The Hotness
Steve Jackson's Sorcery! Bundled Set
FAITH: The Sci-Fi RPG – Core Set
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness
Come Inside My Body
Lone Wolf Adventure Game
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Core Rulebook
Call of Cthulhu (7th Edition)
Dungeons & Dragons Starter Set
S. Petersen's Field Guide to Lovecraftian Horrors
Citadel of Evil
Tunnels & Trolls (7.5 Edition)
Clockwork & Chivalry 2nd Edition Core Rulebook
Wrath of the Autarch
Guide to Glorantha (Two Volume Set)
Out of the Abyss
Gygax Magazine (Issue 6 - Sep 2015)
Two Hunters
The Journey
H. P. Lovecraft's Arkham
A0: The Rising Knight
AC7: Master Player Screen featuring The Spindle
Bangkok 1984
Legend Core Rulebook
Marvel Heroic Roleplaying: Basic Game
Star Wars: Edge of the Empire Beginner Game
Horror on the Orient Express (2nd Edition)
The Darkening of Mirkwood
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Beginner Game
Star Wars: Age of Rebellion Core Rulebook
Onslaught at Arda I
The Death of the Gilded Age
The End of the World: Zombie Apocalypse
HeroQuest Glorantha
The Demons of Austerlitz
Creators of the Universe
Once We Were Heroes: The Summer Children
Bestien und Ungeheuer: Kreaturen von Lorakis
RuneQuest (2nd Edition)
Mouse Guard Roleplaying Game
Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay
Dogs in the Vineyard
The Goblin's Lair
Tales from Wilderland
The One Ring Dice set
Dungeon World Roleplaying Game
Primary Name
Monster Trainer
RPG Mechanic
Alternate Names
 Customize View
xml RSS Feed 
Facebook Twitter Delicious Google
ObjectID: 6430
Description Edit | History

From the Game's Acknowledgments:

This game was written by JL starting at 2:30 PST on July 26, 2004, and was finished by 2:30 PST on July 27, 2004. It was written as part of a 24-Hour Game Grand Event or whatever it's called... Anyways, many ideas I used for the mechanics, such as roll-over successes and descriptors for attributes, I stole from Ron Edwards' Sorcerer, though he used them to drive the play focus towards a specific narrative issue, while I included them here primarily to add and enhance color. The idea of using a die pool where you count successes I took from Luke Crane's Burning Wheel, Jake Norwood's Riddle of Steel, White Wolf Entertainment's Storyteller System, and probably more than I care to think about right now.

The idea for the game itself comes from a certain genre of entertainment that includes such media items as Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Monster Rancher, Azure Dreams, Jade Cocoon, and many others. I really like this genre of hunting, collecting, and training monsters, and felt disappointed that while numerous CCGs reflected the genre, the only RPG I could find was Pokéthulhu, which focused more on poking fun and simulating an anime than an actual game about hunting monsters. I hope anybody reading this enjoyed it; I sure enjoyed writing it.

User Summary:

A brief role-playing game in which characters are Monster Trainers, seeking out and training wild Monsters, and challenging other Trainers in an effort to be recognised as the Champion Trainer.

Most rolls are made using six-sided dice, but a few circumstances call for a random number from 1 to 10 (using either a ten-sided die or cards); also personalised cards are used to generate a map of the world. A "Normal Conflict" involves rolling as many (six-sided) dice as the appropriate attribute, with 4+ counting as a success; in a contested roll the higher number of successes is the winner.

Characters have three skills:

  • Urban Skill used to make money and find other Trainers to challenge.
  • Country Skill used to track down and hunt wild Monsters.
  • Training Skill used to train Monsters.

Monsters have seven attributes:

  • Type of monster, chosen from: Flying, Stealthy, Lumbering, Amphibious, Digging.
  • Wildness which rates how hard the Monster is to command.
  • Attacking is used in combat to cause damage to other Monsters.
  • Defending is used in combat to prevent damage from other Monsters.
  • Dashing is the speed of the Monster.
  • Health rates how much damage the Monster can sustain.
  • Special is an ability chosen from: Moneymaking, Glory, Riding, Tracking, Stunning, Skinning, Catching, Provoking, Predator.

More Information Edit | History
This page does not exist. You can edit this page to create it.
Linked Items
Relationship: Sort: Category: Genre:
Pg. 1
Rank 0
Num Ratings 0
Average Rating 0.00
Num Owned 2
Prev. Owned 0
For Trade 0
Want in Trade 0
Wishlist 0
Comments 0
Year Published 2004
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No images found
Thumbs Up
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No videos found
{{video.numrecommend}} {{video.title}} {{video.language}} {{video.username|truncate:"10"}} {{video.numcomments}}
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Thumbs Up
{{data.config.moduletitle}} Relationship:
[] [Forums »] [Post »] [Search »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No threads found
{{thread.numrecommend}} {{thread.subject}}
Last Post {{thread.lastpostdate|truncate:"10"}} Posted {{thread.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
{{thread.user.username|truncate:"10"}} {{thread.numposts-1}}
Thumbs Up
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No posts found
{{post.numpositive}} {{post.title}}
Thumbs Up
[Browse »] [Summary »]
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No lists found
{{list.numpositive}} {{list.title}} {{list.username|truncate:"10"}} {{list.numitems}}
{{list.lastreplydate|truncate:"10"}} {{list.postdate|truncate:"10"}}
Thumbs Up
Web Links
Category: Language:
1 « Pg. {{module.params.pageid}} » {{data.config.endpage}}
No Web Links Found
Link {{cat}} {{lang}}
RPG Rank: N/A
Num Ratings: 0
Average Rating: 0.00
Standard Deviation: 0.00
Num Views: 1146
GeekBuddy Analysis: Analyze
Similarly Rated: View
Avg. Game Weight: 0.0
Fans: 0
Personal Comments: 0
Users Owning: 2
Users Wanting: 0
Users Trading: 0 [find trade matches]
Price History: View
Total Plays: 0
Plays This Month: 0
Title | Hot | Recent
[Browse »]  [Upload File »] Language:
Pg. 1 of 1
No Files Found.
User Information
Use this tool to rate games, save comments, and manage your collection.
Front Page | Welcome | Contact | Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Advertise | Support BGG | Feeds RSS
Geekdo, BoardGameGeek, the Geekdo logo, and the BoardGameGeek logo are trademarks of BoardGameGeek, LLC.