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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 31 2019 10:31 PM UTC +00:00
AdamBy Adam
First created
AdamBy Adam
First created
$8,795
pledged of $25,000pledged of $25,000 goal
104
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, January 31 2019 10:31 PM UTC +00:00

About

It all started back in 2008 when the founders of EvolveHQ wanted to make it easier to connect, coordinate, and play PC games over the web. To make that happen, they built a virtual private network (VPN) client directly into their product. That VPN functionality was the heart that beat in a platform that eventually grew to 4.5M registered members and hosted tens of millions of multiplayer game sessions before it merged with another platform in 2018. 

However, the new platform chose to leave the VPN functionality behind... Now, the founders of EvolveHQ want to bring VPN-enabled gaming back in a new, more powerful package all its own. A new product that delights in its power and simplicity – a product we call Bowstring.

TL;DR

Setting up virtual local area network (VLAN) parties over the web sucks. Bowstring makes it awesome.

How It Works

Bowstring is NOT a traditional VPN service. Its primary use is NOT to tunnel across the web to anonymize and/or obfuscate your internet traffic patterns. 

Bowstring is designed from the ground up to create peer-to-peer virtual networks that look and function as though they exist on a common LAN, but in actuality are remote web connections.

Peer-to-Peer = Power-to-the-People
Peer-to-Peer = Power-to-the-People

Essentially, anything you can do on a LAN you can do over the internet with Bowstring: 

  • Play games. 
  • Share directories and files. 
  • Access and stream media libraries.
  • Share printers, and much much more.

Bowstring is optimized for multiplayer LAN-gaming. 

Bowstring is built on the same world class VPN technology that supported EvolveHQ – the social network and collaboration toolset for gamers.

Yet we've designed Bowstring to be even more powerful and scaleable than its predecessor, thanks in part to an updated codebase, reduced application overhead, and true peer-to-peer connectivity and throughput. In the past, the EvolveHQ platform itself was a bottleneck to LAN play. With Bowstring, its sole purpose is stable, secure, localized connectivity. There's nothing to get in the way.

Most virtual LAN products require users to know a bunch of technical mumbo jumbo network things like IP addresses, proxy settings, and "NAT traversal". Not Bowstring.

Bowstring makes it easy. Just host or join a virtual network via a simple link. The host automatically becomes a network controller and Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server, issuing addresses to connected clients, or guests, over a stable, encrypted connection. Virtual networks can be open or password-protected and stay connected as long as the host maintains the session.

Bowstring establishes efficient, secure peer-to-peer PC connections as part of an ad-hoc, shared network. Peer-to-peer can be particularly helpful in regions where international internet connectivity carries additional costs or where internet traffic is closely monitored. That's because Bowstring isn't dependent on Content Delivery Networks (CDNs) to route traffic. Instead, the host's location is the only network node that matters, and when guests connect to a node within the same region, they get the fastest, most efficient, and cheapest connectivity possible.

Rewards

This Kickstarter campaign will be the ONLY time we ask the universe whether or not this product should exist. If we reach our goal, we will bring it to market *as soon as possible*. If not, then we'll save everyone a lot of time and heartache.

*ANY* amount is extremely appreciated. You are voting with your money, which is incredibly humbling. We want to thank you in advance for whatever level you choose to support Bowstring. If you're not old enough or don't have funds to support us at this time, now is a perfect time to put Bowstring on your Holiday wish list.

The $25 support tiers and higher offer discounted licensing for the eventual product, plus some very, very sexy incentives.

PLEASE NOTE THAT TIERS (EXCEPT THE $125, $250, $500 and $1000 TIERS) ARE CUMULATIVE. In other words, rewards in lower tiers are INCLUDED in every subsequent tier that follows. The Lifetime license tiers don't include the subscription licenses, but do include ALL merchandise options.

Here's a visual listing of the reward merchandise we're offering:

Yay, Stickers! $10+
Yay, Stickers! $10+
My Pad or Yours? $25+
My Pad or Yours? $25+
Black and Ringer T-Shirt Options $50+
Black and Ringer T-Shirt Options $50+
Dig the Lid $100+
Dig the Lid $100+
Beanies ($100+) and Hoodies ($250+), Oh My!
Beanies ($100+) and Hoodies ($250+), Oh My!

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Risks and challenges

As with any software project, there are risks. However, the core technology at the heart of Bowstring is already proven and has served millions of users. What's needed to launch this product is an updated set of components for use with modern operating systems and a refreshed user interface to function as a standalone app. Unforeseen component compatibility issues found during development may delay or even prevent delivery. Just know that we'll do everything in our power to make this product a reality. For realz.

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Support

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    Pledge US$ 5 or more About US$ 5

    Eternal Gratitude + Wall of Fame

    Thanks for supporting us! We are truly grateful. Everyone donating at this level and higher will be acknowledged for their generosity on our community Wall of Fame on the Bowstring website.

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    All of the Above + Stickers

    Stickers! That lovable combination of paper and adhesive. Cleverly designed to be affixed as a single logo or to be cut into two separate marks.

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    All of Above + Mousepad + 1yr License

    Everything above, a mousepad, AND Bowstring 1.0 for one year. You'll be the very first to get your hands on the full version of Bowstring for a glorious 12 months.

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    All of Above + Extra License + T-Shirt

    It takes two, baby! Get TWO (2) one-year licenses, plus your choice of our black or ringer t-shirt.

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    All of Above + 3-Pack + Lid or Beanie

    It's a party! Now you, a buddy, and three other freeloaders – for a total of FIVE (5) one-year licenses – can connect for some epic multiplayer gaming or some other remote connectivity. Not to mention that you'll be looking mahvelous in your new hat along with your new shirt and stickers.

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    Forever Pack: ONE Lifetime License

    Be the envy of your clan by getting ALL the previously mentioned acknowledgements and merchandise, plus ONE (1) LIFETIME license. This is a Limited Edition, yo.

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    Pledge US$ 250 or more About US$ 250

    Forever Pack II: 2 Lifetime Licenses +

    This is getting serious: get TWO (2) Lifetime licenses, ALL the previous accolades, merchandise, AND A. Hood. E.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    5 Lifetime Licenses + ALL Merch

    EVERYTHIIIING!!! And by everything, we mean FIVE (5) LIFETIME LICENSES and ALL the merchandise mentioned above, including BOTH t-shirt and hat options.

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    10 Lifetime Licenses + ALL Merch (x 2)

    Whoaboy. Get out the calculator: this reward is like the one above but with DOUBLE the number of lifetime licenses and DOUBLE the merch.

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Funding period

- (45 days)