Welcome to the Ninth World...
Last year, right here on Kickstarter, Monte Cook introduced us to his vision of the distant future, in a science fantasy RPG called Numenera! The spectacle and enigma of this setting is visible in the geography itself, and I was given the great honor of mapping this amazing world.
The game's corebook due out this summer will feature a poster map of the Ninth World setting designed for players of this incredible RPG. That map is everything you need to start exploring the mysteries of the Ninth World, but it had to fit within the book. With your help, we can bring you the maps of Numenera at an even more massive scale, with enhanced printing treatments, and on premium materials--with a level of detail reserved for the most dedicated Ninth World explorers!
What you've unlocked so far...
The World Map:
This is a map of the Numenera setting's "Ninth World." Specifically, it depicts the regions known to the people of this world as "The Steadfast" and "The Beyond." The Standard Edition copies of this poster also feature a Technological Complex on the back--an enigmatic adventuring site filled with fantastic high-tech terrain features and incomprehensible machines, presented at miniatures scale.
Thanks to stretch goals, each copy of the Numenera World Map (in any edition) will include a bonus 11x17 inch double-sided black and white mini-poster designed to let players chart the landscape of the Ninth World as they explore it. One side shows the world on a hex grid, with major regions labeled but no towns, cities, ruins, or strongholds. The other side is an empty hex grid within the outline of the Ninth World's land masses, waiting for players to chronicle their characters' journeys:
The City Map:
This is a map of the city of Qi, the largest urban center in the Ninth World setting, shown with an unprecedented level of detail. This will be the only way to see this metropolis on such a massive scale--and I have never before made a city map so detailed! On the back of the Standard Edition Qi poster you will find the Technological Facility--an extension of the Technological Complex that can be used to seamlessly expand the location.
Thanks to stretch goals, each copy of the Qi City Map (in any edition) will include a bonus 11x17 inch double-sided black and white mini-poster designed to let players keep track of locations they encounter within the city as they explore it. Each side shows the city on a square grid, without labels, but with an empty key for noting place names and coordinates. One side shows the surface view of the city, while the other reveals the lowest level and foundational support structures that aren't visible any other way:
The Unlabeled World Map:
Available as an option for the Standard-Size Vinyl, Oversized Poster, and Massive Vinyl editions...
The Unlabeled City Map:
Available as an option for the Standard-Size Vinyl, Oversized Poster, and Massive Vinyl editions...
Several Different Editions...
Having exceeded our initial funding goal and additional stretch goals, both of these posters are now available to backers in *five* different formats:
1) STANDARD EDITION - These posters will be 22x34 inches, on glossy poster stock. The Standard Edition maps (and only the Standard Edition maps) will be printed double-sided, with a map of a mysterious adventuring location on the back that features a one-inch grid for use with miniatures. You can get these posters folded and packaged in a clear resealable envelope with a cover card insert, or rolled in a tube with no fold lines.
2) PREMIUM LIMITED EDITION - These deluxe versions take the 22x34-inch world map or city map to the highest level: Each special, limited edition print features a high-gloss UV coating for the best possible color depth, and each will be hand-signed and numbered by the artist, then rolled in a tube for shipping. Only 200 World Map prints and 200 City Map prints will be produced; once they sell out, they're gone forever!
3) STANDARD-SIZE VINYL EDITION - This is a 24x36-inch map--slightly larger than the standard edition, and printed on high-quality vinyl instead of poster stock. In this edition, you can choose between the World map, the City map, the Unlabeled World map, or the Unlabeled City map. This is a Kickstarter exclusive. (Aside from a few for use at conventions, we're printing only enough of these to fulfill these rewards.)
4) OVERSIZED POSTER EDITION - This huge 31x47-inch poster map is printed on 8 mil satin photo paper. In this edition, you can choose between the World map, the City map, the Unlabeled World map, or the Unlabeled City map. This is also a Kickstarter exclusive that won't be available through retail channels!
5) MASSIVE VINYL EDITION - This deluxe option presents its map at a whopping 48x72 inches (thats 4 feet high and 6 feet wide!), on durable, high-quality vinyl. In this edition, you can choose between the World map, the City map, the Unlabeled World map, or the Unlabeled City map. This, too, is a Kickstarter exclusive that won't be available in stores!
Shipping is free for all printed rewards sent to domestic backers; overseas backers are asked to cover part of the additional shipping costs.
