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The collective term used to describe both Attributes and Skills is Traits (defined in the Character Creation section at the beginning of the core rules). Both Attributes and Skills are rolled for in the same way, and the Savage Worlds core rules collectively refers to these types of rolls as Trait Tests. The opening paragraph under Trait Test in the Game ...


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The encumbrance rules are intended for PCs, although a rule of thumb recommended by the Savage Worlds Core Rules Brand Manager is to double the carrying capacity for each point of Size. Thus a mule with Strength d8 and Size +2 would be able to carry 160lb without penalty, or 640lb with a -3 penalty. However, from the two sources provided by @Phil, it ...


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First, let's take a look at the relevant section of Arcane Background (Alchemy): To create a potion, the alchemist needs access to at least a small lab (such as might be carried in a trunk) and one hour per spell Rank (a Novice spells takes one hour to imbue into a potion). The key phrase is "needs access to". This doesn't necessarily mean that they ...


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There's basically two factors you want to make sure to hit upon. Consequential Terrain As you mentioned, the terrain you include doesn't actually influence the combats on the basis of the power levels involved. You should think about what kinds of things DO work at that level. Lava? Alien superstructures that can't be blasted through? Etc. That's just ...


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"Terrain is often of more value than bravery." — Flavius Vegetius Renatus, De re militari Just because your players are failing to make use of the terrain around them, doesn't mean their enemies won't The NPC enemies that your players face should me making heavy use and advantage of powerful terrain features to their advantage. They should be getting a ...


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Perhaps the Dramatic Task rules would do the trick. Possibly it could be modified as an opposed task where the first to reach five successes wins the duel.


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Both problems can be alleviated by making sure that both sides have enough Bennies. You can spend a Benny to immediately get out of Shaken (even when not on your turn or after you make a Spirit roll at the beginning of your turn to get out of Shaken). You can also spend a Benny to soak damage, limiting the effect of exploding dice. That said, Savage Worlds ...


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If this is just for encounters, try making tables of enemies, locations, environmental objects, etc. Then assign values to each and roll out the encounters an hour before play. Also for enemies, make sure that you simplify their stats if they are common enemies. This can be done by limiting or removing certain dice rolls or through other methods. It will ...


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I know that you mention your players are against the idea of someone else taking their turn. However, if the issue is spoiling the fun for people at the table then something has to be done. The players need to acknowledge that they are part of the problem and work with you to fix it. There are some good answers here, but one Savage Worlds specific option ...


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Question don't specify what type of games are you willing to play, so I will assume genre is not a problem. I would try to play something that is not hack & slash, but other forms of roleplaying. You can make a lot of things to speed up combat, but it will always be slow. If dungeoneering and combat is a pain, keep it to minimum and focus on ...


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They take 5 to 10 minutes to think and decide what to do and soon they start losing interest in combat. This seems to be the core of the problem. It shouldn't be necessary to take 5-10 minutes for combat, especially Savage Worlds where combat turns are relatively quick and can be done in a minute or less. You didn't say whether or not this delay was ...


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I play online almost exclusively these days, using MapTool. I DM two campaigns, and this particular issue comes up often enough. First, you have to keep things interesting. Try to design combats with more than just "attack roll -> damage roll". It's not a simple task, but it's really important to make combats interesting. Add some ranged enemies, healing ...


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I ran into this issue a lot when my group was running purely in text. In combat, you have to urge players to think about their next move before their turn comes up. Players who take a long time to act may cause others to alt-tab and browse or otherwise get distracted. I had to keep a sense of urgency in order to maintain order at the table and keep the ...


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Pinnacle has released a "transition guide" that has the bare bones rules that have changed between the first and second edition, along with a couple other rules that are common to both to make it a bit easier to follow. The idea is that with this document, you can continue to use the first edition with all the updates to the second edition. This means that ...


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The rules say the following about initiative: Once the cards are dealt, the Game Master starts the round by counting down from the Ace to the Deuce, with each group resolving its actions when its card comes up. However as you noted, there is a bit of ambiguity as to when the actions are declared. Are they declared before their card comes up or when the ...


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The general order for a turn of combat is as follows: A card (or cards if a character has an Edge such as Level Headed) is dealt to each player. It can be the GM who deals, but equally sometimes this responsibility falls to one of the players. Each character takes their complete turn before the next, going in order from highest to lowest with the cards ...



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