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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 18, 2012

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By Kevin Siembieda

There’s a lot going on and a lot of news, so this is a long Update. I hope you don’t mind.

It has been a truly wild week. To say we’ve been busy is an understatement. We’ve been working so intensely, there were times when I was running down the hall from my office to Wayne’s and back.

In addition to catching up with work since the Palladium Open House (I still have a million Private Messages, emails and other things to get to!), all kinds of good things have been going on behind the scenes. Stuff with upcoming releases, artists, Robotech®, trying to take care of Gen Con® arrangements required now, advertising, some interest by a third party in developing the Rifts® movie, new opportunities and, well, all kinds of things. I’ve been coordinating my creative forces, talking with artists and writers, meeting with people, and revving up for more great product releases all week.

I’m on a mission. A mission to make 2012 Palladium Books’ turnaround year. A sustained turnaround. I feel like we’re off to a solid start and have one great product lined up after another. I know people want more books and want them now. We’re on it. I’m sure they won’t come out as fast as either you or I would love to see, but they are coming. I’m sure we’ll be late on many releases, though when books are delayed this year, it should be by a few weeks, not several months or years.

Along those lines, I’m working to put some of the titles we announced years ago, but got derailed and delayed indefinitely, back into the pipeline for release in the next 18 months. Those that don’t appear this year will be 2013 releases. Yes, we’re already thinking about next year’s releases. Such upcoming titles include Chaos Earth™ First Responders, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks Beyond Arcanum™ and Tome Grotesque™, Palladium Fantasy® sourcebooks Land of the Damned™ Three and Wolfen Wars™ (among others for Palladium Fantasy®), Mechanoids Space™ and support for all our game lines. (Note: Just for the purpose of clarification, the reason you are not seeing talk about Rifts® Australia Two, RECON® Modern Combat or the Robotech® Big Books of Ships is because they have been cancelled. They’ve been canceled for a long while, in some cases, many years. Why? In most cases the original writer moved on and there was nobody to pick up the project. Sometimes the book just didn’t pan out. Sometimes it takes forever to develop. Sorry, it happens. I hope you understand.)

Another part of our mission is to wow you. We refuse to produce second-rate books, and quality takes time. For example, the Northern Gun books. We want them to blow your socks off like Lemuria. That may mean them getting pushed back a month. Why? Because we can only work so fast. Chuck can only create and draw at a particular pace and what he’s cranking out is fantastic. Trust me, you don’t want this rushed, or the work farmed out to someone else. The guys and I can only write and edit so fast. The bane of my existence is that the creative process is a fickle mistress and sometimes a slow one. We want to push the envelope and wow you with every new book. We want to create products that generate buzz and inspire people to explore new realms of adventure. Books that make people want to play. That said, we are still working to release one or two new sourcebooks every month.

Meet the People Behind Palladium

Carmen Bellaire and William Johnson conducted something in the neighborhood of 20 short video interviews with Palladium artists, writers, staff and personalities at the Palladium Open House. The backdrop of these videos is a corner of my office. Each is 8-10 minutes long and fun to watch. Interviews include Amy L. Ashbaugh, Nick Bradshaw, Mike Mumah, Chuck Walton, Brian and Allen Manning, Brandon Aten, Irvin Jackson, Mark Oberle, Wayne Smith, me and many others. I think there are eight posted right now with another 6-8 being posted over the weekend, and more to follow. Check ‘em out at youtube.com/user/Maloquinn

As anyone who has met Carmen can confirm, he can be a force of nature. So I was not surprised that he ran game after game at the Open House and hotel into the wee hours, but that he and his pal, “Big Will” Johnson, also found the time to conduct two dozen video interviews with Palladium personalities for your viewing enjoyment.

Live Podcast Next Tuesday, May 22, on Gateway to the Megaverse®

Matthew Daye has invited me to do a live podcast on Gateway to the Megaverse® on Tuesday at 6:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time. Of course, the interview is always recorded and available for download in various mediums. I’m happy to hear that Gateway to the Megaverse® is back from hiatus, and I look forward to chatting with Matthew and answering your questions next week.

2012 Palladium Open House Report

The Palladium Open House Report is posted. It includes a nice selection of photos, an overview of the POH from my perspective and, due to popular demand, the complete story of my six part, epic Fantasy game. Folks who have read the story (or heard it from me directly), have enjoyed it. The Open House was amazing fun, filled with friendship, laughter and lasting memories. It was a joyful event that helped recharge our creative batteries, but it has also thoroughly shot our plans for May releases. Don’t worry, we’re on the job and moving forward to pound out great new product.

Assignment: Book Production

I have spent most of this week – and it has been a wild one – coordinating work on upcoming and new future books. That has entailed numerous emails and discussions with artists and writers, licensors, and staff, as well as reviewing manuscripts, planning and scheduling. I will be assigning artwork for several titles over the weekend. Meanwhile, Wayne, Alex and I have also been working on plans for an advertising and promotional campaign.

