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The Monster's Playbook
The Monster's Playbook
The Monster's Playbook

The Monster's Playbook is an actual play Monster of the Week RPG podcast where the real world crashes into the paranormal over... more

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The Deep End Pt. 2 - Rebuild (S3E34)

Sometimes you get exactly what you want, but it's all too much. When Theo claims the Eye of Endregoras, will... more

16 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 1 minute
The Deep End Pt. 1 - Heist Mode (S3E33)

It's Heist Time, Baby! We've set our sights on one of the most powerful artifacts in creation YET AGAIN, and... more

02 Jul 2024 · 2 hours, 4 minutes
Book Club: My Name Is... (Bonus)

How it started vs how it's going ttrpg characters. Book Club is back with an intimate conversation with Cap (Shrimp... more

25 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 39 minutes
Written in the Stars Pt. 3 - Sins of the Father (S3E32)

It turns out, even if the future is scary, the past can be even worse. For the last year, Mark,... more

18 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
Written in the Stars Pt. 2 - Twin Flames (S3E31)

Have you ever been so angry that it felt like you were a different person? Kira Ashwood has. And it's... more

04 Jun 2024 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
Written in the Stars Pt. 1 - In for the Night (S3E30)

What do you do when you're scared? When the forces allied against you seem truly unstoppable? When even your very... more

21 May 2024 · 1 hour, 44 minutes
Book Club: The Great Monster Make-Off (Feed Drop)

This one is a must for any aspiring GMs and Keepers. It's The Great Monster Make-Off! Jonny was lucky enough... more

14 May 2024 · 2 hours, 29 minutes
Book Club: Covering the Story (S3, Act 2)

A lot has gone down, and there's clearly more to come. So how are we all feeling? Join us as... more

07 May 2024 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
Forged in Fire Pt. 4 - Balance (S3E29)

The Kingdoms of There have a vital purpose. A threat to them is a threat to everything. Unfortunately, there are... more

23 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 50 minutes
Forged in Fire Pt. 3 - The Right Decision (S3E28)

So here's the plan: Fight fire with fire. It's simple, but it won't be easy. The forge is under the... more

09 Apr 2024 · 1 hour, 45 minutes
Forged in Fire Pt. 2 - A Bird in a Cage (S3E27)

What do you do when you're walking around with a weapon that can destroy everything? Keep it pointed at the... more

26 Mar 2024 · 1 hour, 47 minutes
Forged in Fire Pt. 1 - Forward (S3E26)

Okay, it's time once again to ask our favorite question: What the hell do we do now!? The immediate threat... more

12 Mar 2024 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
The Midnight Council Pt. 3 - Blood of the Centaur (S3E25)

All families have secrets. But when your family is the head of a magical organized crime outfit, your secrets are... more

27 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 18 minutes
The Midnight Council Pt. 2 - One Step at a Time (S3E24)

The Magio has one rule above all others: You do not contact the dead. And Theo Nessos is about to... more

13 Feb 2024 · 2 hours, 5 minutes
The Midnight Council Side Story - Littlebear (S3E23)

Project Littlebear. One of the notorious Nathaniel Rose's pet projects. But what is it? Donovan and Kira go behind enemy... more

30 Jan 2024 · 47 minutes
The Midnight Council Pt. 1 - Date Night (S3E22)

If you thought the Nessos siblings were spooky, wait until you meet the rest of The Family. Something is happening... more

16 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
Ghosts of the Past Pt. 3 - Sonoma (S3E21)

What did you think we meant by "ghosts of the past"?! Someone very important comes back into our story that... more

02 Jan 2024 · 2 hours, 4 minutes
Ghosts of the Past Pt. 2 - The Young King (S3E20)

The Undying Soldier seems to have made her move, so it's all hands on deck to try to put a... more

19 Dec 2023 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Ghosts of the Past Pt. 1 - Treasure Machine (S3E19)

The thing about prophecies is you can never be sure if you're better off ignoring them or obeying them. The... more

05 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Home Front Pt. 2 - Study Hall (S3E18)

Now that they've caught their breath, it's time to make a plan. Some big things are happening in the world... more

21 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 1 minute
Home Front Pt. 1 - Garage Sale Weekend (S3E17)

What do you do after you've trudged through hell and battled the devil himself? If you're Mark Clayton, you go... more

07 Nov 2023 · 2 hours, 29 minutes
Book Club: Covering the Story (S3 Act 1)

So much has happened, but what does it all mean? Well, we can't tell you everything, but we can tell... more

31 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Witchwood Pt. 4 - Into the Fire (S3E16)

