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Prismatech Media ArtsBy Prismatech Media Arts
First created
Prismatech Media ArtsBy Prismatech Media Arts
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$609
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, August 6 2018 4:27 PM UTC +00:00

About

Earth's reality wasn't meant to happen—in fact, it was the product of a very bored goddess. She created an intricate latticework of six worlds to keep herself entertained, and because they were separated from the proper universe, she interconnected them. These interconnections help the worlds to survive, and they actually support the structure of the reality itself. You know, so it doesn't collapse and kill everyone.

Yes, if just one world becomes unanchored, they will all be crushed under the infinite weight of the original universe. She...didn't exactly think that one through. But, like any other responsible being, she developed a plan.

  • You choose whether to experience the story as a male or female.
  • Chapters and parts, like a novel. No “canon routes,” every character is equally important to the ending. 
  • You decide if romance is part of your happy ending. Get sweet and sexual or keep it chill and platonic. Both options are written with the utmost affection.
    (All romance routes are open to both playable genders. BxB, GxG, BxG, GxB).
  • No stat-raising or mini games to distract from the narrative. Game branches occur at critical junctions within the story. Other choices offer personal flavor, but don’t derail the story. This frees you to respond naturally instead of changing your behavior to “win.” 
  • Dark Ends: Alternate histories worth reading. “Game over ends” in this story aren't simply for shock value. They explore what the main character’s life would be like if they chose differently at a critical junction in the story, and are guaranteed to include additional lore. 
  • Diversity is love, diversity is life. Multiple races, abilities, genders, and sexualities enrich the character cast.

Crown of Worlds is a science-fantasy hybrid. The author draws on her passion for science and fantasy alike to tell a story that explores the consequence of human connections. It's about choices, actions, inclusivity...and it's unafraid to address the dark sides of idealism. Will you find yourself sympathizing with the antagonists?

You will experience the entire story from the main character's first person perspective, and travel to five different worlds as you attempt to prevent the collapse of Earth's universe.

Over-arching plot develops throughout five parts, featuring weighty themes in equally distinct settings.

  • Dark fantasy (Black Forest, elemental magic)
    Theme: Exploitation
  • Urban dystopia
    Theme: Multi-generational war
  • Steampunk fantasy (alchemy, early industry)
    Theme: Corporate Oligarchies
  • Future utopia (science fiction)
    Theme: Censorship
  • Mythic fantasy (pagan theology and mythical beings)
    Theme: Fatalism and intention vs. impact

Endings: 20 plus, featuring 10 story advancement endings and over 10 dark endings. 

Crown of Worlds is intended for mature audiences. You will encounter vulgar language, graphic violence of a nonsexual nature, references to drug/alcohol consumption, and may encounter sexually suggestive content. 


Crown of Worlds' prologue is ready for your viewing pleasure. While this demo has minimal art and music assets, you can get a great feel for the story and writing. It's approximately 20,000 words, or 1½ hours for the average reader. The full story will total approximately 200,000 words.

You can download the demo from Steam or our itch.io store.


  • Base funding includes 15 character sprites, 20 backgrounds, and 20 character paintings, and an art overhaul to a semi-realistic style. It also includes royalty-free music licenses. The only way you'll be able to listen to CoW's music is by opening the program itself. 
  • $9,000 funding will enable us to hire Geoff Moore to compose an original soundtrack. Not only will the music be specifically tailored to the story, fans will be able to purchase the soundtrack and listen to it whenever they want. 
  • $9,000-$12,000 will enable us to purchase extra art to enrich users' experiences. Every route's prominent side characters will get a sprite, and there will be additional backgrounds to illustrate the worlds. Finally, there will be more character paintings to accompany the most epic scenes from the story.
  • Pledges cap at $12,000, so get your exclusive rewards early! 

You play as Bellot, a retired U.S. Navy medic.  

During your adventure, you will meet:  

Theodore Dreier  

Theme: Dark Fantasy 
Focus: Exploitation 

Dia Rodriguez

Theme: Urban Dystopia (20th century)
Focus: Multi-generational war


Darnell Tinker 

Theme: Steampunk Fantasy
Focus: Corporate Oligarchy 

Salome Haddad

Theme: Future-tech Utopia
Focus: Censorship 

Intra

Theme: Mythic Fantasy (myths, pantheons)
Focus: Intention vs. Impact, Fatalism 

Risks and challenges

If stretch goals are not met, the game will be produced with minimal art assets and no original soundtrack. Visual novels combine three amazing art forms to produce a cohesive experience not possible with traditional novels. When one of those is stronger than the other, it becomes a challenge to create an equalized, multi-sensory experience.

A secondary risk is centralization of labor. This project can fund for so little because a single person is responsible for 50% of its creation. But if something happens to that person, the project will delay. And we cannot stand delays. To offset that risk, we've set a very generous deadline of December 2019. We've also made sure they have the tools to work remotely when needed. (Just between us, the writing for the entire game is already 10% complete.)

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    Give a prompt and receive a personalized note from your character of choice. ~100 words. Notes will be delivered within 60 days after launch.

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    Prompt exclusive fanfic by CoW's author

    Lydia's agreed to take prompts from five special backers. Get an exclusive short story featuring the character of your choice. ~1K words, can be spicy! To be delivered within 90 days after launch.

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    Show everyone who's a good boy! Your pet will receive a sprite illustration (based on a real photo) and make a brief cameo in Crown of Worlds. The nature of the cameo is up to you. Cute? Cuddly? Terrifying? You decide.

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