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Welcome to the rotting isles of the Bones of Batala, the corpse of the God-Giant.

WARNING: character deaths, blood, gore, body horror

About the Game

On the Bones of Batala is a fatalistic TTRPG inspired by Precolonial Tagalog society and folklore. It uses the MÖRK BORG system and may be played with the MÖRK BORG Rules Reference and the Unheroic Feats

This is made for the FÖLK-LORE Game Jam. 

Game Status

This game is still in development. Upcoming updates would include more illustrations and a fully layouted PDF. 

Stay tuned!

MÖRK BORG is copyright Ockult Örtmästare Games and Stockholm Kartell.

StatusIn development
CategoryPhysical game
Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars
(12 total ratings)
AuthorAr-Em Bañas
Tagsfilipino, Folklore, mork-borg
Average sessionA few hours


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Click download now to get access to the following files:

On the Bones of Bathala v1.0 DEMO.pdf 5 MB
On the Bones of Batala v1.5 LITE

Development log


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This now seems to be just a link to a Notion database. Is it possible to get it in PDF still? It is a fantastic piece of work, very evocative.

Hi! So sorry for the super late reply, I've been debating whether or not I should reupload my DEMO PDF and ultimately decided for it so it's finally back! Yay :D

I'm also very pleased to hear that you found it evocative. Thank you so much!

Hello, I wanted to ask what happend to your zine I Don't Know What To Do was removed? I'm sorry for asking something so unrelated here but I can't tweet you to ask since I don't have an account there.

Hi notsynthetica, thanks for reaching out! I Don't Know What To Do is currently on private while I figure out the layout and illustrations, and will be publicizing it as soon as it's finished :D

I understand now, thank you very much for your reply.

No problem and thank you too! 


Really nice implementation of Filipino mythology! Salamat po!


I'm so happy you think so, thank you so much!


this is something else!

my only wish would be for a basic pronunciation guide.


This is a great idea, thank you so much! Perhaps it could go with a glossary at the end as well.


I'm completely blown away by how much content is packed into this stylish, evocative RPG that blends unique mythopoeia with doom. Heck, there's even dedicated sections for character creation and GM content!!

The premise is "simple" (you dive into Lambana, the Great Balete Tree in the Old World, to seek fulfillment of a deep desire) but the brief prompts offer the foundation for a creative GM to build a crazy, multilayered world where one-eyed giants, rotting humanoids, and half-horse half-men roam an ever-shifting environment.

I can't praise the content, theme and even illustration highly enough. If there's only one thing I can nitpick, it's that some pages have sideways text --- which I can imagine would be difficult for people reading this on laptops.

Great Mork Borg game, worth way more than free.


Thank you so much, this means a lot! 

Been having second thoughts on the sideways text too, will definitely be fixing it in the next update.