Game designer Sean Owen Roberson has a mammoth two and a half-hour interview with Palladium Books boss Kevin Siembieda. At around the 1h35m mark (embedded below) the conversion turns to Fantasy Grounds and virtual tabletop support for Rifts.
I certainly see us being able to do something through Pinnacle … with Savage Rifts. I think that’s definitely going to happen.
Kevin Siembieda goes on to explain it is a matter of time, but other game lines from Palladium may head to virtual tabletops too.
The Pinnacle in question is Pinnacle Entertainment Group, the makers of the Savage Worlds system. Rifts is available in two systems; the original Palladium one and Savage Worlds.
Roberson is the lead designer and product line manager for Savage Rifts for Pinnacle.
A Kickstarter for “Savage Rifts” was launched in 2016 and went on to earn nearly half a million dollars, which is an incredible amount for an RPG conversion, attracting support from well over 4,000 gamers.
Doug Davison of SmiteWorks USA, who run Fantasy Grounds told Geek Native;
We are very excited for the opportunity. Our community has been hoping for official Savage Rifts content on Fantasy Grounds ever since the Savage Rifts Kickstarter. This is going to make a lot of people happy and will help people game remotely with their favorite system.
Pinnacle now has plenty of experience of onboarding systems and supplements into virtual tabletops, but the process tends to be neither straightforward nor quick. Fantasy Grounds does have specialists to facilitate the process, but now, even with Palladium’s blessing given, it may be a while before fans can take to their virtual Glitter Boys and facedown the horrors from the rifts.
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