Scrollhammer 2nd Edition
Scrollhammer began in the early days of 2011, when a fa/tg/uy posted a thread talking about the game as if it existed. Many newbies were disappoint, longing for a chance to do battle with huge swarms of cliff racers. One year later Lolpwnt decided to make it a reality- starting the first project to bring it to life. This first edition of Scrollhammer went through two revisions, eventually culminating in the 10/27/2012 edition.
This first edition was a blast to work on, and some neat ideas were thought up, but ultimately most of the complaints were about the rules system. Being heavily based upon Warhammer and 40k, some of the inherit problems with those systems were carried over. This, in addition to the lack of knowledge on TES militaries, has led to a new attempt at a TES wargame.
2nd edition Scrollhammer is now underway on /tg/, to bring The Elder Scrolls to life on the tabletop, now with a homebrewed system. The rules are still WIP, not quite into Alpha, but making decent progress. They will be subject to necessary errata based upon results of playtests- so don't hesitate to ask questions or run some battles of your own!
Scrollhammer uses a custom ruleset, mostly inspired by Infinity. The rules are mostly tuned in to small skirmishes with only up to a dozen figures, having battles similar to those you may have seen in the actual vidya. Special effort is also being taken to both retain and emulate that special TES charm.
Magicka, as with the last edition, is not huge game-shifting powers, but small abilities that can be used by individual models. Each model gets a quota of Magick to spend on spells over the duration of the game; to cast a spell the necessary amount of points must be spent, and then the mage must normally roll to see if the spell hits home.
Models use round bases, doing away with the rank-and-file and loose formations of most Fantasy wargames.
Each model has two hands with which to equip equipment, but then also gets two actions and a reaction each turn. Phases have been done away with entirely- instead a player selects one of their models to act, declares actions, and then the enemy player may have model(s) react as applicable, all during the first player's turn. An example model turn might be to Move and Attack, or Sprint, or Cast a spell.
Reactions add a bit of interactivity for the other player- they might decide for their targeted model to Block, Parry, or even strike back at the same time with a Counterattack. Mages, with the necessary spells, can throw back bolts of energy or attempt to Ward an oncoming spell.
A model that is hit can attempt to make an Armor save. But AP, Armor Penetration, serves as a negative modifier to armor saves in Scrollhammer. If you don't think an armor save is worth it, certain models also have a special Shielded save- there isn't much out there that can blow through this sort of magical defense.
Many effects from the Elder Scrolls universe translate directly into in-game mechanics. A model hit by a bolt of frost is slowed. An adventurer can chug a Potion of Fortify Strength to hit harder against a particularly tough foe. Dragons can rule the battlefield with a toolbox of Shouts, while Assassins reveal themselves with a flurry of blows and magic.
Armies of Tamriel
Great Houses of Morrowind: A Great House's army has wide access to different types of units and powerful weapons; it is an elite yet versatile force. Much emphasis may be easily put on speed and skill with magic: that does not mean, however, that the Dark Elves are a pushover when it comes to other styles of fighting. Forces from this list can be elite and meaty, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, an overwhelming horde of slaves.
Sixth House: The Sixth House has an emphasis on wide-spread use of magick and slower, more lumbering bruisers capable of tremendous damage. In fact, it's not uncommon for nearly all of your models to have some form of spellcasting or ranged attack! It is rare for an opposing army to be able to stand in the open and take all the retribution that House Dagoth has to offer.
Dwemer Animunculi: The Dwemer Animunculi, or centurions, are magical constructs that have persisted centuries after their people. Nearly all Dwemer holds boast a wide variety of these machings, which ever patrol and guard over the ancient halls. Their ranks range from the cheap lowly spider centurion, up to the mighty steam centurion and brazen incinerator. While not intended to be used as an army of them-self, they can be taken by a Dwemer army or used in special scenarios.
