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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 13, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

I’m going to keep this Weekly Update short. A few unexpected business matters drew our time away from work on books, but we are back at it full force. Wayne and I are finally putting the wraps on The Rifter® #78, I’ve been lining up the sequence of books to finish next, as well as the artists, writers and editors to help get them done. As for myself, I am working away to get books into your hands right now as quickly as we can. We have also been supporting a number of conventions and charity events, and there are a couple of Kickstarter campaigns from a couple of cool dudes you might want to look into.

The main news of this week is the 2017 Christmas Surprise Package offer starts now! That’s right, you can order your Christmas Surprise Package this weekend and be gaming with new material by next weekend!

What is a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package?

It’s a bargain and fun for you, and it’s our way of saying thank you to our loyal fans, by delivering a little Christmas cheer and putting smiles on the faces of some big kids around the world. It is also a great way for you to get presents for your gaming pals, fill holes in your collection or try new games and settings.

$90-$100 worth of Palladium Books products for only $45 plus shipping and handling. You are guaranteed to get an absolute minimum of ninety dollars ($90) retail value in your Surprise Package. Often you get $92-$95 (for most). Sometimes more! Santa Kevin likes to make gamers squeal with delight and often packs in $95-$100 worth of goodies into many Surprise Packages.

It’s a surprise package because you never know exactly what you’re going to get or who will sign your books. We try to include many of the items on your “wish list,” but we will surprise you with stuff you are not expecting. Things like a special print(s), or a negative from an actual book, or issues of The Rifter®, or a Palladium RPG or sourcebook(s), special edition comic book, or other items that we think you might enjoy. Plus you can ask for unusual items, or special gold editions, art prints, and maybe even some original art. All items are “hand-picked” by Kevin Siembieda from your “wish lists.” ALL with autographs if you request them. For many of you, this is the only way to get autographs from Kevin and available Palladium staff members, artists and writers! And you can order right now!

Your “Wish List” – The Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the fun, joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 10-15 Palladium products (or more) that you KNOW are in stock FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 10-15 items for EACH Grab Bag is critical, because you will not know which items you’ll be getting. That makes it just like a Christmas gift because it’s a surprise! Plus, Santa Kevin, who personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, may toss in something extra like a limited edition print or T-shirt, or issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

You can order right now thru December 24, 2017. Ordering now gives you ample time to try out a Surprise Package if you are new to them, and you avoid the holiday rush. We always try to make each one truly special, as the thousands of you who have ordered in the past know well.

If you have never ordered a Surprise Package before, give it a try early, because you’ll be blown away and probably want to order a few more! It happens all the time.

Christmas Surprise Packages are not just for Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you’re looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion that falls between now and February, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs, and you look like you spent a fortune.

To those of you outside the USA, the X-Mas Surprise package is a way to get books and circumvent the extremely high cost of shipping from the US. Since you are getting $90-$100 worth of product and only paying $45 plus a small handling charge, shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing more than four pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada and many other countries should be around $50-$60 US dollars. HOWEVER, because the cost of the product is so low, that’s the equivalent of paying retail for the products and $0-$30 for shipping. A very good deal. Plus you get autographs if you want them! X-Mas Surprise Packages are the way to go for those of you outside the USA. Please take advantage of it to get all those products you’ve wished you could get except the shipping was too prohibitive. We feel your pain. Game on!

Click here to see the entire Surprise Package description.

Please tell others

Please spread the word about the Christmas Surprise Package offer to gamers everywhere – especially to Rifts® Savage Worlds players and other people new to Palladium’s many game worlds.

Introducing gamers to Palladium settings with a Surprise Package is a great opportunity. For the price of what most core rule books cost, you can get one Surprise Package ($45 plus shipping and handling) with 3-6 different sourcebooks (depending on the value of each book). It’s hard to beat that kind of deal.

The Christmas Surprise Package is only publicized by word of mouth, to readers of The Rifter® and on Palladium's website – www.palladiumbooks.com – so please tell everyone you know. Buy one for every gamer you know and have a joyful holiday season.

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 5, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

The Rifter® #78 is going into the final layout phase and should go to the printer by Monday. Already working on The Rifter® #79 as well as Rifts® Sovietski™ and a few other titles. Happy to see the excitement for the 2018 Palladium Open House (see the full description in the store). It sounds like a lot of people are planning to come, both Palladium creators and gamers. I am very much looking forward to two or three hundred of you joining the fun. Please consider this your invitation to the POH. The 2018 Open House is shaping up to be a great one.

Right now, our focus is getting several books into you hands over the next three months. We’re pretty excited about everything in the pipeline, and we know you will be too.

Rifts Sovietski

UPDATE: Rifts® Sovietski – coming soon

Working on Rifts® Sovietski now. Good stuff. Need to assign the rest of the artwork.

The Rifter #78

UPDATE: The Rifter® #78 – in final production

The Rifter® #78 nears completion. Wayne has wrapped up the final edits and layout begins tomorrow. Goes to the printer on Monday. This is another great issue with a range of awesome source material for Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, and Beyond the Supernatural™, including Greg Diaczyk’s BTS Modern Necromancer, plus G.M. advice, news and other goodness. ALL of it adaptable to just about ANY game setting. See the full description elsewhere.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – coming soon

The Rifter® #79 should quickly follow #78 as we work to catch up with this useful series. If you haven’t looked at an issue of The Rifter®, we recommend it. Each issue is filled with optional (sometimes “official”) source material. More importantly, most of the material can be easily modified and adapted to ANY game setting, especially adventures, monsters, villains, magic and technology.

