Rakehell: The Chimneys of Whiteham

As promised, here’s the Warpcon scenario for Rakehell, The Chimneys of Whiteham (3.4M pdf), breaking new ground in the genre of occult Georgian chimney-sweeping horror. Download, read, play, give feedback!

The previous scenario, The Highwayman’s Lament (2.4M pdf) has also been tweaked slightly. If you haven’t seen it already, please take a look. Both scenarios include five pregenerated player characters and a brief synopsis of the FATE rules. Having a copy of Spirit of the Century to hand might be helpful, but is not strictly required.

There’ll be another Rakehell game this year, probably at Gaelcon. After that, we’ll push towards actually producing a rulebook. These free downloads are explorations of the Rakehell concept – The Highwayman’s Lament was the proof of concept, and The Chimneys of Whiteham tried something other than highwaymen and hellfire. The third scenario will focus on building campaigns and episodic play, as opposed to the occult blood opera of the two previous games.

(The blood opera has been tremendous fun, though. Every Rakehell game so far has involved murder, passionate arguments, stabbings, damnation and emotional compels by the dozen.)

We’ve also overhauled the look of the site, adding shiny new widgets that will make future updates smoother and (hopefully) more frequent.

    • mannydipresso
    • June 4th, 2011

    Gareth (if I may),

    Although I have not yet had a chance to playtest either of these scenarios, I absolutely love what I see here. Rakehell is a brilliant concept: inspired, original, evocative, and begging to be played. I really want to see more, and I don’t think I am alone. I recall a few threads on rpg.net lamenting about the dearth of rpgs set in the 18th century, especially those that aren’t simply pirate based. Here is one of them:


    Rakehell has such a compelling conceit that I really think it could sell well, especially if it gets some buzz among fans of Fate, independently produced games, and the like. I hope you will consider developing it further and I will be sure to send you some feedback once I give it a test run.


  1. Feedback will be very welcome!

    Rakehell gets another outing at Gaelcon this year. and I’m going to try to make time to get a playtest ruleset together after that. Unfortunately, freelancing to pay the bills means my own games get developed glacially slowly.

    • Eusebi
    • August 26th, 2011

    It is likely that I end up GMing The Chimneys of Whiteham. It’s been a time since I read the two scenarios of Rakehell and I was eager to try them. Anyhow, there is always a “but” and it is that I’ve never GMed Fate before (although I’ve read Dresden Files RPG) and that three of the five players are on the trad end of the spectrum and I don’t know how will they react to the Fate rules.

    In any case, I hope I can give you some feedback.