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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Nov. 2, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

I hope your Halloween was a happy one. Ours was excellent. I talk about it more at the end of the update and news section of this Weekly Update. This week has started out with a bang. I’ve been approving artwork for Rifts® Sovietski™ from several artists, and writing my fingers off. In fact, I put in nine hours of work before our Halloween party, so it was a very long but positive day. The Rifter® #78 ships on Monday next week, and various people are working on several books, including The Rifter® #79, Rifts® Sovietski, Rifts® Bestiary Volume One and Volume Two, and the Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ sourcebook.

Over the weekend I did an original pen and ink illustration for a Surprise Package of a long-time fan. The Palladium crew loved it, so I hope he does too. It’s so nice, I’ve been told a) I need to do more artwork, and b) I need to find a use for the illustration. Funny. That’s the nice thing about the early Surprise Package orders, we can spend a little more time on them and personalize them a bit more simply because we’re not insanely swamped like we are every December. Christmas Surprise Packages are coming in strong and I have been loading them up and kicking them out. Please keep them coming. You won’t be disappointed.

Glitter Boy in Flames Poster

Available Again – Glitter Boy in Flames Poster

Thanks to a fan’s inquiry about the out-of-print Glitter Boy in Flames poster (i.e. the Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG cover), my trying to scrounge up a poster for him, uncovered a dozen signed and numbered Glitter Boy posters (#628-640; $20 each) AND a dozen or so Glitter Boy poster “printer proofs” (if my memory serves me right, there were only 100 of these; $27 each). So for the first time in a number of years, this fan favorite limited edition poster is again available while supplies last. There may be some slight yellowing along the very edge of some posters, but it would be covered if framed. Looks great on the wall whether framed, matted or put up as is.

  • 20 inches wide by 28 inches tall, big powerful image. Printed on a 24x34 inch, quality paper stock.
  • Glitter Boy™ poster – signed and numbered – $20 (only 700 signed posters were made), Cat. No. PO800.
  • Glitter Boy™ poster – printer proof (marked P/P and signed) $27 – Cat. No. PPO800.
  • Each is signed by artist Scott Johnson and Kevin Siembieda.
  • Mailed rolled in a heavy duty mailing tube.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • Note: This Glitter Boy image is also available on a mouse pad ($9.95 – Cat. No. 2566).

The Rifter #78

UPDATE: The Rifter® #78 – Ships on Monday!

The Rifter® #78 is at the printer and ships on Monday. As I’ve said, this issue is packed with source material suitable for many game settings. There is the Modern Necromancer™, official source material for use in Heroes Unlimited™, Nightbane®, Ninjas & Superspies™, Chaos Earth®, Phase World®, Three Galaxies™, Dead Reign®, and other settings. The aftermath of the Legion Splicers® adventure is also outstanding and official source material with some of the most striking Chuck Walton II artwork for it to date. Ian Herbert’s Palladium Fantasy® source material for the City of Khemennu™ wraps up this issue with more information and adventure ideas, and Carl Gleba’s Rifts® Nexus Zone presents new information, powers and adventures.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Ships End of November

The Rifter® #79 is looking pretty sweet. I think Alex has edited most of the selected articles and I’m in the process of assigning artwork.

UPDATE: Rifts® Sovietski – Ships November or December

Rifts® Sovietski is an even more fun and cool book than I had remembered. You are going to enjoy it a lot. And remember, thanks to the Rifts, Sovietski combat vehicles, weapons, cyborgs and characters can appear anywhere on Rifts® Earth, and beyond. I have been approving some impressive artwork all week.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Volume One and Volume Two – New

I hope people are excited about the Rifts® Bestiary. This is a long overdue resource that should be very handy, as well as being fun and fairly easy to put together. The focus of the first two Rifts® Bestiaries are monsters and notable animals of Rifts North America, with the focus on creatures that are (mostly M.D.C.) animals and monsters, including intelligent creatures that resemble animals or are bestial/monstrous in nature. Each “beast” will be illustrated and accompanied by a map showing where it is most commonly found in North America.

The creatures in the first two volumes have been collected and their stats are being updated even as you read this. Both volumes are being created at the same time and a dozen or so new creatures will be found in each volume. Shooting to have Volume One out by December (tentative) and Volume Two out a month after it. See the description elsewhere in this Update.

If these two books are successful, they’ll be followed by a book on Ghosts/Entities, Spirits and other strange beings, a book of dragons (mostly new material; tentative), and Bestiary Volumes for creatures in other parts of the world.

UPDATE: Rifts® The Disavowed

I did a little work on this book over the weekend and it is likely the next book I dive into.

Coming Titles in the Works

Listed in a tentative, loose order of probable release. Subject to change. I know books have been moved around in the schedule, but I’m focused on getting them out in quick order, one after another. The reorganization is, in part, designed to favor the books that will be easiest and fastest to finish and get released. 2018 is shaping up to offer a number of titles for Palladium Fantasy®, Dead Reign® and Splicers® as well as Rifts®.

Get printed books at the cost of PDFs via the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package – shipping now. Don’t wait!

Orders for Christmas Surprise Packages are coming in strong and I have been loading them up. We are able to give the early Grab Bag orders – placed before Thanksgiving – more time and attention, because we are not slammed with Christmas orders yet. That makes November Surprise Packages fun for us and better for you because each order gets more personal attention and TLC, like a note from me or a quick drawing, etc. When we are slammed with orders in December and processing to get all orders out fast so you have them in time for Christmas, those nice little touches become fewer. So order now if you can, and enjoy.

What is a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package? It’s a fun bargain for you, and it’s our way of saying thank you to Palladium fans around the world. Fill holes in your collection, try new games, get gifts for your gaming pals, and if you want, we’ll sign every book. And you don’t have to wait till Black Friday. Order now.

$90-$100+ worth of Palladium Books products for only $45 plus shipping and handling. You are guaranteed to get an absolute minimum of ninety dollars ($90) retail value in your Surprise Package. Most get $95 and many get $100 worth of goodies or more, because our Publisher, Kevin, is crazy during the Christmas Season. And for him, that season started with Halloween.

It’s a surprise package and a Grab Bag because you never know exactly what you’re going to get or who will sign your books. We try to include many of the items on your “wish list,” but we will surprise you with stuff you are not expecting. Things like a special print(s), maps, or a negative from an actual book, or issues of The Rifter®, or a Palladium RPG or sourcebook(s), special edition comic book, or other items that we think you might enjoy. Plus you can ask for unusual items. All items are “hand-picked” by Kevin Siembieda from your “wish lists.” ALL with autographs if you request them. For many of you, this is the only way to get autographs from Kevin and available Palladium staff members, artists and writers! Please spread the word and tell everybody about this offer! Ends December 23, 2017, but order today, because after you get your first Surprise Package, you’ll want another.

To those of you outside the USA, the X-Mas Surprise package is a way to get books and circumvent the extremely high cost of shipping from the US. Since you are getting $90-$100 worth of product and only paying $45 plus a small handling charge, shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing more than four pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada and many other countries should be around $50-$60 US dollars. HOWEVER, because the cost of the product is so low, that’s the equivalent of paying retail for the products and $0-$30 for shipping. A very good deal. Plus you get autographs if you want them! Please take advantage of it to get all those products you’ve wished you could get except the shipping was too prohibitive. We feel your pain. Game on!

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

UPDATE: 2018 Palladium Open House – April 20-22, 2018 – you may order your admissions tickets now

Jason Richards is the latest writer and game designer to confirm he will be attending the 2018 POH. He joins 30+ Palladium creators and personalities who have committed to attending.

Palladium Open House Tickets are available now. We recommend ordering your admissions tickets as soon as you can, because we can only accommodate 250-300 people. If we get a strong response – and there seems to be a lot of excitement and people telling us they plan on attending – admissions could sell out and you’ll be unable to attend. VIP Thursday ALWAYS sells out months before the POH. Events like this sell out, so be safe and order early. It also helps us plan events to keep everyone busy. If you are sure you are coming to the POH, please order your tickets as soon as you can. Reserve that hotel room, too (they do not charge your card until a few days before the event).

  • 100+ Palladium gaming events.
  • Price of admission pays for ALL events.
  • Meet me (Kevin Siembieda) and 30-40 Palladium creators – the largest gathering of Palladium creators in the world! Most available every day, the entire day.
  • Play in games run by me (Kevin Siembieda) and other Palladium game creators.
  • Enjoy Robotech® RPG Tactics™ tournaments, games, products and demos.
  • Participate in panel talks and many question and answer chats.
  • Bring your favorite game books to get signed.
  • Meet fellow gamers from around the world.
  • Get new releases, back stock items and Palladium collectibles.
  • Get original artwork, prints, T-shirts and specialty items.
  • Intimate setting, unlike big conventions.
  • VIP Night (extra cost).
  • Join the fun and make memories to last a lifetime.

2 NEW titles on DriveThruRPG.com – Monsters & Animals (for Palladium Fantasy®) and Aliens Unlimited Galaxy Guide (for Heroes Unlimited)

Monsters and Animals (Palladium Fantasy RPG® 2nd Ed.) – 120+ monsters and 200+ animals statted, with maps showing habitat. Compatible across the Megaverse®. Aliens Unlimited™ Galaxy Guide (HU2) – super abilities for outer space, 20 aliens and new worlds, monsters, skills, ships and more.

Coming Next Week: Compendium of Weapons, Armour & Castles™ with 700+ real world weapons, 40 types of armor, 40 castles with floor plans, and more. Designed for use with ANY game system. Also a resource for Palladium Fantasy RPG®. Plus Rifts® Conversion Book 2: Pantheons of the Megaverse® with 150+ deities, demigods and pretenders, Rune Weapons, magic and more.

