Category Archives: Fear Itself

Creatures of Unremitting Horror: Steerage

From the upcoming Ocean Game sourcebook… Steerage There are bugs underneath the skin of the world. Scratch, and they come out. Scurrying around in darkness. Fly the light. They start out small. You’d mistake ‘em for silverfish, those little crawly things, like little white termites. But they grow. It’s when they’re as big as fat cockroaches that you […]

The Ocean Game

Close your eyes. Listen to the sound of your breathing, in and out, like waves breaking on the shore. Listen to the rush of blood in your ears. Did you know that the plasma in your blood is chemically very similar to the composition of the primordial oceans where we evolved. We’re part of the […]

Who’s Not the Werewolf?

Premise for a Fear Itself one-shot Distribute these pregenerated characters, either casting the parts for a group you know or giving them out randomly for a convention run. They’re missing Sources of Stability, which don’t come into play here, and have higher than usual Health pools. You’ll be dropping the latter almost immediately. Also give […]

The House of Horror

There are places where the Membrane between our reality and the Outer Dark frays, where things slip between worlds too easily. Some call these liminal spaces the Outskirts; the Ordo Veritatis, in its clinical way, refers to them as LMSLs (Low Membrane Strength Locations). Such places are often found on the edge of towns, in […]

The Actualizer

A foe for The Esoterrorists / Fear Itself The metamorphic Outer Dark entity known as the Actualizer crosses over into our realm during the first of several life stages. It lodges itself in a human host, who it impels to commit a series of murders. With each slaying it gains psychic energy it will eventually […]

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 […]

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