I made my wish list last month, and I ordered a Christmas Grab Bag from Palladium Books last week. With new books due to arrive at my doorstep any day now, the urge to play Rifts has overcome me. It has even managed to steal some time away from Skyrim, which has eaten up every bit of what little free time I've had lately.
First of all, the Madcap Mercenaries Campaign (previously referred to on this blog as the Rifts Wave Campaign because we were running it on Google Wave) is coming back soon. I had given up on that campaign, and all online campaigns in general, when Google Wave's development was cancelled and my life got too crazy to keep up with it. However, I've recently been inspired by a post I read about play by blog games*, and I reserved the madcapmercs.blogspot.com address for us. Since then, I've been slowly working on making sure the campaign's new home is usable: exporting Google Wave info, trying to hotlink character sheets, making sure players can comment from their cell phones, etc.
The other campaign will be in person, a return to Phase World. Although I've used elements of the Phase World setting in my Rifts campaigns (like this guy), I haven't actually run a campaign set in Center since 1998. Yeah, I was in the 8th grade then. It will definitely be a return to my roots, as it was the first Rifts campaign I ever ran. I've decided that we'll run this as a one-shot adventure and see where things go from there. I like the idea of establishing some background events through an exciting opener and then letting the players decide where to go from there: sort of a "drop the game or sandbox it" option.
In any case, the Rifts content here will increase over the coming months. I can't wait to start gaming again!
*Sadly, I can't figure out where this post is... if anyone knows of it, please let me know so I can link back to it. I thought that I saw it on www.rpgbloggers.com, but now I can't seem to find it.