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Liminal Horror

Liminal Horror is a rules-lite, fail forward tabletop role playing game with Facilitator and at least two other players. 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.

It was developed as a modern cosmic horror hack of Yochai Gal’s Cairn (itself a child of Chris McDowall’s Into the Odd & Ben Milton’s Knave). Liminal Horror written by (Goblin Archives)

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The cover illustration is © 2021 Zach Hazard Vaupen. Twitter:@zachhazard

Liminal Horror cover. A dark hallway, halfway down engulfed in blackness, with black arms reaching out from the abyss. White eyes blink from within.

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Liminal Horror was written and designed by Goblin Archives