• This game is under the Supernatural, Contemporary & Drama genres.
  • The game system is Monsterhearts.
  • This game contains adult content.
Monster Hearts 2: Stage Lights on Black Hearts
TLDR: This is an Adult game looking to combine elements of supernatural drama (e.g. Lucifer, Being Human, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, etc.) with the intensely human drama of the theatre. This game will begin with 3 to 4 players using the Monster Hearts 2 system, where the players are both masquerading as regular humans while they handle their monstrous natures. The players goal will be to successfully pull off opening night of their community theatre company's latest play. The MC is new to running Play-by-Post but has been running Monster Hearts 2 and other Powered by the Apocalypse games for nearly a year.

Welcome to Stage Lights on Black Hearts, a game set in a modern metropolitan city with an active amateur theatre community and an even more volatile community of supernatural citizens. From vampires, werewolves, witches, and more, your city is renowned amongst certain circles as a safe place for all of the supernatural community. The players will take on the role of one of these supernatural citizens and an active member of the community theatre group. Be they one of lead actors or a techie acting behind the scene, your character has a stake in the success of this season's opening performance. However, internal drama and external intrigue threatens all that you've worked for. Can you use all the talents at your disposal to keep your show on track?

We will be using the Monster Hearts 2 rules to play throughout this game, an overview of which the MC will provide in game and the character booklet for each character will be provided as well. While the system is typically designed to play a game within a school setting with characters just coming into adulthood, it ports very well into the theatre environment. However, note that our game will only include characters that are above the age of 21.

As a MC, you can expect me to generally follow these three tenets.

1. The MC must be a fan of the players. - The reason I play these games is to participate in the amazing stories that you as players wish to tell. If you want to do something amazing, even if and especially if it is different than what I'd expected, then I want that amazing thing to happen and will work to help make it so.

2. The Rule of Cool overrules Rules as Written. - Whatever system we use, the story and our enjoyment is more important than mastery over a system of rules. If we wanted to be so limited, we'd be playing a video game instead. If you want to do something that the rules do not account for, but it improves the story and all the player's enjoyment, then it will happen.

3. Real life comes first but I responsible to my storytelling partners. - It goes without saying that the real world is more important and I cannot say that it won't interfere to cause any of us to be unable to post for a while. However, I promise that if I have to vanish for a time, I will give you all notice of the upcoming down period and its expected length.

We will start this game with between 3 and 4 players and the MC. This is in an effort to ensure that the pace of the game moves quickly and players have an opportunity to create and explore deep relationships with their fellow players. As this game is one where being comfortable with your fellow players is important, we will prioritize applications made by pre-established groups or pairs of friends.