7 Part Series of a Tabletop Code-Breaking Adventure!

Cleveland, Ohio 118 Sales On Etsy since 2015

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7 Part Series of a Tabletop Code-Breaking Adventure!

Cleveland, Ohio | 118 Sales

Ron M. Francesangelo

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Ron M. Francesangelo


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About LegendAGameofMaps

Sales 118
On Etsy since 2015

Adventures are great to read, and even more fun to go on!

Ron Francesangelo was born into a home of fantasy and adventure. His mother, a diehard Star Wars fan, tells him he saw the premiere of the first film since she was pregnant with him when she saw it in 1977. “I always get a kick out of her telling me that.”
Much of Ron’s youth was spent creating elaborate stories and immersive games for his friends. He re-emphasizes how much of an influence his mother had on him. “She’s the one who sent me on my first treasure hunt. When I was a kid, she made all these clue cards and hid them around the house, and I had to follow each one’s clues to find the next. It was awesome!”
Ron eventually attended art school where he studied computer animation. “I wanted to work in film, but these stories kept talking to me.” Then, just before graduation, he accidentally registered for an advanced creative writing course. The class took a vote, and decided he could stay. That class gave him the courage to take himself seriously as a writer. “It’s something I’ve always done (tell stories), but didn’t have the courage to actually call myself a ‘writer.’
So he wrote. A lot. And he rewrote (and rewrote and rewrote) until he finished his first novel, an adventure fantasy for children age twelve and up – and especially for those who are children at heart. Now, he’s in the process of seeking literary representation.
Another passion for Ron is designing games. “They’re like stories, but ones people have to unwrap themselves. It’s like being IN a story. I just wish I could experience my games like first-time players do.” He laughs. “I already know what happens.”
His Etsy shop, Legend: A Game of Maps, is Ron's first foray into the world of online selling, but not his first business venture. He credits his father, who is successfully self employed, for his entrepreneurial spirit. At Ron’s shop, he sells his first two story-games in a series of seven. He calls them ‘tabletop treasure hunts,’ and handcrafts each from true-to-life materials so that players feel like they’re handling centuries-old artifacts. “I want them to be immersive,” he says. “In my games, players become part of the story.”
To read more (and become part of Ron’s stories), you can visit his Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/LegendAGameofMaps

Shop members

  • Ron M. Francesangelo

    Owner, Creator

    Formally trained as a digital artist and animator, Ron has sojourned the wintry peaks and colorful valleys of filmmaking, creative writing, role playing & video game design. He also wrote a fantasy novel for middle readers called The Last Child.

Shop policies

Last updated on November 14, 2019
Legend: A Game of Maps is a 7-part series in an adventure which spans centuries and continents. It is immersive, challenging, exciting and best shared with others, but also can be solved and enjoyed alone.

Each 'episode' of the series is a stand-alone experience, but only together do they form the entire story line.

I invite you to enter this mystery and will see you inside!

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
Full refunds are accepted as long as the wax seal on the canvas map has not been broken and the product is in re-salable condition (not the envelope). You cover your shipping costs, which needs to be 'non-machinable' so as to protect the item. Please contact me and we can go over the details.
I ship USPS First-Class, which usually takes 3-5 days to deliver (domestic U.S.) once I mail it. I also send it non-machinable, which means it is processed by hand and not machine, so it arrives in pristine condition.

If you would like it delivered at a different speed, please contact me.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Is this an on-going thing or a one-time item?
This is the first in a series of 7. Each 'game' can be compared to a chapter in a mystery novel, except that each chapter will continue to be used throughout the entire experience. It's made so that all the chapters/games are self-contained, meaning that they can be experienced/solved without having the others, but the overall story is best when they are used together.

2. What if I get stuck and can't find the answer? Is it included in the package?
Legend: A Game of Maps is made to be an immersive experience, so everything you receive feels, looks, etc like it's hundreds of years old. That being said, no answers are included. HOWEVER, the package includes an instructional letter from 1908 which details how to get hints if you get stuck.

3. What do I do once I solve the mysteries/puzzles?
The included instructional letter contains information as to where to send your findings for analysis. That will let you know if you've solved the puzzles correctly. Some answers, however, are fragments which need other clues found in future sets to be understood.
Once you've solved this first experience, you have entered a world of treachery and adventure that will continue to deepen as you progress. You have already accomplished great things, so pat yourself on the back.
The mystery, however, has just started.