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Three Dragon Hill

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Legatus Reiswitz and Centurion Bongani lead the 10th Legion against the orcs of Niesse

Legatus Reiswitz and Centurion Bongani lead the 10th Legion against the orcs of Niesse

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The Battle of Three Dragon Hill took place in the Stollhofen badlands as part of the Stollhofen campaign of the Niesse Wars. It is noteworthy as an early engagement of Legatus Reiswitz Gustavus leading the 10th and 16th Legions. Facing a “worst-case scenario,” Gustavus’ forces briefly resisted the combined might of three armies: Gloggu, Molwitz, and Bruun. This major engagement became a stern lesson in how to operate when facing orcs at night.

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Chaldea Casting Part III Our Audition Briefs

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Peter_Adkison_(200x200)In my first blog on the casting process for Chaldea, I explained how we organized our Chaldea cast into two groups of characters: VO (Voice Over) and VOLO (Voice Over with Likeness [R]ights and Option to [F]ilm). In my second blog in this series, I explained why we hired a casting director and what it’s like to work with one. In this blog, I’ll discuss an important tool we use in the audition process that we call audition briefs.

An audition brief is a short document that is sent to an actor who wants an audition. Each role being cast has an audition brief unique to that character. It contains two sections: a one-page character background and several pages of script featuring that character (the industry term for these script pages is sides).

Character Background

The character background is something I take some pride in. I understand that many directors don’t bother including much information for the background, but I like to make a pretty big deal about it. I love these characters, and I can’t help but want to share that love with the actors. I like to believe this helps get the actors excited to do their best. Read More

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THE COUNCIL OF CONSULS

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A Session of the Council of Consuls

A Session of the Council of Consuls

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Emperor Kordaava is a warrior-dictator who rules Chaldea with the tip of his spear—the Spear of Set. Anyone who resists his rule, whether seriously or jokingly, is dealt with harshly in the form of immediate death. When a god, even a demigod, rules a world, that rule is absolute and unlimited.

While Emperor Kordaava enjoys the freedom and autonomy that comes with totalitarianism, he intellectually understands the strength of a republic. At no point was he about to turn the governing of Chaldea over to elections, but he was always interested in having a unified body govern the daily operations of the empire. So believing—and wisely so—he founded the Senate and the Council of Consuls to govern.

The Senate is comprised of several hundred senators from every corner of the World of Chaldea. In their homelands, a senator might well be a king, queen, patesi, chief, pharaoh, könig, wa-na-ka, Caesar, kugyo, high priestess, or so on. The Senate generally meets once per year, and one of its important functions is to appoint Imperial consuls from among its ranks. Consuls have day-to-day responsibilities in the empire. They must be senators in their own rank but must also live in Saratof and run important departments, such as Commerce, Public Safety, or Law and Justice. It is primarily through this Council of Consuls that Emperor Kordaava is able to administrate his world empire.

The Council of Consuls enjoys a well-rounded, diverse set of personalities and intellects from around the Chaldean empire, and these members happen to include an immortal Elder Dragon.

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People Won’t Come to a Panel, but They’ll Come to a Party

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Sarah_Moore_(200x200)Chaldea descended on Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for a weekend of gaming, drinking, and networking during the eighth annual Gary Con Gaming Convention, March 3–6, where the folks of the con welcomed us with open arms. Peter Adkison transformed the Grand Geneva Suite (formerly the Hugh Hefner Suite) into the Chaldea Room. Concept art hung on the walls and doors; Dwarven Forge miniatures were laid out in the conference room; and the bar was fully stocked. Peter had one specific thought in mind: “People won’t come to a panel, but they’ll come to a party.” And it certainly was a party.

Luke Gygax hosted an event in the Chaldea Suite the first night of the con. It was packed with laughter and an incredible amount of gaming stories…and booze. Read More

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Chaldea Casting Part II: Working With a Casting Director

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Peter_Adkison_(200x200)In my last blog, I explained how our Chaldea cast is divided into two groups of characters: VO (Voice Over) and VOLO (Voice Over with Likeness rights and Option to film). Now let’s take a closer look at the casting process for the VOLO characters. And I’m going to stop saying “VOLO” for now; for the rest of this blog, all my references to characters and actors are of the VOLO variety.

There are a number of ways to manage a casting process. You could run ads or use your friends network to get the word out and do everything yourself. Or you could work directly with a talent agency that represents actors. And that would work well, I’m sure, but the agency represents the actors, and I want someone advising me in the process who works for me.

