Sunday, October 5, 2008

Rifts Movie?

I just noticed this post over at RPG Blog II... and I'm excited. A movie based on Rifts has a ton of potential.

Unfortunately, in my excitement I am still thinking, "this could be the most spectacular thing I've ever seen... but it will probably be just as bad as the D&D movie (or worse)."

A movie would likely boost Palladium's sales. However, the following would (in my opinion) do more for book sales than a film simply because they are less risky:
  • A set of simpler rules to get players started quickly (similar to the D&D Basic set). From what I hear, a significant number of people are intimidated by the prep time needed for character creation in Palladium games.
  • A free download of very basic rules (similar to GURPS Lite) to get people interested.
  • A free (or at least cheap) standalone adventure that can be played out of the box with pregenerated characters (similar to D&D's Keep on the Shadowfell)
  • A video game that is more accessible than the one that came out for the N-Gage (Rifts: Promise of Power). Gamers tolerate a lot more cheesiness than your typical sci-fi movie-goer... the game just needs to be fun.
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