Palladium Books® Weekly Update – January 30, 2020

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

By Kevin Siembieda

A lot is happening at Palladium Books. Planning for Gen Con already, figuring out hotels and badges and game events, etc. Speaking of which, Game Masters planning (or wanting) to run Palladium game events at Gen Con 2020, please contact Palladium via the Megaversal Ambassador Program or NMI (Jeff Ruiz who is organizing all of this) so we can present you and your games as part of the Palladium events group and get superior room placement and free Game Master badges for those of you running.

Wayne has had his hands full with computer matters as well as prepping new product for DriveThru. Alex is editing away and posting new original art, toys, and collectibles on my Ebay store (Kevin’s Toys, Art and Collectibles). And Chuck is drawing away on his contributions to Rifts® Titan Robotics.

Meanwhile Julius is busy shipping copy after copy of Garden of the Gods™. People are loving this book. In fact, here is what one fan had to say about it:

Garden of the Gods™ is simply one of the best Palladium Fantasy books. It offers G.M.s and players adventure opportunities and inspiration galore, adding so very, very much to the Palladium World. I am sure I will read through it many times. It has SO much in it. I love the Guardian and the Stick Faeries. Especially the latter. Hope you are not put out with me when I call them Bonzai Ents in my mind. Seriously, this is a more than worthy companion to the fantastic Dragons & Gods™ and I could not be happier about this book. As all Palladium books, there is something in every paragraph and every page, but this book has an ever higher re-readability and all-out usefulness than other books. Thank you!”

Garden of the Gods

That email was appreciated and represents the reaction to GotG from most people. As for me (Kevin), my main focus is finishing In the Face of Death™ for Dead Reign®, our Zombie Apocalypse RPG (dedicating 7-9 hours a day to it, before I stop to address other matters for a few hours), but I am also orchestrating the production of six books in various stages of production for release over the next 3-4 months: Rifts® CS Manhunters, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, and Rifts® Titan Robotics™ you already know about. Plus three sourcebooks I have freelancers actively working on right now. They will each collect, update, and expand upon source material that has originally appeared in various issues of The Rifter® into a cohesive book. For many of you, all the material will be the first time you are seeing it, and for those of you who have seen it in the past, you will have it collected into one book, updated, expanded upon, made an official sourcebook, and ready to play.

Those three titles are, in no particular order: Creature Feature™, an adventure sourcebook for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Steven Dawes and others; Forgotten People, a sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Kevin Siembieda and others; and Atlantean Black Crusade™ (working title likely to change), which is an adventure sourcebook for Rifts®, by Andrew Landers and others. In addition, writer Glen Evans was so inspired by Garden of the Gods, he has elected to go back and retool his sprawling Lopan adventure sourcebook and he is also working on a possible Phi sourcebook. Meanwhile, a few writers are upping the ante for Land of the Damned 3: The Bleakness, adding to Matthew Clements’ already strong manuscript (you can see that in the LotD 3: The Bleakness Raw Preview available now; limited to only 200 copies while supplies last).

And that does not include game books slated for later in the year like Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume 2, Rifts® The Disavowed, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Land of the Damned™ 3: The Bleakness™ (Fantasy), and ... nope. I am not going to reveal anything else until we put several of the above books into your hands.

By the way, the more I think about it, the more certain I am we will launch a Megaverse® Insider offer for Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume 2 in February or early March. I am mentioning this now so people are ready for it when it becomes available offering signed, limited edition hardcovers, prints, sketches in books, original art and concept drawings, a PDF edition, surprises, etc. The Megaverse® Insider offer is only offered for a limited time, usually 14-18 days, and I don’t want interested parties to be caught unawares. Bestiary Volume 2 will offer another 80 or so creatures, including 15-20 new beasts and definitely some things that should surprise and delight you. A summer 2020 release.

I am happy to see a number of people securing their admissions for the Palladium Open House, April 22-25, 2021, over the weekend and throughout the week. It will be here in no time and space is limited to about 250 attendees, plus the largest number of Palladium creators ever. That means we could sell out, especially since 2021 is also Palladium’s 40th Anniversary. If you have the chance to come to this fun and heartwarming gaming extravaganza, I encourage you to do so. I don’t know how many more of these we can pull off and our 40th Anniversary might be a nice way to end the Open House tradition. Or not. We will have to wait and see.

