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The Written World is a multiplayer storytelling game that lives on the internet.
The Written World is a multiplayer storytelling game that lives on the internet.
300 backers pledged $18,272 to help bring this project to life.

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The Written World is a multiplayer storytelling game which lives on the internet.

Hey What’s going on?

We love stories. People have been connecting around storytelling since there were stories to tell.

We’re going to make a game that’s not only awesome to play but is also a new way to write and share stories with each other.

We want to challenge the idea that playing games isn’t a good way to spend your time. Games are our passion. We have been learning about them for over 5 years and we’re ready to make something really great.

Why am I a little confused?

Well, Massively Multiplayer Write ‘em up is a pretty new genre, But it also picks up on a bunch of stuff you probably understand already.

You might have heard of text adventures - they call them Interactive Fiction now. Even if you’re not as geeky as us don’t worry - basically you’re going to be taking it in turns to tell a story.

At it’s heart it's a game of Narrator versus Hero. The narrator controls the story; crafting a plot and presenting the Hero with encounters, and challenges. The Hero creates a character that she believes can make it through to the end.

And when the story’s over it lives inside the Written World, for other people to read, re-use or play themselves.
How does it work?
  • Write stories collaboratively through play
  • Play through stories in our turn based story crafting engine.
  • Build a world together with the stories you create.

As Narrator 

Craft a mythos for your protagonist to inhabit.

    • Guide your protagonist through your story, chapter by chapter, encounter by encounter.
As Protagonist

Craft a character who will live through many stories.

    • Be a part of a limitless spread of new worlds and narratives.
    • Explore the world the Narrator presents for you.

Earn Force through writing.

    • Force allows you to change the path of a story.
    • Think that sword should be a fish? that alien shouldn’t leave? Romeo shouldn’t take the poison? use Force to make it happen.
    • Earn Force by writing well, progressing through stories, and creating great characters and places.

Be part of a community of writers

    • Explore a world of fiction built as people write.
    • Share your world with your friends.
    • Let your characters and locations find fame and fortune in other’s stories.
    • Receive feedback on your work.
What do I get?
We think we’ve got some nice rewards lined up for you. We wanted to make sure that it wasn’t just all about downloads and you had a little something to remember us by. And yes, if you pledge $10,000 it is our promise to you that any name of your choosing will be the name of one of the team’s first born.

Here’s some of our favourites:

Custom designed character

For $125 lovely dollars (and limited to only 10) Our lovely, talented and handsome designer (who wrote this description) Simon Fox will sit down with you and design a completely customised character with you, to your spec, in our lovely Written World art style.


Custom School installation 
For four people we will produce a private version of The Written World just for the use of your children’s school. We’ll also work with you to create bespoke locations and characters in the game. This won’t need the input of your kids school directly but we’ll be delighted to talk the staff through ways The Written World can be used in class.

A Game with the Creators
We’re going to tell you a story: the first ten people who give us $50 will receive, in addition to all the normal $50 rewards: a game with us, we’ll run your Hero through her paces with a specially prepared story.

Seems like loads of money, what are you going to do with it?To date, The Written World has been a labour of love. We have spoken to teachers, friends, gamers, anyone who would listen really to help turn this into something special. We now want to dedicate our time to the game’s development full time so we can reach our goal of releasing the game for free to everyone online. Here is a list of what the money will go towards:

  • Coding - We’re just rounding the corner on our alpha, but there’s still plenty of exciting features we want to add.
  • Testing - We don’t like to go too far without checking with our audience that they like the direction we’re taking, and that what we’re producing is fun and works properly. We think we end up with the best possible game this way. We’ll be testing with writers, gamers and also in schools to make sure the game works for all of our use cases.
  • Art - We’re building a world for you and that takes a lot of gorgeous images and design.
  • Hosting - The Written World needs a place to live and a way for you to visit it - that takes money and the kind of people who know why GOD needs reminding to keep the DAEMON working.

Wait a minute who are you
The Written World is a playlab London project. playlab London is an enthusiastic start up which believes that what starts as a game can positively affect people’s behaviour and interactions in the real world.

Simon Fox: Chief
Simon's been making things like stories and games since he was a kid.
He's probably more enthusiastic about making the Written World than you are about cake, and he knows how much we all love cake. He'll be designing the way everything works as well as making it all pretty enough to kiss.
Nowadays he runs something called playlab London and when he isn't doing that he's probably reading a book or something.

Toby Green: Code Chef
Toby is code chef. If the written world is a three course meal, he is probably over salting the starter and undercooking the main course but  pleased the souffle is rising correctly.
He enjoys long walks, watching Blind Date, and browsing collections of vintage 80's shoulder pads on classic TV shows.

Anna Fogg: Communications Wizard
Anna has 6 years of digital commnications experience, including marketing, PR and social media; the majority of which has been gained at start-up content and technology companies.
Anna is working to create and define The Written World brand, and to secure their presence within the creative and gaming community.
Anna met Simon and Toby whilst dressed as a wizard and immediately the bond was formed.

Shelly Lozdon: Totally Freaking Awesome
Shelly has very kindly offered to host The Written World’s Kickstarter campaign and will be helping to ensure that all rewards get to the right people on time.

Thank you
We really mean it. This project has been a dream of ours for some time now and to make this push to bring it to life is incredibly exciting for us. We want to thank you for believing in the project, and for all your support. If we could, we would like to give all of our backers a very grateful and satisfying high five and hug. We still just might...

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    FRIEND LEVEL
    Thanks Friend! You'll get:

    Our very special Thanks
    A Virtual High 5 whenever you need it
    Exclusive updates on the development process
    Friend Badge on your Written World profile

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    All $5 Rewards +
    Access to the Beta test phase:
    You'll be testing the game with us before everyone else gets their hands on it!

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    HERO LEVEL
    Seriously you've really saved us, you'll get:

    all $12 Rewards +
    Awesome Digital Artwork:
    You'll get a gorgeous full colour piece of digital Written World art.

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    a special HERO badge on your Written World profile.

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    SUPERHERO LEVEL
    Oh my goodness you gorgeous thing. you'll get:

    All $25 Rewards +
    Fame! (or Infamy): Your character will be featured as a Famous Character in The Written World, which means more people will read your stories, and find your games.

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    The first 10 people to donate at $50 will get all $50 rewards and The Written World team will play through a game with you, we'll tell you a story!

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    A Gorgeous Print of Written World artwork signed by the team.

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    THE OBJECT OF DESIRE: ANDREA PHILLIPS ASSETS. The first 50 people to donate will get all $50 Rewards + Exclusive access to a storyframe created by Andrea Philips, transmedia writer extraordinaire, consisting of: Bespoke Characters, Encounters, Locations and a Five Chapter Story-arc.

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    All $50 Rewards + A unique custom designed character designed alongside your input by our own Simon Fox, and featured within the game for a week after completion.

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    THE INNER CIRCLE. All $50 Rewards + The chance be a to part of it. Join our brainstorm sessions. Get early access and test new features before general release. Have your ideas brought to life in the game and give us your feedback. Be a part of our extended family.

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    GOD LEVEL: Well look you're basically as kind and handsome as a deity now. You'll get:

    All $125 Rewards, A special God badge on your Written World profile, AND AMAZINGLY a Custom, private installation of The Written World for your school of choice - whether your own child's school or one you work at. - We will create a bespoke private game for the school of your choice, including custom locations and characters based on your school and students!

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    The first person to pledge over 10,000 dollars will receive:
    ALL rewards, including digital artwork, fame within The Written World, A signed print, A unique custom character built with our designer, a Custom install for the school of your choice and a totally unique King of Gods badge on your profile.. in addition, it is our pledge to you that you may choose the middle name of the firstborn of one of our team.

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