Arcane Crimes Division: Winterland


Arcane Crimes Division brings light-hearted buddy-cop style action to a fantasy city bursting with magic and thick with scheming villains and ruthless scoundrels. The focus of the game is the relationship between detectives, as they crack cases, engage in thrilling chases, and confront criminal masterminds.

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.

Play as a Siege Automaton, powered by magic and steam; a Spell-Runner, skilled at navigating deadly dungeons, a Crimson Court Vampire, ageless and unnaturally attractive; a Blade, acrobatic and fearless and many more. This game works best when detectives riff off their partners, so be prepared to collaborate and lean-into the genre.

Polarity is in the grip of a ferocious winter-blast. The conditions are so severe that the Mayor has declared a holiday for much of the city. Despite the ice and snow blanketing the city, the detectives of the Arcane Crimes Division are called out in freezing conditions to investigate a spate of crime:

  • A group of Ice Devils attack the Green Market causing panic among the frantic holiday shoppers; but who summoned the Devils and why?
  • Children from the prestigious Constellation College have run away. Can the detectives locate and return them before it's too late?
  • The enchantment providing perpetual summer for the sun-soaked boulevards of the Garden District has failed, but why would anyone want to target the Fairweather Society?
Arcane Crimes Division
Number of Players: 
4 or 6
System Knowledge: 
Not Needed
Genre Knowledge: 
Not Needed
Role-playing Knowledge: 
Not Required
Brooklyn 99 & Guards, Guards
Age / Maturity: 
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This game is teen-friendly: