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Rules

Optional and alternative rules.

ABBAGEDDON

Concept: “An alternate Miseries prophecy”
Content:
… inspired by ABBA
Writing:
Successfully adapts images and concepts into apocalyptic enigmas
Art/design:
Mimics the Nameless Scriptures’ layout with highlighting for easy reference and textured background for visual variety
Usability:
It’s a really upbeat, peppy apocalypse. From Sweden.

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

A Question of Honor

“Get down in the muck, honorably. Roll in the slime, valiantly. Collect foreskins, to preserve your good name.”

Being Dead

Concept: “A guide to being undead/already dead”
Content:
Rules for becoming undead and playing an undead character
Writing:
Provides a lot of character and mechanical options for the recently deceased with an undercurrent of sardonic wit
Art/design:
Typography and visual elements clearly delineates sections and individual points
Usability:
A handy, straightforward way to hang onto a beloved character for a little longer

Blackpowder Basics

Concept: “Unleash havoc with this set of rules featuring devastating blackpowder weaponry.”
Content:
Includes rules for historic firearms, blackpowder mishaps, and a gun-toting character class
Writing:
Clear delivery of more-complicated-than-average weapon mechanics
Art/design:
On-brand use of color, type, and visual arrangements
Usability:
Well laid out in discrete sections and easy to navigate

Bludgeon, Shatter and Pierce

“A variety of tools to use in combat and to make fights more interesting”

Bork Borg

Concept: “Drastically increases the quantity and variety of dog options”
Content:
Dog breeds, dog-related items, an optional dog-based class, rules for dog PCs (with their own optional classes), and a dog-centered adventure
Writing:
Clearly and affectionately written with a clever shift to the dog’s POV in the dog-PC section
Art/design:
Designed for easy reading and navigation with graphic touches like a dog-head border and pawprints across pages
Usability:
Sit. Stay. Good.

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

Böwhoss’ handbook: notes on internal ignition

Concept: “In this volume you will find the most noteworthy, dangerous and strange encounters of my recent voyages.”
Content:
A variety of NPCs, monsters, and other hazards as well as a new scroll, a malevolent mushroom, an optional Misery-related madness, a relatively benign tavern, and a much less benign inn
Writing:
The first-person POV and travelogue style have a folksy and often irreverent tone
Art/design:
Typefaces, engravings, and paintings reinforce the concept while other graphic elements lend some insidious and esoteric atmosphere
Usability:
Includes player-facing handouts that include lore but no mechanics or GM-specific information

Box of Shadows

Concept: “The dry cracked earth of the city now spews a scentless dark black fog. … Rumors of this substance taking form and hunting down those that travel without a lamp or torch have become ever more prevalent.”
Content:
A sprawling sandbox-style adventure set amidst a sinister miasma emerging in Grift
Writing:
Incorporates copious descriptions, in-game documents, and random tables to add flavor to play; also includes numerous monsters, NPCs, and items
Art/design:
Incorporates original and found art into exuberant designs and diverse layouts
Usability:
Includes copious reference sheets, handouts, and topic-specific indices for GMs and players to use during play; GM-eyes-only material is segregated to facilitate more exciting solo play

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.”

Cities of the Dying Land

Concept: “A city generator”
Content:
Two dozen tables to create a living, breathing settlement
Writing:
Tons of little details to add real personality to locations
Art/design:
Good use of Mörk-Borgy colors while being easy on the eyes; physical version glows under a black light (awesome)
Usability:
Keep a notepad handy; there are too many characteristics to remember unaided

Cthork Borg

Concept: “Gloomy gilded age struggles against cosmic horror”
Content:
A full adaptation of the Mörk Borg core system for weird, investigative horror in the early 20th century
Writing:
An appropriate mix of clear instructional text with more evocative descriptions
Art/design:
More traditional layout and design than some releases, but the colors and illustrations establish the setting and tone well
Usability:
At 120 pages, a bit heftier than the norm

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

Cursed Immortality

Concept: “You’ve been cursed with immortality.” Bummer.
Content:
6 ways characters can survive death (albeit not entirely unscathed)
Writing:
Descriptive and punctuated wry comments and mechanics to match
Art/design:
Typographical and color choices create a dynamic gestalt while aiding navigation
Usability:
Step 1: Get cursed. Step 2: Die. Step 3: See what happens.

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