Button Men Mobile is a truly crowd-sourced MMO strategy game based on Cheapass Games' Button Men; oh, and it likes to beat people up. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on November 9, 2012.
About this project
With our funding adjustments, we can afford to provide an Early Bird Special!!! The first 200 Backers to pledge $25 or more will receive a digital version and a physical 2.5" version of two exclusive characters: "Earl E. Byrd" and "Burry" for free! (You will not lose your position if you update/change your pledge!) These characters will only be available to the first 200 backers; later backers will not be able to unlock this character so hurry and claim your character! (International Backers: If your pledge level does not already have shipping, please add $10 for shipping)
We have new rewards that can be added to existing pledges!!!
By popular demand we are offering Physical Button Men Buttons as an Add-On Reward; for an additional $20 to your pledge, ALL Pledge Levels can add the yet to be designed special edition 6-Character Set: Kickstarters in physical 2 1/2 inch button form.
You may opt to get the special Halloween custom set: The Hoard instead (Also $20). If you would like both custom sets you can get them at the special price of $32!
These sets will never be offered on a button again and will be limited strictly to Backers that add this to their pledge. (International Backers: If your pledge level does not already have shipping, please add $10 for shipping)
Adding to above, All Button Men Creation Pledge Levels can add $5 to their pledge to receive a physical 2 1/2 inch button of their created character. Backers that would like multiple copies of their created character's physical button can add an additional $5 per copy up to 10 total buttons. These characters will never be offered on a button again and will be limited strictly to Backers that create them and add them to their pledge. (International Backers: If your pledge level does not already have shipping, please add $10 for shipping)
We are offering the PDF book of every piece of artwork and its info as an Add-On Reward for interested backers; for an additional $3 to your pledge, ALL Pledge Levels can receive this amazing book along with their other rewards. (We can send it twice if you are already receiving it; but we don't foresee that option being very popular) This book will not only contain a full page copy of every illustration for every custom Button Men Character created; but it will also contain info provided by the individual that designed it, info from the artist, and info from the development about their favorite part of the character.
The more funding and participation that we get from this Kickstarter project, the better that we can make this game. We have several features that are amazing but will require more time and commitment as well as funding. Please share this project with everyone you can and help us make Button Men Mobile amazing.
Note: All stretch goals are additions to the original project, as such we will make sure the original project is completed first before beginning the stretch goals that encompass new features; this way backers can get Button Men Mobile right away and enjoy the new features as they are implemented since they will require an extended deadline.
Button Men Mobile is an online, multi-player, asynchronous turn-based, digital version of the strategy dice game Button Men, created by Cheapass Games. Competing against friends, earning credits, and collecting all of your favorite Button Men will happen at your own convenience in this FREE application accessible from your mobile device and PC.
Making exciting gameplay and intense strategy available at your fingertips; Button Men Mobile also introduces an army of characters, each with high quality custom artwork, various strategies, and their own unique attitude.
Button Men Mobile started as a side project so that our circle of friends could play a college classic, Button Men, against each other without having to get together in the same place. There aren't many good options for mobile strategy games and Button Men holds a special spot in our hearts just as it does for many other people for several different reasons.
After the inception of the project, we were all coming up with ideas for the application more than we were actually developing it; so we sat down and designed the application from the ground up. After lots of discussion we determined to get everything completed in the fastest amount of time possible we were going to need some help; so we came to Kickstarter, got a hold of James Ernest at Cheapass Games, and made this project official.
Button Men Mobile uses the exact Button Men licensed gameplay created by Cheapass Games. Players represent their favorite Button Men characters and take turns using the character's set of dice to swap blows using various types of attacks. If you'd like more detailed rules, please visit the official Button Men Page on the Cheapass Games website or download the rules PDF directly from their site here.
Using the advantages of the mobile platform, a tried and tested game design created by one of the industry's best, and hundreds of hours spent brainstorming and designing, Button Men Mobile has tons of amazing features to offer.
One of the most exciting features in Button Men Mobile is the legion of characters available to players. While some of these characters are familiar faces returning to action, including the Soldiers and Vampyres sets, most of them are going to be brand new characters created by our Backers (Please see the Button Men Creation section for more details).
