Monstober Day 27: Judge.

It’s all fun and games until you go from “Not guilty” to “Please lock me up.”

A Monster of the Week challenge.

Intro: A Reptilian hybrid in Des Moines, IA has managed to wriggle her way up through the ranks and become a judge. She’s now dispensing “justice” according to what her Reptilian masters have ordained. Unfortunately, she’s also become more bloodthirsty as time goes on.

Day: Judge Julie Latch lets certain specific criminals loose on orders in a plain white envelope given to her by her courtroom deputy. Her overseers give the orders, she follows them. Some of the criminals who are released are of special interest to the Reptilians. Anyone who questions Judge Latch is silenced by outside influences and manipulations.

It comes to the group’s attention that someone who was recently arrested because of their actions has just been released from jail on a technicality.

Shadows: Judge Latch starts questioning some of her orders. She becomes increasingly annoyed that some of the worst criminals are, in fact, being cycled through her court and given a free pass. Something begins hunting criminals down shortly after their release.

Sunset: Judge Latch excessively sentences a criminal to jail against her orders. Her overseers order her to take administrative leave. Her three hench people depart with her. A conflict between Reptilians and hybrids begins. The human pawns are caught in the middle.

Nightfall: Latch and her crew start killing and possibly feeding on criminals in the streets at night. It becomes obvious enough that the local news catches on before the Overseers can cover it up. Curfew is ordered by the Office of the Mayor. Police begin to actively patrol the streets, making it more difficult for anyone to do anything after 6:00 PM

Midnight: Latch and/or her hench people get caught on camera eating one of the criminals she let out on a technicality the week before. The Reptilian apocalypse begins. SCP has to be called in to contain the situation before it gets completely out of control.

This is my first go at creating a true MotW timeline. I still haven’t quite mastered monster generation. More on that when I get it figured out. Thanks for stopping by. More to come.

Promptober Day 20: Myths.

Sometimes parents actually believe their children.

Getting laid in a horror movie situation doesn’t always lead to death.

Remote viewing is not always 100% accurate, but many times it’s close.

The government is not interested in every paranormal event.

Investigator myths dispelled:
  • They’re not all crazy conspiracy theorists.
  • They’re not all professors wearing jackets with patches on the sleeves.
  • They’re not all wide-eyed college kids bound to get lost in the woods.
  • Just because one believes in ghosts, it doesn’t mean they believe in “aliens.”
  • They actually spend vast amount of time observing nothing until they find something. The “something” may just be a dot or blob, but still evidence.
  • Not all people are stupid enough to go down in the dark basement to check the electrical box.
  • No professional investigator likes a hoax. Hoaxing is not allowed!
  • Not every spiritually-oriented investigator collects crystals.
  • Sometimes freaky footage does end up on the nightly news, and still gets ignored by and large.
  • Priests are not immune to everything just by holding up a cross.
  • Other religions have people capable of performing an exorcism.
  • Not every professor can read Ancient Babylonian or Egyptian Hieroglyphs.
  • Not every spiritual person is educated in every religion.
  • Sometimes parents actually believe their children.
  • Getting laid in a horror movie situation doesn’t always lead to death.
  • Remote viewing is not always 100% accurate, but many times it’s close.
  • The government is not interested in every paranormal event.
  • There really are psychics. Some are quite powerful.
  • The Men in Black are real.
  • The Men in Black are not the kooky guys from the movies.
  • The Men in Black do not visit every experiencer or UFO witness.
  • There really is an Illuminati. They do not approach people on social media.
  • Astral travelers and remote viewers see a lot of things or beings not of this Earth.

Dispelling myths about modern paranormal investigations.

Phenomenon myths dispelled:
  • Not every properly conducted Ouija board session ends in tragedy.
  • Not every alleged haunted house is packed full of scary stuff.
  • Sometimes investigators have nights where nothing happens.
  • Not every EVP session ends in mysterious voices. Many don’t.
  • Not everything is a demon.
  • Not every ghost is evil.
  • Yes, there really are vampires, werewolves, and giant spiders.
  • Not everything is covered in an ancient tome or scroll.
  • If a book is bound in human flesh and inked in blood, leave it alone.
  • Not every cult follows an Elder god or wants human sacrifices.
  • Gunfire does not solve everything, or anything sometimes.
  • Not every artifact is cursed.
  • Sometimes are dolls are just toys.
  • Not all magic is evil.
  • Not all religion is good.
  • Not everything is evil or out to get you.
  • The ethereal plane (spirit world) is a wonderfully weird place.
  • Some beings are truly evil. We don’t know why.
  • There is always a way to banish or destroy a phenomenon.
  • Killing something is not always the answer.
  • Legitimate footage of phenomenon appearing on the internet will be taken down or debunked as a hoax almost immediately regardless of evidence.
  • The Dark Web is real. Most people would be advised to steer clear of it.
  • The aliens are not here to conquer the planet.
  • The term “alien” is no longer preferred. We use ET or being now.
  • ETs do not always abduct people. Sometimes it’s just a sighting.
  • Vampires and werewolves are nothing like the ones in the movies.
  • Stay away from the Reptilians. We don’t mention the Reptilians.
  • There are Reptilian Hybrids. We don’t talk about them, either.

