Changeling - Visual Novel
Changeling - Visual Novel

This project has already launched.

 

 

Changeling is a visual novel that celebrates the silliness of romance and takes a tongue in cheek approach to tropes common in the fantasy and romance genres.

The story takes place in a version of the world where magic and fantasy creatures are real. The story immerses the player in its own, unique lore about common fantasy fare such as Vampires and Faeries. The player decides how Nora navigates the odd and dangerous situations in which she finds herself, as well as how her personality is portrayed to other characters. Choices stack up and contribute to what information is discovered during the course of each story route, as well as what potential endings one encounters. Certain decisions can significantly impact content and scenes the player has access to as they read.

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Nora Lewis is a senior at Stone Circle Academy and a self-reliant girl who has rarely found herself at a loss in any situation. Her life is upended after she joins a club at school and discovers a secret world of paranormal creatures she didn't know existed.

Nora learns that her best friend is a Witch and her other club mates are a mixture of Vampires, Werewolves, and Wizards. When the others reveal that she's not a normal human either Nora feels that everything she's ever known to be true about the world has just been proven false.

While working to uncover the mystery behind several incidents in her past which may be connected to her supernatural origins, Nora begins to realize the secret of her identity may be darker than she thought. But if she can solve her own mysteries, she may be able to salvage a crumbling relationship with her increasingly angry and paranoid twin brother. First, though, she has to stay alive in a paranormal society teeming with danger – with the help of one of six guys, each of whom has his own unique problems to deal with.

Each story route has a standalone plot that revolves around the main character trying to discover her origins while navigating unforeseen dangers and odd situations that start flying her way the moment she finds out she might not be human (because they always wait until that moment). There's a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of humor and a lot of drama and danger. The story is told in first person, through Nora's incredulous and often dryly sarcastic narrative.

 

 

 

-500,000+ words

-six planned love interests

-25+ planned endings

-smart, strong willed MC

-developed side characters

-20+ original backgrounds

-layered plot

-30+ CGs

-branching plot with choices that have real impact on the story path

 

 

 

 

 

Starting Goal - $7500

Our main focus is to ensure our final product is as polished as possible. Rather than crunch down the amount of content (in the form of story or art), we'd like to hire more people to be able to fill the gaps in our current team so we can ensure the final game is worth the price.

While the game isn't currently planned to have complex game play features (like mini games), we'd like to have a nice selection of extras to enhance the story as well as amazing in-game content to really immerse the reader in the plot and bring the characters to life.

 

 

Art:

The bulk of our funds will go to art. Since this is a visual novel, we definitely do not want to scrimp and scrape when it comes to the 'visual' part! We do have a reasonably capable artist working on the game but Esh is currently both the lead artist and the lead writer. Her time is split between both trying to finish the remaining 250k words of script as well as completing the 30 CGs we'd like to have in the game, 12 remaining backgrounds, all the remaining sprites and a few extras and items we'd like to have show up during the game.

Additional funding will help us bring on additional artists to ease the burden of completing CGs and backgrounds so she can focus more of her time on completing the script!

Contingency:

We definitely want to set aside a bit of money just in case something goes wrong or we need more assets than we can foresee at the moment. If we end up with leftover funds in this area, they will all be put back toward the game and our stretch goals.

Development:

The core programming was largely done during the demo. There are a few additional features we'd like to add into the game, which will need the expertise of an experienced coder. Funds provided by the kickstarter will help us make the GUI more polished as well as add functionalities that will make the game more interesting and interactive. We will also be able to spend extra time editing and fine tuning the writing to make sure the final version of the script is as awesome as possible!

Music:

Currently all the music in the game is royalty free. We'd like to be able to commission a selection of original tracks from Eric Matyas, which will be made exclusively for Changeling, though! We really look forward to being able to work with him on this! If we end up with contingency money left over, we can also use it to expand the sound track.

Recoup:

We want to set aside a small amount of money to help recoup the out of pocket expenses that have been incurred to get the project to its current state.

Rewards:

We don't have many physical rewards but we want to be sure we set enough money aside for printing and shipping the ones we do have!

Fees:

This amount is set aside to pay for fees incurred during kickstarter and other campaigns.

Why Kickstarter?

The main reason for kickstarter is to allow us to hire assistants to help with sprites, backgrounds, additional art, coding the script, and writing. Though much has been completed, there is still a lot of work left to do on this game.

With enough backing, we can improve art quality, get an original soundtrack, and add additional features and game extras – all of which work toward creating a more polished and engaging final product.

As a start-up group working on our first commercial project, backing and fundraising are super important to success. Kickstarter is definitely a great way to get your idea out there to a wide audience!

 

Risks and challenges

Changeling has been in development for quite some time. A sizeable chunk of the assets are complete, as well as much of the programming for the core game features necessary to make a basic, functional visual novel. There's no reason to assume that, with funding, we won't be able to release the game in late 2017 or early 2018. As always, unforeseen events can throw a wrench into even the best plans and schedules; however barring a major catastrophe there isn't any reason Changeling won't be completed – as long as we have the funds to expand the team and delegate some of the work.

As a new studio, there is bound be a learning curve with this game but barring major life developments and catastrophes, our main concerns are time management and having funds to acquire more talent for the project!

 

How else can I help?

Spread the word! Any re-blogs, retweets, let's plays, reviews, etc are extremely helpful for getting the word out and potentially getting more backers to our project.

 

 

 

 

$ 1

Thank you!

 

Mobile Wallpaper

Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!

 

$5

Wallpaper set

 

Character wallpaper set

          -3 love interests

Mobile Wallpaper

Name in acknowledgements

 

 

$10

Small Reward Pack

 

Character wallpaper set

          -3 love interests

Mobile Wallpaper

Changeling Soundtrack download

Name in acknowledgements

 

$15

Get the Game!

