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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

Box of Shadows

Concept: “The dry cracked earth of the city now spews a scentless dark black fog. … Rumors of this substance taking form and hunting down those that travel without a lamp or torch have become ever more prevalent.”
Content:
A sprawling sandbox-style adventure set amidst a sinister miasma emerging in Grift
Writing:
Incorporates copious descriptions, in-game documents, and random tables to add flavor to play; also includes numerous monsters, NPCs, and items
Art/design:
Incorporates original and found art into exuberant designs and diverse layouts
Usability:
Includes copious reference sheets, handouts, and topic-specific indices for GMs and players to use during play; GM-eyes-only material is segregated to facilitate more exciting solo play

Candelabra of Blood

Concept: “It's a candelabra. Of blood. It uses hit points to summon Blood Drenched Skeletons. Or it might turn you into a skeleton. You get to decide.”
Content:
The concept pretty much sums it up.
Writing:
Two clear and concise sentences
Art/design:
A suitably gory figure with a floral ground that keeps the black and white spaces visually interesting
Usability:
For the GM, straightforward; for PCs, potentially lethal and hilarious (unless you’re another PC—then it’s even more lethal)

Cthork Borg

Concept: “Gloomy gilded age struggles against cosmic horror”
Content:
A full adaptation of the Mörk Borg core system for weird, investigative horror in the early 20th century
Writing:
An appropriate mix of clear instructional text with more evocative descriptions
Art/design:
More traditional layout and design than some releases, but the colors and illustrations establish the setting and tone well
Usability:
At 120 pages, a bit heftier than the norm

d100 Items and Trinkets

Concept: The title says it all
Content: Great for adding colorful details to rooms, corpses, etc.
Writing: Concise but compelling
Art/design: Illustration sets the tone; typography maintains easy readability
Usability:  Roll a d100 or throw a small dagger

d100 Mundane Items

Concept: “Here you will find only those broken, useless things that others have discarded. Which is perhaps why you have found them, broken and useless as you are.”
Content: A list of 100 minor baubles with optional descriptors
Writing: Provides plenty of interesting curios to populate rooms, trash heaps, bazars, corpses, etc.
Art/design: Provides plenty of interesting curios to populate rooms, trash heaps, bazars, corpses, etc.
Usability: Roll d100, consult table, repeat

d30 Necromantic Trappings

Concept: “Summoning the dead and communicating with their spirits is not a vocation for either the foolhardy or ill-prepared.”
Content: For each 3+ items, holder gets a bonus for keeping undead followers
Writing: A suitably macabre roster of items and fetishes
Art/design: Hue and images reinforce the sepulchral tone
Usability: Easy to use and read, letting you devote your attention to wrangling skeletons

d30 Sorcerer’s Possessions

Concept: “The dark arts require more than just the use of unclean scrolls.”
Content: Collect 5 or more and get one auto crit per day when using unclean scrolls
Writing: Some practical items and others simply for flavor or creative use
Art/design: Designed for easy use but includes some esoteric trappings in the background
Usability: A neat tool for spicing up Powers

D3 Items

Concept: “The crumpled body of a dead priest […] Lost in the struggle d3 trinkets lie scattered.”
Content:
3 holy items, two with mixed benefits and drawbacks and one with only bad consequences
Writing:
A paragraph for each, mixing mechanical with qualitative effects
Art/design:
All 3 items are illustrated in the central image; typographical variety in introductory text and item titles contributes to the visual texture and overall tone
Usability:
Clearly delineated blocks for each item; descriptive text is sans serif for easy reading

d40 Exotic Artifacts

Concept: “Strange curios from long forgotten lands or items of power held by ancient sorcerers and magi?”
Content: A collection of items mostly for flavor but potentially useful for creative problem-solving
Writing: Provides some character and flavor outside the Mörk Borg norm
Art/design: Color and design support the concept and writing’s character
Usability: If you can’t find a d40, just divide a d80 in half

d40 Medical Implements

Concept: “The dying world is a dangerous place.  Healing wounds and treating infections is crucial to living just a little longer.”
Content: A collection of items useful for healing in lieu of other means
Writing: Describes a plethora of items and uses
Art/design: Medical flair of the symbolic type
Usability: d40: roll a d4 & a d10 in sequence like you would for a d100, then subtract 9

