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Welcome to the GM's Day sale! From now through March 10th, this title has been marked down by up to 40%! For more values, visit our GM's Day sale page.

Savage Worlds is a Fast! Furious! and Fun! rules system for any genre of roleplaying game.

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Create your own setting, convert an existing one, or pick up one of our amazing settings like DeadlandsRippers, or 50 Fathoms. The rules give players plenty of depth to create their characters and keep bookkeeping to a minimum for the Game Master. If you’re looking for a game that’s fast and easy to set up, run, and play, Savage Worlds is for you!

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Savage Worlds handles pulp action, gritty noir, supers, hard scifi, space opera, horror,and anything you can imagine!

Savage Worlds Adventure Edition is the latest version of Savage Worlds. It does not, however, invalidate prior printings of the rules, which you can continue to enjoy.

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#SWADE is used on most social media. Search for “#SWADE” and see what people are saying about our game!

NOTE: The current version is 5.0. See the list of changes here.


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Mason H September 29, 2023 5:33 pm UTC
Is there a hardcover for this? I could have sworn there was but couldn't find it at my local game shops.
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Mark H September 29, 2023 6:14 pm UTC
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There is....try online suppliers
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Shane H September 29, 2023 6:27 pm UTC
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Yup! We keep selling out so it's been hard to get, but we *just* got a HUGE reprint that will be going out to customers and stores in the next couple of weeks.
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Mason H October 05, 2023 7:47 pm UTC
That's awesome to hear! I'll keep a lookout!
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Mason H October 05, 2023 7:50 pm UTC
Nah, I don't need it that bad. I'd rather wait and get it from a local game shop.
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Pierre D August 24, 2023 4:39 pm UTC
Is it possible to have, someday, a Starter Set for Savage Worlds ? I think it would be very useful for new players, with a solo adventure to learn the first rules, then pre-made character and a simple adventure with a lot of explanations for the DM. The Savage Worlds core rule book is a very good toolbox, but it would be very helpful to have many examples (Trait tests, fights...). Thanks !!! Pierre (from France).
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Shane H August 24, 2023 4:44 pm UTC
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A Deadlands Starter Set is on the way, Pierre. We'll see how that goes first. Thanks!
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Pierre D August 24, 2023 4:48 pm UTC
Oh, thanks for your quick answer ! Sure, that will be great ! :-)
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Eric T July 09, 2023 1:38 am UTC
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The Fifth Printing is available as of now, but it wasn't where I thought it would be. Directions follow.

As of July 8, owners of the Fifth Printing can access it at the "Click to get it!" link above, just below the "You Have Purchased This Title." The filename is "Savage_Worlds_Adventure_Edition.pdf" instead of the "SWADE_Savage_Worlds_Adv_Ed_Core_Rules.pdf" that is still showing in My Library.

If I go to My Library, I'm still downloading the Fourth Printing. However, if I download from the product page, I *do* get the 2023 Fifth Printing.

EDIT: This is currently noted on the Pinnacle Forums, also. As soon as the My Library link is fixed, please feel free to delete this comment.

I hope that helps!
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Mark H July 09, 2023 7:07 am UTC
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Thanks for that info
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Simon S July 11, 2023 10:18 pm UTC
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Thanks Eric!
(I was originally updating from the 'Click To Get It' link, rather than my Library, but getting the 4th printing ... this time, it provided the 5th printing version, so at least that is fixed.)
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Simon S July 06, 2023 8:08 pm UTC
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The current downloadable file appears to be v6.0, which is labelled "Fourth Printing" on the credits page.
However, the SWADE Updates v10 document on the PEG website suggests that the most recent printing is in fact the 'Fifth Printing'. Will this PDF be updated to 'Fifth Printing' version at any point (as per that Updates document)?
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Eric T July 08, 2023 2:32 am UTC
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I came to ask the exact same question, especially with the email 20th Anniversary Kickstarter backers just received about the versions on the PEG website and DTRPG being updated. When I downloaded the file again tonight, it was bit-for-bit the same one I downloaded three months ago: Fourth Printing, v6.0.

