Weekly Updates 2

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 4, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One is our next release, with the possible exception of a couple new Raw Preview Edition titles like Garden of the Gods™, etc. Otherwise, we are focusing all of our attention on getting Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One to the printer and into your hands. It will be followed by the In the Face of Death™ sourcebook for Dead Reign®, Rifts® Bestiary Two, and several other titles for Rifts® and Palladium Fantasy®. A few of which should be a nice surprise. Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks are also in the development pipeline but do not yet have a 2019 release date. Certainly later in the year. We intend to pound out new releases at a rapid pace, so keep your eyes peeled.

Our awesome Christmas Surprise Package offer is coming to an end. Only 2 weekends left to order, so your opportunity to get yours is almost gone!

Check out the new DriveThruRPG.com Sale of PDF horror titles including ALL Dead Reign®, Nightbane®, Splicers®, Mechanoids®, and Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG titles and a few other odds and ends all described below. A great resource for yourself or as a gift for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, graduation, Valentine’s Day, etc. More details below. One weekend only.

Christmas Grab Bags

Only 10 days left to order a Palladium Surprise Package and get a box full of RPG books for the price of PDFs

Time is running out to snag a 2018 Surprise Package as a treat for yourself or a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day (it will be here before you know it), graduation, etc. A Surprise Package is a way to get printed books at PDF prices to try new games, new settings, fill holes in your collection, get caught up on The Rifter®, or replace battered old books. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over. Ends January 14, 2019. Use the current Catalog of Palladium Books PDF available online here on the Palladium Website and on DriveThruRPG.com to help make your selections.

What is a Palladium Surprise Package? A way to get $95-$100 or more worth of physical gaming product (not PDFs) for the price of PDFs! For ONLY $46 (plus shipping and handling), get gifts for others or for yourself. And each book is signed if you should want autographs. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for their support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

Start the New Year with a box full of game books! You could pay $50 or more for just a single core rule book, but for $46 plus shipping, you can get 4-6 books in a Palladium Surprise Package, depending on their retail value. Or you can get that core rule book and 2-4 sourcebooks. And we will sign the books if you request it. How do you beat that? It simply is the best deal in gaming! Our way of giving back to the fans and making the holidays special for you. A 20 year tradition of which gamers cannot get enough.

  • Palladium Surprise Packages make the perfect gifts for any occasion or a way to add to your collection on the cheap. An ideal gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion that falls between now and March. You get a ton of stuff, plus autographs, and you look like you spent a fortune.
  • Fill holes in your own collection.
  • Try new game settings – Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Rifts® Chaos Earth®, After the Bomb® (mutant animals), Ninjas & Superspies™, RECON® and all the rest.
  • Get cool stuff (miniatures, bookmarks, maps, prints, greeting cards, T-shirts, etc.).
  • Request autographs and Kevin and available Palladium staff and freelancers will sign every book.
  • Get something for your fellow gamers or favorite Game Master, husband, wife, brother, sister, child, etc.
  • Be surprised when the package arrives.

Please spread the word to gamers everywhere. People only learn about the Palladium Surprise Package offer by word of mouth, The Rifter® and our website, so please post and spread the word everywhere that this offer ends January 14, 2019.

Why extend this amazing offer? This post-Christmas extension has become part of the Grab Bag tradition as much as the Surprise Packages themselves. It is the nice thing to do, because we realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This generous act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself until after the holidays. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. This offer will not be extended further and ENDS January 14, 2019. This is your last chance, please spread the word. Happy New Year.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

New – PDF Horror RPG Sale from Palladium Books® on DriveThruRPG – Ends Sunday, January 6, 2019

Explore the shadowy corners of terrifying realms like Dead Reign® (the Zombie Apocalypse), Nightbane® (super-hero horror and dark conspiracy), Splicers® (weird science fiction and technological abominations), Mechanoids® (planet devouring invaders), and Beyond the Supernatural™ (modern horror).

Load up for adventure and new game settings to carry you further into the New Year. And remember, with just a little bit of work you can use a monster, villain or adventure from one setting in another. That’s the beauty of a Megaverse® that uses the same fundamental game system! You can take bad guys, magic, technology, villains, and even people and places, and with a little tweaking, use them in any setting. The sale is happening now through Sunday, January 6, on DriveThruRPG.com. Enjoy.

