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StoryverseBy Storyverse
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StoryverseBy Storyverse
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About

WHAT IS STORYVERSE?

Welcome to the 'verse! 
 

Our team of entrepreneurs, artists, programmers, musicians, writers, and visionaries is dedicated to bringing you the greatest collection of choose-your-adventure stories ever! We are a company with two purposes:

 First, we're creating an app that contains an extensive library of high-quality choose-your-adventure stories. These stories range across all age categories and genres, each with incredible art, unforgettable music, and a rich, detailed world where the reader decides the outcome. Not only can readers choose between more story lines than they can in the usual choose-your-adventure, they will have the opportunity to experience the story from more than one character's perspective.

Second, we're creating a space on the platform where independent authors can publish and monetize their own stories, complete with art and music.

HOW IT WORKS

Storyverse is an app for smart phones, tablets, and PCs. Stories will include multiple endings, inventories for collectible items, and status bars that track statistics like life and magic.

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 Our stories will be presented in regularly-released episodes, much like a TV show. Each episode will contain approximately 10-20 minutes of reading per path, as well as puzzles, mini-games, and other activities.

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WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

We won’t gouge our memebers. Unlike similar apps, no choice will ever be locked behind a paywall and no item needed to make a choice will ever cost money. There will never be a charge, either in real-world or in-app currency, to replay an episode and see what would happen had you made different choices.

We aren’t tied down. Storyverse embraces a wide variety of writing and art styles. We've given our creators a huge amount of flexibility so they can do what they do best: produce awesome entertainment. There isn't only one style of art or writing. 

Karin
Karin

You can connect with other readers and writers. Our app will contain community and social features, such as the ability to comment on forums and give stories a star rating.

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Concept Art for the Rangers Story

You know what you’re getting. Each story will be given a maturity rating, and parents will have the ability to create monitored accounts for children. Kids will only have access to age-appropriate stories, and parents will be able to keep track of the progress their children make as their reading abilities grow.

You get a say. Users will have the ability to tag stories, much like placing a book on Goodreads shelf. If the same tag is applied by multiple users, that tag will appear in the book's information, along with tags assigned by our staff and the author. The tagging, star rating, and maturity rating systems will apply to stories created by our in-house staff as well as stories created by external authors.

COLLABORATORS AND FRIENDS

Steve
Steve


We have the chance to work with so many talented and charismatic content creators, one of whom is Steve Argyle of Magic: The Gathering fame. Steve will be creating some work for us as well as participating in the Kickstarter. 

We're also excited to involve Dave from MiniWarGaming and Miranda from War Gamer Girl, whose characters from the Rangers franchise will be featured as limited edition miniatures and on posters. Along with Dave and Miranda, we've had the pleasure of working with Ron from Forge Studios, one of the creators of The Rangers franchise. Thank you, Ron, for allowing us to play in your world.

We'd also like to give a shout out to Freedom Vehicles for the good, important work they do. We'll be working with them to create an area on our platform where Veterans can receive free assistance to create and share stories. We cannot get into all the details on Kickstarter, suffice it to say we are extremely excited about the possibilities that are presenting themselves in our relationship with Freedom Vehicles.

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WHY WE CARE

The reasons behind the existence of Storyverse are as varied as those creating it. For some, we’d like to see a return to reading and entertainment that engages the mind on a deeper level—especially in children. For others, it’s about enticing more people to try their hand at creative writing, or to make publishing for writers and artists more accessible. Still others want to give writers the ability to see their stories come to life in a way even published authors often don’t—with music and art.

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WHY WE NEED YOU

We've already gathered a fantastic team of writers, artists, musicians, and programmers, but to create quality art quickly, we need more hands.
created by Hayley Barry
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Your pledge will help us hire more talent so that we can produce and release Storyverse as soon as possible.
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Concept Art for the Rangers Story

Our ideas for where Storyverse can go are endless. If we’re funded beyond our goals, we can push the boundaries of choose-your-adventure stories with ideas like “progressive stories”—narrative RPGs where the reader can create a character and level them up through various adventures—or partnering with 4th Wall FX to bring you murder mysteries or epic fantasies through VR.


We also want to become a force in helping writers and artists hone their craft and find their voice. We’d love to host a posh retreat or a conference for creators with classes, panels, and high-profile guests similar to Valhalla.

PROJECT SAMPLES

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Get a glimpse of what we're working on:

Red Riding Hood by Michelle Snyder

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Concept Art for Red Riding Hood - Ben

Since the outbreak of the were-epidemic, everyone has been affected by a werewolf attack. A new vaccination has hit the market, but the cost is dear and the side-effects nearly as dangerous as the wolves. All over the world, people flock to the shops of local herbalists to purchase scarlet yarn with werewolf-repelling properties. However, the most effective of these yarns is Granny's. Keeping its formula a secret has become a full-time job for Granny and Red—and stealing the formula a multi-million dollar opportunity for infamous con-artist Bad Wolf. If Granny, Red, or the hunter don't stop him, the werewolves could figure out how to counteract the yarn's effects, opening the door to more bloodshed and death.

