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"Use Magic", Fictional Positioning, and the Spell Slinger

I finally got to play a game of Monster of the Week. It was the revised edition from Evil Hat and I was playing the Spell Slinger. The other Characters were an Expert and a Constructed. During the ...
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What is the general pace of advancement in Monster of the Week?

I've picked up Monster of the Week (Revised edition), an Apocalypse World spin-off, and I'm excited about running it, but I'm concerned about how fast characters advance. It only takes 5 experience ...
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Why do you get so few questions when using the Action: Investigate a Mystery?

It seems strange to me that you'd typically only be allowed to ask 0-2 questions when taking the Investigate a Mystery action. Specifically, I'm imagining situations where a Keeper calls for the ...
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Already have the story before a PBtA game

I'm studying the rules for MOTW for the first time and I think I'd like to run a round soon. I'm getting a little confused reading the rules for the agenda where it says "play to see what happens&...
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How exactly is the Hunches move supposed to work?

One of my players has taken the Hunches move, and I'm confused as to how its supposed to work. Primarily, my confusion stems from who triggers it, and how often it is likely to trigger. The move ...
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How to include The Crooked's Crew as a Keeper

I've run 4 sessions for a group of friends now, and one of my players picked a Crew for one of their starting moves. They ended up being pretty fun characters for everyone to interact with, but when ...
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Is a custom move to trade Luck point for class Moves in keeping with the spirit of the Luck mechanic?

In a Monster of the Week game I'm going to be running this weekend, I want to have a Deal with the Devil kind of encounter for my players. To do that, I'm considering making a custom move for a ...
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How do I track hold?

Monster of the Week says, "When you get a hold, you'll get a number of points." (MotW 58) Is there an official way to keep track of how much hold each participant has and what it's for? I don't see ...
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Wounds - one unit or several?

Having played my first session of Monster of the Week two weeks ago, one thing about the rules confused me. When you receive harm in the game, it should go like this: When you take harm, the ...
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Acting in accordance with "a normal life" for the Chosen in MOTW

So we've started playing Monster of the Week, and the Chosen role has the "Dutiful" trait: Dutiful: When your fate rears its ugly head, and you act in accordance with any of your fate tags (...
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Are there any pbta systems with built in downtime systems? [closed]

I'm about to start running a Monster of the Week campaign and I wanted to have a downtime system for between adventures to give the players an opportunity to do extra stuff on the side and get a ...
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