jait
 member, 445 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 10:05
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?

I have a story/game idea, involving a murder mystery in a modern urban fantasy environment.  PCs would be human or low-powered supernatural types  so "gifted" humans... (but definitely not full-on monsters).  The story would have some heavy involvement with the fae, though what that means is wide open to interpretation and how it might be modeled by the system.  The story is likely to end up being a pretty strong investigative procedural.

I'm real familiar with Dresden Files classic & Dresden Files Accelerated, but I'm wondering if there are other game-systems that might be worth exploring for this.

Any recommendations?
penne
 member, 16 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 15:04
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
If you want to check out PBTA, there's Urban/Modern/Fantasy, which is a toolkit for the Dungeon World mechanics.
Retias
 member, 220 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 15:57
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
World of Darkness/Chronicles of Darkness might also be a possibility, with Changeling the Lost.
evileeyore
 member, 488 posts
 GURPS GM and Player
 Joined August 2015
Sat 1 May 2021
at 16:38
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
GURPS handles everything in varying degrees of 'excellently' to 'adequately', depending on the group's tolerances and the setting switches the GM employs.
PaulK
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Sat 1 May 2021
at 18:11
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
Monster of the Week (a PBtA game) is more aimed at things like Buffy and Supernatural, but the range of character types fits well.  And I donít think itís that far off.  Worth consideration , I think.
Shengami
 member, 200 posts
 Freeformin it...
 Mechanics are for monkeys
Sat 1 May 2021
at 18:41
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
Nothing wrong with Chaosium. Either BRPS or CoC could serve well enough or even Strombringer if you are felling salty. There was also a tiny game released by Dreampod9 back when called Tribe8 that might work here as well!
Alcuin
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 RPGing since 1974
Sat 1 May 2021
at 19:43
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
You could do worse than choose Esoteric Enterprises as your game engine.  I'm currently playing in such a setting and enjoying it immensely.
jait
 member, 446 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 21:04
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
All right, thanks for the suggestions.  Most of them I'm already familiar with (and I'm using a lot of the metagame set-up from Changeling: the Lost!)  I'm going to check out PBTA, as I haven't had any experience with that system yet...
ThreeOfCups
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Sat 1 May 2021
at 21:26
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
In reply to jait (msg # 8):

If you are looking at PtbA systems, especially for a murder mystery, it would also be worth checking out City of Mist. Though the players may be more "supernatural" focused, as they have some aspect of a mythology in their soul, it is designed for the noir, urban fantasy mystery game.
steelsmiter
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Sat 1 May 2021
at 21:46
Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
If you're familiar with the Dragon AGE RPG... which I'm not sure whether you should be but your username looks familiar enough that I might have had you in one of my games--they later made both Fantasy AGE  and Modern AGE. If you settle on Modern AGE I'm in.

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Sith_Happens
 member, 45 posts
Sat 1 May 2021
at 23:25
Re: Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
Retias:
World of Darkness/Chronicles of Darkness might also be a possibility, with Changeling the Lost.

The basic CofD book is much more useful than C:TL for playing (mostly-)normal humans if you have to choose one (if you donít then go nuts).
jait
 member, 447 posts
Sun 2 May 2021
at 00:53
Re: Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
City of Mist looks glorious!  I want a physical copy but damned it's expensive.

ModernAGE looks like it's easy to grasp and likely a good bet to get up and going really quickly.

Thanks for all the suggestions.
jamat
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Sun 2 May 2021
at 02:29
Re: Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
I will suggest liminal a fantastic modern urban fantasy setting based in Britain
Gaffer
 member, 1677 posts
 Ocoee FL
 45 yrs of RPGs
Sun 2 May 2021
at 13:03
Re: Modern Urban Fantasy systems?
City of Mist looks tremendous. I'm keen on playing.