We’re now less than four weeks from the launch of the Kickstarter for the new Savage Worlds: Adventure Edition and the excitement around these parts is palpable!
For those curious about what’s in store in this new edition, here’s a little sneak peek from Pinnacle Entertainment Group President, Shane Hensley:
There’s so much in the new edition of Savage Worlds I think people are going to love, but maybe what’s most important is that we’ve still stayed as true to the “Fast! Furious! Fun!” mantra as we know how. We’ve streamlined and simplified everything we could, from how certain types of gear works all the way to creature Special Abilities.
Here’s a great example… Support!
Sometimes characters may want to cooperate on a task or help an ally with an upcoming action. If so, and the GM decides it’s possible, supporting characters roll whatever skill they feel is relevant (as an action if the game is in rounds). Success adds +1 to the lead character’s applicable total, and a raise adds +2. A Critical Failure on the support roll subtracts 2 from the lead’s total—sometimes extra hands just get in the way!
Remove all Support bonuses at the end of the character’s turn, whether he used them or not (perhaps by taking an action different than the one he was Supported for).
The maximum bonus from all Support rolls is +4. Strength tests are an exception—there’s no maximum bonus there. More help can lift heavier objects.
Players and Game Masters are encouraged to be creative when making Support rolls. An adventurer with Survival, for example, might make a roll to find useful herbs for an ally attempting a Healing test, or a galactic explorer with Science might calculate slingshot vectors that help a friend make a tricky Piloting roll to navigate to a new jump point.
General encouragement, by the way, is a Persuasion roll. Saying “You can do it!” or “Check your six!” are perfectly acceptable uses of Support.
Example: Gabe is the driver in a chase. Red points out a shortcut by yelling “Take the next left!” She rolls Common Knowledge and gets a raise. Gabe adds +2 to his next Driving roll.
Later on, Red is hit by a ricochet and is Shaken. Gabe yells “Toughen up, cowgirl! This ain’t your first rodeo!” and makes a Persuasion roll. He gets a success and Red adds +1 to her upcoming Spirit test to recover from being Shaken.
Next week, we’ll show you the Test rules…which replaces Tests of Will and Tricks. This should give you some insight into our approach after playing literally hundreds of games and listening to YOUR feedback for the last 15 years.
There’s so much more to show…new Chase rules, Quick Encounters (not just combat!), a Wealth system, Power Modifiers (first previewed in Flash Gordon™)…even simple things like Encumbrance.
And with a few skill or Edge name changes, it’s all still highly compatible with our previous settings.
We’re just a month away from the Kickstarter now…can’t wait to show you more!
Upgrade your tabletops with our extensive line of Savage World of Flash Gordon™ maps, miniatures, models, and other accessories now available for order direct from the Pinnacle Store:
You can also now order hardcover and softcover core books (print + pdf), dice sets, custom Bennies, double Action Decks (featuring art from the original Flash Gordon™ comic strips), Figure Flats Minis, and much more!
Take your battles against Ming the Merciless to a whole new level today!
Fans of The Sixth Gun Roleplaying Game for Savage Worlds will want to check out The Sixth Gun Volume Five Hardcover Gunslinger Edition from Oni Press, publishers of the Eisner-nominated Sixth Gun comic, as this limited edition collection includes an all-new adventure for the RPG written by Scott Woodard (Brand Manager and Writer of The Savage World of Flash Gordon™ and The Sixth Gun).
Titled Mimihqueh: Temple of the Dead, this terrifying new tale sends the posse into a mysterious location first depicted in the pages of issue 42 of The Sixth Gun comic series.
Limited to only 500 units, this direct market exclusive Gunslinger Edition is presented in a deluxe slipcase and dust jacket featuring new original artwork.
Order your copy directly from Oni Press today!
Pinnacle Entertainment Group is thrilled to announce a brand new program for fans of Savage Worlds who want to share their content with the world. Shortly after the launch of the Kickstarter for the new edition (October 16th), we’ll open the Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild on OneBookShelf.com (DriveThruRPG.com and RPGNow.com).
Creators will be able to make and sell their own Savage Worlds creations with the public on those platforms without going through our normal official licensing program. That program will continue with our approved partners and licensees, while “SWAG” is primarily for new creators to have a platform where they can actually sell their work.
