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A unique opportunity to become part of the iOS development community. We design the apps your way! CHANGE THE GAME.

Hello, Kickstarter! My name is Dan Shapley, founder of the App-Different Development Studio, and I'm here with a project that's a bit different than what you're used to seeing. There are two parts to the story here: Part I covers the App-Different Community concept while Part II focuses on the game itself.

A special deal for all potential backers:  During the course of this Kickstarter campaign, we've made our app, "THE KING PONG PROJECT" available for FREE download in the Apple App Store. That's right! Without pledging anything at all, you can download the app right now by clicking here

PART I: What’s so “different” about this project?

This is not a simple "help me fund my app" project. Living up to our name, App-Different is undertaking an entirely new approach to app development & game design. We are looking to construct a community website where you can take an active part in the building of apps via crowdsourcing. 

We've decided to open the creative side of our business to you, the end-user, so that we can design these apps together.

That's right, you can be the creative talent and the decision maker. You tell us which apps to pursue and how they should be designed. Using this model, you can take part in creating our first community game, "KING PONG" (As well as other apps down the road).

Here's how it works:

You will receive access to the members only section of our community website, the soon to be revamped: app-different.com. You will have voting rights to various decisions regarding the direction and design of our apps. At different intervals, we will post ideas, concepts, artwork, level designs, etc., for you to vote on. We will in turn develop the app based on the results of your votes and feedback.

Additionally, there will be contests (with prizes and cash awards) for you to submit your own ideas and designs, as well as forums for you to discuss the app development, and whatever else comes along as we progress.

Show us what you've got!

Participation is voluntary. Pick a project that interests you and get involved as much or as little as you want. Depending on your contribution, rewards will vary from simple recognition/bragging rights to developer credits to App-Different swag and cash prizes. While you earn achievement points, we'll track and display your participation via "Leader Boards" for all to see. Gain contract work with us or even other development houses that appreciate your talent. Or take what you've learned and branch off into your own development studio. We want to be your springboard!

Crowdsourcing of app development is pretty new territory, but the potential is huge! KING PONG is our first attempt using this method, but if this project is successful, we plan to launch many more apps in a similar fashion, and broaden the scope of the App-Different community. Let's Make This Happen!

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PART II:  ABOUT KING PONG®

Remember when console games were just simple fun? Sure, the graphics were limited, but we really didn't mind. Deep down, we all understand that more important to a good game is the game play itself. Everything else is just window dressing. The memorable games are fun to play. This is why Ms. Pac-Man and Galaga are still household names, while 99% of iOS games are not. App-Different is determined to bring the fun back to console gaming. Is Apple TV even a game console? Well no....not yet. But that's about to change. Big time.

"CHANGING THE GAME" with App-Different

As noted above, during the course of this Kickstarter project, you can download THE KING PONG PROJECT from the App Store. It's available for you to test out the basic functionality and generate ideas. Once you have the app, you will notice that it's currently a pretty basic Pong-style game. Yes, this is intentional. (Hence the name: THE KING PONG PROJECT).

It's still fun to play, but we want to make it awesome. And we want you to help us do it.The framework is in place, and we've got some ideas for the direction to take, but it will really be up to you to tell us how this game will turn out. Exploding bricks? Paddles with lasers? A big gorilla throwing barrels around? YOU VOTE, YOU DECIDE! (In the event of a stalemate, Batman will be the tie-breaker.)

Okay, but seriously...why PONG???

Not just pong, KING PONG! We might be new to iOS gaming, but so is Apple TV as a gaming console. So what better place to start than at the beginning? If you think about it, PONG is the essence of a console game: Two paddles and a ball. Bring your own skill, reflexes, and trash-talking.

We've already built the foundation. You can test the game for free. Play it solo, device to device via bluetooth, or go console mode on your big screen using Apple TV. Jot down some ideas, and bring them back to the community for discussion.

Waitaminute...what's all this about Apple TV being a game console? That's impossible, right?

This game is designed to use the iPhone 4S, iPad2, (or uh, "The New iPad”) as a ‘controller’ for the game action on the big screen. While the game itself is actually running on your iPhone, the video is displayed on your TV.

