Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 28, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

There is a ton of news in this Update as Palladium gears up to bust some moves. Our glorious new website and updated product catalog were just the first two steps, and the Rifts® iOS stickers for Apple devices were just something fun we couldn’t turn down when the opportunity came our way. We have a lot more exciting things in development and they are almost all books. And this week I feel like I did a little work on all of them. Like what, you ask? Take a look at this.

- Work on Rifts® Bestiary™ continues, but that goes without saying.

- In the Face of Death™ (Dead Reign®/Zombie Apocalypse), did some writing and approvals of concept sketches from some of the artists I assigned art a week or two ago. This will be a spring release.

- Rifts® Chaos Earth®: Psychic Scream™ sourcebook, reviewed the manuscript with an eye for the artwork that needs to be assigned. I want this to be a spring release.

- Spoke with Wayne about The Rifter® #83 (spring release) and #84 (summer release). Both are going to be excellent issues.

- Rifts® Antarctica final cover approval. Wow! John Zeleznik outdid himself on this one. You can see it elsewhere in this Update and in the online store. I also continue to consult with contributing writer Carmen Bellaire about his work for this book. I think this will be a summer release.

- Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy), I actually did a lot of work writing and editing. Sorry, I needed a break from monsters in the Bestiary. You are so going to love this book. Chuck Walton and I also finally hammered out the cover concept. I think this will be a spring or summer release.

- Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Sourcebook. I think I might have mentioned this title at some point in the past. It has been one of our secret projects. Written by Matthew Clements. I reviewed the manuscript this week, and ... wow, Matt strikes again with a rockin’ book about ARCHIE Three, secrets, robots, power armor and adventures galore. He said he thought it was some of his best writing to date, and I agree. That’s saying a lot, because this is the guy who wrote Rift® Northern Gun One and Two.

- NEW – 2 Raw Preview Editions are at the printer and will be available around March 15. Taking orders right now for the Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Raw Preview Edition and Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview Edition. Remember, both are limited to 150 copies, and every Raw Edition we have ever done has sold out! See details below and in Palladium’s online store.

- Discussed Rifts® The Disavowed.

- I assigned additional writing for Rifts® CS Arsenal.

- Plotted production for the Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks.

- Hammering out the final agreement to allow the writing of several Rifts® LitRPG novels. The author is pumped up and expects to have the first novel available by summer or fall. He’s already outlined the first three books in the series.

- We’re also considering doing our Megaverse® Insider pre-launch crowdfunding offer like the ones we did a number of years ago for Rifts® Lemuria and Northern Gun One and Two. People loved those in the past and this time around they’ll be for books that are near completion with a quick turnaround of a few months. This would also enable us to produce collector hardcover editions for those of you who love them and offer a PDF edition to Insider participants at the same time the physical book ships.

And there are several other projects in development that we don’t want to mention just yet. All things that will blow your mind and rock your RPG worlds. Actually, we want every book coming your way to do that. We are pulling out all the stops and pushing the envelope on every one of these titles to wow and impress. You have waited too long for many of these titles for us not to give you our very best. And let me tell you, we are delighted to be putting all of our focus and energy back into doing what we love and know best: role-playing game books with astonishing settings, characters, monsters and gear that will set your imaginations on fire.

I have been burning the midnight oil and working weekends for a long while now, so that once books start to be released we can bring you book after book this year. I know you have been longing for new releases (as have we), and we aim to please. Read on for more details and keep those imaginations burning bright.

 

Have you seen our new website? Please tell others

It’s fantastic, clean, easy to navigate, mobile device friendly, and there are more improvements and tweaks to come. Please spread the word. I’m surprised at how many people are still discovering it. It seems like every week I have a friend or ardent fan who reaches out to me filled with excitement because he or she just discovered Palladium’s new website.

Website Highlights:

  • A completely new look for the website.
  • A simpler, cleaner experience.
  • Much more mobile device friendly.
  • Intuitive.
  • More graphics.
  • More fan content.
  • New Product Line section.
  • New section for sharing gaming groups, retailers, and conventions that support Palladium Books and offer Palladium events and products.
  • Please give us a hand. If you should catch any glitches or have a suggestion, please let our web team know. They can be reached at tech{at}palladiumbooks.com.

 

Rifts Titan Robotics Raw Preview Edition

New! Rifts® Titan Robotics Raw Preview Limited Edition – March 15, 2019

The “Raw Preview Edition” of Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this exciting new Rifts® sourcebook. 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 150 copies.

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is one of Palladium’s secret projects and something of a companion to Rifts® Northern Gun™ One and Two. It contains information about Titan Robotics, ARCHIE Three, how the company operates, its secrets, its plans and a selection of new robot vehicles, power armor, body armor, weapons, gear, and dozens and dozens of adventure hooks and ideas.