Palladium Open House

More original artwork by Charles “Chuck” Walton, Kevin Long, Kevin Siembieda and other collectibles, one-of-a-kind negatives, and toys from my personal collection are being added to my Ebay store, Kevin’s Toys, Art and Collectibles, every few days. Negatives from Rifts® Japan are coming this weekend. Check it out at: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

Gen Con – Game Masters WANTED for Palladium Gaming Events

Hey everyone, we are hoping our usual crew of Gen Con Game Masters will be running Palladium Game events again. PLUS we are always looking for NEW Game Masters who would like to run events. Run three or more games (with 6 players or more each) and your Gen Con Admission is free, plus Palladium gives G.M.s a discount on books. But we need to hear from you soon. Game Masters and Game Event Descriptions NEEDED by February 28, 2020.

To have your event listed in the onsite, Gen Con Program Book (very important to have full attendance for your event), you need to send us your gaming events and descriptions NO later than February 28, 2020. This date gives us enough time to compile and send Gen Con everything they need. The Early Event Submission Deadline has already passed, so PLEASE get your Gen Con Palladium game events to us by February 28 or sooner. Thanks!

Game Masters, as in years past, please coordinate with NMI and the Megaversal Ambassadors to be part of the Palladium Books gaming block at Gen Con. We need you to send us your gaming events and descriptions by February 28, so we can coordinate and submit them as a batch. Thank you so much.

UPDATE: Palladium Open House – April 22-25, 2021

We need Game Masters for the 2021 Palladium Open House (POH) next year, too. If you know you are going to attend and would like to run one or more scheduled events at the POH, please let us know as soon as possible. We want to make sure we have enough gaming events to keep everyone busy all weekend long and have a schedule posted in advance of the event!

Game Masters who run three or more games get a FREE special G.M. T-shirt unveiled for the first time at the POH and a 30% Game Master Supreme Discount on Palladium’s RPG books and select other items. (Sorry, the discount does not apply to original art, limited editions, art prints, auction items or convention exclusive products.) We need plenty of games to satisfy 250-300 gamers, and your help is very appreciated and welcomed.

We expect to have more than 130 gaming events and we need experienced Game Masters to run Palladium events for all of our game lines – Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, After the Bomb®, Splicers®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Chaos Earth®, Robotech®, Ninjas & Superspies™, and all the rest!

You can contact us by telephone (734-721-2903) or by email at palladium-gm {at} palladiumbooks.com at your earliest convenience. Thank you.

We don’t need a complete description and number of players in your game, just yet, but it would be great to know who is planning to run, how many games you intend to run, and for which of our game systems, so we know where we need to fill holes. Julius Rosenstein is already working out his games and they sound great. I (Kevin) am thinking of running Beyond the Supernatural™, Fantasy, and something I’m calling Mutant Mayhem™, using After the Bomb® mutant animals in a modern super-hero adventure not unlike Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, only no turtles.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Now Shipping

Gamers are going bonkers over the 224 page Garden of the Gods™ Fantasy sourcebook, which is very gratifying because everyone involved pulled out all the stops for it. As I have said, Garden of the Gods™ demonstrates what I mean when we talk about Wow Factor and pushing the envelope to give players and Game Masters a lot to fuel their imaginations and to empower their characters and build campaigns.

Garden of the Gods™ is a toy chest containing 200+ blessings and 100+ magic items to enhance your character, 50+ curses, 45 forgotten gods, over 100 adventure quests, the Garden described, and more. Spice up any fantasy campaign with this imagination stimulating, resource-rich sourcebook – easily adapted to other Palladium settings like Rifts®, Phase World®, Chaos Earth®, Heroes Unlimited™, Nightbane®, AND fantasy RPG settings by any publisher (D&D®, Pathfinder®, etc.). You will love it (and the many other books coming your way). See the complete description for more details, or take a look at the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com.

Garden of the Gods

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death (Zombie Apocalypse) – in production

I’m feverishly writing away on In the Face of Death™ for Dead Reign® our Zombie Apocalypse RPG. This epic sourcebook continues to push the boundaries of the zombie genre while presenting a new setting, adventures ideas, bad guys, and new ways to look at adventuring in the post-apocalyptic setting. I’m having fun outlining survival in the big cities, survivor communities living on rooftops and in skyscrapers as well as the suburbs, and I’m introducing Parkour as a new skill. I finished Resource Acquisition over the weekend, the Masked Lunatic O.C.C. yesterday, and have parts of Death Cults, Traps, Life on the Rooftops, and other sections in various stages of completion. All good stuff to fuel your imaginations and expand the conventions of adventures in the Zombie Apocalypse. Definitely going to be a February release.

The previous Dead Reign® sourcebook, Hell Followed™ introduced the idea of Masked Lunatics – survivors who think they are superhuman comic book-style heroes and protectors of the people. Hell Followed™ offered several off-beat NPCs, but did not present Masked Lunatics as player characters. In the Face of Death™ rectifies that, with complete rules and stats for their creation and fun use in the game.

Pre-Order In the Face of Death

Rifts Coalition Manhunters

UPDATE: Rifts® Coalition Manhunters

I think this Secrets of the Coalition™ sourcebook is also gonna be a fun surprise for people and is the next book to be completed. It provides a glimpse into the Coalition States’ Psi-Battalion and one of its top secret Special Ops divisions: the CS Manhunters. A group that can be played as new villains/antagonists or heroes depending on your game’s perspective. And I know folks are going to like the psionics. I’m assigning some additional artwork for it this week. Shooting for a March release.

Pre-Order Coalition Manhunters

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

This is another book that is going to surprise and wow. New and insane psionics, some taken to the level of super-abilities due to the massive amount of P.P.E. energy surging across the planet and boosting survivors with ambient and alien energy. Some become heroes and defenders of fellow survivors. Some become power-mongers and killers. And still others become just one more monster or madman threatening to destroy humanity. I’m assigning some additional artwork for it this week.

Pre-Order Psychic Scream

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is a high-tech toy box of new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics that will make gamers salivate. I need to assign out a few additional illustrations soon, but most of the art is done.

Pre-Order Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Volume 2

Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume 2 will offer another 80 or so creatures, including 15-20 new beasts and some surprises. Please note, the limited time special Megaverse® Insider offer for Volume 2 is coming sometime in February or March, 2020, so start planning for it and spread the word. These are always fun.

Pre-Order Rifts Bestiary Volume Two

UPDATE: Other titles – like CS Arsenal and Beyond the Supernatural sourcebooks

Please remember, just because I do not mention or list a specific title in an Update, does not mean it has been removed from the production schedule. All it means is that we are focused and talking about more immediate, upcoming releases, or projects we are excited about that week, or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months, as well as new projects being worked on by freelance writers. That includes Rifts® Antarctica, The Disavowed™, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Land of the Damned™ 3, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of final production or development. We are shooting for one or two new physical book releases every month as well as a couple new PDF products on DriveThruRPG.

What’s on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® Novel, The Rifter® #83, Garden of the Gods Preview, and more

Recent on DriveThru: Rifts® Sonic Boom™ lets you experience Rifts North America through the eyes of a group of soldiers of the Coalition States™. Follow the exploits of a CS platoon sworn to protect humankind from all threats, be they aliens, dragons, masters of magic or fellow humans out for themselves; The Rifter® #83 with source material for Rifts® (50 Treasures of the Megaverse), Palladium Fantasy RPG® (the Prophet and Half-Ogres), Beyond the Supernatural™, Heroes Unlimited™ and more; The Rifter® #82, with source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth® (50+ new fire/lava spells), Nightbane® (Age Modifier rules), Heroes Unlimited™, a tribute to Erick Wujcik, and more. Rifts® World Book 36: Sovietski™. It is a diverse, fun, 224 page World Book full of cyborgs, weapons, tech, tanks, and details about the Sovietski war machine, the new KGB, key cities, its people and society, as well as D-Bees and adventure.

Also available: Free Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) and Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Previews, and the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come.

Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. 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. 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, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.

