Set in the mythical city of Cadwallon. Arcana pits you against up to three other opponents in a high stake power struggle for your guild.
Each player represents one of the great guilds of Cadwallon: the guild of Blades, the guild of Ferrymen, the guild of Thieves, and the guild of Usurers. Based on the number of players in the game you have a certain number of 'Stakes' areas. Players battle for control of cards that come up in each stakes area each turn. A major key of the game is that the stakes areas closest to your guild allow you to play your cards face down, allowing for surprise and bluffing.