them, good for "HIM!", I keep trying to beat my own score and I have fun doing it!

sploofus
Justin  
Sun, 23rd Sep '07 3:23 PM

Glad you asked!

Please take a second and check out Eesusbejesus' thread here in the Salty Dog entitled "Changes to the BBS Chat". You definitely will want to read that.

ADDITIONALLY:

Here is where the rubber meets the road, and many people do not realize - Sploofus is my hobby, and I've got a full-time job away from here. Sploofus servers and monthly hosting fees are extremely expensive, and I've got to pay the bills (i.e. you get banner ads and hopefully click them, or you pay to play) - to keep the servers running! (I've built a nice network architecture to accommodate substantial growth, and it's expensive)

Some of the v2.0 features are included in this list.

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SPLOOFUS GOLD, Only $14.95 for 6 months!
(a few pennies a day)

* No Banner Ads! (as opposed to flashing banners everywhere)
* Author unlimited trivia quizzes! (rather than max 3/week)
* Access the Wager Token System! (non-paying players can't place wagers after their account is greater than 30 days old)
* Larger Leaderboards! (Up to 500 rather than 100)
* More guesses for each Who/Where the Heck Am I? puzzle! (compared to 5)
* Full chat and message board access! (non-paying players can't use the shout box or the VIP real-time boards in v2.0)
* Unlimited WordPuzzles! (as opposed to 2 per week)
* 10 WordRounds per hour! (opposed to 3)
* Enhanced user profile system! (photo galleries, customizable skins in v2.0)
* Enhanced Trivia Quiz tools and stats! (opposed to new stats for authored quizzes or dynamic graphical charts in v2.0)
* Enhanced player support! (i.e. expedited for paying players)

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SPLOOFUS PLATINUM, Only $49.95 for 6 months!

* Everything GOLD members get PLUS:
* Author unlimited crosswords (Trivia Squares) (as opposed to 5 per week)
* Sploofus player-to-player messaging! (real time chat part of v2 enhanced communications package)
* Create groups (opposed to finding a platinum friend to do it for you)
* Create customized tournaments with graphical leaderboards/stats
* Customizable forums icon
* Multiple Kerblunk quiz formats (layout formats)
* Multiple WordRounds and WordMatches formats! (pick the one that you like best)
* More guesses for each Who/Where the Heck Am I? puzzle! (compared to 10)
* Platinum name highlight and icon
* Unlimited WordRounds per hour!
* Enhanced user profile system! (more photos, customization)
* Enhanced Trivia Quiz tools and stats! (many v2.0 charts and graphs)
* Priority support!

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It's only a few pennies a day.



Justin

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 12:51 AM

Bump up to the top....

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 1:20 AM

Bump again....Justin you should be doing the bumping
Everyone needs to read your Words of Wisdom and
thank you for creating Sploofus for us addicts!!!!

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 1:46 AM

I'm so excited....looks like we're getting CROSSWORDS
as well as all the other FUN puzzles that we don't
see on any other site. LOVE IT....

rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 2:22 AM

Bumpy road tonight

roccotab
Roccotab  (Level: 60.4 - Posts: 185)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 9:36 AM

what? ker-bump

koota
Koota  (Level: 181.9 - Posts: 2104)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 11:10 AM

I upgraded to Gold mostly to get rid of the banner ads. I have ADD, and the flashing ads just made it impossible for me to concentrate. My WordRound scores immediately improved.

I upgraded to Platinum mostly to support Sploofus and help keep it growing. I don't usually play more than 10 rounds of my favorite game "WordRounds", but having the unlimited round option is fun if I'm trying to beat someone who is usually faster than me.

