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40+ huge 27x18" game map RPG tiles for $25 AUD that match top to bottom & left to right to make sprawling connected terrains & dungeons.
40+ huge 27x18" game map RPG tiles for $25 AUD that match top to bottom & left to right to make sprawling connected terrains & dungeons.
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 “Not all those who wander are lost.” 

― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Skinny Bar: Time poor? This quick-fire blurb gives you the low-down about my campaigns features in brief: Mix of classic and unusual RPG tropes/concepts measuring 27x18" each that seamlessly blend with others in its series to create endless terrain. Available as Digital or Printed. 36  digital PDF designs for $25 AUD with any stretch goals inclusive, $35 to get them for you (and a friend for xmas or as a gift), $45 to get the 36 designs + all the layovers, houses, trees etc to make your own + any pledge at this level or higher earns you my killer 101 GIMP GUIDE with detailed tutorials to master GIMP for terrain-building and make your own.  Lowest physical pledge $90. Material: pro-printed 60pt chipboard six-fold dry/wet erase boards, very strong, tough, scuff/oil/liquid resistant that compact into light-weight 9". Ship worldwide. Sci-fi and Fantasy. Grid options inc. none, hex, square, cross-hair. Thanks for your time, hope to have saved yours.*

Special Notes: 3k Stretch Goal Unlocked!

Full Campaign Details below. 

Hello :) Welcome to my Fourth Kickstarter known as "Meanders": giant modular boards strewn with wandering paths that fit together with other similar-themed Meander. This Kickstarter is aimed at that special need for terrain between quests. A place for all of the stuff that happens in the beloved - but oft overlooked - mid-way point: shortly after departure from the tavern/spaceport/craft and just before the arrival at the dragon-filled mountain range or Alien Queens acid filled biomass cavern.

What happens between setting off and finally arriving is perhaps the most important aspect of RPG to capture the imagination, for the Journey from Here to There represents endless possibility for stories to evolve, a mystical place for stumbling upon new side-quests, sudden action, the excitement of exploration and the threat of random encounters where anything can happen and often does.

Yet while they are particularly intended for areas after leaving the tavern/spaceship and before reaching the location of major quests - allowing players to wander the wilderness or planetary landscape - they also serve up a number of classic RPG tropes for situating major quests such as: a Desert Shipwreck or Temple Ruins, Woodland Altar or Forest Pond, Alpine Cemetery or Jungle Swingbridge. Each board has a mixture of narrow and wide paths with multiple clearings for hiding treasure chests, trapdoors, entrances to your dungeons or your custom secrets and strategic terrain design for setting up ambushes, wandering monster or NPC encounters and even labyrinths. Need an endless desert? Enchanted forest that won't let them leave? Lost in the snow? Meanders can take care of it for you. 

Meanders provide instant and massive adventure vistas for characters to wander through a variety of classic (and not-so-classic) tropes: from sprawling forest and steaming jungle, miles of snow or near-endless desert - and how big you make the playground is up to you. Simply join another board or boards of the same or different theme to your Meander and it will line up all of the paths, doubling, trebling or quadrupling the size of the Meander. Create a gigantic sprawling landscape just waiting to be populated with NPC's, monsters, treasure and Meanders provides enough caverns, clearings and paths to lead almost anywhere... 

While the majority of my completed pieces are Fantasy based - I am creating terrain for the Sci-fi RPGer's with plans for a gigantic Space Hulk, Deep Space, Planet Surfaces and Geiger-esque terrain suitable for Tyranids, Alien, Space Marines, Chthulu, and whatever else we can think of.

Meanders are beautifully and carefully illustrated with shadows, lighting, realism and depth: take a look at these artwork samples.

