Gamer's Notebook

Gamer's Notebook -- Kicktraq Mini
Showing posts with label kickstarter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label kickstarter. Show all posts

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Pencil +1 New Magic Item

Little is known about the origins of these strange artifacts. They appear as normal writing instruments, apart from the fact that they are entirely black. Even the wood they are turned from is black to the core.
These are actually one of the Stretch Goals that has unlocked from my Gamer's Notebook Kickstarter campaign.
At £1,800 I will set my Dark Elves the task of producing hundreds of these magic pencils. Each will be marked to avoid getting them mixed up with lesser writing devices. The pencils will be finished in matt black paint and have black lead, a black eraser and a black metal ferrule. I considered printing on them in black as well, but that is a bit too Spinal Tap. Therefore, Pencil +1 will be printed on them in red or orange. 

Backers pledging for 2 or 3 pads will get 1 pencil added to their reward free of charge. 
Backers pledging for 5+ pads or a Bag/Box of Tricks will get 2 pencils added to their reward free of charge.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Gamer's Notebook Campaign is Live!

I've just launched my new campaign to fund a print run of custom designed, hardback notebooks for gamers.


The notebooks will be a compact A6 size (105mm x 148mm) with wiro-binding, thick recycled card covers, and 50 sheets of custom printed paper.

The sheets in the notebooks will be litho-printed in grey on both sides. One side will have a 6mm grid, and the other side will have lines for notes. This will make them an ideal tool for writing game notes and ideas wherever you may be. The notebooks would also make perfect campaign diaries, in which players can collate maps and other essential notes as a game progresses.
The front covers of the notebooks will be left blank allowing you to write your name, campaign title, etc. The back cover will have a Squarehex.co.uk logo printed on it at the bottom.

These notebooks would make great Christmas gifts for your gaming friends, and if you opt for a pack of 10, they work out at just £2 each including UK delivery.


Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Hall of Fire

I doodled an isometric map earlier today in the park. It's just a rough pencil drawing for now but I added some grey shading to make it a little clearer. It's effectively a rethink on a Fire Giant lair taking inspiration from G3 Hall of the Fire Giant King.  If I get time tomorrow, I'll produce a neater version in ink and see how it looks once I've scanned it.

I'm running a pre-order at the moment for A4 pads of isometric paper. Until 26th August they are just 99p each. Since I launched the pre-order offer a couple of days ago, I've had a great response and over 10% of the total print run of 250 pads is now sold.

The pre-order page is at: https://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/a4-isometric-pad-7mm-sides


Thursday, 7 August 2014

Isometric Pad Preorder Offer

The next Squarehex pad of printed mapping paper will be an Isometric Graph Pad. The regular price will be £2.00 for a 30 sheet A4 pad. However, buy them before August 26th and you can get them for just 99p each.  Flat rate shipping in the UK is £2.90.  You may order as many other items as you like along with your preorder but they will only ship when the preordered items are ready. Overseas orders are welcome. Overseas shipping is calculated on the site, but I manually check all overseas orders and refund the difference if it is more than £1 greater than the actual cost.

The sheets in this pad will be litho-printed in light grey, landscape format, and glued to a card backboard. I've used dotted lines for the vertical lines so they are less intrusive. The sides of the triangles are all 7mm which means drawing maps isn't too cramped.

Here's a link to the preorder page: https://squarehex.myshopify.com/collections/square-hex-pads/products/a4-isometric-pad-7mm-sides


I'll still be back with another new Kickstarter in the near future, but I wanted to try out a preorder to see what response it gets.  The main advantages it has over a Kickstarter are the faster turnaround (Kickstarter makes you wait over 2 weeks to get the funds after a campaign), and avoiding the 10-12% fees of a Kickstarter.

Monday, 30 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Bridge

This Battlepad map features a river and a wooden bridge. It's a very simple map to draw, but would be great for a quick skirmish game. It's shown here with a Lizardman raiding party about to clash with the local militia. 

The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter. The campaign has already met its goal and closes Today in less than 4 hours! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a2-battlepad-by-squarehex




Sunday, 29 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Mountain Mine

This Battlepad map features a mountain path that leads to a small mine. while drawing it I imagined it to be run by a tough, mean gang of seven dwarves. 

The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter. The campaign has already met its goal and closes on Monday 30th June so there's just over 24 hours to go! 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a2-battlepad-by-squarehex


A2 Battlepad - Mountain Mine


















A5 Pencil Plan - Mountain Mine

Friday, 27 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Borderlands Farmstead

This Battlepad map features a Borderlands Farmstead. 

