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The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 7 2012 4:17 PM UTC +00:00
$6,231
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
97
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, December 7 2012 4:17 PM UTC +00:00

About

Why are we doing this?

We use a lot of miniatures in our gaming, from roleplaying games to wargames. When we use these miniatures we want to have awesome maps to go along with them. There are a lot of great options for these maps out there, but each has their drawbacks.

Map tiles are great for diversity and the ability to mix and match and create a cohesive map of your own design. However, they are hard to manage in game play (being easily shifted and shuffled) and due to the variety of sizes and the abundance you need, they are hard to store and carry with you.

Poster maps become the alternative to tiles. These large maps are typically double sided, easy to store and carry with you, and cover a large area with little fuss. But we lose the diversity. If I have a graveyard map, every encounter in a graveyard has to be done on the same map. That gets boring.

3D cardstock maps are really cool and can be assembled to create a landscape for your miniatures to interact in, without the need of traditional 3D terrain. However, these take time to construct (some being very difficult or time intensive) and can be a challenge to transport and assemble in a reasonable time period. Some 3D cardstock terrain is sturdier then others, and you still have the issues of limited designs/models.

What we want to do with our maps are offer smaller, 18x24 poster maps that can be mix and matched to create a variety, without all the small little tiles. And we want to make tons of them.

All we need to kickstart this thing is your support.

What Do I Get For Supporting You?

We have a number of opportunities available for our supporters.  

These include a variety of 18x24 double sided color maps. These cover a wide variety, but mainly focus on the hamlet, village, and city sets. In addition, we are also including the ability for you to be a part of the project in the form of becoming and submitting NPC's and even buying and designing your own buildings

If we fund the project, we have tons of additional maps we want to make that can be unlocked as MILESTONES.

A Milestone is a goal we aim for after we reach funding. Every time a Milestone is reached, we unlock bonus rewards for our backers. These are rewards we add to pledge levels at no extra cost to our backers!

Something for everyone who loves miniature gaming.

What Are the Backer Levels and What do the Do?

NPC LEVELS

We have 3 NPC levels that anyone can pledge towards. Each one of these levels costs a $1-$3, but are limited to a certain amount available. If you pledge to be an NPC you'll get to work with us to produce a 200 word description of your NPC to be included in our NPC City Guide. You'll also get a digital copy of the NPC book when completed. This is our lowest buy in, and we wanted to give you something cool, along with our thanks!

VISITOR LEVEL

The Visitor Level is for our digital backers. At this level you will receive all the maps planned for the kickstarter, plus all the Milestone maps when we unlock them, as digital copies. These will be 300dpi jpegs at full size all zipped into one document. We will provide a link for you to download. These are Digital Copies Only!

MAP PACKS

We are finally here! What follows are the various Map Sets you can pledge for and what you get for that pledge. Each map is in full color, and printed on both sides. All map sizes are 18x24 inches and printed on heavy poster paper. Every higher tier you pledge at also includes the map sets offered at the tiers lower, including digital copies. (It does not include the $1 NPC spots, they are separate)

You also receive the Accessories Cards. These are full colored, heavy stock sheets depicting building rooftops, stair cases, and additional floors you can add to any building.

And at City Set #3 we throw in a printed copy of the NPC Guide Book plus a full colored Map Folder to carry all these awesome maps in!

REAL ESTATE for SALE!

Along with all these great maps, we have special real estate levels where you can buy a variety of different buildings from the Map Sets. When you purchase a building you will work with our designers to detail your new location and we'll make it from your descriptions. You'll also receive a bigger spot in the NPC book, which now includes a portrait of your character illustrated from a photo of you!

Not to mention, you'll receive all the map packs offered at $100 and below!

GRAND ARCHITECT

At the Grand Architect Level you actually get to design a complete map with our cartographers. This is both sides of the 18x24 map anyway you want it. Do a single large building, do several small buildings, how about an adventure location from one of your games? The sky is the limit.

What's awesome about this level, your map will be printed and a copy will be given to all the $100 City Set #3 backers and up. A free extra map as a gift from you!

Map Samples

These are rough conceptual maps we had developed to work out the sizes and dimensions of both buildings and overall map sizes. Although the maps for this kickstarter will be slightly different, and governed by a lot of your input, we believe it demonstrates the quality you can expect from the sets.

