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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:47 am
  

Whats it all about? Does it tie in with other games, like Chaos Earth and Rifts? Or is it a stand alone?


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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 11:33 am
  

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It's stand-alone, but a fun setting.

The idea is that the y2k bug was real, but not as we expected. Actual bugs from another universe invaded, due to their unique abilities they were able to shut down the tech infrastructure of the world. Humanity was severely hindered, and a large part of the population killed.

The game starts 10 years later. Most of the human survivors are military, ex-military and survivalist nuts. NORAD is still around, since they can't use electronics they have developed biological power armors and weapons called Organitech. They've also used genetic engineering to created some human/bug crossbreed super-soldiers called Splicers (not to be confused with the Splicers RPG, these are different).

The bugs are many and varied. Different abilities and sizes.

Unfortunately, the book is kinda thin. It takes a good GM (which I had an AWESOME GM when we played this game) to really flesh out adventures for the game and keep it entertaining.

There's also plenty of fan-made material on the boards here and on websites and in the Rifters.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Apr 29, 2008 9:39 pm
  

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I honestly think if I had to pick just one Palladium game, this would be it. It's a fun, quick, compact game. Would be fantastic to use to introduce new players or for old gamer's just looking for a change of pace from whatever they normally play.

There's a couple of Rifter articles on it, three or four maybe that add some content.

Mike Taylor has a good expansion that we have at Nexus 9 as well -
http://www.nexusnine.net/doc/nb/index.html


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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 5:30 am
  

Thanks for the input guys. It sounds interesting. I like the "change of pace" idea. Maybe when I get closer to the end of the current RT camp I'm running I'll get a copy.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:32 pm
  

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No problem. You may not want to wait too long, as it is now no longer in print and Palladium has sold out I believe.


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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:45 pm
  

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It's a great game and a great read. We were intentionally shooting for a Systems Failure feel when we were writing Dead Reign.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2008 12:48 pm
  

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I have had a lot of fun playing System Failure and highly recommend it.

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Unread postPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 9:59 am
  

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I have to recommend Rifter #38 as an essential addition to the Systems Failure experience. ;)


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Unread postPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 5:04 am
  

Got the book in the mail yesterday. Wow!
What an AWESOME #*!@%$& !!!
That opening dialog in the chat room gave me chills. Really. It was haunting.
Cool art.
Cool story.
Cool "stuff".
This may become the "main" game over Robotech...


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Unread postPosted: Sun May 04, 2008 7:10 pm
  

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Yeah I had the same reaction pretty much.


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Unread postPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 7:50 am
  

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It's the best game that Pall have put out. Big call, but it is in my books.

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Unread postPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:34 pm
  

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I felt the same way when I first got it. But I was even more impressed with Splicers. I like that setting better.

The idea of Organitech is taken a lot farther in Splicers as Bio-Tech.

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Unread postPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 3:37 pm
  

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I felt the same way when I first got it. But I was even more impressed with Splicers. I like that setting better.

The idea of Organitech is taken a lot farther in Splicers as Bio-Tech.


Easy buddy, one new game at a time. LOL!


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Unread postPosted: Mon May 05, 2008 4:07 pm
  

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Easy buddy, one new game at a time. LOL!

They're each standalone books. Come on, feed the monkey...you know you want to. :twisted:

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Unread postPosted: Tue May 06, 2008 12:10 am
  

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oldnerd13 wrote:
Easy buddy, one new game at a time. LOL!

They're each standalone books. Come on, feed the monkey...you know you want to. :twisted:


I can't dude. Near crippling ADD and all. And leave my monkey out of this! :lol:
But you did get me to check out the Splicers game description and write -ups other places. Looks cool. But jsut 2 games for now.

Unless they bring back TMNT then all other games will take a seat!


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Unread postPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2009 1:39 pm
  

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funny (or sad), I read the RIFTER Nr. 8 yesterday and from his desk KS announces a 64 to 112 pages adventure-sourcebook for the game. I either never knew that (thinking it was stand-alone-one-book-planned from the beginning) or forgot about it. Boy-oh-boy, would that have been great!

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Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:11 pm
  

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LostOne wrote:
NORAD is still around, since they can't use electronics they have developed biological power armors and weapons called Organitech.


I've been in the need of some organic technology. Just Amazoned this book new for $5. Despite being out of print, it's still floating around out there for those interested.

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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:16 pm
  

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it was an awesome book and was neat reading it before year 2000. Would be neat if Kevin would do a 2012 book in a similar vein real quick, lol.


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Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:38 pm
  

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mastermesh wrote:
it was an awesome book and was neat reading it before year 2000. Would be neat if Kevin would do a 2012 book in a similar vein real quick, lol.

Ooh, I'd love that. Good idea! :ok:

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Unread postPosted: Tue May 10, 2011 11:29 pm
  

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Yet another book I own but have never played or ran a game for... I am a sad sad gamer boy.

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Unread postPosted: Wed May 11, 2011 3:20 am
  

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I like this book alot, I usually do rifts and in ritfs I use these bugs to replace, to a degree, other bugs in the game. Splicers is also awsome but it is MDC rather then SDC. I like the feel this game has, it also compliments almost every other game Palladium has put out.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:49 am
  

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I'm thinking about making this my next buy, this or dead reign.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 7:26 am
  

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Systems Failure is about the only Palladium game I run anymore.


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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 09, 2011 9:25 pm
  

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Ronin78 wrote:
I'm thinking about making this my next buy, this or dead reign.



I haven't had the chance to buy (or even look at) Dead Reign, but SF is awesome and DR has been well received. Don't think you could go wrong with either of them.


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Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:50 pm
  

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Just finished reading this earlier this week. It has a lot of good stuff in it, notably having an OCC which is not related to what you did before you became a hero. This would be a good concept for a new HU revision. Add an OCC skill list to the various classes, and put a second skill list for your background.

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Unread postPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 7:08 pm
  

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Oldnerd you sound like someone from my, ehm, age group. Got After the bomb (2) but it's just not the same, still good, just not the same. And I still have those Robotech books.


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hey hey, I used to have a new years party with SF. Its a great system (little crunchy) with great OCC's and mass potential. Any alternate universe would be horrified by the outcome of total System Failure. In ATB some of the cities could still be maintained and standing, in Rifts some of the cities could be a DMZ, in heroes it could happen to just one city and spread like a disease. Real fun stuff.

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Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 7:35 pm
  

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I am trying to give my own slant to SF in the short story I am working on. Skipping the Y2K thing and making it more current. With all the concern on solar flares, and their impact on our technology I am trying to tie that into the alien appearances.
More to come!


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Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 8:57 pm
  

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I think I read some of your stuff. It was really good.

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I can see I'm going to have to pick this game up.

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