So like I said in my “Welcome!” post, my name is Ryan, I go by “Winnar,” and I’ve been in love with Smash Bros. since the first game came out. I grew up with the game and have been active in the competitive community for nearly a decade.
Some of the items on my Smash résumé are:
- Played every Smash game competitively, except 4 (sorry Smash 4 fans, I don’t have a Wii U!).
- Hosted biweekly/monthly tournaments for about four years.
- Lead moderator of Reddit’s /r/smashbros community, home to over 200,000 strong. I was the 64th subscriber!
- Organized /r/smashbros’s Genesis 3 Player Fund, where we raised over $1,600 to sponsor 3 players around the globe to get to Genesis 3.
- Held a weekly educational livestream called Metagame Monday, where I taught people about Melee, answered questions, and did match analysis. This went on for about 10 months before I started my MBA and became too busy for it.
Back in early 2014 I came up with a plan to get into game development. I saved every penny I could, and that summer went back to school to get an MBA. Over the next year I spent my free time writing up a 74 page design document and learning everything I could about game development. Programming, modeling, animating, game design, anything I could consume to make up for my lack of experience. Anything I could do to make sure upon graduation I could hit the ground running.
My MBA wrapped up in August of 2015, and since then I’ve been living off my savings, working full time on the game.
The plan is to finish the prototype version of the game, which I’ll then take to Kickstarter. This version of the game will have one or two characters to play as, a few simple stages, and the ability to play locally. It’ll be released for free so that people can get a feel for what the game will play like before all the bells and whistles (extra characters, better art, music, netplay, leaderboards, etc.) are added.
Oh, and everything you see here has been done by yours truly. I’d love to bring people onto the team, but for now I can’t pay in more than equity. Let me know if you’re interested anyway!