What about Milestones?

If we meet our goal for the basic map sets then we have a bunch of awesome maps we want to do to expand on these. Some of these sets might be specialty buildings or locations within the city, others might be whole new regions/terrain!

Milestone Tier 1

$33,000 - Church/Temple

These two designs bring a little religion to your city! The Church design offers a quaint city church for all the local residents, while the temple offers up a colossal house of worship worthy of any deity.

$36,000 - Open Market/Town Square

Adds two additional map designs: Looking for that special something? It's sure to be among the wares offered by the dozen of vendors located in the Open Market design. When the market is closed, the Town Square design is the perfect place for romance, public executions, and the random street brawl.

$39,000 - Docks/Warehouses

These four new designs bring the seedy waterfront to your city! Warehouses, ship yards, and fish markets fill two designs, while docks and various seafaring vessels round out the remaining designs for those pre-nautical adventures.

$42,000 - Slums/Junkyard

Two more designs open up to reveal the not-so glorious part of your sprawling city with the Slums and Junkyard. Shanty houses, tents, and filth covered streets bring all but the smell of the poorest district. While the junkyard offers up a labyrinth of discarded waste and debris. 

$45,000 - Garrison/Prison

Another two exciting designs depict those places your adventurers hope not to visit. The Garrison presents guard houses, training grounds, armory, and everything else needed to maintain the order of your growing city. While the prison is the perfect place to keep those miscreants who just can't follow the rules!

$48,000 - Theater/Academy

These two designs bring a bit of culture to your game. The Theater is all the rave, with it's luxurious stage, balcony seating, and plenty of room for those actors and their stage props. For the studious minded adventurer, we have the Academy of higher education. Magic school, university, or library; your Intelligence score is the only limit to this properties potential.

$51,000 - Arena/Gladiator Pit

Wait. . . another two designs! These locations bring the thrill of combat and blood sport to your expanding city. Whether it's the cheering fans seated in the bleachers or the sweating gladiator waiting to emerge from the depths to meet his fate, the Arena is something to behold.

$55,000 - Manor Estate

This massive Estate adds four new designs to your map collection. Sprawling grounds featuring guard houses, servant quarters, gardens, and even a hedge maze make up two of the designs. The elaborate two story manor house comprises the remainder of this set, offering a perfect place to rub elbows with nobles, attend grand banquets, or even take up residence.

In addition, when available we will add new Real Estate Levels when they open up on Milestone Maps so you can keep contributing to design and NPC's to the project!

Frequently Asked Questions?

What about roads?

We thought long and hard about roads, and found the easiest answer would be to do road tiles. However, those are just more small bits to keep track of and I would need to space the buildings so they can go anywhere as needed. That wouldn't be fun. So, how do we do roads?

This mainly only applies to the city sets, but we've made each map have a 1 square road pattern on all sides, plus a 1 square transition border (where the street turns to grass or dirt). Here's an example:

Now, buildings can be placed on the transition squares, but we'll leave the road squares open from designs. With this method, whenever you place a city tile beside another, you'll be creating roads and city blocks.

But we didn't want that to define every map. So, some maps might have a road cutting across them.

But even that is static. So, count on a lot of the maps having a variety of roads intersecting their main design. These will include cobbled paths, dark alleys, dirt trails, and the sort. We want these maps to look like people travel the areas. . . and we want you to have diversity.

Risks and challenges

The most challenging part of this project will be the design and creation of the maps, which increase with the popularity of this project. We don't want this too impact the release and delivery of the maps, so in an event where the amount of content begins to seem overwhelming on a production level, we have already discussed with several freelance cartographers we know and have worked with to step up and aid in production if needed. As core team of talented designers already sport over 12 years in the rpg field handling graphic design, layout, illustration, and of course cartography.

The second challenge is print production. Many people have very little experience dealing with printing, shipping, etc. We have already done the work on getting locked in estimate quotes for all our production. Jason Stoffa, co-owner of Fat Goblin Games, actually works in a print shop and has years of experience working with commercial printers, file prep, and shipping.

