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A preview of +Bruce Heard's amazing work on Calidar's skyships.  The deck plans are amazing!  I can't get over Bruce's skill at crafting these plans.  He truly has a vision for all of this stuff, and I'm very happy to be along for the ride.  By all means, come and join us!
One of Calidar’s objectives is to depict a world whose skies are ruled by flying ships, and whose people yearn to conquer their corner of space.  Naturally, I won’t get into too much detail before the book’s release, but I ca...
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Oh my!  Thanks, Thorf!  <big grin>
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The new hex art for the +World of Calidar.  +Bruce Heard came up with the first six settlement icons, and the rest are mine.  There are quite a few more symbols that wouldn't fit in the Legend, which will come in future maps.

You can see more previews of Calidar's hex maps over at Bruce's blog.

http://bruce-heard.blogspot.jp/2014/06/CAL08.html
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They look great!
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Part 2 of +Bruce Heard's article on the making of the Great Caldera map for the +World of Calidar is up!  I particularly enjoyed the discussion about Elven accents.  You can also see some snippets from the final map, which is going to the printer this week.
Dealing with Alfdaín presented the challenge of generating Elvish names without sounding too much like a Tolkien-wannabe.  The names used here blend Nordic-sounding syllables, old English/Germanic, and Breton Celtic. I revert...
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Calidar Pinterest Board
A while ago I created a Pinterest board to collect all of the Calidar maps and artwork that have been released so far. Follow Thorfinn's board World of Calidar on Pinterest. It's getting to be quite a nice collection. And of course there is a whole lot more...

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A while ago I created a Pinterest board to collect all of the Calidar maps and artwork that have been released so far. Follow Thorfinn's board World of Calidar on Pinterest. It's getting to be quite a nice collection. And of ...
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+Bruce Heard has posted a really great overview of the first Calidar book, revealing its content as well as what stage the production is at right now.  It's a very interesting read, and there is some wonderful concept art by John Dollar to enjoy, too.
Concept work from John Dollar It's been almost a year since my most-viewed-ever blog post "Bye-Bye Princess Ark" went online.  Since then, a lot has been accomplished.  The Kickstarter succeeded, and the Calidar project is n...
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Global Internet usage based on time of day.

Totally fascinating. Japan's Internet use is not nearly as much as you might have thought — although actually this doesn't surprise me. But what's most interesting is the difference in lifestyle between Europe and the US: Europe positively lights up in the evening, while the US seems most active during the day.

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Another thing I just noticed...  Internet usage in Japan takes a long time to die down.  Apparently a lot of people use it long into the night.
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Introducing Calidar's all-new hex art!  There's plenty to see for hex map fans, with sneak peeks at all of the new art Bruce and I did for the poster map.  A new hybrid topographical map with a hex overlay is also featured.  Let us know what you think!
I’m pleased to announce that Meryath’s poster map is ready to go to the printer.  This one’s story is as long as the Great Caldera’s (see my previous blog articles).  The two were developed concurrently, as soon as we had a v...
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hexes hexes hexes !!!! XD
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Interesting quiz. It correctly deduced that I speak Scottish English. This makes me wonder which specific phrases mark Scottish English. The only one I really know about from Orkney dialect is using "take" instead of "bring".
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What countries have most influenced the way you speak? Take this test designed by MIT researchers and find out.
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Standard American English here.  Oui, oui!
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Great Caldera Poster Map Finished
Close to a year of work on the Great Caldera's overview map came to a head last weekend, and the map is finally complete, and entering the pre-print stage. The area around Belledor's capital. Exciting times for me, as this will be the first map I've ever ha...
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Well done!
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+Bruce Heard has posted an article about the development of the Great Caldera poster map for the +World of Calidar.  It includes some previews of my work on the map, as well as some great background info on how he comes up with all the place names.

I've been working on this map in various stages for almost a year now, so it's wonderful to finally be drawing close to completion, and publication.  June is going to be a very exciting month indeed.

Now back to mapping!
Putting together the main poster map for the World of Calidar has been a major project. On the one hand there was a long learning curve for Thorfinn Tait, the project’s Master Cartographer, to handle the array of software gen...
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Most impressive, Thorf. Very nice work. As Andrew said, really appreciate all the hard work.
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+Jeff Grubb chimes in on the +World of Calidar.
I suppose I could write about Cerilia, the continent of the Birthright campaign, but I would prefer instead to mention a world that I know much less about, but about which I am much more curious. I am talking instead about Ca...
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This is exceedingly cool. When it gets down really close to the surface, you can see all the mountains and valleys.
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I remember watching that as soon as it was available to watch. It was super exciting to be able to track the descent "live".
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Born and raised in the Orkney Islands in the north of Scotland, UK.  Moved to Akita, Japan in 2000.  Teacher by trade, with cartography and graphic design on the side.  Would love it if that were the other way round.  Happily married to Kika, a dancer and choreographer, with two children, Erik and Isla.

Art and entertainment are my family's passions: my great aunt was an independent film director, my father is a professional photographer and writer, my wife and her mother are dancers/choreographers.
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Since last November, +Bruce Heard has been writing a series of short stories introducing us to the +World of Calidar. Aside from being a bla