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Concept: “At the outer edge and beyond lies ASKA […] In the inner circle lies the Sea […] In the centre lies the City”
A sketch of a region and its inhabitants
A paragraph devoted to each area; multi-sensory descriptions of each
Typographically differentiates each area and foregrounds its name; text superimposed over a ground of tormented masses
No mechanics, but a good resource for GMs seeking a starting point for their own imaginings


Concept: “The Great and final war that still rages between the vampire lords and hell itself... Hated by all. You are slaves to the abyss or escaped deserters searching for a life and purpose, if these can be found in this dying world.” 
Content: A trench fighting, organ grafting, hell of a war. A complete setting and ruleset, you just need to survive it.
Writing: Bleak, bombastic, and apocalyptic. Bursting with the kind of body horror which blurs the line between man and machine.
Art/design: The tortured linework of characters invoke a hellish atmosphere in just a few spare illustrations.
Usability: Self-contained and accessible plaintext. Available in Swedish and English. 


Concept: “There is nothing but the City.”
A complete, setting-centric RPG based on the Mörk Borg system
Well written with a consistently bleak and visceral tone. (Did you expect anything less?)
Fairly traditional graphic design and layout with illustrations that support the theme well
Verbally and visually graphic in some places

Long Nights

Concept: “A skeletal creature, a prophet and philosopher, dwells upon a mountain of flesh. His touch grants power, escape, and ecstasy; but he is stingy.”
Content: A nocturnal collection of one desert, four monsters, and ten artifacts.
Writing: Deliciously ambiguous. Full of tantalizing details to expand upon at your table.
Art/design: A saturated full-color layout as textured as the dunes and spacious as a desert night.
Usability: Gorgeous and dark. Guaranteed to kill inkjet printers. 


Concept: “And the dead need somewhere to go.” 
Content: A valley rife with unlife: dead basilisk barons, corpse culture, and several new starting points for your next journey to the afterlife.
Writing: A morbid meditation of funerary rites and the afterlife. An existential misery.
Art/design: A headstone of chiseled plain text with grave offerings of mangled and restitched illustrations.
Usability: A navigable guidebook to the Valley of Unfortunate Undead. 

Mork Corp

Concept: “Because if you can't beat them, you might as well get a soul sucking job and try not to cry.” 
Content: “A CORPORATE HANDBOOK OF A GAME. Rules light. Art.... still kinda light.”
Writing: A uproarious collection of corporate jargon, jaded satire, and nihilism. Hell.
Art/design: A kaleidoscope of collage-style digital illustrations, edited photography, and text. A yellow and pink veneer over corporate gray.
Usability: Nightmarish, but inspirational. 

Morkkabeans 1.1

9 contributors
Concept: “A new religion has arisen in the desert. Worshiping the Unnamable God of Names, blaspheming against SHE and HE, promising the revolt. Galgenbeck has sent its inquisitors.  The half-giant Nephilim walk the earth. If you join them, almost certain death awaits.”
Content: An escalating tower crawl of nameless gods and religious conflict. Complete with three new classes, gear, artifacts, angels, Nephilim, and mythical creatures. 
Writing: An absolutely metal reinterpretation of Jewish history and folklore.
Art/design: A spectacle of artistic styles as varied as the tower of tongues.
Usability: Visual styles delineate sections. VTT resources available. 

Mud Future

Concept: “A science-fiction hellscape for MÖRK BORG, where the desperate folk try to survive as capitalism slowly destroys the world”
Includes alternate Miseries, gear, enemies, and rules for Powers
Tone is appropriately bitter with a subtle undertone of humor
Aesthetics are a luxury alien to your cyber-scvm
Content is organized into neat, self-contained categories


“The old gods are dead, and people are fighting for the right to survive in a world ruled by monsters.”

Mörkédex: Bile Yellow

Concept: “You’ll have to forgive me, but I’ve forgotten, what was your name again? I’m Professor Locust, but most people call me the Mörkémon professor.” 
Content: That’s right, it’s that crossover. With d66 Mörkémon, two classes, eight “dungeons” and the city of Caput Mortem.
Writing: A childhood franchise with all the puns and references you’ve come to enjoy, made lovingly miserable.
Art/design: A flexible, consistent, and intuitive design that guides the reader through the world of Mörkémon.
Usability: A second edition of Professor Locust’s Mörkédex. 

Noblesse Tyrannise

Concept: “The corroding nobility hide away from the coming end... quieting the fear in their hearts with extravagant opulence. And who is left to deal with it? 
Content: Seven settings of gross decadence, fifteen self-indulgent monsters, and one seditious serving-scvm.
Writing: A functional mechanization of the worst sort of rumors about nobility.
Art/design: Elegantly stylized and lightly accented text.
Usability: Immaculately organized. 

Nobunaga's Black Castle - Rules

9 contributors
Concept: “「信長の黒い城」は、織田信長が本能寺で死なず、本当の第六天魔王になった闇の戦国時代を舞台にした、戦国ドゥーム・メタル・ファンタジーTRPGである。(‘Nobunaga's Black Castle’ is a Sengoku doom metal fantasy TRPG set in the dark Warring States period when Nobunaga Oda did not die in Honnoji and became the true Demon King of the Sixth Heaven.)”
Content: Mörk Borg set in an alternate doomed Warring States period. With rules, classes, monsters, and three scenarios.
Writing: Congruent elements establish a cursed alternative history.
Art/design: A bold and bloody tapestry.
Usability: Strong visual style and a comprehensive index make a suitable reference. GM screen available.