  • Rifts® is a genre-bending setting that combines science fiction, fantasy, horror, post-apocalypse survival, magic, and endless possibilities for adventure. Imagine a near perfect world of advanced technology 100 years in the future. Then imagine that world crashing down overnight in an apocalyptic upheaval not seen since the formation of the planet. A Great Cataclysm caused by the explosive return of magic. Now fast forward 300 years into the future where magic, dragons, and mythic gods coexist with cyborgs, giant robots and super-science rediscovered from humanity's Golden Age as humans rise from a lengthy Dark Age. But they must contend with countless alien life forms, monsters, and supernatural horrors from beyond the Rifts.
  • Rifts® core titles we would suggest: Rifts® Ultimate Edition, Rifts® Game Master Guide, Rifts® Book of Magic, Rifts® Adventure Guide, D-Bees of North America™, Rifts® World Book 11: Coalition War Campaign and Rifts® Sourcebook One. Note: The Rifts® RPG, 1st Edition and Rifts® Ultimate, 2nd Edition are both available.
  • 80+ Rifts® supplements, most of them available as PDFs with more coming. Where to start? Wherever sounds fun.
  • Rifts® Dimension Books™: Travel to alien worlds and dimensions via the Rifts for off-world adventure and intrigue.
  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG and sourcebook series (all). Live through the Great Cataclysm and the Coming of the Rifts. Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG, Creatures of Chaos™, Rise of Magic™, and Chaos Earth® Resurrection™ are all available.
  • FREE Sneak Previews for Nightbane® Dark Designs™, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™, Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity, and many other previews as well as free and low cost items that we make available. All of it adds to the growing list of Rifts and other Palladium RPG game titles available as PDF books, cards and support. A new title should be added every week or two, so keep watching for them.
  • The Rifter® #1-77. Each issue is a wealth of source material and ideas for several game lines, but most material can be easily adapted to ANY Palladium game world. Each issue a gem.
  • Splicers® RPG is like Iron Man meets Game of Thrones with elements of Terminator – except this army of Iron Men are clad in living body armor and wield living, organic weapons and devices. Created in 2004 by writer and game designer Carmen Bellaire, Splicers® was nominated for an Inquest Gamer Magazine Fan Awards Game of the Year, and has since developed a rabid fan base. Science fiction and horror where humans are forced to use genetically engineered, living weapons and organic war machines to battle an insane Artificial Intelligence and her robot legions. Unlike anything you have ever played before!
  • Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook: 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG®, 1st Edition Rules and sourcebooks. A unique world of magic, monsters and heroes. Dozens of nonhuman player characters including Wolfen, Bearmen, Ogres, Orcs and more. 100,000 years of history.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG®, 2nd Edition Rules and many sourcebooks. The expanded world of high fantasy, magic, mystery and heroes of every variety. Includes the Mind Mage and psychic abilities, mages and spells, magic circles and symbols, men-at-arms, scoundrels and a wide range of inhuman player characters including Wolfen, Bearmen, Ogres, Orcs and many more. 100,000 years of history.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ RPG first edition rule book and sourcebooks.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ RPG Second Edition rule book and sourcebooks. Create any type of superhuman you can desire and bring comic book adventures to life.
  • Dead Reign® RPG (Zombie Apocalypse). The dead have risen. It is the battle for survival in the zombie apocalypse, but this setting is much more than your typical zombie game. Play ordinary people or special characters better equipped to survive and hunt zombies. Many unusual types of zombies.
  • Dead Reign® Sourcebooks: 6 sourcebooks from Civilization Gone™ to Hell Followed™ (the latter features stats for 23 disasters, masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, and more) are available.
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 1st Edition Rules. Supernatural horror in the modern world. Play ordinary people, psychics, paranormal investigators or for something different: Victim Characters!
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The complete, revised core game, 14 character classes and 42 occupations for "ordinary people," 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules.
  • Nightbane® RPG and sourcebooks. An RPG setting we call superhero horror. Dark conspiracy, a secret, demon invasion starting with world leaders and law enforcement, and it is spreading. The player characters are the Nightbane®, reluctant superhumans who must turn into monsters themselves to unleash their powers and battle the evil that is clear only to them. A dark, sinister and challenging world of horror.
  • After the Bomb® RPG and sourcebooks. Planet of the Apes meets the X-Men! Animal creations, powers and more. Create any type of intelligent mutant animal you can imagine as friend or foe.
  • Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG and the Mystic China™ sourcebook. James Bond meets Enter the Dragon. 41 types of martial arts, ninjas, and super-spies with gadgets, gizmos and advanced weapons.
  • The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy RPG is a long time, cult favorite with a fatalistic world-view of humans vs aliens with superior technology.
  • The Palladium Weapon Series of real world weapons, armor and castles throughout history. Designed for use with ANY game system.
  • 200+ Palladium titles in all, plus G.M. kits, paper miniatures and more.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Paper Miniatures – Two sets are now available!
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® Paper Miniatures – Volumes #1-6 are available now. More are coming in the weeks ahead.
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Men at Arms – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Coalition Dead Boys – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Adventurers – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Practitioners of Magic (new) – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Extras (new) – $2.99
  • And more to come in the weeks ahead.