I also liked seeing more than just the top 100 on the Leaderboard. I do enjoy having the top 500.

tibby
Tibby  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 66)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 4:27 PM

I upgraded so I could play word puzzles every day.
I do have a question though,

Under the benefits of upgrading it stated:

* More guesses for each Who/Where the Heck Am I? puzzle! (compared to 5)

What the heck is the who/where heck thing? Am I missing something? It sounds fun.





kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 3936)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 4:32 PM

"Who The Heck Am I" was a feature that was in place on Sploofus for a few brief periods last year. The basic idea is you would see all or part of a person's picture, and have to identify who it was. First person to do so correctly won a prize, a month of free Gold membership for unpaid members, or 100,000 (I think) points for paid ones. At his presentation in May, Justin indicated that WTHAI would be returning with Sploofus 2.0, and from the above post, it would appear that its return is still in the works.

tibby
Tibby  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 66)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 5:16 PM

Thanks! It does sound like fun.

xhoney1
Xhoney1  (Level: 76.0 - Posts: 185)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 5:38 PM

I am all for supporting Sploofus and absolutely love it here. The only question I have is, why, when prior to becoming Gold I had unlimited guesses on Who The Heck Am I and also had access to the Sploofus Chat/Instant Messenger system (which basically only myself, Chopsaw43, Kakman7, Garrybl, Ronckon, Billkozy, and Amber from Australia, used), why now are these things being taken away from the Gold members? It seems to me, unless I'm missing something, that us Gold members now will be paying for less.

chopsaw43
Chopsaw43  (Level: 93.3 - Posts: 39)
Mon, 24th Sep '07 5:58 PM

I agree with Xhoney1, having unlimited guesses is what made Who The Heck Am I fun, having only 10 guesses is ridiculous. I've been waiting months for its return and now it is going to just plain suck. Seems like I've been waiting forever for 2.0, well, you can keep it if I'll be getting less than what I did as a nonpaying member.

sploofus
Justin  
Tue, 25th Sep '07 10:28 AM

This is not to limit Gold Members who will be playing WHO the heck am i.

The format of the game has been enhanced with the addition of the WHERE the heck am i game. And it makes it more fun (and fair) if you have a limited number of guesses because then you can't just sit there and rattle off hundreds of names out of a hat hoping you'll get one that sticks (which is how people were "playing" it before)...

Trust me, you'll have plenty more guesses as a paying member if you don't sit there and type in any name that comes to mind just to win by sheer luck of input volume.

Justin


sploofus
Justin  
Tue, 25th Sep '07 10:29 AM

Note:

I do not often visit these forums. If you REALLY want the issue addressed, it will not do much good to try and hash it out here - file a support ticket and it will enter the official machinery of consideration and possible change.

Thanks!
Justin

Sploofus Editor
(Editor)  
Tue, 25th Sep '07 12:53 PM

Bump!

bigdave
Bigdave  (Level: 186.6 - Posts: 13)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 2:56 PM

I,m in the UK how much does upgrading cot and how can I do it without a credit card?

bigdave
Bigdave  (Level: 186.6 - Posts: 13)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 2:57 PM

cot should read cost typo error.

spicyhedgehog
Spicyhedgehog  (Level: 96.2 - Posts: 69)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 2:59 PM

Hi im in the uk, and you can pay through a paypal account if you have one? (I do because I am addicted to ebay and shopping!)
As for how much it depends on the exchange rate at the time if i remember correctly.
I recommend upgrading to any one.

R x

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:02 PM

To check out upgrading, go to YOUR SPLOOFUS SPACE- Then down to UPGRADE ACOUNT>

kaufman
Kaufman  (Level: 257.2 - Posts: 3936)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 3:41 PM

The way the dollar's crashing, you'll probably get paid to upgrade.

missgeorge
Missgeorge  (Level: 63.0 - Posts: 388)
Tue, 25th Sep '07 4:15 PM

I upgraded to gold about two weeks after I started because I could not stand the ads. I later update to platinum to help the site. I later renewed platinum for a year for the convenience.

bigdave
Bigdave  (Level: 186.6 - Posts: 13)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:08 AM

Thanks for advice I will look into the suggestions and get back if any problems.

smaug
Smaug  (Level: 141.2 - Posts: 2772)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 3:16 AM


1. Whiter teeth.

2. Fresher breath.

3. Minty flavor.



rowlanda
Rowlanda  (Level: 70.0 - Posts: 2856)
Thu, 27th Sep '07 4:14 AM

Not a Smoker then????

*Before anyone decides to write me
FAN MAIL....I'm a Smoker*


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