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Savage Worlds: Do extras gain experience, take hindrances and edges?

I've just picked up PEG Inc's edition of "Savage Worlds," and the way experience works for me is unclear. Each player controls a Wild Card character and collaborates on controlling a pool of Extra ...
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Does Full Defense assume you're also Defending?

The Full Defense action is, mechanically, somewhat unreliable compared to the Defend action: Defend gives you a straight +2 Parry, while Full Defense lets you roll Fighting+2 to set your Parry. Since ...
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Face cards or better?

In the Savage Worlds RPG I have seen the phase "Face cards or better". Does this mean Joker and or Aces as well as Jack, Queen and King? Is this defined anywhere in the rule book?
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How do Berzerk and Shaken interact?

If a character with the Berzerk edge takes damage and goes berzerk, they cannot perform any actions that require concentration. Is the Spirit test to recover from being Shaken considered to be a task ...
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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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Multiple-arms and ambidextrous?

In an effort to cheese out a high-powered game, we've allowed the race builder from SW Deluxe. One of the characters is a 4-armed gunslinger. We're trying to figure out the penalties to shooting 4 ...
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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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What if two mages use the “beast friend” spell on the same creature?

What happens if a second mage attempts to "Beast Friend" a creature that has already been "Beast Friend"-ed by another mage?
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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: 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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How to create a new Ray Gun with Weird Science?

If a character with the Arcane Background (Weird Science) edge takes a new Power, say Bolt, do they need to roll a skill check to create their Ray Gun?
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Does Invulnerable include Magic Weapons?

Some creatures in Savage Worlds are Invulnerable to wounds except for something they have a Weakness to. For example: a Vampire has a Weakness to Sunlight and other standard anti-Vampire attacks. ...
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Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid?

Can Savage Worlds be played effectively on a Square or Hex Grid? And if so, what sort of resources are there for converting Savage world distances (move speeds, ranges, blast sizes) to fit the grid?
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How does Armour work in Savage Worlds?

I am a bit confused about how Armour and Armour Piercing is meant to work. If you have a Toughness of 8 and Armour of say +2 (10) and you are hit by a weapon with AP 2. Do you take 2 off for the AP ...
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Are the offspring of Wild Card creatures also Wild Cards?

If a creature is a Wild Card, are its young also Wild Cards, or do they only become Wild Cards once they have matured?
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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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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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Do spells need to roll 4+ even if they are opposed rolls?

Some spells allow the enemy an opposed check to avoid the effect. Does the caster still need at least a 4+ on the roll, or is it sufficient that it is higher than the opposed roll? Example: Burst - ...
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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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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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What fantasy setting for Savage Worlds?

I've been playing D&D over the last 20 years through 3 editions. I've recently picked up Savage Worlds Deluxe and really like what I see. I'm looking for some information on which ...
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A mage has 'Beast Friend'ed a swarm that then splits. What happens?

A mage has cast a 'Beast Friend' spell on a swarm of creatures -- say, a swarm of Razor Wings. The swarm then takes a wound and splits into two swarms. Does the mage now have control of all of the new ...
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Soaking wounds with Bennies

When Soaking Wounds with a bennie do you roll for the maximum number of wounds the damage could do, or the maximum wound the character can take. For example, say a character currently has 2 wounds and ...
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Casting successive 'Beast Friend' spells

Can a mage have more than one 'Beast Friend' spell running at the same time or does he need to concentrate on spell to keep it active.
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What happens when a swarm of creatures you are controlling with Beast Friend attacks another swarm of the same type of creatures?

If a mage casts Beast Friend on a swarm of creatures, and then directs them to attack another swarm of the same type of creatures, what happens? Are the two swarms able to differentiate between those ...
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Overcoming racial hindrances

Is it possible for a character to cancel out a racial hindrance using a edge from character improvement? For example, a player is playing a Grael, who has the 'All Thumbs' hindrance because of his ...
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How long is a Mass Battle round?

The SWD rules give no suggestion for the length of a round in a Mass Battle are there any rules or hints for how long this should be for a battle type and size anywhere?
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Is Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition the new standard rules?

I'm not clear about what role the Savage Worlds Deluxe edition serves now. Are future Savage Worlds products from Pinnacle going to be released using the Deluxe rules from now on? Or will they ...
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How fast do Rocs grow?

A character has access to a roc egg. I would like to work out at what point it could be ridden, and when it stops being a cute bird and turns into a man-eating monster that locals might object to ...
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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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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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Does a tied Trick or Test of Wills go to the attacker or defender?

Tricks and Tests of Wills are opposed rolls. The result is binary though: either the bonus/malus the "attacker" is trying to apply gets applied to the target, or it doesn't. Opposed rolls on the ...
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Replaying Adventure Card?

Should you allow the following. Player A use the "my Bennies become XPs" adventure card then, Player B plays "get a card from the Discard stack" and then replays "my Bennies become XPs"?
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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 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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Does Additional Bolts mean Additional Backlashes?

When using a power like Bolt with the Additional Bolts option, does any '1' on any of the Spellcasting rolls invoke a Backlash for a character with Arcane Background (Magic). That is if you roll three ...
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Does ending a Power early take the equivalent of an action?

Obviously it normally takes an spellcasting action to use Shape Change (Savage Worlds Deluxe EE, p. 115) to shift into animal form, but the description says nothing about how shifting back to normal ...
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Are there any “War Of The Dead” maps

In the War Of The Dead Campaign for Savage World there are no provided Maps in the PDFs. I have seen on the forum that Daring Entertainment intended to produce some for the encounter locations but I ...
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Wizard Edge in a Mass Battle

The Wizard Edge reduces the cost of a power by one point for each raise. Does this reduce the Power Points per round used, if you roll a Raise or Two Raises using their Arcane Skill roll?
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What powers do Elemental Mages start with?

In the 50 Fathoms players section it does not specify what a starting character gets when they select Arcane Background (Magic). This is unlike the other Arcane Backgrounds in the other rule book. Is ...
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What is the basic TN for Character Rolls in Mass Battles?

When a character chooses to fight in a Mass Battle. What is the original TN (before the mods for number of tokens and character rank). For a spellcraft roll is we assume TN 4 but for fighting it 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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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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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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Can a Berserking hero run away from enemies?

In savage worlds, the Berserk edge causes a hero to "attack with reckless abandon." He can also leave berserk by doing nothing on his turn (not even movement) and passing a smarts roll at -2. I'm ...
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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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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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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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Bennies for Long Sessions?

In Savage Worlds, Player Bennies refresh at the start of a new session. What is the best way to handle a long session? For example what if the session is all day or even all weekend?
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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 ...