Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 21

Thread: The Watchfire Keep - Map Pack and 3D Model

  1. #1
    Community Leader Facebook Connected torstan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    4,162

    Default The Watchfire Keep - Map Pack and 3D Model

    This month sees the release of a map from the back pages of this month's Kobold Quarterly: The Watchfire Keep

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	WatchtowerKeepWeb.jpg 
Views:	1779 
Size:	171.0 KB 
ID:	37813

    This accompanies an adventure in the magazine "Who Watches the Watchfires" set in Open Design's world of Midgard, and written by myself.

    My plan was to create a simple, well defended Keep that could be used for a castle assault, or for adventurers to hold against the dark forces. The double gate on the entrance, crenellated walls and single wall over the steep cliff offer a selection of approaches and challenges to an invading force. As well as it's appearance in Kobold Quarterly, the Keep has spawned two products:

    Watchfire Keep Map Pack

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CoverWeb.jpg 
Views:	732 
Size:	219.0 KB 
ID:	37812

    The map pack of the keep (available here on RPGNow and on Paizo) contains versions that allow you to use this in any type of game:
    • Multipage pdf for printing at home for tabletop use, in both international A4 and US letter format, in colour and printer friendly greyscale
    • High resolution jpgs with and without grid for use in VTTs or for poster printing
    • Maptool campaign file with vision and light implemented for quick use in OGL, Pathfinder or 4E games.


    This could be a watchfire that provides a critical warning for an unsuspecting city or the starting keep for your players when they get their first castle. At $2.99 it'll be the cheapest first home purchase they'll ever consider.

    Fold-n-Go Castle Kit #1

    Inspired by the Watchfire Keep, I teemed up with Brian Bartlow of Lone Tree Games and I challenged him to create a glueless modular castle kit that would be able to recreate the Watchfire Keep in glorious 3D. I'd say he succeeded!

    Click image for larger version. 

Name:	castle1.jpg 
Views:	2072 
Size:	259.8 KB 
ID:	37814 Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CoverCastleKitWeb.jpg 
Views:	429 
Size:	132.6 KB 
ID:	37815

    The kit is a pdf pack of textured parts that can be cut out and folded together to create modular sections of a castle. With walls, towers, staircases, gate, houses and a working portcullis you have everything you could possibly want for your inaugural fort. You can even build published keeps for your players to explore!

    The kit is available on RPGNow and Paizo.

    You can read more about this on my blog.
    Last edited by torstan; 08-15-2011 at 11:34 AM.
    Fantasy Map Blog | My food illustration
    Everything I post is free for use and redistribution under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence, except where noted otherwise in the thread.

  2. #2
    Administrator RobA's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Niagara, Canada
    Posts
    5,567

    Default

    That is just brilliant!

    EDIT: Small type on the Paizo page: "High resolution jpgs of the ships for home printing and for use in virtual tabletops (vtts) - with and without grids." I'm thinking is from a different set

    -Rob A>

  3. #3
    Community Leader Facebook Connected tilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Trelleborg, Sweden
    Posts
    4,657
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    that looks GREAT ... really cool 3D map
    regs tilt
    :: My art on Deviant Art :: My mapping blog tilts fantasy maps :: My work Catapult - Perry & Gehrke - EasyTruckIT ::
    :: Finished Maps :: WIP Cartographia - Breakwater -Market -Lands of Twilight -Battle City :: Competion maps Iron Giant ::
    :: FREE Tiles - Compasses :: Other Taking a commision - Copyright & Creative Commons ::
    Works under CC licence unless mentioned otherwise

  4. #4
    Community Leader Gracious Donor ravells's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Location
    London, UK
    Posts
    10,930

    Default

    That 3d castle is amazing! I want to play with the portcullis!!!! Hmm I wonder if I should get this for my (cough) 3 yr old daughter as a present.

  5. #5
    Community Leader Gracious Donor Jaxilon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,051

    Default

    whoa, that is incredible cool. It must be really neat to see your creation take on the 3d form. How do you build that? It looks like it's just paper, right? I've never done one of those type things so my thought is that you'd have to stick it on cardboard and paint it or something?
    “When it’s over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best that you were capable of? If so, the score does not matter. But if you find that you did your best you were capable of, you will find it to your liking.” -John Wooden

    * Rivengard * My Finished Maps * My Challenge Maps * My deviantArt

  6. #6
    Community Leader Facebook Connected tilt's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Trelleborg, Sweden
    Posts
    4,657
    Blog Entries
    2

    Default

    hehe.. my 3 year old would have it in all its seperate pieces (and some extra) in 5 minutes
    regs tilt
    :: My art on Deviant Art :: My mapping blog tilts fantasy maps :: My work Catapult - Perry & Gehrke - EasyTruckIT ::
    :: Finished Maps :: WIP Cartographia - Breakwater -Market -Lands of Twilight -Battle City :: Competion maps Iron Giant ::
    :: FREE Tiles - Compasses :: Other Taking a commision - Copyright & Creative Commons ::
    Works under CC licence unless mentioned otherwise

  7. #7
    Community Leader Facebook Connected torstan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Posts
    4,162

    Default

    It's paper - and also (almost) glueless. Brian Bartlow of Lone Tree Games is an engineer by day, and did all the construction of these sets. I do the textures. It's just a matter of folding and tucking in the tabs. If you're really keen you can get a robo-cutter and it does all the cutting for you, as Brian created the files to work with them. It's pretty amazing.

    Just got a 5* review for this on RPGNow and Paizo that said that it's so easy kids could make it - so I'm saying it's not crazy to give it a go. If all else fails, you can just print out another wall to replace the one that got stood on/torn/eaten.

    Edit - Thanks RobA, I've sent a quick correction to the guys at Paizo. Much appreciated.
    Fantasy Map Blog | My food illustration
    Everything I post is free for use and redistribution under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence, except where noted otherwise in the thread.

  8. #8
    Community Leader Facebook Connected Ascension's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    St. Charles, Missouri, United States
    Posts
    8,298

    Default

    I love those little paper 3d things, awesome.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
    -J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)


    My Maps ~ My Brushes ~ My Tutorials ~ My Challenge Maps

  9. #9
    Community Leader Gracious Donor Jaxilon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Arizona
    Posts
    4,051

    Default

    Paper..as in some kind of card stock? In the image it looks like it's a 16th of an inch thick. Like I said, I have never built one of these things but I know Architects use a thin foam board to make models - I'm just thinking if I printed this on my color printer on regular paper it would never hold up a lead miniature....would it? I am stunned. This is so cool I'm thinking about buying one myself.
    “When it’s over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best that you were capable of? If so, the score does not matter. But if you find that you did your best you were capable of, you will find it to your liking.” -John Wooden

    * Rivengard * My Finished Maps * My Challenge Maps * My deviantArt

  10. #10

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •