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Aced d4s vs skill development in Savage Worlds

Is there errata covering aced rolls when skills are at low levels vs higher? I've heard of players staying at rudimentary skill in order to reward themselves with aced rolls more frequently than ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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As a GM, when to force a harrowed player for control of his body?

In Deadlands:Reloaded, it's possible for characters to become Harrowed. In short, this means the character has died and been re-animated by an evil spirit. It's up to the GM to decide when this ...
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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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Where can one find a list of Savage Worlds Explorer Edition publications?

Pinnacle's Savage World settings seem to be making the switch to the Explorer's Edition size publications gradually. The Companions were initially published in the Explorer's Edition size. The current ...
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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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How many Power Points does a Mirror Self ally have?

According to Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition, when casting Summon Ally to create a Mirror Self, the duplicate has "half the total Power Points" of the caster. Does "total" mean "maximum" here? Example: ...
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How many members make up the typical Savage Worlds adventuring party?

After looking at the Test Drive, I do not see anything about party sizes. Is there a standard Savage Worlds party size? I want to try out the Tomb of Terrors one-shot with the Test Drive rules, but ...
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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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Downtuning lethality in Savage Worlds

My groups go-to system is Savage Worlds, and it works pretty well for our needs. But the system uses exploding dice, and that means that sometimes a casual encounter that should be a cakewalk for the ...
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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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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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How long does “Joker” initiative in Savage Worlds apply?

I'm trying to learn enough Savage Worlds to start running a little experimental game. I keep feeling like the rules are explained poorly, but it may just be that my brain is not ready to learn. The ...
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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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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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When a skill has a flat bonus, does that apply to the Wild Die as well?

I recently played an expert surgeon with the Healer trait and Professional Healer. That meant I rolled 1d12+3 for Healing checks. So if I rolled my check as d12 (skill) and d6 (wild) and I rolled a ...
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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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What happens when an Extra is Incapacitated but survives?

Tonight in my Savage Worlds (Explorer Edition) game, several of the bad guys, all Extras, were shot, took damage exceeding their Toughness, and were put out of the fight--which I believe is ...
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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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Is the Wizard in Savage Worlds too powerful?

I have a long running fantasy campaign with Savage Worlds and I wonder if the Arcane Background (Magic) is too powerful. The wizard can quickly overwhelm the fighter types with the ease that they hit ...
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Savage Worlds Incapacitated Vigor Test: subject to wound penalties?

When you become incapacitated you are supposed to make a vigor roll – is this roll subject to wound penalties? I am inclined to say yes, but to me it seems too lethal.
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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 ...
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Savage Worlds: Safety Harnesses and Airbags?

So I just got Savage Worlds (Deluxe Edition) last night, and in true form, I started a cover-to-cover read, basically just hitting everything on the way through. It's all been pretty clear throughout, ...
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Limits of the Entangle Power?

The duration of the entangle power seams to be until you make make your break free roll. Is the break free roll a standard test ie TN 4 or against the arcane skill roll? If the Entangle is an Area ...
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Does an Edge require you to take a Hindrance?

I'm looking at the Savage Worlds Test Drive and it provides a list of Hindrances and Edges. Do I have to take an equivalent Hindrance for each Edge or do I get some Edges for free?