Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 9, 2016

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By Kevin Siembieda

My arm still hurts and remains stiff, but I continue to feel positive about my recovery. Had another test today and physical therapy is in my near future. I hope to regain full strength and mobility in the months ahead. It is still weird and surreal to have been hit by a car. I mean, I could have been crippled or killed. Good to be alive and on the mend. Most of the month of May feels like it was just taken away from me.

I was able to catch up with business matters last week and I am turning my attention on getting new product releases out and into your hands. Lots of them. Along with a surprise or two. In addition to the Rifts® products you know about, we are going to be working on releases for Robotech®, Robotech® RPG Tactics, Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy®, Splicers® and others. This will include digital products as well as physical products.

UPDATE: Coalition States: Heroes of Humanity Sourcebook – Ships June 15

I can hardly wait till you get this book in your hands. It should inspire all kinds of new, pulse-pounding and fun adventures for months to come. The printer has confirmed Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity ships on June 15, 2016. As soon as it arrives in the warehouse, we ship to everyone who has placed a pre-order. Then we ship to distributors!

Oh, speaking of which, when you see that charge on your credit card from Palladium Books and think, “Hey, I didn’t order anything recently.” It is that Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity™ pre-order you placed months ago. Palladium does not charge your credit card until we know the book will ship in a week or two.

If you want to get an idea of what to expect in Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity™, take a look at the free preview available at DriveThruRPG.com. Keep those orders coming, because you are going to want this book.

UPDATE: Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans

I want books to follow quickly, one after another, so I have reread Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans, already done some spot editing and rewrites, and will be sending out art assignments for it very shortly. Author Carl Gleba just keeps getting better and better, and Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ is one of his best, maybe his best book to date. I’m loving every page I read. Very compelling with new info about True Atlanteans. Great stuff. Cover by John Zeleznik.

UPDATE: CS Heroes of Humanity Arsenal Sourcebook

I have done a bit of writing on CS Heroes of Humanity™ Arsenal as well as spending time on Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™, above. This sourcebook presents more background details about the CS and the Minion War along with mouth-watering new Coalition weapons, power armor, robots, combat vehicles, and other goodies. Time to pre-order! See the description elsewhere.

UPDATE: Rifts® The Disavowed

This adventure sourcebook will carry your gaming group to places (and into trouble) you might never have imagined. Joseph Prosek II is the supreme puppet master working from the shadows. The ambitious heir to throne of the Coalition States has created a web of secrets and agents across the globe (and beyond!) that nobody knows about. Not even the Emperor. The Disavowed are just one tool in his growing network of espionage and power. I’ll be making notes for The Disavowed as I work on CS Heroes of Humanity™ Arsenal, as the ideas come. These books are stand-alone products related by theme, time-line and interlocking events to Heroes of Humanity™, but present their own avenues of adventure. Epic fun is coming this Spring and Summer.

UPDATE: Rifts® Sovietski

In final development. The cover has been assigned to John Zeleznik. Interior artwork to be assigned.

UPDATE: Savage Rifts® for Savage Worlds®

We continue to approve finished art and design elements. All of it looks terrific. The Savage Rifts® RPG line is promising to be fabulous.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods for Palladium Fantasy RPG®

This book is still on the drawing board and is going to be a blast. I already have one artist doing art for it, and will be assigning others to it soon. Oh, and this is just one of three Fantasy titles in development. I don’t want to list the others until I know they’ll be released on schedule.

UPDATE: Robotech® RPG Tactics

I know some of you fear that Robotech® RPG Tactics is forgotten or abandoned by Palladium. It is most definitely not. We have been continuing to look into ways to produce figures with much fewer parts and deliver a high quality product you will love. We’re looking into something very exciting right now through a third party. We are also working toward providing much more support in many areas. Much more to come.

NEW! Rifts® Paper Minis – $2.99 – now available on DriveThruRPG.com

The first batches of paper minis for Rifts® are now available for download. These 28mm minis are presented in two formats, outlined and blank background, and each includes tech pattern bases. Tri-fold flat versions are also included in each set. More to follow.

Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Men at Arms – $2.99 – by Michael Leonard. Male and female paper minis for the original Rifts® Men at Arms classes: Crazies, Combat Cyborgs, Cyber-Knights, Headhunters, Juicers, Merc Soldiers and Robot Pilots. 28mm with tech pattern bases and a page of tri-fold flats. Available at DriveThruRPG.com.

Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Coalition Dead Boys – $2.99 – by Michael Leonard. Need Coalition troops to hunt down D-Bees, eliminate magic or fight your heroes in your Rifts® tabletop game? Then this paper mini set may be for you. 14 individual Coalition troops, including 1 Specialist, 2 RPA Elite, 2 Psi-Stalkers, 1 Platoon Commander and 8 Dead Boy grunts. 28mm with tech pattern bases and a page of tri-fold flats. Available at DriveThruRPG.com.

Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Adventurers – $2.99 – by Michael Leonard. Male and female paper minis for the original Adventurer classes: Body Fixer, City Rat, Cyber-Doc, Rogue Scholar, Rogue Scientist, Vagabond and Wilderness Scout. 28mm with tech pattern bases and a page of tri-fold flats. Available at DriveThruRPG.com.

UPDATE: Rifts® Ultimate Edition PDF – selling like hot cakes – And have you looked at the Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity FREE Preview on DriveThruRPG.com yet? Check it out.

The Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity™ FREE Preview is available now, and so are the PDFs of Rifts® Ultimate Edition and more than 40 Rifts® titles! Many other Palladium RPG titles are also available as PDFs right now from DriveThruRPG.com, with more Rifts® and other Palladium game titles coming to PDF in the weeks and months ahead. Watch for them.

Recent PDF titles include Rifts® Ultimate Edition, Rifts® World Book 27: Adventures in Dinosaur Swamp™, Rifts® World Book 26: Dinosaur Swamp, World Book 25: Rifts® China Two, World Book 24: Rifts® China One, Rifts® World Book 23: Xiticix Invasion, Rifts® World Book 22: Free Quebec, Rifts® World Book 21: Splynn Dimensional Market, Rifts® World Book 20: Canada, Rifts® World Book 19: Australia, Rifts® World Book 18: Mystic Russia, Rifts® World Book 17: Warlords of Russia and Rifts® World Book 16: Federation of Magic from the last few weeks, and a slew of other titles that have gone up over the last couple of months. There are also previews of The Rifter® #73, Northern Gun 1 & 2, Lemuria, Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms, Bizantium and many other Palladium titles. Things remain in place to see 2-3 new PDFs of Rifts® World Books and other titles added every week.

In addition to the titles listed above, The Minion War™ series of books, the Rifts® Coalition Wars®/Tolkeen series, Chaos Earth® Resurrection, all of the Dead Reign® (Zombie Apocalypse) titles, Splicers® RPG and most issues of The Rifter® are available NOW! So are first edition rules of the Heroes Unlimited™ RPG and sourcebooks, Palladium Fantasy RPG® and sourcebooks, The Mechanoids®, and much more, available on DriveThruRPG.com.

Available right now:

Palladium Collectibles Available in Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles Store

A wide range of art and collectibles have been selling over the last few weeks. Nice. I hope you enjoy your items, be they out of print books, signed titles, rare hardcovers, original artwork, toys or other goodies. Original art are one-of-a-kind items, so when they are gone (like the TMNT sketches and Rifts® illustrations), they are gone. Many other offerings are signed, limited editions or are items that have been sold out for some time.

I’ll continue to pull things out of my personal collection and Palladium archives. A bunch of toys have been added to my online store with more to come.

