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Liminal Horror is a rules-lite, fail forward system that leverages creative problem solving in order to create memorable experiences at the table. 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.

For fans of Junji Ito, horror, Call of CthulhuMonster of the WeekSilent Legions but wanting rules-lite adaptable system. It is a modern horror hack of Yochai Gal's Cairn (Into the Odd + Knave). 


Gameplay: Fast and simple rules (the summary fits onto a single page). There are 3 stats (Strength, Dexterity, Control) and players makes saves when there is a risk of failure. Rolling equal to or under is a success. There are not rolls to hit (damage is dealt automatically).

Stress & Fallout: Play deals with horror themes. This is represented mechanically by Stress and Fallout. Fallout is how characters are changed by the Old Powers. The design avoids using mental illness and trauma as game-play mechanics.

Magic: Magic is dangerous, random, and chaotic. Liminal Horror adapts the Maze Rats magic system (thanks to the work of Xenio).


The cover illustration is ©️ 2021 Zach Hazard Vaupen

All core text is licensed under CC-BY-SA 4.0.  Interior images are public domain.

There is a Third Party License for creating adventures compatible with Liminal Horror.


Resources: Liminal Horror is being designed to present the core game in as many modes as possible for Facilitators & Players. 


Check out this fantastic playlist put together by Sam Leigh @GoblinMixtape!

Updated 10 days ago
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
AuthorGoblin Archives
GenreRole Playing
Tagscosmic-horror, Horror, Monsters, Mystery, OSR


Get this game and 2 more for $18.00 USD
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In order to download this game you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $7 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Liminal Horror by Goblin Archives 8 MB
Liminal Horror - Goblin Archives.epub 589 kB
Liminal Horror Core Rules Only v.2.25 booklet for printing.pdf 16 MB
Character sheet.pdf 11 kB
Adventure Writing Primer - Liminal Horror as an Adaptable System for Modern Horror.pdf 72 kB
Mystery Framework.pdf 19 kB
Mystery Framework Basic Markdown.md 1 kB
Character Sheet and Rules Summary 183 kB

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A web based version can also be found here: https://goblinarchives.github.io/LiminalHorror/

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