Content: Rules for WWMörk casualties to live by.
Writing: A dry, technical, and familiar gallows humor reminds us war (and bureaucracy) never dies.
Art/design: The unmoving efficiency of bureaucracy meets the soft tissue of the casualties it consumes.
Usability: Plain text organized by the alphanumeric keys of an old technical manual.
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
Content: A variety of firearms, ammunition, and special rules for using them
Writing: Concise general and item-specific mechanics
Art/design: Uses the illustration and ground to differentiate general mechanics and categories of arms
Usability: It’s a spiked arquebus blast to the face!
Content: A trigger-happy township with some heavy-duty arms
Writing: Provides some context for the encounter and mechanics for getting shot by a blunderbuss
Art/design: Good use of color and form to pick out significant information
Usability: Provides the basics and leaves lots of room for the GM to make it their own
Content: Hellish machinations and their pilots, Angels of Sin and sigils carved in flesh, adventures in “the broken earth”.
Writing: Apocalyptic in both scope and tone. Sweeping. Violent. Occasionally biblical.
Art/design: A frenetic collage style recontextualizes public domain imagery into a tortured reality. Rules organized in a distressed newspaper layout.
Usability: Stylized language may require the occasional divine inspiration.
Content: A cursed six-shooter and plausible deniability.
Writing: A devilish spin on a western trope.
Art/design: Man, Beast, and Gun clash in subtly colored lithographic print.
Usability: A clean, color-matched, and legible design.
Content: A Mörk Borg adventure and Slipgate into the world of Qvke Borg
Writing: Efficiently describes the many dynamic environmental effects and triggers the define Quake level design in text.
Art/design: Sickeningly detailed map with bold colors that emulate classic Quake texture. Clean text layout with efficient sidebars for each room.
Usability: Surprisingly self-contained, only the explosive rules require Qvke Borg to run. Excellent preview to the full Qvke Borg experience.
Content: A standalone gaslamp era gothic horror expansion for Forbidden Psalm, including 15 creatures of the night, infections, and a gothic horror themed campaign of grisly nocturnal scenarios.
Writing: Familiar horror tales stalk just beyond the illumination provided by clear mechanics and crisp scenarios.
Art/design: An elegantly restrained palette of red, black, and white. Shadowed by macabre illustrations in a variety of styles.
Usability: Clear index, reliable sections, quick reference, roster sheets, and consistent formatting make it a utilitarian wargaming rulebook.
Content: An industrialized apocalypse. Full of soot, powder, ordnance cults, and demons.
Writing: A miserable reflection on industrialization, forged by the dying world.
Art/design: Neon yellow illustration muted with gray soot and black text.
Usability: Loosely regulated but within tolerances.
Content: A siege beast scrap-crawl.
Writing: A direct and accessible style with thematic core mechanics.
Art/design: Gritty maps, illustrations, and script that blend smoothly
Usability: Elongated text may hinder reading. Siege Beast included in Powderburned Scoundrel.
Content: A trench fighting, organ grafting, hell of a war. A complete setting and ruleset, you just need to survive it.
Writing: Bleak, bombastic, and apocalyptic. Bursting with the kind of body horror which blurs the line between man and machine.
Art/design: The tortured linework of characters invoke a hellish atmosphere in just a few spare illustrations.
Usability: Self-contained and accessible plaintext. Available in Swedish and English.
Content: Special Mission. Bacon.Cabin.Magic, mercenaries, secret weapons, bunker comforts, things to do with flares.
Writing: The absurdity of war, and of secrets valued above human life, decontextualized.
Art/design: Edited photographs and near-watercolor renditions of the trenches in a unifying palette.
Usability: Designed for Forbidden Psalm: The Last War.
Content: Manuscripts, weapon mods, bayonets (and how to use them), four commanding mercenaries, and one hell of a train.
Writing: Concise, orderly, and at times bizarre. Like the bureaucratic anarchy of war.
Art/design: Thomas the Tank Engine never looked so mean.
Usability: Requires Forbidden Psalm: The Last War
Concept: starring Rutger Hauer
Content: Standard class profile with a table of one-liners
Writing: An even split between mechanics and flavor
Art/design: Medieval hobo. Medieval shotgun. Lots of spatter.
Usability: Background conflicts with some of the non-critical flavor text
Content: Complete rules for bioweapon fueled modern survival horror, with a swamp crawling starter scenario.
Writing: A detailed alternate history setting with mechanics emphasizing resource management, body horror, and tactical dismemberment.
Art/design: Neoclassical & romantic oil paintings and biological illustrations juxtapose a partially collapsed 2080 setting in single column layout.
Usability: A robust table of contents, utilitarian layout, rules reference, and character sheet aid in reference to this slightly more robust ruleset.