Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
A visual novel that celebrates the absurdity of love and takes a humorous approach to tropes found in the fantasy & romance genres.
A visual novel that celebrates the absurdity of love and takes a humorous approach to tropes found in the fantasy & romance genres.
A visual novel that celebrates the absurdity of love and takes a humorous approach to tropes found in the fantasy & romance genres.
196 backers pledged $8,502 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

Changeling - GxB Mystery/Romance Visual Novel project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

Changeling - GxB Mystery/Romance Visual Novel

$8,502

196

The story takes place in a version of the modern world where magic and fantasy creatures are real and paranormal society is regulated by the government in order to both avoid exposure, and minimize interference in normal human society. Changeling immerses the player in its own, unique lore about common fantasy fare such as Vampires and Faeries. The player decides how Nora navigates the odd and dangerous situations in which she finds herself, as well as how her personality is portrayed to other characters. Choices stack up and contribute to what information is discovered during the course of each story route, as well as what potential endings the player encounters. Certain decisions significantly impact the content and scenes the player has access to as they read.

 

 

Nora Lewis is a senior at Stone Circle Academy and a self-reliant girl who has rarely found herself at a loss in any situation. But her life is upended after she joins a club at school and discovers a world of paranormal creatures she didn't know existed.

Nora learns that her best friend is a Witch and her other clubmates are a mixture of Vampires, Werewolves, and Wizards. When the others reveal that she's not a normal human either, Nora feels that everything she's ever known to be true about the world has just been proven false.

While working to uncover the mystery behind several incidents in her past which may be connected to her supernatural origins, Nora begins to realize the secret of her identity may be darker than she thought. But if she can solve her own mysteries, she may be able to salvage a crumbling relationship with her increasingly angry and paranoid twin brother. First, though, she has to stay alive in a paranormal society teeming with danger – with the help of one of six guys, each of whom has his own unique problems to deal with.

Each story route has a standalone plot that revolves around the main character researching her origins while navigating unforeseen dangers that start flying her way the moment she finds out she might not be human (because they always wait until that moment). There's a bit of mystery, a bit of romance, a bit of humor, and a lot of drama and danger. The story is told in first person, through Nora's incredulous and often dryly sarcastic narrative.

 

-500,000+ words

-six planned love interests

-25+ planned endings

-smart, strong willed MC

-developed side characters

-20+ original backgrounds

-layered plot

-30+ CGs

-branching plot with choices that have real impact on the story path

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Changeling has a large and varied cast, but here is a small selection of minor/side characters we've already designed. We intend for all side characters, including most of the extras to have sprites.

 

Our current sound track was composed by the fantastically talented Eric Matyas of soundimage.org. Eric has hundreds of wonderful tracks up for royalty free use and our project currently makes use of quite a few of them. But with a successful Kickstarter, we would be able to work with Eric to make an original soundtrack just for Changeling.

You can listen to some of the tracks we're currently using below:

  Netherplace:

 Blue Ridge:

Misty Bog:

 Bog Creatures on the Move:


Our main focus is to ensure that the final product is as polished as possible. Successful crowdfunding will enable us to hire people to be able to fill the gaps in our current team so we can ensure the final game is worth the price.

While the game isn't currently planned to have complex game play features (like mini games), we are planning to have a nice selection of extras to enhance the story as well as amazing in-game content to really immerse the reader in the plot and bring the characters to life.

Art:

The bulk of our funds will go to art. Since this is a visual novel, we definitely do not want to scrimp and scrape when it comes to the 'visual' part! We do have a capable artist working on the game but Esh is currently both the lead artist and the lead writer. Her time is split between both trying to finish the remaining 250k words of script as well as completing the 30 CGs we'd like to have in the game, 12 remaining backgrounds, all the remaining sprites and a few extras and items we'd like to have show up during the game.

Additional funding will help us bring on additional artists to ease the burden of completing CGs and backgrounds so she can focus more of her time on completing the script!

Contingency:

This money will be set aside just in case something goes wrong or we need more assets than we can foresee at the moment. If we end up with leftover funds in this area, they will all be put back toward the game and our stretch goals.

Development:

The core programming was largely done during the demo. There are a few additional features the game needs, which will, in turn, need the expertise of an experienced coder. Funds provided by the Kickstarter will help us make the GUI more polished as well as add functionalities that will make the game more interesting and interactive. We will also be able to spend extra time editing and fine tuning the writing to make sure the final version of the script is as awesome as possible!