It's time to finally face down Tower—or whatever she's become—as well as her new ally. And if that ally lives... more

24 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 21 minutes
Witchwood Pt. 3 - Into the Sea (S3E15)

It's true what they say: "Nothing Lives in the Sea Kingdom." But that doesn't mean there isn't something bad lurking... more

10 Oct 2023 · 2 hours, 16 minutes
Blades in the Dark Pt. 2: I Didn't Think I'd Get This Far (Bonus)

Ace, Echo and Wicker head to the very top of the bottom as their hunt for the Glasstown thieves leads... more

26 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 15 minutes
Blades in the Dark Pt. 1: Welcome to Brickwall (Bonus)

What happens when you take a dyed-in-the-wool crew of Monster of the Week lifers and make them play a different... more

26 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 1 minute
Book Club: In a World

Welcome back to BOOK CLUB! This time John had the chance to talk with David (Trials of the Apocalypse), Quinn... more

19 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Witchwood Pt. 2 - Into the Dark (S3E14)

The Witchwood is an ancient tree, a boundless source of arcane power. But for years, it's been lost to the... more

12 Sep 2023 · 2 hours, 7 minutes
Witchwood Pt. 1 - Into the Fog (S3E13)

It's another case of bad news, worse news. Bad news? Otherworldly fog is invading the city. Worse news? Kira's apprentice... more

29 Aug 2023 · 2 hours, 6 minutes
Face to Face Pt. 4 - Less Afraid (S3E12)

It’s time for an assault on the Stroud Manor. That’s where their friend Aaron is, it’s where their enemy Nathaniel... more

15 Aug 2023 · 2 hours, 41 minutes
Face to Face Pt. 3 - Bound in Blood (S3E11)

The team gets a lead on their arch-nemesis… from their other arch-nemesis. But Nathaniel Rose isn’t the only monster stalking... more

01 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 55 minutes
Off the Books: Goat Crashers with Shrimp & Crits! (Bonus)

We turned some shrimps into goats. That’s right, we invited the crew of Shrimp and Crits to play a little... more

25 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Face to Face Pt. 2 - The Lion and the Mouse (S3E10)

With a missing friend and a killer on the loose, things are getting a little tense around supernatural Minneapolis. And... more

18 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 57 minutes
Face to Face Pt. 1 - Doc (S3E9)

An unexpected phone call puts the team on their very least favorite kind of case: A Missing Person. And, in... more

04 Jul 2023 · 2 hours, 31 minutes
Reaper Pt. 3 - Paths (S3E8)

Confrontation! The team finds themselves up against an enemy where just killing it might not be an option. So they'll... more

20 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 45 minutes
Reaper Pt. 2 - Injured Things (S3E7)

It's just about as normal a week as we get around here. Bowling dates, long shifts at work, and quality... more

06 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 54 minutes
Off the Books: Goons in Toyland (Bonus)

A child’s imagination brings a toy to life, helping them forget the world as it is and protecting the child... more

03 Jun 2023 · 2 hours, 17 minutes
Book Club: Act Like a Hero (Bonus)

Welcome back to Book Club! This one is a must for anyone looking to level up their roleplaying. Lauren had... more

30 May 2023 · 1 hour, 17 minutes
Reaper Pt. 1 - Making Plans (S3E6)

The team is out of the Dead Sea, but they're not out of the woods yet! The first steps back... more

23 May 2023 · 2 hours, 16 minutes
The Dead Sea Pt. 2 - Nothing Lives in the Sea (S3E5)

It's a return to THERE. But this time, they have a couple of advantages. First, they already have a guide.... more

09 May 2023 · 2 hours, 39 minutes
The Dead Sea Pt. 1 - Where is Kira Ashwood? (S3E4)

Kira Ashwood is missing. Her hunt for The Tower sent her somewhere Anna, Theo and Mark cannot follow. The good... more

25 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 14 minutes
Family Business Pt. 3 - The Grim Ledger (S3E3)

The true culprit has been sussed out, but what is she up to? Kira, Anna, Mark and Theo track down... more

11 Apr 2023 · 2 hours, 16 minutes
Family Business Pt. 2 - Four Wings (S3E2)

Content Warning: Self-harm "I'm Quatraile!" Mark, Theo, Kira, and Anna meet a mysterious captive with more secrets than she knows what... more

28 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 53 minutes
Book Club: Safety First (Bonus)

Welcome back to BOOK CLUB! The fictional worlds we build in TTRPGs can get pretty dangerous, but the people at... more