Right now we are hard at work lining up the following releases:

  • Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook
  • Rifts® Black Market
  • Robotech® Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook
  • Rifts® Northern Gun™ One
  • Rifts® Northern Gun™ Two
  • Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames
  • Chaos Earth™ First Responders

The last 4-5 months of 2012 will focus on Palladium’s many other game lines, including Chaos Earth™, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Robotech® and Beyond the Supernatural™. With a little luck, we may be able to slip in a Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers® and/or Nightbane® title as well. (If not, expect them in 2013). Time will tell, but keep the faith.

Ideas for New Products

Ideas were flying like hot rail gun rounds last night during a meeting with Chuck Walton, Matthew Clements, Mark Dudley, Alex and me. First Chuck and I met to discuss design concepts for Northern Gun vehicles. Then he and I pounded out the design elements and concept art for the cover. Mark Dudley and Matthew Clements arrived around 6:30 and 7:00 PM respectively for what was supposed to be a short, hour meeting about current and future projects, including future sourcebooks, storytelling and developing Palladium I.P.s into comic books. As the clock approached 10:00 PM, we called it a night. The ideas were flying so fast and the excitement so palpable that we completely lost track of time. It was great.

UPDATE: Endless Dead

This zombie sourcebook for Dead Reign™ (along with Rifts® Lemuria and the many reprints, T-Shirts and new, non-book products) was the hit of the Open House. As it starts to arrive on store shelves and appear in mailboxes, we are hearing nothing but good things about this book. Gamers seem especially pleased with the inclusion of information about the military and military adventure hooks, as well as the new zombies. If you’re a fan of zombies, you’ll want to take a look at this sourcebook and the Dead Reign™ RPG.

UPDATE: Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook

This is the book I dive into next week and work on until it is finished. Perhaps other than some odds and ends, artwork is done. I have editing and writing to do at this point. This book will include updated and expanded information about Doc Reid, Reid’s Rangers, Fort Reid, the Yucatan, Camazotz and the Vampire Kingdoms. I expect the final writing to go smoothly and quickly.

UPDATE: Rifts® Black Market Sourcebook

I’m assigning artwork for this book (and others) over the weekend and next week. It is the title I work on immediately after Rifts® Vampire Sourcebook. FYI: We intend to grind out one new book after another, pausing only for Gen Con®!

UPDATE: Northern Gun One

Chuck and I (mostly Chuck, with me art directing and providing concepts) designed and laid out the cover for Northern Gun One. It is a wraparound cover depicting a group of mercenaries in NG robots and power armor after a fierce battle with a dragon. The dead beast lies before them and the carnage of the battle smolders in the background. It’s a powerful piece that shouts “Rifts” and “Northern Gun.” When Mark Dudley saw it he grinned and said, “Now that’s what I’m talking about.” Matthew Clements’ initial response: “Wow. Sweet.”

UPDATE: Northern Gun Two

John Zeleznik should be starting his wraparound cover for Northern Gun Two, depicting the Robot Gladiatorial arena, any day now. It’s going to be another impressive cover. Chuck Walton, Mike Mumah, Mark Dudley, Nick Bradshaw and others will be handling the art chores. Note: New descriptions for both Northern Gun titles will appear in the next Weekly Update.

ADVANCE NOTICE: Northern Gun Megaverse® Insider “crowdsource” funding offer

We said we’d be doing crowdsource funding for major releases, and the two Northern Gun™ books are major releases. Each is going be large, juicy and full of artwork. Lots and lots and lots of artwork. Each book will include expansive amounts of material. Each book will knock your socks off. Each book is costing some dough to produce.

Northern Gun™ One – Megaverse® Insider, crowdsource funding offer, runs June 7-25, 2012. It will be structured very much like the Lemuria offer.

Northern Gun™ Two – Megaverse® Insider, crowdsource funding offer, will be made available in July (exact date yet to be determined, but probably July 12-30, 2012). It will be structured very much like the Lemuria offer with the same types of items available for purchase: Name listed in the book, PDF of the book, color cover hardcover, a leatherette and foil hardcover, original Chuck Walton art as part of the Benefactor package, and so on. If there is any variation on those themes (we’re considering a signed print or poster of the wraparound cover), they’ll probably be relatively minor.

Having done one crowdsource funding, things should go even smoother this time around, icluding posting Insider names online, in advance of publication, for review and corrections. Likewise, I’m making this advance announcement now, because many of you requested that we’d do so. We listen and appreciate your suggestions.

UPDATE: Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames

Still shooting to have it done in time for Gen Con®, but no promises. I’ve recently given the manuscript a once-over and it is sweet. Another epic title.

UPDATE: Robotech®

I had an excellent conversation with Tommy Yune about several ideas for upcoming Robotech® releases and products. We are pumped up and looking forward to bringing you many more new Robotech® products.

