This lavishly illustrated poster will detail a unique twin-deck starship for tabletop RPGs and miniatures, and possibly even more!
With this Kickstarter drive, I'm hoping to launch not just one, but three new sci-fi RPG and miniatures game products simultaneously:
"Mass Transit IV" is a continuation of my most popular map series themed around the transportation of goods and passengers. This time my goal was to showcase a single specific AR-37 Transport Ship named "The Nova Eclipse", in an unprecedented level of detail. Both levels of this twin-deck starship, and its hull surface, are presented on this double-sided poster using a subtle 1-inch grid for gameplay with miniatures. If we can raise $3000 (to fund the print run, cover cards, packaging, shipping, and related expenses), Mass Transit IV will see print.
If we manage to double that amount, raising $6000 before the end of the funding period, I will also be printing the "Alien Starship Tiles". This set of twelve double-sided cards (along with two sheets of bonus terrain inside their front and back cover cards) can be used to construct all manner of living alien ships--a bio-engineered invasion fleet just waiting to be explored!
Finally, if we can actually raise $9000 before time runs out, I have one additional product ready to print and offer up as a reward for backers: A double-sided poster called "Deck Space." For years players have been asking me to produce a poster containing an empty field of deck plating as the basis for the creation of custom terrain maps. This is that product, and more: One side is a field of empty deck that perfectly matches my "Sci-Fi Cargo Tiles" product. With those tiles (or the sheet of 13 cargo items included on the back of this poster's cover card), you can set the stage for a different encounter location every time you use the map. The back side is similar, but matches the railway system running through my Mass Transit maps to form a larger, customizable battleground.
When you select a reward package that includes more than one map product, you may choose from the new products funded by this Kickstarter drive, and/or from my in-stock individual poster maps and terrain card sets listed in my map store at http://www.mapsofmastery.com/store.html
Shipping for these products is free. Even international orders will be shipped at no additional charge. That said, if backers from other countries would like to add $10 to their pledge as a courtesy to help offset the extra expense on my end, it would be appreciated.
Every backer will receive access to downloadable PDF copies of the maps that are printed through this funding drive. If we fund all three products, backers will get all three sets of PDF files!
Plus, I have other bonus rewards in the works if we pass certain benchmarks, like custom dice with the Nova Eclipse insignia on one face, or downloadable PDF versions of the maps with different features. If those additional rewards are unlocked (I'll post goals for them if and when we pass the main goal), all backers will have them automatically included with their map(s) at no extra charge!
Oh, and one more thing: the outstanding and enormously talented Star Wars artist Jeff Carlisle has offered to illustrate the Nova Eclipse for us! If his work is complete before the end of the funding period, his image will be included as part of the poster! How cool is that!?!
Please help me reach these goals by telling all of your friends about the project. Word-of-mouth is the best tool we have to make sure these products are printed
I like the other products more than Mass Transit IV. Can I exchange a copy of one of those for the "printed copy of Mass Transit IV" in my reward?
Yes you can, IF those products are produced through this Kickstarter drive. The funding needs to reach $6000 to unlock the Alien Starship Tiles, and $9000 to unlock Deck Space. If the funding doesn't reach those levels, those products won't be available to replace the Mass Transit IV poster.
I'm thinking about selecting a reward that has custom map work, but design isn't my strong suit. How much direction do you need?
I can work from as much, or as little, information as you wish to provide. If you don't want to sketch up your custom work, I'll do that for you. If you don't want to provide any direction for the piece and just say "surprise me!", I can do that, too. It's your reward, and I'll do my best to satisfy your request(s) at whatever level of involvement that you prefer.
Every individual poster map or terrain card set currently available in my map store at http://www.mapsofmastery.com/store.html is available as a reward to backers of $25 and higher. Even the fantasy adventure can be selected!
The only in-stock item that can't be selected is the "Deep Vistas Poster Map Set" (because that's three posters in one lot), but those posters are available to choose individually. :)
You can also choose from the products being funded by this Kickstarter drive, assuming their goals are met.
I'll try to avoid that, but a few products do have a limited quantity still available (Mass Transit II, for example); if the demand for those items exceeds the available supply, those rewards will be filled in the order received--to the best of my ability--and subsequent backers will be asked to choose an alternate product for their reward package.
That said, if a product sells out and the funding from this drive exceeds every goal, I might even reprint such product(s) to avoid that problem completely.
Yes, really. If you wish to add an extra $10 to your pledge to cover the extra expense, I'll be grateful--but it's not required.
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Feb 20, 2012 - Mar 5, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Access to PDF copies of the Mass Transit IV poster, along with PDFs of the Alien Starship Tiles and Battle Grid poster if those goals are met.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $14 or more
One printed copy of Mass Transit IV, shipped to your location, and access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $25 or more
A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and one other poster or terrain card set of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $37 or more
A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and *two* other poster or terrain card sets of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and *three* other poster or terrain card sets of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
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A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and *four* other poster or terrain card sets of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $69 or more
A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and *five* other poster or terrain card sets of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $79 or more
A printed copy of Mass Transit IV, and *six* other poster or terrain card sets of your choice, shipped to your location. Plus: Access to the PDF files.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $100 or more
All of the $79 rewards, PLUS a CD-ROM disk containing PDF copies of *all* of my existing Maps of Mastery poster map images. (Mass Transit I-IV, Forsaken Lands I & II, and Deep Vistas I-III, plus the Battle Grid maps if that poster is funded. At least 18 different maps in total!)Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $150 or more
3 backers All gone!
All of the $100 rewards, PLUS one of the large cargo crates on the "Loaded Cargo Bay" terrain card (the back of the Mass Transit IV cover card) will be customized with a property tag or contents label of your choice. The tag/label can include your name or any designation you wish, but no trademarks or copyrights.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
All of the $100 rewards, PLUS I will modify the identity mark on the Nova Eclipse and the map title to rename the ship with your choice of name and/or insignia, and provide you (and you alone) with your customized version as a printed map and/or PDF file. While I'm at it, you can change the color of the upholstery, tint the windows, move some cargo around, adjust the graphics on the computers, or get other cosmetic changes to your special version of the ship!Estimated delivery: May 2012
Pledge $300 or more
2 backers Limited (1 of 3 left)
All of the $100 rewards, PLUS I will custom illustrate three original 5x8 sci-fi terrain cards based on your layout sketch or specifications, and provide you with PDF files of the images along with a printed copy on card stock. With your permission, I might even include your designs in a future product!Estimated delivery: Jul 2012
Pledge $900 or more
0 backers Limited (3 of 3 left)
All of the $100 rewards, PLUS I will run a four-hour-long Star Wars Saga Edition roleplaying game session for you and up to 5 other players of your choice, online using Skype for audio and Vassal for maps and die rolls. The adventure will use the Mass Transit IV maps, among others, and be set in an era of your choice, using characters of your own creation.Estimated delivery: Dec 2012
Pledge $1,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
All of the $100 rewards, PLUS I will custom illustrate a 22" x 34" sci-fi poster map based on your layout sketch or specifications, and provide you with a PDF file of the image along with a printed copy. With your permission, I might even include your designs in a future product!Estimated delivery: Dec 2012