This is Not a Test - Core Rulebook - 2nd Edition

SKU: TNT0001


What is TnT

The great armed conflict known as the End War ravaged the world for years but came to its devastating conclusion in just seconds. In the aftermath of the nuclear attacks, remembered as the Great Fall, the United States was left a scarred wasteland. Millions died, polite society collapsed and scientific knowledge was lost in a forest of mushroom clouds. But hey, it’s not all bad. You and your fellow survivors live in the Tri-State Wasteland, an unforgiving land of mutants, lost technology and as much opportunity as danger. In this new world anyone can make their own destiny. But it's not easy and you better have grit, cunning, and a willingness to get a little dirty. This is the world of This Is Not a Test, a 28mm skirmish wargame set in a post-apocalyptic United States where warbands fight for survival, power and greed in the wastes.

This rulebook features:

  • Fast and involved game play – Play in as little as an hour. The game rewards tactical thinking and the activation system ensures play passes back and forth in a dynamic fashion that keeps all players involved to the very end.
  • Many factions to choose from – Murderous raiders, unusual mutants, profit-driven caravanners, primitive tribals, technology-seeking Preservers and wasteland rangers known as Peacekeepers.
  • Mutations, skills, and abilities – TONS of different mutations, skills, and abilities to customize your models and make a truly unique warband.
  • Harness the power of the past – No wasteland is complete without powerful ancient weapons littered about; everything from laser carbines to plasma casters. And don't forget about the ever popular power armor. 
  • Multiple scenarios and full campaign – Play through the scenarios in the book or an entire series of linked games. A fully detailed campaign system is included to keep track of injuries, income, experience, new skills, and overall power. Watch your warband go from a bunch of softbellies to full wasteland legends.
  • A truly dangerous wasteland – Full rules for wasteland hazards such as emberquakes, ripwinds and other natural occurrences that are as dangerous to your warband as your opponent. Additionally, a bestiary is included with over 30 entries for various wasteland creatures. Watch out for all types of fauna from simple rad zombies to the terrifying landsnapper. All have been catalogued and presented for your hunting pleasure.


Can I watch TnT being played?

You can find a bunch of different videos below. Keep in mind that these are the 1st edition rules but it should still give you a great idea of what the game is like!

What is a Backroom Event?

A BSS Backroom is a special preorder event for launching a new game. Similar in a lot of ways to a crowdfunding campaign, there are a few big differences. 

  • We aren't raising money to fund the production of these items. These are items we are committing to producing regardless of preorder numbers. 
  • We often offer a lot of bonus unlocks (Stretch goals) many of these items are things we were planning to release anyway. The backroom allows us to have some fun and release them early or give them away for free!
  • Your card will be charged immediately. As mentioned above. This isn't a crowed funding campaign. 
  • We reject FOMO. In almost every single previous backroom event, all items are available after fulfillment is completed. 


  • This product is a preorder and part of the TnT backroom launch. It will not ship until ready. If this item is ordered with currently in stock items, the entire order will be held until this item is ready to ship. 
  • Some images shown may be digital mockups. These items may have slight design revisions when going into manufacturing. 
  • After preorders close, the BSS team runs a weekly update stream via our twitch channel. 


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