UPDATE: Robotech® Genesis Pits Sourcebook

John Zeleznik submitted his Genesis Pits™ cover for approval. I love it and sent it to Harmony Gold for review and approval. We’re waiting for some changes from Harmony Gold before we can show you the cover. Next, I need to assign the interior art to various artists and get this puppy laid out, approved and sent to the printer! We want it out in June.

UPDATE: Robotech® UEEF Marines Sourcebook Expanded

I spoke with Irvin Jackson a couple of times this week as well as exchanged some emails. We enjoyed a spirited discussion about his next Robotech® title: The UEEF Marines Sourcebook. By the end of our second talk, we were discussing two, big books (160 pages each?), with all kinds of wonderful history, new mecha designs and adventure avenues for the UEEF and their space campaign against the Robotech Masters and Invid. Irvin is on fire and the ideas are nothing short of amazing. And there was even some mention of ideas for books that would come AFTER the expanded UEEF titles. More on these later as Irvin fine tunes his ideas. And yes, we are shooting for their release later this year.

Products Available NOW!

The last Weekly Update included the description for 19 new products – including miniatures, T-shirts and titles back in stock. Sales were strong until an oversight renewing our Security Certificate caused an ominous warning to appear. A warning that seemed to frighten customers away Saturday night and Sunday. The problem was corrected Monday and sales picked back up. Still, I wanted to let you know that your data was never compromised and the certificate has been renewed. So please, place your orders for the many cool, new products without worry. Note: Rifts® Dice Bags are temporarily out of print, but will be available again soon. Hoodies are also out of print but coming back this fall.

Health Update

As gamers who saw me at the Palladium Open House can confirm, I’m thin, energetic and looking healthy. My diabetes is under control, being managed, and I hope to be taken off the meds and control it entirely via diet and exercise. I’m going in for a routine colonoscopy on Monday. This is a preventative measure for a guy my age, and is nothing to worry about. In fact, there are a number of medical exams coming up for me to make sure I’m in tip-top shape. My humble thanks to those of you who complimented me on my appearance and efforts to stay healthy.

Alex Marciniszyn’s blood condition flared up a couple weeks before the Open House, but is under treatment and he is looking and feeling better.

That’s the news and updates for now. Keep those orders for recent releases coming, have a wonderful weekend and keep those imaginations burning bright.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer and Game Designer

Chi-Town Library Pencil

New! Rifts® Pencil – available now

It’s silly, but fun. A standard No. 2 Pencil that reads: DO NOT REMOVE. PROPERTY OF THE CHI-TOWN LIBRARY. Obviously a relic and collector’s item from before the famous library burned down. Erin Tarn has a whole desk drawer of these pencils. What about you?

  • Offered for the very first time. Fun and useful.
  • Cat. No. 2561. 50 cents per each pencil.

Palladium Fantasy Coffee Mug

New! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Coffee Mug – available now

This mug is gorgeous. It is the same style as previous coffee mugs and captures the classic Palladium Fantasy cover image in red on a black mug.

  • 15.5 ounce mug perfect for coffee, tea, hot chocolate or soda on game night or any time. Fun and useful.
  • Classic Palladium artwork depicting the knight and dragon from the cover of the original edition of Palladium Fantasy RPG® appears on one side of the mug and The Palladium Fantasy RPG® logo appears on the other side. Nice.
  • Cat. No. 2560 – $10.00.

Dead Reign Survive or Die Trying T-Shirt

New! Dead Reign: “Survive or Die Trying” T-Shirt – available now

A black T-shirt featuring a zombie hunter on horseback riding through the gore of a recent zombie battle in hometown America. The Dead Reign™ logo and words, “Survive or die trying,” are below the art; white printing on a black T-shirt.

Designed by Kevin Siembieda and Wayne Smith.

Art by Nick Bradshaw.

Available Sizes and Price:

Cat. No. 2556. Make sure to indicate the size you want.

Wilk's Logo T-Shirt

New! Rifts® Wilk’s Laser Technologies Logo T-Shirt – available now

Continuing the T-shirt series featuring the names and logos of notable manufacturers of Rifts Earth, this item features the red Wilk’s logo printed on a black T-Shirt.

Designed by Wayne Smith and Kevin Siembieda.

Available Sizes and Price:

Cat. No. 2557. Make sure to indicate the size you want.

Imagination Unleashed T-Shirt

New! Imagination Unleashed T-Shirt – available now

A red T-shirt featuring the black image of Chuck Walton’s Panther Shark from Rifts® Lemuria, the words “Imagination Unleashed” and the Palladium Books® logo; black printing on a red T-shirt.

Designed by Kevin Siembieda and Wayne Smith.

Art by Charles Walton.

Available Sizes and Price:

Cat. No. 2558. Make sure to indicate the size you want.

Northern Gun T-Shirt

New! Rifts® Northern Gun Logo T-Shirt – Available now

Continuing the T-shirt series featuring the names and logos of notable manufacturers of Rifts Earth, this item features the white Northern Gun logo printed on a black T-Shirt.

Designed by Wayne Smith and Kevin Siembieda.

Available Sizes and Price:

Cat. No. 2559. Make sure to indicate the size you want.

