History TabletopGame / Rifts

9th May '17 8:34:29 AM JamesAustin
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* TheThemeParkVersion: Used and invoked deliberately and in-universe. One of the ways people have coped with the fall of civilization is to try to return to or imitate the past before the last era, with varying levels of success (people in the American West, for example, look up to and emulate historical western figures such as Wyatt Earp, Jessie James, and ''TheLoneRanger'').

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* TheThemeParkVersion: Used and invoked deliberately and in-universe. One of the ways people have coped with the fall of civilization is to try to return to or imitate the past before the last era, with varying levels of success (people in the American West, for example, look up to and emulate historical western figures such as Wyatt Earp, Jessie James, and ''TheLoneRanger'').''Radio/TheLoneRanger'').
8th Apr '17 5:16:17 PM nombretomado
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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons in ''{{Rifts}}'' are psychic, intelligent, are born able to do things like speak and do math due to GeneticMemory, and can shapeshift and teleport as easily as they can walk or fly. Oh, and hatchling dragons are available as ''PLAYER CHARACTERS!''

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* OurDragonsAreDifferent: Dragons in ''{{Rifts}}'' ''Rifts'' are psychic, intelligent, are born able to do things like speak and do math due to GeneticMemory, and can shapeshift and teleport as easily as they can walk or fly. Oh, and hatchling dragons are available as ''PLAYER CHARACTERS!''
2nd Apr '17 3:04:24 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheAtoner: Many Atlanteans see themselves as this. The horrors they accidentally unleashed on the Earth in prehistoric times left them so filled with shame that they left the planet. They became, with a few rare exceptions, nomads [[WalkingTheEarth wandering the Megaverse]]. Many receive magic tattoos to turn themselves into monster hunters, in an attempt to make up for their past crimes.

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* TheAtoner: TheAtoner:
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Many Atlanteans see themselves as this. The horrors they accidentally unleashed on the Earth in prehistoric times left them so filled with shame that they left the planet. They became, with a few rare exceptions, nomads [[WalkingTheEarth wandering the Megaverse]]. Many receive magic tattoos to turn themselves into monster hunters, in an attempt to make up for their past crimes.



* AuthorFilibuster: KS is infamous for going off on random tangents on roleplaying philosophy, ethics, playtest games, and how he thinks [=RPGs=] should be played/run; these usually take up a few pages per book.
** He even made a point to sprinkle them throughout the Ultimate Edition as "editor's notes," which he compared to a DVD commentary track.
* BadFuture: For people who have been brought forward from the past, such as Dr. Victor Lazlo from the 20th Century history of ''Beyond the Supernatural'' or the Republic of Japan who were jumped centuries into the future at the moment of the Great Cataclysm.
* BadassBookworm: The Rogue Scientist and the Rogue Scholar O.C.C.s. The book makes sure to mention under each class that while these guys are mostly concerned with discovering/reclaiming lost knowledge, they can handle themselves in a fight (in a [[CrapsackWorld world like]] [[EarthIsABattlefield Rifts Earth]], they'd be incredibly stupid not to). Also the Coalition [=RCSG=] Scientist, but since they're trained soldiers, it's to be expected that they know how to fight.

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* AuthorFilibuster: KS is infamous for going off on random tangents on roleplaying philosophy, ethics, playtest games, and how he thinks [=RPGs=] should be played/run; these usually take up a few pages per book.
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book. He even made a point to sprinkle them throughout the Ultimate Edition as "editor's notes," which he compared to a DVD commentary track.
* BadFuture: For The main setting is this for people who have been brought forward from the past, such as Dr. Victor Lazlo from the 20th Century history of ''Beyond the Supernatural'' or the Republic of Japan who were jumped centuries into the future at the moment of the Great Cataclysm.
* BadassBookworm: BadassBookworm:
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The Rogue Scientist and the Rogue Scholar O.C.C.s. The book makes sure to mention under each class that while these guys are mostly concerned with discovering/reclaiming lost knowledge, they can handle themselves in a fight (in a [[CrapsackWorld world like]] [[EarthIsABattlefield Rifts Earth]], they'd be incredibly stupid not to). Also the Coalition [=RCSG=] Scientist, but since they're trained soldiers, it's to be expected that they know how to fight.



* BadassLongcoat: Rifts Chaos Earth has an Armored Trenchcoat available as armor.
** May also be GasMaskLongcoat if the player chooses the optional helmet.

