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$14,187
pledged of $8,000pledged of $8,000 goal
205
backers
12days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, October 31 2018 11:30 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Remember the Voyage of the Princess Ark episodes from Dragon Magazine? Along the same general idea, "On Wings of Darkness" blends a new skyship episode in a 132 pg. geographic Gazetteer packed with info about a realm of wizards and demons. The following chapters follow the introductory short story:

  •  History of Caldwen:  This chapter covers the origins of the magiocracy, from its ancient time on Munaan, a moon of Calidar, to present-day Caldwen. Includes a summary and a huge timeline of events.
  •  Lay of the Land: Geography, climate, local culture, main cults and races, economy, regional peculiarities, and local dynamics combine to depict each province separately.
  •  Intrigues of the Magi: Internal politics, government by academia, and the military overlaid upon rivalries among the wizardly aristocracy and the sorcerous hoi-polloi give the magiocracy a unique character. 
  •  Behind the curtains: Discover the odd brotherhoods and secret sects working from the shadows, scheming to make an already-challenging setting even more perilous.
  •  A Cast of Many: A host of political figures, academic personalities, and curious individuals populate these pages. They are presented here, with game stats, motivations, secrets, and connections galore.
  •  Master & Servant: A nation where demons serve the spellcasting class, local laws, and tools of lordship are presented alongside a who's who of Caldwen's most notorious demons.
  •  Beasties in the Dark: Some of the more curious creatures dwelling in Caldwen populate this section, complete with stats and illustrations, beckoning game referees to summon them during their adventures.
  •  At the Heart of Magic:  Discover Caldwen's schools of magic and how their benefits, tuition, philosophies, diplomas, and campus rivalries influence the fabric of the entire magiocracy.
  •  Secrets of the Cabals: Private guilds provide alternate career paths in the fields of Alchemy, Demonology, Dracology, Elementalism, Necromancy, and Skymastery, with deadly trials and fabulous powers.
  •  Blood of the World Soul: An order of mage-knights concerns itself with a mystical source of raw magical power forbidden to all but Caldwen's aristocracy. Though potent, it is deadly if abused.
  •  Sky City of Arcanial: The capital city is a wondrous place flying above a sprawling shanty town on the ground. Packed with encounter ideas, each district requires flying gondolas and teleporters to reach.

Your core reward is a digital image of Caldwen's Players' map rendered at 150 dpi resolution. It will be e-mailed to you when all other rewards are ready to be fulfilled.

Your core reward is the main narrative introducing "On Wings of Darkness," provided as a digital file (print-enabled). About 18,000 words long, this new episode of the skyship "Star Phoenix" tells the story of Capt. d'Alberran and his crew as they tangle with a darkness at the heart of the Magiocracy of Caldwen. Your pledge also includes a digital image of Caldwen's Players' map rendered at 150 dpi resolution. Both files will be e-mailed to you when all other rewards are ready to be fulfilled.

Your core reward is Calidar's "On Wings of Darkness" complete PDF file, including the new Star Phoenix episode and the magiocracy's gazetteer. Your pledge also includes a digital image of Caldwen's Players' map rendered at 150 dpi resolution. Both files will be e-mailed to you when all other rewards are ready to be fulfilled.

Your core reward is Calidar's "On Wings of Darkness" softcover book, printed on standard color paper *PLUS* the following items:

  • On Wings of Darkness complete PDF, 132 pg. search & print enabled
  • 1. Caldwen Players' fold-up map: in printed 12"x18" format on glossy paper, and its 150 dpi. digital file
  • 2. Caldwen's Referee's fold-up map: printed 12"x18"  on glossy paper
  • Your name printed in the book's Honor Roll
  • Access to past Calidar items unavailable to the public

Your core reward is Calidar's "On Wings of Darkness" hardcover book,   printed on premium color paper *PLUS*  the following items:

  • On Wings of Darkness complete PDF, 132 pg. search & print enabled
  • Adventures in Caldwen PDF, 24+ pg. (see Stretch Goals later on). This booklet may become available later than June 2019.
  • 1. Caldwen Players' fold-up map: printed 12"x18" on glossy paper, and its 150 dpi. digital file
  • 2. Caldwen's Referee's fold-up map: printed 12"x18" on glossy paper
  • 3. Caldwen's Port Arcanial Area fold-up map: printed 12"x18" on glossy paper
  • Your name printed in the book's Honor Roll
  • Access to past Calidar items unavailable to the public 

Your core reward is Calidar's "On Wings of Darkness" hardcover book with the author's handwritten autograph & personalized message, printed on premium color paper *PLUS* the following items:

  • On Wings of Darkness complete PDF, 132 pg. search & print enabled
  • Adventures In Caldwen printed booklet & PDF document, 24+ pg. This booklet may become available later than June 2019.
  • 1. Caldwen Players' fold-up map: printed 12"x18" on glossy paper AND its cloth version (color, twill cotton, 16"x24")
  • 2. Caldwen's Referee's fold-up map: printed 12"x18" on glossy paper
  • 3. Caldwen's Port Arcanial Area fold-up map: printed 12"x18"  on glossy paper
  • 4. Caldwen's D&D-style hex map:  printed 12"x18"  on glossy paper 
  • 5-7. Arcanial's three City Districts fold-up maps: all printed 12"x18" on glossy paper
  • All seven fold-up maps (single sided) are provided exclusively at Admiral pledge level, in digital form rendered at the full 300 dpi. resolution.
  • Your name printed in the book's Honor Roll
  • Access to past Calidar items unavailable to the public

This Kickstarter's intent is to fund cover and layout artists, the illustrators, the project editor, and the cost of your rewards (print & postage.) Artist Brent Chumley  committed to producing the cover artwork needed for this book.  Steven Cummings, Joe Garcia, and Eric Lofgren will bring their talents to illustrate this gazetteer as much 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 new maps.  Most of us have have worked together before on previous Calidar projects. Like all previous Calidar projects, "On Wings of Darkness" will 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 where I directed creative efforts for the Basic D&D Game and the World of Mystara. Today I do what I do because it is what I wish. Leaving a few more things behind to be best remembered by is one of my purposes. Another is to have fun! 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 once more, “Bless your heart, my friend, and happy gaming!”

Add-Ons are items that aren't included with your pledges' rewards. Please use Kickstarter private mail to indicate which add-ons you want, if any, and whether you reside outside the US. Additional postage is due for printed add-ons (no mailing charges for PDFs of course). Please consult the postage schedule listed at the end of this section. Be sure to manually update your pledge amount to include the value of your add-ons and any required extra postage. Thank you!

Airman, Bosun, and Master Pledges: These pledges enable you to purchase PDF files and printed maps listed as add-ons.

First Mate Pledge:  In addition to the above, this pledge also offers additional copies of "On Wings of Darkness" softcover book and access to previously published materials in printed format.

Captain & Admiral Pledges:  These pledge levels make all items listed as add-ons available.

 Current Material: 

 Previously Published: 

Add-Ons' Postage:

  •  US Residents: please add +$2.00 for each added-on printed book or booklet
  •  Outside the US: please add +$4.00 for each added-on printed book or booklet

If this project's funding exceeds the initial goal of $8,000, subsequent targets are listed here. When reached, each stretch-goal tier adds extra pages to the "Adventures in Caldwen" booklet (see add-ons, earlier). Other stretch goals may be added if those initially listed at the time the project is launched are all unlocked. Your core pledges and add-ons all contribute to reaching stretch goals, so don't wait to signal your interest or to secure copies for friends unable to participate.

CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 28 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 28 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 32 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 32 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 36 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 36 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 40 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 40 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 44 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 44 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 48 pages instead of 24.
CA2 "Adventures in Caldwen" now has 48 pages instead of 24.

Onward to Tier 9!

Risks and challenges

As a general note, this is the fourth Kickstarter event for the Calidar series, the first three having been successful.

Design and Editing:

The core book itself is written and awaiting final editing. All floor plans and geographic maps (some of which are featured in the video presentation) are complete as well. Those of you who have backed my earlier ventures: Thank you! Many of 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 “On Wings of Darkness" 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 three books. I’ve already completed most floor plans and diagrams for this project.

Printing & Shipping

As with the first three books, printing will be handled by DrivethruRPG, ensuring the same quality and choices that “In Stranger Skies” offered. The publisher—me—will handle fulfillment personally, as I did for the previous 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.

Backers Outside the USA

Additional postage will be required for residents outside the US. Due to shipping issues with DTRPG, mailing to some countries may not be possible (or will require much more than the stated additional postage). This concerns Brazil specifically, with apologies to Brazilian fans, for which DTRPG's shipping fees remain prohibitive. Please contact me privately for other arrangements.

Delivery: Allow several weeks for delivery once rewards have been ordered. Notice will be e-mailed to backers when this is done (do check your spam boxes while expecting notifications and digital materials as some important e-mails may end up there.) Reading the project's Kickstarter Updates is a good idea to keep up with important announcements. Although some printed rewards are delivered quickly, some destinations demand more time for delivery based on previous experience (especially Western Canada, some European destinations, and others outside North America and Europe.) There's no clear reason that I'm aware of for these delays, which are usually due to local mail services.

DTRPG packs their books in stiff cardboard boxes. If anything from DTRPG is damaged during shipping, contact the author via private mail so a free replacement can be requested from DTRPG.

Autographed books are mailed by the author, since they are manually signed. They are bubble-wrapped and packaged in stiff cardboard sleeves. Rewards other than digital files do not necessarily come in a single package and therefore may not all arrive at the same time.

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