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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 183 reviews
Jan S
Great quickstart

Really great quickstart with some details You can dive into if You want. System is really AWESOME, I love it!
I recommend it wholeheartedly!

Nadja Lírio
Fantastic first trip into the Fairelands!

The quickstart guide is a wonderful first forray into the Fairelands and a great way to introduce people to Candela Obscura. Wonderful stuff, truly. The mechanics and setting are very clearly laid out, and I can't wait to put them to use.

Sabrina Paul
Easy to get into

It really is easy to read and understand, now I just need to find some players. I did already order the core rulebook and hopefully there will be much more content in the future.

Artturi Laitakari

I LOVE rules light aystems.
Rules should NOT interfere storytelling, and critical role is all about storytelling.

The setting is interesting and easy to grasp, that alone inspires many stories.

It just works.

Ryan Carrasco
Succinct and useful

Makes it easy to run a quick game

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