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A Growing Menace

Concept: “The Sarkash forests have gone eerily silent, and travelers who venture too close to the wood line are disappearing without a trace.”
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. 

Arachnoid Infiltrator

Concept: “The world crumbles. Hunger and Desperation, like twin hounds, drive you into the lighted lands of the fleshly man-things who hate you.”
Content: A spider in man’s clothing.
Writing: Farcical and terrifying in turns. Their ignorance only magnifies the potential danger. In other words: an ideal player character.
Art/design: Shadowy and ambiguous imagery builds a sense of dread. Strong color choices enliven an otherwise simple text layout.
Usability: Unnerve friend and enemy alike.

Book of Misery Volume 2: Mork Borg

Concept: “So you're still unprepared??!!!”
Content: A witch’s tome of classes, monsters, artifacts, followers, adventures—and misery.
Writing: Provides exposition to provide backstory to the various monsters, artifacts, and followers to facilitate the unprepared storyteller.
Art/design: Coarse and violent textures produce evocative creature illustrations. Variety in overall design decisions produce a collaborative zine aesthetic.
Usability: Enough content to sprinkle a little variety into your Mörk Borg if you find yourself in need of inspiration.

Elk Deathyard

Concept: “Among the dead and those that refuse to stay still, even the accursed fear the true silence.  
When you can’t hear anything but your breathing, you might be
close to the-”
Content: A Tveland Cabin Crawl.
Writing: Supernatural horror. Full of foreboding. With shocks and twists as well as horror tropes.
Art/design: Design elements emphasize a descent into darkness.
Usability: Mini-map, representative spot illustrations, and clean layout aid in table reference. 

Kill & Reuse

Concept: “The spiders in Sarkash are big, mean, vicious creatures... So when you manage to kill one you tear it apart and use all its parts.”
Content: A spider arts and crafts project that will get you hooked.
Writing: A viscerally consequential variant on the traditional grappling hook.
Art/design: An artisan's shop. Harassed by boxed text.
Usability: For AFTER the spider encounter. 

REGICIDE

Concept: “The Queen is dead. Long live the Queen. She squats atop her silk throne”
Content: The end of an empire. A parasite deposed.
Writing: Many hooks and threads ensnare a micro setting at one instant in time.
Art/design: A tightly wound, regal design befitting a 700-year reign at an end.
Usability: Easy to navigate. Requires some translation at the table to be fully compatible. 

Skin Job

Concept: “More scum have disappeared in the Blood Tree Wood in the past year than normal. No bodies have been found in more than a year.”
Content: A desperate search for missing persons in the Blood Tree Wood, destined to uncover more than bargained for.
Writing: Established adventure setting with clear NPC motivation, local economy, and culture. Accessible encounter tables and game aids extend the suffering.
Art/design: Michael Harmon’s signature crisp detailed line art style with some Mörk Borg design sensibilities in a (slightly) more traditional layout.
Usability: Optimized for use both as pdf and print. With conveniently located reference tables at the beginning and end of the text, mini maps with room descriptions, and pdf bookmarks.

Social Encounter With a Psychic Spider

Concept: “We both know the title tells you everything you need to hear.”
Content: A social encounter with a psychic spider.
Writing: Regal and demanding, with requests and secrets that'll make your skin crawl. 
Art/design: The desaturated, elegant, but slightly disturbed design elements reinforce the tension of a princess who wishes to be so much more than just a spider.
Usability: With prose that inspires as much as it implies. These improvisational aids provide just the right information for a truly memorable social engagement. 

The Demon's Arse

Concept: “This is the legendary Demon’s Arse, rumored to be the home of unearthly creatures both demonic and dead. Who dares enter?”
Content: A smoky temple of torture and transformation.
Writing: Purposeful description lends a sense of vibrancy and life to the deranged proceedings of a heretical cult.
Art/design: Gorgeous map of the Demon’s Arse with a clean and clear sidebar column layout. Enhanced with background illustration and judicious use of color.
Usability: A few too many rooms to keep track of in a booklet. Print the map separately. 

The False Mother

Concept: “The False Mother will carry it’s clutch like a mother would carry her infant child”
Content: A different sort of mother.
Writing: Another horrifically unique spider life cycle.
Art/design: Well-organized table layout.
Usability: Brephophobia is the fear of infants. In case you need it. 

The Handrantula

Concept: “A crawling goliath, its wild cousins stalk prey on their five digits.”
Content: A handsy follower featuring wriggling, undulating, and command grab.
Writing: Satire of a popular quest for the ancient bangle. Adds an innovative tactile element to its mechanics.
Art/design: Shocking pink prints overlayed with white text. Evokes the initial shock of a wild handrantula ambush.
Usability: Intense overlay encourages the eye to wander in surprise. Manual dexterity required to take full advantage of this follower. 
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