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Simon S July 08, 2023 9:01 am UTC
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When I received that email, I was also hopeful that it had been actually updated, but no, as you say, it appears that the Fourth Printing has merely been re-uploaded last night. Fingers crossed that the next upload gets it right! (And that the listing copy is updated at the same time.)
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Mark H July 08, 2023 9:56 am UTC
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Same here
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Alex A July 08, 2023 8:13 pm UTC
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Can confirm this as well, it did not give me the updated version.
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Eric T July 08, 2023 10:08 pm UTC
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Upload date now reads “July 8,” but it’s still the fourth printing.
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Jeremy G July 08, 2023 11:14 pm UTC
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It says the document was updated July 8th for me, but it is still the Fourth Printing PDF.
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Donald S July 10, 2023 5:52 pm UTC
Hey Simon, there's some kind of glitch where you have to download the file from the product page to get the new version, while the link in your Library still downloads the old version. We don't know what causes that issue, but we'll talk with the folks at DriveThru to try and figure it out.
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Simon S July 11, 2023 10:21 pm UTC
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Thanks Donald. Good luck getting it sorted!
(It was the product page download that was originally still giving me 4th printing, rather than the Library download, but tonight I got the 5th printing, so changes are progressing.)
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Craig R March 23, 2023 10:20 pm UTC
My question is the same as Kelly W's - but for Canada. Any word on the shipments expected in March, and are any coincidently headed to Ontario?
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Shane H March 24, 2023 6:06 am UTC
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Hi Craig (and Kelly). Looks like the shipment arrives next week! As for Canada, that depends entirely on whether or not any store or distributor up there orders it--they will be available. We ship direct, but I'm sure you know how terrible the shipping rates are from the US to Canada.
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Kelly W January 26, 2023 11:16 pm UTC
this is out of stock everywhere in uk, do u know when there will be more stock?
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Shane H January 27, 2023 4:29 pm UTC
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There's still some in distribution, but we got wiped out by recent events in the game industry. We reordered more right away and expect them in early March. Thanks :)
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Jeff P December 12, 2022 2:00 pm UTC
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So I just bought the PDF of this system. Man, what have I been missing out on all these years? (See ya later 5e!)

One question though. I'm looking somewhere for a disclaimer that gives me permission to print this at my local Staples but I can't find something like that in the PDF, or on the forums at PEGINC. Is there a disclaimer somewhere for that?
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Shane H December 13, 2022 1:01 am UTC
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Hey Jeff! Check out the Sticky Note on the cover :)

Cheers!

Shane
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Raphael M January 21, 2023 7:29 am UTC
What sticky note?
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Shane H January 27, 2023 4:30 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The sticky note on the cover grants permission to print for personal use. It also reminds you that you can turn off the background layers for easier printing.
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Gabriel C November 30, 2022 6:03 pm UTC
I never really understand when a publisher declines to offer a POD option because of quality issues. Isn't that something for the customer to decide? I mean, this seems to have been out of print for months in the UK - perhaps it was briefly available at some point in the last year, but not for long. Shipping from the PEG site is exorbitant - $90+. (And yes we appreciate that this is not PEG's fault, but it's a reality nevertheless for customers.) So people who want a hard copy are having to resort to self printing - which is even worse quality.

Print on demand is an ideal solution for when publishers have difficulty keeping a book in stock, particularly internationally. Thus a softcover POD option here or elsewhere would be really useful, and I expect would be very popular too. Those who really want the high-quality hardback can wait for it to reappear, or spend $$$ on it now.
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Shane H December 05, 2022 4:29 am UTC
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There are several factors. First off, we don't make anything off POD last I checked (but happy to check again) and they cost the consumer more. Second, it angers some of our retailers. They've gotten used to PDFs, but cutting them out of the print process has gotten us some angry emails. Third, as stated previously, we can't control the quality and that might put sub-par books out there that other people may think represents all our products. Finally, we have to purchase reprints in large quantities, of course, and selling PODs undercuts what we need to sell to reprint.

There's a tipping point to all this, of course, but we haven't been able to make it work when we've looked into it in the past. We'll do so again next year and see if anything's changed.

Cheers,

Shane
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Gabriel C December 08, 2022 11:19 pm UTC
Fair enough - many thanks for the response. I guess I'll hold on until it comes back into print.

FWIW, I do think the standard of POD - from this site anyway - has improved substantially over the years and is ideal for softcover 'at the table' copies of rules and supplements. One of the great things about previous editions of SW was the low entry cost for players; everyone in the group could have a copy for relatively little. I'd love to see something along those lines for SWADE, maybe a compact or digest edition, which might not cannibalise your sales of the HB too much and could also be included in settings box sets.
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Shane H December 09, 2022 12:12 am UTC
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We'd all like to see that, but the economy has made it tough.

Buuuut.... sign up for the PEG newsletter, the FB group, or just check our site each week. You might be pleasantly surprised.