Dwemer: Once holding most of North-Eastern Tamriel, the Dwemer were a magical powerhouse. While they existed in Tamriel, they helped drive the Nords out of Morrowind, and later acted as a worthy opponent to the Dunmer and their Tribunal. As a whole their forces are heavily armored and well trained in the use of magic. While the average Dwemer is less physically capable than most, their animinculi more than make up for this, providing solid and hard hitting units.
The Imperial Legion: On the battlefield, the Imperial Legion provides a balanced army, with well-trained, heavily armored infantry. While the Legion has less offensive capabilities than the other armies, they also have a much more solid defense, and an emphasis on Restorative and Shielding magicks. Hard-hitting units are present with the Magus and Orc Auxiliary, neither anything to scoff at.
Holds of Skyrim: The muster of a Hold contains a very solid core of troops: well-armed infantry with great physical prowess and stubborn resolve. A force of Nords is very capable in melee combat, able to trade with any being that might present itself. While their melee prowess is undeniable, the Holds of Skyrim have less emphasis on ranged combat and magick.
Dragon Cult: Worshipers of the Dragon Cult, Draugr are reanimated dead from times forgotten. Their forces are made of beefy and hard hitting undead, backed up by fiendish Skyrim beasts. They play very similarly to the Holds of Skyrim list, but gain bonuses from their undead nature. It is possible to have a single Brown Dragon as your entire army.
Witchmen of the Reach: Savage daedaric worshippers that dwell across Southwestern Skyrim and terrorize the civilized folks there. They follow the directives of their monstrous Hagraven patrons and will do whatever it takes to take back their lands. Their armies are heavily undisciplined and bloodthirsty, but cheaper as a result. Their most powerful attack pieces are Briarhearts and Hagravens.
Kingdoms of High Rock: Aldmeri-Nedic descendants, the High Rock People are intrinsically magical, flamboyant, and decentralized. Because of their innate magic aptitude the Mages Guild is intrinsic to the area. High Rock forces are more magic resistant than normal and have bonuses to Conjuration. A force might represent knightly aspirants, murderhobbos, or sanctioned forces of a particular minor kingdom, among other reasons.
Tombas of Hammerfell: Duelers and warriors of utmost excellence, the Redguards have some of, if not the best, fighters in the entire game. Their special ability Adrenaline Rush allows any model to become monstrous in combat, at least for a short time. The archetypical Redguard army makes use of a powerful Hel Korei knight, or Sword-singer, backed up by excellent warriors and archers.
Goblin-Ken of Orisnium:
Aldermi Dominion: The Aldmeri Dominion has a combination of expensive, elite infantry, and less-so Goblins. Their standard infantry are as equally well armed as the Imperial Legion, if not moreso, and have access to at least basic spells. Depending on how a force is constructed, an Aldmeri can hit hard and fast at just the right place or overwhelm an opponent with cheap, disposable infantry.
Wildfolk of Valenwood:
Warriors of Elsweyr: Containing more variety than other forces, but also lightly armored, the Warriors of Elsweyr are more suited for hit-and run attacks or skirmishing. That's not to say they don't have heavy hitters- Pahmar, Jaguar Men, and Dos are all plenty dangerous units, and a list can easily be built around them.
Saxhleel of Black Marsh: THE Skirmishers of Scrollhamer and TES, Argonians are guerrilla fighters without compare, able to strike fast wherever it might be needed. Their units are a good combination of skilled fighters, beefy Naga, and supportive mages. Their emphasis on Restoration magick and raw speed makes them perfectly suited for objective scenarios.
Daedra: Powerful and fickle spirits, the other-worldy Daedra are varied in goal and purpose. The only shared feature among their kind is innate magical powers at odds with Mundus. Their forces might be made up of deranged cultists of the House of Troubles, a particular sect, or the personal forces of a Daedric Prince. As a rule their units are expensive, resistant, and make use of much magic.
