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William Trubridge's Plunge Free Dive
By Mark Major
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William Trubridge's Plunge Free Dive
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Saving the world through video games
William Trubridge, the current freediving World Champion and double world record holder, dives so deep that he has rewritten the books on human physiology.
Trubridge is on a quest to raise awareness for New Zealand’s near extinct, Maui’s dolphin, a subspecies of the endangered Hector's Dolphin. Maui’s dolphins are on the brink of extinction with only 55 remaining in the world. We all need to take action.
In 2010, Trubridge set the world record, freediving 101m, unassisted by fins or flippers, on a single breath for Project Hector, bringing the plight of the Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin to the attention of the world.
Our goal with this PledgeMe campaign is to raise $10,000 to fund the development of William Trubridge's free-diving game, Plunge Free Dive. A game which showcases Trubridge’s awesome achievements in freediving while continuing to raise awareness for New Zealand’s endangered native dolphins so that together we can protect them.
Introducing Plunge Freedive
Play as William Trubridge in the time leading up to his world record breaking event, and train to become the world freediving champion.
Gameplay is inspired by real exercises and bodily considerations that William Trubridge undergoes while free-diving. Monitor heart-rate control, undertake breathing exercises, and from time to time, you too can save the day by rescuing Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins from gillnets.
We want the player to experience Trubridge’s love for the water and its creatures, helping to raise awareness for an important issue while they do so. More people play and pay for games than any other form of entertainment, which makes them an ideal platform for pushing real world experiences and causes. Every play session will contribute to helping to protect the New Zealand’s Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin population, raising awareness around their plight in an interactive way.
William Trubridge - a true kiwi hero
William Trubridge is the best freediver in the world, with a double world record in two freediving disciplines. Aside, he teaches at his own freediving school and runs an annual competition to help others push their limits.
When he’s not 100m or more underwater William is out there making a difference. His non- profit organisation fights to protect New Zealand’s waters and its creatures. The main goals of the organisation are to help to clear the oceans of plastic waste and to help to prevent the extinction of the Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin.
Protect New Zealand’s little, native Dolphin
There are less than 7,000 Hector's Dolphins remaining. Only 55 remaining Maui's Dolphins, teetering on the brink of extinction. Irresponsible fishing methods have bought their populations to these levels, since dolphins are easily entangled in gillnets, invisible to the sonar they use for echolocation.
Their only salvation lies in the reform of fishing legislation to ban set net and trawl fishing wherever dolphins are found in New Zealand coastal waters up to 100m deep. Hector’s and Maui’s dolphins are the smallest, cutest dolphin in the world, and need our protection from the New Zealand fishing companies who have no regard for their lives.
Maui’s dolphins are currently the closest species to extinction in New Zealand. If we fail to protect them, they will be only the second dolphin species in the world to go extinct since the Yangtze River dolphin in China.
Even as a country which promotes its connection to nature, we still haven’t been able to make a difference to prevent the extinction of our own dolphins. This needs to change, now.
William Trubridge concerning the plight of the Maui’s dolphin:
If you want to donate directly to the protection of dolphins you can do so here:
Also stay up to date on the Trublue Facebook page:
All rewards available internationally
See more here http://blackcat.co.nz/akaroa-harbour-nature-cruises
We are crowdsourcing for more rewards as the campaign goes forward. Contact us if you are interested in supporting and/or providing additional rewards.
Plunge Freedive Development Budget
Funding from this campaign will be used to cover the six to eight weeks worth of development, marketing & business cost, music for game and campaign related costs to produce Plunge for a mobile environment. With a planned release date of July 2015.
The core designs for Plunge and a prototype testing mechanics have already been completed. However we want you, the players, to help us build and shape the game. Backers will be able to provide input by submitting ideas for consideration to be used within the game. The community will decide which of these designs they think are most appropriate for the game.
The key development points for the game include:
A breathtaking, tailored experience into the amazing world of freediving.