 

Small Reward Pack +

Changeling (full game) free

Name in acknowledgements

 

 

$15 (limited tier)

Mini Early Bird Reward Pack

 

Changeling (full game) free

Official walkthrough

          -exclusive kickstarter reward. will not be released or published elsewhere.

Character wallpaper set

          -6 love interests

Sticker Sheet

Changeling Soundtrack download

Name in acknowledgements

 

 

$20

Regular Reward Pack

 

Changeling (full game) free

Character wallpaper set

          -3 love interests

Mobile Wallpaper

Changeling Soundtrack download

Digital artbook

Name in acknowledgements

 

 

$20 (limited tier)

Early Bird Reward Pack


Game + additional game code

Official walkthrough

          -exclusive kickstarter reward. will not be released or published elsewhere.

Character wallpaper set

          -6 love interests

Character acrylic set

          -3 love interests

Sticker sheet

Digital Artbook

Changeling Soundtrack download

Name in acknowledgements

 

$30

Backstage Access!

 

Regular Reward Pack +

1 additional game key

Backstage access to current project

- see development process as it happens, get previews and sneak peaks of the script and assets as they are created.

Name in acknowledgements

 

 

$45

Early Game Download

 

Regular Reward Pack +

1 additional game key

Early access

          -Download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Exclusive digital wallpaper of the male character of your choice pictured with your OC (or yourself).

          -Choose one of two designs

Name in acknowledgements

 

$100 (limited to 20)

Terrarium Commission!

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Exclusive digital wallpaper of the male character of your choice pictured with your OC (or yourself).

          -Choose one of two designs

Animated terrarium commission from Sprocket

Name in acknowledgements

 

$150 (limited to 6)

Design An Extra!

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Exclusive digital wallpaper of the male character of your choice pictured with your OC (or yourself).

          -Choose one of two designs

Design and name an existing 'extra' who has a few speaking lines. You may give a cameo to yourself or an original character, or come up with someone new. Most extras appear in multiple routes but have only minor plot relevance.

          -Be credited as a character designer in the game upon successful completion of character design.

 

$200 (limit 20)

Kinetic Novel Side story!

 

Regular Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Exclusive digital wallpaper of the male character of your choice pictured with your OC (or yourself).

          -Choose one of two designs

-Kinetic Novel side story

    Nora's birthday passed without much acknowledgement but the members of the Paranormal Mysteries Club have set up a belated celebration to commemorate it. And her new boyfriend has a special surprise for her.

Handwritten post card from the team

Animated terrarium commission from Sprocket

Name in acknowledgements

 

$400 (limited to 6)

Design a Minor Character!

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

            -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Work with the team to design and name one of our existing side characters.

-These are speaking characters that appear multiple times in the story and have a significant involvement in the overall plot.

- Credit as character designer upon successful completion of the design.

- Letter of reference/recommendation if desired

 

$1000 (limited to 2)

Create a new Minor Character

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Work with the team to create an entirely new side character.

          -This character will appear in one of the unwritten routes and play a role in the story. You will help design their look, backstory and role in the plot. (Lore and Narrative rules will apply. Feel free to contact ahead of time to work out details and make sure the idea and design are feasible.)

          - Credit as character designer and writing assistant on successful implementation.

          - Letter of reference/recomentation if desired

 

$1500 (limited to 1)

Design a new Love Interest!

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Work with the team to write a hidden character route.

          -This character will unlock after the other routes are complete. Choose from existing side characters or help create an entirely new character. (Lore and Narrative rules will apply. Feel free to contact ahead of time to work out details and make sure the idea and design are feasible.)

          - Credit as character designer and writing assistant on successful implementation.

          - Letter of reference/recomentation if desired

 

$2000 (limited to 5)

Creative Advisory Board

 

Early Bird Reward Pack +

Early access

          -Be able to download the completed game before it's released to the public.

Join SteamberryStudio's creative advisory board.

          -Become part of the creative force behind our games.

          -Be privy to to the behind the scenes development process. Have real influence on the design and direction of the game including input on character designs, which scenes get illustrated via CGs, plot and direction of unwritten routes, as well future edits and changes to existing routes.

          -Be involved in and influence our future projects.

End title credit as "Creative Producer"

 

 

 

 

         Lisa Eshkenazi:

                            Original concept, Lead Artist, Script writer

         Stephanie Schauer

                            Script Editor, Writing Assistant, Social Media Manager

 

 

Additional Credits:

GUI coding: Ayano, Candace Lindenmayer

Trailer: Eli Eshkenazi

Original Logo: Alyson Bradley

Music: Eric Matyas

 

F.A.Q

 

When will the game be completed?

The plan is to have Changeling developed within a 7-8 month time frame after the conclusion of successfully funding the project. Our hope is to release the game no later than December of 2017.

 

Will the game be completed if it's not funded?

That's a tough question because we really hope this doesn't happen! But the short answer is that it almost definitely won't be.

 

Though we've done a ton of work already, it'll be very hard to produce a quality game without hiring additional artists and programmers to help out. Without funding, the 'finished' game would definitely be missing assets and functions (far fewer CGs, backgrounds, etc). We would definitely need to trim the script and remove a couple of the current love interests from the story entirely.

 

We're not, at this point, willing to release such a truncated version of the project. So, if not funded, the future of this project will definitely be bleak.

 

Will the game have any 18+/NSFW content?

At this time, while there are romantic scenarios, they don't go beyond mild physical intimacy and innuendo. The game also contains a few instances of non-sexual partial nudity due to the nature of some of the Fae creatures that appear or the physical transformations some characters are capable of.

 

In what platforms will Changeling be available?

Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. We are potentially open to considering Android/iOS if there is interest.

 

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