Content: A duck-faced alchemist and his laboratory. What were you expecting?
Writing: Describes the room and alchemist, and presents a quest for the PCs
Art/design: Duckface, but Borgier
Usability: I hope you like duck butts more than you like tangerines or silver
Content: A Presence-boosting and Misery-inducing hand
Writing: A short paragraph of mechanics, obligatory lyrics, and Psalm 2:6 for easy reference
Art/design: Candy pink juxtaposed with rotting flesh. Yummy.
Usability: Harmful if not swallowed
Content: A fairly lean class that forgoes special features in favor of special scrolls
Writing: Supremely concise with some clever humor in the additional scrolls
Art/design: Clean, conservative layout matches the theme, concept, and writing; oodles of umlauts
Usability: As a document, very easy to use; the class seems like it would be extremely handy in nearly any situation
Concept: “Jagande Död, the creeping death, is relentless in stalking those who are fated to die.”
Content: A reaper whose attacks do worse things than simply cause damage
Writing: One-sentence summary and one stat block; sharp and concise
Art/design: Judicious use of color adds variety and emphasis to the illustration and to the text
Usability: A creative catalyst for a nasty fight (in tandem with other monsters) or for upping any adventure’s difficulty
Content: Rules for drinking bitter bean water from a cursed vessel
Writing: A simple, straightforward paragraph describing mechanics
Art/design: Yellow on black for easy readability; the illustration recalls Lord Byron
Usability: Blurs the line between game and meta, but doubles as an actual coffee mug. Clever clever.
Content: A classic monster with a creative twist inspired by the illustration
Writing: A paragraph of basilisk-related lore and a stat block with a pretty nasty special ability
Art/design: Text segments are delineated by color; a warm palette keeps an apocalyptic feel, and the illustration provides loads of character
Usability: Use it
Content: Esoteric technology that either makes it easier to do things or makes it impossible to do anything.
Writing: One easy-to-read paragraph
Art/design: White text on black ground with an ASCII logo—very appropriate to the subject matter
Usability: See “Content” above