Ex Libris Mörk Borg: Traps, Hazards & Furniture

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Mork Borg Cult Feretory

The Black Salt [MBC: Feretory]†
Pelle Nilsson, Johan Nohr

Concept: “Springing from despair itself, the Black Winds echoed through Tombs, Palaces and places deep beneath the earth.”
Content:
Potentially lethal weather event
Writing:
Delivers necessary context and instructions
Art/design:
Text heavy with subtle but effective graphics
Usability:
Two tables filled with mortification


d66 Loathsome Corpse Mounds
Frankenstein Bee

Concept: “A revolting slurry of disease and decay.”
Content:
No explicit mechanics besides rolling, but plenty of scenery and potential for shenanigans
Writing: Full of grotesque, dark imagery punctuated by gallows (midden?) humor
Art/design:
Typographical choices create lots of visual variety
Usability:
Typographical and notation choices may also hinder quick reference, but they don’t substantially damage usability


Blood Thorns
Olivier Delattre

Concept: “Inextricable wall of bloody brambles”
Content:
A vicious hazard bearing some tasty berries for the brave, foolhardy, or hungry
Writing:
Straightforward descriptions of the mechanics for entanglement and escape
Art/design:
Colors help differentiate text components and differentiate components of the illustration
Usability:
Difficulty and damage intensify as PCs struggle; requires a bit of tracking on the GM’s part


Böwhoss’ handbook: notes on internal ignition [Album Crawl Rocks the 80s]
Jean Verne

Concept: “In this volume you will find the most noteworthy, dangerous and strange encounters of my recent voyages.”
Content:
A variety of NPCs, monsters, and other hazards as well as a new scroll, a malevolent mushroom, an optional Misery-related madness, a relatively benign tavern, and a much less benign inn
Writing:
The first-person POV and travelogue style have a folksy and often irreverent tone
Art/design:
Typefaces, engravings, and paintings reinforce the concept while other graphic elements lend some insidious and esoteric atmosphere
Usability:
Includes player-facing handouts that include lore but no mechanics or GM-specific information


Cult of the Bubbling Waters (Filmmakers Without Cameras)
Joshua Luke Cable

Concept: “The cult dedicates the last of their wretched lives to procuring and using the luxurious bubble baths in this abyssal hellscape.”
Content:
Tenets and random tables for those seeking to enjoy the Warm Embrace
Writing:
As with any cult, alternatingly cheery and welcoming or seethingly malicious
Art/design:
Primarily text with graphic elements to aid use
Usability:
Faster than a real bath and almost as pleasant


The Dead Moon [THE END IS NEAR jam]
Brandon Troelstrup

Concept: “Wherever you are… seek shelter. For the next 24 hours, the Dead Moon shall bestow this dreadful land with even more madness.”
Content:
Rules for surviving (or not) under the Dead Moon and a table of 20 terrible things
Writing:
Full of strange, grim imagery
Art/design:
Uses a variety of visual tactics to delineate sections for easy reference
Usability:
Can be used as a grim adventure seed or a survival horror scenario


The Death Bed
Arnaud F. Lambert

Concept: “A luxuriant bed. Exactly what any tired adventurer needs during a long and dangerous dungeon crawl.”
Content:
A life-draining piece of furniture; an interesting remix of the mimic’s core concept
Writing:
Details the bed as a convenient, secure comfort (which we know is BS, but maybe your players won’t)
Art/design:
The background color gradient gives the illusion of warm welcomingness, but Mörk Borg pink and yellow lurk at the periphery
Usability:
A good way to mess with your players and make them lose HP when they think they’ll be gaining some


Dread Engines
James Pianka

Concept: “atmosphere effects for Mörk Borg”
Content:
12 objects, beings, and even a sound to populate adventure venues
Writing:
Nicely written and lives up to the title and tagline’s promise
Art/design:
Fairly minimal, but the text really carries the weight
Usability:
Roll a d12 or pick from the list


The Entombed
Arnaud F. Lambert

Concept: “Long ago, a devious mage entombed a zombie within a make-shift wall blocking a secret passage.”
Content:
The old zombie-behind-a-fake-wall-guarding-a-secret-passage gag
Writing:
Provides a general step-by-step guide for springing this trap
Art/design:
Text layout cleverly mimics a gap in a stone wall
Usability:
“PCs should never play with dead things.”


A Fire of Luscious Secrets & Ambrosian Truths [FÖLK-LORE jam]
Klos Cunha & Tiago Rech

Concept: “Feed my fire, o traveler, / And one revelation shall be yours.”
Content:
Burn something (anything) in exchange for an answer to one question
Writing:
A mix of poetic flavor and prose rules
Art/design:
Limited typographical and color choices create visual coherence and interconnection amongst parts
Usability:
Simple with only one formal mechanic


Grave Matters
Rinaldo Agostini

Concept: “New uses for dry corpses”
Content:
Undeath-themed classes, gear/weapons/scrolls, optional rules, monsters/NPCs, encounters, and an adventure site
Writing:
Loads of creative concepts presented through expressive, inspiring, and witty prose
Art/design:
Modified public domain images and original art support the theme along with layouts, typography, and colors that make this undeniably Borgy
Usability:
References amongst entries create a sense of cohesion and interconnection; an excellent resource for a game or arc themed around skeletons, zombies, and corpses