Recently made available: Heroes Unlimited™ RPG, 2nd Edition enables you to create any type of hero and super being; Gramercy Island™, a prison for super beings, 98 statted out prisoners, and 101 adventure ideas; Century Station™ sourcebook contains 51 villains, 40 NPC heroes, and 101 adventure ideas; Villains Unlimited™ presents 80+ fully fleshed out and statted super-villains; Heroes Unlimited™ G.M.'s Guide has 10 full adventures, G.M. advice, rampage rules, and much more. For Rifts®, Rifts® Conversion Book One, Revised, 100+ monsters, 40 races, and more. Dimension Book™ 14: Thundercloud Galaxy™ has 17 alien races, nine monsters plus minions, Elder Races like the Dominators, space colony creation rules, monster creation rules, 101 adventure ideas and more; Dimension Book™ 13: Fleets of the Three Galaxies™, the name says it all; Dimension Book™ 8: Naruni™ Wave 2 is a treasure trove of high-tech weapons, force fields, and more.

They join other recent releases of the ever popular Wormwood™, Phase World®, Phase World® Sourcebook, Skraypers™, Anvil Galaxy™, Three Galaxies™, Megaverse® Builder™, and Naruni™ Wave 2, as well as Ninjas & Superspies™, Mystic China™ and more. These are just some of the many Rifts® and Palladium titles now available on DriveThruRPG.com as PDFs, plus many FREE previews of key book titles. We are trying to make 1-2 new PDF titles available every week.

SALE on Palladium Collectibles, artwork, books, toys and more in Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles Ebay Store

A two week sale on art, collectibles and toys started today. Meanwhile, Alex and I continue to add a lot of vintage Star Wars toys and a growing number of all kinds of collectibles – and we’ll be adding more Palladium Books original art and items to the store, so keep an eye out for them.

This includes one-of-a-kind original artwork, prints, Rifts® and Robotech® artwork by Kevin Long, me and others. There is also a range of limited editions, rare book titles and limited edition hardcovers, toys and more that are all being added to my online store over the next several weeks, so keep an eye out. Alex and I will keep adding items as our busy schedules allow, but we have a lot of fun collectibles available now and coming soon. Items include original art, out of print titles, redlined proofreader photocopies signed by me and the staff, signed manuscripts with editors’ corrections, some original art, hardcover books (including Rifts® Lemuria, Northern Gun™ One, Northern Gun™ Two, Megaverse® in Flames™, Beyond the Supernatural™ Gold, Rifts® Machinations of Doom™ Gold and Rifts® Ultimate Gold) and other items available. There are also hundreds of toys and action figures, all from my personal archives and collection. Take a look every weekend for new items added.

http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

LOSCON 44 – November 24-26 – Los Angeles, California

Remember, the RPGL has secured a Large 2 Day Tabletop RPG Tournament Event, and with Cameron Cleveland's support, Rifts® will be the primary game setting for this event. For those who have never heard of it, LOSCON (http://loscon.org/44/) is a Southern California science fiction and pop culture convention that has been going strong for over 40 years. Held every year over the Thanksgiving weekend, the con is at the LAX Marriott. This year, Cameron has arranged for there to be a large conference room full of Palladium RPG games. Game Masters wanted for this event! If you are available anytime November 24-26, will be in the Los Angeles area, and would like to run a game, please contact Cameron Cleveland at Crassus668[at]hotmail.com, subject “tourney.”

Halloween Memories, 2017

I hope your Halloween was a blast. Ours sure was. It was a cold and crisp night hovering around freezing, so that was a bummer, especially since it is 60 degrees today with temps in the 50s for rest of the weekend. At least it was a dry, clear night and we all had a great time.

Turnout was excellent with 400-500 youngsters and an equal number of adults. More than one person told us how our houses (including our next door neighbors, Rick and Alice) were Halloween. Always an amazing and humbling compliment. Cool.

Kathy made scrumptious food and the Palladium staff all joined us after work to eat and hang out at Kathy’s house. But we also had the extra pleasure of several friends dropping by unexpectedly. Our neighbors Clint and Tanya came over from down the street with their lovely daughters (all awesome people) to join us for dinner and to hang for a bit. Later, we’d be joined by Shirley and Brian who are also wonderful neighbors and expecting twins! Actually, we are incredibly lucky to have an entire street of wonderful neighbors.

I was especially pleased that my old pal Thom Bartold was in town from his globe-trotting before he is off to another country. And I got to chat a bit with his brother Ken for a while too. Very nice. There were so many trick-or-treaters and friends, however, that I didn’t get a chance to hang out and chat with Thom – or anybody – as much as I had hoped. Then our pal Phil showed up, and a short time later, Diane with her adult daughter Laurie and her daughters arrived, and then our neighbor Steve from a few blocks down arrived in full Neegan regalia and wielding Lucille. Ah, but I was prepared for him and Lucille this Halloween and whipped out my chainsaw (a toy, of course). We enjoyed some laughs and saw a lot of familiar faces and met many new people. It is always fun to see the children (and adults) enthralled by our many diorama displays and having fun in our sprawling presentation. The Wizard of Oz and the Nightmare Before Christmas are always crowd pleasers, as is Frankenstein, and the body chop shop on the side of the house. The T-Rex dinosaur skeleton (and babies) was one of the new additions that thrilled everyone. The zombie-filled graveyard is one of the spookier areas, but it is “the porch” with the caged werewolves and mad doctor’s lab that children are most afraid of. I suspect it’s because it is somewhat closed off and there are a number of props that spring open, squeal or flicker and threaten. Awesome.

