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New Underdark Setting, Adventures, and Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking Tutorial!

Setting, Tutorial & Adventures!

Applied & Aggregate Spelunking is the perfect way to kick off a survival campaign in the Underdark and teach the rules included in the Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking in game!

To show our gratitude for those who supported the Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking Kickstarter, we doubled the size of this book, from the promised 32 pages, to a whopping 64 pages in full color, with all new art, maps, setting content, and three adventures!

Applied & Aggregate Spelunking begins with a full-blown gazetteer depicting the frontier settlement of Rotu, including all members of the Rotu Roundtable, following that, you’ll get a massive hex map that depicts the surrounding region. Continue reading New Underdark Setting, Adventures, and Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking Tutorial!

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What is Applied & Aggregate Spelunking?

I’ve been hearing about the Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking and this brand new release, Applied & Aggregate Spelunking. What are these new books by AAW Games?

Applied & Aggregate Spelunking is a guide to practical use of the Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking (Underdark survival), with rules for all systems, including advice for their creative use. Applied & Aggregate Spelunking also includes a full-blown setting with ready-to-play adventures.

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AAW Games announces release of Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking with Douglas Niles

Today AAW Games announced the release of the Survivalist’s Guide to Spelunking, compatible with dnd 5E and suitable for use with all tabletop RPGs, this book returns us to the roots of the Underdark with New York Times Best-Selling author Douglas Niles.

This book was originally conceived in 2016, written by Douglas Niles, Thilo Graf, and Stephen Yeardley from 2018-2020, and funded via Kickstarter and Backerkit in 2021, gathering a total of 3,463 backers pledging $211,629 USD to make this project happen.

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Exploring the Underworld

The party wanders between market stalls during the height of the selling day. Dozens of strange, unfamiliar scents and sounds fill the air. The wares are just as alien. There are crystal shards in various colors, bundles of bulbous fungi, arthropod carapaces taller than the dwarf hocking them, and many more oddities. Citizens of all different races shop alongside the adventurers. Distant colliatur, small dødeligs, and proud dweorg mingle amidst the stalls and storefronts. The rest of the underground city rises around them, proudly displaying its dwarven architectural heritage. Pillars of colorful crystal and stone loom farther into the city’s heart. 

Despite its strange features and denizens, it almost feels like the party never left the surface world. Until they look up. The shadowy cavern ceiling hangs high above. If they squint, they can just make out moving shapes in the darkness up there. This is what reminds them. This city is just a tiny beacon of light surrounded by darkness. 

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Who’s Afraid of the Dark

Darkvision and Other Inconveniences

“The air is cold and dank, heavy with the weight of the earth hanging high above your head. Jagged, black stone walls stretch ahead and behind. The torch in your hand flickers as a dead breeze staggers down the passageway. You draw closer and closer to the end of this bleak tunnel until finally, the narrow rock walls vanish on both sides. You can hear the heavy breathing of something in the darkness ahead and…” 

 “I have darkvision!”

 “You… Oh, whatever! You see a feral troll in the back of the cave. Everybody, roll initiative.”

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d100 Corrasional or Erosional Cave Finds

A d100 list of found objects, unexpected sights, and strange encounters for your players to experience while venturing through winding, eroded caverns.

Rushing rivers and streams gouge narrow passages into dark, stony depths.

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