DriveThru New Year Sale – Horror – one weekend only – through Sunday January 6, 2019

Keep the New Year rocking with fright-filled fun. The following PDF titles are all on sale for a very limited time:

  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG
  • BTS Boxed Nightmares™ sourcebook
  • All Nightbane®
  • All Dead Reign®
  • All Splicers®
  • All Mechanoid® Titles
  • The Rifter® #44 (filled with giant, kaiju-style monsters)
  • Dead Reign® Paper Minis

Systems Failure RPG Shadows of Light Boxed Nightmares

ALMOST SOLD OUT – Systems Failure RPG, Nightbane®: Shadows of Light sourcebook and Boxed Nightmares sourcebook (for BTS 1st Edition)

We took a page from the Walt Disney playbook by re-releasing three RPG titles just for the Holidays. All three were made available as print books for the first time in decades. BUT ONLY FOR THE HOLIDAYS! That means when this current run sells out, they are gone, back out of print and available only as PDF downloads on DriveThruRPG.com.

Will we do this again next year with these titles? Maybe. What about other out of print books? Again, maybe. This was sort of a fun experiment. An experiment that was quite successful as there are fewer than 20 copies of each of these books currently available and going fast. Get them while you can.

  • Systems Failure™ RPG – Yep, the complete, whacked out role-playing game. 144 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 650. Available now only while supplies last.
  • Shadows of Light™ – A Nightbane® sourcebook – 160 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 734. Available now only while supplies last.
  • Boxed Nightmares™ – A sourcebook for Beyond the Supernatural™ 1st Edition rules, but easily adapted to BTS, 2nd Edition. Mostly adventures and adventure ideas. 112 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 701. Available now only while supplies last.

All are available in Palladium’s online store and will be considered as requests in Christmas Surprise Packages during these last days of that offer. HOWEVER, with so few left, granting such Grab Bag requests will be very limited. Available only while supplies last – so order ‘em while you can.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82

The Rifter® #82 has garnered accolades from many who have acquired a copy, both for the Erick Wujcik Remembrance as well as for the gaming material it contains. Personally, I think it is worth getting just for the Erick Wujcik Remembrance – or – just for the Chaos Earth® Pyromancer O.C.C. and Pyromancy spells. And that’s saying something, because the rest of the book is outstanding with official source material for the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One (a sneak preview), official source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth® with the Pyromancer O.C.C. and 50+ Pyromancer spells, and the Zone Twister, official source material for Nightbane® (age modifiers and tables), an expanded revisit of the Physical Training character for Heroes Unlimited™, and the Remembrance of Erick Wujcik, including some fun history about Palladium Books, some cool photos, plus news and more.

  • 112 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 182. See the full, updated description elsewhere in this Update. Available now.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One

Now that the holidays are over and the Surprise Package offer is coming to an end, we can focus the majority of our attention to finishing the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One.

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 giving 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 – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 (Volume One), Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Winter.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – New Year’s Horror RPG sale – Ends Sunday, January 6, 2019

New – Horror RPG Sale to keep you gaming well into the new year. Available are all Dead Reign® (the Zombie Apocalypse), Nightbane® (super-hero horror and dark conspiracy), Splicers® (weird science fiction and technological abominations), The Mechanoids® (planet devouring invaders), and Beyond the Supernatural™ (modern horror) titles. Palladium Books offers 200+ PDF titles on DriveThruRPG.

Recent PDF additions include 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 4, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 28, 2018

By Kevin Siembieda

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

The holiday season is coming to a close with the New Year beginning in a few days, so Happy New Year from all of us at Palladium Books. May it be a year filled with good health, prosperity and joy for us all.

Time is running out to get a Christmas Surprise Package. As announced in the last Weekly Update, the Surprise Package offer is extended, but there are only two weeks left to place your orders. This extension has become part of the Grab Bag tradition as much as the Surprise Packages themselves, but time is running out! Get ‘em while you can before this offer is gone until next Christmas. Oh, and do not miss the new DriveThruRPG.com Sale of Rifts® PDFs titles including Rifts® Ultimate Edition, all Rifts® Dimension Books, all Rifts® Conversion Books, The Rifter® Numbers 1-77 (the only way to get many of the out of print titles like fabled issue #4, #17-35, #50, and many others), the Splicers® RPG, and a few other select titles all described below. All of this means it’s not too late to get that special someone or yourself that late holiday gift, or a gift for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, graduation, Valentine’s Day, or a treat for yourself. You deserve it, especially if you’re a hard working Game Master. More details below.

