Savage Worlds is the core ruleset for all of Pinnacle’s roleplaying games.
The current version is the Savage Worlds Adventure Edition, or “SWADE.”
The previous edition was called Savage Worlds Deluxe, or “SWD” or sometimes “SWEX.” It came in two sizes, an 8.5×11 hardback and a 6×9 softback called the Explorer’s Edition.
Savage Worlds has everything you need to play narrative or miniature-based games, with quick, simple, yet comprehensive rules for everything from combat to Dramatic Tasks, Chases, and Interludes. The emphasis is on less bookkeeping for the Game Master so she can quickly and easily create worlds and adventures for any setting and focus on the players and their actions to keep the action and story rocketing along.
The Savage Worlds Essentials boxed set is not needed to play, but adds additional components to enhance your gameplay, such as custom dice, acrylic templates, a GM’s screen, Action, Adventure, Status, and Power cards, and more.
As a boardgame:
Savage Worlds can also be played strictly as a miniatures game, and thus also exists as a BGG boardgame entry.