Weekly Updates 2

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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 28, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 21, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

More exciting things happening at Palladium. First, this is your last day to take advantage of the Rifts® Gold Edition Sale, because this sale ends after midnight tonight. Get ‘em while you can because the Gold Editions tend to become collector’s items that only increase in value. Case in point, those handful of rediscovered Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Edition hardcovers sold out in a few days, so did the two signed and numbered Heroes Unlimited™ hardcover! Only a couple of HU2 Printer Proofs remain available. We had twice as many Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Edition hardcovers and they were on the verge of selling out when I added a few more to the store. So you still have a shot at getting the Heroes Unlimited™ hardcover, while supplies last.

We are glad so many of you were excited about getting the Heroes Unlimited™ and Fantasy RPG® hardcovers as well as the two titles available in the Rifts® Gold Edition Sale, which ends after midnight tonight. Folks seemed to enjoy the Rifter® Sale on DriveThruRPG that ended this morning, and we appreciate everyone’s support.

Now for something completely different ... Rifts® iOS stickers for Apple devices – iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – are now available. This is the brainchild and handiwork of animator and freelance artist, Apollo Okamura. More details below.

Meanwhile, we continue to fine tune the Palladium website and work on various projects that will be coming your way soon, like more player and G.M. support (an epic, digital character sheet for Palladium Fantasy for starters), Rifts® LitRPG novels (later this year), as well as the many books you are waiting for.

 

Rifts iOS Stickers

NEW! Rifts® iOS stickers for iPhone and Apple products

Are you ready to level up your iMessage texts? From the pages of the Rifts® RPG series come adorable, fully-animated iOS stickers of your favorite iconic Rifts® characters! With more to come. Made possible by illustrator Apollo Okamura under official license from Palladium Books®, Inc.

10 Rifts® stickers at launch include:

  • Altara Blind Warrior Woman™ – Impatient
  • Crazy™ – Laugh/crying
  • Cyber-Knight™ – Weary
  • Dead-Boy™ – Gun point
  • Dog Boy™ – Pant, pant
  • Glittery Boy™ – BOOM!
  • Juicer™ – Blow kisses
  • Ley Line Walker™ – Heart eyes
  • Psi-Stalker™ – Crying
  • SAMAS™ Power Armor – Flying
  • With more to come!
  • Run on iOS devices: iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch; iOS users can send messages to Android users, but they will only see static, non-animated images.

 

  • TAP to send a sticker.
  • PEEL & PLACE stickers anywhere on your message bubbles or photos.
  • LAYER stickers on top of each other.
  • SCALE & ROTATE using a second finger to adjust them before placing.
  • Compatible software and hardware, and internet access required (fees may apply).
  • Note: Earlier versions of iOS (9 and below) will only see static images in chat. The stickers run on iOS devices, so iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. (Android Note: No animated Android stickers are available at this time. However, if the Apple stickers do well, Android versions may be developed at a later time.)
  • Here is the Apple Store link to see them in all their glory for yourself. Have fun with them.

 

FINAL Hours! Rifts® Gold Edition Hardcover Sale – February 15-21, 2019

Sale ends sometime after midnight. Don’t miss getting two hot, hardcover collector editions. Both limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

 

SOLD OUT – 30th Anniversary Palladium Fantasy RPG® Collectors’ Edition Hardcover – Printer Proof

Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Hardcover – $80 each – 7 signatures plus a large, original Dragon head drawing by Kevin Siembieda on page one, is again SOLD OUT! We have a few put aside for Gen Con and the next Palladium Open House in 2021. Oh, and I think there is one in my eBay store.

 

Last 2 copies – Heroes Unlimited 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover – Printer Proof – available while supplies last

  • “Printer Proof” Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Hardcover – $70 each, while supplies last. 8 signatures. This limited edition was SOLD OUT until a few Printer Proofs were recently unearthed. Cat. No. 5000HC-Proof. There were approximately 50 Printer Proofs for HU2 30th Anniversary, of which these are a few. I have added a small Dragon head sketch on the credits page. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Also see the Gold Edition Sale, below.