The crowds trickled away by 11:30 PM and we turned out the lights a little after midnight. It was another joyful Halloween. And that was on top of a very productive day at work and some big ideas floating around. October 31, 2017 was a very good day. I hope your Halloween was just as fun.

In a strange way, it makes me excited for the 2018 Palladium Open House. I guess because the POH is also a 4 day gathering of friends, fun and laughter that you don’t want to see end. I’m excited by the number of gamers already placing orders for their tickets, and the 30 or so Palladium freelancers and personalities who have confirmed they will attend the POH. Writer and game designer Jason Richards is the latest to confirm he will be joining the fun.

Well, Halloween is over, now it’s time for finishing game books and releasing new product, so I’d better get back to it. Game on and let visions of Surprise Packages dance in your dreams. Ho, ho, ho.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer, Artist and Stuff

The Rifter #78

NEW! The Rifter® #78

This issue offers mystery, festering secrets and darkness, villains and adventure. Not to mention dangerous magicks and immortality. The stuff of adventure and unchained imagination.

Every issue of The Rifter® is an idea factory for players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and find new avenues of adventure. It provides useful, ready-to-go source material you can just drop into your ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. And the many new characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, villains, monsters, adventures and ideas for one setting can be easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Every issue has material for Rifts® and usually 2-3 other Palladium game lines. The focus of this issue is Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts® and Splicers®. Don’t forget, unofficial material can be easily adapted for use in ANY Palladium game setting.

Rifter® #78 Highlights:

  • The Modern Necromancer suitable for use with Nightbane®, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, Chaos Earth®, The Three Galaxies™ and other settings, by Greg Diaczyk and Kevin Siembieda. Includes notable Necromancer tactics, dark magic, mummies, zombies and immortality (if you are willing to pay the price).
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG®: City of Khemennu – Part Two of a city adventure setting and source material by Ian Herbert. More wonderful information and adventure hooks for this new, exotic location to send your player group. Includes the 18 cosmic gods, notable sects, people, and adventure ideas.
  • Splicers® – The Aftermath of I am Legion, by Chris Kluge and Charles Walton II – “official” source material. Is Legion dead? Could she have survived? And if she did, what comes next? This final chapter provides answers to those question, along with new Random Amalgam Creation Tables and secrets about Legion revealed.
  • Rifts®: The Nexus Zone, by Carl Gleba. Learn about the Nexus Zone, an area of devastation, danger, and off the charts magic energy. Nexus points that are so powerful and unstable they cannot be easily contained.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 178. Now available. Unleash your imagination!

COMING! The Rifter® #79 – Ships November or December 2017

The Rifter® #79 is already in production. Articles are being selected and artwork is being assigned.

Every issue of The Rifter® is an idea factory for players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and find new avenues of adventure. It provides useful, ready to go source material you can just drop into your ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. And the many new characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, villains, monsters, adventures and ideas for one setting can be easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Every issue has material for Rifts® and usually 2-3 other Palladium game lines. The focus of this issue is Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™ and RPG advice. Don’t forget, unofficial material can be easily adapted for use in ANY Palladium game setting.

Rifter® #79 Highlights:

  • Rifts® – The Kingdom of New Oslo by David Collins.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ – Stage Magician by Matt Reed.
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ – Flashing Blades of Horror by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Rifts® short story by Mark Oberle (author of Nightbane® Dark Designs).
  • Game Master tips and optional rules by Julius Rosenstein.
  • Additional gaming source material.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 179. In production. Shooting for an end of November release.

Rifts Sovietski

New! Rifts® Sovietski

The Rifts® Sovietski™ World Book presents background information on the fledgling Sovietski nation, notable cities and people, politics, and its growing army, plus Deadzones, Spetsnaz Special Forces, new bionics, Russian D-Bees, and more.

  • New Cyborgs and other O.C.C.s.
  • The Sovietski nation and its army.
  • Weapons, new bionics, combat vehicles, and gear.
  • Bunker Creation tables and Deadzone tables.
  • Russian D-Bees, adventure ideas and more.
  • By Brandon Aten and Matthew Orr.
  • $24.95 – 192 pages – Cat. No. 891 – In production.

Rifts® Bestiary (North America) Volume One

You requested it, so we are doing it: collecting the hundreds of monsters and beasts of Rifts Earth into easy to use reference books, similar to what we did with D-Bees of North America. Only there are so many wondrous and fierce creatures we cannot squeeze them into one book. The first two Rifts® Bestiary sourcebooks are being created simultaneously. Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks, plus some new monsters by Siembieda and Walton. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

Note: If these two volumes do well, future volumes will include spirits, ghosts and entities, another on dragons, other volumes on creatures in other parts of Rifts Earth, and so on.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Some new creatures, but most are existing creatures.
  • Updated information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated.
  • Art by Chuck Walton, Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 896. In production. Winter release. Shooting to have the first Rifts® Bestiary out in time for Christmas.

