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City of Mist: Quick Start Rules


The free, updated, and improved City of Mist: Quick Start Rules set replaces the original 2016 award-winning City of Mist Starter Set.

Get the updated Quick Start rulebook, including:

  • 7 beautifully illustrated character playbooks of the pregens that started it all, updated to include helpful tag combos

  • 2 sample cases: 'V is for Going Viral' and 'Demons in Cross End', re-written and updated to allow for better gameplay

  • all the extras you need to start playing: Player and MC Moves Sheets, Crew Themes, and Tracking Cards.

Hit the streets of City of Mist with the Core Books bundle including the Player's Guide and 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.

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Seth W January 22, 2021 7:28 pm UTC
I can't extract the files--I'm getting an error that says "0x80070057: The parameter is incorrect."

EDIT - looks like it's only affecting the sample cases. What I'm turning up on Google is that it doesn't like the colons in the filenames; however, I can't modify the filenames in the ZIP file, so I'm unable to fix it.
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Omer S February 01, 2021 7:28 am UTC
Hi Seth,

I've tested the download files and everything seems to be working fine. Please try redownloading but if that doesn't help you, you're more than welcome to contact us at for further assistance.

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Markus R November 17, 2019 9:38 am UTC
What you get with this free download is the updated and expaned starter set from 2016 - a rules booklet in the layout of the full books (which was not the case before). The same is true for the two cases "V is for going viral" and "Demons in Cross End". Both are now updated to the ice berg case stucture. And have the improved write ups for dangers (e.g. NPCs [non-player characters]). Even so it is not as detailed as the All Seeing Eye Starter Kit [] it give you an good introduction to the world and system and provides you not only with the original seven pregenerated player characters (fully illustrated and also printer-friendly versions) but also a screenfillable character sheet, the cheat sheets for the moves (basic rules) of the game for eiter players or MC (aka game master) but also four crew themes to choose from and tracking cards for the play. If you havn't looked -...See more
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