Sunday, December 30, 2012

Trying Something New: Savage Worlds

So, I have this setting I've been kicking around for over a year. It's called 1867, and basically is a superhero campaign set two years after the American Civil War where a superhuman-rich Great Britain invades the still-recovering United States. I'm a huge Civil War and alt-history buff, so this is a setting that's near and dear to my heart. Ulysses S. Grant, Thomas Edison, Mark Twain, Garnet Wolseley, Benjamin Disraeli, William T. Sherman, Nathan B. Forrest, John Ericsson, Oliver Winchester, and dozens of other names from the period can be relied upon to show up, as the player characters try to wield their newfound superpowers for the precariously reunited America against the considerable forces arrayed against them.

(I've been told I should check out the Kerberos Club, which sounds like it has a couple of similarities  and might do so, but I'm pretty happy with where I'm at, setting-wise).

So, here I am with a setting, but I haven't really married it with a system yet. I was thinking about just using ICONS, but one of my friends from my extended gaming circle made a very compelling push for Savage Worlds.

Now, Savage Worlds is a system you might say I've experienced backwards. It's never been just what I was looking for at the time in a system--my interests in recent years have ping-ponged between Castles & Crusades, Rolemaster, and Mongoose Traveller--but I absolutely love some of the settings made for it. So, I've accumulated books from companies such as Triple Ace Games (Hellfrost) and Reality Blurs, but have had few dealings with the SavWo system itself. Still, it sounds as if it has the pulpy, cinematic feel I want for my 1867 campaign setting.

So, it sounds as if I might be giving Savage Worlds a decent try, at long last. My barrier to new gaming systems is pretty high right now, but with the testimonials of "Fast! Furious! Fun!" and a price tag of $9.99 for the Deluxe Explorer Edition, yeah, I'll give it a go. If I do end up liking it this time around, it might make diving into some of the awesome SavWo settings out there a bit more practicable.


OlmanFeelyus said...

Neat setting idea. Savage Worlds does sound like a pretty good fit for it, actually.

Zachary Houghton said...

Thanks! I am a little leery of how the system will go--I believe as you mentioned on G+, it's a bit of a departure for me, but we'll see how it goes!

Lloyd Rasmussen said...

I would also suggest the Supers Companion. Costs more than the main book, but full of Superhero Goodness.