(Note: KING PONG will play on an iPod Touch or earlier versions of iPhone as well, but only the 4S or iPad can send video to the TV via AirPlay. In a 2-player game, only one device needs to use Airplay, so the second device can be an iPod or older iPhone.)

When in AirPlay mode, we do not simply mirror the iPhone screen. We show a completely different display than what's on the TV -so that your focus is on the big screen, while the smaller device acts as a dedicated game controller.

We've obtained a provisional patent on the method we've devised allowing our games to be played on the TV via the motions you make with the phone in your hand. Similar in game play to the Nintendo Wii. For KING PONG in particular, you can control the paddle by tilting the phone up and down. We call this method AirMotion, and we think it’s a pretty big deal.

Alternatively, you will be able to control the big-screen paddle by swiping your finger up and down on the iPhone or iPad screen. And for the purist who grumbles, “Don't they understand that you can't really play a PONG game without a paddle wheel controller?”  Well, we’re here to tell you that we do understand, and we bring you that option as well. -Via a virtual paddle wheel on the iPhone screen:

Just "grip" this on-screen wheel with 2 or 3 fingers and spin back and forth. Now put on your best Zeppelin shirt, kick back in your bean bag chair, and relive the glory days!

KING PONG is only the first of several "AirMotion enabled" games that we've got lined up for development. Apple TV is still considered a "hobby" by Apple, but they've already sold millions of them, and we all know what's going to happen once Apple gets serious about it. App-Different plans to be there when this thing explodes. And it will.

Backer Rewards

If you would like to contribute, we have a wide selection of rewards to choose from. The choice is yours, it just depends on what level of involvement you'd like to have, and how much of the vision you share with us.

Beyond the reward of receiving the completed game, we believe that the ability to be a participant in the development, plus the chance to compete for further rewards makes this a unique opportunity.

Where does the funding go?

By now you must understand that this project is about MUCH more than building a new PONG app, which may only cost a few thousand dollars. We're looking to fund a community.

After the initial kickstart, the business should fund itself. But an endeavor this size takes a lot of start-up money. If we hit or surpass the goal, the funds will be spent first on completing and maintaining the new App-Different community website (which is highly complex and will cost a lot to develop and maintain), delivering rewards to our backers, stocking up on contributor awards and prizes, completion of the first game, advertising, and then beginning work on other community developed apps.

The more attention the community receives, the bigger the community gets, the better the games we can develop and the better rewards we can offer.

Is this whole idea crazy?

Probably. But some of the best ideas seemed crazy at the beginning. We think we've got a hook here with Apple TV and AirMotion™, but the community will not be limited to games only. We’re open to just about anything. Educational, Utilities, Music, you name it! If it seems practical, worth the effort, and the community agrees, well...you just might see your idea become reality.

And as the community expands, we envision a full-feature site where people can exchange ideas and information, bits of code, etc. Where anyone can post their own development projects, help each other to reach their goals, and share in the proceeds.

As with all great endeavors, there is the risk of failure. We truly feel this idea is unique and could be the beginning of something great. The website design has been laid out. We've obtained the provisional patent and trademark for AirMotion™. We've also trademarked App-Different™, and KING PONG™. We’ve got the framework completed for our first game, and a couple more ideas on table. We've got really talented contractors lined up and with you on board, we’ll be ready to roll.

There are some great people on our team who have sacrificed their time and energy to make this happen. They've done so because they believe in this concept, and they believe in you.       

So here it is, community: Your first opportunity to vote your opinion. You are either going to love the idea, make a pledge, and help make this a huge success, or you’ll hate it and laugh us right off of Kickstarter. We’re prepared for either, but we’ve got faith in you. So let us leave you with one last thought:

Five years from now, when your friends are all playing games on their new Apple televisions, you'll remember this opportunity at Kickstarter. Will you be telling them how you had a part in it? Or will you be talking about another opportunity that passed you by?

