If you have a question please feel free to ask. I always try to respond relatively quickly and will be more than happy to answer your questions here.
Anthony, I have an idea for the final Terrain Takedown that you might like to make it a little more unexpected and exciting. You could stage it as a Battle Royale with the losers from Rounds 1 and 2 vying for the final crown along with the new contenders. Then, the terrain with the least votes at a specified time each day gets dropped, so that there is only one victor in the final Takedown at campaign end! What do you think of this idea?
Funny you should say that. This is actually something I was thinking about last night. Since you brought it up, I will commit to this idea. Keep an eye on your inboxes this afternoon. For the update. :)
It's your lucky day! I have a question, an insight, and an answer.
First, my question is about the Terrain Takedown vote. Several of us have voted in "Project Update: Terrain Take Down Round 1! + Crimson Spire adventures & More!" I see, however, that you have a separate Pinned Discussion, just called "Terrain Takedown Round 1" in which no one has voted because we all voted in the first discussion I mentioned here (so far). To avoid confusion for you (and/or us), would you like us to reiterate our vote in the new pinned topic, or would you just prefer that we vote in one or the other place, and you can count them up easier that way at the end?
Next, my insight is based on your "Free_Terrain_Preview" 2-pager that includes Jungle type terrain in light and dark formats. It would make sense for the night version to mirror the day version rather than have the same layout as the day version as it appears now. This allows for the terrain pages to be printed double-sided so that, when cut out, the same terrain piece can be flipped over from day to night (so I can have the nighttime snail on the back of the daytime snail).
And, finally, my initial answer about printing costs through Fedex Office Print Online for terrain. This information may be useful for anyone else who plans on using a professional printer, and maybe you have some additional insight, making this a semi-question. The price of lamination varies based on the thickness of paper stock used. I'm unsure whether index card (110 lb) stock is better to use than 32-lb paper stock when laminated, whether one is more "bendy" than the other. My local US price for a 32-lb sheet of laser printer paper printed in color, then laminated, is $3.09 single-sided or $3.74 double-sided. (Now you know why I would prefer flippable terrain rather than having to print daytime and nighttime on separate sheets).
Cutting is not available by them for laminated work, but I know from the 1985 Games terrain that I mentioned in the first Discussion I list here where we talked about my printing costs that theirs is cut by the recipient, so there must be a way to cut laminated paper, and I'm guessing that ease may have to do with the paper thickness. Do you have a recommendation of how thick of paper to use before it gets laminated?
Finally, I wouldn't want them cutting for me anyway after I saw their options. They only cut a page in quarters, horizontal or vertical halves, or horizontal or vertical thirds. So, unless the terrain, exactly matched the page size (no borders) and met one of those criteria when cut, there is no foreseeable way for them to do the cutting.
Thank you for that fantastic info and I'll do my best to answer your questions below.
1st Q: Would you like us to reiterate our vote in the new pinned topic?
A: I am ok with people leaving votes in either the specific topic or the update comments. I am perfectly capable of tallying the votes from two discussions. But, votes should be limited to one discussion or the other as any double voting will not be counted.
2nd Q: About mirrored page layouts & Flippable Terrain.
A: I have been thinking about doing this very thing to place variant options (hidden traps anyone?!) that can be flipped easily. I just have to do some testing to make sure it's implemented well, but I do plan on having this in place when the final product is delivered as many home printers and, professional printers, can perform collated printing. I'll work on getting a test pdf up likely next week so that we can all try it out and I'll then make a point of presenting that as an official feature of the terrain.
3rd Q: On paper weights.
A: I prefer to use card stock for this type of printed terrain so a weight of at least 80lb - 100lb or 216gsm - 271gsm is going to give you a nice quality less floppy result. If printing at home make sure your printer can handle the higher paper weights 80lb shouldn't be an issue for most printers but the 100lb range can start to be problematic. Also standard printer paper will work pretty well when laminated with thicker laminate material.
4th Q: On cutting laminated paper.
A: In a perfect scenario you would have the pieces printed and cut before laminating and then cut the laminated paper just beyond the edge of your cut piece to provide the best seal against any kind of liquid spills. However, that is a lot of extra cutting and probably not something FedEx or a similar service is going to provide. So with that in mind, just know that you may end up with some edge peeling over time as you increase paper thickness and I would not recommend going beyond 100lb.
Also, I like to use either a guillotine-style paper cutter or an Exacto knife rather than a pair of scissors to do the actual cutting.
Thank you for the great questions and fantastic feedback.
In several places prior to campaign launch, you mentioned a $10 post-campaign credit for Add-Ons, for "backers" in one place and "early backers" in another place in your May newsletter, for example. If just early backers, has that cut-off passed?
The credit was specifically for anyone who signed up on the pre launch landing page and then backed the project at any point during it's 30 day campaign period.
I thought that I had signed up from the pre launch landing page, but I noticed during the campaign when I revisited it sometime afterward that it checked itself off, so I'm unsure whether that means I had or had not visited it previously. I'm hoping that you have a way to tell!
