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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 13, 2018

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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

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 5, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Thanks to Independence Day (4th of July), a lot of people in the USA are on vacation for the week, so I’m going to keep the highlights for this Weekly Update short and to the point.

  • Happy Independence Day. We hope most of you had the day off and got in a little summer fun. Enjoy the rest of the week.
  • Last weekend to get a Christmas in July Surprise Package! Offer ends at midnight, July 8, 2018. (Actually, sometime during the morning of July 9.) Order yours now or you’ll have to wait till Christmas time for your next shot at a fabled Palladium Christmas Surprise Package. Our appreciation and hello to the many of you who have already ordered one.
  • Palladium’s PDF sale on DriveThruRPG.com ends at 9:00 A.M., July 9, 2018. Take advantage of the sale while you can.
  • The Rifter® #80 is done and goes to the printer tomorrow (Friday). It is awesome and filled with pulse-pounding “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts® Chaos Earth® and Splicers®, plus source material for Heroes Unlimited™, news and coming attractions. 112 pages.
  • The Rifter® #81 – already working on it. Check out Amy L. Ashbaugh’s cover. That’s a vampire Wolfen! It goes with my Palladium Fantasy adventure inside that issue. 112 pages.
  • Surviving Chaos Earth® and Rifts® Antarctica Raw Editions, as well as the 256 page, Splicers® I Am Legion Sourcebook are going fast.

Last Weekend to order Christmas in July Surprise Package – offer ends Sunday night

LAST CHANCE. Offer ends at midnight, July 8, 2018 (actually, sometime during the morning of July 9th). Order while you can.

What is a Palladium Christmas in July Surprise Package?

A way to start your summer off with a bang, an expression of appreciation from us to you, and a fun bargain for you.

$90-$95 (or more!) worth of Palladium Books products for only $45 plus shipping and handling. You are guaranteed to get an absolute minimum of ninety dollars ($90) retail value in your Surprise Package. Often you get $95-$100. Sometimes more! Santa Kevin likes to make gamers squeal with delight and may pack in $95-$100 worth of goodies into many Surprise Packages.

It’s a surprise package because you never know exactly what you’re going to get or who will sign your books. We try to include many of the items on your “Wish List,” but we will surprise you with stuff you are not expecting. Things like back issues of The Rifter®, the Rifts® Ultimate Edition and sourcebooks, Chaos Earth®, Dead Reign®, Nightbane®, and just about any Palladium RPG and sourcebooks, T-shirts, prints, greeting cards, or other items that we think you might enjoy. All items are “hand-picked” by Kevin Siembieda from YOUR Wish List. ALL with autographs if you request them. For many of you, this is the only way to get autographs from Palladium’s staff, artists and writers! This is a great way to fill holes in your collection, try new games and settings, or get presents for your gaming pals for birthdays, anniversaries, graduations or any special occasion.

Please note: Sorry, but the two Raw Editions and Splicers® I Am Legion Sourcebook are much too new (and limited) to be included in the Christmas in July offer. We hope you understand. But take advantage of the reduced shipping cost by ordering them along with your July Grab Bag!

When can you order? Right now thru July 8, 2018. We always try to make each Surprise Package truly special. Those of you who have ordered in the past know what to expect. If you’ve never ordered a Surprise Package before, give it a try. You will not be disappointed.

DriveThruRPG Sale, now thru July 8, 2018: Most Palladium PDF titles are available at a discount, during this Christmas in July celebration, so take advantage of that too. This offer will not be extended, so spread the word and get yours now.

Please spread the word to gamers everywhere

The Christmas in July Surprise Package is only publicized by word of mouth, to readers of The Rifter® and on Palladium's website – www.palladiumbooks.com – so please tell everyone you know and start your summer off with a bang! Makes a great birthday, graduation or anniversary gift.

The Rifter Number 80

The Rifter® #80 – Ships July 20

The Rifter® #80 is done and being sent to the printer. It should ship around July 20. Most of this 112 page issue contains “official” source material for Splicers®, Palladium Fantasy® and Chaos Earth®! And it is all good stuff suitable for players and Game Masters alike. A fun read too. An outstanding issue. It includes Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert; 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.

The Rifter Number 81

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

Already in final production. Another great Amy L. Ashbaugh cover, Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk (and me), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda, plus material for Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts® and more.

Splicers I Am Legion

NEW! Splicers®: I Am Legion Adventure Sourcebook – available NOW as a PDF and a printed book – shipping now

This big, 256 page adventure sourcebook for Splicers® is jam-packed with new Host Armors, War Mounts, Bio-Enhancements and a sprawling adventure, plus many additional adventure ides. Available now as a printed book from Palladium Books and as a PDF download on DriveThruRPG.com. We think we may also make it available as a print on demand title from DriveThruRPG.com too. The verdict is still out on that one.

Highlights Include:

  • 6 new Great Houses.
  • 4 new Host Armors.
  • 6 new Splicers War Mounts.
  • 7 new Bio-Enhancements and augmentation.
  • 19 new Bio-Weapons, including the Hive Sword, Bug Bombs and more.
  • 15 new machines – robots and amalgams of the murderous Legion.
  • Amalgam creation tables, new alien predators and more.
  • Legion: A new and psychotic personality of N.E.X.U.S., statted and described.
  • Includes 20 pages of additional, unpublished material.
  • Written by Chuck Walton II, Christopher Kluge, Lance Colley and others.
  • 256 pages – Cat. No. 201 – $26.99 retail – Available now. Also available now as a PDF from DriveThruRPG.com.

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview

New! Rifts® Antarctica – Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – Available now – shipping now

This limited edition Raw Preview is in the warehouse and shipping now! The “Raw Preview Edition” of Rifts® World Book: Antarctica™ is an advance copy 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.

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.

Note: The finished title is anticipated to ship in fall or winter 2018. But you can start playing right now with this special edition!

  • 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.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – Available now.

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview

New! Surviving Chaos Earth® – Raw Preview Limited Edition of Chaos Earth® First Responders and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream – limited to only 150 copies – Available now

Available now, this is the limited "Raw Preview Edition" of Rifts® Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™, which means you are getting an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscripts for these two exciting, new sourcebooks. You get to see the unfinished books months before the final titles are released. A rare look at the raw manuscripts before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: Psychic Scream™ is the new title for the long-awaited Psychic Storm™.

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!

Note: The finished titles are anticipated to ship in the fall or winter. But you can start playing right now with this special edition!

  • 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.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – Available now.

Rifts Bestiary

Coming! Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

Chuck Walton continues to pound out artwork for this book that looks amazing, and he is already tightening the art for finished illustrations. I hope to slip a few pieces of art into these books too. Otherwise writing away as I juggle several projects. We have also received some creature stats and ideas from a few other freelance authors. As noted in the past, we are working on both volumes simultaneously. 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

Holy moley! Gen Con is only four weeks away! 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
  • Please join the fun and swing by to say hello and chat.

SALE! Christmas in July at DriveThruRPG.com – 200+ items – June 29 thru July 8

We thought it was only fair to celebrate Christmas in July on DriveThruRPG as well as with the Christmas in July Surprise Package via the Palladium Website. Most of the 200+ PDF Palladium products are on SALE and available now through July 8, 2018. Enjoy.

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 5, 2018

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