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Adventures

An Ageless, Woodless Place

Concept: “A microsetting for a romp in a valley lost to memory and giant reptiles.”
Content:
A primeval playground for scvm to die in
Writing:
Overviews the setting and covers random finds, weather, landmarks, and monsters
Art/design:
Efficiently organized into sections and vibrantly stylized
Usability:
Doesn’t have a narrative arc, but players will surely find ways to keep themselves amused; a good place to strand characters or for them to pass through while traveling

Anaqwald

“A short trip into a subarctic bog deep in the hinterlands”

Ancient Skin

Concept: “One of you dregs is plagued with a maddening itch and not only that – the skin is starting to rot. They say Mausoleum Knutha, on the edge of the graveyard Graven-Tosk, holds the only known cure.”
Content:
A complex and variable (not to mention twisted) crawl through Sarkash
Writing:
Efficient but vivid descriptions of locations and inhabitants punctuated by grim wit
Art/design:
Marvelous maps; type design helps map the connections amongst locations and items
Usability:
Provides checkboxes to track variables (but if you mark this pamphlet, you’re a heathen and you deserve whatever misery befalls you)
*Backer reward for original Kickstarter campaign; special thanks to Johan for providing a copy of this rare little gem

Angel’s Tower

“This one-shot, 5-level dungeon is designed to be a brutal encounter for your party of deathless wanderers.”

Anzhela and the Caged Skulls

Concept: “The woman cackles madly […] and drops the cages, drawing her sword and screaming with a mad rage.”
Content: English breakfast with a side of TPK; running will only make you die faster
Writing:
Text heavy, but creates a vivid atmosphere and provides psychological depth to the antagonist, something not often found in Mörk Borg
Art/design:
Excellent, expressive depictions of the titular characters
Usability:
Includes an alternative d6-based encounter-resolution mechanic; a bit more complex than some scenarios, but the additional moving parts make for an interesting and memorable scenario

A Pestilence of Maths

Concept: “A plague of madness spreads across the countryside: people hopelessly repeating strings of numbers and words until their head bursts into flames and they die in shrieking violence.”
Content: Includes an ad hoc sanity metric, random travel events and tower rooms, and a whole lot of exploding heads
Writing:
Clean and characterful with dry gallows humor and well-chosen, interconnective details
Art/design:
Effective and appropriate graphic choices that interact cleverly with the concept
Usability:
Packs a fair amount of tension and grit into a relatively small package

A Piece of Rotten Fish

“Two feuding and starving fishing hamlets. One tasty rotting carcass of a giant sea monster in between. The meat could feed both hamlets for a long time. Unfortunately, the hamlets are not in a sharing mood.”

Apocrypha

Concept: “They thought that all of Anuk Schleger's Scriptures were uncovered. I wish they had been right.”
Content: Rules, Tables, Character Traits, Diseases, Treatment & Body Mods, Dungeons, Bounties, Followers, Gear, Summoning, Monsters, Monstrous Classes. A little of everything.
Writing: A variety show with distinct blends of humor and horror throughout.
Art/design: Dementedly scrawled art and public domain images cut through with Mörk Borgian Design Sensibilities
Usability: Clear rules, table of contents, thoughtful page references at the beginning of the monster section. 

A Shadow King's Palace

“The setting features rumours, beasts, and various locations. Of course, it also includes random tables.”

A Spluttering And A Splashing

Concept: “Ancient legends tell of a creature with supernatural powers that is able to stop the apocalypse.”
Content:
A 12-room semi-aquatic dungeon
Writing:
Well written with lots of character and atmospheric details
Art/design:
Primarily uses the clean, clear style of Rotblack Sludge
Usability:
Layouts and design make this simple and easy to run

Atticus Tower

Concept: “The foul bard Rexorn … is busy transforming suffering into music.”
Content:
A sonic-themed dungeon with original creatures and NPCs
Writing:
Mostly descriptive but efficient
Art/design:
Exactly what it should be
Usability:
A complex but surprisingly easy-to-navigate layout

Auld Clootie’s Bairn

Concept: “What has happened to suddenly change the behavior of little Angelica…and how can the Mercer family fit in to their new community?”
Content:
A surreally mundane adventure with a troubled tot
Writing:
Provides lots of detail and dialogue as well as suggestions for alternative plots and a metric ton of nasty insults
Art/design:
Primarily designed around navigating events and conversations delivered via text
Usability:
Ready to use out-of-the-box but can also be tinkered with and adapted to GM taste and need

A Wizard’s Dying Wish

Concept: “Brauer possesses enough strength to make one final request. Will the party take action to fulfill the wizard’s dying wish?”
Content:
A one-room encounter with a cool monster twist and some nasty aftermath possibilities
Writing:
Devoted mostly to describing the situation and setting, but provides the GM with inspiration and some flexibility
Art/design:
Keeps the pamphlet visually interesting without being obtrusive
Usability:
Fold it twice and you’re ready to go

A World Lit Only by Fire

Concept: “Inspired by Godflesh's album A World Lit Only by Fire and the TSR module Against the Cult of the Reptile God”
Content:
An accidental quest to save a town from a regime of vampires
Writing:
Primarily descriptive and mechanical but with some appropriately bloody imagery
Art/design:
Easily navigable map and clearly delineated tables and stat blocks
Usability:
Even if the PCs succeed, they may still fail (horribly)

Basilisk Burger

Concept: “The players have found a map that tells of treasure. Survive the maze and claim your prize!”
Content:
A fast-food themed experience
Writing:
Includes stat blocks for multiple encounters as well as descriptions and some sample NPC dialogue
Art/design:
Presented as a child’s place mat complete with word jumble and crayon marks
Usability:
Toy prize not included

Basilisks-A-Go-Go

Concept: “Grab a pencil. Trace your route through the labyrinth.”
Content:
A quick, roll-lite, Dark Fort-esque maze. With basilisks. They have 2 heads. You have 1. Good luck.
Writing:
Some quick, concise instructions
Art/design:
The green circles contrast nicely against the background gradient, making it easy to navigate; the extra basilisk heads are a welcome touch, since the world needs more basilisks
Usability:
Can be played with just some base stats; full character sheet not required

Beasts to Unburden

“Retrieve (1) an Axolurtle egg, and (2) any instructions that would be useful in raising the beast.”

