Save the Forest!

Michaël Samyn's picture


Mudam is ending its support for The Endless Forest, after having hosted the game server for 7 years.

The Musée d'Art moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg commissioned us to make a work of art for their online gallery in 2003. In response, we created the original prototype for The Endless Forest. In 2005 we were ready to launch the first iteration of the game and Mudam agreed to pay for the server required for allowing all players to interact with each other. Thanks to their support, The Endless Forest has been available for free until today.

Now, however, the museum has changed its policies and is no longer willing to sustain the cost.

Even though we haven't been updating The Endless Forest as much as we may have wanted to, and even though we can't promise any changes in the foreseeable future, we do want to continue to maintain the game in its current state and offer it to the public as a place of peace and harmony, free of charge. To do that, we will need to find a way to pay for the server.

The monthly cost of hosting the server is 165 Euros. This is not a lot of money. And we already have a voluntary subscription system in place. All we need is a few more people who are willing to commit to sending us a few Euros every month. And then we can continue as before.

Click "Read more" to see how you can help!

This is not just a question of finances. It is also a matter of principle. We believe that an artist and their audience can have a symbiotic relationship that does not require any interference from the outside. So in a way, we are taking this opportunity to prove a point. Please help us do so.

Select a subscription amount below to make an automatic monthly donation via Paypal.
(You can end the subscription any time that you wish.)

10 Euro/month: Subscribe
5 Euro/month: Subscribe
3 Euro/month: Subscribe
1 Euro/month: Subscribe
cicadia's picture

Hm. I'll see if I can give a

Hm. I'll see if I can give a bit each month.
Flyleaf's picture

I will see what i can afford

I will see what i can afford ...i don't want this beautiful game to die !!
Ok ....subscribed for 5 per month .
I hope this will help to keep this place beautiful and alive Smiling .
Avatar @ Sluggs Siggy @ Amazegenalo
Candle By Meadow
Butterbrot's picture

urgh, have to create a paypal

urgh, have to create a paypal account first Laughing out loud
but will defiantly joining this.

Pretzil's picture

Oh no.... :c If only I was

Oh no.... :c
If only I was older and had a job, I'd definitely donate. Im only 16 ><
Apeldille's picture

5 euros a month for something

5 euros a month for something I enjoy very much and spend much time on? Yes please. Happy to be able to help, and I really hope many others will do it too.

Tulloh's picture

This place is amazing. Other

This place is amazing. Other people in the future whom will come to the forest should be able to experience this, too.


Will work something out.
Kaoori's picture

I"m going to see what I can

I"m going to see what I can do.
GlobalBeauty's picture

I'll see what I can do as

I'll see what I can do as well.
Siggies by Carry & Amazengalo
Mis's picture

Subscribed! I have in the

Subscribed! I have in the past, I am sure I can keep this up again Smiling
DEERTH's picture

If I only could help. I can't

If I only could help. I can't send money or anything to help, because I'm too young...

But my support somehow will remain! I don't ever want this game to be shut down... it's one of my favourite games, plus very inspiring!
Call me Deery. Smiling
Dragon Scroll.
Avvie by me, siggy by Saosin

quadraptor's picture

I've subscribed as well, and

I've subscribed as well, and am more than happy to help

Avy by SnowSauria; Siggy by Butterbrot
ickydog's picture

I'll see what I can do!! At

I'll see what I can do!! At least a couple a month for sure!
Kobal Snuff
Keepiru's picture

done

done <3

© mangorobot

RikkaChan's picture

I'm going to pitch in as

I'm going to pitch in as well, but the problem is, is that I can't do it right now. :/
BluedeerLegend18's picture

. Okay, that sounded like

.

Okay, that sounded like crap.

I really want to help... but I can't. Sorry, I'm too young to have a job.
I have a Master's degree in Wumbology.
Sluggs's picture

Ysmir's Beard! HUGE thanks

Ysmir's Beard! Shocked

HUGE thanks to everyone who can help keep TEF alive! *nuzzles*
Michaël Samyn's picture

Thank you all! We're at 49

Thank you all! We're at 49 Euros now. Please keep spreading the word!

Oh, I also can't help because

Oh, I also can't help because of the young age.
I love TEF!
Unplugged's picture

I'll see if I can set up a

I'll see if I can set up a paypal at some point. I've been intending to for a while anyway.

Art by SpringBird
Zarinthya's picture

Im afraid I simple have no

Im afraid I simple have no way to dirctly help...for one I have no form of work so I have nothing to give but what I /can/ do is help spread the news! I can help get the word out more and see if I can't get some more people on bored. I hope the best for our little commuinity....
I am the black dove humming to the sweet tune of night.
Sighthoundlady's picture

I should have been doing this

I should have been doing this a long time ago. I’m here hogging the server all the time. I can give up a couple latte’s a month to keep the game I love alive. I hope TEF stays around for many years to come!
Pepsi~'s picture

God I wish I was older ;.; I

God I wish I was older ;.; I would definetly help then!
Nevertheless, a bump for this.
Xemi's picture

Gonna see what I can do if

Gonna see what I can do if paypal will work for me.
I don't have a steady job, but I do have enough in my savings to offer a few dollars each month.. for a while at least.

