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Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System

[ What is the Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System (TSRS)? It is a tabletop RPG designed to be light on rules and heavy on roleplaying. Most guidelines are optional so GMs can modify, add or drop whatever they wish. GMs can also submit their changes to the site for others to use. And the best part? The entire system is free! All guidelines, support tools, monster books and adventures can be found at the Downloads page. ]

Special All-in-One Kickstarter Backers:

Jeremy D. Milsom, Super Supporter

Jonathan Gartshore-Baxter, Basic Supporter

An extra thanks to these two supporters for helping the TSRS Kickstarter meet and beat goal! Much appreciated, good sirs!

October 10, 2014

Although it may seem that I've been neglecting TSRS or ThrowiGames work, that's quite the contrary. I've been busy writing both adventure material and code for Colosseum, an internet game due out in 2015. Sometimes, the work effort isn't seen by those outside my immediate circle of family, players, and friends... this website is *supposed* to inform all about the progress on my work, and the delay in updating these pages was unintended. I'm back now and hope to continue what we started. Without further apologetic nonsense, here is the status of work:

"False Promises", the first part of a three part adventure series, is now complete. It has been written for Moldvay D&D and will be available on Kickstarter on October 10th at noon (EST). I will also print it for TSRS in December or January (see the download page in coming months for details). Part 2, "Fury of Thringalesh" will release on Kickstarter in December or January, again in Moldvay D&D format. Part 3 (title not finalized) will be available in March or April of 2015. Lucas Pandolfelli has provided his fantastic artwork once again:

Additional adventures are still in various stages of completion - I have too many started! I hope to return to work on these once the three part False Promises series is over. I also have two or three other adventures outlined for writing (for 2015). Check this page and the downloads page for details on all the outstanding work...

Two adventures are in development by independent authors - one adventure will take place in Lunramal while the other is a campaign setting on the 3rd "unknown" continent in the ThrowiGames world. Both will likely be available for download in early 2015. More details soon...

Lastly, work continues on Colosseum. Nearly all of the backend (database) code is as complete as possible, and front end work has started (this of course will introduce more back end work too). I should have a working prototype of the game by March 2015. I've purposely kept quiet about Colosseum so as not to get too many people excited; the industry can be unforgiving with respect to game release dates, and since I'm bootstrapping this game and TSRS, I have to be reasonable about my spare time and when I can get the work finished. Things are moving well but there is quite a bit to do, and TONS of testing to complete.

Until next time, enjoy!

April 21, 2014

When your work life and your personal life both increase their demand on your time, what slides off the list for awhile? Hobbies, of course. My hobbies are writing TSRS and running mobile MTG events... and I'm still running MTG events every month. TSRS work has definitely fallen off since early February. I've done a little bit of work on it but I'm really not putting in the same effort as I did in 2012/2013. There's just not enough time in the week for everything! That being said, I've completed about 50% of the starting campaign adventure "False Promises", EC2 (TSRS2211). Why have I moved away from the other three in the works? Well, my players wanted to start playing again, and they know those other mods. A new series was needed, so I started this one. I'm not going to say too much about it (since my players may read this thread), but it's a 5 part series meant to take 4-6 adventurers from starting PR24 (easy) to PR42 (difficult). they will face things they've never faced before... We began our campaign last week, you can read the details of each session here. Each part of this series should be available for download a few weeks after it is completed by the group.

For the next few months, I can't promise more than the "False Promises" series. Work and life are just too chaotic right now. Take care and enjoy!

January 31st, 2014

January has been a busy and productive month! Where do I start?

The TSRS All-in-One Guide Kickstarter books (hardcover and softcover) have been printed and are now sitting at my home awaiting shipment to KS backers. I'm sending out surveys today to get addresses so that I can pack and ship these nicely produced books out early next week. PublishingExpress (softcovers) and BookBaby (hardcovers) did an amazing job printing these guides, and both shipped them out to me much faster than I expected! The print runs are 35 copies of the softcovers and 46 copies of the hardcovers - I have only a few spare copies of each to limit the runs to a small number. Our target delivery date to backers was March - we'll beat that easily.

The All-in-One Guide is likely the last major revision/production of the Core guidelines for a while. I'm not planning any major additions to the Fantasy theme in the near future besides a few odds and ends (e.g. Falling damage). There are a few more books to produce for the Core line but those are on hold for the time being. There are a few things I'd like to start/finish in 2014: 1) finishing the 3 adventures started last year, "In Defense of Thuil", "The Evil Within", and "Walking Dead in to Umfall" - they are each between 50 to 75% completed; 2) publish all current TSRS adventures to LuLu (for print copies); 3) 2014 Kickstarter - a digest sized boxed set for B/X [not for TSRS] in honor of D&D's 40th anniversary; 4) complete the special crossover GenCon module (AD&D and TSRS) "The First Annual Minecart Race"; 5) and if there is time, begin work on the TSRS Variant Guide (extends the core guidelines to Westerns, Science Fiction, Horror, and Espionage). A monumental task.

As mentioned above, I'm hoping to publish all current (and future) adventures to LuLu so that players can have the books printed professionally. I'm still working on the conversion of the first adventure; LuLu has some interesting formatting requirements that other publishers (like the ones I used for my KS work) don't have. This makes it hard to get them out there for printing. If this gets too difficult, I may switch up vendors (if I can find another print-on-demand company). More on this in the next few weeks.

On a different front, the Nomad Gaming part of the business (mobile MTG events) is starting to get busier. We've had a steady number of players each FNM event with the last turnout (January) being pretty good. We have two BNG events planned for February - things are looking good! You can find more information about my mobile game store business at

Until next time, enjoy!

Older Posts and Reference

An archive page now contains posts greater than a month or two old.

Before I shifted gears from Colosseum (see the blog link for reference) to developing the Throwigames Simple Roleplaying System, I used several other media channels to record and discuss my efforts. See my 2011 blog here and my little used Facebook page (search Facebook for for past updates. Going forward, the new website will be my primary method of cummunication and interaction with players.

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