Critical Role has introduced that Candela Obscura, a horror tabletop roleplaying game actual play series, will premiere Might 25. A gaggle of actors shall be improvising tales and characters within the new month-to-month drama, which follows an esoteric order of investigators within the fictional city of Newfaire in a near-universe 1907. They’ll play utilizing Darrington Press’s Illuminated Worlds System, which has not but been launched to the general public.
The sport will observe a bunch of detectives in a type of Edwardian/Newsies vein, with the actors placing on waistcoats and bustles to evoke the spirit of 1907. The vibe is giving off the tip of the gaslamp period, because the fictional city of Newfaire makes an attempt to regulate to new know-how and corrupted magick that’s bleeding out. The present will lean into gothic horror and supernatural evil, however is not going to be “overly scary” in accordance with the Critical Role announcement.
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In contrast to earlier APs by the staff at Important Function, Candela Obscura seems to be a way more structured, episodic collection that’s framed like a monster-of-the-week present, giving audiences the flexibility to choose up at any episode. With a recurring forged of characters and actors, this gained’t be an anthology collection (though that’s a good suggestion, to be trustworthy… Important Function hit me up), however it’s going to retain some narrative threads between episodes in an effort to make Candela Obscura extra accessible to new followers.
Not a lot is thought in regards to the sport itself; along with a Recreation Grasp there may be additionally a “Lightkeeper” which is, as described within the video, “an enlightened veteran” who will assist information the detectives by way of the darkness. In response to the press launch, “at first of every episode, an inciting incident happens, prompting a staff, or circle, of investigators to uncover and resolve the thriller.”
The press launch additionally says that Candela Obscura’s quickstart information—a primary look with all the fundamental guidelines wanted to play the sport—shall be obtainable the morning of Might 25, forward of the present’s premiere that night. The Candela Obscura core rulebook shall be formally launched by Darrington Press on the finish of 2023. Candela Obscura was initially created by Taliesin Jaffe and Chris Lockey, with Spenser Starke and Rowan Hall serving as lead designers and writers.
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The cast for Candela Obscura includes a lot of the usual suspects for Critical Role, including Matt Mercer, Laura Bailey, and Ashley Johnson; Critical Role guests Robbie Daymond and Anjali Bhimani are also part of the cast. The press release states that Mercer will be the first chapter’s game master, implying that we might see this role shift to different game masters throughout the season. Steve Failows and Maxwell James are producing the show.
The first chapter of Candela Obscura premieres May 25 at 7:00 pm PT on Critical Role’s Twitch and YouTube channels, with new episodes airing the final Thursday of the month. The VOD and podcast shall be obtainable two weeks after premiere. The primary story arc incorporates three standalone episodes.
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