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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. 

POSTER MAPS: Two related poster maps are available on EBay, one depicting the Great Caldera (Calidar's "known world"), and the Kingdom of Meryath.  The latter is depicted in the popular hex-style format. The 22"x28" poster maps are produced and sold separately from the book due to limitations with print-on-demand. Click here for the poster maps.

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!" 

You can find many new articles and developments about Calidar on the author's blog.

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M Scott S December 20, 2014 9:31 pm UTC
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
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.

Scott Holden
DriveThru Team
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Bruce H December 24, 2014 3:06 pm UTC
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
Sounds like a misprint. Did you ever get DTRPG to replace your book?
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