The Secrets of Candarlin – A Fantasy Gamebook Review

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Quick Look: The Secrets of Candarlin – A Fantasy Gamebook

Designer: Christopher Bünte
Graphic Designer: Kathrin Keienburg-Rees

Publisher: WOOHOO
Year Published: 2023

Fantasy Game Book.
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From the Publisher:

In this gamebook you’ll take on the role of a young adventurer and find yourself in the port city of Candarlin. Once it was the proud capital of the kingdom of Ogduria, but after a lost war the country is now part of the Numedian Empire. Actually, you only had a simple mission. But because you assist a stranger, you suddenly find yourself in a whirlpool of events, where you have to fight off crooks, solve riddles and escape from the dungeon. It seems  resistance against the invaders is stirring in the streets. But what does the secret society of the Nightshades have to do with it? And what is it Lord Gamantis and the High Priest of Light search for so acutely?


Disclaimer: The publisher provided the copy of The Secrets of Candarlin – A Fantasy Gamebook. The opinions expressed in the review are completely my own.

Note: Christopher is currently running another Kickstarter as well. For The Catacombs of Candarlin – A Solo Fantasy Gamebook. We talked about it in a previous post which you can checkout here:

Or you can just go straight to the Kickstarter page:

The Catacombs of Candarlin – A Solo Fantasy Gamebook


After reading Tony’s review, if this sounds like a game for you check out CHRISTOPHER BÜNTE’S website and his current Kickstarter listed above!~

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Tony Ripley – Reviewer

Fifteen 2, fifteen 4, and there ain’t no more! I remember being so confused at what was going on at the table when my dad and grandpa were playing some card game. Of course, I eventually got old enough to learn the game of cribbage and enjoyed plenty of evenings sharing stories and snacks. Games have really been a part of my life all along; whether it was to escape the heat of the afternoon in the middle east in the 70’s, making up a game about George Washington crossing the Delaware when I forgot to do a written report, or mashing up Yahtzee and Poker to see what would happen. I’ve lived around the world growing up, served military and religious missions, and ended up as an It professional in the South. I have run successful Kickstarter campaigns, organized mega-meetups and game conventions, and learned an awful lot along the way. Really, when I am reviewing a game, it is going to be as much about the kind of experience it is providing more than anything. In fact, for more involved games, I still like there to be at least maybe 20% luck or randomness so that winning or losing isn’t entirely my fault, lol. Ironically, I like abstract strategy games too; I think it is because I like to see what strategies and tactics emerge from the usually simple ruleset as you learn the game. So, as I provide overviews, unboxings, and playthroughs they will reflect my interests and tastes and that is probably the most helpful thing I can do. As there are more reviews from me you will know if you have similar views and that can help you find games you will enjoy or know who would when it is time for gift hunting. Onward!

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