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After the Bomb® RPG
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Brion L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/28/2018 20:48:03

Yet another of the fantastic settings from Palladium Books, hobbled by their insistence on using the archaic and clunky Palladium RPG system.

However, the great setting and ideas for creating mutant animals make up for it. The BIO-E system for mutation point costs is well thought out, and seems to play well. These mutant animals have also appeared in Heroes Unlimited and probably had a big influence on the Rifts Dog Boys.

It's too bad they couldn't reprint the original Teenage Mutant Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, Transdimensional TMNT, or TMNT Guide to the Universe because those had some really great stuff too.



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Rifts® Shemarrian Nation™ Sourcebook
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Brion L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/28/2018 20:21:13

Very nice sourcebook, with all the information you could ever want on the Shemarrians. The only thing I would have liked to have seen would be a section on Shemarrian PCs.



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Rifts® Sourcebook One, Revised & Expanded™
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Brion L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/28/2018 20:13:37

This was the first Rifts Sourcebook, and it is still my favorite. This revised & expanded version is even better than the original.

There are a lot of new ideas brought forth in this book. Archie 3, the Shemarrian tribes, new equipment from Flying Titan industries and others. The best part is the section on Robot/AI player characters.

The book is also graced with a large selection of very fine art that fits the mood of the setting perfectly.



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[5 of 5 Stars!]
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Heroes Unlimited™ RPG, 2nd Edition
Publisher: Palladium Books
by Brion L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/28/2018 19:31:28

If the Palladium RPG system is a bad fit for Rifts, its an even worse fit for the Superhero genre. This book has practically no new ideas, it is largely a collection of tables of arbitrary and random powers.

If you want to play a Superhero, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the HERO system or Mutants & Masterminds.



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Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG
Publisher: Palladium Books
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/28/2018 19:28:06

Rifts is a terrific setting, unfortunately shackled to the godawful Palladium RPG system.

There are lots of wonderful creatures and concepts, and I own dozens of the various sourcebooks. The Coalition States are developed in this book, along with a smattering of other nations. The character classes are very diverse and entertaining. But it can be a challenge to balance a party around characters like the Glitter Boy (can shoot through buildings), or a Dragon Hatchling (actual dragon and inherently an MDC creature) and a Rogue Scholar, whose special power is literacy.

The basic tenants of the combat system, and power creep since the first edition, also lead to either a slow combat consisting of whittling down the opponent's hit points/armor, or an over-reliance on called shots. When normal players have hundreds of hitpoints, and boss monsters have thousands or tens of thousands of hitpoints, something seems a bit off-kilter.

Another example of the problems with the system is the Strength stat. There are 4 different types of strength: normal, augmented, robot and supernatural. Each one of them has its own lifting, carrying, and damage progressions.

The layout of the books is poor, with sections scattered about in no particular order. It is good that it start with the background and setting, because that is frankly the best part. Then there are some character classes, then some psionic powers and magic spells, then some more character classes, then some equipment lists. And only then do they get to the section on how to actually create a character.

I do recommend buying these books, but only as a sourcebook for other systems such as FATE, GURPS, or Hero with more rational mechanics.



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OCCULT HORROR - Supernatural Options for Urban Jungle
Publisher: Sanguine Productions
by Brion L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 06/26/2018 22:28:48

This is a great expansion for Urban Jungle. I think the best part is the magic system. Very innovative and has a good pulp feel to it. Lots of good new Careers, I was a little dissapointed that there were no new Types though.



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