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Groundbreaking, Prizefighting Bareknuckle Video Game, Oldetime Knuckle Up Kickstarter Campaign ~ As Featured on ESPN

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We are happy to present to you Oldetime Sports’ new video game, Oldetime Knuckle Up - Where Your Heart, Nerve & Sinew Prove its Worth!

Oldetime Knuckle Up will give gamers the ultimate Bareknuckle boxing interactive video game experience.

Check Out: Wall Street Journal Oldetime Knuckle Up Kickstarter Campaign Article
Check Out: Wall Street Journal Oldetime Knuckle Up Kickstarter Campaign Article

WHAT ARE WE CREATING? 

We have been creating Oldetime Knuckle Up as a Multi-Platform Game with the help of a great team and partners from all over the gaming community, including incredibly talented individuals and freelancers, which have worked with Marvel and DC comics.

With your and the Kickstarter community’s support, we will be able to take Oldetime Knuckle Up to the next plateau – a Functional First Level, Beta Version. You can then join us on a digital journey as a Bareknuckle fighter as if you were boxing back in the early 1500s through late 1800s building up a reputation to fight for the championships of America, England and Australia. You will fight in exhibitions and take on challenges just like prominent fighter, JOHN L. SULLIVAN, did traveling across America.

Check Out: Oldetime Knuckle Up Media Kit w/more Industry Player Commment & Game Stills
Check Out: Oldetime Knuckle Up Media Kit w/more Industry Player Commment & Game Stills

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Inspired by Oldetime Sports founder and CEO Jean Borgella’s late mentor and partner, BERT RANDOLPH SUGAR, a renowned boxing historian, we created Oldetime Knuckle Up not just as a game – more like an experience.

Based on Bert and Jean’s meticulous research, from speaking with historians/documentarians and reading newspapers to securing eyewitness accounts, we have been digitally recreating the level of intensity with which boxing greats like JOHN L. SULLIVAN, TOM CRIBB and JAMES FIGG, credited as the fathers of modern boxing, fought and how the crowds vigorously cheered for them as – their heroes. Though these boxers are no longer mentioned as the greatest fighters of all time as are MUHAMMAD ALI or SUGAR RAY ROBINSON, their contributions to Boxing, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts are not to be forgotten.

WHAT MAKES OLDETIME KNUCKLE UP SO AWESOME – SO DIFFERENT? 

In comparison to the boxing format today, Bareknuckle boxing was a completely different, no holds barred sport – an unforgettable mixture of Boxing, Wrestling and Mixed Martial Arts without the kicking!

Gamekicker "Oldetime Knuckle Up, Historically Correct Bare Knuckle Fighter Coming" Article
Gamekicker "Oldetime Knuckle Up, Historically Correct Bare Knuckle Fighter Coming" Article

Oldetime Knuckle Up will allow you, as gamers, to experience the same styles and rules, under which historic Bareknuckle fighters featured in the game fought. Revealing the most intense side of boxing, Oldetime Knuckle Up will bring to gameplay life the authentic Bareknuckle experience where fighters allowed their bodies to endure gruesome conditions unlike any boxing games on today’s market. You, like the men of Bareknuckle boxing, can digitally become a different breed - Fearless, Tenacious, and Bold to the Core!

SkewedNet: "World Exclusive: Oldetime Knuckle Up Boxing Game Details" Blog
SkewedNet: "World Exclusive: Oldetime Knuckle Up Boxing Game Details" Blog

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GAME'S KEY FEATURES?

  • Experience over 10 different fighting styles with more to come as you rise through the ranks.
  • Unlock two power rankings through Knuckle Up’s reputation meter and heart meter to gain control and precision, strength and resolution recovery, position advantages and power, along with more of a cut of the purse at the end of the bout.
  • Unlock 12 special body crippling and knockout blows based on your character.
  • Battle at least 30 opponents to earn various patrons to cover your stakes and buy customized, character-building items like knickers, boots, belts, training camp, medicine, hospital lodgings, attention from the ladies, and much more.
  • Earn victories to experience the crowd showering you with gifts – from money and fine dining to cigars and whiskey and more – to make a living between fights and retire with some dignity.
  • Let your showmanship gain you even greater benefits like owning a boxing gym, amphitheater, or pub, along with enjoying protection from tough crowds or ruffians.
  • Fight outdoors and inside 7 classic Bareknuckle venues in scenic Britain and Ireland or rough-and-tumble New World spots like Brooklyn.
  • Play solo against the computer, challenge a friend in arcade style, or take the match online. From the boxing crowd reputation meter to the heart meter, this solo and multiplayer Steam-based game gives gamers strategic challenges that go beyond a typical fighting game.

