OK, so everyone knows I love Rifts. I don’t always jive with the Megaversal System or some of the book decisions, but I’ve been running it long enough that I manage. Today’s post is for reader Evan (and all you Megaversal Fanatics!), who wanted more Palladium coverage from this site. Evan, I do what I can, pal, but there are a lot of games to cover.
For being one of the most kitchen-sink, metal games of all time, Rifts has had a varied cover art history. Some pieces seem downright mundane; some are so brimming with energy that your face might explode if you look at it too long.
Without further ado, I’m counting down my Top 5 Rifts covers of all time.
5) Rifts Worldbook 20: Canada
The Canada book usually gets mixed reviews overall, but I’ve always liked this picture. It’s good to know that 3 centuries after an apocalypse has destroyed the world as we know it, the Mounties have mystically fused with a GI Joe Action Set to defend the Great White North. Really, though, I like it because you can tell Stuff. Is. Going. Down.
4) Rifts Worldbook 17: Warlords of Russia
My apologies to the millions of people worldwide that suffered under repressive Communists regimes, but damn, this cover makes Communism look cool. The book itself covers more than just the Soviets, but the cover definitely brings to mind marching in lockstep to just beat the living hell out of the Capitalist Lackey Oppressors of Mother Russia. Fun Fact: This image gives Tangency at RPGnet shivers, as they cry bitterly over the ending of Rocky IV yet again.
3) Rifts Worldbook 29: Madhaven
Mark Evans captured so much about what I love in Rifts here. There’s the technological aspect, but we’re reminded that it’s humanity has to deal with this giant mess. Plus, they’re basically digging for loot in the middle of what used to be Manhattan (or thereabouts). How awesome is that? Maybe they’ll find a preserved enclave of hipster remains—a skinny jeans-wearing, ironic t-shirt version of Pompeii, if you will. And you just know there’s some creepy stuff that’s going to jump out at dusk from those buildings.
2) Siege on Tolkeen 3: Sorcerer’s Revenge
This series wasn’t so hot, but to me, this picture is what the Coalition States are all about (aside from, you know, the mass eradications and hate propaganda). There is a giant, angry dragon headed towards the Coalition guy in the Power Armor suit. Does he look like he’s running? Please. This is Rifts. He’s going to wait until the last minute, then give that dragon about 4 trillion rounds from his rail gun right in his ugly face. For Humanity.
Man, I need to run this game again.
1) Rifts Dimension Book 10: Hades
I have included this on the site before as being the Image Most Worthy Of Being A Late-80s Metal Album Cover. The distinction still stands. I can’t really add much to this image, except for the fact that if you don’t want to ride a zombie dragon-dog hybrid through Hell at some point, you really shouldn’t be playing Rifts.