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Monster of the Week

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A monster lurks in the shadows...

Most people don’t believe in monsters, but you know the truth. They’re real, and it’s your task to bring them down. This hardcover-based edition of Monster of the Week brings that adventure to life.

Monster of the Week is a standalone action-horror RPG for 3-5 people. Hunt high school beasties a la Buffy the Vampire Slayer, travel the country to bring down unnatural creatures like the Winchester brothers of Supernatural, or head up the government investigation like Mulder and Scully. This book contains everything you need to tackle Bigfoot, collar a chupacabra, and drive away demons.

In this PDF based on the hardcover edition, you’ll find:

  • Character creation rules to bring your hunter to life and create a cohesive hunting team, including fourteen ready-to-go hunter types ranging from the Snoop to the Spooktacular, the Monstrous to the Divine.
  • A stand-alone system based on the easy-to-use Powered by the Apocalypse engine.
  • Eight core moves to investigate and deal with monsters.
  • Thorough mystery-creation tools and two ready-to-play mysteries.
  • Example monsters like Balkan vampires, ghouls, and spore trolls.
  • Rules options to expand the scope and change the flavor of your game to fit the weekly monster story you’ve always wanted to see, including phenomena-type mysteries and alternative weird abilities.

Grab the fireplace poker and open your spell book. That monster’s going down!

Contains PDF based on the hardcover edition, and ePub (Nook) and mobi (Kindle) formats from the softcover edition, plus the handouts.

What's New in This Version?

With the hardcover edition of Monster of the Week, we’ve added in a little bit extra to the existing material from the revised softcover edition—24 additional pages in all.

From The Tome of Mysteries supplement, we’ve added rules options for alternative weird basic moves, phenomenon-type mysteries, and an alternative, more flexible investigate a mystery move. We’ve also incorporated all of the special Luck moves from Tome of Mysteries for this book’s playbooks that didn’t have them previously.

We’ve also brought in two additional playbooks that previously existed only as online downloadables: the Snoop and the Spooktacular.

If you already own the revised Monster of the Week and the Tome of Mysteries supplement you’ve already got what you need!

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Charles B December 12, 2023 3:40 am UTC
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I would love to see a phone version of the PDF books for Monster of the Week, the hardcover edition, Codex of Worlds and Tome of Mysteries. The Kindle, Epub and Mobi versions are good but they don't keep formatting as well as a PDF. You get things like bbbb instead of boxes for harm like there should be. Confused the heck out of me until I figured out it was supposed to be the boxes instead of bbbb.
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Robert L August 03, 2023 7:50 pm UTC
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I'm also unable to unzip the additional materials. This is on my laptop, not on a phone.
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Eric T May 13, 2023 2:18 pm UTC
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"i'm unable to unzip the Additional Materials file from my phone. I've tried downloading the Zip file from DTRPG several times, with the same result. I'm able to unzip other files, so I'm pretty sure it's the file. Anyone else encounter this problem? It's the Hardcover Additional Materials Zip file. Thanks for any and all help.
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STEVEN T May 22, 2023 4:28 am UTC
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I'm having the same issue.
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Fred Hicks ( May 27, 2023 5:31 pm UTC
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Hey, this is Sophie on behalf of Fred: For the ePubs, I found that I had to download them to my phone first, then manually unzip them.
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STEVEN T July 28, 2023 4:34 am UTC
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Still not working. Tried to download to my MacBook Air - cannot open them.
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Alexander M August 21, 2023 9:24 pm UTC
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I wonder if what's throwing some readers' unzipping off the happy path is the presence of two identical files: playbooks/Monster of the Week PC Playbooks - Consolidated - Default Setting.pdf has been added to the zip archive TWICE.

(repro path: I'm on a macbook using 7z+bash to unzip things)

7za l Monster_of_the_Week_Hardcover_Edition_Additional_Materials.zip | grep -v '__MACOSX' | grep 'Default Setting.pdf'

results of list command:

2023-02-10 13:02:00 ..... 3185591 1791773 playbooks/Monster of the Week PC Playbooks - Consolidated - Default Setting.pdf
2023-02-10 13:02:00 ..... 3185591 1791773 playbooks/Monster of the Week PC Playbooks - Consolidated - Default Setting.pdf