So, we use a casting director (or casting agent). A casting director sits beside me, works for me, and manages the entire casting process. The casting agent works with multiple talent agencies to cast the broadest (and most appropriate) net. A casting director will also work with independent actors, or untried actors, who aren’t represented by any talent agency at all. Read More

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Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

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Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

Kulbrandr, the Jarl of Tavja, listens to court testimony

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Tavja is a kingdom contained almost entirely within the Cloudforger Mountains and populated by a rugged, mountainous, warlike people who worship the Norse gods.

The kingdom is a warrior-class, male-dominated society based heavily on slavery; its hierarchy of social castes rises from those lowly slaves up to affluent aristocrats. There is a 10-to-1 ratio of slaves to natural-born citizens. Nobles—the jarl of Tavja chief among them—own beautiful slaves; in fact, the jarl enjoys a near monopoly on exotic slave girls, whom he keeps posed nude around him as striking works of art. It’s a hard life for the slaves and an indulgent illustrative one for the aristocracy.

The Tavja military is comprised of muscular barbarian warriors, and its highest-ranking officers ride Tavjan Lions, fierce winged predators that hold dominant sway over the skies of Chaldea.

In the history of the world, no army has successfully sacked Tavja due to the combination of unassailable mountain heights and winged lions with air superiority. The jarl, Kulbrandr, only bent a knee to Emperor Kordaava because the emperor was a god, wielding the unstoppable Spear of Set. Kulbrandr rightly knew that Emperor Kordaava could easily waltz into the capital city of Danorum and slice the jarl’s throat at a moment’s notice. Once Kordaava was assassinated, however, that threat was all but gone. Brash as the Norse gods he worshipped, Kulbrandr feared no one at this point, not even the heralded Imperial legions. And thus he promptly lifted his middle finger and broke away from the empire as a whole.

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Chaldea Casting Part 1: Organizing Our Characters

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Peter_Adkison_(200x200)This is a very exciting time here in the Chaldea studios. After three years of writing scripts, illustrating characters, building and decorating sets, creating costumes, and producing a pilot, we are finally beginning the process of casting for our first two seasons.

This leads me to think, “Hey, maybe you’d like to know more about how we do casting.” Of course, we all have a general idea of what casting is, but how does it work exactly? What are the steps?

First, Chaldea is an odd animal, what with its blend of comics and film. A crucial element of this mixed media is that the comic book rendition of a character look like a reasonable facsimile of the actor who plays said character. For example, compare Reiswitz as a comic book character to Reiswitz in the film, played by actor Stefan Hajek. Read More

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THE SUMMONING

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Imogen plays a dangerous game

Imogen plays a dangerous game

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In Chaldea, the practice of summoning underworld powers is a dangerous art form that practitioners use to amass power…or sacrifice their soul in the effort.

Souls are a highly prized commodity across the million-sphere multiverse. Gods and devils alike enjoy the valuable currency, but occasionally, mortals flirt with the sport of souls.

Here, Imogen plays a dangerous soul game.

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THE MAGICIANS RANT – Hollywood Fantasy

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Steve_Conard_(200x200)Full disclosure – this is a rant. It’s unrelated to Chaldea but related in a dotted-line sense, in that it’s about the fantasy genre. And as I’m the lead writer on Chaldea, maybe it’s good that you understand how I feel about fantasy fiction.

I’m an opinionated bastard; I admit that. There are things that bother me, and I’m not afraid to voice my opinion. I’m not willing to go silently into that good night. Occasionally, I might use our Chaldea platform to express my views, if something particularly annoys me.

Today is that day. I’m annoyed.

I’m a genre enthusiast—I love fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and all things weird. So, when I heard about the SyFy Channel’s new show The Magicians, I set my DVR to record.

SPOILER ALERT: This rant contains spoilers. If you haven’t seen The Magicians and intend to do so, you might want to stop reading.

Still here?

So, I watched the first two episodes of The Magicians, which set my nerves on edge.

I haven’t read The Magicians series by author Lev Grossman. I understand they’re bestsellers. This rant is by no means leveled at the books— I’m sure they’re spun gold, prose worthy of (insert name of your favorite author here). This rant is leveled squarely at the TV series. Read More

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Zane Adraelestos enjoys the company of 3 maidens.

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Zane Adraelestos enjoys the company of three maidens.

Zane Adraelestos enjoys the company of three maidens.

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Born the son of an imperial senator, Zane Adraelestos was raised in a luxurious castle surrounded by servants, his every whim and desire sated. And nothing spoils the young faster and more completely than immortality and endless riches.

Adraelestos spent an untroubled youth on the Island of Dorsang in the Free City of Esh, attending the renowned Bard College. There he studied philosophy, fine arts, history, and music and yet, after twenty-four years, had no diploma to show for his efforts—or lack thereof—except for a long trail of heartbroken maidens.

As unlikely as it might seem, could the Emperor’s death derail Zane Adraelestos’s carefree lifestyle and drive him to grow up?

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