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A History of Magic - Arcane Crimes Division Quickstart

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History of Magic is a Quickstart for the Arcane Crimes Division roleplaying game.  This document contains all the rules needed to play the game. Also included are six-character backgrounds, tabletop summary materials covering the rules and five city districts as well as a scenario, A History of Magic which sees Polarity threatened by a powerful magic

A young man inspects a wand - what could go wrong?

al menace from long ago. It's everything you need to give your group a taste of the work of the Arcane Crimes Division.

How does the game work?

The players take the role of detectives in the Arcane Crimes Division. They work together in pairs to investigate magic and supernatural cases and bring criminals to justice. Each character has a background which allows them special abilities to boost their successes in different phases of the game. These abilities are powered by Verve points, which are generated through the interaction between partners, local knowledge, or by rolling well during the game.

During each shift (or game session), teams of detectives battle the clock, pursuing leads across the city to unravel crimes, and bring the guilty to justice, before it’s too late. While the detectives always crack the case eventually, should time run out, the villains receive an advantage in the final confrontation. At every juncture, detectives must decide whether to trigger their special abilities to boost their success, potentially risk causing collateral damage, that could see them both consigned to paperwork hell.

Detective backgrounds included in the Quickstart are:

  • Siege Automaton; an armoured machine powered by steam and magic.
  • Spell Runner; magical explorer skilled at navigating deadly dungeons.
  • Ice Elf Frostcaster; an expert in the High Art of Winter Magic.
  • Blade; a swaggering, acrobatic thief
  • Crimson Court Vampyre; undead, ageless and unnaturally attractive.
  • Younger Dragon; a mighty creature assuming the appearance of a human.

If you're ready to crack more cases, check out  Arcane Crimes Division.


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July 22nd, 2023
Arcane Crimes Division is a great detective game set in a high fantasy urban environment. The mechanics put emphasis on the narrative and relationships that players build with each other, while retaining a good dose of dice-rolls and character traits [...]
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