By Kevin Siembieda
One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure
It has been wildly busy since returning from Gen Con. Busy with all kinds of stuff. Post Gen Con contacts follow-ups, Rifts® Savage Worlds approvals, prep to ship out the Rifts® Bestiary™ Megaverse Insider items (getting prints made, building boxes, signing prints, etc.), as well as dealing with business, personal and creative stuff.
The Hardcover Editions of the Rifts® Bestiary™ have arrived at the Palladium warehouse! We are busy sorting through, signing and numbering them so we can ship them out by early next week. That also means the Gold Edition Hardcover will ship next week too. The Gold Edition is limited to only around 300 copies.
We are very pleased with the positive response to Rifts® Bestiary™. Awesome to know our hard work has paid off and you love it. You’ll be finding that all of our upcoming releases also push the envelope and open up new avenues of adventure while supplying players (and Game Masters) with all kinds of new, cool resources, weapons, gear, critters, and opportunities.
On my Ebay Store, Negatives are on sale at half price, and almost everything else is on sale at a less steep discount, including artwork by Charles Walton. We are also adding a handful of collectible items, including a couple Palladium Fantasy RPG® hardcovers (among the last of my archives), HU2 hardcovers, Northern Gun and Lemuria hardcovers, and a few other out of print items. Go to: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles
In addition to trying to finish the writing on Garden of the Gods™ for Palladium Fantasy (it’s epic), I continue to coordinate several other projects, assigning art and writing snippets for a number of them as inspiration strikes. They include Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, The Rifter® #84, Rifts® Titan Robotics™, In the Face of Death™ (Dead Reign®), and several other titles (including a Lopan Fantasy sourcebook by Glen Evans) and projects for DriveThruRPG and other venues, as well as others best left unnamed at the moment. To say we are busy is an understatement. Gen Con is exciting and inspiring, but it takes a while to get caught-up and back into the creative writing groove. Happy to say, I’m finally rockin’ ‘n rollin’.
SALE! The Rifter® Summmer’s End Sale
All available issues of The Rifter®, except those we are running really low on, are on sale at an impressive discount. This sale even includes recent issues of The Rifter®. Enjoy.
Note: PDFs of The Rifter® #1-80 are also on sale at DriveThruRPG.com — and it is a good way to get issues that are out of print. Palladium’s sales for physical books and PDFs on DriveThru both run thru August 21, 2019.
UPDATE: Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) – in final production
I have been bombarded with so many demands on my time, that I have not had the time I want to finish the writing on Garden of the Gods™, but when I have been writing, I’m hot! Thankfully, I think I have cleared my plate and will be able to devote most of my time to finishing it and diving into finishing other titles.
As I have said, this sourcebook is so darn good it makes me happy every time I work on it. Garden of the Gods™ is packed with magic artifacts, holy weapons, blessings, miracles, visions, curses, and all kinds of great stuff for players and hundreds of adventure hooks for Game Masters. Plus it is just full of flavor, some unexpected dangers and bad guys, and good guy NPCs or player characters like the Knights Fossar, the super-cool and redefined Fossar Wardens (keepers of secrets), Champion of the Gods, and so much more. You will absolutely love this book. See the new description later in this Update and in our online store for more details.
UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ – September release
As soon as I am finished with Garden of the Gods, I am back to work on In the Face of Death™. A September release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream™ – September or October release
A ton of interior artwork has been finished with additional material being turned out. If the new description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Rescheduled for a September or October release. Shooting for September.
UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics™ – Fall release
Man, oh man, this book is going to be epic. More finished artwork and concept sketches come in every few day and are looking fabulous. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – September release
Wayne has made his selections and I have been assigning artwork. Another great issue full of fun and ideas.
UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica™ – Fall or Winter Release
Nothing new to report. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume Two – Winter Release
Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a winter release.
UPDATE: The Disavowed™, Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, and other titles
These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of production or development.
NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® Sale and Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™
SALE: All issues of The Rifter® #1-80 are on sale as PDF editions from DriveThruRPG.com, right now! Physical issues of The Rifter® are also available from palladiumbooks.com at PDF prices.
Also new on DriveThruRPG.com is Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™, made available last week. It features True Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, more about the Sunaj, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and description of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj’s secret agenda. An awesome resource and fun read.
A number of new products will be coming your way on DriveThruRPG.com in the weeks ahead. This includes the re-edited and improved three original Rifts® Novels from the 1990's, one every two weeks or so. We may also make them available as Print on Demand (POD) books from DriveThru.
Recent PDF additions include the free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview: See what's in this great new sourcebook before you buy it! The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG® Rifts® Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).
Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more. Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80, The Rifter® #81, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.