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By Kevin Siembieda

Hey everybody, it is good to be home, but we’re still recovering from Gen Con Indy. Nobody had caught “Con Crud” this year, but we are swamped trying to get caught up on a large range of stuff, from Gen Con follow-ups to finishing and shipping books and products. The Gen Con Report is toward the end of our many updates, below. Enjoy.

UPDATE: Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames – Available now

Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames™ was a big hit at Gen Con Indy among Rifts® gamers. They were loving all the adventure hooks, twists, turns and rivalries presented in this dynamic book. There are new menaces threatening to invade and dominate the planet, new demonic weapons and war machines, new Soulmancy magic, familiar characters, favorite heroes and villains, plenty of new bad guys and lots of fun to be had. If you haven’t ordered your copy yet, you are missing out on something special.

Author Carl Gleba was present at Gen Con to sign books and chat with fans. He is also a wonderful Game Master and ran four gaming events. I hadn’t had a chance to hang with Carl in several years, so it was nice to have him as part of the Palladium Gen Con crew. Unfortunately, we were all so busy that we didn’t actually get much time to just hang out and talk. Ah, but we did have one big brainstorming session that has Carl working up material for the upcoming Coalition States: Heroes of Humanity sourcebook. POH NOTE: Carl Gleba is planning to be at the Palladium Open House to run games, sign books and schmooze with those of you who attend. And like I said, Carl is a fantastic Game Master, so don’t miss that opportunity.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – August 23, 2014

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Robotech RPG Tactics

I hope all of our Kickstarter supporters and Robotech® fans will be pleased with the news in this Special Update.

We have decided that, in order to start getting Robotech® RPG Tactics™ products into your hands as soon as possible, we are going to release the Kickstarter items in TWO waves. Wave One products will ship to Kickstarter supporters as soon as we get them; probably early June, 2014. If we’re really lucky, possibly in May. A few weeks later, the Wave One products will ship to distributors.

If we wait until EVERY item in the Kickstarter has gone through engineering, tooling, and quality control before sending it ALL into manufacturing, you will not get them until freakin’ Autumn. We don’t want that, and we know you sure don’t.

By splitting the product release into two shipments, one in the Spring and the other in the Fall, we get to release Wave One to fans who are dying for this product, and you get to start playing and building armies and having fun. We think this is a good solution and hope you do, too.

Read more: Special Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Update – Jan. 31

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Robotech RPG Tactics

Robotech® RPG Tactics – Coming Soon

If you’re a Robotech® fan, this is the game you’ve wanted for decades, with beautifully sculpted, in scale, game pieces and the fast action of Robotech®.

Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is a fast-paced, tabletop combat game that captures the action and adventure of the Robotech® anime. Two or more players can engage in small squad skirmishes or scale up to massive battles. Relive the clashes of the First Robotech War, engage in stand-alone tactical games or use the dynamic game pieces to enhance your Robotech® RPG experience. Or simply collect your favorite mecha from an expanding range of top notch game pieces.

Mecha vs Mecha. Take command of the fighting forces of the United Earth Defense Force (UEDF) valiantly defending Earth from alien annihilation. Or lead the massive clone armies of the Zentraedi Armada to recover an alien artifact of immense power and enslave humankind.

Robotech® RPG Tactics Box Set

  • Brought to you by Palladium Books® and Ninja Division (the creative minds behind Soda Pop Miniatures and Cipher Studios).
  • Rules by legendary Alessio Cavatore, Ninja Division’s David Freeman and Palladium’s Carmen Bellaire.
  • Full color, 90+ page, softcover rule book; wraparound cover and lots of new, color artwork.
  • 24 Battle Dice, 12 UEDF and 12 Zentraedi.
  • 40 color game cards (unit cards, etc.).
  • 4x VF-1A Valkyries (in Fighter, Guardian, and Battloid modes).
  • 1x VF-1J "Officer" in all three modes.
  • 4x Destroids: 2 Tomahawks and 2 Defenders.
  • 12x Regult Zentraedi Battlepods.
  • 1x Glaug Officer's Battlepod.
  • 1x Quel-Regult Recon Battlepod.
  • 1x Quel-Gulnau Recovery Pod.
  • 1/285th scale, high quality, multi-pose plastic game pieces (40mm to 70mm tall). World-class sculpts from sculptors around the world.
  • Game rules use D6.
  • Turn-based system of play.
  • Scalable from small squad skirmishes to mass battles. Can accommodate two to several players.
  • Combat is fast and designed to emulate the anime action.
  • Measuring tape required to determine targets and distance.
  • Barring any unexpected delays, the Robotech® RPG Tactics™ box game and initial expansion sets should go to manufacturing soon. An exact street date is unknown at this time and we’d rather not speculate.
  • $90 retail price (tentative). The price of the final box set is not yet determined, but we want to hold it at the $80-$90 range.
  • Expansion kits will fall into the $25-$30 range for most.
  • Several expansion kits will be released at the same time as the box set. More will follow. Exactly how many, and how fast, will depend on manufacturing considerations.
  • Palladium plans to release the mecha and settings for ALL eras of Robotech®. Many other details are still in development.
  • Tournament play support is planned. Ninja Division will help Palladium to develop and launch the program.
  • Robotech® RPG Tactics™ is designed in partnership with Ninja Division. Ninja Division brings together the design talents of Soda Pop Miniatures and Cipher Studios, makers of Super Dungeon™ Explore, Relic Knights™, Helldorado™ and Anima Tactics™.

Read more: Prepare for Invasion!

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So you want to be a Megaversal Ambassador

1) What is an MA?

Answer: The MAs (Megaversal Ambassadors) are a growing group of Palladium Game Masters who volunteer to run Palladium role-playing gaming events and/or demos at conventions, stores and other gatherings to introduce NEW PLAYERS to the Palladium Megaverse®. They are also active talking about Palladium products and the enjoyment and merits of role-playing, online and at events, to get new players interested in Palladium’s games and to keep the enthusiasm alive among established gamers.

Read more: So you want to be a Megaversal Ambassador

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