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Monster of the Week

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A monster lurks in the shadows...

Most people don’t believe in monsters, but you know the truth. They’re real, and it’s your task to bring them down. This revised edition of Monster of the Week brings that adventure to life.

Monster of the Week is a standalone action-horror RPG for 3-5 people. Hunt high school beasties a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, travel the country to bring down unnatural creatures like the Winchester brothers of Supernatural, or head up the government investigation like Mulder and Scully. This book contains everything you need to tackle Bigfoot, collar a chupacabra, and drive away demons.

In this revised edition, you’ll find:

  • Character creation rules to bring your hunter to life and create a cohesive hunting team.
  • Eight simple moves to investigate and deal with monsters.
  • An easy-to-use system based on the popular Apocalypse World RPG.
  • Thorough mystery-creation tools and two ready-to-play mysteries.
  • New material including an introductory mystery; example monsters like Balkan vampires, ghouls, and spore trolls; and hunter types like the Crooked and the Spell-Slinger.

Grab the fireplace poker and open your spell book. That monster’s going down!

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SCOT S January 24, 2023 10:44 pm UTC
Hey Fred
Will this edition get a v2.1 facelift update, to bring it in-line with the new HC book?
Ref: https://evilhat.com/product/monster-of-the-week-hardcover/

Or will there be a separate v2.1 edition PDF we need to repurchase?
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Marc W October 31, 2022 6:54 am UTC
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The ToC of the epub version is broken on my iPad. Do others have the same issue?
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Fred Hicks ( October 31, 2022 3:02 pm UTC
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We've had that epub out for a number of years now and this is the first I've heard of an issue with the TOC!
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Marc W November 04, 2022 12:59 pm UTC
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I've downloaded the epub again, but it has the same issue. The TOC is fine up to "Ely Holbeck, Bartender".

Then, it displays "Decide who has the initiative", "Use The Environment", "Make Maps" and "APPLY WEAPON TAGS" as sub-chapters to "Ely Holbeck, Bartender".

And that's it.


Can you reproduce this on your side?
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:34 pm UTC
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Ah, hell. No, you're right. No idea why the guy who made those for us back in 2015 let that slide, but it's *also* the first time in 7 years someone's reported the issue to us, which says something about how much use the format gets. I'll try to get fixing it onto a task-list for us (tho that list runs deep)!
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Marc W November 11, 2022 12:30 pm UTC
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No worries! Thank you
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Jonathan R September 09, 2022 1:26 am UTC
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Any insights into what updated today? I've looked over everything and don't see any change logs or notes.
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:35 pm UTC
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Might've been a tweak or two to the handouts PDFs associated with the main book. There hasn't been anything particularly significant done in years.
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Angel D September 08, 2022 6:44 am UTC
"Full-size Preview" link is broken...
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:36 pm UTC
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Functioning fine for me. May have been a short term glitch on the DriveThru side.
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Jorn K August 26, 2022 3:17 pm UTC
The "Full-size Preview" link is broken
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Kelly W June 23, 2022 7:42 pm UTC
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Hey is this possible with 1 Gm and 2pc? (3 people but only two pc)
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Sean N June 23, 2022 7:45 pm UTC
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Hi Kelly, yep, Monster of the Week works with 2 PCs. The show Supernatural is a great example of what a 2 Hunter group can look like.
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Evan L March 09, 2022 5:59 am UTC
Question: it says "for 3-5 people." Is this a hard-and-fast thing, or are one-on-one and/or solo games possible? If possible, how possible?
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Austin V May 31, 2022 8:05 pm UTC
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Not sure if you still need this answered but Tome of Mysteries details how to solo player games (1v1)
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Evan L June 01, 2022 5:39 pm UTC
Ah, for a mere $12 LOL!
Thank you for the info though.
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Sean N June 01, 2022 5:42 pm UTC
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Hi Evan, sorry for missing this post earlier. You can definitely play Monster of the week with a single player and single GM. I would scale some of the mystery threats back a bit (as they are generally designed for group) but otherwise there's nothing stopping you from playing with a solo monster hunter.
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Travis M October 11, 2021 2:10 am UTC
Is this a "Powered by the Apocalypse" game?
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Sean N October 11, 2021 2:18 am UTC
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Yep.
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Chief A August 12, 2021 2:03 am UTC
Any way to get a Hardcover version? Maybe POD?
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Fred Hicks ( August 13, 2021 2:39 pm UTC
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Not at this time.
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Vaggelis G June 13, 2021 5:52 pm UTC
POD version please for us in EU :)
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Fred Hicks ( June 15, 2021 3:22 pm UTC
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The physical edition is available to gamestores in the EU from the following distributors:
• BNW Distribution
• Enigma Distribution
• Fun Supply
• Intrafin nv
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Neil S February 15, 2021 3:55 am UTC
What in the bestiary
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Fred Hicks ( June 15, 2021 3:21 pm UTC
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The bestiary isn't extensive, but the game teaches you how to make monsters!
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John-Paul S December 07, 2019 9:46 am UTC
How family-friendly is this game? What ages do you suggest?
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Fred Hicks ( December 09, 2019 5:58 pm UTC
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Some of the art may scare kids or put off parents, and one of the moves is titled "Kick Some XXX" which could be over the line for some. But it's hard to answer that beyond those few details — everyone's notion of where the line is, and what family friendly is, is different. 13+ would be fine *for me* as a parent.
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David H March 21, 2019 12:34 pm UTC
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I’m wondering if there’s an error on page 100 under “Hold.” The example says the result of the investigate a mystery move gives two hold. But below that it seems to cite examples of three hold being spent in the same sequence. The first to ask the witness where the attacker went, the second to ask the Keeper about the monsters powers, and the third to ask the Keeper if the witness is hiding something.

Am I missing something? This is the most recent update BTW from a few days ago.
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Fred Hicks ( March 21, 2019 2:51 pm UTC
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That was *corrected* in the most recent update from a few days ago. Is the filename of the PDF you're looking at "Monster of the Week Revised Corrected.pdf"? If not, then you're looking at an older version of the PDF.
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Michael H December 11, 2018 12:59 am UTC
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Just beginning to check out MotW - are there character sheets for the PCs stats?

Have not purchased the Core rule book yet, just "sniffing around" at this point.

Thanks.
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Fred Hicks ( December 12, 2018 4:57 pm UTC
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Yes. Freely downloadable ones, too.
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Mark T November 22, 2016 1:28 am UTC
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Check it out: http://genericgames.co.nz/update/2016/11/19/call-for-mysteries.html

Write up your favorite mystery and maybe it can be part of a MotW collection!
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Dorian Y September 13, 2016 12:20 am UTC
The description is a little misleading. The system does not lend itself well to x files or many other settings with non magical protagonists. 'use magic' is a basic player move. Many of the playbooks are inherently magical.

I suppose this would be my go to system for chuthulu / Dresden type games.
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Fred Hicks ( September 13, 2016 5:03 pm UTC
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Call it "Use Alien Tech" or "Use Fringe Science" and you're off to the races.
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