Rifts® Bestiary (North America) Volume Two

More monsters and exotic animals of Rifts North America as part of an ongoing series of Rifts® Bestiary sourcebooks. The first two Rifts® Bestiaries, Volume One and Volume Two, are being created simultaneously. Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks, plus some new monsters by Siembieda and Walton. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

Note: If these two volumes do well, future volumes will include spirits, ghosts and entities, another on dragons, other volumes on creatures in other parts of Rifts Earth, and so on.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Some new creatures, but most are existing creatures.
  • Updated information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated.
  • Art by Chuck Walton, Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 897. In production. Winter release. Shooting to have Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two out in January, 2018.

Available now! Palladium Christmas Surprise Packages

Can you believe it? It’s that time again for the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package! Palladium Books® has been doing Christmas Surprise Packages, or “Grab Bags,” for 19 or 20 years. It enables you to get several RPG titles ($90-$100 worth for ONLY $45 plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way to say thank you to our many fans for being so kind and patient, and for your years of support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

Christmas Surprise Packages are not just for Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you’re looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any special occasion that falls between now and February, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs (if you want ‘em), and you look like you spent a fortune.

This is also a great way to try that game setting you’ve wondered about (Splicers®, Dead Reign®, Chaos Earth®, Palladium Fantasy®, Nightbane®, Mechanoid Invasion®, etc.), or to get something for your favorite Game Master, or perhaps to get your player group to consider a new game or setting.

Your “Wish List” is vital – The Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the fun, joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 10-15 Palladium products (or more) FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 10-15 items for EACH Grab Bag is critical, because you will not know which items you’ll be getting. That makes it just like a Christmas gift because it’s a surprise! Plus, Santa Kevin, who personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, may toss in something extra like a limited edition print, or maps, or T-shirt, or issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

Autographed books. For those of you who want them (which are most people), available members of the Palladium staff, and any freelancers we can lasso at the time, are happy to autograph each and every book in your Surprise Package. This is the only way many fans, especially those in other countries, can EVER get signed books.

Send us your brief comments. There is a special form and format to fill out for Christmas Surprise Packages, including a place where you can offer your brief comments, suggestions, greetings and salutations.

It only costs $45 plus shipping to get $90-$100+ worth of Palladium products! First-timers are always nervous until they see the great value in their first Surprise Package. A typical Grab Bag has $90-$95 worth of product, sometimes more! Yes, sometimes more. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, and get your gaming pals gifts. SPREAD THE WORD about this great offer.

To those of you outside the USA, the X-Mas Surprise package is a way to get books and circumvent the extremely high cost of shipping from the US. Since you are getting $90-$100 worth of product and only paying $45 plus a small handling charge, shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing more than four pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada and many other countries should be around $50-$60 US dollars. HOWEVER, because the cost of the product is so low, that’s the equivalent of paying retail for the products and $0-$30 for shipping. A very good deal. Plus you get autographs if you want them! X-Mas Surprise Packages are the way to go for those of you outside the USA. Please take advantage of it to get all those products you’ve wished you could get except the shipping was too prohibitive. We feel your pain. Game on!

IMPORTANT NOTE: The X-Mas Surprise Package is a Grab Bag. As such, while we always try to send you items from your Wish List you may NOT get everything you ask for and you are likely to get one or more items not on your list, like The Rifter, or other item(s) we think you should enjoy. PLEASE give us a long Wish List and fill out other questions (Favorite Palladium games, would like to try X, and so on). If you want specific items guaranteed, do not use the Surprise Package, please place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the products you want.

Please tell everyone about the Christmas Surprise Packages. We want to put smiles on the faces of gamers around the world this holiday season.

Click here to get the entire Surprise Package description.

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans Gold Hardcover

NEW! Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold” Edition Hardcover – Now Shipping!

The source material in Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is so awesome and the Atlanteans and Sunaj are so iconic, Palladium is making a limited edition, signed and numbered collector’s hardcover. Contains the same source material as the softcover edition. Signed by the Palladium staff.

  • Black faux leather hardcover with metallic gold imprint.
  • Signed by the Palladium staff.
  • Numbered 1-300 and sold on a first come, first served basis. The number you receive is based on the order in which orders are received.
  • Pre-orders for the Gold Edition MUST be placed separately, not with other books. Your credit card will be charged when you place the order, including shipping, but this item will not ship until sometime in August. (It takes longer to get a hardcover printed and bound than the softcover.)
  • All the same great material that is in the softcover. 60+ new Magic Tattoos. 60+ Shadow Magic spells. 30+ new Crystal Magic spells and the Crystal Mage O.C.C., the Stone Master, revisited, Sunaj Shadow Mage and Shadow Assassin O.C.C.s, and more.
  • $50.00 retail – 224 pages – written by Carl Gleba – Cat. No. 890HC – Now available!

Rifts Secrets of the Atlanteans

Rifts® Dimension Book 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans - Available now!

True Atlanteans are among the most mysterious and storied heroes across the Megaverse®. Forced to flee Earth more than 15,000 ago when Atlantis was lost, they have traveled the cosmos in search of new wonders and knowledge, and to wage war against supernatural evil. Masters of dimensional travel and the fabled Tattoo Magic, True Atlanteans have become renowned as vampire slayers and heroic Champions of Light. But there is also a festering darkness from within the Atlantean clans. A darkness that could destroy them all.

