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Langel BookbinderBy Langel Bookbinder
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Langel BookbinderBy Langel Bookbinder
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$9,930
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106
backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, April 11 2016 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

Battle of the Bits (BotB for short) is a friendly online community where people come together with the spirit of competition in the digital arts. BotB features RPG elements where BotBrs (the site users) earn different point types based on their activity which decides their character class at level ups. Although the focus is mostly music, BotB hosts a wide variety of formats including pixel art, html, and custom Doom maps.  

The site itself has been running for almost 11 years. It has hosted almost 3,000 battles resulting in over 20,000 entries of original content. With currently over 50 formats to battle over, BotB hopes there is something for everyone interested or willing to join!

Compilation albums available on our bandcamp.
Compilation albums available on our bandcamp.

BotB's entire existence owes itself to a single passionate developer: Langel Bookbinder. That's me! After experiencing the full life cycle of a failed startup (a job I never would have acquired without the experience required to build BotB), I am faced with two options. 1) find my next tech job, or 2) raise enough money so that I can work on BotB full-time, long enough to implement a list of features I've always wanted to.

The Story and The Pitch

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I have been developing this site the best I can in my spare time for nearly eleven years, mainly as a hobby while working full-time jobs. There's no simple way to express the rewards and the challenges this experiment has given me. If it wasn't for all the bright and talented individuals who hang out consistently (or even all day every day), I would have quit a long time ago. I participate on the site as Baron Knoxburry and wouldn't have most of the songs I perform live without BotB.  

I am asking for $15k. This will provide 3 months of full-time dedicated development for Battle of the Bits. In this time I believe I can finish the following:

  • Multi-BotBr Account Support: There are many BotBrs with multiple alts. This will allow them to manage all of these accounts with a single login. It will also keep them from voting on any entries from any of their accounts. womp-womp
  • Items: Acquirable things that modify the BotBr experience. A humility helmet that deflects self-favoriting. A totem cloak that helps keep multi-BotBr accounts anonymous in the chat log. A set of tally goggles that lets you see all the voting information for major battles. And more!
  • Wandering NPCs: Non-Player-Characters that wander the site offering goods and services to the BotBr community. Buy an item or get your aura realigned.
  • Cross-Platform Layout: BotB's current design stems from the rewrite done in 2008. At that time, a fairly sturdy target resolution was 1024x768; what BotB still has today. Most desktops now sport 1920x1080, and flexibility for mobile devices is also a major consideration.
  • A New Battle Engine: I want to build a truly modular system that allows for flexibility in battle design. Add a bit period, where BotBrs submit samples or colors or instruments to be used, to any battle. Turn a series of battles into a campaign with grouped stats. Tournaments!

With $30k or more I can dedicate 6 months to advancing the BotB experience.  

  • Real-time Radio: Instead of long random lists of tracks, everyone would hear the same thing at the same time. No repeated BotBrs every hour. No repeated tracks every 24 hours. Requests. Bumpers. Interaction with the IRC bot.
  • Custom Playlists: Allow the BotBrs to stash and organize their favorite entries as they wish. Public and private.
  • Mobile Apps: A slightly simpler version of the website focused on listening, browsing, commenting, and favoriting. What I really want is that blue tooth connection with the audio meta data so I know what I'm listening to in the car. Don't you?
  • BotB 3.0: It will take some major assessment, but an entire rebuild using modern web technologies would greatly increase usability and load speeds. Based on time and energy restraints, there will have to be careful decisions made as to what (if not all) layers of the BotB stack get replaced.

BotB has teamed up with Batsly Adams of Super Russian Roulette fame to produce an NES Cartridge Compilation. This cart will feature some of the best written tracks for the 2a03 sound chip ever produced, curated from over 2,000 .NSF files. This will be a limited collector cartridge numbered 00-99 on both the label and your screen.

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Potential artists in the BotB archive include: Rushjet1, TQ-Jam, fearofdark, Maxo, HertzDevil, kulor, tadpole, Zan-zan-zawa-veia, kfaraday, b-knox, surasshu, coda, Anamanaguchi and many, many more.

Not the final label, but you get the idea!
Not the final label, but you get the idea!

While Battle of the Bits is focused on the digital world, in real life we all seem to enjoy the aesthetic of physical things:

  • Sticker Pack: Two (2) credit card shaped stickers and a single 5" x 1" mirror sticker. The sticker pack is included with all higher tier swag (physical) rewards.
  • BotB USB Archive: Get the entire 50+ gigabyte collection of entries on one thumb drive with an interactive browser-based menu.

Winter Chip I 7" Record

We pressed 1,000 copies of this 9 years ago and we still have a box left. Preview here.

T-Shirt

Jaunt around in style sporting some hot street wear. T-shirts will be professionally screen printed with many color options.

Ever had a song idea but needed help to flesh it out? Ever wanted a custom song to call your own? Battle of the Bits presents four hand-selected artists to help you!

baron knoxburry • kfaraday • mootbooxle • tothejazz

Ever wanted to host a creative competition where participants follow your theme and/or rules? Don't know where to find the talent or where to host it? BotB has you covered! Read about our available entry formats here.

  • Two Week Major Battle: This is the first tier of Major Battles. Choose one format and/or some specific rules. Make your own cover art or have the BotBrs do it as part of the battle. Guaranteed to produce some interesting results!
  • Four Week Major Battle: Like above but choose up to 4 formats! (Cover art for the battle counts as one format.)
  • Four to Eight Week Battle: Choose as many formats as you want!!
Artwork by Jangler
Artwork by Jangler

Risks and challenges

I'm not worried about being productive at home. My biggest fear is biting off more than I can chew and having to break focus from something major and unfinished. With every $5k another month of development comes into existence. The broader the timeline is, the more I can tackle, but there will need to be some smart planning and hard decisions about the work involved for it to all come together on schedule.

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    Any donation of $5 or more will earn your BotBr account a Supporter's badge. Also, BotB will match the dollar amount with altruist points and boons (BotB's currency). This applies to all pledges!

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    A USB archive of all entries submitted to BotB. 20,000+ files with a built-in, browser-based navigational system. Over 50GB in size, you'll never run out of stuff to explore.

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