Content: For only .66¢
Writing: A variety of torments ranging from the simple boiled cat to a genital prodding celestial. All with deleterious ties to the Dying Lands.
Art/design: Malformed illustrations in a variety of styles from the public domain and creative commons, and portions of an album cover.
Usability: Grab a d6. It’s only .66¢.
Content: A sinful floating prison crawl.
Writing: Creative framing which reflects Anthelia’s court intrigue in each tortured soul and accursed deck.
Art/design: Illustrations that channel the influence of the seven, and their sins.
Usability: Randomization elements enhance replayability.
Content: Contains detailed information about the settings as well as copious random tables
Writing: Very text heavy, and the writing carries a lot of the descriptive weight
Art/design: Fairly straightforward single-column layout in black and white with some yellow highlights and lots of grody illustrations
Usability: Includes a separate handout of images and maps for the players
Content: A 12-room semi-aquatic dungeon
Writing: Well written with lots of character and atmospheric details
Art/design: Primarily uses the clean, clear style of Rotblack Sludge
Usability: Layouts and design make this simple and easy to run
“To the south, and to the west, to the place where land becomes liquid and oozes into the Endless Sea. Far beyond Targ-Dungel and the festering swamps of the Rotlands lies Fattvëlland, the Great Slick.
Content: An oil-slicked, guttering, forgotten lantern crawl. With two suffocating dungeons, petroleum-rich expanses, demented myths, and many muddled secrets.
Writing: A melancholy-soaked Molotov, light on memory, heavy with misery. Ready to ignite.
Art/design: Moisture-stained maps, brooding and heavily manipulated photographs, and dark illustrations over an ironclad layout.
Usability: Strong hierarchy and clean legible text. The accompanying album drones in perfect accompaniment.
Content: A guidebook to the abyss and its transformations. 9 “Locations”, 12 occult relics, Chaos, 6 denizens of the abyss, D77 Corpses, arcane Miseries, a dungeon generator, and a damn anti-puzzle. Not to mention the included chance at rebirth.
Writing: Highly symbolic, deeply layered. At times tragic, ironic, paradoxical, and funny. You’ll get out what you put in. Honestly, “Do what thou wilt”
Art/design: A gorgeous physical specimen, clad in textured pink and gold.
Usability: Strong map illustrations, stylized headers, and clear structure lend clarity to a chaotic realm.
Content: A tumorous corruption of a monstrous manual, starting with the letter A.
Writing: A thorough satire of its source material, suitable for the bleak humor of a surreal and ultimately doomed setting.
Art/design: Monstrous photo-bashing that blends classical elegance with downright ridiculousness.
Usability: Text balancing utility and style from entry to entry.
Content: 40+ nightmarish monsters, a vampire-like class, lore, tables, a dungeon.
Writing: Renford P. Logan’s journalistic endeavors frame this collection of strongly themed creatures and locales. Realistic portrayals of disturbing events lend weight to the creatures and locales. It is enjoyable to both read and reference.
Art/design: Characterful two-tone illustrations and text elements in a balanced layout. Reserved but impactful use of color.
Usability: Thematic organization in a strong table of contents make for low prep referencing.
Content: I’ll give you one guess...
Writing: A shrieking void of teeth and fins. With stats to match.
Art/design: A gritty, toothy mass. Armored in failed attempts on its life.
Usability: Don't go in the water.
Content: A character class adapted to aquatic environs
Writing: Class options provide mechanics, color, and some humor
Art/design: Illustration helps to visualize the characteristic transformations
Usability: Aquatically oriented but usable in landlocked situations as well
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 big fvckin’ crab.
Writing: Tentative proof that crabs are the utilitarian end of all evolution.
Art/design: I'm pretty sure that crab is gnawing into a human torso. The crab is yellow, the flesh is pink.
Usability: In the Dying Lands, crab picks you.
Concept: “The crew of the Unjust must retrieve the Heart of the Sea, a relic said to be in the clutches of shipwreck-luring Sirens.”
Content: A perilous nautical adventure with stats for characters, monsters, and mechanics for maritime hazards
Writing: Provides the necessary information and atmosphere but avoids being prolix
Art/design: Primarily textual but well organized, and includes some illustrations with an OSR feel
Usability: Mostly presented in bullet points, which makes skimming and quick reference easier; download includes graphic and text-only versions
Content: A scvm induced natural disaster waiting to happen.
Writing: A paradise engineered for deliberate and malicious misunderstandings.
Art/design: A wholesome and easily navigable minimap. A clean plaintext layout to sully with your scvmmy fingers.
Usability: Easy to print. East to read. Easy to play.