The year is nearly over, and 2016 has definitely left its mark. We’ve lost many friends, celebrities, and luminaries. There’s been war and terrorism throughout the world. Economies and politics have been exciting in the old-Chinese-curse sense of the word. As easy as it can be to focus on what’s gone wrong in 2016, it’s not been all bad.
We’ve had nearly 150 million new babies join us, filled with hope and wonder. Advances have been made in nearly every field of human endeavor, including several hopeful new lines of antibiotic research. Interest and drive to explore has reignited with a public passion for Mars. On a smaller but no less important scale, new friends have been made and good times have been had by nearly all of us.
In gaming, Pinnacle has brought several new settings to Savage Worlds and you’ve taken us to new heights with our Kickstarter projects. Savage Worlds has come to more languages and more parts of the world. Our licensees, including Fan Licensees, have grown and come up with an amazing cornucopia of settings and accessories—their creativity and drive continues to be an inspiration and amazement.
As much as we look forward to what we’re going to bring you in 2017 and what we’ll see from fans and licensees, we hope that you’re able to join us in having hope for the new year. Be open to new things and people, and accept the small and unexpected joys you encounter in life. And be sure to share your happiness with friends and family.
Oh, and for all the math geeks out there, we can clearly have high hopes for 2017—it is a prime number, after all.
Mages aren’t the only ones who build schools. The Adepts have their own places of learning, and now you can learn all about them! Shaintar Black Lantern Report: Adept Orders & Citadels by Savage Worlds licensee Savage Mojo brings you behind the scenes.
See how Adepts master the ability to subtly influence or directly attack the minds of others and take a tour of the Citadels throughout the land. New Edges, gear, and rumors to be investigated will help bring your Shaintar game to new heights. Are you ready?
To all our friends out there in gaming land, Pinnacle Entertainment wishes you the happiest of holidays and good fortunes in the upcoming new year!
Before we lose you to presents, lights, and the high hopes for 2017, let’s take a quick minute to think of how big a year it’s been for Pinnacle and Savage Worlds. If you’re not up for remembering a whole year all on your own, you’re in luck—our own Jodi Black has already done it for you! Check out her Savage Worlds 2016 guest post on FlamesRising.
Big things are already happening for Savage Worlds. No need to wait for 2017 to get started! You can watch Rifts® for Savage Worlds on the Happy Jack’s RPG Podcast, live streaming on Twitch! They’ll continue the campaign every other week on Mondays at 7:45pm Pacific. Watch their character creation session on YouTube and plan to log in on Monday nights to join in the fun!
Well, with that done, let’s all get back to our traditions. Join me in a carol, won’t you? “Oh my damage output is frightful with an attack roll so delightful, and since my dice all explode, let ’em roll, let ’em roll, let ’em roll…”
It’s a Christmas two-fer for Savage Rifts®!* The bad news, though, is that you’re only allowed to buy one. The good news is the other one is totally free!
Tome of Destiny is a new PDF adventure, ready to take your Rifts® group into a hunt for what could be the most dangerous book around. Oh, but it’s not some shopping trip to the book store. There’s only one available, and you might not be the only crowd looking for it—or the most heavily armed.
If that’s not enough hours of fun for you, Savaging Your Favorite Rifts® Ideas will help you pass your holidays turning all your existing Rifts® material into Savage Rifts® material! Why stop there? Start turning all those holiday specials, old television shows, favorite books, and even cartoon strips into new ideas for Savage Rifts®! Heck, not even the sky is the limit with this free conversion guide from the same folks who brought you the SR book in the first place.
* I just wish they were both forest-themed so I could make a “pair tree” joke here. Sigh.
We’re not the only holiday game in town, especially when it comes to Rifts® for Savage Worlds—the fine folks at Palladium have their own little Christmas gift twist for you. You can get their Rifts® World Books, Sourcebooks, the core rules, and miniatures at a ridiculously low cost with the purchase of one or more Palladium Christmas Surprise Packages. The perfect way to expand your knowledge of the Rifts® setting, characters, monsters, magic, and more!
