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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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Eric M February 24, 2021 3:09 pm UTC
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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
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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.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/3447/Jason-Richards-Publishing/subcategory/20371/Breachworld-RPG
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Eric M February 25, 2021 7:49 pm UTC
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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
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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
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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
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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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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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