Are you ready to let your showmanship influence your rise to the gore and glory?

WHEN CAN YOU PLAY THE GAME?

As you can imagine so much goes into recreating this unique experience – and yes, we have spent lots of money, development time, resources, and let's not forget - the sweat - on designing realistic characters and scenes, creating authentic voiceovers, licensing, masking instances, programming, testing, and much much more.

We are very anxious to complete and release the Oldetime Knuckle Up Beta Version to you on May 5, 2013. And that’s where you come in…. dear friends, family, and gamers all over the planet….

Check Out: Oldetime Knuckle Up w/Sneak Peek Into Behind The Scenes Footage
Check Out: Oldetime Knuckle Up w/Sneak Peek Into Behind The Scenes Footage

HOW CAN YOU HELP & WHAT ARE YOUR PLEDGE REWARDS?

We have joined forces with Kickstarter to participate in an amazing way to involve you in our journey in raising $50K, the minimum to complete and release Oldetime Knuckle Up for Digital Play On Steam, as a Kickstarter exclusive for those that Pledge to our Kickstarter Campaign. We have put together some great REWARDS as gratitude for your support.

As seen on the right of the screen, Kickstarter backers can gain access to the Oldetime Knuckle Up Behind-The-Scenes Development or be the FIRST to get a copy of game. For just a little more support of our Kickstarter campaign, you can receive The Making of The Game Documentary, Puncher's Mark Comic, Posters, Trading Cards or even a Figurine or Character made in your image.

Don’t forget to check out the other amazing rewards on the right side of your screen. Always Feel free to contact us with any questions or visit our site via www.knuckleupgame.com. We, of course, can’t wait to share frequent updates and look forward to creating a game that you will enjoy. 

We thank you in advance for participating in our journey and helping make our Oldetime Knuckle Up Kickstarter Campaign successful! 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What happens if you go over goal?

A: We will dedicate any extra money toward more enhanced graphics and game perks, rewards, documentary, and additional release platforms for the game (Windows 8, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android). The higher the pledges, the better the project gets.

Q: What will the game be?

A: The crux of Knuckle Up is to duplicate and graphically enhance the HISTORICAL BAREKNUCKLE BOXING EXPERIENCE; with more support, we can definitely make it a greater overall experience.

Q: When can I expect the game to be finished?

We are aiming to finish the Beta by May 2013. With more than anticipated success, we'll not only meet the May 2013 deadline, but  add even more robust updates down the road.

Q: How will I get the game?

A: Backers who pledge our "On The Ropes" package or higher will be offered STEAM CODES for PC or Mac as well as DRM free versions for PC, MAC and Linux.

Q: How do I get access to the beta?

A: On STEAM.

Q: Where can I watch the series?

A: We will release the series through Kickstarter project updates. Kickstarter updates will appear on the project page and are also mailed to you via email when you join Kickstarter. Make sure you use a RELIABLE EMAIL ADDRESS and check your spam settings so you don't miss any updates.

Q: When will you ship the rewards (e.g., posters, trading cards, etc.)?

A: This will happen a few months after the project starts, and you may see the estimated delivery dates for each under each reward package.

Q: Do I need to pledge an extra $10 for the poster shipping if I'm out of the United States?

A: Yes, please. If you're out of the US and would like to receive a poster, please include an extra $10 in your pledge.

Q: Where do I join the discussion community?

A: We are in the process of setting up a discussion community and MABK Mobil App, which will be available as reflected in the estimated delivery dates under the pledges. We will inform everyone via the Kickstarter project page and email when the community is ready.

Q: Can I put someone else name in the credits that isn't my own? Can I ship posters to a different address?

A: Sure, you can. We will send a survey to backers that pledged over $100 towards the end of the project to gather names for the credits and addresses for shipping.

Q: I would like to donate, but I can't get an Amazon Payments account. Can you accept Paypal?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot accept Paypal. More information about this specific issue can be found here:

However, Amazon has suggested that using prepaid credit cards will work, as long as you pledge $1 extra on top of the rewards tier you desire.

Risks and challenges

A Letter From Jean Borgella, Founder & CEO Oldetime Sports

Dear Valued Existing and Potential Kickstarter Backer Stakeholders,

We have strategically planned each phase of our Oldetime Knuckle Up venture. We have the primary content and necessary skill sets to bring our game to you.

