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App Startup Idea #131 (w/mockups!): Life Win/Lose Percentage playing Games (aka Broughten)

This is my buddy Aaron’s idea originally (@lloydxmas). I’m sharing because he and I would like someone to create this. I spent a bit of time exploring this idea. You’ll see my mockups below. The gist of the idea is that people currently have no way of tracking our life’s win/lose percentage in games. I wish I had a history/record of all the Monopoly games I’ve played with friends over my life.

Imagine if before you start any game (kan jam, Settlers of Catan, Monopoly, Sorry, etc), that you initiate that game via an app. You specify who you’re playing with/against. Then you could share that to twitter/facebook, telling the world that a battle has begun in Monopoly. During the gameplay, you and your opponents/teammates can take photos, write comments… basically keep a record of all the action from the game. When the game concludes, you specify if you won or lost. Also, once you start a game with these players, the app will show you your win/lose percentage with your teammates, versus these opponents, and overall. You could even specify where you are playing [via foursquare].

I think this would make a neat app. Below are my mockups, as well as all of my notes. I have not built this app. I hope someone will build it. If you think this is neat, or have comments, add comments to the bottom of this post.  And please, someone, create this app! I called it ‘Broughten’, which was a word used in the film ‘Bring it!’. I thought it was witty and sarcastic. Most of my friends disagreed with the name, to be honest. This entire post is all yours, please do something with it. This could be a good StartupWeekend project for someone :)


Win lose percentage — original idea

Use twitter usernames. They can @win with names of opponents, and which was winner.
Or just allow tweeting from the app itself with links to profile pages of user showing all their wins and losses.
In tweet, use @stp to list all opponents referenced.
Allow games to use our api to reference wins and losses.
Separate out wins losses by category. Have different percentage for each category. “I’ll lose at kan jam, but school you at risk!”
Allow yourself to compare to anyone on the site.
Allow playing of games against others on site, like online chess.


Examples of Games & Scoring

Posted by Steve Poland

You might start a new game. Or if you are playing by yourself, you might be simply tracking yourself — when you earn achievements or level up in a game [halo, farmville, WoW]. You might specify other facts — when you bought some virtual goods [KoL], etc.

  • Is this a tournament (multiple games added together) or a single game?
  • [ability to select all kinds of games for a tournament, not just the same one; i.e. beer olympics]
  • How many players?
  • Next screen: Who are the players?
  • [You should track the overall win/loss, not individual hands or turns.]
  • Tag which ones are your partner [they will result in same score as you].
  • If online game, what’s your username for the game? [optional]
  • Ability to add meta data to a game. Ex: What piece you were in Monopoly? What color you were in Blokus or Sorry.
  • There might be multiple teams [mult partners] — unsure how to do this. A team might have 3 people.
  • Ability to specify 4sq venue this game was at.
  • Ability to share to twitter and facebook.
  • Post-game: What place did each player result in? [Show their names with a place marker under (or next to) each name]
  • Ability to group individual games together as a tournament game. Like Euchre, we play 4 games in a night
  • play to 100, that’s the winner.
  • could be 3 or 4 [or 5?] players
  • I would want to know that I came in 2nd place, behind Tom Poland.
  • Can’t really track how I do individually amongst others.
  • My partner is Tom Poland [or none if rotating].
  • Might be 4 players, might be 24. [I might want to add some names from the game: Jim Greico, Tom Poland, Steve Poland]
  • My partner and I might come in 3rd as a team. Someone else I know [Jim] might come in 1st, but he’s really playing against a different pool of players [N/S vs E/W].
Texas Hold ‘Em Poker
  • I might play in a tourney with 85 players, I don’t know who they all are, but I might track some friends in there. [Even if I don’t know how they end up, knowing they were in that game is cool]
  • I might play with 20 people. Some are friends that I’d want to mention.
  • I likely want to know my score at end of game. Maybe at end of tourney too.
  • In Euchre I have a partner, and we play against 2 others. We might win 10-6.
Kan Jam
  • Teams, 2 vs 2. partners.
  • Automatic win is someone that hits it in the slot.
  • Score is first to 21, but can go to OT. Some people play to 15.
Ladder Ball
  • Could be multiple teams, multiple partners.
  • meta data: what color were you?
  • Typically played vs 3-5 other players.
  • notes would be how the user started and ended
  • Users ranked when they get kicked out.
  • 3-5 players. Whomever has most money at end of game, wins.
  • Typically 3-6 players. no teams.
  • Users ranked when they get kicked out.
  • notes would be how the user started and ended w/strategies. What piece were you?
  • 2-4 players I think. What color were you?
  • 3-8 players. Everyone for themself. Score to 15 I think.
  • 2-4 players, no teams.
  • Score is involved and winner determined from lower score.
  • What color were you?
  • Not sure there is a win or lose.
  • You might specify when you start, or when you level up. When do you earn achievements?
  • You either win or lose.
Halo 3
  • You might play other people.
  • You might play other people and be on a team. Did your team win?
  • You might do campaign and specify when you started a campaign, and when you get different achievements [when you leveled up].
Beer Pong
  • Typically a team of 2, but can be a team of 3. vs another team.
  • End result is a team losing and having 4 cups left to drink. [out of 10, or 15 typically]. This could be a meta detail, or
Beer Olympics
  • We played 4 different games at a tournament called ‘Beer Olympics’.
Pig Out
  • 2-6 players. First to 100 wins!
  • You could specify everyone’s rank, and scores.

