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[Let's Read] Rifts: A Wide Wide World of Weirdness

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    They very much do. Danke.

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    You know, boinking an alien intelligence posing as your female love interest, and is simultaneously your male mentor and a bunch of your knight buddies, can really, really complicate the "bros before ho's" theorem.

    What Rifts is really going to need is a Psi/Cyber/Necro/Techno-Therapist O.C.C. "Please, have a seat on the couch and tell me about your trans-dimensional, vampire, mystical psychic mother who was also your alternate reality time-travelling father/son...."

    I read that as "What Rifts is really going to need is a Psi/Cyber/Necro/Techno-Rapist O.C.C." and I was all, "don't the Splynn have that more or less covered?

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  • ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    You know, boinking an alien intelligence posing as your female love interest, and is simultaneously your male mentor and a bunch of your knight buddies, can really, really complicate the "bros before ho's" theorem.

    What Rifts is really going to need is a Psi/Cyber/Necro/Techno-Therapist O.C.C. "Please, have a seat on the couch and tell me about your trans-dimensional, vampire, mystical psychic mother who was also your alternate reality time-travelling father/son...."

    I read that as "What Rifts is really going to need is a Psi/Cyber/Necro/Techno-Rapist O.C.C." and I was all, "don't the Splynn have that more or less covered?

    In the Rifts world, pretty much everywhere has that covered.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    In doing online research for my next system conversion, I found this;
    Spoiler:

    Some crazy (and apparently french-speaking) person listed out every R.C.C. printed for the setting. At least I think that's all of them. A quick skim didn't kick back anything that was obviously missing.

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  • ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale? First mission you have that pops you out to anywhere landlocked, and the rest of your group is going to be spending their time splashing water on you to keep you alive. Or, they'll just be very well-stocked on provisions for the next campaign. Mmmmm, whale steaks!

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    Underseas produced a lot of stuff that just straight wasn't an option elsewhere. I don't care how badass that Dolphin of yours is, he's not going to be much help hunting vampires.

    A personal favorite of mine that I'd forgotten about; Coalition Mini-Monkey Spy R.C.C. (Lone Star, p.82)

    A squirrel-size monkey with a 3 foot long prehensile tail that is genetically designed to be the perfect infiltrator. Armed with a laser scalpel.

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  • ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    OptimusZed wrote:
    Underseas produced a lot of stuff that just straight wasn't an option elsewhere. I don't care how badass that Dolphin of yours is, he's not going to be much help hunting vampires.

    Yeah, but if you think about it, exactly how many vampires did you see underwater? Ah ha! Perhaps the dolphins are the best vampire hunters!

    ....or, you know, the whole water thing. Guess that could play a part in it. Maybe. I'd still keep my eye on those dolphins, they're just lulling you into a false sense of security. :P

    Rifts is just so much fun; not playing it per se, just the setting and the often times unintentional hilarity that came from its' creators. The monkey one is so silly (I never flipped through the Lone Star book, had no idea they had that sort of thing in there).

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?

    I'M SO ON THIS

    Xitix Nanny? Really? And wtf is an Equinoid (a.k.a. Psi-Taur)?

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  • 21stCentury21stCentury *~ Have a Magical day ~* Purveyor of Pixelly PalsRegistered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?

    I'M SO ON THIS

    Xitix Nanny? Really? And wtf is an Equinoid (a.k.a. Psi-Taur)?

    Well, usually the -taur suffix means the lower body is a horse, so i'm guess a horse that has a psychic dud instead of a head.

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  • ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?

    I'M SO ON THIS

    If I recall correctly, Underseas not only had the whale and dolphin RCCs, but also had specialized power armors for them to use.

    Which again, pretty badass when you're 20,000 leagues under the sea; less so when you're trapped in the middle of the Sahara Desert.

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  • Void SlayerVoid Slayer Very Suspicious Registered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?

    I'M SO ON THIS

    If I recall correctly, Underseas not only had the whale and dolphin RCCs, but also had specialized power armors for them to use.

    Which again, pretty badass when you're 20,000 leagues under the sea; less so when you're trapped in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
    Underseas had a new system of MAGIC only useable underwater. I think at least two. Also you could just choose a shape-shifting dolphin who could turn into a human. Or a blue whale. That's right, not only 5 Cetacean RCCs, but five more which were naturally MDC and could shape change.

    He's a superhumanly strong soccer-playing romance novelist possessed of the uncanny powers of an insect. She's a beautiful African-American doctor with her own daytime radio talk show. They fight crime!
  • Jam WarriorJam Warrior Registered User regular
    Demon-Dragonmage R.C.C. (Psyscape, p. 120)

    For the guy who really can't make up their mind what to play.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.

    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?