More collectibles, artwork and toys are added almost every week. Palladium collectibles, hardcovers, out-of-print titles, original artwork, and toys and items from my personal collection are on my ebay store. We add items on a regular basis and offer sales, so check it out from time to time. Includes one-of-a-kind original artwork, prints, Rifts® and Robotech® artwork by Kevin Long, me and others. There is also a range of limited editions, rare book titles and limited edition hardcovers, toys and more available with frequent new items added. Items include original art, out-of-print titles, redlined proofreader photocopies signed by me and the staff, signed manuscripts with editors’ corrections, some original art, hardcover books (including Rifts® Lemuria, Northern Gun™ One, Northern Gun™ Two, Megaverse® in Flames™, Beyond the Supernatural™ Gold, Rifts® Machinations of Doom™ Gold and Rifts® Ultimate Gold), hundreds of toys and action figures, all from my personal archives and collection. Take a look every weekend or two for new items added.

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

Upcoming Conventions

Gen Con Indy – Indianapolis, Indiana – August 4-7, 2016 – Palladium Books® – Booth 823

Gen Con is coming up fast and we hope Palladium Books will be a big part of your plans there. There are dozens of scheduled Palladium gaming events including Rifts® and Robotech® RPG Tactics™, a special convention discount coupon you will NOT want to miss in the Gen Con Coupon Book (especially fans of Rifts® and Robotech®), and a bunch of Palladium madmen will be on hand to chat and sign books.

Highlights Include:

  • Meet and chat with Palladium creators, chat and get books signed.
  • Enjoy scheduled Palladium gaming events.
  • Participate in Robotech® RPG Tactics™ demos.
  • Get new game releases (and old).
  • Rifts®, Robotech®, Dead Reign®, Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy®, Splicers®, BTS™, and many other titles. A large selection of RPG products.
  • Original art for sale. Meet artist Charles Walton II.
  • See special convention offer in the Gen Con Coupon Book!
  • Learn more about Savage Rifts® and other games. Have a blast.

Palladium Creators at the 2016 Gen Con:

  • Brandon Aten – writer (Rifts® Madhaven, Triax 2, Sovietski)
  • Carmen Bellaire – writer and game designer
  • Michael Leonard – artist and game master
  • Mark Oberle – writer (Nightbane® Survival Guide, Rifter®)
  • Kevin Siembieda – Palladium founder, writer, artist, game designer
  • Wayne Smith – editor and Editor in Chief of The Rifter®
  • Thomas Roache – Robotech® advisor and demo
  • Jeff Ruiz (NMI) – Megaversal Ambassador
  • Charles Walton II – artist, writer and Splicehead.

And maybe a couple others to be added.

http://www.gencon.com

GrandCon – Grand Rapids, Michigan – September 16, 17 & 18, 2016

Looking for a nice medium-sized convention of around 2,000 gamers? Then consider GrandCon in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It’s only about 2 hours and 15 minutes from Westland, and even closer for folks living in Livonia, Plymouth, Novi, and cities farther west. Ideal for any Michiganders and gamers living in Illinois, Indiana and maybe even Wisconsin and eastern Iowa.

I (Kevin Siembieda) am a guest along with Sean Patrick Fannon, co-author of Savage Rifts® for the Savage Worlds game system, and many other guests. Sean and I will be doing panels about Savage Rifts® and role-playing game design, world building and running gaming events (I’ll probably run Lord DeSilca/Fantasy and/or Beyond the Supernatural), and Palladium Books will have a few tables in the dealers’ room manned by Wayne Smith and Charles Walton II (with artwork for sale). All of us will be present to chat with gamers and sign books. I am thrilled to have a rapidly growing game convention like GrandCon in western Michigan, and they have even bigger plans for 2017. Michiganders, help support this convention. We need and deserve a large gaming convention in our state.