The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter. The campaign has already met its goal and closes on Monday 30th June. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a2-battlepad-by-squarehex

A2 Battlepad Farmstead

















A5 Map Version

Battlepad Map - Dungeon Toll Point

This Battlepad map features a small section of an underground road. The road is blocked in the centre of the map by a cave-in. The only way to get through is by paying a toll to the Hobgoblin unit that have control of the passageway though. The Hobgoblins are highly organised and keep a series of strong steel gates in the area locked until they receive payment. 

The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter. The campaign has already met its goal and closes on Monday 30th June. 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a2-battlepad-by-squarehex

A2 Battlepad Version

A5 Map Version in Pen

A5 Map Version Scanned with Grey Fill

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Parklife

I've been taking my daughter to the park a couple of times a week while the UK enjoys what is shaping up to be its best summer in quite a few years. As she plays, I sit quite happily on a bench and scribble gaming notes, ideas, and maps. Some days I come home with very little, but today I was rather pleased with my efforts.  I'll get a few of these worked up in pen and also do some A2 versions over the next couple of days.



















Meanwhile, in Kickstarter land the Battlepad project has reached its goal and the 1st Stretch Goal. There's still 5 days to go, so it should easily make the 2nd Stretch Goal (less than £50 to go as I type).

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1730454032/a2-battlepad-by-squarehex


Monday, 23 June 2014

Battlepad Maps PDF

I've released a PayWhatYouWant PDF on RPGNow.com to support the A2 Battlepad Kickstarter. Battlepad Maps is a collection of 12 hand-drawn fantasy maps. Two versions of each map are included, one blank, and one with title, scale and numbering added. The maps are ideal for dropping into an existing campaign, and may easily be extended or altered to suit your requirements. Each map is drawn on a 23x16 grid to match theA2 Battlepad sheets.

http://www.rpgnow.com/product/131548/Battlepad-Maps


Thursday, 19 June 2014

Battlepad Floorplans - DMG Sample Dungeon

Today's map isn't actually a map but a set of floorplans cut from a couple of A2 battlepad sheets. The dungeon is the sample one from page 95 of the Dungeon Masters Guide. I cut the floorplans just to show another use of the Battlepad sheets. Using them this way is great for creating large dungeons.  The portion of the dungeon shown here is almost 4'x4' so drawing it on a standard Battlemat or even a larger Megamat presents problems. 

The sheets used for the floorplans are currently being funded on Kickstarter.


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Battlepad Map - 3D Tower

I drew 2D floorplans for a tower earlier this evening, and then remembered I had some black foamboard off cuts lying around. A short while later, and with the addition of a few lego support columns, my plans were transformed into a 3D version.

The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.




Battlepad Map - Dunder Road #1

This Battlepad map features a small section of an underground road with many interesting locations. A group of goblins and their pet wolves reside on one side, and, in the caves on the other side, 3 trolls each have a cave. The goblins stay out of the trolls way as much as possible, but will wake them to deal with intruders, and then pay them with a barrel of ale. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link



Monday, 16 June 2014

Battlepad Planner Notepads

I've added some small (99x210mm) Planner Notepads to the Battlepad Kickstarter. Planner notepads are small (99x210mm) notepads that will be custom printed with a 16x23 grid and lines for notes. This makes them idea for drawing Battlepad maps in small scale in preparation for a game. The Planner Notepads are available as add-ons or by themselves (see new pledge levels on the Kickstarter page).

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Church

This Battlepad map features a church with an uninvited visitor. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link



Battlepad Map - Forest Ruins

This Battlepad map features a ruined temple in a forest setting. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link



Saturday, 14 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Orc Dungeon

This Battlepad map features a very old school Orc Dungeon. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link



Thursday, 12 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Keep

This Battlepad map features a simple keep with 4 towers, ramparts, portcullis and a drawbridge. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link




Battlepad Map - Slaver's Bridge

This Battlepad map features a subterranean chasm spanned by a wooden bridge. One side of the bridge is controlled by orcs, and the other side by Duergar. There is an uneasy peace between the two sides, supported by trade. The orcs capture humans on the surface and then sell them to dwarves who put them to work as slaves. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link



Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Battlepad Map - Town/Village

This village/town Battlepad map includes several buildings and a market square. It could easily be extended in any direction to give as big an urban map as you need. The sheet used for the map is currently being funded on Kickstarter.

Battle Pad Kickstarter link