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Babalon's Hangover 2

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Concept: “A bestiary brimmed with 105 pages, 42+ Occult monsters, including Esoteric scriptures to die for, and Hopeless dungeons to die even more for.”
Content: Monsters and scriptures and dungeons, Oh my!
Writing: Text ranges from bloviated to concise; brisk to simple. But it is reliably miserable.
Art/design: A menagerie of styles as creative and varied as the community which spawned them.
Usability: Divided in three sections with a full index to aid navigation. Entries of varied accessibility and ease of reference at your table. 

Blackpowder Basics

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

Blackpowder Weapons for the Rich and Foolhardy

Concept: “Expensive, exotic, and very loud”
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!

Bog Iron

Concept: “ In the Vales of northern Bergen Chrypt villages harvest bog iron that they charge with blood sacrifes. The area is also plagued by manifesting beliefs. ”
Content:
Includes bog-iron weapons, a map of the area, various encounters, and 7 creatures
Writing:
Adds lots of local color that’s in line with the larger character of the Dying Land
Art/design:
Draws lots of visual tropes from Mörk Borg but still maintains a distinct style
Usability:
Keep it handy in case the party ever ventures through the region (or if you want some nasty weapons and monsters)

Bolo Santizeli’s Prosthetics

Concept: “A strange merchant has come to sell prosthetic arms for those who are short-handed.”
Content:
An inventory of replacement appendages with unique benefits and drawbacks
Writing:
Concise descriptions peppered with witty comments
Art/design:
Optimized for easy use without sacrificing character
Usability:
Don’t forget to add to the Misery count to the roll result

Bonefire

Concept: “A bone taken from the body of a dead witch... it will burn until it is no longer needed.”
Content: A reliable firestarter and effective witch attractant.
Writing: Bare bones, practical, with just a spark of magic.
Art/design: Menacing witches overlook a clean engaging design.
Usability: Please burn responsibly. 

Book of Misery Volume 2: Mork Borg

Concept: “So you're still unprepared??!!!”
Content: A witch’s tome of classes, monsters, artifacts, followers, adventures—and misery.
Writing: Provides exposition to provide backstory to the various monsters, artifacts, and followers to facilitate the unprepared storyteller.
Art/design: Coarse and violent textures produce evocative creature illustrations. Variety in overall design decisions produce a collaborative zine aesthetic.
Usability: Enough content to sprinkle a little variety into your Mörk Borg if you find yourself in need of inspiration.

Boring & Useless

“You loot the corpse of your fallen foe. Searching frantically through its pockets, pouches and bags you find...”

Bork Borg

Concept: “Drastically increases the quantity and variety of dog options”
Content:
Dog breeds, dog-related items, an optional dog-based class, rules for dog PCs (with their own optional classes), and a dog-centered adventure
Writing:
Clearly and affectionately written with a clever shift to the dog’s POV in the dog-PC section
Art/design:
Designed for easy reading and navigation with graphic touches like a dog-head border and pawprints across pages
Usability:
Sit. Stay. Good.

Börk Morgue #666

Concept: “An unofficial zine for a Dying World with words and design”
Content:
Random tables, optional rules for dice & powers & armor/weapons/combat, pointy teeth, monsters & NPCs … and a Börk Morgue & a Maus Borg
Writing:
Presented with a personable tone with plenty of wry wit
Art/design: Loaded with Mörk Borg aesthetic elements, color, and some creative layouts
Usability:
Adds some deeper complexity in some areas (especially complex) and some irreverent variety all around

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

Box of Shadows

Concept: “The dry cracked earth of the city now spews a scentless dark black fog. … Rumors of this substance taking form and hunting down those that travel without a lamp or torch have become ever more prevalent.”
Content:
A sprawling sandbox-style adventure set amidst a sinister miasma emerging in Grift
Writing:
Incorporates copious descriptions, in-game documents, and random tables to add flavor to play; also includes numerous monsters, NPCs, and items
Art/design:
Incorporates original and found art into exuberant designs and diverse layouts
Usability:
Includes copious reference sheets, handouts, and topic-specific indices for GMs and players to use during play; GM-eyes-only material is segregated to facilitate more exciting solo play

Candelabra of Blood

Concept: “It's a candelabra. Of blood. It uses hit points to summon Blood Drenched Skeletons. Or it might turn you into a skeleton. You get to decide.”
Content:
The concept pretty much sums it up.
Writing:
Two clear and concise sentences
Art/design:
A suitably gory figure with a floral ground that keeps the black and white spaces visually interesting
Usability:
For the GM, straightforward; for PCs, potentially lethal and hilarious (unless you’re another PC—then it’s even more lethal)

Censer of Plagues

Concept: “Flecks of ill moisture squirt from the surface of this flail.”
Content: An infectious flail accident waiting to happen.
Writing: A sickly humorous take on a recent plague.
Art/design: A decidedly familiar (and filthy) flail head.
Usability: “‘Wearing a mask prevents the damage and Infection.’” 

