You asked for it, you wanted it, now behold the weirdness that is Rifts: Africa! The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are here to wreck shit and they have the rowboating skills to prove it. Shaun, Faust, and I dissect the strangeness of this book in far too excruciating detail. Enjoy and thanks for supporting the RPPR Patreon!
Shaun is back, just in time to help me guide Faust through the Wild Wild West of Rifts, complete with giant spider robots and racism. Yes, the New West has lots more character classes, guns, and poorly developed plot hooks. But there’s also new mechanics for rodeos! And a traveling medicine show! Plus cactus people and useless character classes!
Pictured above: A Wilk’s laser pistol, err a Sega Genesis Zapper.
Special guest Tom and I take Faust on a tour of the universe’s grossest planet: Wormwood. It’s made of meat and suffers from a nasty case of demon invasion. But maybe the humans, armed with booger swords and giant robots, can stop the invasion.
When I visited Seattle and Tacoma last month, I hung out with Faust from Thrilling Intent so I could show her the adventure book she chose. After getting over her disbelief that it existed, we discussed how we could turn Revenge Sqaud Ragnarok into a sitcom. I think we did a pretty good job! Hollywood, GET AT US
Rifts Adventure Sourcebook 2: Chi-Town ‘Burbs: Firetown & the Tolkeen Crisis is an odd duck. It focuses on providing plot hooks for running adventures in a sprawling city in the shadow of the Coalition States. It also features a fully fleshed out team of adventurers out for revenge against the CS. Six fully written up adventurers with personalities and back stories who aren’t just punching bags or mary sues. It’s weird, I know. Shaun and I discuss what kind of TV show would best suit these characters.
Looks like we’ve already covered Vampire Kingdoms in After Hours, so Faust picked Warlords of Russia to explore. What’s in post-apocalyptic Russia? Medieval peasants and combat cyborgs. Oh and hordes of monsters. And as many Russian stereotypes you can shake a bear at.
In the post-apocalyptic hellscape that is Rifts England, skyscraper sized trees are very insecure about their popularity. That’s why they bribe their friends with magic leaves, sticks, and bark. Also, King Arr’thuu (yes that is his name) wields Caliber-X to protect New Camelot from evil forces. Little does he know his girlfriend, Guinvere, is actually an alien intelligence. Well, part of one. A fragment, really. Like Mrrlyn. It’s complicated.
Atlantis is too big of a book to cover in just one episode, so Faust, Shaun, and I delve into it again! We cover everything tattoo magic to bio-wizardry. Atlantis is basically the interdimensional super mall of evil, so there’s a lot of crazy stuff to buy. It’s the ultimate murderhobo shopping list.
Atlantis is the heart of the Rifts setting, even moreso than North America. It’s an evil empire run by a godlike alien intelligence who just wants to sell you some rune swords and slaves. It is the ultimate RPG shop for murderhobos. Faust, Shaun, and I delve into the geography and culture of Atlantis, at least as much as we can in one episode. Clearly, this will be a two parter. Check out that swole owl man!
Rifts Sourcebook One is a hodgepodge of new villains, monsters, robots, and GEAR. But more importantly it introduces a new antagonist, the evil AI, ARCHIE THREE. There’s an entire adventure based on fighting the AI’s fake evil brain! It’s not that great of an adventure but who cares because fake alien warrior women robots!