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The GMOD Client: A mod management platform that "Just Works" for all your favorite games. Simple, Intuitive and Robust.

~~UPDATE 6: A conversation about Garry's Mod~~

We don't make games and we don't make mods.

We make the technology that enables you to use mods with your games Faster, Safer and Easier than ever before!

Gmod is a platform designed to help you enable and disable mods without the headaches.  No more unzipping, directory diving, copy-paste-overwrite, or game reinstalls.  We've been pounding the code for more than two years constructing a system that will support all mod types for all games - and we're almost complete! 

Several months ago we launched a closed beta with support for: 

The beta was successful and we're ready add support for more games!  With your help we can add support for the next batch including:

and with your help, many more...

What it means to "Support" a game  

Find

The website is designed to make finding mods, adding them to your library, and discovering new content easy and straight forward.  We also plan to extend these exploration functions to the client in a later release.

  • The Library Function: Automatically syncs mods you've added with your client, requiring no download or install. 
  • Mod News, for You: You can follow reviews of games, mods, mod developers, or the comments of your friends easily. 
  • Improved Browsing Controls: You can find mods easier. Filter by game, category, rating, download count, your own personal rating or try out featured content. 
  • A Tangible Workstation: Instead of mods being a link on a forum, our approach is to bring them to the forefront with a easily navigable display.
  • Resources to Make Your Own: We've included tools to help those interested in making mods find the resources they need to try their hand at the craft. 

Play

The client is designed as a holistic solution to modding. After two years of development, we've created a client that allows you to handle mods from any source, regardless of how you acquired your game. Mods you've added to your library on the website automatically sync and load to your client.  Mods from others sites are also easy to use; just drop them in and we'll take care of the rest!  

It's your tool to mod your game as you want.

  • A Single Touch: Enable and disable mods with one click. Avoid having to track down where you move files with this easy solution. 
  • Use Mods from Anywhere: Drag and drop any amount of mods, from any source, into the client. The loading is done automatically. 
  • Easily Control Your Mods: The files are backed up automatically so when you disable mods they are replaced with the original, unmodded files. No more re-installing your game to change the mods you're using. Quickly and easily get the perfect mix of what you're interested in. 


Share

This is our passion. As backers it's your voice that molds where we go. We understand that mod development is a labor of love for developers. They work hard to give everyone a better (or new) experience.

It's time that someone gives back.

  • Support for Modders: A percentage of all subscription proceeds (once it goes live) will be directly distributed back to mod developers. We know that developers do what they do for the love of creation, sharing with the community isn't about the $$$, but great innovation should be supported. We're asking for your help to develop the Gmod platform and, as a result, everyone at Olympus Games believes that that support should be given in turn.
  • Gshft: Helping people find innovative content includes a personal approach. Our team is dedicated to finding the best content people have uploaded and highlighting that with our Gshft review. 
  • Mod Showcase: Sometimes a mod review only scratches the surface. Our team also works to showcase a mod, or mods, during our livestream. There you can ask questions, suggest new mods to try out, or even ask for the secrets of life. We're doctors...you can trust us. 

Because mods make great games better. They provide an avenue for aspiring game developers to hone their craft. They represent the creative input of programmers, artists, and the downright ingenious. In fact, many games we enjoy today have their origin as mods of games we loved before. 

Yet there exists very specific reasons why so much great content isn't fully realized. 

  • Mods are frequently hard to find, buried in forums or listed as a link on busy pages. 
  • They are frequently hard to install, requiring a great deal of time spent on reading through readme instructions and navigating file directories 
  • They are difficult to share. Have you ever tried walking someone through a mod install? 

Supporting a platform that intelligently addresses these issues expands the potential audience and unshackles creative mod developers. Allowing users to get access quickly and easily means that even more innovation can be experienced by a greater number of people. It means mod developers to get more of the recognition they deserve and that the products they create won't be missed. 

Which is why we've taken this project to kickstarter. Supporting Gmod keeps us independent and focused on supporting the modding community; developers and users alike.