On the Bones of Bathala

Concept: “On the Bones of Bathala is a grimdark game inspired by Ancient Philippines and Filipino folklore creatures.”
Includes alternate apocalyptic lore, setting-specific character creation and rules, gear, and monsters
Maintains Mörk Borg’s tone and focus but adds a markedly more-condescending attitude and humor
Graphic design and layout all show Nohr’s influence but tend toward more distinctly liberal utilization of space and an aesthetic that leans more toward clear mimesis than affective expression
A stand-alone, fully functional product exploding with character

This entry was sponsored by momatoes as part of the Ex Libris RPG crowdfunding campaign.
“I’m completely blown away by how much content is packed into this stylish, evocative RPG that blends unique mythopoeia with doom. Heck, there’s even dedicated sections for character creation and GM content!! The premise is ‘simple’ (you dive into Lambana, the Great Balete Tree in the Old World, to seek fulfillment of a deep desire) but the brief prompts offer the foundation for a creative GM to build a crazy, multilayered world where one-eyed giants, rotting humanoids, and half-horse half-men roam an ever-shifting environment. I can’t praise the content, theme and even illustration highly enough.”

Path of Doom

Concept: “You awake in an unknown location and realize that you are in a body that is not yours.”
Content: An inspirational campaign generator from the plague years. Complete with locations, quests, lords, encounters, and magic items. Best of all, it’s all metal.
Writing: Full of flavorful narrative prompts to inspire improvisational play, with mechanics to structure them into a mountain hex-crawl. 
Art/design: Dark and gritty line art in a concert poster of a layout.
Usability: Compact and flexible design is suited for experienced groups comfortable with improvisation. Can be easily utilized with multiple fantasy OSR systems. 

Seven Hells and a Dead Paradise

Concept: “in this book you will find Seven Hells to inflict upon your players, and one Dead Paradise. Tie them all together with a Hellish table-crawl, the Eightfold Crypt of the King Orzog”
Content: Seven hells, a lost paradise, a tormented class, body parts, and a dread king’s crypt.
Writing: The history and cosmos of dead gods conveyed in 13 spreads worth of tables and dungeon.
Art/design: Excellent use of public domain imagery as inspiration for the various locals. Tortured sketches of divine punishment.
Usability: Enough material here to flesh out many settings. With an index to use them piecemeal or whole. 

Shadow of the Past

Concept: “Herein are the ruins they left, epitaphs from potsherd to pillared temple.” 
Content: An archeological exploration of the Dying Lands, with 21 sites, their current inhabitants, and everything valuable not bolted down.
Writing: A survey of iconic locals, with enough historical detail, rumor, and information to plan a failed treasure hunt.
Art/design: Yellowed artifacts splatter a clean single-column layout. 
Usability: Available in plaintext and “night mode” with an off-white background to ease electronic reading. 


Concept: “Seven Districs of Soot and Fire” 
Content: A swelling industrial nightmare for Mörktober 2023.
Writing: Effervescent prose depicts a strange and storied metropolis.
Art/design: A sprawling map erupting with cursed details.
Usability: Prompts for encounters in a unique urban setting. 

Soul Burner

“You are dead
but death doesn’t want you”
Content: Ill-omened ashen wasteland adventures as hands of fate. A standalone game system that’s compatible with Mörk Borg.
Writing: A cogent fictional world with compelling themes and history. A mechanical hybrid of Mörk Borg and Necronautilus.
Art/design: Deconstructed visual and textual elements fit themes of consumption and recollection.
Usability: For solo and group play. Can be played in conjunction with Mörk Borg characters. 


7 contributors
Concept: “These wetlands of acidic sludge and SVMPs of sickening secretion will, no doubt, fester upon your mortal coil - even your soul will not go untainted.”
Content: A wetlands setting complete with monsters, gods, scvm, and treasure.
Writing: As dark and rotten as DEADSKIN. With black humor creeping into its horror.
Art/design: A variety of filthy illustrations, in both style and substance. Bold headings contrast generally restrained body text. Adds neon green to the palette. 
Usability: Table of contents, categorized index, and navigable spreads. With an emphasis on clarity in the scenario and classes section. 

The Cataclysm Coast Is Burning!

Concept: “The sea boils. The sky is black. The End is here. 
And now, so are you. 
Welcome to the Cataclysm Coast. We hope you enjoy your stay.” 
Content: The Cataclym Coast... IS burning as three unwashed naval factions gnaw and raid through their last moments.
Writing: A misery-soaked narrative setting guide, providing locations, motivations, and horrors to unleash before the end.
Art/design: High contrast false color maps and neon-toned public domain imagery dominate this single-column layout.
Usability: Color-coded map icons and section headings denote three rival factions. Also available as plaintext.

Tyst Borg

“Metal bands; they compose their own songs of rage and revolt and travel the lands expanding their numbers so they can one day confront the Undying Orchestra itself.”

Vast Grimm

8 contributors
Concept: “Will you make it through the Gate of Infinite Stars and escape to another universe? Or will you end up like so many before you, inhabited and controlled by the parasites that are the Vast Grimm.”
A sci-horror adaptation of Mörk Borg
Incorporates many familiar elements from its source material while establishing its own voice and style
Maintains the artpunk aesthetic but adapts to its genre and setting; art is a mix of two- and three-dimensional designs
Includes a rules reference sheet and multiple indices for easy use and navigation

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