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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 5, 2011

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By Kevin Siembieda

News and Updates first . . .

Books are selling, the new website is getting close to going live, a lot of Palladium gamers are voting on our poll and offering very helpful observations and suggestions about Palladium products, as well as ideas for the future. Awesome, keep them coming. As for the staff, we continue to work like maniacs and could use a break, but can't afford to take the time. In fact, Wayne is coming in on Saturday to get some extra work in. I hope to be writing vampires, vampires, vampires!

UPDATE: New Palladium Website goes live next week. The website is almost done and ready to debut. Mark Dudley saw it yesterday for the first time and thought it was outstanding, saying, "This will turn some heads." We think so too. The new look is more dynamic, cleaner, easy to use, updated, and fun. That's the good news. The bad news, I've spent most of the week working with Rex and Wayne on it. Whew, there's a lot more work to these things than you'd think, and I'm not even doing the heavy lifting. If all goes according to plan, the new website will go live Monday or Tuesday evening. Keep your eyes peeled.

UPDATE: Palladium's Facebook numbers are increasing. We are only TWO people away from hitting 2500 people who like the page, we're seeing around 2,000 active users a month, and I've been posting a lot more the past two weeks, as are Alex and an increasing number of freelancers. Plus, we plan to do more with the page in the months ahead. Join the fun.

UPDATE: Online sales. I'm happy to report online sales are up this week and finally hovering around the level we like to see them. With any luck, sales will remain strong for a while or even continue to climb. They should, as Palladium continues to build momentum with the regular release of new titles, and growing excitement over our plans for the future. Best of all, folks are clamoring for the two Rifts® Vampire titles, as well as Rifts® Lemuria, Robotech® New Generation™ Sourcebook and Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames. So I guess I'd better start writing and editing faster!

UPDATE: Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™ – the book shipped last week, gamers are loving it and we're seeing a lot of positive response to it. As we had anticipated, people are surprised but delighted with the content. We continue to see 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™ orThe Rifter #54. Get your copy today.

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 free Armageddon Unlimited™ Sneak Preview is also available.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 asNightbane® Book Four: Shadows of Light™ and both versions of the The Mechanoids® RPG (1985) and The Collected Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy (1981-1983).

UPDATE: Rifts® Japan and Rifts® Lone Star™ are back in stock and also selling well.

UPDATE: Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms™. I've spent most of the week clearing my schedule so that I can finish rewriting Vampire Kingdoms with little interruption in the next week. I'm burning with ideas and writing is going well.

UPDATE: Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook. I'm kinda working on this book at the same time as Vampire Kingdoms, making notes and kicking material that doesn't fit in the Kingdoms' rewrite into the sourcebook.

UPDATE: Robotech® New Generation™ Sourcebook. No movement on this title this week as my energy has been spent elsewhere. I did have a nice talk with Tommy Yune and he was glad to hear we want 2-4 Robotech books out by the end of the year.

UPDATE: Rifts® Lemuria. Must assign art.

I approved the new cover composition and color sketch for it Wednesday. It will be another crowd pleaser. Epic. And scary. I look at the cover and I think, holy $%@+ that's happening on Rifts Earth! Oh yeah. ;)

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 5, 2011

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 28, 2011

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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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 28, 2011

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