Weekly Featured Addition: Cartographer Toolkit
Hello Backers! It’s been an amazing weekend for the project. The show of support for the Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) has been astonishing. And, I thank you all. As I type this we are literally a few pledges away from crossing the $10k threshold (that’s 1000% funded!).
As soon as that happens, we are unlocking 30 new map icons! The “Collapses & Obstructions” map icon set as well as the bonus stretch goal including the “Alien Technology” and “Science Fiction” map icon sets. The two bonus sets are specifically geared towards helping transform some of the more cross-genre maps for those using them for futuristic adventures -- a direct result of backer requests posted in the project comments section.
With the next stretch goal unlocked I will also be revealing the next lineup of stretch goals, so check out the main project page again when we cross the $10k threshold to see what new map icon goodies are lined up.
With over 370 backers, we’ve now unlocked seven bonus maps, and are well on our way to unlocking an eighth.
And now, I have a fun surprise for you all…
Weekly Featured Additions!
At the start of each new week during this kickstarter, I will be introducing a Featured Addition. Since Sunday night wraps up the first week since launch, I introduce to you the first of the weekly featured additions… the Cartographer Toolkit!
This product is similar to the map icon sets we’ve been unlocking as stretch goals, but includes a bit more and is focused on map presentation. Included in the Cartographer Toolkit you will find five different map icon sets each consisting of a themed compass rose, map border, and a scale/text box. The themes will range from simple and straightforward to elaborately decorated.
As an added bonus for those who are inclined to use Photoshop to modify their maps, I have also included a custom set of Photoshop actions that I have created just for this project. The actions automatically convert (with the click of two buttons) any of the digital maps from The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) into a printable “tattered parchment” page – perfect to use as a handout at the tabletop. Lost treasure map, anyone? [Note: actions should be compatible with Photoshop versions CS2 and newer]
Just like all of our stretch goal map icon sets, Cartographer Toolkit will be provided to all backers (including those who pledge at the $1 level).
Next week I will reveal our next Featured Addition! So, keep an eye out next weekend for another great tool coming your way.
In Conclusion --
I hope everyone has a fantastic start to the week. Many of you have contacted me to share social posts, blog articles, podcasts and videos helping to get the word out about this project. Keep helping to get the word out! It is making a huge difference, and your efforts are very much appreciated.
Really, I cannot thank you all enough. The Big Book of Maps (for Tabletop Roleplaying Games) is going to be more amazing than I ever imagined, and I’m very thankful to have your support in this endeavor!
--Justin Andrew Mason