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This is a corebook for games in the genre of ‘horror‑suspense’ — focused on the atmospheric and unsettling, like the ghost stories of MR James and the strange investigations of the Carnacki stories. You can use it for other horror gaming too.

There are two main parts inside.

* A simple, elegant set of rules for making characters and resolving situations. They're based around a slightly different way to use two d10s, with other dice helping or hindering.

* Guidance for running the game, from planning stories to using description to create atmosphere.

Characters are ordinary people, though perhaps highly skilled, facing the Outside: threats beyond normal experience that intrude into human lives. You can decide what that is for your game’s stories.

What’s that behind you?


(Character sheet available separately.)

Edition note

This is v1, prototype edition. It's a complete polished book (see previews), but it hasn't had any feedback or testing yet. In the end I wasn't able to do those in time to get it in front of folks who might like it before Halloween. I'll be listening to comments, and purchasers will get access to any updates through their library.

There will be a print version in due course, and I'll send some level of discount to pdf purchasers. (This only works if your settings allow mailings from me. I only send one or two a month.)

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Alexander S November 01, 2021 8:51 pm UTC
Chock full of great GMing advice and how to tell these kinds of stories in your favored system, this is an excellent resource even if you don't plan on running the game RAW. That said, the system is wonderful with a focus on genre emulation and doing away with tired RPG mechanics that just won't fit the story you're trying to tell. I highly recommend it.
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