    I'M SO ON THIS

    Xitix Nanny? Really? And wtf is an Equinoid (a.k.a. Psi-Taur)?
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    One of the least lame of the -taur races they produced, actually. Of course, it comes a page after the mutant capybara that can alter the flow of time with its mind. South America 2 was kind of a strange book.
    Demon-Dragonmage R.C.C. (Psyscape, p. 120)

    For the guy who really can't make up their mind what to play.
    The best part about the Demon-Dragonmage? They basically looked like Klingons with some scales.

    Instead of, you know, like any sort of demon or dragon.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    For those interested; DriveThru RPG has a free sneak peak at the revised Vampire Kingdoms World Book up.

    This was one of the books that defined the Rifts experience for me back in the day. I highly recommend checking it out.

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  • gtrmpgtrmp Registered User regular
    AFAIK, you can link to the OP instead of the most recent update if you sub in "/p1" instead of "#Item_637" at the end of the link. The ilnk still works even if the thread title changes, as long as the discussion number (for this thread, 134404) still matches up.

  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.
    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?
    I'M SO ON THIS
    If I recall correctly, Underseas not only had the whale and dolphin RCCs, but also had specialized power armors for them to use.
    Which again, pretty badass when you're 20,000 leagues under the sea; less so when you're trapped in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
    I don't know about that. I mean, if you're designing powered armor for magic dolphins (I'm assuming they're magical) why wouldn't you give it legs and the ability to move over ground?
    Also, a torpedo/missile launcher. And beam cannons. Huge beam cannons that can carve your mark on the moon.
    And the ability to fly, at supersonic speeds. Comeon, flying magic dolphins with beam cannons. How is that not Rifts?

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  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    see317 wrote:
    Orca wrote:
    Good gravy, I knew there were a heap of RCCs in this system, but I hadn't realized it had gotten that insane. And some of them are so hilariously situational, it's a wonder that they even spent time developing sections for them.
    I mean, how many grand, dimension-hopping adventures are you going to have as a Killer Whale?
    I'M SO ON THIS
    If I recall correctly, Underseas not only had the whale and dolphin RCCs, but also had specialized power armors for them to use.
    Which again, pretty badass when you're 20,000 leagues under the sea; less so when you're trapped in the middle of the Sahara Desert.
    I don't know about that. I mean, if you're designing powered armor for magic dolphins (I'm assuming they're magical) why wouldn't you give it legs and the ability to move over ground?
    Also, a torpedo/missile launcher. And beam cannons. Huge beam cannons that can carve your mark on the moon.
    And the ability to fly, at supersonic speeds. Comeon, flying magic dolphins with beam cannons. How is that not Rifts?

    That sounds exactly like Rifts.

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  • Boring7Boring7 Registered User regular
    Surprising part? Word search of that list showed no instances of the words "seduce," "succubus," or "tempt."

    I guess manipulation/influence is straight-up mind control or nothin'.

    I guess it would get in the way of the drug-addicted genetically-engineered monstrosity kicking the alien robot from another dimension to death with enchanted boots that were also guns.

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  • skyknytskyknyt Registered User, ClubPA regular
    The Morphworm was, (IIRC) the closest thing Rifts had to a succubus.

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  • Xenogear_0001Xenogear_0001 Registered User regular
    Didn't they have Incubi and Succubi in the Monsters and Dragons book designed to complement the Palladium setting?

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  • skyknytskyknyt Registered User, ClubPA regular
    You know, that sounds right, but they were called something other than incubus and succubus. I'll have to peruse my copy to doublecheck.

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  • Void SlayerVoid Slayer Very Suspicious Registered User regular
    The incubus and succubi were illusionist horribly ugly lizards monsters, presented to rifts as a demon in the 1st conversion book.

    He's a superhumanly strong soccer-playing romance novelist possessed of the uncanny powers of an insect. She's a beautiful African-American doctor with her own daytime radio talk show. They fight crime!
  • skyknytskyknyt Registered User, ClubPA regular
    Alright, found em. They're the Dar'Ota.

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  • piLpiL Registered User regular
    Mrrlyn (that's right)
    Heh.

    Someone should run a game of Rifts GURPS. (or just a game of Rifts!)

  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    We had a game going that kind of evaporated.

    PbP is a rough medium for a Rifts game.

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  • chiasaur11chiasaur11 Never doubt a raccoon. Registered User regular
    OptimusZed wrote:
    We had a game going that kind of evaporated.

    PbP is a rough medium for a Rifts game.

    I would imagine.

  • EntaruEntaru Registered User regular
    OptimusZed wrote:
    We had a game going that kind of evaporated.

    PbP is a rough medium for a Rifts game.

    I would do it. I would so do it.

    Mostly just huntin' monsters.
  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    Entaru wrote:
    OptimusZed wrote:
    We had a game going that kind of evaporated.

    PbP is a rough medium for a Rifts game.

    I would do it. I would so do it.
    Brave. Or crazy. Rifts requires M.O.M. implants to run in person, much less over the internet.

    Sorry about the lack of updates, guys. I've had a rash of job interviews that have been taking up my time of late. Should be back on a decent schedule sometime this week or next.

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  • EntaruEntaru Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    I relished my rolls on the insanity table and had a custom rule that if I got lucky and got the no insanity roll, I re-rolled.

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  • AssuranAssuran Is swinging on the Spiral Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    So, WB 5 is Triax and the New German Republic, WB 6 is South America 1 (aka CJ Carella blows away any sense of balance), WB 7 is Underseas.

    IMO, Underseas should get it's own writeup, I mean the US Navy has a big ass underwater carrier floating around. (And yes, you read that right, the US Navy).

    edit: shameless bump post on the hope this thread doesn't die to old age

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    I was never much for underseas. I basically just skipped it the first time around, so I don't have much to say about it.

    Unfortunately, my life has gotten crazy so it might be a while before this gets picked back up.

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  • ForarForar #432 Toronto, Ontario, CanadaRegistered User regular
    Triax & the NGR is my utter favourite world book. As I think I've mentioned before. Probably repeatedly.

    Power Armour gets me going.

    I believe Underseas had that OCC where they could turn SDC attacks into MDC damage against supernatural evil creatures. It doesn't take much effort for that to get out of hand. But otherwise I wasn't a big fan either.

    Lonestar, however, was pretty sweet. Always liked the other animals, particularly the big cats. I might still have a Siberian Tiger one rolled up, and I think some of them, the Bears and a few others were capable of being naturally MDC/dealing MDC damage. They were pretty hardcore.

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  • Xenogear_0001Xenogear_0001 Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    I'll do a write up on Underseas after I move and get my internet back. I always loved that setting, as I am quietly unsettled by anything deep sea. And boy does it pack some truly horrible stuff in there.

    Plus, you know, Sea Titans. Once you've got them, you never need to be a squishy, regular human ever again.

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  • ElderlycrawfishElderlycrawfish Registered User regular
    I was thinking that Underseas was a weaker book in my mind, but reminding me about Sea Titans, yeah, it had some pretty crazy stuff in Underseas. Am I right in remembering that the aircraft carrier of the new navy was also a submarine? 'cause yeah, that + super invincible navy guys + robo-dolphins *snicker* + whatever else, in hindsight, is all kinds of crazy awesome.

    I don't remember what the major menace was though. Killer plankton? Giant sentient ball of ocean trash? Sunburn?

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  • ThomamelasThomamelas “Three films a day, three books a week and records of great music would be enough to make me happy to the day I die.” Registered User regular
    I was thinking that Underseas was a weaker book in my mind, but reminding me about Sea Titans, yeah, it had some pretty crazy stuff in Underseas. Am I right in remembering that the aircraft carrier of the new navy was also a submarine? 'cause yeah, that + super invincible navy guys + robo-dolphins *snicker* + whatever else, in hindsight, is all kinds of crazy awesome.

    I don't remember what the major menace was though. Killer plankton? Giant sentient ball of ocean trash? Sunburn?

    The Lord of the Deep, which is an alien intelligence.

  • OrcaOrca Registered User regular
    RiftsCOM: Terror From the Deep edition?

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  • Xenogear_0001Xenogear_0001 Registered User regular
    edited August 2011
    Yeah, it's still something that I find absolutely menacing to this day. The idea of a giant something down in the Marianas Trench, with a dozen or so massive, Pacific Ocean-spanning, octopus-like tentacles--which themselves have thousands of smaller, man-snatching tentacles that emerge from each sucker--that just randomly accosts denizens of the sea has always terrified me. It's basically Cthulhu in Rifts, but much more terrible.

    Then there are the Naut'Yll and Horune pirates, the latter of which had a specialized citizen who literally dreamt up their ships. Like, made them corporeal.

    Yeah, it was an interesting, if self-contained, setting.

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  • OptimusZedOptimusZed Registered User regular
    I think that's why I never had anything to do with Underseas. It completely avoids contact with the rest of the setting.

    Most of our campaigns were midwestern/western/Mexican in location. So there was some reason to look at Triax stuff, as it would be on sale out there, but the ocean was a non-issue.

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  • Xenogear_0001Xenogear_0001 Registered User regular
    Not completely. I managed to tie it into what was generally a land campaign via coastal village. If you're out toward the west coast in the New West setting this is especially feasible. Managed to take a merc campaign that direction and had them fighting off Naut'Yll slavers and being saved by the New Navy. So, it is possible, it just takes a bit of creativity to get there.

    Never did get to use the Lord of the Deep, though, much to my chagrin. PC's just never reached a high enough level while roaming the high seas.

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  • ValidityValidity Registered User
    I really dug the undersea book. CJ carella (is that how you spell his name?) might have brought the crazy power creep, but his books usually had a bunch of really fun ideas in them. they had dolphin and killer whale demi-gods who could shift into humans for 2 hours a level a day! it was like playing a dragon.... but underwater. and they could wear them some power armor, cause clearly. also, yeah "we're the US Navy, and we're still okay down here! don't worry about us!" was great.

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