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A few t-shirt selections:

Shirt Option #1: Logo on front, web address on back

Shirt Option #2: Front shows member designation and web address

Shirt Option #3: Front shows web address

Shirt Option #4: Front shows "Last Alert" and web address

We will gather your choice and size preference at the project's end.

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And every member also gets an App-Different iPhone4/4s case as well. Your choice between silicon or hard shell style.

(Any color you'd like as long as it's black.)

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We proudly support the "Kicking it Forward" campaign to assist other Kickstarter projects. App-Different pledges 5% of net income from the sales of the KING PONG app to back other worthwhile Kickstarter projects. Read more about this program here: http://kickingitforward.org

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    KING PONG - The free "project" app is posted for the duration of the Kickstarter project. It's already yours to keep, but there will be no updates to the app. For a $5 pledge, we will send you the completed, commercial version of KING PONG once it is available in the App Store. This tier does not include site membership. ---------------------------------------------------------------Note to backers outside of the USA: Due to Apple restrictions on download codes, your free app downloads may arrive via PayPal or Amazon reimbursement instead.

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    FREE APPS FOR 1 YEAR - (USA Only) Okay, so you don't want to take part in the development, but you still want to contribute to the cause. You get one free download of each and every app created by the App-Different community for a year (minimum 3 apps). This offer will be effective starting from the launch date of the first community-designed app released under the App-Different name. Whether we release 3 or 30 apps during this time, you get them free, no matter the app store cost. *BONUS* Even though it was created prior to this project, you also get a free download of our successful utility app “Last Alert”. Already have it? Then pass it on to that forgetful friend. ( : This tier does not include site membership. --------------------------------------------------------------- Sorry, international backers are not eligible for this reward tier. Since we use the USA app store, Apple only allows us to "gift" apps to backers using that same store.

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    EVANGELIST I - You will be tasked with "spreading the word". In a store with a half million+ apps, getting ours noticed would be a difficult task for most people, but not you. You love social media and know how to get things viral. Use this opportunity to hone your skills. Learn more about advertising while earning points and great prizes. Suggest advertising campaigns to the inner-circle. Track and submit your efforts. Related, measurable increase in app downloads will earn you more rewards and prizes. ---------------------------------------------------------------PLUS everything from the Gold Star membership tier AND an extra T-shirt.

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    MODERATOR - You have moderator rights to select forums and discussion boards*. You will be relied upon to keep things civil, answer basic questions, and work as a talent scout - inform the inner circle of potential good ideas or other concerns you come across on the boards. You have our ear. This is an opportunity for those of you who like control (Yeah, you know who you are!), or who simply want to be more involved with the inner-workings of the community. ---------------------------------------------------------------PLUS everything from the Gold Star Membership tier, with special “Moderator” T-shirt. *You will need to agree to specific rules of conduct, and may be subject to lose moderator rights if the role is abused.

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    I WANT MY APPLE TV! We will send you a brand new Apple TV (2nd gen) for you to play these games on. Already have one? Put it in your bedroom or give it to a friend! Plus free downloads of any apps developed by the community within the year, TWO App-Different iPhone cases, free Last Alert Pro, App-Different T-shirt, and 1 year GOLD STAR Membership with 3x voting rights. Expect July delivery of physical items.--------------------------------------------------------------- Note to our international friends: Due to Apple restrictions on download codes, your free app downloads may arrive via PayPal or Amazon reimbursement instead. This tier includes free shipping even outside of the USA.

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    BETA TESTER. You've got more hours on flight simulators than most Air Force pilots. You are constantly shaming your friends on all the Game Center scoreboards. You've been training your whole life for this! You get advanced demos and pre-release versions of all apps in production. Your feedback is vital to the development! Get access to all basic and premium forums for a year. Your 1 vote counts as 5. Your contributions will automatically be eligible for community vote (whether the inner circle approves or not). Plus you'll receive a new Apple TV (2nd gen). You get free downloads of any apps published by the community for one year, special “Beta Tester” T-shirt or hoodie, and 5x voting rights. Plus TWO App-Different iPhone cases, Last Alert Pro, AND you also get your name listed in the credits of any app you beta test. (*Whew!*) --------------------------------------------------------------- This tier includes free shipping even outside of the USA. Expect July delivery of physical items.

