Weekly Updates 2

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 14, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

I continue to write and orchestrate various projects. Finishing the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One and diving into In the Face of Death™ (Dead Reign®/Zombie Apocalypse sourcebook) has become my obsession. People who have seen bits and pieces of the new artwork going into the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One have gone wild over it. This may be one of the most anticipated new releases we’ve done in a long while. The first of many if I have my way about it.

The closer the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One gets to being finished, the more convinced I am that we should do a Megaverse® Insider funding offer for it (and Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two a few months from now). The Bestiary Books are both just so good they deserve Hardcover editions and special treatment. And with us focusing on what we know best – books – it seems like a fun way to build excitement. It was Chuck Walton who made the Megaverse® Insider suggestion to me, and the more I think about it, the more I like the idea. People really enjoyed the Megaverse Insiders we did for Northern Gun 1, NG 2 and Lemuria, and this time the book will come out within a short time after funding ends. Watch for the details coming soon!

 

Shipping NOW! – Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Raw Preview Edition (Cat. No. 899-RAW) and Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview Edition (Cat. No. 475-RAW) are both $20.99 each, limited to 150 copies, back from the printer and shipping now. Get yours before they are gone. Approximately 60 copies of each were pre-ordered (and shipped Wednesday), so they are going fast. Every Raw Edition we have ever done has sold out!

 

I (Kevin Siembieda) recently did a fun video interview for the Artichoke Dip YouTube channel. The host is a fun guy who is very knowledgeable about role-playing games and Palladium Books®. During the interview we talked about the early days of Palladium, the Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts®, gaming, storytelling, game design, and more, plus it ends with a sneak peek at some of the new monster artwork for Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One by Charles Walton II. It is a very relaxed, fan-boy fun interview. You can check it out here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjSwbOJDRLA

We had a good time talking and laughing before (and after) the interview, so I think we were both feeling very comfortable with each other and that shows in the interview. One friend said he felt like he was sitting right there with us. Artichoke Dip plans to review a number of Palladium titles and world settings in the future (Rifts®, Dead Reign®, etc.), and we are tentatively scheduled to do another interview when Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One is shipping. I haven’t had a chance to look into it yet, but Artichoke Dip specializes in the art of Solo-RPGing – a growing trend in which you adapt your favorite RPG to solo play. That’s right, no G.M., no players, just you. It actually sounds pretty cool, so you might want to learn more about it.

 

For MORE excellent video interviews with Palladium writers and artists like Charles Walton II, Carl Gleba, Brandon Aten, Carmen Bellaire, Apollo Okamura, Amy L. Ashbaugh and others – go to Questwise.

 

Coming Soon. Digital Palladium Fantasy RPG® Character Sheets to be available online! These incredible and easy to use digital character sheets are from the imagination of Prysus (with a little help from Rex Barkdoll) and should become available online in another week or two. They are truly awesome. Blew me away when I first saw them. What a clean, fast, fun, easy way to create and catalog your FRPG characters and keep them constantly up to date. More about them when they launch.

 

Rifts Titan Robotics Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Rifts® Titan Robotics Raw Preview Limited Edition – Available now

It is back from the printer, looks great, and is shipping now. The "Raw Preview Edition" of Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript of a new Rifts® sourcebook coming later this year. 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 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.
  • The Raw Edition is shipping now. Do not miss out.

 

Garden of the Gods Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Garden of the Gods – Raw Preview Limited Edition – available now

It is back from the printer, looks great, and is shipping now. 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 new Fantasy 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 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.
  • The Raw Edition is shipping right now. Do not miss out.

 

SOLD OUT! The extra copies of Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Preview Edition and Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Edition

The extra copies of these two sold out Raw Editions pulled from the Palladium archives are sold out again. Congrats to the folks who acquired them. So is the Heroes Unlimited™ 30th Anniversary Hardcover, though we will may make a few more HU 30th available later this year and we will have 3 copies of it and the Palladium Fantasy 30th at Gen Con.

 

Century Station

BACK IN STOCK: Century Station sourcebook for Heroes Unlimited

A setting sourcebook that presents the city of Century Station™, a hub for super beings, heroes, villains and trouble. It is jam-packed with near equal parts superhuman heroes and sinister villains suitable for any Heroes Unlimited™ campaign.

  • 51 dangerous and powerful villains.
  • 40 superhuman heroes and protectors.
  • Information about Century Station law enforcement and SWAT.
  • Super-Groups like S.H.O.C.K., Skywatch, Chimera, The Sector, plus criminal gangs, ninjas, the Triad, anti-alien groups and others.
  • 101 adventure ideas, maps, weapons, gear, and more.
  • Written by Bill Coffin, tons of great artwork.
  • 224 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 517 – available now.

 

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 final production. Winter/Spring.

 

Dead Reign In the Face of Death

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

I approved new sketches and some finished artwork. This book is another fine addition to the Dead Reign® setting and takes survival in the Zombie Apocalypse into uncharted territory. This title, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, and several other books are really coming together. In the Face of Death™ will be a spring release.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

Chuck Walton and I figured out the cover layout and we're all excited about this title coming soon. Just one of several we plan to surprise you with (like Lopan and the long awaited Land of the Damned Three – oh yeah). 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. We cannot wait to get all these books into your hands.

 

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica finished cover

I still can't get over that awesome John Zeleznik cover. Makes me want to get the books finished and into your hands more than ever. Spoke with Carmen who is tweaking the manuscript and adding some material and he's happy with his progress on the book.

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 true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

John Zeleznik was able to squeeze this cover into his schedule after all, making me one happy camper. We are shooting for (but not promising) a Gen Con release.

 

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 more. 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.

