Palladium Books® Weekly Update – August 8, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

Hey everyone, we are back from Gen Con. As usual, it was both exhilarating and exhausting. We loved meeting and chatting with friends and fans as well as meeting new people and making new fans. We signed lots of books, shook lots of hands and I had many photos taken with me. My favorite part of Gen Con is spending time with our fans, and this year I seemed to be more busy doing that than ever. One fan insisted on giving me $10 to get a drink on him for all the years of enjoyment I gave him and his friend, and another said that meeting me was the equivalent of meeting Stan Lee. I appreciated both generous moments, which I found kind and touching.

The Rifts® Bestiary™ was a smash hit, with people happily diving right into reading it. Numerous convention attendees told me they were happy to see bears, canines and felines included. That was a relief, because I wrestled with whether or not I should include such ordinary animals. Other comments included liking the diversity of creatures and the artwork, and everyone loved the Erin Tarn intro, the maps, and the adventure hooks most creatures offer. One ferocious fan boy said, “The Bestiary is bloody awesome. Between the writing and the artwork, it is amazing. Doing my second read-through now.” It is very satisfying to know all our hard work and effort paid off.

I was a bit surprised by the wildly positive and excited response to The Rifter® #83. I don’t know why I was surprised, because it is just packed with great source material for Rifts® (50 new magic items), Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, and a wonderful Beyond the Supernatural™ adventure. The level of enthusiasm and excitement over it was welcomed.

I brought one-of-a-kind negatives for Phase World, Cyber-Knights and MercTown as well as Vampire Kingdoms, and they were selling like crazy. So glad people are enjoying them. More about Gen Con in my report below.

I am already getting back to work on finishing Garden of the Gods, and yes, we know there is a national park in Colorado of the same name.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™. If you love the Rifts® Atlantis World Book and the Atlanteans in general, then this book is a must! It describes the Atlanteans and their tribes, their goals, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic, new Shadow monsters, Magic Pyramids, and more about the Sunaj. An awesome resource and fun read. A slate of new product will be coming your way on DriveThruRPG.com in the weeks ahead. This includes the re-edited and improved three original Rifts® Novels from the 1990's, one every two weeks or so. We may also make them available as Print on Demand (POD) books from DriveThru.

The rest of this Update focuses mainly on Gen Con. Enjoy.

2019 Gen Con® Report

Gen Con® is always a blast and this one felt especially memorable. Both good and bad.

I jinxed us the day before we left by saying our Gen Con prep and truck loading was the smoothest and most trouble-free ever. What a dope.

Wednesday morning, we set out for Gen Con right on time and feeling great. Then, after a few minutes on the road, Wayne pulled over in the rental truck and asked us to ride alongside of him because something was wrong. The cab was shaking violently whenever the truck went over 50 mph.

Sure enough, both front wheels were wobbling like crazy and the cab was bouncing up and down. Fearing a broken axle or something else equally dangerous, we called the rental company and headed back. We had to unload the truck, get a new truck, and reload it all. When we arrived at the truck rental, they told us they could have a truck for us by 2:00 or 3:00 PM. That would be terrible, because it is a 5 hour trip under ideal conditions and we could unload at the Gen Con docks no later than 8:00 PM. Would we miss Gen Con this year and forfeit our booth?

That’s what we feared. Thankfully, the truck rental had another truck available, if we wanted it. We said, yes! Only then, they couldn’t find the keys to that truck. After what seemed like an hour of the hunt for the keys, it turned out another truck reserved by another customer had become available, so we took that one, but after the paperwork and reloading the truck back at the Palladium warehouse, we were not back on the road until 1:30 PM. We called the Gen Con convention organizers to let them know we were delayed, but on our way. We arrived at the Convention Center at 6:30 PM, and we set up most of the booth in record time, thanks to the small army of friends and helpers waiting for us. They were incredible and got everything together and set up in record time. Thank you, Sarah, Brandon, Mark, Glen, NMI, Mike, Reed, Mike, Kyle, Matt, Tom, Nathaniel, and everyone! Whew. Disaster averted. I also want to thank the Gen Con® coordinators who were very understanding and helpful.

