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Website optimised for mobile device with a solo AI to play several tabletop war games against yourself!
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My name is Daan and I used to work as a pilot flying small aircraft in several third world countries. Circumstances have it that I had to stop flying for a while and I wound up working on aviation navigation software. Nowadays I work on my own coding projects in my free time. The project I started a year ago has taken shape as a useful piece of software and with your help  it can grow into something much bigger!

The software enables people to play a popular aviation tabletop wargame without a human opponent! This is called "solo" or "solitaire" playing. The software, which is operated on a mobile device, bases it's actions on input from the user together with a few internal dice rolls and other actions that prevent the software from being predictable. The input from the user is the situation of the AI's "target". Think about distance, heading, manoeuvrability etc. etc.
The software generates and internal grid and then checks for each available manoeuvre how suitable it is. It then picks from the best available manoeuvres which to perform. You can check it out at www.daanherman.nl

My plans are to expand on this concept and start making AI and other game aides for other tabletop games. Basically the sky is the limit here. Did I say sky? I meant to say funding. The idea of this kickstarter campaign is to launch a website with the right hosting package to support higher quality content for a large amount of viewers and not to mention more games! As soon as the website is up some minor advertising should be able to keep it up in the air.

I have chosen for a web based platform since this would be accessible to many users, easily and quickly updated and most importantly, in line with my programming skills.

Below you will find the intended results of this campaign:

Good webhosting (current hosting is severely limited):
- The ability to support a lot of content for many users.
- The ability to support image based output (rather than text based output to save data).

Community content: 
- if other programmers need hosting space for their game-aides there would be a place for them.

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The project itself hasn't changed there is just no more mention of copyrighted materials in relation to this crowdfunding campaign.
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Other features:
- An expanded version of the current 'Patrol generator' would be made for all the included games.

What the web platform possibly can grow into someday:
- More games, which for copyright reasons I can not list here.
- Possibility to make dynamic campaigns that would be used as some sort of button operated and text-based RPG concept which gives scenarios based on the miniatures available to the player and many other inputs.
- Anything else that we (the tabletop and board gaming community) can think of!


The new games, which I can not name anymore, would require the design of a very in-depth decision making technique since manoeuvring is only a small aspect of the game. Something that can be done by simulating what we humans do. We often don't over analyse our decisions but rather asses the importance of things by leaning towards a certain stance based on how we roughly associate different factors. I have a way of coding this into the software. 

All of the funding would go to the hosting space and acquisition of the new not-named base games which are desperately needed to make the software. My own work to start up this platform will not be paid for by this campaign and is considered my own personal contribution to this project.

If funding is to exceed our set goal of 295 Euro then 100% of this excess would be used to further build the software. Initially more expansions would be purchased to expand on the existing 3 games (currently only the base games will be used to make software which can't really cover 100% of the respective game series). After that we can look at adding different games. Other games that are added with this funding will be decided democratically by the backers (vote value based on their contribution). Of course it all depends on how many backers we can find.

So, if you are interested in the software for any of these 3 games OR you are interested in the further development of digital game aides in general that are used on mobile devices then this project is the right one for you to give your backing! If we pull our resources together we can make it happen!

Risks and challenges

I am fully capable of fulfilling my promises with regards to the current planned features of this project. What I hope for is that this project will take momentum and thus challenge my programming skills. If (or when) this happens I will need to take on more skills which in the past has not proved to be a problem but a challenge which I have overcome plenty of times!

Another issue we can face is that current web hosting will be from Europe. If this proves problematic for users on different continents then we can start looking at hosting from the United States or another location which would allow for a better connection for all the users!

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