Fists of Heavenis creating a Homeworld Fan Site
About Fists of Heaven
Fists of Heaven
A Homeworld fan site and more
As far as we know, we're the only active fan site for the Homeworld games! We bring you industry exclusives on Homeworld (such as this piece we got straight from the source, Gearbox HQ!), exclusive interviews (with notables like Brennan Massicotte, Paul Ruskay, and Hayley Sales), and monthly fan art and fan fiction (our current story arcs are The Encounter and I am Khaaneph!).
We're also big fans of sci-fi fi art, so we feature interviews with artists on a monthly basis, complete with lots of eye candy.
As time permits, we also cover other indie sci-fi fi titles, especially 6DoF games like Overload.
Who owns Fists of Heaven?
I do! I'm Mike Maddox. By 'day' (although actually I work from anywhere!) I own Rhino Digital, a digital marketing and web design agency. By night, I'm squadron commander for Fists of Heaven. I currently fund the entire website out of my pocket, because that's how much I love indie space games, space art, Homeworld, and interviewing rad people in the gaming 'space' (heh heh...get it? space? heh heh...ok I'll stop).
I don't run the site alone, however: I'm joined by game artist Julian Schlottmann, who designed our logo and does the illustrations for our monthly fan fiction pieces. He's incredibly talented, and together, we've been the core team of FoH since it's beginning in late 2013.
Where does the money go?
It goes towards making more awesome content! Here are the current breakdown of the site's expenses:
- Hosting: $99/month, WPEngine Pro Plan
- Tools (Asana, Intercom): $125/month
- Developer costs: ~$50/month (averaged over a year)
- Total: ~$274/month
Why are you asking me for cash?
Honestly, because I hate ads, and I want to grow the site and offer more content for our readers and help indie game companies out as much as possible. There's a limit on how much I can put into the site seeing as I'm not independently wealthy. Fists of Heaven will never have popups, will never have google adwords, and will never have those freaking terrible related sponsored content boxes - I loathe that stuff. I've spent thousands of dollars on FoH because it's a labor of love, and I'm not tarnishing it with the spammy crap you see on pretty much every other website. (...ok a bit of a rant there...)
Regardless of whether you donate or not, thanks for stopping by and taking an interest. Just reading our content helps us, and sharing it via social media and subscribing to our newsletter helps even more. Thank you!
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We use a managed web host with a CDN (content delivery network) to help ensure the site loads fast from everywhere! Unfortunately, it's not the cheapest hosting in the world, costing $99.95/month. Once we reach $100/month in pledges (with your help!) that cost is covered as long as we keep up our end of the bargain with two posts per month.