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A collaborative storytelling experience
designed by Tomas Gimenez Rioja and edited by Nico MacDougall

As dawn approaches, darkness engulfs the sky, leaving only the void behindThat’s when it comes. The Horror makes its move, only this time we are ready. The sound of its dragging chains can be heard screeching from three blocks away. Its long, sharp, hairy tongue drools as it approaches. We know its story, its tale. Let’s hope we get to live long enough to see the next sunrise.

What Is It That Lies Beyond The Immenseness of the Dark? is a collaborative storytelling card game for 2 or more players in which you use cards and a coin to create a Horror inhabiting the area you are playing in in the real world. A serial killer, swarm of monsters, master manipulator, or eldritch creature, as well as its myth or urban legend, will come to life in 30 mins - 1.5 hours. The game materials are a poker size deck of 22 cards (17 prompt cards, one X-Card, and 4 inspiring picture cards). 

The deck of cards lies down, with three revealed cards by its side. The cards are surrounded by two lit candles in the dark


The game encourages the players to find a mysterious or eerie place to play in, such as the nearby park with the dead tree struck by lightning, the spooky abandoned manor everyone in town talks about, or near the endless sea in the coastline. The location you play in influences your choices during the creation of the Horror as you take inspiration from your surroundings when answering the prompts that shape the entity. 

Designed with Portability in Mind

Since this game is intended to be played outside, it relies on just the deck of cards and two other things everyone usually has at hand: a coin and a cellphone. This allows the players to easily bring the game to exotic locations, rooftop parties with friends, a campfire, your own attic, or anywhere you can think of.

Easy to play

The game is played by repeating 5 steps until the game ends:

  1. Chanting. All players chant together, “What is it that lies beyond the immenseness of the dark?”. Try to coordinate as much as you possibly can.
  2. The player with the deck reveals the top card.
  3. Flip a coin and choose your question. Flip the coin and read aloud the question on the card that corresponds to the coin result. Answer it yourself or brainstorm a response with the other players. The player with the deck has final say.
  4. Discard the card.
  5. Pass the deck and coin to the next player.   

Solo Play

The game was designed to be played in a group, but after talking with several people and trying it out myself, I've come to find that one can definitely play it solo, getting fantastic results out of it.

Available in Spanish!

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File Last Updated:
December 04, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on October 11, 2023.
Tomas Gimenez Rioja
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