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Should I give my players the stats of the NPCs they control?

I'm running a game of Savage Worlds in which my players, as seems to be the norm in the system, end up in command of a group of human and kobold soldiers. As with most things in Savage Worlds I want ...
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Savage Worlds Deluxe: Joker - for players only?

The RAW of Savage Worlds: Deluxe seems to say that drawing a Joker card for initiative affects only players: When a player draws a Joker, his character can go whenever he wants in the round ...
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Is withdrawing from close combat a free action in SWD?

Is withdrawing from close combat a free action in Savage Worlds Deluxe? The rules seem to say moving up to your Pace is a free action, but I'm not really sure about this, as moving, in my current ...
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Official SW gaming aids compatibility with SWD

Peginc.com has a number of interesting and rather helpful-looking gaming aids (for a newbie SWD GM) available for free download, such as the Training Wheels Character Sheet and the GM Screen Insert / ...
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Zombie damage in SWD?

The combat example on p.79 of the Savage Worlds Deluxe pdf shows zombies doing d6+d4 damage. The Bestiary entry for the zombie (p.147) lists only "Claws: Str" (and the zombie's Str is d6), whereas a ...
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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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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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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 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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When does The Drop apply to ranged attacks?

In Savage Worlds, when does a character get The Drop bonus when making a ranged attack? How does this interact with the rules for starting combat with surprise? Should the target get an extra notice ...
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ROF, Auto, Ammo and Shots

So from what I understand any weapon with a ROF over 2 without the auto keyword is treated as a full auto weapon and unable to fire in single shot mode. For example a Gatling gun from the SWD rules ...
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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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As a GM, how does one deal with all of the players playing nearly identical characters?

I'm running a Deadlands campaign with players who come entirely from D&D and have never played Savage Worlds before. All five people in the group have made nearly identical characters ...
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How to challenge legendary characters?

As characters get to Legendary in Savage World (Fantasy) they abilities soon seem to out class the Powers the creatures have. For example, most powers are saved with a attribute, say Agility, if you ...
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In need of general tips for making more interesting and fun battles

I've been a Game Master for about 5 years now and I've mantained the same group of players for that long, we're all young gamers (I being the oldest with 22 years old) and since we're not from USA we ...
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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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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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How can characters with low Fighting and Shooting contribute in combat?

I've run a few rounds of Savage Worlds, and I like the quick character generation and minimal bookkeeping. I'm a little frustrated with a phenomenon which is hardly unique to the system: in combat, ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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How are Magic Items created in Savage Worlds?

In the Savage Worlds Fantasy Companion there is an Alchemist that can create a limited number of potions up to their power points. Unless there is a special Edge (like Wizard) there is no way for ...
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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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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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One-sheet Savage Worlds adventures: do they only require the core rules?

Do the one-sheet Savage Worlds adventures only require the core rules, or do they generally use some setting-specific rules?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...