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Nominated for the 2014 Golden Geek Awards Best RPG Supplement!

First in a series of RPG accessories describing the World of Calidar and the adventures of the skyship Star Phoenix.

EnWorld RatingCurrently among top-rated titles on EnWorld, The World of Calidar combines two parts: the story of the skyship Star Phoenix and a fantasy campaign setting for use with role-playing games. This new fictional world focuses on air- and space-faring ships, but also explores several concepts, such as epic heroes striving for immortality, sentient planets, world souls providing global magic to the universe, and the ability of people to create their own gods.  The fantasy setting section gives an overview of the Calidar Universe and its central world, Calidar, with a focus on the Kingdom of Meryath, the future home of the Star Phoenix.

World of Calidar is intended as the first in a series of releases, each describing a new adventure for the Star Phoenix and providing an expansion to the campaign setting. This unusual format is inspired from the stories written for Dragon Magazine, Voyages of the Princess Ark, and of course vastly expanded here. These were very popular in the 80s and 90s and a major selling point for the magazine. Although written with role-playing games in mind, contents are non game-specific, therefore easily adaptable to most RPG systems. Guidelines are nonetheless provided in the book for use with the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game.

Great Caldera Poster Map

CONTENTS: This product includes a 132-pg premium color hardcover book, which provides the skyship's story and the fantasy setting, along with beautiful maps of the world and six color deck plans of the main types of skyships in Calidar's universe.  A softcover version of this books is also available with lighter paper stock.  The PDF version, which is fully bookmarked, is available for free when either of these books are purchased. 

Click here for more information about Calidar and its author; select the tabs "About Calidar," or "What Should I Start With?"

About the author: Bruce Heard is best known as the leading force in the 80s and 90s behind Dungeons & Dragons' World of Mystara, the fantasy setting that gave the basic/expert D&D Game its very unique tone, still hailed to this day as one of the best game worlds.  Bruce worked at TSR for nearly 15 years and also wrote such popular titles as GAZ3 "Principalities of Glantri" and GAZ10 "Orcs of Thar," aside from the Adventures of the Princess Ark published in Dragon Magazine.  Written in the same style and with the same attention to detail, The World of Calidar is the spiritual heir to the World of Mystara, now out of print, and even more so, to the Princess Ark.  A reader coined the expression: "Calidar out-Mystaras Mystara!" 

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Here is a complete guide to the World of Calidar as of April 5th 2020. As a newcomer to this fantasy world, you should start with Series 1 Meryath, especially its Gazetteer since it introduces the universe.

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There are (so far) three distinct goups of books and poster maps.

Series 1 concerns CAL1 "In Stranger Skies," the very first Calidar Gazetteer, and accessories directly related to the Kingdom of Meryath featured in CAL1. They can be recognized by their blue color scheme.

Series 2 supports CAL2 "On Wings of Darkness," the second Calidar Gazetteer. Those feature a black color scheme.

The last category, the "X" series labeled "Outriggers," includes all other accessories not directly related to the Gazetteers. Ideally, these products should bear a purple color scheme (future retrofit?)

There will be a Series 3 focused on the elves of Alfdaín and Alorea. Its titles will be structured exactly like those in Series 2: 1 Gazetteer (CAL3), 1 Players' Guide (PG3), 1 Adventure (CA3), 2 Conversion Guides (one each for Labyrinth Lord and OSRIC, therefore CAL3a & CAL3b), plus possibly a pack of poster maps. As you might guess, this series will get a green color scheme.

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CAL1 "In Stranger Skies" is the very first Gazetteer anyone new with Calidar should get. It provides an overview of the universe, the main world, and the Kingdom of Meryath which is home to the Star Phoenix, the skyship featured on the cover.

PG1 "Players' Guide to Meryath" summarizes important info from the Gazetteer for the players. It provides guidelines on how to roll up characters, and delves more deeply into Calidar's epic hero narrative, a central theme to this world. At the time of this article, PG1 is being laid out in prepress as it was added retroactively to this series. It should see print April or May 2020.

