“The heretics rise...
Content: Three heretical religions along with their followers, artifacts, seats of power, and teachings.
Writing: Three faiths enshrined in text. With histories and doctrines proving how fertile cults can spring forth from the infertile soil of a dying world.
Art/design: Design elements and illustrations mingle in rapturous heretical rites.
Usability: Visual and textual motifs allow for easy navigation between the faiths during play.
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: 6 thematic hazards and stats for some pretty brutal basilisks
Writing: Clear descriptions with a healthy dose of humor
Art/design: Fits a fair amount of content efficiently onto one page alongside some nice graphic elaborations of the base image
Usability: Can be used as an overlay for another dungeon to add extra character and lethality
Content: Feast your eyes to an old god of the forest.
Writing: Strong thematic elements established in both background and environmental description.
Art/design: Haunting illustration by Waclaw supports an ominous yet understated layout.
Usability: You won’t get caught up in this web.
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Content: A trio of unknowable gods, brought low for Forbidden Psalm.
Writing: Powerful and game-altering entities that impact or produce entire scenarios.
Art/design: A kaleidoscope of overlayed images and patterns, with text intermingling with the images in hostile and alien configurations.
Usability: Again, aggressively toying with the concept of legibility. It’s not unreadable, but you may have to work for parts of it.
“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: 19 sanity-shaking creatures. d66 delusional prompts to manage the fallout.
Writing: A thorough mix of indescribable humor and horror. With a fantastical sanity system that won’t take your players out of the game.
Art/design: Impressionistic and inked illustrations capture both the silly and the strange.
Usability: Text which balances between utility and style from passage to passage.
Content: Includes stats for various cultists and rules for torture and trauma; some interesting rules interactions
Writing: Clear and concise with entertaining cultural and metagame references
Art/design: Nice public domain art (some color-enhanced) sets the tone for individual cults
Usability: Pstress rules are a bit complex but robust rather than complicated
Content: A drug-fueled, rage-filled, blood-slick temple crawl—and berserker death race.
Writing: A lovingly crafted starter adventure, that guides new scvm through a bloodthirsty rage dungeon.
Art/design: Cunningly designed mini-maps, clever symbols, and layout blend utility and aesthetics seamlessly.
Usability: Not quite printer-friendly, but as legible as it is gorgeous.
Content: A rambling religious scvm to add to your Forbidden Psalm warband.
Writing: A simple and largely un-sophistic in its babble
Art/design: Clustered text surrounds the scene of an eager prophet, mid-sacrifice.
Usability: Slightly incoherent.
Concept: “Its followers claim that any who is swallowed by the god shall be reborn, expelled from its lower body free of pain and disease.”
Content: A heavyweight monster that
Writing: Compelling description of the devourer along with tables for ingestion effects
Art/design: Visually well organized; illustration frames the text and obscures the creature, which is a neat choice
Usability: Smooth, just like PCs through a giant maggot-god
Content: The wickhead lifecycle, illuminated.
Writing: Frankly, murderous. Violence deified and made manifest.
Art/design: Jagged text and forcefully carved collage work.
Usability: Stylized body text sacrifices some legibility. Probably on a bloody altar.
Content: A frenzied mob is overtaking Grift, do something about it.
Writing: Deified mob violence unifies multiple sessions in Grift and provides a potential antagonist for long-term play.
Art/design: Design elements convey the compulsions of a waking god. Consistent use of public domain image backdrops.
Usability: Thoughtful design elements on a large-scale aid in utility and navigation.