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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 22, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

This week was filled with meetings, phone calls, and brainstorming as our business manager, Scott Gibbons, gets up to speed and starts implementing a number of plans for improvement. Otherwise, we have been working on one project or another, from Robotech RPG Tactics™ to Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans, and a heck of a lot of other things. Rifts® Book of Magic™ is available as a PDF book on DriveThru, and so is Robotech® Strike Force™ (1995). And don’t forget, the current Robotech® RPG titles are being made available as e-books on Amazon, iPad and other digital platforms right now. The Palladium Tumblers are selling fast, so don’t wait if you want one. We have a new fun sale for you, and other updates, so please read on for all the latest goodness.

2018 (or 2019) Palladium Open House, anyone?

Hosting a 2018 or 2019 Palladium Open House (POH) is one of the many things we have debated and explored this week. Scott has been lobbying for us to do another for some time, and has me and the Palladium crew half convinced to pull the trigger on the idea.

Scott would like us to do one as soon as April 19-22, 2018 – only 10 months from now – or April, 2019 (22 months from now). We have already made a cursory investigation of hotel availability and we would probably need to put people at two different hotels, both within a few minutes from the office, with room rates that look to be in the $55-$80 per night range (Red Roof Inn and Extended Stay, respectively), plus tax, of course.

After discussing the idea with Kathy and the rest of the Palladium crew, I told Scott that if enough fans are interested in us hosting a POH, we would do it. I know there is a hardcore group of fans who want one badly, but what about other fans? Scott has posted a poll in All Things Palladium on the message boards, to gauge interest and to see which year most of you favor. I know some of you need a solid year or more to plan ahead, so let us know which you would prefer, April 2018 or 2019. Please respond to the poll and reach out to us any way you would like, but let us know at your earliest convenience. If it is 2018, we need to book hotels and start planning now.

Head on over to the forums to put your vote in. Thank you for your feedback. http://palladium-megaverse.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=153738

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 22, 2017

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 16, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

A whole lot has been brewing behind the scenes and I can finally reveal some of it. There are a great number of things happening or in development. Here are some of the highlights:

  • A new sale. Enjoy it while you can.
  • New book releases for Rifts®, Nightbane®, Palladium Fantasy®, The Rifter® and others are coming, starting in July. See book descriptions elsewhere in this Update.
  • Robotech® Ebooks. Spread the word about Robotech® ebooks now available on Amazon, iBoooks, Kindle and a dozen other platforms (more details below), as well as hundreds of PDF titles available on DriveThruRPG.com.
  • Palladium business manager. We have brought in Scott Gibbons to manage the company. Scott will handle many of the day to day business matters and marketing. This should lead to more products and timely releases, and improved communications. More details elsewhere in this Weekly Update.
  • Stronger social media presence. Scott has a large range of plans for this.
  • A return to Murmurs from the Megaverse®. Returning with at least a weekly post from me and one from Scott.
  • New Palladium website with better accessibility for mobile devices is coming in the months ahead, along with other improvements and products.
  • Palladium podcast. We hope to launch this very soon.
  • Mark Freedman at Surge Licensing, most famous for making the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® into a mass market sensation, represents and manages all Palladium intellectual properties (I.P.s). Mark’s job is to expand Palladium’s expansive IP library into new mediums and markets.
  • Video game. Palladium is in discussion with a video game company interested in the Rifts® I.P. We also spoke with a virtual reality game company this week.
  • Television. A television production company is developing a Palladium I.P. as a television series. A writer has been hired and is working on the pilot and series outline. Our apologies, we cannot identify the company or the I.P. at this time, but it is not Rifts®.
  • Film. Palladium continues to field interest from Hollywood with three Palladium I.P.s currently under consideration. Disney retains the film rights to Rifts®.
  • Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Wave Two and the relaunch of Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is very much in progress with plans for numerous areas of promotion and fun, RRT product releases, demo kits, organized play, tournaments, and more, as well as big plans for the Robotech® RPG books.
  • Rifts® miniatures board game by Rogue Heroes Publishing. Another licensed product with a third party company. The publisher has delayed this product to reorganize, get everything finished and to make sure it is everything he wants it to be. Carmen wants to blow people away and Palladium remains incredibly excited about it.

NEWS – Scott Gibbons joins the Palladium team as business manager

Scott Gibbons is uniquely qualified and positioned to manage and help build the company. He has experience in running a toy company, management and finance, and is a life-long gamer intimately familiar with Palladium’s many games.

  • 5 years running a small toy company.
  • 10 years in finance.
  • Extensive training in management.
  • Extensive knowledge of games.
  • 25 years of playing Palladium RPG products.

The plan is for Scott to take over and handle many of the day to day business matters and marketing, freeing me to focus on what I do best and love most, the creative and licensing. We welcome Scott to the Palladium family and expect you will quickly see a number of positive changes in the weeks and months ahead. Starting with better communication and more frequent and timely product releases starting in July.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 16, 2017

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