Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead Players Guide released!

Hello World, this was quicker then announced yesterday. The players guide PDF is available right now! Read the announcement below: Know, noble reader, that before you lies a savage new world of sword and sorcery like no other. A terrible new age has dawned upon the Untamed Lands. The shining age of the ancestors is crumbling beneath a rising tide of blood and slaughter. Here lie the civilizations of the Untamed Lands, warring with their neighbors just to survive as their crops and game dwindle. The Skadians with their dragon-prowed ships, the Shenese with their wealth of silk and steel, … Continue reading Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead Players Guide released!

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Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead Players Guide almost finished

Hello World, Great news: It looks like the Totems of the Dead Players Guide PDF might be available as soon as Tuesday! Now that came suddenly out of nowhere. There is no fixed date on the print edition yet, when I hear anything I will post. I am really looking forward to this one. You can read all about it at Gun metal Games:Totems of the Dead Players Guide: Almost done! | Gun Metal Games. Read you soon. Continue reading Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead Players Guide almost finished

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Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead now two books

Hello World, Gun Metal Games announced today that their 300 pages+ Totems of the Dead setting is now split into two separate books. Read the details here: Totems of the Dead: now 2 books instead of 1! I am not a huge fan of split books, but his arguments make sense. David Jarvis posted on the Pinnacle forums that the Players guide and GM guide release will be close together, so this is hopefully not a huge issue. Maybepossiblyperhaps  there might be a plot point campaign in the GM guide too.  If you have any question about Totems of the … Continue reading Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead now two books

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Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead – Official Preview PDF

Hello World, due to being on vacation I sadly missed this when it was posted on the 28th of July. David Jarvis of Gun Metal Games has posted a Preview PDF to download on the Pinnacle Forums. This is not just 2-3 Pages, these are full Chapters 1 and 2 from the upcoming settingbook and contains most of the character creation rules. Only the sections on Magic are not there. I am very impressed with this preview. The contents are much more polished and tightened compared to the play test material and the artwork is even better than I had … Continue reading Savage Worlds : Totems of the Dead – Official Preview PDF

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Savage Worlds: Totems of the Dead + PDF Bundle Pre-Order

Hello World, relatively surprisingly Totems of the Dead can already be pre-ordered through the Cubicle 7 Onlinestore! That is exciting news. I have already posted about this book in the past and I am eagerly awaiting its release to start a campaign. The release date is given as “Autumn 2011” so still too early to tell specifics. I am going over there to order my copy now. What about you? *EDIT As of now it can not be pre-ordered, it is only listed on the Webpage as a future release and can be added to shopping lists. Seems like the … Continue reading Savage Worlds: Totems of the Dead + PDF Bundle Pre-Order

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Savage Worlds: Totems of the Dead playtest ended

Hello World, the play test for Totems of the Dead has finished. David Jarvis from Gun Metal Games sent out the following Email: HI Everyone! First off, I want to thank every single one of you for all the feedback  you have given. Matt and I really appreciate it. You’re comments and criticisms have helped shape Totems of the Dead, and we couldn’t have done this without you. I’m closing beta testing now, and moving into art direction  and layout. I know of at least one group who is doing  a play test, and I certainly will take a hard … Continue reading Savage Worlds: Totems of the Dead playtest ended

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Savage Worlds Setting Preview: Totems of the Dead

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Hello World,

this time I will have a quick look at an upcoming release by Gun Metal Games, mostly known for their Interface Zero Setting. Interface Zero has received a lot of deserved praise as one of the most comprehensive and detailed Settings for Savage Worlds around and one of the best modern Cyberpunk settings in general. It is also one of 6 RPGs nominated  for best RPG at the upcoming UK Games Expo Awards. And now they are preparing the release of a new setting for Savage Worlds.

The new book is called “Totems of the Dead” and was announced in the Pinnacle Forums in November 2010. Since then steady progress has been made and the book is now in playtesting. What is the setting it all about? I let the Designer speak for himself:

Totems of the Dead was originally conceived as a sort of “New World” counterpart to R.E. Howard’s Hyborea, a place where Swords and Sorcery meet Native American myth and legend. From there I added the Skadian kingdoms, based on what the Viking colonies at Vinland might have evolved into had they been successful in establishing themselves and spreading. From there the setting has taken on a life of its own.

Matthew E. Kaiser – Freelance Writer

If that is not a great idea and an interesting premise for a setting! Who does not  like a setting with Vikings? And mixing it with the native American cultures and their lore, which are a bit underrepresented in RPG settings in general,  should make for an interesting read and some exciting adventures.

So What do we know so far from different Posts/News?

  • This will not be a historical setting, but a fantasy setting inspired by certain periods of pre-Columbian history.
  • The overall geography will be similar to the Americas as we know them but not the same.
  • The magic system will be using the same basic mechanics as Solomon Kane but with different arcane backgrounds appropriate to the setting.
  • It will be around 250 pages, but that’ll change with layout, and art in.
  • The release will be in PDF and Print

But that is not all. Thanks to the kind permission of David Jarvis from Gun Metal Games I have the great opportunity to add a bit to that information based on the current version of the Playtest files.

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