The Hanging Man
Arnaud F. Lambert

Concept: “Found randomly along paths or within larger halls in dungeons, these innocuous-looking skeletons appear to hang limply from a gibbet.”
Content:
A trap of sorts for use in dungeons or during travel
Writing:
Concise and straightforward
Art/design:
Even without the license, the graphic design leaves no doubt about what game this is meant for
Usability:
Easy to use; a good hazard to add a little jump scare to a session


Metal Spider Webs
Arnaud F. Lambert

Concept: “Made of tiny filaments of metal, the web can be deployed across any opening.”
Content:
A fairly straightforward trap that puts a hurt on anyone who walks straight through it
Writing:
Folds the mechanics into the descriptive text
Art/design:
Predominant colors capture the core element of this concept: metal and blood
Usability:
Easily transplantable into your dungeon of choice (bonus if it already has spiders in it)


Misery 4:3 [THE END IS NEAR jam]
Rugose Kohn

Concept: “Fires rage across the landscape consuming everything in their path.”
Content:
An ever-advancing wall of flame and a vanguard of burning skeletons
Writing:
Blends description and mechanics to maximum creative effect
Art/design:
Graphics support the concept typographical and layout choices that facilitate flow and use
Usability:
Uses exploding dice and offers no solution for actually extinguishing the fire (just the skeletons)


Mörk Butt
Walton Wood

Concept: “Dare you savor this accursed swine’s succulent rump-flesh?”
Content:
Cursed pork that inflicts buttocks-based maladies on those who partake
Writing:
Highly irreverent and only slightly relevant
Art/design:
Layout and typography meant for easy reference; special guest appearance by Pötatö Borg
Usability:
A single d6 yields a lifetime of butt woes


Odd Fellows [Babalonian jam]
Arnaud F. Lambert

Concept: “The Odd Fellow cult secreted the bodies of its mendicant members in coffins hidden inside the walls and closets of buildings throughout the Dying World.”
Content:
A surprise dead guy who comes out of coffin and does mean things to PCs
Writing:
Some lore about the dead guy and a table of mean things
Art/design:
Illustration in brown and ochre conjures an appropriately moldering atmosphere
Usability:
A versatile and setting-appropriate trap; pretty spry for a dead guy


The Salmon of Knowledge [FÖLK-LORE jam]
Owen McGauley

Concept: “You chance upon a skillet that crackles gently atop an open fire.”
Content:
Eating of this oracular ichthyoid grants a peak into the future (for better or worse)
Writing:
Sharp and sensuous
Art/design:
An elegant, visually interesting composition
Usability:
Eat the fish, win a prize


Screams of Agony and Fear [One Möre Day jam]
Caelinaraven

Concept: “These fiends offer one of you a reward when you help them escape.” For use with Canals of Antipathy [30 Days of MÖRK BORG]
Content:
6 prisoners whose freedom brings blessings and consequences
Writing:
No formal mechanics; full of vivid color
Art/design:
Sets the intended scene well
Usability:
Intuitive


Smörkåsborg
Michael Mars

Concept: “Before you lies a plate of delicious looking meatballs.”
Content:
A tantalizing, treacherous treat
Writing:
Includes a concise setup, test mechanics, and table of effects for partaking
Art/design:
You should not eat meatballs that are this color
Usability:
Designed to cause conflict amongst players, and that’s always fun


The Smouldering Bull [THE END IS NEAR jam]
Banshee Games

Concept: “3d10 cvltists from the unknown continent carry their terrifying Blazing God aloft.”
Content:
A misery-reversing (temporarily) idol from a foreign land
Writing:
Includes stats for cultists as well as mechanics for the bull itself
Art/design:
Layout creates a frenetic, dynamic sensation without sacrificing usability
Usability:
A convenient stopgap or a slipper slope for PCs seeking to stave off the apocalypse


A Table of Tables [IKILLYA jam]
JC Darcy

Concept: “Mass produced monstrosities in a wide range of styles and sizes.”
Content:
Seven furniture solutions to fit an scvm’s tastes and needs
Writing:
Takes a sinister, occult tone with some clever rimshots
Art/design:
Designed for easy readability with Mörky splatter for visual effect
Usability:
No assembly required


The Unholy Idol of Chort [FÖLK-LORE jam]
Lutov al’Ksandaar

Concept: “Read His name right and He will offer you a great deal.”
Content:
4 tables for rolling names/ingredients and determining demands, rewards, and consequences
Writing:
Concise and straightforward in instructions and roll results
Art/design:
Focused mostly on usability over aesthetics, but not without visual embelishments
Usability:
The idol’s name determines all other aspects of the interaction; don’t forget to write it down or save the dice


Vulgar Stenches [Babalonian jam]
Tyler Lindsey

Concept: “d12 horrific odors you may encounter, and their deleterious effects on your constitution”
Content:
“d12 horrific odors you may encounter, and their deleterious effects on your constitution”
Writing:
Full of horrible imagery—just awful—but conveyed well
Art/design:
Design and layout facilitate quick reference
Usability:
Keep a bucket handy


Wheel of Misfortune [Occult Ossuary]
Owen McGauley

Concept: “Standing before you is a macabre monument of bone and stone. The desire to rotate the  morbid dial is magnetic and seductive.”
Content:
8 effects, beneficial and detrimental (and sometimes both)
Writing:
Concise but compelling
Art/design:
Text’s arrangement around the central image is reiterates the concept’s structure …
Usability:
… but may be difficult to orient for readability on some screens and/or cause neck cramps


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