 

What is a Printer Proof? When there is a signed and numbered limited edition book or art print, there is the signed and numbered item and then there may be Printer Proofs. These are either a few dozen extras from a print overrun or a small run sent by the printer as early samples of the finished book. I have found most publishers seem to offer 20-100 Printer Proofs in addition to the official signed and numbered books, but that number may vary up or down. The book is marked as a Printer Proof or P/P and is otherwise identical to the signed and numbered edition. Sometimes the Proof edition includes an additional sketch or extra signature(s), but most do not. Printer Proofs have been a common practice among publishers of limited, signed and numbered books and prints for decades. Most collectors believe Printer Proofs are more valuable because there are so very few of them.

 

The Rifter 4 Issue Subscription The Rifter 3 Issue Short Subscription The Rifter 2 Issue Mini-Subscription

SALE! The Rifter® Mini-Subscriptions – Three to choose from

Folks are taking advantage of the mini-subscription offers too. Whether it is for 4, 3, or 2 issues of The Rifter®, these offers provide the same savings off the cover price plus FREE shipping to subscribers in the USA.

Note: If your subscription goes beyond The Rifter® #84, please contact Palladium Books to get a store credit for the value of your remaining subscription. Thank you.

We appreciate your loyalty and years of support, so we are happy to offer you these subscription savings and the convenience of FREE shipping right to your doorstep. It is also a way for newcomers to try these excellent sourcebooks and gaming tools. Every Rifter® is packed with adventure ideas and source material that can be adapted to most Palladium world settings. These Rifter® subscription options are all available now.

 

Are you enjoying the new Palladium Books® Website?

It’s great, right? We were all blown away by the work of Rex Barkdoll to make our website much cleaner, fresher and fun. There is always a learning curve for anything new and improved, so we’ve had problems posting the last Weekly Update (and, as it turned out, this one). Palladium’s new website is something of a work in progress, so you may continue to notice tweaks and improvements appearing over the next several weeks. Please bear with us and enjoy the new look and features as things continue to improve.

  • 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.

 

The Rifter 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83

Wayne is reviewing material to go into this issue of The Rifter® and there is still time for you to contribute to the next issue. We had toyed with a number of different covers, but decided to use something familiar and nostalgic.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – coming soon.

 

The Rifter 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84

As soon as issue #83 is done, Wayne will be jumping into this issue of The Rifter®, but there is still time for you to contribute. Here’s the cover. Gotta love those Tattooed Men of Atlantis.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – spring/summer.

 

UPDATE: More Negatives and Original Art

Alex and I continue to add more negatives and collectibles to my ebay store. They include pages of negs from the original Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms™, Mindwerks™ and Cyber-Knights™ sourcebook. And we will continue to add more negatives (many on sale) as well as original art to my ebay store. Folks are really starting to get into the one-of-a-kind negatives of old books, which doesn’t surprise me because I think they are truly unique and look great. I’m making sure most pages get made available to fans and I have only been keeping pages one thru contents and the occasional favorite page of art. So please enjoy.

 

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.

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 continue to write bits and make notes for In the Face of Death™ when the ideas demand I do so. I have also assigned the last pieces of artwork. Otherwise, I am pounding away on Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One. Both books are going to be lots of fun for players and G.M.s alike. I cannot wait till I finish the Rifts® Bestiary™ so I can dive into this book as well as CE: Psychic Scream™, Garden of the Gods™, and several Beyond the Supernatural™ titles. They’re all screaming to be released from my imagination. Writing as fast as I can. Wish I could clone myself to be working on all these books at the same time. Alas, there is but one of me and a handful of freelancers doing their part.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

I am so hot to finish Garden of the Gods™. I try not to think about it much because the ideas start to boil and demand being written and I have other books to finish first. So many exciting titles in the pipeline waiting to be finished. Assigning art and making notes as new ideas insist I write them down.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Last week I met with contributing writer Carmen Bellaire. He reports he has made his first pass over the Matthew Clements manuscript and made his tweaks and changes to that material, most of which he loved. Next Carmen will be writing the additions he and I want after we brain-stormed ideas about a month ago. Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to be a fascinating and scary World Book. It’s nice to have both Matthew and Carmen writing books again for Palladium as I love working with those two.

