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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Happy Friday the 13th. I hope all your luck is good today and for the rest of the year.

I continue to write like a man possessed. So are several of Palladium’s freelancer writers. Artists are also drawing away and I need to assign work to several others. We are all excited about what’s coming your way and can hardly wait to put books in your hands.

That includes the wickedly fun and comprehensive “official” and unofficial source material we have cooked up for The Rifter® #80 and #81. All compelling, useful and pretty epic, even if I say so, myself. I word it that way, because I have either written a lot of the material myself or contributed to the works of others. And they rock.

If you don’t usually get The Rifter®, I highly encourage you to take a hard look at these two books, because I think you might want to pick them up. Both issues will be available by July 31st, and both are 112 pages each, with adventure source material relevant to recent releases and upcoming titles – like Chaos Earth®, Splicers®, Heroes Unlimited™, and Palladium Fantasy RPG®. See the full descriptions elsewhere in this Update.

People’s imaginations are on fire and the writing coming from everyone reflects that in the quality of their ideas and presentations. As you can tell from my exuberant words, we are excited about everything coming out from Palladium. It’s not just the writers who are rockin’, the artists are on fire too, and kicking out dynamic artwork. Read on for more details.

The Rifter Number 80

The Rifter® #80 – Ships July 20

I approved the printer proof for The Rifter® #80 at the printer earlier this week and confirmed it should ship around July 20. As I was just saying, The Rifter® #80 (as well as #81) is truly jam-packed with useful “official” source material for Splicers®, Palladium Fantasy® and Chaos Earth®! And it is all good stuff that will interest players and Game Masters alike. We had so much great material to share that even at the bigger 112 page count, we could barely get it all to fit.

A fun read, it includes Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert, with new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers (official source material), gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium Fantasy World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein. Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part One (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited™ by Paul Herbert; plus news and coming attractions. 112 pages. See the full description elsewhere in this Update.

The Rifter Number 81

The Rifter® #81 – Ships July 31 (tentative)

Done and in final layout and proofreading stages. The Rifter® #81 goes to the printer on Monday and the printer has confirmed it will ship by July 31st. Which also means we will have both issues at Gen Con.

Another great Amy L. Ashbaugh cover, an epic, “official” Palladium Fantasy RPG® fully fleshed out adventure by me (Kevin Siembieda) featuring Wolfen Vampires and iconic characters; Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk and me; for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, an in-depth look at Gnomes of Ophid’s Grasslands by Hendrik Härterich; Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two (official source material) by Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; a new and expanded look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Super-Sleuth by Matt Reed, and more. See the full description elsewhere in this Update.

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

I have assigned the cover to John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art very soon. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for this exciting new Rifts® World Book. It enables you to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

Contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, Ice Magic, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, Splugorth, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 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.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – Available now.

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® First Responders

I have assigned the cover to artist John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art very soon. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for the next TWO Chaos Earth® sourcebooks: First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™. It enables you to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

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 Psychic 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!

  • Presents two upcoming sourcebooks: Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™.
  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 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.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – Available now.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

The last freelancer contributions are in! Charles Walton is knocking out great artwork, and I am assigning additional art to other stellar illustrators. I expect to be devoting my full attention to the two Bestiary books starting next week. Otherwise, I’ve been writing bits and pieces as I juggle several projects and wrap-up my work on The Rifter®. Very excited about these two books as they develop into something truly special.

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volume One and Two?

We are collecting the hundreds of monsters and beasts of Rifts Earth into easy to use reference books, similar to what we did with D-Bees of North America. Only there are so many wondrous and fierce creatures that we cannot squeeze them into one book – plus we are adding a bunch of new creatures to add more fun and menace to your Rifts® games. Some will be a nuisance, others pets and companions, some are suitable M.D.C. riding animals, and some are slobbering beasts.

The first two Rifts® Bestiary™ sourcebooks are being created simultaneously, right now! Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks. In addition to a growing number of brand new critters and monsters by Kevin Siembieda, Chuck Walton, Carl Gleba, Greg Diaczyk and others! All adding new life to the savage wilderness of Rifts North America (US, Canada, Mexico). Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Updated descriptions and information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A good number of brand new creatures are being added too.
  • 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) and Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release date: Summer – i.e., as fast as we can kick these bad boys out!

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August, 2018

Gen Con is almost here! We look forward to seeing many Palladium fans there. Of course, we will bring a bunch o’ books for ALL game lines, new and old, including the Raw Preview Editions, new releases, The Rifter, some T-shirts, prints, original art, out of print collectibles and maybe a surprise or two.

  • Meet a number of Palladium creators and get books signed by characters like:
    - Kevin Siembieda, Writer and Game Designer
    - Carmen Bellaire, Writer and Game Designer
    - Brandon Aten, Writer and Game Designer
    - Wayne Smith, Editor, Rifter®
    - Mark Oberle, Writer
    - Glen Evans, Writer
    - Charles Walton II, Artist
  • Get the latest game releases.
  • Enjoy coupon book Gen Con specials.
  • Get Raw Preview editions and collectibles.
  • Pick up back issues and even some out of print titles.
  • Buy art prints, one-of-a-kind negatives, and original artwork.
  • Buy published art by Charles Walton II or a character sketch.
  • Get collector items and other rare or unusual items.
  • We are all happy to chat and sign books.
  • Please swing by to say hello.

Available on DriveThruRPG.com – Splicers®: I Am Legion Adventure Sourcebook, Splicers® RPG, Nightbane®, Rifts®, Fantasy – 200+ items

New titles will be made available on DriveThru starting next week, but 200+ game titles, paper miniatures and other good stuff are available now.

Recent Releases: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, the Rifts® Pecos Badlands town of Gohjjunk™, Doc Feral™ and some Mutants for Heroes Unlimited™, a Ninjas & Superspies™ adventure, a Savage Rifts® preview, and Splicers®: I Am Legion™: Part 5.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 13, 2018

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