These lists is (mostly) fictional (I guess.) Some of us are conspiracy theorists. More investigations to come with the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society for Monster of the Week RPG.

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate you. Have fun. More to come.

Disclaimer: People and events depicted herein are fictitious and intended for entertainment use only. Any similarity to persons living or deceased is unintentional. There is no Des Moines Remote Viewing Society. This is a work of fiction. No one was harmed in the making of this blog.

Promptober Day 26: Lost

Key members of the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society are lost as of 2022. The data gathered by the trio is also missing in places. Some may have been confiscated by the government or black budget interests. The group went their separate ways in 2020 under mysterious circumstances. (*Then again, it was 2020.)

This one is a subplot running through my Monster of the Week series, Des Moines After Dark.

Key members of the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society are lost as of 2022. The data gathered by the trio is also missing in places. Some may have been confiscated by the government or black budget interests. The group went their separate ways in 2020 under mysterious circumstances. (*Then again, it was 2020.)

  • Dan Miller is missing key chunks of his physical files and Internet archives.
  • Brenda Hart moved to Champaign, IL and effectively disappeared. Dan has not heard from her via text, email, or chat in over two years. The two were very close prior to December 2020.
  • Tom Miller is flat-out lost. His mysterious disappearance became apparent when copies of his journal were emailed to Dan and Brenda along with some copies of physical journals arriving at known and undisclosed street addresses.
  • Tom’s last case was his independent study of the (alleged) Reptilian tunnels under Des Moines. His last journal entry indicated he found a tunnel entrance near a bridge and was going to enter it.
  • Lewis (Big Lou) has been reassigned to a different section within the FBI, but his personnel file has gone missing. Dan has been unable to contact him through any of their various channels.

2020 is the year best forgotten. Unfortunately for our heroes, members of the DsMRVS were among those not heard-from again. Even some of their meticulously kept records and videos have gone missing. One of their most notorious case files, loosely dubbed the “Backyard UFO Incident” involved several hours of missing time and blank audio/video footage interspersed with cryptic and bizarre voice lines.

Disclaimer: People and events depicted herein are fictitious and intended for entertainment use only. Any similarity to persons living or deceased is unintentional. There is no Des Moines Remote Viewing Society. This is a work of fiction. No one was harmed in the making of this blog.

Monstober Day 15: Kitchen

Flash forward to present. Dan, the group’s mentor and primary source of case information is not necessarily the best housekeeper. He’s a consummate bachelor and doesn’t necessarily clean the leftovers out of his fridge as often as he should. One day the group gets a call.

Remember whatever was living in the “mystery foil” in the back of the fridge?

A bizarre creature stalks the Earth in this lighthearted Monster of the Week encounter.

An old case file of the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society recently reveals the existence of what Brenda Hart called “The Mushroom Man.” This man was living not far from the river and had huge amounts of mushrooms, molds and fungi growing throughout his house. The DMRVS exposed Mushroom Man after learning he had murdered his wife in order to feed his monstrous collection and further his own experiments.

When the police went to arrest him, however, they discovered he had fled, probably on foot and was likely living off the grid. Further investigation uncovered additional human remains on the Mushroom Man’s property. Police were unable to determine where they came from or how old they were due to the presence of a toxic, invasive species of mold on the bodies. To hamper efforts further, the house burned down, apparently as a result of an arson fire.

Before everything fell apart, Dan, Tom, and Brenda learned The Mushroom Man was performing a wide variety of ancient hedge magic rituals from the book of shadows passed down through his family for several centuries. All of his spells revolved around the growth and consumption of mushrooms. Mushroom Man had apparently been making a living by selling the medicinal kind in order to make a living. Police found several strains of relatively non-lethal hallucinogenic and edible mushrooms at the scene before the fire.