We got to the hotel around 9:00 PM Wednesday night, ordered pizza around 10, ate, and crashed. We had to be at the hall by 9:00 AM to finish setting up the booth. Though I tripped and took a tumble on hard concrete on Saturday heading out for a quick lunch, only my pride was hurt and everything else went smoothly.

Highlights of Gen Con® 2019

I enjoyed a nice conversation with James at Larry Elmore’s booth. I really like this gent and we chatted about a bunch of stuff for a solid 45 minutes. Poor Larry was endlessly swamped by fans, so other than saying hello and getting my Eye of the Beholder®, the Art of Dungeons & Dragons® Blu-Ray signed, I left the poor guy alone. I love Larry. He is the salt of the Earth and a fun guy who I can talk to for endless hours at a time. But I figured I can call him anytime, so I left him to the fans who only see him once a year.

If you love Fantasy Art and D&D, you need this DVD

Eye of the Beholder® (available on DVD and Blu-Ray) is freakin’ awesome. A friend, Brian Stillman, is the co-Director of the DVD, and an all around great guy. The DVD is awesome, packed with 40 interviews with the likes of Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, Brom, Tony DeTerlizzi, Margaret Weiss, and many others.

Eye of the Beholder® is produced by Cavegirl Productions & X-Ray Films, and is distributed by The Nacelle Company. It is co-directed by Kelley Slagle and Brian Stillman. The movie is available through a variety of streaming services, including Amazon Video, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, PlayStation, DirecTV, and more. Direct links to many of the formats can be found at http://www.EyeOfTheBeholderMovie.com/watch

The Ninja Turtles® connection

I met Brian Stillman when he video-interviewed me for Netflix’s The Toys that Made Us series, last year. They made a TMNT episode airing in Season Three coming up sometime in the next six months. Most people don’t know this, but the Ninja Turtles animated series, movies, toys, etc., as you know them today, might never have happened if I had not introduced Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird to the man who went on to make the Turtles into a mass market sensation, Mark Freedman. I actually had to convince Kev and Pete to talk to Mark, telling them there was no harm in hearing what he had to say. They did, and the rest is history. But if I had not sent Mark a copy of the TMNT® RPG (his first introduction to the Turtles), and spent months talking up the Ninja Turtles® with him over a period of a year, it might not have ever happened. Wild, right? I’m a piece of toy history. Very cool. I love it.

I was happy to help my friends Kevin and Peter who had trusted my little RPG company in 1986 to make a role-playing game based on their cool independent comic book, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles®. Palladium Books® was their first or second licensee (I contend we were first, but they say second). Btw, I have no idea if I’m in the Toys that Made Us segment for 3 seconds or 3 minutes. The whole interview with me was a good 30-45 minutes, maybe even an hour. Very fun. Anyway, that’s how I met Brian Stillman. He and I share a number of common interests: the Ninja Turtles, D&D, RPGs, movies and artwork, and we hit it off immediately. We have kept in touch ever since and we had a chance to chat briefly at Gen Con. In fact, he bought one of my last Judge’s Guild illustrations from 1979 that I had brought to Gen Con.

The Gamers: Live! Gen Con® Event

Friday morning, Madman Mike Leonard introduced me to Christian Doyle, a very nice guy and one of the masterminds behind The Gamers DVD movies as well as online RPG shows (Twitch, etc.). We had a very nice chat and hit it off. So much so, that on Friday evening, August 2, 2019, Christian Doyle and Chris Ode of Zombie Orpheus Entertainment (ZOE for short) were inspired to host their 11th annual The Gamers: Live! Gen Con® event as a Rifts® event, instead of D&D®. Wow! That blew me away. I am humbled.

In these The Gamers: Live events, Christian and others from ZOE portray their characters from The Gamers Movie series that they produce, playing an RPG on stage. When the Game Master (played by Christian) rings a bell, the players must get up and portray their characters. Fans who have purchased Deluxe tickets can not only call out to adjust rolls made, but actually roll the dice for the event and participate as NPCs! Very cool. Since the event is much like Who’s Line is it Anyway?®, there is quite a bit of comedy involved. The characters were a half dragon-half Faerie Headhunter with a laser toe, a Juicer Glitter Boy, a Corgie Dog Boy Professional Wrestler Burster, and Sir Osrick the Paladin of Therin, Goddess of Light from the fantasy world of Fartherall, where The Gamers Movies take place.

