Play the Temple of Modren at U*Con!

Want to experience the world of Aetaltis first hand? Marc Tassin, the founder of Mechanical Muse and creator of Aetaltis, is running Pathfinder(r) Compatible adventure The Temple at the U*Con gaming convention in Ypsilanti, Michigan on November 21st. This is the same adventure featured in The Heroes of Thornwall sourcebook (available now from DriveThruRPG!) Sign-up today and test your mettle against the forces of Endroren!

Beware the Owlbear!

The owlbear is a classic monster, well-known (and feared) by fans of roleplaying games. It first appeared in the now legendary 1977 first printing of the Monster Manual for Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. The design of the creature was originally drawn from a small, cheap plastic drugstore toy. Ton DiTerlizzi wrote a wonderful article about it that you can read here. It seemed only fitting that we should include this stange and terrifying creature in the world of Aetaltis (complete with fantastic art from the incomparable Eric Lofgren). You can download the full PDF of the Aetaltan owlbear from DriveThruRPG!

Champions of Aetaltis Kickstarter Success!

As many of you know, the Champions of Aetaltis Kickstarter was a huge success! Not only did we hit our funding goals but we unlocked a number of fantastic stretch goals. Thank you to everyone that helped to make this possible! And if you missed the Kickstarter, never fear! We've set up a pre-order page where you can still get in on the action!

CLICK HERE to visit the preorder page here to order your copy today!


The latest Aetaltis project is ready for launch! We've partnered with veteran illustrator Eric Lofgren, and starting on June 5th we're releasing a series of new Pathfinder compatible monsters for Aetaltis based on his illustrations! You can check out a sample of what we're planning below, and we'll have even more information soon! In the meantime, check out the official press release after the break!

First Time Backer's Guide to Kickstarter

As you probably know, we're running a big Kickstarter right now for CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS, an anthology of awesome new short stories by some of the best fantasy authors in the business. But maybe you've never heard of "crowdfunding" or "Kickstarter". If you're wondering what the heck all this stuff is or what all this "stretch goal" and "pledge levels" talk is all about, we're here to help!

Click the read more button below and learn everything you need to know!

Heroic Fantasy Anthology Assembles Dream Team of Authors

Heroic Fantasy Anthology Assembles Dream Team of Authors

The finest authors in science fiction and fantasy band together to bring a rich new fantasy world to life.

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May 18, 2015—Ann Arbor, Michigan—Seventeen of the greatest science fiction and fantasy authors working today have come together to bring a new fantasy world to life in CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS, an original heroic fantasy anthology from Mechanical Muse LLC.

Fans will be in for a treat when the completed anthology is released at the end of 2015, since the contributing authors are a veritable who’s who of the fiction, comics, and game industries. The confirmed list is a who’s who of New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors, along with Eisner Award and Bram Stoker Award winners, and includes Michael A. Stackpole, Elaine Cunningham, Larry Correia, Cat Rambo, Bill Willingham, Jean Rabe, Lucy A. Snyder, David Farland and many more. These authors, with more than a hundred published novels and several hundred published short stories among them, will ensure that readers find a treasure trove of top quality, pulse-pounding fantasy stories inside.

“It’s amazing to have so many fan-favorite authors in one book,” said Marc Tassin, creator of Aetaltis. “It’s going to make for an incredible collection of stories.”

The Kickstarter for the project takes flight on May 18th, although many of the stories have already been written, and work on the book is well underway. The anthology is a first for Mechanical Muse, but they’ve recruited a team of seasoned professionals to help put the book together. With one successful Kickstarter already under their belts (for the Pathfinder RPG-compatible sourcebook The Heroes of Thornwall, also set in the world of Aetaltis), the successful completion of this ambitious campaign will also be a huge win for both Mechanical Muse and fans of fantasy adventure. Among the industry pros on board is award-winning editor John Helfers. During his sixteen-year tenure at Tekno Books, the largest commercial book packager in the nation, Helfers worked with many, bestselling authors and co-editors, including Charlaine Harris, Tom Clancy, Mercedes Lackey, and Kevin J. Anderson. He’s edited more than one hundred anthologies for major publishers such as DAW Books, Tor, Baen, and many others.

“I’m thrilled to be part of this project,” said Helfers. “Aetaltis is an amazing fantasy setting, and the authors that are bringing it to life are some of the best around. It also helps that Marc and his fantastic team are putting out some of the best-looking published work I’ve ever seen.”

The Kickstarter campaign for CHAMPIONS OF AETALTIS launches on May 18th and runs through June 23rd. For more information about the campaign and the world of Aetaltis, visit .

For media inquiries, please contact: Melanie Meadors, Publicist, .

About Mechanical Muse LLC

Mechanical Muse was founded by Marc Tassin to bring joy, hope, excitement, adventure, enlightenment, and inspiration to everyone who daydreams of fantastic worlds beyond our own. Its created fantasy world, Aetaltis, is the first world in an interconnected universe of immersive new settings that people can interact with and explore. For more information, visit