I've been drawing fantasy maps for roleplay games for years now, not just my own. For Authors, Artists, Roleplayers and Gamesmasters.
For Make 100 Challenge I thought I could get you, the backer, and your ideas to turn into locations. These I could turn into a map... a massive collaborative map.
Your challenge is to create the details of a location. You will do this by filling out a form about the area, nearby landmarks and other information as well as entering descriptions about places of note and place names.
There are now Two Forms of Participation
The $4+ Pledge:
For the price of a coffee (at least in some parts of the world), you can add a Main Location, as this is the whole concept behind Make 100, there are only 100 of these. You'll get 1x Location Type, on 1x Terrain with a 'nearby terrain' and two extra nearby small add-ons. You'll choose What kingdom style you'll be a part of, and what style(if applicable) your buildings will be.
Location Type: Castle
Location Terrain: Plains/Grassland
Location Description: A pointy dome castle with spiky gate tower
Nearby Terrain: Forest
Nearby No.1: Medium Village
Nearby No.2: Small Village with:
Small Village Bonus: Temple
Style #1: European
Style #2: ArabianLocale Kingdom: Arabian
Extra Notes: None, maybe on a river?
Don't be restricted into the idea of a Building or part of a kingdom, maybe you want a strange tree with fairy lights, or have the terrain shaped like a sleeping giant, or some other anomaly (as long as I can draw it).
The $3+ Pledge:
If all the Main Pledges have gone, or you just want to add a simple little place and not take up a coveted Main Pledge spot, you can add a smaller Pledge, There are no limits to the number of smaller pledges, If you have a main pledge and you want to hit some stretch goals, ask your friends to contribute a small location
You'll get 1x Small add-on, on 1x Terrain with a 'nearby terrain' preference (I can't guarantee the nearby terrain)
If you want to increase your pledge, just the same as the Main Location Pledge, you may do so, this will unlock more small locations and or modify ones you already have.
Location Type: Village with...
Location Terrain: Rainforest
Location Description: Set high in the branches, a set of small furry creatures live in a village made of wood, their chimneys poke above the canopy and the main hall can be seen
Style #1: Elven
Style #2 European
Location Type: Terrain Modifier
Location Terrain: Grassland
Location Description: An Old tree with a face carved into it, nearby a grave with an angel headstone
Style #1: Dwarven
Style #2: Asian
You have given me the places, but it is my job to give them a home. I will compile all the backers locations onto one collective map which turns each persons ideas into a cohesive whole
I will sketch up a rough layout, ink the map, then scan it to finish it off. After this it is ready to be sent to you, the waiting backers, in PDF format.
So this is my "First Project"
The Map will be hand drawn on parchment, but first I'll need to plot all the submitted locations.
After everyone has filled in the survey (hopefully before the end of February), I'll plot the locations using an algorithm I've written to sort and join them. If I end up with a few viable map options I will poll the backers for which arrangement they like best.
Once the map style has been chosen, I'll be drawing each 'hex grid' at approx 1 inch / 2.5cm, for a scale of 15 miles. This means each tile is a days walk for a peasant between each other.
While you might give me an extremely detailed entry for your location, please be aware, even at an inch there is only so much detail I can add. Your main location will take up to 2cm of the hex, and the add-ons as much as 1cm, so keep it brief and related to the physical location rather than the inhabitants or storyline.
Once all the parts are sketched I'll scan them and put them into an early draft. The next step will be to redraw the map, from the initial sketch, onto the parchment paper to give it the feel of an ancient cartographers map..
Lastly I'll scan the final inked map using a large format scanner and package everything up to be supplied to the backers via email..
I draw in a cartoonish map style, somewhat similar to those tourism maps you see when travelling Europe. I fell in love with that style when travelling.
The main towns or main attractions being drawn with little cartoony buildings, popping out of the map. I'll be bringing my A game to this project, spending extra time designing each building before drawing them and inking the edges to give that crisp feel.
All buildings will have a sense of reality about them. They might have improbable physics, due to Magi enchantments, but nothing impossible.
Why should you get involved?
Gamesmasters have their work cut out for them when creating worlds. So much so that sometimes they don't have any idea what is beyond the small segment they have created. So you just have a town, a dungeon, or a village, and not much else? Let others help carry the load.. Submit your town, dungeon, village, whatever and I'll plug it into the map. Suddenly you have a hundred more locations for your players to visit. A map icon and a name that can be anything you or your players wish.
Authors often hit brick walls of creativity. A map of the world around your city, may spark ideas. And being a digital map, you can draw all over it without a care, change anything and recreate it as your own.
Artists too might be inspired. Maybe someone out there will redraw the entire thing in a whole different art style, Maybe reimaging it as a Cthulhu world, a dusty Western landscape, or as planets in vast cosmos..
The Map is Fantasy, Your Basic Pledge gives you your location drawn in my art style on the map. This will be fantasy themed, so anything that fits between 700 and 1200AD (e.g. Medieval) will work
So If you ask for a white walled city, with blue domed towers, surrounded by shacks and tents of the poor, I can do that. If you ask for a large sinkhole with a small castle floating in between, held in by chains.. that's plausible. Just don't expect anything from other genres like modern or sci-fi to make an appearance. Perhaps next time.
Your contribution will be 1 main Location, its surrounding terrain type Fantasy Terrain, with up to 2 nearby smaller locations. You also get to choose whether your location is part of the main civilisation areas, and if it is, whether it is part of kingdoms A, B or C.
