Concept: “While languishing in a drunken stupor in a coastal town flophouse … you were abducted by a press gang.”
Content: A seafaring framework inspired by Tom Waits (and Herman Melville (and whoever wrote The Book of Jonah))
Writing: Sets the scene and provides a plethora of options for play
Art/design: Supports the nautical theme subtly but effectively
Usability: Intended more as a toolbox than a unified dungeon or set of mechanics
Concept: “… word has come to you from an old fisherman with great promise. He says he has seen a hulk adrift far from the shore and wants a crew of brave souls to climb aboard and plunder its riches.”
Content: A maritime salvage adventure full of mutiny and mystery
Writing: Lots of atmospheric descriptive text along with well-written letters, stats for black powder and nautical weapons, and a whole slew of monsters
Art/design: Nicely made maps; monochrome palette conveys the sensation of approaching and exploring the ship by night
Usability: Rotblack Sludge-inspired layout is extremely efficient
Content: A surreal trip inside a very unique octopus.
Writing: Absurdist landscapes, “weather”, and loot to disorient your players.
Art/design: Public domain octopus ingestion. In a digestible layout.
Usability: Eight invitations to wild, wet, and weird adventure.
Content: An adventure filled with maritime weirdness and cosmic horror; includes a corruption rule
Writing: Sharp and esoteric in descriptive text but clear and efficient when addressing mechanics
Art/design: A variety of layouts and visual styles ranging from brooding to vibrant
Usability: Isolated island setting makes this a good option for anyone seeking a survival-horror adventure
Content: 5 days of random labors and encounters on a ghost ship
Writing: Generally grim in tone with dashes of verbal (and even mechanical) humor
Art/design: Colors and images beautifully support the otherworldly background
Usability: Minimal prep required (other than rolling 4:3)