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The Monster's Playbook is an actual play Monster of the Week RPG podcast where the real world crashes into the paranormal over and over and over again. And where no monster can hurt you as much you hurt yourself.

Set in Minneapolis, MN, our current campaign (The Cover Story) follows the exploits of journalist and ex-cultist Kira Ashwood, supernatural social outcast Mark Clayton, Special Agent Casey Davis, and professional sorceress Theo Nessos as they battle monsters threatening the city.

The Monster's Playbook The Monster's Playbook

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The Monster's Playbook is an actual play Monster of the Week RPG podcast where the real world crashes into the paranormal over and over and over again. And where no monster can hurt you as much you hurt yourself.

Set in Minneapolis, MN, our current campaign (The Cover Story) follows the exploits of journalist and ex-cultist Kira Ashwood, supernatural social outcast Mark Clayton, Special Agent Casey Davis, and professional sorceress Theo Nessos as they battle monsters threatening the city.

    Off the Books: Murder on the Dance Floor

    Off the Books: Murder on the Dance Floor

    OFF THE BOOKS! The year is 1982. Disco is dying, but so are dancers and clubgoers all over the city. And it's up to a whole other trio of monster hunters to get to the bottom of it before the music stops. This week's mystery comes to us courtesy of Luke Green aka Thrythlind Books & Games.

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    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.

    This week we're also featuring a promo for an all new actual-play podcast, Free Action: Cry. Check out this 5e Dungeons and Dragons pod on their website, and be sure to listen to them wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Jack Price (The Hardcase) and Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Veronica Mitchell (The Gumshoe) and Kira Ashwood (The Chosen)

    Miah Detjen as Dani Clefton (The Spooky) and Casey Davis (The Freelancer)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 3 hr 6 min
    Downtime Pt. 4 - Shadow Girls (S2E20)

    Downtime Pt. 4 - Shadow Girls (S2E20)

    Captain Torres and Kira Ashwood aren't so different. They're both on the vanguard of the supernatural, and they both have an upsetting degree of control over the forces of darkness. Not, like, 'evil,' I mean like literal darkness. Shadows. And shadows have a way of attracting secrets.

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    If you liked this episode, please leave a rating and review to help us spread the word and don't forget to share with your friends. We love friends!

    Support the Show: Follow The Monster's Playbook on social media, head to our website, and check out our new merch store by heading to our DirectMe Profile. 

    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.

    This week we're also featuring a promo for another actual-play podcast, Roll Players. Check out their new Monster of the Week supplement on DriveThru RPG and Itchio and be sure to listen to them wherever you listen to podcasts.

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    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Kira Ashwood (The Chosen) and Anna Ashwood (The Protector)

    Miah Detjen as Casey Davis (The Freelancer) and Theo Nessos (The Hex)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Downtime Pt. 3 - The Party Don't Stop (S2E19)

    Downtime Pt. 3 - The Party Don't Stop (S2E19)

    "I don't think we're in Minneapolis anymore, Tommy." Casey's home is under attack. Lucky for the hunters, this is Casey we're talking about. Her home is BUILT to withstand an attack. This is still supposed to be a party after all. And we are GOING to PARTY!!



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    Support the Show: Follow The Monster's Playbook on social media, head to our website, and check out our new merch store by heading to our DirectMe Profile. 

    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.

    This week we're also featuring a promo for a fellow actual play podcast, Monster Hour. Check them out on their website, and be sure to listen to them wherever you listen to podcasts.



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    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Kira Ashwood (The Chosen) and Anna Ashwood (The Protector)

    Miah Detjen as Casey Davis (The Freelancer) and Theo Nessos (The Hex)

    and Special Guest Sarah Baker as Tiff Torres (The Hex)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 2 hr 9 min
    Downtime Pt. 2 - We Can Make This a Party (S2E18)

    Downtime Pt. 2 - We Can Make This a Party (S2E18)

    EARS is much bigger than just Casey Davis. Meet Captain Torres. A security officer with a dark secret who's drawn by a mysterious offer. But you need allies to move forward. Both Casey and Torres need to find ways to attract others to their cause. And you know what that means: It's Party Time.

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    If you liked this episode, please leave a rating and review to help us spread the word and don't forget to share with your friends. We love friends!



    Support the Show: Follow The Monster's Playbook on social media, head to our website, and check out our new merch store by heading to our DirectMe Profile. 



    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.



    This week we're also featuring a promo for another actual-play podcast, Dungeons and Pop. Check out this fellow Monster of the Week pod on their website, and be sure to listen to them wherever you listen to podcasts.