If you've never modded before, or haven't seen just how far they can go, we've compiled the following videos to showcase a few of the exciting things that are being done.

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TEAM GMOD

Here at Olympus Games, we’re gamers, modders, and developers. We don’t create games; instead, we work to make games better. We collaborate with game studios (many of whom directly advise the platform), mod developers, and the community to make mods easy to find, play, and share. 

DEVELOPMENT TEAM:

Four bachelors in game development and simulation, 3,000 man hours, and lifetimes of gameplay experience has brought to life the Gmod client. Our development team has spent years working on the algorithms needed to intuitively handle the robust processes and automation that our client offers. 

ART TEAM:

The art team has diverse backgrounds spanning from the Seattle Art Institute to the Art Institute of Chicago. Having worked on everything from own graphic novels to video production, they bring a unique variety of perceptions and styles together. When asked to display their skillset, they drew a perfect circle…with an etch a sketch.

COMMUNITY MANAGEMENT TEAM

Our community managers get modders because they are modders. They have been developing and using mods for nearly a decade, so when they say they get mods they mean it. When not supporting the Gmod community or live-streaming on our Twitch channel they are thinking up new combinations of mods to try.

MANAGEMENT TEAM:

Lee Powers, CTO

Lee was a founder of Adept software, and has worked on projects for companies such as MTV, CNN, Disney, and Nickelodeon. In addition to creating advanced web architecture and rich data systems, Lee spawned an intelligent web based life-form he calls “Hal.”

Grant Riddell, Operations Manager

Before joining the team at Olympus Games, Grant spent the last twelve years as an Operations Manager for everything from real estate to software development. His true passion is MMO’s, where he’s spent over nine years running online game communities. He also plays a mean kazoo.

Skylar Kreisher, CEO

Prior to Olympus Games, Skylar was VP of Game Services for Solid State Networks, where he introduced the “Direct” content delivery and patching middleware to market. Direct has since been used to deliver and update games for Microsoft, EA, Bigpoint, Riot Games, BioWare and is being featured in Bethesda’s new MMO, ElderScrolls Online. He got his start in the game industry as a lowly compatibility tester on the Xbox in 2002.  Skylar is a science nerd and spends his free time memorizing π


Our Goal

  • The Breath of Life: The features up to now are in beta testing, however we need your help to expand on those and bring them live. 
  • Minecraft Support: Allows us to finish the last touches and bring all the Gmod features to Minecraft.
  • More Games Supported: Allows us to dive into the next batch of games  we'd like to support.
  • New Gmod Feature, Playlists: Allows us to bring the playlist function live. Create, enable, and share mod playlists with a single button. Ever get the question, 'What mods are you using?'  Want to help your friends setup their Minecraft mods to run with your server?  Want to make sure everyone in your guild is using the most up-to-date mods?  This is for you!   

Stretch Goals

To Be Announced.  

There are about as many ways of displaying tier rewards as there are tier rewards, and in this section we'll provide them all. In short, they're awesome...the rewards that is...and if you're ever unsure of what rewards go where please ask us!  We're more than willing to articulate these in every form possible...including smoke signals. Do ask, I've got my blanket and fire ready.

What's What in Reward Land

  • Shout Out
We'll spread news of your good deeds all across the interwebs via our networks. We may even just tell random strangers about you.
We'll spread news of your good deeds all across the interwebs via our networks. We may even just tell random strangers about you.
  • Beta Access:
Immediate (once the campaign ends) access to the beta client. Even as we move into the live client and premium features, you'll be able to try out the upcoming features in advance for life as a beta tester.
Immediate (once the campaign ends) access to the beta client. Even as we move into the live client and premium features, you'll be able to try out the upcoming features in advance for life as a beta tester.
  • Backer Icon:
We think you're special, and everyone in our community should also. This is an exclusive icon for our kickstarter backers.
We think you're special, and everyone in our community should also. This is an exclusive icon for our kickstarter backers.
  • Premium Subscription for a Year:
After the beta period, you'll have access to all the full features for a year. The premium subscription includes the playlist function, auto-updating, cloud backup, automatic capability testing, priority status for server access, and no ads.
After the beta period, you'll have access to all the full features for a year. The premium subscription includes the playlist function, auto-updating, cloud backup, automatic capability testing, priority status for server access, and no ads.
  • Premium Subscription for Life:
Enjoy every feature that our client has now and in the future, for life.  Premium membership includes, but is not limited to, playlist function, auto-updating, cloud backup, automatic capability testing, priority status for server access, and no ads
Enjoy every feature that our client has now and in the future, for life. Premium membership includes, but is not limited to, playlist function, auto-updating, cloud backup, automatic capability testing, priority status for server access, and no ads