As Oldetime Sports Founder and CEO, a certified Project Manager, PMP and Project Management with two Masters in Project Management and Information Systems Technology from George Washington University as well as over 12 years of effectively managing risks, I recognize each significant project one undertakes has inherent risk and challenges.

We have encountered a couple of Kickstarter launch delays because we needed to make sure we possessed the appropriate infrastructure to execute fully Bert Sugar’s and my initial vision from our 2011 company launch as well as the unfortunate circumstances surrounding Hurricane Sandy, of which many of our fellow New Yorkers are still recovering. Technically speaking, we also have had to overcome character development issues, as you can imagine the most expensive component to game development involves gaming mechanics. Although we have been able to unveil an alluring "vertical slice," it will take more varied iterations and financial resources to deliver our desired intense “realism” and "emotion" that we desire and is expected in today's video games.

With that said, we, however, are very proud of where we are with the Oldetime Knuckle Up game today. To mitigate the risk of delays, we have enlisted the help of Unity 3D to recruit a game mechanics expert to provide oversight in this process. We also have a partnership in place that will shorten our learning curve and help us integrate that AAA character development that this game requires and deserves. Our scene development and story telling further strengthens our team on an ongoing basis.

Our invaluable team and industry alliances with such business and industry experts as our Co-founder, seasoned business executive, and Yale Alum Erica Lee Benedetto, CEO of Unity 3D David Hegalson, Major League Games Erik Semmelhack Co-founder, and the entire SSAS® Enterprises LLC arts, entertainment, design, and media consultant team has not only expanded our a breadth of industry knowledge, but offered us some of the best mentors that a game development firm could have in its corner. We are grateful for their support and guidance throughout this process. We also have been fortunate to work closely with the New York City Small Business Office and the Office of Mayor Bloomberg. They are committed to providing resources for our success, and we welcome their continued support.

With little to no funding, we have taken, what at first was only an idea, to an unmatched level based on extensive research, key industry alliances, and nurturing gaming community relationships while testing, building a game vertical slice and performing real gamers interview to validate our assumptions that this style of gameplay has a market in the first place. Can you imagine what our game will look like once you help fund it?

We embrace a long-term perspective when it comes to game development, which is why we have a multi-stage development approach when it comes to launching this game. By also using a project management process that is akin to Agile Management a Rapid Application Development Methodology, we feel very confident that we are creating a boxing game that meets the standards that the market today expects, while establishing a foundation for continued game development for years to come.

On May 5, 2013, we will launch the Beta of the Game, We will use this time frame as an extensive testing and learning period, use the lessons learned to develop the second build that we will launch September 15, 2013, and complete as well as deliver the full launch ready game May 5, 2014. The reason why we selected the Kickstarter route is to create and develop a long-term relationship with a community of game lovers that love not only games, but the journey as well. Throughout this process, we look forward to sharing updates with you to keep you in the loop and up to speed.

We humbly, thank you for your continued support and we will make you proud through our continued growth and maturity as a firm.

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    4 backers

    Rope A Dope: ...And we're off the ropes! Our humble thanks for your support + instant access to Oldetime Knuckle Up Community Forum via our Free Mobile App to win exclusive Kickstarter game perks, prizes, and more.

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    1 backer

    Slugger: Exclusive Desktop Wallpaper + You’ll gain Kickstarter-exclusive pre-access to a digital copy of our draft Oldetime Knuckle Up Game rules. Includes also Rope A Dope Rewards.

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    5 backers

    On the Ropes: You’ll receive a Kickstarter-exclusive invitation to pre-order the Oldetime Knuckle Up game and digital concept book with high-resolution images reflecting the history of Oldetime Knuckle Up from concept to production.

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    4 backers

    The Candy Cane: Get the 25 page Oldetime Knuckle Up full color character book designed by our extraordinary all-star industry digital artists and Kickstarter-only limited edition Oldetime Knuckle Up Poster autographed by Jean Borgella and the design team.

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    1 backer

    Going the Distance: You’ll receive an invitation to play and get the Oldetime Knuckle Up BETA game in all of its Bareknuckle boxing chin cracking glory + the first 24 pages of the graphic-intense 288-page Oldetime "The Punchers Mark" Comic Book digital series.