Challengers of Vanth

Concept:Challengers of Vanth is renting a VHS from the sci-fi rack at the neighborhood video rental shop after midnight.”
Content: A parody of 70s science-fiction/fantasy pop culture, seen through adolescence, writ Mörk Borg.
Writing: Restructures Mörk Borg to better incorporate TRUE SCIENTIFIC REALISM, with significantly expanded abilities, and interactions between scientific and primitive technologies.
Art/design: Retains the character of early RPG illustration and design.
Usability: A substantial core rulebook, bestiary, starter adventure, and excel character generator as separate files. 

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.

Crypt Guard

Concept: “He fashioned himself an armour with the tombs of his loved ones... It was highly impractical but terribly efficient”
Content: “Heavy” Armor.
Writing: -1d6+2. What more do you want?
Art/design: A menacing tomb gate stands closed before our boxed text. 
Usability: It's also DR+4 to all Agility tests except defense. 

Cthork Borg

Concept: “Gloomy gilded age struggles against cosmic horror”
Content:
A full adaptation of the Mörk Borg core system for weird, investigative horror in the early 20th century
Writing:
An appropriate mix of clear instructional text with more evocative descriptions
Art/design:
More traditional layout and design than some releases, but the colors and illustrations establish the setting and tone well
Usability:
At 120 pages, a bit heftier than the norm

Additional supplements for this conversion are available on the creator's itch page.

d100 Items and Trinkets

Concept: The title says it all
Content: Great for adding colorful details to rooms, corpses, etc.
Writing: Concise but compelling
Art/design: Illustration sets the tone; typography maintains easy readability
Usability:  Roll a d100 or throw a small dagger

d100 Mundane Items

Concept: “Here you will find only those broken, useless things that others have discarded. Which is perhaps why you have found them, broken and useless as you are.”
Content: A list of 100 minor baubles with optional descriptors
Writing: Provides plenty of interesting curios to populate rooms, trash heaps, bazars, corpses, etc.
Art/design: Provides plenty of interesting curios to populate rooms, trash heaps, bazars, corpses, etc.
Usability: Roll d100, consult table, repeat

d30 Necromantic Trappings

Concept: “Summoning the dead and communicating with their spirits is not a vocation for either the foolhardy or ill-prepared.”
Content: For each 3+ items, holder gets a bonus for keeping undead followers
Writing: A suitably macabre roster of items and fetishes
Art/design: Hue and images reinforce the sepulchral tone
Usability: Easy to use and read, letting you devote your attention to wrangling skeletons

d30 Sorcerer’s Possessions

Concept: “The dark arts require more than just the use of unclean scrolls.”
Content: Collect 5 or more and get one auto crit per day when using unclean scrolls
Writing: Some practical items and others simply for flavor or creative use
Art/design: Designed for easy use but includes some esoteric trappings in the background
Usability: A neat tool for spicing up Powers

D3 Items

Concept: “The crumpled body of a dead priest […] Lost in the struggle d3 trinkets lie scattered.”
Content:
3 holy items, two with mixed benefits and drawbacks and one with only bad consequences
Writing:
A paragraph for each, mixing mechanical with qualitative effects
Art/design:
All 3 items are illustrated in the central image; typographical variety in introductory text and item titles contributes to the visual texture and overall tone
Usability:
Clearly delineated blocks for each item; descriptive text is sans serif for easy reading

d40 Exotic Artifacts

Concept: “Strange curios from long forgotten lands or items of power held by ancient sorcerers and magi?”
Content: A collection of items mostly for flavor but potentially useful for creative problem-solving
Writing: Provides some character and flavor outside the Mörk Borg norm
Art/design: Color and design support the concept and writing’s character
Usability: If you can’t find a d40, just divide a d80 in half

d40 Medical Implements

Concept: “The dying world is a dangerous place.  Healing wounds and treating infections is crucial to living just a little longer.”
Content: A collection of items useful for healing in lieu of other means
Writing: Describes a plethora of items and uses
Art/design: Medical flair of the symbolic type
Usability: d40: roll a d4 & a d10 in sequence like you would for a d100, then subtract 9

d50 Alchemy Supplies

Concept:“These alchemy supplies could mean the difference between living a little longer or dying an ignominious death.”
Content: Mechanically sparse, but plenty of objects that could be used in practical and creative ways
Writing: Includes some detailed entries with a variety of uses and purposes
Art/design: Laid out for easy use and reference
Usability: May require some googling of substances and materials

d50 Shamanic Tools

Concept: “These sacred artifacts can enhance your magical formulae, help you call upon the spirits, aid in healing the sick, or permit you to curse your enemies.”
Content: Besides titular list of nature-themed items, includes options for increasing presence and Omens
Writing: Delivers information simply with no undue fuss
Art/design: A straightforward layout with a background that lends flavor and ambience
Usability: Individual items primarily contribute to the buffs mentioned above

d50 Strange Weapons

Concept: “A collection of strange weapons for you Mörk Borg needs”
Content: 5 tables of weapons split across 5 genres of play.
Writing: Thematic, amusing, and occasionally anachronistic.
Art/design: Layout inspired by the Mörk Borg reference section.
Usability: Pick a theme, roll a d10.
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