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package Offer – EXTENDED to January 14, 2019

This is absolutely your last chance to snag a 2018 Surprise Package as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day (it will be here before you know it), graduation, or a treat for yourself. A Surprise Package is an inexpensive way to try new games, new settings, fill holes in your collection, get caught up on The Rifter®, or replace battered old books. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.

Why extend this amazing offer? Because it is the nice thing to do. We realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This wonderful act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays. We know this happens, because a lot of people over the years have thanked us for the extension for this very reason.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. Please note that this offer will not be extended further. This is your last chance. And please spread the word to let people know the offer is extended for a short time. Happy Holidays.

LAST 2 weeks to get RPG books for the price of PDFs – via the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package

What is a Christmas Surprise Package? A way to get $95-$100 or more worth of physical gaming product (not PDFs) for the price of PDFs! For ONLY $46 (plus shipping and handling), get gifts for others or for yourself. And each book is signed if you should want autographs. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for their support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

The best deal of the holidays! You are likely to pay $50 or more for just a single core rule book, but for $46 plus shipping, you can get 4-6 books in a Palladium Surprise Package, depending on their retail value. Or you can get that core rule book and 2-4 sourcebooks. And we will sign the books if you request it. How do you beat that? It simply is the best deal in gaming! Our way of giving back to the fans and making the holidays special for you. A 20 year tradition of which gamers cannot get enough.

  • Palladium Surprise Packages make the perfect holiday gifts for the gamers in your life. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you’re looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion that falls between now and March, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs, and you look like you spent a fortune.
  • Fill holes in your own collection.
  • Try new game settings – Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Rifts® Chaos Earth®, After the Bomb® (mutant animals), Ninjas & Superspies™, RECON® and all the rest.
  • Get cool stuff (miniatures, bookmarks, maps, prints, greeting cards, T-shirts, etc.).
  • Request autographs and Kevin and available Palladium staff and freelancers will sign every book.
  • Get something for your fellow gamers or favorite Game Master, husband, wife, brother, sister, child, etc.
  • Be surprised when the package arrives.

Please spread the word to gamers everywhere. People only learn about the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer by word of mouth, The Rifter® and our website, so please post and spread the word everywhere.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

New Holiday PDF Sale from Palladium Books® – Ends December 30!

Explore strange new worlds and endless adventure with our Out of this World Rifts® PDF Sale. Load up for adventure and new game settings to carry you into the New Year. This is the last sale of the year on DriveThruRPG.com – end it with a bang.

This sale offers the Rifts® core books, Rifts® Book of Magic, Dimension Books, otherworldly settings like Splicers® and The Mechanoids®, and The Rifter® #1-77. The Rifter is a great resource for new characters, villains, adventures and adventure settings. And remember, with just a little bit of work you can use an adventure for one setting, like fantasy, in another, like Rifts® or Heroes Unlimited™, and vice versa. That’s the beauty of a Megaverse® that uses the same fundamental game system! You can take monsters, villains, and even people and places, and with a little tweaking, use them in any setting. The sale takes place on DriveThruRPG.com – enjoy.

DriveThru Christmas Sale #5 – Rifts® and The Rifter® Out of this World Adventures – December 24-30, 2018

The following 100+ PDF titles are all on sale for a very limited time:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition
  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG
  • Rifts® Book of Magic™
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide
  • All Rifts® Dimension Books™
  • All Rifts® Conversion Books™
  • All Rifter® issues; #1-77
  • All Splicers® titles
  • All Mechanoids® titles
  • Rifts® WB 2: Atlantis
  • Rifts® WB 21: Splynn Dimensional Market™

A clue about the next sale: It’s the start to a monstrously fun New Year. Watch for it starting January 2 on DriveThruRPG.