Learn about Atlantean civilization, the many clans, where they are found across the Megaverse, why they hide, and why they hate the undead so much. Also discover the power of Shadow Magic, the treachery of the Sunaj Illuminati, and much more.

  • 60+ Magic Tattoos.
  • 60+ Shadow Magic spells.
  • 50+ Crystal Magic spells and the Crystal Mage O.C.C.
  • Stone Pyramids described and mapped.
  • Stone Master and Undead Slayer, revisited.
  • Sunaj Shadow Mage and Shadow Assassin O.C.C.s.
  • The dark history, shame, and secrets of True Atlanteans.
  • Learn more about the famous Atlantean Tattooed Warriors, Undead Slayers, Stone Masters and other Atlantean heroes.
  • Tremble at the terrible secrets of the Aerihman and their plans for inter-dimensional domination.
  • Dark secrets of the sinister Sunaj secret society.
  • Who are the Sunaj and why do they hunt True Atlanteans?
  • Valuable source material and adventure ideas galore.
  • $24.95 retail – 224 pages – Cat. No. 890 – written by Carl Gleba. Now shipping!

Nightbane Dark Designs

New! Nightbane® Dark Designs – Available now!

Nightbane® Dark Designs™ is a guide to creating the Nightbane and a sourcebook for players and Game Masters alike. It presents all sorts of new Nightbane creation tables, new Morphus tables, new Talents, and new information. Info and powers that enable players to make memorable Nightbane characters and G.M.s to take their games up a notch.

  • 18 new and comprehensive Morphus Tables.
  • 60 new Common Talents.
  • 38 new Elite Talents.
  • Transformation Transition Table.
  • Talent creation and conversion rules.
  • Ancient Nightbane R.C.C. fully statted out and creation tables.
  • Insight to the Becoming.
  • Answers to some common questions & more.
  • Appendix of 23 Morphus Tables gathered from the Nightbane® RPG and Sourcebooks.
  • Appendix of 53 Talents gathered from the Nightbane® RPG and Sourcebooks.
  • Written by Mark Oberle. Cover by Charles Walton II and Eduardo Dominguez.
  • $20.95 – 160 pages – Cat. No. 736 – Available now!

Nightbane Dark Designs Raw Preview

NEW! Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Raw Preview Limited Edition – Only 150 copies available

Back from the printer. Available now.

The Raw Preview Edition of Nightbane® Dark Designs™ is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for this exciting new sourcebook. A rare look at the raw manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies, sold on a first come, first served basis.

Nightbane® Dark Designs™ is a guide to creating the Nightbane®, and a sourcebook for players and Game Masters alike. It presents all sorts of new Nightbane creation tables, new Morphus tables, new Talents, and new information. Info and powers that enable players to make memorable Nightbane characters and for G.M.s to take their games up a notch.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • 18 New and comprehensive Morphus Tables.
  • 60 New Talents.
  • 40 New Elite Talents.
  • Transformation Transition Table.
  • Talent creation and conversion steps.
  • The Ancient Nightbane R.C.C. fully statted out.
  • Insight to the Becoming.
  • Answers to some common questions and more.
  • Written by Mark Oberle.
  • $20.00 – 96 page Raw Edition – Cat. No. 736-RAW – Available now, while supplies last!

The Rifter #77

The Rifter® #77 – available now

Adventure, madness, strange creatures and strange lands fill this issue of The Rifter®. This issue is a playground for heroes and a source of adventure, but beware the danger that lurks in the shadows.

Every issue of The Rifter® is an idea factory for players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and find new avenues of adventure. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. And the source material can be easily adapted for use in ANY Palladium game setting.

Rifter® #77 Highlights:

  • Rifts® – City of Nowhere – an adventure setting – by Brett Caron. Capitalism, magic and dark secrets build an enchanted city with a dark underbelly that may not hold.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ “official” source material – by Kevin Siembieda. The mad genius of Doctor Feral breeds new mutant menaces, heroes and adventure. Four new super abilities.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® – the city of Khemennu adventure setting by Ian Herbert. A holy city dedicated the Church of Light and Dark, and resting place of the legendary Sun Disc. A place of intrigue, magic and adventure.
  • Splicers® – I am Legion, Part Six – by Charles Walton II, Chris Kluge and Lance Colley – “official” source material. This is it! The final battle against Legion! The Legion personality and her Black Shroud armor statted and described. Secrets and dangers revealed about the Factory Walker and more. Even in victory, the world may never be the same.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • Cover by Michael Leonard. Art by Walton, Rodriguez, and others.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 177. Available NOW.

Note: The Rifter® #76 and #75 are also available and packed with official source material for Rifts® and other game settings.

NEW! Rifts® Living Nowhere – A Rifts® Sourcebook set in the Pecos Empire

This title presents three interrelated towns off the beaten path in the Pecos Empire. Each with its own unique character and problems. All fun locations to visit and find adventure and trouble. Something dark and deadly is brewing in the middle of Nowhere, where experimental Techno-Wizard devices and weapons offer prosperity, but could be the doom of everyone living there. Big ideas. Building upon material that appeared in The Rifter®, expanded.

