History TabletopGame / Rifts

15th Nov '17 6:25:09 AM RedScharlach
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* BigDamnHeroes: Twice during the end of the Siege on Tolkeen. Free Quebec was approached by Tolkeen with an offer of mutual aid against the Coalition. The plan was for Tolkeen and Free Quebec to hit the Coalition Army threatening Free Quebec on both sides, crushing them in a pincer attack. However, Free Quebec was so outraged by the Sorcerer's Revenge that they instead helped the Coalition Army destroy the Tolkeen force. Emperor Prosek was so impressed by the Quebecois' valor that he immediately called off all hostilities against their human neighbors (or at least, the attack gave him an opportunity to bow out of the unpopular war gracefully). An even bigger BigDamnHeroes moment occurred during the Final Siege against Tolkeen itself. The Coalition Army, who were about to get bushwacked by Tolkeen sorcerers waiting for the Solstice to power up their magic, were rescued by a force of soldiers lead by General Jericho Holmes, who had marched into [[BeePeople Xiticix]] territory and had been presumed dead months earlier. Holmes is credited for almost single-handedly winning the war.

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* BigDamnHeroes: Twice during the end of the Siege on Tolkeen. Free Quebec was approached by Tolkeen with an offer of mutual aid against the Coalition. The plan was for Tolkeen and Free Quebec to hit the Coalition Army threatening Free Quebec on both sides, crushing them in a pincer attack. However, Free Quebec was so outraged by the Sorcerer's Revenge that they instead helped the Coalition Army destroy the Tolkeen force. Emperor Prosek was so impressed by the Quebecois' valor that he immediately called off all hostilities against their human neighbors (or at least, the attack gave him an opportunity to bow out of the unpopular war gracefully). An even bigger BigDamnHeroes moment occurred during the Final Siege against Tolkeen itself. The Coalition Army, who were about to get bushwacked bushwhacked by Tolkeen sorcerers waiting for the Solstice to power up their magic, were rescued by a force of soldiers lead by General Jericho Holmes, who had marched into [[BeePeople Xiticix]] territory and had been presumed dead months earlier. Holmes is credited for almost single-handedly winning the war.



* CanadaEh: Mentions have been made here and there of what's going on in Canada ever since the first book (unsuprising since [[CreatorProvincialism most of the books are about North America]]). Calgary is the site of a permanently open Rift, and many [[RubberForeheadAlien D-Bee]] and monster races prevalent in North America are assumed to have come from there. The Coalition State of Iron Heart, as well as [[note]]the former state[[/note]] Free Quebec are in Canada, as is the city-state of Lazlo, the adopted home of Erin Tarn. [[{{Sourcebook}} World Book 20]] was dedicated solely to Canada, and revealed among other things that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police still exist in the form of a group called the Tundra Rangers. Ironically, this has resulted in people (human and Deebee) in areas policed by the Tundra Rangers flying Canadian flags in their communities and self-identifying as Canadians. Certain Canadian legends, such as the ''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent loup garou]]'' and Ogopogo, are also given stats in the book.

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* CanadaEh: Mentions have been made here and there of what's going on in Canada ever since the first book (unsuprising (unsurprising since [[CreatorProvincialism most of the books are about North America]]). Calgary is the site of a permanently open Rift, and many [[RubberForeheadAlien D-Bee]] and monster races prevalent in North America are assumed to have come from there. The Coalition State of Iron Heart, as well as [[note]]the former state[[/note]] Free Quebec are in Canada, as is the city-state of Lazlo, the adopted home of Erin Tarn. [[{{Sourcebook}} World Book 20]] was dedicated solely to Canada, and revealed among other things that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police still exist in the form of a group called the Tundra Rangers. Ironically, this has resulted in people (human and Deebee) in areas policed by the Tundra Rangers flying Canadian flags in their communities and self-identifying as Canadians. Certain Canadian legends, such as the ''[[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent loup garou]]'' and Ogopogo, are also given stats in the book.



** And in a metaphysical sense, almost literal. The super-charged magical environment of Rifts Earth makes it a nexus/hub for supernatural beings of all stripes. Though it's not the only of it's kind, such nexuses are very rare. {{Eldritch Abomination}}s flock to Rifts Earth because of this unique status.

