By Kevin Siembieda
News and Updates first . . .
UPDATE: Rifts® Japan and Rifts® Lone Star™ arrived at the Palladium warehouse Monday, April 25, and are ready to ship. Both books are fan favorites and we were happy with the number of copies distributors ordered.
UPDATE: Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™ – shipped Tuesday, April 25, and is available now. PR copies went out Wednesday.
Sales for Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™ are strong and we expect they will increase as word spreads about the book. There is a lot of what I call "Wow Factor" in this title as well as material suitable for use in many diverse settings. We are seeing a trend of a large number of gamers purchasing one or two additional books with their Thundercloud Galaxy™ order; typically Armageddon Unlimited™, Dimensional Outbreak™, Rifts® Japan, Rifts® Lone Star™ or The Rifter #54.
For a preview of the book, go to DriveThruRPG.com to get the free PDF download. It is easy to create a free account and only takes a couple of minutes. The preview shows the Trensik Mercenaries R.C.C. as well as a brief overview piece, a map of the galaxy and the Contents pages. The free Armageddon Unlimited™ Sneak Preview is also available.
Remember, DriveThruRPG.com is a good resource for getting The Rifter® #1-48 and to fill in your RPG library with first edition copies of Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, and other game lines as well as books such as Nightbane® Book Four: Shadows of Light™ and both versions of the The Mechanoids® RPG (1985) and The Collected Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy (1981-1983).
UPDATE: Online sales. I'm happy to report online sales have continued to improve for the third week in a row. They are still shy of where we would like to see them, but seeing a steady growth is welcomed. As we build momentum with the regular release of new titles, growing excitement should result in strong, consistent sales. There is already mounting excitement about the Rifts® Vampire titles (Carmen Bellaire, for one, can hardly wait), as well as Rifts® Lemuria, Robotech® New Generation™ Sourcebook and Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames.
UPDATE: Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms™. Ideas are pouring out of me for this book which is transforming as I work on it. I suspect it will be getting more new material than I had originally imagined as it progresses. Regrettably, I have spent much of my week in meetings, on the phone, and getting future books in the pipeline, as well as working on the new Palladium website. (Which I want to see go live by the end of next week!) That's okay, because I can feel the ideas percolating in my mind, and I'm pleased with the work I have done. There will be more about vampires, the Vampire Kingdoms, rivalry between the Kingdoms, life in vampire controlled Mexico, traveling in vampire territory and surviving, as well as adventure hooks and ideas. I think I'm going to take Carmen's suggestion and move the Traveling Shows section into the sourcebook or even as a separate sourcebook. I have a million ideas burning a hole in my head. Now, I just need to find the time to write.
UPDATE: Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook. This is a work in progress as my ideas and focus change with the Kingdoms book and as freelancer material comes in. It will offer ways to travel through and adventure in the Vampire Kingdoms and live to tell the tale, as well as vampire henchmen and the low-life humans who trap and destroy Vampire Hunters.
UPDATE: Robotech® New Generation™ Sourcebook. I can hear it calling my name, but I still haven't gotten to work on this manuscript yet. Soon. I did have a good talk with author Irvin Jackson about it and the next sourcebook to follow. Mmmmm, good stuff.
UPDATE: Rifts® Lemuria. I expect to get the finished artwork next week from John Zeleznik. And I've promised a trio of artists I'd get them art assignments by the end of this week. Writer Greg Diaczyk is burning with new ideas for future World Books and even a Nightbane® book. Actually, there are a number of yet-to-be-revealed RPG projects in development behind the scenes by several writers. A few were in the works before the Creators Conference, but several have been born since our brainstorming gathering – exactly what I had hoped for.