History TabletopGame / Rifts

20th Aug '16 3:04:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* CreatorProvincialism: The main thrust of the action of the game, at least for the first several years, was centered around central North America (particularly the Midwestern United States and southern {{Canada}}). Not coincidentally, Palladium Books operates out of a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Subverted later in that there are now supplements with interesting stuff going on in EVERY region of the world, in outer space and in many other dimensions.

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* CreatorProvincialism: The main thrust of the action of the game, at least for the first several years, was centered around central North America (particularly the Midwestern United States and southern {{Canada}}).UsefulNotes/{{Canada}}). Not coincidentally, Palladium Books operates out of a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. Subverted later in that there are now supplements with interesting stuff going on in EVERY region of the world, in outer space and in many other dimensions.
18th Aug '16 5:07:42 AM Kanonite
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** May also be GasMaskLongcoat if the player choose the optional helmet.

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** May also be GasMaskLongcoat if the player choose chooses the optional helmet.


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* BadassNormal: In the SavageWorlds port, MARS (Mercenaries,Adventurers, Rogues and Scholars) start at Seasoned rank and the advancements that come with it, along with extra stat increases and edges and/or equipment
7th Aug '16 6:36:53 PM nombretomado
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On April 21st, 2015 it was officially announced on [[https://www.peginc.com/rifts-is-coming-for-savage-worlds/ Pinnacle Entertainment Group's website]] that ''Rifts'' is coming to ''SavageWorlds'', the same system used by ''{{Deadlands}}''.

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On April 21st, 2015 it was officially announced on [[https://www.peginc.com/rifts-is-coming-for-savage-worlds/ Pinnacle Entertainment Group's website]] that ''Rifts'' is coming to ''SavageWorlds'', the same system used by ''{{Deadlands}}''.
''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''.
2nd Aug '16 4:16:53 PM CaptainCrawdad
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''Rifts''' main selling points are a compelling "everything and the [[FantasyKitchenSink kitchen sink]]" setting and spectacular artwork. It's critics, however, consider it hampered by its rules. It uses the Palladium System [[note]]also called the Megaversal system[[/note]], developed in the early '80s as Kevin Siembeida's HouseRules system for Tabletop/DungeonsAndDragons. As the system hasn't changed much since then it can feel clumsy and unfriendly to players used to more polished modern [=RPGs=]. Many gamers purchase the books to convert the stats to another engine (such as ''{{GURPS}}''), or to plunder ideas for other games, or simply to read about the setting and admire the artwork. This has earned ''Rifts'' the title of "the most popular [=RPG=] that nobody actually plays" in many fan circles.

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''Rifts''' main selling points are a compelling "everything and the [[FantasyKitchenSink kitchen sink]]" setting and spectacular artwork. It's Its critics, however, consider it hampered by its rules. It uses the Palladium System [[note]]also called the Megaversal system[[/note]], developed in the early '80s as Kevin Siembeida's HouseRules system for Tabletop/DungeonsAndDragons. As the system hasn't changed much since then it can feel clumsy and unfriendly to players used to more polished modern [=RPGs=]. Many gamers purchase the books to convert the stats to another engine (such as ''{{GURPS}}''), or to plunder ideas for other games, or simply to read about the setting and admire the artwork. This has earned ''Rifts'' the title of "the most popular [=RPG=] that nobody actually plays" in many fan circles.
23rd Jul '16 10:30:07 AM sittingduck1313
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** The Apok of Wormwood.



***Though at the time, Isis had been infected with an experimental bio-wizardry virus that depowered her and caused her to believe that she was an ordinary ley line walker.



* CoversAlwaysLie: The monster featured on the cover of the original edition of the ''Rifts'' main book gets no description anywhere in the book. It's not given stats until the ''Rifts Sourcebook'', which was the second book to come out and was in large part composed of stuff they couldn't fit into the Main Book. For those of you wondering, it's a Splugorth Slaver, and the hot {{Stripperific}} chicks with him are Altara Blind Warrior Women.

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* CoversAlwaysLie: The monster featured on the cover of the original edition of the ''Rifts'' main book gets no description anywhere in the book.book (aside from a brief mention in the Atlantis entry). It's not given stats until the ''Rifts Sourcebook'', which was the second book to come out and was in large part composed of stuff they couldn't fit into the Main Book. For those of you wondering, it's a Splugorth Slaver, and the hot {{Stripperific}} chicks with him are Altara Blind Warrior Women.



* InNameOnly: ''Rifts Manhunter'', the only official ''Rifts'' book not published by Palladium. The now-defunct Myrmidon Press was given permission to use Palladium's Megaversal Rules System in making ''Manhunter,'' and the ''Rifts'' title was tacked on almost as an afterthought. About the only parallels this game has to any other Rifts product is that magic and science exist side-by-side, and infrequent, awkward mentions of rifts in time and space suddenly appearing in the setting. The book has been out of print for a very long time, and extant copies are so rare most Rifts fans have never even heard of it.

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* InNameOnly: ''Rifts Manhunter'', the only official ''Rifts'' book not published by Palladium.Palladium (prior to the SavageWorlds adaptation). The now-defunct Myrmidon Press was given permission to use Palladium's Megaversal Rules System in making ''Manhunter,'' and the ''Rifts'' title was tacked on almost as an afterthought. About the only parallels this game has to any other Rifts product is that magic and science exist side-by-side, and infrequent, awkward mentions of rifts in time and space suddenly appearing in the setting. The book has been out of print for a very long time, and extant copies are so rare most Rifts fans have never even heard of it.