http://www.grand-con.com

Big plans for the future

Rifts® is heating up on several fronts. So is Robotech®, though behind the scenes. We have some amazing products planned. Things that will shake up the Megaverse® in a positive way. Rifts® Heroes of Humanity and Savage Worlds Rifts® are just the beginning. We’ll be announcing another licensing partner at Gen Con and maybe even have a surprise that should get Rifts® fans buzzing with excitement. This may sound strange, but since my near death collision with the SUV, I’m feeling revved up and revitalized. Ideas are flowing like mad. Not just for books, but for a bold future for Palladium Books on many fronts. In the words of one associate, “Palladium Books should be what Marvel Comics is to Disney. We need to make that happen.” Oh yes, please do. You’ve seen some great products come from Palladium Books over the past 35 years, but in the last decade things have slowed down for a wide range of reasons. Well, that’s about to change. We have big plans for Robotech® and RRT, Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy, Heroes Unlimited, the Palladium game system and ... well, the entire Palladium library. We’ll be starting off with regular book releases, and a few licenses and then ... well, watch and see. I plan to take you on many new adventures that will wow and delight. Keep your eyes on these updates and spread the word. Big stuff is coming from Palladium Books and its licensing partners.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer, Game Designer

Coalition States Heroes of Humanity

NEW! Rifts® Secrets of the Coalition States – Heroes of Humanity – Ships June 15

Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™ is the next chapter in the epic war for the soul of humanity.

A call to arms! The Minion War has spilled onto Rifts Earth. At the epicenter of the invasion is North America. If either of the two rival demonic forces succeeds in conquering the continent, the rest of the world shall follow and Earth will become an annex of Hell. The demon hordes believe no one can stop them. The Coalition States has something to say about that.

For the first time in history, the Coalition States, Northern Gun, the Manistique Imperium, Lazlo, New Lazlo, Free Quebec, the Cyber-Knights, Lemurians, True Atlanteans, D-Bees, mages, mercs and many, many others stand together against a common enemy. Meanwhile, the Splugorth of Atlantis, Archie Three, the Republicans and the Vanguard engage in their own shadow war against the invading demon hordes, and each other.

  • Heroes of Humanity™ lets unprecedented types of characters gather in mixed groups that would otherwise be ideologically opposed. Together they fight side-by-side for the greater good.
  • Ways to upgrade your existing characters.
  • Coalition Demon Hunter school and advanced training programs.
  • The strategies and tactics of the Minions of Hell against humanity.
  • The strategies and tactics of the Coalition States and its allies.
  • Summary of Demon and Deevil vulnerabilities.
  • How the Coalition is dealing with the Minion War.
  • Coalition military O.C.C.s expanded: CS Juicer, CS Combat Cyborgs, power armor pilots, Fly Boys, Military Specialists and more.
  • Coalition psychics and Psi-Battalion.
  • New CS gear and soldiers like the Hellbuster and Demonknights.
  • One Xiticix battle plan and who really pays the price.
  • Background on the CS, world information and many adventure ideas.
  • Plenty of guidelines, tables and rules to help you run it all.
  • Part of the Minion War™ “Crossover” series.
  • Art by Charles “Chuck” Walton II, Amy L. Ashbaugh, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Dudley, Allen Manning, Brian Manning, Mike Mumah, Apollo Okamura, Tanya Ramsey, Benjamin Rodriguez, and Kevin Siembieda.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Carl Gleba, Matthew Clements and others.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 889. Ships June 15.

NEW! The Rifter® #74 – In final production

Rifts®, Splicers® and more awaits you in The Rifter® #74. And some material is official.

Every issue of The Rifter® is an idea factory for players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and find new avenues of adventure. It provides useful, ready-to-go source material you can just drop into your ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. And the many new characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, villains, monsters, adventures and ideas for one setting can be easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Every issue has material for Rifts® and at least 2-3 other Palladium game lines. And don’t forget, most of the material can be easily adapted for use in ANY Palladium game setting.

