Lena Nguyen

Lena Nguyen

Creating interactive fiction, narrative text games, and novels

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$3
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Rewards include:
  • Access to the Patreon feed and exclusive polls that will influence the game's development.  Help name characters and locations, decide story events, choose game mechanics and achievements, and much more. 
  • Access to exclusive behind-the-scenes teasers, regular updates, and surprise sneak peeks. 
  • Access to an exclusive monthly Q&A session, where patrons can ask any question about the game (spoilers, NSFW, and more). 
  • Ability to vote and decide on the subject and medium of Patreon-exclusive art commissions.
  • Ability to vote and decide on the subject and theme of Patreon-exclusive song and music commissions.

Officer

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$5
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Rewards include:
  •  All the benefits of the Recruit tier, plus...
  • Early access to the alpha build of the game without needing to alpha test. Updated once a month.
  • Access to a private Discord server channel about the game's alpha build and other Patreon-related discussions.
  • Access to Patreon-exclusive monthly goodies, such as secret websites and interactive pages, game-related personality quizzes, mini-games and puzzles, seasonal events, maps, world-building and reference materials, codex documents and special art, cookbooks and coloring pages, and much, much more.
Includes Discord benefits

Captain

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$10
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Rewards include:
  • All the benefits of the previous tiers, plus...
  • Access to secret plans and development info that no one else will know about (DLC, future stories, hidden details, easter eggs, bloopers, old drafts, and et cetera).
  • Access and voting rights to in-game art and assets, like the creation of character and tarot cards before the game's release.
  • Access to any future side stories or bonus content (such as the Soldiers of Hael or Haven University demos) before anyone else. 
  • Access to an entire library of monthly short stories focusing on the game's characters (theme and characters decided by poll, average word count: 8,000 words).
  • Your name in the game's credits (if desired).
  • Every three consecutive months that you remain a member of this tier, you get a special Shepherds of Haven sticker in the mail!
Includes Discord benefits
Exclusive Merch
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  • Exclusive Sticker - Official Shepherd logo, Shery, Tallys, and Trouble stickers!
  • Exclusive Sticker - Official Shepherd logo, Shery, Tallys, and Trouble stickers!
  • Exclusive Sticker - Official Shepherd logo, Shery, Tallys, and Trouble stickers!
  • Exclusive Sticker - Official Shepherd logo, Shery, Tallys, and Trouble stickers!

Vice-Commander

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$30
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Rewards include:
  • All the benefits of the previous tiers, plus...
  • A special and unique Shepherds of Haven bookmark or gold-edged tarot card, mailed to you each month in a special wax-sealed envelope. Each month features a different character and theme, and bookmarks and printed cards are exclusive to Patreon! 
  • Ability to decide or write a narrative feature of the game. Working down a list of members each month, Vice-Commanders get to choose, suggest, design, or create a story that will be featured in the game's newspaper, scrying function, or as a small side quest!
  • Ability to vote and determine the next merchandise created for Patreon and Redbubble.
  • After every three successful pledges, receive a physical, unique piece of Shepherds of Haven merchandise in the mail, fulfilled by Patreon. The merch you receive is different every time, and the overall selection changes every year! 
    • Current merch rotation includes
      • 2 premium 3x3" stickers of Red and Lavinet
      • An enameled Shepherds of Haven character mug
      • Exclusive Shepherds of Haven poster featuring a map of Blest
Includes Discord benefits
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Sticker - Red & Lavinet stickers, a Shepherds mug, and a map of Blest!
  • Exclusive Sticker - Red & Lavinet stickers, a Shepherds mug, and a map of Blest!
  • Exclusive Mug - Red & Lavinet stickers, a Shepherds mug, and a map of Blest!
  • Exclusive Poster - Red & Lavinet stickers, a Shepherds mug, and a map of Blest!

Commander

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$75
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Rewards include:
  • All the benefits of previous tiers, plus a special merchandise package and one of the below choices:
    • 1) a personalized short story with your MC and chosen characters or theme (after 2 successful pledges) [CURRENTLY ON HIATUS]
    • 2) a handwritten thank you note, autographed bookplate, and bundle of 3 gold-edged character tarot cards (your choice of available characters)
    • 3) the opportunity to name and build a character into the game.
    • 4) the opportunity to create up to three decorative objects that will appear in the MC's room in the game.
    • OR 5) the opportunity to help design 1 side quest (can be more complicated than the last tier), 1 newspaper article, or both for the game. 
  • After every three successful pledges, receive a physical, unique piece of Shepherds of Haven merchandise in the mail, fulfilled by Patreon. The merch you receive is different every time, and the overall selection changes every year! 
    • Current merch rotation includes: 
      • Exclusive Shepherds of Haven poster featuring a map of Blest
      • Exclusive Shepherds of Haven character tote bag
      • Exclusive Shepherds of Haven gradient T-shirt
      • Never-before-seen, exclusive We Have Always Been Here hoodie
Includes Discord benefits
Exclusive Merch
Fulfilled by Patreon
Includes
  • Exclusive Poster - Map of Blest, Shepherds mug, ShoH T-shirt, & WHABH hoodie!
  • Exclusive Mug - Map of Blest, Shepherds mug, ShoH T-shirt, & WHABH hoodie!
  • Exclusive T-shirt - Map of Blest, Shepherds mug, ShoH T-shirt, & WHABH hoodie!
  • Exclusive Hoodie - Map of Blest, Shepherds mug, ShoH T-shirt, & WHABH hoodie!

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About Lena Nguyen

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 multiple short fiction publications and digital game platforms, and my debut novel, WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN HERE, was published by Penguin Random House and DAW Books in July 2021! And 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 soldiers 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 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, or pan; as well as aromantic, asexual, aro-ace, or allo. 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 fifteen possible allies (with ten 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 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 my wonderful patrons and alpha testers), while juggling my own jobs, other creative projects, and expenses. Supporting me on Patreon will not only help allow me to keep the project going for as long as it takes to complete it; it will also expedite the process of finishing the game and give invested readers an exclusive look and heavy influence on the game's development. With Patreon's help, I've already been able to complete over 400,000 words on the game in the span of several months: that's four times more than I was able to get done in the two years beforehand!

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 goodies and personality quizzes, access to secret plans and exclusive art, early access to the alpha version of the game, story-related merchandise, exclusive short stories and Q&A sessions, and polls influencing the game's 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!

Also, I do invest a significant portion of the funds I receive from Patrons back into creating more content for them: this includes commissioning various artists and creators to develop Patreon-exclusive goodies that I can't make on my own, such as special game and character illustrations, seasonal art and events, music, maps, tarot cards, game assets, and much more!

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!
Goals
$4,783.23 of $8,000 per month
COMPENDIUM AND ARTBOOK, COMPANION BOOKS
Wouldn't a compilation of extra game materials and art be cool? It would take a lot of time to put together, but if we reach this goal, I would start devoting time to learning this process and putting together or commissioning an array of gorgeous materials. Character concept art and reference sheets, maps and background art, codex entries and calendars, original novel excerpts, romance guides and walkthroughs, development bloopers and easter eggs, and other goodies and extras would eventually be compiled into a compendium or artbook. I would also work on compiling and editing all of the short stories I've written here on Patreon into a digital e-book and physical anthology book for readers to enjoy!
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