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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 219 reviews
Richard Hayward
Thanks to Spencer Starke!

I loved the game run by Spencer Starke. His delivery is so real and he remains present in the moment. I'm looking forward to more games run by this GM.

Awesome book!

Covered everything thoroughly and was fun to play!

Jackson M
Beautiful book, engaging system

The Illuminated Worlds System is easy to understand and this corebook provides an awesome onboarding point for anyone looking to dive into horror roleplaying. Psyched to start planning a game to run for my friends. I'll also say that the book iteslf is gorgeous: excellent layout, beautiful art.

Stacey Blouse
Love This Game

This is a fantastic game. I'm going to GM for the first time due to the ease of this game and the ability of the GM to make it their own. I love the idea of no initiative and making the game flow more smoothly. It just feels more natural. I would always get "lost" while engaging in a battle during other games because I was more interested in figuring out my move and not paying attention to what the rest of my group was doing. This keeps me more engaged. Just now watching the 2nd group of yours on YouTube. Definitely excited about this game, especially watching it with the "pros" playing it first. Has helped a lot with the mechanics. Absolutely Loved the First Circle with Matt at the helm!

Génesis Tostado

It is a great way to start or have a taste of what this system has to offer, and the one shot is a good way to not stay there but to continue with a campaign based on that one shot, makes me want to buy the core rulebook and get more insight on character building and roles

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