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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – April 12, 2012

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By Kevin Siembieda

UPDATE: The Rifter® #58 – Ships NEXT WEEK – April 20

I approved the digital proof of The Rifter® #58 Wednesday morning and the printer has confirmed it will ship on April 20. It is another great issue and includes 20 pages of additional “official” material for Rifts® Lemuria, plus cool source material for Palladium Fantasy® and Nightbane®, the City-State of Lazlo for Rifts® and some other good stuff. See the complete description elsewhere in this Weekly Update.

Also Shipping April 20

● The two Megaverse® Insider hardcovers of Rifts® Lemuria ship April 20. Available only to Megaverse Insiders.

● The PDF of Rifts® Lemuria will start becoming available to Megaverse® Insiders on April 20, 2012.

UPDATE: Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria – Available now

Excitement for the softcover edition of Rifts® Lemuria remains high as the book starts to arrive to people who pre-ordered their copy online. Rifts® Lemuria should start hitting store shelves next week. Shipped last Friday. AVAILABLE NOW. See the full description of Rifts® Lemuria elsewhere in this Weekly Update. Reminder: Bring your copy of Rifts® Lemuria to the Palladium Open House to be signed by most of the contributors. And don’t stop with Rifts® Lemuria, bring a bunch of books for us to sign. That’s one of the cool things about the Open House, it’s one of the biggest gatherings of Palladium creators anywhere, ever. Not just the Palladium staff, but 30+ other Palladium creators and personalities.

UPDATE: Dead Reign Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead – Ships April 26

The Endless Dead™ sourcebook is coming along very well. At this point, it is all I’m focused on and it will be available in time for the Palladium Open House. It should go to the printer by Tuesday, next week and ships end of April.

It’s not too late

It’s not too late to decide to come to the Palladium Open House (May 4, 5 & 6, 2012). We have made it a point to keep the cost of attendance low by offering an evening rate of only $10 at the door after 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. It is worth the price of admission just to meet and chat with the many Palladium artists and writers from around the country. There is no other event where you can meet 30+ Palladium creators, get your books autographed, pick up original art, get prints, game books, and all kinds of good stuff, as well as the possibility of getting into a game or two or even running a pick-up game yourself! All events are covered by the price of admission. If you live in the area you should come on over.

The Palladium Open House is truly unlike any convention you may have attended. A big reason for that is we don’t put on airs, and everyone from me and the staff, to our freelance artists and writers, are just a bunch of goofy, nerdy gamers just like you. That means we are happy to chat with you about games, art, writing, movies, comic books and lots of other things. Hey, the bottom line is the Open House makes for a fun evening, day or weekend. I hope a lot of you stop by to share the fun.

This year, Palladium is offering a special $10 evening admission after 6:00 PM on Friday and Saturday – at the door only. I thought offering a reduced evening rate was a nice thing to do for gamers who want to attend, but have to work during the day.

NOTE: The Open House is not an annual event and there are currently no plans to host one in 2013. We’ve found hosting every two or three years seems to work for everyone.

Three days of non-stop Palladium gaming (May 4, 5 & 6 – plus May 3 for those coming to VIP Thursday). Many games are run by Palladium creators! ALL EVENTS are covered by the price of admission.

Events run till midnight or 1:00 AM at Palladium, but you can continue to game at the official Palladium Hotel into the wee hours of the night. We have two conference rooms, the largest of which can accommodate as many as 10 different “pick-up games.” If you live within a hundred miles of Palladium, you have no excuse for not joining the fun!

Open Gaming. This year, we have expanded the area for open gaming.

More panel talks.

New product. You’ll be the first to have the opportunity to acquire three new T-shirt designs, a Palladium Fantasy coffee mug, miniatures, art prints and other cool stuff. Plus get glimpses of upcoming new book releases.

Saturday evening Costume Contest and Auction (starts around 6 PM). The Costume Contest (I hope we have a lot of entries this year) is always a blast and starts around 6:00 PM. At 7:00 PM is the live auction with lots of deals and rare items. Around 8:00 PM gaming resumes.

Meet 30+ Palladium creators (artists, writers and staff) – This year that includes staffers Alex Marciniszyn, Julius Rosenstein, Kevin Siembieda, Kathy Simmons, Wayne Smith, and creators Amy L. Ashbaugh (artist), Nick Bradshaw (artist), Brandon Aten (writer), Carmen Bellaire (writer), Matthew Clements (writer), Karli Cooper (artist), Steve Dawes (writer), Greg Diaczyk (writer), Mark Dudley (artist), Carl Gleba (writer; tentative), Irvin Jackson (artist & writer), “Madman” Mike Leonard (artist & writer), Allen Manning (artist), Brian Manning (artist), Mike Mumah (artist), Mark Oberle (writer), Noah Page (artist; tentative), Ben Rodriguez (artist), Chuck Walton (artist), Taylor White (writer), and others.

Palladium creators and staff are available to you all day long. Including me, Kevin Siembieda. I’m there from 8:00 AM till 10:00 PM (sometimes later). Most of the staff and Palladium creators are available from 9:00 AM till at least 8:00 PM; some are there till we close up for the night. You will not find that kind of “access” to creators at any other gaming event or convention anywhere on the planet.

