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A heavily branching visual novel, featuring love, friendship and life-sim elements in a future destroyed by the sun.
A heavily branching visual novel, featuring love, friendship and life-sim elements in a future destroyed by the sun.
A heavily branching visual novel, featuring love, friendship and life-sim elements in a future destroyed by the sun.
137 backers pledged $2,944 to help bring this project to life.

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As We Know It: A Visual Novel

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Features
Features
  • Customize your name and appearance (different skin tones and hair colors).
  • GxB/G romance.
  • Final product will be ~100K words.
  • 4 career options.
  • 4 potential love interests.
  •  3 potential friends.
  • Branching paths from day one, making each play through unique. Every path promises different sides of the story, encouraging replay!
  • Spend time with any- and everyone, no matter who you romance, or which job you pick.
  •  Several endings.
  • Original music.
Characters
Characters
The Story
The Story

Ashlynn leaves a life of chaos behind for the safety and structure of an underground sanctuary. When her and her mother are chosen to move into the underground city, Camden, they're both thrilled. Fresh produce made in technologically advanced greenhouses, safety from the warlords and sandmen, no worries about fatal power outages.

She can get a job, make friends, and even find love...

Things were looking great.

At least, until everything fell apart.

A storm rips through the town on the surface, and causes a good deal of chaos underground. The community is split, everyone they may have known up there could be dead. Yet, the mayor keeps the doors shut tight and refuses to send aid or take anyone in.

Protests turn into riots, and a budding paranoia about outside forces might not be misplaced. Now Ashlynn has to deal with sabotage, uprisings, and might lose the stability she had only just gotten used to.

Make choices and deal with the consequences.

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The Setting
The Setting
Welcome to Camden!
Welcome to Camden!
Music
Music

(22%) Sprites - Character art, final sprites for the other characters and some additional outfits.

(12%) Music - A few more music tracks to flesh out the game's soundtrack.

(58%) Backgrounds - Final backgrounds to replace the placeholders.

(8%) Taxes and fees - To cover any incidentals and fees that pop up.

$2500 - Funding Achieved. The game will be made.

$2800 - More Protagonist Options. More hair colors, and perhaps an additional outfit.

$ 3500 - Illustrations. CGs that feature major scenes for the characters that sprites just can't do justice. Micah asleep in the library with a book falling out of his hand, a tender moment between Vince and his daughter. If this goal is met I will be able to add several of these to the game.

$ 4000 - Steam Achievements. I'll make sure to make them happen, whether I have to hire someone to help me, or take the time to learn it myself.

$ 4500- More Music. Additional tracks and sound effects for the game to help add to the atmosphere and overall emotional scoring.

$ 5000 - Additional Backgrounds. Bedrooms for Eva, Micah, Jude, and Gloria.

$ 5500 - More Illustrations. I'll add even more illustrations to the game.

When I created Pinewood Island I funded it completely by myself. Unfortunately As We Know It has grown in scale so that if I tried to fund it myself it would triple the timeline, and the longer I have to wait to commission assets the more things that can go wrong. The game is considerably longer, and more involved than Pinewood Island. I've also taken steps to increase the overall quality of As We Know It in every way. It's important to me that I can make a game that is memorable as well as enjoyable for the players, and crowd-funding can make that happen.

Want to follow along on the progress and read previous updates I've made? Check out these links for more information!

Presskit - Download/View the PDF presskit for the demo.

Tumblr - The game's tumblr page.

Twitter- My personal twitter, I post a lot of updates there.

Itch.io - The game's store page on Itch.io.

Mailing List - sign up to be notified when new games are announced or released.

Steam - The game's store page on Steam

Jaime Barnhill - Developer, Writer, Programmer

PMscenarios - Collaborator

Kate Frizzell - Character Artist

ExitMothership - Background Artist

Sasquatchii - Logo and GUI Artist

Matthew Myers - Music

Risks and challenges

Every project comes with risks and challenges. Things come up that you can't possibly plan for. Projects get delayed, and worse-case-scenario are even cancelled.

I have a family that includes a small child that requires my attention. I am ready and able to work full-time on the game, but there can be complications that I can't predict. Illness, freelancers backing out and having to take time to find replacements, and technical difficulties.

From my experience working on Pinewood Island I am confident I can overcome anything that I have to face. I have taken precautions to prevent as much as I can and will keep on top of everything to ensure that production of As We Know It is as smooth as possible.

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    Receive 4 wallpapers that feature the love interests (Eva, Jude, Gloria, Micah), you'll also receive backer-only updates!

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    A steam and itch.io key of the game when it's completed! (The game will sell for $19.99 after KS)

    Also, 4 wallpapers that feature the love interests (Eva, Jude, Gloria, Micah), you'll also receive backer-only updates!

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    Game + Beta Access

    You'll receive a steam key and itch.io key for As We Know It and get early beta access to the game while it's in development.

    As well as 4 wallpapers that feature the love interests(Eva, Jude, Gloria, Micah).

    You'll also receive backer-only updates!

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    Deluxe Game

    Receive a .pdf Art Book that showcases work-in-progress and concept art for the game,

    As well as all 4 wallpapers that feature the love interests (Eva, Jude, Gloria, Micah)

    You'll also receive a steam key and itch.io key for As We Know It when it's completed (as well as beta access), and backer-only updates!

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    • The Game: Steam & Itch.io key for As We Know It
    • As We Know It Art Book (a PDF)
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    Add to the Game

    Receive all previous rewards AND a provide a piece of flavor for the game!

    Name one of the books in the library that the player can check out!

    A parody, your own work/visual novel or make something up. Genres: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama

    Subject to approval, and only reasonable suggestions will be taken into account.

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    • The Game: Steam & Itch.io key for As We Know It
    • As We Know It Art Book (a PDF)
    • Game Flavor (book titles)
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    Add to the Game!

    Receive all previous rewards AND a provide a piece of flavor for the game! Name one of the beverages served at Icarus.

    Subject to approval, and only reasonable suggestions will be taken into account.

    Includes:
    • Wallpapers
    • The Game: Steam & Itch.io key for As We Know It
    • As We Know It Art Book (a PDF)
    • Game Flavor (Drink Name)
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Funding period

- (30 days)