Lena Nguyen

is creating interactive fiction, narrative text games, and novels

62

patrons

$453

per month

ABOUT ME

I'm Lena Nguyen. I'm a writer who writes both interactive fiction (stories that change according to your choices) as well as conventional fiction--usually of the fantasy or speculative variety. My work has appeared in places such as the Harvard Review, K'in Literary JournalCreating Life from Life: Biotechnology and Science Fiction, and digital platforms like Tapas Media and Episode. Now, my love of role-playing games and choice-based narratives has led me to my biggest project yet: Shepherds of Haven, an interactive fantasy novel about a Mage living in a world where magic has been outlawed, but demons are invading anyway.

ABOUT MY PROJECTS

Shepherds of Haven is a dark fantasy game that follows the Order of the Shepherds: a group of fighters and investigators sworn to use their powers to protect the city of Haven from demonic invasion. The only problem? The use of supernatural powers  has been outlawed in the continent for the past two hundred years–and the populace of Haven fears the Shepherds almost as much as they fear the demons themselves.


In Shepherds of Haven you can play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, bi, pan, aro, ace, or aro-ace. You can customize everything about your character, from their appearance (short hair or long hair?) to their racial heritage (elf or exorcist?). And you can recruit, befriend, or betray up to twelve possible allies (with nine available for romance). Each character has their own separate story arc, personality, and relationship to explore–and each has many different endings that are intertwined with your own.
You can find out more about the game on its official Tumblr, the forum thread linked above, or play the demo here

WHY PATREON?

Shepherds of Haven alone is projected to be over 1,000,000 words by the time it's complete: that's more than the entire Harry Potter series combined! In the meantime I'll be writing, coding, designing, and finding art for the entire project on my own (with the help of some wonderful alpha testers), while juggling my own job search and expenses. Food and shelter come first, and unfortunately that doesn't leave me much time to work on a game I'm very, very passionate about. Supporting me on Patreon will not only help allow me to keep the project going, it will expedite the process of finishing the game and give invested readers an exclusive look and influence on the game's development. 

WHAT DO PATRONS GET?

I've thought up as many goodies and bonus content as I can without compromising my ability to work on the main content for Shepherds of Haven. Please check out the tiers of rewards, which include character Q&A sessions and personality quizzes, access to secret plans and art, early access to the alpha version of the game, and polls influencing its trajectory and development! By supporting me here, you enable me to dedicate more time to this project and get the finished version to you in as timely and polished a manner as possible!

Thank you. Your support means the world to me, and if you're not in a position to become a patron, sharing and spreading the word is also an enormous help. Thank you for stopping by, and an especially-huge and heartfelt thank you if you do decide to lend your support!
Tiers
Recruit
$3 or more per month

Rewards include:

  • Access to the patreon feed and exclusive polls that will influence the game's development.  Help shape and name characters, decide story events, choose achievements, and more. 
  • Access to exclusive behind-the-scenes teasers, updates, and sneak peeks. 
Officer
$5 or more per month

Rewards include:

  •  All the benefits of the Recruit tier, plus...
  • Early access to the alpha-build of the game without needing to alpha test.
  • Access to a private discussion thread and Discord server about the game's alpha-build.
  • Access to exclusive goodies, such as Q&A sessions and letters from the characters, game-related personality quizzes, icon sets, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Captain
$10 or more per month

Rewards include:

  • All the benefits of the previous tiers, plus...
  • Access to secret plans that no one else will know about (DLC, future stories, hidden details, easter eggs, old drafts, and et cetera).
  • Access to exclusive art and character cards before the game's release.
  • Access to any future side stories (such as the Soldiers of Hael demo) before anyone else. 
  • Access to a monthly short story focusing on one of the game's characters (theme and character decided by poll, 1000 words minimum).
  • Your name in the game's credits (if desired).
Includes Discord rewards
Commander
$50 or more per month only 3 left

Rewards include:

  • All the benefits of previous tiers, plus...
  • Early access to monthly walkthroughs for the game, detailing character arcs, choice outcomes, relationships, achievements, and how to unlock good, true, and bad endings--juicy spoilers and all!
  • Access to monthly writing tips, world-building resources, worksheets, creative corners, and exclusive writer's columns.
  • After two consecutive successful pledges, choose one of three options: 1) a personalized short story with your MC and chosen character or theme (min. 1000 words and sent via email); 2) a handwritten thank you note and autographed character card (your choice of available characters, US only); or 3) the opportunity to name and build a character into the game. 
Includes Discord rewards
Goals
$453 of $1,200 per month
FULL-TIME GAME DEVELOPMENT
This would be an absolute dream! This goal would be enough to cover my expenses and allow me to work on the game full-time with no distractions. Instead of less than 10 hours a week (if I'm lucky), I could write at least 50 hours a week! At this pace the game will be completed so much faster, and with the care, detail, and attention I would love to give it (as well as the additional content I want to include to make it an even richer, fuller game). I will also be able to commit to substantially updating the alpha-build on a monthly basis until its completion, and the public demo chapters some time after that.
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ABOUT ME

