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World Engine is an easy-to-use, web-based, map-making tool that will let you create jaw-dropping maps quickly and easily.
World Engine is an easy-to-use, web-based, map-making tool that will let you create jaw-dropping maps quickly and easily.
World Engine is an easy-to-use, web-based, map-making tool that will let you create jaw-dropping maps quickly and easily.
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World Engine is the awesome, online RPG map maker you’ve always wanted.

World Engine lets you seamlessly combine freehand drawing and tile-based painting tools. The application runs in your browser on virtually any device – and because World Engine is designed from scratch for touch, all its capabilities are being optimized with touch and stylus in mind.

Creating great looking maps for your campaign has never been this simple or fun. Build your maps, export them for print or use inside your favorite virtual tabletop and get playing your game!

 

World Engine will let you create jaw-dropping maps quickly and easily – without requiring you to be a graphic artist.

World Engine supports all the mapping features you’d expect – pens, brushes, fills, layers, snap to grid, scaling, rotating – and more. It also provides the advanced tools that artists need to take their maps to the next level.

Some art assets are from ProFantasy Software Ltd’s Dungeon Designer 3 and are used with permission.
Some art assets are from ProFantasy Software Ltd’s Dungeon Designer 3 and are used with permission.

Making great maps requires solid building blocks. World Engine comes with a built-in library of hundreds of high-quality pre-made tiles, textures, and objects to build truly unique maps for your campaign.

But if that isn’t enough, World Engine’s marketplace puts an ever-expanding library of premium art from top fantasy artists at your disposal.

If you can imagine it, World Engine will let you build it.

World Engine's huge asset library and intuitive tools let you build the maps you want
World Engine's huge asset library and intuitive tools let you build the maps you want

 

World Engine is designed for quick, intuitive map building so you can generate quality maps in no time. World Engine's simple UI and large asset library let you create unique maps, customized for your game. 

For a complete list of current and planned features, see the Full Feature List section farther down.

KEY FEATURES

  • Runs in a browser; no downloads or updates required
  • Optimized for touch controls on a tablet
  • Combines hand-drawn content with pre-made tiles and objects
  • Creates maps of any size on an unlimited grid
  • Exports maps as PNGs or JPGs for print or import into any virtual tabletop (VTT) such as D20PRO
  • Provides an extensive library of free and premium art assets
  • Use assets you own! – Links to personal content stored in the cloud (e.g. Dropbox, Box, Google Drive or OneDrive)
World Engine lets you blend pre-made tiles with freehand drawing to get the exact map you want
World Engine lets you blend pre-made tiles with freehand drawing to get the exact map you want

ROBUST DRAWING TOOLS

  • Core drawing tools – Roller, pen, brush, eyedropper and eraser
  • Fill tools –  Color, pattern or tile flood fills
  • Manipulation Tools – Scale and rotate tiles with precision
  • Snap-to-grid – Toggle snap-to-grid or free positioning of tiles and objects
  • Freehand Draw - Use the pen and brush tools to create your own unique map elements
  • Mix-and-Match Tiles and Freehand - Blend tiles with your own drawings to make unique maps
  • Pen & brush options - Configurable stroke outlines, shadows and fill (color and pattern)
  • Undo – Multiple levels of undo/redo
  • Layer Tools – Create and name layers, control visibility and transparency
Use outlines, shadows and fills to customize your maps
Use outlines, shadows and fills to customize your maps

 

Take advantage of a tool that just keeps getting better. World Engine's subscription model means that new features, tools and content will be added to the application on an ongoing basis. You’ll always have the latest version available in your browser on desktop or tablets - with nothing to download or install.

World Engine will launch with three subscription tiers (outlined below).

KICKSTARTER EXCLUSIVE: Backers at the Surveyor level or higher will be the first to use World Engine with full alpha and beta access once the project funds. They’ll also secure reduced 6-month subscription rates for any of the tiers described below.

