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Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition (Preorder)

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(22 customer reviews)

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Ships July 2021

Note: Limited Scratch & Dent copies still available on our Discord in the #scratch-and-dent channel.

FOREWORD BY ED GREENWOOD, CREATOR OF THE FORGOTTEN REALMS

Tonight, a ceremony of light is taking place on the surface.
Meanwhile, a world away in the city of spiders, a drow matron solidifies a pact with soul-consuming entities who require great sacrifices in trade for unimaginable power. Drow eyes turn to the surface.
This book contains a mega-adventure and setting, taking characters across the surface and into the depths of the world. Adventurers will meet unique denizens, battle horrors of the Underworld, explore epic locations, and fight to stop the rise of the drow.

COLLECTOR’S EDITION HARDCOVER+PDF

  • 544 pages
  • Underworld Adventure & Setting
  • Levels 1-15 (16-20 with exploration)
  • Soft touch cover
  • Foil on cover & spine
  • Purple sewn head/tail bands
  • Purple metallic endpapers
  • Two ribbon bookmarks, silver & purple
  • Highest quality ink & paper
  • Limited print, collector’s edition

$129.99 $99.99

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Description

Nearly a decade in the making, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition is the most extensive and detailed underground adventure & setting book ever published.

Adventures to be Conquered!

The Darkness Arrives
The Darkest Dawn
The Darkness Revealed
Descent Into the Underworld
The Scourge of Embla
Usurper of Souls
Commander of Malice

Cities to Explore!

Rybalka, Heart of the Frontier
Stoneholme, City of the Ancestors
Embla, City of Lights
Holoth, City of Spiders
House Gullion and all the drow houses of Holoth

Unique Locales to Discover!

Underworld Settlements
Forlorn
The Fungi Forest
Glorious Graveyard
Gor’Hashad
Graniteshellholme
Jorumgard
Lake Vaihtualohikaarme
Lake Xlekellum
The Ossuary Collaborative
Petrous Lair
Purple Worm Nursery
The Seekers of Wasting
The Small Bleak Void
The Sundered Tower
Survey Expedition XL-17B
The Demiplane of Venom
Vethin’s Hold
Tahiti’s Saturnalia

And so much more!

Underworld Spells & Domains
Underworld Bestiary
Underworld Rules & Expansion

Want more?

Dozens of accessories to enhance your campaign: PDF, Fantasy Grounds, vinyl battle maps, VTT maps, pawns, encounter cards, and more!

Get the Underworld Encounter Deck or the Digital Map & Token Pack!

The following books are recommended but not required to play Rise of the Drow: Underworld Races & Classes, Occult Secrets of the Underworld, Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking.

 

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Weight5.2 lbs
Dimensions8.5 × 11 × 2.5 in
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22 reviews for Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition (Preorder)

  1. John

    What a great beautiful book! The adventure is well written, with 600 pages to explore and read. This book also contains a monster codex for creatures to be used, as well as a magic items list. I would say behind the Drow of the underdark 3.5 this is a must have for any Dungeon master wanting to create a story with Drow.

  2. Jonathan G. Nelson (store manager)

    Thank you for your review. We’ve added it to our featured reviews on the main page of the site!

  3. Claude Tourigny (verified owner)

    Great book, look so lovely!

  4. Michael S. (verified owner)

  5. Dennis Carroll

    This is literally one of the most beautiful and well-thought out books I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading through, amazing job! I can’t recommend it enough. The organization is great and it’s really to be extremely helpful to DMs (I will never say no to being helped in my session prep). Knocked it out of the park, AAW team, bravo.

  6. Veinitti Nayr

    A human under my supervision had ‘kickstarted’ (whatever that means) a tome of words and images titled ‘Rise of the Drow’. Naturally I confiscated it, making sure none of my plans were revealed within it’s covers. Fortunately for the survival of my pet, it did not. There was, however, a lot of information on another house from a distant city. It’s rude to peak through someones personal business, but I can’t help it that they couldn’t conceal their secrets from being published, so I read on.

    I’ve heard through the spiders web that this is a ‘beautiful’ book. Maybe if you’re a gross wizard you may think books can be attractive. I admit, the cover is lavish. I don’t recognize the model on the cover, they should have used me instead, I would have no problems leading my fellow drow to rise. I digress, it is ones insides that truly matter. The pictures and colours within do make for a wonderful delight that entertains the eyes. Makes me almost wish that my darkvision could pick up pigments, but my sight’s already way to superior as it is. No matter, I can use my dancing lights to fully appreciate the pretty pictures.

