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Greyson Yandt

Album Crawl

19 contributors
Concept: “A collection of deafening dungeons and auditory misadventures for MÖRK BORG.”
Content:
22 music-inspired settings and scenarios; many intriguing rules and foes; alternate Miseries; a whole spread of punishments for unruly dice
Writing:
Variously fascinating and horrifying
Art/design:
Widely variegated but all nicely done
Usability:
A couple atypical layouts that reward a bit of scrutiny and patience

Börk Morgue #666

Concept: “An unofficial zine for a Dying World with words and design”
Content:
Random tables, optional rules for dice & powers & armor/weapons/combat, pointy teeth, monsters & NPCs … and a Börk Morgue & a Maus Borg
Writing:
Presented with a personable tone with plenty of wry wit
Art/design: Loaded with Mörk Borg aesthetic elements, color, and some creative layouts
Usability:
Adds some deeper complexity in some areas (especially complex) and some irreverent variety all around

Carousing in the Dying World

Concept: “A PC can ‘get better’ […] by carousing.”
Content:
Spend money and time to increase attributes and gain traits, items, recruits, etc.; clever use of simultaneous dice rolls
Writing:
Clear and thoroughly entertaining
Art/design:
Subdued but easy on the eyes
Usability:
GM may need to consult additional supplements; in itself, perfectly usable

This entry was sponsored by the creator as part of the Ex Libris RPG crowdfunding campaign.
“I paid $50 just to tell you that I made this in Microsoft PowerPoint. Also, in hindsight, it is sorely lacking in pulsating anuses. Ani? Eh. You get it.”

Cultists of Dying Gods

Concept: “Many of those in the dying world still cling to dying gods—ironically, inquisitors most of all. Most of these dying gods need you to torture or be tortured.”
Content:
Includes stats for various cultists and rules for torture and trauma; some interesting rules interactions
Writing: Clear and concise with entertaining cultural and metagame references
Art/design:
Nice public domain art (some color-enhanced) sets the tone for individual cults
Usability:
Pstress rules are a bit complex but robust rather than complicated

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

FÖLK-LORE: Fiends, Freaks, & Foes

41 contributors
Concept: “What happens when the lore of our world collides with the Dying World of MÖRK BORG?”
Content:
The first volume of collected FÖLK-LORE Jam entries
Writing:
Varies by author, see individual entries under the FÖLK-LORE Jam tag
Art/design:
Varies by entry; single-page entries are well balanced in spreads
Usability: Varies by entry, but it’s all Mörk Borg—how tough could it be?

Gashadokuro, the Starving Skeleton

Concept: “A fifteen-soldier-tall indestructible spirit, the gashadokuro should provide decent challenge for scvm that have survived a bit too long.”
Content:
An enraged murder machine that uses a Morale pool for attacks and damage
Writing:
Clear explanations of special abilities
Art/design:
Simply but skillfully adapts layout to the source image
Usability:
A bit more complex than most monsters, but in a fun and tactical way

Mörk Maus

Concept: “This zine, although it looks super Mörk Borg, is not compatible with that metal game.”
Content:
The Mörk Borg lore, atmosphere, and aesthetic adapted as a nuclear disaster setting for the Mausritter RPG
Writing:
Equal parts entertaining, endearing, and horrifying
Art/design:
Each contributor captures and conveys the look and feel of Mörk Borg but with appropriate, frequently humorous twists
Usability:
I don’t know Mausritter’s rules, but this makes it look pretty user-friendly

Of Grey Matters

Concept: “There’s this strange wriggling sensation inside your ears and head.”
Content:
A scenario with stats for NPCs and, of course, mechanics for brainworms; optional content includes additional items and a monster as well as stats for Mausritter
Writing:
Elevates sardonic cynicism to an artform
Art/design:
Linear layout punctuated by shocks of color
Usability:
Easy to digest with well-placed stat blocks

Proceeds go toward curing brainworms IRL

Psyber Devangelist and other Psi-Sci-Fi

Concept: “Electricity, metal, wires, chemistry, circuitry, flesh, blood, a cryptic power—all twisted together to form… you.”
Content:
  A dystopian cyber-horror class with special gear and 6 accompanying cosmic creatures
Writing:
Combines sci-fi alienness with Mörk Borg grimness and humor
Art/design:
  Adapts Mörk Borg’s aesthetic with a neon future
Usability:
A bit crowded in places, but overall nicely laid out with well-placed footnotes 

Séquelle

Concept: “You were hired by a village to hunt a witch who kidnapped over a dozen children. […] They are all singing and holding hands, dancing in a circle in front of a cave.”
Content:
A dark, plague-infested adventure with Pied Piper overtones
Writing:
Text-heavy but accessible thanks to the conversational tone; includes graphic images of suffering
Art/design:
Text overlaying a figurative and literal background image
Usability:
Challenges players with moral conundrums and dilemmas of trust and justice

Seven Palms for Seven Psalms

Concept: “A strange Misery-stopping friend”
Content:
An esoteric NPC with fun metagame mechanics and flair
Writing:
Well-crafted flavor text, stat block and abilities, and a pair of games
Art/design:
Absurdly appropriate graphics and smart division of text blocks
Usability:
Text-heavy but with few moving parts

Stone and Rock

Concept: “Searching for a lost treasure in a cave at the base of a mountain, wrong turns in a maze of tunnels only took you fumbling deeper into the earth.”
Content:
An abstract dungeon bursting with content
Writing: Copious instructions for travel, tables for encounters, stat blocks for denizens, and some unique loot
Art/design:
Background adds color and character, but mostly devoted to text
Usability:
Much enhanced by arrows connecting relevant sections of text

The Occult Ossuary

29 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
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