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Premium Accounts, chat room, and Online Store now available


Jason Denzel

By popular demand, we've re-opened our online store!

 

Dragonmount's online store primarily contains WoT jewelry items for both men and women. Items such as Aes Sedai rings, Foxhead medallions, and even coursouvas, are available in a variety of forms. These items are crafted by Badali Jewelry, and are available at the lowest prices anywhere right here on DM.

 

To celebrate the launch of our jewelry store, we'll be giving an extra discount for everyone for the next 10 days. Use the coupon code heartstone to gain an additional 10% off all jewelry items. It expires after April 19th.

 

The other significant item in our store is the return of the Dragonmount Premium Accounts! By purchasing one of these annual subscriptions, you will gain access to the exclusive chat room on DM, as well as gained increased account space for both your Personal Messages (PM's) and online gallery. You'll also get an additional 5% discount on all other store items. If you are a frequent contributor to the social scene here at DM, then this is a must-have. Also, we have a lot of cool plans for the premium account holders coming down the line. New features will be added soon.

 

In celebration of these premium accounts, we're offering a full 40% discount on them for the next few months. Enter the coupon code thechosen to receive this discount. It expires after August 1st.

 

Why we are offering Premium Accounts

Some people have questioned why we are offering this. (Fair question!) The reason is that we are regularly asked by people how they can support Dragonmount. Instead of just accepting donations, we felt that we wanted to give something back in return for your kindness. While anybody can buy one of these, they are primarily aimed at the thousands of fans who spend a considerable amount of time on our forums.

 

To visit our online store, click the link in our main menu above, or" rel="external nofollow">http://www.dragonmount.com/forums/store/">or just click here.

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Hi Jason. Just to let you know, there appears to be a slight typo in the description of the premium account item. Under the 'In Addition' section it says '..given the change to..' and I'm guessing you were shooting for '..given the chance to..'

 

Nice additions though! Great to see the shop up and running again :-)

 

- J

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i want to sign up but i'm slightly concerned about the security (that's about me, not you, sorry). if you continue to checkout do you go to https? does that actually do anything, or am i being an idiot?

 

and, will this account also help support the podcasts, or will there be a specifically podcast related fund?

 

thanks

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Cindy: all payments are processed through PayPal, so yes, it is as secure as possible. Our servers never handle the transaction itself. Only PayPal.

 

And yes, the online store will help support all parts of the DM community, certainly the podcast.

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thanks Jason.

 

so paypal and no amazon or anything else?

 

hmmm. . . i'll try :unsure:

 

paypal has confused me in the past. i'll seek assistance.

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What's special about the Premium Account forum? What is discussed in there that can't be brought up in the rest of the forums? Just a reference to a premium forum without any description of it tells us nothing about what we are getting for our money.

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Gotta say I'm not thrilled with this, I think things like this, Ta'veren tees etc. are basically ways to milk the cow before it dies (i.e. AMOL). Mugglenet did the same thing in the run up to Deathly Hallows, they began trying to market a ton of HP merchandise because they know (rightly) their site would lose a lot of views as soon as a the series is complete. WOT is fun and a good read, but I'm a little concerned that the merchandising and the "premium memberships" (seriously, 40 dollars to post more on an online forum that has "cool stuff"? C'mon. If you're posting so much, so often you need the extra space you need to discover dating) are a step toward a Star Wars merchandising series.

 

Heck, if TOR authorizes an author to do outriggers, another to do prequels, and then we begin a series set in the age of legends ...

 

I admit that all of the fantasy/Sci fi giants have done this, so I guess RJ's estate might was well make some money, too. But somehow it just bothers me a little when artistic/literary stuff turns into cash grabs.

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if you've signed up for a premium account, and it's working, could you post here and let us know about it?

 

thanks.

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Hi seasnake,

 

I appreciate the feedback. I've updated both this news article and the Premium Account listing to more accurately describe why we are doing this. Dragonmount has always been, and always will be, a labor of love. We are not running this site with the goal of making money. In fact, I've turned down certain opportunities because I felt they sought to take advantage our visitors. But that said... we have a big site. And it costs time and money to keep it running. While the core staff (myself, Jenn, and others) volunteer our time, we regularly have to hire contractors to provide certain services. It's for that reason that we run banner ads, and offer products for sale. But please notice that those banner ads are not as obnoxious as we can make them. :) And the items we sell are all WoT related, and offered at a very reasonable price (the jewelry items are cheaper here than anywhere else) .

 

You were right about one thing: the price of the premium accounts was too high when we launched it. So we've lowered it by 50%. The new cost is $20 for the 1st year. And with the coupon (now extended until August), you can get it for $12. That's a great way IMO to support a website you care about and get access to some nice features in the process. Not to mention it can pay for itself by giving you a bigger discount in the store!

 

One last thought: AMOL is not the end of WoT. Yes, it might be the end of the series, but it's not the end of the franchise. There will always be new readers. New conventions. Movies. Games. There are no beginnings to the turning of the Wheel.... or to DM. :)

 

Thanks for your feedback and support

Jason Denzel

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I appreciate your comments back. And to be fair, "Everything is worth what it's purchaser is willing to pay for it." So if people want WOT T-shirts, rings, etc. than that's on them to pay what they think is a fair price.

 

I do think that once AMOL comes out, however, it won't be the end of Wheel of Time per se but you WILL see a huge slowdown, just as I'm sure you saw a spike when TGS was announced. It's only human nature.

 

I guess I just hope that WoT does NOT become Star Wars, I see the Star Wars shelf at borders and my skin crawls a little.

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I'd still like to know what sets the premium forum apart from the rest of the forum. What is different about the goings-on in the premium section that it is for paying members?

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There's nothing unique about it yet. It's primarily a place where you can socialize with each other. But as we add new features and let premium members have first crack at them, it'll be where we solicit feedback.

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Just wanted to throw my two cents in.

 

Ordered my GF a great serpent ring as a gift....

 

Probably the coolest thing I've ever purchased, it looks great! She doesn't like to read very much and doesn't know much about WOT but she absolutely loved the gift and now wears it constantly. Thanks guys.

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Just wanted to make a suggestion of selling WoT chess sets. I can't find any WOT anywhere though I'm sure people would totally buy them. Is there any chance that DM can somehow arrange custom sets sale?

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that's a great idea - i'd also suggest WOT risk, and clue, and trivial pursuit. and monopoly. these games are routinely adapted from movies, so i think it'd be doable.

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