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Urban JungleThe early 20th century of the United States was rife with fantastic change: from the rise of industry giants, to the great experiment of Prohibition, to the tragedy of the Great Depression, onto the dawn of the Atomic Age. The sky was tamed, the world was mapped, and the possibilities of science seemed limitless, all blue skies and buttered toast…

… for some folks, anyway.

A complete game in one volume, URBAN JUNGLE makes you a player in an anthropomorphic world of pulp-adventure, hard-boiled crime, and film noir. You’ll tangle with hardened gangsters, with jaded debutantes, with world-wear wary veterans, and with all kinds of shady characters.

  • Our simple character creation lets you build a character in minutes. With just a few sweeping choices, you'll be playing a hard-boiled wolf detective, a sultry fox femme-fatale, an old anteater drifter with nothing left to lose, a young weasel from the sticks eager to make a name, or any other character you can think of. Our Cardinal game technology gives you everything you need out of the gate, then it's up to you to decide where this track is going to take you.
  • A goals-and-rewards system has your character learning from their mistakes, profiting from their successes, and growing out of the minor leagues and into the big time. Let your character's personality shine through. Stick to the fundamentals, or branch out into new fields.
  • Jump into the deep end and get mixed up in a living world, where opinions can matter more than facts. Be careful, because the people you crossed on your way up will be waiting to take you down. Make friends. Influence people. Get what's yours!
  • Keep your hands clean, or get involved in dirty work. Don't get dizzy as the tables turn, as a friendly conversation might become an unfriendly battle in less time than it took you to read this sentence. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.
  • To get you started, we've included several cities full of mystery, and some adventures so you can see what it's like. When you're ready to tell your own story, we've got your back, with lots of advice and step-by-step examples to make it all easy.
  • Fully illlustrated, by such luminaries as Tracy Butler (Lackadaisy), Maritza Campos (College Roommates From Hell), Rick Griffin (Housepets), Adam Koford (Laugh-Out-Loud Cats), Krazy Krow (Spinnerette), and the proverbial more.

Don’t let the long whiskers and the wagging tails fool you. A smile is just another way of baring teeth.

To play this game, you will need pencil, paper, and polyhedral dice.

This game made possible by the support of the Urban Jungle Crowd-Funding Task Force and our supporters at Kickstarter. We do our part.

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Michael M January 22, 2021 8:53 am UTC
Would it be possible to purchase the hardback in premium printing?
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Steve N October 27, 2019 9:32 am UTC
Don't know if you're still getting these!

I wouldn't want to play medieval fantasy in a gritty noir setting but can you use races from Ironclaw that are not in Urban Jungle?
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Anthony P March 20, 2018 5:18 pm UTC
Saw this, and childhood memories of watching Disney’s “TaleSpin” came flooding back...

So of course I had to buy lol

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Charles H October 21, 2017 8:40 am UTC
On page eighteen, in the character creation breakdown, it says:

6) Pick a Career.
Copy your Species trait die into the
appropriate 3 lines. Write in your two Career gifts.

I kiiiinda think you may want to change that to "Copy your CAREER die into the etc etc etc"

Also, page 22 "Selected Given Names of early 20th Century America" seems to actually be a list of surnames.
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Mario C June 23, 2017 1:10 am UTC
Personally , iwould love to see the setting expanding on the 40's - 50s - 60s and 70s.
how to play characters who were involved in the WW2 and now are back in the states, Street vigilantes. Also, would love to see an expansion about cities like "Paraiso Soleado" (Las Vegas)
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Mario C June 23, 2017 12:52 am UTC
i want to dm a game set in the 60s-70s. all im going to say is Vietnam Veteran Hard Boiled Detective Coyote :P
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Robbie G May 01, 2017 10:12 pm UTC
I have to say that I really enjoyed this book. It has a very interesting system and seems to be put together really well. My one issue is that there are a few races missing that I would very much like to see being added in a future expansion: camels, llamas, giraffes, raven/crow (although I suppose you could modify Sparrow for this), and parrot.