Forest Themed Meanders
Forest Themed Meanders

 

Jungle Themed Meanders
Jungle Themed Meanders

 

Snow Themed Meanders
Snow Themed Meanders

 

Desert Themed Meanders
Desert Themed Meanders

 

 

 

Gemstone Caverns Meanders
Gemstone Caverns Meanders

 

Alien Terrain
Alien Terrain

 

Chthulian Dimensions
Chthulian Dimensions

 

1 of 4 Underdark Designs Unlocked @ 3k
1 of 4 Underdark Designs Unlocked @ 3k

Each Meander measures 27 x 18" each and is professionally printed on 60pt chipboard covered with matt finish paper on one side and black backing on the other with a dry/wet erasable finish. These are thick, high-quality durable dry/wet erase boards that unfold into a six-fold board or up into a 9" square observable in the campaign video. This is a similar tried and tested board used for one of my previous Kickstarters for Urban Rooftops (please see below). You can also select various grid or no grid options and up to 4 individual terrain boards per themed-set (with some derivations available via stretch goals).

Meanders are also designed with identical entrances/exits on each board - plus overlapping foliage - that helps blend the boards together when paired so you can easily enlarge the size of the Meander from a short walk (1-2 boards) to a days ride (4 boards) to an epic sojourn through snow, desert, forest and jungle. (6+ boards) without that harsh clash of contrasts or mis-matching trees. Each board in its own series fits with the others.

Meanders can theoretically be joined to different terrains in the same series because the paths all occupy identical points: the join is not as neat, but it can be done.

ADDITIONAL OPTIONS

  • Please note: there will be a free option to have Meanders electronically joined to each other for your convenience at the end of the campaign. My computer processing will only allow me to do this with a maximum of four Meanders at a go but I can do it in separate blocks of 2-4 if you choose. I will of course adjust the grid so there is no overlap.  
  • Please also note: For an extra $2 per Meander I offer a service to join and blend terrains into one another more gradually so that you can place Snow by Forest without the overly harsh contrast and obvious join for instance. This is for those of you who enjoy the art but don't necessarily need modular terrain and are quite happy to have the 'four seasons' or don't need to change the terrain around. I.e. if you wanted your Sampler pack joined and you chose four different terrains this would be a good option to go with to have them blend into one another as one giant map and only cost you $16 in total. $8 for the sampler, $8 for the blend.
  • For some Boards, i.e. the Alien or Planetscapes there is an open colour choice so that you can get the planet surface colour you need to suit your games. 

Advantages of using Meanders over 8x8", 10x10" tiles are many:

  • Instant Terrain: No more time spent setting up smaller terrain squares: Meanders are huge 27x18" modular boards designed to flow on to and fit with one another. Why move ten tile squares when you can move one board?
  • Modifiable Size: Meanders can be folded in such a way to provide 18x9", 18x18", or the full 27x18" terrain template. (please see campaign video.)
  • Variation: By mix and matching Meanders you can achieve a range of different terrain arrangements within a single theme simply by moving the boards around one another OR pair them with other terrains to make an entire world.
  • Tough: Meanders are professionally printed on six-fold boads with a tough wet/dry erase, scuff/oil/liquid resistant coating.
  • Portable: Meanders fold down into a compact 9" for light-weight portability.
  • Flexibility: Using 1" squares, Meanders fit the scale of existing 1" RPG tiles and boards.
  • Grid Options: Choose No Grid, 1" Grid, Hex Grid or Cross-Hair.
  • 100% Completed Art: The art for 16 different Meanders, 4 each in Forest, Snow, Desert and Jungle terrain are fully completed. 
  • Digital/Printed or Both: Get the digital designs, printed boards, or both.
  • Improvisation: Effortlessly add a huge Forest, Jungle or Desert to your game for your adventurers to explore, set up camp, be ambushed, for side and escort quests, or stretch out the campaign.
  • Element of Surprise: Sit your castle, cave, town, lake or other destination tiles/set-up on the black reverse of a folded board or at the edge of a path of a Meander and let your adventurers work their way through the traps, encounters and adventure towards it.
  • Join and Blend Options: You can have your Meanders joined to one another for absolutely free: with up to 4 Meanders joined into one map AND you can pay a few extra dollars to have your Meanders joined and neatly custom blended into one another to create a nice seamless flow between terrains for just $2 per Meander.
  • Inexpensive: Get (Edit: 36+) giant 27x18" Meanders for $25 AUD. No other kickstarter has ever offered this much quality terrain for such an amazing price.

Want to break down what I'm offering for just $25?