Rifter® #74 Highlights:

  • Rifts® – The Town of Moorcroft, by Julius Rosenstein – “official” source material. The Town of Moorcroft is not on most maps for a reason; most people don’t even know it exists or that it rests on a Hidden Rift. Read about the town’s unique history, its Nexus Born, and key places and people. Makes a great location for player groups to rest, trade goods and find adventure.
  • Splicers® – I am Legion, Part Three, by Charles Walton II, Chris Kluge and Lance Colley – adventure plus “official” source material. The adventure continues as your heroes must deal with the new Machine personality known as Legion. In this adventure, the player group discovers a secret weapon facility of the Resistence. They will be introduced to a wide array of new Bio-Tech Weapons and Enhancements to prepare them for the ultimate showdown with Legion!
  • Rifts® – adventure setting – Wayne is still trying to decide between three different ones.
  • Maybe some Dead Reign® or Fantasy material.
  • Rifts® short story by S.E. Gibbons.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • A dynamic Rifts® cover.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 174. Spring issue. In final production.

And don’t forget about The Rifter® #73 (all official source material!) and the Double Issue of The Rifter #71/72. Both remain in stock but are running low. Get them before they sell out. And we want YOUR Rifter® submissions too. Don’t be shy, send your adventure settings, towns, villains, monsters, etc. to share with other gamers around the world.

Heroes of Humanity Arsenal

NEW! Secrets of the Coalition States: Heroes of Humanity Arsenal Sourcebook – Summer

The name, CS Heroes of Humanity™ Arsenal says it all. New Coalition armor, power armor, robots, combat vehicles, and related material.

  • New CS gear and weapons
  • New CS SAMAS and power armor.
  • New CS robots and combat vehicles.
  • More ways to upgrade and improve your characters.
  • More secrets and information about the Coalition States.
  • Wild adventure opportunities, fun and more.
  • Part of the Minion War™ “Crossover” series.
  • Art by Charles “Chuck” Walton II, Amy L. Ashbaugh, Nick Bradshaw, Mark Dudley, Allen Manning, Brian Manning, Apollo Okamura, Benjamin Rodriguez, and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Carl Gleba, Matthew Clements and others.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 893. June release (Tentative). In final production.

NEW! Rifts® Haunted Tech – Summer

The Republicans decide to make their move while Archie Three is waging his own shadow war against the demonic invaders. The result unleashes a menace Archie has kept contained and locked away for 300 years. And he is not happy about it.

  • Haunted Technology.
  • New weapons and gear.
  • More secrets and information about the Republicans.
  • More insane adventure opportunities, strangeness and fun.
  • The new rules, powers and abilities for Haunted Tech will blow your mind.
  • Haunted Tech gives new meaning to “ghost in the machine.” But are they a godsend or a Pandora’s Box of new dangers?
  • The Republicans reveal themselves and take action! Yes, that means Chaos Earth® NEMA O.C.C.s, robots and technology in Rifts® Earth.
  • Archie Three takes action behind the scenes, in a big way.
  • Part of the Minion War™ “Crossover” series.
  • Art by Charles “Chuck” Walton II, Mark Dudley, Allen Manning, Brian Manning, Benjamin Rodriguez, and others.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda with help from Charles Walton II.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 894. Summer release.

Rifts The Disavowed

Rifts® Secrets of the Coalition States: The Disavowed™ – Summer

“Desperate times require desperate measures. War has nothing to do with morality or justice. It’s all about winning or dying. We cannot bind our hands with high ideals, even our own, or worry about the laws of renegade nations or the rights of alien people. We must fight fire with fire. And you are the match.” – Colonel Lyboc addressing a Disavowed team

The Disavowed are so Top Secret that their existence is known only to a handful of the Coalition States’ most elite, top echelon, with Joseph Prosek II the mastermind behind the Disavowed operation, and Colonel Lyboc its shadowy face. Find out who these men and women are. How the Disavowed get away with using magic, traveling to other parts of Rifts Earth and even to other dimensions in pursuit of enemies and strategic information that cannot be had through conventional means. Learn about the secret parameters in which these hard-boiled warriors, secretly hand-picked by Joseph Prosek II, operate, why almost every mission is considered a suicide mission, and why they must forever be the Disavowed.

