Hi, I'm new to GM-ing and I love The Savage World of My Little Pony, but I have to criticize. I think the third edition handbook was more detailed and easier to use than the fourth edition one. Granted, I only got into Savage Worlds because of The Savage World of MLP, so my opinion doesn't have much backing, but I can't upgrade my group to fourth edition if all I'm using is the fourth edition handbook for SWO:MLP. I found it unhelpful and even frustrating that I printed the whole thing off only to find I had to use some other large document to know what the first one was talking about.
I understand your frustration. Unfortunately I had to take down the 3rd edition rulebook because it was not in concordance with Pinnacle's Fan License and thus I couldn't keep it up. The game was always intended for use strictly with a copy of the SW core rules anyway, as you need information in it to run the game, and all the 4th Edition does is delegate anything not strictly from SW:MLP to refer to the core rules. There is no way around this at the present, other than to get a copy of the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition.
Fortunately, it is very reasonably priced both in print and online pdf: www.peginc.com/pdfstore/savage… It's a fantastic resource and well worth the ten bucks you pay for it, so please support the company for their hard work! The RPG market is very niche and dominated by a few big companies; smaller companies like Pinnacle need your support.
Thanks for the info, I understand what you mean, so I'm going to suck it up and take your advice Again, thank you for getting back to me, it really shows me how committed to how the game gets played when you send out replies
No problem! I do actually enjoy responding to everyone; I feel that anyone who takes time to tell me what they think deserves a response in kind, and I like interacting with people who share my interests.
My GM is going to be running this in the near future, so I will check back and see how well it turns out! I myself am running an Elder Scrolls setting for SW, so I have been delegated to rules monkey of the party.
Where's the link to your errata? I originally downloaded the book a few months ago and am getting a new one, but I would like to know the changes off hoof. Like did you include anything from season 3?
Hello! Great to hear about that; in the future, feel free to email me or send me a message here on DA if any of you have questions or need clarifications, I will respond as soon as I am able.
I haven't gotten around to compiling a complete list of errata between 3rd and the Revised 3rd (the version that is currently up), as it was a lot of small things. If you have any specific questions, go ahead and ask me. Season 3 had not aired when I put up the latest version of the book, so it has nothing from S3 in it.
Sure! I see you have the stats for playing Zebra and Griffons, but do you have anything about playing changelings? One of our players is dead set on playing one and he isn't going to change his mind any time soon.
I, however made a really awesome earth pony, whom I'm considering making my own ponysona. If you want I'll share the build with you.
I do not and will not have rules for playable changelings. It is my opinion that they are totally unsuitable as player characters, as they are monsters and hive insects that follow a queen which doesn't lend itself to being a free adventurer, let alone one that would travel with a group of ponies. He is going to have to have the GM houserule some changeling rules if he's so dead set on it, but I'm not going to officially support it.
Good on you for making an Earth pony though! People tend to think they aren't as 'good' as the other breeds, which is not only wrong but goes against the message of the show itself as well. I've got a bias towards Unicorns because I'm a fan of casters in any RPG, but I've got both a Unicorn character and an Earth pony character that I play myself.
Each pony breed has its own form of magic; it is expressed differently in each thought, with unicorn magic just being the most obvious. The Feats of Daring and Strength are manifestations of each of their respective breeds' magic.
That's absolutely right! I mean heck, pegasus can fly, but they are also the only ones who can stand on clouds or manipulate weather phenomena. Unicorns are just obviously magical, but lack any physical aptitude. Earth Ponies are quite capable, I generally like them as character concepts. I can't fly, but I can get around that. I can't levitate, but I can get around that too. I CAN however kick this boulder across the town without breaking a sweat. Or climb up a hill with the rest of the party on my back.
Canon wise, I think Earth ponies are the only ones who can grow plants properly. I dunno about it though, I wasn't watching the show for that fact so I'm not sure if there's evidence in doing so.
I just double checked, and 'obsequious' can also mean 'submissive or compliant'. Probably not the best word, but it does work in that not every 'combat' in SW:MLP is a physical struggle in the traditional sense. With the Clash of Wills system, there are ways to represent combat in which the effect of the Edge would mean that the character would be ignored because they do not appear to be a threat. I may change it in a future revision, I'll have to decide on that later but your comment is duly noted.
Thanks for the kind words, I try my best to help my fans and supporters!