Some key changes in the Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild that will distinguish it from other “community content” programs include:
- Creators retain the rights to their published products. Savage Worlds has never been an “open” license, and Pinnacle does not want to assume ownership for the creativity and hard work of contributing members of the SWAG community.
- Creators keep 60% of the gross sales (between OBS’ hosting royalty and PEG‘s 10%).
- Creators have access to create homebrew content for Savage Worlds rules, but not any settings like Deadlands, Rifts® for Savage Worlds, The Goon™, Fear Agent™, etc.
The Savage Worlds “Fan” license will also continue for unapproved fanmade products released for free. Official license terms have also changed slightly and those companies are now called “Aces!” Read about both the Fan license and the Ace program here.
In related news, as many of you know, the new version of the rules has been code-named Savage Worlds “Black” for some time, based on an early idea of doing a stark black cover with nothing but the logo (no longer the plan…we have an awesome cover we’ll share later).
Given the announcement of the Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild, and because we love all the incredible things the Savage Worlds community has brought to the game, the new edition will be called… drumroll, please… Savage Worlds: Adventure Edition! (We kinda like the acronym “SWADE” around here!)
We know this might be a little… mundane… for a game that has some pretty BIG ideas, but it felt right given all the new rules and tools you’ll find inside to help you create adventures and settings to share with your friends–and maybe the rest of the world through the Savage Worlds Adventurer’s Guild!
Over the past week, a number of our generous Kickstarter backers have received their limited edition box sets of The Savage World of Flash Gordon™ Roleplaying Game. We’ve really been enjoying all the photos and unboxing videos that have been posted to social media, so please keep ’em coming!
While shipments to our many backers continue, everyone (yes, even you) can now order a number of items including both the hardcover and softcover versions of the 192-page Savage World of Flash Gordon™ core rulebook directly from the Pinnacle Store! Orders placed now ship after all Kickstarter orders are fulfilled. Of course, all the various products in PDF are also available including the Cliffhanger Supplement, Figure Flats Minis, Journey to the Center of Mongo adventure, and the Character Folio, along with various maps, handouts, and many other Flash Gordon™ goodies.
Available now, each with complimentary PDFs:
As the weeks go by, keep your eyes on the Pinnacle Store as we continue to add more print versions of the various books and supplements for The Savage World of Flash Gordon™.
Start your intergalactic adventures on the rogue planet of Mongo today!
Just a reminder that the Pledge Manager for Lankhmar: Savage Seas of Nehwon officially sets sail on the 28th of this month!
Visit the Pledge Manager today to upgrade your original Kickstarter pledge or become a late backer. With just a click or two, you can upgrade your rewards or add on bundles, dice, Bennies, Boxed Sets, and more including our custom set of Lankhmar Miniatures sculpted by David Soderquist of Bronze Age Miniatures. This set features sculpts of Fafhrd, the Gray Mouser, Ningauble, and Sheelba.
After ordering your physical products in the Pledge Manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org for complimentary PDF copies! We’d also greatly appreciate it if you’d share the link with friends who might have missed out on the Kickstarter so they can get in on this deal as well! (New pledges can “Request an Invite,” which will then auto-generate an invite for them.)
We’ll keep the Pledge Manager open until September 28th, so make sure you reply by then or shipping costs may change, especially for our international customers (we use freight forwarders for our international customers…if you literally miss the boat, we have to send it by more expensive means!).
Sign on with the crew of our Lankhmar: Savage Seas of Nehwon Pledge Manager today!
Savage Worlds licensee Fabled Environments (Buccaneer: Through Hell and High Water, The Monster Hunters Club) has launched a Kickstarter for The Pelion Report, the second setting book for Olympus, Inc.*
The Pelion Report adds to the already rich Olympus, Inc. setting by presenting five new Paragon bloodlines (Artemis, Athena, Demeter, Hephaestus, and Hera) and two new Demihuman bloodlines (Cyclospawn and Centaur). Each of these new bloodlines has its own set of powers, and in the case of the Paragon bloodlines, the book presents new corporations and subsidiaries that reflect the parent Olympian’s spheres of influence. Not to be forgotten, The Pelion Report also presents new powers for existing bloodlines as well.
On the Titan side, there are new corporations that GMs can utilize to make life more interesting for their players.
