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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 22, 2017

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One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

It has been a productive week and there is a lot going on. In addition to work on various game projects, we are quietly working on a number of things behind the scenes. That includes updating our website and making it much more mobile platform friendly, posting Murmurs, updating our catalog, working with retailers and distributors, and making plans for the coming year. Books are blowing out of the warehouse so please keep the orders coming. We have a number of new titles in development now.

UPDATE: A fun Gen Con video interview

I keep forgetting to post a link to an interview I (Kevin Siembieda) did with Matthew Lemke at Gen Con for Through Gamer Goggles. It’s a fun interview, offers a bit of Palladium news we have not yet revealed about an upcoming Rifts® product release, and you get a glimpse of how busy our booth was. The interview took place Friday morning.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7S7dyDfvo

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans Gold Hardcover

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold Edition” Hardcover – available now

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ Gold Edition, limited to 300 signed and numbered copies, has been shipping all week. If you have ordered one, it is on its way to you. Or may already be in your hands! The gold imprint of the magic tattoos on the faux black leather looks downright magical and classy. Very dynamic.

As I have noted before, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ and Nightbane® Dark Designs™ are flying out of the warehouse and we sold out 120 copies of Atlanteans™ at Gen Con by Saturday. That makes me believe the Gold Edition will be a fast seller, especially as Christmas rolls around the corner. If you really want one, I would order it over the next five months, before it is gone. Sold on a first come, first served basis. Early purchasers get the lowest numbers.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is a hot seller. In fact, a fan who dropped by the Palladium office was rather wowed by it. He was surprised by the amount of new information and magic it contained. He promised to come back for it soon. He just needed to pick up a few crucial Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles for his Rifts® campaign first. He was also pleased to learn about the 2018 Open House and is excited to attend. FYI: Author Carl Gleba will be at the POH to game, sign books and chat. Note: Secrets of the Atlanteans should be hitting stores next week where it isn’t already available.

Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get a glimpse of everything this resource-packed book has to offer. $24.95 retail. And if you don’t already own them, we highly recommend you pick up Rifts® World Book One: Atlantis, World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™, and Rifts® Dimension Book 7: Megaverse® Builder (also written by Carl Gleba), as all are useful companions to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™. Please keep those orders coming.

Nightbane Dark Designs

UPDATE: Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Available now

Nightbane® Dark Designs™, should be hitting store shelves next week with Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™. Dark Designs is a dynamic sourcebook packed with information, Morphus tables, magical Talents (plus tables and Talents from prior books), the Ancient Nightbane and more. Remember, Talents and Morphus abilities can be easily turned into magic spells and super abilities for other world settings — and vice versa, made especially easy with the conversion rules in Dark Designs™. Take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get a glimpse of everything this resource-packed book has to offer. Author Mark Oberle is one of the 30-40 Palladium personalities attending the 2018 POH. Please keep those orders coming.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 22, 2017

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 14, 2017

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One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

The Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ “Gold Edition” Hardcover (only 300 signed and numbered copies) should arrive this afternoon or Friday, and start shipping sometime next week (we need time for all of us to sign and number 300 copies). Meanwhile, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ and Nightbane® Dark Designs™ continue to fly off the shelves, along with many other Rifts® titles, and we are seeing a sudden run on issues of The Rifter®. Actually, everything seems to be selling at the moment, with an emphasis on Rifts®, Robotech®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Nightbane®, and Dead Reign® (Zombie Apocalypse). Very nice to see. Meanwhile, 20+ Palladium creators have notified me that they will be at the 2018 Palladium Open House. See the POH update for the full list and new details.

UPDATE: Alliance Trade Show

Last weekend was the Alliance Trade Show. Wayne and I were in attendance to chat with retailers and industry people. It was nice seeing some old friends like Herb Barents, one of Palladium’s first distributors in 1981, Bob Carty (we first met in 1985), John Zinser (AEG) and Aldo, among others, including many retailers we see at the annual Alliance event. We also chatted with members of the Alliance distribution team and contributed to the charity auction in memory of beloved Phyllis Opolko. Of course, the highlight is always talking with new retailers, getting their input and introducing people to the Palladium game lines. We left feeling positive and energized. There were a few fun surprises.