 

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

So many books I am looking forward to finishing and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™ is one of them. You are going to love it.

 

Other Titles

Other RPG titles are in the works or the final manuscript stage awaiting review. So if a book you are waiting for was not mentioned, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next 4-5 months.

 

COMING to DriveThruRPG.com – More Rifters® and Rifts® Novels

Next week The Rifter® #79 will be posted. The three Rifts® Novels will follow in the weeks after. We know people are dying to get the long out of print third novel, Treacherous Awakenings. We have some other fun surprises coming up too. These are just some 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 21, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 15, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

Note: Hey everyone, this Update was intended to post on Valentine’s Day, but issues with the new website prevented that. Took us a day and then some to resolve. Since I wrote it the morning of Valentine’s Day the focus throughout is our love and affection for gaming and you. I thought about rewriting the whole thing, but my sentiments remain unchanged. Enjoy the new offers, a couple of sales and a lot of updates for this Valentine’s Day weekend. Read on and enjoy. - Kevin

Happy belated Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air. We love role-playing games. We love you, our fans. We love our new website. And we love how good the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One is turning out. Epic and coming along nicely. I also made a startling discovery Tuesday in a dusty corner of the Palladium warehouse, all of which culminates into a few, very limited, special offers: a few copies of Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Edition as well as Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover (sold out for years!). PLUS a Gold Edition Sale AND a new DriveThruRPG.com Sale! All described a bit further down this Update.

I hope you are enjoying our website overhaul. It is more intuitive, easy to use, mobile device friendly and gorgeous. A number of regulars who didn’t get or notice our mailing about it coming last week, were quite surprised and very pleased.

More about that exciting discovery. I was looking for something else entirely when I stumbled across a full box of the 30th Anniversary Heroes Unlimited™ Edition (recently sold out!) that contained two signed and numbered Anniversary Editions and a number of HU2 30th Anniversary Printer Proofs. Next to it was a partial box of the sold out and hotly desired Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover. The Fantasy RPG hardcover has been sold out for a couple of years now. All of the Fantasy RPG and most of the Heroes Unlimited™ hardcover books are Printer Proofs, which are much more limited and rare than the signed and numbered edition (fewer than 50 copies were created. I think only 30, but none of us remember; there were 500 signed and numbered copies). We usually only sell a handful of “Printer Proofs.” The rest are given to special helpers, investors, friends, and charity auctions. Printer Proofs usually vanish almost immediately after release, so finding these books was a thrill for me. I thought they were gone years ago. These are the last of them. I’m making a handful available this weekend, and keeping a couple to sell at Gen Con and a couple for the 2021 Open House. Get ‘em while you can.

RARE FIND – Limited availability – Out of Print Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – Printer Proof

  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® 30th Anniversary Hardcover$80 each. 7 signatures plus a large, original Dragon head drawing by Kevin Siembieda on page one, each drawing is different. SOLD OUT for 2 years until some Printer Proofs were recently unearthed. Cat. No. 4500HC-Proof. There were approximately 50 Printer Proofs for the PFRPG 30th Anniversary Hardcover, of which these are among the last few recently discovered. I have added a Dragon head sketch on the first page. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

What is a Printer Proof? When there is a signed and numbered limited edition book or art print, there is the signed and numbered item and then there may be Printer Proofs. These are either a few dozen extras from a print overrun or a small run sent by the printer as early samples of the finished book. I have found most publishers seem to offer 20-100 Printer Proofs in addition to the official signed and numbered books, but that number may vary up or down. The book is marked as a Printer Proof or P/P and is otherwise identical to the signed and numbered edition. Sometimes the Proof edition includes an additional sketch or extra signature(s), but most do not. Printer Proofs have been a common practice among publishers of limited, signed and numbered books and prints for decades. Most collectors believe Printer Proofs are more valuable because there are so very few of them.

