Butler at the Threshold now available to playtest
Been a while, huh? I thought you all might be interested to know that we've finally got a version of The Butler at the Threshold ready for you to play.
We've made some pretty significant changes to the Hijink system in this adaptation:
- Everything that's character type-specific is on a single card - see the Antiquarian, pictured above.
- Each Asset now comes with a single power it gives you access to, so you'll still have plenty of tools to use.
- We've simplified the process of completing a goal - each goal has three tags (occult, lore, social, tool, weapon), and each asset has one tag. At the end of a scene where you used an asset to pursue your goal, you can discard the asset to mark off a matching tag.
- There's a Doom for the town, progressively getting worse as you play. We have three in the current release: the dissolution of reality, a government raid, an invasion of alien minds. But we're planning on adding more as we go.
- We've added useful key phrases you can use to shape a scene in play - getting the focus character to describe things more, or suggest something should be more challenging than it was just described, and asking the other players for insights into the current situation. I'm looking forward to seeing how they work out!
Here's a Google Drive folder containing the rulebook, the cards (if you wish to print them out), and instructions for setting up an online game using rollforyour.party. Alternatively, if you have Tabletop Simulator, the game's on Steam Workshop for you to test out.
We're looking to kickstart a print run of this sometime this year. If you read over it (or play it!) and have feedback, please get in touch. And thanks once again for supporting this campaign!