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Would love to hear what you think about the book. :) Thanks!
By Jove, I am organizing the maps on my portable harddrive and this is intense. I'm thinking that the "Keep" series is interesting me to make a campaign out of...
@Kurt Stoffer: Indeed it is! :) Thanks again!
Oh Volume 2 is live... sweet... I'm in :)
Certainly one of the best kickstarters ever. Really great job you have done. I hope that you are not too burned out. I would certainly be a repeat backer when you are ready to launch Volume 2.
@Weresheep of Sin AKA Stefan : Thanks! I really appreciate that. :)
@Bill Hein: Thank you! I'm really glad you enjoy it. I'm very happy to have been able to create the collection for you all. And, in fact, I did just launch my next Kickstarter -- for The Big Book of Maps -- Volume 2! :)
And, Volume 2 is underway! :)
Got my email with the DTRPG link yesterday. Beautiful maps ... and a huge number of them. Thank you for the great quality and the speedy delivery, I hope that this PDF will sell a lot, you deserve it.
Downloaded the PDF from DTRPG, and am looking through it - it's a beautiful piece of work, Mr. Mason. Thank you for delivering such a high quality product! I hope you made money on this project, and it means there will be more projects to back in the future!
And, the PDF is in the wild! :) Official Kickstarter update coming soon. I want to give the DTRPG system time to get them all delivered before posting.
PDF Update for folks:
The PDF is Done... and, a snag hit at DriveThruRPG.com with the upload. Their system keeps returning an error on upload. So, I've contacted their tech support with all the info, screenshots, and even a private link the source files (in case they want to just add it themselves). Hopefully they can get back to me soon! Unfortunately, that means the distribution of the PDF is delayed until they get back in touch to help me to get the error resolved (or just upload the file on their end).
The final PDF is 521 pages, and an ungodly 799MB -- likely the cause of the error, I think. However, considering I managed to get over 500 pages of full-color maps squeezed into less than a gig, I don't think it's getting any smaller in file size.
As soon as the file is on the DTRPG system, I have the distribution list ready to upload and send the PDFs out to everyone. Sorry about the delay. I busted my backside this week to do my best to get it out this weekend, but for now it's just a sit and wait to hear back.
Hope everyone has a great weekend! :)
@Renalis: We are indeed done, and I'm pretty excited about it. Have fun with the maps! Oh, and check out my update in the comment below. :)
Promised that I would drop an update here to keep everyone up to date with changes.
The master map file is now available for download in the DDT. It's massive -- 27.5 GB, so I ended up breaking it up into six different ZIP downloads.
The first download for the Map Master includes thumbnails and "zoomed-in" images for every single map, and a convenient HTML file that functions as a visual index to make finding the map you need easier. As long all the files from all six Map Master downloads are placed in the same folder on your computer, the index will function and you can click on a map to access the local ZIP file.
News on the PDF: I've been pushing really hard on this one, and am very close to getting it complete. As long as I don't hit any snags in this last bit of indexing or with the final export, then I should still have the PDF at least completed by the weekend. And, hopefully I can also get it distributed to you all as well.
I will make an official update in the Update section after sending out the PDF.
I hope everyone is having a great week! :)
Whoa, everything is done and ready!? Man, here I was expecting it would take months and months still! I'm a pessimist that way, but as a few others mentioned, Kickstarter has sort of trained me that way. Guess I'll go read the last dozen or so updates that I haven't gotten to yet (super busy) and get to downloading. Very excited to make use of these in my new upcoming game!
In the comments on the latest official update there was a backer request for a giant poster that displayed all the maps included in The Big Book of Maps. I've put that poster graphic together now, and it's available for download.
The print-ready poster is 24" x 36" (standard one-sheet movie poster size) and provided as a zipped 300 dpi (7200x10800px) JPG file.
Download Here: http://apps.pathstoadventure.com/Kickstarter/THE-BIG-BOOK-OF-MAPS-FOR-TABLETOP-ROLEPLAYING-GAMES-POSTER.zip (ZIP format; 47.6 MB)
Thanks again! I hope everyone has a fantastic week! :)
Just a quick general update for everyone: The master file for the maps is in the process of uploading (this is for those who didn't or don't want to download the maps individually). We are a couple of days into the transfer now. It's taken a couple trial methods and a few attempts so far (knock on wood), but I think I have it worked out now. I wish we had faster upload speeds here, but hey, I suppose we work with we have. I'll be making them available just as soon as the 27 GB transfer completes successfully.
The PDF version is well underway. Working on creating the "clickable" index/table-of-contents and making sure it's properly indexed. I'll be working more on it exclusively later this week. The size of the map source files is causing the layout to "react" slowly while I'm working on it, so compiling the PDF index is taking a tad longer to complete than anticipated, but it's getting very close. I'm hoping to have it done by this weekend, but if that becomes unrealistic, I'll update here again.
