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Player Characters all picking on one other PC

Tell them to stop The characters are not picking on Bob’s character: the players are picking on Bob. That’s called “bullying” and it’s not acceptable in any social setting. Blaming bad player ...
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What do I do if the GM at a convention game isn't anywhere close to getting the rules right?

In the moment: If the GM's not interested in running a system "Rules As Written," leave the session and inform them why. Afterward: Inform the convention staff that the game the GM advertised and the ...
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What do I do if the GM at a convention game isn't anywhere close to getting the rules right?

At a convention, playing time is a rare commodity and I generelly recommend not being "that" player who holds everything up with discussions. For the record: I'm from Germany, so my convention ...
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Dealing with an extreme player reaction to a PC choice

I think there's several issues here to unpack: Hindrances are not just convenient Bennie generators While being affected by a Hindrance gives you a Bennie, you should never forget that the logic is ...
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Why would I ever pick bows over powers?

Powers deplete extremely quickly A starting character (using SW Deluxe rules) has around 5-10 Power Points and two or three starting powers. Assuming you take Bolt (to replace the bow), one sustained ...
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What wins, an aced die or a higher roll?

The total is all that matters. Source: Savage Worlds Deluxe, pp. 62-63. In general, it's a bad idea to assume that all D&D rules have analogies in other game systems, especially when they use ...
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Does spending a skill point give you a d4 or d6?

The first skill point gets you a d4. Each die size costs 1 point, and the first is a d4. The reason it specifies this is because it works differently from attributes. For those you get a d4 for free ...
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How do you heal Permanent Injuries without powers?

If I'm playing in a game without any form of healing magic, is there a way to heal Permanent Injuries? Depends upon the setting. Pre-Modern societies have no non-magic option to remove permanent ...
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What wins, an aced die or a higher roll?

The higher value wins, regardless of acing. Here are the relevant rules passages for trait rolls (which is what you mean when you say a skill check) and some observations about how opposed rolls (...
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How can I make a useful tank/melee character?

Short Answer Increase your Fighting and Vigor, get Arcane Background (Chi Mastery) and deflection, use a spear (Str+d6, Parry +1, Reach 1) for a weapon, and use good tactics. Also, double-check that ...
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Why would I ever pick bows over powers?

Because it fits your character concept. Why do real people use bows instead of Bolt powers? Because they don't have access to Bolt powers. Your setting might not have powers, and even if it does, ...
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Is it possible to start with 3 Edges at character creation?

You are correct. The section on Edges & Hindrances in the Character Creation chapter indicates: You can take one Major Hindrance and two Minor Hindrances. A Major Hindrance is worth 2 points, ...
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Are there anydice function(s) or code for Savage Worlds rolls?

The syntax for non-exploding and taking highest is: output [highest of d4 and d6] For exploding, simply add the ...
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Can the Marksman edge be used while duel wielding pistols?

Marksman can be used with two pistols as long as you are shooting at the same target. See here for official confirmation of this. As long as both are fired at the same target. A character can't Aim (...
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What actions are free actions? Especially when Shaken?

The main definition and list can be found in the section on Actions. Free Actions: Some minor actions are “free” and don’t inflict multi-action penalties. Speaking a short sentence or two, ...
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When calculating Parry, if Fighting is untrained, do I add +1 or +2?

Add +0 Parry is 2 + half Fighting skill. If Fighting is untrained then the fighting skill is 0, though like all Untrained Skill rolls you'd roll d4-2 when you make a Fighting roll. A character with ...
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Do Rippers PCs get one or two starting Edges?

The rules for Edge creation in general for Savage Worlds are clarified on the PEG forums in “How many starting edges?”, which just confirms that all humans get one extra starting Edge. I believe that ...
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What is the cost for a reload of F4 Fusion Block missiles?

The Fusion Missile has the same cost as a Light Missile ($3K each), and the MAE-3 costs the same as a High Explosive Grenade at $750. Source: I'm the Savage Worlds Brand Manager and official answer ...
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How can a PC ever die?

In core Savage Worlds, characters can indeed die. The most common way is through Incapacitation. Wild Cards are Incapacitated if they suffer more than three wounds (cumulatively or all at once). When ...
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How do you heal Permanent Injuries without powers?

Simple answer: you don't. That's why they're "Permanent" injuries. Don't forget, however, that as GM, you might allow a setting-appropriate way around this. In Deadlands, your characters might hear ...
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Do I roll my Wild Die when rolling to recover from being shaken?

Yes Wild Cards roll the Wild Die for attribute rolls, and rolling Spirit to unshake is an attribute roll. From Savage Worlds Deluxe, page 63, “The Wild Die”: Wild Cards roll an extra d6 and take ...
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An intro session for young teenagers - how to plan it?

I've run a number of introductory sessions to Savage Worlds for varying ages, and find 3 hours to be the sweet spot assuming a short break part way through. This gives enough time to demonstrate the ...
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An intro session for young teenagers - how to plan it?

I would say you should focus primarily on the one-shot. Don't worry about what will come afterwards! If you put all your energy towards introducing these guys to tabletop RPGs, they'll be hooked well ...
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Does being “considered armed” from the Deadlands version of Martial Arts Edge grant a +d4 too?

The two Edges have different names, so their effects do not stack In Savage Worlds Deluxe, the Edge is Martial Artist. In Deadlands Reloaded, the Edge is called Martial Arts. Thus the only benefits ...
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Savage Worlds - Understanding the effects of Shaken

By the original formulation of the rules, a Shaken character begins their turn with a Spirit check or spending a Benny to remove the condition. Upon success, the condition is removed, but without a ...
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Are there any established mechanics for firing into close combat and missing very badly?

The Innocent Bystanders rule on page 64 applies here. Each miss that comes up a 1 on the Shooting die indicates a random adjacent character was hit. If the attacker was firing on full-auto or with ...
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What is the average expected rounds to 1 Wound, and how is it accurately calculated?

This problem is quite complicated to calculate exactly because in the end it evolves into a Markov Chain, the convergence speed of which can't be conclusively answered. Caculating the probabilities ...
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Player Characters all picking on one other PC

The other comments and answers definitely add a lot, and as we have relatively little information I'm going to do some sum up/add my two cents. You mention that Bob's character is your favorite. One ...
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Critical Failures on Attribute rolls

Misquote If that was what the rules said then that would be the case. But the rules do not say that. Savage Worlds, page 88, Critical Failure: A Critical Failure occurs when a Wild Card rolls a 1 on ...
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AnyDice: Savage World but with an Exploding dice instead of 4

You can use the same solution(s) as for your previous question, but wrap the rolls you want to explode with the [explode DIE] function from AnyDice's built-in ...
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