Welcome to the Let's Read of the first edition of Rifts
First, the disclaimer. This is not intended to be a comprehensive reading that would allow you to play the game without actually having access to the book. That level of granularity isn't something I'm interested in exploring, and I doubt it would be even remotely entertaining for me to expound on the import of every punctuation or dangling participle.
This is likewise not meant as a "takedown" or whatever of Palladium Books
or the Rifts
franchise. In fact, this is nothing of the sort. Instead, this will be akin to a love letter written to a high school sweetheart who provided me with years of joy with very mild abusive overtones only to suffer a psychotic break and require institutionalization after setting my chest hair on fire while I was sleeping because "it was watching [her], it was always watching [her]." I'm still a little bit in love with her, but I've been urged by friends, family and psychiatric professionals to never see her in person ever, ever again. My intent is to plumb the depths of that relationship for humor, while occasionally sneaking onto the hospital grounds for a quick shag.
How this is going to work:
I'm going to be reading through my dog-eared, rapidly-delaminating, page-corners-stained-brown-from-finger-grease copy of the 9th Printing of the original rulebook for Rifts, starting at the very front and working toward the back at whatever pace I deem appropriate in any given week. Having been recently reunited with much of my old Rifts
library, I'm feeling the need to inflict it upon as many people as possible. I'll be providing you with the big ideas, some choice quotes and anything else I find entertaining or nostalgic, along with my running commentary, obviously. I will also be interjecting from time to time with things I feel appropriate to the subject at hand in any given post, including quotes, mechanics, etc from later books that might apply. Basically, this is going to be kind of like Willy Wonka in stop motion with less candy, children and brutal contest eliminations, but way more explosions, psychic powers and generalized awesome.
It's worth noting that the various special editions of Rifts
are laid out in a different order, have different content (additions AND subtractions, but mostly just additions), etc. I'll be going with the original, 256 page softcover that I started with, and ended up replacing after a few years when the first one had literally fallen apart. One of these days when I figure out how my wife's digital camera works I'll snap a couple pics of the "surviving" copy for you, just so you can see how well worn these books get.
Palladium Books' Website
If this strikes your fancy, I'm sure they can help you get your own.
"What is Rifts?" straight from the horse's mouth.
Palladium Books on Drivethru RPG
For those who prefer the electronic option.
Links now updated thanks to Friend of the Thread Spoit. Thanks, pal.
Part 1: The Beginining
Part 2: Character Creation Part 1; WTF is this coma table doing here? [By friend of the thread The Ender]
Part 3: Character Creation Continued: This Will Never End
Part 4: Who Says Palladium Doesn't Have Class?
Part 5: Cyborgs: Nipples Are For The Weak
Part 6: The Coalition; Savior? Fascist? Both?
Part 7: Crazies, Nature's Crazies
Part 8: Paladins Don't Have To Be Morons
Part 9: Disco Dancing Through The Apocalypse
Part 10: Superhumans Need Not Apply
Part 11: When Life Gets Rough, Turn To Drugs
Part 12: Please Stop Bleeding
Part 12: Utility Players Can Die Too
Part 13: The Cutthroat World of Academia
Part 14: Mercy Killing Is Really The Only Way To Go
Part 15: If It's Worth Knowing, It's Worth Sacrificing A Puppy To Cast
Part 15: Walking on Sunshine
Part 15: An Associates Degree In Magic
Part 16: Get Out That Fiddle
Part 17: SCIENCE!
Part 18: Futuristic Extra-Dimensional Space Lizards
Part 19: Braintripping
Part 20: Fire Safety
Part 21: Not Quite Vampires
Part 22: Where Orca Proclaims His Love For Gunfisting
Part 22.1: Wherein We Do The MiniMAC
Part 23: Did Timmy Fall Down The Dimensional Rift? Did He Girl?
Part 24: That Social Outlet We All Wish You Wouldn't Use
Part 25: State Of The Rapidly Crumbling World
Part 26: Trotting The Decimated Globe, Part 1
Part 27: All Those Lost Pet Snakes Don't Seem So Bad Anymore
Part 28: The Palmetto People
Part 29: Sparkling is for Robots
Part 30: Submission is Survival
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