“[City of Mist] combines everything that’s great about Apocalypse World with everything that’s great about FATE... look at the art, and see why I want this beautiful game on my shelf."
-- James D'Amato, One Shot Podcast
City of Mist is a tabletop role-playing game about ordinary people in a modern city becoming incarnations of myths and legends. Inspired by the film noir and detective comic book genres, the game focuses on your crew’s search for answers in a city that seems to enshroud everything in false appearances as well as on the struggle between your character's normal life and the legend growing inside her.
This campaign will help fund the creation of the full City of Mist game. If you have tried out our free Starter Set, you know that the core gameplay, graphic design, and some beautiful artwork are already done and published. If you haven't, go ahead and take a look at what our team can do – download the Starter Set right now from our website or drivethruRPG .
With your support, my team and I will create a stunning 200-page book packed with cinematic locations, characters, dangers, resources, and mechanics as well as game accessories and supplements to help you make the most of City of Mist.
"The whole book is a work of art." -- RPG Now review of the Starter Set
“Amnesia Town”, KS-exclusive Case (PDF): In the sleepy suburbs of the City, scattered reports of a nightmarish skulker and a town-wide pandemic of forgetfulness bring about a one-shot opportunity to glimpse the work of the organization behind the Myst. Will the crew manage to take advantage of this golden chance and get some answers - or will it slip through their fingers like fog?
All tiers with physical rewards have a shipping cost attached to them covering basic shipping. When it’s time to ship your rewards, we will give you the option to choose other shipping methods, such as trackable or express shipping, at an additional cost (to be paid then).
This project is US, EU, and UK friendly: in packages where the value of a reward plus shipping exceeds FOB threshold and therefore may incur VAT and additional taxes, we will send the package from within your economic region to prevent such costs.
The estimated delivery date is for the City of Mist core book. Other rewards may be delivered earlier or later. Specifically, the Starter Set, including the rulebook and character folios, is estimated to be delivered in January 2017.
You can add additional items to your pledge level by choosing the items you would like and following the instructions below to increase you pledge.
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- Click Continue and then Confirm.
- After the Kickstarter you will receive a BackerKit survey asking you how you would like to assign your extra pledge to add-ons.
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“Stories. We’re all just stories, striving to become real.” -- Flicker, pregen character
Over 10 years ago, I wrote a modern retelling of the Irish myth of CuChulainn. While it was never published, it did inspire a role-playing campaign about a city where everyone was a legend but had forgotten about what they were... except for those few who had awakened. The setting has since gone through many campaigns and variations, and now I’m excited to share with you the game that evolved from that premise: City of Mist.
City of Mist is a game about ordinary, modern people who discover legendary powers within themselves and all around them. As Gateways to a mysterious legendary force – a Mythos – your characters are driven to investigate strange Cases and unsolved mysteries. All the while they are searching for answers to their own questions and trying to keep their personal lives together as their Mythos calls them to break free and give in to its enigmatic power. But there is a mysterious force at work in the City that hides all that is legendary and makes it look mundane – the Myst – as well as a plethora of other awakened legends with their own agendas, working against you. Will you manage to uncover the truth? Will you survive the inner battle of legendary and ordinary - and at what cost? Will your Crew stay together or will your personal goals tear you apart?
From a plumber in whom a mythological primordial lizard resides to a hipster girl with a mercurial ability to bend time, space, and information, City of Mist is rife with legends awakening inside average Janes and Joes. Create your own legend in modern guise, gather your ragtag Crew of conflicted and yet hopeful Gateways, and venture into the dark streets of this strange metropolis to tackle other incarnated Mythoi and to find your answers – or lose everything you hold dear in the attempt.
“I ran the game for a group of 4 this weekend and we all absolutely loved it. It was my first PbtA game, so I didn't really know what I was getting into, but I had a lot of fun. Some of the players knew PbtA already, and they said it was the best version of the game they ever played. “ -- Paul Kießhauer, Starter Set player
“I love how using the tags makes you play your character and playing your character makes you use your tags.” -- Playtester
City of Mist runs on Roll+Tags, a unique narrative engine which puts cinematics at the center and is extremely easy to pick up, even for those new to role-playing games. It is a medley of Apocalypse World (so it’s Powered by the Apocalypse or PbtA) and a tag-centric system akin to Lady Blackbird or FATE.