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

Man oh man, the ideas are percolating for this book. I find myself jotting down notes for it (and BTS), and I can hardly wait to see E.M. Gist’s finished cover painting. Interior art by Nick Bradshaw and Kent Burles.

UPDATE: Rifts® Living Nowhere

This was going to be the next book I was planning to work on, but now I’m thinking Rifts® Sovietski and maybe The Disavowed next.

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans

Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans is available now from Palladium Books and hobby stores everywhere. You will love it. See the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get a glimpse of everything this resource-packed book has to offer. $24.95 retail. Author Carl Gleba is one of Palladium’s most prolific writers, having written or contributed to more than 10 books. He and many others will be at the 2018 Palladium Open House to game, sign books and spend time talking with you.

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans “Gold Edition” Hardcover – available now

What can we say, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is an awesome book. Getting the signed, limited Edition Gold Edition (only 300 copies printed, signed and numbered) makes this collector’s edition that much more special. Sold on a first come, first served basis. The earlier you purchase, the lower the number. Available now.

UPDATE: Nightbane® Dark Designs sourcebook – Available now

Nightbane® Dark Designs™ available now from Palladium Books and hobby stores everywhere. It includes stats and creation tables for the Ancient Nightbane, 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, Talent creation rules, 18 comprehensive Mortphus Tables, plus tables and Talents from prior books collected in one volume. All great stuff that can be adapted to Heroes Unlimited, Rifts® and many other Palladium game settings as magic spells, super abilities and player characters or NPCs. Unleash your imaginations and have fun. Take a look at the free preview on DriveThruRPG.com to get an idea of everything this dynamic, new Nightbane® sourcebook has to offer. Author Mark Oberle is just one of the 30-40 Palladium personalities attending the 2018 POH.

Robotech® RPG eBooks on Amazon and iBooks – available now

Don’t forget, we have made current Robotech® core RPG titles available as ebooks. Palladium Books’ Robotech®: The Shadow Chronicles® Role-Playing Game, Robotech®: The Macross® Saga Sourcebook, and Robotech®: The Masters Saga™ Sourcebook are now available as eBooks, with more titles to follow. Robotech® RPG titles are available from the following eBook channels/sellers: iBooks (through iTunes), Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Google Play Books, Overdrive.com, Copia (copiaclass.com), Gardners Books, Baker & Taylor, E-Sentral, Scribd, Ciando, Hoopla, Playster, and more.

UPDATE: 2018 Palladium Open House – April 20-22, 2018

Writer Josh Sinsapaugh has confirmed he plans to attend the 2018 Palladium Open House. Several other Palladium creators and fans have also expressed to me their desire and hope to attend, but cannot commit just yet. It is very exciting and all of it is building up to make the 2018 Palladium Open House one of the most fun and star-studded POHs yet. Awesome. I hope to see many of you there for a weekend of fun. Note: A full description of the 2018 Palladium Open House is available in the online store.

  • 100+ Palladium gaming events.
  • Price of admission pays for all events.
  • Play in games run by Kevin Siembieda & other Palladium creators.
  • Enjoy Robotech® RPG Tactics™ tournaments, games, products and demos.
  • Participate in panel talks and many question and answer chats.
  • Bring your favorite game books to get signed.
  • Meet Kevin Siembieda and the Palladium staff.
  • Meet 30+ Palladium creators – the largest gathering of Palladium creators in the world! Most available every day, the entire day.
  • Meet fellow gamers from around the world.
  • Get new releases, back stock items and Palladium collectibles.
  • Get original artwork, prints, T-shirts and specialty items.
  • Intimate setting, unlike big conventions.
  • Join the fun and make memories to last a lifetime.

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® DB 8: Naruni Wave 2 and Villains Unlimited for HU2 RPG

This week! Villains Unlimited™ presents 80+ fully fleshed out and statted super-villains ready for game play, a secret organization that supplies villains with weapons, another that hunts superhumans, magic tattoos and more. Dimension Book™ 8: Naruni™ Wave 2 is a treasure trove of high-tech weapon, force fields, power armor and equipment suitable for use on Rifts Earth or Phase World® and the Three Galaxies™.

Last Week! Heroes Unlimited™ RPG, 2nd Edition is the current set of rules that enable you to create just about any type of superhuman hero or villain you can imagine, be it a character from your favorite comic book or film, or something completely new. Includes rules for creating robots, power armor, super-vehicles, mutants, aliens, immortals, sleuths, and more. And when the three Powers Unlimited® sourcebooks are available (soon), they together with the RPG will provide more than 350 super abilities plus psionics. Rifts® Dimension Book™ 7: Megaverse® Builder™, written by Carl Gleba, offers new otherworldly locations, weapons, gear, spacecraft, O.C.C.s, alien races, monsters, adventures and even a living Demon Planet!

They join recent releases of the ever popular Rifts® Dimension Books: Wormwood™, Phase World®, Phase World® Sourcebook, Skraypers™, Anvil Galaxy™, Three Galaxies™, and Megaverse® Builder™ as well as Ninjas & Superspies™, Mystic China™ and more. These are just some of the many Rifts® and Palladium titles now available on DriveThruRPG.com as PDFs, plus many FREE previews of key book titles. We are trying to make 1-2 new PDF titles available every week.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 5, 2017

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