What is The Morrow Project?

The Morrow Project

The Morrow Project (TMP) is a role-playing game set in a post-apocalyptic North America.  The background is loosely sketched out and is very open to customization; very few people run TMP without modification.  The ideas on this blog are likewise intended to merely inspire – none of them are ‘set in stone’.

First published in 1979, The Morrow Project is an artifact of its time and includes a lot of detail on weaponry and has a fairly complex combat system – together with elements of SF and fantasy (although all of these are optional).  The Morrow Project is currently out-of-print, although new modules have been produced and a 4th edition has been playtested, but not yet published.

Everything related to this game is copyrighted to Timeline Ltd and this blog is not intended to infringe on copyright in any way shape or form.


The Morrow Project was an ambitious plan to select, train and  cryogenically freeze special teams to aid in the reconstruction of North America after a Nuclear War in 1989.  Something went badly wrong – the teams did not receive their ‘wake-up call.’

One hundred and fifty years after the fall of civilization, the members of the Morrow Project wake to a changed world.  This new world is characterized by tiny hamlets of simple daily existence awash in a sea of barbarism and anarchy.   There are also islands of high technology, new nation-states and anachronistic societies.

The Player Characters are members of a paramilitary team of specialists and are likely to be part of the Morrow Project sections: Recon, Science or MARS (which is the most heavily armed).  There are other MP groups (for example: Engineering, PSYOP or aviation) and the more ambitious referees may use those.

However, I would recommend that Recon is essentially the default team as it encourages exploration.

Briefing to Players –

Intended to be part of an organized plan to rebuild America, your team finds that they have missed the 3-5 year expected wake-up call. Now, far outside the original time frame (and unable to contact the rest of the project) they must start alone the process that was intended for thousands.

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