  • Founder Icon and Title:
This kickstarter exclusive icon and title will match the one time lifetime offer. You're in at the ground floor, making it happen, and we think that deserves a badge of honor.
This kickstarter exclusive icon and title will match the one time lifetime offer. You're in at the ground floor, making it happen, and we think that deserves a badge of honor.
  • Play against Team:
A challenger approaches. To honor the industry, and because what's the point of any of this if we're not making things fun.
A challenger approaches. To honor the industry, and because what's the point of any of this if we're not making things fun.
  • Interview at PAX:
Join us at Pax Prime this fall and talk to us about mods, the games you would like to see supported, where you think modding is going, and anything between. Any tier with this icon INCLUDES PAX tickets. (Does not include lodging and / or travel)
Join us at Pax Prime this fall and talk to us about mods, the games you would like to see supported, where you think modding is going, and anything between. Any tier with this icon INCLUDES PAX tickets. (Does not include lodging and / or travel)
  • Rare Swag Bag:
We have a ridiculous amount of swag, both in house and from partners, to hand out. Instead of piecing that out over all the tiers, we've decided to lump those things together.
We have a ridiculous amount of swag, both in house and from partners, to hand out. Instead of piecing that out over all the tiers, we've decided to lump those things together.

  • USB Drive:
An USB drive with the Gmod logo. We've lovingly gazed at each and every one.
An USB drive with the Gmod logo. We've lovingly gazed at each and every one.
  • Listed in Credits:
Your support makes all of this possible. Get your name listed permanently as one of the founders of Gmod.
Your support makes all of this possible. Get your name listed permanently as one of the founders of Gmod.
  • Pick a mod for Gshft:
The team at Gmod regularly reviews mods for Gshft, our mod presentation show. Pick a mod for our review and highlight a project out there you think is awesome...or one you've been involved with yourself.
The team at Gmod regularly reviews mods for Gshft, our mod presentation show. Pick a mod for our review and highlight a project out there you think is awesome...or one you've been involved with yourself.
  • Legendary Swag Bag:
We have a ridiculous amount of swag, both in house and from partners, to hand out. Instead of piecing that out over all the tiers, we've decided to lump those things together. For this tier many of the items are PHYSICAL.
We have a ridiculous amount of swag, both in house and from partners, to hand out. Instead of piecing that out over all the tiers, we've decided to lump those things together. For this tier many of the items are PHYSICAL.
  • Hoodie:
This developers hoodie is exclusive to the kickstarter backers and is a one time run of the graphic and design. In short, it's awesome
This developers hoodie is exclusive to the kickstarter backers and is a one time run of the graphic and design. In short, it's awesome
  • Artist Avatar:
Olympus Games works with a variety of artists, from our in house staff to those doing work with other studios, and they're ready to draw you or your favorite avatar.
Olympus Games works with a variety of artists, from our in house staff to those doing work with other studios, and they're ready to draw you or your favorite avatar.
  • Join team on showcase:
Part of our platform is about showcasing what mods are what in live action play. Join the team as a guest during one of the let's play and provide your own unique opinions. (Commentary must remain generally appropriate..)
Part of our platform is about showcasing what mods are what in live action play. Join the team as a guest during one of the let's play and provide your own unique opinions. (Commentary must remain generally appropriate..)
  • 1up:
Gmod strives to support every moddable game on the PC, however this task is accomplished in groupings. The 1up reward allows you to be a voice that dictates which games are supported in what order.
Gmod strives to support every moddable game on the PC, however this task is accomplished in groupings. The 1up reward allows you to be a voice that dictates which games are supported in what order.
  • Launch Party Invitation:
Join us at the launch party where you'll meet fellow backers, the team, advisers, and our friends in the industry. The launch party is currently scheduled during PAX. (Does NOT include travel and / or accommodations)
Join us at the launch party where you'll meet fellow backers, the team, advisers, and our friends in the industry. The launch party is currently scheduled during PAX. (Does NOT include travel and / or accommodations)
  • Launch Party VIP:
Join us at the launch party where you'll meet fellow backers, the team, advisers, and our friends in the industry. Get a personal sit down with Skylar and available members of the advisory team. (Domestic Travel Included))
Join us at the launch party where you'll meet fellow backers, the team, advisers, and our friends in the industry. Get a personal sit down with Skylar and available members of the advisory team. (Domestic Travel Included))
  • PAX Party:
Join us at Pax for the launch party and tour of Seattle. All travel, PAX Tickets, and lodging expenses are included.
Join us at Pax for the launch party and tour of Seattle. All travel, PAX Tickets, and lodging expenses are included.