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* BadassLongcoat: BadassLongcoat:
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Rifts Chaos Earth has an Armored Trenchcoat available as armor.
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armor. May also be GasMaskLongcoat if the player chooses the optional helmet.



* {{BFG}}: Pick a weapon. You can probably chew through an M1 Abrams with it in a clip. Bonus points to Glitterboy Boom Guns and things that can't be mounted except on HumongousMecha.
** Parodied in the Rifter 9 1/2, which featured Giga-Damage guns. Most of them are over-sized to the point of ridiculousness, with descriptions like "looks like a bigger version of Han Solo's gun in ''StarWars''."

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* {{BFG}}: Pick a weapon. You can probably chew through an M1 Abrams with it in a clip. Bonus points to Glitterboy Boom Guns and things that can't be mounted except on HumongousMecha.
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HumongousMecha. Parodied in the Rifter 9 1/2, which featured Giga-Damage guns. Most of them are over-sized oversized to the point of ridiculousness, with descriptions like "looks like a bigger version of Han Solo's gun in ''StarWars''."



* BlingOfWar: Justified with Techno Wizards, all those gems studding their weapons and armor serve as the power source/focus for the magic empowering the magical enhancements.

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* BlingOfWar: BlingOfWar:
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Justified with Techno Wizards, all those gems studding their weapons and armor serve as the power source/focus for the magic empowering the magical enhancements.



* BrainInAJar: Full Conversion Cyborgs basically have their entire body except the brain and spinal column replaced by machinery.

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* BrainInAJar: BrainInAJar:
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Full Conversion Cyborgs basically have their entire body except the brain and spinal column replaced by machinery.



* CanineCompanion / NonHumanSidekick: There's a good reason why the Coalition decided to engineer dogs into psychic humanoid [[EvilDetectingDog supernatural detectors]]. Though other animals might have been better suited for combat, you can't beat dogs as loyal companions to man. This has actually come to bite the Coalition High Command on the ass, as some feel that Dead Boys forming attachments to Dog Boys is putting a toe over the line of their staunch human supremacist rhetoric. Some have tried to make soldiers in the field form a similar attachment to Psi-Stalkers, who are human mutants. Unfortunately, the bald, white-skinned mutants make normal humans feel uncomfortable, due in large part to the UncannyValley.

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* CanineCompanion / NonHumanSidekick: CanineCompanion: There's a good reason why the Coalition decided to engineer dogs into psychic humanoid [[EvilDetectingDog supernatural detectors]]. Though other animals might have been better suited for combat, you can't beat dogs as loyal companions to man. This has actually come to bite the Coalition High Command on the ass, as some feel that Dead Boys forming attachments to Dog Boys is putting a toe over the line of their staunch human supremacist rhetoric. Some have tried to make soldiers in the field form a similar attachment to Psi-Stalkers, who are human mutants. Unfortunately, the bald, white-skinned mutants make normal humans feel uncomfortable, due in large part to the UncannyValley.



* ChunkySalsaRule: Human, or any other SDC-scale creature, gets hit by a Mega-Damage weapon in the torso or head. That's ''it.'' You're '''done.''' Don't even bother with a damage roll, you're DeaderThanDead with even a single point. Roll up another character. Anywhere else? Hope your party members manage the emergency field surgery roll to save your life and start thinking about cybernetics.

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* ChunkySalsaRule: Human, or any other SDC-scale creature, gets hit by a Mega-Damage weapon in the torso or head. That's ''it.'' ''it''. You're '''done.''' '''done'''. Don't even bother with a damage roll, you're DeaderThanDead with even a single point. Roll up another character. Anywhere else? Hope your party members manage the emergency field surgery roll to save your life and start thinking about cybernetics.



** Case-in-point: Erin Tarn, a human Rogue Scholar, has been part of a hero group whose membership included the ''goddess Isis''!

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** Case-in-point: Case in point: Erin Tarn, a human Rogue Scholar, has been part of a hero group whose membership included the ''goddess Isis''!



* CoolHorse
** HellishHorse: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, naturally. Though the one Pestilence rides is basically a giant beetle.
** HorseOfADifferentColor: Giant bugs, bears, dinosaurs, and even stranger.
** MechanicalHorse: With machine-guns in its nostrils as a common option.
** {{Pegasus}}: Several versions, including one that combines this with SapientSteed.

