Friday, May 11, 2012

Congratulations to Steve Jackson Games

What has 5,512 backers, $923,680 in pledges, and weighs 14+ pounds?

The Ogre Designer's Edition game.

Steve Jackson Games shattered all sorts of records with their ludicrously successful Kickstarter campaign, which concluded mere minutes ago.

Congratulations to the entire team over at Steve Jackson Games. I can't wait to get this baby in my hands.

Cityographer Kickstarter

From the fine folks at Inkwell Ideas who brought us Dungeonographer, Hexographer, and the Coat of Arms Visual Designer comes... Cityographer:
You set some preferences for the city you want (technology level, population size, whether the city has a river, if it is on the coast, etc.) on a setup screen and it will randomly generate an entire village or city for you.  (You can also start with a blank map/city.)

Not only will the program generate the city’s map, but it will generate simple floorplans of the buildings, and each building’s residents and any important belongings.  If the building is a business you’ll also get a list of the staff and a menu or price list of products available.

Further, everything and anything can be fully or individually re-generated or hand edited!  So if you don’t like the whole city, just start over.  But if you simply don’t like the placement of a few buildings, move them or delete them and add new ones.  If you don’t like a particular building just regenerate it or an aspect of it.  For example if the building is an inn, regenerate it or regenerate just the staff or just the price list or hand edit any particular item!

I have had wonderful experiences with Inkwell Ideas' other products, and their Cityographer would cover the last base pretty niftily, it seems. Check out the kickstarter campaign, which has a little more than a month to go, but still has a ways to meet its goal. Joe's a great guy and he makes useful and very easy-to-use software; I'd encourage everyone to support this one.