Calidar: Dreams of Aerie
Calidar: Dreams of Aerie
Centered on a flying circus, this mega-adventure and mini-setting can also be run in any game world, with RPG rules of your choice.
Centered on a flying circus, this mega-adventure and mini-setting can also be run in any game world, with RPG rules of your choice. Read more
About this project
Adventure: This RPG adventure also is a self-contained mini-setting. Because the action takes place on a flying circus, Dreams of Aerie is easy to adapt to any game world. Drawing on Barnum & Bailey and Cirque du Freak, this book's main plot elements involve a murder mystery, the rivalries of circus guilds, urban adventuring, and monster-hunting. Countless hooks allow side trips and alternate storylines, as each of the 90+ circus folk hide shadowy pasts and secret motivations. The heroes must contend with secret societies vying for hegemony among circus folk. If left to its own devices, a monstrous presence hidden aboard heralds catastrophic world events.
Sourcebook: This book's setting includes the circus itself, standing amid side shows and carnie shacks, themselves surrounded by a ring of permanent shops and dwellings called aeries, perched at the edge of the clouds. Two more decks lie below with all that the Greatest Show on Calidar needs to function, as well as its dark secrets. Although written for the World of Calidar, this setting is nearly self-contained until the referee starts unfolding the hidden stories of circus folk, and connects them with the chosen game's universe.
Contents: Dreams of Aerie is a 124-pg full color book, 8" 3/4 x 11" 1/4, which may gain additional pages and internal art as stretch goals are reached. Deck maps are included in the book, as two-page spreads, along with inset maps. Deck maps can also be obtained as separate 12"x18" posters, labeled or unlabeled, depending on one's pledge or as add-ons. Guidelines to help adapt system-neutral game statistics to common RPGs, as well as extensive player/referee game aids, are bundled with the book at no charge. These digital files can be printed for quick reference during play.
What is Calidar: Directly inspired from the author's original Princess Ark’s stories published in the 80s and 90s, adventures in the World of Calidar focus on flying ships. This fantasy setting was created to host new stories and RPG accessories much in the style of TSR’s popular D&D Gazetteers. The first Calidar book "In Stranger Skies" was nominated for the 2014 RPG Geek Awards’ Best RPG Supplement. It also is a top rated RPG accessory on EnWorld.
Airman: All hands hoay, an' no hornswagglers, says I! For this contribution, you will own a digital image of the circus's main deck, at 96 dpi resolution (labeled.) This pledge level also unlocks any digital files offered as add-ons (including those not available to the public), as well as printed deck plans and poster maps.
Master: Avast ye, matey! This pledge level earns you the digital copy of Dreams of Aerie (non-print-enabled) as well as the digital image of the circus's main deck, at 96 dpi resolution (labeled.) This pledge level also unlocks any digital files offered as add-ons (including those not available to the public), as well as printed deck plans and poster maps.
First Mate: Shiver me timbers! At this pledge level, you own Dreams of Aerie's softcover book, its digital copy (print-enabled), your name printed in the book's Honor Roll, the 12"x18" printed poster map of the circus's main deck (labeled) and the digital image of the same, at 96 dpi resolution. This pledge level also unlocks most add-ons.
Captain: Aye, aye, Cap'n! At this pledge level, you own Dreams of Aerie's hardcover book, its digital copy (print-enabled), your name printed in the book's Honor Roll, one each of the three labeled 12"x18" printed posters (the main deck, lower deck, and orlop deck) and the digital image of the main deck at 96 dpi resolution. This pledge level also unlocks all add-ons.
Admiral: Yo ho, yo ho! A Skylord's life for me. At this pledge level, you own Dreams of Aerie's hardcover book with personalized message and autograph from the author, the book's digital copy (print-enabled), your name printed in the book's Honor Roll, one each of six 12"x18" printed posters (labeled and unlabeled versions of the main deck, lower deck, and orlop deck), digital images of all deck plans at the full 300 dpi resolution, a cloth sheet with a graphic element of your choice*, AND you also get to name one of the circus's random roustabouts. This pledge level unlocks all add-ons. Postage (including outside the USA) is included in this pledge.
(*) Cloth Sheets: graphic elements available are (1) a map of the Great Caldera, (2) a map of the Kingdom of Meryath, or (3) the collection of all the gods' symbols. Format: color, twill cotton, 16"x24" .
This Kickstarter's intent is to fund cover and layout artists, the illustrator, the project editor, and the cost of your rewards (print & postage.) Artist Eric Lofgren has committed to producing the colorful but eerie and quizzical cover artwork needed for this book. Joe Garcia will bring his trademark humor to internal illustration, bringing to life as many carnie folk as our stretch goals will permit. Janet Deaver-Pack has staked her claim upon the project's editing, while Thorfinn Tait will pull all the pieces together, including the massive number of map insets. All four and yours truly have worked together before on "Beyond the Skies," Calidar's previous book. "Dreams of Aerie" is to be printed on demand via DrivethuRPG, which eliminates mass printing, warehousing, and retail distribution.