Music:

Currently all the music in the game is royalty free. Funding will allow us to commission a selection of original tracks that are perfectly suited to the mood and setting of Changeling. We really look forward to being able to work with Eric Matyas on this! If we end up with contingency money left over, we can also use it to expand the sound track.

Rewards:

We don't have many physical rewards but we need to be sure we set enough money aside for printing and shipping the ones we do have!

Fees:

This amount is set aside to pay for fees incurred during Kickstarter and other campaigns.

Need a visual to help you keep the rewards straight? We got 'cha covered!

 

 

 

Obviously if we get funded to our original goal, we'd like to use any extra funds to increase game content or improve and/or add to the game features. Here, you can see some of the stretch goals we have in mind for Changeling!

 

 

 

 

Lisa Eshkenazi: Original concept, Lead Artist, Script writer

Stephanie Schauer: Script Editor, Writing Assistant, Social Media Manager

Additional Credits:

GUI coding: Ayano, Candace Lindenmayer

Trailer: Eli Eshkenazi

Original Logo: Alison Bradley

Music: Eric Matyas

Why Kickstarter?

The main reason for Kickstarter is to allow us to hire assistants to help with sprites, backgrounds, additional art, coding the script, and writing. Though much has been completed, there is still a lot of work left to do on this game.

With enough backing, we can improve art quality, get an original soundtrack, and add additional features and game extras – all of which work toward creating a more polished and engaging final product.

As a start-up group working on our first commercial project, backing and fundraising are super important to success. Kickstarter is definitely a great way to get your idea out there to a wide audience!

How else can I help?

Spread the word! Any re-blogs, retweets, let's plays, reviews, etc are extremely helpful for getting the word out and potentially getting more backers to our project.

 

Risks and challenges

Changeling has been in development for quite some time. A sizeable chunk of the assets are complete, as well as much of the programming for the core game features necessary to make a basic, functional visual novel. There's no reason to assume that, with funding, we won't be able to release the game in late 2017 or early 2018. As always, unforeseen events can throw a wrench into even the best plans and schedules; however barring a major catastrophe there isn't any reason Changeling won't be completed – as long as we have the funds to expand the team and delegate some of the work.

As a new studio, there is bound be a learning curve with this game but barring major life developments and catastrophes, our main concerns are time management and having funds to acquire more talent for the project!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support this project

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    Thank You!

    Thank you for your support! Every little bit helps!

    Includes:
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $5 or more About $5

    Wallpaper Set

    A fun set of digital wallpapers for your PC or mobile device, created from official game artwork!

    Includes:
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Character Wallpaper Set (3 love interests)
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    Small Reward Pack

    A selection of goodies including digital wallpapers as well as Changeling's soundtrack.

    Includes:
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Character Wallpaper Set (3 love interests)
    • Changeling Soundtrack Download
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $12 or more About $12

    Mini Early Bird Reward Pack

    The early bird gets the worm! And an exclusive backer-only official game walk-through that won't be released or published anywhere else.

    You'll also get a full character wallpaper set that includes all six love interests, as well as a cute Changeling sticker sheet!

    *Changeling game is expected to retail around $19.99

    Includes:
    • Changeling (full game) Free
    • Official Game Walkthrough
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Full Character Wallpaper Set (6 love interests)
    • Changeling Sticker Sheet
    • Changeling Soundtrack Download
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 46 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $15 or more About $15

    Get the Game!

    Get everything in our small reward pack, and be able to download our game for free when it's released.

    *Changeling game is expected to retail around $19.99

    Includes:
    • Small Reward Pack
    • Changeling (full game) Free
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    56 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Regular Reward Pack

    Our regular reward pack includes everything in the small reward pack as well as the full game, the Changeling soundtrack, and a digital artbook that will include not only official game art but also a selection of sketches, doodles and other Changeling-related art.

    Includes:
    • Changeling (full game) Free
    • Character Wallpaper Set (3 love interests)
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Changeling Soundtrack Download
    • Digital Art Book
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    23 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    Early Bird Reward Pack

    Our Early Bird Reward Pack carries everything in the mini early bird reward pack (including the official walk-through and Changeling sticker sheet) in addition to an extra game code that you can keep or give away to a friend and a set of three character acrylics.

    Includes:
    • Full Game + Additional game code
    • Official Game Walkthrough
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Full Character Wallpaper Set (6 love interests)
    • Character Acrylic Set (3 love interests)
    • Changeling Sticker Sheet
    • Digital Art Book
    • Changeling Soundtrack Download
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 19 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $20 or more About $20

    The Early Bird Returns!

    Our Early Bird Reward Pack has returned for a limited time!