Characters are made purely out of tags, giving you absolute freedom in crafting your legend’s abilities, personality, resources, and weaknesses (no more squeezing your character into an existing set of archetypal powers!). Similarly, Status Spectrums allow you to create any condition on the fly simply by naming it and yet ensure every condition has a meaningful impact on the game. (My favourites during playtests were Off-her-game-3 and Memory-wipe-5)
City of Mist is built to help you create all the tropes of comic book noir stories. If you liked comic books like Fables or shows like Netflix’s Daredevil and Jessica Jones, you’re going to have a lot of fun with moves like Investigate, Make A Hard Choice and Stop. Holding. Back. which capture the gritty, mysterious, and yet fantastical essence of such stories.
City of Mist also features a special non-linear character evolution system where you can evolve or lose your character themes based on whether your actions are aligned with their Mysteries and Identities, the underlining question or affirmation of each theme. This guarantees a compelling story of life-altering choices and sacrifices that will gradually lead your character to discover the answer to the ultimate question: "who am I?”
There are plenty of additional rules to make your game rich and dynamic - pick up the free Starter Set to learn more.
The Starter Set character folios contain seven awesome pre-generated characters to get you quickly into City of Mist: Salamander, Excalibur, Mitosis, Post-Mortem, Declan L'Estrange, Flicker, and Kitsune. You can get a preview of the characters by downloading the Starter Set.
I love running a game with the Starter Set character folios (also known as playbooks)! Not only are they beautifully illustrated and designed, but they are also handy and easy to use, containing just the right amount of info needed to get players into the game. The back of each folio can be opened into a poster of the character.
Anyone backing the project at the $60 level or above (not including retailer tiers) will get a set of 7 folios as well as the Starter Set rulebook delivered to them shortly after the Kickstarter campaign is over (estimated January '17).
The folios are printed on A3 matte laminated premium chrome paper and fold in the middle so you can hold them like a screen or laptop, showing the top half of the poster to your buddies at the table while having your tags laid out easily in front of you. You can even write on these playbooks, using a permanent (not erasable, this is not a mistake) marker and then remove it with tissue paper and a little alcohol or simply with an eraser (we tested this). This is a feature of the lamination on the sheets.
Themebooks are the basis of City of Mist's unique character creation system.
To create your character, you choose four themebooks. Each themebook contains questions that guide you in creating your theme, including your power tags, weakness tags, Identity/Mystery and special moves.
Themebooks are divided between legendary themes, describing your Mythos, and ordinary themes, describing your normal life. You can mix & match themebooks to create any imaginable character:
Similarly to the character folios, the 14 printed themebooks will be printed on A4 matte laminated premium chrome paper. This deck of individual sheets will make it easier to build characters by mixing and matching the themebooks you want, especially when creating characters in a group.
Theme cards are City of Mists character sheets! As you answer the questions in your chosen themebooks, you write the answers on a set of four double-sided theme cards, each representing a final theme of your character. Theme cards have Mythos and Logos versions. Themebook-specific Theme Cards have been unlocked:
NEXT GOAL $115K CAMPAIGN BOOK: “Suits Unveiled” and “Don’t Believe The Truth” sourcebooks will join a third sourcebook “Overlooked Attractions” (and “The Riot” sourcebook if unlocked via the social Acheivements) to form a full-length campaign book containing everything you need to run countless games in City of Mist. This book will be available for purchase in print. “Overlooked Attractions” Sourcebook: a 50-page sourcebook describing the secret locations in City of Mist and their residents. From the smoky bars and illegal fight clubs of the industrial district, through park glades with standing stones sacred to hippie cults, and down to the maximum-security research facilities of Helix Labs, this book will pack a combined “bestiary” and locations guide that will save you prep time and provide ample inspiration for creating your own City of Mist cases.
$130K ART BOOST! Marcin will illustrate a truck load of additional art for the core book, including new street-level characters, elusive city locations, and dramatic scenes that will make the core book a living Gateway into City of Mist. Just open it and dive in!
UNLOCKED $16K: Case #1: “Brittle Silence” PDF: Following the cold trail left in the wake of V is for going Viral (the free Starter Set sample case), the crew digs into the operation of a mysterious businessman named Cabal, who seems to be collecting ancient artifacts with the help of an exceptionally stealthy young mom forced to cooperate. Will the crew manage to help her and thwart Cabal’s scheme?
UNLOCKED $19K: Themebook-specific Theme Cards PDF: Besides short questions that help you build your character (see here and above), each themebook has its own moves. Themebook-specific Theme Cards are 14 types of cards, one for each Themebook, each with moves laid out on the back for quick reference and in-game improvements:
UNLOCKED $24K: Case #2: “Nights of the Red Label”: The crew find their favorite blue-collar neighborhood strong-armed into serving an unexpected self-proclaimed ‘king’. Will they be able to stand up to the invader with the help of a bizarre street gang and a hypnotic flute-wielding politician? Or will they too succumb to the will of this new crime-lord once he exposes his ultimate scheme?
