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Bestiary

Concept: “The artefact which has come into your possession... these notes-however crude they may seem-however cursed and however twisted, are notes that I would guard with my life.”
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. 

Blood Thorns

Concept: “Inextricable wall of bloody brambles”
Content:
A vicious hazard bearing some tasty berries for the brave, foolhardy, or hungry
Writing:
Straightforward descriptions of the mechanics for entanglement and escape
Art/design:
Colors help differentiate text components and differentiate components of the illustration
Usability:
Difficulty and damage intensify as PCs struggle; requires a bit of tracking on the GM’s part 

Böwhoss’ handbook: notes on internal ignition

Concept: “In this volume you will find the most noteworthy, dangerous and strange encounters of my recent voyages.”
Content:
A variety of NPCs, monsters, and other hazards as well as a new scroll, a malevolent mushroom, an optional Misery-related madness, a relatively benign tavern, and a much less benign inn
Writing:
The first-person POV and travelogue style have a folksy and often irreverent tone
Art/design:
Typefaces, engravings, and paintings reinforce the concept while other graphic elements lend some insidious and esoteric atmosphere
Usability:
Includes player-facing handouts that include lore but no mechanics or GM-specific information

Brothers, Plants, and Fog

Concept: “Tread carefully, for you may encounter something you will regret.”
Content: A dynamic duo, a hungry plant, and mysterious fog entities.
Writing: A delightful characterization of exotic vegetation. With concise renditions of both the brothers and the fog.
Art/design: Trusts in the interactivity of art and textual elements in the design.
Usability: Three separate classes of monster for your next game. 

Carnivorous Flora

Concept: “Happy Early Equinox, I got you some flowers!”
Content: These flowers take the concept of edible arrangement to a new level.
Writing: Much less confusing than I feel around this alluring plant.
Art/design: Like a carnivorous plant sent me a postcard.
Usability: Somewhere between murderous chia pet and edible arrangement. 

Crawling Death Below the Dying Forest

Concept: “Beneath the dying forest lies wealth beyond comprehension, magicks all-powerful, and ancient evils which must be stopped!”
Content:
A shifting abyssal dungeon crawl with cursed relics, virulent creations, cults, and deep roots.
Writing:
Epic narrative in scope and scale. A truly impressive creature.
Art/design:
Vicious mixed-media art, earthy maps, and a MASSIVE 23-page table of 54 encounters with accompanying maps.
Usability:
Generate abysms of varying size with the Atmar’s Cardography deck or dice. Supports 4 adventure themes. Connect them all into one labyrinthine abyssal sprawl.

Garth Grimgar’s Guide to the Flora of the Dying World

Concept: “These are the field notes of the famously reclusive Occult Herbmaster Garth Grimgar, found in the ruins of his hut years after his death.”
Content: An Herbmaster’s guide to 16 flora and fauna and their medicinal use.
Writing: Decoctions and their mechanics cleverly disguised as field observations.
Art/design: Weathered, hand-inked visual style achieves a found document aesthetic
Usability: Consistent and legible. Do not try these recipes at home. 

King of Broken Night

Concept: “Delve into the Halls of Droning Bone! Get lost in the Interstitial Tracts! Harvest the power of a localized solar phenomenon! Talk to a sentient slime mold! Wield the magic of effects pedals!
All these curiosities and more yet await in this crenelated and conjured cylinder.”
Content: A modular viscerolithic tower crawl of perpetual aspect.
Writing: Four luxuriously stylized tower floors with enough material to stand alone anywhere in the dying world, wrapped delicately in the glacial resolve of a wizard’s decadent solipsism.   
Art/design: N/A The tower is reconstituting itself and remains plain text… for now.
Usability: Can be consumed in a single grand adventure, or cracked open to pick away at as you please.

Lord of Chains

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Concept:Rob a grave. Steal a blade. Kill the Lord of Chains.
Content: A Graven-Tosk digging, Sarkash roaming, Bastion storming, Shadow King’s prophecy averting point crawl. 
Writing: Energetic and near melodramatic plot sets the tone for a truly torturous adventure.
Art/design: Loud when it ought to be, quiet when it counts. Metal throughout.
Usability: Self-contained, shadowed, and bound in iron chains. 

Oko Tree

Concept: “What does the tree see in your future?”
Content:
An fate-facing encounter transplantable into travel or crawls
Writing:
A concise table of 6 fortunes
Art/design:
Nice synergy of colors, illustration, and background design
Usability:
A d6 tells you what the future holds

Sepulchre of the Swamp Witch

Concept: “In a hidden repository deep in the Slithering Swamp is a witch's altar of glyph-covered roots. They say it can fulfill any wish.”
Content:
A serpentine sepulchre you’ll wish you never entered.
Writing:
A two-for-one adventure in two modes: sedate & completely stoned.
Art/design:
Mind-blowing emerald hued hallucinations, a venomously detailed map, with a sober adventure layout.
Usability:
Each scvm can (try to) decide how trippy they want the adventure to be.

The Aching Wood

Concept: "Winne-the-Pooh meets MÖRK BORG! " 
Content: A hex crawl made in the public domain.
Writing: More melancholic than morbid. A slowly fading innocence that questions whether it existed at all.
Art/design: Delicate corruption of the children’s book style reinforces a sense of flagging innocence.
Usability: You won’t get lost in these woods.

The Crypt of the Heretical Botanist Margar Veit

Concept: “Denounced by the Church for HERESY, MARGAR was hunted by the inquisition, but never found. Until, perhaps, now.”
Content: This pamphlet dungeon leads deep to the loamy soil of an unholy botanist's crypt.
Writing: The lore planted in each encounter sheds light on the extent of Veit’s heretical horticultural experiments. 
Art/design: Easy to reference in all three versions. Clear isometric map with a morbid botanical flourish.
Usability: Pamphlets available in print-friendly and full color versions. With a digital version for phone/tablet reference. Suitable as a cold open, requires a forest to begin the adventure as written. 
 

The Glass Herbarium

Concept: “The Herbarium is beautiful and warm. It grows fruits and vegetables despite the snow. And just one taste of the bright red apples that grow inside its glass walls is enough to bewitch a man.”
Content: A location adventure featuring glass, destructible flooring, and plants that probably want to do dreadful things to you.
Writing: The Glass Herbarium’s concise efficient prose blooms into a brilliant, weird fantasy adventure.
Art/design: Consistently clean art and layout hint at a glass sanctuary protected from the scvm of the dying world. 
Usability: Clean but not sterile. Strong stylistic hierarchy makes for easy navigation and reference during play. 

The Grapes of Psych

Concept: “Ravel, the exuberant goat ogre necromancer… has been kidnapping local villagers. Track him to the vineyard which he has made into his depraved and psychedelic lair.”
Content: An ogre powered, wine fueled, zombie infested, psychedelic crossword puzzle dungeon.
Writing: Manages to build a disturbingly coherent theme from a crossword puzzle selection, all while making a Goat Ogre into something truly menacing.
Art/design: Map inspired by a crossword puzzle. Well-chosen Goat Ogre art.
Usability: Visit the vineyard, drink the wine, deathmatch a Goat Ogre.
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