Initial Mockups

Posted by Steve Poland

Buttons for Popular, Recent (by me), Console, Handheld, Outdoor, Cards, Board Games, Online, Mobile
2. On Mobile page, show popular games. Tab for seeing all alphabetical. Search to search like 4sq does (hidden on android). Show game titled and # of people playing right now.
3. On Words With Friends page, show tips, Number of people playing now with faces that link to profiles, Tips, Rules, [FUTURE: Cheats, Forum, Buy/Sell, Resources (links to webpages)], Photos, 31 Wins 14 losses 2 ties (which brings up feed of games I have played for this game) ((or just say My History but not mu actual record– put that onsubmit screen), omsubmit– leaderboard showing where I rank with friends (1 above me, me, 1 below me)– onclick shows full leaderboard for this game. ((Verified wins only)), 0 Games in Play ((these are any outstanding games in play– if user doesn’t say win or lose in specific time period then we close them I think))
“BRING IT!” button for creating a game I am playing now. Ability to leave some pregame banter or notes, pregame photo, twitter fb 4sq checkin (pool at The Pink; darts at Fathers; pinball at Putt Putt). Add opponents– list of my friends in order of popular that i play against, by contact list, by username,
By name (not a user in system): “computer”, “unknown” (description field),  friend not in broughten.
On submit screen of “oh, its been BROUGHTEN!”– show any history between you and these opponents (You are 2-5-1 vs CDMoyer all-time, 5-game losing streak), as well as their records for this game. Show your record for this game. Leaderboard of where u rank with these specific opponents ((or all ur friends? Neh u care about these people)).
So now you have a game in play currently. Somehow we show this to you, but you might have several games “in play”. You can specify the game has ended and specify whether you won/lost/tie/forfeit/cancel/dupe that game. Then you specify post-game notes [especially if ‘cancel’], post-game photos, the scores of you and your opponents. [Possible things specific to each game here — like kanjam “automatic win by hitting hole”]
After submitting what happened, we notify your opponent by email [or sms?] if they aren’t using Broughten yet [we got this info from user before game started]. If the user is on broughten, then they can confirm the win/loss/tie/forfeit and add their own notes/photos.
A URL is created for every game that occurs w/pregame notes, postgame notes, photos, and responses by each user.
Users will have alerts when another user has added them to a game or has finished a game with them.
[Both/all users should not create the same game; they should coordinate one of them to create the game]
[Need ability for user to specify ‘dupe’ if the game is a dupe creation of another]
  • avatar, name
  • twitter username, hometown
  • last game played
  • # of games played
  • Most Played Games [last 6 months].  “Kan-Jam” 2nd among friends
  • Friends. [34 >] [Add Friends >]
Hearts “55 playing now” — based on avg length it takes users to create and end that game. All default at 2 hours, but Risk will eventually become like 4 hours.
“55 playing now” or “55 games being played now”

Tweet Possibilities:

Bring it! Kan-Jam w/@caryn1420 vs @lloydxmas
Oh, it’s already been broughten! Kan-Jam w/@caryn1420 vs @lloydxmas
It’s been broughten! Blokus vs @magnachef @nb3004 (@ Spot Coffee) [pic]:
I won! Blokus vs @Magnachef @nb3004 (@ Spot Coffee) [pic]:
I won! I have won 4 games of Blokus in my career.
I won! I have a .678 win %, which is #1 amongst my friends in Blokus.
I lost :(
Tweet out my wins
Tweet out my losses
Tweet out my badges
I am now the #1 ranked Blokus player in Buffalo, NY.
Chris Moyer started a Blokus game with you. (Confirm) (Deny)
Chris Moyer says you won the Blokus game. (Confirm) (Deny)
Chris Moyer says you both tied the Blokus game. (Confirm) (Deny)
Chris Moyer says you and Nicholas Barone lost the Kan Jam game against Chris Moyer and Terry Martin. (Confirm) (Deny)
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