Unfortunately, one of the species of mushrooms The Mushroom Man was growing fed best on beds of decomposing flesh. His experiments falsely concluded (unnecessarily) that they grew best on human flesh. DMRVS investigator Dan Miller made this discovery while looking for what happened to The Mushroom Man’s wife in 2016.

Flash forward to present. Dan, the group’s mentor and primary source of case information is not necessarily the best housekeeper. He’s a consummate bachelor and doesn’t necessarily clean the leftovers out of his fridge as often as he should. One day the group gets a call.

Dan’s refrigerator has been overrun by mold. Stranger yet, something seems to have pushed the door open and slithered off. Could this be the revenge of The Mushroom Man, or something far more sinister and arcane?

Disclaimer: People and events depicted herein are fictitious and intended for entertainment use only. Any similarity to persons living or deceased is unintentional. There is no Des Moines Remote Viewing Society. This is a work of fiction. No one was harmed in the making of this blog.

*Editor’s note: I know this wasn’t a monster per se, but MotW lends itself to storytelling. The actual monster statistics are a bit less relevant sometimes. It’s up to the Keeper as to whether or not this is just something freaky from Dan’s fridge or The Mushroom Man’s spells coming back to haunt Dan. Or possibly both.

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciate you.

Promptober Day 7: Darkness.

Picture being away from civilization far enough to not hear the freeway or the city. Go for a walk in the woods away from the lights of the farm, the campfire, and no cell phone. It’s just you, the trees, and silent darkness.

Have you ever been in complete and utter darkness?

Picture being away from civilization far enough to not hear the freeway or the city. Go for a walk in the woods away from the lights of the farm, the campfire, and no cell phone. It’s just you, the trees, and silent darkness.

A quiet, introspective, peaceful place for some, a terrifying, nightmare-fueled, fearful wilderness for others. What’s really out there? What lurks in the dark that’s not there during the daytime hours?

Monster of the Week Adventure Pitch:

The city regularly experiences blackouts in the electrical grid that last just long enough for vampires to feed and multiply.

Promptober Number One: Mystery

The Des Moines Remote Viewing Society has caught onto a string of mysterious disappearances around town.

Day 1: Mystery for Monster of the Week.

The adventure in short:
The Des Moines Remote Viewing Society has caught onto a string of mysterious disappearances around town. Soon signs will all begin to lead back to a mysterious Freemasons lodge built in the 1800’s. Their task is to prevent more kidnappings/murders before the ritual can be completed on the blood moon.

Disclaimer: People and events depicted herein are fictitious and intended for entertainment use only. Any similarity to persons living or deceased is unintentional. There is no Des Moines Remote Viewing Society. This is a work of fiction. No one was harmed in the making of this blog.

1d12 Mundane Things Accidentally Captured By Trail Cams.

Sometimes they get an awesome pic of a completely normal phenomenon. Roll 1d12 and consult the table below. (Yes I know MotW doesn’t use d12s. BUT I DO!)
Rural Outdoor Night-time phenomena:

Many paranormal investigators use trail cameras and other sensor data when tracking the supernatural.

Sometimes they get an awesome pic of a completely normal phenomenon. Roll 1d12 and consult the table below. (Yes I know MotW doesn’t use d12s. BUT I DO!)
Rural Outdoor Night-time phenomena:

  1. Owl.
  2. Plastic bag blowing in the wind.
  3. Deer.
  4. Cat- House cat.
  5. Raccoons.
  6. Dog.
  7. Cat- Large (Mountain lion, Lynx, etc)
  8. Ducks/geese.
  9. Human(s.)
  10. Party balloon.
  11. Bats.
  12. Insects in front of the camera/sensor
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Mundane Plus +

Sometimes night time trail cameras and other motion sensitive devices pick up things that shouldn’t necessarily be there. In other words, something paranormal or otherworldly. Roll on the above table for the Mundane and then Roll 1d12:

  1. Apparition: Partial. Humanoid figure.
  2. Dark haired human woman in a white dress, beckoning the camera.
  3. Orb: Ball of light floating above the mundane. About the size of a basketball.
  4. Black eyed child. Looks right at the camera.
  5. Tall, dark, gaunt, shadowy outline of a humanoid.
  6. Extraterrestrial being: Gray. Seems curious.
  7. Apparition: Full. Humanoid figure in period garb. Can see through it.
  8. Hunched, dark silhouette of a humanoid. Possibly devil or demon.
  9. Extraterrestrial being: Other. Reptilian, Mantid, or other. Keeper’s choice.
  10. UFO. Obvious craft overhead.
  11. 12′ tall being similar to Sirenhead. Only no one heard anything.
  12. One of the Men in Black. Investigators can expect a visit soon.
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Thank you for stopping by. Hope these tables come in handy when things get quiet at the table. I appreciate you!

