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A doom metal album of a game. A spiked flail to the face. Light on rules, heavy everything else.

MÖRK BORG is a pitch-black apocalyptic fantasy RPG about lost souls and fools seeking redemption, forgiveness or the last remaining riches in a bleak and dying world. Who are you? The tomb-robber with silver glittering between cracked fingernails? The mystic who would bend the world’s heart away from it’s inevitable end? Confront power-draining necromancers, skulking skeletal warriors and backstabbing wickheads. Wander the Valley of the Unfortunate Undead, the catacombs beneath the Bergen Chrypt or the bedevilled Sarkash forest. But leave hope behind - the world’s cruel fate is sealed, and all your vain heroic efforts are destined to end in death and dismay. Or are they?

MÖRK BORG is a complete game in the OSR genre, that can be played as is or be picked apart for use in your own homebrew. The rules are easily made compatible with most of the editions of the world’s largest role-playing game. Within the book you’ll find:

  • A brief look at this dying world. From The Two-Headed Basilisks’ gothic cathedral in Galgenbeck and Blood-countess Anthelia’s limestone palace, to the fields of death in Graven-Tosk and the barren wastes of Kergüs.

  • The Calendar of Nechrubel, that decides the speed of the world’s demise. 

  • 20 occult Powers that let you bend reality, and just as many magical catastrophes for when you disastrously fail. 

  • Optional rules which brings more depth to the game. Omens let you turn bad luck into a slightly better one. Classes with unique traits and quirks, and tables that will bring life into your character. 

  • 12 creatures to be murdered by.  

  • Game master tools such as tables for corpse plundering, occult treasure, adventure sparks, dungeon generating and other devilry. 

  • The introductory dungeon crawl scenario Rotblack Sludge, where you investigate a forgotten part of the Shadow King’s enormous ruin palace. Cannibal warlocks, poison peddlers from beyond the void and hungry gutworms await. 

MÖRK BORG is constructed by Pelle Nilsson (Ockult Örtmästare Games) and Johan Nohr (Stockholm Kartell). The game is published by Free League Publishing and is available in Swedish and English - the English text is edited and cursed by Patrick Stuart (Veins of the Earth, Silent Titans).

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MÖRK BORG is hardcore apocalyptic fantasy, but handled with a dynamic rules-light system that facilitates ease of access. The game makes character creation easy, which is great if any die (which they likely will!), yet while not losing the thread of the story or the flavor of the game itself.

This is a game of giving it your all and forging ahead with courage, grit, and awesome and occult powers. But it's also a fascinating story that features terrifying foes.

OBS_mere.pngThe artwork and layout are worth a mention too, bright and beautiful. In all, this is a very compact game that is easy to pick up, but with plenty of tools for the Dungeon Master.

—Meredith Gerber, Maven of Mythology (DriveThruRPG Publisher Service)

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TIMOTHY M September 24, 2021 9:25 pm UTC
I love this Game. Its got the old school game feel, simple mechanics and fantastic artwork. Campaigns/sessions are short because the longer they are the less chance you have of surviving. You live, you die and during your entirety things are so bad they are laughable.
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Kai P August 03, 2021 4:09 pm UTC
A tiny detail for the record: the rules refer to "surprise" in regard to combat, but no rules for surprise are included. Not a big issue, but one that might be corrected in an updated version
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Dave P August 07, 2021 11:08 pm UTC
So would you say you were... caught off guard by this unexpected fact? ;)
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Donald H July 02, 2021 6:16 pm UTC
Ok I'm not waiting a day 'to digest' this. This may be rules light, it may not. I have no way of knowing because layout was done by a guy tripping on mushrooms and acid and blue line was approved by a blind guy using a Ouija board.

This is the worst layout I've ever seen. And my wife was a printer for eleven years. Rules light? I don't even know what the rules are. I got to the, 'optional' rules and realized I had no clue as to the required rules. I'm not sure what is 'flavor text' and what are actual rules.

Using sixteen different unreadable fonts on the same page doesn't help and would it kill them to start anything at the upper left of anything and move down to the lower right? Wait, what's that you say? There is only two or three fonts per page? They're supposed to look like a nineteenth century occultist was practicing spirit writing with a goose quill pen? Oh well I guess mission accomplished.

