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@Jon Lamkin: Thanks! I should have two icon packs coming out in the next few days. These next two were held up a bit while I worked to include some new icons for a couple of the custom maps I'm working on for the project. By Friday we should be back on track (and caught up) with weekly icon sets. :)
Last week you forgot the latest Icons update. Icon set #9 was uploaded on the 10th/11th and the one for the week after that was skipped. I know the Icons are not as high a priority to you.. but I love them and use them a lot along with the maps for my FG games..
@Wusi: Thanks for the heads-up! I'm guessing the upload must have had a hiccup. I test the downloads every time, but I haven't been testing unpacking them. I'll re-upload the "All" ZIP today, and make it part of my routine to start test-unpacking the ZIPs for each map. Sorry about that.
Hey Justin, I just saw Map 44 online (man, you're fast), and tried to download the full package as usual but couldn't unpack it.
The individual files work just fine though, so it's no big deal but I still thought you'd want to know
By backer request, I have added an additional Month End Summary download ZIP which contains all of the Lower Resolution versions of the maps. The option to download this ZIP has been added to the summary download section on the DDT which can be found at the very top of the “My Account” page.
Since the lower resolution maps were not included in last month’s summary download either, this month’s low resolution summary download includes all 35 maps released to date. Thanks!
@Jon Lamkin: Opps! Sorry about the delayed response. When I saw the notice from your comments in my e-mail, I thought they were from the original comments you posted last week. By now you've figured out that yes, the late icon packs were released, and the bonus set, and then another has since been released as well. :)
Really glad to hear you're enjoying everything. Have fun!
I am excited and looking forward to Icon set 6. Thanks for all the maps too
Thank you Justin!! :)
Any luck yet Justin? :)
@Jon Lamkin: Nope. It's not you at all. It's all on me. The project I'm wrapping up this week for a publisher is kicking my butt. I tried to get the new icons out for you all yesterday afternoon, but by the time I could step away I was totally spent. I'll still get this set out (I'm really hoping by the end of the day today). I'll also be pushing out another icon set over the weekend to make up for the delay this week. In either case, the project deadline I'm working on (and its last minute update/change requests) is tonight. If I can't manage to squeeze them in tonight, I absolutely will be able to get them to the DDT for download tomorrow.
I'm really glad to hear you're enjoying the maps! Remember there's a new map being released every day this week through Sunday. If I can knock out a few more of the custom maps we may try to keep that release schedule next week as well. :) Thanks, and have a great week!
I feel like I am being paranoid now. Did the Icon's release yesterday and I am not seeing it for some reason? I am enjoying the maps and such BTW. Thank you!
Running a bit behind with the icon pack release this week, but should have it out by tomorrow afternoon or sooner. In addition to that I'll also be releasing another icon set before the next scheduled icon set release next week. In addition to that, starting this past Sunday we're doing a map release every day for the entire week. That's five bonus maps this week in addition to the two schedule core maps! :) Sorry about any inconvenience with the shifting schedule for icons. I'm juggling around my work schedule a bit in anticipation of an upcoming release I'm involved with while also working several of the backer custom maps. We're really getting some good momentum going now though, two weeks into the first full month of the project and we're already over 10% completed in all.
No worries, glad I can help :)
@Jon Lamkin: Ack! Nope! Totally an oversight on my part. I've been so busy starting off this week that I completely forgot to upload them on Monday morning. I will fix that ASAP today. In a push to get through the "custom maps" for everyone faster, I've started taking them on four at a time, and I'm attempting to get the "Cartographer's Toolkit" completed for everyone by this coming weekend. We should have more bonus content coming out later this week as well! (managed to get a few bonus maps released last week in addition to the core releases). Thanks for pointing it out, I may not have noticed until I went to upload the icon set for next week. Sorry for the inconvenience.
I can see last weeks Icon Set #3... is this weeks Icon set #4 delayed for some reason? I am not seeing it on the site?
@Mario Butter: If you download the ZIP files again, this should be fixed. I have updated the VTT download, the ALL Files download, and the Lower Resolution download. Thanks!
The VTT map for #4 (Dungeon Crate Promo: Bandit Abode) has the grid embedded in the image; can you update this with the grid removed?
@Stephen: I appreciate that very much! Always great to work with you. Thanks! :) Hope you are enjoying the maps that have been released so far. Have a great weekend!
As the Event Coordinator of AetherCon Online Tabletop RPG Convention I can personally vouch for Justin's work with us as being of high quality and timely. And I put my money where my mouth is :)
@JR: Sure thing! I wanted to be sure to keep everyone updated on new features and such, but didn't want to bombard e-mails with actual updates. The comments section seemed like a good alternative.
When I do the summaries at the end of each month, I'll include a section that details all the updates for the record, but this way anyone who is curious can see what's new. :)
Wow, nice updates. Thanks!
GENERAL UPDATE: I've added a map index option to the menu of the Digital Distribution Tool. This loads a "quickview" index of all the released maps in ascending order from newest to last. Each is hyperlinked to jump direction to that map's download options on the Digital Maps Download page.
Additionally, I have completed the inclusion of upgrade options for every relevant pledge level. Wish you had pledged at a higher level during the Kickstarter campaign? Well, now you can. Just click on the "Upgrade Account" option on your "My Account " page. Each level has upgrade options for any pledge level up to the Cartographer's license. Payment processing handled by PayPal. The price point is the same (Cost of New Pledge Level - Cost of Current Pledge Level = Upgrade Cost).
The Add-On options on the "My Account" page now link to the appropriate update here at Kickstarter if they were not purchased during the kickstarter campaign. This just makes it convenient for folks who want to buy the add-ons later (who didn't get them during the Kickstarter) can get to the information quickly without having to hunt through all the backer updates.
