current HSR pricing plan for SNG is based upon a form of 'club' membership.
SNG is a free privilege for HSR Club members. Some of the benefits of this
total cost to the customer is significantly less than the traditional
currently available SNG features are included in the initial version. Rather
than withholding features and scenarios for the typical 'module' follow-ups.
none of the previous naval game developers have survived the traditional
marketing system. With your HSR Club membership, you can finally sustain
a long-term development effort.
new version and update of SNG will also be free to club members. There
may be a small distribution charge by our vendor for new releases.
membership fee is set by these factors:
content compared to other similar games.
costs and other general business costs.
to keep the programmers living above the poverty level.
in future SNG enhancements.
for some compensation to contributing members.
hope you can appreciate all the benefits of this revolutionary pricing policy
for SNG. There is only a one-time HSR Club membership application fee of
$104. Plus, HSR will consider
each individual financial hardship case.
of the HSR Club Plan:
As with any pioneering effort, it is impossible to foresee all the advantages
that usually follow. Some of the benefits of this method are:
Savings for the Customer:
The total cost to the customer is significantly less than the traditional
versions of SNG will be available to HSR Club members in good standing for free. There might
be a fee for subsequent versions set only to recover distribution costs.
There will be no annual membership fees.
this contribution system, after 2 versions members will be even compared
to traditional marketing methods. After 3 versions members will be way
the HSR Club membership fee to the total cost of computer games or boardgames
needed to cover all the subjects and periods that SNG covers.
the HSR Club membership fee to the cost of just a squadron of naval miniatures.
These could cost $100 to $250. Such a squadron by itself does nothing
other than look good. SNG provides the realistic performance of thousands
of such miniatures. Miniatures might be able to play a few minutes of
real time in an hour of player's time. SNG can manage the entire 10 hours
of the Battle of Jutland in 1 hour of the player's time.
Club members will be able to play on the Internet for free. This results
in much lower total costs than typical on-line game services.
sliding scale membership fee for disadvantaged countries with low standards
of living and for dedicated naval enthusiasts with limited means. No demonstrated
naval enthusiast will be denied membership solely based upon financial
hardship. Special arrangements can be made for prospective HSR Club members
who are not financially able to make the membership fee payment in one
lump sum. HSR will consider all payment plan proposals.
The Initial Version is Much Better:
All currently available game features and scenarios are included in the
initial version. Rather than the common practice of withholding features
and scenarios for the typical 'module' follow-ups.
Members Become Development Supporters:
Committed members become strong supporters.
of HSR Club member's commitment to the developer, it will be much more
likely that their feedback and suggestions will be included in the next
the HSR Club membership fee and getting SNG for free is just the beginning
of service that members will be getting from the developer. HSR Club members
will all benefit by the success of the SNG Project.
Club Internet play will be better with more HSR Club members. This provides
a big incentive for members to promote the game at discussion boards.
Getting others to become HSR Club members means that resources will be available
to have more features included in the new versions.
gameplay teammates and opponents will be of a much higher quality due
to their demonstrated commitment to the SNG game and their good standing
in the HSR Club. Every SNG player will be an HSR Club member. They will
be spending more time refining their skills.
will be an annual distribution to those HSR Club members who have made
a significant contribution to the development of SNG. Typically these contributions
will be historical research, art, scenario design, and SNG promotion.
will be awarded for referrals of new members.
The Current System Has Failed:
Few (actually nearly none) naval game developers have survived the traditional
an HSR Club membership, naval enthusiasts can finally sustain a long-term
development effort. 100% of the HSR Club membership fee will go directly
to compensating the developers and their contributors.
Club members will be keeping the programmers living above the poverty
level. There are no 'art patrons' in the historical game world; supporting
naval enthusiasts are the only hope for historical naval game developers.
other game developers are considering new revenue models. Foe example,
'Silent Hunter II' enthusiasts are encouraging each player to buy 3 copies
so that the game will be kept alive. This is an artificial expression
of the problem which the HSR Club membership system deals with honestly
An Investment in Future Versions:
HSR Club members will be investing in future enhancements. After the years
it takes to create the initial version, the SNG developers are now broke.
They need the financial support of naval enthusiasts to complete the next
set of new features. That is where the HSR Club membership money will be
Improve the Historical Game Industry:
The voices of the HSR Club members in supporting the success of this 'club'
membership system will send a strong message to game publishers and potential
game developers that there is a future for historical games. This success
will also help the developers hire the programmers and artists needed to
make these games even better.
In order to remain a member in good standing of the HSR Club, each member
must abide by the principles of the club:
Club members will not make illegal copies of SNG nor reveal their HSR Key
to anyone else ( even other HSR Club members). And, each member must be
able to support the SNG copy protection requirements as specified in the
SNG License agreement.
HSR Club member must also accept the obligation to report security violations
conduct of all HSR Club members must meet the demands of the HSR 'Foundation
Tenet'. The foundation tenet of the HSR Club is:
1. Each club member is able to enjoy every aspect of playing SNG. This
means that each member must do their utmost to help make SNG game play
pleasant for all the other members.
HSR will issue warnings about membership violations. Continued
violations of HSR Club membership requirements will result in suspension
of club privileges. In these cases the HSR Club membership fee cannot
be refunded. Each HSR Club member will be able to appeal any such
decision about their current standing.
Please understand that the only purpose of these requirements is to allow
SNG development to continue and for all members to be able to continue
enjoying playing these improvements. Each club member who supports the
SNG Project is entitled to benefit fully from their investment in the HSR
Club. We don't want disruptive members to ruin this.
current version of SNG will be made available to new HSR Club members at
no additional charge.
subsequent releases of SNG improvements and new versions are included as
a privilege to HSR Club members. There may be a nominal charge for downloading
new SNG versions to cover the distribution costs of our vendor. This could
be free or in the $9 range.
HSR Club member will be able to vote on key SNG development issues. And,
of course, each HSR Club member will be able to submit their positions
on how they think the direction of the SNG Project should go.
Club members who make significant contributions to the SNG Project or refer
new club members will be granted financial awards. These awards will be
based upon the financial resources of the HSR Club and value of the member's