Hello. Tonight, I’m going to talk about ‘The CAVECON and C.O. meters’. Near the end of MOUL(2007), a chart called the ‘C.O. meter’ was devised by RAWA to let people know how likely cancellation would be. This meter [seen here: http://web.archive.org/web/20111203160514/http://www.drcsite.org/images/drcco.jpg], has 5 levels with ‘severe’ at the top and ‘low’ at the bottom. It was called the ‘Cautious Optimism Advisory System’ (or C.O meter for short). The idea of ‘Cautious Optimism’ was that there was a chance of Cyan receiving the funding they needed (optimism). This may not happen so people shouldn’t get too excited.(caution).
So now on to the CAVECON meter. The CAVECON readouts can be found here:http://mystonline.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=25172. Now, if you haven’t heard, this game is paid for by fan donations. Cyan refuses to give actual monetary figures. Instead, they invented a 5-level system to measure how well donations are covering expenses on a month-by-month basis. This 5-level system is the CAVECON. Level 5 is the best and level 1 is the worst.
So, to elaborate, CAVECON 3 means expenses are equal to donations; 2 means they are below expenses and 4 means they are above. When donations are at 4, they are cached for slower times. When at level 2, the cache is used to pay for expenses.
Levels 5 and 1 are extreme: 1 means that the cache is empty and the cavern is in danger of closure. 5 means Cyan is ready to add content to the game. We’ve never reached 5 and we can’t reach 5 if Cyan is not willing to add new content. Right now, they’re working on their new game, Obduction, so it’s unlikely we will reach CAVECON 5 even if there is enough funding to do so.
To add clarity, a second digit (after a decimal point) was added. This represents how close donations are to reaching the goal (which for each month is CAVECON 3). So .3 means 30% funded to the 3.0 goal, 0.1 means 10%, etc. When CAVECON 4 is reached, the decimal represents how much extra money is in the cache. In this case, .3 means funding is 130% and .1 means funding is 110%.
So, hopefully, you now have an understanding of the CAVECON. The current ratings can be found here: URL If not, I will try to answer any questions you might have. I will put up a Q&A section at https://heritagenight.wordpress.com/. But first, if you would like to donate to MOULa, you do so at: http://mystonline.com/en/donate/
Q: How much should we donate?
A: You should donate what you can.
Q: Why won’t Cyan give actual dollar/cents figures?
A: They don’t want people to feel obligated to donate.
Q: Does all of my donation goes towards MOULa?
A: It does. They have a separate bank account specifically for MOULa.
Q: Do large yearly sums work better than monthly?
A: I believe monthly is preferred since Cyan is billed for the server monthly. So a big yearly sum only helps them out for a few months.
Q: What if I can’t donate?
A: Then the game is still free for you. Maybe you can find something else useful to do around cavern.
Q: Are donations tax-deductible?
A: No, sorry they are not.
Q: How can I donate and where do I do so?
A: Info and donations can be found here: http://mystonline.com/en/donate/