However, aside from that I really enjoyed the rulebook. I hope to see more expansions for this game.
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John B May 17, 2018 5:10 pm UTC
Wouldn't it be funny if anthropomorphic parrots were mute? "He just keeps squawking nonsense, can't understand a word of it."
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Gareth L October 30, 2016 6:49 am UTC
Hi there,

What kind of dice do you get in the skills granted by your type, profession and species?
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Gareth L October 30, 2016 7:07 am UTC
Ah, forget it, I got it.
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Matthew R October 27, 2016 2:56 am UTC
Couple of questions:

When are the three genre supplements mentioned on the Kickstarter page expected to come out?

What sort of changes would be needed to use this for a more modern-day setting like Zootopia?
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Michael C November 04, 2016 7:46 pm UTC
Hey! I'm planning out a campaign now that is sort of a noir-punk future setting, with found and reverse engineered technology from different decades of the 20th century, so not entirely the provided setting. Really the rules are so incredibly simple and versatile that you can adapt them to anything. Just homebrew your own settings, and challenge rolls can easily be scaled to anything you and your players want to do. Its so easy!
If you want you can even homebrew some more modern types and careers if you want something not already in there. They really made customization a breeze. One of the best rule systems out there.
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Martina J October 26, 2016 9:19 pm UTC
Is there a technical reason / need to have the pdf and the front / back covers separate? It would certainly look better in my ebook library with the actual cover.
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Tyler M September 23, 2016 5:24 am UTC
Can't view PDF, saying its format is invalid.
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Marius B September 22, 2016 7:33 am UTC
Will this become available as POD? And if so, if I get the PDF now, will the cost count against my eventual purchase of the POD?

(And you got Mama Bliss among the illustrators? Sweet!)
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Jason H September 22, 2016 12:34 pm UTC
Yes, print versions will be available, in a few weeks. (Around 15-Oct or so.) I won't bore you with the many technical details of print production. XD

It's my understanding that buying an electronic copy does not offer a discount on the print version ... but buying a print version DOES offer a discount on the electronic version. We'll keep you posted!
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Marius B September 22, 2016 6:56 pm UTC
I do layout/dtp on a bimonthly magazine and send it off to be printed, so boring me with technical details of print production would be entirely redundant. ;-)
I'll hold off until mid-october, then.
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Jason H October 13, 2016 9:38 pm UTC
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Curt M September 21, 2016 10:47 pm UTC
Is this the same system as Iron Claw?
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Jason H September 21, 2016 11:01 pm UTC
Urban Jungle uses the Cardinal Game System, the same core as IRONCLAW. You have Trait dice, like Species and Career, and you roll them to do stuff.

Changes include:
• The new "Type" Trait. Are you Hard-Boiled? Do you have a Heart-of-Gold? Are you so Crooked that you're in this for the money, or are you an Angel that's too good for this world? Your unique Type gives you skills and abilities to easily insert you into a world of noir.
• Character Opinions, as befits a noir intrigue. Who you are isn't as important as who likes you. Keep track of people's Opinions of you, and use them to influence the various powers of early 20th-century cities.
• Repeating firearms, with an emphasis on covering-fire and counter-shooting.
• A revised soak system, where some characters suffer panic, others suffer distress, and still others go into frenzied rage. Don't start trouble if you're not ready to see how it ends.
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Ben T September 21, 2016 11:17 pm UTC
Is the game cross compatible?
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Jason H September 21, 2016 11:54 pm UTC
It's not recommended to mix "medieval fantasy" with "20th-century urban noir", no. Though thanks to our backers' generous support, we will soon have available an occult book available, which you can read about on our Kickstarter site:
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Colin B September 29, 2016 3:27 pm UTC
*cough* Bloodshadows! *cough* :D
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