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Johan Nohr

4:3 Forth comes fire, and a horde

Concept: “An endless invading horde of black metal-wearing fire creatures hellbent on death and destruction.”
Content:
Includes a general scenario, potential outcomes, and stats for invaders and their monsters
Writing:
Mörk Borg is generally pretty grim, but this is grim
Art/design:
Clearly demarks textual sections with illustrations that convey the concept but leave plenty to the imagination
Usability:
Usable? Yes. Survivable? Well …

Ancient Skin

Concept: “One of you dregs is plagued with a maddening itch and not only that – the skin is starting to rot. They say Mausoleum Knutha, on the edge of the graveyard Graven-Tosk, holds the only known cure.”
Content:
A complex and variable (not to mention twisted) crawl through Sarkash
Writing:
Efficient but vivid descriptions of locations and inhabitants punctuated by grim wit
Art/design:
Marvelous maps; type design helps map the connections amongst locations and items
Usability:
Provides checkboxes to track variables (but if you mark this pamphlet, you’re a heathen and you deserve whatever misery befalls you)
*Backer reward for original Kickstarter campaign; special thanks to Johan for providing a copy of this rare little gem

A Polearm to Plunge into Someone Rotten

Concept: “Six polearms charged with magical energy to find hidden in the darkest crypt or fortress.”
Content:
An assortment of macabre and arcane weapons
Writing:
Includes compelling lore and mechanics for each polearm
Art/design:
Descriptions are distinct and proximal to their respective illustrations, which are full of character and detail
Usability:
Rather powerful by Mörk Borg base standards, but not without hazards and drawbacks

Blackpowder Weapons for the Rich and Foolhardy

Concept: “Expensive, exotic, and very loud”
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!

Bloat

Concept: “The Gourmand’s Cutlery allows the wielder to eat anything. Which is good, as the user becomes famished and must eat.”
Content:
A wonderland of overconsumption and excrescence
Writing: Contributes greatly to dungeon’s character
Art/design:
Just offal
Usability:
Layout facilitate easy navigation

Bone Bowyer

Concept: “A horrid, stealthy fey […] fashions bows from the bones of the children that it hunts.”
Content:
An unearthly foe or unsavory ally of circumstance
Writing:
Sets a thoroughly grim tone and provides multiple hooks
Art/design:
Appropriately creepy and atmospheric illustration
Usability:
Will always hit, but maybe not the intended target

Cursed Skinwalker

Concept: “Something grabbed a hold of your soul as it seeped into the river of Death and sealed you once again in mortal flesh.”
Content:
Semi-dead werewolf/bear/monkey/etc.
Writing:
Evocative of loss and despair alongside clear descriptions of mechancis
Art/design:
Brutal, primal illustration with some economical graphic design
Usability:
Shapeshifting adds another tactical element to play

Dark Fort

Concept: “The catacomb rogue enters the stage.”
Content:
A solo dungeon crawler; useful as a generator alongside Mörk Borg’s GM tools
Writing:
Clear and concise; primarily mechanical but with bits of effective descriptive text
Art/design:
More traditional than Mörk Borg’s, but still atmospheric
Usability:
Extremely efficient layout

Dead God's Prophet

Concept: “No one wants to hear the words of your god. But you can still hear them.”
Content: A study in cosmic despondence
Writing: Includes a standard class profile plus a table for generating your god's name
Art/design: Clean layout with Mörky flourishes and elements
Usability: Gets two whole gifts. Bargain.

Death and Pestilence

Concept: “Disease is spreading from the Restless Hills, carried by centipedes and beetles.”
Content:
A deadly, disturbing dungeon full of pure weirdness
Writing:
“Quasi-ethereal necromagical death-tendrils” is an apex example of what you’ll find here
Art/design:
Excellently integrates text and graphics into the dungeon map
Usability:
A little visually overwhelming at first, but easy to navigate once you have a feel for it

Death Temple Sztun

Concept: A “hyper-linear murder gauntlet of a dungeon crawl”
Content:
Some nasty creatures and permanent effects (including abrupt deaths)
Writing:
Concisely creates a strange, ominous atmosphere
Art/design:
Maps are clear without sacrificing visual style
Usability:
Color and typography strongly supports easy navigation

Backer reward for the Feretory funding campaign

Devil’s Tomb

Concept: “A dungeon by Johan Nohr […] made using the MÖRK BORG digital dungeon generator.”
Content:
Eclectic bordering on an acid trip, but strangely charming
Writing:
Stitches randomly generated features together in interesting ways
Art/design:
Map breaks perspective to efficiently depict three-dimensional space
Usability:
Navigating the two halves of the sheet simultaneously can get tricky; number the rooms with your own blood

Eat, Prey, Kill

Concept: “When stomachs growl and there’s no inn in sight …”
Content:
Mechanics for hunting and whole ecosystems of prey
Writing:
Macabre imagery and characterizations help flesh out the nature of the Dying World
Art/design:
Illustrations provide additional character and spark GM interpretation
Usability:
Clean, straightforward layout supported by color and typographical choices

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?

Forlorn Philosopher

Concept: “Reason has decayed to shifting madness and only the cold remains.”
Content:
A jaded intellectual in a heap of ivory rubble
Writing:
Seethes with crazed bitterness and superiority
Art/design:
Easy-to-read design and layout; illustration captures a sense of bleak desolation in an apocalyptic atmosphere
Usability:
Meant for use with The Tablets of Ochre Obscurity
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