A downloadable tabletop rpg

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Them Deeper Bones is a retro adventure role-playing game inspired by classic games of the late 80s and early 90s, where the player mattered more than the numbers on the character sheet, but beefed up by years and years of game development experience. If you like to solve problems through your own wits and role-playing instead of dice-rolling and character optimisation, this is the TTRPG for you.

Some key features:

  • Role-playing as the primary problem solving tool. Think using your wits in escape rooms, but where the sky’s the limit on how strange the puzzles can get.
  • Streamlined d20-based system - of summing up dice with the base d20 instead of static bonus and penalty mathematics.
  • Emphasis on the exploration and archeology parts of dungeon crawling, with treasure serving as a tool, not the end purpose.
  • Magic system that allows individual spells to be both relevant and unpredictable.
  • Tense and fast-paced combat system. The players have all the information they need to act thanks to the decide first initiative, things escalate quickly and the innovative Grit Dice method used stops it from ever becoming a grind.

This is a late-stage playtest version. The purpose of this itch page is to get a) more widespread playtest feedback and b) funds for art and editing the final piece. The version of the game that is available is playable, but can still change drastically. 

The current release also contains a VERY preliminary version of the world book. You can tell by all the TODO's in it. The World Book has the "Old Bear House" Adventure Module included.

If you want to participate in the playtest (and get the playtest files) without contributing financially, the game's homepage https://themdeeperbones.com/ has instructions on how you can do that.

A combat demo of a slightly older version of the game:


Buy Now$10.00 USD or more

In order to download this tabletop rpg you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $10 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Them Deeper Bones - The Player's Book - 1.6.2 (Ropecon 2022).pdf 2 MB
Them Deeper Bones - The Guide Book - 1.6.2.pdf 1 MB
Them Deeper Bones - The World Book - 1.6.2.pdf 2 MB

Physical Book

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The Player's Book (Ropecon 2022) Physical Copy, shipped to Finland

If you live in Finland and you want a physical copy of The Player's Book (Ropecon 2022) Beta version, this reward will get you that, including postage. You are prompted to add your address at checkout. please fill that.

Download demo

Character Sheet - Expert - A4 / 1.6.2 89 kB
Character Sheet - Fighter- A4 / 1.6.2 87 kB
Character Sheet - Magic-User- A4 / 1.6.2 88 kB

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