Meet fans from around the world. This year that includes people from coast to coast, Canada, Australia, Japan, Germany and England. We are anticipating 220-300 gamers to attend this year’s event.

Game till you drop! Three days of non-stop Palladium gaming (May 4, 5 & 6 – plus May 3 for those coming to VIP Thursday). Many games are run by Palladium creators! ALL EVENTS are covered by the price of admission.

Chat with Palladium creators at their table, attend panel talks, ask questions, and get the inside scoop on upcoming product and new releases.

Pick up new and old game books, art prints, original artwork, T-shirts, and much, much more. We always debut product and have specialty items for this event. And get your books autographed. Note: Those attending the Palladium Open House will be the first to have the chance to acquire three new T-shirt designs, a Palladium Fantasy coffee mug, Rifts® miniatures, art prints and other cool stuff. Plus get glimpses of upcoming new book releases.

See the full description of the Palladium Open House at the end of this Weekly Update.

LAST MINUTE WARNING! Today – April 12 – is the cut-off date to get your Hotel Room at the lowest rate for the Palladium Open House!

$69.95 plus tax per Double or King room, till April 12, 2012.

Call 734-455-8100 and you MUST tell them you want a room in the Block Reserved for Palladium Books ($69.95 plus tax). Comfort Inn Plymouth Clock Tower Hotel; five minutes from Palladium Books and right off I-275 (Ann Arbor Road exit).

● $69.95 plus tax per Double or King room at the Plymouth Comfort Inn Clock Tower.

● Rooms will not be held after this date. Reserve your room today.

● The hotel is five minutes from the Palladium office and there are many places to eat.

UPDATE: Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook

I will be done with Endless Dead™ next week, at which point I dive into the completion of this book and assign artwork to several of the upcoming titles in the pipeline. I’m still hoping to have advance copies of it in time for the Palladium Open House (May 4-6), but no promises.

UPDATE: Online sales

Sales were decent but not great, and took a drop overnight. Still they are decent, and I’m happy to report that distributor orders have been strong. I’ve seen growing excitement since the release of Rifts® Lemuria and The Rifter® #58 going to the printer. And with Endless Dead™ going to the printer next week and shipping the end of April, I think April is going to be a strong month. Then comes along May and two more releases that should really get people excited, followed by Northern Gun™ and Robotech® The Genesis Pits™ sourcebook . . . oh yeah, we’re just starting to rock.

UPDATE: Rifts® Black Market

I still need to assign the artwork for this book. Mike Mumah and others are champing at the bit to get started. The cover is finished, and the book is written by Matthew Clements and Taylor White and should be a quick edit.

UPDATE: Rifts® Northern Gun One & Two

I met with Chuck Walton (artist and mech designer) and Matthew Clements (author) on Monday to discuss the book and to approve art designs. Chuck’s artwork blew us all away. I’m tempted to say, “If you liked his art in Rifts® Lemuria, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet,” but I’m afraid I’ll raise expectations too high. Suffice it to say that Chuck’s tech designs are easily as good as his work in Lemuria. There seems to be nothing this talented creator cannot illustrate. I think this pair of Rifts® books are going to wow and please Rifts® players even more than the Triax™ 2 World Book. And that’s saying something. Hey, I challenged us all to push the envelope and that’s exactly what everyone is doing. These will be the next two books we do a Megaverse Insider offer for, sometime in May.

UPDATE: Rifts® Miniatures

The first batch of re-released Rifts® miniatures – the Glitter Boy™, CS Soldiers™, Rifts® Cyborgs, Kydian Overlord™, etc. – as individual figures at new prices, will be added to the Palladium online store as soon as we can catch our breath. As I had suspected, we’ve been consumed with finishing new books and preparations for the Open House. The delay has been unavoidable as there are only five of us, and there has been sooooo much to do.

UPDATE: Robotech® Miniatures

Haven’t had time to explore this any further yet, but we will.

UPDATE: Megaversal Ambassadors

Thanks to four new volunteers, Palladium will be able to begin doing more, orchestrating events, and recruiting Game Masters via the Megaversal Ambassadors program. As I talked about several weeks ago, the Megaversal Ambassadors are gamers just like you who desire to run events at conventions, stores and other gaming events. The idea is to spread the word about Palladium Books and our RPG Megaverse® by having gamers run Palladium games at stores, cons and other events and venues. Thanks to the efforts of our new Megaversal Ambassador coordinators, Victor Peterson, Gary Miller, Jeff Ruiz, and Nathan Bingham, we hope to expand and do more with our Megaversal Ambassadors (as well as do more in other areas).