Palladium Collectibles, Negatives, Artwork, other Collectibles and Toys are always available in Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles eBay Store along with other good things

My eBay store is one of the few places where you can find original artwork by Charles "Chuck" Walton, Kevin Long, and others, as well as one-of-a-kind negatives from classic Rifts® and other Palladium RPG books (they look awesome framed!), rare Palladium collector hardcovers, signed books, other Palladium memorabilia, toys from my personal collection and other collectibles. Check every couple of weeks because we often post new stuff or offer a new sale. There is a sale on negatives starting today, in fact.

Other one-of-a-kind original artwork available by me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton II (money goes to the artist), other artists, as well as collectible negatives, prints, limited edition hardcovers, proofreader copies, out of print items, Star Wars toys, Marvel toys and many other toys and collectibles from my personal collection. 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. Hundreds of items. Take a look every weekend for new additions.

Available now: One-of-a-kind book negatives. Negatives were very popular items at the Palladium Open House and people went crazy over them at Gen Con – including actor Joe Manganiello who scooped up a pile of TMNT negatives, while Palladium's own Mark Oberle, Carmen Bellaire, Brandon Aten and a whole lot of Palladium gamers went for negatives from Rifts® New West, Lone Star and Free Quebec. Fun.

Negatives are unique and attractive, one-of-a-kind (on rare occasions two-of-a-kind if a page was replaced or a second edition was made) works of art that resemble woodcut art and are very dynamic conversation pieces. Before digital printing, pages of a book were laid out by hand on a board, and each page was photographed. The plastic film negatives were then "ganged" on a massive sheet of Mylar 16 pages per big sheet, and the printing plates were made from the negatives – everything white, printing black.

When our printer, McNaughton and Gunn, went completely digital, they asked if Palladium Books wanted the negs, otherwise they would be destroyed. Regrettably, I let a few dozen be destroyed, but the negatives of many books were sent to Palladium. They have sat in our warehouse for years until I started to offer them for sale. I have also started signing the negatives in silver and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each negative comes on a white board inside a plastic magazine bag and looks fabulous framed! Fits in an 8x10 inch matt opening in a frame (each neg is roughly 8½ x 11 inches).

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

Closing Thoughts

A number of you have reached out to tell us how excited you are about upcoming releases as well as your enjoyment over Garden of the Gods™. Thank you, we appreciate your feedback and that includes suggestions. It was a suggestion from a fan/friend that spawned the idea for Garden of the Gods™ in the very first place. And suggestions from a couple of different fans gave me ideas that made it even better than it was going to be. We appreciate you and listen to your input.

As for excitement over upcoming releases, we are excited too. I believe I have mentioned in a recent Update and/or The Rifter® #84 that we are back to basics and focusing on what we love most and do best: RPG books and world building. My personal mission is to release one or two new books a month all year long. I think we are off to a good start. Speaking of which, I am hot writing so my thoughts are all about finishing In the Face of Death™ by the end of next week, and going right into CS Manhunters™ and Psychic Scream™. So if you don’t mind, I am going to get back to it. Our thanks to those of you who supported the Rifts® Bundles of Holding, enjoy. Please keep enjoying our books and game on!

– Kevin Siembieda, Game Designer, Writer, & Gamer

Phase World

BACK IN STOCK: Rifts® Dimension Book 2: Phase World® – Available now

Phase World® is your first step into the Three Galaxies and a key location of combat in the Minion War.

  • Phase World Overview, and Center, the intergalactic trading post with portals to 1,000 worlds.
  • 30 alien O.C.C.s. Prometheans, Dominators, Cosmo-Knights, and more.
  • Naruni Enterprises and its place in the three Galaxies.
  • The Kreeghor and the Transgalactic Empire. Allies of the Splugorth.
  • Consortium of Civilized Worlds, galactic peacekeepers.
  • Phase Weapons of the mysterious Prometheans.
  • Weapons, power armor, robots, and gear.
  • Notable spacecrafts.
  • Character sheets, adventure ideas and more.
  • 208 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 816 – available now.

Phase World

Also Available: Rifts® Dimension Book 2: Phase World® Sourcebook

  • More space ships and spacecraft combat.
  • More robots, power armor and weapons.
  • More aliens and a dozen O.C.C.s.
  • More space adventures and fun.
  • 112 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 817 – available now.

Phase World Sourcebook

Garden of the Gods

NEW! Garden of the Gods, Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook – Shipping now!

