Make your own American or Canadian Football Video Game! OPEN SOURCE! No programming language required!
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The Gridiron GamePak is a collection of EASY-TO-USE, drag-and-drop, point-and-click software starter sets for PC that allow you to create (not just edit) your own American (or Canadian) Football game; fully CUSTOMIZABLE, fully OPEN SOURCE, and with absolutely NO difficult language programming required! Every play, whistle-to-whistle will be your own creation made the way YOU want it to be, the way you've always dreamed. You can create any league you want, with any number of teams you want, with no restrictions. You will be creating YOUR game. This is YOUR moment.
There was a time not long ago, that the Football video gaming genre was exciting. Each year, we would wait with baited breath to hear the details about the next big football game. Competition was fierce, and the hours of fun were incredible. It seemed like the dream would never end. But then it did.
In 2004—the greatest season that video game football has ever seen—it all came crashing down. Exclusive licensing and the resulting efforts killed the competitive balance, halted innovation, sent many of our favorite football franchises into early retirement, and turned our once seemingly indestructible dream into a nightmare. 8 years later, the nightmare hasn't stopped, and it keeps getting worse.
It's time for a change.
What if I told you that right now you have the power to change the course of football video gaming history? What if I told you that you can make your own football game and you didn't have to be a programmer, spend a fortune in resources, or have any special equipment? And what if I told you that all you have to do to see this change happen is pledge a few dollars? What would you do?
Hi, my name is D.M. Noyé; I'm an avid football gamer, and a well accomplished and experienced professional of various endeavors (see bio). Like you, I understand that football gaming is just not what it used to be. It used to be great.
To return to greatness, we need a change; but in order to see change occur WE must be that change... and we WILL be.
Instead of complaining year after year for one company to finally get it right only for us to be let down each time, or hoping for past legendary companies to return and save the day; the reality is that the only way for us to gain our pride back as football gamers is to stop fighting each other, start supporting each other, roll up our sleeves, and produce our own football games ourselves.
While succesfully making it through several stages of development for an indie football video game for XBOX 360/PC...
... I made future plans to give football gamers a way to develop their own football games. The goal was to create something that everyone could get involved in. Something everyone could afford. Something versatile. Something that everyone would find EASY TO LEARN. Something OPEN SOURCE. But more directly; something that would allow us to make our own football games so that we wouldn't have to continue to rely on the big companies to do what we want. Enter the Gridiron GamePak.
Allow me to ask you the following questions:
Do you want a customizable Real-Time Physics Engine?
Do you want progressive lighting?
Do you want progressive and variable weather?
Do you want the option to create in 2D or 3D?
Do you want interactive sidelines?
Do you want customizable AI?
Do you want to be able to create your own plays and playbooks?
Do you want in-game saves?
Do you want custom button-mapping?
Do you want tiered playcalling?
Do you want a fully-editable franchise mode?
Do you want custom stadium sounds?
Do you want 24 hour, 7 day a week development support?
Do you want to be able to sell your game ROYALTY-FREE?
If the answer to any of those questions is 'yes', then the Gridiron GamePak is what you've been waiting for! The Gridiron GamePak makes all of these features—and more—possible. And best of all, it's totally expandable allowing you to easily create your own features and add your own unique personality and style to your game.
Please look to the right column of this page. Notice that the pledge goal is only $25,000. It is a small amount, but it will ensure that the first version of the Gridiron GamePak is released to the public. That said, we need to deliver a crushing, finishing hit to our football gaming issue once and for all, and to do that it's going to require more resources.
I can do quite a bit on my own, but no man is an island. I have strong working relationships with some of the most talented indie developers around, but they won't walk away from their own projects and work with us for free. Because of time and valuable human capital, product development is not a cheap proposition especially when you want to produce the highest-quality product with all the bells and whistles we crave.
The following information explains what reaching each goal level will allow us to implement into the Gridiron GamePak:
$25,000 Level (LOCKED) = Release of the initial Gridiron GamePak and all of its tutorial guides.
$50,000 Level (LOCKED) = All of the above, and the finalization development and release of the finished 2D Real-Time Physics Engine Set, plus a pack-in animation set that the whole community can use, and a Play-By-Play Commentary set.
$100,000 Level (LOCKED) = All of the above, and the finalization development and release of the finished 3D Engine Set, and the development and release of the finished Franchise Mode Set, and the development and release of the finished 3D Real-Time Physics Engine Set
$250,000 Level and beyond (LOCKED) = All of the above, and the development and release of various stadiums/fields, development and release of 3D player models, development and release of an Online Play Set, integration with mobile devices, integration with consoles (present and upcoming), and Pak's spanning multiple development platforms so that our base of indie football video game developers grows larger and larger, stronger and stronger, and more diversified:
Remember: The more you pledge beyond the goal, the stronger this gets. The ball is truly in your territory.
Because the games we'll all be creating can be developed as shared projects amongst the communities, what better way to advance the project and promote the spirit of community cooperation than to have a support base that is 100% by the gamers for the gamers? Kickstarter is the place to be.
“There is no force so powerful as an idea whose time has come.”
- Everett Dirksen
... The time is now. Buckle your chinstrap.
Special Thanks to my Development Partners, Consultants & Associates:
Living It Up Studios
Windows XP/Vista/7, at least 128mb ram, 1 gig of hard drive space, 500 Mhz processor, and DirectX 9.
