Character Creation

Welcome to our site. This is the place where you will find our "Getting Started" guides on how to do play-by-post, character creation, and our house rules. Have a look. if you have any questions feel free to PM our site administrator: Venatus Vinco or Join our community channel on Discord. Check Here for open games to join! Start building your Character by checking out Character Creation.
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Character Creation

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Character Creation

Creating a character for Savage Rifts requires the Adventure Edition of Savage Worlds as well as the Tomorrow Legion Player’s Guide. Both products are available in physical copy and as digital downloads through Pinnacle Entertainment Group’s website.


Step One: Concept
Once you have an idea, create an account and have a look at the Character Creation forum. All accounts must be registered with your character's name. Please no "l33t-speak" or other nonsensical account names. Your account name should be the same as that which your character will use in conversation with the other players on-site. After you register your account, you should receive an e-mail by which you will activate the account.

If this is your first account for the site, don't worry if your idea is still unclear or you think you might change the concept. Those details and even your account name can all be revised as needed as your plans firm up. To get started, just choose a username that abides by the rules above and hop into the Character Creation forums, where existing players and GMs will be happy to help. If you end up needing to change your user name to match your character you can do that in your User Control Panel.

Also, if you have any questions you can join us on Discord, there's usually someone there who is happy to help.

Controversial Concepts (Young, Bloodthirsty, etc): Regarding these Hindrances (as with everything else about your character), check with your (prospective) GM about the concept and make sure that group gets to comment as well. Not all applications of the Young or Bloodthirsty Hindrances are equal, and neither are all reactions to them. Better to know at the start if there is going to be an issue. We have had it be an issue in the past, and communication is the best prevention to any unpleasantness. These are not the only such concepts or hindrances, but they are indicative.

Conversions. It is possible to create characters from your favourite Savage settings or other Rifts material not covered in the core books. However, these will be considered on a case by case basis.


Step Two: Creation
Creation follows the standard rules found in the Tomorrow Legion Player’s guide. Copy and paste the “Character Sheet Template” into a new post in the “Recruitment” forum. Build your character, choose an iconic framework, and have fun. All dice rolls for background tables and other creation events should be done with the onsite dice roller and recorded on your Advancement Tracker. Details on how the dice roller works located here. Hold on to this checklist to track your advances as your character gains experience points. Background and equipment templates should be done as a reply to your original post. Thus a finished character has five parts: Your dice rolls, Character Sheet, Gear, Advancements, and Background (example below). Have a look at many of the characters on site for examples. Build the Character in the Recruitment area and a GM will later move your finished Character to their game.

You are welcome to use the below posts to build your Character and/or Savaged.us and import the character from there.

We recommend: Savaged.us

Bonus! Because advancement is slower in PBP all initial characters start with an extra Advance. Example a Novice Character starts out having Novice 1 at beginning of play. When you “level up” you will then be Novice 2. (M.A.R.S. Characters also receive the one extra Advance at time of Character Creation).

Step Three: Group
Once you have your character approved, find a group that’s right for you and request to join. We have many different styles of group and even some non-Rifts games in our "Savage Dimensions" area. Check out what’s available to play here.
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Character Creation Notes & Questions

Below are some items that have come up as we put character creation through its paces.

1. Does the "Born a Hero" setting rule (i.e. ignore rank requirements for Edges) apply to MARS characters when spending their additional 20 xp at creation?
No. Per Sean Patrick Fannon, author of Savage Rifts:
Sean Patrick Fannon wrote:The 20xp that M.A.R.S. characters receive represents post-character creation experience. Ergo, officially, Born a Hero would not apply to any Edges taken with the four advances you get for those 20xp. You would be limited to Novice for three of those advances, and Seasoned for that last advance.

GMs may wish to allow players to ignore that restriction, but it could actually imbalance things too far in the M.A.R.S.' characters' favor doing that.
2. Does the "Born a Hero" setting rule apply to powers (i.e. Magic and Psionics) selected at creation?
Yes. Powers taken at creation ignore rank requirements (but not other prerequisites). Any advances after creation observe normal rank restrictions.

3. Where do I list the racial benefits/Hindrances in the Character Sheet Template?
Venatus Vinco wrote:Make a new heading called "Racial Info"
4. What are the rules for creating a superhero using the Super Power Companion 2nd Edition (SPC2)?
Venatus Vinco wrote:Answer in development.
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Character Creation Example

Your first post will be your Hero’s Journey Rolls and Fortune and Glory Rolls.

