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When is it “Dramatically Appropriate” to Apply the Innocent Bystanders Rule?

I'm really enjoying Savage Rifts, but every now and then I come to a rule that just makes me wonder what Shanne Hensley was thinking. This rule is really open to interpretation (emphasis added): ...
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Can brass knuckles be combined with Brawler/Martial Artist edge? Would it be unbalanced to allow it anyway?

I was wondering whether brass knuckle can be combined with the brawler and martial artist edges from the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. Both edges imply in their description, that they are meant to be ...
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How do spaceships' Armor and Toughness work?

I'm new to Savage Worlds, and in my preparation phase of creating a Sci-Fi campaign. I'm borrowing from the last parsec, and the original sci-fi companion to make a homebrew of sorts. I'm confused ...
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What wins, an aced die or a higher roll?

If you were doing a contested skill check, if one person got an ace on their d4 and it ended up to becoming a 6, and the other rolled a d10 and ended up getting an 8, who wins? Basically is it ...
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When calculating Parry, if Fighting is untrained, do I add +1 or +2?

Parry is a stat calculated from 2 + half of the character's Fighting die. For untrained skills, a character would roll d4-2. Is this -2 taken into consideration when calculating Parry?
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Can you split both actions in the turn when using Quickness

In Deadlands, Quickness says you gain an extra action instead of an extra turn. Can you split both actions granted by Quickness? Normally you can do more than one action if you apply a -2 to each ...
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Do I have to make an Arcane roll to concentrate if I take less damage than my Toughness?

Let's say my character has Toughness 6 and is maintaining one spell. The character takes 7 points of damage, so I have to make an arcane roll to maintain said spell with a difficulty of 7. But what if ...
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Recommended Ranks for Savage Rifts Savage Tales?

DriveThruRPG has a bunch of great "one-page" adventures, and each of them specifies a recommended Rank for the party (Novice, Legendary, etc.). I thought this was a nice touch, as I wouldn't want to ...
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Do I roll my Wild Die when rolling to recover from being shaken?

In Savage Worlds combat, I find my characters getting in a lot of trouble because they become Shaken. When I roll to get un-Shaken, my GM says, of course, to make a Spirit roll with a TN of 4. However,...
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Do you get shaken by failing an arcane roll?

Wielding arcane power has its drawbacks, but some people learn to keep their focus even when things don't go right. If a character with this Edge is Shaken as a result of failing to invoke a ...
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How do you heal Permanent Injuries without powers?

In Savage Worlds, when a character is rendered Incapacitated, they have a chance of acquiring a Permanent Injury. This is some kind of disfigurement that provides a permanent penalty to the character, ...
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What happens when Arcane Skill and Agility are tied in an Entangle roll?

My friend used Entangle on a character and both he and his opponent rolled 3. What happens? Would the result change if it was for example 5 vs 5?
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How does the UP Columbus Twin-Barrel work?

it says this: Pop, Pop, Double Tap! Nothing is sexier than a big pistol, and the Columbus is 9 pounds of Black Steel. It has an innovative design configuration, with the top barrel firing, ...
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Does spending a skill point give you a d4 or d6?

When a new character is made in Savage Worlds, they have 15 points to spend on skills. According to the rulebook: Each die type costs 1 point (starting at d4) The point of confusion for me here is ...
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How are the points for attributes used?

This is my first time creating a character in Savage Worlds, so I'm confused on how the attribute points work. I have the core rule book and I have played before, but it was with pre-generated ...
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How can aiming be used effectively in Savage Worlds?

So, following a recent session of our Savage Worlds campaign, we were made aware of the ability to "Aim" (standard action, nothing to do with super powers or edges, etc.). From the explanation, if a ...
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What does “modern day equivalent” mean for income in Savage Worlds?

I'm running a Deadlands Reloaded game and had a disagreement on the rules, all hinging on a line in the description for Rich: ...Rich heroes start with three times the normal starting funds for the ...
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Where are the Black Powder Explosives in Savage Worlds?

Today, I considered the idea of trying to run a "blackpowder" fantasy setting in Savage Worlds, having been inspired by the video game Darkest Dungeon and its gun-toting, bomb-chucking brigands. ...
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Burning damage in Savage Worlds

I will soon start a game of Necessary Evil, and one of my players will have the Elemental Attack (fire) superpower, and I am not completely sure if I understand the rules correctly. Anytime ...
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What actions are free actions? Especially when Shaken?

I just found out about the shaken errata that our Game Master did not knew about and we didn't use. Our GM is kinda strict; if it is not in the rules, it basically does not work. Under the Shaken ...
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How can a PC ever die?

We had our first PC "Death" in our last session - my PC, in an attempt to recover, failed the check (rolled 1's), and therefore "died". However, the GM explained that nobody really "dies" in this game ...
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What skill is checked to avoid getting lost?

In a Savage Worlds setting, what skill is used to avoid getting lost? (I'm plotting a Deadlands end for my friends…Bwa, ha ha ha! but any setting should do…) In the various flavors of D&D, this ...
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When a Weird Scientist dies, what happens to their Gizmos?

I was thinking about using enemies with Weird Science in one of my games of Savage Worlds. However, after reading the rules on Weird Science in the German Gentleman's Edition (Revised), I can not find ...
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Do Edges and Rippertech stack?

So I was perusing the Rippers Ressurected book and found that there is rippertech that gives +d4 to unarmed damage, and was wondering if that would stack with the Martial Artist edge, giving a total ...
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How to stat a non-human, primitive or semi-primitive NPC race?

I'm planning to run a one-shot (with the possibility of a segue into a short campaign), set in a version of the modern world (in which, of course, there's something not quite the way you learned it in ...
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Can “Metal Golem” use metal armor?