(Oh, and we're not out of stock of SWADE. Whether a distributor keeps enough on hand or not we have little control over. That's why we do 80+% of our sales on our own site or via crowdfunding.)
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Andrew K September 23, 2022 9:24 pm UTC
A 200+ page cire rule book with no preview? Seriously?
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Adrian S September 23, 2022 5:46 am UTC
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Can anyone tell me what size this print out please? I would be very keen if it prints at that smaller size the older versions of Savage Worlds were made available in, but understand if it has been changed to full-size (like most source books). Thanks for your time.
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Shane H September 23, 2022 2:10 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
As-is it's 6.625 by 10.125 (graphic novel size), but if you're printing at home you can change those parameters as you see fit (print to fit, for example).

Shane
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Adrian S September 24, 2022 6:48 am UTC
FEATURED REVIEWER
Thanks Shane, really appreciate your time.
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Dustin C June 05, 2022 3:49 am UTC
Hey, I'm just curious what the major changes are between this edition and Savage World Deluxe, other than not having an explorer's edition?
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Py R June 01, 2022 9:23 pm UTC
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Hey there!
I saw that document was updated today. I was expected the 6.0 version, but it turns out the file was the 5.7 version. I'm guessing this is an error?
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Py R June 01, 2022 9:27 pm UTC
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Nevermind, disregard! Turns out I had somehow downloaded the wrong file (the previous version). Which is strange, because that was the file that was reported to be updated. Maybe a system error. In any case, I have the 6.0 version. Thank you very much!!!
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Scott N April 29, 2022 2:23 pm UTC
Pretty stupid not to have a POD available for an OOP book you can't find now, or they need to do another massive print run or start putting the rules in all the core book sets they release.
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Shane H April 29, 2022 3:43 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
No need to be rude. POD doesn't give the quality we want or the price you want. We did another massive print run nearly eight months ago but you may have heard there's been a container shortage for the better part of the last year, delaying most every manufacturer's books who print overseas.
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Daniel V February 21, 2022 6:37 pm UTC
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I'd like to know if anyone tried printing this book, and if so, if they had problems doing so.
I've tried a few times, and after p.3 I keep geting error messages.
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Moses B April 26, 2022 4:26 am UTC
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I had the UPS store print it out for me because I had the same issues. I believe they had an issue as well but it worked out somehow.
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Hamilton R November 29, 2020 7:11 pm UTC
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Is there a Print On Demand copy in the future? -- if not, can Shane Hensley offer a copyright approval via this thread, so that those of us who want a printed copy may do so at our own expense? -- Print On Demand coming or Copyright Authorization now: may we know what we can do to get a printed copy? Thanks and let us know. -- I will look on Am**zon or W**lmart.com for details, but it would be nice to have the option here.
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Hamilton R November 29, 2020 9:44 pm UTC
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I read below - Pinnacle doesn't offer POD. --- Does that mean they might offer Copyright Authorization should efforts to locate a print copy turn unfruitful? We will see.
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Shane H November 30, 2020 8:58 pm UTC
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We don't do POD...you can order a hardback directly from our site for the same or less cost and much higher quality.

The sticky note on the front allows you to print it for yourself...just show your copy representative. Cheers!

Shane
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Hamilton R December 03, 2020 12:10 am UTC
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Ok Yeah - that's great! Will do! - thanks. (I don't know why I didn't think of that...)
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Tyler R July 30, 2021 3:56 pm UTC
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The print-cost may comparable; but, the Shipping to Canada is Prohibitive: $33USD (shipping) for SWADE to Canada makes the book almost DOUBLE (net $72.99USD)! I can't justify spending that. Unless something can be done about the exorbitant shipping costs, I presume POD would not matter.
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Olaf B August 17, 2021 2:04 pm UTC
If you're in the USA, that is. It is considerably more expensive when you need to have it shipped to continental europe.
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Ricardo R March 15, 2022 11:48 am UTC
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I'd love to buy it directly from your site. If you had stock.
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Shane H March 15, 2022 3:10 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
The fourth printings come in alongside Savage Pathfinder. Not much we can do about the international shipping problem.
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Robert S September 30, 2020 1:47 am UTC
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I've used Savage Worlds a few years back and liked it for what it was - a miniature game with basic RPG rules for social encounters. I always felt some things were missing.
This edition addresses all my issues I had - I like the social conflict rules, the new skills, adjusted edges and removal of a lot of situational modifiers.

Also, it is nice to see the card decks are finally made available - everything is so convincing that I bought the big box with all the content available.

I'll find out soon, if I love this edition or will like it as I did the older ones. But all stars are aligning towards a new found love.
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