An innovative combination of game mechanics driving compelling underwater gameplay.
Global Leaderboards and exciting sharing capabilities to encourage competitive gameplay.
Interchangeable, customizable and upgradeable characters with an abundance of high-tech, equipable items and training.
Carefully considered information placed in key points throughout the game to promote awareness of the plight of the Hector’s and Maui’s dolphin.
Tones of testing to ensure the Plunge is bug free for release.
Backers will also get early access to the game to provide feedback after testing.
You can follow all updates for the game at https://www.facebook.com/plummetgame
Who is GameStarter
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We love games based on real life stories. Our last game, Plummet Free Fall was based on Mark’s real life back breaking fall being #1 in four countries.
Learn more about our story, and learn about the future of crowd sourced game development at www.gamestarter.io
Our Awesome Team
2 days to win
04/06/2015 at 2:05 PM
We're hugely thankful to all our backers and supporters so far. We've come so far, and are so close to raising our development costs for Plunge Freedive.
New reward! Freediving velcro tag - handmade by William Trubridge
28/05/2015 at 3:14 PM
Hey guys, we've added a new reward specific for William's fans and freediving enthusiats! Being the legend that he is, William Trubridge has handmade 5 freediving velcro tags and gifted them to our cause. If you're William's biggest fan or even just a friendly diver, these tags make for a unique gift or novelty item.
Come get yours now, for a stupidly low Pledge price of $50! There's only 5!
Woooooah, we're halfway there!
15/05/2015 at 4:40 PM
Today we hit $5000 in our campaign. That's $5000 in 8 days. Hot damn.
Thank you to everyone for your pledges and support so far! It's also Phyo's 30th birthday, and all he really, REALLY wants for his birthday is pledges! Share us online, help make Phyo's birthday wishes come true.
As a last note, we are featuring in two new articles online, check them out below:
7 day update. Things are going swimmingly!
14/05/2015 at 2:57 PM
After a hectic 7 days of spreading our campaign, we’ve had a momentous start. 57 backers from around NZ and the world, with $4,765 raised! Nearly half way to our $10,000 goal.
A huge thank you to everybody who has supported so far, we only ask that you keep spreading the campaign with friends and family. The more attention we can build around this campaign, a more powerful message we can send out to the world!
As thanks, here’s our blooper reel.
Thanks Black Cats!
09/05/2015 at 2:40 PM
The fantastic people of Black Cats have donated 5 double passes for their Harbour Nature Cruise.
Have a look at thier website here http://www.http://blackcat.co.nz/
Check out all their photos they see some pretty incredible sights. My favourite is this one of a Hector mother and her calf
If that doesn't make you want to pledge... I really don't know what else to do :)
Thanks for all the supprt everyone
Joss is going to sport a dolphin outfit
07/05/2015 at 3:10 PM
UPDATE: If we hit $1000 soon, Joss will take a swim in the wharf, in his dolphin suit!
Thanks to Lucas Slebos, we raised an extra $100 in an hour. As promised on social media, Joss will don a dolphin outfit and take to the streets. Good job guys!
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"Go William, you are truly a kiwi legend"
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"Well done on reaching the target!"
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"Putting our money where our mouth is and getting behind an awesome NZ startup :) You guys rock!"
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"Best wishes for your venture !!. We need to save Maui's Dolphins..."
2015-06-05 12:48:39 +1200
"Awesome initiative - well done!"
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"Awesome cause, awesome initiative, awesome team."
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"Great work guys!"
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"I hope this pledge is not too late. I fear for this lovely species. "
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"Good luck guys.....its a great cause, hope you reach your target!"
2015-06-03 20:28:32 +1200
"Game looks awesome. Love William, free diving and dolphins, perfect!"
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"Wahoo go GameStarter :) :)"
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"Great project with some serious social impact."
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"I'm in love with Mark Major. "