Monsterhearts

Pre-order Monsterhearts, a story game about the messy lives of teenage monsters.
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Joe Mcdaldno
Gaming
Nelson, British Columbia
Canada
2 Team Members

Monsterhearts' initial goal has been met!

We've reached $5000, meaning that Jackson Tegu will release The Selkie.

5% of all funds raised (after transaction fees) will be donated to Egale Canada.

We've unlocked two additional games for all backers!

Everyone is going to be receiving another Skin.

At $12,000, I'll get a Monsterhearts tattoo.

Monsterhearts is a story game about the messy lives of teenage monsters.

Monsterhearts lets you and your friends create stories about sexy monsters, creeping horror, messy love triangles, and teenage angst. When you play, you explore the terror and confusion that comes both with growing up and, say, being a undead flesh-eater. Or bartering with demonic forces. Or being an unstable werewolf.


The game runs on the Apocalypse World engine, designed by Vincent Baker. As a result, the two games share similarities in play style: emergent story, messy relationship webs, mechanics that give players hard choices to make, and a structured MC role.


It's designed to evoke stories like True BloodBuffy the Vampire Slayer, Ginger Snaps or The Twilight Saga. If you like supernatural romances, or stories of monstrosity and personal horror, or if you just like watching sexy people ruin their lives, then you'll love this game.


Want a teaser? See this example of play, taken from the book.


Pre-order the game!

This is a pre-order campaign. At all contribution levels beyond PAWN OF DARK FORCES, you're pre-ordering a copy of the finished game in PDF or print format.


All contributors receive an IndieGoGo exclusive: The Hollow (see below).


The book is half-letter sized, and is 30,000 words long. It features about 15 pieces of art throughout the book & printable materials. The interior art is all b&w art like that seen above, created by myself from stock photography.


All reward levels have North American shipping costs factored in. If you live outside North America, I humbly ask that you add $5 to your contribution to help offset international shipping costs.


(For additional notes on some perk levels, see the first update.)


The Skins & The Hollow

There are 10 Skins that provide the starting-point for your characters: The Vampire, The Werewolf, The Mortal, The Witch, The Fae, The Chosen, The Ghoul, The Ghost, The Infernal, The Queen. Each player (other than the MC) starts the game by choosing the booklet for one of these Skins. Their art and snippets of their flavour text are included in the video.


If you contribute to the IndieGoGo campaign, at any level, you'll also receive The Hollow. This Skin is being given out exclusively to contributors. The Hollow is an artificial creation - something alive but not real. It's inspired by Dawn (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Frankenstein, and it's got a touch of Carrie in it too. The Hollow is one of my favourite Skins, playing on themes of trans body identity and existential doubt.


Additional Goal Levels!


Success! Monsterhearts reached $5000, so Jackson Tegu will release an awesome Skin that he's been working on: The Selkie. The Selkie is a creature caught between kingdoms. When she removes her pelt she appears human and can walk the land as humans do. When she dons her pelt she resembles a seal and can return to the ocean kingdom. Except, if she returns to that ocean kingdom, she can't leave again. The Selkie explores what it means to be a stranger in a strange land (much like The Hollow explores what it means to be a stranger in a strange body). Her moves evoke homesickness and draw elemental power from bodies of water.


Success! Monsterhearts reached $8000, so 5% of everything raised (after credit card processing deductions) will be donated to Egale Canada (or more accurately, their Human Rights Trust), an organization that provides advocacy and outreach for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) youth. The ECHRT's projects include a "End Homophobic Violence, Period" campaign, as well as MyGSA. Monsterhearts tells stories about teen sexuality and isolation, and this milestone makes sure that it does something to help support real teenagers who are struggling with these issues.


Success! Monsterhearts reached $10,000, so I'll send two additional PDF games to all backers. The first is Gun Thief, a little game about hyperviolence and what masculinity demands of men. It's a scrappy little game, suitable for an hour of high-octane fun. The second is Perfect Unrevised, a story game about crime in a steampunk dystopia. Perfect Unrevised is 160 pages (roughly the same as Monsterhearts), and it's a product I'm really really proud of.


Success! Monsterhearts reached $11,000, so I'll develop and release another Skin: The Angel. The Angel is about dealing with the fact that you've been cast out of heaven. Do you work to redeem yourself, or to punish the folly and impurity of those around you? Is it better to do the lord's work or follow the lord's rules? Mechanically, the Angel will introduce new thinking about: the significance of highlighted stats, access to moves, alternatives to sex moves. Also, everyone who's getting stuff shipped to them will get a dope-ass sticker.