Remember go ahead and build your character here.
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Character Name

Rank: typically Novice or Seasoned
Race:
Iconic Framework:
Attributes:
  • Agility d?
  • Smarts d?
  • Spirit d?
  • Strength d?
  • Vigor d?
Pace: ?; Parry: ?; Toughness: ? (?); Strain:

Skills:
  • Skill name d?
  • Skill name d?
Hindrances
  • Example (Major): Flavor text about it
  • Example (Minor): Text about it
Racial Abilities
  • Example (-2): add if applicable
Edges and Iconic Abilities
  • Example : info here
  • Example : info here

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 [b][size=150]Character Name[/size][/b]

[b]Rank[/b]:     
[b]Advances Left[/b]: 
[b]Race[/b]:
[b]Iconic Framework[/b]: 
[b]Attributes[/b]: [list][*]Agility d? [*]Smarts d? [*]Spirit d? [*]Strength d? [*]Vigor d?[/list]

[b]Pace[/b]: ?; [b]Parry[/b]: ?; [b]Toughness[/b]: ? (?); [b]Strain[/b]: 

[b]Skills[/b]: 
[list]
[*]Skill name d? 
[*]
[*]
[*]
[*]Skill name d? [/list]

[b]Hindrances[/b]
[list]
[*][b]Example[/b] (Major): Flavor text about it  
[*][b]Example[/b] (Minor): Text about it
[*]
[*] [/list]

[b]Racial Abilities[/b]
[list]
[*][b]Example  (-2): [/b] add if applicable 
[*][/list]

[b]Edges and Iconic Abilities[/b]
[list]
[*][b]Example [/b]: info here 
[*][b]Example [/b]: info here [/list]
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Powers
If applicable

Arcane Background: Psionics or Magic etc
PPE/ISP: 40 - Recovery: 5/hour
  • Alter Aura (conceal arcana) [innate, self only]
  • See Aura (detect arcana) [innate, self only]
  • Intuitive Combat (warrior’s gift) [innate, self only]
Set up the “spells” as you like for your convince.

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If applicable

[b]Arcane Background[/b]: Psionics or Magic etc 
[b]PPE/ISP[/b]: 40 - [b]Recovery[/b]: 5/hour

[list]Alter Aura ([i]conceal arcana[/i]) [innate, self only]
[*]See Aura ([i]detect arcana[/i]) [innate, self only]
[*]Intuitive Combat ([i]warrior’s gift[/i]) [innate, self only][/list]

Set up the “spells” as you like for your convince.
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Gear

List gear. Weapons. Etc here.

Save yourself some time and check out the Armory.

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List gear. Weapons. Etc here.
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Advances

Hero’s Journey
  • Example Psionics 9 - New Powers
  • Example 5 - info
Advances
  • Initial Advances: (Bonus from Hindrances):
  • Edge(s) granted by Racial Features:
  • Edges(s) from Hero’s Journey Rolls:
  • Novice 1 Advance (PbP): PbP, you get this Advance at time of creation
  • Novice 2 Advance:
  • Novice 3 Advance:
  • Novice 4 Advance:
  • Seasoned 1 Advance:
  • Seasoned 2 Advance:
  • Seasoned 3 Advance:
  • Seasoned 4 Advance:
  • Veteran 1 Advance:
  • Veteran 2 Advance:
  • Veteran 3 Advance:
  • Veteran 4 Advance:
  • Heroic 1 Advance:
  • Heroic 2 Advance:
  • Heroic 3 Advance:
  • Heroic 4 Advance:
  • Legendary 1 Advance:
  • Legendary 2 Advance:
  • Legendary 3 Advance:
  • Legendary 4 Advance:

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[b]Hero’s Journey[/b]
[list]
[*][b]Example Psionics 9 - [/b]New Powers
[*][b]Example 5 - [/b]info 
[/list]

[b]Advances[/b]
[list]
[*]Initial Advances: (Bonus from Hindrances): 
[*]Edge(s) granted by Racial Features: 
[*]Edges(s) from Hero’s Journey Rolls: 
[*] Novice 1 Advance (PbP): 
[*] Novice 2 Advance: 
[*] Novice 3 Advance:  
[*] Novice 4 Advance: 
[*] Seasoned 1 Advance: 
[*] Seasoned 2 Advance: 
[*] Seasoned 3 Advance: 
[*] Seasoned 4 Advance: 
[*] Veteran 1 Advance: 
[*] Veteran 2 Advance: 
[*] Veteran 3 Advance: 
[*] Veteran 4 Advance:
[*] Heroic 1 Advance:
[*] Heroic 2 Advance:
[*] Heroic 3 Advance:
[*] Heroic 4 Advance:
[*] Legendary 1 Advance:
[*] Legendary 2 Advance:
[*] Legendary 3 Advance:
[*] Legendary 4 Advance:[/list]
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Background

Short narrative

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Short narrative
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Many Players tack on one more “reply” post to their Characters. A keeping track of things post.

Such as tracking Power Points or Bennies.

This could be simple and just be:

Bennies 3


Or more expansive

Wounds: 0/3; Fatigue: 0/3; PP: 00/00

Bennies: 6/3; Conviction: 0/1

Whatever you feel comfortable with and need for your character.
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Last thing, and this is optional, once you have your Character all set, have joined a group and are ready to play you might consider setting up your Signature.

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Not only can you earn 1 EP for doing so. It’s another great way to track character details and/or account info. EP info here.
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