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30 Days of Mörk Borg

Concept: “A month’s worth of one page one shots”
Content:
Loads of creative, challenging scenarios
Writing:
Some mechanics, but generally devoted to broadly establishing scenarios; peppered with cultural and gaming references
Art/design:
Draws on a wide range of art and fonts to create a unique character for each layout; some pretty creative maps
Usability: Instructional text; convenient hyperlinks to other MBC and third-party documents

30 Days of Mörk Borg Adventure Chapbook vol. 1

Concept: “Plumb the depths of Death's Fort in search of the riches hidden within. Scale the volcano of The Shattered Tunnels to take on the evil Blood Wizard. Wander the Sarkash in search of The Shrine of Evil.”
Content:
3 self-contained adventures
Writing:
Alternately uses descriptive prose and tables to suit each adventure’s content
Art/design: Presents each adventure in a distinct style to suit its character and structure
Usability:
Content warning: naked antics, poo monsters, and BEAR-THING

30 Days of Mörk Borg Adventure Chapbook vol. 2: On the Island of Dying Gods

“This book expands the one-page, one-shots taken from my digital offering 30 Days of MÖRK BORG and is the second volume in a planned series of ten. For this volume, we focused on creating three distinct modules within a larger keyed setting, but there’s still plenty of room for improvisation and substitution at your table.”

500 Paces

6 contributors
Concept: “You have to press forward...up to the keep, up to salvation. Up the 500 Paces.”
Content:
A postmortem adventure from battlefield to keep and beyond
Writing:
Provides copious descriptions of locations and events
Art/design:
A more traditional, conservative layout with discrete body text and illustrations
Usability:
Includes bulleted summaries of each section for easy reference during play

A Dead God’s Stronghold

Concept: “Have some scvm you can’t seem to part with? Looking for a way to end your game before it ends the world?”
Content:
6 thematic hazards and stats for some pretty brutal basilisks
Writing:
Clear descriptions with a healthy dose of humor
Art/design:
Fits a fair amount of content efficiently onto one page alongside some nice graphic elaborations of the base image
Usability:
Can be used as an overlay for another dungeon to add extra character and lethality

A Good, Old-Fashioned Murder Dungeon

Concept: The title is fairly on-the-nose
Content:
10 rooms of party-killing peril
Writing:
A balance of ambience and formal content
Art/design:
The map is homey in a horrible kind of way; additional graphic design is gritty and fierce
Usability:
Numbering and proximal layout makes for straightforward navigation and reference

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

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

Alles Wird Brennen

Concept: “The PCs awaken to the sounds of thunder and screams. […] Can they escape the city before it crumbles in the inferno?”
Content:
A map-based adventure to find the keys to the city gates; includes encounter and event tables as well as enemy stat blocks
Writing:
Sets the scene and the stakes fairly concisely; other descriptions are tightly focused
Art/design:
Intuitive layout with some stylized illustrations of enemies and NPCs
Usability:
Provides some leeway for making forward progress or just punishing inept PCs

Among the Blood of Thine Enemies

Concept: “There are 3 cultists among you. You have 24 hours.”
Content:
A general scenario and 12 NPCs to do with as you will
Writing:
Lean but colorful and evocative
Art/design:
Almost entirely typographical, but leverages layered text as a visual figure of how the PCs’ work will ultimately be overwritten
Usability:
Requires some elaboration from the GM, but the bones are there

An Ageless, Woodless Place

Concept: “A microsetting for a romp in a valley lost to memory and giant reptiles.”
Content:
A primeval playground for scvm to die in
Writing:
Overviews the setting and covers random finds, weather, landmarks, and monsters
Art/design:
Efficiently organized into sections and vibrantly stylized
Usability:
Doesn’t have a narrative arc, but players will surely find ways to keep themselves amused; a good place to strand characters or for them to pass through while traveling

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

Anzhela and the Caged Skulls

Concept: “The woman cackles madly […] and drops the cages, drawing her sword and screaming with a mad rage.”
Content: English breakfast with a side of TPK; running will only make you die faster
Writing:
Text heavy, but creates a vivid atmosphere and provides psychological depth to the antagonist, something not often found in Mörk Borg
Art/design:
Excellent, expressive depictions of the titular characters
Usability:
Includes an alternative d6-based encounter-resolution mechanic; a bit more complex than some scenarios, but the additional moving parts make for an interesting and memorable scenario

A Pestilence of Maths

Concept: “A plague of madness spreads across the countryside: people hopelessly repeating strings of numbers and words until their head bursts into flames and they die in shrieking violence.”
Content: Includes an ad hoc sanity metric, random travel events and tower rooms, and a whole lot of exploding heads
Writing:
Clean and characterful with dry gallows humor and well-chosen, interconnective details
Art/design:
Effective and appropriate graphic choices that interact cleverly with the concept
Usability:
Packs a fair amount of tension and grit into a relatively small package

A Shadow King's Palace

“The setting features rumours, beasts, and various locations. Of course, it also includes random tables.”
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