History TabletopGame / Rifts

2nd Dec '16 10:36:06 PM Xtifr
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'''''Rifts''''' is a {{Tabletop|Game}} RolePlayingGame with a combination of CyberPunk and DungeonPunk set AfterTheEnd and dialed UpToEleven. Published by Palladium Books.

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'''''Rifts''''' ''Rifts'' is a {{Tabletop|Game}} RolePlayingGame with a combination of CyberPunk and DungeonPunk set AfterTheEnd and dialed UpToEleven. Published by Palladium Books.
12th Nov '16 5:10:32 PM nombretomado
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** This is even {{Lampshaded}} in one book where the Sundance Kid (the ''real one,'' via a random Rift) mentions he doesn't remember any cowboys named JohnWayne from his time.

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** This is even {{Lampshaded}} in one book where the Sundance Kid (the ''real one,'' via a random Rift) mentions he doesn't remember any cowboys named JohnWayne Creator/JohnWayne from his time.
30th Oct '16 10:47:07 AM nombretomado
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''Rifts''' main selling points are a compelling "everything and the [[FantasyKitchenSink kitchen sink]]" setting and spectacular artwork. 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.

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''Rifts''' main selling points are a compelling "everything and the [[FantasyKitchenSink kitchen sink]]" setting and spectacular artwork. 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}}''), ''TabletopGame/{{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.



* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Every ''Rifts'' book comes with a large disclaimer at the very beginning explaining that ''Rifts'' is entirely fictional, and its depictions of magic, the supernatural, et al. is not meant to be taken as realistic in any way. Sometimes disclaimers will precede specific parts of books. They also request that ''Rifts'' fan websites use the disclaimer. This is not done because they believe ViewersAreMorons, so much as a way of heading off MoralGuardians who might try to sue the company. And to be fair, considering the trouble games like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''[[note]]See ''Film/MazesAndMonsters''[[/note]] and ''{{GURPS}}''[[note]]Their offices were once raided by the Secret Service because the Feds mistakenly believed that their ''Cyberpubnk'' sourcebook contained actual instructions on how to hack computers[[/note]] have gotten into, they're probably being ProperlyParanoid.

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* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: Every ''Rifts'' book comes with a large disclaimer at the very beginning explaining that ''Rifts'' is entirely fictional, and its depictions of magic, the supernatural, et al. is not meant to be taken as realistic in any way. Sometimes disclaimers will precede specific parts of books. They also request that ''Rifts'' fan websites use the disclaimer. This is not done because they believe ViewersAreMorons, so much as a way of heading off MoralGuardians who might try to sue the company. And to be fair, considering the trouble games like ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''[[note]]See ''Film/MazesAndMonsters''[[/note]] and ''{{GURPS}}''[[note]]Their ''TabletopGame/{{GURPS}}''[[note]]Their offices were once raided by the Secret Service because the Feds mistakenly believed that their ''Cyberpubnk'' sourcebook contained actual instructions on how to hack computers[[/note]] have gotten into, they're probably being ProperlyParanoid.
13th Oct '16 7:57:20 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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** Though Kevin Siembieda is mostly known for [[TheyJustDidntCare making stuff up]] or using liberal applications of RuleOfCool, he occasionally does his homework. One notable case is the book ''Mystic Russia''. Siembieda poured over many volumes of Russian Folklore to create the magical creatures and mortal magicians in the book, to ensure an authentically Russian flavor. He was so fascinated by it that he even provided a bibliography for anyone else who might be interested.

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** Though Kevin Siembieda is mostly known for [[TheyJustDidntCare making stuff up]] up or using liberal applications of RuleOfCool, he occasionally does his homework. One notable case is the book ''Mystic Russia''. Siembieda poured over many volumes of Russian Folklore to create the magical creatures and mortal magicians in the book, to ensure an authentically Russian flavor. He was so fascinated by it that he even provided a bibliography for anyone else who might be interested.
26th Sep '16 9:23:00 AM Morgenthaler
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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 to be caught in Mega Damage combat without it.

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** The SavageWorlds TabletopGame/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 to be caught in Mega Damage combat without it.



* 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

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* BadassNormal: In the SavageWorlds TabletopGame/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



* InNameOnly: ''Rifts Manhunter'', the only official ''Rifts'' book not published by 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.

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* InNameOnly: ''Rifts Manhunter'', the only official ''Rifts'' book not published by Palladium (prior to the SavageWorlds TabletopGame/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.
26th Sep '16 9:20:53 AM Morgenthaler
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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 ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''.

Not to be confused with the MMORPG ''{{Rift}}.''

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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'', ''TabletopGame/SavageWorlds'', the same system used by ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}''.

Not to be confused with the MMORPG ''{{Rift}}.''VideoGame/{{Rift}}.''
14th Sep '16 6:50:43 AM CheeseDogX
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* ObviouslyEvil: Just in case their xenophobic attitudes, FantasticRacism, and massive war machine wasn't enough to clue you in that the Coalition is evil, they helpfully remind anyone who sees them by painting all their vehicles and armor black, and covering them with images of skulls (which is why Coalition soldiers are known as [[InSeriesNickname Dead Boys]]). Of course, in-universe this is done as a psychological warfare tactic. Facing down a platoon (let alone an Army) of FacelessGoons in armor that looks like an animated skeleton is downright scary.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Just in case their xenophobic attitudes, FantasticRacism, Imperialism, and massive war machine wasn't enough to clue you in that the Coalition is evil, they helpfully remind anyone who sees them by painting all their vehicles and armor black, and covering them with images of skulls (which is why Coalition soldiers are known as [[InSeriesNickname Dead Boys]]). Of course, in-universe this is done as a psychological warfare tactic. Facing down a platoon (let alone an Army) of FacelessGoons in armor that looks like an animated skeleton is downright scary.
8th Sep '16 5:25:10 AM sittingduck1313
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* EmbarrassingNickname: When the Coalition's Naval Advisory Commission was first formed, the Nautical Specialists quickly picked up the nickname Naughty Boys.
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
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