Order of the Black Worm: Created by the Altmer Lich Mannimarco, the Order of the Black Worm seek destruction of the Mages Guild, the return of their master, and domination over the living. As the premiere undead faction of Scrollhammer they sport a very large variety of Undead, from the spammable zombie, all the way up to the mighty Worm Eremite and Sload Warlocks.
Vampire Clans: Preternatural beings, the vampires of Tamriel are intelligent undead hunted by nearly all societies and races. Able to spread by transmitting diseases such as Porphyric Hemophilia and Sanguinare Vampiris, the Vampire Clans are undisputed masters of the night. Their forces combine cheap undead filler with powerful and costly vampire characters.
- Light Armor now grants +1" of movement while performing an Engage action
- Proven Orcish Armor now costs $3 instead of $5
- The Hatred special rule has been removed
- Night Fighting has been reworded very slightly
- Vampire Reaver Plate Armor now costs $3 (down from $5)
- Argonian Tribesman Hand Weapon and Shield now costs $2 (up from $0)
- Argonian Tribesman Shortbow now costs $2 (up from $0)
- Ethereal is now +2 ARM against normal weapons instead of Immunity
- Scamps are now $13 (down from $15)
- Clanfear are now $22 (down from $25)
- Dremora are now $25 (down from $26)
- Dremora now have 2 HP (down from 3 HP)
- Hunger are now $30 (down from $32)
- Dremora Kynval are now $46 (down from $50)
- Spider Daedra are now $46 (down from $50)
- Ogrim are now $55 (down from $60)
- Golden Saints are now $55 (down from $60)
- Daedroth are now $58 (down from $60)
- Updated costs for various Conjured Daedra
- Shortbows can no longer Shoot-Shoot
- Fixed a formatting issue with the Cleanfear entry
- Zombies now have 4 SPD (up from 3)
- Skeletons now have 4 SPD (up from 3)
- High Rock Crossbows now have a Hand Weapon and cost $14 (up from $13)
- High Rock Crossbows may now take Pavises for $3
- Custom Heroes may now be Dovakiin for $7
- Custom Heroes may now purchase Shouts for $7 each
- Holds of Skyrim Housecarl now get Flames AND Frostbite, or any one Shout- used to be Flames OR Frostbite plus any one Shout
- Stomp now deals a full STR hit and may be used more than once per turn
- Clarified the Brown Dragon special to work with only melee attacks
- Skald's Embolden and Cadence are now fast actions with a 6" range, Stain on the Moon a free action with a 6" range
- Skald's Embolden now only costs 1 MP (down from 2 MP)
- Skalds now cost $17 (from whatever it was at) and may take 3x Throwing Weapons or a Shortbow for $2
- Added Hand Crossbows to the game
- Stros M'Kai Corsairs added to Tombas of Hammerfell
- Adrenaline Rush now works differently; does not grant Extra Attack but an additional, single attack when performing an Attack or Engage action
- Great Houses of Morrowind Slaves Shortbow option is now 0-4
- Aldmeri Dominion Slaves Shortbow option is now 0-4
- Warriors of Elsweyr Ohmes now cost $11 (up from $10)
- Vampire Clans Slaves Shortbow and Spear options are now 0-4
- Wildfolk of Valenwood Centaur armor is now 7 (instead of 7-L)
- Vampire Necromage armor is now 7-L (up from 6-L) and the upgrade option is 8-M (up from 7-M)
- Added additional rules to the Climbing section, and it has been reworked slightly
- Wildfolk of Valenwood Druids now also have Frostbite
- Blades Guard added to Imperial Legion
- Corpus Stalkers now have 3 SPD (up from 2)
- Ash Cultists now cost 8$ (up from $7) and now also have a Shield
- Ash Cultist may now replace their Shield with a Shortbow for $2, and the option is 0-4
These rules are still quite new. The following is a record of various playtests posted on /tg/. You should edit the following page to add your own battle reports that you post on /tg/.
Scrollhammer 1st Edition The rules for the previous edition. They are included here for reference.