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* CoolHorse
** HellishHorse: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, naturally. Though the one Pestilence rides is basically a giant beetle.
** HorseOfADifferentColor: Giant bugs, bears, dinosaurs, and even stranger.
** MechanicalHorse: With machine-guns in its nostrils as a common option.
** {{Pegasus}}: Several versions, including one that combines this with SapientSteed.
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* {{Hell}}: There is a large number of those.
** One version can even be found on Rifts Earth. During the Great Cataclysm, the [[AllMythsAreTrue Yama Kings of Chinese myth]] rose and converted a very large portion of China into their own brand of Hell. They also placed an obscuring mist all over China so that the Celestial Court doesn't discover what they're up to.

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* {{Hell}}: There is a large number of those.
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these, each with its own fiendish inhabitants. One version can even be found on Rifts Earth. During the Great Cataclysm, the [[AllMythsAreTrue Yama Kings of Chinese myth]] rose and converted a very large portion of China into their own brand of Hell. They also placed an obscuring mist all over China so that the Celestial Court doesn't discover what they're up to.to.
* HellishHorse: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ride these, naturally. Though the one Pestilence rides is basically a giant beetle.



* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: They're in Africa. And if they meet up, they'll [[AllYourPowersCombined merge into one uber-demon]] and end the world for good.
** Later sourcebooks suggest that most of them were successfully defeated. But Death is still running around somewhere, and it might not be Africa anymore...

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* HorsemenOfTheApocalypse: They're in Africa. And if they meet up, they'll [[AllYourPowersCombined merge into one uber-demon]] and end the world for good.
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good. Later sourcebooks suggest that most of them were successfully defeated. But defeated, but Death is still running around somewhere, and it might not be Africa anymore...anymore...
* HorseOfADifferentColor: Mounts include giant bugs, bears, dinosaurs, and even stranger things.



* MechanicalHorse: With machine-guns in its nostrils as a common option.



* OurFairiesAreDifferent: See TheFairFolk, above.

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* %%* OurFairiesAreDifferent: See TheFairFolk, above.



* {{Pegasus}}: Several versions, including one that combines this with SapientSteed.



* PottyEmergency/[[PottyFailure Failure]]: 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.

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* PottyEmergency/[[PottyFailure Failure]]: 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.
2nd Apr '17 2:54:46 PM Theriocephalus
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* AffablyEvil: [[EldritchAbomination The Splugorth]]. They're [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Merchant Princes]], after all, and anyone's welcome (for certain values of "welcome") in Atlantis if they're there to do business.

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* AffablyEvil: AffablyEvil:
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[[EldritchAbomination The Splugorth]]. They're [[CorruptCorporateExecutive Corrupt Merchant Princes]], after all, and anyone's welcome (for certain values of "welcome") in Atlantis if they're there to do business.



* AfterTheEnd: The [[HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt calendar system]] used in most of North America is the "P.A." calendar. That's "Post Apocalypse."
** The main storyline for Rifts takes place a few centuries ''after'' AfterTheEnd, when things have calmed down a bit, relatively speaking. The ''Chaos Earth'' game (considered both a Sourcebook and a stand-alone RPG) takes place ''right'' AfterTheEnd.

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* AfterTheEnd: The [[HitSoHardTheCalendarFeltIt calendar system]] used in most of North America is the "P.A." calendar. That's "Post Apocalypse."
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Apocalypse". Technically, the main storyline for Rifts takes place a few centuries ''after'' AfterTheEnd, when things have calmed down a bit, relatively speaking. The ''Chaos Earth'' game (considered both a Sourcebook and a stand-alone RPG) takes place ''right'' AfterTheEnd.



* AllJustADream / DreamWithinADream: The short story in the fourth ''Siege On Tolkeen'' Sourcebook. [[spoiler:Turns out every Cyber-Knight gets one of these at least once in their life.]]

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* AllJustADream / DreamWithinADream: AllJustADream: The short story in the fourth ''Siege On Tolkeen'' Sourcebook. [[spoiler:Turns out every Cyber-Knight gets one of these at least once in their life.]]



