Rise of the Drow, Adventureaweek's first Kickstarter, is LIVE!!!


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Kthulhu wrote:
KTFish7 wrote:
Hopefully Kthulhu people will be pleased with what End! is writing.
I'm a whole people?

OK...OK....lol....I missed a comma there, lol....ah the all important inclusion of the comma...

Liberty's Edge

Wow - Lots of good people involved in this!


TrickyOwlbear wrote:
Just as an aside here, are you guys aware there is a drow house also named Everhate in the Forgotten Realms?

Hmmmm...that I was unaware of, lol...well, I guess we'll address that, lol. Thanks for the heads up...much obliged!

Marc Radle wrote:
Wow - Lots of good people involved in this!

Just a few :) Still got room for a few more, wink wink, nudge nudge...


Just added a pair of dice to the Rise of the Drow Kickstarter. Two 16mm D6's, one with the Glyph for House Gullion, the other bearing the crossed sword and crest of the Adventureaweek logo. Go check them out!

Contributor

Those are some very cool dice!


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DICE!!! I'm very stoked about these dice! I plan on filling a bathtub with them and bathing in them if Joshua will let me.

Contributor

I have a lamp full of d20s. :)


Well Christina, grab that lamp and come on over...that right folks, Christina is venturing into the dark. Officially added to those brave souls journeying into the heart of drow territory all to bring you a better tale.

Check out the Rise of the Drow Kickstarter for all the updated information.

And make sure you check out Christina's Kickstarter Bite Me!as well!


TrickyOwlbear wrote:
Just as an aside here, are you guys aware there is a drow house also named Everhate in the Forgotten Realms?

I think it's also in the original D series from Greyhawk.

http://www.canonfire.com/wiki/index.php?title=Erelhei-Cinlu

Shadow Lodge

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We spoke with Ed Greenwood yesterday about it, and just to be on the safe side the name has been changed. House Everhate will now be House Invidious. One of the things I love most about gaming is the expanded vocabulary. If you look that one up you'll quickly see the connection.

Look for some teaser text as my stretch goal comes closer! Someone let me write about a wicked, evil race... Mwahahahahahaahahahaha!

-Brian


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The Invidious was a Star Destroyer in I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole.

That has no bearing on the current discussion, other than that it got me thinking about Star Wars.

-Aaron


Itchy wrote:

The Invidious was a Star Destroyer in I, Jedi by Michael Stackpole.

That has no bearing on the current discussion, other than that it got me thinking about Star Wars.

-Aaron

Ah the joy of language....so many of the great terms and words have already been used, lol...luckily, much like a certain space faring military unit that has found itself under rather intense scrutiny recently, there are terms common enough that they are fair game :)

Grand Lodge

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Is there any difference in the book hardcover vs softcover?


Curious, for the $100 advertising level, is there a particular time range you had in mind for when the advertisement pages need to be ready by?


I will be buying the hardback when it is released but I can't support the kickstarter. I have just had too much trouble in the past and I have sworn to never again support any kickstarter. The funny thing about your kickstarter is that I was going to ask you if you ever considered releasing the 3 adventures together in print before you announced the kickstarter. You have one sold to me when it is released.


@ Mach1 - The hardcover will be the collected book as one volume, with an exclusive cover for the Kickstarter. The softcover level will include the same material, but as three separate books.

@Carter - Well, I'm assigned a deadline of August for all of the writers and artists so that I can go in to final layout and design. So, as long as we have all ads in by then everything will be fine. I intend to remain in contact with each person involved as this process, including those who have bought ad space, to make sure everyone gets their material in with time to spare.

@PathfinderFan - I understand, entirely. I have a few campaigns I have backed that at the end of the day have left me less than thrilled. I do appreciate the fact that you are still planning to support us when the book shows up on the regular market though :) I feel it only fair to make it clear, we are planning on an exclusive cover, as well as a few other perks. But, the core book will in fact me available after the dust settles.

Thanks for the questions my friends, as well as the interest!


@PathfinderFan: I asked them the very same thing :-) I'm glad they did it, and I do support the Kickstarter. Can't wait to throw the drows at my poor players!


And now Owen K. C. Stephens is on board too! Yeah!


And now Jen Page is as well!!! Personally, I'm thrilled about that one as one of the pieces she is doing is one of my creatures...lol

Next up, Christina Stiles!!!


Yep, looks like Christina better get ready to detail Holoth!!!


