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Candela Obscura Core Rulebook - Limited Edition

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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 Limited Edition features an exclusive faux leather cover design, debossed and filled with metallic ink, by John Harper. Enclosed 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

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: 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:  John Harper
  • Artist / Ancient Languages / Spell Design: Stevie Morley
  • Original Concept Created By: Taliesin Jaffe and Chris Lockey

Customer Reviews

Based on 69 reviews
John Baker
Candela Obscura Limited Edition

So far, the beauty of the book itself has made it my favorite book in my collection. I'm about halfway through it and plan to start up a campaign with some friends when I can find the time

Spencer M.
An Excellent Piece

Dearest Darington, and concerned viewers:

I am deeply appreciative of the comprehensive guide and considered analysis of the Candela Obscura. I can heartily appreciate the streamlined design and ease of narration, alongside stunning art and intriguing lore. My circle will undoubtedly utilize this information in the coming months.

Much Obliged,
Sextant Moor

Ace Greymoore

Fast shipping, gorgeous cover, it has everything I was hoping it would snd more

David Pringle

Enjoy it , and very helpful

Excellent Quality

If you downloaded the QuickStart guide or watched the Actual Plays from Critical Role, you know what to expect from the rules and if this is a game you or your table will enjoy. It’s well written, the art is beautiful and evocative of the tone of the game.

What impressed me most is the sheer quality of the book itself. I got the limited edition cover. The cover is amazing, the paper is thicker and higher quality than most TTRPG books. It’s a little smaller than the standard letter sized D&D books, but larger than the 6x9 of other TTRPG books. It’s more in line with the hardback graphic novels. It also ships in a box that was designed to hold the book.

Similar to the Tal'dorei Reborn Campaign Guide, Darrington Press has knocked it out of the park with quality, and Candela Obscura books seems like it is even better made.

It’s worth buying just for the eye candy to sit on your TTRPG self.

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