Beyond the Threshold 10: Setting Charges

A sniper is in the grass wearing a ghillie suit.

As horror sets in, the team tries to find a way to retreat without being caught.

GM: Aser
Players: Matt W, Megan, Phil
System: Night’s Black Agents

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Hitman”(incompetech.com)
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Beyond the Threshold 9: Like Cattle to the Slaughter

Cattle being lead through a narrow passage

The team starts to investigate a secretive facility near Mountain Home, Idaho.

GM: Aser
Players: Matt W, Megan, Phil
System: Night’s Black Agents

Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Hitman”(incompetech.com)
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Review: Book of Unremitting Horror

Cover of the book of unremitting horror. Shows a creepy creature with long arms grinning menacingly at the viewer

One of the toughest parts of running an investigative horror RPG can be creating interesting monsters to terrorize your players. Unlike adversaries in more combat-oriented RPGs, the baddies in a horror game are more than just stat blocks: they need to have a complete background with hooks to discover in order to complete the investigation. Creating these can often be the most entertaining part of GM-ing games like Fear Itself, but sometimes it’s nice to have something to weave a story around.

That’s where The Book of Unremitting Horror comes in. This book provides a collection of fearsome creatures from your worst nightmares. Each entry provides a background for the creature including a story about a haunting and advice on how to run them in a game. And of course, the book also has stats. These entries are more than just single page write-ups, and can easily form the core of a scenario by themselves. In fact, Megan did this to create the one on one session we released for Halloween in 2015.

The thing is, the monsters and demons on offer in Unremitting Horror aren’t just your run of the mill catalog of things that go bump in the night. There are very unique manifestations of common tropes and urban legends that make for genuinely creepy reading. They include things like the Kooks, creatures that retain their immortality by feeding on the essence of young children, the Blossomer, a demon summoned by angsty teenagers in a fit of sex and cannibalism, and Sisterides, basically an MRA’s fears given form.

This book is a treasure trove of the sorts of horrifying moments that make Fear Itself, Esoterrorists and games like them so memorable. Some of the creatures featured in the book are used in the scenario Invasive Procedures, which The Redacted Files played in two parts. Another is featured in the one on one session entitled Soliloquy.

The book comes in both Gumshoe and d20 variants. We plan on using several of the entries in this book to terrorize our cast in the near future. We highly recommend you check it out and pick up a copy to inflict on your unsuspecting friends. You can purchase it on DriveThruRPG for Gumshoe or d20. It’s also available for purchase from the Pelgrane Press website.

Beyond the Threshold 8: Putting the AK Back in Alaska

Anchorage-Skyline

As the team flees San Francisco, Alice finds that there might be trouble on her boyfriend’s continued fishing adventures and persuades everyone to head to the Last Frontier

Featuring Aser, Matt, Megan, and Phil. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Hitman.”

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Beyond the Threshold 7: Specimens

Attendants, fully covered, wait along rows of empty beds in a hospital ward

The team infiltrates BABEL to see if they can get any answers. What they find is a bit more then what they expected.

Featuring Aser, Brian, Megan, and Phil. Music by Kevin MacLeod, ‘Hitman’.

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Beyond the Threshold 6: That’s Not My Problem!

A picture of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco

The team scrambles to get undercover and safe after a disastrous encounter at the Fremont.

Featuring Aser, Matt, Megan, and Phil. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Hitman.”

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Fear Itself: The Wickerman

Christopher Lee stands with his arms raised with the WIckerman behind him.

For Thanksgiving weekend we wanted to celebrate the harvest, TRF style. This episode was previously Patreon exclusive, but since we’re thankful for all of you, we’re making it public. Enjoy this retelling of the 1973 classic horror film, The Wicker Man.

Featuring Aser and Megan. Music from Freemusicarchive.org, Port_City_Music_-_29_-_Night_Terrors from ‘Silber Sounds of Halloween’

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Trail of Cthulhu: Flying Coffins

A Byakhee in the sky watching a biplane

A squadron of the RFC during The Great War encounter more then Germans in the sky.

Featuring Aser, Brian, Megan, and Phil. Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Classic Horror 1.”

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Fear Itself: Soliloquy

A twisted being that appears to be eating hair

Ted Carter has to watch in slow horror as his life dissolves around him. A bonus episode to celebrate Halloween!

Featuring Aser and Megan. Music from Freemusicarchive.org, Port_City_Music_-_29_-_Night_Terrors from ‘Silber Sounds of Halloween’

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Fear Itself: Invasive Procedures pt. 2

Invasive-image

As the horror becomes pervasive, the patients try to band together to escape from the monsters in the dark.
Featuring Aser, John, Matt, Megan, Mike, and Rob.
Music by Kevin MacLeod, “Spider’s Web” & “Classic Horror”

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