    The one who scribed this tome must’ve had some training in the school of divination. There’s a series of events in place at the beginning of the book in what’s called an ‘adventure’. More like a nuisance in the side of this particular group of drow. Being exclude from being on the cover I feel that these drow deserve whatever is thrown there way by the hands of their lessers. I trust that their house is strong enough to survive, and if they don’t, well it’s their obligation to suffer the Queen of Spiders disappointment. However House Gullion should be well prepared for the coming infiltration and attack. You see, the wizards that had a hand in writing ‘Rise of the Drow’ also predicted consequences that may occur based on the choices of the so-called ‘adventurers’.

    There’s also a generous section containing information on the surrounding lands and peoples. The details are quite extensive. If I wanted to, I could dream up different scenarios that could occur, and completely ignore the first part of the book. The diviners placed other situations (side-quest I believe you call them) that may happen in this section as well. I would almost commend them for their thoroughness of delivering possible encounters. There are backgrounds of many different non-drow included, from the surface and underworld. If it is only drow that you’re interested in (as you should be, we are fabulous) then you should be pleased with the profiles on the members of House Gullion. They are in-depth, and something I will use. It doesn’t hurt to know the information of potential rivals.

    The last part includes a bestiary. Upon first glance I nearly concluded that I wouldn’t be surprised by its contents. I’m from the darkness underneath after all, and we’re use to creatures you would find exotic, but there were many surface things I was unfamiliar with. Including creatures like a ‘Tyrannosaurus Imperator’, and something called a ‘Human Noble’ (oxymorons like that bring a smile to these ravishing lips).

    I believe humans of this realm will find the events within the ‘Rise of the Drow’ to be an excellent source for their games of the 5th edition role-playing game, even if I don’t grace the front cover. Come to think of it, why isn’t there a book in your realm in which you can ‘role-play’ as my kind as we fulfill our charitable destiny to change the worlds to match our superior creed? It would help you understand the hardships and complications we deal with regularly. Maybe you’d appreciate us more and not resist our plans to hang the worlds within the web of the Goddess after walking in our fine boots. Besides, it feels good to be bad.

    On a side note, I was intrigued to discover that the publishers of the this book, AAW games, has something called an ‘online’ community. It’s found on something called a ‘world wide web’. Maybe my Goddess had a hand in weaving it? Anyways it appears to be very active with intelligent loyalist to drowkind… and others. I’d keep an eye on this.

    Now darlings, please be my guest and purchase ‘Rise of the Drow’, for when we rise it will be the last choice you’ll freely make.

    A kiss goodbye my sweet things…

  7. Jamie McRoberts

    I heard a lot about Rise of the Drow over the years of playing Pathfinder. I missed the initial releases and the subsequent Pathfinder compilation, so I was thrilled to join the Kickstarter for the Rise of the Drow Collector’s Edition. I went in whole-hog for the BIG book, pdfs, dice, maps and even the Underworld Encounters Deck! To date, I have been very pleased with the end result, as the maps, dice, and pawns are really nice and are of top notch quality. The same could be said for the overall adventure, Rise of the Drow. The original adventure was presented at level six, but the story was later expanded to include a level one introduction. It is worth saying that this adventure probably works best for starting at level three, as the introduction can be quite taxing, to even the most veteran of players. This is a good thing, mind you, as this adventure starts in a way that feels unique and gets the players characters involved on the action from the getgo!

    The adventure book is almost 600 pages long and covers a complete bestiary of creatures used in the adventure as well as setting and campaign information about Rybalka and the various nearby dwarven and drow cities, respectively. I’m reading through the adventure and it looks to hit all of the buttons of epic fantasy for those that enjoy such things. As an old school player with a lot of experience dealing with the nefarious drow of old, I jumped at the chance to bring a proper drow invasion into the Pathfinder era. Over the course of this campaign, the experience should run the gamut of what makes long running campaigns great!

    I noticed a few minor errors here and there, but nothing major. The pdf is bookmarked for easy reference and the entire book has sidebars throughout. There are constant timelines and reminders alongside page numbers for the creatures or items in each encounter. Honestly, the way this is organized makes it superior to formatting used by Paizo, Kobold Press, and Frog God Games.

    I’m still waiting for my final BIG book from the Kickstarter, but I feel, based on the sheer depth of material available to mine for this campaign alongside the way my players are reacting to the game, that this will be considered a classic drow saga not only by our little gaming table, but by many more tables to come! Rise of the Drow is as good as fantasy roleplaying adventures get.

    Buy it, today!

  8. Anonymous (verified owner)

    The book is fantastic and did notice the changes and differences from 2013 version HC PF Rise of the Drow. Keep up with the solid work. Thank you.

  9. Georgic M. (verified owner)

    AMAZING BOOK! A MUST HAVE FOR EVERYONE!

  10. Georgic M. (verified owner)

    Amazing book a must have!

