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ExpeditionTHORN is the first of a three volume fantasy role-playing game conceived a very long time ago by a bunch of 14 year old malcontents. This group wanted to hunt down nightmares and map out imaginary realms, so they crafted a huge funnel world they called THORN, populated it with horrific beasts, and then set about exploring. 38 years later, these lifelong friends are still at it. Most are teachers now—a strange coincidence, to be sure—and have kids who have joined them on this adventure. These old rules, freshly inked, are for them.

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Matt S May 09, 2018 9:01 pm UTC
I'd like to get this, but I'd like some confirmation that volumes 2 & 3 are still imminent...
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Sarah H April 24, 2017 3:23 pm UTC
Is this complete to play or does it need the other two volumes?
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John D April 30, 2017 8:22 am UTC
Hi Thomas,
Great question. It's complete, in the sense that it covers pretty much everything you might do with a character in other old school FRPGs. The thing is, THORN has always been a bit more ambitious than that. We've had "EPIC level" gaming since before that was a term, and that's where books 2 and 3 fit into the system. If I might make a suggestion, don't buy THORN just yet. We're making real progress on the other books, and we'll probably end up selling them as a more affordable package. Of course, the guys who already bought the first book will receive the next two texts for a pittance--our way of saying thanks to the early adopters. We really aren't trying to make any coin here, just have some fun and support a couple of our favorite charities.
All the best,
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John D January 22, 2017 2:05 pm UTC
Hi Guys,
Thanks for taking a look. Honestly, this game is a slow roll out (glaciers advance more quickly) by a really small shop. It's here mainly for our in-house players to buy. Volumes 2 and 3 are in the works, but who knows precisely when they'll be ready? Wouldn't want to turn any promises into lies. Once, they're done, perhaps we can get a bit more serious about actually selling THORN/raising some money for charities. Until then, we shall lurk and enjoy the abundant creativity around us. Your reluctant salesman, John.
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Chris T January 23, 2017 8:04 pm UTC
Hello there, and thanks so much for your reply! I'd rather see a product that meets the standards of its creator than one hastily assembled to meet a deadline.
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Alexandre L January 11, 2017 9:19 pm UTC
Some information regarding the system behind this RPG would be very welcome.
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GeoCentric D January 11, 2017 9:02 pm UTC
Is there an ETA for the 2nd & 3rd volumes?
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Chris T January 13, 2017 6:06 pm UTC
I'd also be interested in knowing this.
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This title was added to our catalog on January 11, 2017.
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