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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 26, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The Palladium Open House was last weekend and it was nothing short of great. More on it below, but before I dive into the Open House, let me mention a number of other things.

Robotech® RPG Tactics – draws to an end

The Robotech® RPG Tactics™ (RRT) Reward Exchange Program is coming to an end this month and cannot be extended.

If we are waiting for a response from you or payment for shipping your rewards, PLEASE do so NOW before it is too late and we can no longer offer you this Exchange. Please. Time is almost out. Palladium will have no remaining inventory after the end of April and it finalizes the Reward Exchange offer. Afterward, any remaining product must be sold to a professional liquidator for pennies on the dollar or destroyed. An end of an era.

An IMPORTANT NOTE for RRT Backers who wish to participate in the Reward Exchange: April 28, 2018 is the final deadline. Also note, a handful of people have recently contacted us reporting they have not gotten a response from us. When we investigate, we find we have sent them numerous messages via Kickstarter Message. In some cases, we have sent the individual 10 or more messages/inquiries via KS messenger. This is your best way to communicate with us. If you have not heard from Palladium and have not checked your Kickstarter Messages in the last week or longer, PLEASE do so pronto! If you are having issues with Kickstarter Messages, you need to let us know and provide an alternative method of communication (email address). And please do so soon. Thank you.

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 with 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.

Four New T-shirts – Available now

Every time we do an Open House we like to have some new products. This year we debuted 4 new T-shirts.

  • New Game Master T-shirt features the dynamic artwork of Kevin Long’s original Villains Unlimited cover. Why this art? A) Because G.M.s unleash the villains and challenges that await their players. B) Heroes Unlimited™ needs some loving. And C), because it is a dynamic piece of art that screams get ready for adventure.
  • 2018 Palladium Books® Open House T-shirt is fun and one of my favorites, featuring art by Ramon K. Perez. You did not have to be at the Open House in person to get this fun T-shirt. If you were there in spirit or just like the design, snap it up. Limited to 120 shirts. Available only while supplies last.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ T-shirt! You have been asking to see more for Heroes Unlimited™, we heard you and offer this striking T-shirt as just the beginning of more support for Heroes Unlimited™. It was certainly a hit at the Palladium Open House.
  • New Rifts® T-shirt! We kept this new Rifts® T-shirt simple and dynamic featuring a CS soldier firing his gun. Is he friend or foe? You decide. It fits the current Rifts® story arc with the Minion War and most any theme involving Rifts and the Coalition States. Art by comic book artist Freddie Williams III. Enjoy.
  • All T-shirts are high quality, pre-shrunk, 100% cotton Gildan T-shirts and look great. I love all four. Wore the POH, G.M. and Heroes Unlimited T-shirts during the event and I’m wearing the Rifts® shirt for inspiration as I write this.
  • Available in most sizes, Medium to 5XL, as usual.
  • $18.95 each for Medium to XL, $20.95 for XXL, and up for larger sizes.

After Open House DriveThru Sale – 20% Off ALL Palladium Books Products for 10 Days Only (April 27 - May 7, 2018) on DriveThruRPG

Want to keep the fun of the 2018 Palladium Open House rolling? We do too! That's why we are offering a great deal on all our PDFs. For 10 days only (April 27 - May 7), you can get ANY of our PDF products on DriveThruRPG for 20% off. That's all game lines, all books, all paper minis – 20% off. Enjoy and keep the spirit of the Open House going!

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 13, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The Palladium Open House is next week. Half of the team and helpers are working on POH prep and half continue to work feverishly on the Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Reward Exchanges. This Update will focus on the Palladium Open House, but we are moving forward on all fronts.

Palladium Open House — April 20-22 (VIP Thursday April 19)

Our apologies for not posting the gaming schedule yet. Life has been crazy. Wayne will work to get the POH Schedule posted on Saturday – subject to some change – namely some times may be changed and additional games and panel talks are likely to be added. Here is what I can tell you right now.

100+ RPG Gaming Events

  • 2 After the Bomb® games
  • 9 Beyond the Supernatural™ games
  • 16 Heroes Unlimited™ games
  • 1 The Mechanoids® game
  • 1 Multi-Genre Crossover game (Julius Rosenstein)
  • 11 Palladium Fantasy® games (3 run by me)
  • 21 Rifts® games
  • 2 Rifts® Chaos Earth® games
  • 6 Savage Rifts® games
  • 9 Robotech® RPG games
  • Robotech® RPG Tactics™ pick up games (Peter Pidrak)
  • 1 Robotech® RPG Tactics Tournament (Peter Pidrak)
  • 1 Splicers® game
  • 1 Systems Failure™ game
  • And more!

The list above does NOT include every game event, as Scott Gibbons is working on updating the schedule even as I write this. Plus I might run additional games and there are panel talks about G.M.ing, creating games, and more, plus a live auction (Saturday), 30+ Palladium Creators (writers, artists, freelancers, staff), original art, out of print titles, autographs, fun and more.

2018 Palladium Open House

April 19 (VIP night), 20, 21 & 22, 2018 – Westland, Michigan

  • 100+ Palladium gaming events.
  • Play in games run by Kevin Siembieda & other Palladium creators.
  • Enjoy Robotech® RPG Tactics™ tournaments, games, and demos.
  • Participate in panel talks and many question and answer chats.
  • Bring your favorite game books to get signed.
  • Meet Kevin Siembieda and the Palladium staff.
  • Meet Carl Gleba and many other Palladium creators.
  • Meet 30+ Palladium creators – the largest gathering of Palladium creators in the world! Most available every day, the entire day.
  • Meet fellow gamers from around the world.
  • Get autographs from all the Palladium creators.
  • Get new releases, back stock items and Palladium collectibles.
  • Get original artwork and limited edition prints.
  • Get rare collector items, first printings, and signed books.
  • Four new T-shirts debuting at the Open House.
  • Commission select artists to draw your favorite character.
  • “Live” Auction with rare collectibles and oddities.
  • Get the latest news and other insider info.
  • Intimate setting, unlike big conventions.
  • Family reunion and party atmosphere.
  • Join the fun and make memories to last a lifetime.
  • Price of admission pays for all events!
  • Nearby Hotels. Detroit Metro Airport 20 minutes away.

