By Kevin Siembieda
One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure
We continue to work like mad dogs on several books. Here’s what’s new this week. Keeping it short.
New on DriveThru is The Rifter® #80. This 112 page issue is filled with cool new people, NPCs, creatures, and settings for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Chaos Earth® and Splicers®, plus a new super-villain organization for Heroes Unlimited™. Best of all, it’s almost entirely “official” source material. Contributing writers include me (Kevin Siembieda), Julius Rosenstein and Charles Walton II, among others. And I love Julius’s nomadic, thieving Wayfarers. Troublemakers who can be dropped into an adventure anywhere. Of course, The Rifter #80 also remains available as a printed book in our online store.
Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One is finally about to enter into typesetting and layout. The Rifts® Bestiary™ series is an important resource and a very special book, so we spent the last week going over and tweaking the 400 manuscript pages of descriptions and the standardized stat blocks to make sure they are all consistent, clean and as useful as they should be. Yes, I am probably overthinking this book, but I want Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One to be outstanding and mind-blowing. Exhausted but happy to be entering the typesetting and layout stage. Other books in the pipeline like Garden of the Gods™, The Rifter® #83, In the Face of Death™, The Rifter® #84, Psychic Scream™ and Rifts® Titan Robotics™ to follow quickly. All are moving along nicely. So excited about this batch of books coming your way. Sorry it has taken so long. As noted previously, the Rifts® Bestiary™ turned into a bigger job and something of a monster for us (pun intended), but hopefully very worthwhile. This is why I have a love/hate relationship with big books, especially big books full of stats. On one hand, they’re awesome and fun to write, and fun for you, the gamer. On the other hand, they are so much work and take so much time to do right. It’s like running a marathon!
Rifts® Miniatures Sale – Half price – now thru June 19
Here is your chance to snap up some great Rifts® metal miniatures at HALF PRICE. If you are looking to build a Coalition or Xiticix army or a team of adventurers, this is the time to do it. Most Rifts® miniatures are on sale, except for those we are running very low on. Available from Palladium Books now thru Wednesday night, June 19, 2019.
It’s Springtime! Have you gotten your Rifts® Baseball Cap?
Spring is quickly heading into summer. Which means it’s time for baseball caps. The new Rifts® baseball caps are waiting for you. I’ve been wearing my inexpensive, red Rifts logo printed on a black cap ($11.99) every morning walk and while doing yard work for weeks now, and I love it. All are 100% cotton.
- NEW! Rifts® Screen Printed 100% Twill Baseball Cap – Red “Rifts” printed on a black cap, adjustable Velcro® closure – $11.99 retail – Cat. No. 2590 – Available now.
- NEW! Red Rifts® Logo Embroidered, soft, brushed cotton Baseball Cap – Embroidered Red “Rifts” on a black cap, adjustable metal buckle – $21.99 retail – Cat. No. 2591 – looks great, nice fit – Available now.
- NEW! White Rifts® Logo Embroidered cotton Baseball Cap – Embroidered White “Rifts” on a navy blue cap, adjustable metal buckle – $21.99 retail – Cat. No. 2592 – looks great, nice fit – Available now!
And while we’re at it, don’t forget about the new gamer mugs for your beverage of choice. They are sharp with a splash of color. See more detailed descriptions at the end of this Update or in the store.
- NEW! Rifts® Logo 16 Ounce Coffee Mug – $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2587 – Available now.
- NEW! Rifts® Property of the Coalition States™ 16 Ounce Coffee Mug – $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2588 – Available now.
- NEW! Palladium Fantasy RPG® “Dragon” 16 Ounce Coffee Mug – $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2589 – Available now.
- Not to mention that snazzy Rifts® Pen – $5.00 retail – Cat. No. 2586 – Available now.
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One – June release
Epic. Expansive. Easy to use. Full of fun and adventure. Still shooting for an end of June release. Entering the final stage of production. Next stop, the printer.
Don’t forget, we are not just collecting monsters and animals from Rifts® books and reprinting them. I am updating each and every one of them, making every creature feel like something new and expanded. Each one a comprehensive description filled with fun surprises and ideas for adventure and various uses by players and G.M.s alike. Beasts from across the Megaverse and ranging from delightful and helpful to monstrous and alien. Roughly 100 monsters and animals in the Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One, alone. Plus words from Erin Tarn about the wilderness of North America. June release.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – June release
The artwork is in. The source material is wonderful. Another book soon to go into final layout.
- Treasures of the Megaverse® by Carl Gleba.
- Operation Minotaur for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
- Half-Ogre race for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
- Prophet O.C.C. for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
- Hunter/Vigilante for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
- The Superspy/Secret Operative for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
- News and Coming Attractions.
- 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – July release.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – July or August release
Wayne has made his selections and I will be assigning artwork soon. Another great issue full of fun and ideas.
- Source material for Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, and more!
- John Zeleznik cover.
- 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – July release.
UPDATE: In the Face of Death™, a sourcebook for Dead Reign®
One of the next books on my schedule. I expect this one to go quickly. Artwork is done. As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™. A July release.
UPDATE: Garden of the Gods™ – Summer release
How do you like the cover? Other than a few tweaks and minor adjustments, it is finished. Most of the interior artwork has come in too, and looks great. This Palladium Fantasy sourcebook should be fuel for countless adventures and will be followed by the Lopan world book, which explores the rest of the island nation, its people, and more adventure.
Garden of the Gods™ is a unique adventure engine that should give players and Game Masters plenty of fuel for their characters and games. The Raw Preview Edition gives you a great idea of what you can expect when the finished book is released later this summer. We cannot wait to get all these books into your hands. I am shooting for an end of July/Gen Con release, but August is probably more realistic.
UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream™ – Summer release
The interior artwork is being worked on even as you read this. Another epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by Kevin Siembieda. Shooting for a July release, but no promises. I am pumped about this title.
UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics™
Finished artwork and concept sketches for Rifts® Titan Robotics™ are already starting to come in and looking fabulous. Half the art has been assigned and I will be assigning the rest very soon. As those of you who have purchased the Titan Robotics™ Raw Edition already know, there is a lot of new tech, power armor, robots, etc., in this book that needs to be illustrated. I now have a trio of artists working on the book, and will be assigning others. A summer or fall release, which depends on how quickly some other projects come together.
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume Two – Fall release
Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a fall release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica™ – Fall or Winter release
Nothing new to report. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.
UPDATE: The Disavowed™, Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, and other titles
These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, 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 production or development.
New on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® #80 – adventure source material for Palladium Fantasy®, Chaos Earth®, Splicers® and Heroes Unlimited™
New – The Rifter® #80. A big 112 page offering that is almost entirely “official” source material. A new Palladium Fantasy RPG® group of villains – or are they likeable rogues? – the Wayfarers by Siembieda and Rosenstein, a new Rifts® Chaos Earth® setting (and monsters), Splicers® desert setting, a group of new villains for Heroes Unlimited™, and more. Also available as a printed book in our online store at palladiumbooks.com.
Recent PDF additions include 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. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).
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.