A blast from the past

A big, fun surprise was seeing some of my earliest artwork prominently featured on the cover of Goodman Games’ Judges Guild Deluxe Collector’s Edition, Vol. One. It is a collage of artwork with one of my illustrations in the upper lefthand corner, one in the lower left corner, and another on the back cover. Talk about a blast from the past.

For those of you who don’t know about this mover and shaker in the early days of D&D, Judges Guild was the official publisher of Dungeons and Dragons sourcebooks and supplements in the late 1970s and early 1980s. I have no idea how the owner, Bob Bledsaw, cut that deal, but he published a ton of stuff for D&D. Some of it was great, and Judges Guild was the original publisher of Dungeon Magazine as well as being one of my very first freelance art jobs waaaaaaaaaaaaay back in 1979. Before I started Palladium Books in 1981, I was supporting myself doing work as a freelance artist, with aspirations of (and some luck at) becoming a comic book artist and writer. I did something like 360 illustrations in the short five months I was freelancing for Judges Guild. I quickly rose to being one of their top paid artists (which was not much), along with a talented gent by the name of Paul Jacquois. The low pay and sweatshop approach to its artists prompted me to leave the company in short order. 72 illustrations a month was a murderous pace. I think only my experience in comic books and speed as a comic book penciller and inker enabled me to keep up that pace as long as I did. However, many of my illustrations would be reprinted dozens of times by Judges Guild over the next several years, helping to giving me a name and solid reputation as an artist in the early days of the RPG industry.

Crazy, right? It was a valuable experience and Bob gave me a ton of freedom doing artwork, so I had fun doing a lot of it, even if some of it was quite rushed and simplified. I experimented and learned a lot from that job, and made a lasting friend in Paul. In a way, Bob helped inspire me to start Palladium Books. I saw how successful he was, and he was the only company of the day that offered to buy my RPG game system. His offer was unacceptable to me, but the fact that Bob wanted to buy it, and then hired me as an artist and threw so much work at me, helped build my confidence to start Palladium Books 18 months later.

It is a lot of fun seeing some of my old artwork back in print, even if I’m not given credit for it inside the book itself. That’s a shame and a disappointment, especially since I’m featured on the cover. I don’t know if any of the artists or writers are given credit. Hopefully, that is an oversight that will be corrected in future printings and the many volumes yet to come. Fun memories from part of my origin story in the RPG industry. lol

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans – still sizzling hot

I think Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is on the fast track to becoming one of our hottest selling Rifts® titles ever! But who doesn’t love True Atlanteans, Undead Slayers and the Sunaj? And I’m thrilled to report that author Carl Gleba will be one of the creators at the 2018 Palladium Open House! Get him to sign the many books he has written for Palladium, and try to get a chance to play in one of his games, because Carl is an outstanding Game Master!

Please keep those orders coming. Atlanteans is just one of several new Rifts® titles coming soon, each with many more secrets to be revealed. Take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get a glimpse of everything this 224 page, resource-packed book has to offer. $24.95 retail. And if you don’t already own them, we highly recommend you pick up Rifts® World Book One: Atlantis, World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™, and Rifts® Dimension Book 7: Megaverse® Builder (also written by Carl Gleba). All are fun and useful companions to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 14, 2017

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 31, 2017

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One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

The extended Labor Day weekend is coming up here in the US, so I’m going to keep this Update brief. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ arrived at the Palladium warehouse this afternoon. It looks fabulous and we spent time prepping to ship pre-orders tomorrow.

We spent most of this week dealing with a wide range of business matters: long overdue software upgrades to the shipping system, some computer issues, bookkeeping, Gen Con follow-up, PR and planning sessions. Regarding books, Wayne has two new Rifts® Dimension Books available as PDFs, and we have a number of new titles lined up for production, including (in no specific order): The Rifter® #78, The Rifter® #79, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Rifts® Sovietski™, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Disavowed™, Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ and others, including a little surprise.