Property of the Coalition States T-Shirt

Property of the Coalition States T-Shirt – Available now

Back in print due to popular demand! The ever popular Property of the Coalition States™ T-shirt. Printed black on grey.

Available Sizes and Price:

Cat. No. 2528. Make sure to indicate the size you want.

Books Back in Print – Available Now

Old Ones

Old Ones – A sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy RPG® – available now

Back in print! This is a massive adventure book with maps and descriptions of more than 50 locations in the Timiro Kingdom. As if that were not enough to make this the ultimate adventure book, there is also information about the Old Ones and a few O.C.C.s.

  • 50+ cities, towns, and forts described and mapped. Each suitable as a place for adventure.
  • 7 fully fleshed out adventures and scores of adventure ideas.
  • Includes the fabled “Place of Magic,” an ancient Dwarven Ruin reputed to date back to the Elf-Dwarf War.
  • Minotaur R.C.C., Illusionist P.C.C. and Monk/Scholar O.C.C.
  • Background and rumors about the Old Ones and adventure galore.
  • Travel notes, world information about Timiro and more.
  • Cover by Martin McKenna. Interior art by McKenna, Perez and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 224 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 453. Available now.

Wolfen Empire

Wolfen Empire – A sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy RPG® – available now

Back in print! This juicy adventure-sourcebook is authored by Erick Wujcik, Kevin Siembieda and Bill Coffin. It presents a comprehensive background and history of the Wolfen Empire, the Wolfen tribes, their military and their plans for the future. It also includes several adventures, strange animals, random encounter tables and more. Wolfen Empire is a fan favorite, and one of Erick Wujcik’s last published, role-playing works.

  • 101 Adventures Table.
  • 4 fully-fleshed out adventures plus a few notable places, including the Bones of Belimar, the Village Wrijin and the town of Badd Land (a Bandit’s Paradise).
  • 13 notable animals of the North.
  • The Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters.
  • Wolfen history, religion and economics.
  • Wolfen military, ranks and types.
  • Cover by Ramon Perez. Interior art by Perez, Long and others.
  • Written by Erick Wujcik, Kevin Siembieda and Bill Coffin.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 471. Available now.

Mutant Underground

Mutant Underground – A sourcebook for Heroes Unlimited – available now

Advancements in genetic engineering have created an array of mutants and superhumans. Some are heroes. Some are villains. Others are monsters. Many have gone underground and begun to build a secret mutant society and subculture. A sourcebook for Heroes Unlimited™.

  • The Mutant Underground, its champions and its enemies.
  • Genetic Mutation Tables for creating mutants of all kinds.
  • The mutant slave trade.
  • Mutant Recovery Teams and government agents.
  • 20+ superhumans and mutant characters.
  • New combinations of super abilities plus genetic mishaps.
  • Mutant animals with super abilities and more.
  • Background and campaign information. Many adventure ideas.
  • Cover by Scott Johnson. Interior art by Wilson, Burles and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Based on ideas by Mike Wilson.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 520. Available now.

Rifts Mercenaries

Rifts® Mercenaries – A sourcebook for Rifts® – available now

This fan favorite is packed with information about mercenaries, creating mercenary companies, merc O.C.C.s and a vast array of weapons, vehicles, armor and equipment.

  • 9 O.C.C.s including Master Assassin, Smuggler, Super-Spy, Forger, Thief and others.
  • 7 Mercenary companies, including Larsen’s Brigade and Crow’s Commandos.
  • The weapons and vehicles of Golden Age Weaponsmiths.
  • The weapons and explosives of Wellington Industries.
  • The weapons and vehicles of Iron Heart Armaments.
  • The weapons, force fields and vehicles of Naruni Enterprises.
  • The weapons and gear of Northern Gun.
  • Angrar Robotics and Chipwell Armaments.
  • A few Coalition vehicles.
  • A mercenary adventure and more. Many adventure ideas.
  • Cover by Kevin Long. Interior art by Breaux, Livesay and others.
  • Written by C.J. Carella.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 813. Available now.

Splynn Dimensional Market

Rifts® Splynn Dimensional Market – World Book 21 – available now

This other fan favorite is packed with information about the Splynn Dimensional Market, its merchants, D-Bee slaves and lots and lots of magic items.

  • Splynn Dimensional Market described.
  • 30+ Splynn merchants and key locations in Splynn including the arena of Champions.
  • Splynn underground, the authorities and a dozen NPC characters.
  • 14 alien R.C.C.s including Demonrunners, Pythonans, Staphras and others; Splugorth slave stock.
  • 30 Bio-Wizard organisms: 19 Parasites and 11 Symbiotes.
  • 26 Bio-Wizard weapons, including Faerie staves and Corrupted Millennium Tree weapons.
  • 7 magic restraints and Bio-Borg creation rules.
  • Tattooed Archer O.C.C. and 20 Magic Tattoos.
  • Notable Kittani and other weapons and vehicles.
  • Wrap-around cover by John Zeleznik.
  • Interior art by Perez, Johnson, Dubisch, Breaux, Burles, and others.
  • Written by Mark Sumimoto and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 836. Available now.