Delivery of the printed posters should begin in mid-August, and backers who will be attending Gen Con in Indianapolis from August 15-18 will have the option to pick up the Standard Edition maps in person, if they wish. The Premium LE, Oversized, and Massive Vinyl Editions are expected to ship in September.
There's more, though...
At $9,000 - A Second Poster Option: The City of Qi - UNLOCKED!
- At this level, a second poster will be produced featuring Qi, the largest city in the Steadfast. You can choose this in place of the world map at the "One Poster" tier, use the "Two Posters" reward tier to get them both (or two of one), or increase your pledge to get it as an add-on.
At $13,500 - A Smaller Vinyl Print Option - UNLOCKED!
- At this level, new reward options will be added to let you get either the world map or the city map printed on vinyl at a smaller size and lower cost.
At $18,000 - A Bonus Mini-Poster with every World Map - UNLOCKED!
- At this level, each copy of the Numenera World Map will come with a bonus 11x17 double-sided black and white mini-poster designed to let players chart the landscape of the Ninth World as they explore it.
At $22,500 - A Bonus Mini-Poster with every City Map - UNLOCKED!
- At this level, each copy of the Qi City Map will come with a bonus 11x17 double-sided black and white mini-poster designed to let players take notes about locations they encounter within the city. One side shows an aerial view of the city, while the other reveals its foundations
At $27,000 - New Vinyl and Oversized Poster Options: Full-Color Unlabeled City & World Maps - UNLOCKED!
- At this level, new completely unlabeled and unmarked full-color versions of the City of Qi and the Numenera setting's world map will be produced, which show the landscape of the world and the cityscape of Qi with no labels, no markings, and no grid!
- You'll be able to get these images as add-ons in Standard-Size Vinyl, Oversized Poster, and Massive Vinyl editions!
Huge thanks to all of the backers who have helped push this project past so many stretch goals! None of this would be possible without your support!
If you would like to receive more than one variation of the map included with your physical pledge reward, simply increase your pledge by the amount listed below, and choose the same pledge reward you have currently selected. At the end of the funding period, your reward survey will allow you to specify which additional map option(s) you have chosen to add to your reward.
- EXTRA B&W DOUBLE-SIDED WORLD HEX MAP MINI-POSTER (11x17): Add $3.50
- EXTRA B&W DOUBLE-SIDED CITY GRID MAP MINI-POSTER (11x17): Add $3.50
- STANDARD EDITION DOUBLE-SIDED POSTER (World or City) (22x34): Add $11
- STANDARD-SIZED VINYL EDITION (World, City, Unlabeled World, or Unlabeled City) (24x36): Add $75
- OVERSIZED POSTER EDITION (World, City, Unlabeled World, or Unlabeled City) (31x47): Add $85
- MASSIVE VINYL EDITION (World, City, Unlabeled World, or Unlabeled City) (48x72): Add $155
You may choose more than one add-on. Just add the total amount for your combined selections to your current pledge level.
Please be aware that adding a Vinyl or Oversized map to your One Poster or Two Poster pledge is likely to delay your reward fulfillment until September, when those higher-level reward tiers are expected to ship.
The Premium Limited Edition maps are not available as add-ons, because the quantity is strictly limited.
Note: Since the City of Qi Stretch Goal has been unlocked, this same menu of add-ons applies to both poster options. In other words, with an $85 add-on, you can select the Oversized Poster Edition of The Numenera World Map or the Oversized Poster Edition of The Qi City Map to be added to your current reward. Or for $170, you could add both!
Additionally: Unlabeled versions of the World and City maps have also been unlocked, which are only available in Standard-Size Vinyl Edition, Oversized Poster Edition, and Massive Vinyl Edition. In your survey after the funding period ends, you'll be able to specify which version(s) you want.
Risks and challenges
After the project is funded, only a few hurdles will remain to be overcome:
1) The posters will be produced by a printing company that I have used before with great results, and the artwork for these posters is already complete. Still, it's possible that printing setbacks outside of my control could slow down production and cause a delay. We're also seeking the very best print quality possible, and I won't settle for anything less. If delays happens, I will keep backers informed and work closely with the printer to fix things.
2) If backers exceed our expectations in the quantity of oversized and vinyl maps needed, or we unlock another poster as a stretch goal, fulfillment might need to be handled in waves as the printer delivers a larger number of these enormous maps over a greater period of time. That would slow delivery for some backers, but shouldn't delay the start of the process.
3) Any time postal services are involved, delivery delays are possible, too...especially with international shipping. I have a lot of experience shipping poster maps, though, and will remedy any problems as quickly as possible.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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