Concept: “The mother of abominations woke up expecting after a feast held in the pits of doom and gloom.”
Content: 40 diverse monsters to add depth and flavor; many truly striking concepts
Writing: Some evocative prose and poetry; first- and second-person instructional text adds a personal tone but may break immersion for some readers
Art/design: Skillfully captures Mörk Borg’s aesthetic
Usability: Streamlined stat blocks, clear tables, and instructional text for linked entries and creature categories
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.
Content: A stealthy ambush enemy
Writing: Some brief lore and a simple stat block with a sneak attack special ability; also includes lair and loot
Art/design: Minimal text arranged on a detailed and characterful illustration
Usability: Simple and straightforward to use but with potential to add some extra color to a particularly slimy, nasty dungeon
Content: An adaptation of the Aztec deity of night, astrology, and calendrics
Writing: A straightforward stat block with descriptions full of visual and visceral imagery
Art/design: Illustration blends prolific and the macabre elements in a very well-devised and -executed composition
Usability: Potentially dangerous in combat, but well suited (and probably more compelling) in a more narrative or character-driven role
Content: An odd abomination with overtones of memory and trauma
Writing: A concise stat block with a few sentences of descriptive text
Art/design: The layout’s overall gestalt creates a sense of fluid, sinuous motion while maintaining clarity and readability
Usability: Seems well suited to be a lurking, menacing antagonist rather than an overtly combative challenge
Content: A bestial adversary with savage, apocalyptic flavor
Writing: Establishes the character but leaves room for GM interpretation and tweaking
Art/design: Layout balances text with image while creating a sense of dynamism; color draws attention to jaws and claws, emphasizing the monster’s lethality
Usability: High stats and immunity to magic make this a challenge even for hardened scvm
Content: A fairly light-weight monster that’s heavy on character
Writing: A straightforward stat block with descriptive text that adds depth and detail to the concept
Art/design: The full-page illustration reinforces the tone and adds to the atmosphere
Usability: Larger groups may pose more significant challenges to PCs