@Panner: That's awesome. You're very welcome, and thanks again for the support. Enjoy the maps!
@Weresheep of Sin AKA Stefan: Thank you! It's been a blast! I'm really looking forward to seeing these in print soon -- a.k.a. The Big Book you can use to bludgeon your enemies with! ;)
@Rolph Segers: Very much appreciated! It was a challenge, but with the supportive group of backers cheering me on, it was a pleasure to do so. I do have another project launching very soon -- I just want to make sure to tie up the last few loose ends here and make sure everyone has what they need before announcing and launching another. :) Hoping I can get to that before this week is over -- we'll see!
@Aeludor: Thank you! I think there are quite a few maps in there that would work well for that adventure including the Underworld mega-dungeons. I hope you and your game crew have a blast! :) Thanks again for your support!
Well, I just downloaded the last maps, and checked that "Got it" box. I've backed many kickstarters, and while I've sometimes been surprised by projects being on time, never have I seen one finish almost two months ahead of schedule.
Well done, and thanks!
Wow ... I honestly did not expect it to be finished that soon. Ahead of time and awesome maps, what more could we ask for? Nicely done.
Very very impressive job you have pulled of. You're the first Kickstarter (in my experience) to ever deliver ahead of time !
AND you did a great job at it, I'm very curious at your next project!
Very nicely done! I"ve been watching the progress and downloading each pack as they came. I'm Excited to use them all. My DND group just started Ruins of Undermountain, hoping we can put in some of your mega dungeons in to the mix!
My Facebook post from this morning:
It is done. At exactly 9:00 AM this morning I completed a creative journey that I set out on 290 days ago. Roughly 1,150-hours of labor, and countless late nights. Despite the challenging end to 2017, the creation phase of this project is finished exactly 55 days ahead of schedule. For the "Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games" I have created 230 high-resolution 600dpi miniature-scale poster-print quality maps (with three versions of each plus VTT-friendly versions) including ten giant full-spread mega-dungeon maps, and 30 'taverns & storefronts' urban maps. As an addition, I also created a massive collection of over 620 map icons in more than 30 different themes, a complete set of cartography assets including borders, compass roses, scales, and custom Photoshop actions. It has all now been released for download to my Kickstarter backers. It is a good day.
Master download ZIP(s) and PDF will be released within in the next week. Print copies of the book forthcoming pending approval of print proofs.
Thanks so much to everyone for the amazing support. The BBM PDF will be rolling out soon-ish, and then I have to figure out the best way to do the Master ZIP file(s)... 49 GB in all. :D
@Roy Hartford: Thank you. I'm glad to hear you're enjoying the maps.
I do have a another project planned to immediately follow this one, just as soon as I we get it all released -- so very soon. :) Can't wait to let everyone know about it!
Maps look great, thanks for getting so many done in such a timely manner (especially given the personal sadness... my condolences).
You'd mentioned in the past that a set of maps in urban or wilderness settings were a future possibility. Any plans for something along those lines?
@Mahare: Great! I'm so glad you like it. :) Thanks again for your support!
I want to say that my map you designed looks sublime. I approve!
Thanks for the response!
@Jeffrey Olesky: My current goal is still to have the remaining maps done by the end of January followed by the delivery of the PDF. Since I've been working on compiling the PDF as we have been moving forward, I suspect that won't take more than a day or two to finalize and distribute.
When I distribute the PDF, I will also be submitting the book and ordering print proofs the same day. From my experience with working on projects with publishers, that process can take anywhere between 2-6 weeks while I wait for the proofs to be set, printed, and shipped to me. I can literally make the print books available the day that acceptable proofs arrive to me in the mail.
Assuming that there are no major issues with the print proof run (which I don't foresee since the layout is relatively straight forward -- a map per page), that puts the likely date for print release sometime in late February unless the printers manage to make a faster turnaround.
I am also excited about getting the maps bound in hardback. Something about the tangible heft of a print product that makes the sense of an accomplished project feel more real. :) Thanks for your support!
Justin: When do you expect the “Print-at-Cost” option to be available? Can’t wait to get them all in a hardcover book ;)
Thank you all. It was rough, but I'm very thankful she got to see me being successful at what I love to do. A big part of that success in 2017 was because of all of you. :) I welcome the changing of the year to help me get mentally reset and back on track with productivity. Happy New Year, and here's to hoping for a great year in 2018 for everyone! :)
My condolences on the loss of you mom. It does not matter how old you are when a parent dies, it hurts all the same. Take care.
Our thoughts will certainly be with you during this time of loss. As an acting Minister of the Correllion Church, I want to let you know that I shall light a candle for your mother. If there is anything I can do, feel free to let me know.
Sorry to hear about your loss. I too, lost my mother when I was 27 years old. It was extremely hard times for a while. Things will never be the same but things do get better each day. Stay strong!
We got plenty of time. Do what you need to do and take care of yourself and your family first
I will second what @mahare just said - take care of yourself and your family... We can wait for sure!
