Ten Candles: What meaning we find in the shadows.

Indie TTRPG on Discord, Roll20




About the adventure

Ten candles is a game of inevitability, existential dread, and tragic horror. Prepare to feel a lot of strong emotions as you and your band of survivors fight to actualize before the last candle dims. Players will have their choice of setting to be chosen at the beginning of the session ranging from rural farmland or abandoned city to haunted cruise ship or even the international space station. The general story background will always be the same. Ten days ago, the sun stopped rising and soon after They came. Nobody knows much about them, but one thing is certain, safety can be found in the light. When this was discovered, the world lit up at once as people attempted to keep Them at bay, but almost as quickly the power grids were overloaded, the world went dark, and They began to hunt. Be warned, there is no winning in this game, only the telling of a compelling story. By design, all characters will fall by the end of the game, but in that space we can find meaning in community, mundanity, and the incredible resilience of the human spirit.

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Justin Richter

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How to prepare

So long as you have access to Roll20 and Discord, there is no hard prep required. Ten Candles is designed to largely be a pick up game that you can run through completely in around 3 hours. That said, players should definitely be prepared to experience some strong emotions and prepare by letting me know of any triggers or hard stops to avoid in the game.

What I provide

Due to COVID, I will not be able to bring any physical materials or takeaways, but once in-person play is available, I prefer to host and provide food.

Gameplay details

Ten Candles is a roleplay heavy game that is fairly light in terms of mechanics. Players will be rolling a diminishing pool of d6s as the game continues in order to gain narration rights to the story as it continues. Characters will be assigned vices, virtues, hopes, and brinks which will be determined at the beginning of each session and these traits will allow for rerolls throughout the game. The finer details of gameplay will be explored at the beginning of each session

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How will character creation work

Character creation will take place in the first 20 minutes or so of gameplay, players will be assigning each other traits that they will incorporate into their characters. Players have the freedom to either bring a general character concept with them to the table or they can create the overall concept once they understand the traits that they will be working with.

Players can expect

  • Combat/Tactics: Low
  • Roleplay: High
  • Puzzles: Low
  • Experience Level: None

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Ten Candles: What meaning we find in the shadows.

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Price per player-session
You will be charged when a session starts


  • Duration: 3 to 4 hours
  • Number of players: 2 to 6 players
  • Experience required: None
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