Funded! & follow-up
Hi everyone --
We're funded! Thanks to all of you, the project ended up at 130% of its goal! I'm excited to get this moving, and I wanted to follow up to let you know about the next steps. There are several things I'm working on in parallel:
-- City voting: as outlined in the project description, 7 of the cities to be mapped will be decided by you. You will be receiving a Kickstarter survey within the next few days, asking for your top 3 city choices. I'll tally these and then post the winning cities here in my next update.
-- Selecting a printer for the posters: I talked to a few printers (both digital and offset) earlier in the project, but if any of you have any personal recommendations or referrals, please send them -- I want these to be as awesome as possible! Because of the nature of the image (pixel art), it needs to reliably print at a very high resolution (probably about 25,000 x 25,000 pixels) with no "dropped" pixels (I can double pixels, but this also ups the DPI).
-- For those of you who will be receiving a postcard and/or poster in the mail, I will be requesting your shipping address via Kickstarter. However, I will wait to do so until I am ready to ship.
-- For those of you who with the "put yourself on the map" (or higher) reward, I will also be requesting the personal map location you would like (again via Kickstarter). However, because the final cities are still being decided, I will wait to send this survey!
-- Finally, to make this expansion possible, I have some further development work to do. I have begun tweaking the map styling rules to achieve the best look for each city (I found that the rules that worked for a very dense city like NYC are not necessarily best suited to all cities). I also need to adapt the application itself to support multiple cities, and to provide a mechanism for switching between them.
-- To my (pleasant) surprise, 10 people selected the "buy a city" reward (!). While 2 of these are "sponsorships" of cities on the original list (San Francisco and Seattle), there are also 8 new cities that I'll be doing, and they're a great mix: Detroit, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Boulder, Singapore, Amsterdam, Nijmegen (Netherlands), and last but not least, Akihabara (Tokyo).
That's all for now. Any questions, please let me know!
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POSTCARD: A postcard from the lovely land of 8-bit New York.
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Postcard + PUT YOURSELF ON THE MAP: Add a marker to the map in any of the cities that we expand to (or on the current NYC map). You tell me the street address where the marker should go, along with a few words to appear next to it. A special icon design will be used to make backer-submitted markers stand out from others on the map. Add your house, your company, or maybe just your favorite spot in the city. (Note: you cannot replace major landmarks, anywhere else is fair game.)
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20 backers Limited (80 left of 100)
Postcard + Put Yourself On the Map + LIMITED EDITION POSTER: A limited edition of 100 posters of the 8-bit New York City map, printed on high quality matte paper. Each poster will be hand numbered.
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Postcard + Put Yourself On the Map + Limited Edition Poster + BUY A CITY: Voting is nice, but sometimes you need to grease the wheels a little. If you have a city that you're just dying to see in 8-bit, reserve it here. You'll be crowned as the Mayor in the credits for that city. (Or if you just want to be the mayor / patron saint of one of the 8 cities I've already reserved, you can do that too.) Note: this is in addition to the 15 cities already planned, so the top 7 voted cities will still be created.
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