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The Capricious Gifts Found in Portents of a Dying God

Soul-crushing realities are something that MÖRK BORG tends to revel in, so it’s nice to see that Matt Johnson’s newest deck offers the same type of disastrous opportunities.

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Three shadowy figures are propped up by trios of long poles, though whether they've been impaled or are using them as spindly methods of travel is unclear.

Sailing the Ashen Sea with Tephrotic Nightmares

The strongest character in the setting – the most vivid, the most realized, and the most overwhelming – is the Ashen Sea itself.

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The Tower, The Fool, The Meatgrinder

His Majesty the Worm is very focused on megadungeon-crawling, and I wanted players to have this sense that surviving the dangers means something.”

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Between the Skies and Beyond the Horizon

Designer Huffa Frobes-Cross refers to Between the Skies as “rules minimalist, fiction maximalist.”

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Embarking on a DuckQuest

“What if ducks weren’t the comical sidekick? What if ducks were the heroes of the adventure?”

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Collaborating on Microcosmic Adventures in Mausritter

Mausritter has come a long way from its homebrew session and zine days.

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Getting Exiled with My Chivalric Bromance

While its title is a tribute to and parody of the classic New Jersey emo band My Chemical Romance, the game’s roots dig down through medieval history.

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ARC Turns Disaster Into a Fighting Chance

While ARC is a TTRPG about the end of the world, it uses humor and warmth as often as horror to imagine what responding to the apocalypse actually looks like.

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Campfire Carnage Conjures the Real Monsters

Campfire Carnage writer Valkyrie T. Loughcrewe sees potential for “campsite as being for horror games what a dungeon is to fantasy,” an iterative space through which you can tell all sorts of stories.

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Challenge Cult Horror with Maximum Mystic Punks Vol 2: Crypt

“I’ve always been fascinated with medieval crypts, ossuaries and mausoleums,” Mystic Punks series creator Anthony Meloro says. “So, placing a dungeon crawl in one is an obvious choice.”

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Inventing a World of Insectoid Wonders

We delve into the mind of creator Eduardo Carabaño, exploring the history, philosophy, inspirations and design processes that carried Settlers of a Dead God from inception to publication.

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Making Friends with Swords in The Vorpal Almanac

Swords, writes Levi Combs in the book’s introduction, need “to feel lived in.” And that’s exactly the focus of the 22 blades of The Vorpal Almanac, beautifully illustrated by Sally Cantirino.

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Depths of the Abyss

To play, at least for Max Moon in the world of The Abyss of Hallucinations and MÖRK BORG, is to participate in a ritual that can potentially break the reality laid out by the capitalist trap.

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Composing the World of Ultraviolet Grasslands and the Black City

Luka Rejec’s world is suffused with mind-expanding, psychedelic heavy metal and is also inspired by “the Dying Earth genre, and Oregon Trail games.”

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Detail from the cover of Runecairn shows the skull and spine of a serpent's skeleton rendered in bright pink and purple inks.

After Ragnarok: Featuring Colin Le Sueur

It’s a bold move for Le Sueur to make a Norse-inspired Souls-like tabletop roleplaying game, and yet he manages to avoid some extremely fraught territory.

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The Neon Nightmare of Portents of the Degloved Hand

Portents of the Degloved Hand’s promotional material describes its purpose as adding “additional chaos, misfortune, and even dark humor” to MÖRK BORG.

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Capturing Wonder and Play in Kosmosaurs

Diogo Nogueira’s most recent release, Kosmosaurs, harkens back to the classic aesthetics of pulp science fiction novels, but with a twist – dinosaurs!