Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

Another RPG Bundle Offer - City of Mists

This is one I don't know at all, which seems to be trying to add mystical themes and powers to a comic-book noir setting.

This all-new City of Mist Bundle presents City of Mist, the comic-book epic-myth neo-noir detective RPG from Son of Oak Studio about ordinary people with legendary powers in a mystery-shrouded metropolis. In City of Mist, myths and legends are born into modern-day people. Hardboiled detectives and cunning mob lords hold the mythic powers of characters like Alice in Wonderland, the Monkey King, and Gilgamesh. This City is teeming with strange places infused with modern mythology, Mist-shrouded alleys lead to cavernous fairy halls. Legend-powered villains, crooks, and psychos like the Snow Queen, Jade Emperor, and Gingerbread Witch run rampant.

Your City of Mist character is a one-of-a-kind combination of a myth, legend, or fairy tale with a modern-day walk of life -- detective, vigilante, homemaker. Described using tags, your abilities, gear, and personality are completely unconstricted by fixed lists of classes, powers, or attributes. Whether you play a cynical private eye or a back-alley hero wannabe, it's up to you and your crew to unravel the mysteries and conspiracies hidden behind the Mist, a mystical veil that prevents the unwitting City residents from seeing legendary powers. Face off against other modern-day legends, even while you struggle to balance everyday life with the Mythos inside you.

Using a simple but powerful narrative system based on the Apocalypse Engine, and custom tag-based motivation and advancement rules, City of Mist combines the super-detective mood of Daredevil and Jessica Jones with mythic themes out of the Fables comics and Neil Gaiman's American Gods. The excellent City of Mist website has lots of background, free downloads, how-to-play videos, and reviews -- including a nice November 2020 video review by Bundle friend Dave Thaumavore.

By the way, this offer helps promote Son of Oak's forthcoming Kickstarter campaign for QUEERZ, their LGBTQ+-friendly superheroic RPG based on the City of Mist system. Sign up to get notified when the campaign launches.

This bargain-priced offer brings you .PDFs of the complete City of Mist Player's Guide and MC Toolkit core rulebooks (funded in a big August 2018 Kickstarter campaign), the All-Seeing Eye Investigations Starter Set (from a November 2019 Kickstarter), and many sourcebooks and cases -- everything you need for a complete urban fantasy campaign in the mean streets of this haunted city. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format), and each audio track in MP3 format. Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these files have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their devices.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's pandemic-related charity, Direct Relief. Direct Relief gets protective gear and critical care medications to health workers, with emergency deliveries to medical facilities across the US and to regional response agencies across the world.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer is US$163. Customers who pay just US$19.95 get all five titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $75) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the All-Seeing Eye Investigations Starter Set (retail price $15), the complete City of Mist Player's Guide and MC Toolkit rulebooks (retail $20 each), and the full-color Location Maps (retail $10) and MC Screen (retail $10).

Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $29.95 to start, also get our entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $88, including the player options expansion If Dreams Could Kill (retail $15); Don't Believe the Truth (retail $15), about the shadowy Council of Avatars who run the City; the three-case story arc The Personal Vein (retail $8 apiece) -- Broken Glass, Carnival of Machines, and Killing Her Softly; three City District mini-sourcebooks (retail $8 apiece) -- Independence, La Colonia de Sombras, and Tourist Trap; and the City of Mist Soundtrack.

I'm having a lot of internet trouble tonight (which is why there are no illustrations) and can't actually check this out properly - my impression is reasonable presentation and value for money, but I'm not sure that it has a lot to offer over other noir/fantasy/investigative systems and settings, and some of it - such as the generic city with no name - feels a little pretentious. It might be worth a look if you like this sort of thing.

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