Worlds Collide: Pathfinder® for Savage Worlds

Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Hello Pathfinders!

You may have heard Pinnacle Entertainment Group is converting some of Paizo’s legendary Adventure Paths to the Savage Worlds game system. Don’t worry…we’re not trying to steal anyone away from our friends at Paizo! Because friends they are—our founders have known each other for more than two decades!

Karzoug from Rise of the Runelords stands with a spellbook and a flaming staff.

You already know the staff of Paizo and how they created one of the game industry’s greatest success stories. If you don’t know Pinnacle or our founder Shane Hensley, you might know some of his work. He’s written, designed, produced, or worked on hundreds of games, from triple-A MMOs like Neverwinter or City of Heroes / Villains to miniatures, to roleplaying, card, board games, novels, and dozens of short stories. He’s even written, edited, or overseen dozens of books for various versions of the d20 system, from TSR’s original Dark Sun, Ravenloft, and Lankhmar settings to d20 versions of our own games. Of course he’s most famous for creating Savage Worlds and Deadlands: the Weird West.

You fortunate souls already get to play the incredible epic Adventure Paths. Paizo has done such an amazing job not just creating these legendary tales, but supporting them as well. From pawns to maps to supplemental books and other accessories, those of us at smaller companies look up to Paizo to see what they’re doing. They’re industry leaders, good people, and we’re fans of all they’ve accomplished—just like those of you reading this blog.

So why convert these adventures to Savage Worlds then? Because we love them.

Our rules preferences may vary, but we all share a love of great settings and epic adventures. And Pathfinder fits right into the types of worlds we love to play in, like the Weird Wild West of Deadlands, college horror and hijinks in East Texas University, the monstrous Victorian pulp world of Rippers, the far-flung future of The Last Parsec, the comic-strip heroism of Flash Gordon, or any of the other settings we’re known for.

Two goblins prepare to burn down homes in Sandpoint from Rise of the Runelords.

Our fans play everything. We’ve seen homebrew versions of everything from Scooby Doo to Ghost Busters, Aliens, post-apocalyptic Savage Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and so much more. We also have a robust licensing program for companies who want to use our rules, creating even more worlds to explore, like Monster Hunters International, Interface Zero, Wise Guys, Trailer Park Shark Attack, and so many, many more.

But one of the things we most often see “Savaged” are Paizo Adventure Paths. Our fans and even our own staff have run dozens of Pathfinder adventures and campaigns with unofficial conversions. So why not give Savage Worlds fans official rules to stop the insidious Skinsaw cult in Rise of the Runelords, defeat Baba Yaga in Reign of Winter, or explore the scorching deserts of Osiron in Mummy’s Mask?

That was our proposition, and we feel honored our Paizo friends have trusted us to re-present their original work for our system. It’s truly an honor and a privilege, and one of the greatest projects we’ve ever worked on.


Shane Hensley
Pinnacle Entertainment Group

Shane Hensley is the president of Pinnacle Entertainment Group, and a former Executive Producer on several triple-A video games. He has a MA in military history, was a long-time freelancer for TSR, West End Games, and many others, and is the creator of the Deadlands intellectual property, the Great Rail Wars miniatures game, and the Savage Worlds roleplaying game system. He lives in Arizona, USA.

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Huzzah (savagely)!!!


It's really cool.

I'm currently very interested in Savage Worlds but I'm not sure I would go for this. Hope it sells well!


Very happy with this. SW is my 2nd favourite system and rather less daunting for new players.

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Yeah, this is cool.


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I prefer PF2e to SWADE, but it's close, so this is very cool.


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Good for Paizo. I don’t play this system or have any interest in it but love to see the setting get the love.


are other systems planed down the road, too?


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This is something out of my most wild (or should I say Savage?) dreams. It's literally my two favorite systems working together. That is definitely something I'll be doing.


I'm excited for this. Mixing the awesome Adventure Paths that Paizo produce with a rules system that has no HP or classes sounds like a nice change to me. I will definitely back the Kickstarter. Hmm, I wonder if we will get a Pathfinder themed Action Deck?

Hopefully it does well enough that maybe, just maybe, this could also happen to Starfinder APs one day.

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Pokelefi wrote:
are other systems planed down the road, too?

Our Director of Licensing is hared at work on many projects and we only announce such things when they are a reality.


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Wzrd wrote:
Hmm, I wonder if we will get a Pathfinder themed Action Deck?

The folks making SP were on the Wild Die Podcast's twitch stream, and IIRC, things like action decks (custom poker decks) and bennies (poker chips) were in the works (presumably as stretch goals).


I am very excited for this. I enjoy the world of Golarion and the Savage System is simple and fast paced. I will be kickstarting this as soon as the go announcement is made.


Are there any plans for a crunch (ie rules) book to adapt SW to PF, or will all that be in the RotRL pack itself? SW does not assume any particular setting, so players might feel a bit lost without some PC building guidance. And it'll want spells and magic items and all that jazz.


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According to info shared by Pinnacle the plan is to have a ‘Savage Pathfinder’ rule book which has all the rules you will need (so no need to buy the ‘core’ Savage Worlds book) and a box set which covers the full Adventure Path. I presume there will be a rules box set option but that is likely to just bundle up the book with specific bennies and other accoutrements.

So, it doesn’t look like that there will be an official conversion book but people familiar with SWADE core should be able to reverse engineer that.


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Very excited about this! I am currently in a SWADE Monster Hunters Intl game right now, and the system is really growing on me. I also have Achtung!Cthulhu which can be run in SW besides CoC, so one day, I'll run some of it. Should be a blast to run some cinematic pulp action in a mythos WWII!

I am definitely interested to see how the SW ruleset takes on Pathfinder. I'm hoping it will give me a way to have a 'fast and loose' version of PF for some of my players that tend to burn out on the Crunch Intensive Pathfinder games, but still want to get their sword and sorcery on in a Golarian setting!


Wow, I'm REALLY excited about this! I love Paizo's adventure paths, and I do play Pathfinder but I generally tend to prefer less crunchy systems. I've done some conversions myself, but... well... it's a lot of work.

I've never actually played Savage Worlds before, but what I've seen of the system looks very promising. I'll definitely be backing this!

I wonder what other adventure paths they might be looking to convert. Is Rise of the Runelords, Reign of Winter, and Mummy’s Mask the official list or just examples? (Personally, I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Iron Gods.)

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The Kickstarter will launch next Tuesday the 19th!

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The Pathfinder for Savage Worlds Kickstarter is live: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/545820095/pathfinder-for-savage-worlds /description.


Damn, raking in the pledges! Looks like the campaign is starting great.


Fully funded as of at least half an hour ago when I Kicked it!


As of just a few minutes ago: $175,828 of $8,000. Assuming that this isn't a site malfunction, Not Bad(TM).


Accidentally left the page open in the background, so when I was closing stuff down, I saw it again: $178,460 of $8,000. And still 26 days to go.


So the rules PDF is allegedly available.

I apparently have an account set up, and I've tried a few times to get it to change my password, but nothing comes through. Maybe the site is overloaded or something.

Is anyone getting it to work?

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