Rifts Free Quebec

Rifts® Free Quebec – World Book 22 – available now

Whether you use this book before, after or during the Coalition Wars, this World Book contains a wealth of information about Free Quebec, Glitter Boys and notable people and places.

  • Overview of Free Quebec and its military.
  • 6 Quebec Military O.C.C.s including variant Glitter Boy Pilots.
  • 6 types of Glitter Boys plus the Glitter Boy Sidekick.
  • Pale Death SAMAS and other Quebec power armor.
  • Free Quebec’s Navy, Cyborgs and technology.
  • Notable places including Old Bones and various combat groups.
  • Many adventure ideas and more.
  • Cover by John Zeleznik. Interior art by Perez, Wilson, Burles, and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Francois DesRochers.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 837. Available now.

Rifts Triax 2

Rifts® Triax 2 – World Book 31 – available now

The Gargoyle War rages on. The NGR appears to be winning. When you see the myriad new robots, power armor and vehicles, you’ll know why.

  • Overview of the New German Republic, circa 109 P.A.
  • 27 new Triax weapons plus body armor and additional gear.
  • 10 new Triax giant robots including the Talon and Devastator Mk II.
  • 10 cars and commercial vehicles, plus more than 50 special features.
  • 9 new robot drones including robot pets, assistants and spy-bots.
  • 6 new types of power armor, 5 aircraft and other combat vehicles.
  • NGR mobile fortress, many adventure ideas and more.
  • Cover by Scott Johnson. Interior art by Michael Wilson and Kent Burles.
  • Written by Taylor White and Brandon Aten.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 881. Available now.

Rifts Black Vault

Rifts® Black Vault – Adventure Sourcebook – available now

There is a wealth of information packed into this 48 page sourcebook that makes it a perennial favorite.

  • Overview of the Black Vault – the Coalition’s warehouse of captured magic items.
  • The Black Vault and CS Anti-Magic Recovery Squad.
  • 101 magic items, including magic potions, scrolls, Techno-Wizard devices, magic weapons and more.
  • An overview of the Coalition’s love/hate relationship with magic.
  • Cover by Freddie Williams II. Interior art by Williams, Okamura and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 48 pages – $9.95 retail – Cat. No. 855. Available now.

Three Galaxies

Rifts® Dimension Book 6: Three Galaxies – available now

A guide to the Three Galaxies, this book takes a look at dozens of solar systems, notable planets, select alien races, people, civilizations and monsters, as well as space anomalies, spaceships and more. This is another sourcebook that is ideal for campaigns involving the Minion War™, the Thundercloud Galaxy™, Phase World® and adventures in the Three Galaxies.

  • An overview of the Three Galaxies.
  • 16 O.C.C.s/R.C.C.s including the Obsidian Spell Thief and Space Warlock.
  • A half dozen monsters plus the mysterious Necrol.
  • Galactic Organizations (Atorian Empire and more).
  • More information on the Intruders, Kreeghor, Splugorth and others.
  • Draygon Industries and their weapons.
  • Demon Stars, Demon Planets and magic starships.
  • Notable spaceships and weapon systems.
  • The monstrous Necrol and their living weapons and spacecraft.
  • Notable equipment of the Three Galaxies.
  • A wealth of background material and adventure ideas.
  • Written by Carl Gleba.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 851. Available now.

New Rifts® Miniatures

The following new Rifts® miniatures have never been released by Palladium Books.

  • Approximately 28 mm in size.
  • Each figure is an unpainted, pewter miniature. Some assembly and cleaning may be required.
  • Sold as a single, individual figure in a plastic bag and comes with a black, 30 mm or 40 mm plastic base.
  • Prices vary according to size, but range from $6-12 retail.
  • Sorry, not currently available in stores. Available only from Palladium Books.

MI8021 – Rifts® Shadow Beast – $12.00

MI8022 – Rifts® Mystic Knight – $6.00

MI8023 – Rifts® Lord Magus – $6.00

MI8024 – Rifts® High Magus – $6.00

MI8025 – Rifts® Coalition Psi-Stalker (new-style Dead Boy armor) – $6.00

MI8026 – Rifts® Coalition Dog Boy in DPM-D1 Armor – $6.00

MI8027 – Rifts® Coalition Dog Boy #2 (with energy rifle) – $6.00

MI8028 – Rifts® Coalition Dog Boy #3 (with rifle and Vibro-Knife) – $6.00

MI8029 – Rifts® Coalition Dog Boy #4 (German Shepherd with rifle and Vibro-Claws) – $6.00

MI8030 – Rifts® Coalition Dog Boy #5 (Bulldog with energy rifle and Vibro-Claws) – $6.00

Classic Rifts® Miniatures – Back in stock

The following favorite Rifts® miniatures are back in stock. Some, like the Glitter Boy, have sold on the collector’s market for as much as $50-$120. They are being re-released for the first time in a decade.