Happy New Year from All of Us at Palladium Books

The year 2018 started out with painful challenges and great disappointment, but ends with excitement and hope for the New Year. We have a great many books planned and in active development. Some you know about, some have been hotly anticipated for a while, and some will be a pleasant surprise. Each and every new title should rev up your imaginations and offer a vast range of epic adventure and fun.

As we noted earlier this year, while we will support all our game lines, our main focus will be on what we consider to be these primary four game lines: Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™ and Beyond the Supernatural™ (BTS). I already have artists banging away on artwork for the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One and Two, Psychic Scream™, Garden of the Gods™ and In the Face of Death™, and will soon be assigning more art for several other titles.

We appreciate your continued support of Palladium Books and your excitement for the new books listed above and many others like The Disavowed™, CS Arsenal™, BTS sourcebook and much more! Here’s to a dynamic and wonderful new year for us all. Please keep those imaginations burning bright and game on! Happy New Year.

– Santa Kevin and his Palladium Elves

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where the customer can offer comments and suggestions with his or her Surprise Package order. Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin. Keep those imaginations burning bright, have a joyous holiday season, and game on.

You have no idea how much your comments and support mean to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments. They always brighten our day. Thank you. I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] when applicable.

W.T. in Alexandria, Virginia, writes, in part: Thank you for creating such a wonderful place to escape to ...

[The pleasure is all mine, W.T. I’m driven to create worlds and tell stories. I’m glad you and so many others enjoy them so much. Game on. – KS]

A.H. in Novato, California, writes: Thanks again for the Grab Bag! After shopping for everyone else, this is the one gift I always look for that I can enjoy myself.

[Awesome, A.H., that’s why we extend the Surprise Package offer for a short time after Christmas. I know you will enjoy this one. Ho, ho, ho. – KS]

M.G. in Danville, Virginia, writes: I lost my old Rifts® book and I really enjoyed your game, [so I] look forward to returning to it and hopefully expand to Palladium Fantasy RPG® as well.

[Explore the Megaverse®, M.G., and have fun in all the different settings from Rifts® and the Fantasy RPG® to Heroes Unlimited™ and Nightbane®. Game on. – KS]

M.W. in Greensboro, North Carolina, writes, in part: Since receiving it in a Surprise Package a couple years ago, Dead Reign® has become a favorite in my gaming group for short campaigns. Recently we have been able to start meeting to game more regularly again ... I personally enjoy mixing genres a lot ...

[That’s right M.W., you are limited only by your imagination. And it sounds like you are plenty creative. Glad you are able to game more often. Have a great time. – Kevin]

O.M. in Louisville, Kentucky, writes: I’ve enjoyed these games for many years. Please keep up the awesome work!

[Okay, O.M., we will, just because you asked, lol. Thanks for the kind words. Happy you enjoy our work so much. We’ll keep doing our best. – KS]

E.T. in Bellevue, Washington, writes: Favorites: Rifts® and Heroes Unlimited. I have been gaming since 1984. I am very experienced and believe this is one of the most versatile and best gaming systems around. I have enjoyed this gaming system for over 20 years. I have collected every book. I look forward to seeing what’s in store for the future.

[Thank you for the decades of support, E.T. I think you will be thrilled with what we have in store for the future. And I mean thrilled. May your adventures continue for many decades to come. – KS]

F.V. in Dallas, Texas, writes: I’m a huge fan of the horror genre and I really enjoy your games. Favorites: Dead Reign® and Rifts®.

[I love horror too, F.V. You’ll have to try Beyond the Supernatural™, especially after we release some of the new sourcebooks coming in 2019.

R.P. in Winston Salem, North Carolina, writes: I have been out of the RPG element for many years, and when I was deeper into games Rifts® and Palladium Fantasy® were my preferred games. I am looking forward to getting back into the games.

[Welcome back, R.P. RPGing is like riding a bike, you never forget. I’m sure you’ll have a blast getting back into the Palladium Megaverse®. – KS]

T.E. in Canmore, Alberta, Canada, writes, in part: I am just getting back into playing Rifts®. I used to play quite a bit ... so what better way to get back into Rifts® than to get a Grab Bag! ... Keep doing amazing work!