The Garden of the Gods™ sourcebook is a toy box of gods, magical blessings, ancient artifacts, and hundreds of opportunities and adventure ideas for players and Game Masters alike.

The Garden of the Gods is a place of miracles and wisdom where people of all occupations and races, nobility and the poor, come to find inspiration, blessings and adventure. Many insist the gods themselves are present and may visit heroes and followers in dreams, visions, or in person as an avatar. The gods also look for champions and assign heroic quests and gifts of knowledge and magic. Here, all gods are equal and many a forgotten god seeks to be rediscovered and worshiped by offering blessings, vision quests, and magical artifacts to potential heroes to champion their name.

There is also an dangerous evil on the island of Lopan. An open wound in the earth known as the Black Pit, as well as dark gods within the Garden itself.

  • 212 Blessings.
  • 101 Magic Artifacts.
  • 45 Forgotten gods.
  • 50+ Curses and dark magic.
  • 100+ Random quests and encounters, and each god offers adventure hooks.
  • Restore forgotten gods to power. Become a Champion of the Gods.
  • 5 Weapons of destruction created by the Old Ones.
  • Godly insight, visitations, knowledge and purpose.
  • The Garden of the Gods and its protectors.
  • Ghosts, Faeries, mysteries, and ancient secrets.
  • Rumors of a secret way to the Land of the Damned.
  • The Black Pit, a place of legend and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or something more sinister?
  • Easily adapted to Rifts®, Phase World® and any game system. One game system – a Megaverse® of adventure!™
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • 224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 475.

Garden of the Gods

Land of the Damned 3 The Bleakness Raw Preview

Land of the Damned Three: The Bleakness Raw Preview – available now

Available now! The “Raw Preview Edition” of LotD-3: The Bleakness™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites and publication. Limited to a total of 200 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents the forbidden Land of the Damned in all its brutal glory. Includes information about the ancient and forgotten eldritch races, the Minotaur legions, dark magic, the Citadel, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series, with connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 200 collector copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, based on ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 470-RAW – available now. Note: The finished book with artwork and more is anticipated to ship the summer of 2020, but you can see what it’s all about right now and even start playing with this special Preview Edition!

Bleakness Raw Preview

Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create. Available now, directly from Palladium Books AND DriveThruRPG.com – this is a digital, online product only.

Features & Benefits:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you! Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Watch the Overview video here: https://vimeo.com/322271758

Palladium Fantasy Interactive Character Sheet

In the Face of Death

NEW! In the Face of Death – A Dead Reign® Sourcebook – In production for February release

“People will tell you no one can survive in the big cities. They are wrong.”

– Brad Ashley, Leader of the Road Reapers in the Zombie Apocalypse.

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.
  • Living on the rooftops.
  • Surviving in big cities crawling with zombies.
  • Death Cults, a different type of danger.
  • Gangs, street runners, the new underground, and more.
  • Heroic Masked Lunatics as player characters.
  • Take your zombie campaign to new heights!
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Nick Bradshaw.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Mark Oberle. Adaptable to other settings.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 237 – in production – ships February.

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Rifts Coalition Manhunters

COMING! Rifts® Coalition Manhunters – March Release – A Secrets of the Coalition States Sourcebook

A secret division within the Coalition’s Psi-Battalion, the CS Manhunters hunt not only the most dangerous spies and fugitives, but also their own. Coalition soldiers, brass, government leaders, and anyone who becomes designated as having gone rogue, AWOL, or turned traitor (including the Disavowed), become targets of CS Manhunters to be tracked down and brought to justice. This elite force of psychics, Kill Hounds, and manhunters are trained killing machines who follow orders without question and kill without hesitation.

More often than not, the assignment is straight-up find and terminate. If your name has been given to a Manhunter squad, your fate is sealed, and no one is untouchable. The CS Manhunters operate in secret, find their target, terminate, and vanish as if they were never there at all. They don’t seek credit or limelight. They serve their country from the blood-soaked shadows.

  • CS Manhunter squads and special operatives.
  • Manhunter Killhound and Dog Boy O.C.C.s.
  • CS Manhunter Psi-Healer.
  • CS Manhunter Psi-Interrogator (Mind Melter).
  • CS Manhunter Psi-Enforcer (Mind Melter).
  • CS Manhunter Bursters and Zappers.
  • CS Manhunter Slayer (a variation of the Psi-Slayer or Psi-Warrior).
  • CS Manhunter Mind Melter, the most insidious and deadliest of them all.
  • Weapons, gear, and tactics.
  • Some notable Non-Player Characters, adventure ideas, and more.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Art by Nick Bradshaw.
  • 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 894. February or March release.

