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A light-hearted fantasy RPG in the style of an imaginative kid with a box of crayons. Read more

Kirkland, WA Video Games
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A light-hearted fantasy RPG in the style of an imaginative kid with a box of crayons.

Kirkland, WA Video Games
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What is Crayon Chronicles?

  • Single-player
  • Turn-based
  • RPG
  • Roguelike
  • On PC (and eventually Xbox Indie)

Crayon Chronicles offers a relatively short (2-4 hours per play-through) but action-packed RPG experience that randomly generates the level layouts each time you play.

You are encouraged to play through the game more than once thanks to the random nature of the environment layouts, but also because we keep track of the interesting facts about each play-through (in our newfangled "Heroic Hallitorium") so you can compare your adventures to each other as well as to the adventures of your friends.

Crayon Chronicles offers:

  • 50+ enemy creatures
  • 200+ items and gear to find
  • 13 different environments to explore
  • Saving and continuing (if you stay alive)

Your character will be able to carry:

  • A helmet
  • Armor
  • A main weapon
  • An off-hand weapon (unused when you have a two-handed weapon equipped)
  • A ranged weapon (recharges shots as you use melee attacks)
  • A skill power (recharges as you defeat enemies)
  • 4 consumable item slots

The helmet, armor, main weapon, and off-hand weapon will all visually update on your character's avatar in-game.

Danger In The Caves
Danger In The Caves

Your story:

As the story goes, your friends have been kidnapped (tragic, I know), but as it so happens, you are brave enough to attempt their rescue. With help from a "stranger" you are soon set on the path to their salvation from the despicable Lord of the Swampyards, Stratolustrious Von Danderbeak the 37th (or Strato for short, his name is a mouth-full). If you succeed in rescuing your friends and bringing down the Swampyard Tyrant, then glory, satisfaction, and maybe a nap await you.


Why is Crayon Chronicles on Kickstarter?

We've been working on the game part-time for over 3 years and we've come to the final push to get this game into your hands. The tasks we have before us are:

  • Polishing the look and balance of the game
  • Testing and bug fixing
  • Setting up the storefront
  • Getting the word out about the game

With your help we can cover some of the costs of making, publishing, and selling the game, and give you all some cool rewards for your help! :)


How do you play Crayon Chronicles?

On PC you can play using:

  • An Xbox 360 gamepad  (A-Button to Move & Attack, B-Button to Pick Up Items)
  • The mouse only  (Left Mouse to Move & Attack, Right Mouse to Pick Up Items)
  • The mouse and keyboard
Full Xbox 360 Gamepad Control Scheme
Full Xbox 360 Gamepad Control Scheme
Full Mouse And Keyboard Control Scheme
Full Mouse And Keyboard Control Scheme

Who made Crayon Chronicles?

Crayon Chronicles was made by Outer Grid Games, co-owned by Justin Clark and Paul Zimmer. Andrew Dickman and Howard Mostrom are two incredibly talented and helpful industry veterans who added their amazing skills to the project as well.

What a handsome bunch!
What a handsome bunch!

Justin Clark started writing video games way back in the 80's on the Commodore 64 and hasn't stopped since. He has over a dozen shipped software projects under his belt, including games such as Mazera, Supreme Commander 2, and Kinect Adventures.

Paul Zimmer started his career in the game industry in 2005, working at Shiny Entertainment and most recently, Gas Powered Games. But he's been designing games ever since his father bought him an Adventure Creator for their Amiga 1000. Paul has been playing RPGs and Roguelikes his entire life and hungers to add his own creative twists to these genres.

Howard Mostrom began his career in music in 2000 and his passion has grown exponentially. Howard fine-tuned his ninja skills in auditory entertainment at game companies like Gas Powered Games and Uber Entertainment (where he is currently kicking butt).

