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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Nov. 2, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The Rifter® #82 is laid out. We are giving it one last look-over before we send it to the printer later today (Friday). The Erick Wujcik remembrance is wonderful, with lots of fun information about Erick and Palladium Books. The rest of this big, 112 page issue is filled with official source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth® (which includes the Pyromancer and 50+ new Pyromancy spells) and Nightbane®, a preview of a few of the monsters from the Rifts® Bestiary (also official source material), plus awesome Heroes Unlimited™ source material, gaming advice from Erick Wujcik, news and more.

With my work on The Rifter® #82 completed, earlier this week I have dived back into finishing the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. I’m loving it, and I know you will too. When I’m done with that, I will finish In the Face of Death for Dead Reign® followed by Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two and several fast releases of books throughout 2019.

Last week I said we would have a few fun surprises. Well here they are and I hope you enjoy them. Just for the holidays, we will be bringing a few out of print books back in stock as print books for a limited time: Systems Failure™ RPG (a complete, end of the world alien invasion, standalone RPG), Shadows of Light™ (a Nightbane® sourcebook), and Boxed Nightmares™ (for Beyond the Supernatural 1st Edition rules, but easily adapted to BTS, 2nd Edition). They should be available around November 20th. Kicking around offering a couple of new Raw Preview Editions as well. More on them when we decide which ones and when they’ll be made available.

Our thanks to everyone who participated in the Palladium Horror Bundle of Holding that ended on Monday. We know you will love those three horror settings. We hope those of you who wanted more of these sourcebooks also took advantage of the DriveThruRPG Halloween Sale.

What’s that? You missed that, too? Fear not, you can get the physical books right now during the Palladium Halloween Horror Sale that has been going on all week! It ends on Monday night and includes a wide range of horror and monster-filled RPGs and sourcebooks for Rifts®, Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, Dead Reign® RPG, Nightbane® RPG, and other terror-inducing titles! See the details below.

And of course, folks are already starting to snap up Palladium Christmas Surprise Packages. We’ve been loading them up with holiday cheer and piles of gaming material. Enjoy.

Final Days of Palladium Horror Sale – offer ends Monday, November 5th

We have tried to put all the scary RPGs and sourcebooks on sale this week and through the weekend in celebration of Halloween. For those of you who WANT MORE devilish fun fighting demonic invaders, supernatural horrors, monsters and zombies, you’ve got it. Palladium Books has its horror-based books on sale through Monday, November 5, 2018. You may also request these titles in your Christmas Surprise Packages. Game on!

Horror Sale – Final Days – offer ends next Monday

  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG
  • Dead Reign® – All titles
  • Nightbane® – All titles
  • Splicers® – All titles
  • Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy Collected
  • Chaos Earth® Resurrection™ (zombies Rifts® style)
  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG
  • Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms
  • Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook
  • Rifts® Arzno™: Vampire Incursion (more vampires!)
  • Rifts® Africa™ (Horsemen of the Apocalypse)
  • Rifts® Madhaven™ (haunted ruins, ghosts and monsters)
  • Rifts® Conversion Books (gods & monsters) – All titles
  • Rifts® Coalition Wars®/Siege on Tolkeen™ (epic) – All titles
  • Rifts® Minion War™ Crossover Titles (horror & war) – All titles
  • Rifts® Wormwood™ (a horror and monster-filled Dimension Book)
  • FINAL DAYS! Offer ends on Monday – November 5, 2018. Enjoy.

Christmas Grab Bags

Palladium Christmas Surprise Package Sale – available NOW!

Can you believe it? It’s that time again for the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer. Palladium Books® has been doing Christmas Surprise Packages, or “Grab Bags,” for 20 years! And what a great tradition it has become.

It enables you to get several RPG titles ($90-$100 worth) for ONLY $46 (plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way of saying 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 that special 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®, Rifts®, After the Bomb®, 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 joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 12-15 Palladium products (or more) FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 12-15 items for EACH Grab Bag is critical, because you will not know which items we will select to send you. 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 color 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 $46 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-$100 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. PLEASE 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 damn high cost of shipping from the United States. Since you are getting $90-$100 worth of product and only paying $46 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 is 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 only $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) because it helps us to make your Surprise Package special. If you need or want specific items, do NOT use the Surprise Package; place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the books you want. Offer ends December 24, 2018.

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

Systems Failure RPG Shadows of Light Boxed Nightmares

COMING: Just for the Holidays – Back in stock for the first time in decades!

