Category Archives: Fear Itself

Fear Itself 2nd Edition

The Roleplaying Game of Personal Horror Fear Itself 2nd Edition plunges ordinary people into a disturbing contemporary world of madness and violence —and inexorably draws them into confrontation with creatures of the Outer Dark, a realm of alien menace. GMs can re-create all the shudders and shocks of the horror genre at their table, whether they […]

Images of Unremitting Horrors

    (*** As a warning before you read on – some of these images are quite disturbing. They’re all entirely computer-generated, but still… they’re uncanny. ***)     I’ve been keeping an eye on neural nets and automated generation of content, in the manner of a fisherman keeping an eye on a storm front […]

Run Away!

Both Trail of Cthulhu and Fear Itself feature protagonists who are comparatively (or cosmically!) feeble compared to the foes they encounter. By no coincidence whatsoever, both games also incorporate the Fleeing ability, an ability that’s used only for running away. To make Fleeing a bit more complex and combat-like, here are some optional expanded Fleeing […]

Blood-Red Rover

In this story hook for preteen weird investigation in Fear Itself, excitement over Mars exploration turns to alien terror in a sleepy small town. The young protagonists assemble when assigned to a group class presentation about the latest NASA rover mission to Mars. They establish their group dynamic while poring through images on the NASA […]

I’m The Monster? Monstrous Characters for Fear Itself

So, you’ve been bitten by the werewolf. Infected by the zombie virus. Snacked on by Dracula. Discovered that your grandmother came from Innsmouth, or that you were conceived in the Outer Dark. You’re a monster, and soon you’re going to succumb to the darkness in you and turn on your comrades. Up until then, though, […]

A Zeitgeist of Unremitting Horror: Timely Horrors for Fear Itself

It’s rarely a good idea to mix immediate real-world awfulness with supernatural threats. Killer clowns are funny, but we’re not going to argue the Esoterrorists are behind QANON, even though it’s an obvious set-up. Hitler wasn’t mind-controlled by vampires or the Cthulhu Mythos. So, the existence of these pandemic-themed monsters for Fear Itself or The […]

Community Content Spotlight: Game Reserve

In the Community Content Spotlight, each month I write up a short review of a GUMSHOE community content title, all of which are available on DriveThruRPG. See this page if you’re interested in creating something for our Community Program! ———————————— Michael Duxbury’s Game Reserve is a fresh supplement to Fear Itself 2nd Edition, providing “a […]

A Gumshoe LARP by Graham Walmsley

The following article originally appeared on an earlier iteration of See Page XX in October 2007.  by Graham Walmsley At first sight, Gumshoe would make a perfect LARP. There’s little die-rolling, so it suits a game played standing up; and, as an investigative game, it’s about talking to people. It sounds ideal. Would it work? In this […]

Community Content Spotlight: Phantom of the Bastille

In the Community Content Spotlight, each month I write up a short review of a community content title available on DriveThruRPG. See this page if you’re interested in creating something for our Community Program! Stick around after the review for news about our Community Content Contest. THE PHANTOM OF THE BASTILLE The following review contains […]

Unremitting Horror: Jormungandr

The following article of Unremitting Horror originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in December 2004. Jormungandr – lost genius or just crap? Jason Ardill tells all.. Blair Witch Project of shock rock video is Anus Dei by the mercifully obscure Scandinavian black metal band JORMUNGANDR. The song is the usual shrill torrent of incomprehensible gibberish with a lot of […]

Unremitting Horror: The Poet A P Morton Blunkett

The following article for Fear Itself originally appeared on DyingEarth.com in November 2004.   AP Morton-Blunkett (1899-1921) “A man, mortal, looks to the world to come…” A little-known poet who may have become a great talent. He was born in Forrest Court, Berwick, Scotland in 1899, the son of the Lochbridge Toll watchman. He was […]

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