Note: The finished book is anticipated to ship in the summer or fall 2019, but you can see what it’s all about right now and even start playing with this special Raw Preview Edition!

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total 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.
  • 112 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 899-RAW – at the printer!
  • Ships March 15 (tentative). Taking orders now. Do not miss out.

 

Garden of the Gods Raw Preview Edition

New! Garden of the Gods – Raw Preview Limited Edition – March 15, 2019

The “Raw Preview Edition” of Garden of the Gods™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this exciting new sourcebook. 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 150 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents the mysterious Garden of the Gods, a place of quiet miracles and wonders, its guardians, its many secrets, its many dozens of statues of unknown and forgotten gods, visions, omens, and the blessings available at the garden. As well as lurking darkness, the ominous Black Pit and countless adventure hooks and ideas. The perfect prelude to the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

Note: The finished book is anticipated to ship in the summer of 2019, but you can see what it’s all about right now and even start playing with this special Raw Preview Edition!

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total 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 Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 475-RAW – at the printer!
  • Ships March 15 (tentative). Taking orders now. Do not miss out.

 

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One

Could the monsters known as Caterpillar Things be the larval form of the Mothman appearing in Bestiary, Volume Two? 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, so how dangerous can they be? What on Rifts Earth is a Field Reaper or a Glitcher? You’ll be finding out soon.

The artwork and ideas Chuck has been kicking out for this book (and Volume 2) are phenomenal. We’ll be posting some of it in the Updates. I have been writing like crazy. While I have spent some time on other titles to keep them moving along and books coming out in rapid succession, my primary focus is the Rifts® Bestiary and I am back to working on it almost exclusively as of this morning.

I have been on fire and picking up speed on the writing for Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One. I think Chuck has finished all of his art tweaks and I’m having a blast with the updating and detailing of the monsters you think you know, as well as the new ones. It has been a joy revisiting these creatures and making them come to life for you in new ways I know you will enjoy. Working hard to wrap this puppy up and get it into your hands as quickly as I can.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary™ books will be 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 will give you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each has a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized into 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), Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Winter.

 

Dead Reign In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death, a sourcebook for Dead Reign®

I took some time to do a bit of writing for this book and I have been approving sketches for the art by some of the artists. As you recall, I mentioned I had assigned the last pieces of artwork for this book over the last couple of weeks. In the Face of Death™, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, and several other books are really coming together. This will be a spring release.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

I dove deep into reviewing the manuscript from Matthew Clements with his additions and contributions because we are releasing Garden of the Gods™ as a Raw Preview Edition. Well, the next thing I knew I was writing and editing like a madman for the next three days. I was consumed with a creative fury that I really enjoyed. I had to force myself to put work on this book aside and get back on the Bestiary, but it was an awesome creative ride. Garden of the Gods™ is going to be unique and fun, and the Raw Preview Edition gives you a great idea of what you can expect when the finished book is released later this summer. I don’t know if I just needed to get away from Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One for a little while or what, but I’m back to working on it with that same level of excitement and creativity. I think it’s just that I cannot wait to get all these books into your hands.

 

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica finished cover

How about that cover? Wow, right? It took my breath away. I had fun showing it to one person after another, first Wayne, then Chuck, then Alex, then Matthew, then Carmen, etc., and each of them was just as impressed as I was. And now we’re showing it to you.

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 what and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this summer. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And that’s true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book.

 

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

As noted earlier, I reviewed the Rifts® Chaos Earth: Psychic Scream™ sourcebook manuscript with an eye for the artwork that needs to be assigned and for what I will want to add or embellish. Writer Taylor White is one of those guys who always sends my creative energy revving into overdrive. I love this book. Shooting for a spring release. Above is the finished cover.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® The Disavowed AND Other Titles

We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands over the next 18 months, as we can. That includes The Rifter® #83 and #84, Rifts® The Disavowed, Rifts® CS Arsenal, Living Nowhere, the Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks, and others. 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.

 

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® #79

New this week is The Rifter® #79 with an epic article for any game setting about gaming through history, the Kingdom of New Oslo for Rifts®, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician (great stuff), tips on running a campaign, and more. Just one of the 250+ Palladium PDF titles available on DriveThruRPG.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane® and other settings, the City of Khemennu Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, uniting D-Bees, mages and heroes of every stripe to stand against this Demon Plague. CS psychics and Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, new CS power armor, cyborgs, gear, 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.

 

  • 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.

 

Artwork by Charles Walton II, Kevin Long and others, Negatives, Toys and Collectibles 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

 

2019 Gen Con – Game Masters and Game Event Descriptions Needed – There’s still time to get in the onsite Program Book – need by Tuesday, March 5

To have your event listed in the onsite, Gen Con Program Book (very important to have full attendance in your event), you need to send us your gaming events and descriptions NO later than March 5, 2019. This date gives us enough time to compile and send Gen Con everything they need. The Early Event Submission Deadline already passed, so PLEASE get your Gen Con Palladium game events to us by March 5. Thanks!