When this dopplefile trys to unzip, 7za prompts the user ("Would you like to replace the existing file:" etc etc) but this could be erroring out other apps.
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Jason W March 07, 2024 6:12 pm UTC
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My phone and Macbook Air were unable to open the zip as well. Can you please look into this? Thank you!
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Mitzi K May 14, 2024 12:10 pm UTC
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I'm having the same problem. Mac laptop.
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John Alessandro M March 13, 2023 10:27 am UTC
I already have the physical copy of the book, do I need to purchase this again for the additional content or just the tome of mysteries?
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Bernhard G February 27, 2023 6:17 pm UTC
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I want to mention that it’s great customer service to update the PDF to the Hardcover Edition for free (and publish updates in general). That’s the kind of thing that makes me buy books when I’m on the fence, just to support the publisher.
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SCOT S January 24, 2023 10:44 pm UTC
Hey Fred
Will this edition get a v2.1 facelift update, to bring it in-line with the new HC book?
Ref: https://evilhat.com/product/monster-of-the-week-hardcover/

Or will there be a separate v2.1 edition PDF we need to repurchase?
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Fred Hicks ( May 27, 2023 3:39 pm UTC
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Sorry to have missed this. Everyone who bought the prior version of the PDF got the updated one when we updated the product here.
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Marc W October 31, 2022 6:54 am UTC
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The ToC of the epub version is broken on my iPad. Do others have the same issue?
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Fred Hicks ( October 31, 2022 3:02 pm UTC
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We've had that epub out for a number of years now and this is the first I've heard of an issue with the TOC!
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Marc W November 04, 2022 12:59 pm UTC
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I've downloaded the epub again, but it has the same issue. The TOC is fine up to "Ely Holbeck, Bartender".

Then, it displays "Decide who has the initiative", "Use The Environment", "Make Maps" and "APPLY WEAPON TAGS" as sub-chapters to "Ely Holbeck, Bartender".

And that's it.


Can you reproduce this on your side?
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:34 pm UTC
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Ah, hell. No, you're right. No idea why the guy who made those for us back in 2015 let that slide, but it's *also* the first time in 7 years someone's reported the issue to us, which says something about how much use the format gets. I'll try to get fixing it onto a task-list for us (tho that list runs deep)!
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Marc W November 11, 2022 12:30 pm UTC
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No worries! Thank you
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Jonathan R September 09, 2022 1:26 am UTC
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Any insights into what updated today? I've looked over everything and don't see any change logs or notes.
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:35 pm UTC
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Might've been a tweak or two to the handouts PDFs associated with the main book. There hasn't been anything particularly significant done in years.
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Angel D September 08, 2022 6:44 am UTC
"Full-size Preview" link is broken...
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Fred Hicks ( November 10, 2022 2:36 pm UTC
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Functioning fine for me. May have been a short term glitch on the DriveThru side.
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Jorn K August 26, 2022 3:17 pm UTC
The "Full-size Preview" link is broken
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Kelly W June 23, 2022 7:42 pm UTC
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Hey is this possible with 1 Gm and 2pc? (3 people but only two pc)
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Sean N June 23, 2022 7:45 pm UTC
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Hi Kelly, yep, Monster of the Week works with 2 PCs. The show Supernatural is a great example of what a 2 Hunter group can look like.
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Evan L March 09, 2022 5:59 am UTC
Question: it says "for 3-5 people." Is this a hard-and-fast thing, or are one-on-one and/or solo games possible? If possible, how possible?
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Austin V May 31, 2022 8:05 pm UTC
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Not sure if you still need this answered but Tome of Mysteries details how to solo player games (1v1)
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Evan L June 01, 2022 5:39 pm UTC
Ah, for a mere $12 LOL!
Thank you for the info though.
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Sean N June 01, 2022 5:42 pm UTC
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Hi Evan, sorry for missing this post earlier. You can definitely play Monster of the week with a single player and single GM. I would scale some of the mystery threats back a bit (as they are generally designed for group) but otherwise there's nothing stopping you from playing with a solo monster hunter.
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Travis M October 11, 2021 2:10 am UTC
Is this a "Powered by the Apocalypse" game?
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Sean N October 11, 2021 2:18 am UTC
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Yep.
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Chief A August 12, 2021 2:03 am UTC
Any way to get a Hardcover version? Maybe POD?
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Fred Hicks ( August 13, 2021 2:39 pm UTC
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Not at this time.
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Vaggelis G June 13, 2021 5:52 pm UTC
POD version please for us in EU :)
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Fred Hicks ( June 15, 2021 3:22 pm UTC
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The physical edition is available to gamestores in the EU from the following distributors:
• BNW Distribution
• Enigma Distribution
• Fun Supply
• Intrafin nv
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Neil S February 15, 2021 3:55 am UTC
What in the bestiary
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Fred Hicks ( June 15, 2021 3:21 pm UTC
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The bestiary isn't extensive, but the game teaches you how to make monsters!
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