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 The Moonshine Murders by Caitlyn McFarland

It’s 1926, and the summer is sultry in Charleston, South Carolina. As hot as the days are, nights at the Venus, a speakeasy on Broad Street, are even hotter. Debutants and mobsters mix in the glitzy underground club where the music is slick and the moonshine is smooth. But bodies have been popping up in Charleston’s antebellum streets in waves, and the Venus is the only thing that connects them. The corrupt chief of police won’t stick his nose anywhere near it. So it’s up to you, a cub reporter for the Charleston Courier, to solve the crimes before anyone else drops dead.

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 Drustan Chronicles: The Siege of Liran's Vale

A Rangers story, by Caitlyn McFarland

Concept Art of Drustan - Karin
Concept Art of Drustan - Karin

 

Shortly after completing basic training, Drustan and his brother-in-arms Corser journey to Corser’s childhood home of Liran’s Vale. When the newly minted Rangers arrive at the picturesque village situated deep in the northern Grimmock Mountains, they discover it has been conquered by a vicious band of brigands more than two hundred strong.
Vastly outnumbered and too far from friends to send for aid, Drustan and Corser must join forces with the mysterious woman, Senra, and the local resistance—led by a fierce girl named Lynn—to free the village. If they fail, the entire population of Liran’s Vale—including everyone Corser loves—will be slaughtered or enslaved.
But there are deeper games being played in the wilds of the Grimmock Mountains. Games in which the village is merely a pawn. If Liran’s Vale is lost, it will mean the end of the Kingdom of Olaran—and all that is good in Adrasil.

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 S.W.O.R.D. by Michael Bacera

For Cassus Gavinus, legionary of the 1023rd Imperial Legion, the mission seemed ordinary: protect an asset, observe, and report. But for Special Weapons and Ordinance: Research Division (SWORD), no mission is ordinary. When the facility Cassus is assigned goes into a code black—a breach in containment with danger of fatality—Cassus and his squad of elite SWORD legionaries are stranded with no backup, limited weaponry, and a horde of infected humanity standing between them and the outside. Will their advanced training, teamwork, and tenacity be enough to survive? Or will they, too, become the mindless infected?

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Dreamland by Michelle Snyder

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Concept Art for Dreamland - Amber

 After a miserable move across the country, ten-year-old Sam and eight-year-old Rose have decided to escape the problems in their new town by digging a hole to China. As they dig, they find two lockets with mysterious crystals inside. As they reach out to touch the crystals, they fall into a magical sleep.

When the children wake up, they aren’t in their new town anymore. They’re in a place called Dreamland, where the Queen of Dream is locked in a battle with the King of Nightmares. Should the King of Nightmares take control, not only will his nightmares fill children's minds—Dreamland's energy source will turn dark, and nightmares will enter the waking world.

Will Sam and Rose succeed in helping the Queen of Dreams? Or will Dreamland go dark and nightmares become real? Only you can finish the tale.

 Chimera by Caitlyn McFarland

In a wild world ruled by monsters called Chimera, the human race has been driven into hiding or enslaved, their magic nearly wiped out. One sanctuary remains, an underground city where humans and magic have thrived. But word has reached the city’s rulers that the Chimera have discovered its location. They are coming with an army large enough to destroy the last dregs of resistance. Humanity’s only hope are the spellbinders—men and women who can tap into the magic of the earth—to defend the city. And, maybe, to overthrow the monsters once and for all.

 

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Risks and challenges

Challenges are expected when creating and managing a project of this scope. Our answer is our people. We’ve already brought on the right individuals to overcome many of these challenges and are seeking bright minds to help tackle the ones that remain.

Our greatest challenge is, of course, the volume of content we need to generate. While our in-house creatives are fantastic, we also plan to work with others on a commission, piece-by-piece basis. We've brought on Adrian Burton, one of the great minds behind Legend of the Five Rings. As the Art Director for that extensive production, Adrian gained the necessary skills to coordinate manage the submissions and payments for out-of-house artists.

We’re also working toward creating the best platform on which to present our stories and allow people to publish their own. To take care of this, we have Lance Whitaker, who heads up development for OrbSIX, a large software creation firm.

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    Storyverse Membership + Christmas

    You'll get a membership to our program upon launch for you *AND A FRIEND. Also includes I Helped! and Keeping Tabs.

    *Each person will need to sign up. Once signed in, we'll credit your account.

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    Digital Instruction Video - Art

    You'll get our digital video seminar on how to create art for a choose-your-adventure story. Hosted by skilled, experienced artists. Also includes Storyverse Membership + Christmas and above.

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    Digital Instruction Video - Writing

    You'll get our digital video seminar on how to write a choose-your-adventure story. Hosted by published authors. Also includes Storyverse Membership + Christmas and above.

