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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 18, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

A lot is going on. Before I forget, let me mention that Charles Walton II (artist), Apollo Okamura (artist), Greg Diaczyk (writer), Kent Burles (artist), and myself, and maybe a few other Palladium creators, will be at Anime North in Toronto, Canada next weekend (Memorial Day weekend in the US). Likewise, Game Master Cameron Cleveland has orchestrated 10 big events at StrategiCon in Los Angeles, California, also Memorial Day weekend.

At Palladium we are putting into place our plans to fast track a number of upcoming new Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, and Dead Reign® sourcebooks, as well as new projects to follow. That involves a lot of coordination, assessment and scheduling. We have something like 14 books, plus The Rifter®, in the pipeline and several others in development for the future. These planning sessions include new approaches and methods of hitting release schedules, and a number of projects that we think will surprise and delight our fans.

Writer Matthew Clements returns to Palladium

We are in talks with writer Matthew Clements (Rifts® Northern Gun 1 & 2, among other titles) to bring him back to write new books and help us get out the books in the pipeline.

In addition, Taylor White recently turned in a Chaos Earth® manuscript, and we are having a real-life first responder and writer take a look at Chaos Earth® First Responders for feedback and additions to this long awaited book. Meanwhile, writers Glen Evans, Carl Gleba, Steve Dawes, Greg Diaczyk and others are busy plotting their next project or two.

PDF only titles – coming soon

The collected Splicers®: I am Legion Mega-Adventure Sourcebook and Champions of Palladium: The Lopanic Games (tentative title; for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®) are likely to be the first two PDF books released by Palladium via DriveThruRPG. The Lopanic Games by Paul Herbert will make a nice companion to Glen Evans’ upcoming Lopan sourcebook. A couple other DriveThru projects are also in the works.

New Raw Preview Editions of books coming soon

A number of people at the Palladium Open House asked that we release more Raw Preview Editions. These are the unedited, “raw” manuscripts before rewrites and additional material is added to the book. There is no artwork, just the untouched manuscript text. Raw Editions are usually limited to 120 or 150 advance copies and fans love them. Since so many people have been inquiring, I will see about releasing 2-4 soon.

Back in Stock Reminder

The following titles are back in stock and available now.

The Rifter® #80

Getting caught up on issues of The Rifter® is a top priority. Both The Rifter® #80 and #81 are in the works. Nick Bradshaw cover for one.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One and Two

The Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume 1 and Volume 2 are the next two books. Probably summer releases. Both books gather and format the existing beasts from the current World Books and Sourcebooks, PLUS a good number of fun, new creatures and monsters to spice up your games, plus maps and more.

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death

I am looking forward to this sourcebook about life and survival in the big cities during the Zombie Apocalypse. Rooftop living and more.

Strategicon GAMEX 2018 – Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2018

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Eight Rifts® game events set across the globe (the New West/Southwest, Atlantis, Mexico, and Europe/Sovietski), plus two Robotech® games. Don’t miss the fun.

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 11, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Man, oh man, have we been busy. Besides recovering from the Palladium Open House (it seems like the older we get, the longer it takes to fully recover), dealing with a number of business matters, convention prep, and reaching out to Palladium creators, we have been putting the final wraps on RRT/Robotech® and figuring out where we go from here.

The obvious answer is diving back into what we know best: creating RPGs and sourcebooks that will knock your socks off. We have high hopes and many exciting ideas that I will share with you in upcoming Updates. At the moment, I’m making a list of all titles and plans already in the pipeline and assessing the best order of releases. We want to start a nice flow of releases.

I can tell you that getting the two Rifts® Bestiary titles done and getting caught up on The Rifter® are among our top priorities. You can also look forward to some Raw Preview Editions as well as a couple of PDF only titles on DriveThruRPG coming soon. Folks seem to enjoy the Raw Previews and we have gotten a number of requests for them at the Palladium Open House (POH) as well as before the POH and after. There is a lot of good stuff in the pipeline, so if you want ‘em as Raw Previews, we’ll make them available.

As for the 2018 Palladium Open House (POH), I’ve heard from a number of attendees and freelancers, and all report having a great time. Awesome. Us too. The POH is always a lot of fun and laughter. There were a few snags, and the prep for it was the most last-minute of any POH ever. Heck, we were shipping RRT Reward Exchanges right up to the morning of VIP Thursday! But it all came together thanks to the Herculean efforts of Kathy Simmons and helpers like Matthew Treml, the Brown Family, Tina, Joe, Doug and others. I tried to thank everyone in the last update.

2021 Open House – Palladium’s 40th Anniversary Bash

Assuming we are all around to host it, the next POH will be three years from now – April 2021 – to celebrate Palladium’s 40th Anniversary. Don’t tell us we didn’t give you enough advance notice on this one. And we plan to make it the biggest, most organized and fun Palladium Open House ever. So start making your plans. That includes our wonderful Game Masters, writers, artists, helpers and friends. Together, let’s make this the most fun and memorable blowout ever! You can thank Joe Bergmans for this POH and pointing out that a 40th anniversary event would be perfect. We agree.

More books coming for Rifts® for Savage Worlds®

I don’t know the intended release date (I suspect late 2018 or more likely early 2019), but Pinnacle Entertainment has sent me the next book in the series and some artwork to review for approval. And I get the impression there will be more to come. I’ve given it a quick glance over and it looks pretty good. I expect to give it a thorough read over this weekend.

Rifts®, Dead Reign® and plans for other books ...

We are as hungry to see new book releases as you are. And we plan to dive right into them. Wayne and I will be working on The Rifter® #80 and other issues to come out in rapid succession. I will also be working on the Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One & Two, as well as figuring out the exact order of new releases and getting artists working on new books.

New Raw Preview Editions of books coming soon

A number of people at the Palladium Open House asked that we release more Raw Preview Editions. These are the unedited, “raw” manuscripts before rewrites and additional material is added to the book. There is no artwork, just the untouched manuscript text. Raw Editions are usually limited to 120 or 150 advance copies and fans love them. Since so many people have been inquiring, I will see about releasing 2-4 soon.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 11, 2018

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