  • CS operatives so secret that even the top military and political leaders right up to Emperor Prosek know nothing about them. And if they did know, would they condone their activity or condemn it?
  • Are the Disavowed heroes or renegades? Assassins or soldiers? Madmen or super-patriots? Or a little of them all?
  • Unsung heroes who keep the CS safe, or thugs and pawns of a shadow agency within the Coalition government?
  • What role does the Vanguard play in this group?
  • How do they reward their D-Bee “teammates” when the mission is over?
  • What happens to the Disavowed when they have seen or learned too much? Adventure ideas galore and so much more.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 892.

The Rifter #73

NEW! The Rifter® #73 – Available now!

For the first time ever, the entire issue of The Rifter® #73 is “official” source material for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Splicers® and Dead Reign®, plus news, coming attractions and more. It is a great way to kickoff Palladium’s 35 Year Anniversary.

Every issue of The Rifter® is an idea factory for players and Game Masters to generate new ideas and find new avenues of adventure. It provides useful, ready-to-go source material you can just drop into your ongoing games. A doorway to new possibilities and numerous Palladium role-playing worlds. And the many new characters, O.C.C.s, powers, magic, weapons, villains, monsters, adventures and ideas for one setting can be easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Every issue has material for Rifts® and at least 2-3 other Palladium game lines. And don’t forget, most of the material can be easily adapted for use in ANY Palladium game setting.

Rifter® #73 Highlights:

  • Rifts® – Nexus Born, by Julius Rosenstein – “official” source material. Why is it that some children born at a ley line nexus are gifted? Find out, and find out exactly what these gifts are and how they can impact player characters and NPCs. New concepts, NPCs and adventure source material including Hidden Nexus Points. Additional text and ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® – Children of the Forest, by Kevin Siembieda – “official” source material. More insight about the Wolfen and Faerie Folk of the Great Northern Wilderness, adventure setting, the Risinor Dragon Stallion war steed, five new Rune Weapons, a madman, a new villain, and adventure ideas that let you use all of this data and new toys in an adventure set in the Palladium Fantasy world. Easily adaptable for Rifts®, Phase World, Heroes Unlimited, etc.
  • Splicers® – I am Legion, Part Two, by Charles Walton II, Chris Kluge and Lance Colley – adventure plus “official” source material. The adventure continues as your heroes must deal with the plight of contending with the new Machine personality known as Legion. In this adventure, the player group is given instructions from the Warlord, himself, to learn more about this enemy, and if possible, use a special weapon to bring it down. But nothing ever works that easy. New War Mounts, O.C.C. upgrades, N.P.C.s, and more, including the very first time a Splicer Warlord is ever statted out.
  • Dead Reign® – Detroit by Thomas Morrison – “official” source material. The title says it all. The city of Detroit in the Zombie Apocalypse. An adventure setting.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® – the Triumvirate Dragon by Glen Evans and Kevin Siembieda – “official” source material. For the first time, the iconic, three-headed dragon that appeared on the original cover of the Palladium Fantasy RPG® is described and statted out.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • Rifts® cover by Michael Wilson.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 173. Winter issue. Available now!

NEW! Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans – Summer

True Atlanteans are descendants from Earth’s past. The survivors of the sinking of Atlantis (really a dimensional mishap) and travelers of the Megaverse, wielders of Tattoo Magic and other lost mystic arts. Most people regard them as heroes, but are they? The Sunaj Assassins are mythic villains feared by all, yet they too are True Atlanteans who serve dark forces.

For the first time, much of the story behind True Atlanteans and their secrets are revealed.

  • True Atlanteans revisited.
  • Optional Atlantean character creation tables including clan heritage and other factors.
  • Secrets of the stone pyramids, different types/purposes and powers.
  • Many new magic tattoos, magic spells, weapons and armor.
  • Atlantean hideouts and secret communities across the Megaverse.
  • The Sunaj Assassins, their secrets, history and plans for the future.
  • Atlantean Monster Hunter O.C.C., Atlantean Defender O.C.C. and much more. And this is just the tip of what this book contains.
  • Written by Carl Gleba. Additional text and ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 160-192 pages – $20.95-$24.95 retail – Cat. No. 890.

