Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls! Gamers of all ages!
Frog God Games is proud to present Rappan Athuk, THE DUNGEON OF GRAVES! The Granddaddy of all Megadungeons is back for Fifth Edition!
Characters will test their mettle against puzzles, tricks, and traps a-plenty; test their grit and steel against monsters and foes lurking around every corner; and at the end of it all awaits the Big Daddy himself, Orcus. These are truly adventures worth winning.
— “I once killed a man, just to watch him die” – a Man in Black
— “Hold my goblet” – Orcus
Rappan Athuk is back for Fifth Edition. Not just back though, it is reloaded with all kinds of new extras including:
- All new, full color artwork
- Three new levels of the Dungeon itself
- Three new Wilderness locations, including a three-level castle
- A new three-level satellite dungeon
- A sea-cave of terrible shark-men! A Kickstarter exclusive level released from the Vault of Tsathogga!
- Updated color maps, available as separate PSD files for online play, are included for all levels
- Scores of NPCs and Monsters, dozens of Magic Items and Spells, and the legendary Dung Monster await you!
Weighing in at over 500 pages, Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition is an instant classic in the Mega-Dungeon genre, featuring 100+ keyed and color mapped areas with over 56 dungeon levels, several satellite dungeons (almost 20 additional levels!), the village of Zelkor's Ferry, 22 wilderness areas (ways to die before you ever reach the dungeon) and seemingly countless groups of bandits and monsters that prey on those fortunate enough to escape the halls and caves of Rappan Athuk with treasure in hand!
With decades of playtesting and use in campaigns across the globe, the Dungeon of Graves can be a foundation of any campaign or eviscerated into pieces and blended into any campaign!
Once upon a time, there was an idea—an idea formulated by Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson in 1974 and published in a little paperback book called Underworld Adventures. The idea was simple: it is a lot of fun to go into a dungeon and kill evil monsters. Why is the dungeon there? No one knows. Why do the monsters usually fight rather than talk? We aren’t really sure. Why are there 16 trolls in a cave with a jug of alchemy? No one cares. What do all the monsters eat? We don’t know that either (although “adventurer” probably tops the list). And we don’t have to know these things. This isn’t an ecology experiment, it’s a dungeon—the quintessential setting for pure swords and sorcery adventuring.
This adventure pays homage to that original idea. True, there are opportunities for role playing, but most of this module is dedicated to “roll playing.” Hopefully, while exploring the halls of Rappan Athuk, you will recall the thrill of discovery, the terror in your heart when you fought your first skeleton, the joy of rolling your first natural 20, and the despair you felt when that 1 came up for your poison save. This module, Rappan Athuk—The Dungeon of Graves, is nothing more and nothing less than a good, old–fashioned, First Edition dungeon crawl updated for the 5th Edition Roleplaying Game. Very difficult, it should strike fear into the hearts of the most stalwart adventurers. It offers an abundance of traps, tricks, and monsters. We hope that you find this module as fun and exciting as those thousands of players who have ventured into (and not as often out of) the endless caverns and mazes of Rappan Athuk—The Dungeon of Graves. Rappan Athuk is a difficult dungeon. Even the upper dungeon levels should not be attempted by a party of less than six mid-level characters.
Only truly veteran players should attempt this dungeon with lower level characters. In light of this, we added the satellite dungeons, including Bill's very first work (from 1977), Tunnels of Terror! This 9-area dungeon was used as the introduction to his campaign and led his players to Rappan Athuk through play.
Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition has a number of pledge levels to choose from, but be aware that the main pledge levels to get yourself a copy of Rappan Athuk are the $45 for the PDF and $95 level for the hardcover book plus PDF.
The pledge levels for this project are:
$5 Farmers & Shopkeepers -- Show your support and get all the free digital stretch goals that are unlocked PLUS get the opportunity to purchase add-ons in Backerkit!
$15 Rappan Athuk Upgraded! --Get the PDF file of the new levels of Rappan Athuk that are not contained in the 2012 hardcover release for either Swords and Wizardry OR Pathfinder! NO FIFTH EDITION CONTENT IS INCLUDED AT THIS LEVEL.
$35 Rappan Athuk Upgraded (Softcover) -- Get a softcover copy of the new levels of Rappan Athuk that are not in the 2012 hardcover release for either Swords and Wizardry or Pathfinder! A PDF file of your selection is included! SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED. All shipping fees are calculated and charged using BackerKit. NO FIFTH EDITION CONTENT IS INCLUDED AT THIS LEVEL.
$45 Fifth Edition Digital Minion -- Get the Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition PDF plus all the free digital stretch goals.
