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Starport Scum is a tabletop game of fierce space adventure, space pirates and salvage crews looking for the next big break.

Drawing on sources such as Traveller, Firefly, Trigun and Borderlands, it's a game about getting by on the outskirts of civilization, always on the look out for that next job.

Combining miniatures war gaming with role playing game touches, Starport Scum is playable as a conventional miniatures game, a narrative RPG or a hybrid beast combining the best of both worlds.

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The core combat rules use a dice pool system to deliver results very quickly.

While the rules cover a variety of situations, the basics can be condensed down to one page and revolve around gathering up a base number of dice (based on character class), adding bonus dice for suitable traits and weapon tags.

For example, an Ace-class character gets 2 dice to shoot, but if she's a QUICK THINKER, she might get a bonus die when its a surprise encounter.

The only need for book keeping or markers during a game is for figures that are pinned down and wounded hero figures. Thus, you can avoid the table being cluttered up by status effects.

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Character design can be as simple as scribbling down a few descriptive words for each character or traits can be built using the "build engine" included.

You also get a random character creation process that helps set up your heroes with a bit of context in the world.

Guns and gadgetry likewise can be invented on the fly or built using a "lego-style" system of combining tags and conditions.

To help you run the game, we include rules for handling common situations, again modifiable to almost any outcome and a full set of campaign rules covering how your figures can gain experience, take a variety of jobs and find interesting loot.

Tables are provided to roll up a random gang of bad guys, as well as a few alien horrors to get eaten by.

Rounding out the package is a collection of random tables to help spur the imagination, aid solo gamers and generally spice things up for those times when the party has touched down on a planet and you're not sure what's out there.

Starport Scum is formatted to be screen friendly and print friendly.

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The game is intended to be played with miniature figures of any scale, with a typical game featuring 4-10 figures on each side.

Provisions and suggestions are included to play without miniatures for those wishing for a more freeform experience. 

No canned background is included though the creation tables will suggest the nature of the universe. Adapt your own setting or fit the rules into an existing world.

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Heather M June 29, 2018 12:54 am UTC
I really like your game alongside your Tech Horror Scenario Generator. They work really well together! I did have one (probably stupid) question: what are the maximum number of traits a hero or ace can have? I see a table for generating how many traits a NEW ace or hero has, but I was wondering about how many they can have in a long campaign.
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Heather M July 01, 2018 11:49 pm UTC
That sounds reasonable. Thanks!
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Ian W June 02, 2018 7:00 am UTC
hi, like the genre and the approach. I was wondering how much support there is for investigations, merchantile and social interactions, beyond 'role play' it.
EG, are there rules for influencing someone based on a PC's traits and skills?
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Fernando C December 08, 2017 4:27 pm UTC
Hi Ivan, how friendly is this to use with the latest version 5 parsecs? Can I use to supplement or are they two different systems? Thanks.
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Fernando C December 08, 2017 8:42 pm UTC
Cool, thanks for the response.
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Pietro D November 21, 2017 6:28 am UTC
Dear i got Starport Scum.. but still not found time to play (too much work and too few time with friends). Could be Starport Scum can be played solo?
I have questions about another product. Would like to know the differences from Starport & "Unity Field Agent".
Thank you!
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Pietro D November 22, 2017 6:18 am UTC
Thank You for satisfying my curiosity!
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Schyler H March 05, 2017 3:15 am UTC
If a goon is pinned can it still participate in group moves or firing with other goons? If so how would the pinned goon effect the group roll?
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MICHAEL L October 04, 2016 8:15 am UTC
We need some vehicle rules for my scumbags to drive!....Love this game!
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telzy A February 27, 2020 6:38 am UTC
How goes the Starship rules?
It has been awhile
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