[Many happy returns, T.E., I hope you recapture the fun of creating characters and get to play a lot of games. – KS]

J.H. in Richmond, Texas, writes: Thanks so much for the Grab Bag. For the first 10 years I used it to fill holes in my collection. Since then it has been a great chance to replace old books that I have, unfortunately, worked to death.

[Working RPG books to death sounds like many hours of fun, J.H. Glad we can help replace those worn out titles for you. Happy Holidays. – KS]

C.A. in Crystal Lake, Illinois, writes: Love what you guys do! Keep up the great work!

{Thanks, C.A., we’ll try our best to keep exciting new product coming your way in 2019 and beyond. – KS]

C.W. in Portales, New Mexico, writes: My wife used to buy me this every year, but this year we’re getting the Grab Bag for our oldest son, Christian. He’s 14 and a gamer nut like his old man. Thanks for doing these year after year!

[You got it, C.W., I hope he enjoyed the Surprise Package. Ho, ho, ho – Santa Kevin]

L.S. in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, writes, in part: This surprise Package is for my husband and he doesn’t know it is coming in the mail. The game we play most is Rifts® ... the Palladium Fantasy® setting as well ... Anything signed would be appreciated. Thank you guys so much.

[Hi, L.S., I hope the Surprise Package was a big hit. You were smart to order as early as you did to ensure you got it in time for Christmas. I hope your Christmas was full of love and joy, and may the New Year bring much more of it. – Santa Kevin]

A.K in Boston, Kentucky, writes: This is a gift for my nephew who is getting started in role-playing Rifts®. I am looking forward to introducing him to the greatest game on Earth.

[Wow. I am humbled, A.K. Thank you for such stellar praise. I hope he enjoys it as much as you do. We have some truly epic Rifts® books coming in the future to fuel your imaginations. Happy New Year. – KS]

A.B.B. in Tenafly, New Jersey, writes, in part: ... Thanks for all you do. I hope you’re having a good holiday season.

[Thank you A.B.B., we are. Same to you. – KS]

J.B. in Erlanger, Kentucky, writes: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to Santa Kev, and the madmen and women of Palladium. All our best in 2019. Can’t wait to celebrate your success. Thanks for an amazing 2018 and the incredible Open House.

[Very kind of you, J.B. The same to you and your family. I can hardly wait to get a bunch of new books into people’s hands next year – some epic stuff, and I’m already looking forward to the Palladium Open House we intend to host in 2021. – KS]

E.V. in Webster Grove, Missouri, writes, in part: Favorites: Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, etc. ... Autographs not necessary but totally appreciated ... I love you guys, please don’t ever go away.

[We are happy to sign books, E.V., and we’ll do our best to not ever go away. Thank you for the kind sentiment. It means a lot. – KS]

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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 28, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 20, 2018

By Kevin Siembieda

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

Happy holidays to everyone! Christmas is nearly upon us and Kwanzaa is Wednesday. We send all of you who celebrate these holidays the warmest wishes and hope your celebration is joyful and filled with love.

I have been delighted to see so many gamers from outside the USA taking advantage of the Christmas Surprise Package offer. As I have noted, it is a great way to mitigate the shipping cost. I mean, if you are getting roughly $100 worth of product for $46, the high cost of shipping (typically $50-$65 outside the USA) is mostly negated. It’s like buying the books at retail plus a little extra for shipping. Can’t speak to VAT or Customs fees, but it’s a big help. We have been seeing a lot of orders from Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France and Germany as well as other European countries. And of course, tons of Surprise Packages for our fellow Americans. Smart, because these Grab Bags are a great deal and a way to get signed books. I’m also pleased to see many new customers joining the ranks of Palladium gamers and a large number of gamers coming back into the fold! Awesome, we welcome you all. Keep those orders coming because the Surprise Package offer will be continued for a few more weeks.

Palladium is extending the Christmas Surprise Package offer for a few weeks AFTER Christmas. This extension has become part of the Grab Bag tradition as much as the Surprise Packages themselves. And do not miss the new DriveThruRPG.com Sale of Rifts® PDFs titles including Rifts® Ultimate Edition, Rifts® core books, Rifts® World Books, Rifts® Sourcebooks, Rifts® Adventure Sourcebooks, and the Coalition Wars® Siege on Tolkeen™ Sourcebook series. Remember, it’s not too late to send a Rifts® PDF Holiday gift or a Gift Certificate in time for the holidays! More details below.