Along with new bloodlines and powers, the book contains a plethora of new Edges and Hindrances plus new NPCs, IMBs, Slosi, and more! In addition to new equipment and weapons, The Pelion Report has rules for working with Orichalcum. Skilled PCs can infuse Orichalcum with properties that allow them to craft better weapons, equipment, ammunition and more!
Click here to check out an eight-page sneak peek of The Pelion Report available through DriveThruRPG.com.
This Kickstarter ends Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00pm, so be sure to pledge your support for The Pelion Report today!
* You need both the original Olympus, Inc. book and the Savage Worlds core rulebook to play. For a test drive version of the Savage Worlds rules, click here.
ConPlus is an annual, online, 24-hour tabletop roleplaying game convention which raises funds for renowned charity Child’s Play. This year’s convention, known as Con+1, will take place on November 3rd starting at midnight UTC.
ConPlus began as BrigadeCon back in 2014 and has grown every year. For 2018, the event has been renamed ConPlus to allow the convention to reach out to new platforms from its humble beginnings of a small group of YouTube RPG enthusiasts. The RPG Brigade is still the core of who they are – as the Brigade they began this journey to raise money for children in hospitals who desperately need help.
2018 is set to be the biggest year yet for this convention! They are looking to raise $5000 as a target for donations and they have over 160 prizes to give away. The event has had the pleasure and privilege to be supported by so many fantastic pioneers of the RPG industry including Pinnacle Entertainment Group.
And that’s where you come in. All of us, whether organizers, attendees, or sponsors have one thing in common: we are gamers and we are united. Without gamers, without you, this convention could not happen. So whether you’re a game master, a player, or a panelist, let’s make 2018 the best year yet and raise as much as we can for Child’s Play!
Head over to https://conplus.live and register today!
If you haven’t heard, the new edition of Savage Worlds is coming to Kickstarter on Tuesday, October 16th. But there’s lots more heading your way soon, amigos! So much more!
Next week, watch this space for a big announcement about an exciting new program to help you bring your Savage Worlds ideas to life and share them with hundreds of thousands of other Savage Worlds fans around the globe!
Visit this page next week for details and be sure to subscribe to our mailing list for all the latest Savage Worlds news!
While 2018 has been a wild year in the Weird Western world of Doomtown, things are really gonna’ heat up in 2019 as Pine Box Entertainment and Pinnacle Entertainment Group unleash The Twilight Protocol: a frontier-spanning event in three parts:
Act I – The Agency visits Genghiscon in Aurora, CO, February 21st through 24th:
The Agency, a Denver-based secret government organization, hunts the supernatural. Nearby in Aurora, players will have the first of three opportunities to impact the Deadlands storyline. Players in this Doomtown Destination Event will vote to choose which faction will play a major part in assisting the Agency in their fight against the Reckoners. The winning player will choose a dude who will play a pivotal role in the story by joining the Agency in the fight against evil in the Weird West.
Act II – The Texas Rangers ride into town for ChupacabraCon in Round Rock, TX between May 3rd and 5th:
Now the Texas Rangers (counterpart to the Agency) and Agency invoke the Twilight Protocol, joining forces against the coming darkness. Players at ChupacabraCon will vote for who will join the Texas Rangers in the fight to save humanity.
At both conventions, players will have the opportunity to participate in a side event, ‘Twilight is Upon Us.’ After the Deadlands events that occurred in The Cackler, the skies seem a little darker, the vast prairies a little lonelier, and distances between burgs a little longer and more dangerous. It’s almost as if a permanent twilight has fallen…
In these variant events, players will choose between the Heroes of the Weird West, or making Evil their Choice. Choosing a side will have consequences to the story, as the wins for both sides will affect the conclusion as told in the premier act of this series.
Finally, Act III – The Twilight Legion rears its head in Tombstone, AZ at the Doomtown World Destination Event set for October 26th:
On the anniversary of the infamous street fight between the Earps and the Cowboys, we will celebrate Doomtown in the very town that was Too Tough to Die. The American Legion will proudly host Doomtown players from around the world in this truly amazing destination event. Stay tuned for more plans including ventures in around Tombstone as a community, side events, and transportation and hotel deals as we prepare for a memorable journey into history. Be forewarned partners, the fate of the West is in your hands. If a player using a Servitor or joining the Fearmongers wins this event, it will have dire consequences on the future of Tombstone!
To find out more about this epic, multi-part event coming in 2019, visit Pine Box Entertainment today!