Boogieman Buddies, AKA "Good Morning, Baltimore" - Let's Play Monster of the Week

The world’s a lot scarier than you think it is. Not only are there the horrors you know about… politics, war, poverty, racism… but there are horrors you don’t know about. Literal monsters roam the world, either sent here for a reason or escaped from death, and it’s their job to stop it. Stop it, and keep it from reaching the public so that they can sleep easy at night not knowing that an Ogre could simply walk up and crush their skull in a single hand.

What is this?
This is a game known as Monster of the Week, a game that runs on the Powered by the Apocalypse engine and is based off of shows like Supernatural, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, the X-Files, and the MIB cartoon. I called it Boogieman Buddies because I could literally not think of a better name.

Okay. What’s Powered by the Apocalypse?
Powered by the Apocalypse is a pen and paper RPG system based around the entire table, not just the guy running the game, telling a cool narrative story. It’s very simple to play: You have stats, those stats have modifiers ranging from -1 to +3. You roll 2 six sided dice and add (or subtract) your modifier and the result falls into three ranges: six or less is a failure, ten or more is a total success, and 7 through 9 is a mixed success.

Why Baltimore?
They say “write what you know”, and I’ve been a Maryland resident my entire life. While the plan is to take them all over the state sometimes, most of the time they’ll be staying in the holy trashfire that is Baltimore, mostly because it’s big and recognizable.

Who’s who?
I, Colin “kalonZombie” am playing the role of the Keeper, the Keeper being the fancy title they give to the GM. I’m playing all the other people these doofuses aren’t.

Ape is playing Agent Blake Cooper, the Professional. The Professional is a base class that’s all about hunting monsters for a paycheck, and using their connections to their monster hunting agency to help them. As of Session 17, he plays the Initiate, a class combining weapons and magic as they hunt down monsters for their secret order.

Great Joe is playing Jorgen Palsson, the Exile. The Exile is an expanded class about being placed out of time, somehow, but as a result you’re great at swordfighting and maybe knowing some things about monsters that the others don’t due to knowledge being lost to time.

NonEuclideanCat is playing Amber Williams, the Big Game Hunter. The Big Game Hunter is an expanded class about hunting down monsters like some rich assholes hunt down Elephants and Lions and such. It’s… problematic as written, but we’re choosing to ignore the bad bits.

Torpid Typist playing as Ahab, the Summoned. The summoned is all about playing a monster who has been summoned to this world and is said to bring about the apocalypse. Strong, yes. Dangerous, yes. Can fit in easily? Not so much.

Sir Axolotl playing as Anna, the Mad Scientist. The Mad Scientist is all about being… well… a mad scientist. Able to invent things on the fly, and also occasionally working with demons. It’s fine. Trust me.

Scruffy playing as The Mask of Amontillado, the Luchador. The Luchador is all about making your own special move and beating monsters to death with it. And yes, TMoA is a heel. Why wouldn’t they be?

Newest Episode
The Salem Crew 5 - The Nice List

Episodes
Session 0 - Rolling Characters and Pre-Game Chatter HONESTLY YOU CAN SKIP THIS ONE WE JUST EXPLAIN A LITTLE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS AND THE WORLD AND HOW THE GAME WORKS
Session 1 - Welcome to Baltimore
Session 2 - Hunting
Session 3 - The Baltimore National Aquarium
Session 4 - Hard Calls
Session 5 - Other Worlds
Session 6 - DreamVizionz
Session 7 - Oops! Technical Issues
Session 8 - Bad Luck
Session 9 - Week Off
Session 10 - Bike Week
Session 11 - Stick to the Shadows
Session 12 - Under the Boardwalk
Session 13 - Downtime
Session 14 - Dumpster Diving
Session 15 - Calling In Some Backup
Session 16 - Your Cool Uncle
Session 17 - Axehole
Session 18 - Bowie
Session 19 - The Gang vs. the DHEA
Session 20 - First Encounters
Session 21 - Leakin Park
Session 22 - The Coven
Session 23 - Laser Tag
Session 24 - Subject NJ-1909-Q7R
Session 25 - The Battle of the Bands

The Salem Crew Episodes
The Salem Crew 1 - Grumbungus
The Salem Crew 2 - The Sanders Daughters
The Salem Crew 3 - Cupid
The Salem Crew 4 - The Naughty List
The Salem Crew 5 - The Nice List

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Im in this, oh no. OH NO.