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    The Rangers: A Shadow Rising

    In honor of one of our flagship stories, The Rangers, You'll get the full-length The Rangers: A Shadow Rising movie from MiniWarGaming and Forge Studios. Also includes "Christmas Time" and above.

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    Freedom Vehicles Special

    In honor of our friends over at Freedom Vehicles—a group tied with veterans—we are creating a pledge with their name on it. Check them out!

    Includes our videos, two one-month membership passes and a digital portfolio of the art that in our World War II story, plus the research that was done on it.

    Includes:
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    • One-month membership code to give away
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    • A digital art portfolio of our WWII story
    • Digital desktop and mobile screen background WWII story
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    How It's Made

    Includes all pledges from Storyverse Membership + Christmas and above, both the writing and the art seminars, and digital copy of The Rangers: A Shadow Rising movie from MiniWarGaming and Forge Studios.

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    Christmas #2

    Includes our seminars and a one-year membership for you, as well as a free one-month membership for you to give as a gift to a friend or family member.

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    MiniWarGaming Drustan - The Rangers

    You'll receive a Drustan poster and limited edition certificate for a Drustan "Kneeling Longbow" miniature signed by Dave from MiniWarGaming and the artists at Storyverse. Also includes both seminars, a digital copy of The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, plus everything included in the pledge Storyverse Membership + Christmas and above.

    Once the Kickstarter ends, no more copies of the poster or miniature will be created.

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    You'll receive a Senra poster and limited edition certificate for a Senra miniature signed by Miranda and the artists at Storyverse. Also includes both seminars, a digtal copy of The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, Storyverse Membership + Christmas, and above.

    Once the Kickstarter ends no more copies of the poster or miniature will be created.

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    You'll get a signed, limited-edition print poster with six of the characters from our Kickstarter stories. Also includes a series of stylized Storyverse bookmarks.

    Includes The Rangers: A Shadow Rising, our seminars, Storyverse Membership + Christmas, and above.

    Once the Kickstarter ends, no more copies of the poster will be created.

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    Be somebody!

    Name and help design the look of a character from one of our stories. Get a credit in the story as a special Kickstarter collaborator and consultant.

    Includes Christmas #2.

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    Live Chat with a Lead

    Submit a project that we'll review then spend half an hour with one of our art, writing, business, or music leads and get feedback and guidance for your own project.

    This could go longer based on the project or need. We want to help you find success in your project!

    Includes Storyverse Membership + Christmas #2.

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    Everything, please!

    Includes Be Somebody! as well as two Kickstarter limited-edition posters, bookmarks, a sweater or hoodie.

    Also be in a featured section in our website for distinguished Kickstarter pledgers who went all out to help this happen.

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    Steve Argyle Metallic Print

    Receive a signed 20x30 metallic print from a selection of Steve Argyle's paintings—either from the work he's done previously or work he creates for Storyverse. If this pledge opens up after the limited run, it will be non-signed pieces.

    These prints are not normally available online:
    http://www.steveargyle.com/20x30prints
    Choices of pictures, we'll arrange for the metallic print on our end.

    The shipping on this pledge will happen sooner if choosing one of his classic pieces. If choosing a Storyverse piece, you'll have to wait a few months for the work to be completed.

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    Painted Miniatures - Drustan and Senra

    Painted Senra and Drustan miniatures with a certificate indicating that the miniatures were received together. Each will be signed by Dave and Miranda. Additionally, there will be a poster made exclusively for this pledge level featuring Senra and Drustan.

    Only 50 available. No more will be made after the Kickstarter ends.

    Includes Christmas #2 and a digital copy of The Rangers: A Shadow Rising.

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    Games with Storyverse, ft. Steve Argyle

    Meet up with the Storyverse team, including Steve Argyle, for a day and night of fun and games from 10AM - 10PM. (Travel and lodging not included.)

    Only three available.

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    MiniWarGaming Exclusive - Rangers Story

    Help create and be one of the main recurring characters in the Rangers story we're creating. Be a part of the team, be in the credits, be a Ranger.

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    Sponsor a Story

    Work with our writers to create a story you've dreamed of bringing into the world! Spend time with our creative directors to outline the plot, characters and music.

    You'll get your name in the credits as a producer as well as the same cut that a producer of a story gets for as long as the story is on the shelf. A pledge that gives back!

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    Party at your Place + Three Wishes

    We come to you and host a shindig at your place. Games & food included! Make three wishes (within reason and granted at our discretion) and we will make it happen! Want MiniWarGaming to come and give you a lock of Dave’s hair? No problem. Slow dance with the man behind Storyverse? Check! Hot dog eating contest with our staff? Sure thing! Dave, in his full costume from The Rangers movie, running through the trees behind your house? All right.

    (We can also host the party here if that works better. Or maybe up at Mini WarGaming?)

    We can even turn your favorite local spots and locations into a story. We'll bring the artists.

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