UPDATE: Palladium Fantasy RPG® Game Master Kit – NOW AVAILABLE on DriveThruRPG.com

Folks are loving the Palladium Fantasy® Game Master Kit – now available on DriveThruRPG.com for only $5. Gamers who loved the Rifts® G.M. Kit will love this one too. Like its predecessor, the Fantasy G.M. Kit is written by Carl Gleba and comes with maps, combat matrix, character sheets, spell list, and 20 pre-rolled characters created by Julius Rosenstein (and used by Julius and me for years and years in games at conventions). And it is available at the same low price of $5 for a wealth of material and helpful Game Master resources. Don’t forget, DriveThruRPG.com also offers the FREE Sneak Previews of Rifts® Lemuria, Vampire Kingdoms™, Thundercloud Galaxy™, and soon, Endless Dead™, as well as 90+ back stock titles, including back issues of The Rifter®, and first edition rule books for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited, The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy, and lots of other good things, of which the Rifts® Game Master Kit is just one. ALL available as PDF downloads at reasonable prices. And there is MORE to come.

UPDATE: Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles Store

Alex and I have been adding all kinds of new toys and action figures to my online store. More Palladium collectibles will be added every few days. The Rifts® Lemuria proofreader copy remains available and we’ll be adding the Rifter #58 along with other good stuff. We try to add at least a few things a couple times a week, every week. We’ll keep them coming if you keep buying them.

http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

The Rifter® needs your submissions

Palladium freelance writers, that includes you. I mentioned it last week, but Wayne’s file of Rifter® submissions has dwindled down to almost nothing. The Rifter® is a “fanzine” created for YOU – fans of Palladium, players, Game Masters and budding writers (and artists). We WANT and NEED your source material submitted for possible publication.

Palladium has found many of its writers and artists via Rifter® submissions. Something like half of the freelance writers and artists working for Palladium got their start in The Rifter®. It is a great way for us to try out new talent and for you to get discovered. If you’d like to see a book manuscript published by Palladium, your odds improve if we get to know you first through several articles submitted for The Rifter®.

PLEASE SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR The Rifter® AND SOON!

We want source material, adventures, gaming advice and tips, character sheets, etc., that are 8-25 pages long. We will consider larger submissions that can be split between two issues, but 8-25 pages are perfect. Just send raw text with bolds and underlines. Do not try to format your submission like a printed book.

We always need material for After the Bomb®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Chaos Earth™, Heroes Unlimited, Nightbane®, Ninjas & Superspies™, Rifts®, and Splicers®. Don’t be afraid to submit. We are seeking new talent and new ideas. And even if Wayne doesn’t find it good enough for publication, it’s worth giving it a shot, right? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Who knows? You might be one of our next great writers.

Please consider this your personal invitation from me, Kevin Siembieda, to submit work for publication in The Rifter®. Help!

Note: No, this is not the last issue of The Rifter®, but we are in desperate need for new, fun source material to publish. Game Masters, players and fledgling writers, please submit your game material. And soon! Thanks.

UPDATE: My Calling Insiders

The top two tiers of the Megaverse® Insider offer for Rifts® Lemuria include a brief telephone call from me. I started calling people last week and will continue to do so over the next couple of weeks. The problem has been keeping the calls brief (under 30 minutes), because everyone (including me) has been enjoying these chats so much. At the moment I’m working fast and furious on Endless Dead and new non-book product designs for the Open House, limiting the time I have to call. I will try to call some folks over the weekend, but I can’t call in large numbers until Endless Dead is finished. Still, I’ll talk to some of you soon. And you can ask me anything.

Birthday was nice

Last Friday, we celebrated Julius’s and my birthdays. As fate would have it, the work day was long and hectic, so it was 8:00 PM before we all got together. Still, within 45 minutes we had started to unwind and have fun. Julius loved his gifts, and my framed original art of the Knights of the Dinner Table drawn by Jolly Blackburn was a BIG hit. I loved my gifts too and everyone was too generous. But then, we’re one big, happy family. Easter was quiet and nice. I actually took the day off, and Kathy and I went to see Hunger Games at the movies. Great flick.

There’s probably more to talk about, but it will have to wait till the next Update. I must get back to finishing up Endless Dead™.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer and Game Designer

Rifts World Book: Lemuria

Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria

– Available now!

Rifts® Lemuria is packed with new magic, weapons, living power armor, monstrous war steeds, weapons, and gear suitable for landlubbers and aquatic adventurers alike.

The Lemurians are an amphibious people with floating cities and magic-based technology that allows for land and underwater adventures alike. Discover the secrets and people of this lost and forgotten civilization of magic and wonder. Add amphibious capabilities to your Rifts® campaigns and discover new menaces under the sea. Amphibious in nature, Lemurians wage war against the demonic on dry land and under the waves. Their exotic riding animals, weapons, armor and magic are suitable for use on land and underwater.