Being a Make 100 means there is a limit of 100 items. But, while I can't easily add tiers or add-ons with the format, I can expand on the ideas you are supplying me with.
While no one can have more than 1 main location (it wouldn't be 100 locations for Make 100 otherwise!) there isn't any reason we can't expand the little details. Want an ominous gallows loitering on the outskirts? Or maybe a small unnamed run down village not far?
Pledge an extra $2 and I'll let you add smaller 'effects' to the map, or adjust the size of an effect you already have. Give that gallows a name. Grow that village into a town. Or just make the terrain around your location exotic.
Each extra $2 counts as one effect
Things that might count:
- Location/effect spills into 2nd hex in size
- Location/effect exists over non-normal terrain, i.e. lake
- Location/effect has another prominent building in image.
- Location/effect breaks the tech barrier i.e. steampunk
- Location/effect breaks the local resource realism, i.e made of wood in desert or volcanic rock in plains.
- Extra Detail, add another village
- Roads are paved
- River is piped underground through location
- Effect has extra prominent building
- Effect surrounds location i.e. graveyard/slums/swamp/moat
- Changing gravity / realism of location/effect, i.e. floating island/upsidedown/made of ice in desert.
What Can't I Contribute?
Profanity, anything 'Not Safe for Work' or anything illogical to even draw/conceive.
If you submit a city named as a swear word, I'll change it to something that's more fantasy based, The Sewers of Bogrolls or the Giant Mammarian Cushion.
At a 1:750,000 scale, I'll have to exaggerate buildings to make them visible, so if you request a city of people dancing on the roof tops, I'll be hard pressed to be able to draw much more than 3-5 little people on each of the 2-3 buildings.
Honestly, being my first rodeo, I don't know we'll go too far above completion, yet if you do promote it for me and we go viral, Lets set some interesting Goals to achieve.
Update: New Stretch Goals:
Goal: $400 - All Scans Included - Goal Reached!.
The scanning process to get each image in for promotional material, means I'll be scanning the whole map in A4 sections, and cropping them together, then later going to a printer shop and having the whole thing done at once. So I'll include each of the smaller scans to make it easier for you to print 'part' of the map.
Goal $500 - GMs Map - Goal Reached Day!
During the process, there is a stage where I have pencil marks, grid lines, numbers to make sure I match everything I have written down to the map. It makes a lot of sense that Gamesmasters can refer to these values, to make notes, scale other nearby parts into the map themselves. So at this goal, I'll take the time to scan the entire map, in each A4 sized region, before I remove all the guide lines, then include them all in the package, then rub out all the pencil marks and have the whole thing scanned again. There is a small cost to take the whole map to the scanner, which is why its a stretch goal.
Goal $750 - Kingdom Maps - Goal Reached!
Each Kingdom (three as of now, but maybe more?) Will have its own map that can be used by Gamesmasters to hand out (or sell in game) to players, or by Authors to show a local map of one of the kingdoms. I won't be able to redraw the whole thing, so this will have to be a digital edit. Each kingdoms towns and villages names will be present, but all GM concepts and 'things outside the borders' will be moved, changed or hidden to represent the kingdoms knowledge of the region.
Delivery of the extra maps will likely be a month after the first
Goal: $1000 - Two Versions - Goal Reached!
If we reach such a lofty goal, I'll redraw the whole map in a different theme, be it steam punk, caveman or space, voted for by all backers.
One Possible Alternative for this is a Zoomed in Version of one of the Major cities on the map. If we reach this goal, I'll give people the choice to use extra funds as 'locations' on the city map or main map.
(Note: If a second version exists, I'll create a 2nd slot for some lucky person to purchase the original 2nd version)
Delivery of a 2nd version would be 2+ months after the extra maps.
Goal: $1500 - Sepia Toned Version - Goal Reached!
With a dash of brown in the Hills, Charcoal in the Mountains, some brown shadows on the trees, light and white flecks on the plains and tips of waves, Sepia really brings out some of the awesome style of the map.
(Again, if we hit this stretch goal, I'll create a backer slot to buy the original 1m x 80cm map)
Delivery of an extra map will take time, maybe 3+ months after the 2nd version
Goal: $2000 - Colour Version.. only $200 to go...
Colour takes time, lots of time, and, Since I won't want to change the original, I'll redraw the entire thing, giving myself a tad more space in the images for colour.
(Note: If a colour version exists, I'll create a 3rd slot for some lucky person to purchase the colour version)
Delivery of a Colour version might be 3-6+ months after the sepia toned map, I have no idea, but it will get done.
The Concept of a Digital Version, might have to wait for a future kickstarter. But I've got the basic structure worked out on paper.
Risks and challenges
Other than Snake Bites, Acts of God and other unforeseeable situations, I am confident on delivering the project as promised.
I've drawn several "location based" maps, they take an average of 10 locations a day, or 1 per 45 minutes. I've calculated that with 2-3 evenings free and half of weekends, I'll be at "least" able to crank out 10 a week. 10 weeks, or two and half months from start to finish.
I Do expect some backers to be a tad late with their surveys, As a backer of several kickstarters, I've seen creator requests for surveys months after the surveys are sent out. But It won't stop me from starting on the designs of each location as they are submitted.
If a backer doesn't respond in time, I have some random ideas of my own to throw in at the last minute.
That said, I've set the Delivery date a full month later than I actually expect to finish, just in case something indeed does go wrong. This is more about me creating some credibility as a Kickstarter Project Creator than as an Artist, Cartographer or Map Maker.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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