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package Offer – EXTENDED to January 14, 2019

This is absolutely your last chance to snag a 2018 Surprise Package as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day (it will be here before you know it), graduation, or a treat for yourself. A Surprise Package is an inexpensive way to try new games, new settings, fill holes in your collection, get caught up on The Rifter®, or replace battered old books. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.

Why extend this amazing offer? Because it is the nice thing to do. We realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This wonderful act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays. We know this happens, because a lot of people over the years have thanked us for the extension for this very reason.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. Please note that this offer will not be extended further. This is your last chance. And please spread the word to let people know the offer is extended for a short time. Happy Holidays.

Get RPG books for the price of PDFs – via the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package

What is a Christmas Surprise Package? A way to get $95-$100 or more worth of physical gaming product (not PDFs) for the price of PDFs! For ONLY $46 (plus shipping and handling), get gifts for others or for yourself. And each book is signed if you should want autographs. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for their support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

The best deal of the holidays! You are likely to pay $50 or more for just a single core rule book, but for $46 plus shipping, you can get 4-6 books in a Palladium Surprise Package, depending on their retail value. Or you can get that core rule book and 2-4 sourcebooks. And we will sign the books if you request it. How do you beat that? It simply is the best deal in gaming! Our way of giving back to the fans and making the holidays special for you. A 20 year tradition of which gamers cannot get enough.

  • Palladium Surprise Packages make the perfect holiday gifts for the gamers in your life. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you’re looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion that falls between now and March, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs, and you look like you spent a fortune.
  • Fill holes in your own collection.
  • Try new game settings – Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Rifts® Chaos Earth®, After the Bomb® (mutant animals), Ninjas & Superspies™, RECON® and all the rest.
  • Get cool stuff (miniatures, bookmarks, maps, prints, greeting cards, T-shirts, etc.).
  • Request autographs and Kevin and available Palladium staff and freelancers will sign every book.
  • Get something for your fellow gamers or favorite Game Master, husband, wife, brother, sister, child, etc.
  • Be surprised when the package arrives.

Please spread the word to gamers everywhere. People only learn about the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer by word of mouth, The Rifter® and our website, so please post and spread the word everywhere.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

Holiday PDF Sales from Palladium Books®

It’s not too late to send a Rifts® PDF Holiday gift in time for the holidays. Or to get that little something for yourself.

We are celebrating the arrival of Christmas and Kwanzaa by offering different sales of PDF titles on DriveThruRPG.com through Christmas and into the new Year.

Every few days, one PDF game sale will come to an end and another will start. This sale offers the Rifts® core books, World Books, Sourcebooks, and more! It all takes place on DriveThruRPG.com – enjoy.

DriveThru Christmas Sale #4 – Rifts® RPG, World Books AND Sourcebooks – Weekend of December 20-23, 2018.

The following PDF titles are all on sale for a very limited time:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition
  • Rifts® G.M. Guide™
  • Rifts® Book of Magic™
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide™
  • All Rifts® World Books™
  • All Rifts® Sourcebooks
  • All Rifts® Adventure Sourcebooks
  • Coalition Wars® Siege on Tolkeen Sourcebooks
  • A clue about the next sale: Explore the Megaverse®.

Merry Christmas and Warm Wishes from All of Us at Palladium Books

In the joyful spirit of Christmas, the rest of this Update is limited to comments from just some of the many fans who leave us brief comments in their Surprise Package orders. We love reading them and seeing people’s favorite books, and appreciate the kinds words, holiday well wishes and constructive suggestions. I read every single Grab Bag order and select the items that go into each one. I try to make each one special and tailored to your wishes and wants.

I also like posting some of the comments in these Weekly Updates so you can see what other gamers are saying and playing. It also enables me to give a little shout out to some of you to show our appreciation. Even though we only indicate the person’s initials and the city and state where they live, we hope you know who you are. Of course, we appreciate each and every one of you, and wish you ALL a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a joyful Kwanzaa and Winter Solstice, and a wondrous New Year that is filled with good health, prosperity and joy.

