There are monsters out there…
Monster of the Week is a game about a gang of hunters who work together to root out the usual roster of baddies: vampires, werewolves, ghosts, ghouls, zombies, witches and Others…
It is primarily inspired by shows like Supernatural, Buffy, the X-Files and by Hellboy and the BPRD comics and movies.
You take on the role of someone who decided to go on a crusade against the evil critters that are scurrying around out there.
It could be that you make a stand and defend your hometown from everything evil that comes there.
It could be you take to the road and go find them.
It could be you have magic powers that help out.
It could be that your name came up in prophecies thousands of years ago.
The one sure thing is you aren’t gonna go back to your old, safe life.
This an amazing Apocalypse World hack (like Dungeon World or Dungeon Planet). The character creation rules are some of the best that I’ve ever encountered. It seriously trumps Hunter the Reckoning or whatever in terms of personality.
See below for an outline of the character playbooks (classes)…
- The Chosen: the chosen one, with a special destiny. E.g. Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- The Expert: knows all about monsters and magic. E.g. Bobby Singer from Supernatural; Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- The Flake: a conspiracy theorist, great at putting clues together. E.g. Mulder or the Lone Gunmen from The X-Files.
- The Initiate: member of an ancient monster-slaying Sect, trained to fight and use magic. The Wardens from The Dresden Files; Annelise from the Twenty Palaces series.
- The Monstrous: a monster fighting for the good guys. E.g. Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel; Bill Compton from True Blood.
- The Mundane: just a normal regular person, especially good at dealing with regular people you meet. E.g. Xander or Cordelia from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- The Professional: you work for an agency that hunts monsters. E.g. Riley and the Initiative from Buffy the Vampire Slayer; Olivia Denholm from Fringe.
- The Spooky: has psychic or magical powers. E.g. Sam Winchester from Supernatural; Willow from Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
- The Wronged: revenge-driven, and really tough. E.g. Dean and John Winchester from Supernatural.
- Plus some others, like the majestic Luchador, the deadly Hard Case, the infiltrating Snoop and the other-worldy Summoned.