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    CONTRIBUTOR'S SPECIAL! Whether your talent is in graphic design, music, coding, or lego sculpture, you get a spot on our soon to be highly-coveted "preferred contributors" list! While you can always enter any general contest, we will post certain jobs and tasks that only you are eligible to fulfill. Your work will be posted for the members to vote on. Earn recognition, contribution points and other contest prizes! Get your name in the app credits! Who knows, you may even earn yourself a place as a permanent contractor for App-Different! (Or potentially other development outfits that like your work) Plus free downloads of any apps developed by the community within the year, TWO App-Different iPhone case, free Last Alert app, and your choice of a special “Contributor” T-shirt or Hoodie! --------------------------------------------------------------- This tier includes free shipping even outside of the USA. Expect July delivery of physical items.

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    INNER CIRCLE - This is the top membership level we have to offer. As part of the Inner Circle, you have 1-year access to nearly all related project work, as well as lower-tiered member areas. You get your own App-Different email account as well as the email addresses of the rest of the inner circle. You get to test pre-release betas. You have moderator rights to the forums. You can converse directly with the regular App-Different staff, and sit in on key meetings. You will have direct input on the decisions, direction and progress of the development. Your name in the developer credits! You get TWO download codes for every app published by App-Different (for any future app release) for the NEXT 3 YEARS! Plus THREE App-Different iPhone cases, Last Alert Pro, and your choice of several different T-shirt or hoodie designs. Oh heck, we like your enthusiasm, so we'll throw in an Apple TV as well. --------------------------------------------------------------- This tier includes free shipping even outside of the USA. Expect July delivery of physical items.

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    EVANGELIST II - Gold Star Membership, 3x voting rights, an Apple TV (2nd gen), THREE T-shirts, FOUR iPhone cases and free apps from App-Different FOR LIFE! --------------------------------------------------------------- PLUS: We'll put you on a 7 day mission at one of several major 4-star resort destinations. You pick where you'd like to go to spread the word about the App-Different community. All we ask is that you spend at least one day walking around wearing your fancy new App-Different T-shirt. Great artists put their life experiences into their work, so be sure to soak in all cultural insight that you can before returning to the community with your great new app idea! See app-different.com for more details on the resorts and amenities. (Does not include airfare) Expect July delivery of physical items and resort arrangements.

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    SOURCE CODE INSANITY! - You everything listed in the Gold Star Membership tier. Plus you get rights to the source code for the first 4 apps we publish under the App-Different Community program. That's only $750 for a fully developed app! (Try doing it yourself for less) We will release the code to you 6 months after the app is first made public in the Apple Store. Use the source code as a base to develop your own app! Do with it what you like, but under the conditions that you will significantly change the name, look and features of the app, and you cannot re-sell the code yourself. (Depending on the app, you may also be required to sign trademark and patent agreements.) Imagine what this could mean to you! If we somehow end up with the next "Angry Birds", you'll have rights to make a similar or better clone. Save thousands in development costs & jump start your own business! --------------------------------------------------------------- Does this offer make sense competitively? Absolutely not. But we really want your involvement, and figure it's worth a few sacrifices in order to get the ball rolling here. Limited to 5 lucky backers.

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    MYSTERIOUS BENEFACTOR - You're a very special person. You are a somebody, and have the cash to back it up. You enjoy long walks on the beach (of your own private island). The cost of this pledge means little to you, but you know it can mean a world of difference to a struggling new developer. To you, fame and glory are just the names of your thoroughbred horses. You simply enjoy the feeling you get when you help others out, and you ask for nothing in return. Even so, we will basically give you anything you want for this pledge. If you're interested, pick your role from any of the above tiers (aside from "App Owner"). We will design a custom made T-shirt or hoodie just for you. We'll name a level of one of our games or possibly an entire app after you! If you have an idea for an app design (of reasonable cost) Dan will call you personally to discuss. If it's practical, we will circumvent the initial voting and build it.You'll also get a special mention on our website. You'll get free iPhone cases, shirts, and of course, free apps for life.

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