UNLOCKED $30K: Full Spread Chapter Covers! Every chapter in the core book will open with a full spread (two pages) dramatic cover illustration by the one and only Marcin Soboń! Marcin illustrated all the characters and scenes you see in the City of Mist Starter Set. You can catch more of his work on Behance.
UNLOCKED $35K: Custom City of Mist Dice! If we reach this level, every backer who chose the Full Package (or a level that includes it) will receive a pair of D6s, one styled as Mythos and one as Logos (or both in the same style, at your choice). The mockups are coming soon.
UNLOCKED $40K: Case #3: “The Furnace": Rosina Leckermaul was an upbeat granny and a gifted confectioner, at least according to her grandson, Hans. Now she sits at her kitchen staring at the window all day. Scattered reports of people losing their spark of life all over the city may not be much to go on, but when the crew hears of a new designer drug being sold exclusively to ‘extraordinary individuals’, it’s time to hit the streets.
UNLOCKED $45K: “Suits Unveiled” Sourcebook: A 30-page sourcebook about the Gatekeepers, the ancient bureaucratic organization responsible for the Myst and its protection. Complete with history & background, key figures, sample Dangers of Gatekeeper agents and modern-day mystics, and custom Myst-related moves, this book will contain everything you need to create games centered on the City’s most inscrutable agency.
UNLOCKED $50K: Theme Card Deck! If we reach this level, every backer who chose the Full Package (or a level that includes it) will receive a 50-card deck of theme cards, City of Mist’s version of character sheets. Each deck includes 3 cards of each of the 14 theme-specific theme cards, 4 blank Mythos theme cards, and 4 blank Logos theme cards.
UNLOCKED 1000 Backers: Case #4: “Hunger”: As the crew begins to uncover evidence of a greater operation clawing at the City, a new case crops up that at first seems saddening but hardly mysterious. Alleged kidnappings, police corruption, and claims of corporate involvement all whirl in a vortex around an unassuming middle-aged ex-cop. Will he lead the crew astray? Will he help them reveal the hidden operation? Or will he lead them to more truth than they can handle?
UNLOCKED $57K: Comic Strips in Core Book: The core book will include at least four full-page comic strips written by Amít and illustrated by Marcin. These beautiful full-color strips will reveal and visualize key aspects of the City of Mist setting and game. Instant immersion guaranteed!
UNLOCKED $65K: “Don’t Believe The Truth” Sourcebook: a 30-page sourcebook about the Truth, the inner circle of the City’s most powerful avatars, dedicated to maintaining the status quo while secretly promoting their own individual agendas. The book will describe at least five of the City’s major Mythoi and their avatars, operations, secret locations, and henchmen, as well as their tenuous relationship with one another and the resources they dedicate to the Truth’s agenda.
UNLOCKED $75K Location Maps: if we reach this level, every backer who chose the Full Package (or a tier that includes it) will receive 10 printed A3-sized maps of common City of Mist locations for your cinematic combat and action scenes, such as the Back Alley, the Subway Station, the Office Complex, the Secret Lab, the Sewers, etc.
UNLOCKED $85K: Case Double-Bill:
Case #5: “Carnival of Machines”: It seems this time the crew has really done it, and someone want to take them out, for good. Operating out of the shadows of the old amusement park, a dedicated mastermind has constructed an elaborate trap that will wipe out not just the portagonists, but perhaps every Gateway in the City!
Case #6: “The Alchemist”: Who is behind all this? Who is pulling the strings in this City? Cabal, Rosina Leckermaul, the ‘king’, the ex-cop. Everything is connected. If the crew survived the Carnival of Machines, they will have discovered enough to go after the man in the night. But as with all alchemists, confronting him may change what makes them who they are.
UNLOCKED $100K DECK OF LEGENDS! We will create a deck of 25 cards depicting individual Dangers (NPCs, threats, or villians) for you to use in your City of Mist stories, each with his or her own story, moves, and unique artwork. This quick reference deck will be available as a PDF for everyone who gets “All the PDFs” and will also be available for purchase in print. Complete enough social Achievements and we’ll double the deck to 50 cards!
Achievements with your content (dress-up, actual play, Declan L’Estrange recording, landmark pic, new character): post your content on Facebook/Google+/Twitter/Instagram or other major social network metioning City of Mist and make a comment on this page with a link to your post. Share your post in your groups and communities to get more people involved!