If Monsterhearts reaches $12,000, I'll get a tattoo of some Monsterhearts art.


Where Does the Money Go?

The money is going to be spent on the following:


  • IndieGoGo & credit card companies take up to 7% of whatever we raise.
  • 5% of what remains after that is being donated to Egale Canada's Human Rights Trust.
  • Editing costs (estimated at $250-350) and art costs (estimated at $200-250).
  • Printing and shipping the books.
  • Printing and shipping the postcards, posters, folders & print-outs, etc.
  • Crafting supplies for making the zines & CDs (and shipping costs).

It is important to note that this is a for-profit venture, in which it is my goal to sell a product and make some money doing so.

The Timeline

No plan ever works out perfectly, but here's my projected timeline for completion:
  • Receive the finalized text from the editor by mid-February.
  • Finish laying out the game by early March.
  • Send the PDF version to customers by early March.
  • Receive proofs and order the print run by late March.
  • Ship books to TEENAGE MONSTER contributors by early-to-mid April.
  • Ship packages to contributors above TEENAGE MONSTER starting in mid April.

The layout stage of this timeline is quite short, because the layout has already been templated and tested out in recent playtest editions of the game. The big creative decisions are already made and tested.


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  • $10USD
    GHOST IN THE MACHINE

    You'll receive a copy of the final PDF.

    89 claimed

  • $25USD
    TEENAGE MONSTER

    You get the PDF and a copy of the final book (including shipping).

    Please add an extra $5 for international shipping on this level and above (outside Canada/US).

    158 claimed

  • $35USD
    LONG-DISTANCE LOVER

    You get the PDF & the book, plus a set of 4 Monsterhearts postcards.

    You'll be able to choose your designs (options include the cover image & designs based on each Skin). They'll be totally bubblegum emo.

    7 claimed

  • $40USD
    KEEPER OF SECRETS

    You get the PDF & the book, plus a hand-stenciled Monsterhearts folder (5.75"x8.75").

    The folder contains everything you need to play: all the Skins & print-outs.

    58 claimed

  • $60USD
    COLLECTOR OF CURIOSITIES

    As per KEEPER OF SECRETS (PDF, Book, Folder), plus you get a set of four postcards and an 11x17 Monsterhearts poster.

    The poster will be full colour and glossy, featuring the cover art. (Poster may arrive folded in half if other shipping options are prohibitive.)

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  • SOLD OUT

    $70USD
    BELOVED

    As per the KEEPER OF SECRETS (PDF, Book, Folder), and then pick a Skin. I'll create a unique hand-made zine for you, and package it up with a wicked Monsterhearts mix CD. I'll hand-collage your folder cover to look totally bubblegum emo, if you'd like.

    (Add $20 if you want the postcards and the poster added)

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  • $75USD
    OVERLORD (Retailer Package)

    For $75 you get 6 copies ($12.50 each, includes shipping). Interested in additional copies? Just add multiples of $12.50 to whatever you contribute on this perk. If you're outside North America, please discuss shipping with me prior to contributing at this level.

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    $90USD
    CHANNELER OF SPIRITS

    As per KEEPER OF SECRETS (PDF, Book, Folder), and I'll run a two-session Monsterhearts game for you and friends over Skype.

    (Add $20 if you want the poster and four postcards.)

    2 out of 2 claimed

  • $120USD
    THE PUPPETMASTER

    As per KEEPER OF SECRETS (PDF, Book,Folder), and you get to outline a con scenario that I'll develop and publish for the game. ("Made possible by [your name]" will appear on it.) Some collaboration and back-and-forth discussion required.

    (Add $20 if you want the poster and four postcards.)

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  • SOLD OUT

    $200USD
    BREEDER OF NEW MONSTROSITIES

    As per KEEPER OF SECRETS (PDF, Book, Folder), plus you get to specify a new Skin to be made. We'll discuss its features (what kind of monster it is, what identity issues it plays around with, art direction, etc) via Skype or phone, and I'll design it. It'll be playtested a minimum of two times internally before release.

    (Add $20 if you want the poster and four postcards.)

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    $1,300USD
    THE SUMMONING RITUAL

    All the things (PDF, Book, Folder, Postcards, Poster, Zine, CD), and you get a String on the author. Spend it to have him come visit you and run Monsterhearts at your convention or home. Anywhere in the world. Dates negotiable.

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