How I prep for a Savage Worlds game

The only system I currently run or play is Savage Worlds, and when I am preparing to run a game, I tend to go very light on the preparation.

The first thing that I do is work out the basic idea for the session. It could be something as simple as get to the site where a delivery team was ambushed, pick up the package and finish the delivery (which is something that I used for an Interface Zero 2.0 game session) and then add in some twists or complications.

I wish I knew what triggered inspiration for me, but it is just random stuff that I see, read about, or dream.

The one thing that I never do is prep stats for any Extras. I mostly just use one of the following three options:

  1. If it is something that they know, but are not particularly skilled, or if they are otherwise below average then I use the d4.
  2. If they have an average level of competence, then they get a d6.
  3. If they are above average, a professional, or in some other way exceptional, they they get a d8.

All of this means that an extra’s Parry and Toughness values are either a 4, 5, or 6. Unless I need to add some kind of armor or other special ability. Also in general I set the damage from attacks to 2d6 for ranged, and 1d6 + my assessment of their strength according to the previous list.

If I ever run a game that gets beyond Seasoned, I might start increasing these values, but to date that has never been an issue.


Author: Hours without Sleep

I am a professional software tester, who has an interest in programming, computers, role-playing games, history, and reading in general. This is my third attempt at keeping a blog, and I am going to try putting all of my thoughts in one place, and see how it goes.

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