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How do I create and use NPCs that actually matter?

My players love to interact with my NPCs in my Savage Worlds game, make friends, allies, enemies, make characters fall in love, etc. But I always end up with either bland NPCs that don't matter much ...
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How do I improve my ranged defense in Savage Worlds?

I'm playing Savage Worlds for the first time. My character is starting as an assassin type with no ranged ability(Assassin and Martial Arts edges to start). I'm worried about dying to gunfire as I ...
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How strong are raw charisma bonuses?

I am designing a few edges for my custom setting at the moment, and the question came up about how strong certain bonuses should be. I have designed two edges that give a flat bonus to charisma. I ...
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Multiple Bolts and Wizard Edge

If someone casts the power Bolt and casts multiple bolts at once, he rolls multiple attacks for those. So the caster rolls 1-3 psionic rolls + 1 wild die (similar to a weapon shooting multiple shots), ...
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Alternatives to Kevlar Vests ignoring AP of bullets

I am not exactly happy with the AP-ignoring capabilities of kevlar vests in a modern setting I am playing. Combat in the setting is mainly ranged, even though melee is still really effective. The ...
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Do the people/the church know about Tenebrarum?

Do the people living on Necropolis know about the spirit/demon Tenebrarum, who brought the Rephaim into the world? In one or two missions from the campaign that is included in the book, the Ordo ...
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What are the consequences of casting with an attribute instead of a skill?

Please note that we are using the Gentleman's Edition Revised (german edition, as far as I heard it contains some small things the english version doesn't) of Savage Worlds. The setting is a modern ...
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How can bennies be spent to gain combat edges?

I know I've read of a way to spend bennies to use an edge on the fly. For example, a player could spend a benny to buy first strike before an opponent moves and then attack them (per first strike's ...
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Savage Worlds vs. Traveller for a Science Fiction Campaign

I'm thinking of starting up a RPG group with some similarly minded friends, but unfortunately, we're not 100% on which setting to go with. I'm going to be GMing the group, and its fallen to me to ...
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Odds of Tzeentch's Curse in Mass Battles port

Mass Battles is often casually considered an easy mechanic of Savage Worlds to port to other systems. I'm finding it easily so, save some edge cases. I like the idea in Mass Battles of heroes running ...
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Missing a throwing roll in savage worlds with an 'area of effect' weapon

In Savage Worlds the rules for Area Of Effect say that if you miss your throwing or shooting roll, the blast deviates, and they reinforce this by saying you move the blast template. I added emphasis ...
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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 deal faster with enemy actions on large-scale battles?

I returned to Savage Worlds after a while of playing 5th Edition and Anima, and I'm falling in love with the system again. I finally understood how the system goes better with many characters ...
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How can I make of Savage Worlds a more Dungeon Crawl based experience?

As some of you know, we've been using 4e to run a ".hack//" based game where players get trapped into an online game by an evil cotrporation that plans to use the data of the virtual world to end and ...
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What are the recommended character ranks for The Flood plot points?

What rank should characters have reached when playing the individual plot points in Deadlands Reloaded's campaign "The Flood"? In particular, what rank is the final encounter designed for?
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Edge that allows a follower to take any wounds a Wild Card receives

Somewhere I remember seeing a Boss Edge where it could sacrifice a follower to take any wounds he receives. Can someone tell me where I read it please?
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Does Push initiate 'melee' or 'close combat' in savage worlds?

This came up in one of my games this past week: A player rushed a combatant and used the Push maneuver to knock him prone. The combatant got up on their initiative pass and moved 4 spaces away. The ...
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Can you use Suppression fire into darkness?

I had an encounter that took place outside in darkness and the map represented that. The rules for 'Darkness' are specific that targets outside of 10" (30 m, 10 squares) are not visible. On of my ...
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Does Elan apply to non-combat Trait tests?

The Elan edga gives a +2 bonus on any trait rolls made when spending a Benny. However, Elan is a Combat Edge. Does this +2 bonus apply to rolls made outside of combat? If so, what makes this a ...
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How does the change to the Shaken mechanic affect other parts of the system?

Pinnacle Entertainment Group recently revised the mechanics behind one of the key Savage Worlds rules. The change relates to how the Shaken status works, and at first sight seems relatively minor. ...
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What is the recent edition history for Savage Worlds and major differences between them?

I'm new to Savage Worlds and using the "Explorer's Edition" that came out in 2007-2008(?), usually abbreviated "SW:EX". Can anyone briefly summarize the edition history of SW for the last few years, ...
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Is there a template to create a Savage Worlds world

I just saw Mad Max Fury road and I figured that it would make an excellent 'world' to game in. I was thinking, what does it take to build enough material to make a convincing world? And how do you ...
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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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Savage Worlds Print and Play Adventure Deck

Is there a list of the cards in the Adventure Decks. Where I live retailers don't seem to be stocking Savage Worlds stuff and mail order from America is killing me financially because of massive ...
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Handling Dungeon Traps?

How should standard dungeon traps be handled in Savage Worlds? For example: do characters get a Notice roll if they aren't searching for the trap? what should be the mod to spot a trap with Notice? ...
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Savage Worlds Powers - trappings and other options

In Savage Worlds, when choosing Powers for a character, you're sometimes given a lot of options. Most famously, you get to choose Trappings for the Power, but also there's "Raise/Lower Trait". My ...
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What is the difference between Deadlands Classic and Savage Worlds + Deadlands Reloaded?