The Rifter #73

BACK IN PRINT: Island at the Edge of the World

A Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sourcebook – available now

Island at the Edge of the World™ is back in print as a short run, special printing. This is the original Palladium RPG® sourcebook VI that utilizes First Edition rules. That said, it is very easy to adapt for use with Second Edition rules.

Island at the Edge of the World™ reveals some of the little known history of the Palladium World, the Time of a Thousand Magicks, the Changeling Inquisition, and dark secrets that could threaten the world. Learn about forgotten Crystal Magic (as powerful as Rune Weapons), the Church of Scar, the legendary Circle of Absolute Elemental Power and frightening prophecies about the end of the world.

  • The hidden Crystal Forest and Crystal Palace.
  • The Psychic Science of Magic and Crystals.
  • New magic weapons and items.
  • The Town of a Dozen Fracts, an adventure setting.
  • The Silent Forest adventure.
  • Quest for the Tombs adventure.
  • The Old Kingdom Mountains and adventures.
  • The Valley at the Top of the World, an adventure setting.
  • The Island at the End of the World, an adventure setting.
  • Ancient ruins and additional places, people and secrets of note.
  • Written by Thomas Bartold. Additional text by Kevin Siembieda.
  • First Edition rules. Requires some modification to use with Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Second Edition.
  • 144 pages – $20.95 – Cat. No. 458. Available now.

Garden of the Gods – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sourcebook – Summer

This has been a secret project of Kevin Siembieda’s that he has been plotting and writing in what little spare time he has. 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, the god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to be given 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 – $16.95 retail. Cat. No. 475. A Summer release.

Hell Followed – A Dead Reign® Zombie Apocalypse Sourcebook

At 160 pages, Hell Followed™ is the largest Dead Reign® sourcebook yet. Spring or Summer release. Can you survive the Zombie Apocalypse? Find out by playing Dead Reign®. The results may surprise you.

  • New O.C.C.s and skills.
  • New zombies and other menaces.
  • More world information, new dangers and new adventurers.
  • Written by Taylor White.
  • 160 pages – $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 236. Summer release.

Rifts® Chaos Earth® Sourcebook: First Responders – Summer

The Great Cataclysm has devastated civilization, but humanity fights for survival. The struggles of civilian law enforcement, fire and rescue, and everyday men and women are some of the most epic tales to be told in a world gone to hell. They fight monsters, aliens, the paranormal, the elements, and each other, all with the hope of reclaiming their lives from the Chaos.

  • New D-Bees and monsters from the Rifts.
  • First Responder O.C.C.s, skills and special equipment.
  • New “average citizen” Occupational Character Classes (O.C.C.s).
  • New equipment for NEMA “Roscoes” and other emergency personnel.
  • Notable rescue vehicles, robot drones, and technology.
  • Source information and stats for common Golden Age technology (weapons, vehicles, medical tech, etc.).
  • Apocalypse Plagues brought from other worlds to Chaos Earth.
  • Adventure ideas and more.
  • Written by Jason Richards. Additional text by Clements & Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 665. A Summer release.

Robotech RPG Tactics

Robotech® RPG Tactics Wave Two is coming ...

– but you can get started with the core box set and Wave One expansions right now

If you love Robotech®, you want to take a look at this game. Beautifully detailed game pieces of your favorite Robotech® mecha, and fast playing rules that capture the Robotech® experience in a new, exciting way. And this is just the beginning. We have so much more planned for the years ahead.

Robotech® RPG Tactics™ "Starter Box" (Main Box Game) – Cat. No. 55100 – $99.95 retail price. This is the game Robotech® fans have wanted for decades. 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. Get yours now, so you can build your armies and have them ready when Wave Two is released.