I'm telling an Accursed Story. One player created a Golem character and chose to be the Metal material. During the adventure he gained a metal armor. Can he wear it? Does it make sense for a Metal ...
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What exactly is a 'Damage roll' for Grim Servent O' Death/No Mercy edges

Lets say your gun does 2d6, if you have a Grim Servant edges, would that mean you would be shooting at a 2d6+1 or is it a 1d6+1 1d6+1? Both Grim Serv' and No Mercy use the term 'damage roll' but ...
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How long do powers last outside of combat rounds?

I know a combat round is six seconds, and all of the power duration are in rounds. I was wondering if there was a rule for how long powers last outside of combat? It seems like trying to use powers ...
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Can the Marksman edge be used while duel wielding pistols?

The marksman edge says The hero excels at taking controlled, measured shots. If he does not move in a turn, he may fire as if he took the Aim maneuver. Marksman may never be used with a Rate of ...
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Can you roll a critical failure on a single action where you roll multiple skill dice?

A normal Trait roll involves only 2 dice for a Wild Card, and thus the rule for Critical Failures is described as: snake-eyes (double 1s) on one of these rolls is a critical failure (SW Deluxe 63)...
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Savage Worlds - Firing into close combat…and missing

While working my way through the combat rules the need to shoot into close combat came up. The attacker, a Human with a Smith and Wesson .357 (2d6+1) wanted to shoot a frogman who has just Stunned ...
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Savage Worlds - Understanding the effects of Shaken

I'm just starting out with Savage Worlds and I'm running through the combat rules I had two humans ...
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What do I do if the GM at a convention game isn't anywhere close to getting the rules right?

I once played in a one-shot at Origins Game Fair that was supposed to be a Savage Worlds game. However, the gamemaster wasn't even close to following the rules correctly. It wasn't just things like ...
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Do gadgets/fetishes expire at the end of the session they are created?

In Savage Worlds and Deadlands Reloaded, do gadgets and fetishes (made with the Gadgeteer and Fetish Creator Edges) remain between sessions if they have PP remaining? Meaning if I make an item each ...
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What roll puts out a fire?

If a character is on fire, what they would they roll to put themselves out? How long should this take? A spot fire versus being completely engulfed might require different amounts of effort and ...
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Do touch attack powers only require one attack to use multiple?

When a power says, “use a touch attack to use this power”, does a player need to make multiple touch attacks to use multiple powers or is one touch attack enough? If just the one, is there a multi-...
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Can Soaking prevent being Shaken?

Does a character still get Shaken if he Soaks all wounds that would be dealt by an attack? SW Deluxe has this to say on page 69: If the character is left with any wounds from an attack, he’s still ...
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What is the cost for a reload of F4 Fusion Block missiles?

In the Rifts for Savage Worlds setting, in the Tomorrow Legion Players Guide, page 83, there is a suit of Power Armor, the Triax T-31 Super Trooper. One of its weapons are missile launchers that only ...
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Is escaping from Entangle an Action?

In Savage Worlds, the Entangle power lasts until the affected character either breaks free, or is broken free by others (or is freed in a different manner depending on the trapping). Is that Strength ...
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How do I define the average skills of a group in 50 Fathoms?

I'm trying to understand the rules of Savage Worlds. I plan on playing 50 fathoms. One thing I didn't get despite reading all the rules and googling my question concerns how I should define what level ...
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How can I tell if a weapon is two handed?

In the Savage Worlds - Deluxe Edition core book (and in any other books I've read) the only time I've seen it specified that a weapon was 2 handed was with Melee weapons. With ranged weapons, not a ...
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Do “dramatic interludes” still exist in Savage Worlds?

In Slipstream on page 80 I have to do a "dramatic interlude". But I only have the german core rules and in them I can only find a section about "interludes", that differ from the "dramatic interlude" ...
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How can I make a useful tank/melee character?

Objective: Able to survive a boss encounter. Able to survive trash fight. Able to Shake (No focus on one-shotting enemies, the purpose is to tank) What I have tried (useful attributes and stats): ...
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Are there anydice function(s) or code for Savage Worlds rolls?

I am trying to use the exploding function and the highest of functions, but I am having issues with the skill die or wild die side of the roll. If I do output [highest 1 of 1d4 + 1d6] I get a ...
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Does being “considered armed” from the Deadlands version of Martial Arts Edge grant a +d4 too?

I am thinking about playing a melee fighter in a Deadlands game. I noticed the Martial arts edge in the core is slightly different than the Deadlands version. Core reads: This character is highly ...
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How do I decide how much NPCs should charge for passage?

How would you calculate travel costs in slips, that the PCs have to pay the NPC? I counted the squares from fragment to fragment multiplied by 10, but then the PCs know the distance.
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Do NPCs have to roll Piloting in Slipstream?

When the PCs travel from fragment to fragment as passengers on ships owned and piloted by NPCs, do I roll Piloting for the NPC pilot when the PC travel, and do I apply the modifiers for crossing the ...
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Does a vehicle's speed drop when it goes out of control?

In Savage Worlds Deluxe, when a vehicle goes out of control does its speed drop to zero?
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Are there rules on how to best exclude Bennies from my game?

Bennies are a fairly significant part of the Savage Worlds rule system, but it seems difficult to argue that they're a critical component. I don't like them. (It doesn't really matter why - let's ...
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How does Status increase or decrease in Rippers Resurrected?

I'm reading through the rules for status, Favors, and Scandals in Savage World — Rippers Resurrected. The monthly salary, Favor cost table, and gaining favors all makes sense, but I don't see ...