RARE FIND of Out of Print – Heroes Unlimited 30th Anniversary Edition hardcover – Printer Proof

  • 5000HC-386 and 5000HC-393 – Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Hardcover – limited to 500 copies – $50 each (recently sold out). Signed and numbered. 8 signatures. This limited edition was SOLD OUT until these two books and some Printer Proofs (below) were recently found in a corner of the Palladium warehouse.
  • “Printer Proof” Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Hardcover – $70 each, while supplies last. 8 signatures. This limited edition was SOLD OUT until a few Printer Proofs were recently unearthed. Cat. No. 5000HC-Proof. There were approximately 50 Printer Proofs for HU2 30th Anniversary, of which these are a few. I have added a small Dragon head sketch on the credits page. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Also see the Gold Edition Sale, below.

SALE! Gold Edition Hardcover Sale – February 15-21, 2019

One weekend only. Get two hot, limited edition hardcover collector editions. Both limited to 500 signed and numbered copies.

New SALE! The Rifter® Back Issue Sale on DriveThruRPG

The sale here on the Palladium website is over, but it is only just beginning on DriveThruRPG.com right now thru February 20, 2019. This is an excellent way to get and read those issues of The Rifter® that you cannot find in print.

The Rifter 4 Issue Subscription The Rifter 3 Issue Short Subscription The Rifter 2 Issue Mini-Subscription

SALE! The Rifter® Mini-Subscriptions – Three to choose from

Folks are taking advantage of the mini-subscription offers too. Whether it is for 4, 3, or 2 issues of The Rifter®, these offers provide the same savings off the cover price plus FREE shipping to subscribers in the USA.

Note: If your subscription goes beyond The Rifter® #84, please contact Palladium Books to get a store credit for the value of your remaining subscription. Thank you.

We appreciate your loyalty and years of support, so we are happy to offer you these subscription savings and the convenience of FREE shipping right to your doorstep. It is also a way for newcomers to try these excellent sourcebooks and gaming tools. Every Rifter® is packed with adventure ideas and source material that can be adapted to most Palladium world settings. These Rifter® subscription options are all available now.

Are you enjoying the new Palladium Books® Website?

It’s great, right? We were all blown away by the work of Rex Barkdoll to make our website much cleaner, fresher and fun. There is always a learning curve for anything new and improved, so we’ve had problems posting the last Weekly Update (and, as it turned out, this one). Palladium’s new website is something of a work in progress, so you may continue to notice tweaks and improvements appearing over the next several weeks. Please bear with us and enjoy the new look and features as things continue to improve.

  • 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.

Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope Podcast – Episode 19 – includes a 4 person conversation with Kevin Siembieda, Sean Patrick Fannon, Cameron Cleveland and host, Sean Masters

Last week, I recorded a very fun podcast for Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope with Sean Masters (the host), Cameron Cleveland (G.M. and mastermind behind the Rifts® Living Campaign Club), and Sean Patrick Fannon (writer and game designer, Rifts® Savage Worlds and others), that is part role-play experience followed by an hour or so long interview between the four of us. We all had a blast doing this podcast and I highly recommend taking a listen to Episode 19. (The 4 of us each have a role. I played Lord Coake.) Or at least listen to the interview, which will be time stamped and easy to find.

Savage Rifts Voice of Hope is 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 so excellent that I – Kevin Siembieda – have invited Sean Masters to submit adventure source material for Palladium Books. You can check it out for yourself at https://voiceofhopepodcast.podbean.com and on itunes.