The First Six Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Expansion Packs are available to retail along with the main box game. Here are the SKUs and retail prices:

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Palladium PDF Books – download from DriveThruRPG.com

This is a great resource for getting out of print Palladium titles and other select books. We’ve made more than 100 PDF products available for digital download from DriveThruRPG.com, as well as Fantasy Paper Miniatures, Game Master resources and other good things with more to come. This is a great way to try Palladium products and get access to out of print RPG source material. Some notable titles include:

Schedule of Upcoming Releases

Also coming:

  • Splicers® Sourcebooks
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Sourcebooks
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks
  • Robotech® RPG sourcebooks
  • Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Wave 2 expansion packs
  • Robotech® RPG Tactics™ source material and events.
  • Rifts® World Books and Sourcebooks, including Rifts® Sovietski, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® New Navy, and others.
  • And some surprises ...

Upcoming Palladium Books® Convention Events

Palladium Books does not have to be an exhibitor at a convention or be counted among the guests to support that convention. We are happy to support events running Palladium games with prizes for best players, other swag, and donations to charity auctions. If you are a Game Master running Palladium gaming events, or a convention hosting them, PLEASE contact Palladium Books via the Help Desk or the Megaversal Ambassadors, or call the Palladium offices to get our support. Just give us plenty of advance notice so we can confirm the conventions and the Palladium gaming events, determine the swag and ship it out. Plus we are glad to promote conventions and gaming events right here in the Weekly Updates. Below are just some of the conventions hosting Palladium game events this year.

  • Anime North – May 26-29, 2016 – Toronto, Canada
    Palladium Books® in exhibitor area
    – Kevin Siembieda and Chuck Walton Guests
    Convention Name: Anime North.
    Dates: May 26-29, 2016 (Memorial Day Weekend).
    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
    Website: http://www.animenorth.com/
    Supporting: Anime, Cosplay, Role-Playing Games and Comic Books. Palladium Books® is in attendance with a booth selling Robotech® RPG Tactics™ main box game, RRT expansion packs, exclusive figures, and role-playing game products, as well as running demos, having display pieces and being available to chat.

Kevin Siembieda and Charles Walton II are guests at the 2016 Anime North. A few other Canadian Palladium creators may also be in attendance at the Palladium booth in the gaming hall. Anime North is one of the largest and longest running anime conventions in North America, with 26,000+ in attendance in 2016. The range of special guests, voice talent and cosplay is amazing. If you are attending Anime North, please drop by the booth to say hello or sit in on any of Kevin’s panel talks about game design, licensing and Hollywood, writing, world building and others. We love this event and highly recommend it. Tickets sell out fast, so order yours and book a hotel room immediately.

  • RAGECon – June 24-26, 2016
    Convention Name: RAGECon 2016.
    Dates: June 24-26, 2016.
    Location: Reno, Nevada.
    Website: http://www.ragecon.com/
    Supporting: Role-playing games, including Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™ and Splicers®.
    Contact for Details & Registration: Ask for Jeff at event@ragecon.com.

  • 2016 Gen Con Indy – August 4-7 – Indianapolis, Indiana
    Gen Con is the biggest gaming convention in the country. Palladium Books will be there as usual with products to sell and a gaggle of creators to sign books and chat. And thanks to volunteer Game Masters working through the Palladium Megaversal Ambassador program there should be 40+ Palladium gaming events.
    Convention Name: Gen Con Indy.
    Dates: August 4-7, 2016.
    Location: Indianapolis, Indiana.
    Website: http://www.gencon.com/
    Supporting: ALL types of gaming; role-playing games, board games, miniature games/wargames, card games, videogames and more, plus cosplay and guests by the dozens. We love this event and highly recommend it. Tickets sell out fast, so order yours and book a hotel room immediately.
    Palladium Books will be in attendance in the Exhibit Hall, and there are dozens of Palladium gaming events. Guests at the booth daily include Kevin Siembieda (game designer, author, founder), Wayne Smith (editor), Charles Walton II (artist), Brandon Aten (author) and others.

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

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