waunder, thanks for helping Luka. I appreciate it. Ill be contacting Boering to see how things may fall.
Oh... some details which slipped my PMs. The Darkest Self is relased often by fear, violence, sex... beastial cravings. Its the baser, beastial side which we all have. With monsters its just hopped up on steriods. In WoD it would be like Frenzying or Raging or something.
Oh, and about this...
Question: I understand how most of the skins work, but Ghost looks more and more appealing but I have a question. How does the Ghost skin work? Does the character die and then wind up in homeroom at game start? How much is the character a true ghost vs a real flesh and blood character aside from the Darkest Self mechanic?
This game doesnt fill in details about the mythology or methodology. All of that can be fitted or invented on the fly by the character and MC (Master of Ceremonies). So if we want... Vampires can be an addiction to tainted drugs. Werewolves might only be the bastard children of nobles and preachers. Or we can make one a pompus race of sparkly retards which play superpowered baseball and attend high school for hundreds of years and the werewolves are a race of shapeshifting shamanistic bouncers between spirits and mankind. With all of that, its about having fun and letting everyone just fill in the blanks with thier character, being the only one means you get to set all of that.
Now with a ghost, there was a book and movie, I think called "The Changeling" which has a woman out for revenge, but by the time she is strong enough to reach our world decades has passed. She is able to appear, seemingly completely solid and real... even sleeping with the children of the men who killed her. In colonial times and before... in fact vampires as they existed in Romanian lore as well... ghosts could be very solid and fleshy. They werent on the other side of some misty barrier they could only scratch at. They married people in some of the stories... look up the one about the girl with the ribbon around her neak she asks her husband never to cut. Of course he cuts it... and surprised... shes been dead the whole time.
Hope we answered your questions and you are onboard. Id love to have you with us. Let me knwo if you have any more questions.
LukaWolf (Ive sent her a PM, but she did cover some ground I thought we should share.)
Okay. Ill try and answer some of the questions you posed... if waunder didnt answer all of them. Which he did pretty well. Ill also mention the Reply # the question shows up in.
Monsterhearts seems pretty simple. Its mostly a social game... not a lot of details on how much your girl can lift or how much ground you cover in a full out run. Thats for D&D or tactical games. This is about relationships and feelings which burble up in a person if they are so isolated and driven... the way monsters feel in love and lost in our world. There are moves for turning someone on... eduring such... shutting someone down on a dime, etc. Other fun stuff shows up as well. Did you know the Ghoul has a play which makes them wake up from death... all the time. I wanted to play a suicide who goes Ghoul... just jump into death over and over in game and just brush myself off later and walk off the scene like David Banner from The Incredible Hulk. Thats cool... but isnt really what the game is about. Its about sex... sexual tensions and symbolisms... trying to make peace with your inner sexual demons. Because of this, anyone whose ever been in a relationship and felt on the verge of losing control would really understand and get into this game.
I have a claim on the Fae. I have someone who kind of said ghost/ghoul... so really I have to hear back from him and see if hes chosen yet. You two can work it out. As to the Darkest Self, I havent gotten all into the rules yet. Ive seen reference to him, but not every character becomes this if they have sex. The Ghoul... sorry, really read up on that one... immortal, whoopee... suddenly gets fixated on whoever they just fucked. From now they get a hunger... for flesh... or chaos... or fear.... and fucking whoever they last did it with. Oh, and a certain action lets the Ghoul heal herself... or lose problematic conditons like burned or frozen solid by engaging her hunger. Her Darkest Self stirs only when she has to pass up a chance to partake of a hunger. So each mechanism for the Darkest Self and all of that is very specific. So Im going to have to read up on mostly on the skins which see use.
Yes, strings are like relationships... or obligations. If someone sees you transform then they gain a string on you. Strings can be turned in or used to influence someone. Like before... mechanics are very specific to each skin, so how someone utilizes and even aquires strings will change for each PC.
Have to hear back from Boering first. If hes cool with it, you can have the ghost. It will be fun to see from that side of things.. but Ill probably want to use dream like scenes for you... maybe borrow some things from the old WoD Wraiths. Just when some ghostie things are needed.