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Corny Groń (Black Peak)

Concept: “Based on Pelle Nilsson’s Dark Fort, but with Polish Carpathians Mountains folklore’s flavor”
Content:
Adapts and builds on the Dark Fort concept with wilderness locales, dungeons, and thematic enemies and items
Writing:
More elaborate than its source material, but adds more mechanical intricacy and plenty of character
Art/design:
Wiśniewska’s woodcut-inspired illustrations create a distinct sense of time and place
Usability:
Complex but not overly complicated

Darker Forts

Concept: “Adds THREE new dungeons and accompanying characters to DARK FORT”
Content:
New settings, characters, monsters, items, and optional rules for solo play; useful for generating themed dungeons on the fly
Writing:
Primarily informational but with just the right amount of creative flair
Art/design:
Strongly reminiscent of Dark Fort
Usability: Like its predecessor, each variant fits on one sheet of paper; doesn’t include custom character sheets

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

Letters of the Damned

Concept: “A supplement for Quill that immerses the player in the dark fantasy world of MÖRK BORG”
Content:
A letter-writing solo game
Writing:
Expressive but clear in its descriptive and instructional text
Art/design:
Includes some public domain illustrations and other visual elements for variety and appeal; text is presented efficiently and arranged appropriately according to density per page
Usability:
Requires Quill rules to play; could also be used as inspiration for, or a mini-game in, standard Mörk Borg

Lörd

Concept: “Build the family tree of a fictional ruling family.  Record the monstrosities they faced and the choices they made.”
Content:
A solo journaling game based on
Lineage and set in the courts of the Dying World
Writing:
Establishes the bleak tone intended for gameplay with lots of variety in the table results
Art/design:
Layouts vary from section to section for easier visual navigation when flipping/scrolling
Usability:
Linearly laid out for progress through each ruler’s lifespan; also a good source of adventure hooks and long-term plots for standard games

Mörk Borg Solo Rules

Concept: “Want to play solo between your weekly games? Want to practice to get familiar with the game, and try generating new ideas, and getting as Mörky Borgy as you can alone? These rules are for you.”
Content:
A simple, concise system for running a solo game
Writing:
Uses a straightforward, conversational tone with clear instructions
Art/design:
Designed for easy reading and use rather than visual style
Usability:
Instructions are broken down into short, manageable points; calls for various other supplements and resources, all of which are free online 

Og Magog's Pig Farm

Concept: “A story based on Xiu Xiu lyrics and my life story”
Content:
A narrative with two branch points and many unfortunate branches
Writing:
Heavy on pathos with visceral and darkly surrealistic imagery
Art/design:
Uses various typefaces for visual emphasis and illustrations that lend emotive effect
Usability:
“Beware, this thing is heavy and has a lot of content warnings. It's about abuse.”

One Flew Over the Basilisk’s Nest

Concept: “Overcome your addiction or be taken into God’s Stronghold, where you will be taught the ways of the false prophet ‘Yaweh.’”
Content:
A substance-fueled mini-adaptation of Kesey’s novel to Mörk Borg
Writing:
Clear delivery of instructions; some subtle but appropriate choices blur the line between psychiatric patient and religious zealot
Art/design:
Emulates a bureaucratic form to visually emphasize the core concept
Usability:
More of a loose scenario with guiding mechanics than a dungeon or full adventure, but a fun opportunity for roleplaying and weirdness

Rühtra’s Oracle

Concept: “Either by choice or by curse you adventure in painful solitude.”
Content:
A lightweight solo oracle designed for Mörk Borg
Writing:
Includes Yes/No oracle, random events and their character, and tables for answering open questions
Art/design:
A clean, easily navigable layout with on-brand graphic design
Usability:
Some ambiguity regarding when to roll Random events; otherwise, a handy on-the-fly tool for GMs as well

ShadowClink

Concept: “Escape the dungeon of the Shadow King!”
Content:
An adventure for the Sölitary Defilement solo-play ruleset; includes scenario setup, encounters, NPCs, special rooms, and rules for backtracking
Writing:
Well written and easy to read with evocative language that helps build the experience
Art/design:
Designed and laid out for clarity and ease of use, but the colors and chain graphics provide some appropriate character
Usability:
Requires Sölitary Defilement to play solo, but also makes a pretty good random dungeon generator for standard play as well

Sölitary Defilement

Concept: “An engine of lonesome death”
Content:
A sprawling supplement with comprehensive rules and tables for solo play
Writing:
Straightforward, second-person instruction in the main text; also includes a sample of play
Art/design:
Clean, linear textual layouts and presentations with on-brand typographical choices to delineate structure; illustrations set a lonely, macabre atmosphere; also includes a handy flowchart for daily activities
Usability:
Calls for the use of other supplements and tools, but in itself, a thorough kit for dying alone & miserable, including multiple useful documents for record-keeping

We Die Alone

Concept: “A solo roleplaying supplement for Mörk Borg”
Content: Rules tweaks, advice for setting scenes and building narrative arcs, and mechanics for GM-less play
Writing: A mix of game mechanics and metagame guidance
Art/design: Liberal layouts and more subdued design than some Mörk Borg publications, but still on-brand
Usability: Not as comprehensive as some other solo toolkits but it’ll get the job done

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