Rise of the Drow -- First print proof pages are here!
8 days ago
– Tue, Mar 31, 2020 at 09:24:55 PM
I just received the first print proof pages from our printer in China! This is great news because it means the project is moving ahead and back on track. We're a little behind on some of the other items like the PF1e releases but our team is working on those as we speak.
Please enjoy some photos I took of the print proofs for the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition hardcover (5E) and the Underworld Encounters Deck (5E).
I hope you're all staying safe and healthy!
Jonathan G. Nelson
COVID-19 and the new reality
17 days ago
– Sun, Mar 22, 2020 at 10:21:07 PM
Hello, my friends.
As I write this life is not normal. Everything seems turned upside down.
Not just this project but everything in my life seems to have been "put on hold" and while that happens, chaos ensues. My layout and development lead is suddenly unavailable as he struggles to help his family and keep his business from going under. I'm much in the same boat, not with AAW Games but with helping struggling family members and dealing with different personal matters from this extreme situation.
Please accept my sincere apologies for any further delays, there will certainly be some. The good news is that the printer has been working with the final print cover and interior files for Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition for some time and thus, the hardcovers at least, are in the works! However, the pawns, PF deck, and the rest of the digital products forthcoming will be further delayed due to our layout lead being unavailable as he tries to save his primary business. I'll provide a new timeline as soon as one is available and we can survey everything after the dust settles.
In the meantime, please stay safe and heed the warnings. Socially isolating yourself is the only way to blunt this thing and allows everyone to get the medical care they need and deserve.
Our hearts go out to each and every one of you as you struggle through these strange times. Just remember that we are stronger united than divided. Support your neighbor however you can, even if it is from afar. Together, we can get through this and become a stronger and more united world.
Jonathan G. Nelson
PS- If anyone is having a hard time and needs to talk, please come join us on Discord.
Free Aventyr Map & Setting / RotD on Discord / Underworld Encounter Deck distribution
about 1 month ago
– Fri, Feb 28, 2020 at 07:52:44 PM
RotDCE Update Short version:
RotDCE Update Long version:
Good morning/afternoon my friends!
Today I'll start distribution of the Underworld Encounter Deck PDF (5E version) for those of you who included this in your add-ons for the Rise of the Drow campaign. If you forgot to include it, you'll be able to purchase it soon with the best price being on our website https://adventureaweek.com
The Underworld Encounter Deckincludes 120 encounters (both combat and roleplay) to help bring your Underworld to life as the characters explore this alien environment.
In this update's short version links (top of this update) you'll find magic portals to download the Aventyr Campaign Setting maps for GMs and players, the Aventyr Campaign Setting itself, and some other great goodies which are absolutely free for you to enjoy in your Rise of the Drow campaign! Please snag these digital goods and enjoy them with your gaming group.
Discord! We have an AAW Games Discord group! For those of you who battled for the Underworld in the Clash of the Factions mini-game (good times!) you're already familiar with the group but may have been absent for a time. For those of you who haven't paid us a visit, please come on over and introduce yourselves! We'll be sharing ideas and advice on how to run Rise of the Drow and your fellow DMs may have some valuable input/insight as well. I'll also re-share the free download links to the Aventyr Campaign Setting freebies there.
Work has begun on the Fantasy Grounds builds for the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition module files! We've hired the best of the best when it comes to conversion experts so that your files will be absolutely solid and updated when needed. We're also working to make sure an FGU version becomes available in the near future as well! I'll post more on this in future updates as I know some of you are chomping at the bit to find out (as am I!)
Below, you'll find an updated estimated delivery schedule. Please look it over and share your comments on this and the rest of the update. I know it can be frustrating having some items delayed, trust me, I want to put these books in your hands ASAP but I also know that good things take time and I do not want to rush what I consider the most beautiful and detailed hardcover we've ever released as a company. Please trust in me, as I have trusted in you, to make this the best Underworld book you've ever laid eyes on.
Your friend across the interwebs,
Jonathan G. Nelson
ESTIMATED DELIVERY DATES (updated 02/28/2020)
- DELIVERED! = 5E PDF, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- DELIVERED! = Digital Map & Token Packs, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- DELIVERED! = 5E PDF, Underworld Encounter Deck
- 03/10/2020 = Pawn Set PDF, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- 03/25/2020 = PF PDF, Underworld Encounter Deck
- 04/25/2020 = PF PDF, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- 05/10/2020 = PF Print-on-Demand code, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- 05/25/2020 = 5E Fantasy Grounds, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- 06/25/2020 = PF Fantasy Grounds, Rise of the Drow: Collector’s Edition
- All physical rewards for this Kickstarter project will ship together from Seattle, WA in MAY/JUNE 2020
Please, keep in mind that while our goal is to deliver on or before the dates listed above, we cannot always account for unexpected circumstances and scenarios in life; the dates are a “best-case scenario”. For example, the recent outbreak of COVID 19 in China has delayed the print books by at least 1 month, the new ETA on hardcovers is MAY/JUNE.
5E Underworld Encounter Deck / Delay on Pawns (and schedule) due to Chinese factory closure
about 1 month ago
– Tue, Feb 25, 2020 at 10:01:09 PM
- 5E Underworld Encounter Deck PDF will be distributed late today/early tomorrow.
- Closure of Chinese factory delays the release of pawns and brings our hardcover printing to a standstill due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Good morning, my friends! Today was the planned release date for the Underworld Encounter Deck PDF for 5E and the digital pawns. Unfortunately, delays from our printer in China due to factory closures amid concerns about COVID-19 have caused operations to grind to a halt. While some factory employees have started to return to work, they are still playing catch up on many items including beginning operations on the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition series. This includes our digital templates for items such as the pawns. As soon as things change, we'll let you know.
In the meantime, we have completed the PDF version of the Underworld Encounter Deck for 5E and will be distributing this late tonight/early tomorrow.
As soon as I get more information from our printer, I'll post a revised release schedule. Obviously, this viral outbreak will have an impact on our schedule but I don't expect it to delay things more than a few weeks, maybe a month. I'm in close contact with our US representative in San Francisco and she will keep me posted. In turn, I will continue to update you as soon as I know more and get a more solid release schedule in place.
Thank you for your patience and understanding. Let's hope a vaccine is developed soon, for everyone's sake.
Jonathan G. Nelson
Your 5E copy of Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition is in your email inbox!
about 2 months ago
– Sat, Feb 15, 2020 at 11:06:38 PM
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