Community App for Wargamers – a KR Kickstarter project

By Polar_Bear
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Feb 25th, 2013
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KR Multicase launched a Kickstarter in order to fund a new Community App for wargamers that’ll help you search for stores and tourneys as well as contain your army lists.

From the campaign (lots after the cut) :

Fed up with searching for stores? And tournaments? And not having your army list with you? Looking for a local club, or the next show in a town you are visiting? Me too, so I figured it would be good to get all that in 1 place. After many conversations with gamers, clubs, and podcasts, we have come up with the Community App that you see in the video. A single place to find all the standard info you need no matter where you are in the world, or which genre of game you play. And it will be free to use.

What will it do?
The KR Community app will maintain an up to date GLOBAL directory of Shops, Clubs, Shows and Tournaments and Podcasts, so that wherever you are you need only look in one place to find all you need for purchasing, playing or competing. You will be able to sort by name, by location or by date to find the places or events that suit you, as well as quick links to websites and directions.

The App features ArmySelector – a simple selector wheel to pick your models, rotate and tap and they will be added to your list – no typing needed! The list can be edited for title, custom text, points value, and even add pictures of your own models to it. Model detail screens show all you need to know for particular models. Uploads from csv files will also be catered for. It will be compatible with the soon to be launched “AutoFill” feature on the KR website, enabling you to use ArmySelector to take all the hard work out of creating your army lists and optimising your transport of them.

A simple traffic light system enables you to see at a glance which models are finished ready to game with, those you need to make, and even those you need to buy to finish your army or collection.

There are links to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Wargamers Consortium too, so you have easy access to all your social networks.

What do you get by supporting it’s creation?
App development is a costly process, and my aim is to provide a free app for wargamers. The way I can do this is if the Wargaming community supports us by making their next purchase of a KR Multicase via this Kickstarter Project. There are lots of levels, from single cases to suit a small army, to fantastic deals such as the “Bakers Dozen” which gets you a Kaiser2 and 11 additional cases! Think that may be too much for your collection? – then why not club together with a few friends and it will get you all the best cases for your armies. Some are from our yet to be released range of KR furniture so there is a slightly longer shipping time on them. See the rewards listed, and pick one to suit you. The funds raised will be simply split between manufacturing and shipping (where applicable) your cases, and the coding and launch of the App. And remember the App will be a free download.

Anyone who contributes to this project can have their name permanently on the App credits page as a contributor to getting the KR Community App created – you will have been there at the start!

The shipping dates are based on getting the physical cases/products out, the app will be available from June onwards. Shipping is FREE for UK and USA supporters as we can ship form our UK and our USA factories. If you are outside those locations sorry but you will have to add a shipping cost.

You can choose the trays from the current KR range to suit your army in your case, and on some levels choose the case type. We will send you a form by email to confirm the case type and trays you want after the Kickstarter ends!

How Stores, Clubs, Shows, Tournaments and Podcasts can benefit
The store, club, tournament, show and podcast rewards are a great way of getting your name in a prime spot on the app, as well as getting a good range of cases too – limited availability on those !

If you run a store, check out the “Retail Bonanza”. Not only do you get a featured position on the shop landing page, but stock to fill your shelves as well ! This reward is only available to store owners – for full details, including shipping rates, please contact KR directly before committing.

If you organise a Show, check out the “Show Off”. Not only do you get a featured position on the show landing page, but a superb set of prizes for your next show too. This reward is only available to show organisers – for full details, including shipping rates, please contact KR directly before committing.

If you run a Tournament, check out the “Tournament Tussle”. Not only do you get a featured position on the tournament landing page, but a great range of prizes for your tournament too. This reward is only available to tournament organisers – for full details, including shipping rates, please contact KR directly before committing.

If you run a Club, check out the “Club Sandwich”. Not only do you get a featured position on the club landing page, but a large range of cases to suit your club members too. This reward is only available to club organisers – for full details, including shipping rates, please contact KR directly before committing.

If you broadcast a Podcast, check out the “Cast Away”. Not only do you get a featured position on the Podcast landing page, but a great range of prizes for your next listeners too. This reward is only available to podcast hosts – for full details, including shipping rates, please contact KR directly before committing.

Stretch Goals
If the initial goal is reached we will be able to complete the iPhone version of the App. We have exciting stretch goals planned, and if we begin to meet them then the KR Community App availability will be increased to Android phones, and then Tablets too. Stretch goals and increased rewards will be posted here when needed!

And Finally:
Thanks for reading all the info, and if you can, do support us getting the app launched and use it to spend more time making, painting and playing !

Enjoy the video, it tells the story of the app and why it will be a great addition to gamers worldwide.

Daryl
KR Multicase

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  • Ghost

    Google and Facebook are already global, free and on my iPhone. Personally I won’t stop using them to start using this but mileage may vary for others. Likewise there are existing free Army List apps – although most of them are rubbish. I suspect the perceived need to bring these features together into one app is flawed and probably due to old gamers being unable to operate smart phones. ((Why don’t we add a web browser, email and mobile phone calls to this thing so we can have even more of everything we need in one app…? Okay so I’m being sarcastic but it’s illustrating my point))

    The traffic light thing could work as a motivator for slack painters (me!) but no more than looking at your hobby desk and seeing unpainted figures.

    In my humble opinion this Kickstarter will appeal to people who want a deal on KR trays/cases, gamers who don’t know how to use their iPhone or gamers who have been in a coma since 1997.

    • Soulfinger

      I don’t even understand this KS. What do you get for pledging? “Teh Interweb, my friend! For your phone!” Gee, I wish I had some sort of app for telling me where the non-existent FLGS is in my town, and if I’m really lucky I can advertise my tournament with them so that it will show up in their app instead of people having to find out about it from the flyer I posted at Planned Parenthood. If I were going to design an app for gamers, it would be a virtual bar of deodorant that uses your Interweb phone to gauge your armpit and then gives directions to the nearest deodorant vendor.

      • Roboute

        What do you get for pledging? Everything from the KR inventory now on Kickstarter.

        The cynic in me can’t help but think that the app is but a fig-leaf-excuse to shift 15.000 quid of KR product through Kickstarter.

        Whether or not the App actually comes out might well be a secondary concern to KR.

        • Soulfinger

          I think you are right.

  • Its the Gradient fills that kill it. Do KR know that Geocities closed down years ago? Shame , as the stuff is good , but I only buy at shows due to the website being awful. And here’s the thrust…The App will be as bad as the website, like an old man dancing at a school disco.