Bruce Heard: I write books because I have a passion. It brought me to TSR in my twenties. Today I do what I do because it is what I wish. Leaving a few more things behind to be best remembered by is my purpose. A rich man I am not, but an older one certainly. If you can help make my dream come true, then I say to you, “Bless your heart, my friend, and happy gaming!”
Add-Ons are items that aren't included with your pledges' core rewards. Please let us know which add-ons you want, if any, using Kickstarter private mail. Postage is included for these items, except for a few when mailed outside the USA. Please do not forget to add to your pledge amount the value of your add-ons, along with any extra postage. Printed items may not be available until December 2017.
Airman and Master Pledges: They enable you to purchase any digital files (PDFs), printed 12"x18" deck plans, and other poster maps listed as add-ons.
First Mate Pledge: In addition to the above, this pledge also offers additional copies of the softcover book.
Captain & Admiral Pledges: These pledges make all items listed as add-ons available.
Available Add-On Items:
- $20.00 Additional Ca1 "Dreams of Aerie" softcover (for First Mate pledge level or higher.)
- $30.00 Additional Ca1 "Dreams of Aerie" hardcover (for Captain pledge level or higher.)
- $8.00 Poster Map 1 Great Caldera + $3 for int'l. Available directly from the author, this poster of the Great Caldera, Calidar's "Known World," is rendered in realistic art style. Non-gloss and measuring 28"x22", it is folded down to approx. 7"x11" and mailed in a large padded envelope.
- $8.00 Poster Map 2 Kingdom of Meryath + $3 for int'l. Available directly from the author, this map of the Kingdom of Meryath, a region of the Great Caldera, uses a hex grid and stylized symbols more practical for close up gaming. Non-gloss and measuring 28"x22", it is folded down to approx. 7"x11" and mailed in a large padded envelope.
- $5.00 Any single Deck Plan (printed 12"x18" labeled or unlabeled)
- $3.00 for each additional Deck Plan thereafter ($4 for int'l)
- $8.00 CAL1 "In Stranger Skies" PDF document (print-enabled)
- $18.00 CC1 "Beyond the Skies" PDF document (non-print-enabled)
- $5.00 for either CST1 or CST2 PDF documents (print-enabled): These two 64 page files, "Under the Great Vault" & "Skies of Fury," are available exclusively to Calidar's Kickstarter backers.
A mystery gift will also be provided to all backers after the crowd-funding event runs its course.
For those who didn’t know, if funding exceeds the initial goal of $7,500, subsequent targets are listed here. As they are unlocked, each will add more or better internal art to “Dreams of Aerie.” Stretch goal benefits are included in your core rewards.
Tier 1—Peaceful Chinook: $9,000
The Peaceful Chinook nearly doubles the number of internal illustrations and adds 4 pages to Dreams of Aerie--to a total of 128 pages. Make sail, says I, for our journey merely begins!
Tier 2—Fitful Levanter: $11,500
The Fitful Levanter upgrades the internal art from pencil work to ink work, increases the number of illustrations, and pushes the book's page count to a bold 132. All hands on deck!
Further stretch goals will be revealed as the previous ones are reached!
Risks and challenges
As a general note, this is the third Kickstarter event for the Calidar series, the first two being highly successful with many stretch goals unlocked.
Design and Editing:
The book itself is written and awaiting final editing. All floor plans and deck maps (some of which are featured in the video presentation) are complete as well. Those of you who have backed my first ventures (thank you) are familiar with my writing style and design abilities since the 1980s. My long-time partner in life, Janet Deaver-Pack, is a published author and a professional magazine contributor. She has produced and edited a number of anthologies along with much of what I’ve been writing during the past decade. We’re confident that “Dreams of Aerie will be as good as or better than “In Stranger Skies.”
Art, Maps, and Layout:
All artists involved in this project are long-time professionals in the industry. A substantial part of funds raised in this Kickstarter are intended to finance their work. Thorfinn Tait has already produced geographic maps in his own outstanding style. Thorfinn will also handle the final product layout as he has done already and quite well with the first two books. I’ve completed all floor plans and diagrams.
Printing & Shipping
As with the first two books, printing will be handled by Drivethru RPG, ensuring the same quality and choices that “In Stranger Skies” offered. The publisher—me—will handle fulfillment personally, as I did for the first books. No warehousing or retail distribution is needed, as books and deck maps are printed on demand. All materials are made in the USA for the US market or printed in and shipped from the UK for the rest of the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter