Directly sell Endless Terrain Battlemaps...
Oh, I just had an evil idea! :idea:
How to pay for a free site. I have this product - my first product I ever created shortly after I started my Gamer Printshop online business (three years ago), called Endless Terrain Battlemaps - a kind of geomorphic map tile set. Think of four, double sided printed 11" x 17" full bleed full color, photo-realistic style, with 3D objects as needed of different settings (I only created 3 at the time): Heavy Woods, Woodland Path and Swamps. Woodland Path didn't sell much at all, the other two have been my most successful product over the years versus any other maps I print.
Although the edges of the maps are geomorphic (the images line-up edge to edge), and you can rotate a map 180 degrees and they still line up, the interiors of each map are different so all 8 sides of the 4 map set are different maps of the same terrain type. There are hundreds of permutations in different layouts so these are a map tile set that gives "Endless Terrain" for any given adventure that fits that terrain type.
I forsee any kind of terrain normal and anamolous, exotic or fantastic, I think dungeon, surface ruins, and alleyways would make popular sets and will do those sooner rather than later, but desert, canyonland, mountain crags, cliffsides, light forest, jungle, seaside, lagoon of islets, lava rivers, caverns, etc.
I was thinking of picking up where I left off, by making both free maps each week be a feature location (fight scene), that corresponds to my current set of Endless Terrain Battlemaps. So lets say I create a desert canyon motif set of 8 geomorphic maps - the posted free maps are an oasis canyon, and a rocky hill for a king of the mountain type battle. The free maps lead into the paid for maps. So your party marches through the endless terrain, until the GM decides to add the free fight scene map for the big encounter, while the other maps were about getting there...
That way I tie the product for sale with the free maps featured. However, based on my schedule, I couldn't create a set of Endless Terrain maps each week - I've got too much other stuff to do. At best I could try to create a set each month, and just play catch-up to the free map schedule. Then hold polls to decide which ET set to produce for the next edition. Perhaps someday I could meet the schedule.
Right now the sets sell for $19.95, but I'm looking at a new machine that might let me cut that price down significantly, at least for cost of printing, lamination is still the same.
While I certainly want to promote and sell my other products and services, I think the tie-in will prove more lucrative and still remain a free website.