I'm Lena Nguyen. I'm a writer who writes both interactive fiction (stories that change according to your choices) as well as conventional fiction--usually of the fantasy or speculative variety. My work has appeared in places such as the Harvard Review, K'in Literary JournalCreating Life from Life: Biotechnology and Science Fiction, and digital platforms like Tapas Media and Episode. Now, my love of role-playing games and choice-based narratives has led me to my biggest project yet: Shepherds of Haven, an interactive fantasy novel about a Mage living in a world where magic has been outlawed, but demons are invading anyway.

ABOUT MY PROJECTS

Shepherds of Haven is a dark fantasy game that follows the Order of the Shepherds: a group of fighters and investigators sworn to use their powers to protect the city of Haven from demonic invasion. The only problem? The use of supernatural powers  has been outlawed in the continent for the past two hundred years–and the populace of Haven fears the Shepherds almost as much as they fear the demons themselves.


In Shepherds of Haven you can play as male, female, or non-binary; gay, straight, bi, pan, aro, ace, or aro-ace. You can customize everything about your character, from their appearance (short hair or long hair?) to their racial heritage (elf or exorcist?). And you can recruit, befriend, or betray up to twelve possible allies (with nine available for romance). Each character has their own separate story arc, personality, and relationship to explore–and each has many different endings that are intertwined with your own.
You can find out more about the game on its official Tumblr, the forum thread linked above, or play the demo here

WHY PATREON?

Shepherds of Haven alone is projected to be over 1,000,000 words by the time it's complete: that's more than the entire Harry Potter series combined! In the meantime I'll be writing, coding, designing, and finding art for the entire project on my own (with the help of some wonderful alpha testers), while juggling my own job search and expenses. Food and shelter come first, and unfortunately that doesn't leave me much time to work on a game I'm very, very passionate about. Supporting me on Patreon will not only help allow me to keep the project going, it will expedite the process of finishing the game and give invested readers an exclusive look and influence on the game's development. 

WHAT DO PATRONS GET?

I've thought up as many goodies and bonus content as I can without compromising my ability to work on the main content for Shepherds of Haven. Please check out the tiers of rewards, which include character Q&A sessions and personality quizzes, access to secret plans and art, early access to the alpha version of the game, and polls influencing its trajectory and development! By supporting me here, you enable me to dedicate more time to this project and get the finished version to you in as timely and polished a manner as possible!

Thank you. Your support means the world to me, and if you're not in a position to become a patron, sharing and spreading the word is also an enormous help. Thank you for stopping by, and an especially-huge and heartfelt thank you if you do decide to lend your support!

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Tiers
Recruit
$3 or more per month

Rewards include:

  • Access to the patreon feed and exclusive polls that will influence the game's development.  Help shape and name characters, decide story events, choose achievements, and more. 
  • Access to exclusive behind-the-scenes teasers, updates, and sneak peeks. 
Officer
$5 or more per month

Rewards include:

  •  All the benefits of the Recruit tier, plus...
  • Early access to the alpha-build of the game without needing to alpha test.
  • Access to a private discussion thread and Discord server about the game's alpha-build.
  • Access to exclusive goodies, such as Q&A sessions and letters from the characters, game-related personality quizzes, icon sets, and more.
Includes Discord rewards
Captain
$10 or more per month

Rewards include:

  • All the benefits of the previous tiers, plus...
  • Access to secret plans that no one else will know about (DLC, future stories, hidden details, easter eggs, old drafts, and et cetera).
  • Access to exclusive art and character cards before the game's release.
  • Access to any future side stories (such as the Soldiers of Hael demo) before anyone else. 
  • Access to a monthly short story focusing on one of the game's characters (theme and character decided by poll, 1000 words minimum).
  • Your name in the game's credits (if desired).
Includes Discord rewards
Commander
$50 or more per month only 3 left

Rewards include:

  • All the benefits of previous tiers, plus...
  • Early access to monthly walkthroughs for the game, detailing character arcs, choice outcomes, relationships, achievements, and how to unlock good, true, and bad endings--juicy spoilers and all!
  • Access to monthly writing tips, world-building resources, worksheets, creative corners, and exclusive writer's columns.
  • After two consecutive successful pledges, choose one of three options: 1) a personalized short story with your MC and chosen character or theme (min. 1000 words and sent via email); 2) a handwritten thank you note and autographed character card (your choice of available characters, US only); or 3) the opportunity to name and build a character into the game. 
Includes Discord rewards