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Storium is a new kind of online game where you and your friends tell any story you can imagine, together.
6,676 backers pledged $251,362 to help bring this project to life.

New stretch goal: Storium for Schools!

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Last night our campaign blew past the $100,000 funding mark. That's an incredible achievement and it speaks volumes about the passion and commitment of our backers. Josh, Will, J.C., Mur, Chuck, and I are all deeply humbled by your support for Storium. Thank you!

Now, with just nine days left, it’s time for us to think even bigger. We have grand ideas for how Storium can grow beyond our current vision, and your support is pushing us to reach for that future.

One of the most exciting things to emerge from this campaign has been the strong interest of students, teachers, and parents. They've been telling us — in great numbers — that Storium holds tremendous potential for helping students write and express themselves through play, both in and outside of the classroom.

We hear you, and we're inspired. We want Storium to be a force for good, and this feels like an incredibly compelling way to do it.  So with your help, we’re going to make it happen! We're proud to unveil a major new feature stretch goal:

Unlocks at $200,000

STORIUM FOR SCHOOLS — We will build a version of Storium that is tailored for schools, teachers, and students! We will work with educators to identify and build the features that schools require, run pilot tests, and even design "worlds" and curricula for students of different ages, including adults. (The Storium for Schools effort will likely begin after the public launch of Storium.)

Based on the pace of our funding over the last couple days, it seems quite possible for us to hit $200,000 if we push hard. So please: help us spread the word! Tell your friends who are parents. Tell any educators you know. And tell anyone who believes — as we do — that games can help students learn, create, and express themselves. We have a unique opportunity to make a real difference here. Please help us get there!

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    1. Creator Kevin Ryan on May 8, 2014

      As an English teacher in Tokyo, I am looking forward to spreading the word at conferences here in Japan about Storium. Who knows, if there is enough interest, we could crowd-source a translation and make it multi-lingual. But one step at a time. Storium for Schools. Rocks.

    2. Creator Dan Brown on May 8, 2014

      My 7yo has been enviously watching me play Storium. Glad to see this get funded!

      @stlhood Are you looking for schools to pilot with? My son goes to a small school that might make a good test venue.

    3. Creator Beverly Warner on May 8, 2014

      Utterly delighted to have made this stretch goal! Student writers will LOVE this!

    4. Creator arithenay on May 7, 2014

      This is fantastic. Please let me know if you want any educator perspectives, beta testers, etc.

    5. Creator Jens Reineking on May 7, 2014

      This could also be a great way to teach people in businesses hwo to tell (better) stories. I hope you/we make the 200,000 mark.

    6. Creator James Potter on May 1, 2014

      I'm so excited about this. I would love to use Storia with my 5th Grade language arts class. It has great potential for creative writing projects! I plan on presenting Storia and sharing this vision at an upcoming teachers workshop. Keep up the great work!

    7. Creator Storium / Stephen Hood on April 30, 2014

      @Lyle @Meg: Thank you both so much for your support on this. I really do think we can make it to $200K! If for some reason we don't, I can promise you that we WILL find a way to bring Storium to schools. It's a major project to do this right, so without the extra funding it will take us longer and we may have to scale back our vision. But we will still explore it. The whole team shares your excitement about this; we can't wait to get started!

    8. Creator Meg Doughty Anderson on April 30, 2014

      Absolutely agree, Lyle. Or do another Kickstarter specifically for Storium in Schools once they launch publicly.

    9. Creator Lyle H Janney on April 30, 2014

      I'm going to help boost the signal on this, but I gotta tell ya... I sincerely hope that you make the Storium for Schools project a priority whether you meet the stretch goal or not. There is way too much potential in it to hold it back for the sole reason of lacking initial funding. I hope you understand where I'm coming from on this. I love what you're doing so far and I can hardly wait to see where this goes in the future.

    10. Creator Storium / Stephen Hood on April 29, 2014

      @Jason: Thanks for the support, glad you like this idea!

    11. Creator Jason Stewart Brown on April 29, 2014

      Funnily enough I have just joined in with a group of people who are looking at new ideas to help improve , amongst other things, literacy in school children and I was planning to present Storium as an idea. I hope you succeed because it would make my life easier in the future.

    12. Creator Storium / Stephen Hood on April 29, 2014

      @Meg: Woot, thank you so much and let's keep in touch!

    13. Creator Storium / Stephen Hood on April 29, 2014

      @Amanda: Thanks! We're VERY interested in Storium in the college setting.

    14. Creator Meg Doughty Anderson on April 29, 2014

      I am SO IN for this idea! Perfect for my creative writing class, but I can see other purposes for it, too! Happy to be a pilot site, should you need one.

    15. Creator Amanda Rudd on April 29, 2014

      What a fantastic idea! I'm a college English teacher, and I think this could be a valuable medium even in Freshman Composition courses! I love it!

    16. Creator Storium / Stephen Hood on April 29, 2014

      @DanDan: Thanks for your excitement and support!

    17. Creator DanDan McGru on April 29, 2014

      This is an amazing idea. As a Primary teacher, I can see the endless potential for grabbing the kids' imaginations and giving them the power in the storytelling. This project has made me really excited! Fab job guys!