Nightbane Dark Designs

UPDATE: Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Available now

Nightbane® Dark Designs™ arrived today and looks fantastic. We had a visitor who was blown away by the cover and snapped up a copy for himself. Pre-orders will start shipping Friday. Distributor orders ship next week. This is another fun sourcebook packed with information and tables for the Nightbane and collects most Nightbane Morphuses and magical Talents to date in one nice package.

Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com for more details and a few choice glimpses of what you can expect. Also see the full description of Dark Designs™ elsewhere in this Update and in the online store.

FYI: For those of you who might also want the collectible Dark Designs™ Raw Preview Edition (limited to only 150 copies printed), we have around 20 copies still available. It is interesting to compare the original manuscript with the finished book and see what was changed and added.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans – still selling strong

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ remains a hot item. Cool. I’ll say it again, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is one of those sourcebooks that is jam-packed with ideas on every page and packed with all kinds of useful and fun information about True Atlanteans, Tattoo Magic, Stone Pyramids, Crystal Magic, Shadow Magic, Atlantean clans, the Sunaj, new Atlantean O.C.C.s, old O.C.C.s revisited, the Shadow Dimension and its monstrous inhabitants, and more. And there are many secrets revealed. Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com for more details and a few choice glimpses of what you can expect.

Please Note: Based on furious Gen Con sales (we sold out by Saturday afternoon) and our own online sales, I suspect Rifts® Atlanteans may blow out of game stores just as fast. If you cannot find the book in the stores because they keep selling out, please remember it is available directly from Palladium Books. 224 pages, $24.95 retail. And if you don’t already own them, we highly recommend you pick up Rifts® World Book One: Atlantis, World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™, and Rifts® Dimension Book 7: Megaverse® Builder (also written by Carl Gleba). All are fun and useful companions to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans Gold Hardcover

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold Edition” Limited Hardcover – Ships mid-September and may sell out fast

There seems to have been a snafu with the book binder as the expected delivery date for the limited Gold Edition Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ hardcover has come and gone. I am waiting to hear what the revised reschedule is, but I suspect it will be the end of next week. We will then need 3-5 days for all of us (and freelancer Ben Rodriguez) to sign and number all the 300 copies, before we can ship. So it should ship sometime between September 11 and 15. The Atlanteans Gold Edition is limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies, and sold on a first come, first served basis. Palladium’s Gold Editions have a history of increasing in value as time goes by, and with Christmas coming, I think this Gold Edition may be a hot commodity in the months ahead. If you are planning on getting one, I’d suggest getting it sooner rather than later. Only available from Palladium Books.

Important Note: Those of you who have already placed pre-orders have been charged and your number already assigned to you, so do NOT reorder. Multiple orders WILL result in you getting billed for and shipped multiple copies – NO REFUND. If you are worried about your pre-order, please call the Palladium office to inquire. Do not place a new order unless you want more than one copy.

Game line Tumblers are going fast – only a few of the logo tumblers remain in stock

The following are available in Palladium’s online store while supplies last. They hold 30 ounces, have sealable lids, do not sweat, and look great. $29.99 each. Sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Still available: Dead Reign®, Heroes Unlimited™ (one of our favorites), and Splicers®. Sorry, the Rifts® and Palladium Fantasy® tumblers are SOLD OUT.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 31, 2017

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 8, 2017

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One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

We are back into working on books and plotting release schedules. Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ and Nightbane® Dark Designs™ are flying off the shelves, as are most things Rifts®. We want to put many more new books in your hands, including a couple of overdue issues of The Rifter®. Meanwhile, Wayne is making sure there are new PDF titles being made available and is back on a weekly schedule. See details below, but Skraypers™, Wormwood™, Phase World®, and Phase World® Sourcebook are all now available, with Anvil Galaxy™ already scheduled for next week and more Rifts® Dimension Books™ and other titles to come; Ninjas & Superspies™ and Mystic China™ are recent additions too.

This weekend, Wayne and I will be at the Alliance Open House talking with retailers. Otherwise, there have been a number of potentially exciting, long-term things going on behind the scenes that I will be thrilled to tell you about when we have something concrete to say. Read on for other news, updates and info, and enjoy.

