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  • Best episodes of monster of the week shows to be the basis of a Hunter session?

    So, for some reason the other day I suddenly remembered the episode "Hush" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and thought what a great session of Hunter it could make. What other tv show episodes from monster-of-the-week type shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, X-Files, etc.) come to mind for you guys that are ripe for ripping off for a Hunter game?

  • #2
    Lost tapes, it was a weird show on animal planet on
    Cryptids. It's presented in a found footage sorta way, the first two seasons are pretty good, the third is so so.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by BurritoMage View Post
      Lost tapes, it was a weird show on animal planet on
      Cryptids. It's presented in a found footage sorta way, the first two seasons are pretty good, the third is so so.
      Huh. Never even heard of that one but I'll have to look for it!

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      • #4
        It's hard to choose a single episode, but "Doctor Who" is very creative with its creatures and phenomena. However, the problems are solved less with violence and more with resourcefulness and techno-babble.


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        • #5
          Originally posted by Teatime View Post
          It's hard to choose a single episode, but "Doctor Who" is very creative with its creatures and phenomena. However, the problems are solved less with violence and more with resourcefulness and techno-babble.

          resourcefulness fits well. Technobabble less so, but not totally out of the question.


          A god is just a monster you kneel to. - ArcaneArts, Quoting "Fall of Gods"

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          • #6
            These suggestions contain some of the most memorable monsters. Even when the plot can't be adapted into an RPG format, they offer a lot to borrow from. Not coincidentally, they're conceived by the same writer:

            Season 1 - The Empty Child / The Doctor Dances
            A chilling horror story in its own right. It can be converted into a game session with some minor adjustments. It uses a classic horror trope made unrecognizable with a few tricks. The core problem is addressed with investigation, evasion and persuasion.

            Season 3 - Blink, and Season 4 - Silence in the Library / Forest of the Dead
            It's been a while since I watched these. I don't remember their suitability as session material, but the monsters bring in some striking visuals and ideas.

            Season 6 - The Impossible Astronaut / Day of the Moon
            Contains more memorable* monsters. Shows the protagonists use their wits in response to a unique threat. The problem is addressed with investigation, evasion, engineering and good thinking.


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            • #7
              To me, X-Files season 1-5 had the best MotWs to work with, along with it's inspiration, Kolchak the Night Stalker. You can't go wrong with Flukeman and Robert Modell.

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              • #8
                Supernatural offers a few Good ones. 'Metamophosis' might be especially interesting, though, due to raising questions of morality.

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                • #9
                  I wanted to start a list of Supernatural episodes but it got big seeing as how the show (at least the earlier seasons) are basically Hunter: The Vigil : The show...

                  So I'll highlight a few MofW eps that are particularly good for setting up a Hunter Chron.:

                  Season 1:
                  Wendigo: A couple kids disappear on a camping trip, it's up to the hunters to find out that the monster is a Wendigo and how to stop it.
                  Hook Man: The troupe's town is suffering from missing persons cases attributed to a local legend.
                  Scarecrow: The Troupe must stop what appear to be a ritual sacrifice to an old god (could be some spirit or w/e) and are in turn chosen as the new sacrifices by the whole town.
                  Season 2:
                  Croatoan: The troupe stumbles upon a town that suffers from evil in transmittable form.
                  Night shifter: The troupe track down a series of deaths to a single person only to find that person already dead. The troupe now needs to find a shapeshifer that could be anyone.
                  What is and What should never be: Half of the troupe is taken by a Djinn and must try to find a way out of the pleasant dreams while the other half work in tandem on the outside to safely remove the troupe and together take down the Djinn.
                  Season 3:
                  Bad Day at Black Rock: one or more of the troupe gets a hold of an evil artifact that causes good luck when held but eternal and sometimes fatal bad luck when lost. Before the troupe can destroy it per the mission, it gets stolen. It's up to the troupe to figure out how to get back the object with bad odds.
                  Ghost facers: The troupe has to deal with a haunted house that has caused a few deaths but an amateur ghost tracking tv crew is already there. It's too late to back out as all the doors lock.

                  Other options:
                  Doctor Who
                  The Empty Child, Fear Her, the Lazarus Experiment, The Unicorn and the Wasp, Amy's Choice, The Rebel Flesh, The Power of Three, Mummy on the Orient Express, and Under the Lake/Before the Flood.

                  Constantine
                  The Devil's Vinyl, and The Rage of Caliban

                  Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
                  Girl in the Flower Dress, The Well, Yes Men

                  Fringe
                  the Same old Story, the Transformation, Unleashed, Of Human Action, Johari Window, White Tulip, The Abducted, And Those We Left Behind, A better Human Being.



                  Frequent Story Teller for the Circle of Five gaming group.

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