Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 1

Players: Joe, Megan, Rob, Todd

This is our first session of Avery McDaldno’s Monsterhearts. We explain the game early on, so if you’re not familiar with it, you’ll get a nice little summary of it.

A quick note: Monsterhearts is a pretty R-rated game, so let me definitely say that this is NSFW and there is some antisocial behavior portrayed in our game (as with most games of MH!). This session is fairly tame compared to some coming up, but I do want to mention a few things. In particular, in this session, we have some sexist language and implications (a character explaining how to pick up girls to his younger brother) as well as some content discussing racism (no slurs or anything like that, but we discuss how the racism of the town we live in affects one of the few black teenagers at the school). This, along with some violence, bullying, and sex. So if any of this would be triggering for you, be warned in advance.

Please refer to our interview with Avery for a discussion on the politics of Monsterhearts if that would be interesting to you and help you put some of the anti-social, kids-being-kind-of-crappy themes of Monsterhearts in a context.

5 thoughts on “Actual Play: Monsterhearts, Session 1

  1. It’s interested how some of the powers are “mind control”. That would make for a great topic. I’ve often heard gamers say they don’t like mind control in mechanics, but if you’re collaborating in storytelling it makes sense.

  2. Hey. Just found this. Seems like a pretty interesting actual play up till now. Hope that you still monitor new comments because I have a question:
    At the 01:11:06 mark you mention optional rules from something called “Bleeding Hearts and Trembling Voices”. Could you please tell me where I can find those optional rules? I Googled it but could find nothing.

  3. They were a mini-mini-supplement from a fundraiser Avery McDaldno held in 2013. She said it’s shareable, so if you send me an e-mail at joebear66 at yahoo, I can send you a copy.

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