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We want to put our outstanding 'Rise of the Drow' trilogy into a single epic hardcover edition -- with revised and expanded content!

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Adventureaweek.com puts out a new D&D 3.5 and Pathfinder Role-playing game compatible adventure every single week. In 2012 we released a popular and critically acclaimed trilogy called Rise of the Drow, but it’s only available in PDF format. We’d like your help to transform this into a single fully illustrated, full color, premium edition hardback book with loads of expanded content. Even if you aren't familiar with the Rise of the Drow trilogy, you can grab an introductory pdf adventure to get in on the action and help do your part!

The Mushroom Forest will have even more action between the guardian golems and the chokers that are attempting to defeat them. Holoth will have more information about visitors, houses, and all that takes place as the PCs work their way through the city either by stealth or by fighting, and face the final house. Embla will be expanded, telling you more about its trade, its influence on the region, and the battling dwarves who are attempting to save their town.
Yul’s lair, already mysterious, will have great depth, greater challenge, and be an environment that the PCs will truly learn to fear. The Demi-plane of Venom, deadly already, will become a greater challenge that everyone will truly remember.


However, what I’m sure you want to know about is the all-new material that you’ll be getting. So where do we start? Well, triple ENnie winner Todd Gamble will be giving you new maps, both of all the current areas, plus many more of the additional action, and we’re aiming for cloth versions to use as fantastic players aids.

We have guest authors bringing you all-new environments and encounters, such as an entirely new drow house that will play a challenging part of the action in Holoth, a complete Undersea with ancient pirates, lost dwarves, and a ship that travels through the entire Underworld, a scene-stealing, PC-chomping deep dragon, and its realm, the dwarven Underworld capital of Stoneholme will be introduced for your PCs to perhaps visit, and certainly explore at a later date. The history of the Vidre, allowing deep immersion into their alien world will be given for the PCs to experience.

The hidden dwellings of other denizens that live and die around those two cities of Embla and Holoth will be introduced so that allies and enemies alike can be found as the PCs travel through the Underworld. The Rift-Realms of the undead members of the various Holoth drow houses will be given greater strength and emphasis. Other planes that the Drow Spider Temple touches on will have gateways introduced and expanded information.

UNLOCKED $5,000: Hero Lab files of all monsters and NPCs.

UNLOCKED $6,000: Endzeitgeist, Paizo community reviewer extraordinaire (over 1000 reviews!), to author a section – The ecology of the Vidre, the primary adversaries in Usurper of Souls.

Corrupted Dwarf by Rick Hershey
Corrupted Dwarf by Rick Hershey

UNLOCKED $7,000: New Interior Art featuring the talented Mr. Rick Hershey of Fat Goblin Games and the always impressive Mr. Jacob "ProdigyDuck" Blackmon.

Robert Gruver of Skirmisher Publishing
Robert Gruver of Skirmisher Publishing

UNLOCKED $8,000: Robert Gruver, of D-Infinity and Skirmisher Publishing to author a section – A new batlike race exclusive to the underworld, and mechanics for echolocation in combat. Robert Gruver is a writer, father, and husband from Houston, Texas. He has numerous credits to his name including articles for "d-Infinity Magazine", and has story in Skirmisher Publishing LLC's "Swords of Kos: Hekaton" anthology. He is the host of the weekly gaming Youtube show "d-Infinity Live!"

UNLOCKED $9,000: New Interior Art by Tim Tyler.  The man behind so much of the look and feel of Adventureaweek has returned to offer his distinct style to several of the interior pieces.

UNLOCKED $10,000: Jason Stoffa, co-founder of Fat Goblin Games to author a new section - on the Undersea and a new subrace of corrupted dwarves.

“Know that all which rests beneath the sun decays. All things made by mortal hands and in into this world brought,with the rise of shadow all shall return to naught...”                         Book of the Black Earth

Imprisoned deep within the dark earth, the last living shard of an immortal being once again stirs to life. Its newly awakened essence spreads as a pollution across the light-less waves of a sprawling underground sea, threatening a twisted reign of madness among those unfortunate enough to be touched by the corruption of its gathered power. Already counted among its unwilling servants are a colony of lost Dweorg. Once part of a clan that fell to a victim to a long forgotten calamity, these dwarves have built a massive kingdom upon the toiling of slaves. Widespread rumors of a dark cult, strange creatures, and of the Dweorg's obsession with unearthing an unknown relic lead adventurers into a cursed place that even their hated enemies, the drow, would fear to tread.