Christina Stiles is officially part of the roster!!! Congratulations!! Next up unlocking the artwork for the Kickstarter Exclusive Hardcover....then on to Keven Mickelson....and yes, I have a few more tricks up my sleeve still...

Way to go folks!!!


I LOVE the new artwork for the cover. I hope we get to 17.5 so it gets added (my wife is an avid supporter of the art as well!)

Dark Archive

Will there be add-in options to get the Player's Guide or the prequel in print?


Is the $45 level the only one that will get you the PDF ? I am thinking of going in for the soft covers but would also like to get the PDF's as well.


@Jadeite - At this point we're not looking to do either the Player's Guide or Prequel in print, offering them both in only the PDF format. Not saying this won't happen before the campaign ends, but at this point we're still a ways away from unlocking either of these goals.

@StanC - All levels getting including printed material includes the corresponding PDFs as well. Henceforth the $65 level will include the three soft cover books with individual PDF's, and the $95 Hardcover will include a single collected PDF.

Thanks for the questions!!


20,000$ done - and that's a Player Guide added!
Still more than a few days left to get Stephen Yeardley to write us an adventure for levels 1-6! :-)


Oh, I have no doubt Mr Yeardley has already begun writing that prequel, lol....

OK folks....talk to me, get me some ideas here....am looking at minis and Realms Works already...what else should I be thinking for potential stretch goals??? Thoughts????

Dark Archive

How about granting backers access to the original adventures?
I liked how Dreamscarred increased the art budget as a final open ended stretch goal, although it's probably a bit early for that.
The next Adventure Path of fire mountain games is going to feature drow and the underdark, maybe there's some potential for cross promotion.
How about a digital map folio with the option to turn of the annotations?
And, of course, prequel and player's guide in print ...


Map Folios, that Players can view without being spoiled.


Where can I get more information about this adventure?


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wraithstrike wrote:
Where can I get more information about this adventure?

Wraithstrike, the following link will take you to the product page for the original trilogy Link

And this one will take you to new project Kickstarter

Jadeite & Curmudgeonly - Noted and added to my short list of things to be pondering...my Thanks!


And we get the prequel! :)

Regarding stretch-goals:

-Map-Folio (perhaps as an add-on?)

-Printed player Guides (perhaps as an add-on?)

-Player-friendly maps (no secret doors etc.)

-Prequel in print (as an add-on)

would be my suggestions.

Synergy with throne of Night would be nice, but is perhaps hard to coordinate - don't know how far Gary's subterranean kingdom-building rules are....


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Just backed this and am looking forward to using it to jump-start a campaign. :)


@Arknight: Given that the locations, maps, and materials provided in "Rise of the Drow" are so in-depth, this book just might BE your entire campaign!! :P Have you seen that we've added a prequel taking the PCs from level 1 to 6?


What level does it end at?


TrickyOwlbear wrote:
Just as an aside here, are you guys aware there is a drow house also named Everhate in the Forgotten Realms?

So funny I thought of the same thing when I saw the kickstarter.


The new version starts at level 6 and ends at level 18. Having said that, we have passed a stretch goal which tosses in a prelude called "The Darkness Arrives" which takes the PCs from levels 1-6. A PDF of the prelude is included for free at all pledge levels $45 and above.

There are also plans to craft an epilogue called "The Commander of Shadows" which (if we reach the stretch goal) will grant another free PDF taking the PCs from levels 18-20.

Thus, the short answer is levels 6 to level 18 in the hardback book.

Long answer: levels 1-20 if you run the prelude, Rise of the Drow hardback, and the epilogue.

You can add print versions of the prelude (and epilogue) for $15 each. We've also added a PLAYERS GUIDE.

Here's where the stretch goals are now (2 days left to pledge!!):

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!
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.

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.

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.

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!

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!

30,500: Gaming Paper - Underworld Encounter Maps!

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.

The packs will include maps from:

Underworld (dry caverns)
Underworld (wet caverns)
Embla (dwarven city)
Holoth (drow city)
http://www.gamingpaper.com/

More details will be revealed as we approach this stretch goal!

$31,500: Underworld Encounter Cards

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 pack will be made up of over 100 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 Cards PDF, but if you wish for a print copy, you may simply add $5 to your pledge total.

$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!

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."

$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.

$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!

MORE STRETCH GOALS TO COME!!!


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Shadow Lodge

Fine, you got me. :P

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