    This tier carries everything in the mini early bird reward pack (including the official walk-through and Changeling sticker sheet) in addition to an extra game code that you can keep or give away to a friend and a set of three character acrylics.

    Includes:
    • Full Game + Additional game code
    • Official Game Walkthrough
    • Mobile wallpaper
    • Full Character Wallpaper Set (6 love interests)
    • Character Acrylic Set (3 love interests)
    • Changeling Sticker Sheet
    • Digital Art Book
    • Changeling Soundtrack Download
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $35 or more About $35

    Backstage Access

    Join our private forum and get a behind the scenes look at the development process as it happens, see previews and sneak peaks of the script and assets as they are created.

    Includes:
    • Regular Reward Pack
    • +1 additional game code
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $45 or more About $45

    Download the Game Early!

    -Download the completed game in advance of its release to the public!

    -Get an exclusive semi-custom "your character here" digital wallpaper of your OC (or yourself) with the love interest you choose. (select one of two pre-made designs, which will be edited to your specifications).

    Includes:
    • Regular Reward Pack
    • +1 additional game code
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    11 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $60 or more About $60

    Beta Tester Access

    Receive beta level access to Changeling including: access to our testers-only forum, previews of asset creation, sneak peeks to the script and periodic beta downloads of the game as it's developed!

    -Early download of the completed game in advance of its public release.

    Includes:
    • Regular Reward Pack
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    5 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  12. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    Kinetic Novel Sidestory

    In addition to our regular reward pack and other goodies, receive a short, kinetic novel side story involving the members of the Paranormal Mysteries Club setting up a belated party to celebrate Nora's birthday.

    You'll also receive a handwritten thank you from the Steamberry team!

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 7 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  13. Select this reward

    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Terrarium Commission

    Receive everything in our early bird reward pack as well as:
    -Early download of the completed game in advance of its public release.
    -an exclusive digital wallpaper of your OC (or yourself) with the love interest you choose. (select one of two designs).
    -An animated 'terrarium' commission from Sprocket

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Sprocket Terrarium Commission
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  14. Select this reward

    Pledge $200 or more About $200

    Design an Extra

    Design and name an existing 'extra' who has a few speaking lines. You may give a cameo to yourself or an original character, or come up with someone new. Most extras appear in multiple routes but have only minor plot relevance.
    You will be credited as a character designer for the game upon successful completion of the design!

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Design an Extra
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 2 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  15. Select this reward

    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Design a Minor Character

    Work with the team to design and name one of our existing side characters. This will be a speaking character that appears multiple times in the story and has significant involvement in the overall plot.

    You will be credited as a character designer for the game upon successful completion of the design!

    We will write a letter of reference/recommendation for you if desired.

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Design a Minor Character
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  16. Reward no longer available

    Pledge $800 or more About $800

    Create a New Minor Character

    Create an entirely new side character for Changeling. This character will appear in one of the unwritten routes and will play a role in the story. You will help design their look, backstory, and role in the plot. (Lore and narrative rules will apply. Feel free to contact us ahead of time to work out the details and make sure your idea and design are feasible!)

    You will be credited as a character designer and writing assistant for the game upon successful completion of the design!

    We will write a letter of reference/recommendation for you if desired.

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Backstage access to Changeling Development
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Create a Minor Character
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Reward no longer available 3 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  17. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    Create a New Love Interest

    Work with the team to write a hidden and unlockable male character route. You may choose to develop a story revolving around an existing side character or help create an entirely new guy from scratch.
    You will help design the character's look, as well as create the plot and stand alone story for the route.
    (Lore and narrative rules will apply. Feel free to contact ahead of time to work out the details and make sure the idea and design are feasible.)

    You will be credited as a character designer and writing assistant for the game upon successful completion of the design!

    We will write a letter of reference/recommendation for you if desired.

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Create a Love Interest
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Your name will appear in our acknowledgements as a backer!
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  18. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,000 or more About $2,000

    Creative Producer

    Become part of the creative force behind Changeling and be one of our Creative Producers.
    Be privy to behind the scenes development process and have real influence on the design and direction of the game, including input on character designs, which scenes get illustrated via CGs, the plot and direction of the unwritten routes as well as future edits and changes to existing content.
    You will be created as a "Creative Producer" in the game's end credits.

    Includes:
    • Early Bird Reward Pack
    • Beta Tester Access
    • Early Download of Changeling (completed game)
    • Exclusive Digital Wallpaper
    • Kinetic Novel Side Story
    • Handwritten Postcard from the team
    • Creative Advisory Panel
    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Anywhere in the world
    Limited 0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (31 days)