Brian Berg of TPK Games
Brian Berg of TPK Games

UNLOCKED $11,000: Brian "Necroblivion" Berg to author "House Invidious" – The sick mind behind Total Party Kill Games will be bringing us a new drow house for use within the environs of the Rise of the Drow adventures. He will breathe life into House Invidious, a fallen incestuous drow house crushed by its peers and left to rot. Fester they did, and out of sight is out of mind. Generations later they hunger for revenge, willing to use and manipulate anyone and anything they can in order to reclaim their former status and wreak their everlasting vengeance.

Satine Phoenix
Satine Phoenix

UNLOCKED $12,000: Interior art piece by Satine Phoenix. Truly an original in both her art and her style, the one and only Satine Phoenix will be looking to add a particular blind drider to her art portfolio.  Check out her series on YouTube Monster Maidens.

Owen KC Stephens of Super Genius Games
Owen KC Stephens of Super Genius Games

UNLOCKED $13,000: Owen K.C. Stephens to author new source material on a deep dragon's machinations – The Lead Developer for Super Genius Games and contributing author to the Star Wars, Everquest, Black Company and Wheel of Time RPGs plus innumerable Pathfinder sourcebooks will bring us the details of a deep dragon's lair. This source material will bring a new level of terror to these deep realms and possibly turn your players into crunchy bits.

Jen Page (need we say more?)
Jen Page (need we say more?)

UNLOCKED $14,000: Interior art of the Book Golem done by none other than Jen Page, yes, that Jen Page. Need I say more? Gallery link to tempt the appetites.

Christina Stiles of Kobold Press
Christina Stiles of Kobold Press

UNLOCKED $15,000: Christina Stiles will take on the city of Holoth, detailing many of its important factions, city leaders and important sites.  Christina is no stranger to the Drow, as she was co-author and project lead of Green Ronin's Dezzavold: Fortress of the Drow.  In addition her writing has appeared in numerous issues of Kobold Quarterly, various books for Zobeck, Rogue Mage, Midgard Legends, and SpirosBlaak, just to name a few.

NEW COVER ART by Kerem Beyit!
NEW COVER ART by Kerem Beyit!

UNLOCKED $17,700: An exclusive full-color cover featuring the art of the amazingly talented Kerem Beyit!  Considered by many to be one of the top names in fantasy illustration, Kerem's style marries perfectly with the feel of this mega-adventure, bringing the perfect complement to the expanded edition cover image.This cover will only be available through this Kickstarter, and only on the Hardbound edition of the Rise of the Drow Expanded Edition.

Kevin Mickelson author of "Mask of Death"
Kevin Mickelson author of "Mask of Death"

UNLOCKED $19,000: Kevin Mickelson

Author for the Pathfinder-compatible paper version of the "Mask of Death" adventure based on The Gamers: Dorkness Rising will join the guest authors in adding another section of material to the final product.

Don't just throw your players to the underwolves!  Give them a fighting chance in the claustrophobic underworld with the official Players Guide!
Don't just throw your players to the underwolves! Give them a fighting chance in the claustrophobic underworld with the official Players Guide!

UNLOCKED $20,000: Player's Guide

For all backer's at $45 and up, a PDF of an exclusive Player's Guide will be added.  A perfect introduction to the underworld for players better preparing them for the world into which they will be venturing.

Spanning levels 1-6, this prelude is a perfect introduction to the Rise of the Drow trilogy.
Spanning levels 1-6, this prelude is a perfect introduction to the Rise of the Drow trilogy.

UNLOCKED $21,500: Prequel - "The Darkness Arrives"

We make it to $21,500 and Stephen Yeardley will take on the task of filling in the details for this story for the first six levels.  That's right, a prequel adventure covering levels 1-6 and opening the Rise of the Drow story line.  Released in PDF format, available to all backers at $45 and up.

UNLOCKED $24,000: Player's Guide in Print

A print version of the Rise of the Drow Player's Guide will become available as an add-on. A perfect introduction to the underworld for players, better preparing them for a foray into the darkness below. Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a PDF copy, but if you wish for a print copy, you may simply add $15 to your pledge total.

UNLOCKED $26,000: Prequel in Print

A print version of "The Darkness Arrives", the Rise of the Drow Prequel will become available as an add-on. This adventure by Stephen Yeardley contains five chapters which take the PCs from levels 1 to 6 and sets the stage for the Rise of the Drow trilogy. Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a PDF copy, but if you wish for a print copy, you may simply add $15 to your pledge total.