Nightbane Dark Designs

UPDATE: Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Available now

Nightbane® Dark Designs™, people are loving this release. From cover to cover, it is a dynamic sourcebook packed with information, Morphus tables, magical Talents (plus tables and Talents from prior books), the Ancient Nightbane and more. And remember, Talents and Morphus abilities can be easily turned into magic spells and super abilities for other world settings — and vice versa, especially with the conversion rules also in Dark Designs™.

Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com for more details and a few choice glimpses of what you can expect. Also see the full description of Dark Designs™ elsewhere in this Update and in the online store.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans – hot, hot, hot

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ remains a hot item. Keep those orders coming. It is just the first of several new Rifts® titles coming soon, each with many more secrets to be revealed. Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get a glimpse of everything this 224 page, resource-packed book has to offer. $24.95 retail. And if you don’t already own them, we highly recommend you pick up Rifts® World Book One: Atlantis, World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™, and Rifts® Dimension Book 7: Megaverse® Builder (also written by Carl Gleba). All are fun and useful companions to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans Gold Hardcover

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold Edition” Limited Hardcover – Ships mid-September and may sell out fast

I just got word that we can expect delivery of the limited Gold Edition Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ hardcover by September 14. It will take us a few days to sign and number them. The Atlanteans Gold Edition is limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies, and sold on a first come, first served basis. Palladium’s Gold Editions have a history of increasing in value as time goes by, and with Christmas coming, I think this Gold Edition may be a hot commodity in the months ahead. If you are planning on getting one, I’d suggest getting it sooner rather than later. Only available from Palladium Books.

Important Note: Those of you who have already placed pre-orders have been charged and your number already assigned to you, so do NOT reorder. Multiple orders WILL result in you getting billed for and shipped multiple copies – NO REFUND. If you are worried about your pre-order, please call the Palladium office to inquire. Do not place a new order unless you want more than one copy.

UPDATE: Game line Tumblers are almost all sold out – only a few left

We only have a few Dead Reign® and Splicers® tumblers available. Get ‘em while you can. I’m surprised there are any Splicers® tumblers left as it is a great looking item and Splicers fans are ravenous for all things Splicers®. Each tumbler holds 30 ounces, has a sealable lid, does not sweat, and looks great. $29.99 each. Sold on a first-come, first-served basis.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 8, 2017

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 24, 2017

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One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

Gen Con was a blast. As you know, we were working like demons all the way up to the day before we left for Gen Con. So maybe it was exhaustion, adrenaline or years of experience – or perhaps all of the above – but Gen Con seemed to go very smoothly and with an omnipresent air of positivity and energy that I don’t remember in past years. It just felt good. Every day. We met with old friends and long-time fans, made new acquaintances and friends, signed a zillion books, and chatted with fans from Brazil, France, England and around the world. The majority of this Update will reference Gen Con even when it comes to game product and new releases.

A funny thing happened on the way to Gen Con

We stopped at a McDonald’s to grab some lunch. We sat by the windows talking and watching people as they came and went. A particular group of guys stepped out of a car and I said to Wayne and Chuck, “Those guys look like gamers. I wonder if they’re heading to Gen Con?”

A few minutes later, a tall gentleman from that group, wearing a Fallout T-shirt, walked over to our table to ask if we were going to Gen Con. I was wearing my Rifts® Promise of Power T-shirt with the big, red and white Rifts® logo, so I imagine it caught his eye. I know Chuck was also wearing a Palladium T-shirt (Rifts® Cyber-Knight Game Master). We said yes, and we all enjoyed a good laugh about it. The man, whose name was Tim, asked me if we worked for Palladium Books. We laughed and said, “yes.” Tim then asked if we were booth help or actually worked at the company. I smiled and said, “I am Palladium Books.” “You mean like ...” “Yep, I’m Kevin Siembieda, the owner and main game designer,” and introduced Chuck and Wayne. Tim was surprised. We shook hands and laughed some more. We wished him a safe trip and fun time at Gen Con, and invited him to stop by the Palladium Books booth.