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** And in a metaphysical sense, almost literal. The super-charged magical environment of Rifts Earth makes it a nexus/hub for supernatural beings of all stripes. Though it's not the only of it's its kind, such nexuses are very rare. {{Eldritch Abomination}}s flock to Rifts Earth because of this unique status.



* PottyEmergency: The Ludicrous Mage's Diarheea spell gives the affected 30 seconds to find a bathroom or they crap their pants (even if they're wearing Power Armor), also if the affected manages to find a lavatory and doesnt succeed in removing the armor they crap their pants, the mess takes a week to clean out.
** It should be noted that this spell and class come from a book that was printed as an April Fools joke.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: the disparity in power levels between different Sourcebooks and different authors over the years is a source of regular [[InternetBackdraft Complaint]].

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* PottyEmergency: The Ludicrous Mage's Diarheea spell gives the affected 30 seconds to find a bathroom or they crap their pants (even if they're wearing Power Armor), also Armor). Also if the affected manages to find a lavatory and doesnt doesn't succeed in removing the armor their armor, they crap their pants, pants; the mess takes a week to clean out.
** It should be noted that this spell and class come from a book that was printed as an April Fools Fool's joke.
* PowerCreepPowerSeep: the disparity in power levels between different Sourcebooks and different authors over the years is a source of regular [[InternetBackdraft Complaint]].complaints]].



* PowerTattoo: The Altanteans were given the secret of magic tattoos from a race of dragons who created them. All Atlanteans are given tattoos known as the "Marks of Heritage;" a magic sword tattoo on the right wrist, and a tattoo of a wooden stake piercing a heart on the left for protection against vampires, the ancient enemies of Atlantis. Some Atlanteans go even farther, covering their bodies in magic tattoos that can conjure magic weapons, create animal or monster companions, or grant them other supernatural powers. The [[EldritchAbomination Splugorth]] have also discovered the secrets of magic tattoos, and create their own T-Men to be sold as slaves.

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* PowerTattoo: The Altanteans Atlanteans were given the secret of magic tattoos from a race of dragons who created them. All Atlanteans are given tattoos known as the "Marks of Heritage;" a magic sword tattoo on the right wrist, and a tattoo of a wooden stake piercing a heart on the left for protection against vampires, the ancient enemies of Atlantis. Some Atlanteans go even farther, covering their bodies in magic tattoos that can conjure magic weapons, create animal or monster companions, or grant them other supernatural powers. The [[EldritchAbomination Splugorth]] have also discovered the secrets of magic tattoos, and create their own T-Men to be sold as slaves.
26th Oct '17 12:26:36 PM CheeseDogX
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** This is averted in the case of MDC creatures, who run on CriticalExistenceFailure. Until they're down to 0 MDC, they're just fine, and conventional weapons up to high-explosives can't even scratch them. Some characters and creatures, while not MDC, are able to take a little mega-damage anyway due to having massive amounts of SDC, such as Titan Juicers and weaker True Giants. First-stage Prometheans split the difference by being SDC creatures that convert all damage suffered to SDC.
** Sometimes a natural human or near-human will be able to survive one or two points of MD due to having a ridiculously high SDC score of over 100 or 200. The rules for what happens if this happens are somewhat inconsistent.[[note]]One rule on the subject suggests that a character's SDC should round ''down'' when converting to MDC, which makes absolutely no mathematical sense when a single point of MD should strip away 100 SDC or hit points.[[/note]]