Behlibereth

Concept: “The City on the Edge of All Misery”
Content:
A twisted, foreboding locale and stats for members of its three factions
Writing:
Highly descriptive; verbiage, style, and syntax used by the implied “narrator” artfully adopts and reflects characteristics of the things being described
Art/design:
A linear, accessible layout with sections with typographical choices differentiating sections and aiding navigation of the mechanical components
Usability:
A bizarre and compelling setting for GMs to play with (and for PCs to die in)

Big American Men

Concept: “A lost land ruled by four treacherous kings from American folklore”
Content:
Borgified lore, stat blocks for encounters, and ancillary mechanics
Writing:
Recasts famous folkloric figures as sinister, larger-than-life villains
Art/design:
A rich array of design choices and layouts unified by the Mörk Borg aesthetic
Usability:
GMs will need to flesh out the concepts, but provides plenty of inspiration for them to do so

Black Bvrn Bridge

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Concept: “The box broke inside the [ogre’s] stomach […] covering the Bridge in a cube of anti-light.”
Content:
Includes an inventive adventure-specific condition
Writing:
Provides context and important details about the scenario
Art/design:
Subdued but effective colors; concise but atmospheric map
Usability:
Logically and linearly laid out

Blackroot Trudge

Concept: “As the PCs wander through the forest, they encounter a tree which oozes blood – all it takes is one PC to remotely approach the tree and roots shoot from the ground, dragging all the unfortunate souls of the party underground.”
Content:
A detailed and malicious dungeon clearly inspired by (but not derivative of) some classic Mörk Borg crawls
Writing:
Clear with plenty of attention to nuance
Art/design:
Typographical choices highlight items of note in each room; stat blocks at the bottom of page for easy reference
Usability:
Bulleted lists for each room help GM stay mentally organized

Black Shuck

Concept: “A small town is visited upon by a curious beast that is hell bent on slaughtering the townsfolk. Looks like you sought shelter from the storm in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
Content:
A short, isolation-horror scenario
Writing:
Concise and to the point: “The dog must die!”
Art/design:
Easy-to-read columns of text and an illustration (just in case your players don’t understand the concept of giant, black, bloody-mouthed dog)
Usability:
Not a good boi

Black Stump

Concept: “A strange well is discovered in the depths of Sarkash.”
Content:
A cozy little 5-room dungeon
Writing:
A great mix of grim and humorous
Art/design:
Nice visual and typographical work; also comes in an optional “FVCK PRINTERS” version
Usability:
Solid layout; available in single or 2-page versions to suit GM preference

Bloat

Concept: “The Gourmand’s Cutlery allows the wielder to eat anything. Which is good, as the user becomes famished and must eat.”
Content:
A wonderland of overconsumption and excrescence
Writing: Contributes greatly to dungeon’s character
Art/design:
Just offal
Usability:
Layout facilitate easy navigation

Blood Ambrosia

“A prince stolen. A deal made in exchange for your life. A Banquet of blood and gore.”

Blood Money

Concept: “While languishing in a drunken stupor in a coastal town flophouse … you were abducted by a press gang.”
Content:
A seafaring framework inspired by Tom Waits (and Herman Melville (and whoever wrote The Book of Jonah))
Writing:
Sets the scene and provides a plethora of options for play
Art/design:
Supports the nautical theme subtly but effectively
Usability:
Intended more as a toolbox than a unified dungeon or set of mechanics

Blood of SHE

Concept: “A mighty artefact is hidden in a chilly cavern: the nail that once wounded the mighty basilisk SHE.”
Content: A pamphlet dungeon made for the Crossword Dungeon Jam.
Writing: A dramatic legend of heroic magic turned to a dark purpose. With rules for your scvm to bring this blasphemous tale to an end, or open a new chapter.
Art/design: A pleasant compromise of style and function, a simple design with visual flourish around mechanical text to keep the eye engaged in multiple readings.
Usability: A well-structured pamphlet dungeon for easy reference at the table.

Bloody Cap

Concept: “A murderous goblin from the borders of Grift and Graven-Tosk, found where scenes of tyranny and vile deeds have befallen the lands.”
Content:
Stats and description of the monster along with a short dungeon lair
Writing:
Does a good job conveying maliciousness and viciousness
Art/design:
Use of color reinforces the creature’s theme
Usability:
Some text may be difficult to read, particularly when printed in black and white

Blunderbuss

Concept: “No one remembers Blunderbuss’s original name. Everyone knows how it got its new one.”
Content:
A trigger-happy township with some heavy-duty arms
Writing:
Provides some context for the encounter and mechanics for getting shot by a blunderbuss
Art/design: Good use of color and form to pick out significant information
Usability:
Provides the basics and leaves lots of room for the GM to make it their own
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