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Scum of the Earth. Black Powder gaming for the rest of us.

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"Sire, the reinforcements have arrived on our left flank!"

"Excellent Windsor, let's give these French degenerates what for"

"But Sire, their uniforms... "

"What about their uniforms?"

"They look... well Sire, I swear they look like Austrians"

"By God man, if they are shooting at the French, what does it matter what they look like?"

We all have a shelf full of dusty miniatures: Those 8 grenadiers you bought because you were going to build an army, 20 Austrians and a few Seven Years War cavalry you never got around to using.

Scum of the Earth is a game intended to help get those figures off the dusty shelf and on to your table.

The goal is to remove as many barriers as possible to play: We use small units (6 figures/stands for infantry), the game plays on a 2x2 foot table and require only a couple of dice to play.

Features include:

*Core game rules that can be explained in a couple of minutes.

*Character figures such as flag bearers and leaders are included.

*A Trait building block system letting you construct units that are colourful and interesting. Your French Hussars might be Arrogant and Stalwart while my British regulars are Veteran Scum.

*Campaign rules using a card system, letting you play a character-ful campaign without relying on maps.

*Rules for retaining your battle hardened veterans across multiple games.

*A quick scenario generator.

*Random terrain and battle complications.

*Notes, rules adjustments and traits to let you play the following conflicts:

English Civil War, Seven Years War, American Revolution, Napoleonic Wars, First Schlesvig War, Crimean War, American Civil War, Second Schlesvig War, Austro-Prussian War, Colonial battles, Franco-Prussian War, Spanish American War, Russo-Japanese War and 1914.

Each period is brought to life with a few rules to adjust the core game mechanics as well as colourful traits such as "Courtesy of Norway", "Rebel Yell" and "Every man a Marshal".

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The goal of Scum of the Earth is not to provide an exacting simulation, it is to provide a flavourful microcosm of warfare in the black powder era (and just beyond).

Most importantly, it is about getting picking up a pack of figures that you like the looks of, painting them as you like them and getting them on the table.

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Players interested in a points system can add that as an optional extra here:


A pack of optional rules and new unit types are available here:


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Nigel T September 23, 2018 10:12 pm UTC
Hi, have been play with the system for a while now, and keep seeing new dimensions with the traits and adjusting for new periods. Most recent is the 2nd Afghan war, this included three villages, in the rules small arms fire has no effect from out side and you have to Assault- that’s fine, but the defending section does it fire out and if so with all figures I.e is fire split among the sides maned or can all fire be directed as the player chooses. Also is there only one plus factor for the defender. Thanks Nigel
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Neil B January 04, 2018 2:15 am UTC
Will the rule mechanisms lend themselves to solo play and regimental level games ?

I am particularly interested in early 17th pike and shot and 19th Century periods.
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Fancesco F July 28, 2017 10:12 am UTC
Very nice rules ! I look forward to read the Beta Version !!!!
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Sam P May 29, 2017 2:02 am UTC
Does this game allow for small model count skirmish games? The Preview makes me think that it's a rank-and-flank style game.
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Daniele V April 08, 2017 7:15 am UTC
Hello does the book include army lists / point system or is it scenario driven?
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Ron V April 04, 2017 7:07 pm UTC
I attempted to buy the Scum of the Earth game a couple of days ago. I paid via Paypal and thought I got a down load, but now there is no record of a download or paypal transaction. Before I try again, what is the difference between the rules pack and the game itself?
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John R March 21, 2017 5:51 pm UTC
Did you remove the beta version? (I know I have a copy of these rules, that I could only have gotten here at DTRPG/Wargamevault, and it says "Beta Version", but I don't see that available anymore, and it says I don't own this product).
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John R March 21, 2017 5:53 pm UTC
(don't get me wrong, I don't mind paying for the full release, I'm not looking for a discount or something, I'm just trying to clear up my own confusion of how I own a copy, but not this product right here; I'm assuming the Beta was free or something)
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Alexander A April 02, 2017 1:32 am UTC
How about that "pay what you want demo version?"
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Patrick L March 21, 2017 12:05 pm UTC
Is there a preview of this or not? Doesn't seem to be working if there is one.
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