Ideal for the casual map maker, a World Engine Standard subscription includes everything you need to create awesome custom maps:

  • Standard asset library (100+ tiles, textures, and objects at launch so you can start building maps right away!)
  • Standard paint tools (roller, airbrush, pencil, brush, fill and eraser)
  • Standard template tools (create line/poly, groups and shapes)
  • Standard transform tools (marquee select, lasso select, eyedropper, translate and object z-order)
  • Standard layer support (drag/drop order management, opacity and hide/reveal)
  • Marketplace access to amazing artists and cartographers - add more assets to your library
  • Export - Digital quality (150 dpi) for use on virtual tabletops
  • Send digital exports directly to external storage (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)
  • Globally apply overlays such as grid or hex
  • 50 save slots

Perfect for the dedicated GM or serious map maker, a World Engine Pro subscription includes everything in the Standard level PLUS additional advanced tools, assets and features:

  • Standard and Pro asset libraries (250+ tiles, textures and objects at launch)
  • ALL tools, template and layer features from World Engine Standard tier
  • Pro paint tools (grid painter, text painter, stair painter and path painter)
  • Pro template tools (boolean, knife and shape)
  • Pro layer system (layer based filter effects, layer grouping by tag, overlay for watermarks, grids and more)
  • Marketplace access to amazing artists and cartographers - add more assets to your library
  • Premium art available for purchase
  • Link external storage containing art assets to extend your Library. (Dropbox, OneDrive, Google Drive, etc.)
  • Export - Print quality (300 dpi) for printout or use on virtual tabletops
  • 125 save slots

The ultimate tier for the hardcore or professional map maker, a World Engine VIP subscription includes everything in the Standard and Pro levels PLUS everything else World Engine has to offer, including access to a huge amount of art assets and enormous save capability.

  • FULL ACCESS to the Standard, Pro and VIP asset libraries of tiles (500+ at launch) with new assets added on a regular basis
  • ALL TOOLS available from the World Engine Standard and Pro tiers!
  • Exclusive offers on premium content
  • Export - Print quality (300 dpi) for printout or use on virtual tabletops
  • 250 save slots

    * 6-month minimum subscription required for World Engine VIP

Your support will help us make World Engine the easiest to use and most powerful RPG map maker available. World Engine already has a ton of cool capabilities in place. You can see for yourself in our pre-alpha preview.

 

We’re launching this Kickstarter to refine the UI, add a greater range of tools, and team up with our favorite artists to create a huge library of assets. The funds raised during this Kickstarter will enable a long list of features and enhancements. We invite you to collaborate with us to take World Engine to the next level together.

YOUR EXCLUSIVE BACKER BENEFITS

We’re making the following benefits available to backers to say “thank you” for your support. Please refer to the backer rewards section for details on what is included at each specific level.

  • Start using World Engine right away with full alpha and beta access (Surveyor backer level or higher)
  • Lock in a guaranteed low price on a World Engine subscription (Surveyor backer level or higher)
  • Become part of the World Engine backer community. Shape the future of World Engine
  • Kickstarter-only perks that will let you get the most out of World Engine
  • Save even more on World Engine with available special Early Bird backer levels

Help us smash our goal and we'll add more tools, more content, and more capabilities to World Engine! 

  STRETCH GOAL PARTICULARS

  • Stretch Goals are available to backers at the Surveyor level or higher
  • Stretch Goals are deliverable independent of the core Kickstarter objectives and may be delivered after the Summer 2017 project delivery estimate.
  • All digital map unlocks include one (1) additional, permanent save slot per map
  • Tool unlocks will be available to all backers at Surveyor level or higher – even if some of the advanced tools are later limited to higher subscription tiers. Example: If you back at the Surveyor level, which includes World Engine Standard tier, you keep ALL the tools unlocked during the Kickstarter, even if some of those tools are later limited to the Pro or VIP tiers when the service launches!

We've teamed up with premier artists and cartographers from the RPG industry to bring the best assets available for building maps. Our roster includes some of the finest in the industry. We will continue to expand our artist partners to bring more amazing map tiles, textures, and objects into the Asset Library. 

Our goal is to include art and map assets for any genre - fantasy, sci-fi, modern, horror and more, so you can make maps that are perfect for your setting.

We're pleased to have the following artists and map makers on board to support World Engine:

World Engine will have a marketplace full of assets from these fine artists and many more to come!
World Engine will have a marketplace full of assets from these fine artists and many more to come!

Check Out the Artists

Please check out our sponsor's sites below (or where their art is otherwise available). We're constantly reaching out to new artists and will update this list as they come on board: 

World Engine will come with an impressive suite of easy-to-use and powerful features.

The World Engine Standard tier includes all the core tools you need to get started making great maps for your campaign right away. 

The World Engine Pro and VIP tiers add several more powerful and specialized tools plus more tiles, textures and objects for those looking to create truly awesome custom maps for their campaigns.