My good sir, I am sorry for your loss. You do what you need to do. Take care of your well-being before anything else. If working on the maps will actively help you, then by all means go for it, but if you're just doing it as an obligation then I, and I'm sure most others, would say don't worry about it until you're ready.
Thank you for the kind words, comments, messages, and e-mails I’ve received from many backers. You all are really great and I appreciate you very much. My mom passed on the 11th, and last week was mostly devoted to making arrangements, the funeral, and spending time with family. This week I’m reestablishing my bearings and starting the push to get work caught up (which includes wrapping up this project). I did manage to get several map icon packs released via the DTT during the chaos of the past couple of weeks -- finishing the few remaining sets will be first on my list this week, and then I will be contacting the pending custom map backers individually to follow up. Thanks again for your patience; it’s been a very rough couple of weeks, but I’m glad to get back to creating content. Always follow your passion.
Just read this. So sorry to hear that Justin. Thoughts are with you and your family....
Very sorry to read that. All the best for you and your family.
Btw. I think it's enough explanation if a project creator writes "no updates / delay because of family emergency" ... that's all I need to know. Thank you for your work and that update.
@Justin That's rough I'm sorry to hear about what you're going through. I'm sure everyone here understands that family comes first. Still very excited about a printed copy at some point down the line and the maps you've release so far have been top quality. Hope you're doing alright mate.
Good afternoon, folks. I just wanted to stop in and drop a few comments to let everyone know I’m still here and still working on wrapping up the project. Yesterday I released 80 new icons, and tonight I will be releasing another 80 plus the first batch of custom maps I have completed.
I apologize for going radio-silent over this past week, things have been very hectic due to a family emergency. As a practice I generally don’t share negative news; I feel like the world has enough of that as it is, but it’s impossible to explain my absence or how the coming week will proceed without doing so now.
Last week my Mom was rushed by ambulance to the hospital as her health took a dramatic and sudden turn for the worse. She was placed in ICU and has been mostly unconscious and on assist since. For the sake of her privacy I won’t share more detail except to say that she’s dealing with multiple very serious health issues and things have been consistently going downhill. The first good news and positive gain was this morning. My Dad has been by her side between short and broken shifts of sleep.
It’s been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster dreading what each day will bring, as well as a dramatic shift away from my normalized schedule. I’ve struggled quite a bit with focusing on anything creative consistently. So, I’ve been focused mostly knocking of technical tasks such as building the Interactive elements of the Table of Contents for the Big Book of Maps PDF.
I’m continuing to work on maps and icons this week on getting things rolled out, but to be completely honest I’m working at a slower pace than usual, and I don’t know what the coming week might bring. We’re still well over five months ahead of schedule and making process to finish up the last pending 9% of the project.
I’ll be making an official update just as soon as we are done. I don’t want to fill a thousand inboxes with negative news of a personal nature, but I did want to provide an answer here for to those who have expressed concern about the sudden silence this past week. Thanks again for all of your support. Keep an eye out for more releases to the Digital Distribution Tool this week.
@farkshinsoup: Hi! Summary files are uploading as I type this, they should be available in about two and half hours (sometime around 10 AM CST). Another update will be posted this morning, I'm just waiting for the batch upload to complete before posting. Plus, there will be some bonus content in the update later today. Have a great morning!
Hi, very happy so far with your communication and delivery targets, as well as the maps themselves!
Wondering if there is a further update, as it's October 15th, the date mentioned in your last update? I know you delayed September's bulk downloader. I'd like to get access to all of Septembers maps without having to download them individually - just not sure what your new plan is.
Thanks and keep up the good work!
And regarding the newest, thanks for the update that the next release will be late. You are so startlingly far ahead, your busy month seems to have barely taken a dent out of your buffer.
Stuff looks great, keep it up!
"Non-Update" Status Update: Some of you might have noticed that for the past several days I’ve been inactive with releasing maps. I apologize for the delay. Last week I had an order for more than thirty maps come in from a publisher with a two week deadline. I took several days off to work on those maps to meet the unexpected short turnaround time, and then spent most of today assisting a publisher with launching their Kickstarter that I will be involved with. We are still 164 days ahead of schedule here, and regular release of map and icons will resume now. In fact, I just added the newest map. We’re getting very close to the end of the creation phase now. I’m still *hoping* for the end of September to have all the maps and map icons released. Thanks again for all your support!
@Bruce Gray: Thanks! I'm really glad to hear you're enjoying the maps. The Cartographer's Toolkit hasn't been released yet, but when it is, it will be released as one of the "Map Icon Packs" and will be able to be downloaded via the "Map Icons" section with the other sets. I hope to be getting it out the door in the next few weeks. Sorry about the delayed response. I've been fighting off some crud, and though I've been pushing maps out to the DDT, I haven't logged into Kickstarter to check messages this week before just now.