How is Monster of the week as a campaign? Tried it once for a one shot, and it didn’t seem to work that well. Mostly cause it seemed more designed for campaigns.

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Honestly I think it works pretty well as both a one-shot and a campaign. I’ve run a few one-shots of this for the podcast with another group so far and they were pretty fun.

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In this update, I discovered that there was a major fuckup in recording where I, the GM, didn’t get recorded, so instead I just choose to recap the episode and to make up for the lack of an episode, I recruit some other friends to do a bonus episode. These characters were supposed to be one-offs, but I ended up liking them so much that I’ve decided they’re going to be a semi-regular feature since I can’t record once a month due to work.

Session 7 - Oops! Technical Issues

And so I introduce you to the Salem Crew. Seymour kinda mentioned off-handedly that these guys are kinda weird, and I’m glad that these guys, without even needing me to ask them, did that for me. The Salem Crew consists of

Torpid Typist playing as Ahab, the Summoned. The summoned is all about playing a monster who has been summoned to this world and is said to bring about the apocalypse. Strong, yes. Dangerous, yes. Can fit in easily? Not so much.

Sir Axolotl playing as Anna, the Mad Scientist. The Mad Scientist is all about being… well… a mad scientist. Able to invent things on the fly, and also occasionally working with demons. It’s fine. Trust me.

Scruffy playing as The Mask of Amontillado, the Luchador. The Luchador is all about making your own special move and beating monsters to death with it. And yes, TMoA is a heel. Why wouldn’t they be?

The Salem Crew 1 - Grumbungus

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Update time! The Gang tries to go chat with Inez, but ends up in a bit of a fight instead.

Session 8 - Bad Luck

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I spent a long time on the deep character lore of THE MASK OF AMONTILLADO so if anyone has questions please ask away :v

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Hey hey, it’s Friday, meaning it’s time to get back to these chucklefucks. We’re taking it easy this week with a nice look at them during their downtime between hunts.

Session 9 - Week Off

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Hey, the Gang gets out of Baltimore for once! I’ve been looking forward to running this monster for a while now, and I’m excited to say that it’s going even better than I had ever hoped it would.

Session 10 - Bike Week

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UPDATE: The episode just cut off at the very end there for some reason. It’s been fixed. Go ahead and redownload for the last 30 seconds.

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New episode! Lots of wacky hijinks happen in this one. Everyone has a little fun, I think, but especially me.

Session 11 - Stick to the Shadows

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Hey hey, seems like the forum being down wiped last week’s update off the map. Let’s fix that, and also post the new episode!

Session 12 - Under the Boardwalk
Session 13 - Downtime

Next week we won’t have a main session, but the Salem crew got up to something! We’ll see what’s happening to them soon.

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Just got to the first Salem crew episode, and that was fantastic.

imho the next two are even better

I had to work so there wasnt a session that week. Lucky I try to keep on top of things and have a Salem episode ready for everyone.

The Salem Crew 2 - The Sanders Daughters

I hope you like Hocus Pocus.

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The Baltimore Gang is back and this time they’re fighting a monster that’s my favorite monster.

Session 14 - Dumpster Diving

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Still mad at the fact that it’s sticky.

Mimics are sticky, Joe. It’s in the rules.

Whoops! Forgot to post the update yesterday! There’s been some scheduling snafus so it’s another Salem episode. What weird forces does the Salem Crew face this time?

The Salem Crew 3 - Cupid

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Bleh, I’m terrible at updating this thread when the actual podcast drops. Sorry!

Session 15 - Calling In Some Backup

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