d50 Alchemy Supplies

Concept:“These alchemy supplies could mean the difference between living a little longer or dying an ignominious death.”
Content: Mechanically sparse, but plenty of objects that could be used in practical and creative ways
Writing: Includes some detailed entries with a variety of uses and purposes
Art/design: Laid out for easy use and reference
Usability: May require some googling of substances and materials

d50 Shamanic Tools

Concept: “These sacred artifacts can enhance your magical formulae, help you call upon the spirits, aid in healing the sick, or permit you to curse your enemies.”
Content: Besides titular list of nature-themed items, includes options for increasing presence and Omens
Writing: Delivers information simply with no undue fuss
Art/design: A straightforward layout with a background that lends flavor and ambience
Usability: Individual items primarily contribute to the buffs mentioned above

d66 Martial Items

Concept: “Pick it up. Hold it. Feels good, doesn’t it? Heavy in your hand. Strong. You could make them pay with this. You could make them all pay.”
Content: A roster of weapons and armor with some new combat mechanics
Writing: Mostly descriptive but with an entertaining introduction
Art/design: Text arranged in neat blocks for easy navigation and reference
Usability: Vertically oriented text could present some inconvenience on certain screens

D8 Holy Items of the Church of the Two-Headed Basilisk

Concept: “Holy Items in the possession of the Church of the Two-Headed Basilisk to be looted or stolen by your players”
Content:
A roster of sacred artifacts and relics
Writing:
Clear descriptions of item’s functions in a grimly spiritual tone
Art/design:
8 short paragraphs with some incidental illustrations; palimpsest effect adds visual character
Usability:
An interesting mix of beneficial and dangerous special abilities

Dead Girls in Sarkash Forest

Concept: “You are lost. You are dead.”
Content:
A random pointcrawl through Sarkash, 6 original thematic classes, and optional rules and gear that add more conceptual depth and distinction without straying from the Mörk Borg core
Writing:
Brooding and grim with an undertone of forlorn optimism; extremely effective in conveying the intended tone and atmosphere
Art/design:
Visually diverse art and typographical choices unified by a focus on the setting and themes
Usability:
Deliberately deals with sexism and trauma; intended as a self-contained module, but the adventure and classes can be used with other Mörk Borg content

Drafts: Dead Girl Classes, Dead Girls in Sarkash Forest, Encounters in Sarkash Forest

Death's Head at a Feast

Concept: “A new group of antagonists and a new ability for Mörk Borg player characters”
Content:
Includes a filthiness score mechanic, new sacred and unclean scrolls, and mechanics for rerolling failed tests (and additional effects for outcomes)
Writing:
Primarily devoted to mechanics but includes some introductory descriptive text
Art/design:
Text-heavy but stylized with blackletter (sometimes yellowletter) and some illustrations for macabre flavor
Usability:
Requires tracking an additional filthiness quantity, but the mechanics are simple

Death Witch

Concept: “The unclean blessing of Nechrubel is on you. WORK IT!”
Content:
An archetypal witch class with 10 new unclean and sacred Powers
Writing:
Clearly written and easy to understand
Art/design:
Easy-to-use layout and a lovely Klimt sketch; nicely emulates the feel of an old, well-used spellbook
Usability:
Modifies the penalties for failed Powers for a different but still challenging spellcasting experience;  particularly fun use of d6s and modifiers in Draw Down the Doom, which is specific to this class

Deck of Evil Objects

Concept: “Use this deck when you, the GM, wish to add a random object of evil to the campaign.”
Content:
A 15-card deck with 3 additional cards (2 for the Deck of Treasures and 1 for the Deck of Secrets)
Writing:
The descriptions will make you want to use these even though the mechanics will probably kill your character
Art/design:
Sets the tone well without overcrowding a small space
Usability:
Draw a card. Read the card. Repeat.