  • The Lemurians, their race, history and society.
  • 5 aquatic races including Lemurians, Junk Crabs, Ichthyleans, Merans and Milu.
  • 5 Sea Dragons.
  • 5 Symbiotic Stone vehicles (and a drone scout).
  • 8 expansive, new O.C.C.s including the Serpent Hunter, Spouter, Oceanic Guardsman, Biomancer Gene-Mage, Birdman and others.
  • 9 monstrous and wondrous Lemurian War Steeds.
  • 10 suits of living Bio-Armor, plus the Wave Strider and Bio-Skins.
  • 10 Biomancy plants and creatures from the Lemurian Gardens.
  • 16 strange and exotic animals.
  • 19 types of Lemurian weapons.
  • 21 new Hydro-Psionic abilities for the Spouter and Hydros Sea Dragon.
  • 50+ new Biomancy spells and a handful of new Ocean Magic spells.
  • Biomancer Gardens, herbs and magic.
  • The Stone Guardians of Easter Island and other mysteries.
  • Symbiotic creatures and Biomancy constructs; some that enable air-breathers to survive underwater indefinitely.
  • New dangers, new challenges, adventure ideas and more.
  • Written by Greg Diaczyk with additional material by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda.
  • Cover by John Zeleznik.
  • Tons of interior art by Chuck Walton, Mike Mumah, Brian and Allen Manning, Kent Burles, Nick Bradshaw and Amy Ashbaugh.
  • 224 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 885. Softcover available now!
  • The special, limited edition hardcovers ship April 20 to those of you who bought them as Megaverse® Insiders. Fewer than 200 copies were printed of each, so each is truly a collectible item. Enjoy.

Rifts® Lemuria “Sneak Preview” on DriveThruRPG.com – is available right now! You can see the cover, contents pages and enticing snippets from several different sections of the book as a FREE PDF download, including one of the Bio-Armors, one War Steed, a few new Biomancy spells, and other good stuff. Don’t forget, there are 90+ back stock titles, including back issues of The Rifter®, and first edition rule books for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy, and lots of other good things, of which the Rifts® Game Master Kit, is just one. ALL available as PDF downloads at reasonable prices. And there is MORE coming. The Palladium Fantasy® Game Master Kit, The Rifter #0.1 and #0.2, maybe some PDF only sourcebooks, an Endless Dead™ Sneak Preview and other sneak previews and fun stuff are all coming your way.

Rifts® Lemuria “First Look” Video Review. Carmen Bellaire and William Johnson were given the unfinished manuscript page files and a small selection of artwork – in advance – so they could do a First Look Video Review of Rifts® Lemuria. There is so much good stuff to talk about that the guys had to split their review of Rifts® Lemuria into two episodes to cover it all. They have reviews of other Palladium products, too. It is all on YouTube for your viewing enjoyment right now. The views expressed are those of Carmen and William, not Palladium Books.

Click these links to see Part One and Part Two.

The Rifter #58

NEW! The Rifter® #58

– Ships April 20

The Rifter® is an idea factory that helps players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and keep their games fresh. It provides useful, ready to go, source material gamers can just drop into their ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. It offers new monsters, villains, characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, adventure and ideas for your games. It presents new villains, monsters and dangers to battle, and new ideas to consider. Every issue has material for Rifts® and at least two or three other Palladium game lines.

The Rifter® Number 58 examines people, places and power. There are new, “official” O.C.C.s for Rifts® Lemuria that include the Lemurian Academic, Citizen, Experimenter and Healer, plus more aquatic animals of note. The Free State of Lazlo provides another unique setting on Rifts Earth, and a Nightbane® short story offers a sense of life after Dark Day. The material for Palladium Fantasy® introduces an array of dangerous beings, and the section on the Kezel and their abilities provides a new kind of superhuman that can be used in Heroes Unlimited™, Phase World® or anywhere in the Megaverse®.

The Rifter #58 includes:

  • Rifts® Lemuria – Official source material, including additional Lemurian O.C.C.s, and monsters and animals.
  • Rifts® Lazlo – The fabled magic kingdom of Lazlo outlined and described.
  • Palladium Fantasy® – 15 new, strange people and monsters.
  • Nightbane® – Short story and source material.
  • Various Settings – The Kezel™: A weird, new superhuman for use in Rifts® Chaos Earth™, Rifts®, Phase World®, Heroes Unlimited™ and even Palladium Fantasy®; includes many powers. The Kezel claim to be human, but their abilities would suggest otherwise.
  • News, coming attractions, and more.
  • Cover by Michael Leonard. At the printer.
  • 96 pages – still only $11.95 retail – Cat. No. 158. April release.

Dead Reign Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead

NEW! Dead Reign Sourcebook 3: Endless Dead

Ships April 26

The name Endless Dead™ says it all. The zombie hordes grow in number and strangeness. Can humankind survive? Where is the military? What’s next for the survivors of the zombie apocalypse?

This book contains horrifying new zombies to haunt your player characters along with new O.C.C.s and tons of tables for detailing Survivor Hideouts, Safe Haven Communities, Death Cults and more. Survival is not enough. Now is the time for the war against the Endless Dead™. This book is epic.

  • New types of zombies include the Fused Zombie, Multi-Zombie, Parasite Juggernaut and Walking Mass Grave.
  • New O.C.C.s include the Wheelman, Zombie Hunter, Zombie Researcher, Survivalist and Watcher.
  • Information on vehicles and tables for adding custom armor, weapons and anti-zombie defenses.
  • Vehicle combat rules and zombie-fighting in vehicles.
  • Random encounter tables for military bases, police stations, gun stores, buildings, suburbs, industrial parks, small towns, farmland and wilderness.
  • Tables for creating Survivor caravans, hideouts, hermits, Safe Haven Communities and Death Cults.
  • Timetable for setting campaigns during the Wave, the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse or months into the reign of the dead.
  • Stats for some of North America’s dangerous wildlife, a threat to survivors and zombies alike.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Mumah, Bradshaw and others.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 233. April release.