  • Approximately 25 mm in size.
  • Each figure is an unpainted, pewter miniature. Some assembly and cleaning may be required.
  • Sold as a single, individual figure in a plastic bag and comes with a black, 30 mm or 40 mm plastic base.
  • Prices vary according to size, but range from $6-20 retail.
  • Sorry, not currently available in stores. Available only from Palladium Books.

MI8031 – Rifts® Glitter Boy Power Armor – $20.00; this is a large, heavy figure.

MI8032 – Rifts® Glitter Boy Pilot – $6.00

MI8033 – Rifts® Kydian Overlord (Atlantis) – $20.00; this is a large, heavy figure.

MI8034 – Rifts® Dragonsaurus (Atlantis) – $10.00

MI8035 – Rifts® Slaver and Slave (Atlantis); 2 figs, no plastic bases – $10.00

MI8036 – Rifts® Crazy – $6.00

MI8037 – Rifts® Juicer #1 (with laser pistol) – $6.00

MI8038 – Rifts® Juicer #2 (with Vibro-Sword) – $6.00

MI8039 – Rifts® Cyborg #1 (with Rail Gun) – $12.00

MI8040 – Rifts® Cyborg #2 (with gun hands) – $12.00

MI8041 – Rifts® Cyborg #3 – $6.00

MI8042 – Rifts® Coalition Officer (old armor) – $6.00

MI8043 – Rifts® Coalition Grunt #1 (old armor) – $6.00

MI8044 – Rifts® Coalition Grunt #2 (old armor) – $6.00

MI8045 – Rifts® Coalition Grunt #3 (old armor) – $6.00

Dead Reign Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead

NEW! Dead Reign Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead – Available now

Endless Dead™ – the zombie hordes grow in number and strangeness as we reveal Fused Zombies and weird amalgamations of walking dead. Can humankind survive? Where is the military? What’s next for the survivors of the zombie apocalypse?

This epic, 96 page sourcebook contains horrifying new zombies to haunt player characters along with new character classes (O.C.C.s) and tons of tables for detailing Survivor Hideouts, Safe Haven Communities, Death Cults, military units, military bases and more. Survival is not enough. The time for war against the Endless Dead™ has come.

  • 7 new types of weird zombie amalgamations including Fused Zombies, Multi-Zombies, Parasite Juggernaut, Silent Sloucher, Spare-Parts Thinker, Twin Speedster, Fast-Slow Zombie and Walking Grave, plus variations.
  • 5 new O.C.C.s include the Wheelman, Zombie Hunter, Zombie Researcher, Survivalist and Sentinel.
  • The Military. An expansive section on the military and their response to the zombie apocalypse. Includes many random tables for the creation of military units, military bases and encounters.
  • Vehicles. Stats for specific types of vehicles and rules and tables for adding customized armor, weapons and anti-zombie defenses.
  • Vehicle combat rules and zombie-fighting in vehicles.
  • Random tables for military bases, police stations, gun stores, buildings, suburbs, business parks, small towns, farmland, wilderness and encounters.
  • Tables for creating survivor caravans, hideouts, hermits, Safe Haven Communities and Death Cults.
  • Timetable for setting campaigns during the Wave, the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse or months into the reign of the dead.
  • Stats for some of North America’s dangerous wildlife, a threat to survivors and zombies alike.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Mumah, Bradshaw and others.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 233. Available now.

The Rifter #58

NEW! The Rifter® #58

Available now

The Rifter® is an idea factory that helps players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and keep their games fresh. It provides useful, ready to go, source material gamers can just drop into their ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. It offers new monsters, villains, characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, adventure and ideas for your games. It presents new villains, monsters and dangers to battle, and new ideas to consider. Every issue has material for Rifts® and at least two or three other Palladium game lines.

The Rifter® Number 58 examines people, places and power. There are new, “official” O.C.C.s for Rifts® Lemuria that include the Lemurian Academic, Citizen, Experimenter and Healer, plus more aquatic animals of note. The Free State of Lazlo provides another unique setting on Rifts Earth, and a Nightbane® short story offers a sense of life after Dark Day. The material for Palladium Fantasy® introduces an array of dangerous beings, and the section on the Kezel and their abilities provides a new kind of superhuman that can be used in Heroes Unlimited™, Phase World® or anywhere in the Megaverse®.

The Rifter #58 includes:

  • Rifts® Lemuria – Official source material, including additional Lemurian O.C.C.s, and monsters and animals.
  • Rifts® Lazlo – The fabled magic kingdom of Lazlo outlined and described.
  • Palladium Fantasy® – 15 new, strange people and monsters.
  • Nightbane® – Short story and source material.
  • Various Settings – The Kezel™: A weird, new superhuman for use in Rifts® Chaos Earth™, Rifts®, Phase World®, Heroes Unlimited™ and even Palladium Fantasy®; includes many powers. The Kezel claim to be human, but their abilities would suggest otherwise.
  • News, coming attractions, and more. Cover by Michael Leonard.
  • 96 pages – still only $11.95 retail – Cat. No. 158. Available now.

