Monday, November 23, 2009

Savage Worlds And Sci-Fi

One of the things to surprise me in regards to Savage Worlds is that there's not a more mainstream sci-fi published setting out there. There's Slipstream, but that's a bit too 1930's pulp for my liking to be a good "middle ground" setting.

There are also sci-fi toolkit books for Savage Worlds. Of course toolkit =/= setting. I guess more than anything, I'm just surprised that given the proficiency of SavWo products out there that so many of them fall into more eclectic or esoteric tastes (not that it's a bad thing; I'm glad there's folks trying something new).

I had actually toyed around with my own Savage Worlds sci-fi setting, which I had named Privateer. Basically, it leaned towards imperial sci-fi, with some space opera thrown in for good measure. It would take place in the Europa Cluster, an isolated, primarily human-dominated portion of the galaxy. The powers and factions would be tributes to the political entities existing around the time of the Napoleonic Wars/War of 1812 (not unlike certain aspects of the Honor Harrington series). Characters are likely privateers, given letters of marque by the various scheming powers to raid, destroy, and harry their enemies. There should be a lot of chances for duplicity, battle, intrigue, and all the other good stuff we expect. But I'm not sure that it'll ever get past the embryonic stage, which is a shame, because I think it's a fun idea, one that takes my love of imperial sci-fi, space opera, Traveller, and history and mashes it all up.

I suppose until someone publishes another SavWo, sci-fi setting, at least there are a ton of conversions out there.

13 comments:

Bonemaster said...

You bring up an interesting point. I too find it interesting that most of the SW stuff is niche. I'm not saying that is 100% bad thing, but it is interesting. Besides Sci-fi, I'm surprised there isn't a Spy related setting. Even for conversion, there seems to be only one for the old 007 Game.

stirgessuck said...

Sci-Fi is such a huge umbrella that I don't think it'll ever have lots of similar-but-different settings in the way Fantasy has.

Chuck said...

Savage Worlds has always had a rep for off center settings. Deadlands, Weird Wars, Rippers, Runepunk, Sundered Skies. . .
Because it's so easy to convert Savage Worlds, I think most the publishers are shying away from doing the normal vanilla settings of pretty much any genre.

Fred Hicks (Evil Hat Productions) said...

What Chuck said. Why isn't there a "vanilla" straight-center Sci Fi setting? Because that's not what their company does.

John Fiala said...

Your idea for 'Privateer' does sound like a lot of fun - I'd be interested if you do end up doing more with it.

Mountzionryan said...

Well, this is is in development...
Black Hole
http://phippsgamingstudios.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=67:black-hole-design-journal-1&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=53

John Fiala said...

I'll definitely keep an eye out for that Black Hole book. Thanks for the link.

Andreas Davour said...

I have been thinking about setting books for SW myself.

It seems like the basic concept is mashups. Take a historic period and add monsters and magic, or take a genre troupe and add a new one from another genre, say mixing fantasy and horror.

SW is almost like, "anything, but with magic and zombies".

Zachary The First said...

Thanks for the link, MZR!

As I said, I realize niche settings is sort of Pinnacle's, well, niche. I was just surprised we haven't seen more mainstream efforts in this regard from any other publishers, given how much support (relatively) the game enjoys.

Norman Harman said...

I've not played much Savage Worlds so easily could be off base here...

I thought the SW system was geared towards pulpy/cinematic/larger than life stuff. That it wouldn't work so well for a hard sci-fi or space opera type setting.

d7 said...

Shaintar is about as non-niche as third-party Savage Worlds settings have gotten so far, but of course that's fantasy. However, for fantasy it is excellent and directly useful as a SW generic fantasy resource.

Brutorz Bill said...

You make an excellent point, I've been looking for a set of Sci Fi rules for Savage Worlds for awhile.
While not really space opera, I did see that a Savage Worlds version of Interface Zero is in the works, as well as, S.W. Darwin's World.

HerroZerro said...

check out nemizis and highspace for sw scifi.