GameFindr is the app everyone thought would already exist but didn't! As a long time Magic: The Gathering player and dabbler in things like D&D and some Living Card Games I know a little about the frustration of not completing a play group or wanting to simply do some deck testing but being unable to find someone to play.
The idea is simple, select the games you are looking to play, click a button, and BOOM, you get matched with other people in your area that want to play the same game!
A few years ago I started a Youtube channel called MTGHeadQuarters and it's been an amazing ride, growing to nearly 80,000 subscribers in the first few years has been a humbling and educational experience.
Being a little older, and coming back to the game after several years I know the pain of not being able to find a play group to enjoy the game I love. After talking with the Youtube community it became fairly obvious the entire non-digital gaming community needed a way to get together, to find other people who love the same game.
About 3 months ago I decided to take the plunge, to go down the road of developing the tool the community needed knowing only a few things. It needed to be free, it needed to be on android and iphone, and the damn thing needed to work. Now, 3 months later I have a working prototype, tons of feedback from the community and I am trying to put the finishing touches on something that has consumed just about all my time and cash over the last 90 days.
Through the app development process it's become very clear that I needed to include basically all table top games and TCGs, which I have done but it's also become painfully clear that the launch of this app and its initial user base is the most important thing (outside of the app actually working which I am not concerned about).
Sample List of Games on Game Findr
Which brings me to why I am raising money. I need funds to do two things, the first is to add some of the features so many of you have requested, things like a "store locator/event finder", "group chat" and advanced feedback allowing you to leave comments on your experience with a particular user.
The second thing, and just as important is the marketing. I know the initial launch is going to be expensive but it's crucial we have a huge user base at launch because if people trying to find a match for their favorite game come up empty too often they will abandon the app, creating a domino effect that would eventually kill the app's chance of success.
The good news is I happen to work in the internet marketing field so I am going to be able to run a lot of the campaigns myself, saving a lot of money and ensuring lots of people know about this app at launch. I have budgeted pretty specifically for the additional features and a launch budget. Hopefully this project can be a huge success and raise even more money than our goal, any additional funds will go directly into additional features as well as more marketing to help ensure a successful launch.
In addition, I currently have an army of about 80,000 Youtube subscribers I am leveraging to help spread the word! I know we can make this happen!
The community has been asking for it and now you can help make it a reality! Introducing the official GameFindr trades feature! If we reach this goal, you will not only be able to find local people to play games with but you will be able find other in your area to trade with as well!
- Have the ability to add your entire trades list trough a brand new module added to the navigation bar. This is not limited to just card games but can include any kind of collectible game or other related materials such as gaming books and accessories.
- Find real people that are in your area that are interested in what you have without having to deal with pesky online shops and postage. Just meet up and exchange items - you might even find a new friend to explore a new hobby game with!
- Get active feedback "+1's" when you successfully complete a trade. This will let other members of the community know that you are a serious and active member of the trades community.
Sample screenshots of the new Trades Feature:
This is one of the most adventurous upgrades to GameFindr and could really add an entire new dimension to the functionally of the app. Consider backing today if you would like to see this feature come to life!
If we reach this goal we will double down on our marketing efforts. We will do this by adding additional campaigns to cover some of the following:
- Popular streamer sponsorship
- Expand our reach to MANY more websites with GameFindr banners
- Budget to advertise on Reddit on all major associated threads
- Professional Press Kits to be printed and sent to hundreds of game stores
Suggest Games Features
Outside of functionality, having a huge user base is going to be one of the most important keys to success of GameFindr. This level of funding allows us to expand our marketing as well as add additional features to the app to ensure the success of GameFindr!
From a marketing standpoint, we will add:
- Convention Presence either Booth or Sponsorship
- Large Podcast Sponsorship To Grow Awareness
However, that’s not all! We will also be adding some hotly requested features, including:
Windows Phone Development
We are currently still locating a development team that we are comfortable with to port this app over to a windows environment. However, I feel comfortable with this level of cost based on the quotes received and really feel that this is the sweet spot to get it added!
This level of funding will allow us to add a points system in which you get points for simply sharing the app with your friends! Your collected points can traded in for awesome Gamefindr swag and hopefully other awesome prizes! This is a win-win because you get to directly help the community grow while also scoring some awesome stuff for free!
Help us reach the ultimate goal for GameFindr and experience GameFindr without restrictions! We aim to make Gamefindr available for literally anyone, anywhere by adding additional key major features. Reaching this goal allows us to fund the most critical piece - web application access!
If we hit this amount of funding, we will immediately begin work on porting the mobile app over to web environment that will be accessible to everyone, even if you don’t have a smartphone. That’s right, everyone that has access to the internet will be able to use GameFindr. This ultimate goal will really bring a new age to gaming and unlock the true potential of the GameFindr community!
Risks and challenges
There are a few potential challenges that face this project.
1 App Store Approval-This is more of a timeline issue in that they may request certain changes to the app that "could" delay release but we have extra time built into the development team to overcome any potential revisions.
2.Marketing Budget- I know it seems like a lot of money we're asking for but to be totally honest that's the part I am most nervous about. Given I have seen the app actually working, my biggest fear is that we don't have a big enough splash on launch, you only get one chance at a first impression so as this kickstarter is running I will be actively trying to engage celebs, and people with a long reach in the space to promote the app, even if it's at my own expense as we cannot launch on a facebook campaign alone.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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