- Dress up as one of the characters: Take a picture of yourself dressed up as Salamander, Excalibur, Mitosis, Post-Mortem, Declan L’Estrange, Flicker, or Kitsune.
- Record monologue as Declan L’Estrange: Record your talking about the City as the hard-boiled antiques dealer / detective (like the script for our kickstarter video voice over or this guy)
Jimi Goodwin public shoutout!
The Doves’ mesmerizing and heartfelt music has been the main musical inspiration for City of Mist throughout the creation of this setting. If the Doves’ frontman Jimi Goodwin mentions City of Mist in a public post, I will personally explode with excitement and bump up the total achiements by 10!
Share walkthrough with community
We recently published this walkthrough and got a great response from people. Share it with a group we haven't shared it with yet, whether on FB / G+ / Twitter or any online forum or local game store group. Mention City of Mist or post a link to your share in the comments so we know about it!
Here is the URL: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1oH2m4NyqTVqPCs3FGgGfZcAiyJyjdD5dRyX3vJPg-KU/edit?usp=sharing
City of Mist has featured in a number of blogs, podcasts, and channels, including:
- The RPG Academy (Podcast interview)
- The Gauntlet Podcast (Podcast discussion)
- Up to 4 Players (Podcast interview)
- Roll for Your Fate (YouTube channel review)
- Thoughy (Blog interview)
- Obskures (German Blog interview)
- SFF Planet (Blog article)
- Game Rustlers (Blog review)
Here is some feedback we got from fans of the game:
"Every inch of this game oozes style and polish."
"The freaking gorgeous art and layout got me reading. I've since read more, watched Amit Moshe's videos describing the game, and downloaded the free starter set... and I am totally freaking hooked. I'm not sure when I've been this psyched about a KS project... all I can say is that right now I want to set all my other games on fire so that I can just focus on playing this."
"I admit I bought into this project because of the the jaw droppingly beautiful art. I have been burnt on more than one occasion doing this, but have been tremendously impressed by the game behind the pretty cover. Top marks to all aspects of this game!"
ONE SHOT PODCAST played a session of City of Mist and its soooo good - go ahead and listen to it now!
Celebrity Noam, who is also an avid gamer, was kind enough to produce a live play teaser video for the game, where we played "The Furnace" (one of the unlocked stretch goals!) with friends. This teaser does not contain any significant spoilers. Check it out:
You can also check out several other actual play sessions on our YouTube channel, just be aware that some of them do contain spoilers, e.g. for 'Demons of Cross End', our Halloween Special Case and the Starter Set case 'V is for Going Viral'.
More actual play sessions:
- The Wandering Gamer Network: Part I - Recommended!
- The Gauntlet podcast's Lowell Francis: Part I | Part II
- Encounter Roleplay
- Out of Character: Part I
- Thirteen Elephants
Son of Oak Game Studio is an indie group of game lovers from all over the world, who joined forces to bring you City of Mist:
- Amít Moshe, creator, game designer, and producer
- Marcin Soboń, illustrator
- Manuel Serra, graphic designer
- Juancho Capic, graphic designer
- Eran Aviram, editor (aka Eran from Up to 4 Players)
- Yaniv (Neev) Rozenblat, community and inspiration
My deepest thanks go out to:
- All the playtesters and the Starter Set players who have contributed so much to the game
- Saar Shai and Alicia Zur-Szpiro, my great Kickstarter masters, who brought you games like King Down, the Agents, and the Agents Return. Also, Nimrod Back for all the good advice throughout.
- Nir Herman for creating our incredible video!
- The unbeatable Son of Oak team! You are the best!
Thank you for supporting City of Mist!
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Risks and challenges
I have been running the Son of Oak operation for over a year now, during which we have created a beautiful and critically-acclaimed Starter Set downloaded and played by thousands. The core game is finished and playtested, the art direction is clear, and the design style and layout are ready (although we may decide to enhance them even further). From this point on, we will focus on fleshing out the game, its content, and the art, to produce an awesome gamebook as well as expansions and accessories.
As can be seen on our social media channels, I have been in direct contact with playtesters and Starter Set players and will continue to do so during the upcoming development stage, sharing our progress and involving you all in the process of making City of Mist.
In regards to the Kickstarter campaign, I am lucky to have friends who ran successful Kickstarters and who have helped me build and manage this campaign. Specifically, I have teamed up with Saar Shai and Alicia Zur-Szpiro, veteran Kickstarter creators from whom I have learned a great deal.
Working on City of Mist has been hard and yet incredibly gratifying. I look forward to dedicating my time in the months ahead to the development of the full book and, along with the team, putting all of our combined creativity and passion into making a superb game.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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