#RPG – Actual Fucking Monsters – Some Clarification

Hello all,

I figure I might do a companion booklet for AFM, with some rules variations, clarifications and ideas. Ideas for longer, ongoing campaigns, ideas for playing as hunters, rather than monsters, some new Monster Powers people have suggested and so on.

If there’s something you’d like to see covered, leave a comment here on or social media and I’ll see what I can do for you here, before I fully put it together for the companion.

Here’s a few things that have come up from readers and players already…

Slippage

Apparently this wasn’t clear enough, but Slippage (the physical/material manifestation of your powers and Monster nature) kicks in involuntarily when your Satiation drops below a certain level. Place the slippage from each power in order (typically from least to most obvious manifestation) matching to each die type of satiation from the bottom up.

EG:
d4 – Cloud of Sulpherous Mist.
d6 – Fanged maw.
d8 – Red skin

Masks

Most of the time it’s anticipated that your Mask describes your human ‘cover story’, or what you do or did before you became or Monster, or besides being a Monster. Some Monsters might feel that they no longer need a cover identity or can do without one, or were never really human in the first place.

In those instances a standard Mask might not be appropriate. Masks don’t have to be these human identities or tasks, you can use them in these instances, like a secondary nature, or to describe what kind of Monster you are in some more explicit terms.

Example: Mr Thinner is a manifestation echo of The Slender Man. He has never been human and in addition to his Stalker Nature, he decides to take Sinister as his Mask, with the skills Intimidation, Stealth and Persuasive under it.

New Power – Dormancy

You can subside into a state of hibernation or dormancy and rest, maintaining your Satiation for longer but rendering you – to all intents and purposes – comatose until the end of your dormancy. Depending on the power level you can awake (and roll for Satiation loss) every 5/6/8/10/12 days, or part thereof decided by you when you hibernate. While dormant you are insensible (until and unless harmed) and cannot defend yourself. Your metabolic activity, body heat and so on are also virtually imperceptible during this time.

Slippage: Slabs of body fat, coated in webbing, mucous ooze, chitinous fragments.

A Month of Monsters – The Masks of Malkira

masksYou can buy this piece of stock art, for as little as $1 this month as part of a promotion. We have a promotion running all month, 31 pieces of monstrous stock art, one a day until all are at on sale culminating on the 31st for Halloween.

This piece depicts unsettling party-goers, clad in masks.

The masks of Malkira once belonged to Lady Ziva Dažboh, known for her refusal to marry and her debauched and expensive parties. Late in her life, she had a sudden change of heart and, following six months of cloistered study, prayer and self-reflection reappeared on the social scene, inviting her many friends, confidantes and bon vivants back to Castle Esternos for a grand party to celebrate her return.

The party-goers found the house much as they remembered, along with the entertainments. Drink, drugs, potions, whores, entertainers and fine foods. This was, however, a masquerade ball.

To their horror, at the stroke of midnight, the masks bound to their flesh and revealed their ‘true selves’, inverting their beliefs, consciences and all else. For many of the debauched party-goers this was a horrifying and sudden sense of guilt and shame and many took their lives, others dragged away by devils who – seemingly – provided the lady with the masks. Since the party they have scattered to the four winds, cursed treasures waiting to turn others and to expose their hypocritical natures.

As to Lady Ziva, she vanished that same night.

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