Palladium Books 2012 Product Release Schedule

2012 Releases Available Now

April 2012 Releases

May 2012 Releases

June 2012 Releases

July 2012 Releases

All of Palladium’s Core Game Lines to be Supported in 2012

The following are in development.

  • Robotech® sourcebooks
  • Rifts® Antarctica and other sourcebooks
  • Splicers® Sourcebooks
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Sourcebooks
  • Chaos Earth™ Sourcebooks
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Mysteries of Magic™ Two & Three
  • Palladium Fantasy®: Land of the Damned™ Three
  • Nightbane® Sourcebook
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ Sourcebooks
  • And other good stuff.

Palladium Bookmarks, Set Two

NEW! Palladium Bookmarks, Set Two

– Available now

They look great. A set of four, 2 x 6 inch bookmarks, printed on both sides, each depicting a different Palladium game line: Chaos Earth™, Phase World®, Nightbane® and Beyond the Supernatural™. They are attractive, useful and make a fun collectible. The first set has been so popular, we had to do a second.

  • Designed by Kevin Siembieda and Wayne Smith.
  • Art by Scott Johnson (Rifts® Chaos Earth™ Glitter Boy cover), Kevin Long (Phase World® Sourcebook cover), Brom (Nightbane®), and John Zeleznik (Beyond the Supernatural™).
  • Each is 2 x 6 inches, full color, printed on both sides.
  • Four different bookmarks in the set.
  • Cat. No. 2555 – $5.00 retail. Based on what similar bookmarks sell for, we figure the set of four should have an $8.00 value, but Palladium’s price is only $5.00.
  • AVAILABLE NOW!

Palladium Bookmarks, Set One

Available now! Palladium Bookmarks, Set One

“I love the Palladium bookmarks and use three of the first set all the time.” – Kevin Siembieda

A set of four, 2 x 6 inch bookmarks, each depicting a different Palladium game line: Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™ and Dead Reign™. They are attractive, useful and make a fun collectible.

  • Designed by Kevin Siembieda and Wayne Smith.
  • Art by Scott Johnson (Rifts® Ultimate cover), E.M. Gist (Dead Reign™ RPG cover), Mark Evans (Palladium Fantasy®), and Tyler Walpole (Heroes Unlimited™).
  • Each is 2 x 6 inches, full color, printed on both sides.
  • Four different bookmarks in the set.
  • Cat. No. 2554 – $5.00 retail. Based on what similar bookmarks sell for, we figure the set of four should have an $8.00 value, but Palladium’s price is only $5.00.
  • Ship Date: Available now.

Rifts Dimension Book 5, Anvil Galaxy

Rifts® Dimension Book 5: Anvil Galaxy

– Available now – Back in print

This popular, fan-favorite Phase World® sourcebook presents a dynamic overview of the Anvil Galaxy™ and its many alien races, technologies, conflicts and secrets. A great resource for any Phase World® fan and valuable addition for campaigns involving the Minion War™.

  • Legends of the Cosmic Forge™ and the Forge War™.
  • Nearly 20 alien races and an overview of the Anvil Galaxy™.
  • Transgalactic Empire and Consortium of Civilized Worlds.
  • Overview of the Three Galaxies.
  • Planet Creation Tables.
  • Written by Bill Coffin.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 847. Available now.

Rifts Sourcebook 3, Mindwerks

Rifts® Sourcebook Three: Mindwerks

– Available now – Back in print

Rifts® Mindwerks™ is a companion to Triax & The NGR™ and Triax™ 2. It details the techno-horrors of the Mindwerks Corporation and its insane mastermind, the Angel of Death, as well as providing more information on the NGR, the Gargoyle and Brodkil Empires, robots and equipment, plus the Gene-Splicers, a dozen D-Bee races, an evil Millennium Tree, mind-altering cybernetic implants and a few notable kingdoms.

  • 14 O.C.C.s and R.C.C.s, including the Lycanmorph and Null Psyborg.
  • Mindwerks ‘bots, cyborgs, weapons & equipment.
  • Mindwerks M.O.M. conversions, Crazies and insanity.
  • Gene-Splicers and their presence on Rifts® Earth.
  • Germany’s infamous Black Forest and its evil Millenium Tree.
  • Massive new war machines for the Gargoyles and the NGR.
  • The Kingdom of Tarnow, its namesake magical crystal and anti-Gargoyle weapons and equipment.
  • More information on Europe after the Coming of the Rifts®.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 112 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 812. Available now.

Rifts Vampires Sourcebook

Rifts® Vampires Sourcebook™

Unknown to most humans, deep within Mexico the vampires have established entire kingdoms. There they live like tyrants and gods, dominating an underclass of cattle people used as slaves and food stock. Learn more about the vampires, their rivals, allies and the humans who willingly serve their supernatural masters for a chance to join the undead. A must-have guide for those who wish to travel deeper into the Vampire Kingdoms or play as vampires and their human minions.

