"god kit is what people who have too much disposable income buy" - Quizlibet
The donation system allows players to "purchase" in-game materials and kit levels in exchange for real-world money.
Player donations support the server and help to offset the costs of running the high-end hardware required to make Minecraft run smoothly.
Donor kit levels
Donor kits are available in multiple levels, on a linear progression. Each donor level is marked by a name prefix of gold stars in chat.
- * Wood
- ** Stone
- *** Iron
- **** Gold
- ***** Diamond
- ***** Obsidian
- ***** Nether
- ***** Aether
- ***** Demigod
- *GOD* God
Each kit level allows the donor to obtain a kit of tools or armour of the specified material once every two hours.
Each kit level also comes with special donor commands.
There is also a rumour of a god kit, which only becomes available as an option to Diamond donors.
For full details of kit options available to you and pricing, visit http://minecraftonline.com/donate.html
One-off purchases of materials are also available from the donation system. Both rare and common materials are available to purchase in bulk amounts, to save gameplay time without violating the survival principle.
- LWC chest limits increase with donation levels.
- Wood donors may lock three chests.
- Stone donors may lock four chests.
- Iron donors may lock five chests.
- Gold donors may lock six chests.
- Diamond donors may lock seven chests.
- Obsidian donors may lock eight chests.
- Nether donors may lock nine chests.
- Aether donors may lock ten chests.
- Demigod donors may lock fifteen chests.
- God donors may lock up to thirty chests (but they don't really need chests anyway).
A voluntary donation system was chosen as a method to fund the server, over a subscription or purchase system. The current service uses donations specifically, with rewards for donating. A subscription or purchase mechanism could result in a banned person potentially legally claiming the service wasn't fulfilling it's level agreement. A similar issue could arrise when software is updated due to new releases from notch, with problems during the inital new code release causing service downtime. If the kits and items were offered as purchases, there would also be tax issues which don't arise with charitable donations.
Instead, the player is offered a chance to voluntarily donate one of multiple specified amounts, and a free in-game gift is offered by way of thanks.
What bit of hardware will my donation go towards?
This is not a question that can be answered simply; while the cost might be imagined purely in hardware terms, in fact the majority of costs are recurring.
Detailed accounting is kept but while the outgoings are continuous, they are not constant - for instance the colocation of the server, advertising in various locations, and other more spurious costs vary from month to month.
Hence it's not normally possible to state that the next X amount of funds will go towards more RAM, for instance, because a rolling buffer of credit for server rent, advertising etc must be maintained on top of savings for specific improvements.
As of 20 May 2013, MinecraftOnline accepts donations by Bitcoin to the equivalent value of their GBP prices, as an alternative to Paypal. Bitcoin donation buttons appear alongside Paypal buttons for the kit upgrades. Every user gets an account allocated to them, and it's possible to pay by instalments across multiple transactions, potentially taking advantage of Bitcoin's volatile growth rate and avoiding unnecessary exchange fees. The Bitcoin exchange rate is polled from online real currency exchanges in realtime.
- Due to the success of this style of donation system, MinecraftOnline has inspired several Clone Servers throughout its history, equipped with identically laid out donation kits.