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TaleTown is a "choose your own adventure" style Facebook game where you customize your virtual home and win real e-book rewards!
TaleTown is a "choose your own adventure" style Facebook game where you customize your virtual home and win real e-book rewards!
47 backers pledged $6,142 to help bring this project to life.

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TaleTown is a game for Facebook, so it will be free for everyone.  It combines all the fun of a choose your own adventure story with a world creation game. Players get to customize their virtual houses with items rewarded from reading through the quests.  But that's just the tip of the iceberg!

A game with REAL rewards!

Players in TaleTown actually unlock download-able content for their Kindle or any other e-reader!  That's right, the free to play Facebook game will be giving out free e-books of short stories, flash fiction, and serial fiction.  It's long past time for games to start giving out real rewards to players.

Some of the money will go toward keeping the development team from starving while working on the project.

Some of the money will go toward promoting the game so we can get enough players.

A lot of the money will go toward paying writers and artists for the reward content.  The rewards are key.  They're the gifts we want to give back to people for playing.  With the money we raise we'll be able to launch our Beta version of the game with over 70 free downloads in it.  The more we raise, the more free e-books we can add!

In TaleTown you start with a plot of virtual land with a house on it.  Inside the house is a bookshelf that holds your quests.  Complete the quests and you unlock recipes to make improvements to your property.  These have a genre and the things you can do to your house reflect the story styles.  These are the categories:

So if you do a lot of one type of quest, you'll be able to decorate your house and yard in that style!  You're also free to mix and match your tastes so if you want to create a romantic graveyard on your property, just play the romance and the creepy quests!  New quests, items, and even genres will be added regularly, giving the player all sorts of options.  And don't forget, as you play you'll also unlock real e-book content.

Game Features

  • Dozens of choose your own adventure style quests.
  • Six story categories to fit your personal tastes.
  • Customizable homestead, portrait, and house interior.
  • Hundreds and hundreds of items for your virtual property.
  • A complete crafting system for rare item creation.
  • Player interactivity, trading, and co-operation.
  • Dozens of free e-book reward downloads.
  • Ranked Leader-boards by genre.
  • A unique literary game strategy system.
  • Virtual pets!
  • And more...

Our team is comprised of Andrew Janssen, Jiba Anderson, and Jude W. Mire. 

  • Andrew is a fantastic programmer with years of experience who's most excited about the fact that he's working on a massive scale project that intersects so clearly with the arts. "Most programming doesn't allow you to interact with so many creative people.  We've got writers and artists developing, musicians for the sound, and filmmakers helping promote!  I love it!"
  • Jiba is an Associate Professor at the Illinois Institute of Art – Schaumburg, teaching courses in Animation and Video Game Design.  He's an accomplished illustrator, graphic designer, writer and owner of Griot Enterprises.  He's also the creator of the spectacular comic book The Horsemen.
  • Jude is a science fiction, fantasy, and horror author who spends a lot of time running writer workshops.  His game design ranges from serial-killer card games to adult strategy sex games.  He's also the owner of Forte' Framing and Gallery in Wicker Park.

We'd like to thank everybody for taking the time to check out our project.  Time is valuable and we really appreciate stopping by to see what we're up to.  We're incredibly excited about this project and the enthusiasm for it is growing day by day as our team gets further into it.

For those of you who donated already; you're all awesome.  You've really helped a project that will build a bridge between gaming and reading and still manages to be all sorts of fun in the process!  Thanks for being a part of our vision.

Here's a link to our blog: TaleTown Blog .

Here's our Facebook page: Facebook Page Be sure to Like us!

What exactly IS a "Standrew"?  See Here!

The Paths Not Taken

  • If you would like to see why that programmer is wearing a ridiculous mask, turn to Page 101.
  • If you would like to read a fascinating article about cephalapod brain chemistry, turn to Page 4.

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    Your very own "Standrew' mask! Just like the one in the video! A .pdf download complete with instructions on how to print and make your own.

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    Access to the Beta Game. Eventually, the game is free to everyone, but only Beta players will get to enjoy the game first! You will also receive one of a kind rewards and e-books available only in Beta.

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    A Fantasy e-book story for Kindle (or any other e-reader) by Eric M. Cherry! Watch our updates for a free sample page. This reward includes Beta game access as well!

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    An Action e-book story for Kindle (or any other e-reader) by Martel Sardina! Watch our updates for a free sample page. This reward includes the Fantasy e-book story and the Beta game access as well. Two stories!

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    A Creepy horror e-book story for Kindle (or any other e-reader) by Joshua Alan Doetsch! Watch our updates for a free sample page. This reward includes the Fantasy and Action e-book stories and the Beta game access as well. Three stories!

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    A Science Fiction e-book story for Kindle (or any other e-reader) by Jude W. Mire! Watch our updates for a free sample page. This reward includes the Fantasy, Action, and Creepy e-book stories and the Beta game access as well. All four stories!

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    All of the lower pledges plus a high quality 11x14 print of the TaleTown characters. Check out our updates to see the image.

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    All of our e-book rewards have fantastic covers. $75 will get you all four e-book rewards AND high quality 11x14 prints of the covers!

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    Be a Quest Author! All of our game quests look like books. These "quest/books" need authors names. Have your name put on one of these and thousands of people will see it, right there, in the game!

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    Original, one of a kind, unique TaleTown character art by Jiba Anderson. NOT a reproduction! Pick your favorite character and the drawing will be created specifically for this pledge reward.

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    Original, one of a kind, unique TaleTown character sketch by Jiba Anderson all done up in a jazzy black frame with stylish silver highlights. Conservation matting and glass so it'll last forever!

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    Jiba Anderson will genre-fy you! Send us a picture and choose a genre; Sci-fi, Fantasy, Action, Creepy, or Romance. Jiba will produce a full color original piece of 11x14 art with you as the model. You know you always wanted to see yourself in a spacesuit!

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    The same as the $500 reward but this one includes that jazzy black frame with silver highlights too! Conservation matting and glass so it'll stay pristine forever.

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    The actual "Standrew" mask used in the making of our Kickstarter video. Yes, we used the same mask for the whole thing and it can be yours! Conceal your identity! Amuse your friends! Pretend to be Andrew!

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