WE NEED YOUR HELP TO MAKE MORE BUTTON MEN!
Using Kickstarter to crowd-source Button Men will give us several incredibly diverse and unique characters for players to choose from, while letting the Backers become a part of the game. Having such a vast collection of characters will ensure that there is always something new to try and that every match is sure to provide a new experience. Not to mention, every character will have custom artwork for players to enjoy.
Even though Button Men has a limitless number of strategies, it is still fast paced and easy to play. The goal is to use your dice to take your opponent's dice with the attacks that are available to your character. There is a limited number of dice that are out at once, so it only takes a quick glance to determine what is going on in the game. That means you can beat people up during your minute walk to your next meeting. It doesn't mean Button Men Mobile doesn't get complex though; every die has its own advantages and disadvantages that do better or worse under different circumstances, promising the perfect balance of strategy and simplicity.
Button Men Mobile is an asynchronous turn-based game, which means the game will wait for you and you can take your turn whenever you feel like it. Three day hike without internet? It's cool, your turn will be waiting when you get back. Sitting in the car next to your opponent? Great, take your turns right away and don't worry about managing dice at high speeds on bumpy roads.
Designed for mobile, Button Men Mobile will be available on Android via a native app and from other mobile devices as well as PCs via a web browser (with a stretch goal for a native iOS app). Stuck with a BlackBerry or worse? As long as it has an HTML 5 compatible web browser, you are golden.
Every game needs more than just great gameplay, it needs an incentive to keep coming back and rewards for beating people up. To fulfill this need, we have created an unlock system for Button Men Mobile:credits. Credits are earned by playing a game, winning a game, winning a wager (we'll come back to this in a second), and a few other methods that depend on how well this Kickstarter does. These credits can unlock everything from new Button Men and extra free character slots to temporary bonuses like earning double credits from games (and maybe even entry into events if we reach the stretch goal). This adds a new level of depth to Button Men Mobile, you aren't just playing for bragging rights anymore; you're playing keeps.
Think you can beat anyone up? Put your credits where your mouth is. Button Men Mobile has a wager feature. You will be able to search for wager matches and put your hard earned credits on the line. Win and you'll take the pot, lose and you'll move on with only the credits earned from playing the match and what you didn't put on the line. Wagers will start out small and require an unlock to start wagering more; that way players are eased into the process and don't lose everything they have but still have a chance to get in on the action.
That's right, FREE; completely FREE. We are making this game so we can play it, not to charge people (this Kickstarter will cover everything we need); so all content will be completely FREE. Button Men Mobile has a system for unlocks so that people have goals and get a sense of accomplishment from the game; but all content will be available completely FREE using previously mentioned credits.
We know that players will have to start somewhere, so Button Men Mobile has a free character rotation system. At all times, there will be a minimum of 7 characters available to every player. You can add more free character rotation slots with upgrades and each day one of the characters in your free rotation will leave and be replaced with a new character to play.
Note: Kickstarter exclusive content will not be available to anyone that is not a Backer, such as Special Titles and the Kickstarter Exclusive Character Set.
Button Men isn't just about the strategy, it's about the characters. We know that the art makes the character and we are pouring everything we can into it. We have illustrators that are so excited about Button Men Mobile that they are stretching their budgets as tight as possible to get all of these characters illustrated for players to enjoy; but budget isn't what we want. We want amazing, and we are going to need as much help as we can get to reach the level of detail that this game deserves.
Button Men Mobile is our dream, a mobile game we want to play and can share with everyone; and we need your help to make it a reality. Not just with funding, but with creating characters, and getting feedback on what you think the game needs.
We don't want to make money on this game, we want to play it. What we do want is your help and input to finish this project; but a little bit of funding will go a long way. Our funding will go towards licensing fees, artist commissions, legal costs, server bills, and development costs.
We want to make sure you get enough rewards to justify your pledge, so as thanks for backing Button Men Mobile we are giving you a lot of digital rewards and even some physical rewards; things like Beta and Alpha Access, Character Unlocks, Kickstarter Exclusive Content, and High Quality Art Prints.
With your help, we will create this amazing strategy game and players everywhere will be able to beat people up in their spare time; so make sure to check out the rewards to see what amazing offers are available in exchange for your pledge.
