FAQ’S

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Here are some frequently asked questions about the Monster Rangers.

The Basics

The Monster Rangers is a community, a story, a series of campouts and events, spirit badges, adventures.

It’s all kinds of things, that you can participate in, with us.

Yeah, basically. We do stuff together in person, and online. But we’re a creative group; you can add to our core story (with story/song/art/etc), do Missions, go to camps, and so on.

Well, most of our Rangers are full-on adults. Some have kids, so that’s cool too.  Nothing we do is really ADULT. We really don’t care what your age/gender/orientation is… as long as you’re a kind person.

Currently, Monster Rangers is free. Someday we’ll probably have membership dues, but not yet.

The way that we (Steam Crow) survives, is when you buy badges, gear, backpacks, art prints, and t-shirts from our store.

Well, we’re pretty new. We started a few years ago, and were called “Monster Scouts,” though we’ve dropped that name because it’s a bad idea to make Boy Scouts of America angry.

While we’re small and not EVERYWHERE yet, you can get involved and start helping it grow in your area.

Yeah, it should. We’re the same folks who started the Monster Scouts, but we changed our name here in October 2017.

So, you may have seen us at comic-cons with the name Monster Scouts or Steam Crow… it’s all us. Same team, same management, same concept.

Just with a name that doesn’t get IP Lawyers so excited.

Nope, not at all. We’re not “Scouts.”

We’re primarily adults, delving into an imaginary world (Obscuria) concerned with the belief, study and protection of mythological monsters.

Ranger Branches

Yeah, there are. In fact, there are something like 15 different branches of Monster Rangers.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to choose a Branch right away… or ever. You’re automatically in the “Monster Ranger” branch when you join us.

Really, that’s up to you. It just depends on what you like, what your interests are, and what appeals to your tastes.

For example:

Scare Force pilots are daring, brave, and often die young in horrible biplane crashes.

Skull Rangers spend a lot of time in graveyards, alone, helping haunts and undead in need.

Obscuria

Obscuria is the monster world which overlays our own. For normal “Nodds”, they miss out on 40% of the “real” world (Obscuria); ghosts, unbelievable creatures, monster towns, weird weather, and so on.

It’s everywhere, it’s all around you if you could just Imagine8 it. You can Imagine8, right?

Imagine8 is simply the ability to “see” the invisible world of Obscuria. Most Monster Rangers know how to Imagine8, as well as cats, some children, and all monsters.

Baron Davis coined the term, and we still use it today.

Monstru is the Monster world, not to be confused with Obscuria. Obscuria is HERE, Monstru is THERE on the other side of our world.

Monstru is where all of these monsters are coming from, and it’s no place for Manlings.

GETTING STARTED

First, you should register on MonsterRangers.com.

Then, you should join our Facebook Group.

Then, introduce yourself on our Forums.

Yeah, we’ve got a bunch of Missions that you can accomplish, to earn free badges.

Have a look at our Missions Directory, to get started.

So, some Spirit Badges, you can simply buy. They’re to show what kind of personality your Ranger has.

Others, you can earn by doing Missions. When you’ve followed all of the instructions to a T, you can submit it at Mission Fulfillment. (But make sure that you’ve done EVERYTHING that the mission requires.

About once a month, we go through them and send them out.

Nope, they’re not. They’re for fun, and to help inspire folks to get involved.

Please don’t look for the easiest way to get free badges; they’re not currency, and it’s not so cool to beg for them for doing something nice. Rangers don’t beg!

Most folks apply them to their satchels, a sash, a vest, jacket, or hat. Really, there’s no wrong answer, as long as you make them look good.

They are iron-on, which is really step-one. After that, you’ll want to put a few stitches in them so that they don’t fall off.

Iron-on isn’t permanent; stitches are required if you don’t want to lose your badges.

We’ve designed around 180 of them to date, though only about half of them have been released so far.

Sometimes you get one when you come to one of our events. Often our Kickstarters come with one, as well as when you buy original art from us.

Sometimes you just buy them because you like em.

General Questions

Not really, but kinda.

We have really, really loyal and involved Rangers. They are amazing and passionate about what we do.

But we don’t have any hidden agenda; there are no plans for UFO escapes, multiple wives/husbands, or ritualistic Kool-Aid drinking contests.

The only agenda is that the Monster Rangers is Steam Crow’s business; we make a living making cool products/adventures for you, which are optional.

At Steam Crow our dream job is making up stuff for the Monster Rangers, for you.

Kinda. For us at Steam Crow, it is. Our job is to make cool stuff, help guide the community, tell stories about Monsters and Obscuria, and keep all of the mechanisms running that keeps this thing alive.

For you, it’s a community. You can get involved, do missions, meet other introverted people, play games, and all of that.

Baron Davis is the mythical founder of the Monster Rangers. He was originally a farmer, but in 1903 he was struck by lightning which triggered his ability to Imagine8.

He is said to have “left” the mortal world when his trench was hit by an Axis bomb in 1917. Many believe that he now lives in Monstru.

We call our troops “Barrows” and we’re currently working on instructions and a system for you to start your own.

For now, introduce your friends to the Monster Rangers, get them to sign up, and if there’s a lot of you, consider starting a Facebook Group.

Eventually, it’s our goal to have Monster Rangers everywhere… but that will take time. Be patient with us, and lend a hand.

Yeah, we host a number of them every year. It’s not something that we ever thought would happen, but after the Rangers pestered us for a few months, we decided to give it a go.

Turns out, they were right! Monster Camps are really fun, and more meaningful than comic-cons and most of the other events that we do.

We have some ceremonies, we make art and craft stuff, we have a Barter Circle, we eat potluck dinners, and sometimes we summon monsters.

It’s really fun, unusual, and kind of odd… in a good way.

Well, we’re not everywhere… yet.

For now, we’re mostly doing them in the West but we’re slowly working our way to the East Coast, and beyond.

For now, check and see if we’re doing one near you, and if not… start building your ranks locally. Once you get a bunch of folks, let us know, so we can start figuring out how to come to you.

Or, take a flight and join us at Monster Camp Prime, in Arizona (in the winter when weather is nice here.)