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City of Mist: Player's Guide

City of Mist: Player's Guide

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The Player's Guide includes everything essential for players of City of Mist, both old and new - an introduction to the setting, tools for creating unique modern fantasy characters, the complete cinematic game rules, and a dramatic character development system.

What's in this book:

  • Chapter 1: The Lowdown has the inside scoop on the life of a Rift (a Player Character) and the process of awakening to the legend within you, with an introduction to setting of “the City”.
  • Chapter 2: Who Are You? is a guide to the Exposition Session, in which you and your group create your City of Mist series. It includes the complete character creation system using 14 mix-and-match themebooks (questionnaires), quick character creation options, a system of crew relationships, sample crew themes, and the crew themebook.
  • Chapter 3: Working the Case explains the game's cinematic rules system, focusing on the eight core moves, the four cinematic moves (Voiceover Monologue, Flashback, Montage, and Geek Out During Credits) and providing ample optional rules to customize your game.
  • Chapter 4: Moments of Truth describes the game’s signature non-linear character development system which drives your character to explore the Mystery of your Mythos and go through dramatic moments of transformation, such as loss of a loved one or gaining new powers.

This product is featured in the Core Books bundle alongside the MC Toolkit

City of Mist is a role-playing game of film-noir investigation and super-powered action. It is set in a modern metropolis rife with crime, conspiracies, and mysteries. The protagonists are Rifts, ordinary people who became the living embodiment of a legend, their Mythos. While your Rifts may seek to strike a balance between the mysterious nature of their Mythos and their mortal aspirations, the powers within them always threaten to tear their lives apart. They have unwittingly become a part of a secret world of clashing stories, and soon other legends will come looking for them with demands.

City of Mist is based on the story-driven Apocalypse Engine, but it takes a step further into narrative gaming by introducing several new features:

  • Rich character motivations built around compelling Mysteries and Identities. Follow your characters’ themes to gain their benefits and evolve them or go against them to discover new aspects with a unique non-linear character evolution system.

  • Know no limits for powers, abilities, traits, gear, or allies. Everything in City of Mist is described by free text tags, so you can create exactly the character you want.

  • Full-on narrative engine, with an edge. Every action you take in the game is based on the interpretation of your tags, using moves to deliver dramatic outcomes that drive the story forward.

  • Status spectrums, a new system of ‘narrative damage’. You can use descriptors to create any imaginable setback or advantage so that every action in the fiction, in and out of combat, can have lasting gameplay implications.


FAQ

Do I need both books (Player’s Guide + MC Toolkit) to run the game?
You only need the Player’s Guide to run the game, as basic MC rules are included in the free Starter Set. The MC Toolkit provides resources for MCs who want to create and run their own cases and series, such as case-writing guide and a bestiary, as well as narration tips and MC move guidelines, but it is not required to run the game.

Why did you split the original Core Book into two books?

The original Core Book was simply too big and as a result both daunting for new players and unwieldy. We wanted to make City of Mist more accessible to everyone by releasing the core rules in one volume and the resources for MCs in another.

If I have the original Core Book, do I need the new books? What am I missing if I don’t get them?

The new books contain exactly the same content as the original Core Book, with the following exceptions:
  • The MC Toolkit contains a full ready-to-play case, Gambling With Death, that is only presented as an outline example in the original Core Book.
  • The new books have the Yellow Pages - summary and reference pages at the start of every chapter.
  • The content in the new books is arranged differently, with setting materials moved mostly to the MC Toolkit and the Core Moves appearing before Game Resources in the rules chapter.
  • The new books contain some corrections to errors found in the original Core Book.
 
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Chad H February 21, 2019 5:16 pm UTC
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Chad H February 21, 2019 5:16 pm UTC
Could you enumerate some of the changes to this edition? The previous edition was one $25 book, so before I buy a new edition split across 2 $20 books I'd like to know what's new.
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Chris B February 21, 2019 6:46 pm UTC
The original Core Book was simply too big and as a result both daunting for new players and unwieldy. We wanted to make City of Mist more accessible to everyone by releasing the core rules in one volume and the resources for MCs in another. So you don't need to buy this if you have the original :-)
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Chad H February 21, 2019 6:59 pm UTC
Thanks for the quick response Chris!
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