Tales of the DsM RVS for MotW RPG. Part 3.

Dan has suggested we take my van tonight while his is being worked on. We know the trap cams at both stakeout sites were exceptionally active last night. I suspect our other cam footage will be revealing once we’ve had time to review it. Tom also noticed a spike in EVP and some other audio activity last night in the graveyard.

AKA Dan and Brenda’s wild night at the Iowa State Fair.

From Brenda’s notes:

We secured permission from Sutton to set up trap cams and take video from the chainsaw carving booth, specifically the vending area under the guise of trying to catch whoever stole the Cy and Herky Statues. Dan was left to monitor the whole affair.

Julie, one of Sutton’s assistants didn’t seem too happy about us poking around. Not sure what her issue was exactly. Thought I smelled something near the cash register that wasn’t sawdust. Reminded me a little of ritual incense.

Tom has to work tonight. He’s out of vacation for a while. I guess someone has to stock shelves. He was super helpful last night with everything that happened. He took care of me when I blacked out.

Dan has suggested we take my van tonight while his is being worked on. We know the trap cams at both stakeout sites were exceptionally active last night. I suspect our other cam footage will be revealing once we’ve had time to review it. Tom also noticed a spike in EVP and some other audio activity last night in the graveyard.

Dan has also asked for a remote viewing of either area. Of course he doesn’t understand the process or my abilities. After last night’s hemorrhaging from my nose, I’m not sure that’s a good plan. –Brenda Hart.

Built to accommodate Brenda’s Wheelchair.
Much more comfortable than Dan’s heavily damaged cargo van.

Dan was noticeably upset about the damage to the driver’s side of the van and the smashed glass. At least the front windshield remained intact well enough to get it to the shop. They stopped long enough to transfer all of the gear into Brenda’s shiny red van. It was considerably more conspicuous than Dan’s white Ford Cargo Van, but much more comfortable.

Dan also had patches of missing time, the same thing Tom experienced the night before. Neither man could explain what had happened within close proximity to the carver’s tents. Sutton’s assistants stayed extra late after closing, however. It was beginning to look like they might be minimally involved.

Dan and Tom had begun construction on a new website and it looked as if the group was going to need it soon. Brenda and Dan glanced through the cemetery trap cam footage to see what they had missed. Not only had the cameras caught a group of teenagers sneaking around the graveyard in the dark, but several blurry images of human figures at different locations.

By the time the crew had rested and reassembled, it was late in the evening. Tom had just enough time to reset all of the cemetery cameras before going to work. Dan went back to visit A.J. Sutton again and obtained permission to renew their stakeout there.

A new statue had disappeared during the night, much to everyone’s dismay. This time it was Billy the Buzzard, a mascot for a local restaurant. The lawn gnome Dan and Brenda had been monitoring specifically had been picked up early, shortly after the Fair opened, according to Julie.

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Meanwhile, in a Northwest Iowa Cornfield, a large crop circle was discovered by a pair of local kids out joyriding in a tractor.

More on that next time.

Tales of the Des Moines Remote Viewing Society.

This is night number two of the fairgrounds case with the missing chainsaw carver statues. We’re going back today to see if we can set up trap cams after they shut the booth down for the night. The footage from last night is pretty compelling stuff. Dan and I believe Tom may have gotten distracted while on duty.

Case 2. Dead Wood in Des Moines.

From the Journal of Brenda Hart, Secretary/Treasurer of the DsMRMVS.

Wanted to jot down some findings on our first two “cases.” I had to remind the boys that we’re not detectives and we’re not getting paid for any of this yet. I don’t think any of us are doing this for profit. More for truth, justice and disclosure.

This is night number two of the fairgrounds case with the missing chainsaw carver statues. We’re going back today to see if we can set up trap cams after they shut the booth down for the night. The footage from last night is pretty compelling stuff. Dan and I believe Tom may have gotten distracted while on duty.