Deck of Treasures

Concept: “If you need a random treasure, draw one card and roll a single six-sided die.”
Content:
36 items with mechanics for incorporating the canonical Corpse Plundering Table
Writing:
Nice descriptions of items and enumeration of their  mechanics
Art/design:
Relatively conservative but effective
Usability:
Straightforward in itself, but requires some reference to the core rules

Decrepit Seer

Concept: “Sorcerer. Magician. Witch. What you have traded for your terrible secrets will always haunt you.”
Content: An Omen- and Power-oriented class with access to 3 sets of 6 alternative Powers with special mechanics
Writing: Clear descriptions of mechanics and some appropriately anguished, esoteric flavor
Art/design:  Relatively conservative but visually and thematically appropriate; features some insidious-looking flora and fauna
Usability: Straightforward; use of color is good for fast visual reference

Dental Manvscript

Concept: “A supplement for MÖRK BORG that you can really sink your teeth into.”
Content:
Options for the teeth in your head and in your pocket
Writing:
Good technical expositions and well-placed humor
Art/design:
Definitely lives up to the title
Usability:
Self-contained mechanics are simple to navigate

D is for Dungeon

Concept: “This Mork Borg Compatible alphabet book is both a functioning children's book (it's been Beta tested by my own sordid progeny) and a collection of useful randomizers.”
Content:
“1 Dungeon, 1 Character Class, 1 Magic Omnoculous, 23 Tables to roll on, 26 Flies (or more), 489 Monsters and Beasts to fight, and 1 Voracious Vegetable”
Writing:
Maintains a very Mörk Borg tone while still being suitable for children (though they may need some help with the bigger words)
Art/design:
Uses a variety of visual styles and has a Mörk Borg aesthetic but avoids subject matter that may upset young readers
Usability:
Includes a search-and-find game as well as serving as an alphabet book and a MÖRK BORG 

Elixirs, Potions & Mixtures for Herbmasters, Alchemists and Wittless Fools

Concept: “A collection of 36 consumables with magical effects”
Content:
See concept
Writing:
Typically bite-size paragraphs describing qualitative and mechanical effects
Art/design:
Two-column layout with some images, trade dress, and typographical flourishes
Usability:
Also handy for creating customized decoction tables for occult herbmasters

False Dusk

Concept: “The pig must be alive while the spell is cast. The pig explodes after the spell is cast.”
Content:
A scroll that summons darkness and feral pigs
Writing:
Mostly descriptive with a few mechanical components
Art/design:
Typography and layout differentiate sequential elements; also includes a piggy
Usability:
Intuitive, with some potentially entertaining applications

Femoral Didgeridoo

Concept: “Someone managed to kill a giant then had the insane idea to turn one of its femurs into a didgeridoo.”
Content:
Three skeleton-based options and consequences for poor performances
Writing:
Mechanics-oriented and concise
Art/design:
Typography and color enable easy reading and navigation
Usability:
Not your typical MB femur 

Fisk Borg

Concept: “An expansion that adds somber and ominous fishing”
Content:
Primarily an optional rules supplement but also includes a new class, fishing gear, hirelings, and a sprawling aquatic bestiary
Writing:
Knows that it’s a grimdark fishing simulator and revels in that
Art/design:
Combines various image types and styles to create an eclectic visual character; text is laid out for easy reading and navigation
Usability:
Absolutely packed with content, but the table of contents and graphic design make it easy to find what you’re looking for

Forbidden Tomes and d666 Incantations

Concept: “Eldritch books that contain 3 or more Spells [and] have a distinct style that evocates the Cosmic Horror genre”
Content:
216 Powers and tables for generating 432 tome names
Writing:
Tome and spell names vary between creatively descriptive to more Mörk Borg-style esoteric; spell text efficiently describes the effects; overall, very Cthulhu Mythos inspired
Art/design:
Spell names and descriptions are presented in blocks alongside thematic images and grounds
Usability:
Easy to navigate and use, and a solid source for a lot of spells in one place

Fungal Feed - Fruits of Rot

Concept: “Reality itself is decaying and rotting. From the corpse of the old world, mycelium grows and feeds.”
Content:
A random mushroom generator
Writing:
Includes lore, mechanics, and a table for appearances and effects
Art/design:
Relatively reserved with color and some illustrations for visual variety
Usability:
Easy to read and use

Glimpses of a Dying World

Concept: “Savage creatures lurk in the depths of forgotten crypts, incomprehensible relics lie waiting in the shadows of crumbling tombs, mystics argue incessantly trying to find a escape to the impending doom, and the powerful occupy themselves with vengeance.”
Content:
A sprawling offering of all things Mörk Borg
Writing:
Captures the tone and atmosphere of the Dying World through the descriptive text as well as the character of the mechanics
Art/design:
Adapts the aesthetics and tactics of the core book with extensive use of modified public domain art
Usability:
There’s something here for everyone

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