(. . .) hopefully it will inspire people to subscribe as well. I know there have been threads comparing the subscription costs to just the cost of storage but there is much more to supporting Roll20 than that.
Thank you for your appreciation. I've seen the complaint about the subscription costs, claiming that "storage is cheap and hence, Roll20 subscriptions are expensive". I think that such complaints are completely missing the point.
The developers are working full time jobs AND working on Roll20, that makes the level and speed of development even more impressive.
Currently there is a noticeable difference in comparison with the rate of development of other software platforms, which ranges from extremely slow to simply halted, leading to the frustration of the users.
Committing to being a monthly supporter of Roll20 really puts it out there that this is a useful, valuable tool for you and your friends and you want to make sure it sticks around and keeps improving over the long haul.
I can see reasons for people wanting options for "paying once", though, but I would be not sure of how to handle such requests, because what is needed is continued support. Maybe there could be a limited number of special "pay once" offers during Christmas or other special dates, but I'm not seeking to discuss this idea here, in this thread.
My experience is that, for some odd reason, likely a prejudice, too many people seem to think that online role playing software *must* be completely free, like if these apps came out of the blue, and then they react negatively to any VTT that requires purchase or payment of any kind. I think that such attitude has handicapped and impoverished the success and development of many non-free virtual tabletops so far. To my mind, it's pretty clear that "financially supported" VTTs have much more to offer than the others.
This said, I'm not forgetting that Roll20 works really great with just a free account, and that is, also, one of its strengths. A very important one.
The Roll20 Team seems aware of the crucial facts surrounding the world of virtual tabletops, and it has been addressing things very well so far.