The Palladium Christmas Surprise Packages have $90-$95 worth of RPG books (often $100 or more!) for only $45 plus shipping and handling. That’s 4-6 books for $45 plus shipping! Do you want the books signed? Rifts® creator Kevin Siembieda and available Palladium staff and freelancers are happy to sign EACH and every one of them. It is all their way of saying thank you for your support.
It is a “surprise package” because you send Palladium a list of 10-14 desired titles and they make selections from your “Wish List.” That way it really is like a Christmas present and you do not know what you are getting until it arrives. Palladium fans have been enjoying the Christmas Surprise Packages for nearly 20 years. It is a Christmas tradition. Order this weekend and you are likely to get your Surprise Package in time for Christmas! Offer ends January 9, 2017. Enjoy.
Gamecca Magazine has come to Savage Worlds! Since September, they’ve been reviewing Savage Worlds books every month.
Browse the whole Gamecca catalog or just go hunting for the articles in the September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, and December 2016 issues. The choice is yours. In September they covered Savage Worlds Deluxe, October Rifts® for Savage Worlds, November the Super Powers Companion (2nd Ed.—still a few Limited Edition hardcover copies in stock!), and lately the Horror Companion.
Did I forget to mention they’re all free? Yep. Treat yourself today!
Whether you’re just joining the Deadlands hoedown and hootenanny or you’ve been around for all twenty years of it, it’s always good to get a fresh take on a setting as broad as our Weird West.
This week, we direct you to Zardos Games’ Deadlands Review. They’ve got a nice, quick overview, including a little rundown on the differences in Classic and Reloaded. Just like the undead gunslinger probably said once, “Give it a shot!”
Survivalists, wild life, and hippies aren’t the only stinky things roaming around in the hills and piney forests near ETU. There are things—powerful animals that walk like men and smell like—oh, sweet merciful heaven, what is that smell!?
The new Creature Feature: Skunk Ape brings you a look at ETU’s Bigfoot cousin, in all its nosesome “glory.” You get two new adventures and expanded creature information from the entry in ETU: Degrees of Horror. It’s always best to know your enemy, after all.
In the “knowledge is power” vein, did you know that you now have the chance to get a compilation of East Texas University material to fill up that library of yours? Whether you want the classic feel of paper or the cost- and space-saving benefits of PDFs, we’ve got you covered. Check out the East Texas University PDF Bundle and the East Texas University Print + PDF Bundle for more details and pricing!
Did you notice that Creature Feature: Skunk Ape actually made its debut over the weekend as part of the ETU Holiday Bundle Flash Sale? You never know what the little gnomes over in the warehouse are going to cook up, so you might want to follow us on social media (like on Twitter, Facebook, or Google+) to keep an eye out for things that come by too fast for Tuesday.
The time is finally upon us—Savage Rifts® has begun shipping to homes even as you read this! Initial shipments are only to backers of the Savage Rifts® Kickstarter. Be sure to follow the Kickstarter Comments page for more details and timing.
If you didn’t get to back the Kickstarter, you still have a short period to preorder Savage Rifts®. Except for those backers, this is your best way to be the first on your block to have this book in your hand!
There’s a brand new world out there—well, actually, there are several and they’re coming at you fast, like it or not. Maybe you should get the lowdown quick!
We’re getting to the end of the year again. Sure, there are holidays and traditions, but it’s also year-in-review season! Alan Bahr over at The Last Paladin put up his Top Ten RPGs of 2016, and our own Weird War I made the cut!*
While you’re checking out his remarks, be sure to read the other nine games that made it. We’re not in shabby company at all. When you’re done there, be sure to see what else we’ve got hiding in the dark shadows of the Weird Wars Series.
* It also probably made the rifle shot, pistol shot, artillery barrage, sneak attack, sniper fire, gas attack, and several other horrible things. It was a rough war.