NOT MY CIRCUS, NOT MY MONKEY
Woo-Hoo, the circus is coming to town!

"Meryl's Wondrous Big Top" is supposed to be an incredibly modern circus, like Cirque du Soleil, with no wild animals, just horses…but still a traditional circus at the same time.

Apparently, it's been handed down through multiple generations of ownership, being in this Meryl guy's family since the Great Depression, when his great-grandfather the stage magician saved the show from financial collapse, buying it from the previous owner for only a few dollars.

Reputedly, the performers all wear white, black, and shades of grey, maybe with a few silver or chrome metallic accents, and just one brightly colored accessory each. The idea is that they don't use the "overwhelm the audience's eyes with riotous amounts of color" technique that traditional circuses do, so that the viewers can take in the perfect choreography and synchronicity.


  ..It sounds pretty cool, but isn't it weird that there are
no pictures of the show online whatsoever, not even bootlegs...?



Not My Circus, Not My Monkey is a one-shot scenario for I Was A Teenage Creature, a stand-alone adventure. Meryl's Wondrous Big Top is an amazing modern circus that just about puts Cirque du Soleil to shame. . .but it's maybe a little too perfect....

IWATC is a narrative-focused urban fantasy RPG where it doesn't matter how strong your werewolf is, or how fast his vampire is, or how beautiful her fae is…what matters is how these characters feel, what drives them to do things, not how inherently capable they are of accomplishing them. What keeps the viewers of Buffy or Teen Wolf or any other young-adult urban fantasy show coming back every episode? Is it the Monster of the Week? No, it's the angst and drama of the young adult characters' lives, how they face the paranormal shinola they're wrapped up in. Come play a character that could star on such a show, and see how their angst and emotions drive their story.

Player characters in IWATC each have a Trope, summing up who they are or what purpose they serve in the story. If you get a character sheet that says "Ditzy Cheerleader" or "Computer Nerd", you already know how to play that character. The rest is figuring out what it means when your Trope is a Werewolf, or a Ghost, or a Hunter, or whatever.

As stated before, I Was A Teenage Creature is a narrative-focused game, using a fairly simple Success-based d10 system. Just bring a handful of d10s and be prepared to get into character and consider your character's motivations, and you'll have a blast exploring what it means to be a Teenage Creature.





If you have any questions at all about I Was A Teenage Creature, feel free to  me!