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Candela Obscura Core Rulebook

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All purchases of the Candela Obscura Core Rulebook from Critical Role shops include a PDF version.

Investigators, ready yourselves. Candela Obscura needs you! 

The Candela Obscura Core Rulebook is a fully detailed guide on playing and gamemastering the collaborative investigative horror tabletop roleplaying game. As an investigator of the paranormal secret society Candela Obscura, you and your circle are charged with exploring, fighting, and protecting the people of Newfaire from supernatural dangers lurking in the folds of a bustling world unaware of the occult magick simmering beneath. Candela Obscura is the very first game to use the Illuminated Worlds System as well as the first full RPG from Darrington Press, as featured in the ongoing anthology series on Critical Role.

Inside of the Candela Obscura Core Rulebook you’ll discover:

  • 204 detailed pages, with a satin ribbon to keep your place.
  • The core rules to play and create your Candela Obscura investigators and their circles.
  • Over 90 pages detailing the turn of the century-inspired setting of the Fairelands, and in detail the city of Newfaire and the ancient ruins beneath known as Oldfaire.
  • 4 full example assignments for gamemasters to dive in with their players.
  • Over 30 example assignments to explore far-flung corners of the Fairelands and the organizations and people operating within it.
  • An extensive guide to preparing for and gamemastering Candela Obscura.
  • Immersive, in-world ephemera and notes strewn throughout the chapters—illustrations, sketches, research notes, correspondences, advertisements, maps, and more to bring the Fairelands to life.
Now is your time to accept the call of Candela Obscura! Ready your dice and accessories and get ready to play!

For more information on the game and links to videos of gameplay and resources, visit darringtonpress.com/candela.

Full Credits: 

  • Lead Game Design: Spenser Starke and Rowan Hall
  • Written By: Rowan Hall and Spenser Starke
  • Editor: Karen Twelves
  • Managing Editor: Matthew Key
  • Production: Ivan Van Norman and Alex Uboldi
  • Proofreading: Jacky Leung
  • Additional Game Design: Christopher Grey, Tracey Harrison, and Taliesin Jaffe
  • Layout: De La Rosa Design
  • Cultural Consultants: Basheer Ghouse, Pam Punzalan, Erin Roberts, Christine Sandquist, Liam Stevens
  • Military & Political Consultant: Anthony Joyce-Rivera
  • Game Development Consultant: Mike Underwood
  • Additional Editing: Jared Deiro, Darcy Ross
  • Additional Writing: Carlos Cisco, Tracey Harrison, Anthony Joyce-Rivera, Sam Maggs, Mike Underwood
  • Graphic Design: Aaron Monroy, Bryan Weiss
  • Artists: Shaun Ellis, Jamie Harrison, Allie Irwin, Amelia Leonards, Lily McDonnell, Justin O’Neal, Sunga Park, Gustavo Rodrigues Pelissari, Doug Telford
  • Map Design: Marc Moureau
  • Cover Artist: De La Rosa Design 
  • Artist / Ancient Languages / Spell Design: Stevie Morley
  • Original Concept Created By: Taliesin Jaffe and Chris Lockey

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Eric

Beautiful, now I just need to find some people to play with.

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I.L.
Great quality

Book has great quality and art design. Can't wait to run a campaign!

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Maria Henderson-Puliafico
Gorgeous!

Have only had a few hours with the book itself and already have so many ideas! The art, the lore, the mechanics all seem like they will lend to a great give and take around the table.

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Amanda

A beautifully constructed book. Cool art and lots of lore to dig through

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Neil Byrne
A wonderful dark world of Victoriana magic

I've not actually finished reading this book yet cause stupid work getting in the way of fun, but I've been sneaking off work to finish it faster! I'm loving this game so much. The world is amazing. Dark and filled with lethal, hidden magic. The classes are so fun, each with unique skills and I'm loving the mechanics. I greatly prefer dice pools to d20 and I love the drive mechanic to help you push your character to push fate. I can't wait to play this as either player or GM. My only critism would be the packing when the book was shipped. I used a knife to gently cut through the tape but the book was actually pressed directly against the packaging mean I ended up marking what is a beautiful book