Just for the holidays, Palladium is doing a limited short-run of three out-of-print titles that have been out of print for years. Two of them have been out of print for decades! We are printing enough that they should be available from November 20 thru December, and probably January – available only while supplies last – when they are gone, they are gone, so order ‘em while you can. All are available in Palladium’s online store and will be considered as requests in Christmas Surprise Packages while supplies last. We expect to print enough to get us through the holiday season. Taking pre-orders now. Ho, ho, ho.

  • Systems Failure™ RPG – Yep, the complete, whacked out game. 144 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 650. Available November 20, 2018.
  • Shadows of Light™ – A Nightbane® sourcebook – 160 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 734. Available November 20, 2018.
  • Boxed Nightmares™ – A sourcebook for Beyond the Supernatural™ 1st Edition rules, but easily adapted to BTS, 2nd Edition. Mostly adventures and adventure ideas. 112 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 701. Available November 20, 2018.

Taking pre-orders now. See the complete descriptions of these books elsewhere in this update or in the online store.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – ships November 26 (maybe sooner)

As noted earlier in this Weekly Update, The Rifter® #82 is DONE and heading to the printer today. We will let you know an exact ship date when the printer provides one.

The Rifter #82 contains official source material for the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One (a sneak preview of just a few old and new monsters and animals), official source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth® (Pyromancer, 50+ Pyromancer spells, the Zone Twister, notable characters, and adventure ideas), official source material for Nightbane® (age modifiers and tables for selecting skills based on a Nightbane’s age, and more), expanded revisit of the Physical Training character for Heroes Unlimited™, gaming advice from Erick Wujcik, a historically significant, fun and touching Remembrance of Erick Wujcik, 10 years after his death, some cool photos too, plus news and more.

  • 112 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 182. Ships November 26, maybe sooner. See the new and updated description elsewhere in this Update.

UPDATE! Garden of the Gods (Fantasy)

An ancient ruin unearthed over the past century, the Garden of the Gods is a place of meditation and wonder. Others say it is a place of magic and mystery. And some say it is also a place of miracles and divine inspiration. Many an adventurer finds his path or a great quest after visiting the Garden of the Gods. But there is also said to be a place of darkness on the Island Kingdom of Lopan. A place that may be linked to the Old Ones and serves as a Portal to the Land of the Damned! Oh yeah, I can hardly wait to finish this book. Thinking of releasing a Raw Preview edition in time for Christmas. An early 2019 Winter release.

Rifts Game Master Guide

BACK IN STOCK – Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available now

I always forget how jam-packed with valuable reference stats and comprehensive info the Rifts® Game Master Guide™ really is, with every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that has appeared in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C. and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – available now.

Other core Rifts® titles:

  • Rifts® Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG, Hardcover – core rules, epic setting of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in a future Earth post-apocalyptic setting. 30+ player characters – play a Dragon Hatchling, Cyborg, Juicer, Crazy, Cyber-Knight, Power Armor Pilot, Psi-Stalker, Dog Boy and others! Magic, psionics, weapons, bionics, and more. If you can imagine it, it can happen in Rifts®. 376 page hardcover – $41.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC – available now.
  • Rifts® Book of Magic – 900+ magic spells, plus Techno-Wizard devices, Magic Tattoos, Nazca Lines, Whale Songs, Herbs, Symbiotes, Bio-Wizard Weapons, Rune Weapons, magic items and more! 352 pages – still $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 848 – available now.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide – 150+ adventure ideas, Random Rifts, making towns, cities, merc companies, and traveling shows, gaming tips and much more. 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 849 – available now.
  • Rifts Conversion Books 1, 2 & 3.
  • Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships November

I’m sorry this book is taking longer than we had hoped, but we want to make Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One truly inspiring with cool monstrous pets, riding animals and alien familiars for players to use and monsters and dangers that inspire Game Masters to build better adventures. We have been working like crazy on this book, and it is coming along great, but it is taking time to get everything just the way we know you want it.

Wayne and Alex are busy editing, Chuck is drawing the beasts, Nick Bradshaw is doing art for a few last minute new monsters, and I have been writing and updating as fast as I can. The new monsters are awesome and some of the updates will make familiar and forgotten creatures feel new again. I’m behind where I wanted to be on this book, but it and Volume Two are going to be something special.

We are all excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One (and Two). Every single creature has extra information and updates, but many are much more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for gamers. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will the fans. We know the customer will enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One ships end of November. Volume Two end of December.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated, much of the art by Charles Walton II, along with Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages each volume – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 (Volume One) and Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®

I spoke to Nick Bradshaw about the art and some ideas and expect to plunge into finishing In the Face of Death™ as soon as the Bestiary books are done. Cannot wait.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Artist John Zeleznik is painting away while author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

Psychic Storm

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

I approved the final Psychic Scream cover art, the artist Anthony Moravian has transferred it to masonite and should be painting away. Another book I’m dying to get into your hands as soon as possible.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

As previously mentioned, we are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® Northern Gun Two (next week: Systems Failure RPG)

New: Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more.