It all happens at the Palladium Open House (POH) – April 20-22, 2018 – 39074 Webb Court, Westland, Michigan, 48185 (plus April 19 for those attending VIP Thursday).

Order Tickets online up to Sunday night – April 15 – or pay at the door

The price of admission covers ALL events and gives you access to all the guests, Kevin and crew, as well as the gaming events (first come, first served), panel talks, auction and other activities. Three days of Palladium gaming, laughs and fun.

The Palladium Open House is like a big family reunion or four day party. There have been good times and bad times, and through it all we had Palladium fans at our sides and helping out, so every POH is a celebration of YOU, our fans, as much as anything else. So if you can, please join us for what is going to be a Palladium gaming extravaganza.

Game with the Game-Makers

  • Amy L. Ashbaugh (Artist)
  • Brandon Aten (Writer, game designer; Triax 2, Madhaven, The Sovietski, The Rifter®)
  • Matthew Balent (Author of Weapons & Armor, Weapons & Castles, Monsters and Animals, and other titles; he was present at the start of Palladium Books!)
  • Carmen Bellaire* (Writer and Game Designer; Powers Unlimited 1-3, Splicers®, Naruni, RRT and more.) – “tentative” pending his new job.
  • Joseph Bergmans (Honorary Staff Member, Helper, Consultant)
  • James Brown (Game Master Supreme, Megaversal Ambassador)
  • Matthew Clements (Writer, Northern Gun™ 1 & 2)
  • Roger Cartier (Contributor to Palladium Fantasy® & G.M.)
  • Steven Dawes (Writer, Dark Places™, The Rifter®)
  • Greg Diaczyk (Writer, Rifts® Lemuria, The Rifter®)
  • Mark Dudley (Artist and Game Master)
  • Glen Evans (Writer, Bizantium, The Rifter®, etc.)
  • Scott Gibbons (Staff, Manager, Game Master, Game Designer)
  • Carl Gleba (Writer, Secrets of the Atlanteans™, Minion War™ series, Hades, Dyval, and many others, and an awesome G.M.)
  • Chris Guertin (Honorary Staff Member/Helper)
  • Patrick “Jake” Jakubowski (Megaversal Ambassador & Game Master)
  • Doug Lamberson (Honorary Staff Member/Helper)
  • “Madman” Mike Leonard (Artist and Writer)
  • Alex Marciniszyn (Staff Editor and Research)
  • Mike Mumah (Artist)
  • Mark Oberle (Writer, Nightbane® and The Rifter®)
  • Apollo Okamura* (Artist) – “tentative”
  • Victor Peterson (Megaversal Ambassador & G.M.)
  • Ramon K. Perez* (Artist, Comic Books) – “tentative”
  • Ben Rodriguez (Artist)
  • Julius Rosenstein (Staff, Writer, Editor & Game Master)
  • Jeff “NMI” Ruiz (Palladium’s Online Administrator & MA)
  • Kevin Siembieda (Staff, Founder, Writer, Artist & Game Master)
  • Kathy Simmons (Staff, Order Processing & Customer Services)
  • Josh Sinsapaugh (Writer, Rifter® Contributor) – “tentative”
  • Wayne Smith (Staff, Editor, and Editor-in-Chief of The Rifter®)
  • Charles Walton II (Artist, Writer, Splicers)
  • Taylor White (Writer and Musician)

Note: My apologies to anyone I may have accidentally left off the list.

How often does any of us get to hang out with 30-40 Palladium creators? Where else can you ask the game creators for player tips, G.M. advice, or the back story behind your favorite games and characters? Only at the Palladium Open House held at the Palladium warehouse. And it happens only once every few years.

Guests who had to cancel: Cover artist John Zeleznik and chief writer and mastermind behind Rifts® for Savage Worlds, Sean Patrick Fannon, had both planned on coming, but Johnny Z cannot make it and neither can Sean. But Ramon K. Perez, a Marvel Comics Spider-Man artist and long-time Palladium fan favorite artist, told me he would try to come down for Friday and Saturday or Saturday and Sunday. Here’s hoping Ramon can clear his schedule to come on down. Likewise, game designer and writer, Carmen Bellaire, has started training for his new job and may not be able to attend, but he’ll be here if he can.

All in stock Palladium products are available for purchase, from prints and T-shirts to RPG books and coffee mugs. We always have a selection of new T-shirts and speciality items available for the first time ever at the Palladium Open House, too. There is also a wide range of original art, prints, and rare, signed and out of print book titles and unique collectibles available. Some of the rarest and most unique items are offered in the live auction Saturday evening. IN ADDITION, many of the artists and writers bring original art, art prints and specialty items for sale from them individually, and some will do character sketches. It all adds up to an incredible experience.

Palladium Open House – Hotel Information

Red Roof Inn – (economy lodgings) – 734-459-3300, 39700 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI 48170.

Hampton Inn & Suites – (upscale lodgings) – 734-844-1111, 1950 N. Haggerty Road, Canton, MI 48187.

Airport Note: The hotels and Palladium’s warehouse are 15-20 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport (DTW) in Romulus, Michigan, near I-275. Detroit Metro is the airport you want to use.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 13, 2018

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