Our previous kickstarter was for the adventure game Steampunk Musha. That kickstarter was a success and we are currently in the process of wrapping that project up. The major challenge of Steampunk Musha is that it's being produced solely by two people. The creator of the setting, Rick Hershey, handles all the art, design, layout, some of the game design, and approval on everything to make sure it fits the setting. Jason Stoffa handles game design, which involves a lot of ground up mechanics and fresh design perspectives. LandEscapes involves several designers, with Rick overlooking production, and Jason handling communication with the backers. Having more people work towards a common goal while having project leads will streamline the process greatly. The biggest risk with Steampunk Musha was the short production schedule. We are a bit behind on where we wanted to be with the project, but have consistently communicated and previewed content with our backers. This assures them that we are working hard on producing the project we promised. To remedy that situation with LandEscapes, we've allowed ourselves a longer production time with more realistic deadlines. You can still expect to see regular updates and previews of production, as we want to share the process with our backers.

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    Citizen: You buy a spot in the NPC book as a character living in the city. This includes a a 200 word description you provide of your character. You also receive a digital copy of the NPC book with your character in it.

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    The Village: You receive 4 double-sided color print maps of the village. On one side of the 4 maps is the village with fully detailed buildings. On the other side is presented forest locations meeting at a crossroad where an Inn is detailed. You also receive two accessory sheets providing rooftops, additional floors, and stairs. (This level includes the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    The City Set #1: You receive 5 double-sided color print maps of the first section of the city. On one side of the 5 maps will be fully detailed buildings, residential homes, and stores. On the other side is presented a variety of basements, sewers, and underground caves. You also receive two accessory sheets providing rooftops, additional floors, and stairs. (This level includes City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    The City Set #2: You receive 5 additional double-sided color print maps of the second section of the city. On one side of the 5 maps will be additional detailed buildings, residential homes, and stores. On the other side is presented a variety of basements, sewers, and underground caves. You also receive two accessory sheets providing rooftops, additional floors, and stairs. (This level includes City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    The City Set #3: You receive 5 additional double-sided color print maps of the third section of the city. On one side of the 5 maps will be additional detailed buildings, residential homes, and stores. On the other side is presented a variety of basements, sewers, and underground caves. You will also receive a print copy of the NPC guide, providing an assortment of named characters (no game stats) with histories and descriptions provided by our backers to use with your city maps. We will also provide a full colored Map Folder to easily store and carry your maps. You also receive two accessory sheets providing rooftops, additional floors, and stairs. (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    The City Set #3 (International Backers): You receive 5 additional double-sided color print maps of the third section of the city. On one side of the 5 maps will be additional detailed buildings, residential homes, and stores. On the other side is presented a variety of basements, sewers, and underground caves. You will also receive a print copy of the NPC guide, providing an assortment of named characters (no game stats) with histories and descriptions provided by our backers to use with your city maps. We will also provide a full colored Map Folder to easily store and carry your maps. You also receive two accessory sheets providing rooftops, additional floors, and stairs. (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)
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    City House: At this level you can purchase a residence in the City. Each location is 4x4 squares. You will be able to design the location with our cartographers. In addition, you'll receive a 1/2 page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    Hamlet Building: At this level you can purchase the only large building in the Hamlet. This location is 8x8 squares. You will be able to design the location with our cartographers, making it a tavern, store, or even a residential building. In addition, you'll receive a 1/2 page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    City Building: At this level you can purchase a building in the City. Each location is 8x8 squares. You will be able to design the location with our cartographers, making it a tavern, store, residence, or combination of several. In addition, you'll receive a 1/2 page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    Village Master: At this level you can purchase the largest building in the Village. This location is 8x16 squares. You will be able to design the location with our cartographers, making it a tavern, store, residence, or combination of several. In addition, you'll receive a full page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    City Master: At this level you can purchase a large building in the City. Each location is 8x16 squares. You will be able to design the location with our cartographers, making it a tavern, store, residence, or combination of several. In addition, you'll receive a full page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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    Grand Architect: At this special level you will work with our cartographers to design your very own 18x24 color poster map. This would be both sides, and entirely your idea of what makes up the location. But that's not all, you'll also be providing a print copy of this map to all backers at the $100 City Set #3 and higher levels. Design a keep, an adventurer's guild, or even break up the map into several buildings. It's all up to you and you provide a gift for your fellow backers! In addition, you'll receive a full page write up on your NPC to be included in the NPC book, along with an illustrated portrait of the character based on you! (This level includes City Set #3, City Set #2, City Set #1, the Village Set, and the Hamlet Set)

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