Project Status Update & Halloween Bonus Map for Everyone!
Good morning, folks! I hope the start to the week finds you well. It’s been a busy and insane two weeks since my last update. As you have probably already deduced from the lack of confetti falling around this update, there has been a bit of delay in wrapping up the project this past weekend as was my intention. No major detriment to the schedule, but we are so close to having this project completed that even tiny delays are frustrating.
There were some unforeseen factors that prevented the level of focus I had intended over the past fourteen days. I believe strongly in transparency, and try to always keep you all informed and apprised of what’s going on.
We’re still in a great place: many months ahead of schedule, and all of the core maps and unlocked bonus maps have already been released. We should still hit near the “six-months early mark” for this project completion as I tackle the knocking out custom maps, a few extra maps to round off the collection, and putting together the last of the icon packs.
The delay? As you are all aware from my earlier update, as part of my “day-job” I have been working on AAW Games latest Kickstarter for the amazing Mini-Dungeon Tome for 5th Edition and Pathfinder RPG. This was the the sixth of their Kickstarter projects that I’ve been a part of, and we thought that we had a pretty good idea of what to expect – and then the project sky-rocketed beyond our wildest expectations. Funding has hit, and could potentially far exceed, the total raised for all five previous projects combined. Needless to say, all of the preparations I had done to assure the campaign would run with minimal effort were less than a fourth of what was required as the backer-counter kept ticking up, and up, and up.
So, where does that leave us?
Essentially exactly where we were, only two weeks later. As the excitement of the Mini-Dungeon Tome kickstarter concludes in a few hours (backers can still pledge until 4 PM CDT) I will be spending the late afternoon tending to the wind-down procedures with the AAW Games team, and then taking an evening to actually sleep for the first time in two weeks. Tomorrow morning I will be picking up exactly where I left off in the last update.
I apologize for the unexpected delay. I’m back on this as a primary focus bright and early tomorrow!
As I don’t want to leave you empty handed on a day when you were expecting new content, and since Halloween is coming up, here is an appropriately themed bonus map for everyone! You can download the map version in a ZIP by clicking here. I’ll also include it as part of the Big Book of Maps project, and the map will be included in the final summary download which will be now available near start of November.
Also, I’ve had a few backers inquire about getting September summary downloads (which were originally going to be combined with the final summary update). So, I’ve moved forward and added those summary downloads to the Digital Distribution Tool, and they will remain there for the rest of October.
Thanks again for all of your support! You all are awesome.
Oh, and I was excited to see several of your names pop up on the Mini-Dungeon Tome project as well. I’m excited to be creating even more content for many of you folks to get after the Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games is fulfilled.
Have an amazing week and a happy & safe Halloween!
-- Justin Andrew Mason