Work continues, albeit slowly, on my fitting RIFTS to AD&D 1st/2nd edition. I'm still working through all the classes, but I'm stuck on how to convert the Shifter and the Techno-Wizard while keeping things simple.
I can't share my work, as Palladium would slap me with a C&D before I could say "Glittery Boy," but I can share my thoughts as to how I am going about things in general.
1. Smaller Scale- You don't need hugediculous numbers to represent something epic. I'm scaling the numbers and also trying to create consistency within numbers for damage, monster hp, etc. Mega Damage is still nasty, but might be survivable. (Only 10 hp per MD)
2. Trimming the fat- PPE and ISP are merged into a single stat, characters have more Gamma World-esque hit points, rather than HP and SDC.
3. Skill system is removed in favor of specific class abilities and a broad nonweapon proficiency system, as opposed to a laundry list of very specific skills that it takes you 45 minutes to pick and record bonuses.
4. AD&D style progression to saving throws and combat bonuses, rather than having a million little modifiers that increase at weird level intervals.
5. I'm aiming to preserve the basic concepts of the games and of the more iconic classes, but not trying to emulate every little feature of everything.
6. Fewer attacks per round, less MDC for armor. Faster combat is my goal.
7. To hit numbers based on range for projectile attacks, opponent's parry (or dodge) for melee.
8. Broad categories of weapons and armor, as opposed to pages and pages of samey guns and whatnot. A "heavy energy pistol" can have the same stats, and you can decide if it's a Northern Gun NG17-5 Face Vaporizer or a Triax TX17 "Das Ubergunn" or a Splynn Vaporizinator or what the hell ever.
When in doubt, I am defaulting to AD&D as the baseline.
Yes, there will be fewer races and fewer classes, but... most of the classes are really just tedious lists of skill bonuses.
I have some motivation tonight, so I might take another stab at the Shifter and Tech-Wizard before I turn in for the night. Wish me luck, amigos