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    2 backers

    Clean The Carpet: You’ll gain Kickstarter-exclusive access to our private discussion community plus receive Oldetime Knuckle SWAG Bag I (Official Game Poster + One Character Trading Card). Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    $50 reward

    4 backers

    Barnburner: You’ll receive the Oldetime Knuckle Up SWAG Bag II (SWAG Bag I + a Kickstarter-exclusive custom deck of Oldetime Knuckle Up Character Trading Cards + Official “I backed Oldetime Knuckle Up“ T-Shirt). Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    $75 reward

    1 backer

    Power Punch: You will receive an extra digital copy of the game, including closed beta access + Oldetime Knuckle Up Extra Game Codes to unlock Kickstarter-only featured scenes + $25 in-game cash to upgrade your boxing character or boxer accommodations in our exclusive Bareknuckle shop. Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    $100 reward

    12 backers

    The Sweet Science: You’ll receive a complimentary code to pre-order the May 5, 2014, full launch ready Oldetime Knuckle Up game and you’ll be the first to receive a pre-release digital copy of Oldetime’s "The Punchers Mark" Comic Book. Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)

    Stick and Move: You’ll receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the September 2013 Oldetime Knuckle Up game launch party for the Second Build (You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging costs). In addition, you’ll receive special thanks Oldetime Knuckle Up game credit as a supporter and a digital copy of the Making of the "Oldetime Knuckle Up" Documentary with really cool extras (e.g., behind-the-scenes stills and video footage). Included are all Power Punch Rewards.

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    1 backer Limited (14 left of 15)

    Kiss The Canvas: You’ll receive an original Kickstarter-exclusive Mini Portrait of YOU painted by an Oldetime Knuckle Up artist as a distinguished bareknuckle fighter or a distinguished patron based on a 200-word description provided by you (The copyright or trademark to the Mini Portrait character image will be held by Oldetime Sports LLC, and it reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content). Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    Bum Rush: You’ll receive two (2) complimentary tickets to the May 2014 full launch ready Oldetime Knuckle Up game launch party. In addition, you and a guest will be invited to lunch with Oldetime Sports CEO Jean Borgella and key Team Members in DUMBO Brooklyn to hear authentic bareknuckle stories and our experiences within the boxing and gaming industries while you ask as many questions as your heart desires. (You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging costs). You’ll also receive the Digital Oldetime Knuckle Up Soundtrack. Included are all Going the Distance Rewards.

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    $1,000 reward

    0 backers Limited (7 left of 7)

    On the Button: We’ll design a Kickstarter-exclusive Oldetime Knuckle Up Game Custom Scene such as a tavern, gym, or mansion that we will name after you (The copyright or trademark to the Custom Scene will be held by Oldetime Sports LLC, and it reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content). You’ll also get an original painting of art used in the final game and the Kickstarter-exclusive option to become a scene design consultant. Included are all Going the Distance + Barnburner + Power Punch + The Sweet Science + Stick and Move Rewards.

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    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    Counterpunch: We’ll design a Kickstarter-exclusive Custom Figure of Yourself based on a 200-word description provided by you (The copyright or trademark to the Custom Figure will be held by Oldetime Sports LLC, and it reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content). In addition, you’ll receive an invite to become a part of a small group of Beta testers for future Oldetime Sports games so we can gain your direct input. Included are all Going the Distance + Barnburner + Power Punch + The Sweet Science + Stick and Move.

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    0 backers Limited (3 left of 3)

    Sunday Punch: We’ll design a Kickstarter-exclusive Custom Oldtime Knuckle Up Character in Your Image within the Oldetime Knuckle Up Game as a key Patron or Handler based on a 200-word description provided by you (The copyright or trademark to the character image will be held by Oldetime Sports LLC, and it reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content). Included are all Going the Distance + Barnburner + Power Punch + The Sweet Science + Stick and Move Rewards.

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    $7,500 reward

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    Knockdown: We’ll design a Kickstarter-exclusive Custom Oldtime Knuckle Up Character in Your Image within the Oldetime Knuckle Up Game as a Fighter based on a 300-word description provided by you (The copyright or trademark to the character image will be held by Oldetime Sports LLC, and it reserves the right to reject inappropriate, anachronistic, or vulgar content). In addition, you’ll have dinner with Jean Borgella, tour of the Oldetime offices. Included are all Going the Distance + Barnburner + Power Punch + The Sweet Science + Stick and Move Rewards.

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    Final Round – The Knockout: You’ll have a Kickstarter-exclusive sparring session with Jean Borgella (I'm getting in shape!) at Gleason's Boxing Gym NYC with a Former World-boxing champion as Referee and dinner for you and a guest with the Oldetime Sports Team (You are responsible for your own transportation and lodging costs). Included are all Going the Distance + Barnburner + Power Punch + The Sweet Science + Stick and Move + On the Button Rewards.

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