  • Three towns described.
  • New Techno-Wizard weapons and devices.
  • Experimental Techno-Wizard items that call upon entropy and death.
  • Dark magic, madness and deadly secrets spawn dangerous adventures.
  • Many adventure ideas, Non-Player Characters, and fun.
  • Written by Brett Caron. Additional text and ideas Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 895. In final production.

NEW! Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sourcebook

This has been a secret project of Kevin Siembieda’s that he has been plotting and writing in what little spare time he has. The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, the god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to be given guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden, or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 475. In production.

Coalition States Heroes of Humanity Arsenal

NEW! Rifts® CS Arsenal – A Rifts® Secrets of the Coalition States Sourcebook

This title is hotly anticipated and ties directly into Rifts® Heroes of Humanity and Rifts® WB 35: Megaverse® in Flames. All of which are setting up something big.

Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™ CS Arsenal provides an array of new Coalition hardware: weapons, armor, additional SAMAS, other power armor, robots, combat vehicles, gear and info.

  • New CS weapons and gear.
  • New CS SAMAS and power armor.
  • New CS robots and combat vehicles.
  • More secrets and information about the Coalition States.
  • Wild adventure opportunities, fun and more.
  • Part of the Minion War™ “Crossover” series.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Clements, Gleba and others.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 893. In production. Hot!

Rifts The Disavowed

Rifts® The Disavowed

Secrets of the Coalition States

The Disavowed are so Top Secret that their existence is known only to a handful of the Coalition States’ most elite, top echelon, with Joseph Prosek II the mastermind behind the Disavowed operation, and Colonel Lyboc its shadowy face. Find out who these men and women are. How the Disavowed get away with using magic, traveling to other parts of Rifts Earth and even to other dimensions in pursuit of enemies and strategic information that cannot be had through conventional means. Learn about the secret parameters in which these hard-boiled warriors, secretly hand-picked by Joseph Prosek II, operate, why almost every mission is considered a suicide mission, and why they must forever be the Disavowed.

  • CS operatives so secret that even the top military and political leaders right up to Emperor Prosek know nothing about them. And if they did know, would they condone their activity or condemn it?
  • Are the Disavowed heroes or renegades? Assassins or soldiers? Madmen or super-patriots? Or a little of them all?
  • Unsung heroes who keep the CS safe, or thugs and pawns of a shadow agency within the Coalition government?
  • What role does the Vanguard play in this group?
  • How do they reward their D-Bee “teammates” when the mission is over?
  • What happens to the Disavowed when they have seen or learned too much? Adventure ideas galore and so much more.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 892. Winter release. Shooting for December or January.

COMING! In the Face of Death – A Dead Reign® Sourcebook

This sourcebook is all about inner city survival. Survivor colonies finding a way to live and prosper in the big city. The conventional wisdom is that living in the big population centers is impossible. These survivors prove otherwise.

  • Inner city survival. Old and new O.C.C.s.
  • Skyscraper communities and life on the rooftops.
  • Cults – the new power in the city.
  • Gangs, street runners, the new underground, and more.
  • Take your zombie campaign to new heights!
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Nick Bradshaw.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Adaptable to other Palladium settings.
  • 96-128 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 237. Winter release.

2018 Palladium Open House – April 20-22, 2018

  • 100+ Palladium gaming events.
  • Price of admission pays for all events.
  • Play in games run by Kevin Siembieda & other Palladium creators.
  • Enjoy Robotech® RPG Tactics™ tournaments, games, products and demos.
  • Participate in panel talks and many question and answer chats.
  • Bring your favorite game books to get signed.
  • Meet Kevin Siembieda and the Palladium staff.
  • Meet 30+ Palladium creators – the largest gathering of Palladium creators in the world! Most available every day, the entire day.
  • Meet fellow gamers from around the world.
  • Get new releases, back stock items and Palladium collectibles.
  • Get original artwork and limited edition prints, T-shirts and specialty items.
  • Commission select artists to draw your favorite character.
  • “Live” auction with rare collectibles and oddities.
  • Intimate setting, unlike big conventions.
  • Join the fun and make memories to last a lifetime. A full description of the 2018 Palladium Open House is now available in the online store.

2018 Palladium Open House – April 20-22, 2018

39074 Webb Court
Westland, MI 48185
734-721-2903 (order line)

Admissions:

  • VIP Thursday – April 19, 2018 (special): 3:00 PM doors open and you get first crack at limited editions, original art, new products, specialty items, and meet the Palladium staff and all available creators – 6:00 PM dinner – 7:00 PM Opening Ceremonies – 8:00 PM the evening’s games begin. Cost of VIP night is $95 (dinner included). Limited to about 100-120 people plus Palladium creators. Note: VIP Thursday always sells out fast, so we offer around 60% of the tickets now, and the remainder at the end of January, 2018. Cost: $95 (Thursday only).
  • Weekend Pass (April 20-22): $55 (Friday, Saturday & Sunday)
  • Friday (only): $30
  • Saturday (only): $30
  • Sunday (only): $12

Two Hotels to choose from: See more complete details in the online store description.

1. Red Roof Inn – 734-459-3300 – Request the “Palladium Books Group Rate.”

  • $49.95 plus tax per night for a double (2 double beds).
  • $49.95 plus tax per night for a King (one large bed).

