Hey everyone! At the end of last month I gave a presentation to Mississippi State University’s Entrepreneurship Center Advisory Board (what a mouthful, normally we call just it ECAB). I mentioned in a very early post here that I came to MSU to get my MBA, and a big part of choosing MSU was because of my positive experiences as an undergrad with the university’s Entrepreneurship Center. Since coming back to Starkville they’ve been incredibly helpful in so many ways. I want to give huge thanks to Eric Hill in particular, the head of the E Center, for meeting with me several times to give me advice, helping me prioritize, and helping me organize my timeline to keep myself focused.
Anyway, I presented at the end of last month to get both advice and ask for one of the university’s start-up grants. They gave me both!
I’m extremely close to being done with the prototype version of the game (it’s currently playable for in-house playtesting), and so this grant money is the final financial aid I needed to get to Kickstarter. It’s the final push!
Obviously I’m not on Kickstarter yet so this may be premature, but I wanted to take a moment to thank all the people who have helped me get this far. Whether I end up succeeding or not, these people all deserve to know how much I appreciate their advice and support.
First and foremost, I have to thank both of my parents, Rick and Shelly Gilbrech, for their love and support. I doubt I would have even tried if both of my parents hadn’t encouraged me to pursue it. Thank you so, so much for your support then and every step of the way.
Brandon Gilbrech and Jeff Hsu for both of their help in brainstorming gameplay ideas, critiquing my work, and helping me stay motivated.
Eric Hill, for all the reasons I said above and much more.
Angelia Knight, for all her support throughout the MBA program and beyond.
Nick Thompson, for being my mentor as an indie game dev, for answering all of my scrubby programming questions, and for sharing my passion for indie games.
Nathan Bercaw, for always being there to give me advice, bounce ideas off of, and being just an all around great friend.
Rajiv Puvvada, for being the friend and mentor I don’t deserve. Haven’t heard from you in a while, but I always know I have your support whenever I need it. It means the world to me.
Starkville Melee for the best memes and Melee nights on the planet. You guys are all great, and you constantly remind me why I love the Smash Bros. community. You make me want to give back to the community I grew up with, and that’s what this whole project has been about from the start.
Thank you all.