$50 RETAIL STORES ONLY -- Rappan Retail -- Put down a pledge for Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition and we'll contact you closer to launch to set up your prerelease package. Not shippable to residential addresses. US RETAILERS ONLY. INCLUDES: Rappan Athuk Fifth Edition Hardcover Rappan Athuk Fifth Edition PDF
$66 Rappan Athuk 3D -- Get the new files specifically created to build your own level 1C of Rappan Athuk! PLUS all the Dragonlock .STL File Packs from Fat Dragon Games to complete your own Rappan Athuk dungeon level (see below). These same files can be combined in almost infinite variations allowing you to print and create as many other dungeons as you can imagine. Access to a short video and Facebook Group about building your own dungeon model included. The retail value is $90 and the things that you can build with these files are limitless. INCLUDES: Rappan 3d Printer Dragonlock(TM) Bundle with Rappan Athuk specialty files and all free digital stretch goals. NO FIFTH EDITION CONTENT IS INCLUDED AT THIS LEVEL.
$95 Rappan Athuk Fifth Edition Hardcover -- This is the main pledge to get your library bound and stitched full-color copy of Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition plus the PDF of same. SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED. All shipping fees are calculated and charged using BackerKit.
$340 Rappan Athuk for Collectors (LIMITED TO 50) --Get both a library bound and stitched real leather-bound copy of Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition PLUS a hardcover copy of Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition AND a copy of the Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition PDF, plus all of the digital stretch goals. Collector level supporters also get the option to vote on the available Tapestry options in Backerkit. SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED. All shipping fees are calculated and charged using BackerKit.
$550 Rappan Athuk Re-reloaded (LIMITED TO 50) -- Get the following package of world-class Rappan Athuk Material; Rappan Athuk Leather Collectors Edition, Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition Hardcover, Rappan Athuk for 5th Edition PDF, Softcover + PDF of the new Rappan Athuk Levels for BOTH Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder, the Printed Map Folio, The Digital Maps (JPEG and PSD files of all maps), All Add-ons and Stretch Goals (except Tapestry Maps), and all digital stretch goals are included as well. Re-reloaded level supporters also get the option to vote on the available Tapestry options in Backerkit. SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED. All shipping fees are calculated and charged using BackerKit.
$1750 The Temple of the Frog (Limited to 4) -- Tsathogga smiles for a change and looks forward to basking in your glory! This pledge gets you an invite you to join the Froggies at North Texas RPG Con 2019 in June, or GameHole Con 2018 or 2019 in November.
At either of these events, we will pay for:
- Your convention badge
- Your hotel room
- Your meals and beverages
All you pay is your transportation to and from the convention! PLUS get the following package of world-class Rappan Athuk Material; Rappan Athuk Leather Collectors Edition, Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition Hardcover, Rappan Athuk for 5th Edition PDF, Softcover + PDF of the new Rappan Athuk Levels for both Swords & Wizardry and Pathfinder, the Printed Map Folio, the Digital Maps (JPEG and PSD files of all maps), All Add-ons and Stretch Goals (except Tapestry Maps), and all digital stretch goals. AIRFARE TO THE CONVENTION and SHIPPING COST IS NOT INCLUDED. All shipping fees are calculated and charged using BackerKit.
UNLOCKED $33,000 High-Resolution Wallpaper #1 FREE
UNLOCKED $35,000 VTT Token Pack I ($10 Add-on)
UNLOCKED $40,000 VTT Token Pack II ($10 Add-on)
UNLOCKED $43,000 High-Resolution Wallpaper #2 FREE
UNLOCKED $45,000 New Level from Bill Webb and Tom Knauss available to all backers as bonus (5e/SW/PF PDF only)
UNLOCKED $50,000 Player's Guide to Rappan Athuk (2012) PDF free to all backers
UNLOCKED $60,000 The $45,000 stretch goal adventure by Bill Webb & Tom Knauss becomes available as a $15 softcover add-on.
UNLOCKED $75,000 The First Ever Release of Rappan Athuk,The Upper Levels, becomes a free stretch goal PDF for all pledges above $5.
UNLOCKED $85,000 Full-color art PDF of all the art in Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition $7
UNLOCKED $100,000 Adventures in Zelkor's Ferry by Alex Kammer for Fifth Edition, Swords & Wizardry or Pathfinder. Add-on $15 Softcover / $7 PDF
UNLOCKED $110,000 Softcover add-on option for Color Art Book $20
UNLOCKED $120,000 The second ever Rappan Athuk title, the Middle Levels, for D20 becomes a free stretch goal PDF for all pledges above $5.
UNLOCKED $120,000 The second ever Rappan Athuk title, the Middle Levels, for D20 becomes a free stretch goal PDF for all pledges above $5.
UNLOCKED $130,000 Bill Webb will personally sign and number every leather bound copy of Rappan Athuk for Fifth Edition.
UNLOCKED $140,000 The third ever Rappan Athuk title, the Lower Levels, for D20 becomes a free stretch goal PDF for all pledges above $5.
UNLOCKED $150,000 Mystery 3-D print file stretch goal.
$160,000 Mystery Stretch Goal from Bill Webb free for everyone who gets a physical copy of the book- including the softcover Pathfinder & Swords & Wizardry updates. We will keep you postered on the reward as it gets closer ;)
UNLOCKED 1600 Backer Stretch Goal- If we reach 1600 Backers we will make a softcover copy of the creature appendix from the main book for use as a quick reference guide. Since this is from the main book it is Fifth Edition only. Higher pledge levels (any level that includes a Leather Collector's Edition of Rappan Athuk) get that softcover for free. $13 in Backerkit for pledges below $340.
1800 Backer Stretch Goal If we reach 1800 backers by the time the project ends anyone getting a Leather Book with their pledge will be receiving a large folded poster of the level connections of Rappan Athuk. The size is not yet determined but will likely be a 4 panel folded poster. Again this is free to all Leather book pledges and a $10 add-on for everyone else.
$200,000 Rappan Athuk PDF 5e Bestiary $15 Add-on
$225,000 New Wilderness Adventure for 5e, SW and Pathfinder
$246,542 Rappan Athuk 5e Bestiary Softcover $30 Add-on
$????+ Lots of great stuff is planned if we reach this level including PDF Guide to level connections, new level PDF upgraded with softcover option, Art PDFs and more!!
Rappan Athuk for 5th Edition
- $95 Hardcover + PDF
- $45 PDF Only
$275 Rappan Athuk for 5th Edition Leather. Real leather--not leatherette like everyone else offers. A truly epic book that you can leave in trust for your grandchildren (plus PDF)
Rappan Athuk New Levels for Pathfinder or Swords and Wizardry
- $35 softcover plus PDF
- $15 PDF
$7 Rappan Athuk Players Guide (softcover, black and white 2012)
$35 Printed Map Folio with JPEG maps files
Get all the maps (including unkeyed player maps) as two-sided glossy 8.5" x 11" loose sheets tucked in a handsome folio cover featuring the cover art for Rappan Athuk. Digital JPEG files of each map are included (not layered PSDs, see Below).
$10 Virtual Tabletop Token Packs (as each becomes unlocked)
$100 PSDLayered Digital Maps
Distributed as PSD files, the maps are exactly what we used to create and manipulate the maps for Rappan Athuk Fifth Edition. This add-on gives you over 100 layered files that can be opened in either Photoshop or GiMP for manipulation to add your own flair to you Rappan Athuk experience OR use the maps in non-commercial creations of your own for use in your own online or home games. You also get the JPEG files of the GM and Player Maps as well.
A simple introduction by some no-name guy can be seen right here.
$66 All the 3D Printer Files from Fat Dragon games including the very handsome entrance to the Mouth of Doom (This the same as the Rappan 3D Pledge Level, see sidebar). More information on 3D Printer files in this project can be found further down in the page.
$150 72" x 71" Tapestries of selected art and dungeon maps.
That's right, these are almost 6 feet square. Currently Levels 1C, 3A and 15 are available. Others will be made available based on what you guys vote for!
Note--we were able to reduce the price of these tapestries from $200 to $150--we found a new supplier that can make them for less, and we are passing the savings on to you.
All Frog God Games hardcovers are stitched into 16 page packets, the packets are sewn together, and then all the packets are sewn to a cloth backing, creating a book block that is glued to its cover. This is what we mean when we say "library binding." So, what does this mean to you? Well first, you will note that our books cost a little more than others. That being said, after a myriad of book-binding issues both recently and dating back to 2nd Edition, there is nothing we hate to see more than someone investing in an expensive game book and having it fall apart on them after only a short period of regular use.
We feel strongly that book production quality is king. After all, you guys spend a lot of money on your books! Second, if a Frog God hardcover book ever falls apart (we have tested this with baseball bats and very rough use, by the way), we will replace it at no cost assuming we still have one in stock. Yes, that means if you call me in ten years, and your book binding has failed you (failed us really) through regular use (please no bulldozer roll overs), just email me and if the book is still in stock, we will mail you a new copy for free. Nothing I can do for you if they are all sold out though (but email me anyway and I'll hook you up in some way).
It costs us a lot of money to do this, and our margins are somewhat lower than they could be as a result. Frog God Games stands behind our product (and sometimes on top of it when we need a ladder), and believe that the improved quality and durability of our work is well worth it.
If you are a technology person but still find real tabletops to be the sine qua non of role-playing games then, thanks to Fat Dragon Games, we have exactly what you need!
If you have have been to either NTRPG Con 2017 or GameHole Con 2017 you may have seen the set-up. If you are going to GaryCon 2018 you will get to see it again. The $66 pledge level gives you everything but the time and filament to put that 3D printer of yours to use by printing one of these for yourself!
Get the new files specifically created to build your own level 1C of Rappan Athuk! PLUS get all the Dragonlock .STL File Packs from Fat Dragon Games to complete your own.
Access to a short video and Facebook Group about building your own included. You can view a video with the super famous Keith Hershey, Jr and some random guy discussing the project right here.
The retail value is over $120 and the things that you can build with these files are limitless.
To get some free sample files of Dragonlock STL files just click right here.
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