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Savage Worlds is an award-winning, universal role-playing game and miniatures wargame, written by Shane Lacy Hensley, and published by Great White Games doing business as Pinnacle Entertainment Group. The game emphasizes speed of play and reduced preparation over realism or detail.

Although Savage Worlds is a generic rules system, Pinnacle has released "Savage Settings" — campaign settings or modules designed specifically for the Savage Worlds rules. These have included Evernight, 50 Fathoms, Necessary Evil, Rippers, and Low Life. Pinnacle has also published setting books based on the company's earlier lines, including Deadlands: Reloaded, Deadlands: The Weird West as well as the Tour of Darkness and Necropolis settings based on the Weird Wars line.

Beginning with 50 Fathoms, the majority of settings released by Pinnacle feature a concept known as a "Plot Point Campaign". In such campaigns, a series of loosely defined adventure scenarios are presented. A main storyline is presented as a series of "Plot Points" and additional side-quests (or "Savage Tales") expand the scope of the campaign. This format allows a group of characters to explore the game universe while playing through (or disregarding) the main storyline in a manner similar to that of computer RPGs (such as Morrowind).

A licensing system is in place for electronic and book publishers to release material for the Savage Worlds game. Such "Savaged!" licensees are allowed to use the Savage Worlds mascot "Smiling Jack" as a logo on their products. Multiple PDF adventure scenarios are available using this licensing system, as well as setting related supplements like the Vampire Earth RPG Sourcebook, the Shaintar Player's Guide, and Winterweir.

Official Savage Worlds settings include:

  • 50 Fathoms — Swashbuckling Fantasy Pirates
  • Deadlands — Horror Western
  • East Texas University — Supernatural horror at a rural college
    • 12 To Midnight — Same setting, but takes place in the town proper
  • Evernight — Fantasy with a twist.
  • The Savage World of Flash Gordon — borrowing liberally from the 80-plus years the franchise has existed, including the newspaper comics, the film and the serials.
  • Lankhmar — Low fantasy underworld
  • Holler: An Appalachian Apocalypse — Applachian folklore meets horror and fantasy, where ordinary mountain folk attempt to subvert the plans of the terrible "Big Boys."
  • Necessary Evil — Supervillains in charge of saving the Earth from aliens.
  • Pirates of The Spanish MainExactly What It Says on the Tin
  • Rippers — Victorian Horror with a The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen vibe
  • SlipstreamZeerust Sci-Fi Fantasy
  • The Savage World of Solomon Kane — Pulp-Action Puritans
  • Space 1889 — Steampunk Space Opera
  • The Last Parsec — Sci-fi space exploration
  • Weird Wars — a series of games that make a Weird Historical War out of various conflicts. So far the line covers World War II ("Weird War II"), World War I ("Weird War I"), The Vietnam War ("Tour Of Darkness") and the conquering campaigns of the Roman Empire ("Weird Wars Rome").

Licensed Savage Worlds settings include:

This tabletop RPG system provides examples of:

  • Badass Normal: The default state for characters without Powers.
  • Character Level: Known as 'ranks' here, mainly limiting attribute increases and available Edges.
  • Glacial Apocalypse: Hellfrost is set in a standard swords-and-sorcery land that is facing an incoming ice age, with the titular mega-glacier growing bigger and bigger and sweeping over the land at a slow, relentless pace.
  • Littlest Cancer Patient: Art in the book depicts the players of the iconic characters as children in a cancer ward and the GM as an adult volunteering to GM for them.
  • Magitek: Multiple settings make use of it, such as "Weird Wars". For the most part, the way the system is made, a gadget can be purely magic, purely technological, or in between, and the only true difference would be details like what it takes to disrupt its functionality.
  • Mook: Extra rules facilitate this. For the most part, a powerful enough Player Character is expected to be able to sweep through regular mooks with ease, have some more trouble with Boss in Mook's Clothing "Wild Cards" and really have to play smart with Named Characters (such as the Big Bad NPC).
  • Pulp Magazine: A major influence on the style of play and mood.
  • Sourcebook: A pretty hefty amount of them, covering everything from The Vietnam War to Flash Gordon.
  • Splat: For the most part a template to show how to place various skills and feats, but also has a unique ability or two.
  • Title Drop: Not surprisingly, many of the sourcebooks and system adaptations have "Savage Worlds" somewhere in the title, such as The Savage World of Solomon Kane.
  • Token Aquatic Race: The game has many playable races and an explanation of how to best generate your own races for play, but only comes with one aquatic race: Atlantean. In sci-fi games, Atlanteans are generally seen as coming from water-dominated planets.
  • Weird Historical War: No less than three official settings explore this Trope, and one even has this trope by name!