Scum: A Bit Dicey
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There are three simple game concepts to grasp for the game Scum:
- Every action has a cost
- Just roll one dice.
- You can build yourself up, but not for free.
Every Action Has a Cost
This is important.
Every time you test an attribute you must reduce it by one. This happens before you roll the dice, and isn't affected by whether you pass or fail.
The net result of this is that if you do things, then your ability to do those sort of things reduces.
How do we justify this in-setting?
- Nutter - After you've stabbed a few people you get worried about getting caught. You might even (gasp) start getting pangs of conscience and regret knifing someone. Also, killing people is tiring, innit?
- Sneaky Bastard - You sneak around too much you get sloppy. You get cocky because you think you're getting away with stuff. You get careless, because you're not concentrating. Or, you get nervous, because you worry its all going to go wrong any minute.
- Well Shaggable - If everyone knows you're handing it out on a plate, no-one wants it off you any more.
- Good mate - You can only tell someone they can trust you so much before they start wondering why you keep saying that...
- I'll cut ya! - Sooner or later, people are just gonna ignore you, and your shouting becomes background noise.
- Not bovvered. - Your temper will run out sooner or later, and then you will be bothered...
- Pisshead - Weird thing is, the more you drink, the more drunk you get. Strange, huh?
- Stoner - And the more weed you smoke, the more stoned you get. Duh.
- Shrapnel - The more times you fish change out of your pocket, the less likely you'll find any later.
- Drugs - The more joints you smoke, the fewerr are on you. Didn't school teach you this stuff?
Just Roll One Dice
When you test an attribute you roll one six-sided dice.
- If you roll equal or below that attribute, then you pass the test.
- If you roll over the attribute, then you fail the test.
Eagle-eyed veteran players will have spotted by now that because you always deduct one from an attribute before testing, you're going to automatically fail a test if you have an Attribute of 1 (or 0) before the test.
You can build yourself up, but not for free.
Sooner or later, with the above rules, you're going to be failing every test. Luckily, attributes can go upwards as well. There are three ways to do this:
- You spend half an hour doing something simple to build yourself up.
In this circumstance you add +1 to one attribute, and all it costs you is that half-hour. Bear in mind that almost all scenarios run to a clock of some sort, so doing this is more ofa problem than you might think.
Fast Build Ups
- You spend a few minutes to build yourself up, but this is a high risk activity.
In this circumstance you add +1 to one attribute, but you have to pass an attribute test of some sort, or you don't gain this benefit.
Complex Build Ups
- You spend half an hour to build yourself up, but this is a high risk activity.
In this circumstance you add +3 to one attribute, but you have to pass an attribute test of some sort, or you don't gain this benefit.