For the last year or so, there has been a copy of Palladium's Nightspawn on the shelf of the modest gaming section at the nearby used book store. Every time I went there, I half-considered buying it despite the fact that I have little love for Palladium's rule system. I was aware that Palladium was forced to change the game's name to Nightbane due to Todd McFarlane getting all uppity. (Though he was later served a lawsuit comeuppance...but that, as they say, is another story) I thought it might be nice to snag the book because it had the original title and used the original terminology.
Recently, I caved in and dropped the six bucks they wanted for it. The setting is actually sort of cool. I was also highly disturbed by the fact that, in the game world, the US government cracks down on civil liberties shortly after the year 2000, forming a department called the National Security Bureau and accusing people of terrorism. It found the events to be uncomfortably familiar, and this from a game that was written in the mid-90's.
Although I have a lot of reading to do, this seems like something that's neat enough to give a shot, even if I do loathe the rules system with a seething passion. (Admittedly most of this negative sentiment comes from the Robotech RPG.) Perhaps, with some work, I can convert it to another system. It always irks me when a great setting idea is married to a crappy rules system. (That's a whole post unto itself, but I'm not going to open that can of worms right at the moment.)
...though I still don't know why this book needs stats for night vision goggles.