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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 8, 2011

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By Kevin Siembieda

Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™ is at the printer! It took sleepless days and long hours of work, with Matthew Clements and Greg Diaczyk helping to edit, and they and Carl Gleba chipping in a few ideas, in order to get the book done before the Creators Conference, but we did it. The book is done. At the printer. And we all think you'll love it. See the new description for details elsewhere in this Weekly Update.

The Rifter® #54 ships next Tuesday. This is another great issue with a wealth of fun information. A Heroes Unlimited™ adventure, Palladium Fantasy RPG® monsters and races, the Rifts® city of New Chillicothe, a Nightbane® story and the final chapter of The Hammer of the Forge, plus news and other good stuff.

Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms and Robotech® New Generation Sourcebook are next for release. Immediately after the Creators Conference this week, I will be diving into these two titles for release. Count on it.

Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames has also been put into pre-production mode. The cover has been assigned and the ideas for it are rocking.

A nice birthday. Even though I worked through my birthday, it was nice. I received a lot of emails, private messages and telephone calls from friends and family. I also received a few wonderful presents in the mail from my brother and a couple of friends, as well as an awesome book from Alex. The most unexpected gift was an original painting from one of the top artists in the field. It and the kind letter that came with the gift knocked my socks off. Wow. You can read about these things in greater detail in my last two or three Murmurs from the Megaverse®.

Reminder – Back in Print and Ready to Ship: For some reason, people were slow to buy the newly released backstock titles and Rifts® Baseball Caps, but people suddenly started to buy them, and other titles, this past week. The following items are ready to ship. 
Rifts® Dimension Book™ 6: Three Galaxies™
Rifts® Black Vault™
Rifts® Mercenaries™
Aliens Unlimited™ – A Heroes Unlimited™ sourcebook
Rifts® Baseball Caps

Online sales. Sales were nothing to write home about, but they the picked up from the previous week of abysmal sales. We should see a good increase with The Rifter® #54 and Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™, both shipping this month. And they will be followed in short order by more new releases all Spring and Summer.

Palladium to attend Gen Con Indy – August 4-7. Please come on over and stop by our booth to chat and get autographs, as well as pick up new and backstock titles, specialty items and more. We're not sure who will be joining us at the Palladium booth, but so far, Palladium creators you'll be able to meet include: 
- Kevin Siembieda 
- Wayne Smith 
- Michael Mumah (artist) 
- Brandon Aten (writer) 
- Matthew Clements (writer; tentative) 
- And others to be announced.

Palladium Website. The website is moving forward, but we've all been busy with other things the past few weeks. We will kick it into high gear after the Creators Conference.

Palladium Creators Conference started yesterday. We have something like 25-30 freelance writers, artists, and staff who have come in to pool our creative minds and talents to take Palladium to the next level. I'll reveal all in next week's update.

Sorry, I need to keep this Weekly Update short so I can start the Conference. I will have plenty to talk about next Update. Meanwhile, get those pre-orders in for The Rifter® and Thundercloud Galaxy™, keep those imaginations burning bright and game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 31, 2011

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 31, 2011

By Kevin Siembieda

The Rifter® #54 is at the printer!

Yep, another great issue of The Rifter® #54 is done and at the printer. There is a wealth of fun information in this issue. A Heroes Unlimited™ adventure, Palladium Fantasy RPG® monsters and races, the Rifts® city of Chillicothe, a Nightbane story and the final chapter of The Hammer of the Forge, plus news and other good stuff.

Rifts® Dimension Book 14: Thundercloud Galaxy™ is almost finished as well! We plan to get it the printer next week, before the Creators Conference (only one week away!). We'll all be working through the weekend to get it finished and to the printer.

No time for a birthday! Gotta finish Thundercloud Galaxy™ (which is going to be epic) and prep for the Creators Conference (which should be pretty awesome all by itself). This means there just isn't time to celebrate my birthday on Saturday. Okay, I might take the evening off after eight hours at work, but that's it. We'll probably celebrate my birthday with Julius' (his is April 7), sometime after the Creators Conference like April 14th. Wayne is the next birthday boy (May 1), with Kathy, Alex and Thom all in June. Yeah, we're all clustered together.

Back in Print and Ready to Ship: The following out of print books arrived at the Palladium warehouse last week and are ready to ship. 
Rifts® Dimension Book™ 6: Three Galaxies™
Rifts® Black Vault™
Rifts® Mercenaries™
Aliens Unlimited™ – A Heroes Unlimited™ sourcebook

Rifts® Baseball Caps are back due to popular demand and in the warehouse waiting to ship.

Online sales. Sales have been scary bad this week. March and April are often the worst months in sales, especially without a new release. April should pick up with the release of The Rifter® #54and Rifts® Thundercloud Galaxy™, both scheduled to ship next month. And they will be followed in short order by more new releases all Spring and Summer.

Palladium Website. We've all been so busy working on books and other things that none of us here have even checked in with Rex Barkdoll or Thom Bartold in the last week. Sorry guys. I'm hoping it goes live sometime in April.

Join Palladium on Facebook. The Palladium Facebook page continues to be a fun place to visit, chat and have fun and we invite you to join us. More features and interaction are coming. Our new "tech guy," Rex, has other ideas for us as well, so expect to be seeing us all over the Web in the months to come. Social media, watch out!

We're working hard to get books out, so I'm keeping this short. Game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher

Palladium to attend Gen Con Indy – August 4-7

Palladium Books will be at Gen Con Indy this Summer – August 4-7, 2011. Please come on over and join the fun. Palladium has not attended Gen Con in a couple of years, so we figured it was time to return. We heard the event was fantastic last year, we'll have a bunch of new product, and it is a chance for us to meet and chat with fans from around the world. Besides, it is Palladium's 30th Anniversary so it seems appropriate to be there.

We hope you will stop by our booth to chat and get autographs, as well as pick up new and back stock titles, specialty items and more. We're not sure who will be joining us at the Palladium booth, but so far, Palladium creators you'll be able to meet include: 
- Kevin Siembieda 
- Wayne Smith 
- Michael Mumah (artist) 
- Brandon Aten (writer) 
- Matthew Clements (writer; tentative) 
- And others to be announced.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 31, 2011

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