The 90's success of "mature" White Wolf games like Vampire: The Masquerade prompted a boom of imitators attempting to bring "dark" and "adult" themes to role playing games. These attempts routinely failed, but 1995's Nightbane, Palladium's answer to the World of Darkness, lives on. Imagine if Rifts and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles combined in a world loosely based on Clive Barker's Nightbreed. You may be wondering, "How does that work?" It doesn't. Welcome to Nightbane. Suggested by reader Dan B.
Zack: Nightbane: When Teenage Rifts Totally Wants You to Take Him Seriously, Mom.
Steve: I get the Rifts similarities, but this is like covert. It's like V only instead of lizard men from space, the overlords are secret demons from an evil dimension.
Zack: "The themes of this world are war and horror."
Zack: Some would argue those are also the themes of our world, but these people would never be playing a Palladium game.Steve: How do martial arts fit into the themes?
Zack: War, my friend. I believe it was Sun Tzu who counseled: sweep the leg, Johnny.
Sometimes I dream that I'm sitting in the back of the defunct Weinermobile as it careens driverless down the highway. At first I thought this was symbolic of the powerlessness I feel in life, but then I realized it's actually the Weinermobile's dream of being able to drive again.
Three years ago, when we were burying my uncle, Cleaver and some gross lady dog (Solstice???) showed up at the cemetery and starting going at it really loudly. It ruined everything and we had to have a "re-do" the next day and it cost a fortune. I've hated him ever since for that.
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Zack Parsons, Steve "Malak" Sumner, and friends tackle bizarre role playing game products that make them wonder, "What the fuck!?" From the early days of Gygax to contemporary role playing games, none will be spared.