For those not familiar with the competitive Super Smash Bros scene, diving in can be tough. When are tournaments happening? Who are these players? Why should I care who wins, and who should I be rooting for? This is what SmashPad primarily aims to solve; a one-stop shop to quickly discover the best Smash content, and find and watch the best players for each character or respective region and learn their stories.
Not a competitive Smash player? SmashPad will still have much to offer you; I intend to do my best to use SmashPad to try to organize the tremendous amounts of scattered Smash learning materials under one roof. Even if all you want is a guide to unlocking characters as fast as you can, you'll be able to find it; and if you want to learn how to beat your friends, you'll be able to find and learn new techniques for your given character faster than searching Smashboards or any other source of Smash information.
Already a skilled player? You will quickly be able to find and research frame data for any character, in any game, and have all of your content quickly accessible at your disposal.
This goes for Smash Bros for Wii U, Melee, Brawl, 64, and more.
These are the goals of SmashPad 1.0.
Why do you need Kickstarter? I see an app in your video.
I have been building SmashPad on my own, and have made tremendous strides forward and have a working iOS app - I am continuing to compile content. However, I am an iOS programmer, and am doing this project solo- while working a full time job to support a wife and home. Right now, the application runs on the iPhone and iPad. If I get more funding, I have a series of goals I would like to attain that are simply not feasible alone:
- A better, more efficient and unique interface (+1 graphics designer)
- An Android port (+1 Android developer and testing devices)
- A mobile web port (+1 web developer)
- Tablet-specific features making better use of the bigger space. (+1 time)
- Much, much more content (more than I can collect alone)
- Tools targetted for Tournament Organizers running tournaments
- Very cool features which I have started preliminary work on but am not ready to announce at this time- as I don't know that I will have the free time to complete them.
I have tried to find volunteers, but have not had much success finding reliable assistance.
I have made a policy of not announcing something if I am not sure I can deliver, and you can see where I am at with this app. Any funding I raise on Kickstarter will go directly to improving the quality of this app; content, features, and ports.
The $1,500 target is intended to dramatically improve the quality of the app, by paying for graphics design help, content production, hosting, and other costs. The app will get done much faster, with much more content and more features.
At $5,000, I will be able to commit to an Android port. This is something I very much would like to do.
At $10,000, there will be a web app as well.
At $14,000 or above, expect some very big new features, including ones to help run a tournament off your phone!
All money raised here on Kickstarter will be used to further the app's development, faster and better.
Who are you, anyway?
My name is Chris Hardin, known in the competitive Super Smash Bros community as Praxis, and I have been part of the Smash community since 2008. I have played all of the games competitively in tournament, and was a member of the Brawl Back Room during Super Smash Bros Brawl's competitive era. I have been a longtime and (love or hate me) vocal member of the community both online and offline and have traveled to regional and national tournaments across the US, from San Diego to New York, as well as meeting and playing with other Smash players at small local Smashfests in the Paris, the Netherlands, and Japan at different points.
I have been developing SmashPad for some time and am very excited to reveal it to all of you, and hope that you will enjoy and use it as much as I do already. My reputation in the community will be at stake in this, and I will show my current progress by distributing a very early version of the app to major notable streamers to test out.
Thank you for your interest and support in what I hope will be the future of Super Smash Bros content consumption!
Risks and challenges
I am on Kickstarter because I believe in SmashPad. I have already spent tremendous amounts of time developing it and I believe I can bring to the table an app that people will want to use. The extent that I've brought the app forward is a testament to the work I've put in to it already (I stated over 100 hours when I filmed the video, but I have far exceeded that now), and a testament to what I will continue to put in to it. With the funding to bring help on board, I will be able to ramp up a far higher pace than I currently have.
Of course, my reputation in the community will be at stake in this, and I will show my current progress by distributing a very early version of the app to major notable streamers to test out.
The primary risk to this project is if Nintendo attempts to block it in the iOS app store. The app does its best to use fan made images in all cases where possible, but if an issue arises from this, I will try to work with Nintendo to remove what they wish. (This should not be applicable to the web or android versions.)
I look forward to seeing where SmashPad takes us!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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