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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 19, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The 2017 Surprise Package season ended with a deluge of orders coming in the last weekend. It made for a very busy Monday and Tuesday. I’m glad to say the Surprise Packages delighted many gamers around the world. Our thanks to everyone who participated in both the traditional and Digital Christmas Surprise Package offers. We’ve also been busy in the warehouse shipping out The Rifter® #79 and other orders.

Now that the holiday season is over we can turn our full attention to product releases and a number of pressing business matters. We are hoping 2018 is going to be the start of many exciting new adventures for Palladium Books and its customers. In the short term, we are looking to get new products into your hands, but we are working in a number of areas that could carry Palladium into new mediums and grow the company. We hope to be able to tell you about some of these very soon. Here’s what is happening now.

Last weekend to get the first ever Palladium New Year/New Game Bundle on DriveThruRPG

The good people at DriveThruRPG reached out to us asking if we’d like to participate in their New Year/New Game promotion, to which we replied “Yes!”

The New Year/New Game promotion is an annual event that DriveThruRPG hosts. Game companies assemble a small bundle of PDFs with the goal in mind of giving a gamer everything he or she needs to jump right into the game. For our contribution this year we have the NYNG Rifts® Bundle, which includes the following four PDFs:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG
  • Rifts® Sourcebook One, Revised & Expanded™
  • Rifts® Primer – How to Play Rifts® and Create Adventures
  • Rifts® Game Master Kit

And you can get ALL of these PDFs (normally a cost of $38.47) for just $19.99 — perfect for anyone who wants to get into the epic Rifts® RPG! Makes a great gift too.

http://drivethrurpg.com/product/231028/NYNG-RiftsR-BUNDLE

Already have one, two or three of these PDFs? Not to worry – DriveThruRPG has a feature called Complete Your Bundle. Their system will automatically detect what you already have and only charge you for what you do not have, so you can still get the other items in the bundle for the reduced rate!

The New Year/New Game promotion has been going on for a week or so and ends Monday, January 22, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern, so don’t delay. Get in on this great offer over the weekend!

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 includes some new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to Game Mastering and making adventures. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional, alternative rules for putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman Empire?), plus more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, and the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski, and more.

Rifts Sovietski

New! World Book 36: Rifts® Sovietski – ships February

I was sure Wayne and I would be typesetting and laying out Rifts® Sovietski™ by now, but we hit a snag that slowed down production. Fear not, the additions and changes only make the Sovietski book that much more fun, dynamic, and 32 pages larger! We are now looking at a 224 page World Book for the same advertised price of $24.95 retail.

I’m loving this book with all the new background information, new cyborgs, the Spetsnaz options, D-Bees, new combat vehicles, bionics, weapons and gear. There are a lot of very cool and fun characters to play and adventures to be had. I also feel that Rifts® Sovietski™ helps to pull together the previous two Russia World Books, Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia, plus Mindwerks (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and the two Rifts® Triax books, into an expansive and cohesive area of Rifts Earth that brings that part of the world to life.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One and Two

This book is coming together nicely too. It gathers and formats the existing beasts from the current World Books and Sourcebooks (and some new beasts to spice up your games) into two big reference books. As soon as Rifts Sovietski goes to the printer (next week?), I dive into the final edits for both volumes, finish work on the new creatures, and send them off to the printer.

These are just the first two of what we hope to be a series of sourcebooks that collect all the notable monsters, dinosaurs and creepy crawlers of Rifts® Earth. The focus of the Rifts® Bestiary™: North America, Volume One and Volume Two being creatures of North America (US, Canada and Mexico). Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books. On track for winter releases.

Now available – Additional VIP Night tickets – Palladium Open House

VIP night at the Open House gets you an extra evening of gaming, first crack at special items, new releases, original art, early access to our many guests, and a delicious meal. This is always a fun, intimate night of gaming and hanging with the Palladium crew.

VIP Night always sells out before the event (limited to 120 VIPs) so we encourage you to reserve your ticket as soon as possible. It is because VIP Night always sells out that we deliberately hold back 40 or so tickets till now, so everyone has a fair shot at being able to get them.

Reserve your hotel room for the POH before they are sold out

Rooms at the Red Roof are getting close to sold out! Especially rooms with two full beds ($49.95 plus tax per night). When they are gone, your choice is a room with just one king bed ($49.95 plus tax per night) – or – our other, more upscale hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites at more than twice the price ($119 plus tax per night). Both are 3 miles or less from the Palladium warehouse, less than 10 minutes away.

Note: The hotel reservation deadline is March 15, 2018, but the rooms are likely to sell out BEFORE that deadline, because we may have record attendance. Please reserve your rooms at one hotel or the other sooner rather than later. You have been given fair warning.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 19, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 11, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The New Year is off to a crazy start for Palladium as we explore a wide range of opportunities and hustle to get material done for them as well as new books finished and to the printer. This week The Rifter® #79 is back from the printer and has already shipped out to subscribers. Every day, Rifts® Sovietski gets closer to completion, as do other titles being prepped and worked on simultaneously.

Only four days left to purchase a 2017 Palladium Christmas Surprise Package and/or Digital christmas Surprise Package. After this weekend you’ll have to wait until next Christmas Season to get either one of these offers. And actually, we haven’t decided if we will offer the Digital Surprise Package again in 2018. Order now before these two offers are done and gone!