Recent PDF additions include Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80 & The Rifter® #81, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The Palladium Horror Bundle of Holding is drawing to a close. This is your LAST WEEKEND to get this fun PDF bundle. Offer ends Monday, October 29, 2018. You get the Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, Dead Reign® RPG, Nightbane® RPG and a selection of key sourcebooks all at fantastic prices. See the details below.

Want more? Then check out the DriveThruRPG Halloween Sale going on right now. It should include ALL (or most) of the sourcebooks for those game lines as well as many Rifts® titles and horror issues of The Rifter and more. I believe there are 80+ PDF titles in this sale. The sale runs through Halloween!

The Rifter® #82 is in final layout and should go to the printer any day now. Rifts® Bestiary Volume One is shaping up and getting closer to completion. This book is so fun. Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two and Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ should follow. We are also thinking about offering a couple of exciting Raw Preview Editions in time for Christmas and the Christmas Surprise Packages. More on those next week.

The new book on DriveThruRPG.com this week is Bizantium and the Northern Islands™ for The Palladium Fantasy RPG®. We’ll also soon be posting some new Paper Miniatures – 2 sets for Dead Reign® – Survivors (ordinary people) and Zombies, with more to come. And I think we’ll have a couple of fun surprises to announce in next week or so. Read on for details.

Folks are already expressing excitement about Palladium’s Christmas Surprise Packages. And why not? It’s a great deal, fun, you get autographs, and by ordering early you can afford to get one or two every month if you want several. If you never tried one, try it early, because you are likely to want more than one. The Surprise Package is also great for birthdays, anniversaries and other gift giving occasions, or to try new settings like Dead Reign® or Splicers®.

Last Weekend! Palladium Horror Bundle of Holding Sale – offer ENDS Monday, October 29, 2018

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/PalladiumHorror

The Bundle of Holding people are offering PDFS of Palladium’s horror RPGs and many sourcebooks as part of their October Horrors celebration! Snag PDFs of the Dead Reign® RPG, Nightbane® RPG and Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, and select sourcebooks in the Palladium Horror Bundle Starter Collection and the Bonus Collection. Available now and perfect to add a little scare to your month of October. This bargain-priced bundle is your starting point for countless campaigns of mind-numbing terror.

How the Bundle of Holding Works: You can pay any price (minimum $9.95) to get all the titles in the Starter Collection. If you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is $21.52 as we post this (but goes up as more people make purchases), you also get all the titles in the Bonus Collection.

Palladium Horror Starter Collection (US $9.95 – total value $44.96):

  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition (256 page core rule book).
  • Nightbane® RPG (240 page core rule book).
  • Dead Reign® RPG, the Zombie Apocalypse (224 page core rule book).
  • Dead Reign®: Civilization Gone™ (64 page sourcebook).

Total PDF retail value of $44.96, all for only $9.95!

BONUS Collection (total value $50.45): If you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($21.52 as we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection.

  • Nightbane®: Between the Shadows™ (144 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane®: Nightlands™ (144 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ (152 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane® Survival Guide™ (160 page sourcebook).
  • Dead Reign®: Dark Places™ (64 page sourcebook).

A total combined PDF retail value of $95.41, all for only $21.52!

Bargain price and charity support. Not only do you get to try something new or build your existing e-library at a bargain price, but 10% of every purchase goes toward charity! We chose to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with this bundle. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

If you have never played Dead Reign®, BTS™ or Nightbane®, the Essentials Bundle gives you plenty to get rolling. WARNING: Read a few of these books and you may get hooked on playing thrilling and suspenseful games filled with supernatural horror. Sale ENDS October 29, 2018.

Rifts Game Master Guide

BACK IN STOCK – Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available now

I always forget how jam-packed with valuable reference stats and comprehensive info the Rifts® Game Master Guide™ really is, with every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that has appeared in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C. and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – available now.

