About this project
What Are World Architect Cards?
World Architect Cards are a deck of 54 cards that allow role-playing enthusiasts, world builders, GMs, gamers, map makers, world designers, storytellers and anyone who has an imagination to quickly create and describe unique maps and locations.
These cards can be used for role-playing games, narrative building, describing story locations, fantasy map making and story generation ideas. They are great for young gamers and GMs as they provide an inspirational and imaginative teaching framework on which maps, adventures, and stories can be built.
About the Cards
The World Architect Cards are standard US poker-sized cards (2.5 x 3.5 inches). Each deck contains 53 cards and 1 instruction card for a total of 54 cards. Each card is two-sided. Each side of the cards contains an image of the map location. Below the image is a series of 15 descriptors to easily describe the location. Below the descriptors is a random weather generator which includes weather symbols and numbers for randomly generating weather in or around the map location. The cards are full color and printed on 270gsm C2S card stock. They have round corners, are double-sided, and are UV coated.
How do World Architect Cards Work?
Each card has an image of an overworld map location (like a forest, mountain, desert, etc.) on the front and back of the card. Cards are chosen at random to create map locations. Each location has a series of descriptors to describe the location. The location is then drawn on a piece of paper and described. The map maker continues to draw cards and create locations. Other cards in the deck can be used to describe specific locations within a map (like a mine, temple, bridge, etc.). These cards also feature a series of descriptors to inspire the map maker and easily describe the location. The goal of the World Architect Cards is to take the guesswork and time out of creating a map from scratch.
What Makes World Architect Cards Unique?
With a deck of World Architect Cards in your pocket, you are essentially a map making machine. The deck is both a handy and unique way of creating worlds for all types of fantasy tabletop games. World Architect Cards are system neutral and can be used with just about any role-playing game. World Architect Cards are especially handy for GMs who are running sandbox style campaigns and adventures. With a deck of these cards, a GM can quickly create custom maps for characters who wander from the prescribed adventure path. For the GM who plans an adventure, World Architect Cards can serve as an aid to create a quickly made map complete with descriptions.
Why Do You Need These Cards?
1. They aid GMs and players in creating worlds either on the fly or in pre-game prep.
2. They give GMs confidence that they always have a new map or map location ready for their players, even if they haven't prepared before the gaming session.
3. For kids, the World Architect Cards can build spatial awareness as they learn to draw maps and work with shapes while creating their own custom designs.
4. The descriptors provided on the cards are great to get young (and veteran) GMs thinking about how they would describe map locations with setting and atmosphere.
5. World Architect Cards can be used as a creative tool to build not only maps but story locations as well.
6. World Architect Cards are printed front and back to allow for a deck that is of manageable size. This makes the deck easy to carry and ready in a moment's notice.
7. Perfect for building just about any sized map from a local area to an entire world.
Dungeon Architect Cards
We decided to offer up our Dungeon Architect Cards (DACs) in this Kickstarter for those who are interested. Both the WACs and DACs decks are fully compatible and complimentary to one another. Unlike the World Architect Cards, the Dungeon Architect Cards are used for creating random dungeon maps. The DACs being offered in this Kickstarter are a 54 card deck with tuck box. If you would like more info on these cards, check out our Dungeon Architect Card Kickstarter from last year, or you can watch the video below.
Please note that the stretch goals being offered in this Kickstarter project pertain to the World Architect Cards only.
$3000: Extra Artwork: Arctic - UNLOCKED!!!
$3500: Extra Artwork: Battlefield - UNLOCKED!!!
$4000: Extra Artwork: Bridge - UNLOCKED!!!
$4500: Extra Artwork: Castle - UNLOCKED!!!
$5000: Extra Artwork: Desert - UNLOCKED!!!
$5500: Extra Artwork: Dungeon - UNLOCKED!!!
$6000: Extra Artwork: Forest - UNLOCKED!!!
$6500: Extra Artwork: Graveyard - UNLOCKED!!!
$7000: Extra Artwork: Lair - UNLOCKED!!!
$7500: Extra Artwork: Mine - UNLOCKED!!!
$8000: Extra Artwork: Mountains - UNLOCKED!!!
$8500: Extra Artwork: Plains - UNLOCKED!!!
$9000: Extra Artwork: Ruins - UNLOCKED!!!
$9500: Extra Artwork: Sea - UNLOCKED!!!
$10000: Extra Artwork: Swamp - UNLOCKED!!!
$10500: Extra Artwork: Temple - UNLOCKED!!!
$11000: Extra Artwork: Tower - UNLOCKED!!!
$11500: Extra Artwork: Town - UNLOCKED!!!
$12000: Extra Artwork: Wasteland - UNLOCKED!!!
$12500: New Card: Cathedral - UNLOCKED!!!
$13000: New Card: Jungle - UNLOCKED!!!
$13500: New Card: Prison - UNLOCKED!!!
$14000: New Card: Volcano - UNLOCKED!!!
$14500: Card Quality increased to 310 gsm black core stock - UNLOCKED!!!
$15000: Deck increased to 60 cards - UNLOCKED!!!!
$16000: Deck increase to 64 cards - UNLOCKED!!!!
$17000: Deck increased to 68 cards - UNLOCKED!!!
$18000: Deck increased to 72 cards - UNLOCKED!!!
$20000: World Architect Cards Tuck Box - UNLOCKED!!!
$22000: Layered Tiff Files Released to all backers at $10 and above - UNLOCKED!!!
We will not offer stretch goals above $22,000 as we wish to be able to fulfill all rewards as promised within the confines of the delivery date.
Why We Need Your Help
We are a small gaming company and crowd sourcing allows us to create and distribute products that we would otherwise be unable to. The World Architect Cards are already completed and ready to be printed, but we need your help to make this happen. Printing costs are expensive (as are shipping costs) and with your help, we can take the World Architect Cards from digital, to print, to your gaming table. The money we receive through this Kickstarter will go toward paying the printer, the shipping, and the designers.
Risks and challenges
This is our third Kickstarter project. Our previous projects were both delivered months before the projected delivery date. We have already created the cards and the artwork and the design, we just need to have the cards printed. We also have a reputable printer that we are excited to work with. While things can come up that delay a project, we make every effort to ensure that the people who trusted us with their money will get what we promise in the time we promised. We update our projects regularly and let backers know of any setbacks as they happen. Our honor is on the line as a company and we want to continue to show that we are worthy of your support.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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