I was going to run a Deadlands Classic game, which I've never done before but the system intrigued me. However, I also picked up a pdf of Savage Worlds, and reading through it, it sounds a lot like ...
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Is repeated playing the only way to test system balance?

I've been working on a new RPG system, a variant of Savage Worlds, for a special one-off game I'm designing for my friends. Everything is going well, but one thing I've found myself wondering more ...
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Do all Deadlands Reloaded Gatling weapons support Auto Fire?

In Savage Worlds Deluxe + Deadlands Reloaded there are RoF2 and RoF3 Gatling weapons. Are both considered Auto and the full "Automatic Fire" rules from the Situational Combat rules apply (including ...
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Should one play Deadlands:Reloaded with SWD or previous editions?

While researching shooting roles, it looks like there are a lot of minor changes in Savage Worlds Deluxe around shooting, like double shotgun rules, fanning/rapid attack etc. Should these be ...
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Do I have to roll multiple shooting dice individually?

When I get multiple shooting dice for one action, e.g. due high Rate of Fire, Fanning or using double shotguns, do I have to assign each individual die to a specific target before the roll, ...
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Do 1's (fumbles) for gatling guns count before or after the wild die?

In Savage Worlds Deluxe / Deadlands reloaded, when rolling an attack with a gatling gun, do you check for the bad things that happen on one/many natural 1s before or after you exchange a shooting die ...
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Is it possible to aim or do called shots when fanning?

In Savage Worlds Deluxe / Deadlands Reloaded, can a gunslinger fanning his pistol aim a round (-2) first, and/or can he try to hit vitals/heads (called shot) during fanning?
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Advice on converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds Fantasy

Are there any useful rules, tips or suggestions for converting a D&D adventure to Savage Worlds with the Fantasy Companion? Edit: Zadmar advise
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Does Fate or Savage Worlds have a prebuilt, low-magic, gritty, fantasy campaign setting which feature a single big issue?

I'm looking for a fantasy campaign setting with the following elements: Savage Worlds or Fate. But I'm open to hacks or others rules systems that match this requisites: Rules light, narrative flavor ...
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What are the pitfalls of a world- and genre-hopping Savage Worlds campaign?

I’m a new GM and this will be the first campaign I’ve run. I’ve had a world in my mind for a while now and have spent the last year or so off-and-on fleshing it out. Long-story-short it is a ...
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How do I spend XP in Savage Worlds?

How do you spend XP in a Savage Worlds game? Can they be spent to improve skills and traits, and/or to gain new edges?
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How to design combat for an overpowered character in a normal party?

I'm running a Savage Worlds game in a rugged sci-fi genre (think Firefly or Guardians of the Galaxy), and I've got a problem. One of my player characters is wildly over-powered in combat, (multiple ...
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Does a Blessed character need to be in at least the rank of a power to be able to cast it?

In the Savage Worlds Deadlands Reloaded setting, does a Blessed character (the modified version of Arcane Background Miracles that is casting without needing powerpoints) need to be at least of the ...
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Does Beast-Friending a horse overrule the rider?

A PC successfully casts Beast Friend on an NPC's horse while the NPC is riding on it (e.g. charging in battle). If the PC now suggests the horse to run away or lie down, does the horse simply do that, ...
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How to play a shy character and still get involved in play

If it helps, a bit of background: I recently started playing a game of Savage Worlds. In this game our characters are a group of misfits at a high school in America that are kinda like the gang in ...
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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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Does the “Primordial Soup Kitchen” Campaign from Andy Hopp's “Low Life” need much updating for Savage Worlds Deluxe rules?

I'm planning to introduce my players to the Low Life setting, and I'd really like to go through the "Primordial Soup Kitchen" campaign that is in the back of the old setting book. Since that book came ...
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Is a victim of the Mind Control Power from Necessary Evil ever aware of their plight?

In Necessary Evil for Savage Worlds, the Mind Control power gives no indication of whether the victim is aware, either before or after the fact, that they have been controlled. However, the Mind ...
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Burst Power +2 because of Cone Template?

In the core rules of the deluxe version it is mentioned that a flamethrower gets +2 to hit since its failry easy for this kind of weapon. But what about the Burst power? It uses the cone template and ...
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How do I deal with exploding dice ending bosses too quickly on Super Power Companion Games?

We love playing with Super Powers companion 2nd Edition since it gives us all the flexibility for character creation we want while preventing the usage of the simplistic Powers found on the base core ...
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What is the “average human” stat for Savage Worlds?

I just started running Savage Worlds (SW:EX) and ran into a minor issue on my first session. The SW:EX book says in the Character Creation section that an average human has a d6 for any given stat. ...
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What are the best alternatives to cards for initiative in Savage Worlds?

I can't use the card initiative system for a web-based game that I have started. The web-page have a full dice-roller with lots of options, so... which are the best alternative ways to do initiative? ...
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Does a magic weapon's bonus increase Parry as well as Fighting?

So the lovely DM gave out a magic sword, which my character has gobbled up. Let's say the weapon is +1/+1, meaning I get +1 to Fighting and +1 to Damage. Since Fighting is intrinsically tied to ...
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Is rolling Stealth in Combat an Action?

This was the subject of much discussion during the Savage Worlds session I ran last night, since 3 out of 5 members of my group are rules lawyers, counting me. Having read through the relevant ...