21 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 20 minutes
Family Business Pt. 1 - Investigators (S3E1)

SEASON THREE PREMIERE!! Life has gone back to what passes for normal for Mark, Theo, Kira and Anna. But a... more

14 Mar 2023 · 2 hours, 12 minutes
Book Club: Covering the Story (Act 3)

That was nuts, right!? In this edition of BOOK CLUB we'll answer Jonny's favorite question: "What was everybody's least favorite... more

28 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 42 minutes
Season 2 Epilogue (S2E33)

It's over. It's finally over. But then… nothing is really over. The threat is ended, but the damage is done. As... more

14 Feb 2023 · 2 hours, 41 minutes
The DRUM Pt. 6 - Humanity (S2E32)

THE BATTLE OF THE BARN. The Drum descends upon the Dress Barn. Will Casey, Mark, Theo, Kira and Anna be... more

31 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 54 minutes
Book Club: Deep Cuts (Bonus)

Book Club editor edition! Wondering how The Monster's Playbook sounds so good? Or who's the music magician behind some of... more

24 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 31 minutes
The DRUM pt. 5 - The Director (S2E31)

Pieces are being moved into place on both sides of the board. The end, as they say, is nigh. Mark... more

17 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 48 minutes
The DRUM Pt. 4 - Infiltration (S2E30)

Sneaking into your own workplace shouldn’t be this stressful. But EARS isn’t just any office. It’s the home base of... more

03 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Off the Books: Bid Around the Bush (Bonus)

Have you ever watched a reality tv series like Storage Wars and thought, "Man, I wish there was a ttrpg... more

27 Dec 2022 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
The DRUM Pt. 3 - Preparation (S2E29)

Knowledge is power. And Mark, Casey, Theo, Tiff, Anna & Kira are going to need as much of both as... more

20 Dec 2022 · 2 hours, 12 minutes
The DRUM Pt. 2 - Blooming Silence (S2E28)

Sick of being on the wrong side of the upper hand, the team plans to move against The Drum. Fortunately,... more

06 Dec 2022 · 2 hours, 3 minutes
The DRUM Pt. 1 - Agent M (S2E27)

Captain Torres returns. With horrible news. She's uncovered a troubling operation begun years ago by none other than The Drum.... more

22 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 52 minutes
Book Club: Covering the Story (Act 2)

Welcome back to BOOK CLUB. We're entering the final arc of our season, and rushing headlong into finally going up... more

08 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Double Cross Pt. 3 - Salt in a Mortal Wound (S2E26)

It's the final faceoff against the enemy team. But there's more going on here than the present tense. Their enemy... more

25 Oct 2022 · 2 hours, 10 minutes
Double Cross Pt. 2 - Ashworld (S2E25)

Kira and Tommy may be locked up, but they're not alone. Will another group of prisoners help them escape? Or... more

11 Oct 2022 · 2 hours, 24 minutes
Double Cross Pt. 1 - The Drummers Have EARS (S2E24)

I did NOT see that coming! The sudden betrayal of [REDACTED] is as surprising as it is devastating. Now Kira... more

27 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 46 minutes
Off the Books: Absurdia—The Big Box

No one remembers exactly when the Big Box arrived, but everyone tells the same story. It simply appeared one day... more

20 Sep 2022 · 2 hours, 46 minutes
Chicago Pt. 3 - The Council of Many (S2E23)

The good news? The hunters are able to bring The Dagger to justice. The bad news? Its a kind of... more

13 Sep 2022 · 2 hours, 20 minutes
Chicago Pt. 2 - Look to the Sky (S2E22)

The Dagger makes her moves, and our heroes will have to manage in the aftermath. Can Kira stay strong in... more

30 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 30 minutes
Book Club: Jeepers Keepers

BOOK CLUB! This one is a must for aspiring GMs! Jonny had the absolute pleasure to chat with some superstar... more

23 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
Chicago Pt. 1 - The Welcoming Party (S2E21)

Theo is headed to Chicago to start her new life working with her brother Jacob. As her only sibling to... more

16 Aug 2022 · 2 hours, 17 minutes
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.... more

09 Aug 2022 · 3 hours, 6 minutes
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... more

02 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
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... more

19 Jul 2022 · 2 hours, 9 minutes
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... more

05 Jul 2022 · 2 hours, 41 minutes
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,... more

21 Jun 2022 · 2 hours, 54 minutes
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... more

07 Jun 2022 · 2 hours, 25 minutes
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BOOK CLUB! This one is a must for aspiring GMs! Jonny had the absolute pleasure to chat with some superstar Keepers from... more