Concept: “Unleash havoc with this set of rules featuring devastating blackpowder weaponry.”
Content: Includes rules for historic firearms, blackpowder mishaps, and a gun-toting character class
Writing: Clear delivery of more-complicated-than-average weapon mechanics
Art/design: On-brand use of color, type, and visual arrangements
Usability: Well laid out in discrete sections and easy to navigate
Content: A variety of firearms, ammunition, and special rules for using them
Writing: Concise general and item-specific mechanics
Art/design: Uses the illustration and ground to differentiate general mechanics and categories of arms
Usability: It’s a spiked arquebus blast to the face!
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
Content: A Mörk Borg adventure and Slipgate into the world of Qvke Borg
Writing: Efficiently describes the many dynamic environmental effects and triggers the define Quake level design in text.
Art/design: Sickeningly detailed map with bold colors that emulate classic Quake texture. Clean text layout with efficient sidebars for each room.
Usability: Surprisingly self-contained, only the explosive rules require Qvke Borg to run. Excellent preview to the full Qvke Borg experience.
Concept: starring Rutger Hauer
Content: Standard class profile with a table of one-liners
Writing: An even split between mechanics and flavor
Art/design: Medieval hobo. Medieval shotgun. Lots of spatter.
Usability: Background conflicts with some of the non-critical flavor text
Content: A powderburned scvm. Entirely too many explosives.
Writing: A lit fuse, sparkling with wit, and full of explosive potential. High risk and high reward.
Art/design: Tightly regimented text disrupted by only by the weapons of war and muzzle flashes of color. Gunsmoke haze fills the empty space.
Usability: Uses rules from Blackpowder Weapons for the Rich and Foolhardy.