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Eric KneipferBy Eric Kneipfer
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Eric KneipferBy Eric Kneipfer
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$3,839
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, July 31 2014 5:04 PM UTC +00:00

About

Dynasty Football is a PC sports management/role playing simulation that puts you in control of all aspects of running a pro football franchise.  It has been featured as a front page article on Operation Sports:
http://www.operationsports.com/features/1896/dynasty-football-qa-with-creator-eric-kneipfer/

Here are 3 new screens plus an updated coach creation screen as well.  This is what we've been working on this month and it looks pretty damn good:

League Rules Setup Screen
League Rules Setup Screen
League Structure and Customization Screen
League Structure and Customization Screen
Choose Team Screen
Choose Team Screen
Updated Coach Creation Screen
Updated Coach Creation Screen

Here is a new video demonstrating a coaches meeting and how this minigame works:

There is an article about DF on Crowdfundingmag.com.  Check it out!

http://crowdfundmag.com/2014/07/07/dynasty-football-inner-gm-every-football-fan/

Here is a new screenshot of one of the character creation screens with our new interface!

See the latest developments of Dynasty Football at: www.worldsendsoftware.com

Here is the latest video of Dynasty Football's menu interface.  It is clean and crisp and error free.

A Tour of Dynasty Football:

Here is our Home page, with an updated and polished design.  All other screens are being redesigned with this theme:

Home Page
Home Page

Start by creating your league with 8, 16, 24 or 32 teams and choose from a variety of playoff formats.

League Setup Screen
League Setup Screen

Delve into the role playing aspect of the game by personalizing your coach character. Choose from one of twelve different coach personality types loosely based on actual successful coaches (for example Player's Coach, Authoritarian, Tactician) each with its own strengths and weaknesses. Spend points on coaching attributes like developing tight ends, evaluating defensive linemen, negotiation skills, and more.

Coach Character Creation Screen
Coach Character Creation Screen

Next, take control of a team and begin to trade, bench, cut, draft, sign, and discipline players as you see fit. You run the show in this world! Analyze your players' 40 attributes and figure out who will be the most effective with the football style you want to implement. Keep track of over 75 statistics per player!

Player Card Screen
Player Card Screen

Send scouts to any division 1A school to assess the next draft class; each visit yields more information.

Scouting Screen
Scouting Screen

Create a custom training schedule for each player or have your assistants do it for you and watch your players develop their skills.

Practice Screen
Practice Screen

Make difficult decisions like evaluating your declining veteran against your up and coming project player. Does the over the hill veteran get cut or just benched? Make sure to know how your decision will effect the salary cap; team financials are accurately represented so proper long term thinking is a key to your success, just life real life! Create and develop your own plays and share them with others with Dynasty Football's custom play creator. Want to emphasize your power running back? Make a set of I formation plays with pulling guards and a blocking fullback. Perhaps you'd rather spread the offense and pick your opponent apart? 4 wide receiver sets might be a good idea along with 3 step drops for your QB. For offensive plays create advanced blocking schemes, hot routes, screen passes, end arounds, play action passes, draw plays, fake field goals, onside kicks, and more!

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On defense create aggressive or passive zone instructions, bump and run or free release, man to man coverage (with shading), one gap, two gap, blitzes, stunts, QB spy, and contain instructions. You can even order a defender to wait in several different time increments to create delayed blitzes! Be original in any way you can think of, or go classic with tried and true concepts like a cover 2 defense. Like real football, creative tactical thinking is rewarded in Dynasty Football!

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There are also hundreds of pre-made plays to scour through if you'd prefer to shop around. Gameplan by deciding which plays you want to use each week. Make sure you practice them first or you may get burned! Stick with your bread and butter plays or create dynamic new plays to surprise your opponent.

Screen Pass Designed On The Play Creator
Screen Pass Designed On The Play Creator

Hire coaches that best fit your style of play. If they fail to develop your players or they simply annoy you, get rid of them! Hold weekly meetings with your coaches to give them instructions and gather information about your team and your next opponent. Use your people management skills to run effective meetings to get more done, or watch your staff walk all over you like an ugly shag rug. Coaches have their own unique personalities and never hold back their opinions of you. Dynasty Football will take sports simulation games beyond the spreadsheet, and immerse you in it's world!.

Coach Meeting Screen
Coach Meeting Screen

Compete against a competitive and realistic AI which analyzes your play calling strategies and statistics to wage war against you. Use the play calling statistics of your opponent to decide which strength or weakness you should attack. Meet with your owner several times a season so he can decide if you are performing up to snuff based on expectations set at the beginning of the season. Feel the tension as you wait to here your superior's verdict. Will he fire you? Give you a new contract? For the ultimate pro football experience, have it all come together on game day by calling the plays and managing your lineup to victory.

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Dynasty Football: Under The Hood

This game isn't a text simulator; there are representations of players on the field who move based on real life physics. Swear at your screen when your 5 star running back fumbles in the last minute of a playoff game, and stand up and cheer when your backup safety makes the play of his life by intercepting the ball on the next play! No more reading the action, now you can see it for yourself! Dynasty Football puts you in charge. Run slow motion replays, manage the play clock, make substitutions, manage your depth chart, take advantage of your opponents injuries, manage fatigue. This is as close to being a real coach as it gets!  Watch the AI simulations run smoothly and quickly. Each simulated game is running real plays with the same physics engine you see during your own games - there are no statistical shortcuts taken by the AI. This results in realistic league wide stats - not the exaggerations often found in other football games.

When the AI plays itself watch the simulations run smoothly and quickly. Each simulated game is running real plays with the same physics engine you see during your own games - there are no statistical shortcuts taken by the AI. This makes the results in realistic league wide stats - not ridiculous exaggerations often found in other football simulations.

Simming The Week's Games
Simming The Week's Games

Develop a personal history by playing multiple seasons. Stay with the same team if you can or get fired and try your hand with another team. Bring your favorite staff members with you or start fresh. Dynasty Football owes as much to role playing games as it does to traditional sports sims. Say goodbye to the dryness of most sports simulations. Instead feel immersed in a fantasy sports world, where you compete like any other coach to make a name for yourself. Read literally thousands of different lines of text from you, your staff, your players, and your owner.

Dynasty Football's History:

I have worked on this game for 7 years, mostly working in the summer while I am on vacation from my job as a public school teacher. At first this project was a pipe dream and I simply programmed it for fun. After overcoming some really difficult programming challenges I became more and more confident that my fantasy of updating a classic football game might actually become a reality. As my skills became were honed I could see the progress, and without anyone else to work with, I have been free to have total creative control. Once the physics aspects of the game were implemented (with a great deal of help from my engineer father) As I became a true believer, so did my father. At this point the game's features are 80% finished. As you can see from the second video above, there is a lot working and running. However, I am at the point of needing funds to tackle the non-programming aspects of publishing this software. I need to crawl out of my man cave and start creating a buzz around this game!

Basic Goal: $15,000

First, I needed to find someone to help me update and polish the game's interface. I am thrilled to have found the right person to do that, and I want to pay him.  He designed the first screenshot (the Home page) and wants to rework all other screens as well.  Support for this game will go directly to improving all screens high quality.

I also need (and this is a big one) play testers. The nature of the play creating aspect of this game means there are many bugs that need to be found by creating and running every possible play a mad football genius could ever create. I would also use the money raised to update my software, help pay for the music recording and video creation software, and continue working with a graphic artist on a presentation and interface upgrade.  Finally, as I won't be working the summer I would like some money as living expenses (similar to a summer job at a kids camp I have worked for)

Stretch Goal: $70,000

If tier 2 is met I will be out of my mind excited as that would mean I could take a one year sabbatical from teaching and focus full-time on Dynasty Football. Instead of squeezing in an hour a day while exhausted after school, I would have full eight hour days to complete Dynasty Football. So to be perfectly clear, in addition to everything mentioned above, your money would be paying for my cost of living expenses for a year; this includes health insurance which I would lose (my wife doesn't have access to that in her current job, as a Title 1 teacher). I will forgo my retirement investment for this year (that includes teacher pension and a 403B plan), but I simply can't afford to lose the income I have generated being a teacher for the past 15 years.

Here's some features I want to add with the extra time I would have if the stretch goal is reached:

1)  A coach perks system where wins give your character bonuses and protections.  Some examples I've come up with are:

"Players Angel": blocks a player getting into trouble (once)

"Friend From Below": get accurate scouting reports on all players at this college at all times (no need to send a scout)

"Safety First: less chance of injury during practice

"Loyal Follower": Increases the loyalty rating of one coach by 5 points

2)  A soundtrack: if you liked the music I wrote for the teaser video you'll love a full set of background music.

3) More Playtesters:  I would have the time and resources to work with more playtesters ensuring the stability of the game

3)  Faster Finish:  With more time for me to work on it the game will be done sooner!

Wrapping it Up:

What started as a basement project is becoming a reality. If you love indie gaming and you love sports gaming, Dynasty Football is the perfect hybrid. I've poured my heart and soul into this project and I want to bring it to the masses as a true people's football game. Now is the time to support an independent pro football simulation. If you're fed up with the one and only option that pro football gamers have had for the last 10 years, please consider supporting this project and bringing pro football back to the people!

A Non-Threatening Picture of DF's Creator
A Non-Threatening Picture of DF's Creator


Risks and challenges

This project has very low risk because I am a solo developer which inherently means there are less issues in general. Dynasty Football does runs the risks most video game projects face however: deadline issues and bugs.

If I receive funding for just a summer projects worth of work the project will certainly take longer to complete. If I am trusted enough by potential fans of the game to receive my stretch goal I will finally be able to work on Dynasty Football full time and the game will indeed be finished within the year.

At this point there are no technical risks as far as development is concerned; I've finished most of the game and nothing I need to do should be overwhelmingly difficult. Bugs are the major concern for me and this is why I need play testers. I can't see the forest for the trees at this point, so I will have to depend on others for the first time to help me squash those annoying bugs that I am certain are present beyond my site right now.

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