  • More human kingdoms within Mexico like the Tampico Military Protectorate and Durango, the Silver City.
  • Firefighting robots, hover firetrucks and more anti-vampire gear.
  • Magic based Vampire Hunters and human strongholds.
  • Techno-Wizard anti-vampire weapons and magical devices.
  • Profiles for Doc Reid and Reid’s Rangers, the world’s most famous Vampire Hunters.
  • Fort Reid, an entire city devoted to hunting the undead.
  • The Bloodwatch, a secret vampire intelligence agency that tracks down and exterminates Vampire Hunters.
  • The Yucatan Peninsula, a mysterious dimensional pocket overrun by strange demons known as Xibalbans.
  • The return of the Mayan god Camazotz, Lord of Bats and Darkness.
  • The werebeasts of Mexico and Central America; those who assist the vampires and those who fight against them.
  • New O.C.C.s like the Bloodwatch Vampire Operative, Silver Swords Militia, Werejaguar Vampire Hunter and the Vampire ‘Borg.
  • Cover by Michael C. Hayes. Interior art by various artists.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Matthew Clements and Braden Campbell.
  • $16.95 – 128 pages. Cat. No. 884. April or May release.

Rifts® Black Market™ – A Rifts® Sourcebook

On Rifts® Earth, the Black Market is the most prevalent trader in weapons, contraband and magic items outlawed by the Coalition. Explore the day to day business of the market along with its smuggling routes, practices, policies and nefarious products. Encounter the five major Black Market factions in North America and foreign groups like the Yakuza, Green Scarf Sect and the Underground Railroads of Atlantis and the Vampire Kingdoms.

  • New O.C.C.s like the Con Man, Coyote and Venture Criminal.
  • Black Market services, products, practices and customers.
  • Criminal jobs like the Enforcer, Hit Man and Defense Attorney.
  • Major smuggling corridors and routes through Coalition territory.
  • Smuggling methods, both magical and conventional.
  • The Five Factions of North America and other Black Market groups.
  • More equipment from Bandito Arms and specialized smuggling gear.
  • Tables for creating Traveling Merchants, Caravans, Market Outlets, Market Towns, Clubs and Bars, Body-Chop-Shops and more!
  • Information on the Coalition prison system and border security.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Taylor White, with additional material by Kevin Siembieda and Alex Marciniszyn.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 886. May release (tentative).

Rifts® World Books: Northern Gun One & Two

The largest independent manufacturer of weapons, robots and adventure gear in North America is Northern Gun™. Located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, they have been the premier outfitter of mercenaries and adventurers for decades, and are a major hub for hiring military contractors. With a whole new product line to offer their customers, the future looks bright for Northern Gun™.

We haven’t yet decided exactly how the source material and background information will be divided between the two books. Both will contain world information, one will probably have power armor, weapons, and gear, the other will probably have giant robots and vehicles. Both will be epic.

  • The arms giant Northern Gun profiled for the first time!
  • The Kingdom of Ishpeming, a puppet-state propped up by NG.
  • 109 P.A. catalog of Northern Gun products!
  • New weapons, power armor, vehicles, robots and adventure gear.
  • The Ishpeming military, essentially a framework for hiring mercenaries and privateers.
  • The NG Bounty Board, the largest collection of bounties and mercenary contracts anywhere on Rifts® Earth.
  • Hover trains, supply ships and sales outlets.
  • Northern Gun’s relationship with the Coalition States, Triax Industries, the Black Market and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements.
  • Interior Artwork by Nick Bradshaw, Chuck Walton and others.
  • 160 pages each – $20.95 retail each – Northern Gun One Cat. No. 887. Northern Gun Two Cat. No. 888. Both are Summer releases.

Robotech® Genesis Pits™ Sourcebook

An in-depth look at the Invid Genesis Pits, their purpose, function and the creatures they create.

  • Secrets of the Invid.
  • Different types of Genesis Pits.
  • Written by Irvin Jackson. Additional text by Kevin Siembieda.
  • An 8½ x 11 inch sourcebook (not manga size).
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 555. Summer release.
  • Available in the U.S. and Canada only.

Rifts® Megaverse® in Flames™

The Minion War spills across Rifts Earth, where demons and infernals hope to recruit allies and use the Rifts as gateways of destruction. Their influence shakes things up across the planet, especially at locations where demons and Deevils already have a strong presence. More details to follow, but for now, ‘nuff said.

  • Soulmancer and Blood Magic.
  • The Seven Deadly Plagues.
  • The Demon Plagues across the globe.
  • Battleground: Earth – as demons and infernals amass their legions.
  • Rifts Calgary – also known as Hell’s Pit; the kingdom described.
  • Ciudad de Diablo, Harpies’ Island and other notable Hell holes on Earth.
  • Lord Doom, Pain and other demonic leaders.
  • Horune treachery, Dimension Stormers and other villains.
  • Global chaos and the places most dramatically affected by the Demon Plagues.
  • Notable demonic generals, mercenaries, people and places.
  • Many adventure ideas.
  • Written by Carl Gleba.
  • 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 876. Summer release.

