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Blood Thorns

Concept: “Inextricable wall of bloody brambles”
Content:
A vicious hazard bearing some tasty berries for the brave, foolhardy, or hungry
Writing:
Straightforward descriptions of the mechanics for entanglement and escape
Art/design:
Colors help differentiate text components and differentiate components of the illustration
Usability:
Difficulty and damage intensify as PCs struggle; requires a bit of tracking on the GM’s part 

Böwhoss’ handbook: notes on internal ignition

Concept: “In this volume you will find the most noteworthy, dangerous and strange encounters of my recent voyages.”
Content:
A variety of NPCs, monsters, and other hazards as well as a new scroll, a malevolent mushroom, an optional Misery-related madness, a relatively benign tavern, and a much less benign inn
Writing:
The first-person POV and travelogue style have a folksy and often irreverent tone
Art/design:
Typefaces, engravings, and paintings reinforce the concept while other graphic elements lend some insidious and esoteric atmosphere
Usability:
Includes player-facing handouts that include lore but no mechanics or GM-specific information

Carnivorous Flora

Concept: “Happy Early Equinox, I got you some flowers!”
Content: These flowers take the concept of edible arrangement to a new level.
Writing: Much less confusing than I feel around this alluring plant.
Art/design: Like a carnivorous plant sent me a postcard.
Usability: Somewhere between murderous chia pet and edible arrangement. 

Crawling Death Below the Dying Forest

Concept: “Beneath the dying forest lies wealth beyond comprehension, magicks all-powerful, and ancient evils which must be stopped!”
Content:
A shifting abyssal dungeon crawl with cursed relics, virulent creations, cults, and deep roots.
Writing:
Epic narrative in scope and scale. A truly impressive creature.
Art/design:
Vicious mixed-media art, earthy maps, and a MASSIVE 23-page table of 54 encounters with accompanying maps.
Usability:
Generate abysms of varying size with the Atmar’s Cardography deck or dice. Supports 4 adventure themes. Connect them all into one labyrinthine abyssal sprawl.

Oko Tree

Concept: “What does the tree see in your future?”
Content:
An fate-facing encounter transplantable into travel or crawls
Writing:
A concise table of 6 fortunes
Art/design:
Nice synergy of colors, illustration, and background design
Usability:
A d6 tells you what the future holds

Sepulchre of the Swamp Witch

Concept: “In a hidden repository deep in the Slithering Swamp is a witch's altar of glyph-covered roots. They say it can fulfill any wish.”
Content:
A serpentine sepulchre you’ll wish you never entered.
Writing:
A two-for-one adventure in two modes: sedate & completely stoned.
Art/design:
Mind-blowing emerald hued hallucinations, a venomously detailed map, with a sober adventure layout.
Usability:
Each scvm can (try to) decide how trippy they want the adventure to be.

The Crypt of the Heretical Botanist Margar Veit

Concept: “Denounced by the Church for HERESY, MARGAR was hunted by the inquisition, but never found. Until, perhaps, now.”
Content: This pamphlet dungeon leads deep to the loamy soil of an unholy botanist's crypt.
Writing: The lore planted in each encounter sheds light on the extent of Veit’s heretical horticultural experiments. 
Art/design: Easy to reference in all three versions. Clear isometric map with a morbid botanical flourish.
Usability: Pamphlets available in print-friendly and full color versions. With a digital version for phone/tablet reference. Suitable as a cold open, requires a forest to begin the adventure as written. 
 

The Glass Herbarium

Concept: “The Herbarium is beautiful and warm. It grows fruits and vegetables despite the snow. And just one taste of the bright red apples that grow inside its glass walls is enough to bewitch a man.”
Content: A location adventure featuring glass, destructible flooring, and plants that probably want to do dreadful things to you.
Writing: The Glass Herbarium’s concise efficient prose blooms into a brilliant, weird fantasy adventure.
Art/design: Consistently clean art and layout hint at a glass sanctuary protected from the scvm of the dying world. 
Usability: Clean but not sterile. Strong stylistic hierarchy makes for easy navigation and reference during play. 

The Grapes of Psych

Concept: “Ravel, the exuberant goat ogre necromancer… has been kidnapping local villagers. Track him to the vineyard which he has made into his depraved and psychedelic lair.”
Content: An ogre powered, wine fueled, zombie infested, psychedelic crossword puzzle dungeon.
Writing: Manages to build a disturbingly coherent theme from a crossword puzzle selection, all while making a Goat Ogre into something truly menacing.
Art/design: Map inspired by a crossword puzzle. Well-chosen Goat Ogre art.
Usability: Visit the vineyard, drink the wine, deathmatch a Goat Ogre.

The Occult Ossuary

28 contributors
Concept: “27 pieces exhumed from the depths of lavish graves, themed around skeletons, bones and skulls.”
Content:
“Classes, items, companions, monsters and encounters created by sacrilegious mind.”
Writing:
A variety of styles, all appropriate to their content
Art/design:
Worth downloading just to check out the range of art and layouts
Usability:
Complexity varies by entry but consistently easy to use

The Singing Tree

Concept: “The hypnotic singing will lure creatures in close so the tree can ensnare them with its roots and drag them under.”
Content:
A malicious tree grown from corpses; includes stats, effects of eating fruit, and a background narrative
Writing:
Well written on all accounts, particularly the in-character anecdote
Art/design:
Colors and images provide atmosphere and character
Usability:
Don’t forget the fruit’s secret side-effect
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