(original art by Spencer Amundson)
In the faraway year of 2007, four teens have jobs in the same mall, and connections to the supernatural. As their lives entangle, will they become the capable people they hope to be, or will they fall to their obsessions and pettiness?
Monsterhearts 2 is the second edition of Monsterhearts by Avery Alder. It’s a modern classic about supernatural romance, awkward adolescence, and queer lives. Players take the role of a young person who is also empowered by some dark side to themselves. Maybe you’re a werewolf, a vampire, from the fae, or violently popular. In any case, the mechanics present these characters with all their power as metaphors for messy lives, and messy lives make drama. The second edition is more player-friendly with some streamlined mechanics, more GM-friendly with clearer guidelines, and just generally friendly with its new rules and advice for asexuality, race, and other topics.
Cecile is a witch. She thinks of herself as a watchful protector of Glenbrook mall, or at least that’s how she justifies being so nosy. She weaves her magic from a lair in the mall’s guts behind her day job at Warm Bodies. She has a large collection of trinkets stolen from people to help her cast hexes on them should the need arise. Cecile is played by Ragny.
Dennis, the ghoul, is an older teen whose life was put on hold when he died. He still has his life though, in a sense, and other than his legs he’s outwardly the same. Inside, he has an unquenchable thirst for power that he feeds with the petty tyranny of managing the Frogurtaboutit froyo stand. Dennis is played by Grant.
Kayla, the infernal, is a scene kid without much of a scene. She is enamored with her boss Miss Vivki, owner of the mysterious new shop Curiosities, but it’s definitely just for normal reasons that have nothing to do with a deeply repressed attraction to other women. She only owns two pieces of clothing without an Invader Zim design somewhere on them. Kayla is played by Arden
Minerva uses the Hollow skin. She is an imaginary friend come to life, then abandoned by her creator. Only equipped with the knowledge and experience needed to handle a younger person’s problems, she still holds down a job at the ImpactFont gaming store and is trying to integrate with her peers. Minerva is played by Poorweather.
Our GM, and the architect of Glenbrook mall, is Devious Vacuum
Episode 1: 'Gimme that Gurt: We meet the cast, and set the scene. Then, Dennis gets an offer he very much does not want to refuse.
Episode 2: A Cure for Death: As their shifts end, our characters get deeper into each other’s business. Cecile casts a spell. Dennis grabs some Milk Duds. Minerva makes a purchase.