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By Byron Knoll
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About this project

Demo: http://www.byronknoll.com/dungeon.html
Navigate using arrow keys, mouse drag, or touch. This map is called "Halmond's Laboratory" and is used here with the author's permission.

I am currently playing a D&D adventure called "Lost Mine of Phandelver". The adventure comes with some beautiful maps, but our DM can't actually show us any maps because our characters haven't finished exploring them yet. What ends up happening is that our DM makes a crude attempt at drawing a map on a whiteboard as we explore sections of it.

I have an idea on how to improve map exploration for D&D and other tabletop RPGs. You can see my idea in the demo I made. The demo (and the final product) should work across all modern web browsers, operating systems, smart phones, and tablets.

The idea is that this website can be used to display maps and hide areas which have not been explored. The DM would control navigating the map and display it using a device such as a tablet, laptop, or projector. Walls and doors block visibility on the map, so it can be revealed one room at a time.

With funding from Kickstarter, I plan to create a website to allow people to create and share maps that can be explored just like the demo above. The process for creating a map would involve uploading a background image and then manually placing any walls/doors/obstacles (using an easy to use online editor). A custom URL would then be generated for permanently viewing and sharing the map. Sharing a map will be as easy as sending a link.

Maps which are free for public use can be shared. I plan to add community features to the site for sharing free maps. For maps with copyright or license restrictions, more restrictive use would apply, such as scanning a map and only using it within your own adventuring group.

The site will be completely free and have no advertising. It also won't require registering for an account. There will never be any paid membership options - all features will be free for everyone. The Kickstarter funds should be enough to cover the cost of hosting the site indefinitely. So far I have only made the demo, so the rest of the site will only be created with Kickstarter's help!

Here are some additional maps similar to the demo above:

Salt Hall: http://www.byronknoll.com/dungeon2.html
This map was created by Daniel Somerville and used here with his permission. You can find this map and more at his DeviantArt gallery.

Welshly Arms Inn: http://www.byronknoll.com/tavern.html
This map was created by the Skirmish! VT team (www.skirmish-vt.com) and used with their permission.

Risks and challenges

This is a low risk project. I already have all the skills required to design and implement the website. I have created several App Engine projects before of similar complexity (e.g. http://www.rpscontest.com, http://www.laservex.com, http://html5cards.appspot.com). I have also created a variety of HTML5 apps: http://www.byronknoll.com/html5.html.

I have a full-time job, so I will only work on this project in my spare time. If the project is successfully funded I estimate it will take 1-2 months before the early access version of the site is mostly functional.

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