 

UPDATE: DriveThruRPG.com

The GM’s Day Sale is always a fun and exciting annual event. We hope you were able to get everything you wanted. It may be over, but there are 250+ Palladium PDF titles available whenever you want ‘em, including G.M. support, paper miniatures and more. Note: We are prepping a number of new PDF releases for DriveThruRPG, including the three Rifts® Novels, The Rifter® #80, more Paper Minis, a few free things, and maybe a few surprises, so keep your eyes peeled.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo®, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. 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 – March 14, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 8, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

I have been writing like a fiend. Most of my time has been spent working on the Rifts® Bestiary™ and I'm thrilled to be reaching the finish line for this title. The book is really something, an array of monsters and animals for use by players and Game Masters alike, as well as offering adventure hooks and ideas. Coming soon! And it's awesome.

I have also approved more sketches for In the Face of Death™ (Dead Reign™/Zombie Apocalypse), and worked with Wayne a bit on The Rifter® #83 (spring release) and #84 (summer release); both are going to be excellent issues. Among a few other things. We are all very excited about upcoming book releases.

We are thrilled to see the high level of excitement for the Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Raw Preview Edition and Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview Edition. I spoke to the Printer and they expect to get us the books by the middle of next week! Remember, both are limited to 150 copies, and sold on a first come, first served basis. I dug around in our archives and decided we could spare three copies of the sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition and two copies of Rifts® Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Edition. Get ‘em fast if you want them, because I expect them to fly out of the warehouse.

DriveThruRPG's GM's Day Sale ends Sunday, March 10, so time is running out. There are all sort of books across all game lines and even Rifter® issues in this sale.

That has inspired me to offer a Palladium Books Sale I'm calling the Let's Game Sale – now thru the weekend – a great way to get started with core books. Read on for details.

 

SALE! Palladium's – Let's Game Sale – Ends Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This sale is designed to provide you with the opportunity to purchase select core rule books and sourcebooks that will let you start gaming. A great way to try a new game setting. Or use it to fill in holes in your collection or to buy a birthday or anniversary gift for the gamer in your life. Enjoy.

 

SALE! Final Days – DriveThruRPG's GM's Day Sale – Ends Sunday March 10

The GM's Day Sale on DriveThruRPG is a super-whammy annual offer going on now thru Sunday, March 10, 2019. The GM's Day Sale offers a wide range of Palladium RPGs, World Books, sourcebooks, select issues of The Rifter® and more, as well as titles from dozens of other game companies. Sale ends March 10.

 

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 of a new Rifts® sourcebook coming later this year. 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 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!
  • The Raw Edition ships next week, March 15 or sooner. 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 new Fantasy 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 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!
  • The Raw Edition ships next week. Taking orders now. Do not miss out.

 

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview Edition

SPECIAL: 2 copies of the sold out Surviving Chaos Raw Preview Limited Edition (Chaos Earth® First Responders and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream) – Available now

As noted above, I decided we could spare two copies of this sold out Raw Edition from the Palladium archives. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

This "Raw Preview Edition" contains the unfinished working manuscripts for 2 books: Rifts® Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream. It contains background information on the early days immediately following the advent of the Great Cataclysm, new O.C.C.s, new weapons and gear, lifesaving medical robots and equipment, new D-Bees, new monsters, Apocalypse Plagues, and adventures. The Pyschic Scream section of this Raw Preview Edition includes Psychic Super-Soldiers, Cleansers, Lifegivers, Listeners, Old Souls, Psychonauts, Faith Healers, the Lazlo Society, monsters and much more!

  • Limited collector's edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscripts and works in progress.
  • By Jason Richards, Matthew Clements, Daniel Frederick and Taylor White.
  • Was sold out. These two copies are being made available from Palladium's archives.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – available now while limited supplies last.

 

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview Edition

SPECIAL: 3 copies of the sold out of Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Edition – Available now

As noted above, I decided we could spare three copies of this sold out Raw Edition from our archives. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

The "Raw Preview Edition" of Rifts® World Book: Antarctica™ contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more. Note: The finished title is anticipated to ship this summer.

  • Limited collector's edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • By Matthew Clements.
  • Was sold out. These three copies are being made available from Palladium's archives.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – available now, while supplies last.

 

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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 final production. Winter/Spring.

 

Dead Reign In the Face of Death

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

I approved new sketches and some finished artwork. This book is another fine addition to the Dead Reign® setting and takes survival in the Zombie Apocalypse into uncharted territory. This title, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, and several other books are really coming together. In the Face of Death™ will be a spring release.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

Chuck Walton and I figured out the cover layout and we're all excited about this title coming soon. Just one of several we plan to surprise you with (like Lopan and the long awaited Land of the Damned Three – oh yeah). 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. We cannot wait to get all these books into your hands.

 

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica finished cover

I still can't get over that awesome John Zeleznik cover. Makes me want to get the books finished and into your hands more than ever. Spoke with Carmen who is tweaking the manuscript and adding some material and he's happy with his progress on the book.

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 true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

John Zeleznik was able to squeeze this cover into his schedule after all, making me one happy camper. We are shooting for (but not promising) a Gen Con release.

 

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 more. 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 – GM's Day Sale – Ends Sunday, March 10

The GM's Day Sale is a super-whammy annual offer going on now thru Sunday, March 10, 2019. The GM's Day Sale has a wide range of Palladium RPGs, World Books, sourcebooks, select issues of The Rifter® and more, as well as titles from dozens of other game companies on sale. Just some of the 250+ Palladium PDF titles available on DriveThruRPG. Sale ends Sunday – March 10, 2019.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo®, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. 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 – March 8, 2019

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

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