DriveThruRPG

PDF downloads from DriveThruRPG.com

This is a great resource for getting out of print Palladium titles and other select books. We’ve made 90 titles available as PDF digital downloads from DriveThruRPG.com. This is a great way to try Palladium products and get access to out of print RPG source material. Some notable titles include:

The Palladium Open House

Palladium Open House – May 4, 5 & 6, 2012 at Palladium’s warehouse in Westland, Michigan

The Palladium “Open House” is affordable gaming fun

Admission covers all events. This year, we’ve added “evening rates” for those of you who work during the day on weekends or have to spend several hours driving in. The evening rate starts at 6:00 PM and is $10 at the door.

The Open House is three days of Palladium role-playing games (four days for those also attending VIP Thursday; starting around 3:00 PM). Plus you have access to Kevin Siembieda, the Palladium staff and dozens of artists, writers and creators. Heck, it’s worth coming just to meet Palladium creators, get books signed and get artwork, prints and other product. Including rare and one-of-a-kind items.

Everyone who purchases a weekend admission gets a FREE gift.

The price of admission includes ALL events – games, panel talks, the whole nine yards. The hotel is inexpensive ($69.00 for a double-bed till April 12, 2012, reserve your room today!) and is a short drive away.

90+ Palladium role-playing game events: Rifts®, Robotech®,, Splicers®, Palladium Fantasy®, Nightbane®, Heroes Unlimited™, Dead Reign™, Chaos Earth™, Beyond the Supernatural™ and others!

Plus open gaming, panel talks, and more. Like seeing previews of artwork for upcoming books, experimental game rules, getting the inside scoop on upcoming products from the people who are doing them, and more.

Many gaming events are run by the creators who make them. Yep, many of the writers, artists and game designers who make the games and sourcebooks you love, run games. Plus, you’re gaming at the very location where the games are created! It’s a unique opportunity.

Events run till midnight or 1:00 AM at Palladium, but you can continue to game at the official Palladium Hotel into the wee hours of the night. We have two conference rooms, the largest of which can accommodate as many as 10 different “pick-up games.” If you live within a hundred miles of Palladium, you have no excuse for not joining the fun!

Open Gaming. We have expanded the area for open gaming.

More panel talks.

New product. You’ll be the first to have the opportunity to acquire three new T-shirt designs, a Palladium Fantasy coffee mug, miniatures, art prints and other cool stuff. Plus get glimpses of upcoming new book releases.

Meet 30+ Palladium creators. There is no other event where you will meet 30+ Palladium creators. None. And they are there for you.

Access to Palladium creators. Kevin Siembieda, the Palladium staff, artists, writers and other Palladium creators are there for YOU. Kevin Siembieda is on site from 8:00 AM till 10:00 PM! Most guests are available from 9:00 AM till 8:00 PM (often later). That means you can get 30+ autographs, chat with 30+ creators and get all kinds of inside information. Not to mention have the time of your life.

The event is hosted at the Palladium warehouse and office at 39074 Webb Court, Westland, MI 48185, so you get to play at the very building where the games are made and see what the place looks like. You might even get a tour of the Palladium offices. You don’t fight big crowds or have to wait in line for hours to get in. There are only 200-300 gamers, but they come from around the world.

Game with Kevin Siembieda & other Palladium creators. Many of the games are hosted by the very people who make them! Kevin Siembieda, Julius Rosenstein, Carmen Bellaire, Greg Diaczyk, Carl Gleba, Irvin Jackson, Brandon Aten, Mark Oberle, and many other Palladium creators run the games YOU play in. Other games are run by excellent Megaversal Ambassadors and seasoned Game Masters.

Palladium Creators scheduled to be at the 2012 Open House: Amy Ashbaugh, Thom Bartold, Carmen Bellaire, Nick Bradshaw, Jeff Burke, Braden Campbell, Matthew Clements, Steve Dawes, Greg Diaczyk, Mark Dudley, Carl Gleba, Jeffry Scott Hansen, Irvin Jackson, Michael Leonard, Allen Manning, Brian Manning, Alex Marciniszyn, Mike Majestic, Mike Mumah, Mark Oberle, Apollo Okamura, Noah Page, Ben Rodriguez, Julius Rosenstein, Kevin Siembieda, Kathy Simmons, Josh Sinsapaugh, Wayne Smith, Taylor White, Charles Walton, and others! Past Palladium Open Houses have had as many as 40+ creators and gaming personalities under one roof.

Enter the Open House Costume Contest and win “Palladium Bucks” and an attractive award. Palladium Bucks and awards are given out for 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each of the three categories: Rifts®/Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror/Modern (Nightbane®, BTS, Heroes Unlimited, etc.), plus Best of Show. Costume Contest is Saturday evening. We love to see people in costume as Palladium characters.

Live Auction – Saturday evening – is your chance to acquire the rarest of the rare, collectibles, bargains and unique oddities.

Enjoy panel discussions with Kevin Siembieda and other creators.

Artists will be offering original art and limited edition prints for sale, and some even do character sketches (for a price).

Get the newest books, back stock, miniatures, and specialty items.

Get original art and out of print items.

Get your books signed by dozens of Palladium creators.

