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Carts full of corpses slide through the muddy streets of a deserted city. Monks copy manuscripts silently in their cold monastery rooms. A hammer falls again and again on glowing red metal in a blacksmith shop. Fragrant flowers perfume private courtyard gardens. Grim and silent soldiers march the dusty roads in search of enemies, both infidel or faithful. This is the world of the Middle Ages, which our ancestors knew, and which shaped our present.

But beyond this human world, in the most shadowy depths of the woods, in the loneliest cave, in the most obscure cell, in the dimmest chambers of the human heart, legends live. Here, demons haunt castles, elves skulk in the forest, alchemists concoct spells, and witches laugh and laugh around their campfire in a forest clearing bathed in moonlight, as the demon sitting among them raises his goatish head and grins, directly at you, dear reader, saying, "Welcome to the aquelarre; welcome to the coven."

Angel and Demon

A Classic Roleplaying Game

Almost 25 years since it was first released in Spain, Aquelarre ("Coven") finally receives an English translation. Originally from Spanish publisher Nosolorol, this English edition is a gorgeous 570-page, full-color, complete roleplaying game.

Game and Setting

Aquelarre offers everything you expect to find in a fantasy RPG: character creation, game system and magic system. It also includes detailed information about the medieval Iberian setting, the cosmology of angels and demons, and a bestiary.

It is gloriously illustrated throughout. Examples of the brilliant artwork by Jaime Garcia Mendoza illustrate this page.

Player characters in Aquelarre begin life in one of five kingdoms that dominated the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages—Castilla, Aragón, Granada, Navarra, or Portugal. Based on their region, characters may be of various cultures—Arabian, Basque, Castilian, Catalan, Jewish, Muslim, and many more. Social position (from nobility to slave) and father’s occupation affect their capabilities, including profession. Of course, personal characteristics play their part, too. One such is the Rationality/Irrationality rating, which determines how attuned a character is with the Irrational world, how capable with magic, and how susceptible to it. Rituals of faith depend upon a high Rationality instead. Advantages and Disadvantages help to round characters out.

The game system itself relies mainly on percentile rolls against either characteristic ratings or skills based on those (and on character experience). As might be expected from a game that has thrived for several decades now, rules for combat, weapons, and healing are all nicely detailed, with options to suit a variety of playing styles.

The book also includes considerable detail about medieval life in Iberia, from daily business to social mores to fairy tales, besides the expected focus on angels and demons.

Aquelarre

Be warned.
Like making a deal with a devil, Aquelarre is not for the faint of heart. It's not an introductory RPG for younger players. The realistic historical setting is dark. Some of the artwork is disturbing. Nosolorol describes this new edition of the game as "more medieval and more demonic than ever" and they are correct on both counts.

Spells and Rituals

Spells & Rituals of Aquelarre

Here are examples of two spells and one ritual of faith from Aquelarre. The first spell is an example of a level one "white magic" witchcraft spell, and the second spell is an example of "black magic" alchemy.

Spell Examples

We include this sample ritual as it serves to demonstrate that the game isn't filled entirely by demons!

Ritual Example

Creatures of Aquelarre

Besides the legendary Mateo-Txistu listed here, the game includes nearly 60 pages of creatures, from earthly animals to angels, demons, and others.

Example Creature

Experience one of the finest European roleplaying games ever published and treat your play group to a different, darker fantasy campaign.

 
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Calvin C February 14, 2020 7:22 pm UTC
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I'm having a technical issue with the pdf. In foxit reader it freezes for 3-5 seconds when I scroll to the end of a page before the next page loads. It's incredibly annoying. In adobe reader any scrolling whatsoever is so laggy that it's totally unusable. I actually managed to solve the issue through much trial and error by extracting the pages and recompiling but then I don't have the bookmarks. Does anyone else have an issue like this or know why it might be happening?
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Luis Gil - February 14, 2020 8:00 pm UTC
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Even being a heavy file, I can read it without issues in my phone and my five year old Kindle... Perhaps your copy is corrupt, or it's a device related problem?
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Alon N February 06, 2020 11:39 pm UTC
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Hi, can anyone let me know if the print versions on here are DTRPG's low quality ones, or the Kickstarter's intended output?
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Rory H February 08, 2020 7:52 am UTC
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If you get a Premium one, it’ll be good quality.
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Steve W February 08, 2020 8:52 pm UTC
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As Rory says the Premium color version here is a high quality book. The Standard color is also nice but the colors will be a bit more muted.
The books printed from the KickStarter will be available in retail stores in April.
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Jeff W February 14, 2020 7:01 pm UTC
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What kind of binding? $90 for print on demand is a little worrying.
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Todd S July 17, 2020 11:45 pm UTC
I know this is a little late to the party, but you can get the offset print book from Chaosium for $60 (it comes with the pdf free, but you already have that).
https://www.chaosium.com/aquelarre-hardcover/
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George H August 12, 2020 6:55 pm UTC
So for sake of Clarity, it's $60 for a copy that isn't as nice as the offset original printing or $90 for a copy that is as nice? Because that really doesn't make me want to buy a physical copy of this book here..
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Luis Gil - August 12, 2020 8:59 pm UTC
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IK don't want to undermine DTRPG, but yes... get an offset from Chaosium while you can. Don't blame DTRPG for being expensive; prices are understandable just because they are one copy at a time. And this game art and layout deserve the effort

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