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RPG Demo Day TEN Candles RPG
August 14, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT
Ten Candles is a zero-prep tabletop storytelling game designed for one-shot 2-4 hour sessions of tragic horror. It was released in December 2015 and is best played with one GM and 3-5 players. It is played by the light of ten tea light candles which provide atmosphere, act as a countdown timer for the game, and allow you to literally burn your character sheet away as you play. Ten Candles is described as a “tragic horror” game rather than survival horror for one main reason: in Ten Candles there are no survivors. In the final scene of the game, when only one candle remains, all of the characters will die. In this, Ten Candles is not a game about “winning” or beating the monsters. Instead, it is a game about what happens in the dark, and about those who try to survive within it. It is a game about being pushed to the brink of madness and despair, searching for hope in a hopeless world, and trying to do something meaningful with your final few hours left.
List of Reviews comments on this awesome game.
“One of my favorite gaming moments ever.” -Rob Daviau (Pandemic Legacy)
“This game might top Dungeons & Dragons… A must-play game… An unforgettable experience.” -God Made Geek, Geek Made Stuff Podcast
“I love this game.” -James D’Amato (One Shot RPG Podcast)
“A masterful storytelling game.” -Justin Alexander (The Alexandrian)
“If you like horror RPGs, you can’t afford to miss this.
The genre has a new leader to beat.” -Michael Duxbury (Roll Plus Hot)
“It’s bleak, terrifying, and one of my favorite games ever written.” -Taylor LaBresh (Gnome Stew)
“So, so much fun.” -Marshall Miller (Fine Mess Games)
“Game design is fickle. It’s hard to do well. I always think the best are games that marry the mechanical and narrative symbolism together. And Ten Candles hits it just perfectly out of the park… It’s unlike anything else I’ve ever played..” -Brandin Tyrrel (DLC Podcast)
“Brilliant mechanics.” -Fear The Boot Podcast
“The best RPG I have played in years. YEARS.” -Mike Kanarek (Aviary Games)
“In picking up Ten Candles, you’re acquiring the enchanted key to a vast library of doom and darkness that is somehow paradoxically also filled with hope, laughter, and togetherness. A key that is incredibly well-crafted, easily accessible, accompanied by clear directions, inexpensive, and so very worth it.”
-Cynthia Hornbeck (Shut Up & Sit Down)
“The single best game I’ve found for developing tension and fear in players is Ten Candles” -Richard B (Regulations, Rhetoric, and RPGs)
“There’s nothing quite like it… This thing sticks with you.” -Jamie Lindemann
“Just buy it, guys.” -Rachael Chambers (Rae Plays)
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