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Beyond the Supernatural is a Tabletop RPG by Palladium Books. Unlike most other Palladium games, the setting is modern day, and the supernatural elements are toned down to the point that many monsters hide in plain sight. The genres the game covers are anything from horror to mystery, but are typically low key and not over the top action. The psychic abilities in the game are arguably the most developed of a Megaverse book, with more categories than the core Rifts or Palladium Fantasy games.

To date the game has also received one additional sourcebook called Boxed Nightmares that adds several brand new mysteries for players to investigate as well as a few other extras such as rules for creating paranormal organizations, a handful of new NPC characters and a (fake) newspaper galley featuring many strange articles on the supernatural.

This tabletop-game provides examples of:

  • Abandoned Warehouse: An acceptable location for use by any aspiring BtS GM, also see Sinister Subway
  • Background Magic Field: This is how magic works in all Palladium games, ala Ley Lines and Dragon Roads, Nexus Points, and places where reality weakens.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Many monsters and alien intelligences are not evil just... different.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Generally agreed to be the highest level of supernatural entity that exists in the world as well as the most powerful. Here they are classified as "Alien Intelligences" like in many of the other RPG series made by Palladium.
  • Extra-Strength Masquerade: In this world, supernatural beings have No Body Left Behind, and Psychic Powers are almost impossible to study in the lab and only really useful for Paranormal Investigation plots, so there's no possibility of a Broken Masquerade whatever your meddling kids do.
  • Griping About Gremlins: Gremlins are mischievous little imp creatures that don't pose much of a threat in a fight but can vex the players to no end with their lust for destroying important technology such as computers or investigative equipment.
  • Hellhound: One of the many supernatural beasties the group can come across while out in the field. They're not the scariest thing in the game by far but still something that most people probably wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.
  • Hostile Hitchhiker: The "Hitchhiker of Death" storyline from Boxed Nightmares uses this as its main hook.
  • Indian Burial Ground: These can factor into a scenario to add a level of mystique or horror to the adventure.
  • Jack the Ripoff: One of the new cases added in Boxed Nightmares focuses on a modern day Jack the Ripper copycat who is so identical to the historical murderer that he has even his own investigators unsure if he truly is the real deal or not. He isn't. He's a doppelganger entity from another dimension that copied the real Jack at some point in the past and now believes himself to be the infamous Ripper, making for a surprisingly literal version of this trope.
  • Layered World: Has multiple realms in the form of, the Astral Plane, and numerous others.
  • Ley Line: See Above
  • Magical Native American: One of the side characters introduced in a Boxed Nightmares adventure campaign is a helpful Native American mystic NPC that can provide assistance to the player characters.
  • Mage in Manhattan: Many villains could fit this trope.
  • Muggles: Most humans.
  • The Men in Black: Several different paranormal investigation groups exist in this world. Boxed Nightmares even includes rules for players to make their own from scratch.
  • Monster of the Week: The game makes for easy use of Hook, Line, and Sinker one shot episodes.
  • Neurodiversity Is Supernatural: The extremely low-functioning Autistic Psychic Savant character class is presented as a combination of an Idiot Savant and a Creepy Child
  • No Body Left Behind: The form of all supernatural creatures and entities that are slain completely disappear from the world to prevent the player characters from easily proving their existence to others. This particular trope is so prevalent in fact, that most monster bios include a section on "Discorporation" that tells the players exactly how the being fades from existence when killed. Some split into vermin and run off, some melt into nothing, some collapse into mist and some just straight up vanish upon death.
  • Our Banshees Are Louder: Banshees are one of the many types of hostile ghostly specters players can encounter. They lack raw physical strength compared to many of the other creatures the group may face but more than make up for it with their extremely powerful supernatural abilities.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Secretly controlled by monstrous alien overlords.
  • Paranormal Investigation: This is the main focus of the series. Players go in and investigate various spooky incidents, find out what caused them, attempt to fix whatever is going wrong, maybe fight some monsters and then try to get out in one piece. Rinse and repeat for additional encounters.
  • Psycho Knife Nut: Jack the Ripper. Both the historical and modern day doppelganger version.
  • Psychic Powers: Humans may develop psychic powers and many monsters possess psychic powers innately.
  • Real After All: Sometimes crazy murders are just committed by plain old murderers.
  • Serial Killer: Both the supernatural and mundane varieties serve as common antagonists in many of the different adventures.
  • Shout-Out: To H.P. Lovecraft's and other modern horror literature.
  • Sword Cane: The Jack the Ripper copycat killer carries one and can deal a fair bit of damage with it.
  • The Unreveal: The origin and motives for many creatures are left unknown.
  • Urban Fantasy
  • The 'Verse: The Beyond the Supernatural Earth is part of the larger Palladium Megaverse.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Many examples: Dragons, werecreatures, many monsters and alien intelligences.