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Hi! We are the authors of The Lore Observer, a worldbuilding website where we collect our writings, maps and artworks.
We want to Make 100 Maps of Fantasy Islands that you can use for your tabletop RPG campaigns and we want you to decide what happens in these places!
Worldbuilding and mapmaking are activities that we really enjoy, a passion that we both have been following for roughly ten years. When we saw the Make 100 initiative, we thought that it would be a great opportunity to build something cool and useful to writers, artists and tabletop roleplayers.
Our plan is to create an eBook of high-res island maps that you can use in your RPG campaigns, to get inspiration for your own worldbuidling or to prompt your creative writing skills.
Here's the deal: you can be the one who decides what's going on one island and your ideas will be published in the eBook alongside the artwork!
Backing one of the 100 limited rewards, you will get the limited Worldbuilder's Edition of the eBook and you will be part of a collaborative worldbuilding project where your map description, name and landmarks will be published in the eBook next to the artwork.
When the campaign ends and the artworks will be ready, you will be sent one of the 100 islands and you will tell us what you believe it's going on in there. You may be inspired by the island shape and its quirks, or just let your imagination go wild. It's your call!
Once we send you your designated island, we will ask you to tell us the following:
The island's name. The island's lore and description. A brief description for three landmarks or any other kind of points of interest. Your writings will published on the eBook, so let your imagination run wild!
Every island could be anything, so it's entirely up to you to decide what's going on in there!
To keep things manageable there will be a character count restriction and we will ask you to keep things SFW (safe for work), clear from profanity, racism, and other nasty things that might be considered offensive. Also please note that your writings won't affect the island's design unless you select one of the four 50€ pledges available.
As the complete eBook is going to take some time to make and assemble, we plan on sending regular updates on the latest maps we made, this way we can keep in touch with our backers and you can check the new designs out and the overall progress of our project.
We want this eBook to also become a tool for writers, artists and worldbuilders. A book you can browse to find inspiration when you need to create, to activate your fantasy and to exercise your creative writing and thinking skills.
Open the eBook to a random page, take a look at the islands and start thinking all kind of things that could happen in there. Write them down, use them in your next great project or just spend some time with your imagination.
Take this island for example, what's going on in there?
Is it home of a small totalitarian nation that fortified itself on the island and whose patrols guard all the coastlines? Is it the private island of a rich alchemist merchant where it's said eerie things can be seen during nighttime? Is it a natural oasis where an uncontacted civilization lives in perfect balance with the most dreadful monsters? Is it a legendary, secret place where dragons go to die since the ancient times? ...and so on!
Created by Loke BattleMats, this Kickstarter aims to expand on our latest tabletop RPG accessory, the Big Book of Battle Mats, which is a wire bound book of fantasy themed Battle Mats that can be used by simply opening the book to the chosen design and using as either a single or double page spread.
The Big Book of Battle Mats The Wire binding allows the pages to sit flat on the table and each page is laminated so can be drawn on and wiped clean.
The book format allows us to fit 58 individual Battle Mat pages in an area the size of a normal RPG rulebook.
The two most common requests we've had is for a larger version and a Sci-Fi version, this campaign will aim to address both of those questions.
If funded, this campaign will result in the following new products added to the Loke BattleMats book range:
The Giant Book of Battle Mats (A3 fantasy themed) The Big Book of Sci-Fi Battle Mats (A4 Sci-Fi themed) The Giant Book of Sci-Fi Battle Mats (A3 Sci-Fi themed) The book sizes are either
A4 (8.3" x 11.7") with each page as an 8x12 grid A3 (11.7" x 16.5") with each page as a 12x17 grid The Giant fantasy themed book will contain similiar but expanded designs to the current fantasy book such as wilderness, caves, dungeons, town locations and some special areas.
The two sci-fi book sizes will contain similar designs to each other with the plan to include designs such as ship/station interiors, planetary landscapes, space locations, city locations and some special areas.
Welcome to the Halls of Legend, a castle of myth and mystery waiting to be explored!
This is a map-building project larger than any I've attempted before: a set of poster maps that let you build an enormous castle section-by-section for use with tabletop RPGs and miniatures games. As funding for this project grows, so will your castle: new sections will be unlocked and added to the available rewards via stretch goals, revealing new iconic castle set-pieces lavishly illustrated and ready for your gaming table!
