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MOP Every NPC needs a mop. Motivation: Why is the character here in the story? What motivates them to act? Objective: What does the character want to accomplish as a goal in the story? What is the character's overriding goal they must achieve? Personality: How the character acts as well as their personal appearance. These three traits help define an ...


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NPCs are a myth! Try GM controlled Characters. These are your characters, make them and play them as such. NPCs, truly minor characters, such as shopkeepers, barmaids and the man pushing a broom in the warehouse you are breaking into, can simply be a one line entry in your notes. However, people the Player Characters interact with regularly, such as ...


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As above, but another Edge you might want to consider is Fleet Footed. It'll let you close the distance to melee quicker.


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Use Better Tactics More so than most roleplaying games, tactics are very important in Savage Worlds. Stand out in the open during a gunfight and you will get shot. The idea is to fight smarter. This is the best way to improve your ranged defense. Focus first on not being seen You'll want to pay attention to the Stealth rules. If they don't know you're ...


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The Dodge edge (pg 37). Requirements: Seasoned, Agility d8+ Unless they are the victim of a surprise attack and taken completely unaware, attackers must subtract 1 from their ranged attack rolls when targeting them (even in close combat). Characters who attempt to evade area effect attacks may add +1 to their Agility roll as well (when allowed). Improved ...


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Charisma modifiers are always conditional to some extent, but it's left up to the GM to decide when they should apply. Attractive probably won't help if your face is covered with a helmet, or if you've disguised your appearance with extensive makeup, or if you're interacting with someone who is blind. The Charisma bonus from Noble probably wouldn't apply if ...


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Regarding the power point cost when using the Bolt power and the Wizard Edge, the official Pinnacle answer provided by Clint Black is as follows: Each die applies to the casting of that single specific bolt for activation which also determines the effect of Wizard. Raises from one die don't affect the cost of casting the other bolts at all only the ...


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Are you sure it's a problem? The problem I have is that there is simply no reason to use anything but a Kevlar Vest, because Guns are used so often that the AP-ignore is really really strong. I would counter that in the real world, there is simply no reason to use anything but a kevlar vest. Guns are used very often and the fact that they by and large ...


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To answer your specific question about the impact on game balance, my suggestion would be to first break down some of the core Arcane Backgrounds into their component parts to provide a better point of reference. The way I handled this in Savage Arcanum was as follows: Magic 3 Powers (+2): You begin with 3 powers instead of 1. 10 Power Points (+1): You ...


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There is also the Battlelords Blessing in Sundered Skies Setting. It is a Power that grants the recipient any Combat Edge. BUT the caster itself must meet the requirements.


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The "High Adventure" setting rule in Savage Worlds Deluxe provides the option of spending a benny to gain a Combat Edge for one round, and War of the Dead offers a similar setting rule. I'm not aware of any official Edges that offer the same option, but the Dynamic Warrior Edge in my Savage War of the Burning Sky conversion gives the ability.


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Scout/Seeker in Traveller would allow each to have their own ship. However, these are usually not well armed and more used for exploration than combat. Meant to be handled by Scouts with well rounded skills in supporting their ships. A scout ship does have room for a few passengers. Anything smaller isn't built to travel the stars, really. Just in ...


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Having an "arcane skill" be an Attribute instead of a Skill is a bit unusual and something that neither the core rules, nor any supplementary setting that I am aware of, has ever tried to do. I think that you hit on one of the biggest consequences: Why would anyone not take Arcane Background (Psionics)? This is the biggest issue I see. Why would anyone not ...



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