* AntiMagicalFaction: The Coalition States takes this UpToEleven. While they are publicly a Classical version of this, behind the scenes they have a Hypocritical subfaction, [[spoiler: because Joseph Prosek II is fully aware of, and covertly supports, the Vanguard, a group of pro-CS mages]]. They also rely heavily on psychics to counter practitioners of magic. The former Coalition State of Free Quebec are an actual Classical version, in that they don't even trust psychics (this difference of opinion is one of the numerous reasons why they chose to leave the CS). The independent kingdoms/city-states of Whykin (S-W Missouri; Classical & human supremacist), El Dorado (most of Arkansas; classical, but was tolerant of non-magical non-humans before their petition for Coalition membership) and Los Alamo (region around Austin, Texas; this got relaxed a bit when they decided they didn't want to be the Coalition's next target for annexation), and Northern Gun and the Manistique Imperium (Northern Michigan; definitely Hypocritical, as they don't hesitate to hire magically-empowered mercs or to sell to openly magical customers under the table so they don't ruffle their Coalition "ally").

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* AntiMagicalFaction: AntiMagicalFaction:
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The Coalition States takes this UpToEleven. While they are publicly a Classical version of this, behind the scenes they have a Hypocritical subfaction, [[spoiler: because Joseph Prosek II is fully aware of, and covertly supports, the Vanguard, a group of pro-CS mages]]. They also rely heavily on psychics to counter practitioners of magic. The former Coalition State of Free Quebec are an actual Classical version, in that they don't even trust psychics (this difference of opinion is one of the numerous reasons why they chose to leave the CS). The independent kingdoms/city-states of Whykin (S-W Missouri; Classical & human supremacist), El Dorado (most of Arkansas; classical, but was tolerant of non-magical non-humans before their petition for Coalition membership) and Los Alamo (region around Austin, Texas; this got relaxed a bit when they decided they didn't want to be the Coalition's next target for annexation), and Northern Gun and the Manistique Imperium (Northern Michigan; definitely Hypocritical, as they don't hesitate to hire magically-empowered mercs or to sell to openly magical customers under the table so they don't ruffle their Coalition "ally").



** Explained in ''Chaos Earth'' by two South American nations [[HumansKillWantonly nuking each-other]] at midnight on the winter solstice during a planetary alignment(the only reason this wasn't the absolute worst time for Mass Destruction is the lack of an Eclipse). This led to a chain reaction of psychic energy (which doubles every time something living dies) flowing through {{ley line}}s around the world, causing earthquakes that killed even more people, which released more P.P.E., [[DisasterDominoes etc. etc.]]

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** Explained in ''Chaos Earth'' by two South American nations [[HumansKillWantonly nuking each-other]] at midnight on the winter solstice during a planetary alignment(the alignment (the only reason this wasn't the absolute worst time for Mass Destruction a mass destruction event is the lack of an Eclipse).eclipse). This led to a chain reaction of psychic energy (which doubles every time something living dies) flowing through {{ley line}}s around the world, causing earthquakes that killed even more people, which released more P.P.E., [[DisasterDominoes etc. etc.]]
30th Mar '17 11:51:58 PM PaulA
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* UsefulNotes/FurryFandom: This is probably not intentional, but unlike WizardsOfTheCoast who seem to have gone out of their way to make their D&D half-dragon and werecritter artwork bear no resemblance to furry art, Rifts mutant animals, werecritters, and hatchling dragons would look familar to a browser of fur art. And there are enough of them to open the question.
** In some cases actual Furry artists have been hired for interior artwork.
** Plus, the Australia setting book has a furry theme, and re-uses the mutant animal creation system from ''TabletopGame/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAndOtherStrangeness'' (which, fittingly, already had a sourcebook called "Mutants Down Under").
30th Mar '17 11:51:14 PM PaulA
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** ARCHIE-3 exploits this trope to conceal his true nature, having a fake control unit he calls "[=A.R.C.H.I.E. 3-OZ=]" designed to resemble a human brain scaled up to massive proportions (it's 9 meters in radius). Even Hagan, his best friend, doesn't know that this is a fake designed to mislead would-be heroes (hence the OZ designator; a reference to TheWizardOfOz) and the real ARCHIE-3 is basically a black box-shaped device 12 inches tall and 18 inches square hidden deep within the complex.

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** ARCHIE-3 exploits this trope to conceal his true nature, having a fake control unit he calls "[=A.R.C.H.I.E. 3-OZ=]" designed to resemble a human brain scaled up to massive proportions (it's 9 meters in radius). Even Hagan, his best friend, doesn't know that this is a fake designed to mislead would-be heroes (hence the OZ designator; a reference to TheWizardOfOz) ''Film/TheWizardOfOz'') and the real ARCHIE-3 is basically a black box-shaped device 12 inches tall and 18 inches square hidden deep within the complex.
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.
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