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By the time they hit adolescence, most people have gotten over their fear of the dark. They spend their midnight hour on gushy phone calls, diary ramblings, and wet dreams. They fall asleep peacefully, assured that the shadows hold no monsters.

But the shadows do hold monsters. You know because you’re one of them. Wickedness dwells within your heart, hunger courses through your veins. High school weighs on you and teen drama puts you on edge, but you have power. What do you do next?

Monsterhearts 2 lets you and your friends create stories about sexy monsters, teenage angst, personal horror, and secret love triangles. When you play, you explore the terror and confusion of having a body that is changing without your permission.

This game is powered by the Apocalypse World engine. It draws inspiration from Twilight, Buffy, Ginger Snaps, The Vampire Diaries, and The Craft.

Monsterhearts is a fantastic game to play but on top of that it’s my very favorite text in RPGs. The book is crystal clear, inspiring for play, and a real pleasure to read.
-John Harper, author of Blades in the Dark

The PDF is 175 pages, offered in both single pages and spreads. Printouts for the game can be found here.

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Simon B January 31, 2022 11:13 am UTC
I noticed that The Ghost's flavor text in the Reference Sheet available here and on the BuriedWithoutCeremony site have an error that makes the two F's and the immediately following I in "difficult" seem invisible (i.e. it's rendered as "di cult") when viewed in a PDF viewer, though they're still there, and able to be copied; I've tested in Adobe Acrobat and Firefox's PDF viewer, and both show the same thing.

It's not a huge issue, but it does look off, and it would likely be an issue when printing out the sheet.
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Ivan R March 25, 2021 6:49 pm UTC
What is the minimum age limit of players/dm-s for this game?
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Craig C July 20, 2021 5:00 pm UTC
I've played v1 of the game as a player and I must say that it got pretty raunchy, but that may have to do more with the players than anything else.

There are sex moves as an integral part of the game. Urban Shadows is similar material, but no sex moves.
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Ivan R August 14, 2021 2:30 pm UTC
Thank you Craig.
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John S February 20, 2020 5:27 am UTC
watched the CR oneshot and I adore this game, but just so I don't buy this, and then have to go back and something else like twenty minutes later, do I need to buy an apocalypse world book for this, or does this stand alone? I mostly play 5e, or little one page games like radical spin.
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Victor D February 23, 2020 3:02 am UTC
No other book is needed. The games rolls are pretty simple, thus if you want to do a game like they played, you'll only will have to buy this game.
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Ciro L February 14, 2021 6:20 pm UTC
Monsterhearts, as any other PbtA, is a standalone game that doesn't need any knowledge of Apocalypse World to be played. The Apocalypse World Engine represents only the formal structure of the game's rules and that structure, which is based on the moves' uses and the use of the playbooks (that in Monsterhearts are called Skins.), is explained in the book. In fact, each game based on the Apocalypse World Engine is a standalone game because although the formal structure is the same, it changes in its characterization. Buying the book means you have accesses to the full set of rules you need. On the author's site, you can also find some additional skins you can use for free that aren't in the book
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David M September 26, 2017 11:10 am UTC
Are there any plans to have a print version available through DTRPG?
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Avery A January 18, 2018 7:32 pm UTC
No, never. Buyers can visit my webpage at if they are interested in that.
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Andrew B May 30, 2017 2:30 am UTC
So what is the differences between this Monsterhearts and the old one? I have the old one. What do I get in this one which the other one doesnt have? Thanks in advance for your response.

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Avery A May 31, 2017 12:47 am UTC
Andy, I've written up an outline of the changes here:
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Andrew B May 31, 2017 2:31 am UTC
Thanks for the prompt and very detailed answer. Ill have to consider. Any new material I might have bought for my old Monsterhearts game are now defunct, I assume? Or are they easily transferable?
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Jeff M May 29, 2017 6:13 pm UTC
*.* it s out !!! i m buying it as soon as i can *adds monsterheart 2 on his shopping list for june*

just a quick question : do you plan to add the angel again or did i missed them when i checked the playbook on your website ?

i saw only the Serpentine and the Chosen as sepperate playbooks and i saw the Hollow was also added in the whole playbook.
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Avery A May 31, 2017 12:27 am UTC
Jeff, I'm currently considering The Angel. It has some mechanical issues, and I'm not satisfied with its array of moves. But I think the premise & flavour text of The Angel are really promising. It may be released in the future!
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Jeff M May 31, 2017 4:56 am UTC
thanks for the answer :D
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Adam L February 25, 2020 3:34 pm UTC
Any word yet on the Angel? I saw a couple other new skins but nothing on the Angel yet.
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