Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages

Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages

The fastest tool to bring your D&D Towns, shops & NPCs to life.

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Worlds at a Glance allows you to create thousands of unique shops and locations along with all the food, items, NPCs, weapons, side quests, rumors and many other things your players might discover there.

Mix and match description elements using our "Flowread Mechanic" for over 30 different locations and have everything you need ready in seconds!

From taverns and brothels to night markets and potion shops, everything your town or village needs is instantly accessible and customizable in Worlds at a Glance.

Be prepared for anything, without any prep 

Each chapter is dedicated to a specific location and organized to anticipate player questions. All the information you need to run a shop, tavern, market or any other point of interest is right where you need it, when you need it.

Seamless integration into any campaign

Worlds at a Glance is a storyteller's dream. Seamlessly integrate diverse venues and NPCs into any adventure, whether you're worldbuilding from scratch or in the middle of an exciting campaign. Worlds at a Glance has everything you need to enhance your storytelling.

Worldbuilding with storytelling in mind

Each of the 30+ chapters include unique descriptions place names, shop lists, plot hooks, along with NPC greetings, profiles and more, depending on the location visited. Everything is written in a way that gives the DM endless cozy, rugged or creepy options to describe their world and the people in it.

Set the mood with color coded narrative options

Green, orange and red hues allow you to easily flow between cozy, rugged or creepy ways to describe your world. Cozy taverns with rugged NCPs or creepy night markets with wholesome market vendors, anything is possible with color coded narrative options. 

For Dungeon Masters

By dungeons masters! With over 20 years of combined D&D experience and a large Discord community, we want to make sure that Worlds at a Glance becomes the most useful tool in your DM Toolkit!

Need a tavern, a potion shop, a market place or anything else your players might find in a town or village? Simply open the book at the chapter you need, start reading, and start worldbuilding on-the-go!

Worlds at a Glance is faster than generic rollable lists and offers way more structure & control when building towns, shops & NPCs on the fly!

Everything you need to bring your towns & villages to life. 

A full town builder to create flourishing and detailed towns & villages, alongside more than 30 chapters covering every aspect of different locations, shops, markets & more.

Quest boards with intriguing mini adventures

Do your players require some extra coin, healing potions or a special item for their next big quest? Several locations in the book have notice boards with small quests on them. Have your players embark on a mini adventure that comes with quick narrative descriptions, challenges, plot twists and unique rewards! 

Everything you need, when you need it

Through game play, testing, and community feedback we’ve developed the “Flowread Mechanic” to answer player needs. This practical and straight forward system gives you as the DM the ability to create lively descriptions on the fly. In just a single glance you can create, adjust, and elevate settings while you read.

Set the mood of your towns & villages

Want to create a cozy, rugged or creepy setting? With our color coded structure you can effortlessly set the mood of any location. Simply start reading in the easy-to-find color coded texts which are marked green for cozy, yellow for rugged and red for creepy. Mix, match, and flow with every page and every interaction. 

The color coding is not only used for descriptions, but also for names, ways to welcome your players, etc.

  1. Find out what's on the next or previous page in each corner.
  2. Quickly access a condensed table of content in the book cover.
  3. Unique foods, drinks and items come with prices (both D&D and homebrew)
  4. Existing 5E goods that might require more info have DMG page references.

We work with REAL artists, NO AI

The book will come with beautiful artwork that spans across two pages, to give you a detailed illustration of what each location could look like! 

We work with real artists and as we require +30 illustrations, we anticipate finishing all the artwork by October. But as you all know, art can't be rushed, though we do aim to have that date be the time we submit all files to the printer and start the manufacturing process!

Here are a few previews of the artwork in the book!

Tavern
Festival
Magic Shop

Take note of what happens in your towns & villages! 

A two paneled display shows the party the town on one side, while keeping town information and details accessible to the DM. The town ledger notebook can stand upright to display maps or can be laid flat to take notes! 

Customize each of 9 hand drawn maps with more than 50 different location stickers! Each town comes with its own town template which allows you to describe the look, culture, history, notable events and other important information.

Lay flat to take notes & stand upright to display your town map! 

You can use the town ledger both during or before a session starts!

Hand drawn maps & stickers will be made by Chaims Cartography!

Whenever your players let a stray dog cause havoc inside a butcher's shop or bump into a cupboard filled with vials at a potion shop, you'll have a dedicated place in the 6 shop templates to write down any shenanigans that have taken place in the past.

Give your players what they need, whenever they enter a shop!

Rather than telling your players one by one what they can buy, you can hand out shop cards that include names, prices and stats for all items they can find in a certain shop or location.

What about cursed items or items with secret properties?
As a DM, you want to keep certain things hidden from your players. That's why, where appropriate, some shop articles will simply describe what the players would perceive as they shop around. You as a DM will be able to find the full information on a product in your own shop list, within the corresponding shop/location chapter!

Large 90x90mm or 3,54x3,54 inch cards! 

80 shop cards = 2 sets per shop
Buy an additional set in the add-ons if you want all 4 (or more) of your players to browse shop goods individually.

If we reach the "Box Insert" stretch goal, you will be able to easily display and organize your shop cards in the box that contains the book + all add-ons. 

The box will fit a deck of shop cards, initiative trackers, the book, the notebook, the DM screen and the posters.

Dungeon Master screens should help you improve the flow of your game. We added a bunch of very useful elements to ours, to ensure your fights are more epic, your loot is more bountiful and your NPCs and encounters more memorable!

Beautiful artwork inspired by the book's cozy, rugged and creepy atmosphere allows you and your players to immerse yourselves in the towns & villages that will enrich your campaign! 

Unleash the excitement of your adventures with our exploration loot system! Roll for loot and amplify the thrill with an extra 1d4, guiding you to one of our four carefully curated tables within the categories. No matter the scenario, ensure your players will always find something on their travels.

The DM screen is built with four organized panels to improve information visibility.
We've used the outermost panels for combat so any initiative trackers you use, won't immediately cover up crucial information you would like to access during combat!

Keep track of player and enemy initiative

Easily track player and monster initiative with initiative trackers that shows who is who and what comes next. 

Initiative trackers are foldable cards that go over your DM screen to indicate which player or enemy comes next in the initiative order. 

Easily access an enemy's or player's stats and special abilities, while portraying the creature name and optionally its creature type on the player side.

A collaboration with fellow Belgian startup Craftioli

If you’re on our Discord you’ll recognize Game Master World’s very own mascot, Grunk! Running a tavern full of adventurers is a hard job but Grunk is always the first to welcome in new friends.

As you level up with our community, he’ll reward you with a new mug to show off as you chat, drink and expand your own worlds!

Our community is such a big part of our success. To celebrate that we brought in fellow indie creators Craftioli to give you a chance to have Grunk in a much more huggable format.

Creator highlight: Craftioli 

Game Master Worlds is about bringing stories, dreams and adventures to life. While demonstrating Worlds at a Glance at Day of Dungeons, we had a booth next to another Belgian startup, Craftioli, run by 2 friends who are all about creating handmade plushies!

Meeting Fleur and Jacintha from Craftioli got us thinking about a collaboration. From that idea, we decided to create a new limited edition plushie for every new Kickstarter we launch! These plushies are characters in a world of short stories that we are working on to add lore to the Game Master Worlds Universe.

  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> form fillable
  • All unlocked PDF stretch goals
  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the book
  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Notebook: "Town Ledgers" + Sticker sheets & 9 Hand drawn maps
  • Shop cards: Deck of 80 shop cards
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> Form Fillable
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, Book, Notebook and Shop cards.
  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Notebook: "Town Ledgers" + Sticker sheets & Hand drawn maps
  • Shop cards: Deck of 80 shop cards
  • Poster versions of all maps in the "Town Ledgers" notebook.
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> Form Fillable
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, Book, Notebook, Shop cards, Initiative trackers, posters and DM Screen.

LIMITED TO 50 BACKERS

  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Notebook: "Town Ledgers" + Sticker sheets & 9 Hand drawn maps
  • Shop cards: Deck of 80 shop cards
  • Poster versions of all maps in the "Town Ledgers" notebook.
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> Form Fillable
  • Name 1 of the NPCs in the book (Within certain specifications)
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, Book, Notebook, Shop cards, Initiative trackers, posters and DM Screen.

LIMITED TO 50 BACKERS

  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Notebook: "Town Ledgers" + Sticker sheets & 9 Hand drawn maps
  • Shop cards: Deck of 80 shop cards
  • Poster versions of all maps in the "Town Ledgers" notebook
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> Form Fillable
  • Name 1 of the NPCs in the book (Within certain specifications)
  • 1 Hand made limited edition Grunk plushie (16-20cm) with magnetic beer mug 
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, Book, Notebook, Shop cards, Initiative trackers, posters and DM Screen.

LIMITED TO 12 BACKERS

  • Hardcover book of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Notebook: "Town Ledgers" + Sticker sheets & 9 Hand drawn maps
  • Shop cards: Deck of 80 shop cards
  • Poster versions of all maps in the "Town Ledgers" notebook.
  • Digital Version of "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages"
  • Digital Notebook "Town Ledgers" -> Form Fillable
  • Name 1 of the NPCs in the book (Within certain specifications)
  • 1 of 12 original map drawings from the "Town Ledger" notebook.  
  • All unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, Book, Notebook, Shop cards, Initiative trackers, posters and DM Screen

Selling Worlds at a Glance is a great idea, if you are a business and want to purchase our products, please contact us by emailing community@gm-worlds.com

An extra chapter will be added to the book "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages". 
Both PDF and Physical tiers will get this upgrade!

The "Town Ledger" notebook will receive an upgrade and 1 more map will be added, bumping it up to 10 town maps and 10 templates!

An extra chapter will be added to the book "Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages". 
Both PDF and Physical tiers will get this upgrade!

The "Town Ledger" notebook will receive an upgrade and 54 more stickers will be added so you can customise your town maps even more

The main concerns regarding our timeline is how soon our illustrators can finish the artwork for all 30+ chapters in the book.

