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Kevin B.

d66 People from Your Past

Concept: “NPCs who have a vested interest in your PC(s) … but almost certainly not with good intentions.”
Content:
Relationships based on grudges and disappointment; 6 entries in 6 categories
Writing:
Entertaining and inspiring; plenty of material for introducing conflict
Art/design:
Economic and effective
Usability:
Clear and clearly delineated visual presentation

This entry was sponsored by the creator as part of the Ex Libris RPG crowdfunding campaign.
“Feel free to mix things up for even more disturbing relationships!”

Miserere

Concept: “When you woke up two days ago, you discovered that Grift was inhabited by a nightmare.”
Content:
Delve into a barrow to (hopefully) stop an unholy scourge
Writing:
Creates an atmospheric series of scenes
Art/design:
Quite expressive without being overpowering
Usability:
Font, color, layout choices ensure easy navigation of text

On the Slaughterfront

Concept: “The basilisks demand blessings from Prügl … but she’s already been abducted by another cult.”
Content:
A twisted, insect-themed dungeon
Writing:
Highly descriptive with striking imagery and some clever rimshots
Art/design:
Nice balance of color, text, and graphics that keeps it easily readable
Usability:
Hollow and full of bugs, just like it should be

Sinaxariat - Apostecary Guild

Concept: “Guild members […] will trade a decoction vial for two vials’ worth of humorous fluids or a relatively fresh relevant organ...”
Content:
24 supernatural substances with gruesome effects
Writing:
Provides context and concise descriptions of decoctions’ effects
Art/design:
4 text blocks arrayed around a pretty brutal central image
Usability: color-coded for easy reference

Slaughtered in the Snow

Concept: “SHE returned you to life and charged you with one task […] slay the usurper, the heresiarch Josilfa Migol of Galgenbeck.”
Content:
A compelling battlefield crawl with an interesting twist on Mörk Borg lore
Writing:
Solid imagery and ideas conveyed well
Art/design:
Not super-elaborate, but fits the the setting’s snowy starkness
Usability:
GMs will need to consult a few other titles, which are readily available

Spore-spawn of the Rhizoworm

Concept: “Young adults living in and near the village have disappeared.”
Content:
An adventure in fungal infection
Writing:
Presents rules and flavor for a skin-crawling ecology
Art/design:
Diverse but unified; useful in navigating the document during play
Usability:
Some ambiguity in the fungal infection rules but intent becomes clear

The Beastlord Will Feast on Your Flesh

Concept: “The wild beastlord WENDIGO, the living heart of the woods, holds a potent, unshakeable hatred of you.”
Content:
Incorporates tons of community creations into a predator-prey scenario
Writing:
Tables for conflicts, resolutions, and locations; lots of amusing one-liners
Art/design:
Solid choices of illustrations and graphics
Usability:
Ergonomic in digital and print forms

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

The Tournament at Alliáns

Concept: “Her Excellency Anthelia, Blood-Countess of Kergüs, has determined to amuse herself by holding a tournament in Alliáns.”
Content:
Tourney rules and tables for rewards, consequences, combatants, and relationships
Writing:
Consistently entertaining and inspiring
Art/design:
Solid choices add atmosphere and facilitate flow
Usability:
Well organized; hyperlinks to other texts are quite useful; bracket sheet is a plus

The Vertebrachnid

Concept: “A species of animated translucent slime makes its home from the skeletons of dead adventurers.”
Content:
A strange, slimy scavenger
Writing:
Mostly descriptive with a simple stat block
Art/design:
Includes a wonderfully ghastly illustration
Usability:
Good use of color and shape to delineate content sections
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