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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 4, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Wow, you guys and gals went wild over The Rifter® sale. Let’s see if you go as bonkers over our October Horror Sale in which the Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG and all Dead Reign®, Nightbane® and Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles are on sale for half price. Nice, right? Six days only. More details below.

I have been a writing fiend, working mainly on the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One, then switching to The Rifter® #82 (I think that book is almost finished and it is awesome, see the new description elsewhere), or giving Matthew Clements input on his projects before jumping back to Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. Man, I am loving this book as it comes together. As I’ve been saying, there is a lot of additional information and updates on all the monsters. Good stuff.

The new PDF release on DriveThruRPG this week is Wolfen Empire™ (Fantasy). Last week was Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™, and prior to that, Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™, and The Northern Hinterlands, all for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® series. Wayne is also going back and replacing the fast, not-so-great scans of books DriveThru did for us a few years ago, with clean, sharp PDFs.

October Horror Sale – 6 days only – Sale ends after midnight, October 9, 2018

  • The Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is half price.
  • ALL Nightbane® titles are half price.
  • All Dead Reign® titles are half price.
  • All Chaos Earth® titles are half price. After all, this is a terrifying period in which Earth is in the throes of the Great Cataclysm, swept up in uncontrolled magic, cosmic forces, demon plagues, zombies and madness.
  • All the characters, monsters and adventure source material are easily adaptable to other settings.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, as we might temporarily run out of some titles during the sale.
  • Sale ends after midnight, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Beyond the Supernatural

Back in Stock: Beyond the Supernatural RPG – available now

Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is supernatural horror in the modern world. A plausible modern horror setting that makes sense and will have you wondering if this stuff could be for real. Play ordinary people, psychics or paranormal investigators.

  • 14 Psychic Character Classes.
  • 42 occupations for “ordinary” people.
  • 100+ psychic abilities, including Fire Walker abilities.
  • Creatures of darkness, the Lazlo Agency, and more.
  • Three new sourcebooks planned for 2019.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 700 – available now.

Rifts Mystic Russia

Back in Stock: Rifts® World Book 18: Mystic Russia – available now

Rifts® Mystic Russia™ – setting information, key people and places, demons, monsters, gypsies and magic galore.

  • 18 Archaic Russian Demons and 10 monsters.
  • Russian magic including Fire and Bone Magic & magic weapons maker.
  • Magic O.C.C.s including Night Witch, Hidden Witch, Mystic Kuznya, Fire Sorcerer, Old Believer and Necromancer.
  • 9 Gypsy O.C.C.s, vehicles and more.
  • 176 pages – $22.99 – Cat. No. 833 – available now.

Rifts Game Master Guide

COMING Back in Stock: Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available October 19

The Rifts® Game Master Guide™ is a massive 352 page reference book with short stats and descriptions for every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that has appeared in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C. and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – Available October 19, 2018.

Other core Rifts® titles to remember:

  • Rifts® Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG, Hardcover – core rules, epic setting of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in a future Earth post-apocalyptic setting. 30+ player characters – play a Dragon Hatchling, Cyborg, Juicer, Crazy, Cyber-Knight, Power Armor Pilot, Psi-Stalker, Dog Boy and others! Magic, psionics, weapons, bionics, and more. If you can imagine it, it can happen in Rifts®. 376 page hardcover – $41.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC – available now.
  • Rifts® Book of Magic™ – 900+ magic spells, plus Techno-Wizard devices, Magic Tattoos, Nazca Lines, Whale Songs, Herbs, Symbiotes, Bio-Wizard Weapons, Rune Weapons, magic items and more! 352 pages – still $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 848 – available now.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide™ – 150+ adventure ideas, Random Rifts, making towns, cities, merc companies, and traveling shows, gaming tips and much more. 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 849 – available now.
  • Rifts Conversion Books 1, 2 & 3.
  • Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships October/November

Most of the artwork is finished, Alex and Wayne are editing away, and I am writing like a man possessed. Shooting to have the writing finished for Volume One by the end of next week and start laying out the book.

We are excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One (and Volume Two). Every single creature has extra information and updates, but many are much more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for gamers. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will you. We know the you’ll enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One ships end of October. Volume Two end of November or December.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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) – in production – ships October or November.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – October or November release

The Rifter® #82 is well underway and nearing completion. The Rifter® #82 is another great issue with gaming advice, adventure source material, magic, monsters and mayhem for various settings, including Rifts® Chaos Earth® (official), Nightbane® (official), Rifts® (official), Palladium Fantasy (official by Erick Wujcik, a lost work recently discovered), and more. Plus touching and informative remembrances of Erick Wujcik in memorial 10 years after his death. In production and ships October or November. 112 pages – see the full description elsewhere in this Update!

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®

This book is very much on my mind. Will plunge into finishing it as soon as the Bestiary books are done. Cannot wait.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

Matthew Clements is still adding to his considerable contributions to Garden of the Gods before turning it in to Palladium. Matthew has started work on another Fantasy sourcebook and other projects.

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, a god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to give guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 475.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

I approved the tightened cover sketch and artist John Zeleznik is moving on to painting. Meanwhile, author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

As mentioned last week, we are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Wolfen Empire – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® sourcebook

New: Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, Wolfen 12 Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places and more.