2. Hampton Inn and Suites – 734-844-1111 – Request the “POH” Group Rate.

  • $119.00 per night plus tax for “double Queen beds” (that’s two queen-sized beds!).
  • $129 per night for one “King Suite” – SUITE is the important part of this request – and it comes with one king bed and a pull out sofa, but PLEASE confirm that with the hotel. See more complete details in the online store description.

Airport Note: The hotels and Palladium’s warehouse are 15-20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan, near I-275. Detroit Metro is the airport you want to use.

New Web Content to Check Out

Palladium has partnered with several content makers to bring you fun web content you can watch, read and listen to.

Happy Jacks Dead Reign® (Zombie Apocalypse) campaign. Happy Jacks has been producing web content since 2009. This fun-loving group of diehard gamers produce podcasts, live actual game play, and YouTube content. They recently began a Dead Reign® campaign that you can tune into live every other Sunday afternoon, or catch the recordings (they post recordings of their live play both as podcasts and videos). Check out their schedule of games here: http://www.happyjacks.org

PSY LP (Please Select Your... Let’s Play!) is a group of awesome gamers who combine their love of role-playing with top notch art and a wicked sense of humor. They have two different, ongoing adventures based in Palladium Books® games, and add new episodes to their YouTube channel regularly. Check them out here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRE27Y9AZeJFqR_e9_JLzTA/feed

Urban Decay is a podcast that follows the role-playing adventures of a group of survivors set in the zombie infested reality of Dead Reign®. They have 16 podcasts up already, with many more to come. You can find them here: https://soundcloud.com/urbandecaypodcast

The Lucky Hippo is a group of crazy-fun Palladium fans who have been playing (and streaming) a regular Palladium Fantasy® game for years through the Twitch streaming website. Do you want to see how to run an online game for players scattered across the world? These guys make it look easy! Check them out here: https://www.twitch.tv/theluckyhippo/

Questwise does reviews by an everyday gamer for everyday games. It is a nice place to spend some time to get a look at books that you are considering buying as well as a source of tips and tricks for making your game playing better. You can see his videos here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_3MGRJW9QooUXF29F5tF-A/feed

Through Gamer Goggles has been putting out high-quality videos about all things gaming for the past four years. Though he is not a Palladium partner per se, he has done interviews with Kevin Siembieda and freelancer Greg Diaczyk, as well as reviews of some of our books, and plans to come to the POH. A great guy and expert gamer, you can check out his content here: https://www.youtube.com/user/GamerGoggles/featured

And here is a direct link to his 2017 Gen Con interview with me (Kevin): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hu7S7dyDfvo

We want Palladium Books’ social media to continue to expand. If you are a podcaster, YouTube content creator, Twitch streamer, or other social media creator who would like to show your support for Palladium Books’ games, please contact us at socialmedia{at}palladiumbooks.com — we would love to hear from you and explore ways we can work together to expand our outreach to all our wonderful fans!

Are You Going to be Running a Game at a Convention?

Are you going to be running one or more Palladium games (or Savage Rifts®) at a convention, store or other public event? Please let us know about it. We’ll be happy to spread the word through our social media to let people know how they can get in on the fun. Send an email to socialmedia{at}palladiumbooks.com and let us know your name, the name of the convention or store event, the date(s) you’ll be running your game(s), the name of the game line, a brief description, and any other info people might need to find and sign up for the game event.

Robotech® RPG eBooks on Amazon, iBooks, Google and others – available now

Don’t forget, we have made current Robotech® core RPG titles available as ebooks. Palladium Books’ Robotech®: The Shadow Chronicles® Role-Playing Game, Robotech®: The Macross® Saga Sourcebook, and Robotech®: The Masters Saga™ Sourcebook are now available as eBooks, with more titles to follow. Robotech® RPG titles are available from the following eBook channels/sellers: iBooks (through iTunes), Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play Books, Overdrive.com, Copia (copiaclass.com), Gardners Books, Baker & Taylor, E-Sentral, Scribd, Ciando, Hoopla, Playster, and more.

Robotech RPG Tactics

Robotech® RPG Tactics

Robotech® is getting hotter and hotter. It is the Number One Anime on Crackle, the Robotech® movie from Sony Pictures sounds like it is going to be become a reality, more Robotech® licensed products are appearing, and Palladium is gearing up toward the release of Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Wave Two and more Robotech® products. Ah, but the core game and expansion packs to get you started are available right now.

Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is a fast-paced, tabletop combat game that captures the action and adventure of the Robotech® anime. Two or more players can engage in small squad skirmishes or scale up to massive battles. Relive the clashes of the First Robotech War, engage in stand-alone tactical games, or use the dynamic game pieces to enhance your Robotech® RPG experience. Or simply collect your favorite mecha from an expanding range of top-notch game pieces. Get yours now.

Robotech® RPG Tactics Convention Exclusives – now available to anyone

These dynamic pieces are available as a regular item in the Palladium store. They are powerful fun and only have 4-6 parts, so they are easy to put together. They look awesome on your shelf or in your game. Get yours while supplies last.

© Copyright 2017 Palladium Books Inc. All rights reserved.

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Robotech® and Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® are Registered Trademarks of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.

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