Frequently Asked Questions
"I'm a teen, but I don't know if I count as queer for the purposes of the Homecoming reward. Do I count?"
If you identify anywhere under the LGBTQIA+ umbrella, you count. If you think you might be LGBTQIA+ but you just aren't 100% sure yet, you count.Last updated:
"What is the justification for providing a discount based on someone's sexuality?" (Referring to the Homecoming rewards.)
I'm happy to clarify. There are three reasons:
1. Here's an article on queer teen suicide rates: http://egale.ca/backgrounder-lgbtq-youth-suicide/
Here's an article on queer teen runaway rates: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/press/americas-shame-40-of-homeless-youth-are-lgbt-kids/
Here is an article about queer teen resiliency factors: https://www.melissainstitute.org/documents/Conf19-2-2015-WaystoBolsterResilience.pdf
Monsterhearts 2 is about queer teens, and as such it has a responsibility to be accountable to them. By working to create inroads and establish solidarity with this segment of the population, I hope to help bolster feelings of community connectedness and postive self image. This has a thoroughly-demonstrated record of saving lives.
2. Here is an article on poverty as it presents in the queer community: http://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/headlines/beyond-stereotypes-poverty-in-the-lgbt-community/
Offsetting the material impacts of oppression is a key step to dismantling it.
Further, it's important to note that even when queer teens live in affluent families, they may be closeted or face judgement from their family. Which means that the likelihood that they'll have material support in exploring their gender, sexuality, and overarching identity is stymied. So making this material available to them at a discounted cost is a tool that I can use to push back against the negative impacts of an unsupportive family (which, as the first two articles linked above point out, is a notable suicide risk factor here).
3. Because I want the world for queer teens.Last updated:
There is an MC who has Principles. There are moves, and when you roll it's 2d6+stat. Some of the moves are "basic" ones that are universal, while others are specific to your character.
It's more PvP. It's less technical. It's more introspective and tawdry. There's aren't rules for different types of guns.Last updated:
That's a name I went by previously. I'm trans.Last updated:
The Chosen has been removed from the core book, but will continue to be supported as an optionally-included character (just like The Serpentine, and potentially others).
The Chosen was removed from the core book because it presents some perennial issues in terms of tone, spotlight, and meta-plot. It's a great Skin in lots of ways, but it dramatically shifts the way the game gets played. Which I think is great, as an option that people can sign on for! But my intent with the core book selection is that the combinations be proven to work well together, and The Chosen sticks out as more of a sometimes flavour.
The Serpentine falls into a similar category. It's great for a small-group game with multiple sessions, where its requisite cast of outside-the-school side characters can shine without stealing everyone else's spotlight. The Serpentine is a great choice for specific contexts!
Both The Chosen and The Serpentine will be supported moving forward. I'm still trying to figure out where The Hollow is going to land - core book, supported elsewhere, else. I'm still trying to figure out where The Angel is going to land - supported somewhere, not.Last updated:
Yes! Second Skins is a separate project, and Jackson continues work on it. He's also signed on to complete a one-page Small Town as a stretch goal here. Jackson's a dear dear friend, and having him involved in this new edition of Monsterhearts felt crucial to me. Small Towns are a concise, self-contained format and I have every confidence that if funded, Allswell, BC will be finished on time and that it'll generate momentum for the remainder of Jackson's Second Skins project.Last updated:
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