Enter The Cromwell Chronicles: a world of rain, pine trees, and magic. It is a story where a rejection from your crush is just as important as a power-hungry demon. This is a show born from a love of the Pacific Northwest and melodramatic teen dramas, and the desire to tell the stories that don’t often get told in popular media. Through the messy metaphor of monsterhood, our young adults explore themes of identity and community. Maybe along the way, we’ll find the magic in ourselves.

The Cromwell Chronicles uses the TTRPG system Monsterhearts 2 by Avery Alder. The season is MCed by Saffron Hefta-Gaub.

The cast includes: Arcadia Reeves as Ximena Carter-Garcia, Casey Fleming as Wrenn Aurora, Catherine Rohret as Ro Nielsen, Karina Revilla as Eva Petrova, Percival Walter as Orpheus, Quin Borozin as Aleks Petrov, and Victoria Nielsen as Daisy Mae Fowler.

Season art by Saffron Hefta-Gaub

Monsterhearts 2

Both The Cromwell Chronicles and The Valkyrie Cycle use Monsterhearts 2, a tabletop roleplaying game designed by Avery Alder. Monsterhearts is about teen angst, queer identities, and using the metaphor of monsterhood and horror to explore messy emotions. While many actual play shows use Dungeons & Dragons, where an adventuring party is expected to work together, Monsterhearts encourages character conflict and extreme risk-taking.

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Why do we play?

We play because once a week, we find the parts of ourselves we’d rather not forget and learn to share them with each other. Somehow, fantasy and magic always seems to teach us about humanity. We love stories and we love telling stories with each other, and we can’t wait to share those stories with the world. That’s why we play, and that’s why we make our show.