Dreams of Aerie: Bruce Heard's Circus in the Sky!
  • Dreams of Aerie: Bruce Heard's Circus in the Sky!


    Bruce Heard has sent over an exclusive preview of the latest in the Calidar series, “Dreams of Aerie”. Dreams of Aerie is the third in the World of Calidar series. You may remember the first book In Stranger Skies, still listed near the top of EN World’s Certified Chart, more than two years after its initial release. Calidar books are tabletop RPG accessories that aren’t game-specific; in other words, they can be run with most role-playing game mechanics. The new book describes the Greatest Show on Calidar, a flying circus that offers amazing fantasy spectacles to the townspeople of Calidar. It welcomes among its crew misfits, freaks, those seeking solace from a society that fears or persecutes them, as well as deceivers with shady pasts. Unknown to all but circus folk, the glorious vessel travels the world in search of ancient artifacts. A benevolent god’s cult prevails aboard, patron of beast handlers and showmanship, an epic hero who earned immortality in Calidar’s ancient past. But not all is well aboard. Heroes are hired to investigate a mysterious murder. In the course of their mission, they uncover dark things, some causing shivers to run down their spines. Not everyone or everything dwelling aboard welcomes the adventurers’ meddling. UPDATE - the Kickstarter has launched!




    Dreams of Aerie is a mega adventure that also works as a mini-setting. Because its plot focuses on a flying circus, it can easily be transplanted into another world than Calidar. The traveling show is set on a vessel 300’ long and configured with three decks. Permanent buildings of the aeries ring the main deck’s outer edge, rising 2-4 floors with basements on the lower deck. Within the circle of aeries stand the carnie’s shacks and tents, with the Big Top dominating the center. Counting aeries, the sideshows, and the various decks, more than 200 distinct areas are mapped and finely detailed.

    This adventure is character driven and largely open ended. For this purpose, more than 100 NPCs and key monsters, each with background and personal motivation, along with another 100 random roustabouts, provide the dynamics behind the story. NPCs are listed with specific addresses for their residences and employment aboard the circus. They are members of professional guilds (freaks, buffoons, beast handlers, acrobats, etc.) seeking fame, status, influence, and wealth. Some personalities also belong to rival secret societies, or may be relatives, or lovers. Others, behind innocent appearances, are truly monstrous and bent on evil deeds. No one knows what comes out after the moons have set, when visiting townsfolk have left and circus folk are safely back in their quarters.






    There is no predicting where this adventure goes. It stands as an ultimate challenge to skilled referees. A wealth of game-mastering tools are offered to manage role-playing, including a flowchart of general events to help keep the players on track. Adventures continue from there, as pre-gens have their own “secret goals,” and each NPC can potentially lead to alternative escapades. All of these options are compiled for easy reference in the sourcebook’s appendix. They will also become available as free PDFs associated with the book, offering player handouts at the same time.

    Dreams of Aerie still needs a budget for cover art and internal illustrations. For this, its Kickstarter campaign is scheduled to launch on June 14. The finished manuscript has been handed over to the editor. All maps are done, including up to six 11x16 posters as well as all section maps and individual rooms reproduced inside the printed book. The initial page count comes to 124 color pages, up to 132 depending on stretch goals. The final product should be released around Nov-Dec 2017 as POD via DriveThruRPG or the author directly (for autographed copies.) Previous books, including some exclusively available to Kickstarter backers, will be available from this crowdfunding campaign.

    UPDATE - the Kickstarter has launched!









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    1. Zaukrie's Avatar
      Zaukrie -
      Good luck going up against the terrain gods....
    1. Yaztromo's Avatar
      Yaztromo -
      Funding almost achieved! Just a few hundred dollars still missing...
    1. Bruce Heard's Avatar
      Bruce Heard -
      Hello Houston... the eagle has landed. No. Wait. It's taken off... It's... It's...

      ...flying onward to glory!


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    1. Yaztromo's Avatar
      Yaztromo -
      FUNDED!
      Now we'll see how many stretch targets can be achieved...
    1. Zaukrie's Avatar
      Zaukrie -
      Congrats
    1. Bruce Heard's Avatar
      Bruce Heard -
      Quote Originally Posted by Zaukrie View Post
      Congrats
      Thank you. And guess what... we've not only funded, but have also flown past the first stretch goal. Life is good.

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    1. Yaztromo's Avatar
      Yaztromo -
    1. Bruce Heard's Avatar
      Bruce Heard -
      Hi everyone. Here's a review by Glen Hallstrom of CAL1 "In Stranger Skies." It is a fun walk through.





      Another reminder: crowdfunding for Calidar "Dreams of Aerie" is on its last week. Click here for the details.


      You can find CAL1 "In Stranger Skies" on DTRPG.
    1. Bruce Heard's Avatar
      Bruce Heard -
      Last day for the Kickstarter!
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