Teenagers in RPGs

So i’ve never played Masks or Monsterhearts.

To clarify, i’ve never played a teenager as a player or GM.

I’ve run hundreds of games through a variety of systems, playing monsters, people, gods, aliens, but never teenagers.

In high school I was abit of a dork, liked AD&D and reading fantasy novels, i was aware of the in-crowd and the druggie crowd (who considered drinking+dope until passing out=good weekend), but never related to either.

Sure i’ve seen teenage media like american pie, 10 things I hate about you, harry potter, i know what you did last summer, the faculty, buffy, twilight etc, but the whole teenage thing just doesn’t gel in my head?

thus i’m debating whether to consider masks/monsterhearts simply not for me, or perhaps I need to consider options/listen to advise etc on how to approach those games?


The way I see it, adolescence is a time of life when emotions run high, decision making is poor and everything feels like it matter so much. It leads to fantastic drama, which is why there is so much fantastic melodramatic media focused on teenagers. That makes them ripe for a certain kind of game, which explores those intense feelings, those “life or death” conflicts and that crazy melodrama. There’s also the potential for radical character growth, as the characters grow into themselves and become more adult. I enjoy that in my media, even though I don’t enjoy it my life. So Monsterhearts and Masks are very much my jam.


As a parent of teenagers, and also as someone significantly older than many of the folks in my specific play community, I never have, either, or at least not since I was a teenager. And I honestly just feel like Monsterhearts in particular is not for me, because it seems like it also focuses heavily on romance which is not an element I personally am looking for in my games. It’s important to me not to seem like “the old creepy guy,” and so awareness of my role in a community leads me away from those things.

I see no problem with identifying certain games or even genres or elements and saying they aren’t for you.


I love games about teenagers but I have a hard time playing MH because of how it mix and interlink cruelty with queerness. This push me too much toward negative emotions.

I prefer to play Masks as cruelty is less built in into the game.

But I am a gemini so I am kind of a natural teenager. :stuck_out_tongue: (I am not being serious with this sentence) :wink:


I like playing teenagers - everything is so much more important, things are still new, and the self-image is in a constant turmoil. That said: Teenagers are character who have so much potential to grow and change, and that’s something I really look for in my games.

I prefer Masks to Monsterhearts, but that’s probably mostly because I like the idea of the characters being basically friends. As a teenager, I didn’t have friends, so having that (if only second-handedly) makes me happy.