Sunday, October 29, 2017

AetherCon VI: Technologies and Tabletops

I'll be speaking on an additional panel at AetherCon Online RPG Convention this year. "Technologies & Tabletops" -- How the computer has changed tabletop RPGing.

Sunday, November 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 4:20 PM EST.

Topics are likely to cover virtual tabletop gaming, digital content distribution, online tools, apps, software, and the impact of social platforms on the tabletop RPG community. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Adventure Chronicle #3

Adventure Chronicle #3 hits the virtual shelves today! Grab your Free PDF copy and check out some awesome Halloween fun for Pathfinder RPG, 5th Edition -- and now Starfinder RPG!

Three of my maps are featured in this issue for three awesome adventures; one exclusive to the magazine. Also, I'm pretty excited about preparing for the next issue -- Into the Wintery Gale will be making a comeback with all new content for winter!

Pick up your free copy of this issue at DriveThruRPG.com!

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The New Cartographer's Cache

My previously free PDF map series Cartographer's Cache has been retooled to serve as the wheelhouse marketplace for my VTT Maps Patreon.

In turn, a new regular series of free map releases is planned for the near future through a new venue currently being negotiated with a publisher. 
Cartographer’s Cache is a collection consisting of maps created by Justin Andrew Mason as part of his VTT Maps Patreon.

Contributing patrons wanted to know if there was a way to go back and get the maps released during months before they became patrons or in months they missed funding. Cartographer’s Cache is the solution to that request. Each set contains all the maps released by Justin Andrew Mason via his Patreon for a specific month.

Both 600 dpi high-resolution and 300 dpi VTT-friendly versions are included of every map. All maps are in JPG format and are sized to fit a full 8.5 x 11 inch page. Three versions of each map are included with this product:

• VTT Map – No grids, no numbers, no icons/symbols, all rooms shown

• Player Map – With grids, no numbers, player-relevant icons/symbols, and secret rooms are hidden

• GM Map – With grids, with numbers, all icons/symbols, all rooms shown

A new volume to this series will be added monthly including all maps released via my Patreon for the relvant time-frame. The number of maps included in each volume is indicated on the front cover, but will fluctuate depending on the funding status of my Patreon account.

There will be at least 4-5 maps in a volume (Saturday map releases), but the number per volume could grow to contain many more depending on Patreon goals. The price for a volume of Cartographer's Cache will remain $7.99 ($2.99/month more than current top-tier patrons pay).

Click here to see what Cartographer's Cache volumes are currently available.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Over $1,000,000.00 in Tabletop RPG Kickstarters

As of this week, Kickstarter campaigns that I designed for 3PP tabletop RPG projects have now raised over $1,000,000.00 (zeros for days!). That feels like an accomplishment, and I thought it was worth noting in its own post.

My various work on tabletop RPG projects includes: project planning, project management, graphics and logo design, animation and video, product mock-ups and specs, advertising (print, digital and social media), campaign layout, direct customer support, data analysis, fulfillment logistics, and more.

To date, I have run 15 campaigns, two of which were selected as "staff pick" features on Kickstarter. I have designed successful Kickstarter campaigns for AAW Games, Kobold Press, Rogue Genius Games, Legendary Games, and Paths To Adventure (self).

Monday, October 16, 2017

Free Halloween Haunted House Map!


My latest update to the Big Book of Maps for Tabletop Roleplaying Games included an "Abandoned Haunted House" Halloween map for free download. The ZIP contains both 300 dpi (VTT-friendly) and high-resolution 600 dpi files for all three versions (VTT, Player, GM) of the map. For the sake of transparency, I keep all my project updates public, which means anyone can go download the map. So, please, enjoy the spooky holiday freebie! 

Click here to go to the update and download the map!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Haunting of Hastur: Confronting Hastur

I am excited to see "Confronting Hastur" for 5th Edition by Kevin Watson (from Dark Naga Adventures) launch today on Kickstarter! This adventure is the fourth part of the Haunting of Hastur Seris, and boast cover art created by Rick Hershey, and interior art by Henriette Boldt, Todd Shearer, and Z. Mann Zilla. There is also an add-on for some very nifty "Dark Naga" dice!

I created a lot of cartography for this amazing project, and am excited to see it all go into publication! Check out this fun and exciting adventure that I'm super excited to be a part of!


Friday, October 6, 2017

Flashback: Tabletop RPG iGoogle Gadgets

I had nearly completely forgotten about these, until the "Facebook Memories" feature reminded me of a 7-year old post this morning. Did anyone else make use of when Google did the iGoogle thing with gadgets you could add to your search home page?

Nearly a decade back, I used it regularly and developed several tabletop RPG gadgets that were quite popular at the time. In fact a few of them were featured, and Google Labs sent me a swag bag of Google-branded promotional goodies that I still have stashed away here somewhere. 

Anyway, since Facebook was kind enough to remind me about them, I figured it would make a fun flashback article here on the blog. So, here are the details on a couple of those gadgets I developed back in 2005-2009.  

Obsidian Portal Plugin - A custom iGoogle gadget that I developed which interfaced with the ObsidianPortal.com service. It was the first external application to make use of the Obsidian Portal API which had been released a few weeks earlier. The gadget supported standard formatting via HTTP streaming XML, and integrated in most of the navigation functionality of Dungeons & Dragons campaigns hosted on the service. Required initial call via "campaign slug" to reference the datasource. 

Random Dungeon Map Generator - A custom iGoogle gadget that I developed which utilized a complex algorithm to generate relative grid coordinates for rooms, then a series of randomly placed doors/openings based on those coordinates, and finally a second algorithm to map out a path from opening to opening at the nearest rooms to create the halls. Each map was totally random and downloadable as a large high-resolution JPG format image.


Polydice Roller - A basic randomized dice roller I developed for iGoogle which randomly generated roll results for 5 sets of 4-sided, 6-sided, 8-sided, 10-sided, 12-sided, 20-sided, 30-sided, and 100/%-sided dice. Simple and straight forward.

Dice rollers are a dime-a-dozen these days, but back when I developed this (in the dark-ages before smart phones and apps), having a self-contained dice roller installed on your search home page with actually kind of nifty. 

Advanced Polydice Roller - (Thinking of VTT before it was common place) - Like the basic version of the Polydice roller, except I developed this version to allow for completely custom dice combinations with modifiers and up to 100 rolls of each set. Since this gadget is heavily used, and I had several requests to provide a service for "blind rolls, " I added features that allow players to roll a defined set of dice, and have it automatically e-mailed to the GM. This prevents players from cheating by re-rolling until they get the results they want. Also, I built in a version of "anti-spam" that allows e-mail addresses to opt-out of getting APD results. 

There were many others, most of which I don't have handy screen grabs to display here. Luckily for prosperity's sake, at some point in 2010 I posted these four to Facebook, and so can share them here today. Enjoy the flashback!

Oh, and just for fun, I fished out the old Google swag bag that Google Labs sent me for being a featured developer. Here's a pic. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Patreon Summary #3: September 2017

The third month of my VTT Maps Patreon has concluded, and (since there were five Saturdays) the month saw five maps released to patrons. The month ended with 3 new patrons, including a mysterious anonymous (by request) Benefactor.

Benefactors are a new pledge level I've added at the $50 level with a limit of five patrons. For each Benefactor patron, I will add one additional map each month for all backers. There are additional perks as well which are described on the Patreon page.

This means that October will have an extra map added!

The maps released via Patreon this month were: