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1990s Proto-Folklore

Concept: “A handful of classes and items that are, if not yet proper folk lore, on the verge of reaching full folkloredom, pulled from the deep well that is 1990's culture.”
Content:
Two character classes (one based on a movie starring Brandon Lee, the other on a comic by Bill Waterson) and a handful of items inspired by iconic films
Writing:
Elegantly captures its source materials’ respective characters
Art/design:
That rug really ties the page together
Usability:
Typographical hierarchy makes for easy navigation

36 Occult Curios

Concept: “A rehash of my LotFP compatible release Examples of the Dark Arts Vol. 02”
Content:
Three dozen items comparable in power to occult treasures and class-specific gear
Writing:
Each item features a short paragraph with qualitative and mechanical descriptions (and stat blocks as called for)
Art/design:
Designed and laid out for easy reading with some esoteric atmosphere
Usability:
Numbered 1 - 36, so rolling random items will require some renumbering

4d20 swords which are not +1

Concept: “As you pick up the weapon you feel power and dread. It has history, it has a will. It wants you to kill. It enables you to kill. You're not the same anymore.”
Content: 4d20 swords. +1d20 quests. Not +1.
Writing: Blades of unusual manufacture, dubious history, and questionable reliability. Just like the Scvm who wield them.
Art/design: Bold display fonts over a finely ground body. Colors that are torn, scratched, flecked, spattered, and rolled.
Usability: Compatible with Mörk Borg, but also fairly system agnostic. 

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

A Discarded and Damned Shield

Concept: “A discarded shield lays before you... there should be a corpse attached.”
Content: A shield/portal, or portal/shield?
Writing: Strong use of sensory elements make the shields discovery a minor encounter.
Art/design: Focal central shield illustration in neon pink with yellow sigils 
Usability: Use as a plot point or unpleasant surprise. 

A Farewell to Arms

Concept: “A record of Paladins’ dealings with the scum of the dying world and contains … the fullness of the everlasting virtue of uptight and haughty Paladins.”
Content:
Includes weapons, hirelings, monsters, and classes—most of Mörk Borg’s main food groups
Writing:
Mostly descriptions and mechanical features of each entry, but also includes some thematic literary quotations
Art/design:
A huge array of public domain art in a variety of styles with some original artwork to boot
Usability:
Highly modular and great for a snack

Amber Tankard of Satyrn

Concept: “It is said that a glass or two helps to be more self-confident. A sip from this mug strips anyone of any inhibitions and common sense.”
Content: A tankard. It’s for drinking.
Writing: Rough and rowdy mechanics that are spoiling for a fight.
Art/design: A montage of drinking consequences orbits a God-tier tankard, even the text leans under the influence.
Usability: Designed with inebriation in mind.

Anecdotes

Concept: “Some wizard, who couldn’t be bothered to light up a fire, decided to summon a fire demon and trap it in a lantern.”
Content: A very bored lantern.
Writing: Mischievous and open-ended. A spark to be ignited at your table. 
Art/design: A scvm reading a story to their demon lantern. Framed by boxed text 
Usability: Keep it occupied, or it will keep you occupied. 

A Pale Ground Covering All

Concept: “All manner of winged pests fill the air of Grift. The endless buzzing is an annoyance, but hardly dangerous. Yet King Sigfúm knows they are no mere pests.”
Content: A maggot-infested portal-fueled laboratory crawl.
Writing: Squirms with body horror, filth, and promises of change for your unlucky scvm. Though the details of that change are left to the reader.
Art/design: Filthy full page illustrations envelope a clean two column layout with mini maps and tidy spot illustrations. 
Usability: Doesn’t sacrifice substance for style. 

Apir's Viscid Materials

Concept: “Oh Apir. Caterwauling amidst a thundering swarm of black motes. A shame to think that all that sweetness rotted his jaw clean off.”
Content:
An insect-based (particularly bees) set of items with an extra bonus for collecting all 4 parts
Writing:
Clear descriptions with creative flavor and imagery that appeals to the five senses
Art/design:
Black graphics against yellow ground reinforce the apiary motif; images include characteristic Mörk Borg grunginess and splatteriness
Usability:
Clearly writing and discrete segmentation make these items intuitive to use

Apocrypha

Concept: “They thought that all of Anuk Schleger's Scriptures were uncovered. I wish they had been right.”
Content: Rules, Tables, Character Traits, Diseases, Treatment & Body Mods, Dungeons, Bounties, Followers, Gear, Summoning, Monsters, Monstrous Classes. A little of everything.
Writing: A variety show with distinct blends of humor and horror throughout.
Art/design: Dementedly scrawled art and public domain images cut through with Mörk Borgian Design Sensibilities
Usability: Clear rules, table of contents, thoughtful page references at the beginning of the monster section. 

A Polearm to Plunge into Someone Rotten

Concept: “Six polearms charged with magical energy to find hidden in the darkest crypt or fortress.”
Content:
An assortment of macabre and arcane weapons
Writing:
Includes compelling lore and mechanics for each polearm
Art/design:
Descriptions are distinct and proximal to their respective illustrations, which are full of character and detail
Usability:
Rather powerful by Mörk Borg base standards, but not without hazards and drawbacks

Armaments of the Damned

Concept:Grossly unbalanced, a danger to your players health!”
Content:
6 items as lethal to the users as to their foes
Writing:
Provides a balance of lore, description, and mechanics
Art/design:
Well-organized and appropriately colored layouts with some lovely artwork
Usability:
Some of these items have more complex effects that will need to be tracked

A (sometimes) Spiked Flail to the Face

Concept: “Six magical/cursed flails to discover in the deepest bog or dungeon.”
Content: A set of unique and creative weapons, most of which are lethal to target and wielder alike
Writing: Descriptive, compelling, and occasionally humorous
Art/design: Flails are depicted in silhouette, giving the reader’s imagination opportunity to fill in the gaps
Usability: Avoid contact with eyes and face

*Published prior to release of the formal third-party license
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