Player’s Guide, hardback rulebook for City of Mist
“Hit the rainy streets of an enigmatic metropolis as a modern-day legend in search for the truth. Investigate unsolved cases, uncover the stories of the city residents, and confront the hidden forces pulling the strings from beyond the veil of the Mist. Make hard calls about which aspect of your life to promote and which to neglect; then suffer the consequences. And when it all falls apart, stop holding back and become the unstoppable incarnation of your Mythos…
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.
Content Warning: contains graphic and written content of a mature nature, including crime, violence, and mild language.
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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