What is Purgatory?

Purgatory is a skirmish game that was created in 2015 by two friends. Initially starting out as a handful of models and some boutique art, it rapidly became a range of models supported by a skirmish rules format so that people could play games on a 4′ x 4′ board. In 2016 Purgatory by Underestimated Games Limited was successfully taken to the crowd funding site Kickstarter where it funded, allowing us to fully develop two full factions, rules, cards and everything required for you to play a game and more.

The box art above captures the characters and the essence of the world. So what is Purgatory?

Purgatory is a setting. An age. Where mankind teeters on the brink of extinction at the hands of those that were once lauded as our saviours and deities. Our plight has become a fallout from a cataclysmic war so vast that it shook the foundations of the galaxy, sundering Heaven itself and casting renegades and traitors across the cosmos, twisted by the taint of failure.

Fallen Angels, consumed by rage and defeat, embarked on genocide across nearly every planet they landed upon, bringing whole civilisations and races to their knees or to the edge of extinction in their fury. Earth was one such planet, but as the human race was culled and people enslaved by the millions, hope arrived on brilliant white plumes of retribution and the War for Heaven was renewed on Earth.

Those Angels, true to their teachings, led by the Archangel Penemue halted the rampaging renegades, but as powers not meant for our world coruscated and swirled around us the very fabric of our world was undone. Swiftly understanding dawned upon both sides and the demi-gods withdrew, licked their wounds and gathered their strength.

Humans quickly found courage and depravity in equal measure. Some were lured by the offer of immortality and power and many amongst us sided with the renegades, convinced that this new age would propel our race into a new era of dominance amongst the stars. However, many stood true, seeing the darkness for what it was and aligning themselves with the now permanent guardians left by Penemue, determined to restore our way of life. Others took no side, instead using the opportunity to establish their own path of backstreet trading and nefarious activities to further their own personal agenda’s.

This fracturing of mankind unsurprisingly led to a gang mentality and factions, cults, and groups sprang into existence, with new ones being formed  and old ones fading into obscurity each and every day.

These gangs now dominate the Earth, with each in some way tied in loyalty or fealty to one Angel or another. We are now but pawns in an endless game of deception, subterfuge and deceit as we battle for the ideals we believe are to be true, whether right, wrong or misguided.


Fresh threats emerge every day. The fracturing of Earth led to great rents in time and space to appear across our world, where humans long consigned to history are vomited back into unholy existence, where death is but a measure of time until we are recycled back into life either here or at some unknown destination.

Creatures, not from this world watch with insatiable and otherworldly hunger from shadows, stalking humanity and creating their own settlements and fortifications from the carcass of the modern day civilisation.

We now exist in pockets, gathering like vermin in concentrated groups. Relying on the presence of numbers to deter the growing number of threats. We have left behind remote settlements and surrendered them to fresh apex hunters within our midst. Whole regions and cities have become blasted ruins, where only the most daring for fool hardy scrape by a miserable existence away from the tyranny of the Angels, whilst forests and mountain ranges have become truly inhospitable and a den of nightmares.

Now you have the chance to eek out your own existence, build your own faction or group of mercenaries, bringing together individuals alongside an Angel to wage war with your friends in the Age of Purgatory.

Over the coming months and years, fresh factions will be added to game so that you can truly tailor your force, alongside new races and creatures, that previously unseen and will enter the fray, giving people a truly unique world to embrace and enjoy.

For now, you can understand what happened in the War for Heaven and who the main characters are, in the first of many publications that we hope to produce. This can be found in the 88 page rules and background book, available now in our store, so that you can immerse yourself in the world and learn more about how the Age of Purgatory came to be.