Chimpman wrote:I'm very excited about this as well! One of the reasons I kept picking up Dragon Mag back in the day was for the VotPA articles (and other occasional articles done by Bruce and others that featured Mystara).
It was the same for me - I scanned the beginning of every article for the bold text D&D
, but it appeared frustratingly little. But the Princess Ark series more than made up for that, providing Dragon with what I still believe was its best series of articles, and giving Mystara and classic D&D fans a much-welcome sign that we weren't completely forgotten.
Add to that the wonderful mix of story and gazetteer-type content, and the letters sections, which provided a taste of what we now get to do online (i.e. interacting with the creators) in the pre-Internet era.
While I'm a bit sad to see that crew sail off into the sunset, I'm also excited that Bruce will get to continue on with a new crew in a new world. I can't wait to see what adventures he has lined up for us!
I summed up my feelings about this in a long comment on Bruce's blog when he announced the new project, and that Wizards are not going to cooperate on getting new Mystara stuff done. Basically I agree with you. Sure, it's sad that we're not going to see more of the Princess Ark, but Bruce has stated that he will continue writing Mystara articles for us - and on top of that, a new setting, with new Princess Ark-style stories and Mystara-style gazetteer info.
When it comes down to it, for me it has become less a matter of the setting (Mystara) and more a matter of loving the style and trusting the talents of the writers. Within that concept, it's actually potentially much more exciting that Bruce is now working on a world without crippling ties to a large corporation, and indeed without an intertwined game system which in turn links the whole setting to economic and political realities of the game (versioning, limited support, fixed schedules, and on and on).
Conceptually it's like your favourite author deciding to start a new series with echoes of their famous established series, but starting again from scratch. Few authors get the chance to do this, because it's a risk that publishers would prefer they didn't take. But imagine if Tolkien had written not a sequel but another take on Lord of the Rings; or if Terry Pratchett decided to write the conceptual successor to Discworld; or if JK Rowling wrote another story about a wizarding world that was similar and yet subtly different from Harry Potter; and so on. Or indeed if Ed Greenwood decided to write the spiritual successor to the Forgotten Realms, or Weiss and Hickman decided to do a new series in the spirit of the old Dragonlance.
I don't know about you, but I'd love to read any one of those - especially since I feel that every one of those authors (has) improved with age.
Where do I sign up?
Bruce mentioned in the interview that he will be starting a Kickstarter later in the year. I'm sure we'll hear more about Calidar before then, but until then it doesn't hurt to spread the word and build up interest. That includes here - it's early days yet, but I'm sure that Calidar will be needing its own home here at the Piazza, and this is the first step, isn't it? 9 threads to go!