Well..I wish I could be

Well..I wish I could be older,Im only 15 years old.. Im sad,really,and I thank you so much older deers,for your donates :') I could not be without this game..I feel ashamed that I can't contribute as others, I'm sorry.. It's our second world! So ,thank you very,very much! <3 <3 ***

animals!8D's picture

I love TEF! Since I've been

I love TEF! Since I've been here two months, I love. More people need to see it and try for the first time, I can not do anything because of my young age, but I would like to help ... Please do not close! <3
One look says it all ...
&#039;snow's picture

I'll have to see what I can

I'll have to see what I can do. D:
WonderfullySarcastic's picture

Ugh. There's no excuse for me

Ugh. There's no excuse for me not being able to pitch in after being here for so many years ;; I just don't have the money right now, but a track at the very least so I can remember when I hopefully get a job soon ><

Signature by Pega
LittleNo's picture

I would if I could. It's so

I would if I could. It's so nice to see members from the community already subscribing though, thankyou so much to all of you.
<333333
Flyleaf's picture

Bumpity ....for the Forest !!

Bumpity ....for the Forest !!
Avatar @ Sluggs Siggy @ Amazegenalo
Candle By Meadow

- signed up. hope it helps.

-

signed up. hope it helps.
Hraeth's picture

I'll work something out.

I'll work something out.
parrotsnpineapple's picture

Even though it means a little

Even though it means a little more for me because of the whole currency nonsense, I will subscribe. Good luck and I hope it all works out for everyone!
OkamiLugia's picture

Subscribed &hearts;

Subscribed ♥

If only I could help. I'm too

If only I could help. I'm too young, I love the TEF

-

-
Corell's picture

I wish I could help, but

I wish I could help, but sadly I'm only 15 years old, so I don't think I can do so much about the situation. :/ I hope that it will still work out, love you guys alot. ♥
Adriian
Skitties's picture

I wish I could help right

I wish I could help right now. Tracking for when hopefully I can get a steady income.

Signature by Roo ♥

Going to try to save € 5

Going to try to save € 5 every week. Need to talk about this with my parents though.
insolentbloke's picture

Subscribed for 3 euros ($4) a

Subscribed for 3 euros ($4) a month. I wish I could afford more! This game is like a dream, one I only found three days ago. I'm not ready for it to end!
LittleNo's picture

Quote:I wish I could help,

Quote:
I wish I could help, but sadly I'm only 15 years old, so I don't think I can do so much about the situation. :/ I hope that it will still work out, love you guys alot. ?


Same situation. ;.;
Terabetha's picture

I hope that once I have an

I hope that once I have an income I can help! :c
eyestrain's picture

I'm unemployed and still

I'm unemployed and still trying to get through school. But I will increase the percentage I donate to the forest from each forest-related commission I take (from 10% to 30%). I don't play much anymore but with all the violent and heavy handed games in the world, a subtle, quiet one like this is very important.

I don't strive to be the best, but instead I strive to do my best, and always give it my all every time.
-faunet
Wendingo's picture

I'll send in a quarter of my

I'll send in a quarter of my next paycheck, perhaps. Shocked
||arkadi|| ||kelpie||
avatar art by warui~
iFlatsoda's picture

Oh Pfft. Why'd it have to be

Oh Pfft. Why'd it have to be Paypal? Anyways, I'd would absolutely donate to keep the server alive, but I can't because right now I have insufficient funds and a very poor job. :C
I'll see if I can get some Euros donated from my cousin who lives in Europe.

L O L S P I D E R S

Oh kch..double post.

Oh kch..double post.

I am only 14; and therefore I

I am only 14; and therefore I cannot support..but it makes me feel so very sick.
And even though my parents do not like paypal, I will honestly see what I can do.

You guys who are supporting..thank you all so much. <3
jnts732's picture

OMG!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I

OMG!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I wish I could help i just can't afford it right now! O_______O
.
.
.
Transferring everything over to the account Arborath!!!
.
.
.

I've just subscribed. For

I've just subscribed. For now, I'll be using the 3 Euros plan. Hopefully down the road I can "upgrade."
mismatched's picture

As soon as I have a steady

As soon as I have a steady income, and as soon as my family is up-to-date on payments and debt, I will be helping with this! I love TEF. . .

This is where I've made some of my most valuable friendships. This is where I come when I want to escape my life, and disappear into a fantastical and meditative state of mind, where no outside influence can disturb me in my imaginings. This is the secret place that people like me are unable to access in the real world; when you live in a city, or in a busy area, you need to have a place just for you, where you can be alone. If you cannot get that in a forest near your house, then you must rely on other sources.
I never want to let The Endless Forest go away, or have to start charging for a subscription. I promise a donation as soon as possible.

Much love to all who are working on this, as well as the wonderful hearts who are donating <3
silentlikethat's picture

Is there a way to donate more


Is there a way to donate more than 10 euros? Or would we need to set that up ourselves through paypal?