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City of Mist: All-Seeing Eye Investigations Starter Set
by A customer [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/09/2019 10:30:17

City of Mist is a game that oozes flavor and has the flexibility to satisfy most player palletes. I've found that the starter set does a great job explaining the system mechanics with my appreciattion going to the point-by-point explanation of the character sheet and the sample playthrough to help explain how a typical session might go.

I will say it is a bit odd that there is one pdf file that has the MC (Master of Ceremonies - this iteration of a Game Master) portion added onto the Player portion, almost as if you had two seperate pdfs which are literally stacked on top of each other. Even so, the MC guide has a wealth of information and tips on how to understand and run the system.

One particular ssue has prevented me from giving a full five star review, that unlike the original starter set, there are no print friendly versions of the character sheets provided in the pdf. To print one for player use, printing the full page renders most of the mechanical power tag text quite hard to read, and the amount of pdf manipulating to print the provided sheets into two landscape sheets is currently out of my scope of skill. I would encourage an update where players could have the option to print a more printer friendly copy of the sheets.

To players looking to create their own personal Rifts (player characters) you won't find that information here. That is exclusive to the corebooks, and it doesn't like the company plans on releasing that information officially. Personally, I wish character creation was available freely given the setting and mechanics of the core game are enough to justify the core books value on their own, but it is tediously difficult to walk my online players through character creation.



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City of Mist: All-Seeing Eye Investigations Starter Set
by Markus R. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/06/2019 12:28:39

With this set you get the perfect introduction into the system in an easy to read way. All rules for playing the characters(rifts) whose live changed as they become the gateway for a legendary power are included (also the first improvements) - character creation and full character development not included. Those legendary powers are gods, creatures of myth but also general principles given a personality or protagonists of stories made up.

The pre-generated characters are interesting and form a crew - the all seeing eye investigation - and fit perfectly to the first case "shark tank". The character sheets include a nice graphical overview on how to make tests as well as some examples how to apply tags (character aspects). But keep on mind those are only examples to get you started - and far from what you can do with that system.

Included characters are:

  • Detective Enkidu - a hard boiled detective struggling with her wild site.
  • Tlaloc - a dealer with the powers of an god of rain and lightening
  • Lilly Chow - a runaway punk with a green magical giant as an unusual big brother
  • Job - a believer on the crusade for justice
  • Baku - martial artist and eater of nightmares

The Players Part includes an short introduction to The City that is influenced by Rifts and fully evolved Avatars trying to achieve their goals. The eight core moves (actions) are explained that drive the story always forward and prevent stagnation (known from other games Powered by the Apocalypse). A handy one page summery included. Progress and Influences are tracked with Status Cards (templates for printing included). Played scenes are connected by a Montage(Downtime) move that lets you do something with the time in-between. The most interesting part might be the Stop.Holding.Back move - You express your powers in completely new ways and the sky is the limit and what you are willing to sacrifice. Character development is not linear and expresses the ever changing back and forth of of your mundane life and the myth inside you. Make your hard decisions and see it fade and crack or embrace it by giving attention to it to even further develop it.

You also get the case „Shark Tank“ a first introduction adventure with guidance for the MC/GM to guide the group and how to apply the rules - learning it step by step.

If you are intimidated by the main books - take a look here first to learn the game.

Background Information: I know City of Mist from its first Kickstarter for the Core Book (which now got updated and split into the Players Guide und MC Toolkit [for the GM]). The All-Seeing Eye Investigations Starter Set improved version of the original Starter Set (which than got updated to Quick Start Rules [now containing also the two cases ])



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City of Mist Starter Set Rulesbook
by Cold C. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 04/05/2018 16:59:59

I hate abstract, storytelling Rpg's. But I like this, and what's more I like it because it's abstract. Most abstracts I've seen seem to have no rules that I can comprehend. With this one I see function, and actually want to try out the game mechanics. A neme your own power mechanic which actually seems hard to abuse! I'm kinda fascinated with this.



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City of Mist First Case: V is for Going Viral
by Yiftach G. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 02/15/2018 08:17:27

As all City of Mist products thus far, this one also is great!



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City of Mist Starter Set Rulesbook
by Carl A. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 06/22/2017 22:58:38

Well seeing that this website wont let me give a rating, I'll just write a review for it. I already have brought this book and literally at my time with it, I can't seem to put it down but also can't wait to get to play this soon when the core book becomes available. I have already pre-order this and I will say I like this really well and sorry I can't give a concrete review yet. Once I'm fully understand the rules better, I will come back to give a different review. So if you like this much, don't hesitate to pay for it and help them get known out there.



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City of Mist Starter Set Rulesbook
by Ido T. [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 10/30/2016 10:57:12

Played this with the creator in a Con. Amazing game. Starter set looks amazing - makes me want to just grab the box and play through it



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City of Mist Starter Set Rulesbook
by A customer [Verified Purchaser] Date Added: 09/09/2016 09:02:17

Having spent some time reading both the starter book and the supplementary materials (the playbooks, for instance), I have found this to be a thouroughly enjoyable read, both mechanically and thematically. The idea that the 'magic' of the setting comes from stories, ideas, concepts, dreams and fears trying to enter the real world and to be is extremely interesting, especially from the point of view of the Master of Ceremoneies (GM). I've already got some ideass cooking away for using that in the game that I plan to run soon.

The characters detailed in teh book are interesting, the art and layout exceptionally clean and fitting for the tone of the thing and in general the whole book is a work of art. The integration and editing of the Apocalypse World system is well done and understandable, with the only real bit of ambiguity for me being Statuses and 'narrative damage', although i suspect that this is largely due to teh fact that I've only come across teh concept here and in Nobilis, a marvellous RPG with a bent for the philosophical and hard-to-understand.

I look forward to seeing more on this project.



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