This project will fund a product line of useful, high-quality, and attractive erasable vinyl maps for roleplaying games, strategy games, war games, and other tabletop gaming needs. The initial product line will include eight different types of maps in two different sizes. A fantasy tavern, steampunk zeppelin, modern warehouse, and starship map will be made available in 91 by 51 centimeter size, while a fantasy castle, pirate ship, modern street intersection, and an interstellar dreadnaught map will be made available in 122 by 76 centimeter size. These maps will use 2.5 centimeter (i.e. one inch) squares to indicate distance. Upon completion of this project we will first make these maps available to our backers, and only then to retailers worldwide through distribution and directly to customers through our website.
Each of these robust erasable maps will be good for many, many individual gaming sessions! Thus, even though they are more expensive than other sorts of gaming maps, they are in the long run a much better bargain than other similar products, such as single-use disposable paper maps.
Although these maps are much more durable and elegant than maps you print yourself, we'll give you the ability to print your own anyway. We'll throw in an electronic version of every map that you back. If you pledge the erasable tavern map, you'll also get a version of that tavern map to print yourself.
Each of these eight maps is being designed by veteran gaming cartographer Keith Curtis, responsible for much of the cartography in Hero Games books published over the last decade. We present for your review the following rough drafts of the maps in various stages of completion:
Risks and challenges
Our primary concern would be working with a new factory to mass produce this type of product. While we at Blackwyrm Games are veteran publishers, we haven't mass produced erasable maps before, and there are always potential obstacles when creating a mass produced product for the first time. However, should the factory we are signing a contract with fail to provide a quality product in a timely manner, we will locate a new factory and get the maps made all the same!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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