Software: Esteren Interactive Map!
Thanks to the contributions of both the French and English-speaking communities, a new combined stretch goal has been reached with a total financing of nearly $70K. To begin with, we will release two other large maps representing cities of Tri-Kazel. In addition to the three capital-cities, Tulg Naomh will be featured, as well as a fifth one which we must decide upon. Altogether, realizing all five maps should take a whole year of work. This is a very big workload we have ahead of us… but we have wanted to do this for a long time, and this is a great opportunity!
This new milestone will also illustrate what we had in mind when we mentioned “digital rewards.” Indeed, we will now be able to finance a nice addition for Book 2 – Travels; a project as ambitious as it is innovative for RPGs, and that will notably involve an eminent member of our good community: Pierstoval, a programmer of talent. I can personally say that, as a game master, this would truly be a dream come true…
However, let us be honest: we are not certain that we will manage to get to get through it. Maybe we will use Google Maps’ API, or work with a housemade software… everything remains to be defined! Actually, as far as we know, such a software has never been designed for a role-playing game. We have a big challenge ahead of us!
What you can see below is just a sneak peek, a basic layout to give an idea of what our purpose is. It is all subject to change. Of course, it will be available both in English and in French.
Larger version here.
This stretch goal will give all the backers of this Kickstarter campaign access to the interactive map, whatever your pledge is. With this first threshold, we can get started with the realization of a first, central functionality: the calculation of an itinerary between two locations on the map of Tri-Kazel, including traveling times and distances. This promises to be an excellent game aid to prepare a game or organize a journey on the fly.
But this is only the beginning! Thanks to your involvement, we may be able to finance new options for this interactive map. The possibilities are huge: weather-related factors, various types of transportation (on foot, by carriage… or by Caernide!), the Varigals’ side roads (shortcuts), variations according to each faction, etc.
Help us spread the word by letting people know about this update: you can Like it at the top of the page, post about it on forums, on Reddit, on your blogs… we are counting on you!
Thank you all; with your support, we are able to envision projects that would have otherwise remained castles in the air…
The Esteren Team