Dan is replacing Tom on the fairgrounds stake out. We’re also rearranging some of the cams from the cemetery to the fairgrounds and vice versa. The cemetery has been a huge bust so far with some minor electromagnetic phenomena and a few notable EVPs. It will be exciting watching both locations from the van as long as Dan doesn’t get arrested.

Additional note from Dan about night number two:

Re: Cemetery next to the fairgrounds- we’ve gotten a few significant EVPs and a few electromagnetic hits, but no sightings or other activities. It’s Tuesday of the Fair and we’re hoping activity will pick up soon.

I’m swapping out with Tom on the stake out of the Chainsaw Carver’s booth. We got permission to put up trap cams under the guise of trying to catch the thieves. Noticed Sutton’s sales assistant, Julie, is big into Wicca. Could there be a connection?

Additional note: Someone removed all of the locks from the mausoleums in the cemetery today. Not sure who it is. His back was to the cameras in every shot. It’s kinda creepy and strange, but so far no other activity to report. Tom and Brenda are going to have their hands full tonight in the van with both sets of cameras reporting in constantly. Doubt we’re getting a lot of sleep.

The next morning, Dan returned to his van, the monitoring center for the operation. Both the driver’s and passenger’s side windows had been smashed with considerable force. There were fist sized dents down the passenger’s side. Brenda and Tom were huddled in the back with rear doors bound tight. Somehow the equipment kept recording.

Tom and Brenda were pretty shaken by what had transpired during the night. It was if two entities wanted into the van. Tom described a wooden fist going through the driver’s side window. Brenda went into shock and needed medical attention, claiming some force wanted her to leave. Tom’s Gopro didn’t capture anything beyond the van shaking violently and windows being smashed. It really did look like a wooden fist with black feathers went through the window.

From Tom’s Journal:
Brenda and I were nearly taken out last night. At about 3:00 AM Brenda suddenly went into deep trance and began bleeding from the nose. A short time later the van started rocking and the windows up front were smashed. Had Brenda been functional, I would have stepped out to confront whoever it was. At least the cameras in the fairgrounds and the cemetery kept going. Hopefully something productive will come from this.

Monster of the Week Author Michael Sands Cuts Indie Writers a Break.

I was blessed to receive an email from the author himself! Squee! He was kind enough to drop the link for his official policy, too. And the icing on the cake- the best news out of all of this- the policy is practically idiot proof.

Okay, this isn’t breaking news for some, but it’s cool to me.

I emailed Evil Hat Studios because I was curious about possibly publishing a season or two of Monster of the Week RPG on DriveThruRPG. I’ve seen other material for MotW on there and thought it might be cool. So, as a somewhat responsible writer, I started poking around and asking questions. I wasn’t finding a ton of stuff, so I emailed Evil Hat directly.

What I got was a response from Sean Nittner saying my request would be forwarded to Michael Sands. It’s not impossible, but it’s unusual to be placed in touch with an actual author. I almost fainted.

Turns out, Michael Sands has this great website.

I’m dropping the link to Generic Games here: https://genericgames.co.nz/

I’m also excited about Codex of Worlds for MotW now.

I was blessed to receive an email from the author himself! Squee! He was kind enough to drop the link for his official policy, too. And the icing on the cake- the best news out of all of this- the policy is practically idiot proof.

This policy is instinctual. It’s stuff I would do anyway. And it’s simple. I wish every game company would be cool like this. There aren’t pages of “Must Include” OGL documentation, legalese and corporate butt-kissing that has to go into everything.

THANK YOU MICHAEL SANDS!!!

Michael Sands ROCKS! All kinds of love for MotW!

The link to the official policy is here: https://genericgames.co.nz/third_party_policy/

Personal Note: I got an email from the author himself. Squeee!

Hearing from authors turns me into a drooling fanboy pretty fast. I appreciate it!

I have to say, it wasn’t long. It wasn’t super personal. But it always blows my mind when I hear directly from an author. All the fun of getting an autograph without the need for a restraining order against me. 😜 (j/k!)

I’ve heard back from other RPG authors over the years, and it always makes my day. Maybe in this era of Internet interactions, it’s easier. Maybe it’s because I can’t get out to go to conventions these days (and I live in Iowa where conventions are few and far between.) Someday I hope to get out to run games, shmooze, and go to seminars again a convention.

Still, please give Michael some support where/when possible. He’s one of the good ones! Thank you again for getting back to me, Michael.

I hope June is a happy and prosperous month ahead for everyone. Thanks for being here. I appreciate you!

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