Hey, I'm really loving what I am reading in this document and would really like to give it a try, but there are relatively few in my area who are interested in Table Top roleplaying and even less who like MLP. Would you happen to know of any way I might be able to connect with people online either by Skype or some other contact means and play that way?
I see that you are advertising an MLP community board in your sig. If you are looking to set up a group to play The Savage World of My Little Pony, I would be willing to help however I can and provide support.
Neither, actually. It was a Modern Age super hero setting. Though strangely enough one of our characters is sorta named after Rainbow Dash.... It's a long story, might be best just to link you to our Obsidian Portal page: [link] . I play Victor. (Really need to update his bio...)
Yes, it is indeed a roleplaying game I have also seen the RiM game as well; it is a quality work, but I encourage you to check this supplement out as well. Note that The Savage World of My Little Pony requires the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition core rule book to fully take advantage of, though you can also download the quick-start rules from the Pinnacle Entertainment Group's website: [link]
Luckily, Savage Worlds is a very easy system to learn and play; it is leaps and bounds less complicated than even the newest 4th Edition of D&D (I game I also love, but I digress). If you have any further questions, don't hesitate to PM me and I will be happy to get back to you.
I got to looking into the tenet against violence, and one interesting area given the 3rd edition book, is how non-lethal damage is covered under it, or breaks it? Its one area I was curious to hear your thoughts on personally if it violated the tenet, given your trying not to hurt them, but need to stop someone in situations where speed and subtlety is valued but trying to respect the tenet. (the more thieving arts)
It's really up to the GM and how you use it based on the situation. In general, I would say it would be acceptable only if you are *directly* and immediately trying to prevent them from harming themselves or others; using it as your Plan A/go-to option would be a violation of the Tenet.
I generally do this as a (mostly) thankless task, though I have considered asking for donations as I am a college student who is in constant need of money. I'm not sure really how to go about it, either through DA or otherwise.
Thanks! I'm going to be updating it again with a bunch of errata soon, so keep an eye out for an update on both the core rules and also the errata sheet. Mostly minor stuff but I'm adding a little bit of content.
Heh, from the multiple games I'm playing in/running it seems like pegasi are the favorite in terms of number of people playing them. I'm personally always a fan of casters so I like unicorns the best.
I'm super duper excited about this release. I'm gearing up to run a game for my local brony group, and it will be glorious! I'll be sure to let you know how it goes. Depending on when the store that I'll be holding it at begins moving to its new location, the game should go down sometime late this month or in early September.
After listening to your game sessions with Apple Cider and Chef Sandy I became rather interested in trying this game out but I don't really know where to start. Is there any online community's that I might try to learn and play this game with? Or is it better that I find people within my area to try this with?
Also on the podcast you said that players would need Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition and the standard role playing kit, is there anything else a player might need?
Hey there! There's a game starting up run by TheArchivist (who's on the contact list Giftkrieg23 linked), called United We Stand, Divided We Fall. We're still looking for new players, so we'd love it if you could join! I'm a total newbie too (to tabletop RPG, anyway) but it really wasn't that hard creating a character - I'd be happy to help.
Thanks for the reply and the invitation! Unfortunately I do not have the needed materials to play as of yet. At the very least I need a copy of the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition to start. However I would be willing to observe if that's alright with all of you, at least until I have the proper tools to play.
Nah, you don't really need the Savage Worlds Deluxe Edition. Giftkrieg's done a really good job with his rulebook and (IMO) all you need is this freebie Savage Worlds: Test Drive. That's a basic version of the rules, so we don't get all the fluff and junk about monsters/etc we're never going to encounter because our characters are ponies and Giftkrieg's already has monsters in his rulebook.
We're still working out how we're exactly going to play (IRC / Skype / OpenRPG / ???) but you're free to watch too if that's all you want to do!
Finding a group is probably the trickiest part of the whole thing, but finding a group online is generally easier than finding one in person. If you'll look here [link] I have set up an online contact list where you can get into contact with other people and arrange to find a game.
Other than that, it is entirely dependent on the method by which you play as to what you'll need:
In person: Deluxe Edition (physical copy recommended), dice, deck of playing cards, tokens for bennies. Game board and pieces are fun but by no means necessary.
Online: Deluxe Edition, online dice roller (such as rolz.org) or physical dice if you want to use the honor system, deck of playing cards. Online game board program such as Maptools can be used as well.