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Stein Hansen

4 Flayed Faces

Concept: “They will grant the wearer unclean powers but at the most gruesome of cost.”
Content:
Four masks with a diverse spread of granted abilities
Writing:
Focused on clean delivery of the masks’ effects
Art/design:
Noh masks, paper texture, and kanji establish a distinct cultural theme
Usability:
Spiral text may be challenging to read but is an interesting design choice; the masks themselves may serve as a compelling adventure hook

Babalon’s Hangover

Concept: “The mother of abominations woke up expecting after a feast held in the pits of doom and gloom.”
Content: 40 diverse monsters to add depth and flavor; many truly striking concepts
Writing: Some evocative prose and poetry; first- and second-person instructional text adds a personal tone but may break immersion for some readers
Art/design: Skillfully captures Mörk Borg’s aesthetic
Usability: Streamlined stat blocks, clear tables, and instructional text for linked entries and creature categories

Black Adder

Concept: “A submission to the Babalonian jam!”
Content:
Danger noodle (sometimes called a nope rope)
Writing:
Stat block and a mechanically straightforward but still twisted special ability
Art/design:
An object lesson in pictures being worth a thousand words
Usability:
Special damage adds more nuance to an already sturdy monster

Black Shuck

Concept: “An aphotic fur that almost seems invisible to the naked eye.”
Content:
A formidable four-legged opponent
Writing:
Quick, concise stat block
Art/design:
Relatively conservative but with an expressive illustration
Usability:
A challenge for lower- and even mid-level scvm; dog biscuits probably won’t improve its reaction

BOG

Concept: “Submission for Babalonian Jam!”
Content:
A handy horror
Writing:
A stat block with a pair of Specials
Art/design:
Integration of title with illustration is wonderfully creepy and fitting for the concept
Usability:
May give PCs the munchies (for hand meat)

Death Rope

Concept: “Submission for Babalonian Jam!”
Content:
A sneaky centipede that mimics rope and then kills you (hence the name)
Writing:
Stats and Special, straight and to the point
Art/design:
Skullipede front and center
Usability:
A good “gotcha!” hazard for malicious GMs

Gargantuan Ectoparasite

Concept: “The size of a castle.”
Content:
A monstrous, scavenging vermin
Writing:
Direct and to the point
Art/design:
Giant and ugly
Usability:
Seriously lethal—but you can ride it

Halls of Purgatory

Concept: “The PC(s) […] find themselves in a furniture and home accessories dungeon.”
Content:
An endless nightmare of forced commerce
Writing:
Concise with subtle humor; highly effective in both capacities
Art/design:
Look at the map. Realize you’re in hell.
Usability:
Escape is an option, but winning isn’t

Head Eater

Concept: “A submission to the Babalonian jam!”
Content:
A monster that cuts your head off and then uses it as armor. Awesome.
Writing:
Stat block and special ability description deliver necessary information with diction and imagery that support the creature concept
Art/design:
Stylized title and unobtrusive text place due emphasis on the illustration
Usability:
Potentially lethal for any PC who relies on keeping their head attached

Jinn

Concept: “A creature for the Babalonian jam!”
Content:
An anti-wish granting monster
Writing:
A modest stat block and a qualitative special ability
Art/design:
Shrouded, horned-monster-headed dude—not scary at all
Usability:
Not to be confused with gin, but both will leave you unhappy

Kennels of Karnage

Concept: “A short adventure about saving lost dogs”
Content:
A 10-room dungeon with an additional class, a short solo prequel, variant Misery, and exclusive monster
Writing:
Sharp and full of character
Art/design:
Clearly, cleanly laid out with evocative illustrations
Usability:
Includes death and abuse of animals, but nothing graphic or explicit

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

Knight Mannequin

Concept: “Even trying on your new armor in this dying world can be deadly.”
Content:
A monster mimicking a suit of armor
Writing:
A short paragraph of flavor text, stat block, and a rule for retail ambush
Art/design:
Juxtaposes text and image against an interesting multi-textured ground
Usability:
Handy for GMs who really want to catch PCs with their guards down

Margoth

Concept: “Submission for Babalonian Jam!”
Content:
A corruption-based monster
Writing:
Quick, concise stat block
Art/design:
Illustration’s reticulations reinforce the Special’s effects
Usability:
May cause abrupt character death through damage or transformation

Mörk Beard

Concept: “A face to be worn by the PCs”
Content:
Another beard fit for Tony Vasinda
Writing:
Two short sentences full of baleful beardiness
Art/design:
Comes with a free face attached
Usability:
Obey the beard.

Nameless Pilgrim

Concept: “Explorers in the further regions of experience. Demons to some, angels to others.”
Content:
A name-themed monster/person who steals letters instead of dealing damage
Writing:
The descriptive text handles its nontraditional content well and maintains a strong tone
Art/design:
Flat ground and simple typography bring out the illustration’s contours and details
Usability:
Especially lethal against PCs with short names
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