We believe that our artists can finish the artwork by October, however art can't be rushed so if we do experience delays, we will let you know in advance. 

For production, pick & pack, fulfillment and shipment, we will be advised by Launchboom, Hive Interactive and experienced Kickstarters we have met along our Kickstarter journey, to ensure a smooth Kickstarter journey for everyone.

  • April 30th 2024 ・ Launch Kickstarter
  • May 31st 2024 ・ End Kickstarter
  • June 21st 2024 ・ Pledge manager surveys are sent out 
  • October 2024 ・ Files are submitted for production
  • December 2024 ・ Shipment to warehouses
  • January 2025 Shipment to backers

Please note we are unable to ship to the following countries: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Faroe Islands, Virgin Islands, Guam, Seychelles, Falkland Islands.

Certain countries may require additional customs charges. Some of these countries include, Brazil, Chile, Argentina & Mexico.

Game Master Worlds is a tight knit group of friends with more than 20 years of Dungeons and Dragons experience under their belts. Through work, play, adventure, and teamwork we’ve traveled realms to bring our first of many game elevating offerings to players world wide. 

This isn’t just for us, this is also for our community who’s championed this project.

At the beginning of 2020, I started playing my first D&D campaign with friends. Two years later I took the plunge and became a Dungeon Master myself. I quickly discovered however that creating memorable towns & villages, alongside an engaging story was quite the challenge. 

That's what got me thinking about creating a tool that could help me with that. In January 2023, the first steps were taken towards bringing Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages to life.

For a long time I had been looking for a project that could potentially turn into something bigger. I knew that taking on such a project would be too much for one person, so I reached out to my friend Shiu. In September 2023, we started Game Master Worlds together.

Shiu: "I've developed a deep passion for (board)gaming for as long as I can remember, so when I caught wind of this project, I jumped in without hesitation! Bringing passionate gamers together, organizing engaging events, and fostering a meaningful community are all pursuits close to my heart, making this endeavor feel like a natural fit."

A good community is one of the corner stones of a successful Kickstarter, so I asked my longtime friend Tim to be in charge of our Discord server. He happens to be a great DM himself and he's the one who taught me everything I know about D&D! 

In October we set up our socials, and thanks to Tim and Shiu's efforts, we now have an amazing community of more than 1000 members on Discord as well as thousands of members across all our other socials!

Since November, we have been to 7 conventions, run online and offline D&D sessions with our community, met amazing creators from all over Europe. And we're only just getting started, as we have set our sights on owning our own board game experience store in 2026. 

A big thank you from everyone at Game Master Worlds for helping us bring this project to life, and stay tuned for a future full of amazing new content from GMW! 

See you in the tavern?

Pledge Levels
Digital Hoard
Digital Hoard

PDF: Get a digital copy of both the book 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages' (including unlocked PDF stretch goals) as well as the notebook 'Town Ledgers' which will be form fillable.

Pledge €35

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


Rare Loot
Rare Loot

Hardcover version of 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages' + PDF version (including all unlocked stretch goals for the book)

Pledge €52

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


Very Rare Loot
Very Rare Loot

A discounted price for a bundle including the hardcover book 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages', notebook 'Town Ledgers' + stickers and the deck of shop cards. Including all PDF versions and unlocked stretch goals for PDFs, book, notebook and shop cards.

Pledge €102

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


Epic Loot
Epic Loot

A discounted price for a bundle including the hardcover book 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages', notebook 'Town Ledgers' (+stickers & town maps), a deck of shop cards, DM screen, initiative trackers and poster sizes for the town maps found in the notebook. Including all PDFs and unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, book, notebook and shop cards.

Pledge €131

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


Legendary Loot
Legendary Loot

A discounted price for a bundle including the hardcover book 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages', notebook 'Town Ledgers' (+stickers & town maps), a deck of shop cards, DM screen, initiative trackers and poster sizes for the town maps found in the notebook as well as your choice of an NPC name which will be added to the book (NPC names must fit certain parameters which will be shared after the Kickstarter ends). Also includes all PDFs and unlocked stretch goals for the PDFs, book, notebook, shop cards, initiative trackers, posters and DM screen.

Pledge €160

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


Grunk's Loot
Grunk's Loot

✦ Everything Legendary + add a name to one of +300 NPCs in the book! + receive an original hand drawn town map as found in the Town Ledger notebook ✦

✧ Legendary: A discounted price for a bundle including the hardcover book 'Worlds at a Glance: Towns & Villages', notebook 'Town Ledgers' (+stickers & town maps), a deck of shop cards, DM screen, initiative trackers and poster sizes for the town maps found in the notebook + PDFs.

✧ Add your own choice of NPC name to the book (NPC names must fit certain parameters which will be shared after the Kickstarter ends).

✧ A handmade Kickstarter exclusive
'Grunk the Tavernkeep' plushie made by Belgian startup 'Craftioli'.

Pledge €199

Estimated Delivery: January 2025


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