  11. Jonathan G. Nelson (store manager)

    Hi Jamie!
    Thank you for the lengthy review. I appreciate you taking the time to delve into detail regarding your purchase of this massive tome. I hope by now that you’ve received the beautiful hardcover and are pleased with it.
    If you have any questions or comments, please contact us via the link at the top of the page, day or night.
    Happy Gaming!

  12. Jonathan G. Nelson (store manager)

    You are a true follower of the Spider Goddess and will be blessed accordingly. Reach out to me for a special gift from the Underworld.

  13. Jonathan G. Nelson (store manager)

    Thank you for your kind words. We’re so glad that you love the book!

  14. Nicholas Stanosheck (verified owner)

    Looks good, lots of content.

  15. Endzeitgeist

    Full Disclaimer: I actually worked on this, and had to give a rating here to post this. That being said, I do firmly believe this campaign to be 5-stars-material.

    For the detailed discussion of this tome, go here:

    http://endzeitgeist.com/rise-of-the-drow-collectors-edition-5e-pfrpg/

    Endzeitgeist out.

  16. Jeffrey (verified owner)

    I just received this in the mail. The book arrived without any damage which is a big deal to me when ordering a collector’s edition. I cracked it opened and was greeted with a spectacular looking book. Great artwork and layout, nice thick paper stock, and a solid robust book. I started reading through the adventure and it looks solid. I found some typos and font inconsistencies that were a little off putting, but it doesn’t distract too much from the overall product. My rating for this is, a triumph! Well done, lots of love and energy poured into this.

  17. Jonathan G. Nelson (store manager)

    Thank you for the kind words! Mission accomplished! 😀

  18. mccicili

    Got it as a Christmas present. Absolutely love it. I can’t wait to run the campaign.

  19. theconservative1 (verified owner)

    Wow. This book is awesome. Many of the accessories that can be purchased along with it are equally awesome. This book takes a deep dive into the world created and leaves me wanting to keep reading. My biggest issue with adventures and campaigns is that they seem to be written in a way that anyone can throw together some characters and complete it. This one not so much. As I read through the encounters I find myself wondering, “When are my players going to rest?” One of my pet peeves as a DM is watching players blow their resource wad on smaller fights expecting to rest whenever they run out. As I player I often find myself thinking, “When will this really get challenging?” Rise of the Drow takes your players through the adventure at a break neck pace. At first I was thinking that there was just too many potions and scrolls laying around but I soon realized that it made sense to have the resources where they were and it allowed the PC’s to push forward without crying for a short rest. You’re defending a town being attacked and destroyed, town folk are being killed and taken captive, THERE’S NO TIME TO REST! YOU’RE HEROES! I love the fast pace and the fact that there’s always someone chasing or pushing your forward and plenty of distractions in front of you to never quite be able to catch up. The need to hurry for this campaign is built in well. The random encounters that are also available aren’t always just a random mob to kill. Sometimes, it’s just something or someone interesting you run across. And sometimes they need something and can trade information for it. The depth and detail for many of the accessories are incredible. Reading through the poisons one might encounter in the underworld along with costs and how they are often used is just another cool dimension of the world. I read it took almost 10 years to produce this and it shows. The details are there. I also love that some of the other materials written for this world could offer an alternate beginning to the campaign. I may run the Stoneholme adventures as a primer just to introduce my players to the world and then roll of new characters for the extended RotD campaign for a better understanding of what to expect. Well done my friends, well done!

    As a side note. The first book I got had some issues with warping. I imagine this can be expected when producing a large volume of books. I emailed some pics and some concerns and a new book was shipped right out. Super great product and great customer service to go with it!

    This book is phenomenal. The colors and quality of the pages and images within are breathtaking. Glad I got the PDF so I don’t have to put the main book to extended use because it’s going to find a prime spot on one of my shelves!

  20. jay_m315 (verified owner)

    Had a small issue with the book, creators reached out quickly and made it right. Couldn’t be happier. Thanks so much!

  21. Anonymous (verified owner)

  22. Chris B. (verified owner)

    Blown away. New favorite.

  23. Thibaut Palmans (verified owner)

    I am absolutely delighted with my purchase. Before I decided to buy, I had a few questions in mind. Jonathan helped me and everything went perfectly. I have rarely seen a customer service department so responsive and concerned about satisfying their customers or potential customers.
    Congratulations to AAW games. I won’t hesitate to order more products via their site.

  24. Richard Grunberg (verified owner)

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  26. Joseph Tuccillo (verified owner)

    What an amazing book! The quality of the book from the cover, to the pages, to the art, to the content, is all outstanding! Be ready though, its BIG! It includes and adventure, location settings, and a huge bestiary as well as some new spells and magic items. Over 500 pages! Get a copy while you can cause this thing is fantastic and once its gone you know its going to get expensive on the auction pages. You will be glad you have a copy on your shelf!

  27. Richard Bartlett (verified owner)

    Aaw games an awesome company with awesome products.

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