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Greyson Yandt

Album Crawl

19 contributors
Concept: “A collection of deafening dungeons and auditory misadventures for MÖRK BORG.”
Content:
22 music-inspired settings and scenarios; many intriguing rules and foes; alternate Miseries; a whole spread of punishments for unruly dice
Writing:
Variously fascinating and horrifying
Art/design:
Widely variegated but all nicely done
Usability:
A couple atypical layouts that reward a bit of scrutiny and patience

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

Carousing in the Dying World

Concept: “A PC can ‘get better’ […] by carousing.”
Content:
Spend money and time to increase attributes and gain traits, items, recruits, etc.; clever use of simultaneous dice rolls
Writing:
Clear and thoroughly entertaining
Art/design:
Subdued but easy on the eyes
Usability:
GM may need to consult additional supplements; in itself, perfectly usable

This entry was sponsored by the creator as part of the Ex Libris RPG crowdfunding campaign.
“I paid $50 just to tell you that I made this in Microsoft PowerPoint. Also, in hindsight, it is sorely lacking in pulsating anuses. Ani? Eh. You get it.”

Cultists of Dying Gods

Concept: “Many of those in the dying world still cling to dying gods—ironically, inquisitors most of all. Most of these dying gods need you to torture or be tortured.”
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

Cult of Mörkius

Concept: “It's Mörkin' time. #MörkiusSweep”
Content: The story of Otel Deraj and a plague of Mörkius apologists.
Writing: Interesting mechanics for a hypnotic monster. Its fangs are drip with satire.
Art/design: Arguably classier than its original subject matter.
Usability: Whatever you do, do not praise Mörkius. That’s how it begins. 

d6 ARKFORT

Concept: “Begin your perilous journey into the ARKFORT. No GM to save you; yet, if you are too cowardly to venture alone, rope some friends into your misery.”
Content: The macro game to Dark Forts micro game.
Writing: Complementary resource management mechanisms and other complications add depth to Dark Fort's light gameplay.
Art/design: An effective, if dense, text layout harkening back to early digital office correspondence. Some not-so-traditional elements produce the sense of a found document.
Usability: More robust than traditional Mörk Borg fare but rewarding in equal measure. 

Dental Manvscript

Concept: “A supplement for MÖRK BORG that you can really sink your teeth into.”
Content:
Options for the teeth in your head and in your pocket
Writing:
Good technical expositions and well-placed humor
Art/design:
Definitely lives up to the title
Usability:
Self-contained mechanics are simple to navigate

Feculence

Concept: “Start on the backside!”
Content: A dung’eon crawl to play on the toilet.
Writing: Filthy and fun. A delightfully nutty rules texture with the occasional crunch.
Art/design: Unexpectedly clean text layout. Perfectly legible on paper. Less so on toilet paper.
Usability: Available in A5 and half-letter. Accommodations for public bathroom play are provided in extras. Your results may vary. 

FÖLK-LORE: Fiends, Freaks, & Foes

41 contributors
Concept: “What happens when the lore of our world collides with the Dying World of MÖRK BORG?”
Content:
The first volume of collected FÖLK-LORE Jam entries
Writing:
Varies by author, see individual entries under the FÖLK-LORE Jam tag
Art/design:
Varies by entry; single-page entries are well balanced in spreads
Usability: Varies by entry, but it’s all Mörk Borg—how tough could it be?

Gashadokuro, the Starving Skeleton

Concept: “A fifteen-soldier-tall indestructible spirit, the gashadokuro should provide decent challenge for scvm that have survived a bit too long.”
Content:
An enraged murder machine that uses a Morale pool for attacks and damage
Writing:
Clear explanations of special abilities
Art/design:
Simply but skillfully adapts layout to the source image
Usability:
A bit more complex than most monsters, but in a fun and tactical way

Mörk Maus

Concept: “This zine, although it looks super Mörk Borg, is not compatible with that metal game.”
Content:
The Mörk Borg lore, atmosphere, and aesthetic adapted as a nuclear disaster setting for the Mausritter RPG
Writing:
Equal parts entertaining, endearing, and horrifying
Art/design:
Each contributor captures and conveys the look and feel of Mörk Borg but with appropriate, frequently humorous twists
Usability:
I don’t know Mausritter’s rules, but this makes it look pretty user-friendly

Multiplying Falli

Concept: “steföne bootyman! >>—<3—>”
Content: A wild falli, and it is multiplying.
Writing: Erectile Dysfunction
Art/design: Photograph. Colorful ink on dot paper, printed legal text, and two tone bat imagery over wedge marker on dot paper. Layered elements provide visual texture with shadows. Ink splatter hints at some sort of creative climax.
Usability: Almost a functional monster. Requires GM ruling on to google what a Fallus of Caecilia is.

Of Grey Matters

Concept: “There’s this strange wriggling sensation inside your ears and head.”
Content:
A scenario with stats for NPCs and, of course, mechanics for brainworms; optional content includes additional items and a monster as well as stats for Mausritter
Writing:
Elevates sardonic cynicism to an artform
Art/design:
Linear layout punctuated by shocks of color
Usability:
Easy to digest with well-placed stat blocks

Proceeds go toward curing brainworms IRL

Psyber Devangelist and other Psi-Sci-Fi

Concept: “Electricity, metal, wires, chemistry, circuitry, flesh, blood, a cryptic power—all twisted together to form… you.”
Content:
  A dystopian cyber-horror class with special gear and 6 accompanying cosmic creatures
Writing:
Combines sci-fi alienness with Mörk Borg grimness and humor
Art/design:
  Adapts Mörk Borg’s aesthetic with a neon future
Usability:
A bit crowded in places, but overall nicely laid out with well-placed footnotes 

Séquelle

Concept: “You were hired by a village to hunt a witch who kidnapped over a dozen children. […] They are all singing and holding hands, dancing in a circle in front of a cave.”
Content:
A dark, plague-infested adventure with Pied Piper overtones
Writing:
Text-heavy but accessible thanks to the conversational tone; includes graphic images of suffering
Art/design:
Text overlaying a figurative and literal background image
Usability:
Challenges players with moral conundrums and dilemmas of trust and justice
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