Andrew Dickman started his career in 2005, but has been drawing non-stop since he could hold a pencil. If you've been watching cartoons in the last decade, you've probably seen some of his work. Andrew has a passion for silly slapstick comedy, making him the perfect fit to craft the art style for Crayon Chronicles.

What do I get for my pledge?

$1: (LIMITED)

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

$2:

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

$5:

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- Your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the game credits

$20:

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- Your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the game credits

-- 1 digital copy of the game's soundtrack (3 song samples below)

$75: (LIMITED)

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- 1 digital copy of the game's soundtrack

-- 1 custom super-stylish Crayon Chronicles lunchbox

-- Your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the game credits

The Actual Crayon Chronicles Lunchbox (apples and crayons not included)
The Actual Crayon Chronicles Lunchbox (apples and crayons not included)

$150: (LIMITED)

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- 1 digital copy of the game's soundtrack

-- 1 custom 3D print of a bust of the main villain "Stratolustrious Von Danderbeak the 37th", all sad and beat up

-- Your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the game credits

3D Model of Villain Figurine
3D Model of Villain Figurine

$200: (LIMITED)

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- 1 digital copy of the game's soundtrack

-- 1 custom 3D print of main character in attack pose holding the "Owl on a Stick" weapon (choice of male or female character)

-- Your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the game credits

3D Models of The Player Figurines (Male & Female Options)
3D Models of The Player Figurines (Male & Female Options)

$500:

-- 1 digital copy of Crayon Chronicles

-- 1 digital copy of the game's soundtrack

-- 1 custom super-stylish Crayon Chronicles lunchbox

-- 2 custom 3D prints (player & villain figurines)

-- Your name in the "EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS" section of the game credits

Risks and challenges

There are many risks associated with developing and publishing any video game that could lead to delays. However, because we're already in the final phases of development, most of those risks are behind us! At this point, our largest risks include:

-- A delay in game release due to as-yet-undiscovered bugs or balance issues that take longer than expected to fix

-- A delay in the shipping of physical goods due to issues with manufacturing

We're working hard to reduce these risks and get the game out on time and at a high quality level.

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    MONEY SMART TIER

    The game will be $3 after Kickstarter, and you pledged $1.
    So guess what?
    YOU GET THE GAME FOR A DOLLAR!!!
    (See how simple this is?)

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    216 backers

    COOL KIDS TIER

    If you didn't get the game for $1, you can have it for $2 ($2 < $3). You're welcome.

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    290 backers

    PROUD SPONSOR TIER

    1 copy of the game and your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the credits.

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    65 backers

    FEEL THE MUSIC TIER

    1 copy of the game, your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the credits, 1 digital copy of the GLORIOUS soundtrack by Howard Mostrom (He's an audio GOD and he smells nice).

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    20 backers Limited (80 left of 100)

    I LOVE LUNCH TIER

    1 copy of the game, your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the credits, 1 copy of the soundtrack, 1 limited-edition Crayon Chronicles lunchbox. Because lunch is the AWESOMEST meal of the day.

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    1 backer Limited (24 left of 25)

    BUSTED BUST TIER

    1 copy of the game, your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the credits, 1 copy of the soundtrack, 1 limited-edition 3D print of the main badguy, "Stratolustrious Von Danderbeak the 37th", all sad and beat up, cause you hurt him good.

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    3 backers Limited (22 left of 25)

    OWL ON A STICK TIER

    1 copy of the game, your name in the "THANK YOU KICKSTARTERERS" section of the credits, 1 copy of the soundtrack, 1 limited-edition 3D print of the main character holding the "Owl On A Stick" weapon. Your choice of male or female (for the player, not the owl).

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    2 backers

    ANGEL DONATION TIER

    1 copy of the game, your name in the credits as an "EXECUTIVE PRODUCER", 1 copy of the soundtrack, 1 limited-edition Crayon Chronicles lunchbox, 2 limited-edition 3D-printed figurines (player & villain), and tons of love from Outer Grid Games! :)

    Estimated delivery:
    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (26 days)