Rifts World Book: Lemuria

Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria

– Available now!

Rifts® Lemuria is packed with new magic, weapons, living power armor, monstrous war steeds, weapons, and gear suitable for landlubbers and aquatic adventurers alike.

The Lemurians are an amphibious people with floating cities and magic-based technology that allows for land and underwater adventures alike. Discover the secrets and people of this lost and forgotten civilization of magic and wonder. Add amphibious capabilities to your Rifts® campaigns and discover new menaces under the sea. Amphibious in nature, Lemurians wage war against the demonic on dry land and under the waves. Their exotic riding animals, weapons, armor and magic are suitable for use on land and underwater.

  • The Lemurians, their race, history and society.
  • 5 aquatic races including Lemurians, Junk Crabs, Ichthyleans, Merans and Milu.
  • 5 Sea Dragons.
  • 5 Symbiotic Stone vehicles (and a drone scout).
  • 8 expansive, new O.C.C.s including the Serpent Hunter, Spouter, Oceanic Guardsman, Biomancer Gene-Mage, Birdman and others.
  • 9 monstrous and wondrous Lemurian War Steeds.
  • 10 suits of living Bio-Armor, plus the Wave Strider and Bio-Skins.
  • 10 Biomancy plants and creatures from the Lemurian Gardens.
  • 16 strange and exotic animals.
  • 19 types of Lemurian weapons.
  • 21 new Hydro-Psionic abilities for the Spouter and Hydros Sea Dragon.
  • 50+ new Biomancy spells and a handful of new Ocean Magic spells.
  • Biomancer Gardens, herbs and magic.
  • The Stone Guardians of Easter Island and other mysteries.
  • Symbiotic creatures and Biomancy constructs; some that enable air-breathers to survive underwater indefinitely.
  • New dangers, new challenges, adventure ideas and more.
  • Written by Greg Diaczyk with additional material by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda.
  • Cover by John Zeleznik.
  • Tons of interior art by Chuck Walton, Mike Mumah, Brian and Allen Manning, Kent Burles, Nick Bradshaw and Amy Ashbaugh.
  • 224 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 885. Available now!

Rifts Vampires Sourcebook

Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook™

Unknown to most humans, deep within Mexico the vampires have established entire kingdoms. There they live like tyrants and gods, dominating an underclass of cattle people used as slaves and food stock. Learn more about the vampires, their rivals, allies and the humans who willingly serve their supernatural masters for a chance to join the undead. A must-have guide for those who wish to travel deeper into the Vampire Kingdoms or play as vampires and their human minions.

  • More human kingdoms within Mexico like the Tampico Military Protectorate and Durango, the Silver City.
  • Firefighting robots, hover firetrucks and more anti-vampire gear.
  • Magic based Vampire Hunters and human strongholds.
  • Techno-Wizard anti-vampire weapons and magical devices.
  • Profiles for Doc Reid and Reid’s Rangers, the world’s most famous Vampire Hunters.
  • Fort Reid, an entire city devoted to hunting the undead.
  • The Bloodwatch, a secret vampire intelligence agency that tracks down and exterminates Vampire Hunters.
  • The Yucatan Peninsula, a mysterious dimensional pocket overrun by strange demons known as Xibalbans.
  • The return of the Mayan god Camazotz, Lord of Bats and Darkness.
  • The werebeasts of Mexico and Central America; those who assist the vampires and those who fight against them.
  • New O.C.C.s like the Bloodwatch Vampire Operative, Silver Swords Militia, Werejaguar Vampire Hunter and the Vampire ‘Borg.
  • Cover by Michael C. Hayes. Interior art by various artists.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Matthew Clements and Braden Campbell.
  • $16.95 – 128 pages. Cat. No. 884. May release.

Rifts® Black Market™ – A Rifts® Sourcebook

On Rifts® Earth, the Black Market is the most prevalent trader in weapons, contraband and magic items outlawed by the Coalition. Explore the day to day business of the market along with its smuggling routes, practices, policies and nefarious products. Encounter the five major Black Market factions in North America and foreign groups like the Yakuza, Green Scarf Sect and the Underground Railroads of Atlantis and the Vampire Kingdoms.

  • New O.C.C.s like the Con Man, Coyote and Venture Criminal.
  • Black Market services, products, practices and customers.
  • Criminal jobs like the Enforcer, Hit Man and Defense Attorney.
  • Major smuggling corridors and routes through Coalition territory.
  • Smuggling methods, both magical and conventional.
  • The Five Factions of North America and other Black Market groups.
  • More equipment from Bandito Arms and specialized smuggling gear.
  • Tables for creating Traveling Merchants, Caravans, Market Outlets, Market Towns, Clubs and Bars, Body-Chop-Shops and more!
  • Information on the Coalition prison system and border security.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Taylor White, with additional material by Kevin Siembieda and Alex Marciniszyn.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 886. June release.

