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15th Aug '17 11:23:29 PM CheeseDogX
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* Now that the game numbers something like 50 books, there's very little in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' that was mentioned in the first book that hasn't gotten a description by now. One of the biggest examples was the Republicans, which was an off-hand mention in the first book about a technological society living in the ruins of Washington, D.C. It was the subject of several unofficial {{Sourcebook}}s (called Netbooks) until they were finally described in the Expanded Edition of the original Sourcebook. There are still a few things here and there that have gotten mentioned but still not shown. The most notorious is the permanently-open Rift in Calgary, Alberta, and the monster kingdom that's developed there, as well as others like the Blood Druids of France.

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* Now that the game numbers something like 50 books, there's very little in ''{{TabletopGame/Rifts}}'' that was mentioned in the first book that hasn't gotten a description by now. One of the biggest examples was the Republicans, which was an off-hand mention in the first book about a technological society living in the ruins of Washington, D.C. It was the subject of several unofficial {{Sourcebook}}s (called Netbooks) until they were finally described in the Expanded Edition of the original Sourcebook. There are still a few things here and there that have gotten mentioned but still not shown. The most notorious is the permanently-open Rift in Calgary, Alberta, and the monster kingdom that's developed there, as well as others like the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Blood Druids Druids]] of France.
15th Aug '17 11:21:01 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' subverted this trope quite often, given that it was all plotted out in advance. For instance, the fates of all the previous Babylon stations seemed to be a case of simple world-building, to stress how dangerous the universe was. But then we learned what happened to them: Three destroyed, one vanished. Then the vanished one shows up again, having been UnstuckInTime. Then it gets even deeper, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Sinclair, TheCaptain in the first season, was in fact that Minbari prophet Valen, after he'd traveled back in time to provide the Minbari with the space station they desperately needed to win a war, which also helps to explain the random weirdness of Delenn becoming half-human.]] Other factors, like the unstable politics of Mars, also come up again in later seasons to be fleshed out.

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* ''Series/BabylonFive'' subverted this trope quite often, given that it was all plotted out in advance. For instance, the fates of all the previous Babylon stations seemed to be a case of simple world-building, to stress how dangerous the universe was. But then we learned what happened to them: Three destroyed, one vanished. Then the vanished one shows up again, having been UnstuckInTime. Then it gets even deeper, when it's revealed that [[spoiler: Sinclair, TheCaptain in the first season, was in fact that Minbari prophet Valen, after he'd traveled back in time to provide the Minbari with the space station they desperately needed to win a war, which also helps to explain the random weirdness of Delenn becoming half-human.]] Other factors, like the unstable politics of Mars, also come up again in later seasons to be fleshed out. Other things, however, were left to the imagination. Such as what it was about Vree eating habits that disgusted G'Kar so much that he considered sitting next to them to be an insult to his entire government.
15th Aug '17 10:59:14 PM CheeseDogX
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* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': The line "You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad, didn't you?" hints at Snake's past and a possible war with the Soviet Union.

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* ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'': The line "You flew the Gullfire over Leningrad, didn't you?" hints at Snake's past and a possible war with the Soviet Union. Also the fact that everyone thought he was dead for some reason.
2nd Aug '17 12:59:28 PM Rotpar
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* ''{{VideoGame/Foxhole}}'''s lore primarily exists of small bits of flavor text for maps, along with statue plaques, forgotten notes, and descriptions of view points that reveal tiny snippets of the setting.
14th Jun '17 4:07:07 PM thatother1dude
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* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is always making reference to things that happened in the past that involved Gems, in particular [[spoiler:the Gem war for Earth.]] The cause and purpose are eventually explained as [[spoiler:the Crystal Gems splitting off from Homeworld to protect the native life]], but the fine details are only vaguely alluded to, leaving thousands of years of history to explore. Additionally, many hints about the AlternateHistory shaped by Gems are [[FreezeFrameBonus brief images the camera's quick to pull away from]]. Among other things, there's a very large gap between the North and South American continent, Florida is an island some distance away, Madagascar is in the location of Brazil suggesting Africa and South America never split, etc.
** While we eventually find out what a [[PlanetaryParasite Kindergarten]] is, it's unclear how many were in operation, let alone their specific purpose aside from [[spoiler:creating Gems.]]
** Similarly, the Galaxy Warp is said to [[spoiler:connect Gem-controlled planets to the Homeworld via Warp.]] Aside from Earth, there's an additional fifteen Warps that have been severely damaged, with nary a hint as to their names and possible native species. And there's likely newer Warp Pads constructed as Earth's Gem technology is severely out of date.