Last weekend to order a Christmas Surprise Package – offer ENDS January 15, 2018

FOUR days left to order a 2017 Christmas Surprise Package – offer ends at midnight on Monday, January 15, 2018, and it will not be extended further.

  • $95-$100 worth of Palladium Books product (sometimes more!) for $45 plus shipping and handling. And we’ll sign every book if you’d like autographs.
  • Treat yourself to an extravaganza of RPG fun.
  • Fill holes in your collection.
  • Try new game settings.
  • Get caught up on The Rifter®. Many issues are close to selling out.
  • Replace battered old books.
  • Get autographs from Kevin Siembieda and available Palladium staff.
  • Get gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, graduation, and other gift-giving occasions coming up over the next few months. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.
  • Offer ends January 15, 2018.

We extend the offer after Christmas because we realize many of you don’t have the funds to get yourself one during the holiday season or you’re just too busy or a Johnny Come-Lately. Whatever the case, the Surprise Package offer is over at midnight on Monday. If you have never tried one, start the New Year off right by getting yourself or a fellow gamer one before it is too late. Game on!

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

Last weekend to get Digital Christmas Surprise Package – offer ends January 15, 2018

The Digital Christmas Surprise Package is an experiment proposed by Palladium’s business manager, Scott Gibbons. The verdict is still out as to whether or not we will do it again next Christmas, so this may truly be your last chance to get one.

It works very much like our traditional Christmas Surprise Package, except for $24.99 you get a minimum of $50 (usually $60 or more) worth of Palladium PDF books (and digital products like Game Master Kits, Primers, maps, paper miniatures, etc.). That’s right, $50-$60+ worth of PDF titles and digital products for only $24.99 during this holiday special.

Ordering a Palladium “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package is easy. You place your order online at the Palladium website just like you would any order in our online store. We accept ALL major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). You may also order by telephone (734-721-2903; order line only).

If the title is available from DriveThruRPG, you can request it in your Digital Christmas Surprise Package. The cost is $24.99 for $50-$60 or more of great PDFs of Palladium games, sourcebooks, maps and other digital products.

Make sure you give us your entire, correct email address, and double check it to make sure it is accurate. A link will be e-mailed to that address within five business days of placing your order. When you click on the link you will be taken to a shopping cart on DriveThruRPG’s website, with the PDFs from your Surprise Package already entered into your shopping cart and the price set to zero. Simply click the red Check Out button to get your PDF titles via this special offer.

If you do not have an account with DriveThruRPG it’s not a problem – when you click the Red Check Out button you will be prompted to make a FREE DriveThru account. The process is quick and easy, and will get you started on building your very own PDF library.

For those of you outside the USA, this Digital Christmas Surprise Package is a fantastic way to get PDF books to circumvent the high shipping costs from the US.

Click here to place your “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package order. Avoid the holiday crowds and order one or more Digital Surprise Packages today.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 arrived in the Palladium warehouse Wednesday and is already on its way to subscribers and shipping out to distributors. It is another fun and expansive gaming resource packed with ideas and source material for your games. And remember, you can easily adapt many adventure ideas, monsters, villains, places, weapons, and gear to most any of Palladium’s game worlds.

The Rifter® #79 includes new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to creating epic adventure. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional, alternative rules and ideas to do just that. It includes the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski; putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman Empire?); plus a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, and more.

Rifts Sovietski

New! World Book 36: Rifts® Sovietski – ships February

The artwork is all done (has been for a while) and I think I only have four out of the 16 text files left for final edits and writing tweaks – O.C.C.s which I’m working on now, new Cyborgs, new Combat Vehicles, and new Weapons and Gear. And I’m happy to say I’ve been having a productive week editing and writing.

I think you’ll love Rifts® Sovietski™ with its new O.C.C.s and D-Bees, background, notable places, increasing conflicts with the Brodkil and other dangers (not to mention the coming of the Minion War), and wealth of new weapons, cyborgs, and machines of war. Rifts® Sovietski™ really pulls together the previous two Russia World Books, Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia, plus Mindwerks (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and the two Rifts® Triax books. The frosting on the cake for me, at least, is that Rifts® Sovietski™ creates the proper atmosphere and culture that brings Russia and that part of the world to life.

The Rifts® Sovietski™ World Book delves into the new Soviet Nation, key places, people, O.C.C.s, combat vehicles, cyborgs and weapons, and has everything you’d expect from a book like this. There is a wealth of information that will set your imagination on fire, new characters, new D-Bees, new weapons, vehicles and adventure hooks. There is the looming threat of General Goll’s invasion of the Brodkil sent by Mindwerks’ Angel of Death and Angel of Vengeance, treachery among the Warlords of Russia, and the coming of the Minion War. Learn about how the Sovietski came into being, its people’s dreams, beliefs, politics, and its growing army, plus Deadzones, Spetsnaz Special Forces, new bionics, and more.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One and Two

Gathering and formatting the existing beasts from all the current World Books and Sourcebooks has been completed. As soon as Rifts Sovietski goes to the printer (next week?), I dive into the final edits for both volumes, write-up the dozen or so new creatures, and send them off to the printer.

These are just the first two of what we hope to be a series of sourcebooks that collect all the notable monsters, dinosaurs and creepy crawlers of Rifts® Earth. The focus of the Rifts® Bestiary™: North America, Volume One and Volume Two being creatures of North America (US, Canada and Mexico). Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books. On track for Winter releases.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 11, 2018

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