Update: Stretch Goals
We, uhh, weren't entirely prepared for this to fund so quickly. We want to make sure everyone knows what is happening with our funding and what our plans are. We will be purchasing two more PC stations to help facilitate classes and help people do casting, video editing, game building and learning. This includes the software needed, like Adobe Creative Cloud.
We will provide 10 passes to local kids for the Raspberry Pi Build Your Own Console class so they don't have to pay any material costs or any other costs. They will leave with a Pi 2, hdmi cable and a working retro console.
This goal will let us get four more console stations. We have been having kids in each day and it turns out, consoles are pretty popular. Our space is set up to allow for one more full pod, which is 8 console spots (tvs, chairs, consoles and games).
We will have an amazing board game shopping spree so our shelves are filled with really good, fun games. Hah, just kidding, we're doing this whether we hit this goal or not, but we'll make the shopping spree even more amazing.
That pod from a few stretch goals earlier? We will finish it with the other four, giving us nearly twice the console gaming space. And this stretch goal is a bit higher because we need a LOT of chairs for this space. It turns out, every console supports like 12 people.
What we are building
Looking for Group is a coworking and gaming community space we are opening in Pittsburgh, PA. Right now we are building out the space. As I type this, paint is going up on the walls and the ceiling is being finished in the conference room. When we are finished building at the end of September, we will have 10 gaming PCs, 8 individual console stations, 2 multiplayer console/PC stations, 14 desks and 1 conference room available for game makers and players.
Along with physical stations, we are building out a community-based tech infrastructure that includes a server for people to learn and build on, locally hosted chat for everyone who comes in, and a collection of developer tools, like a Unity Master Server, for testing.
Why we are special
LFG is an amazing space because of the people involved. From the owners (John, edd, Brad, Justin and Brayton), to their friends and family helping out, to the local and internet communities of game developers and game players who are joining us to build this space. So many people have already helped and more, like you, are going to in the future, and we can't thank all of you enough.
There are too many people to list individually here, but check out our website (www.lfgpgh.com) for bios on everyone who is working on the space. The main skills we are bringing to our space are a love and deep knowledge of all types of gaming (board, PnP, console, PC), software and server architecture, community building, and being all around friendly people.
We need your help!
LFG is opening this month with the machines and infrastructure mentioned above. So why run a Kickstarter? We want our space to become the best community space possible for Pittsburgh game makers, artists, designers and game players. By funding us and joining our community, here are the things you will be making possible immediately (instead of in the distant maybe someday):
- BYOC (Build your own console) classes, free for the local community
- More licenses for Adobe Creative Cloud
- Wacom Tablets
- BYOL (Build your own lights) classes with Arduinos
- More stations for both gaming and cowork
- Services to be a Gaming Accelerator (legal, marketing, PR help)
Our classes will cover all skill levels, from beginners just learning how to create a Minecraft server to experts discussing high-end network programming via the cell network - and everything in between.
Every backer at every level will get access to our community resources including our locally hosted chat, gaming servers, and more. This will let you join our community for gaming days, game jams, tournaments and more.
We also have a few Kickstarter-exclusive rewards, including our Growing the Next Generation tshirt, which you can see below. And continue reading for our other, Kickstarter exclusive rewards.
- Be Known - If you are the kind of person that loves people to know your name, this is the reward for you. Any person who comes in may give your name and get a one time free bonus of 4 hours of game time. Any time they do this, you get 4 free hours too.
- DM Badge - Are you a DM who wants to have a really cool space to play? This badge will let you and your group of up to 4 friends (fighter, rogue, cleric and wizard) come in each day and get 1 free hour of time each.
- Name our WiFi - Most people will be connecting to our network via WiFi and they will see the name you pick. As long as it keeps our space friendly and inviting, we'll accept it.
We have a lot of plans already for the space, including tournaments, local chat, local game servers, Twitch streams, tournament watching days, and more. You can see more info on our website, www.lfgpgh.com - or ask here. We want to answer your questions, hear your feedback, and build on your suggestions.
Risks and challenges
We've waited a long time to do this Kickstarter because we didn't want to have a big list of risks. We are funded through next year already so all backer rewards will be fulfilled easily.
One of our biggest risks is being boring. With your help, we can double the number of gaming stations, and more than double the size of the community that can grow from our space. We can have more tools to create a better gaming incubator/accelerator, bringing Pittsburgh built games to everyone.
Our other large risks are: scheduling time to run the classes, getting a proper lineup of guest speakers, and running out of room. Our space is 3000 sq/ft and we are limited on how much we can grow physically. Because we want our community to be predominately local, we may have issues fitting in everything we want to do within our schedule/space.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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