The Tiers





Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Every project faces challenges, from staffing to technical difficulties, and overcoming them is part of the process. We have dedicated ourselves to taking a hard look at what problems we face and (even more importantly) how we will address them. As such, we've found that the risks can be broken down into two hurdles; technical and funding challenges.

Hurdle One: The potential for increasing technical challenges.

The landscape of video games is changing and a greater number of publishers are seeing the benefits of providing support for community created content. With an every growing population, there comes the growing pains of many games addressing this frontier in different ways. This means that the approach we use for game 'X' won't work for game 'Y'.

This situation has manifested itself in the form of a variety of clients, that address a single approach for a single game, or a middle ware, such as steam, that requires the game be tied to it's distribution. All of these are attempts to address the technical challenges in the modding world by providing a less focused upon second option to their primary service, be it game sales or forum hosting.

Gmod is different because our client is our primary focus. We have spent two years, and thousands of man hours, to create a technical solution that allows for a robust, versatile modular system that can address every new game in a way that is specific to it's needs, while still maintaining the same excellence that our users deserve.

In fact, the features listed in the section "up to now" are functional on the beta. We work actively with publishers and mod developers to make sure that our platform meets the standard we've set for ourselves; which means it works when you use it. (Odd concept, I know) That includes relying heavily on the wisdom of our advisory team, all of whom have countless titles under their collective belts. We've a very clear road-map on how to get all of these features into Gmod, but it needs your help...because of hurdle two.

Hurdle Two: Funding.

We have very carefully appraised every feature and what it will take to make this platform a reality. It's amazingly important that we, as a company, remain free to provide support for every game we can. This means that we must remain independent from the big studios while maintaining the awesome friendships and relationships we have with them.

So in this spirit, we have evaluated the potential costs of the initial goal and the tremendous stretch goals we have planned. We've placed them at the lowest price point while still keeping a small reserve buffer between them so that each can be fully accomplished. We have taken great care to run our road-map through a variety of scenarios with our team, our advisers, and our friends at other studios to make sure that what you're backing gets to you. And, it is with your help, that these things will become a reality.

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    A New Challenger Approaches... ============================== ============================== CHALLENGE THE STAFF OF OLYMPUS GAMES TO A GAME OF YOUR CHOOSING. All games must be able to be played online. A member of our staff will meet your challenge and may the best player win. A tally of Staff vs Backers will be made available and all games will be streamed live. + Get a THIRD Lifetime Premium Subscriptions + GMOD USB DRIVE ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Two Lifetime Premium Subscriptions + Listing in Credits + Kickstarter Exclusive Founder Title and Icon + Beta Access + Backer Icon + Shout Out

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