Game Masters, as in years past, please coordinate with NMI and the Megaversal Ambassadors (ambassadors{at}palladiumbooks.com) to be part of the Palladium Books gaming block at Gen Con. We need you to send us your gaming events and descriptions by March 5 so we can coordinate and submit them as a batch. I apologize for the short notice. With the new website and so many other things going on, it completely slipped our minds. Together let’s make the 2019 Gen Con a fun one for Palladium fans. Thank you so much.

 

Closing Thoughts

I have been on fire writing everything I touch. I sure hope that keeps up because we have soooo much we want to share with you. The rest of the crew have been busy working away on books and several other projects. Everyone is putting in 100% and we are over the moon excited about the books in the pipeline. I’m happy to report that we are getting close to releasing 4-6 new books over the next six months, and that does not include the two Raw Preview Editions at the printer right now; Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Raw Preview Edition and Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview Edition. Both shipping in 2 weeks, around March 15, maybe sooner! About time, right?

That means it has been crazy around here, but a good crazy. I’ve been getting up at 5:30 or 6:00 AM, getting to the office early before everyone else for very productive long days, seven days a week. It is a wild ride, but it has been a blast because I’m loving working on so much good material coming your way. Snag a Raw Edition before they sell out, because historically, they always sell out. Gotta get back to it. Keep those imaginations burning bright and game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Game Designer, Writer

 

Rifts Soft Touch Ballpoint Pen with Stylus

NEW: Rifts® Pen – available now

A high quality, soft touch Rifts® pen with stylus is now available. The pen fits very comfortably in the hand, has a nice, black ink and writes smooth and evenly every time. I have been using the sample pen for a month and love it. Everyone here loves this pen and you will too. Will be considered as a Surprise Package request.

  • Rifts® Soft Touch Pen with Stylus.
  • Comfortable, “soft touch” finish.
  • Dark blue exterior with silver tip and clip.
  • Black ink.
  • Capacitive stylus for use with smartphones and tablets.
  • $5.00 retail – Cat. No. 2586 – Available now.

 

Palladium Gift Certificates

Palladium Gift Certificates now available

You asked for them, so due to popular request, you can now purchase Palladium Gift Certificates for your gaming friends and loved ones. The prompts should be pretty self-explanatory. You purchase the desired amount, fill out the email info of that person along with an optional gift message, and that individual gets an email with info on how to redeem the Gift Certificate and you get a confirmation email. Simple.

 

The Rifter Number 82

The Rifter® #82 – Available now

The Rifter® #82 is all about discovery and unleashing the power inside of you. That’s true whether you are playing a Chaos Earth® Pyromancer™ learning to survive and save lives after the Great Cataclysm; or a newly awakened Nightbane® seeking his or her purpose in a dark world of conspiracy and demons; or a Heroes Unlimited™ vigilante trained to the height of physical perfection in a war against evil; or an RPG gamer like you and me, unleashing our imaginations to create wonderful new characters and epic adventures. This issue of The Rifter® also lovingly celebrates a master of unleashed imagination and big thinking, Erick Wujcik, ten years after his untimely passing. Bits of Palladium history and heartfelt sentiments revealed along the way. Enjoy.

Rifter® #82 Highlights:

  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Pyromancy, Nebraska Part Three – by Daniel Frederick, Matthew Clements & Kevin Siembieda. 50+ Pyromancy spells, the Pyromancer O.C.C., Zone Twisters, notable characters, and more. “Official” source material.
  • Rifts® Bestiary Sneak Preview – by Kevin Siembieda and Charles Walton II. A few choice new monsters to whet your appetite for the Rifts® Bestiary, Volumes One and Two, and the books to follow. “Official” source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited – by Matt Reed. An expanded look at the unique heroes who do not possess super abilities, but rather turn their bodies into fighting machines via physical training and dedicated force of will.
  • Nightbane® – Age Modifiers and Education Rules – by Mark Oberle. Tables and stats for determining an occupation and skills based on the age of the character. Plus more insight to being a Nightbane and a few new skills. “Official” source material.
  • Gaming Advice from Erick Wujcik – Thinking Big and The Name Giver, sage advice reprinted from The Rifter® #1 & #2.
  • Erick Wujcik Remembered – Erick touched countless lives with his big personality, inspiring mind, and body of work. Ten years after his death, Erick continues to inspire everyone who met him. 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. A celebration of life.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 112 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 182. Available now.