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Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

Psychic Scream – Rifts® Chaos Earth® Sourcebook

A storm has rolled in. A psychic storm. With the Coming of the Rifts, survivors are bombarded by terrifying visions and overwhelmed with powers and abilities they never asked for, and often cannot control.

Where do you hide from the madness boiling inside of you?

What would you do when you know evil lurks hidden among your fellow survivors?

Why do the voices of alien creatures speak to you?

How do you cope when the power you unleashed to destroy a monster and save the innocent, destroys everyone but you?

Have you become a hero or another monster born in chaos?

Are these powers your family’s salvation or their damnation?

Find out in Psychic Scream!

In the wake of the Coming of the Rifts, people begin to see ghosts and demons, they unleash lightning from their fingertips, command fire and water, hurl boulders and girders with their minds, and manifest a wide range of mental powers. Psionic abilities fueled by the explosive return of magic and the unchecked flow of dimensional energy that is off the charts.

Psychic abilities more powerful than anything known after the Two Hundred Years Dark Age. Wondrous and lifesaving. But also seething and out of control. The psychics’ own minds bombarded by feelings of dread, visions of horror, and the thoughts and emotions of everyone around them. For many, it is too much, sending them careening into madness. For others, it creates heroes forged from chaos.

  • Untamed psychic abilities. More powerful than anything known later on Rifts Earth.
  • New psychic powers and character classes.
  • New psionic monsters and invaders.
  • Insanity, side-effects and horror.
  • Adventure ideas and more. All people, powers and monsters that become myths and legends told about the events during the Two Hundred Years Dark Age.
  • Written by Taylor White and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 667. Winter or spring release.

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Rifts Titan Robotics

COMING: Rifts® Titan Robotics

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics. Ah, but Titan Robotics is much more than just another weapons manufacturer, it is the secret operation of ARCHIE-3 and all part of his plan to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics, his current schemes and plans for the future. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail, but may expand into 192 pages.

  • New Giant Robots.
  • New Power Armor, equipment and accessories.
  • 30+ power armors and robots, plus other equipment.
  • New weapons, gear and vehicles.
  • Titan Robotics Corporation and structure.
  • Archie’s secret kingdom and plans for the future.
  • New O.C.C.s and key Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
  • Android executives, security and much more.
  • Wellington Industries, campaign prompts and more.
  • Art by Zeleznik, Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda. Cover by Zeleznik.
  • 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899. Winter or spring release.

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COMING: The Island of Lopan Sourcebook, a fantasy sourcebook

The island kingdom described and mapped, rare and ancient magic, trade with the Old Kingdom, Centaurs, Western intrigue, and more.

  • History and overview.
  • Key cities and locations.
  • Lopan O.C.C.s and people of note.
  • And Old Kingdom City that is a trade partner.
  • The mysterious and nearly forgotten Mosaic Magic.
  • New monsters and magic, weapons and gear.
  • Written by Glen Evans.
  • 192 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 476 – coming in 2020.

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Rifts Antarctica

COMING: Rifts® Antarctica

Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land beyond what anyone expects. A frozen continent transformed by the power of magic and alien wildlife. Long isolated from the rest of the world, Rifts, D-Shifting events and the threat of war have now brought the distant South Pole within reach. And unearthed something ancient and so dangerous that even the Splugorth fear it and dare not go there.

  • New alien monsters and D-Bees.
  • Strange new weapons and vehicles. Some left over from the Golden Age of Humanity, others completely alien.
  • The Splugorth’s secret outpost. More than it would seem.
  • A Splugorth zoo and place of secret Bio-Wizard experiments.
  • Snow and Ice Golems created specifically for the cold environment.
  • Danger from the elements, Ice Witches, Icecraft, and other horrors.
  • Vostok City, a city of magic carved from the ice itself.
  • Cold-weather skills, technology and survival techniques.
  • Ancient danger and dark secrets.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, Carmen Bellaire, and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 160 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 898. Spring or summer release.

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Rifts Bestiary Volume Two

Rifts® Bestiary Vol. Two – Coming Spring 2020

More monsters and exotic animals of Rifts® North America as part of an ongoing series of Rifts® Bestiary sourcebooks. The first two or three Rifts® Bestiary™ books will focus on monsters and animals of North America. They collect creatures from all current World Books and Sourcebooks, plus some new creatures by Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton, and others. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location at a glance.