Recent PDF additions include Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™ Fantasy sourcebook, 15 different undead, 15 Beasts of Chaos, curses, key places and people, 100+ adventure ideas, and more; Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™ (Fantasy), 20 monsters, 14 demons, 11 dying races, Random Monster Generator, the Great Rift, cold weather rules, key places, and more than 200 adventure hooks; The Northern Hinterlands™ (Fantasy) which includes new cold and snow spells, 15 magic artifacts, Wizard Stones, 18 monsters, the Shadow Coast, and more. Eastern Territory™ (Fantasy): key people, places and dangers, new races, creatures and the Disputed Lands between Wolfen and humans. Mount Nimro™ (Fantasy), Kingdom of Giants, Blade Priest, Life Force Wizard, Were-Shaman, Conjurer, Gigante Warlord, Gromek-Giant War, notable people, places and more; Baalgor Wastelands™ (Fantasy): Key people and places, 17 monstrous beings, survival in harsh environments, and more. The Western Empire™ (Fantasy), key people and places, Western society, city generation rules, The Slayer of Mountains, vampires, 20 new herbs/poisons, and adventure. Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: A complete game, 14 character classes, 42 “ordinary people” occupations, 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Survival Guide: Everything to know about the Nightbane, their Morphus, Talents, magic, skills, contacts, new dangers, history, a complete adventure and more. Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Nightbane® Sourcebook, secrets of the Nightlords™, the Nightlands, 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, and more. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ presents Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, 3 full adventures, adventure ideas; The Rifter® #77, and FREE Sneak Previews for The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 4, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 27, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

We are excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One (and Two). Every single creature has some extra tidbits and updates, but many are more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for you. We know you will enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes. The Rifter® #82 is also well underway, as are several other titles.

The new PDF release on DriveThruRPG this week is Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment. Last week was Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™, the week before that, The Northern Hinterlands, all for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® series. Wayne is also going back and replacing the fast, not-so-great scans of books DriveThru did for us a few years ago, with clean, sharp PDFs.

The new sale in our online store this week is The Rifter®. Most issues of The Rifter® are available this weekend through Tuesday for half price. Only the few issues where there are around a dozen copies or less remaining (#56, #61, #63 and #76) are NOT on sale. Get ‘em while you can as many are getting very low, and as you know, many issues are already out of print. Also, original art, negatives and other collectibles are available in my Ebay store – including some select artwork by Charles Walton II (all proceeds go to Chuck): http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles.

Half-Price Rifter® Sale – 6 days only – Sale ends after midnight, October 2, 2018

  • Most issues of The Rifter® are half price.
  • Only issues of which there only around a dozen copies (often less) available are NOT on sale. These are The Rifter® #56, #61, #63 and #76.
  • Every issue offers optional and/or official source material for Rifts® and 3-4 other Palladium game lines like Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers®, Nightbane® and others.
  • All adventure source material easily adaptable to any setting.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last. Some issues may sell out.
  • Sale ends after midnight, Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships October

As noted earlier, writing and art are coming along great. Most of the artwork is in, and I am shooting to have the writing finished by the end of next week! As I mentioned in the opening to this Weekly Update, even I am surprised with how much new material is going into this book. I have been having a blast adding defining details and new information as I update each and every one of these creatures. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will you.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One ships end of October. Volume Two end of November.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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: Soon – i.e., as fast as we can kick these bad boys out!

The Rifter Number 80 The Rifter Number 81

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 and #81 are hot

These two issues have been selling like crazy and may be among the best sellers in recent years. Nice, because we put a lot of ideas and hard work into them. They are jam-packed with great characters, adventures and source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers® and more! And they are part of The Rifter® sale happening right now.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – October release

The Rifter® #82 is another great issue with gaming advice, adventure source material, magic and mayhem for various settings including Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, and Nightbane®, plus a touching and informative tribute to Erick Wujcik in memorial, and more!

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods, a Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

Matthew Clements is giving his considerable contribution to Garden of the Gods one last review and final tweak before he turns it in next week. Matthew has started work on another Fantasy sourcebook even as you read this, and has already turned in one, still secret, Rifts® sourcebook that should get people very excited.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death Sourcebook

This book remains actively buzzing around inside my head wanting to get out. It is still planned for a fall release. There is a lot of creative energy flying around the office right now. Looking to use it to produce a lot of books.

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream Sourcebook

I approved the tightened and tweaked sketch for the cover to Psychic Scream™ this week and artist Anthony Moravian has been given the green light to start painting. I can’t wait to do the final edits and additional writing for this book.

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

I approved the cover sketch so artist John Zeleznik will be moving on to final pencils and painting. Meanwhile, author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

We are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Land of the Damned Two: Eternal Torment – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® sourcebook

New: Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™ Fantasy sourcebook, 15 different undead, 15 Beasts of Chaos, curses, key places and people, 100+ adventure ideas, and more!

Recent PDF additions include Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™ (Fantasy), 20 monsters, 14 demons, 11 dying races, Random Monster Generator, the Great Rift, cold weather rules, key places, and more than 200 adventure hooks; The Northern Hinterlands™ (Fantasy) which includes new cold and snow spells, 15 magic artifacts, Wizard Stones, 18 monsters, the Shadow Coast, and more. Eastern Territory™ (Fantasy): key people, places and dangers, new races, creatures and the Disputed Lands between Wolfen and humans. Mount Nimro™ (Fantasy), Kingdom of Giants, Blade Priest, Life Force Wizard, Were-Shaman, Conjurer, Gigante Warlord, Gromek-Giant War, notable people, places and more; Baalgor Wastelands™ (Fantasy): Key people and places, 17 monstrous beings, survival in harsh environments, and more. The Western Empire™ (Fantasy), key people and places, Western society, city generation rules, The Slayer of Mountains, vampires, 20 new herbs/poisons, and adventure. Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: A complete game, 14 character classes, 42 “ordinary people” occupations, 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Survival Guide: Everything to know about the Nightbane, their Morphus, Talents, magic, skills, contacts, new dangers, history, a complete adventure and more. Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Nightbane® Sourcebook, secrets of the Nightlords™, the Nightlands, 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, and more. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ presents Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, 3 full adventures, adventure ideas; The Rifter® #77, and FREE Sneak Previews for The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 27, 2018

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