CA1 "Dreams of Aerie" is a sandbox adventure on a multi-decked flying circus providing player characters with a  mobile "home base" from which to kick off future adventures.

CA1 also offers fold-up maps available separately. DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

CAL1a and CAL1b are Conversion Guides translating all game stats listed in CAL1, PG1, and CA1 for use with Labyrinth LordTM or OSRICTM. At the time of this article, these two books are awaiting layout work in prepress. They were added retroactively to this series. They should see print around early May 2020.

KM1 Kingdom of Meryath is a large 28" by 22" poster map. It is a limited edition printed outside DTRPG's sphere. It is available until stock runs out from the author's Facebook shop (US customers only; if outside the USA, please contact the author directly).

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CAL2 "On Wings of Darkness" describes a realm of wizards and demons. Its theme covers schools of magic, a source of world magic, and of course, how to handle demons.

PG2 "Players' Guide to Caldwen" summarizes the Gazetteer's information for the players. It also features bloodlines, star signs, a new race related to demons, and a new character class of mage-knights forming an order connected with the source of world magic.

CA2 "How to Train Your Wizard" is the adventure for this series. It focuses on apprentices learning the trade of wizardry and necromancy. It provides a series of maps depicting the entire college, from dungeon to 12th floor.

CAL2a and CAL2b are Conversion Guides translating all game stats listed in CAL2, PG2, and CA2 for use with Labyrinth LordTM or OSRICTM. At the time of this article, these two books are at the printer. They should see print mid-April 2020.

CAL2 Seven Fold-Up Maps relate directly to CAL2. They display maps of Caldwen, topographic and hex styles, as well as street maps of the flying city of Arcanial and Port Arcana. DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

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CC1 "Beyond the Skies" is a massive compendium of all things divine in the world of Calidar. It describes several pantheons of gods, game mechanics on faiths among mortals, running priest and shaman characters, divine favors and punishments, beliefs of the Dread Lands, demons, demigods, avatars, life after death, the netherworld, alliances among pantheons and deities, etc. CC1 is an invaluable sourcebook affecting all Gazetteers present and future.

CAGM1 Calidar Game Mechanics is a lightweight, pay-what-you-want pamphlet defining the various terms used for game stats in Calidar books. Calidar is primarily system-neutral, which explains the existence of conversion guides.

Calidar Climates is a single fold-up sheet showing the various climates on Calidar's surface, prevailing winds and sea currents.

Soltan Ephemeris is a single fold-up sheet showing an illustration of all planets orbiting the central star, Soltan.

DTRPG does not at this time support bundling books and fold-up posters because they are printed at different locations. Posters, cards, and fold-up maps aren't presently available from DTRPG due to Covid-19 lockdown.

GC1 Great Caldera is a large 28" by 22" poster map. It is a limited edition printed outside DTRPG's sphere. It is available until stock runs out from the author's Facebook shop (US customers only; if outside the USA, please contact the author directly).



 
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M Scott S December 20, 2014 9:31 pm UTC
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Is there any reason I should have blank pages? For example, the cover, 9, 10, pages 14 through 18, etc.
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Scott H December 24, 2014 3:02 pm UTC
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Hi M Scott S,

I'm sorry you received a bad copy - what you're describing sounds like a printer error. Please contact our customer service team, using the Contact Us link below, so they can get a new replacement copy out to you asap.

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Scott Holden
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Bruce H December 24, 2014 3:06 pm UTC
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Sorry for not getting back in touch with you sooner. There was a technical bug on this page that prevented any of us from answering back. Definitely check with DTRPG's customer service to have them replace your book. Wished you had a properly printed book for Christmas. Despite the untimely glitch, I wish you Happy Holidays!
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Bruce H June 10, 2019 11:30 am UTC
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Sounds like a misprint. Did you ever get DTRPG to replace your book?
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