Palladium Books – The RIFTER Magazine issues #61 & #62
The RIFTER magazine is the best way to keep abreast of all that is happening in, around and for the RIFTS Megaverse and Palladium role-play games settings, worlds and universe. Every issue is packed with new ideas that are both official coming from the imaginations and pens (and pencils) of the Palladium CEO and staff, and unofficial being the ideas, thoughts and machinations of fans and others.
Straight away the front cover screams out to the British readers for amongst the inside this issue contents is the acronym C.A.M.E.L.O.T. Heading straight to the inside pages featuring C.A.M.E.L.O.T. finds that it is part of an article offering optional source material for the Heroes Unlimited rpg. The feature is by Alex Tulloch and is called The Defence of the Realm.
C.A.M.E.L.O.T. is the London version of the British Policing Force for superhuman villainy, which is known as S.C.R.E.T. UK. The acronym C.A.M.E.L.O.T. is a bit of a stretch of the imagination but that is understandable as Camelot was the Kingdom’s main law deciding City way back when I was young (or just before I was born). It stands for City And Metropolitan Extraordinary Law-enforcement Operations Taskforce. There are details and descriptions of the Department Heads of the C.A.M.E.L.O.T. Organisation plus more information on S.C.R.E.T. UK. and S.Y.B.E.R. (Scotland Yard Bionic Emergency Response).
All of this came about because the American super-villains decided that the pickings were richer and easier in Europe, particularly London, and other countries abroad, such as Australia, where there were very few home grown super-heroes. The Defence of the Realm is a very good GMs tool for introducing players to the world of mutants.
Each issue of the Rifter contains a variety of offerings such as short stories, new equipment, characters, classes, and all manner of items that you may or may not find useful and of interest to your adventures in the Palladium Megaverse.
In this issue there are features useful for Rifts, After the Bomb, Phase World, Heroes Unlimited etc. There is a very readable section on the Key to Success using Charm and Impress plus, my favourite the Purebred Animals for Mutants in Avalon. I like this a lot but I have to admit that my ulterior motive for liking it is because it features Buff Orpington Chickens of which we own a couple – right characters they are too!
This issue celebrates 30 Years of Adventure in the Palladium Fantasy rpg World.
Kevin Siembieda Wins the 2013 Momiji Award for his contribution to animé, manga and Japanese culture through the publication of such books as Robotech and TMNT role-playing rules and supplements.
The first item that really caught my eye was of the ROBOTECH TACTICS tabletop combat game which palladium should be publishing very shortly – it is down for a late Autumn release. This has been funded by Kickstarter (ended May 2013) and already an Irving Jackson authored Palladium sourcebook Robotech: the Genesis Pits (reviewed elsewhere on this website) has been published and is available from your favourite Palladium stockist.
Castle Sturmgard is a superb GM Aid for Palladium Fantasy RPG. The pages contain details of the medieval Castle and the medieval walled City of Caldorne. There are over 10500 people in the City and Castle, many of whom are detailed by job description but not by name, address, looks etc. (that would be a real nightmare) including merchants, soldiers, officers and others. There are also line drawn maps with a basic Key for the most useful buildings of Castle and City.
Michael Strom has taken the Palladium climbing rules and expanding the knowledge bank of skills and speciality equipment for climbing in all of the Palladium Megaverse settings.
Coming soon from Palladium is Rifts: Northern Gun and here you will find a short preview that will whet your appetite for this much awaited World Book #33.
Amongst the many other optional resources is another important supplement for Heroes Unlimited this one by Thomas Morrison details the background and initiative of WASH the World of Super-Humans and this quietly but brilliantly compliments the feature from the previous magazine.
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