About this project
Transporting Code into the Fantasy Realm
As a parent I wanted to write a children's book that showed how coding could be fun. Since I both work in technology, we know the advantages that are afforded to people that know how to code. There is an estimated 50 million tech jobs to be created world wide over the next decade. This provides an excellent opportunity for people knowledgeable of coding and tech to be a part of a growing industry.
As educators, I also know that the best way to get kids interested in a subject and build their skills is to start them early as possible. As a father of a five and a two year old, I have worked hard to make sure that my sons have every advantage presented to them. Our oldest even typed his first "Hello World" line of code at the age of three. Their interest in tech has continued to grow and accelerated when I presented with other interests that I have, like Dungeons and Dragons.
Together with a celebrated artist, we have created Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest, a vibrant colored and informational fantasy adventure that teaches computer science principles, coding, and stimulates creativity with colorful hand painted artwork. This is the first book in a series that will follow a misfit band of programmers through the far reaches of Pixelcopia.
Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest is written for ages 2-6 years and will be enjoyed by parents and children who love tech, programming, role playing games, and a good fantasy. Come and explore the world of programming and how computer science can change the world and bring people together. It comes in ebook or hardcover filled with handpainted watercolor art.
Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest is a beautifully hand painted children’s book that teaches kids the principles of computer science in a fantasy world.
In this adventure story you follow four unlikely heroes on a grand quest to save their homes. Using the powers of coding bestowed upon them, each must face and overcome seemingly insurmountable hurdles. After traveling far and wide, they join forces to face the final and ultimate challenge. As this epic journey unfolds, these unlikely heroes learn the true meaning of friendship, teamwork, and the true power of coding.
1: The Bard
Eurus, Goddess of the East Wind, will share our eternal gratitude and send you an air high-five over the wind to our FaceBook page.
2: The Halfling Bard
Zephyrus, God of the West Wind, will grant you access to the E-Book of Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest.
3: The Monk
Talos, God of Lightning, will grant you access to our E-BOOK and physical version of Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest.
4: The Orc Monk
Nyx, Goddess of Night, will grant you access to our E-BOOK, version of Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest, and the digital wallpaper of Pixelcopia for your desktop computer.
5: The Cleric
Zivilyn, God of Wisdom, will grant you access to our E-BOOK, version of Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest, the the digital wallpaper of Pixelcopia for your desktop computer, and a 8.5” x 11” poster of the Map of Pixelcopia.
6: The Sorcerer
Corellon Larethian, God of the Elves, presents you a glossy 8.5” x 11” poster of a character of your choosing, plus all previous awards.
7: The Barbarian
Lolth, Goddess of Spiders, will spin you our logo TEE-SHIRT, plus give you all previous rewards.
8: The Rogue
Garl Glittergold, God of the Gnomes, will send FIVE signed hard copies of Castles and Coding: The Dragon of Fortran Forest, plus all additional rewards. (Six books in total.)
9: The Tabaxi Rogue
Hebe, Goddess of the Youth, will bestow upon you 8.5” x 11” posters of each main character, plus all additional rewards. (Six books in total.)
10: The Ranger
Cyndor, God of Time, will open a Skype portal to allow you to talk to us for a hour to discuss whatever you'd like*: campaigns, coding, how taffy is made, you name it! In addition, Cyndor will warp time and space to give you all additional rewards. (Six books in total.)
11: The Wizard
Boccob, God of Arcane Knowledge, opens up to you a wealth of treasure: a class set of 25 hardcover books your classroom plus limited additional rewards. (25 books in total.)
12: The Dungeon Master
You control the forces of time and space. You are creator of worlds. As such, we probably should meet you so you will be flown out to either or St. Louis office or Dallas office, play D&D, talk about armor class, eat, drink, and be merry as well as get all of the rewards.
THE ADVENTURE TEAM OF CASTLES AND CODING
The Castles and Coding creator and co-author Michael Palmer.
For 13 years Michael Palmer taught computer science, engineering, English, and history for grades K-12. In addition, he worked as a web developer. In 2012, Michael founded Code Red Education that builds custom computer science programs for over 200 K-12 schools. When not teaching or working in the digital Tron landscape, Michael can be found with his wife and two children talking about how awesome his Lawful Neutral Cleric is.
Lauren Kirchner Castles and Coding co-author and illustrator.
Lauren is a printmaker, illustrator and graphic artist as well as the President of the Board for Art This Week Productions. Her passion is helping people of all ages gain free and easy access to the arts.. When she is not consumed by all things art, she is supporting her friends in Tom Clancy’s the Division or completely engrossed in Anime or Manga. In another world far, far away, she would be a rogue balancing the fence between good and evil.
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Risks and challenges
The book is still in the oven, we have the entire book written and 50% of the pages painted. Our number one priority is getting this book to you as soon as we can! The biggest challenge and risk will be the scanning of the art for perfect color matching and seamless printing. So barring any sort of unfortunate dragon attack, printer meltdown or world-wide paper and glue shortage, we will be getting the book in your hands by Christmas 2017.
We have the 5th edition tabletop role-playing gaming module at 75% completed and is approaching the editing stage. They are epic canned adventures to use in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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