Galgenbeck: Sacrifice | A Mörk Borg Adventure
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This is a PDF adventure with 67 pages for Mörk Borg. If you're searching for a preview or a POD version, head on over to DTRPG.
Galgenbeck: Sacrifice is a Mörk Bork adventure by Christian Eichhorn (email@example.com; @squirrelgolem), with editing by John Parker.
The sun vanished behind a black disk months or years ago—who could tell. Now, a comet plows across the sky, leaving behind a trail of bloody pieces. The Galgenbecker people are confused, incited, whipped into a frenzy. So many innocent dangle from the trees. The stank lures in the ravens and worse. Half of Galgenbeck's population is gone. Most have fallen to Josilfa's scythe. The city seems eerily empty, but nobody notices the citizens' absence. Galgenbeck was always half empty. All is as it should be.
This is a multi-session adventure about ritualistic, human sacrifice. To stave off destruction and appease Nechrubel, who rides a comet across the sky, Josilfa beheads the unwanted. Since the sacrifices not only vanish from the world but also from the memories of those who are left behind, the characters may forget about their mission and themselves.
Galgenbeck: Sacrifice is an independent production by Christian Eichhorn and is not affiliated with Ockult Örtmästare Games or Stockholm Kartell. It is published under the MÖRK BORG Third Party License. MÖRK BORG is copyright Ockult Örtmästare Games and Stockholm Kartell.
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Galgenbeck Sacrifice is is an adventure for Mork Borg that adds a lot more flesh to its titular region.
The PDF is 67 pages, with a layout style that perfectly matches the core book. The art is vibrant, splashy, detailed, and evocative. The layout breaks conventions in intentional ways, and pages that are dense with information are contrasted against pages with a lot of whitespace, giving the reader room to breathe.
Sacrifice's writing also perfectly mirrors the core book. It's punchy and short, but dense with information. Some information in the core book is recontextualized by Sacrifice (mostly concerning Josilfa Migol,) but the feeling is far more of a sequel than of a fan work.
Contents-wise, there's information about the atmosphere in Galgenbeck, local places to visit, rumors, encounters, and some fun NPCs, but the meat of the book is the adventure. It starts with a compelling hook, has a recurring superboss, and explores an interesting premise---an avatar of Nechrubel is harvesting citizens, erasing them from living memory.
It's somewhat easy for players to fall off of the intended track of the adventure, and the GM might need to do some creative freewheeling if they fall off but keep pursuing it, however in general the atmosphere is strong, the stakes are high, and there's a great sense of pacing. This is an adventure that matters for the setting, and will fit very well with groups that like a gloomy but still heroic tone.
Overall, Galgenbeck Sacrifice feels less like a standalone supplement and more like an extension of the core book. It's packed with content. It interacts with the central plot. It does a stellar job of bringing Galgenbeck and its strange inhabitants to life. If you like Mork Borg core, it feels safe to call this a must buy.
And also thanks for this review! Very happy you like it :D