I wrote these skins mostly because I absolutely love classical Greek mythology and tragedy.
For me, the great thing about Greek tragedy is that it is unapologetically explicit, dangerous, and gruesome – play after play is full of blood, guts, treachery, and sometimes very dark humour – while the characters have a rare kind of haunting, powerful endurance. However, at the same time, a lot of them do tend to act like grumpy teenagers.
Gods and mortals alike often act in immature ways: impulsive, petty, melodramatic. Some gods destroy entire cities over an insult (looking at you, Hera); others will flay you alive for challenging them to a music contest (Apollo, take a bow). And of course you have the curse of Atreus, which I highly recommend if you fancy reading some next-level family drama.
As a result, I didn’t have to do much to the skins to make them fit into the teenage spirit of Monsterhearts. The Hercules is the popular and privileged kid, for instance, whilst the Medea is the mysterious transfer from another school who no one really understands yet.
The Bacchus is, of course, the one who throws the wildest parties, and the Ganymede is the kid who struggles the most with the strange world between childhood and adulthood. The Fury can be seen as either the righteous stuck-up kid or an outright bully; the Cassandra is the sensitive poet type; and finally, the Orestes is the kid who feels like they are constantly doing something wrong.
I had a lot of help from one of my regular groups, so many thanks to Warren, Karolina, Simon, Tom, and Laura. These sheets are only a first draft, so we’ll see how they go; but I’m looking forward to playing with them! I imagine that for best results, players should be as ridiculously over the top as possible.
If you want to have a go, feel free, and let me know what you think – I’m @Alecto101 on Twitter.