  • 4 Forest Meanders
  • 4 Snow Meanders
  • 4 Desert Meanders
  • 4 Jungle Meanders
  • 6 Fantasy City / Castle & Frost Castle Meanders
  • 4 Alien Terrain Meanders
  • 2 Autumn Meanders
  • 2 Nocturnal Meanders
  • 2 Village and Fields Meanders
  • 2 Elven Treetop City Meanders
  • 2 Gemstone Cavern Meanders

& all those digital goodies are yours if the campaign funds. Go beyond funding and it gets even crazier. And since we did, it has.

Besides the 36 Core Meanders - Extra themed Meanders to choose from can be unlocked and added to your $25+ pledge just through the project funding: with the potential for even more additional designs to be added through achieving the following Stretch Goals.

 ... And should there be time - whatever else you and I can come up with.

 This is my Fourth Kickstarter on the back of three previously successfully           funded campaigns bringing creative innovations to life for RPG.

Thank you very much for your support and encouragement - I look forward to bringing these to a table-top near you - and as always please let me know if you have any questions about the campaign.

Kind Regards,

Kris McDermott

 *Skinny Bar concept inspired by August Hahn.

Concepts in Development:

 An {im} possible Meander.

 

Frost-gravian style ice Castle
Frost-gravian style ice Castle

 

  

Alien Terrain Hostile Takeover Biomass
Alien Terrain Hostile Takeover Biomass

In Design but No Art to show yet: Sci-fi Meanders with a massive Space Hulk ... Dwarven Forge and Citadel ... Additional Wild West Meanders...

En Route: 2nd Castle Section for standard city and snow/ice covered variant. 2 extra fantasy city sections. Alien Terrain planetscapes.  

 

Risks and challenges

There are, as with any project, minor risks that are a staple of anyone attempting to create a product in third-party hands and deliver it on time - however, I create similar products like this (tiles/tokens) on a regular basis and have years of experience in the manufacturing and shipping sides of my small business. A quick check into my previous Kickstarter with Deluxe Reversible Rooftop Tiles or Soloman Temple Squares for RPG will indicate rapid delivery and full backer satisfaction with my products as well as full communication the entire campaign through. I work extremely hard to make sure my backers are happy with the products I make and to ensure everyone gets their rewards on or or before time.

If there are any difficulties backers will immediately be notified and all possible steps taken to remedy them - but it is my experience that my production, manufacture and shipping is a stream-lined operation and backers can expect their rewards on time if not before time.

Please let me know if you have any questions, concerns about the product or my campaign - I am always here to offer rapid response. Thank you,

Kind Regards,
Kris McDermott

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***Previous Project Status***

Soloman Temple Squares: Relaunched
Successfully funded @ 144%
20 Backers
Funded September 8 2016
*** Reward Fulfilment 100% Completed ***

Urban RPG City Rooftops
Successfully funded @ 138%
14 backers
Funded Jul 7 2016
*** Reward Fulfilment 100% Completed ***

Day/Night Reversible Deluxe City Rooftop Tile Set for RPG
Successfully funded @ 445%
38 backers
Funded Feb 12 2016
*** Reward Fulfilment 100% Completed ***

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    Meander Sampler

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    Sign up for this special limited pledge to get all of the Meanders as PDF inc. any unlocked Stretch Goals in digital format for you and a friend:
    + Any 4 Printed Meanders shipped free of charge to you (USA Only)
    + Your very own custom 4 x 27x18" digital Meanders designed just for you in whatever terrain/style you choose + printed and shipped free of charge (USA Only).
    + An assorted pack of hi-res PNG files with terrain texture templates, 27x18" grid, treetops for jungle/forest/autumn, rocks, shrubs, bushes, bridges, platforms and a few other goodies + a special PDF guide to using GIMP showing how I create my terrains.
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    Any 56 Printed Meander Boards of your Choice + All 32 Meander Campaign Digital Designs (inc any unlocked Stretch Goals) in PDF Digital Format.
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    Meander Constructor Pack

    For those who want to build their own this pledge includes all 16 Core Meanders in PDF Digital Format
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