In other words, if you have a computer made in at least the past decade or so, you should be all set to get started.
No. As the information on the page states under "So what IS the Gridiron GamePak", this is an open source software development set that allows you to create your own football game for PC. All graphics seen on this page are placeholders. You can easily add your own 2D and 3D models and graphics.
This is not just an editor, this is a total creation system.
Not at all. In fact, it will be much easier than you think. You won't be required to learn C, C++ or any other type of difficult programming language. The entire system is point, click, drag and drop with very minimal typing, and with the tutorial guides and 24/7 support you'll be off and running within minutes!
The video shows a bit of that. But for more, please take a look under the heading "So what is the Gridiron GamePak?" on this page. There you will find a free A.I. Quick Doc download with a step-by-step explanation that includes pictures, example editable code, and an example results video.
As of this typing, there are currently 25 sets; a few are in Alpha, some are in Beta, all of them work well. However, in order to reach finalization, funding is necessary. The number of sets may increase or decrease slightly, depending on project need.
Everyone who pledges to at least $25 level will automatically receive the Team Selection Program Beta. Each tester will be able to submit testing data to me directly. The data will be extremely helpful for the development of the final software sets.
Pledging at higher levels will allow you to gain access to other early testing programs. Please see the pledge information on the page for more details.
Yes! That's the beauty of it. You can build your own team of developers and create the game you want!
You sure can. And best of all, it's royalty-free. That means you get to keep 100% of the money from the sales of your game!
You can make any kind of football game you want. Just keep in mind that fan-made products released as free novelties are fine, but if you intend to SELL a game that carries licensed properties you will get yourself into some legal hot water.
The Gridiron GamePak is not intended to promote, encourage, or provide indie developers with the means to infringe on any existing copyrights, trademarks, or patents and any such enterprise is engaged in with the sole discretion and responsibility of the end-user.
Yes. I plan to develop a template and tutorial guide for this as well. Your pledges will help this get added to the Pak.
Yes! Go nuts!
Yes, and you can save and load routes and assignments. Your pledges will help this set reach completion.
Yes, and you can control how it advances down to the very millisecond.
Yes, very nice ones. They are included in the Pak.
Yes. A new Pak set will be developed for this with your pledging support.
Yes. You can import and export: .wav, .mp3, .jpg, .bmp, .wmv, .mpg, and .obj
You sure can. Currently, the kit supports the XBOX 360 controller.
Your dedication to work on your game will determine how good it can be. Whether the game will be as good or better than games like Madden or 2K Football is a totally subjective thing, but if you put in the time and effort and put quality first, you will give yourself the opportunity to make a fun and exciting game worth being proud of, and worth showing off to the public.
That's perfectly fine. I understand that everyone may not want to make a full game, and for that purpose the GGPAK is set up in a way to be 100% scalable to your needs and goals. So if tech demo's are your goal, then you'll find it a very accessible task with this software set.
Then we'll all have to prepare for 8 more years of football gaming misery with no choice in the matter.
Pledge $10 or moreYou selected
You'll get the full Gridiron GamePak (DRM Free) for this special backers-only low price in December! ALSO, you'll gain instant access to the comments board, as well as access to all development updates!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $15 or moreYou selected
You'll get everything in the previous reward, AND all of the Gridiron GamePak tutorial guides for this special backers-only low price in December! ALSO, you'll get a Limited Edition Gridiron GamePak Backers Image in October!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $25 or moreYou selected
You'll get all previous rewards, AND the playable Team Selection Beta in October! (Keyboard and XBOX 360 controller enabled).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $49 or moreYou selected
You'll get all previous rewards, PLUS a Limited Edition Gridiron GamePak Desktop Toy in October!Estimated delivery:
Pledge $99 or moreYou selected
You'll get all previous rewards, PLUS the playable "Maximum Speed Control Running" Beta in October! (Keyboard and XBOX 360 Controller enabled).Estimated delivery:
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You'll get all previous rewards, PLUS the playable Real-Time Physics Engine Alpha in October (Keyboard and XBOX 360 Controller enabled), AND the playable 3D Engine Alpha in October! (Keyboard enabled).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $499 or moreYou selected
You'll get all previous rewards, AND the playable 3D Engine Lighting Alpha, AND the playable Photorealistic Light & Fog Beta (both Keyboard enabled)... PLUS a custom made Gridiron GamePak Football Jersey in December! (Colors and sizes are subject to availability). (U.S. backers, please add an additional $15 for shipping and handling costs)... (Backers outside the U.S. please add an additional $25 for shipping and handling costs).Estimated delivery:
Pledge $999 or moreYou selected
You'll get all previous rewards, PLUS priority software updates, PLUS a guaranteed roster spot (with name, face, and stats) on any of the teams in the Pak, PLUS a spot as an Official Gridiron GamePak Team Beta Tester... PLUUUUUUS a Special Commemorative Boxed Developers Edition Set of the Gridiron GamePak which includes the OPEN 3D Engine and Real-Time Physics Engine Alpha's which you'll get before the general public gets them, PLUS two data backup discs in December! (U.S. backers, please add an additional $15 for shipping and handling costs)... (Backers outside the U.S. please add an additional $25 for shipping and handling costs).Estimated delivery:
- (30 days)