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Pelle Nilsson

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

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

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

DNGNGEN

Concept: “A massively expanded version of the generator found in the back of the core rulebook”
Content:
Dungeons both many and varied
Writing:
On par with what you’d expect from demi-official Mörk Borg content
Art/design:
Elegantly presented
Usability:
GMs will have to arrange and map the dungeon, but the key pieces are all there

This entry was sponsored by Davide Cavadini as part of the Ex Libris RPG crowdfunding campaign.

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

Graven-Tosk Gravöl

Concept: “Brewed by twice-dead druug monks in dank Grift chambers. Imbibed only at funerals or heretical sacrificial rituals.”
Content:
A Mörk Borg Smoked Stout as black as Nechrubel’s heart.
Writing: Gritty as Gravöl
Art/design: Dark, bold, graven, heretical.
Usability: Stjørdal and Gotlandsdricka malts, foraged juniper, all run through a traditional Kuurna. Available in Cognition's taproom in Ishpeming, MI. Worth a trip.

IKHON

Concept: “Ancient god-vessels of cursed skin and soot-black wood, as rare and as valuable as they are blasphemous.”
Content:
4 sets of 8 powers granted by dead folk gods
Writing:
Simple and straightforward mechanically; minimalist but seething with character and tone
Art/design:
Black-and-white art on black ground beside white text; the graphic design is as maliciously expressive as the visuals
Usability:
Covers are blank to ensure random selection; red page headings facilitate quick reference

Note: Original run was misprinted the first and last inside pages on the covers

Membrane of Sarkantha & Sarcopha-ghost

Concept: “Two devilish hazards every death-defying dungeon delver must learn to avoid.”
Content:
A living(ish) doorway trap and a melancholic spirit
Writing:
Adds dimension and depth to concepts
Art/design:
Illustrations express the monsters’ ephemerality
Usability:
It’s hard to screw up a Mörk Borg stat block 

Mörk Borg Cult: Feretory

15 contributors
Concept: “A collection of tables, monsters, items, classes, rules and ideas”
Content:
Includes a random monster generator, rules for distance travel and subsistence, The Death Ziggurat and Goblin Grinder adventures, rosters of mundane and profane gear, the Grey Galth Inn setting, a gambling minigame, the Black Salt environmental hazard, new character classes (Cursed Skinwalker, Pale One, Dead God’s Prophet, Forlorn Philosopher), and new Powers
Writing:
Mörk Borg imagery and tone in wide a variety of styles
Art/design:
Matches content to myriad layout and design strategies
Usability:
The mechanical and expository elegance you expect from Mörk Borg; the monster generator particularly uses dice in a clever way 

Mörk Borg Cult: Heretic

9 contributors
Concept: “A zine full of MÖRK BORG stuff. Most of it is created by our wonderful community and will be (or already is) made available for free download on morkborg.com, but there is also exclusive official material.”
Content:
Generators for cults and curses, feats, 2 classes, black-powder weapons, 2 long adventures, a pair of 1-page dungeons, and a quartet of monsters/NPCs
Writing:
Varies by author but consistently emphasizes images and concepts that are grim, creepy, and/or outright weird
Art/design:
Every entry’s layout, graphic design, and coloration are distinct, creating a lot of visual diversity and easy navigability; sweet foil printing on the cover and first page; fold-out covers just to cram as much content into this zine as possible
Usability:
The only obstacle is deciding what to read first.

Mörk Borg GM Screen

Concept: “A five-paneled A5 portrait wall of death”
Content:
NPC generator, gear & services, basic rules reference, core Powers list, generic enemy stats, weather, and d100 Items & Trinkets; inserts include Tablets of Ochre Obscurity and tables for traps, taverns, and city events
Writing:
Concise with tones of grittiness and grim humor
Art/design:
Player-facing side depicts major locations and characters; GM-facing panels are yellow enough to melt your eyeballs (but they’re perfectly readable and have clever, novel layouts for the expanded content)
Usability:
Includes “photo corners” to hold GM’s choice of additional content on the left and right panels

Official Character Sheet

Concept: “In the dying world of MÖRK BORG your character will probably not last long, so it might be a good idea to print some of these.”
Content:
The official Mörk Borg character sheet
Writing:
Includes handy references for carrying capacity, Powers, and Omens
Art/design:
Well organized without sacrificing ethos and atmosphere
Usability:
Very

Official versions available in English, Swedish, Italian, French

Brazilian Portuguese editable character sheet by Arthur Burity Rosa

Putrescence Regnant

9 contributors
Concept: “Targ-Dungel. A festering wound upon a dying world. Time and space warp within the malodorous miasma. … This, cursed walker, is where you must go. Into the blight. Into the cold, damp mire.”
Content:
A bog crawl and soundtrack filled with sludge, corpses, and brutality; also includes the Gilded Wolf character class
Writing:
The prose resurrects the core book’s weird imagery and ominous tone; mechanics text is accessible and easy to use
Art/design:
The Mörk Borg style we know and love, but left to putrefy in a swamp
Usability:
Places three factions in explicit large-scale conflict, creating a complex backdrop for players to explore and GMs to exploit

Soundtrack: available on Spotify

Reference Sheet

Concept: “You should never feel the need to flip through the book while you’re killing PCs.”
Content:
Mörk Borg’s core rules on a single page
Writing:
Clear and concise
Art/design:
The standard version puts emphasis on efficiency without sacrificing the characteristic aesthetics; available in printer-friendly and minimal versions
Usability:
A model of usability

Official: English, Swedish
Reglas de Mörk Borg en Español by Unlucky Tales

Scvmbirther

Concept: Random character generator including exclusive content
Content: Includes all character options from the rulebook as well as exclusive content
Writing:
Descriptions concisely characterize additional abilities
Art/design:
Clean, clear, well-delineated presentation
Usability:
MBC content can be toggled on/off; includes a print option to save your scvm
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