** See also the Ancient Nazca civilization, which managed to create entire cities out of pure magic energy. As you may have figured out, that whole mess the Altanteans caused ''really'' screwed them over.

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** See also the Ancient Nazca civilization, which managed to create entire cities out of pure magic energy. As you may have figured out, that whole mess the Altanteans Atlanteans caused ''really'' screwed them over.



* MinorInjuryOverreaction: The books mention that creatures with HealingFactor battling the New German Republic would generally fight until they were low on health, then flee, wait a couple hours, and pounce fully healed on the weakened soldiers. This worked fine until the NGR started issuing soldiers rail guns that fired rounds made from Uranium, which negated said healing abilities. The enemy would invariably freak out upon realizing their injuries weren't healing like they should be, and became easy pickings.

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* MinorInjuryOverreaction: The books mention that creatures with HealingFactor battling the New German Republic would generally fight until they were low on health, then flee, wait a couple hours, and pounce fully healed on the weakened soldiers. This worked fine until the NGR started issuing soldiers rail guns that fired rounds made from Uranium, depleted uranium, which negated said healing abilities. The enemy would invariably freak out upon realizing their injuries weren't healing like they should be, and became easy pickings.


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* ThemeNaming: In the Wormwood Dimension Book, many key non-player characters have biblical or religious-themed names, such as Lazarus Vesper, Salome, Dorsey Pentecost, and The Confessor.


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** In the description of Ciudad Juarez, it's explicitly stated that the place is like the cantina scene from StarWars throughout the city. One illustration in particular shows a policeman walking his beat, casually stepping over a guy who has been stabbed while [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight ignoring all the mayhem happening around him]].
20th Jul '16 5:05:52 AM sittingduck1313
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** The SavageWorlds adaptation is a bit more forgiving, as it uses that system's Heavy Weapons and Heavy Armor rules to simulate Mega Damage and MDC. It's still a good idea to be wearing armor, but it's not an automatic death sentence.

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** The SavageWorlds adaptation is a bit more forgiving, as it uses that system's Heavy Weapons and Heavy Armor rules to simulate Mega Damage and MDC. It's still a good idea to be wearing armor, but it's not an automatic death sentence.sentence to be caught in Mega Damage combat without it.
20th Jul '16 5:03:13 AM sittingduck1313
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* {{Atlantis}}: Played straight with the lost continent's original inhabitants, and subverted by the new residents.


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** The SavageWorlds adaptation is a bit more forgiving, as it uses that system's Heavy Weapons and Heavy Armor rules to simulate Mega Damage and MDC. It's still a good idea to be wearing armor, but it's not an automatic death sentence.


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* {{Atlantis}}: Played straight with the lost continent's original inhabitants, and subverted by the new residents.
17th Jul '16 8:57:50 AM nombretomado
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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The Lone Star sourcebook includes [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid the Sundance Kid]], who fell into a freak random rift during [[BolivianArmyEnding that whole mess in Bolivia]].

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* HistoricalDomainCharacter: The Lone Star sourcebook includes [[ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid [[Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid the Sundance Kid]], who fell into a freak random rift during [[BolivianArmyEnding that whole mess in Bolivia]].
17th Jul '16 7:51:29 AM sittingduck1313
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* ChainsawGood: The WI-C8 Close Combat Weapon System; AKA the Juicer Chainsaw. It is a weapon modeled on the chainsaw, with teeth filed to a near mono-molecular edge. It gets its nickname from the fact that it is very popular among Juicers; both because it fits with their [[ARealManIsAKiller macho image]], and because it's too heavy and cumbersome for normal humans to wield effectively. It proved so popular that the Kittani (a slave race of the [[EldritchAbomination Splugorth]]) created their own plasma variant.

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* ChainsawGood: The WI-C8 Close Combat Weapon System; AKA the Juicer Chainsaw. It is a weapon modeled on the chainsaw, with teeth filed to a near mono-molecular edge. It gets its nickname from the fact that it is very popular among Juicers; both because it fits with their [[ARealManIsAKiller macho image]], and because it's too heavy and cumbersome for normal humans to wield effectively. It proved so popular that the Kittani (a slave client race of the [[EldritchAbomination Splugorth]]) created their own plasma variant.



* CircusOfFear: The Night Arcade and Freak Show is a travelling carnival run by vampires, several of whom are performers (including [[MonsterClown the clowns]]).



* VampireHunter: Reed's Rangers is a famous group of vampire hunters operating in the American Southwest. To the people they've saved from vampire attacks, they're [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]]. In truth, though, half of them fall somewhere between VillainWithGoodPublicity and HeWhoFightsMonsters. Another notable example is the Atlantean Undead Slayer, magically-empowered warriors who specialize in hunting and killing vampires.

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* VampireHunter: Reed's Reid's Rangers is a famous group of vampire hunters operating in the American Southwest. To the people they've saved from vampire attacks, they're [[KnightInShiningArmor Knights In Shining Armor]]. In truth, though, half of them fall somewhere between VillainWithGoodPublicity and HeWhoFightsMonsters. Another notable example is the Atlantean Undead Slayer, magically-empowered warriors who specialize in hunting and killing vampires.
4th May '16 11:29:24 AM CheeseDogX
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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a literal gateway to another dimension.

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* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: The Gateway Arch in St. Louis is a literal gateway to another dimension. In fact, it is speculated that the Gateway Arch was designed with that exact purpose in mind, as it's a bit of a coincidence that it just happened to be on a major ley line nexus, and it was designed just right to create a permanently opened Rift.
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