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is always making reference to things that happened in the past that involved Gems, in particular [[spoiler:the Gem war for Earth.]] The cause and purpose are eventually explained as [[spoiler:the Crystal Gems splitting off from Homeworld to protect the native life]], but the fine details are only vaguely alluded to, leaving thousands of years of history to explore. Additionally, many hints about the AlternateHistory shaped by Gems are [[FreezeFrameBonus brief images the camera's quick to pull away from]]. Among other things, there's a very large gap between the North and South American continent, Florida is an island some distance away, Madagascar is in the location of Brazil suggesting Africa and South America never split, etc.
** While we eventually find out what a [[PlanetaryParasite Kindergarten]] is, it's unclear how many were in operation, let alone their specific purpose aside from [[spoiler:creating Gems.]]
** Similarly, the
The Galaxy Warp is said to [[spoiler:connect Gem-controlled planets to the Homeworld via Warp.]] Aside from Earth, there's an additional fifteen Warps that have been severely damaged, with nary a hint as to their names and possible native species. And there's likely newer Warp Pads constructed as Earth's Gem technology is severely out of date.
4th Jun '17 2:29:17 PM nighttrainfm
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* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books sometimes play this straight and sometimes use it to disguise ChekhovsGun.

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* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' books sometimes play this straight and sometimes use it to disguise a ChekhovsGun.
21st May '17 9:52:08 PM Gamermaster
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* The earlier volumes of RWBY were full of references. Some of them deliberate hooks, others the result of difficutly dropping exposition about things the characters already knew. Most of the latter got filled in later on, but the series has so far kept up a supply of new hooks to replace things that are explained.

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* The earlier volumes of RWBY ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'' were full of references. Some of them deliberate hooks, others the result of difficutly difficulty dropping exposition about things the characters already knew. Most of the latter got filled in later on, but the series has so far kept up a supply of new hooks to replace things that are explained.
14th May '17 3:41:50 PM nombretomado
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* This happens once a game in the ''[[SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' games: random {{NPC}}s come into the scene and reference something that would make sense as part of a longer plot but which you don't know about. ("I would gladly fight to the death to follow the last orders of Master Shinrai!" ...Master who?) How much of this is the result of this actually being a spin-off series of a larger plot [[NoExportForYou that never made it outside Japan]] isn't immediately obvious to English-speaking players.

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* This happens once a game in the ''[[SummonNight ''[[VideoGame/SummonNight Summon Night: Swordcraft Story]]'' games: random {{NPC}}s come into the scene and reference something that would make sense as part of a longer plot but which you don't know about. ("I would gladly fight to the death to follow the last orders of Master Shinrai!" ...Master who?) How much of this is the result of this actually being a spin-off series of a larger plot [[NoExportForYou that never made it outside Japan]] isn't immediately obvious to English-speaking players.
7th May '17 1:39:03 PM Derkhan
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* ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' has vampire kingdoms, which are alluded to a few times, and the islands, which are somewhere in Beloria, but we don't even learn in what direction. The biggest mystery, though, is a ghyr. Everybody curses by ghyrs ("To ghyr with it", "What the ghyr", "Ghyr take it") and nobody considers it necessary to explain what they are.

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* ''Literature/LoyalEnemies'' has vampire kingdoms, which are alluded to a few times, and the islands, which are somewhere in Beloria, but we don't even learn in what direction. The biggest mystery, though, is a ghyr. Everybody curses by ghyrs ("To ghyr with it", "What the ghyr", "Ghyr take it") and nobody considers it necessary to explain what they are.
25th Apr '17 10:33:11 AM LentilSandEater
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* ''TheSaboteur'': What is the trouble that made Sean unable to return to Ireland? Who are the enemies he made there? What did Sean's father do there exactly? Where did Sean learn to use explosives? What was Sean doing in Budapest when he met Skylar?
** It's possible that the time period immediately before the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_troubles literal "Troubles" in Ireland]] is referenced, and this would also explain how he learned to use explosives.

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* ''TheSaboteur'': What is the trouble that made Sean unable to return to Ireland? Who are the enemies he made there? What did Sean's father do there exactly? Where did Sean learn to use explosives? What was Sean doing in Budapest when he met Skylar?
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Skylar? It's possible that the time period immediately before the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_troubles literal "Troubles" in Ireland]] is referenced, and this would also explain how he learned to use explosives.
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