Honestly I foudn the planescape setting to be crappy and alot of other people did too which is why the line was cancled. Sales were too low. I thought it was too dreary and you were either bored or scared of getting ripped apart by a random tanarri or batezu that is strolling the streets in sigel. I loved Forgotten Realms and Ravenloft though, both were fantastic settings. I also love Rifts, I think you just had a bad luck experience with it Landkiller. Its got one of the easiest combat systems to learn and character generation shouldn't take 4 hours. I can do up a Rifts character in about 15 minutes. The MDC and SDC system difference made sense too so that you couldn't go and bash apart a tank with a metal baseball bat or some other dumb action like that. It was designed to represent realizm between normal and military weapons and armor. And of course, the MDC system is totally optional as it says right in the begining of the combat section. As for the bad layout, I've never had a problem with them and they're the only company I know of that includes a quick find table in each book, so that its EASY to find things. I remember some of the early D&D books being horridly layed out too, but that was years and years ago now. I've found all kinds of problems with the old AD&D, the new 3rd edition is a good system, buts its patchwork stolen from all over the place. Rather then get all the bugs worked out of their system, they just swipe and retune one from a different game, in this case Earthdawn is being called the main victim. Otherwise it just suffers from a lack of original material and story line for some of their modules. The first one, The Sunless Citadel is chock full of errors that could have been easily corrected if they read it before printing it. As for anime cheesiness, every RPG has that. Thats what makes them so amusing, but you could just call it cartoon cheesiness as easily. Since when do american newpaper reporters fly around in blue and red tights saving the earth, or do photographers gain the spider like abilities after being bitten by one, even if its radioactive. Thats just as cheesy as the DBZ crap that north america has created from the actual series. Honestly, if all you've been exposed to is DBZ, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon, then you haven't seen real anime. You've seen the americanized slop thats left over after chopping the show to bits, welcome to the media smelting pot of the world. There are several excellent movies and series, some of which have been listed in this thread that are far greater and more impressive then the junk thats shown on tv networks here. I'm done ranting now.