Design Diary

The Butler at the Threshold: public beta!

I’ve been working on this for a while, but I think The Butler at the Threshold is ready for feedback!

It’s a card-based storytelling game about the inhabitants of a strange, provincial 1930s town trying to find success and happiness while cosmic horror uncoils around them. It’s meant to be played over the course of a few hours (from character creation to final doom), with 2-5 players.

It’s based on our previous Hijink system games (What Ho World and Wizards Aren’t Gentlemen) but pretty comprehensively refined and simplified, with a bit of Archipelego III thrown in. We’re hoping to kickstart it sometime this year (pretty soon if we get a lot of feedback), to try and raise money to have it printed in a small board game format with multiple card decks.

Here’s the files:

Character Cards
Location Cards
Asset Cards
The Core Rules
Goal Cards
Doom Cards

If you played the game and have feedback, questions or reactions, please get in touch!

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