Note: All reward deadlines are set for the official release of the game. Some rewards will be received in parts as well as some rewards being received earlier (in some cases, MUCH earlier) than others. Given the nature of the project there will much communication between certain pledge levels and the developers.
The most exciting part of Button Men Mobile is creating your very own custom Button Men! We want to fill every pledge level so that we have the most backer created content possible. To add incentive to different pledge levels, each one has its own details for creating the character. Please see the table to see what is required and available for creating your Button Men Mobile character.
Note: All characters can have no more than 3 non-standard, non-swing dice. Character information will be collected as soon as possible but you will not be able to choose your character image (where applicable) until after all images have been created. If you are giving a description for your character, you may provide images for reference. All characters must be original ideas owned by the backer. Where approved, all character creation levels may provide their own artwork to use in place of our artists'. If a copyrighted character or backer artwork is to be used, we must receive written and signed consent from the owner to use it.
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Risks and challenges
Button Men Mobile is not a walk in the park, but it is our dream. We have spent a lot of personal time and resources designing the application, preparing documentation, and getting everything ready for Kickstarter. Don't get us wrong, we love doing it, but we are taking a huge risk and putting everything on the line to make this project a reality.
The biggest challenge is that Button Men Mobile is a huge project. We have tons of plans for it and the project itself has massive potential. We know we are just a small team of developers but we have the knowledge and expertise to tackle everything laid out before us. We all have years of professional experience working in our assigned positions and are committed to do whatever it takes to make this project a reality. Feel free to find us on LinkedIn, we'd love to connect with you. We want you to know that we are serious about this and are putting our professional reputations on the line to prove it.
We have given ourselves a tight deadline to get the application to the public. Not only are we developing the application, but we have to manage Kickstarter, rewards, publicity, artists, and infrastructure. To make sure that we can do this without ripping out all of our hair, we have created timelines, planned regular meetings, prepared phases for reward releases, automated as much as possible, and already have orders prepared for all resources required after funding. We have made sure that we are prepared for all foreseeable events and will be ready for those we can't prepare for.
Button Men Mobile is relying heavily on crowd-sourced content. We need backers to create Button Men. Without help from you we will have to create the Button Men and may not get to create those that users want to see in the game. We know that high level pledges are asking a lot, so we created rewards that would make people race to the creation pledge levels.
We hope that you can see the devotion we have to getting this game created. It started as an idea and evolved into an enormous project that is on the verge of creation. We have worked incredibly hard to get this far and are sitting at the cusp of success; so please, consider backing this project and help a group of friends accomplish their dream of sharing fun with the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Button Men Mobile is officially licensed by James Ernest and Cheapass Games the same as the iOS app by Thrust Interactive. The licenses are non-exclusive meaning that it is not limited to just one group or company, allowing us to make a completely legal and endorsed application.
Button Men Mobile's largest difference with the current iOS app by Thrust Interactive is that it is an online multiplayer game; online play is currently not available on Thrust Interactive's app. The game will play similar to other asynchronous turn based games, like Words with Friends, allowing you to play when you want. Another important thing to note is that Button Men Mobile will not be restricted to iOS, starting with an HTML 5 web app and native Android app. Not to mention the army of new Button Men that will be available (currently planning on over 8 new sets and access to a few existing sets).
On top of the above differences, there is a lot more depth with the ability to grow with funding, including more sets, more platforms, more play modes, and even user generated tournaments; please see the project page to get all of the details.
Yes, Add-ons count; You would qualify for the Early Bird Bonus if you were in the first 400 backers and you brought your pledge above the $25 requirement. It is not required to have the actual $25 pledge level or higher; However, international shipping costs do not apply towards the minimum requirement.
The original goal for Button Men Mobile is to have online mobile play. However, we realize that several people would like to play in offline game modes; so we have created stretch goals that support multiple offline game modes.
These stretch goals are hidden currently and will be announced when they are in range from funding but we have just recently announced the first offline play mode stretch goal, hot seat mode (single device multiplayer), secretly on our forum at http://www.buttonmenmobile.com/forum/viewtopic.php…
I can tell you now that with appropriate funding we will have several offline capabilities and hope that we can reach enough funding to provide these features to users early.
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