– Santa Kevin and his Palladium Elves

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where the customer can offer comments and suggestions with his or her Surprise Package order. Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin. Keep those imaginations burning bright, have a joyous holiday season, and game on.

You have no idea how much your comments and support mean to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments. They always brighten our day. Thank you. I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] when applicable.

W.B. in Glenalta, South Australia, writes: Thank you for continuing to do this each year. I really appreciate the incredible work you have all done over the years. Merry Christmas and Blessings on you and your families.

[Thank you so much W.B., your Christmas greeting and warm wishes are very appreciated. I intend to keep the Surprise Package tradition going for many years to come, as well as continuing to knock out games and sourcebooks to fire up your imagination. – KS]

M.L. in Narvik, Norway, writes: The one stress-free purchase of the season! Thank you and warmth and lights for all!

[Same to you M.L., glad we can help during this busy time of year. Enjoy. – KS]

W.S. in Pasadena, Maryland, writes, in part: I love Palladium’s products. I have been playing your RPGs since I was 16 years old! I grew up on your products. All I want to say, and I hope this makes it to Mr. Siembieda, is thank you for all your spectacular, fantastical hard work. My life is better because of the outlet for my creativity that you have provided. Well done to you and everyone who has ever contributed no matter how small to your Megaverse®.

[I am humbled by your heartfelt words, W.S. Thank you. I’ve said many times before, we love what we do and love our fans. I could not have asked for a more magical life. Sure we’ve had our troubles and tribulations. Life is hard. But it becomes so much less difficult and so worthwhile when you are writing and designing for people like you and so many Palladium fans. I hope to continue to do so for another 2-3 decades. Keep that imagination burning bright and thank you so much for your kind words. They mean a lot to all of us.

T.T. in Oshawa, Ontario, Canada, writes: Favorites: Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, and Rifts®. My 12 year old son has been gaming Palladium since he was seven years old. He is now spreading his wings and Game Mastering.

[That’s very cool, T.T., I’m sure he’ll be good at it. I’m tickled to hear about so many youngsters getting into our games thanks to their gaming parents. Happy holidays. – KS]

C.H. in Ellendale, North Dakota, writes: We love all the books! We have moved, but our small group still gets together once a week. Our two daughters are as interested as ever. The six year old is asking to join the table.

[Nice, C.H., soon game night will be a family affair. Thank you for the kind words and game on. – KS]

J.T. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, writes, in part: After the Bomb® were probably my first [gaming] books. I love Heroes Unlimited™, also Beyond the Supernatural™ is great, with average humans fighting great evil. I just want to thank all of you for going to Anime North and talking to me, even about movies and signing my stuff. It was a pleasure meeting you all. I am an old gamer and I think your system is the best and most creative out there. Thanks again to all the staff and freelancers. Take care all of you.

[Hey, J.T., it was nice meeting you as well. We love Anime North and are happy to attend whenever they are kind enough to invite us, our schedule permitting. As for chatting with you about all kinds of stuff, we’re just fan boy nerds like you who love RPGs, movies, comic books and so on. Thanks for your kind words. Game on! – KS]

C.C. in Thomasville, North Carolina, writes: Favorites: Palladium Fantasy®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Ninjas & Superspies™, Weapon Compendiums™ and The Rifter®. Looking to rebuild my Nightbane® collection. Also wanting to catch up on The Rifter®.

[I’m glad you enjoy our games so much, C.C. I think you’ll enjoy your Grab Bag. Ho, ho, ho. – KS]

N.O. in Mankato, Minnesota, writes: Thank you so much for putting out such amazing material. I have been so happy to be able to get back into games after being away for a few years. I have been lucky to have enough local friends to play with and I have had a lot of fun introducing them to Palladium games! I look forward to opening my Grab Bag from Kevin!

[Welcome back to Palladium gaming, N.O., and thank you for your kind words. I hope you liked the Surprise Package and continue to have fun gaming away. Please keep that imagination burning bright. – KS]

B.C. in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, writes: I figured this [the Grab Bag] was the best way to complete my Palladium Fantasy collection. Merry Christmas to all of you and God Bless.

