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  • What's Your favorite Fantasy Savage Setting?

    I've been wanting to cook up my own homebrew fantasy setting, but with my busy schedule I might have bite off more than I can chew. In light of this, I've been researching fantasy Savage settings and I was wondering what is ya'lls favorite and why and what works for you?

  • #2
    For me, 50 Fathoms. I've long been a fan of guns and magic coexisting, and 50F makes that happen with a cool world threatening plot point campaign and both Blackbeard and Torquemada as villains.

    For a more traditional D&D like adventure, I like Savage Suzerain. The power levels are a bit inconsistent, but the fact that it eventually goes all Sliders is a nice narrative hook.
    I hope you find the above post useful. And not insulting, because I was trying to be helpful, not insulting; being a pedantic jerk, that isn't always clear.

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    • #3
      If you're into the old school Swords and Sorcery, the I'd suggest either Lankhmar or Beast and Barbarians. Both are good games and work for a more eposidic style of play.

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      • #4
        I personally go with Hellfrost, which may be the most elaborately detailed setting available for Savage Worlds. I particularly like how the religions of the setting fell like something real instead of something just tacked on.
        You're rational, sir. It's only us crazy people who get to swap out realities on a whim.

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        • #5
          I really tend to favor sword & sorcery over classic medieval fantasy, so Beasts & Barbarians is the tops for me. Lankhmar is another high-quality sword & sorcery setting, but I like the B&B setting a lot more.

          Now, if you're looking for something more akin to classic fantasy or at least something that contains your usual fantasy races and some of the tropes of the genre (and you don't mind hearing the opinion of someone who really isn't a huge classic fantasy fan), I think Hellfrost, Sundered Skies and Thunderscape are all really good. Just bear in mind that all of them are genre benders to some extent. For more of a classic dungeon crawling OSR vibe, but not exactly a full fledged setting, you could take a look at Gold & Glory. Mechanically, it's pretty interesting. Oh, and definitely take a look at Saga of the Goblin Horde. It's kind of a parody of classic medieval fantasy with a couple of twists, one of them being that everything is from the point of view of the goblinoid races. That one's totally free, by the way.

          I gotta say I really, really dislike Shaintar and find most of the other Savage Worlds fantasy settings that I didn't mention above kinda boring, but I wouldn't be able to tell you how much of that is just a matter of personal preference rather than a fault of the settings. Probably a lot.
          Last edited by Augusto Antunes; 01-13-2019, 04:23 PM.
          "Did I fire six shots, or only five? Three? Seven. Whatever." - Unkempt Harold

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          • #6
            Poor Evernight, the first and most ignored Savage Setting...

            My favorite is probably a tie between Sundered Skies and Thunderscape. Sundered Skies because it pushes the boundaries of what you might consider S&S while remaining a setting that wouldn't look out of place if it was published by WotC as an official D&D setting. I like Thunderscape because I enjoyed the PC games (which haven't aged very well) and thanks to Shane's involvement in the original tabletop RPG book, it was sort of a precursor to what we think of as Savage Settings (and now finally has an official SW version!).

            As for Shaintar... It's S.P.F.'s baby, he really likes it, and I don't mind sitting down and playing it at conventions. As a GM it's not my thing, but I have had fun playing it.

            I have never had the opportunity to play or GM Hellfrost, Lankhmar, or Beasts & Barbarians yet.

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            • #7
              Thanks to all of you for the great advice. Looking around at the settings some more (and there are so many) and based on PEGThomas' post I looked closer at Lankhmar. I am a huge Robert E. Howard and Michael Moorcock fan, and I have no idea how I've gone my whole life and never heard of Fritz Lieber. Astounding! I think I'll tackle Lankhmar with my players for a while, and eventually try Solomon Kane.

              So many setting; so little time.

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              • #8
                For something a little different, Day After Ragnarok is great fun

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                • #9
                  Another favorite of mine is Melior Via's Accursed, which I believe they've described as Hellboy meets Solomon Kane with a dash of Castlevania. A few of the races have some balance issues, but a great setting with a Plot Point Campaign that doesn't rush you.
                  You're rational, sir. It's only us crazy people who get to swap out realities on a whim.

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                  • #10
                    I can't deny that I'm a huge fan of Evernight. I think it has the best plot point campaign ever written for an official Savage Worlds setting, and it really hits my "fantasy crashes headlong into sci-fi" interests.

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                    • #11
                      I like Hellfrost the most. It's the most "D&D" and that seems to be something PEG tries to keep away from (aside from Lankmar), since people that want D&D tend to just play D&D.

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                      • #12
                        Since it hasn't been mentioned yet (and since it's one of the very few "fantasy" settings I've actually played in SW), check out Low Life. It's a post-post-post-apocalyptic setting, were cockroaches, sentient snackcakes, and piles of poop now populate the world (amongst other weirdos like smelves and horcs).

                        It's a completely absurd setting, but the clincher is that all the characters are deadly serious about being so absurd.

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                        • #13
                          I love playing Eberron with Savage Worlds.
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                          Manifest Zone: The Eberron podcast featuring Keith Baker that explores the breadth and depth of the tabletop fantasy RPG setting.
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                          • Deskepticon
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                            Is there a conversation doc available?

                          • Kristian Serrano
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                            Yes there is. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1...aJozlx1vQ/edit

                            I should note that I'm working on a completely revamped version of this to leverage a lot of the new features of Savage Worlds Adventure Edition. That process has brought to light what I feel are significant flaws in the design of this current one, and the new document will be much tighter and more streamlined. Once it's done, I'll update the original with the updated one. Currently, I've gone through almost all of the document and am in the middle of revamping the bestiary. I'll also wait for the final version of SWAdE to be released to give it one last pass.

                            The major flaws are the selection of powers for dragonmarks (they shouldn't be offensive powers) and how races are designed. The rest is OK and any issues are mostly related to presentation more than anything else.

                          • Deskepticon
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                            Cool! Thanks!

                        • #14
                          Originally posted by Kristian Serrano View Post
                          I love playing Eberron with Savage Worlds.
                          Same. Fits better than D&D.

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                          • #15
                            Originally posted by Christopher Brady View Post

                            Same. Fits better than D&D.
                            Yeah, I feel like the two together hit all the right chords. I have a hard time playing Eberron with D&D now, and I actually like 5e in general.
                            Savage Bloggers Network: An aggregated feed of Savage Worlds news and podcasts on the web.
                            Manifest Zone: The Eberron podcast featuring Keith Baker that explores the breadth and depth of the tabletop fantasy RPG setting.
                            Eberron Conversion Companion for Savage Worlds: A document offering material and references for running Eberron with Savage Worlds.

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