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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

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Sept. 20, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Every week the writing and art for the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One gets closer to completion. I have really been enjoying updating the existing monsters and creatures for the Rifts® Bestiary, adding details and clarifications. And having a blast creating new creatures with Chuck and others. I think the Bestiaries will be a lot of fun and super-useful references.

The Rifter® #82 is also well underway. The new PDF release on DriveThruRPG this week is Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™, last week was The Northern Hinterlands™ for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® series. Soon the entire Palladium Fantasy RPG® series will be available as PDFs. Wayne is also going back and replacing the fast, not-so-great early scans of books DriveThru did for us, with clean, sharp PDFs. Don’t miss the DriveThruRPG sale on ALL Heroes Unlimited™, After the Bomb® and Ninjas & Superspies™ PDF titles.

On our own website, this is the last weekend for the current sale offering Rifts® Ultimate Edition, select books and art prints at a steep discount. Get ‘em while you can. Original art, negatives and other collectibles are also available on my Ebay store: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles.

I met with writer Matthew Clements this week to discuss several new books he is working on right now and future books for Palladium. In addition to new projects, Matthew will be helping Palladium to release some long awaited titles. The meeting was very productive and left us both anxious to write. Read on for details.

Last Weekend for Gaming Artistry Sale – RUE, select Rifts® books, all prints, greeting cards, bookmarks, and select mouse pads are on sale – Offer ends September 23, 2018

  • ALL Prints – half price.
  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG (book) at a 40% discount.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide (sourcebook) – half price.
  • Rifts® Path of the Storm™ – art by Charles Walton (book) – half price.
  • Rifts® Machinations of Doom™ – Graphic Novel and sourcebook by Ramon K. Perez – half price.
  • Rifts® and the Megaverse® – The Art of John Zeleznik (book) – half price.
  • Future Visions – The Art of Charles Walton (book) – half price.
  • Rifts® Coloring Book – art by John Zeleznik – half price.
  • Rifts® Greeting Cards – half price – fun and cool.
  • Rifts® Bookmarks, Set One – half price.
  • Rifts® Bookmarks, Set Two – half price.
  • Old Ones Mouse Pad – half price.
  • Dead Reign®, Zombies Rising Mouse Pad – half price.
  • Sunday, September 23, 2018, is your last day to order.

End of Summer DriveThruRPG Super-Sale – All Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies and After the Bomb® (mutant animals) PDF titles on sale ENDS September 25, 2018

After the Bomb

After the Bomb® Role-Playing Game – Create any type of intelligent, mutant animal. Make an entire new breed of crime-fighting, intelligent, humanoid mutant animal heroes in the tradition of the Ninja Turtles, Rocket Raccoon, or any comic book-style superheroes. Or add humanoid mutant animals to your Heroes Unlimited™ or Ninjas & Superspies™ games, or use them in any game setting from Nightbane® to Rifts®/Phase World® where such mutants fit right in.

Playing anthropomorphic animal characters is a blast. And the After the Bomb® RPG gives you everything you need: creation rules, stats for 100+ mutant animals, animal psionics, animal powers, and a post-apocalyptic Earth setting that makes Planet of the Apes seem tame.

  • Create intelligent, humanoid, mutant animal heroes of every variety, from pigeons and turtles to tigers and elephants!
  • 100+ mutant animal stats included.
  • Mutant animal creation rules to mutate ANY animal.
  • 52 Mutant Animal Powers.
  • 33 Mutant Animal Psionic Powers.
  • New Animal Chimeras.
  • New back story to the After the Bomb® world of mutants.
  • The post-apocalyptic Earth setting of “After the Bomb” is just one use for your mutant animal heroes.
  • Create mutant animals as heroes, villains, aliens, and monsters.
  • A complete role-playing game with skills, weapons and more. Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Aliens Unlimited™, Nightbane®, Rifts® and any game setting where mutants or aliens are appropriate.
  • Written by Erick Wujcik.
  • Also on sale: AtB sourcebooks. DriveThru Sale ends September 25, 2018.

Heroes Unlimited

The Heroes Unlimited™ RPG has been a hit RPG for 30+ years because it enables you to create any type of comic book hero you can imagine. Make characters pulled right from any comic book you like or design your own league of extraordinary heroes.

Some heroes may be superhumans gifted with incredible super abilities, or immortal or practically living gods. Others may rely upon their mastery of the martial arts or weapons training and intelligence. Some may be alien super beings from another world, or mutant humans, or mutant animals, or a living plant creature. Still others may rely upon their wits and their super-vehicle, power armor, bionics or robot body! Others are gadgeteers or tricksters, while some wield psychic mind powers or command the forces of magic. It’s called Heroes Unlimited™ for a reason. If you seek comic book heroic adventure, Heroes Unlimited™ does the job on an epic scale. Plus a dozen sourcebooks provide you with more super abilities, hero categories, bad guys and adventures.

  • Create any type of hero you can imagine.
  • 101 super abilities plus a multitude of sub-powers within them, bonuses and special combat capabilities.
  • 100+ magic spells plus enchanted weapons and objects.
  • 72 psychic powers.
  • Enchanted weapons that instill super abilities.
  • Mega-Heroes and immortals.
  • Alien super beings.
  • Bionics and cyborgs.
  • Robots and power armor.
  • Masters of magic, wizards and spell casters.
  • Mutants and Super Soldiers possessing super abilities.
  • Psionics and Psychics.
  • Inventors, super-geniuses and super-vehicles.
  • Special Training: Martial arts, weapons, more.
  • Cover by comic book legend, Jim Steranko.
  • Art by Ramon K. Perez, Paulo Parente, Mike Gustovich, and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 352 pages for a complete RPG.
  • Also on sale: Heroes Unlimited™ sourcebooks plus Ninjas and Superspies™ and Mystic China™. DriveThru Sale ends September 25, 2018.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships October

All the pieces are coming together and should go to the printer in a couple weeks. The writing and artwork are clicking (there will be previously published and new art) and Volume One and Two are going to rock. All creatures are updated and new monsters add plenty of spice. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One will be an October release. Volume Two end of November.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information to 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 The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter®

People are loving The Rifter® #80 and #81. Coming in October, The Rifter® #82, with source material for Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, Nightbane® and more, plus a tribute to Erick Wujcik 10 years after his death.

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

Matthew Clements has been hot writing his contributions to Garden of the Gods. He is living in California these days, but he was in town this week and we got together for a day to brainstorm on this book and several other projects. Good stuff is coming your way.

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream Sourcebook

I recently authorized the cover sketch after speaking with the artist, newcomer Anthony Moravian.

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

I authorized the concept for the cover of Rifts® Antarctica by John Zeleznik.

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.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Land of the Damned One: Chaos Lands – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® sourcebook

New: Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™ Fantasy sourcebook, 20 monsters, 14 demons, 11 dying races, Random Monster Generator, the Great Rift, cold weather rules, key places, and more than 200 adventure hooks!

Recent PDF additions include 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. 20, 2018

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