I look forward to using the $10 credit toward Add-Ons if I did receive it. I'm not really sure yet which Set I'm going to get yet with the Explorer tier. I was really wanting to up my pledge during the campaign to the top tier, but I just don't have the funds that I would like for that right now. From other campaigns, I know that there has been a way to up one's pledge from the initial screen of the BackerKit survey, so I'm hoping that that might be available for this one too.
Depending on when the survey goes live, and the deadline for completing it, hopefully my finances will begin to look better. I spent $400 less in July, but I'm still overspending, and I had to decide against backing several great projects that are ending last night when I looked, choosing instead to support some of the smaller (and generally far more affordable) projects that are still ongoing like Traveler's Guide to the Elemental Chaos by Chamomile Has A Project, which may work well with your Wild Elements terrain set.
If I do pick only one of your sets, it's going to be a struggle as to which! I'm really excited about all of them, and I hope that you might preview a few more terrain pieces from each, either in your email newletter or in the BackerKit survey when we pick so that we can make the most informed decision.
Congratulations on the project funding, and while you didn't hit any Stretch Goals, BackerKit might not have the clout yet as far as advertising in this beta state like Kickstarter does. I know that I have found out about many a project at the bottom of Kickstarter Update emails. From what creators have said, more backers means more exposure on Kickstarter, and so some creators are sure to include a low-tier pledge to accommodate that. (Maybe even yourself, remembering Riddlehouse Vol. 1, which, considering how it turned out, is by far the best deal that I have ever seen across Kickstarter bar none for my pledge tier!) I also know that some creators use multiple pledge platforms, having seen this where they have a Kickstarter along with a GameFound launch or even an Indiegogo along with an itch.io.
Regarding this beta of BackerKit's pledge system, I really like it so far. I liked being able to subscribe and unsubscribe from topics. If I post a Comment in an old thread like this, you are more likely to see it. So I'm hoping for great things in future. To be honest, I'll be happy to see less projects showing up as suggestions in my email Updates, considering how much I spend on them!
I look forward to your next Update, and I'll have to remind myself to start checking your social sites more like Twitter!
As to the add-on credit, you did in fact sign up on the landing page that was offering this bonus. So you will have that applied in the pledge manager.
About the add-ons and previews: I am going to work on getting some previews ready for the addon options before I send out the surveys.
I won't be doing a multi-platform crowdfunding launch as I really do believe in what Backerkit is trying to do here and I feel like launching this project again on another platform would only serve to subtract from that, but I do have some plans to utilize Patreon to attempt to generate some additional funding for these terrain sets as well as publish additional smaller projects as well as utilize that platform to help with playtesting early access materials for larger works like my personal campaign setting (Erde), my own independent TTRPG (we can call this Moment for the time being), and a really fun roll & write board game that I have been working on for a while now, to name just a few.
I'm glad you enjoyed the experience on backerkit. I can tell you from a creator perspective there is certainly a lot to like about the direction this platform is heading.
Thanks for mentioning more upcoming projects for your Patreon, Anthony!
If you haven't already, I would recommend that you look at The Game Crafter for production and distribution of your board game. If you aren't familiar with them, the more backers, the more affordable a product becomes to all of the backers. I backed Roll-With-It Core Box Limited Edition (aka Fortress Of Terror with one expansion, Tower of Despair) after the creator had funded a print-and-play version. I chose to back The Game Crafter version due to the polish of a finished box and components over going to FedEx. The FedEx price would still have been slightly cheaper due to shipping of The Game Crafter box, but the box included additional items like printed manuals, dice, an erase marker with eraser sponge for the laminated boards, and so on.
The creator of that product does an unboxing in one of his Kickstarter Updates, so please let me know if you need any help finding it. I will mention, however, that his Game Crafter numbers did not reach the 1,000+ orders to make the box most affordable at around $30. It ended up closer to the $40 mark, which I'm going to say is about the same as the retail price for it might have been prior to shipping. I'm thinking that he had likely received a bigger return on it via this route than a traditional distribution model, but he likely did not reach as large an audience, so one has to find a way to get the desired audience before the launch.
There is another creator in France who Kickstarter Season 1 of his card game, Clash of Decks, at, I'm guessing, enormous cost to himself for a $1 pledge for a deck with free worldwide shipping, if I am recalling correctly. This paid off with a HUGE audience for the five different sets that he produced for Season 2. (I backed for all 5 once I had my chance to try out Season 1).
Are these terrain packs useable in Dungeondraft? I'm sort of new to the mapping space.
Current plans are to offer the terrain in printable pdf sheets but if there's enough interest I could make atleast a portion of the assets in each set available for use in the dungeon draft tool. The encounter maps and any included npc/monster tokens are being provided in ready to use VTT form. Thanks for the question. Please feel free to reach out with any others you might have.
I have determined that there is enough interest in this so I will include a Dungeondraft Asset Pack with each terrain set as well as VTT Prefabs.