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Candela Obscura Quickstart Guide

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You’re needed, investigators: join the secret society Candela Obscura to confront occult horrors from beyond, keeping hidden the true nature of magickal incursions besetting our world. 

This quickstart guide takes you on a journey through the new tabletop roleplaying game Candela Obscura as featured in the new monthly anthology series on Critical Role’s Twitch and YouTube channels! 

Get immersed in Candela Obscura’s turn-of-the-century inspired setting, learn about the secret society Candela Obscura and its rival factions, and take a spin through a sample assignment using pregenerated characters and the Illuminated Worlds System. Grab nine 6-sided dice (or pick up our gorgeous Candela Obscura Dice Set) and you’re ready to go.

The full Candela Obscura Core Rulebook will come out in late 2023, but start playing today with this free quickstart guide!

This download includes:

  • A primer to the world, people, and principles of Candela Obscura
  • Quickstart rules to the Illuminated Worlds System
  • An example assignment with advice for gamemasters 
  • NPCs and additional organizations to encounter and enhance play
  • A set of 5 pregenerated characters
  • A blank circle sheet
  • Field Guide reference sheets

Consider this your invitation, your initiation, to the secret order Candela Obscura.


  • Lead Game Design: Spenser Starke and Rowan Hall 
  • Written By: Rowan Hall and Spenser Starke
  • Additional Game Design: Christopher Grey, Tracey Harrison, and Taliesin Jaffe
  • Editor: Karen Twelves
  • Managing Editor: Matthew Key 
  • Production: Ivan Van Norman and Alex Uboldi
  • Artists: Shaun Ellis, Jamie Harrison, Amelia Leonards, Marc Moureau, Stevie Morley, Justin O’Neal, and Doug Telford
  • Layout: De La Rosa Design
  • Cultural Consultants: Basheer Ghouse, Christine Sandquist, Erin Roberts, Pam Punzalan, and Anthony Joyce-Rivera
  • Ancient Fairen Alphabet Design: Stevie Morley
  • Illuminated Worlds Game Design: Stras Acimovic and Layla Adelman
  • Original Concept Created By: Taliesen Jaffe and Chris Lockey 

Customer Reviews

Based on 188 reviews
Lindsey Hunt
Easy entry point to an outstanding game system

Candela Obscura is absolutely phenomenal, and this guide is an excellent entry point for players and GMs interested in exploring the Fairelands. CO has been all I've been able to think about for weeks!

Well done, beautiful artwork

Excited to run this with my friends. The art work is great and the rules make sense. I did find one typo in the book. If someone from CR wants to know where it's at, let me know and I'll try and find it again

Lizzie Oatley-Roberts

So I got this a few weeks ago because it’s something that I thought would be cool and OMG! I literally can’t wait to find a group to play it with! I even went and bought the core rule book last week when I got paid!

Dylan Hale
Love the mechanics and themes

As a long time dnd player (3rd, 3.5, and 5th mostly) and lover of minmaxing with story behind it, i have very much enjoyed how the illuminated worlds system blends the two so well

Great intro

The quick start guide was a great help to follow along with the YouTube videos while waiting for my physical copy of the full book to arrive. I loved all the detail and care put into the guide that matched so well with the actual book. Great job!

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