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Liminal Horror: Investigators


Liminal Horror is a classless, rules lite system the eschews leveling for high lethality and narrative growth. Players act as investigators navigating a modern world full of terrible and unknowable things that hide in the spaces between, looking for a way in.

Developed as a modern cosmic horror hack of Yochai Gal’s Cairn (inspired by Into the OddKnave), it adds a Stress & Stress Fallout system that warps characters the closer they get to the abyss.

Liminal Horror is a rules-lite, fail forward system that leverages creative problem solving in order to create memorable experiences at the table. Its open framework allows facilitators to use other mysteries/horror adventures at the table.

For fans of Junji Ito, cosmic horror, Call of Cthulu, Monster of the Week, Silent Legions but wanting rules-lite NSR/OSR philosophy. Text and Layout by Goblin Archives.

  • Cover art by Zach Hazard Vaupen.

  • Published by Exalted Funeral Press

This Exalted Funeral edition contains additional content such as: a mystery framework to plan sessions, an example mystery (Plague of Frogs) and spark tables.
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Bob V June 14, 2024 4:20 am UTC
For the last few days, I have soloed my way through Plague of Frogs (8 pages, free/pay what you want at DriveThruRPG). It is for the system Liminal Horror (44 pages, free, same place) which I did use. I found a character generator online that created my six characters. For my solo engine, I used the Microsoft Copilot (AI). The adventure started when the PCs heard rumors from the locals about strange noises and sightings near the sewer entrances. The PCs entered the sewer and followed a trail of slime. In an alcove they found a Frog-Monster which they killed. Nearby they found the dead body of a human. They did loot it and found some items that could come in handy. The next encounter was with a grotesque creature, a twisted amalgamation of human and insect features. It had come from a cocoon. The PCs killed the creature and the cocoon. The PCs continued on and were surprised to discover a clinic. When they entered it, the receptionist yelled out, "Adventurers!'. This was followed by the sound of slamming doors....See more
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