Seriously, there's a point where atmosphere over shadows the actual information...See more
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Bruce R January 24, 2022 4:49 pm UTC
Thank you. Sussing out the meaning of the text shouldn't be a quest. Many publishers now do clean text versions of their artsy stuff. Hint hint.
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Kai H March 26, 2022 6:39 pm UTC
That was exactly my experience with the game haha. I hate the layout. I love functionality.
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Juan Carlos H April 15, 2022 5:35 pm UTC
The last spread of the book contains the core rules condensed into a single page using a simple layout and only three fonts. The only thing it doesn't contain is stat generation, powers, and getting better, but those parts are relatively clean-looking in the book itself.
It's also the same rules reference you can find for free on their website at the very top of the "content" page:
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Simon F January 25, 2021 1:48 pm UTC
If you're autistic or otherwise have sensory issues, I would not recommend this product.
I can normally read and absorb RPGs with minimum effort, but getting through even a few pages of "artful typography" was a slog.
I have no idea how the game plays as I can't even access the rules.

(This would be a review, but DTRPG doesn't let anyone review if they've ever published something here.)
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Eitan R March 04, 2021 11:01 pm UTC
Thanks for the comment! It was helpful. I have been undecided about getting this book between the great reviews and the over the top, hard on my eyes, art! I guess I'll have to pass on it, for the same reason.
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adam G April 30, 2021 5:05 am UTC
i noticed a few other creators doing this or considering this now - more than just creating the one item, - If i had a chance to talk to the creator, i would even try to re-set it all again for them, to make sure this meets those requirements for people out there.
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Donald H July 02, 2021 6:22 pm UTC
I have the same problem with this. I've never been diagnosed with sensory issues or atypical neurological problems so maybe this book could be used to screen for either?
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Bruce R January 24, 2022 4:51 pm UTC
Free League do you listen to your customers? Lack of response is unfortunate and not what Ive come to exact from FL. Plain text is in demand obviously.
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Joe C November 09, 2020 2:33 am UTC
How big is this file ?
Just wondering how much this beast will take up.
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Bobby J November 26, 2020 8:19 pm UTC
On the sidebar to the right of the screen... File Size: 54.45 MB. But it's a glorious 54.45 mb. :D
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Joe C December 09, 2020 2:00 am UTC
Didn't see the reply til just now thank you
Looking to get a print copy in the new year.
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Eugene S September 17, 2020 12:45 pm UTC
why isn't this print of demand???
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Johan N October 12, 2020 9:36 am UTC
The print quality, foiling, paper stock and tactile effects are a big part of this game's presentation and (currently) print on demand can't provide that.
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Brett P October 21, 2020 3:31 pm UTC
Honestly it's such a great book. Worth getting if you can. Until you burn it of course.
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Aaron B September 12, 2020 9:03 pm UTC
are there really no physical copies available on here?
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Jeremy H July 14, 2020 3:52 am UTC
How about a sale guys? I've been drooling over this one for a long time. But, the current price point is too rich for my blood. I bet if you ran a Deal of the Day you'd hit Mithral or Adamantine by the end of it.
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David P July 25, 2020 8:21 pm UTC
It's currently 25% off!
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Jeremy H July 26, 2020 6:30 am UTC
Bah! That's still pretty rich for my grognard blood. But I can probably swing that, plus it might cheer me up to read about the darkness of the Mork Borg-verse when compared to the bleakness of our present dystopia.
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Jonathan S March 24, 2020 4:39 pm UTC
Mork Borg is a complete tabletop roleplaying game contained in a digest-sized (approximately 6 inch x 8.5 inch) hardcover book of only 88 pages plus end papers. I say its complete because it includes a unique setting, a detailed set of game mechanics, a small bestiary, and even an introductory mini-dungeon crawl. So this thing is dense with information, and yet it still finds room for loads of art, creative layout, and lots of useful tables.

So what kind of RPG is it? Well, to give you a hint, Mork Borg is swedish for dark fort. So yes, this is a dark fantasy setting in which the world is ending soon. The setting background is provided over 15 pages, including an abstract map without scale, which shows the known world divided into 7 named areas, each with its own brief description. Keep in mind the pages are smaller and are laid out creatively with artistic flourishes, so don't expect a lot of detail here, just an idea or feeling of each place. The world of Mork Borg is a nihilistic, dying world...See more
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Jonathan S April 04, 2020 3:05 am UTC
Detailed description of the game mechanics here if you’re interested:
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