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** This is averted in the case of MDC creatures, who run on CriticalExistenceFailure. Until they're down to 0 MDC, they're just fine, and conventional weapons up to high-explosives can't even scratch them. Some characters and creatures, while not MDC, are able to take a little mega-damage anyway due to having massive amounts of SDC, such as Titan Juicers and weaker True Giants. First-stage Prometheans split the difference by being SDC creatures that convert all damage suffered to SDC.\n** Sometimes a natural human or near-human will be able to survive one or two points of MD due to having a ridiculously high SDC score of over 100 or 200. The rules for what happens if this happens are somewhat inconsistent.[[note]]One rule on the subject suggests that a character's SDC should round ''down'' when converting to MDC, which makes absolutely no mathematical sense when a single point of MD should strip away 100 SDC or hit points.[[/note]][[/note]] First-stage Prometheans split the difference by being SDC creatures that convert all damage suffered to SDC.
** Conversely, some weapons can do minor MDC damage if they are able to do 100 or more points of SDC damage in a single attack. This is limited to things like anti-tank missiles or nuclear weapons.
25th Oct '17 5:40:53 PM nombretomado
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* GunFu: ''China 2'' has the Gun Master O.C.C. They are warriors trained in ''Tao Jen Qiang'', "The Way of the Patient Gun." It is a martial art that lets them become one with guns in ways that would make ChowYunFat look like a novice. For instance, at first level they can kill MDC monsters with SDC bullets, which is normally an impossibility in ''Rifts'' (see ChunkySalsaRule above for more details). At higher levels they can shoot ''ghosts''.

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* GunFu: ''China 2'' has the Gun Master O.C.C. They are warriors trained in ''Tao Jen Qiang'', "The Way of the Patient Gun." It is a martial art that lets them become one with guns in ways that would make ChowYunFat Creator/ChowYunFat look like a novice. For instance, at first level they can kill MDC monsters with SDC bullets, which is normally an impossibility in ''Rifts'' (see ChunkySalsaRule above for more details). At higher levels they can shoot ''ghosts''.
22nd Sep '17 4:46:47 PM CheeseDogX
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* PunkPunk: pretty much all the PunkPunk settings are represented in Rifts in some form.

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* PunkPunk: pretty much all the PunkPunk settings are represented in Rifts in some form. And in true Rifts fashion, generally turned UpToEleven.
22nd Sep '17 3:37:41 PM CheeseDogX
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* HonestRollsCharacter: Like all Palladium [=RPG=]s, humans roll 3D6 for all 8 attributes. Bonus rolls are awarded if you happen to roll a 16, 17, or 18, and some classes and skills will give an attribute bonus (usually to physical attributes), but otherwise, you're stuck with what you roll. Most GMs allow house rules along the lines of D&D's "roll 4D6 and discard the lowest die roll" rule. For the most part, though, attributes aren't as important in Rifts as they are in d20 games. High attributes will grant the player bonuses, though they're generally not penalized for low attributes (though it might limit the character classes you can choose from). At least until the Ultimate Edition came out, which added new rules for characters with low attributes.
22nd Sep '17 2:58:58 PM CheeseDogX
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* ApocalypseHow: The Coming of the Rifts is a Societal Collapse that came very close to being a Species Extinction.

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* ApocalypseHow: The Coming of the Rifts is a Societal Collapse that came very close to being a Species Extinction. There's no official headcount, but crunching numbers from population figures in the various books put the human population of Rifts Earth circa 109 P.A. to be about 330-370 million people. That's only slightly more than the Census Bureau's estimate for the population of the United States as of Jan. 1st, 2017 (324 million).
22nd Sep '17 2:19:22 PM CheeseDogX
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* WorldWreckingWave: The Great Cataclysm which kick started the whole setting. A nuclear war, during a planetary alignment, on the Winter Solstice, equaled a massive burst of magical energy akin to millions of human sacrifices. Every LeyLine on Earth surged with more power than they'd had in tens of thousands of years, creating a catastrophic surge of natural disasters... which meant more people died, which meant more power flooded into the ley lines, [[ViciousCycle which meant more disasters]]. In the end, humanity was left standing in the ruins of civilization, with aliens, other-dimensional beings, and demons all dragged onto Earth by the newly-opened Rifts, wondering what the hell just happened.
18th Sep '17 4:28:31 AM Ion288
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* EndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: The Chaos Earth line takes place during the WorldWreckingWave/Demonic invasion. Focus is on rescue efforts and protecting refugees from demons.
8th Sep '17 7:54:33 PM CheeseDogX
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** Phantoms in DB2
** Bhlaze in DB4

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** Phantoms in DB2
Dimension Book 2: Phaseworld
** Bhlaze in DB4Dimension Book 4: Skraypers
6th Sep '17 2:54:42 PM Axelmania
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* EnemiesList: Tarn has been on the Coalition's top 20 for decades, made #1 the last couple years.


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**Phantoms in DB2
**Bhlaze in DB4
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