Updates have been made to the "Lower Resolution" conversion routine that creates the low resolution version of downloads. It now assures that all three files included with the lower resolution download option are under 5 MB each to allow for quick import into Roll20 VTT.
The annoying bug that was preventing some account levels from seeing the Map Icon download has been fixed. Everyone should now be able to see and download Map Icon Packs as they are released.
More updates coming soon as I hone the DDT to fit the dynamic needs of backers. If you have any questions, or are experiencing any problems/issues, please message me.
Have a great week, everyone! :)
GENERAL UPDATE: I've added an "UPDATE" option to the menu of the Digital Distribution Tool. When you click on the link it will open a schedule calendar. Here you can see what work I've done, am currently working on, and the schedule for several weeks in advance. This includes DDT updates, bug fixes, map and map icon releases, as well as scheduled monthly summaries and other details. Hope it helps to keep everyone in the loop! Thanks!
GENERAL UPDATE: Regarding a small bug. When I exported the data from Kickstarter, I overlooked the fact that the "number" field type was automatically applied to the PIN numbers provided by you all in the surveys. This means that if your PIN *started* with a zero, that zero was dropped. So, for example: If your PIN was 01234 you will need to use 1234 to login instead. Very sorry about the inconvenience for anyone whose account was affected. I totally missed it when sanitizing the export for the account database.
@Mahare: Happy Easter! :) Fantastic! I'm glad they all made it to you safely. :) More maps coming your way soon!
Hello, Justin, and a happy Easter to you! I want to let you know that the three map packs came out okay, and that the seven samples are all looking swimmingly. Everything is well! My thanks for these maps!
@Justin Andrew Mason: Alright, thank you. Have a nice day and happy easter! :)
@Dom J: Good morning! Great! I'm glad they made it to you safely. Yeah, sorry about the "double-mailing" of the codes on that one. It was due to an error on my part (a.k.a. I got impatient and clicked the send button twice). So, everyone should be good to go. Just disregard the second e-mail. Thanks for following up on that! Have a great day. :)
@Justin Andrew Mason
Just checked my emails and found I got my addon links for DriveThru. Thank you! But I've got the Dungeon Builder's Deck twice. Only used one of the codes, in case someone's missing his or her link because of some mixup or something. Do you have a way to check that maybe?
UPDATE: The deadline for Backer Surveys has passed. The survey responses have been exported. If you need to make changes (or you did not submit a survey) please send me a message:
I'm just posting as a reminder: There are now only 24-hours left to get backer surveys responses in. I just sent out a "form letter" message to all those who haven't done so yet. I will be running the export of the surveys at midnight CDT tomorrow (Friday, April 14, 2017). If responses are not in by that time delivery of rewards will be delayed for those individuals.
Check out this update for more information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justinmason/the-big-book-of-maps-for-tabletop-roleplaying-game/posts/1856545
Thanks! And, have a great weekend everyone!
I know the problem - I keep a log of all the Kickstarters I have backed and note dates for every survey and reward. Very time consuming, but it's a good problem to have!
@Justin Andrew Mason
Thanks.. I support way too many KS campaigns and It is hard to keep track of them sometimes.
@Paul McErlean: I just double checked and it appears you submitted your survey on the 31st of March (the night I sent it out). All the fields appear to be filled out correctly, so you should be good to go as soon as I send out the URL for the Digital Distribution Tool on April 15. :) Thanks!
I don't think I got the survey. Is there a way to find out or get it re-sent if needed?
@Ronald Olexsak & @laramiewall: No problem! I have added you to my list to follow up on this. Please check out this update for more information: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/justinmason/the-big-book-of-maps-for-tabletop-roleplaying-game/posts/1848372
I would like to get in on both the $7 add-ons as well. I backed it early and kinda went on auto-pilot - missed both of these options. Would be great to be able to add them at some point.
Oh. I'd like to be on the $7 list. I missed them too.
@AAW Games: Thank you! I'm pretty excited as well! :)
@Barry Williams: Thanks! I appreciate that. That's not a problem about the add-on. I'll add your name to my list of backers to send them to. :)
Congratulations on your first (very) successful Kickstarter Justin! I'm excited to see all the maps you create in the coming weeks.
Congrats on getting funded, man. Not that I had any doubt. Can't wait to see the final product. Ditto me for the $7 voucher. I certainly want the add-ons.
@Anthony: No problem. I've actually had a couple of backers message me about this same thing. I can't adjust the pledges at this point. However, if you (or anyone else who forgot them) still would like them, shoot me a message and what I will do is issue you a voucher to get each of them at the $7 add-on price when I release them to backers. Thanks again!
Bummer! I missed the add ons down below. I would have absolutely added another 7.
Thank you! I appreciate you all very much. This is going to be a very fun project, and I'm rather excited to get things rolling. :)
Congrats on the very successful campaign Justin!
I never use a VTT before but I will give it a try =)
@Mahare: Well, since all the maps (except the tavern mini-maps and Underworld mega dungeon maps) are the same size, any print shop that can make laminated double-sided color print should be able to do it without a problem. You could do the same thing for the mini-maps and mega dungeons with other maps from each respective set.
So I have a random question. Is it possible to use these items and turn them into a flip mat? Seems like it would be tricky to do at a Kinkos or something like that as I am unsure if they would use the proper materials.
@Joni Nyman: Absolutely! I've gotten quite a few messages from backers about ship deck plan maps as well, so I'm going to make sure we get a good spread of them into the collection. I agree, having individual map icons that work for several different purposes is the way to go. I think most of the items you listed will be included in the "Merchant Caravan" map icon set when I get it released to backers.