This crenelated and gargoyle-encrusted medieval fortress mixes the practical needs of a defensive stronghold with the mystical trappings of a secret arcane academy and the luxurious appointments of a royal residence. Each modular poster map is designed to be useful on its own, while connecting seamlessly to adjacent sections as part of a greater whole.
Most of the artwork for this map series is already done, and I'll be finishing the expansion areas as we go. As always, the real hurdle to making these poster maps available is funding. Poster printing requires large print runs to keep the individual costs down for everyone, so your contribution to this project is crucial to getting it into print, and every bit of your funding goes directly into the cost of producing and delivering the maps.
I hope you like what you see, and that you'll be inspired to help bring this castle to life!
At $4000 - Halls of Legend I
The initial funding goal gives you the first poster in the series: The Great Hall and Castle Dungeons! The front of the poster offers a gigantic gathering hall with tables prepared for a royal feast, while the back reveals the deep foundations on which the castle is built:
The Great Hall Castle Dungeons At $6000 - Halls of Legend II
The first stretch goal will reveal the Entrance Halls and Upstairs Corridors, connected to each other by a grand staircase and forming a central core of the castle.
Here's a look at the Entrance Halls; the floor above them will be revealed later. Check back as we unlock stretch goals!
Entrance Halls At $8000 - Halls of Legend III
At this level, we begin to branch out to the side wings of the castle. This poster features the Library Wing and the Residential Halls, including guest and faculty accommodations, student dormitories and a hospital for recovering heroes.
This is the Great Library. The floor above it will remain shrouded in mystery for now. Check back as we unlock stretch goals!
Library Wing At $10,000 - Halls of Legend IV
Upon hitting this benchmark, you will reveal the Academy Wing and Tutorial Halls maps of the north side of the castle, with practice rooms, classrooms, workshops, and lecture halls where students of the mystical arts can learn and hone their skills.
Here's a peek at the ground floor of the Academy Wing. The level above is under construction. Check back as we unlock stretch goals!
Academy Wing When the first four double-sided posters are all unlocked, they will also be collected into a deluxe boxed set with additional map content, and everyone who gets all four will get the upgraded deluxe set map tiles for free!
Normally, this would finish the project, and the posters mentioned above are certainly enough to build a robust castle. However, I'm designing this castle with the potential to grow even further! If we hit all four of the goals laid out above, I'll be posting additional stretch goals to unlock even more, including a courtyard and the battlements around it, stables, greenhouses, servants' quarters, and the castle grounds beyond!
All told, my plans for this castle include 16 map images spanning 8 double-sided posters--two full deluxe sets worth of content that all fits together.
About this project
Here's your chance to get a collection of full-color, full-page (8.5" x 11") high-resolution (600 dpi) tabletop RPG maps (including VTT-ready digital versions) for less than 14¢ each!
Need a treasure trove of maps at the ready for the adventure or campaign you're writing? Want a ready-to-use codex of over 100 maps to utilize on-the-fly when player characters take an unexpected turn? Each map has a VTT version and a non-VTT version. A great solution for "discovered" treasure maps. All maps are formatted in high-resolution digital format perfect for importing into your favorite Virtual Tabletop (VTT) platform! Labels on the maps are language-ambiguous (numbers and single letters only), making the entire map collection useful no matter the native language of users. The Big Book of Maps is a cartography collection of more than 100 full-color tabletop role-playing game maps that is being created by Justin Andrew Mason. These maps are being created on a twice-weekly basis throughout the creation phase of the project (April 2017 - March 2018).
Each map will be provided to those who pledge $20 (or more) in digital format (JPG) for integration into any tabletop RPG with alternate virtual tabletop (VTT) versions provided simultaneously with each map release.
Most maps will be geared towards a fantasy setting, though a few will likely have potential of crossing genres. The focus of this collection will be dungeon maps, but may include various subterranean complexes, crypts, tombs, castles, caverns, tunnels, mines, etc.
There are several rewards available with content to be delivered to backers at every pledge level!
James L. Sutter, co-creator of Pathfinder and Starfinder, finds maps of New Orleans highly unlikely and unconvincing. (Warning, some cuss words.)
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