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Handling “relevant knowledge” in Savage Worlds

As a GM, how should I handle cases of "relevant knowledge" among my player-characters? For example, if someone is playing a Doctor (with Healing at a d10, say), surely they don't have to take ...
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My player has too much custom stuff and it's making things difficult for me

So I'm a new GM, we're playing Savage Worlds. Admittedly, I've probably allowed too much customization in my game. We have a player that really wants to be able make a very specific character. To give ...
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What can someone with the Beast Master edge command their dog to do?

I'm a new Savage Worlds GM running my first campaign. There are a lot of great things about SW that I enjoy so far. But the one area where we seem to constantly stumble is, when there's a very ...
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What do the two armor ratings for Kevlar mean?

I'm making a Savage Worlds campaign in the Shadowrun universe. As such, most players want Kevlar vests as armor, but the armor rating is listed as "+2/+4" and I have no idea what that means. Which do ...
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Savage Worlds Powers with Pathfinder/3.5 Trappings?

Our DM has recently made the decision to make the transition from Pathfinder to Savage Worlds and for most of the party the transition has been relatively smooth. As a Wizard though the change has ...
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How can I convert the Necromorphs from Dead Space to Savage Worlds?

I'm making a Savage setting for Dead Space, and I'm really unsure about this part. I understand I need to compare the monsters to regular humans, for instance, and try to determine their stats from ...
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Limitations of the Telekinesis power

One of my PCs has the Telekinesis Power, and I'm trying to get my head around its limitations. The Power is clear in indicating it's limits regarding size and weight, but I'm particularly interested ...
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What size is a maze runner?

One of my players has taken the Captain Edge, which gives them a maze runner of their very own. However, it doesn't give any information in the books as to how big it is. How big is a maze runner, ...
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Removing hindrances in Savage Worlds

Obviously, a lot of hindrances in Savage Worlds (like missing an eye in a medieval game) aren't reversible. But some very much are: an illiterate character can learn to read, for example, without ...
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Multiple non-roll actions per turn in Savage Worlds

As I understand it, the way Savage Worlds discourages players from doing too many things in a single turn is -2 penalties for each. You can attack normally, you can attack and run at a -2 to each, ...
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Relative difficulty in Savage Worlds skill checks?

I'm a new GM running a Savage Worlds game, and I'm wondering if someone can help me understand the best way to set up a skill check with relative difficulties. Specifically, how do you differentiate ...
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Does the Weird Science AB require knowledge skills?

Does a character with Arcane Background (Weird Science) need many knowledge skills to go with the Arcane Background? Looking at pregens online I see that some have chemistry, physics or just science ...
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How should the Marshal run the Wanted Hindrance?

Within Savage Worlds, there is a hindrance called wanted. How is the Marshal to run that hindrance, and how does he know when the character is wanted or not? It seems like if we don't have a decent ...
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Soaking after using Riled Up

We use the standard Adventure Cards in our Savage Worlds game. A character was wounded, then played Riled Up which is only activated on a wound, giving them +2 damage for the rest of the scene. Next, ...
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Smallest practical party size in Savage Worlds

I've got a group I'm trying to get into a regular weekly game, but the problem I'm having is that there are only three players who can come consistently. Then, if even one is busy or gets sick, we're ...
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Savage Worlds for a mystery game

I'm just starting to get into tabletop RPGs, and specifically I've been playing some Savage Worlds, which I REALLY enjoy. I was wondering, has anyone run a mystery game with SW? I've been thinking ...
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Film noir character archetypes

I have been looking online for a list of film noir character archetypes for a Savage Worlds campaign I am running. I have came up with a few: Private Investigator, Grifter, Police officer, Mobster... ...
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How can I best make use of a high charisma?

I usually build characters designed to fill a role the party needs. My group is trying Savage Worlds for the first time, and once everyone else had made characters I realized we didn't have a ...
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Having player characters in different locations in a city

I am currently running Savage Worlds for my gaming group. For some time we have been wanting to do a campaign with a noir/Sin City crime drama sort of feel. I was wanting some suggestions on the best ...
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Are Savage Worlds & Apocalypse World the same thing?

My group was looking for a new system recently, and someone proposed Savage Worlds. Since we were thinking of a sci-fi setting, I proposed Apocalypse World since I was under the impression that was ...
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Representing the Shinto faith mechanically as a Blessed character in Deadlands Reloaded

One of my players has asked to play a Blessed character in my new Deadlands Reloaded campaign, following the Shinto faith. As written, Blessed characters have to follow the beliefs of their religion ...
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Does Savage World have flying rules?

The title pretty much sums up the question. I don't have any of the books but I specifically want the rules as they might apply to a fantasy setting and players (not sure if there are any rules that ...
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Savage Worlds: Lasers, Reflective Vests, and Armor Piercing

Are Reflective Vests the only defense against lasers? If they are not, what would you suggest the AP value of a laser gun is?
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Do wounds and fatigue levels stack?

A recent question "Do penalties from wounds and fatigue stack?" made me think. Do wounds and fatigue levels stack? Can a character get incapacitated from receiving three wounds when they are already ...
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Do penalties from wounds and fatigue stack?

If a character is wounded and takes a level of fatigue do the penalties stack? For example does a character with one wound and is also fatigued take a -2 penalty to all trait rolls?
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Incapacitation wound modifiers

When a character takes more than three wounds do all of the wounds apply for a penalty? For instance if a character somehow took 10 wounds would that character have to make the roll at -10?
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Improved Beastmaster?