I’m happy to say, Tim did drop by the booth, bought a few books, and had us sign them. It was a very pleasant and fun way to start our trip, and seemed to set the tone for the entire weekend.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans – Sold out at Gen Con

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ was the hot item for Palladium at Gen Con. We brought around 120 copies and they SOLD OUT by Saturday afternoon. Everyone wanted this hotly anticipated book and we could not keep it on the shelf. Some people even bought two copies. On Sunday, with 20 minutes left before Gen Con closed, we found one copy that had fallen and slid under the table. I put it out on the shelf and it sold in under three minutes! Crazy.

It was awesome to see so much excitement about this title. Then again, I am not surprised. As I have said, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is one of those truly epic sourcebooks with ideas on every page and packed with all kinds of useful and fun information about True Atlanteans, Tattoo Magic, Stone Pyramids, Crystal Magic, Shadow Magic, Atlantean clans, the Sunaj, new Atlantean O.C.C.s, old O.C.C.s revisited, the Shadow Dimension and its monstrous inhabitants, and more. And there are many secrets revealed. Please take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com for more details and a few choice glimpses of what you can expect.

Please Note: Based on furious Gen Con sales and our own online sales, I suspect Rifts® Atlanteans may blow out of game stores just as fast. If you cannot find the book in the stores because they keep selling out, please remember it is available directly from Palladium Books. 224 pages, $24.95 retail.

Oh, and if you don’t already own them, we highly recommend you pick up Rifts® World Book One: Atlantis, World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™, and Rifts® Dimension Book 7: Megaverse® Builder (also written by Carl Gleba). All are fun and useful companions to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans Gold Hardcover

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold Edition” Limited Hardcover – Ships August 31 and may sell out fast

I suspect the signed and numbered, limited Gold Edition Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ hardcoverM may sell out in a few months. It is limited to only 300 signed and numbered copies, and sold on a first come, first served basis. Remember, Palladium’s Gold Editions have a history of increasing in value as time goes by, and with Christmas coming, I think this Gold Edition may be a hot commodity in the months ahead. If you are planning on getting one, I’d suggest getting it sooner rather than later. Only available from Palladium Books.

Important Note: Those of you who have already placed pre-orders have been charged and your number already assigned to you, so do NOT reorder. Multiple orders WILL result in you getting billed for and shipped multiple copies – NO REFUND. If you are worried about your pre-order, please call the Palladium office to inquire. Do not place a new order unless you want more than one copy.

We anticipate Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ “Gold Edition” hardcover will ship around August 31 or the beginning of September. It takes longer to have a hardcover made.

Nightbane Dark Designs

UPDATE: Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Ships August 31

Try as we might, we could not get Nightbane® Dark Designs™ done in time to have copies of the book available at Gen Con, but it did get finished and sent to the printer before we left. In fact, I approved the cover via digital images sent to my smartphone as we were driving down to Indiana! They looked great and were approved. We expect to receive the printed book by the end of next week, around August 31st, but we’re still waiting for confirmation from the printer. I will see if Wayne can get a FREE Sneak Preview for it posted to DriveThru this weekend. See the full description of Dark Designs™ elsewhere in this Update.

Gamers at Gen Con could not wait for this book. The four photocopies we brought (signed by the author, Mark Oberle and Palladium staff, plus a nice color print of the book, suitable for framing), blew off the shelf in the first couple hours of Gen Con Thursday morning. Likewise, the dozen copies of Dark DesignsRaw Preview Edition (still available in Palladium’s online store) also sold out by Friday morning. Most people asked to have them autographed by the author and the available Palladium crew. We also sold several dozen prints of the dynamic Dark Designs cover by Charles Walton and Eduardo Dominguez Sr.

FYI: For those of you who might want the collectible Dark Designs™ Raw Preview Edition (limited to only 150 copies printed), we have around 20 copies left and it is interesting to compare the original manuscript with the finished book and see what was changed or added.

Rifts® Tumblers – Sold Out at Gen Con – Only a few of the other logo tumblers remain in stock

Rifts® was hot at Gen Con. The dozen Rifts® vacuum tumblers we took to Gen Con sold out, but the following are available in Palladium’s online store while supplies last. They hold 30 ounces, have sealable lids, do not sweat, and look great. $29.99 each.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 24, 2017

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