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Jeff JamesBy Jeff James
First created
Jeff JamesBy Jeff James
First created
$508
pledged of $2,000pledged of $2,000 goal
19
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, April 2 2015 11:02 AM UTC +00:00

About

One of my maps in action.
One of my maps in action.

The Ravensmere Academy map I created was born from a need of my weekly role playing group. We wanted a map for our campaign, and noticed there were not a lot of choices for detailed maps in modern settings. I put my CAD draftsman skills to work and created the map, but realized I did not have the right computer at home to do the kind of details the map required. That's when the idea of the Kickstarter campaign came to light.

If our group needed maps, quite surely other people were looking for more choices as well. If I had a faster, better computer, I would be able to create maps for a variety of campaigns for us as well as any other GMs who wanted them. 

After researching online, I discovered that $2000 would meet my needs for the map projects. The budget breaks down like this:

Start Up Costs:

  • Logo Design- $100
  • Map Test Printing- $100
  • Other misc costs- $45

Marketing and Advertising:

  • Marketing Consulting- $250
  • Advertising- $100
  • Projected Kickstarter and 3rd party fees: (ranges between $175-$200)

Computer:

  • One similar to Dell XPS 8700 (includes Intel Core i7-4790 processor, 8m cache, up to 4.0 GHz, 16 GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz- 4 DIMMs, 2TB hard drive, and more.) $1299.99

This brings our total cost to approximately $2069.99-$2094.99, which is how we came up with the $2000 total goal.

The specs on the computer are important for running the types of programs I use. I am accustomed to working with AutoCAD, a program used in architectural drafting to create both 2D plans and 3D models. I will also be using Google SketchUp and Photoshop Elements to create the finished product. This makes visualizing the layouts easier, resulting in more authentic maps, but is also more computer-intensive than 2D image programs, therefore requiring a stronger computer.

I am hoping that you will be able to contribute to my project, and have the benefit of the maps for your own use.

The Ravensmere Academy Culver Hall map, and all future maps, will be distributed in PDF format, printable to 24x36, and are scaled for use with 25mm minis.

Culver Hall after the cad work is done.
Culver Hall after the cad work is done.
Culver Hall after finishes are applied in Sketchup.
Culver Hall after finishes are applied in Sketchup.
Culver Hall second floor map with the finished 3D model applied in Photo Shop Elements.
Culver Hall second floor map with the finished 3D model applied in Photo Shop Elements.
Water tower cad work is done.
Water tower cad work is done.
Water tower after finishes are applied in Sketchup.
Water tower after finishes are applied in Sketchup.
Water Tower ground floor map with finished 3Dmodel applied in Photo Shop Elements.
Water Tower ground floor map with finished 3Dmodel applied in Photo Shop Elements.

Risks and challenges

Our biggest obstacle in fulfilling our obligations to our donors will be to email out the PDF maps to eligible donors. We may encounter problems with the email program and the size of the maps.
To prepare for that, we have set up an account with Drive Thru RPG, and will only need to email the coupon code to our eligible donors.
The second challenge we see is that it may take longer to receive the computer and complete the maps than we originally planned. We have added additional time to our estimate so we are able to meet the deadlines we quoted.

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