Fear Itself plunges ordinary people into a disturbing contemporary world of madness and violence. Players take the roles of regular folks much like themselves, who are inexorably drawn into confrontation with the creatures of the Outer Black, an unearthly realm of alien menace. With or without its distinctive mythology, GMs can use it to replicate the shudders and shocks of the horror genre in both film and literature. Fear Itself uses the GUMSHOE system. It serves as an ideal platform for one-shot games, in which, like any self-respecting horror flick, few, if any, of the protagonists are expected to survive the climax. It can also be employed to run ongoing campaigns in which the leading characters gradually discover more about the disturbing supernatural reality hiding in the shadows of the ordinary world. Over time, they grow more adept at combating them—or spiral tragically into insanity and death. See the complete reviews to date here This product sets itself apart from other Horror Rules because of the way everything interacts with the entire GUMSHOE system in a meaningful and immersive manner. The Risk Factors provide believable, character driven motivations for adventuring; Stability Sources provide opportunities for backgrounds that have meaning to […]



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Layout and Introduction

Fear Itelf has been beautifully laid out and illustrated by Jérôme Huguenin. These introductory pages should give you an idea of what to expect.

Character Sheet

Download an improved character sheet by Sune Nødskou as a PDF file.

Download Spencer Sanders’ fillable version of Sune Nødskou’s character sheet, with space for the stereotype and a few languages , as a PDF file.

Download the Fear Itself character sheet as a PDF file.

Matrix of Misery

Created by one of our playtesters, Erik Weissengruber, this is a GM’s reference for the PCs in the game. Download the Matrix of Misery as a PDF file.

Our Lady’s Hospital – Invasive Procedures

Two layouts of Our Lady’s Hospital from Invasive Procedures – one for the GM and one for the players – by Sune Nødskou. Download Our Lady’s Hospital as a PDF file.