Rise of the Drow

Created by AAW Games

Purchase at drow5e.com

Latest Updates from Our Project:

Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition ETA March 2020
over 1 year ago – Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 01:48:51 AM

Greetings my friends! It has been far too long since we've posted an update. I hope you and your families are all well as we approach this holiday season.

As you've gathered from the subject of this update, the book is delayed, but you know what? This is, without a doubt, the BEST Underdark-related book to date. Usually, you either have quality or quantity but this book has both! The high-quality art, maps, graphic design, writing, layout, you name it-- we've never created anything so beautiful and extensive in nearly 10 years here at AAW Games. 

Right now we're putting the finishing touches on the book and in 1-2 weeks, the files go off to the printer. After that, we start building the interactive PDF which will take some time due to the number of pages involved. I'd estimate a PDF within the next 30-60 days and the print books to arrive in your mailboxes around March 2020. 

To whet your appetites, our layout master Thomas Baumbach has included a screenshot of the table of contents. Feast your eyes on this beauty!

Raise a glass to your fellow backers and everyone who made this book possible because the final days of work are wrapping up and soon, this monstrosity from the Underworld will be a reality!

Here's to YOU!

Jonathan G. Nelson

AAW Games

Vinyl battlemaps and Clash of the Factions T-Shirts have arrived! / Delay on Hardcover
over 1 year ago – Wed, Oct 02, 2019 at 01:58:44 AM

Drow awesomeness is arriving!

My home is quickly turning into a drow factory with plush dolls, dice, t-shirts, and now vinyl battle maps, stacked up all over the place! Today, Gale Force Nine vinyl battle maps arrived en mass and they look BEAUTIFUL. We also received all the shirts for the Clash of the Factions, printed by Offworlds Designs.

Delay on the Hardcover

Unfortunately, this stuff will need to sit a bit longer as we've run into a slow-down in the error-correcting process building out the final PDF and print files. There's nothing wrong so much as we are going over things with a fine-toothed comb. This is the final and collectible edition of our biggest work to date and possibly, most probably, ever. We want the final volume to have as few errors as possible and be the best Underdark book you've ever (or will ever) own. In order to do this, we need the extra time. We know, we've missed the holiday season by delaying and we're sorry but we cannot ship out anything other than the absolute best. We owe that to you, our fine friends and backers who made this entire work possible.

I am not going to set a date in stone at the moment but I would say that currently, a reasonable estimate for print hardcovers to arrive at your doorstep is February 2020. I'm sorry we'll be late but again, I must be able to put my DROW STAMP OF APPROVAL on these books and to do that, we need a little more time. The PDF will be released well ahead of the print book, so fret not!

If you have any questions about anything involving Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition, please, post them in the comments section below.

Happy Gaming!

Jonathan G. Nelson

AAW Games

Working on first 1/2 of PDF, finishing touches
almost 2 years ago – Thu, Sep 12, 2019 at 12:48:07 AM

Good afternoon!

A little update for you. We're working on catching final errors and doing some graphical rearrangements as necessary in layout review on the first 1/2 of the massive 600+ page Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition tome. This is PDF review work and very time consuming as we read each and every page to catch errors and check the arrangements of art, maps, and graphical content. 

I will share a some screenshots, but be forewarned, this is not the finished product so fret not if you spot some minor things which need repair. We're on the job! 

Stephen Yeardley, Thomas Baumbach, and myself are all hard at work making this book the best Underdark adventure/setting you'll ever own, mark my words on that. We've poured everything into this book and hope you see the pages dripping with the countless hours of love that we have dedicated to this underworld masterpiece. The fact that this book is dedicated to our dear friend and former AAW Games layout artist & author, Joshua Gullion, is the crown jewel. Joshua left this world too early and this book is a gift to him, his friends, and his family. It will cement his place in RPG history, a testament to a man who brought together people from all over the industry in the original Rise of the Drow tome, then dedicated his final hours to assuring it was released, holding it in his hands just before he passed from this world.

"For Joshua!"


Here are the first few pages of the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition:

Drow plush dolls have arrived!
almost 2 years ago – Mon, Aug 19, 2019 at 01:08:17 AM

Drow Plushies!

The drow armies have amassed and now prepare for their assault on humanity. To ensure their victory, the dark elves have disguised themselves as cute, cuddly, and slightly perturbed plush dolls. 

This last week I had the honor of driving out to Seattle to pick up the drow plushies after they came into the Port of Seattle by ship. It was quite a wild ride and experience. The location where I picked them up was filled with all manner of cargo, huge semi trucks, and lots workers. They found it hilarious that a dude with a mohawk, driving a Honda Element showed up to pick up such a tiny load of cargo. Never before had any of them seen or heard of such a thing, apparently this part of the process is typically handled by freight companies but something got messed up and when the ball was dropped I was there to pick it up. I'll do anything for my backers, especially if it involves drow. 

So, after a lot of confusion and chaos, I finally tracked down the four huge boxes of drow plush dolls and got them loaded into my Element, driving them back to Snoqualmie for safekeeping until fulfillment of all items on the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition Kickstarter have arrived.

Dummy Books - hey... don't call me a dummy!

In other news, payments have been made and test samples of the main book, deck of cards, and pawns have arrived from our printer. Everything is looking good so far. We're still working on layout so don't think we're printing proofs of the book yet, these are just white dummy books filled with white pages to make sure all the specs are correct- and they are. 

Hope everyone is having a great weekend. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Jonathan G. Nelson


AAW Games

Rise of the Drow maps by Gale Force Nine!
almost 2 years ago – Tue, Aug 06, 2019 at 07:28:36 PM

We just got our hands on the sample prints of the Gale Force Nine vinyl battle maps for the Rise of the Drow: Collector's Edition mega-adventure/campaign.

What do you think?

Which map(s) did you purchase? 

How will you use them in your games?

 (Note: D&D Miniatures copyright Wizards of the Coast / HASBRO - used only to display size and functionality of maps.)