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Now expanded with PAINFLAIL QUEST!!!

Painflail brings you ultra low-bar-to-entry tactical combat rules for Mörk Borg and Solitary Defilement!

Can’t afford a load of minis? Have absolutely no space in your hovel? Painflail was developed with indigent scvm like you in mind! 

The system can be used on pen and paper for quick combat encounters at 8mm level… or at 10mm with counters (printable decals also provided) and a printable set of behaviour cards for tracking opponent actions and character initiative. If you have room on your smallholding, you could also play on a battlemat with whatever minis you can whittle from ancient bogwood!

PAINFLAIL is basically MÖRK BORG meets GLOOMHAVEN. If you think that sounds like a laugh, give it a go. It’s a free download. What can you lose beside your life?

Download includes: + Core rules + 10mm and 25mm decals//tokens + 8mm and 10mm battle swatches + Colour and B&W behaviour cards

PAINFLAIL QUEST takes the things further, with dungeon-crawling procedures compatible with the SÖLITARY DEFILEMENT crawl-system or usable simply with MÖRK BORG. Take a party of four unsuspecting victims on a jaunt beneath the surface of the Dying World: just add 10mm counters, 25mm standees (included in the download), or whatever you can find to symbolise your players and other beasties.

Download includes: + Painflail Quest rules + Quickstart advice  + Rules summary + 25mm standees and mapping paper + Dungeon crawl, microcrawl, and mapping playsheets + THE WELL OF ANTILUX - a sodden well-crawl + One-click Area Generator tool 


Painflail Quest cover art by Chaoclypse.

Painflail is an independent production by 1d10+5 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 Kartel.

Painflail Quest is an independent production by 1d10+5 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 Kartel.


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In order to download this affray you must purchase it at or above the minimum price of $15 USD. You will get access to the following files:

Painflail Quest.zip 47 MB

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New community copies when?


Is there a chance more community copies will become available?


Just added some!!

Will you ever make a POD version of this?

Yes. I am not sure when, but both this and Solitary Defilement are on the to-do list.


There is so much in this package! A small game box. Looking forward to printing paper figs and doing a little crafting. Skirmish game, little like 4AD, affordable mork borg figures game! perhaps match it up with Solitary Defilement!? awesome project


Thank you, and double-thank you for your executing support! Watched the Dungeon Dive interview yesterday!!


This is very cool, your productivity is unmatched


Any plans to send this to print? Would be keen on this as a printed bundle

Same here!

Maybe at some point - once I catch my breath...

I don't know if this is an inappropriate plug, but I was thinking that a couple of the generators by watabou here on itch.io are perfect to add some variety to the dungeons. Specifically the One Page Dungeon and the Cave/Glade (which has also a resizable grid).

Definitely! I am a huge fan of Watabou, both for the generators, and especially for Pixel Dungeon!


I love the floortile mapping paper. Where did you source it from? I can't see it in any of the download files (or do I need a smack on the head?)

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It's part of the Painflail Quest expansion, but I will also make it available for the current swatch set :)

Edit: Just added it - Painflail-Epic_Swatch-Floortiles.pdf !


Thank you kindly. You are an absolute star.

Don't forget the legal text on the sales page when you're ready for this to go live on ELMB.


Thanks for the reminder- sorted!

Cool, thanks so much!

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Very nice. I'll try the grid combat later, but as one (VERY!!!) unsatisfied with Forbidden Psalm, I was already trying to translate this onto a map+terrain.

It looks to me that factoring all the base units to 2 inches should port with the "right-ish" feel on a 28-32mm scale (imagining a 2 or 3ft map), specifically movement is 8+AGI and close combat range is 2 inches.
DR modifier for excess distance in ranged attacks would still probably be 1 inch for unit, but just for simplicity. Not that using increments of 2 inches is impossible to calculate...

Thanks for this.


Time to create a new unit of measurement!

1 Galgenbeckian Finger = 2 inches. ;)


1 Galgenfinger!

Hey just courious about why you didn't like Forbidden Psam, would you like to explain your experience?

This is AWESOME!!  Now I can Mork out when I go camping and I'm chilling out in the tent.