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    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Kira Ashwood (The Chosen) and Anna Ashwood (The Protector)

    Miah Detjen as Casey Davis (The Freelancer) and Theo Nessos (The Hex)

    and Special Guess Sarah Baker as Tiff Torres (The Hex)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 2 hr 41 min
    Downtime Pt. 1 - To Fresh Starts (S2E17)

    Downtime Pt. 1 - To Fresh Starts (S2E17)

    Theo finally finds a way to escape her family's shadow, but it means running away from everything she's built. Meanwhile, Mark helps show Anna Ashwood how to do the hard work of acting like a real human being. At least for now, the real world seems to have more pressing needs than the world beyond.

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    If you liked this episode, please leave a rating and review to help us spread the word and don't forget to share with your friends. We love friends!

    Support the Show: Follow The Monster's Playbook on social media, head to our website, and check out our new merch store by heading to our DirectMe Profile. 

    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.



    This week's promo is for The Waffling Taylors podcast featuring in-depth discussions on video games and lighthearted nonsense. Be sure to check out their latest episode featuring our own Jonny Grubb, and check them out on their website. 



    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Kira Ashwood (The Chosen) and Anna Ashwood (The Protector)

    Miah Detjen as Casey Davis (The Freelancer) and Theo Nessos (The Hex)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 2 hr 54 min
    Sigma Pt. 3 - Out of Your League (S2E16)

    Sigma Pt. 3 - Out of Your League (S2E16)

    The elemental fiends continue their assault, and the team continues their investigation into what's really going on with the many covert groups looking into them.

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    If you liked this episode, please leave a rating and review to help us spread the word and don't forget to share with your friends. We love friends!

    Join us on Discord! Come hang out with the cast on The Monster's Playbook Discord server where we can discuss the latest episodes, trade theories, answer questions, and get to know you, our listeners, a little better.

    Support the Show: Follow The Monster's Playbook on social media, head to our website, and check out our new merch store by heading to our DirectMe Profile. 



    This week we're also featuring a promo for another actual-play podcast, Memester of the Week. Check out this fellow Monster of the Week pod on Twitter, and be sure to listen to them wherever you listen to podcasts.



    Cast:

    Jonny Grubb as the Keeper

    John Wander as Mark Clayton (The Monstrous)

    Lauren Johnson as Kira Ashwood (The Chosen) and Anna Ashwood (The Protector)

    Miah Detjen as Casey Davis (The Freelancer) and Theo Nessos (The Hex)



    This episode was edited by Miah Detjen and Lauren Johnson.

    Theme song by Jonny Grubb.

    Cover art by Gabe Schmidt.

    Incidental music from Epidemic Sound.

    • 2 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

SkredlitheOgre ,

The Monster's Playbook is great!

Another Monster of the Week podcast, another great show!

The Monster's Playbook is about three (eventually five) Hunters, Kira Ashwood, Mark Clayton, and Casey Davis, as they work together to try to stop bad supernatural things from happening in Minnesota and beyond!

Mark, Kira, and Casey (and eventually Theo and Anna) work well together as a team, each playing to their strengths and giving Jonny (the Keeper) the opportunity to pose complex moral choices. Jonny also does a magnificent job keeping the frankly vast number of NPCs quirky and interesting, while posting complex moral choices to the team. He hurts them because he loves them.

And I love them, too.

The Hunters also do a great job of interacting with each other, making their conversations (and reveals!) seem natural and normal. Well, as normal as MOTW gets.

Unfortunately, the cast didn't record a Season 1 for public consumption, but there is a Season 1 retrospective at the beginning, which is very helpful. That being said, when you jump into this podcast, there is a *lot* to keep track of, from goals and Hunter abilities to NPC organizations and families. But it's worth keeping track of everyone. I've been invested since starting Season 2.

Give this show a listen! It's definitely worth your time!

ecg62 ,

The monsters playbook!!!

Very creative and well done!!

Violet Blade - Bec F ,

Cults, Werewolves, Magic… Oh My!

I've been invested in this story for quite some time now, and it never disappoints! It's set in episode like shorts, kind of like a TV show, with seasons that leave you hanging! Think Supernatural vibes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and more! Follow along with an ex-cultist Chosen One whose past frequently comes back to haunt her, a secret agent that the world has forgotten, a sorceress for hire, and a supernatural outcast that has some family drama as they try to save the world, each other, and just live their lives. Each episode is a new mystery that keeps me hooked! It you love roleplay, make sure to check this podcast out!

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