Leaderboard: Would you donate for a City of Heroes rogue server?


Last night’s public announcement that the City of Heroes Homecoming team was changing its stance on donations and felt “comfortable” accepting them now after previously warning that public donation drives might jeopardize the overall rogue server effort was big news – surpassed only by the fact that its donation target of more than $6000 was met in less than 20 minutes by a community clearly hungry for these servers and more than willing to pay for them, even if NCsoft remains mum on the subject.

Naturally, we wonder where our community stands on donating to these servers. I don’t feel comfortable telling folks to chip in without having NCsoft’s position on the record, and I wouldn’t do it myself either. But clearly a whole lotta people don’t care about those proprieties.

Let’s take it to a Leaderboard poll, shall we? Would you donate for a City of Heroes rogue server, and under what circumstances? You get multiple votes since some of these options aren’t mutually exclusive!

Leaderboard: Would you donate for a City of Heroes rogue server?

  • Yes - in fact I already donated to one of them. (5%, 45 Votes)
  • Yes - I plan to donate but haven't done so yet. (31%, 263 Votes)
  • Maybe - I haven't decided which group I will donate to. (4%, 34 Votes)
  • Maybe - I'm waiting to see what NCsoft does. (27%, 230 Votes)
  • Maybe - I'm waiting to see what other community options open up. (4%, 37 Votes)
  • Maybe - I want to make sure donations don't become pay-to-win. (7%, 63 Votes)
  • Maybe - I want to make sure donations do benefit me in some way. (2%, 18 Votes)
  • No - I will play but won't give any money to player groups. (3%, 29 Votes)
  • No - I don't play CoH so I wouldn't donate anyway. (3%, 26 Votes)
  • I have donated to non-CoH player servers in the past. (2%, 17 Votes)
  • I would consider donating to non-CoH player servers in the future. (3%, 27 Votes)
  • I would never donate to any player-run servers under any circumstances. (3%, 22 Votes)
  • Something else (tell us in the comments!) (1%, 7 Votes)
  • No reply / view tally / catgirl butts (4%, 35 Votes)

Total Voters: 680

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I would have but I missed the opportunity because I picked that moment in time to do the laundry and returned to my desk to find out 22 minutes had passed. Stuff happened. Oh well, I’ll wait until the next drive.


Being that I don’t play it for free, I wouldn’t donate, no :P

I’m waiting to try out one of the multiple “spiritual successor” games coming out instead.

All gaming time is temporary basically. We’re playing for a short while and stop, so it’s not that I’m worried about a server going away.

I’m not that big into player run servers however where basically there are no protections and anything can happen on the whim of the person or people running them. They’re just usually not run very professionally that I’ve seen, and when you think they are, they’re often just really good at hiding certain things like cheating for themselves and friends.

I would play to try out a game I missed out on, though I’d much rather see some kind of actual company be running a game if I was going to spend money on it, I just don’t trust player servers that much. If I had to spend money to try it out I would, and I’d like to take in the history of games I missed, but I don’t plan on playing long term or donating any kind of big money to them.

I guess if I was super passionate enough about a game and had a tiny bit of confidence in those running the server, maybe I would, maybe. But that doesn’t go for City of Heroes for me.

I’m looking forward to the new games coming out that are based on it and will see how they go.


I would donate for a City of Heroes private server I trusted. The current group hosting the server have been fairly shady in their dealings with the community.
I don’t trust them.

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Peregrine Falcon

There should have been a “I would have but donations were closed before I got home from work” category.

That’s where I’m at. I don’t care if NCSoft likes it or not. They lost the chance to keep taking my money when they closed their servers.


Its a big maybe for me. I’m aware of the legalities of the servers, but at the same time, I am enjoying this game a lot more than anything that’s around at the current time. NCSoft certainly had the opportunity to receive money from me, even when it switched F2P.

So maybe in the future, and certainly not a whole lot. Probably in another month, if the servers look like they’re there to stay.


I’ll donate if the chance comes up again. I’m enjoying the hell out of the game all over again, so it only seems right.

I don’t have any illusions that these servers will be permanent, but while they’re there I’m going to play the holy hell out of it. Gotta get it while you can, right?

Given how many people are playing right now or waiting to see what happens before joining in, and given how quickly that money was raised for the servers, I wonder if there’s someone out there with a bit of money and business sense who’s looking at buying the IP off NCsoft? There’s clearly a demand here even if the supply has had to be a bit sketchy.

It’s not like the IP has any inherent value to NCsoft given that they are doing nothing with it.


I am running my own server for my friends and I. No need to “donate” or get caught up in the disputes.

Bryan Correll

I will gladly pay to play on a server that gets official sanction from NCSoft. But not on any of the ‘rogue’ ones (I’m not playing on them either.)


Yes, I did for WoW Ascension because I played a great deal and it’s not cheap to run an actually-successful server. Same justification for COH here.

In WoW Ascension however, I stopped paying (and, so as not to be a hypocrite, stopped playing*) as soon as Blizz seriously said they’re working on Classic. If they give me a legit way to play the game I want to play, I’ll pay the legal IP holders, every time.
*tbh, I didn’t want to burn out on vanilla either.

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Same for me. All Blizzard had to do to get my money was to announce Classic.

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agemyth 😩

I don’t think I’ve played on any unofficial servers that weren’t at some point mired in controversy over misappropriation of donation funds or shadier things. None of these volunteer run projects seem to be able to avoid the drama that money inevitably brings. Most of the time the drama doesn’t lead to anything good or bad happening in public. Sometimes we get to learn that someone whose job on the “volunteer” project involved fighting RMT problems then turns out to have been making some money doing it themselves.

I think if you are taking on the responsibility of being a server admin for a game server of dubious legality you should be prepared to lose money on it and understand that choosing to accept donations, however necessary it may be, is inherently shady.

People will throw their money at anything on Patreon/Kickstarter or anyone with a PayPal/Venmo though (no shade at MOP of course XD).