Free Download: Rakehell

or, The Highwayman’s Lament.

It is the closing years of the 18th century. England has sold its soul. The burgeoning industrial revolution is, in secret, an infernal revolution. Aristocrats bargain with devils, souls are traded in the financial markets, and dark satanic mills belch sulphurous smoke over the blighted countryside.

Wealth breeds thieves, and the highwaymen who prowl by highways and byways of London Town are driven by more than greed. They are damned men, bereft of the greater parts of their souls. Through black criminal deeds, they seek to reclaim that which they lost – or had taken from them. Folklore calls them rakehells – they rake the coals of hell by their misdeeds, making their eventual fate all the worse through their defiance.

If a rakehell could steal back his soul, if he could reclaim that which he lost or squandered before it is carried away into Hell, then perhaps he could redeem himself…

Rakehell is a FATE-powered game that’s been knocking around my head for several years. I finally used Gaelcon as a deadline to get the basics of the setting and gameplay down on paper, and that scenario is available for download here. It’s a one-shot game, complete with five player characters, and should take 3-4 hours to play.

Depending on feedback, Rakehell may get developed into a full setting and maybe even released commercially. If you do play it, let us know at

    • Awakedreamer
    • October 29th, 2010

    Delightful! Not only looks gorgeous, but also great fun. Actually it’s so good that I’d gladly would have paid for a PDF of this quality :) .

    • Thanks for your feedback – let us know how it goes if you run it! Some of the multiple typos have already been brought to our attention – sorry. Will fix soon.

    • tadcan
    • October 29th, 2010

    I will have a proper read over it now after my very rushed attempt shortly before being asked to run the scenario at Gaelcon. From what I heard after I missed some of the story arc.

  1. Egad, they ran a fifth table at Gaelcon? I had no idea.

    • Sam
    • November 2nd, 2010

    Looks cool, although I am extremely leery of the “you are all hit by a cannon and knocked unconsious, the bad guy escapes with the treasure!” I think the players would flip their shit if this happened, with some justification. Is there a good way around this? Are there rules for the cannons, or are they just the power of plot?

  2. In most of the con games, the post-rescue scene at the bar went on so long that the whole Newgate section was cut, so the chase went straight from Howland Great Docks to the borders of Hell and there was no need for railroading by cannon.

    Cannon rules – +4 damage, using the Captain’s Cannon skill for attacks.

    • Sam
    • November 3rd, 2010

    That makes sense. I’ve volunteered to run this at a house con on Saturday after a friend had to bail on running his game. I was thinking about starting in Newgate at the trial and doing the earlier scenes in flashback, but time is a big issue in slots like these, so maybe I’ll do it your way.

    I had one other potential concern reading through the document, which was that Jack and Jane don’t have strongly defined relationships/goals like the other three. How did that work out in play? Are they supposed to have a grudge against Lord Eden as well, or are they just helping out their friend the Scholar?

  3. In play, Jack and Jane tagged along with the Scholar for the first scene, but became interested as soon as they found out there was definite occult involvement. Just mentioning the possibility that the Well-Dressed Gentlemen is involved should pique Jane’s interest.

    • Funy Skywalker
    • November 7th, 2010

    Very good free product. What is the minimum player’s?

    • You can run it with four easily enough, by dropping Jane. If you’ve only got three players, then you’re best off dropping Jane and letting either Elizabeth or Tim Kestrel be NPCs.

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