Get your photograph taken with Kevin Siembieda, your favorite artists and writers, zombies (really), and a Star Wars Stormtrooper.

YOU are one of the elite few hundred at this intimate event.

Meet Palladium fans from around the world. This year we know fans are coming from Australia, England, Germany, Japan and Canada, as well as from across the United States.

Game till you drop! When we close our doors at the Palladium offices sometime after midnight, there are two gaming rooms at the hotel. And they are available for open gaming ALL night.

It’s an experience you will never forget and this may be your last chance. For a variety of reasons, this may be our last Open House.

The Open House is more like a big family reunion or a 3-day party than a convention. YOU are welcomed into our “home” – the Palladium warehouse and offices. YOU are treated like a welcomed guest at Palladium, not one of thousands of faceless, nameless attendees. And you get to hang with Kevin Siembieda and many of the Palladium creators. WARNING: You’ll discover we’re all gaming geeks just like you.

Admission:

Note: Admission covers ALL events. There is NO extra charge to play in a game, participate in panel talks, to meet dozens of Palladium creators, or to get autographs. Note: Please place your orders in advance so we can schedule enough games, panel talks and accommodations.

$40 for the Three Day Weekend – Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Walk-ins are welcomed, but the price is $50 for the weekend at the door and after April 15, 2012.

$20 for ALL-Day Friday (May 4), 9:00 AM till Closing (about midnight). Same price at the door, if space is available. Open gaming continues at the hotel.

$20 for ALL-Day Saturday (May 5), 9:00 AM till Closing (about midnight). Same price at the door, if space is available. Open gaming continues at the hotel.

NEW! $10 Friday & Saturday Evenings ONLY: Available at the door after 6:00 PM. Visit till closing, join pick-up games and maybe get into games that still have open slots for players. Meet creators, get autographs, enjoy panel talks, pick up new releases and back stock items, original art, prints, miniatures, T-Shirts and other good stuff. Saturday Evening after 6:00 PM: Enjoy the Costume Contest (starts around 6:00 PM), live auction (7:00 PM). 8:00 PM, gaming, panel talks and chats resume.

$10 for Sunday (May 6), 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Same price at the door. Worth it just to meet people, get autographs and pick up game books, art, etc.

VIP Night Open House “Waiting List.” VIP Thursday has been SOLD OUT for weeks, but inevitably we get a handful of cancellations. Put your name on the VIP Waiting List, and we’ll call you if a cancellation opens up. Call the Palladium office order line (734-721-2903) to get on the VIP Waiting List. Available on a first-come, first served, basis.

Placing Your Order: Please include your FULL address and apartment number. Include the NAME of EACH person you are ordering a ticket for, as well as your telephone number in case there is a problem and we need to contact you.

Credit Card Payment: Palladium accepts Visa, MasterCard and most credit cards. All Credit Card orders must include: Credit Card No. – Name on the card – Address of the Credit Cardholder – Expiration Date – Telephone Number of the cardholder.

Order By Telephone: Call (734) 721-2903 – have your credit card information ready.

Online: Click here.

NOTE: All admission tickets are sold on a first come, first served basis. Due to space and parking limitations and safety concerns, attendance will be strictly limited to a maximum of 350 admission tickets.

Palladium Open House Hotel Information; $69.95 per night

The special Palladium hotel rate is $69.95 plus tax per Double or King room, till April 12, 2012.

Open House Hotel information – Comfort Inn Plymouth Clock Tower Hotel:

  • $69.95 plus tax per Double or King room.
  • Call 734-455-8100 and you MUST tell them you want a room in the Block Reserved for Palladium Books.
  • Rooms will not be held after April 12, 2012, but may be available after this date. HOWEVER, you are taking a big risk if you don’t order today. I’ve been told rooms are going fast!

The Hotel offers:

  • Free “hot” or continental breakfast from 5:30 A.M. to 9:30 A.M.
  • Exercise room open 24 hours.
  • Executive meeting room for all-night gaming; provided a Palladium agent is present in the room.
  • Large meeting room with tables and chairs for several additional games for all-night gaming.
  • The hotel is five minutes from the Palladium office and there are many places to eat.
  • TO MAKE A RESERVATION at the $69.95 price you MUST tell them you want a room in the Block Reserved for Palladium Books. 734-455-8100 tel.

© Copyright 2012 Palladium Books Inc. All rights reserved.

Rifts®, The Rifter®, RECON®, Splicers®, Palladium Books®, The Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game®, Phase World®, Nightbane®, Megaverse®, The Mechanoids®, The Mechanoid Invasion®, Coalition Wars® and After the Bomb® are Registered Trademarks of Palladium Books Inc. Beyond the Supernatural™, Chaos Earth, Coalition States, Dead Reign, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies, Minion War, Mysteries of Magic, SAMAS, Thundercloud Galaxy, Three Galaxies, Vampire Kingdoms, Warpath, and other published book titles, names, slogans and likenesses are trademarks of Palladium Books Inc., and Kevin Siembieda.

Robotech® and Robotech® The Shadow Chronicles® are Registered Trademarks of Harmony Gold USA, Inc.

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