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In 1990, Palladium Books launched Rifts, a post-apocalyptic-science-fantasy-horror-mecha-role-playing game using a game system from 1981.

 In 2021, two guys who played it a bunch revisited the game and, armed with hindsight, set about mocking, parodying, and critiquing the game. It turned into this embarrassingly long book. 

  • Coverage of the basic rules, the nearly 30 (i.e. 27) classes, psionics, magic, the Rifts Earth setting, gear, and what passes for the gamemaster section.
  • Insights into the game's history and inner workings.
  • Snarky jokes and humorous tables and lists, like a class generator, random skull armor, bests and worsts, plus a Palladium Bingo card!
  • The Glitterskull R.C.C. and playbook, letting you play as the "mascot" of the game at long last.
  • Magic & Missiles, a fully playable one-page RPG!
  • Over 200 superfluous footnotes.
  • An in-depth criticism of the game's Nazi apologism. It's worse than you think, and we brought receipts.
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Claire C February 24, 2021 3:09 pm UTC
So I think I may be going crazy, I swear there was a RPG mentioned in a footnote that was insperied by rifts on DriveThruRPG but I cant find it anymore. Did I dream it up or something?
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Julian K February 24, 2021 7:32 pm UTC
We don't mention it in the book, but you might be thinking of Breachworld, done by Jason Richards, who's freelanced for Palladium in the past.
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Claire C February 25, 2021 7:49 pm UTC
Yes that’s it! Thanks, for some reason I was convinced it was mentioned in the book.
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Julian K February 26, 2021 11:38 pm UTC
No problem! I haven't read it yet, so I couldn't comment.
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Julian K February 20, 2021 7:01 am UTC
Not everybody has to "get it". That's fine! No ill will towards Palladium; just tough, honest opinions, some positive, some negative. That's how the criticism crumbles.

Palladium Books is still much larger than either Ewen or I in the gaming industry, and they've weathered a lot worse than we. They're tough old birds; they'll be okay.
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Henry F February 18, 2021 1:50 am UTC
I don't get it; this appears to be your second "product" dedicated to trashing Palladium Books and Rifts. At the same time, one of the authors is Kickstarting a game directly based on one produced by Palladium Books. Making a profit off of punching downward? As a below poster commented, "there is no self-awareness left in the world."
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Julian K February 16, 2021 4:38 pm UTC
It's good to see this is getting some buzz.

I think if love Rifts, you'll find some stuff to dig in here. It's a weird and wonky game and we had a lot of fun talking about it, making weird tables and jokes, and generally goofing. If you're expecting a pure hate-read or attack piece, you won't find it here. When the game gets stuff right, we acknowledge that. When it doesn't, well- we definitely acknowledge that too. It's an old game with over 100 supplements, it's a proven success, it can take the heat from two jokers like us.

Both of us have played plenty of Rifts, and though it might sound silly, it was a real labor of love. Even if you don't agree with us, I think you'd find stuff like the 10 hottest dragons in Rifts books (and no, I'm not talking temperature), Skull Armor Generation tables, or a musical setlist themed around the different classes fun.

Either way, thanks for the comments!
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Simon S November 09, 2021 5:41 pm UTC
I think there's a better-known track than Krokus' for that class on the playlist, but otherwise, pretty much spot on (if in need of occasional proof-reading, although that may have been an intentional pastiche of RIFTS). Echoed a lot of thoughts I'd had about the game (and the setting), and had answers for some of the questions I'd had (e.g. the number of times Kevin has played in, rather than run, a game in the Rifts world, or the development time for the game).
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Ami Y February 16, 2021 6:12 am UTC
Oh no, Ewen: looks like someone lit the Flame of Grognard!
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Mark M February 16, 2021 3:57 am UTC
A whole book for $8.00 that is dedicated to trashing Palladium and Rifts? Seems pretty snarky to do such a thing. Just because it's old doesn't make it bad.
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Phillip G February 16, 2021 2:27 am UTC
A company that makes knock off anime rpgs making fun of Rifts, truly there is no self-awareness left in the world.
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