Note: The Rifts® Bestiary™ series is more than a few big books of monsters, they are deliberately designed to provide players with a useful, living resource (pet, guard animal, riding animal, food source, etc.) as well as present many and varied opportunities for adventure and fun. Some creatures are helpful, some are inadvertently a threat or danger, while others are slobbering predators or wicked beasts that kill and eat you, or capture you, or sabotage you, or worse.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America in a second easy to use sourcebook.
  • Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Notable Splugorth hunting animals.
  • 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, Cummings, Bradshaw, Atkins, Ashbaugh, and many others.
  • 192-224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 897. In production. Anticipating Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two to be a spring 2020 release.

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Rifts The Disavowed

COMING! 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 – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 892. Summer release.

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COMING! Heroes of Humanity Arsenal – Rifts® Secrets of the Coalition States Sourcebook

Rifts® Heroes of Humanity gave you updated Coalition Army O.C.C.s, ways to upgrade men-at-arms, new O.C.C.s, battle plans and strategies and tactics. CS Heroes of Humanity™ 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.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 893 – Summer or fall release.

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Rifts Bestiary

Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Shipping Now!

Could the monsters known as Caterpillar Things be the larval form of the Mothman Monster? Is the Corrival Battler as aggressive and dangerous as adventurers claim? Are Darkhounds really magically mutated Dog Boys? Is that why they see Coalition soldiers as friends and allies? Ee-Bee Gee-Bees are kinda cute, how dangerous can they be? Is it true the animals and people slain by the Death Springer rise as zombies?! What on Rifts Earth is a Field Reaper?

This book reveals it all.

Designed with both Players and Game Masters in mind, with creatures that can be used as pets, companions, riding animals, attack animals, and even unlikely allies, as well as slobbering monsters and catalysts for adventure. Adult, juvenile, and young stages of life give every creature three different levels of power and danger. Presented as a complete ecosystem, with maps and details to bring each animal to life. All provide plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America.
  • 80+ creatures described in detail, updated and expanded.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, alien horrors, giant insects, and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found at a glance.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Powerful art.
  • Includes basic S.D.C. stats for each creature description.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton and others.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 – Shipping Now!

Rifts Bestiary Volume One

Rifts Bestiary Gold Hardcover

Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One – “Gold Edition” Hardcover – Signed and Numbered – Now Shipping!

A deluxe, limited, Gold Edition hardcover, signed and numbered by Palladium staff and maybe a few freelancers. It is the same content of unique creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and slobbering monsters as the softcover edition in a durable hardcover. Very limited run of only 300 copies, numbered and signed by Kevin Siembieda, Palladium staff members and possibly available contributing artists and writers. Note: Historically, Palladium Books’ Gold Editions have doubled, tripled or increased in value many times over. Valued as cherished collectibles. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please note the slight increase in price to $55.

  • Gold foil on a black faux leather hardcover.
  • Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
  • Only 300 signed and numbered copies.
  • Available only from Palladium Books.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
  • Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America.
  • 80+ creatures described in detail.
  • Same contents as the softcover edition.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting; basic S.D.C. stats included for each creature description.
  • 256 pages – $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One). Shipping Now!

Rifts Bestiary One Gold

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – available and shipping now

The Rifter® #84 focuses on adventure in dark corners of various world settings. Places where danger threatens, monsters and evildoers lurk in the shadows, and people are in need of heroes. Adventure source material for The Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, and Rifts®. And remember, adventures and source material for one game setting can also be adapted to other world settings with some easy and obvious modifications. Most of all, have fun.

Rifter® #84 Highlights:

  • The City of Cascade™ by Erick Wujcik and Matt Reed, A modern city in desperate need of heroes.
  • The Kingdom of Raf-Chalon™ for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Glen Evans. An Elven Kingdom in the Eastern Territory™.
  • Golems in the Myst™ for Rifts® by Greg Diaczyk. Techno-Wizard experiments go wrong and Golems run amok.
  • Spellbound O.C.C. for Nightbane® RPG by Ian Herbert.
  • An Adventure for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Kyle Osterberg.
  • The Dimma, a short story and a scary new monster for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Steven Dawes.
  • 2021 Palladium Open House and other news.
  • Coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – Shipping now!

The Rifter 84

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