[The same to you, B.C. May you and your family be blessed and enjoy a wonderful Christmas and prosperous New Year. And you are right, the Surprise Package is a great way to fill collections and get more bang for your buck. – KS]

R.K. in Hixson, Tennessee, writes: A major thank you and Merry Christmas to you and all your staff. You guys have given me and my friends countless hours of fun fiction and fantasy just by doing what you guys and gals do. So again Merry Christmas and a blessed New Years.

[Thank you, R.K., for your support and warm regards. My you enjoy a joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year as well. – KS]

P.G. in Melrose Park, Illinois, writes: Thanks again for many years of adventure.

[You are welcome, P.G., may there be many more to come. – KS]

W.K. in New York, New York, writes: In the process of replacing some of my well-used books.

[This is the way to do that, W.K. Game on. – KS]

M.Q. in Fort Knox, Kentucky, writes: I have been playing Rifts® since the very first edition was released. I am glad that I can introduce a brand new generation of up and coming gamers to your games.

[Much appreciated, M.Q. Thanks for the years of support. I hope the new generation likes it as much as you do. Happy Holidays. – KS]

C.O. in Chicago, Illinois, writes, in part: Been playing Rifts® since 1994. Still play the same hatchling Great Horned Dragon in one of my three campaigns... If you ever do make a book dedicated to dragons ... KS]

[Hmmm, funny you should mention a book dedicated to dragons. In the meantime, C.O., you might want to check out Dragons and Gods™ for Palladium Fantasy® with Rifts® conversion notes, if you haven’t already.

E.V. in Webster Groves, Missouri, writes, in part: Autographs not necessary, but nice ... thank you for still being around after all these years! I even still have my 1st Edition copies of Beyond the Supernatural™, Robotech® and TMNT®, lol. You guys are such a part of my life, I hope for many more years to come. Keep up the amazing work.

[I hope so too, E.V.! We have ideas for a million books and some truly epic story arcs. We love what we do and the people, like you, who we do it all for. I think our passion and respect for our audience shows through in our work. Thanks for appreciating that. Btw, happy to sign books. – KS]

M.W. in North Grafton, Massachusetts, writes: My gaming group and I loved meeting you all at Gen Con and we hope to see you again next year! I personally cannot wait for the Rifts® Bestiary.

[We’ll be at Gen Con next year, M.W., so please swing on by the booth. I can’t wait for the Rifts® Bestiary to come out either. Volume One, coming soon. I’m afraid the holiday season put a crimp in getting it done sooner. Funny how we forget, every year, how much time the Surprise Packages take, but they are worth every minute. Lots of great stuff coming in 2019. – KS]

C.H. in Port Perry, Ontario, Canada, writes, in part: My husband has loved Rifts® since he found this community as a teenager ... He has passed on his love of the game, the creativity, and the camaraderie to our two daughters, 10 and 16, as a family game... Thanks.

[That’s wonderful, C.H. I am always thrilled to see our love for role-playing games passed on to new generations. I hope the Surprise Package was a hit with your family. Keep that imagination burning bright and happy holidays. – KS]

J.W. in Vancouver, Washington, writes: Thank you for once again providing this wonderful opportunity [the Surprise Package offer] during the holidays. I greatly appreciate the chance to complete my After the Bomb® and Heroes Unlimited™ book collection at a fantastic price! Likewise, the ability to check out new areas of the Palladium multiverse that have long intrigued me is just the motivation I needed to take the plunge. Last year was my first time taking advantage of this awesome offer. I was extremely happy with what I received. Best wishes to you all during this festive season and the year to follow.

[Happy to do it J.W., for exactly the reasons you outlined so wonderfully in your comments. I have made sure you’ll enjoy this Grab Bag just as much as the last. Merry Christmas and happy New Year. May it be a great one for us all. We will certainly try to bring you a lot of new products to fuel your imagination. – KS]

D.T. in San Antonio, Texas, writes: Kevin, you deliver imagination and adventure to us all year. I hope that you and your game making geniuses enjoy the holidays as much as you have entertained us all.

[Awww, how nice. Thank you, D.T. We have a lot of new books to finish and get into everyone’s hands, so time off is minimal. That said, we are enjoying the holidays and this time of giving very, very much, Thank you. – KS]

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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 20, 2018

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