Content: Contains setup, gossip, hooks, random encounters, minor loot, and the dungeon itself
Writing: A balanced mix of description and mechanics, all fairly concise
Art/design: Solid design, both graphic and typographic
Usability: Adopts Rotblack Sludge’s extremely efficient dungeon presentation
Concept: “Adds THREE new dungeons and accompanying characters to DARK FORT”
Content: New settings, characters, monsters, items, and optional rules for solo play; useful for generating themed dungeons on the fly
Writing: Primarily informational but with just the right amount of creative flair
Art/design: Strongly reminiscent of Dark Fort
Usability: Like its predecessor, each variant fits on one sheet of paper; doesn’t include custom character sheets
Concept: “A mysterious moonlit manor – home to a retired adventurer in the midst of a terrible transformation”
Content: A horror-themed, investigative adventure
Writing: Highly focused on delivering important details and atmosphere with a minimum of words
Art/design: Clean, neat layouts optimized for easy use
Usability: The narrative surprise and subtlety may be lost on players who tend to rush in with swords drawn
Content: Dinner and a murder mystery with an interdimensional twist and an escalating fear mechanic
Writing: Primarily descriptive; incorporates relatively few formal components
Art/design: Designed for reading and prep before play rather than heavy in-game usage
Usability: Does not provide stats for NPCs
Content: Four rooms and tables of major and minor treasures
Writing: Concise but descriptive with occult imagery
Art/design: Graphics are more atmospheric than illustrative images
Usability: Discrete text blocks laid out for easy use
Content: A fire-themed mansion crawl
Writing: Extremely concise but with enough bizarre detail to fuel the imagination
Art/design: Good use of color to guide focus and to add character in key places
Usability: Pamphlet is nicely laid out for quick, easy use in-game
Concept: “You receive a party invitation from the owner of the lavish lakeside mansion next to the guesthouse where you’ve been staying.”
Content: Yes. It’s a Gatsby-inspired mansion crawl.
Writing: Overflowing with character and wit
Art/design: A very clean and appropriate design in the manner of Rotblack Sludge
Usability: Extremely well laid out and efficient
Content: A glamorous/decrepit manor crawl full of hospitality/horror.
Writing: Understated and effective horror which carefully unravels and presents itself across both the black/white pages.
Art/design: A duality of black/white denotes the influence of Verhu’s Blind on the perceptions of the inspired. Alterations and reversals of associated imagery enhance the central theme.
Usability: Redundancy and parallel between the black/white versions of each spread allow for ease of reference regardless of your scvm’s sobriety during the adventure.