ALL SOLD OUT – Systems Failure RPG – Nightbane®: Shadows of Light – BTS: Boxed Nightmares – Heroes Unlimited 30th Anniversary Gold Hardcover

Doing these short runs of out of print books for the holidays was fun and people seemed to enjoy them. We’ll think about doing this kind of offer, though probably not these titles, again next Christmas Season. FYI, I believe there is only a copy or two of The Rifter® #56 remaining.

The Rifter 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83

Wayne is reviewing material to go into this issue of The Rifter® and there is still time for you to contribute to the next issue. We had toyed with a number of different covers, but decided to use something familiar and nostalgic.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – coming soon.

The Rifter 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84

As soon as issue #83 is done, Wayne will be jumping into this issue of The Rifter®, but there is still time for you to contribute. Here’s the cover. Gotta love those Tattooed Men of Atlantis.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – spring/summer.

UPDATE: More Negatives and Original Art

Alex and I continue to add more negatives and collectibles to my ebay store. They include pages of negs from the original Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms™, Mindwerks™ and Cyber-Knights™ sourcebook. And we will continue to add more negatives (many on sale) as well as original art to my ebay store. Folks are really starting to get into the one-of-a-kind negatives of old books, which doesn’t surprise me because I think they are truly unique and look great. I’m making sure most pages get made available to fans and I have only been keeping pages one thru contents and the occasional favorite page of art. So please enjoy.

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.

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®

When the ideas come, sometimes you need to drop everything to write them down before they are gone. That happened to me with In the Face of Death™ just last weekend. I had reviewed the fabulous artwork by Nick Bradshaw and I was making notes for what additional art images I wanted (mostly rooftop images, characters and street scenes). I was writing a description for an illustration and the next thing I knew, the opening description of the book was pouring out of me and I couldn’t stop. Wow.

I often say that when I’m hot writing, I feel less like I’m selecting the words and creating the book and more like I’m receiving a transmission from aliens and it’s all I can do to write it all down as fast as I can before the transmission stops. I’ve had a lot of those moments writing Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One and now one for the next Dead Reign® sourcebook. I cannot wait till I finish the Rifts® Bestiary™ so I can dive into this book, CE: Psychic Scream™, and several Beyond the Supernatural™ titles. They’re all screaming to be released. Damn alien transmissions! Ah, who am I kidding? I love it when that happens. And you’ll love the end results.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

I am also hot to finish this title. I try not to think about it much because the ideas start to boil and demand being written and I have other books to finish first. So many exciting titles in the pipeline waiting to be finished. Assigning art and making notes as new ideas insist I write them down.

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Met with contributing writer Carmen Bellaire just this morning. He reports he has made his first pass over the Matthew Clements manuscript and made his tweaks and changes to that material, most of which he loved. Next Carmen will be writing the additions he and I want after we brain-stormed ideas about a month ago. The Rifts® Antarctica™ book is going to be a fascinating and scary World Book. It’s nice to have both Matthew and Carmen writing books again for Palladium as I love working with those two.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

So many books I am looking forward to finishing and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™ is one of them. You are going to love it.

Other Titles

Other RPG titles are in the works or the final manuscript stage awaiting review. So if a book you are waiting for was not mentioned, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next 4-5 months.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – The Awesome Rifter® Sale

New is The Rifter® Sale, #1-77. You can find almost every issue of The Rifter® available as a PDF, and number 1-77 are all ON SALE. Here’s your chance to get the many issues that are out of print! Each packed with exciting source material that, in most cases, can be easily adapted to ANY Palladium RPG setting, not just the one it is written for. Did you know the first 10 issues of The Rifter® contain an original Knights of the Dinner Table comic done special for Palladium? Or that the Machinations of Doom comic was first serialized in The Rifter®? Just some of the 200+ 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – February 15, 2019

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