I have a player who has the beast master edge and also a minor pacifist hindrance, in my last game he asked to do an intimidate test of will to try to setup his dog for a defensive attack on a bandit ...
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Is a grappling character considered unarmed?

A character that is grappling another character, either as attacker or as victim, is typically using both hands. Does that mean that they are unarmed? Do characters attacking them get a +2 as per the ...
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Tricks at range?

In savage worlds can you make tricks at range? It really doesn't say any kind of range for the trick to function at, just that you need to have a good description at what you are trying to attempt.
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Does hurting a grappler free the grappled victim?

If Alia the Barbarian has successfully grappled Cithyon the rogue, what can Cithyon's allies do to free him? Can they try to hurt Alia to set the rogue free? Do their attacks need to cause a wound or ...
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Isn't it easier to attack a grappled character?

If one of my allies has grappled one of my enemies, do I get any bonus to attack this enemy? It does not say so in the rules, but surely it must be easier to hit an entangled foe than a free one...?
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Can you make damage with a Grappling attack?

A shaken character that is shaken again takes a wound (extras are just taken out) as long as the second shaken result comes from a physical attack of some kind (not a Test of Wills or other maneuver). ...
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Are Martial Artists armed (i.e. get +2 against unarmed foes)?

Characters with the Martial Artist edge are not considered unarmed, which means that other armed characters do not get a +2 on their Fighting roll as per the Unarmed Defender rule (SWD, p76). ...
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How do you handle Held action in Savage Worlds?

Ok, the Held actions have been giving us a lot of trouble recently. I'm gonna illustrate a situation: Let's say a vampire gets a King of Spades, a zombie gets a 3 of hearts, a ranger gets a Queen of ...
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Continuing Powers and Hold Action?

Say a wizard cast Quickness and it is his third action after it was cast and the wizard does a Hold Action so he can make sure the target gets another action. When does the power end? a) At the point ...
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Is the duration of a power measured on the caster or the recipient?

Many powers in Savage Worlds have a duration measured in turns/actions, typically three. Are these turns measured as caster-turns or as recipient-turns? If duration is measured at the caster, the ...
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How to limit weapons on Agents of Oblivion?

Well, we recently started playing the Campaign Setting by Reality Blurs, which is a "Perfect Cocktail between horror and Espionage", and tough we're liking it, there's not a guideline to limit ...
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How to make skill use on investigations “important”?

Well guys, following previous recommendations here I was able to build a Horror Themed Savage Worlds campaign that has made my players excited. However they're still getting used to the style, as well ...
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How can I make up a Familiar Companion Edge?

I've been thinking about it a lot, and well... there's already the beastmaster edge out there, however it doesn't really seems fit for an arcane character, as in other systems familiars are far more ...
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How do I keep a horror-like feeling with supernatural powered PCs?

I'm going to use Savage Worlds to run a horror campaign in a modern day setting; think X-Files or Supernatural. My players all agree and are excited about the horror concept, but they want to be able ...
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Area of effect attacks: roll once per attack or one per victim?

If a grenade or a Blast affects two zombies, three werewolves, and their evil leader (a WC), how many times do I roll for damage? The Savage Worlds Deluxe on p70 says that: "Everything under (or ...
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What ranked Edge is Fast Regeneration equivalent to?

I'm running War of the Dead, a post apocalyptic zombie campaign and one of my player's backgrounds is that they were experimented on by scientists who were responsible for emergence of a monster very ...
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Attacking and defending at the same time with two weapons

If a fighter has two weapons, can he use one to attack and the other for defense with a Full-Defense maneuver? I know that Defense does not apply in this case because it requires that the ...
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If berserk characters are incapacitated, are they still berserk?

When a character with the Berserk edge gets damage, they become berserk if they fail a Smarts roll. They stay in that state until they spend a round doing nothing, which allows them to make a Smarts ...
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What skills can be used in a Mass Battle?

According to the rules on Savage Worlds Deluxe (p92), playing characters can affect the outcome of a mass battle by using their Fighting, their Shooting, or their arcane skills. The heroes of ...
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Can a character voluntarily fail a Smarts roll to go Berserk?

A character with the Berserk edge ...immediately after suffering a wound (including a Shaken result from physical damage), (...) must make a Smarts roll or go Berserk. Going Berserk has pros ...
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Using a 2-hand weapon with one hand and Oversize Weapon Master: effect on parry

In Savage Worlds there are several 2-handed meleé weapons and most of them have an effect on the character´s parry. For example, fighting with a Great Sword requires 2 hands and lowers your parry by ...
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What stats should I give a shield made out of the door of an armoured Humvee?

I am running a dark, reasonably realistic zombie apocalypse game using Savage Worlds, and one of the characters has scavenged the door of a Heavy Armoured Humvee. He intends to convert parts of it ...
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How to develop arcs for player characters

If you've got a vague idea for an overall plot arc, how do you go about developing individual plot arcs for player characters (if that's something you do)? I'm running two Savage Worlds campaigns, ...
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Messing with the Wild Die?

I'm planning on running a post-apocalyptic setting for my Savage Worlds campaign, and one thing I want to do is to make Wild Cards have less of an advantage over the average inhabitant of the ...