0. About Scorched Earth

Giant Roach

The Fall destroyed civilization, and the world became the domain of mutants and monsters. Competing forces battle for control of the shattered remains, using everything from strong fists and cold steel to the most advanced science of the Ancient world and mysterious new powers of the mind.

Welcome to the Scorched Earth RPG weblog!

Scorched Earth is a high-action rules-light RPG set in a world devastated by global warfare and overrun by mutants. Scorched Earth features weird powers, strange monsters, insane foes, and big guns. It is ‘high-flux’, with the promise of great rewards and the constant threat of a pointless demise.

In addition to the actual Play-by-Comment game, this site hosts all of the rules for d20 SPECIAL, character creation details, and (eventually) background material for the Scorched Earth campaign world.

You can check out the story so far on the Adventure Archive page.

Please leave a comment if you’re interested in joining the adventure…

What’s With the Homebrew?

Scorched Earth uses a homebrew version of the standard d20 rule system called ‘d20 SPECIAL‘.

The point of d20 SPECIAL is to streamline and simplify, wherever possible, the d20 system to create more of a ‘fast-and-loose’ approach to gaming. Hopefully they won’t confuse the hell out of everyone. I found that the complexity of the full d20 rules don’t add anything to web-based play, and take up too much of my time as GM. I’ve tried to put enough information online to ensure that you can learn all the rules from the weblog.

While mentioning rules, it’s proper that I cite my references…

The rules have been adapted from Dominic Covey’s “Darwin’s World”, Jonathan Tweet’s “Omega World”, and old editions of Gamma World. The “SPECIAL” Attributes are lifted from the Fallout CRPG. A lot of material was also borrowed from “Castles & Crusades” and “d20 Apocalypse” (from Troll Lord Games and Wizards of the Coast, respectively).

Images on this weblog have been swiped from a number of sources. A lot are from various Darwin’s World products, many are screenshots from Wasteland, and some are colourized images from old Gamma World sourcebooks that I stumbled upon on the web.


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