Rifts® World Books: Northern Gun One & Two

The largest independent manufacturer of weapons, robots and adventure gear in North America is Northern Gun™. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they have been the premier outfitter of mercenaries and adventurers for decades, and are a major hub for hiring military contractors. With a whole new product line to offer their customers, the future looks bright for Northern Gun™.

We haven’t yet decided exactly how the source material and background information will be divided between the two books. Both will contain world information, one will probably have power armor, weapons, and gear, the other will probably have giant robots and vehicles. Both will be epic.

  • The arms giant Northern Gun profiled for the first time!
  • The Kingdom of Ishpeming, a puppet-state propped up by NG.
  • 109 P.A. catalog of Northern Gun products!
  • New weapons, power armor, vehicles, robots and adventure gear.
  • The Ishpeming military, essentially a framework for hiring mercenaries and privateers.
  • The NG Bounty Board, the largest collection of bounties and mercenary contracts anywhere on Rifts® Earth.
  • Hover trains, supply ships and sales outlets.
  • Northern Gun’s relationship with the Coalition States, Triax Industries, the Black Market and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements.
  • Interior Artwork by Nick Bradshaw, Chuck Walton and others.
  • 160 pages each – $20.95 retail each – Northern Gun One Cat. No. 887. Northern Gun Two Cat. No. 888. Both are Summer releases.

Robotech® Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook

An in-depth look at the Invid Genesis Pits, their purpose, function and the creatures they create.

  • Secrets of the Invid.
  • Different types of Genesis Pits.
  • Written by Irvin Jackson. Additional text by Kevin Siembieda.
  • An 8½ x 11 inch sourcebook (not manga size).
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 555. Summer release.
  • Available in the U.S. and Canada only.

Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames™

The Minion War spills across Rifts Earth, where demons and infernals hope to recruit allies and use the Rifts as gateways of destruction. Their influence shakes things up across the planet, especially at locations where demons and Deevils already have a strong presence. More details to follow, but for now, ‘nuff said.

  • Soulmancer and Blood Magic.
  • The Seven Deadly Plagues.
  • The Demon Plagues across the globe.
  • Battleground: Earth – as demons and infernals amass their legions.
  • Rifts Calgary – also known as Hell’s Pit; the kingdom described.
  • Ciudad de Diablo, Harpies’ Island and other notable Hell holes on Earth.
  • Lord Doom, Pain and other demonic leaders.
  • Horune treachery, Dimension Stormers and other villains.
  • Global chaos and the places most dramatically affected by the Demon Plagues.
  • Notable demonic generals, mercenaries, people and places.
  • Many adventure ideas.
  • Written by Carl Gleba.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 876. Summer release.

DriveThruRPG

PDF downloads from DriveThruRPG.com

This is a great resource for getting out of print Palladium titles and other select books. We’ve made 90 titles available as PDF digital downloads from DriveThruRPG.com. This is a great way to try Palladium products and get access to out of print RPG source material. Some notable titles include:

What’s next?

  • Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook. It is next. I’ll be jumping into it next week and assigning artwork for the other books listed below.
  • Rifts® Black Market – June.
  • Robotech® The Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook – July. I expect to get he cover from John Zeleznik next week. Need to assign interior art.
  • Rifts® Northern Gun™ 1 – June or July. Artwork is coming along nicely.
  • The Rifter® #59 – July.
  • Rifts® Northern Gun™ 2 – July or August. Artwork is coming along nicely.
  • Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames – August
  • Chaos Earth™ Sourcebooks
  • Splicers® Sourcebooks
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks and more.

Palladium Books 2012 Product Release Schedule

2012 Releases Available Now

May 2012 Releases

June 2012 Releases

July 2012 Releases

August 2012 Releases

All of Palladium’s Core Game Lines to be Supported in 2012

The following are in development.

  • Robotech® sourcebooks
  • Rifts® Antarctica and other sourcebooks
  • Splicers® Sourcebooks
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Sourcebooks
  • Chaos Earth™ Sourcebooks
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Mysteries of Magic™ Two & Three
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Land of the Damned™ Three
  • Nightbane® Sourcebooks
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ Sourcebooks
  • And other good stuff.

© Copyright 2012 Palladium Books Inc. All rights reserved.

Rifts®, The Rifter®, RECON®, Splicers®, Palladium Books®, The Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game®, Phase World®, Nightbane®, Megaverse®, The Mechanoids®, The Mechanoid Invasion®, Coalition Wars® and After the Bomb® are Registered Trademarks of Palladium Books Inc. Beyond the Supernatural™, Chaos Earth, Coalition States, Dead Reign, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies, Minion War, Mysteries of Magic, SAMAS, Thundercloud Galaxy, Three Galaxies, Vampire Kingdoms, Warpath, and other published book titles, names, slogans and likenesses are trademarks of Palladium Books Inc., and Kevin Siembieda.

Robotech® and Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® are Registered Trademarks of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.

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