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This is a systemless sourcebook for espionage in a fantasy genre game.

Ravens in the sky.

Whispers in the shadows.

Things that go boom in the night.

Ciphers and ‘crypts, signs and symbols, glyphs and sigils.

The sigh of an informant as he’s found out.


What makes the power behind the throne? Secrets.

The might of a religion? Secrets.

The offer you can’t refuse? Secrets.

The final strand in the tapestry? Secrets.

From the mind of Sam Chupp, co-creator of Changeling: the Dreaming and Wraith: the Oblivion, Encryptopedia is a 32,000+ word systemless sourcebook for playing a campaign of shadows: espionage in a fantasy world.

From military scouts to the most ancient of elusive conspiracies, Encryptopedia gives you roles your characters can play, organizations your GM can use, and an armory of shadows: special tools and weapons you can use in your fight to keep safe the country, find the most important clues, or be the only one who knows the truth.

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March 9th, 2016
If you run a fantasy campaign, you need this book. Even if you don't run a spy campaign, the book makes a strong case as to why any human society has need of spies and intelligence operations - and why your campaign needs them too (even if they're in [...]
Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
September 25th, 2015
The Introduction starts off with philosophical musings about why any society, as soon as it begins to develop resources and become wealthy, is going to have a need for spies... and yet it's something often neglected in fantasy role-playing. Perhaps tha [...]
March 7th, 2015
Generic sourcebooks can be very hit-or-miss, but this is very well done. It covers a variety of useful topics on character archetypes, missions, organizational structure and goals, and even considerations on magic. This advice would be applicable to [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on February 14, 2015.