UNLOCKED 27,500: Adventures! Three for Free!  (shown above)

Three free PDF adventures to whet your appetite whilst waiting for the Rise of the Drow hardback to be completed. Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above receive these bonus adventures!

UNLOCKED 28,500: Adventures! Three for Free!  (shown above)

Three free PDF adventures to whet your appetite whilst waiting for the Rise of the Drow hardback to be completed. Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above receive these bonus adventures!

UNLOCKED 29,500: Adventures! Three for Free!  (shown above)

Three free PDF adventures to whet your appetite whilst waiting for the Rise of the Drow hardback to be completed. Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above receive these bonus adventures!

UNLOCKED 30,500: Underworld Encounter Maps printed by GAMING PAPER!

Traveling through the Underworld, the players will encounter weird and wonderful caverns, challenging passageways, and many more strange natural phenomenon. These tiles allow you, as GM, to plan and position interesting and exciting random events for your PCs; their geomorph nature grants many different possibilities, giving many hours of action and excitement for the PCs. 

These underworld encounter maps will be created by 3x ENnie award winning cartographer Todd Gamble (WotC, Green Ronin, Privateer Press) and include maps from:

  • Underworld Caverns (numerous & varied)
  • Dwarven City of Embla
  • Drow City of Holoth

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Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a free Underworld Encounter Maps PDF Pack, but if you wish for a print copy, you may simply add $10 to your pledge total.

UNLOCKED $31,500: Underworld Encounter Deck

Even in times of war, life goes on for those that live in the Underworld. As the PCs travel from the surface to Embla, from Embla to the outskirts of Holoth, and then even into the city itself, they will encounter the citizens of this subterranean realm as they go about their business, whether that is a problem with a previously unseen ooze, a deep gnome hermit in the middle of a 100 year retreat or a government-sanctioned assassin returning, injured, from a kill, with an angry mob on her tail.

This deck of cards is made up of over 120 encounters that can be dropped into Embla, Holoth or any of the caverns and tunnels that run from the surface to the drow city. Prepare for the unexpected, for your players are quite likely to encounter it!

Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a Underworld Encounter Card Deck PDF, but if you wish for a physical copy of the Underworld Encounter Card Deck, you may simply add $10 to your pledge total.

UNLOCKED $32,500: Full Faction Integration

Get your NPC into the hardbound book with a lucky few seeing their NPCs written into the main story alongside the PCs!

The concept for Faction Designation is for each pledger to come up with a human, a dwarf, or drow they would like to see appear as an NPC in the appropriate section of the trilogy.

The factions include:

Humans from Rybalka, and elsewhere, which include troops sent to help the PCs, slaves held in Holoth or even agents of Yul and his undead cult.

Drow within Holoth, but maybe who are spies elsewhere. They could be members of House Gullion, House Invidious, or perhaps just renegades.

Dwarves within Embla, or perhaps returning traders, or even allies from Stoneholme who have decided to help Embla despite Stoneholme's lockdown!

All that is needed is a name, a class or activity (Profession/Craft), and a two line description. The NPC will then appear as someone the party can meet and interact with. We are intending to use them as clear encounters for the PCs, so we'll be including chances for Diplomacy, Intimidation, a question or two, or perhaps a purchase from your character.

In addition, if this stretch goal is reached, we will be producing a special supplement with more than 100 detailed "random encounters" suitable for all the main settings. We will be looking to add the best of the NPCs sent to us as the focus of these encounters.

Finally, Stephen Yeardley will be taking the five most interesting NPCs, as decided by the Adventure-a-Week team, and write them up as an alternative party for the GM to use from the very outset of the adventure. Players will encounter this party early in the prequel, and there will be encounters with them throughout the entire Rise of the Drow trilogy. They will grow in stature, and feature as allies or enemies, as the PCs decide. If chosen, Stephen will be in touch with you to get your thoughts on how you would like to see your NPC grow into an important part of the Rise of the Drow!

Taking the PCs from levels 18-20, this epilogue closes the curtain on the Rise of the Drow trilogy once and for all.
Taking the PCs from levels 18-20, this epilogue closes the curtain on the Rise of the Drow trilogy once and for all.

UNLOCKED 35,500: Epilogue

A PDF version of the Rise of the Drow Epilogue "The Commander of Shadows" will become available as an add-on. This adventure by Jonathan G. Nelson & Stephen Yeardley contains an exciting alternative ending to the trilogy which takes the PCs from levels 18 to 20 with epic encounters that will blow your mind and close the curtain on the Rise of the Drow trilogy once and for all.

Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a PDF copy.

Epilogue Teaser:  "As the darkness flickered around the long-dormant body, the soul of the Matron Mother fled Holoth and rushed headlong to the waiting clone. Alone in its deep-buried chamber, resting on a permanently chilled bier, the rush of spirit into it caused it to react as if electricity had passed through it, and the gasp that escaped its lips would've frozen the bones of the most hard-bitten of adventurers.

Moments later, the dead body of the old Matron Mother arrived next to the now-activated clone of Maelora. The woman looked down at the broken body, still clad in its martial finery ,gave a wry smile, and said to herself ",My vanity blinded me, clouded my judgement, but it won't happen again." She striped the body, her former self, and quickly dressed in the equipment. Now the clone still feels weak, but her new strength is rapidly flowing through it, and soon she will be ready. 

Now Maelora glances around the chamber, a 10 feet-per-side cube, and spots what she is looking for. Touching five of the six sides of the chamber, other similar cells appear, each with a body on a sarcophagus - loyal troops, from decades ago, waiting for such a moment as this. Then the Matron Mother touches the final wall, directly in front of her, and door appears. Beyond is a chamber, colossal in size. Within rests the body of a spider, a fully developed, fiendish, monstrous creature that was gifted to Maelora for when revenge was required. The body looks tired, damaged, but Maelora knows it is from beyond the gates of the Abyss, and will fulfill its obligations. 

Maelora reaches for a amulet that is pinned to the doorframe. It burns with venomous cold fire, as gifts from her goddess always do. The Matron Mother steps forward, loudly chanting the liturgy that will activate the amulet. As the words reverberate around the massive hall with all the power they contain, the acid-green gem at the center of the amulet gets brighter, blindingly so; but Maelora continues. As the final phrase passes her lips, she thrusts the goddess's token deep into the spider's body, the passion flowing from her every pore. Then, imperceptibly at first, the corpse stirs; a twitch, a flex of a leg, and then the zombie spider rises. Maelora laughs, uncontrollably, and turns away, her arms raised; "No, it won't happen again. No more mistakes!" From back in the cell where her broken previous body lies, the sound of bones and flesh rending can be heard. "To me!" Maelora snaps the command, and the feeding stops. From the room steps one, two, three, four, five drow-shaped nightwalkers. "My real children, let us take back what is truly ours."

UNLOCKED $37,500: Epilogue in Print

A print version of the Rise of the Drow Epilogue "The Commander of Shadows" will become available as an add-on.

Note that all backers at the $45 pledge level and above will get a PDF copy, but if you wish for a print copy, you may simply add $15 to your pledge total.

UNLOCKED $40,000: Free 3 month subscription to Adventureaweek.com!

Existing AaW subscribers will have these bonus months added to their current subscription.

Eligible to all pledge levels $45 and above!

NOTE: After the Kickstarter ends you will receive a survey.  During this process we will obtain your information to set up a free account on Adventureaweek.com.

Example image courtesy of Hammerdog Games
Example image courtesy of Hammerdog Games

$45,000: ROTD GM SCREEN

This printable PDF will give you all of the tables and charts you need for adventuring in the underworld and running the Rise of the Drow trilogy.  Designed to be used with The World's Greatest Screen (sold separately), the RotD GM screen will be incredibly useful for both the RotD trilogy, and any future underworld campaigns you run!

FREE TO ALL PLEDGE LEVELS!

$55,000: UNDERWORLD VINYL FLIP-MAT

An incredibly versatile VINYL flip-mat designed by 3x ENnie winner Todd Gamble and printed by Gale Force Nine.  This mat is made from the same material as those tried and true hex/grid Chessex game mats we've all been using for years now.  The difference is in the beautiful full color cartography hand crafted by none other than Todd Gamble (WotC, Green Ronin, Privateer Press, Monte Cook).  One side will display dry caverns similar to a dead cave, while the other will contain a brilliant cave with pools of glistening water and an entire mushroom forest!

View examples of Gale Force Nine maps here!

If we make it to 60k, this durable, reusable vinyl flip mat will become available AT COST to all backers at the $45 pledge level and up.

Prices will be announced once this stretch goal is met!

Note: If this final stretch goal is met, this vinyl flip mat will be available for purchase online after the Kickstarter, but at full market price!

How Add-Ons Work: Add the cost of any add-on to your pledge level's total, and at the end of the campaign we will send out a survey to determine what add-ons you wanted.

Who Doesn't Love Dice?
Who Doesn't Love Dice?

$5/pair - RotD Dice!  

One pair (2 dice) of custom 16mm D6s bearing the Adventureaweek logo and the glyph for House Gullion.  

T-Shirt of Awesomeness +5
T-Shirt of Awesomeness +5

$25 per shirt, $30 for 2X TO 4X - RotD T-Shirts!  

Screenprinted, white on black exclusive t-shirts.  Your first line of defense against the cold, and a perfect addition to any wardrobe, this shirt will not only proclaim to the world that yes, you are a gamer, but that you are OUR kind of gamer! 

Kneel Before The Plushy Evillness!!!
Kneel Before The Plushy Evillness!!!

$20 - Drow Plushy!  

What campaign is complete without some serious plushy coolness?  Handcrafted crochet amigurumi plushies by the extremely talented Amanda Mickelson these unique drow are looking to invade new homes.  These adorable drow will steal your heart, while their gaming counterparts steal your lives!

$15 - RotD Player's Guide softcover

A print version of the Rise of the Drow Player's Guide, the perfect introduction to the underworld for players, better preparing them for a foray into the darkness below.

$15 - RotD Prelude softcover "The Darkness Arrives"

"The Darkness Arrives", the Rise of the Drow Prequel adventure by Stephen Yeardley contains five chapters which take the PCs from levels 1 to 6 and sets the stage for the Rise of the Drow trilogy. 

$15 - RotD Epilogue softcover "The Commander of Shadows"

"The Commander of Shadows", the Rise of the Drow Epilogue  adventure by Jonathan G. Nelson & Stephen Yeardley contains an exciting alternative ending to the trilogy which takes the PCs from levels 18 to 20 with epic encounters

$10 - Underworld Encounter Maps 

Created by 3x ENnie winning cartographer Todd Gamble and printed by GAMING PAPER!  http://www.gamingpaper.com/

$10 - Underworld Encounter Cards

This deck of cards is made up of over 120 encounters that can be dropped into Embla, Holoth or any of the caverns and tunnels that run from the surface to the drow city. Prepare for the unexpected, for your players are quite likely to encounter it!

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Music in video "Constancy Part 3" & "Five Armies" by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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We are purposely putting our fulfillment deadlines out one year, giving us plenty of time to finalize production on this project. The bulk of the work has been done already, and the additional extras are being contracted by established professionals with proven track records within the gaming industry. We don't anticipate any issues, and aim to deliver before our deadline.

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    INTRO ADVENTURE PDF AND FACTION DESIGNATION - You get a backer-only digitally-signed updated and expanded PDF copy of the of A13: Rise of the Drow, Part 1: Descent into the Underworld and get to choose a faction. Choose your side! You create and name an NPC to be included in the online resources! You will also be sent a pdf of all of the online resources in one convenient pdf.

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    FULL EXPANDED ADVENTURE TRILOGY IN SOFTCOVER PRINT AND FACTION DESIGNATION - You get a backer-only digitally-signed updated and expanded softcover print copy of each book of the complete Rise of the Drow Adventure Trilogy (A13: Descent into the Underworld, A14: Scourge of Embla and A15: Usurper of Souls) and get to choose a faction. Choose your side! You create and name an NPC to be included in the online resources! You will also be sent a pdf of all of the online resources in one convenient pdf.

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    DELUXE EXPANDED HARDBACK, 3-IN-1, 550+ PAGE (more w/stretch goals!) RISE OF THE DROW TRILOGY - You get a copy of the amazing, backer-only limited edition hardback 3-in-1 edition premium color copy of the complete expanded and revised Rise of the Drow Adventure Trilogy (A13: Descent into the Underworld, A14: Scourge of Embla and A15: Usurper of Souls) all in one deluxe hardback edition. These copies are also signed by several of the authors and artists, dedicated to you!

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    CUSTOM ARTWORK by original RotD cover artist Tim Tyler. You give Tim the art direction, and he provides the interior art (subject to approval). This art may appear in the final version. In addition, you also get a copy of the DELUXE EXPANDED HARDBACK as below.

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