Other core Rifts® titles:

  • Rifts® Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG, Hardcover – core rules, epic setting of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in a future Earth post-apocalyptic setting. 30+ player characters – play a Dragon Hatchling, Cyborg, Juicer, Crazy, Cyber-Knight, Power Armor Pilot, Psi-Stalker, Dog Boy and others! Magic, psionics, weapons, bionics, and more. If you can imagine it, it can happen in Rifts®. 376 page hardcover – $41.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC – available now.
  • Rifts® Book of Magic – 900+ magic spells, plus Techno-Wizard devices, Magic Tattoos, Nazca Lines, Whale Songs, Herbs, Symbiotes, Bio-Wizard Weapons, Rune Weapons, magic items and more! 352 pages – still $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 848 – available now.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide – 150+ adventure ideas, Random Rifts, making towns, cities, merc companies, and traveling shows, gaming tips and much more. 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 849 – available now.
  • Rifts Conversion Books 1, 2 & 3.
  • Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – November release – in final production

The Rifter® #82 is personal. Within this 112 page sourcebook is a colorful, funny and touching memorial to Erick Wujcik, game designer, Game Master and friend. It is also packed with useful source material, magic, monsters, and heroes. All source material can be adapted to other world settings with some easy and obvious modifications. Unleash your imagination and use The Rifter® to fuel your own campaigns. In final production!

  • Erick Wujcik Remembered – 10 years after his death, friends and fans remember this unique individual and his work. Insight to the man and Palladium Books, the company he loved. Written by Kevin Siembieda and many, many others.
  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Pyromancy, Nebraska Part Three – by Daniel Frederick, Megan Timperley, Matthew Clements & Kevin Siembieda. The chaos of the Great Cataclysm is different around the globe. This source material examines the events and survivors of Nebraska, and the new Chaos Magic of Pyromancy and the Pyromancer who wields it. Plus Zone Twisters, and notable NPCs. Final Chapter. “Official” source material.
  • Rifts® Bestiary Sneak Preview – by Kevin Siembieda and Charles Walton II. A few choice new monsters. “Official” source material.
  • Nightbane® – Age Modifiers and Education rules – by Mark Oberle. “Official” source material.‘Nuff said.
  • Gaming Advice from Erick Wujcik – Thinking Big and The Name Giver, sage advice reprinted from The Rifter® #1 & 2.
  • And, space permitting, Heroes Unlimited™ source material by Matt Reed.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 112 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 182. Ships November.

Christmas Grab Bags

Palladium Christmas Surprise Packages start NOW!

Can you believe it? It’s that time again for the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer. Palladium Books® has been doing Christmas Surprise Packages, or “Grab Bags,” for 20 years! And what a great tradition it has become.

It enables you to get several RPG titles ($90-$100 worth) for ONLY $46 (plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way of saying 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 that special 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®, Rifts®, After the Bomb®, 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 joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 12-15 Palladium products (or more) FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 12-15 items for EACH Grab Bag is critical, because you will not know which items we will select to send you. 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 color 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 $46 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-$100 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. PLEASE 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 damn high cost of shipping from the United States. Since you are getting $90-$100 worth of product and only paying $46 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 is 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 only $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) because it helps us to make your Surprise Package special. If you need or want specific items, do NOT use the Surprise Package; place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the books you want. Offer ends December 24, 2018.

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

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships November

I’m sorry this book is taking longer than we had hoped, but we want to make it truly inspiring with cool monstrous pets, riding animals and alien familiars for players to use and monsters and dangers that inspire Game Masters to build better adventures. We have been working like crazy on this book, and it is coming along great, but it is taking time to get everything just the way we know you want it.

Wayne and Alex are busy editing, Chuck is drawing the beasts, Nick Bradshaw is doing art for a few last minute new monsters, and I have been writing and updating as fast as I can. The new monsters are awesome and some of the updates will make familiar and forgotten creatures feel new again. I’m behind where I wanted to be on this book, but it and Volume Two are going to be something special.

We are all excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One (and Two). Every single creature has extra information and updates, but many are much more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for gamers. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will the fans. We know the customer will enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One ships early November. Volume Two end of November or December.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated, much of the art by Charles Walton II, along with Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages each volume – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 (Volume One) and Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release Date: Early November.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®

I spoke to Nick Bradshaw about the art and some ideas for this book and expect to plunge into finishing it as soon as the Bestiary books are done. Cannot wait.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Artist John Zeleznik is painting away while author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

Psychic Storm

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

I approved the final cover art for Psychic Scream last week, the artist Anthony Moravian has transferred it to masonite and should be painting away. Another book I’m dying to get into your hands as soon as possible.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

As mentioned last week, we are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Bizantium and the Northern Islands – a Fantasy sourcebook

New: Bizantium and the Northern Islands™ details the northernmost part of the known Palladium Fantasy World. It also introduces the Cold Born, their Necromancy ships made from the bodies of dead sea serpents, 15 monsters and animals, Random Sea Monster Generator, notable people, places and adventure ideas. And COMING SOON: The Systems Failure™ RPG and more Paper Miniatures starting with a couple of sets for Dead Reign®.

Recent PDF additions include Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80 & The Rifter® #81, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 25, 2018

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