Paint Tools

World Engine Standard
  • Roller - Paint sequences of tiles or patterns
  • Airbrush - Paint with faded edge brush
  • Pencil - Draw with colors, shadows and fills
  • Brush - Draw with patterns, shadows and fills
  • Fill - Fill areas with patterns or colors
  • Eraser - Remove tiles and strokes
World Engine Pro/VIP (+ all Standard above)
  • Grid Painter - Paints the selected grid type over a described area
  • Text Painter - Text painter places letters along a drawn path
  • Stair Painter - Paints sequential, overlapped patterns
  • Path Painter - Paint paths (trails, rivers, or roads)

Template Tools

World Engine Standard
  • Create Line/Poly - Draw, add point, remove point
  • Groups – Join/split group
  • Shape - Fast draw common shapes (circles, boxes, stars, hexes, and other polygons)
World Engine Pro/VIP (+ all Standard above)
  • Boolean – Subtract, divide or merge combined shapes
  • Knife - Slice shapes into multiple objects

Transform Tools

World Engine Standard/Pro/VIP
  • Marquee Select - Standard box select and single item click select
  • Lasso Select - Drag to select all items within selection area
  • Eyedropper - Click select to assume the properties and brush type of the selected element
  • Translate - Move, scale, rotate selected objects
  • Object Z-Order - Raise/lower object within selected Layer

Layer Tools

World Engine Standard
  • Layer Order - Drag/drop order management
  • Layer Opacity – Define layer transparency
  • Layer Visibility – Show or hide layers
World Engine Pro/VIP (+ all Standard above)
  • Layer Grouping by tag - Apply tags to layers to create groups (e.g. GM layers, player layers, secret doors, etc.)
  • Overlay Layer – Layers for watermarks, grids, hexes, etc.
  • Filter Effects - Apply unique filters to individual layers

General Functions

World Engine Standard/Pro/VIP
  • Snap-to-grid toggle
  • Multiple levels of undo and redo
  • Tool history viewer
  • Library and palette managers
  • Asset favorite and tagging (library and palette)
  • Integrated asset marketplace
  • User Preferences (define preferred grid style, resolutions, UI settings, etc.)
  • Export to file/print
  • Apply grid/hex to export
  • Export padding to enable cleaner import into VTT software packages 

Mesa Mundi Inc. is a thought leader in interactive technologies designed to bring people together. With expertise in multi-touch displays; mixed, augmented and virtual reality solutions; as well as interactive holography – the teams at Mesa Mundi can pull from a vast well-spring of design and technical knowledge.

World Engine was originally conceived as a proof-of-concept, online tile mapping tool back in 2014. The technology was not at a level where this type of tool was practical and, as a result, World Engine sat in an "internal use-only" bin where it had the joyous job of creating GenCon Crawl event maps! 

As HTML5 technology grew in speed and performance, World Engine grew too. In the summer of 2016, prior to GenCon, World Engine received a minor face lift to leverage updated libraries and tool sets. The result was the core of what is currently available for preview (link above) – a fast, versatile and robust mapping solution with a great deal of promise.

This project is founded on the strong base of the original World Engine and shaped by our team's experience over the last three years, leading to the re-imagining of World Engine as the definitive online map making solution.

Although many key components of World Engine are well underway, funding this Kickstarter will help us complete important aspects and add many advanced features.

World Engine will be available as an alpha and beta, so Kickstarter Backers can try it right away and provide feedback to help us create the best map-making tool on the market.

 

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Copyright ©2017 Mesa Mundi, Inc. World Engine and D20PRO are trademarks of Mesa Mundi, Inc. Some art assets are from ProFantasy Software Ltd’s Dungeon Designer 3 and are used with permission. ProFantasy Software’s art is ©2017. Dungeon Designer 3 is a trademark of ProFantasy Software Ltd. All other company names, product names, art and logos are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners and used with permission. Specifications subject to change.

Risks and challenges

As with all software development projects, the biggest risk is related to delivery time. We are professional software developers with a solid sense of our capabilities and we’ll provide the most accurate project estimates we can. However, complications can and do arise while building new software. This can cause other objectives to slip in unforeseen ways.

The risk for delays is real and should be understood. However, World Engine is being built on standards which should minimize this risk substantially.

World Engine is part of a larger project infrastructure for Mesa Mundi Inc. Development of this application will continue even in the event the Kickstarter does not fund. From an external perspective, the major difference will be the length of time required to complete the project as we will be forced to allocate internal resources differently.

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    Receive a free map pack with four high-quality, adventure-ready digital maps created with World Engine and ready for use with any virtual tabletop! We’ll also send you regular backer-only updates on the project and add you to the list of World Engine contributors on release. Thanks for helping us build World Engine.

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