 

Rifts Bestiary

COMING! Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One

A series of books that collects all the notable monsters, dinosaurs and creepy crawlers and creatures of Rifts® North America (US, Canada and Mexico) into two juicy volumes with a number of new creatures. Each volume includes maps and new creatures, large and small, to help or plague player characters. Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks. In addition, Kevin Siembieda, Chuck Walton and Greg Diaczyk are adding some new monsters to make life in the wilderness interesting. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

Both volumes are being worked on simultaneously, right now, so that Volume Two will quickly follow Volume One. Other volumes, like a Bestiary of Spirits and the Supernatural, are likely to follow.

Future volumes will include spirits, ghosts and entities, another on dragons, other volumes on creatures in other parts of Rifts Earth, and so on.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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 and many others.
  • 192-224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896. In production.

 

COMING! Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two

More notorious Rifts® monsters and animals, old and new, everything updated and expanded.

  • 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. 897 (Volume Two). In production.

 

In the Face of Death

COMING: In the Face of Death – A Dead Reign® Sourcebook

“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. Adaptable to other settings.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 237.

 

COMING: Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, the god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to be given guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 475.

 

Beyond the Supernatural

Back in Stock – Beyond the Supernatural RPG – available now

Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is supernatural horror in the modern world. A plausible modern horror setting that makes sense and will have you wondering if this stuff could be for real. Play ordinary people, psychics or paranormal investigators.

  • 14 Psychic Character Classes.
  • 42 occupations for “ordinary” people.
  • 100+ psychic abilities, including Fire Walker abilities.
  • Creatures of darkness, the Lazlo Agency, and more.
  • Three new sourcebooks planned for 2019.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 700 – available now.

 

Rifts Mystic Russia

Back in Stock – Rifts® World Book 18: Mystic Russia – available now

Rifts® Mystic Russia™ – setting information, key people and places, demons, monsters, gypsies and magic galore.

  • 18 Archaic Russian Demons and 10 monsters.
  • Russian magic including Fire and Bone Magic & magic weapons maker.
  • Magic O.C.C.s including Night Witch, Hidden Witch, Mystic Kuznya, Fire Sorcerer, Old Believer and Necromancer.
  • 9 Gypsy O.C.C.s, vehicles and more.
  • 176 pages – $22.99 – Cat. No. 833 – Available now.

 

Rifts Game Master Guide

Back in Stock – Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available now

The Rifts® Game Master Guide™ is a massive 352 page reference book with short stats and description on every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that appears in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C.s 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 to remember:

  • 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.

 

Fun and Notable Podcasts and Sites that feature Palladium Books

  • Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope Podcast: An in-character world building podcast for Rifts® and Rifts® Savage Worlds® intended to provide players and Game Masters with world background, adventure hooks, and NPCs. All of which are excellent resources. And don’t miss the interview with Sean Masters (the host), Cameron Cleveland (G.M. and mastermind behind the Rifts® Living Campaign Club), Sean Patrick Fannon (writer and game designer, Rifts® Savage Worlds, etc.), and Kevin Siembieda at the end of Episode 19 (it’s time stamped). You can check it out for yourself at https://voiceofhopepodcast.podbean.com and on itunes.
  • Questwise and the Rifts® Explorer’s Guide – See product reviews and videos about Rifts® and other Palladium Books games as well as fun contests and gaming insight. New videos post regularly. Check it out for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_3MGRJW9QooUXF29F5tF-A
    The Questwise Rifts® Explorer's Guide series travels the Megaverse® to reveal information about notable locations in Rifts®. The video about Northern Gun and Michigan's Upper Peninsula can be found it here: https://youtu.be/0lU9byK5G4g
  • The Guides to the Megaverse® podcast consists of a Palladium group with a collective total of over 100 years of gaming! The crew’s Actual Play format consists of long term campaigns in Heroes Unlimited™, Robotech®, Palladium Fantasy®, and Beyond the Supernatural™, with occasional games in other settings. There are more than 90 episodes available for download. Check them out here: https://guidesmegaverse.podbean.com/
  • Through Gamer Goggles – Matt Lemke’s podcasts and YouTube videos cover the gaming industry. In fact if you haven’t seen them yet, check out his many Gen Con interviews: http://gamer-goggles.com/blog/category/conventions/gen-con-2018/
  • HippoTV on Twitch.tv. The good folks at HippoTV (https://www.twitch.tv/HippoTV/) host a wide variety of games most days of the week. For fans of Palladium Books® they feature a Heroes Unlimited™ and an After the Bomb® space game. The gamers playing these games come from all over the world, are very enthusiastic, and represent a wide variety of experience with Palladium's games.

 

If you are doing a Palladium fan-based website, podcasts, YouTube programming, etc., please let us know so we can take a look at what you are doing and so we can give you a shout out. We do not have the staff and resources to do everything we want to do, so we appreciate the fan sites that feature Palladium Books’ games and settings and promote the RPG hobby. Awesome. We are happy to support you when we can.

 

What’s Coming (in production or development):

And much more in development for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Splicers® and more!

 

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