The audience was sold out as usual (1,000 people!), and I’m told everyone enjoyed the two-hour show/event. Though Christian invited me to join them that afternoon, I had already scheduled a business meeting and restaurant reservation for the exact same time as the event, so I could not attend. I’m also excited that Christian intends to start running Rifts® on his weekly Twitch streamed game. Awesome.

Steve Jackson at Gen Con®

So there I was, restocking books at the Palladium booth on Saturday morning, and I hear a familiar voice say, “Hello, Kevin.” I turn around and Steve Jackson is standing there. We had a pleasant chat before the hall opened up to catch up a bit on each other’s lives. Steve and I came up together in the game industry and always liked and respected each other. We had talked about doing something together, off and on for decades. A few hours later, Phil Reed invites me to come over to the SJG booth to chat. It was a very friendly, joyful conversation. More about the outcome of that meeting in the months ahead as we nail things down together. I’m excited. You will be too.

Good times and friends at Gen Con®

I saw and spent time with countless fans, dear friends, acquaintances and industry folk. In artist alley, I stopped to chat with Tyler Walpole and he gave me a copy of his gorgeous, new art book, Blood of Dragons. Wow. I need to get Tyler to do a cover for us in the future. I also had the pleasant experience of meeting David Wendel, best known for his Dwarves and Fantasy artistry. His work was a bit of an influence on my own artwork and I’m happy to say he was very nice man. It was his first visit to Gen Con.

I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and chatting with Sean Roberson, the current driving force behind Rifts® for Savage Worlds. Sean and I had exchanged many emails and spoke on the phone a few times, but had never met. He and I had several good talks about Rifts® and Savage Worlds and games. Meeting him in person and our chats every day were among of the true highlights of this Gen Con for me and I look forward to continuing to work with him.

Jodi and Clint Black from Pinnacle Entertainment also dropped by to say hello. So did my old pal Frank Uchmanowicz at Studio2. He’s a good guy. Insightful and smart. We sat and talked for quite a while. Our conversation broken by a cavalcade of book signings and a couple of photo ops with fans. It’s always nice to see Frank.

Mike Pondsmith and Don Rentz (Chessex Dice) dropped by to say hello, and I had a nice, long chat with Steve Wieck and Mike Stackpole. I enjoy all these fine gentlemen and it is always a pleasure to see them. It was great seeing Jolly and Barbara Blackburn, two of my favorite people on the planet. Also spent some time with fan friends and freelancers, Matt Reed, Robert, and Andrew, but my time is in such high demand, I never get to chat as much as I want to with them, but they chatted a lot with Chuck Walton. I’m excited about many of their ideas. Including cards that add to any adventure situation. Three other favorite people on the planet came by too, James “the Senator,” Diane “the Goddess” and Connor “Buzz” Brown. It was great to see them and a surprise to see Diane on Sunday, because she had been away on business the rest of Gen Con. Three great human beings and awesome gamers.

I got to say hello to Peter, Shannon and Anthony Pidrak (boy, those kids have grown), Dave Kenzer, Dan Rains, Peter Hartman, Ryan, and many other friends and made the acquaintance of many others friends and fans and had a wonderful time with everyone. Thank you. My favorite part of Gen Con is meeting and talking with fellow gamers.

Matt Lemke and his lovely wife swung by to say hi and to do a video interview with me on Thursday for Through Gamer Goggles (just one of many). I was pretty wiped out so I don’t know how well I came across.

As you can see from these accounts, I seldom left the Palladium Booth and never saw much of the convention. I was too busy talking with fans and friends and signing lots and lots of books.

I was thrilled for some of my long time friends who enjoyed a very special Gen Con. First, Brandon Aten had a smash hit with his new, Never Coming Home RPG. He brought 200 copies and it sold out by Sunday! Several other Never Coming Home related products had sold out by Saturday morning. This was one of the surprise hits of the convention. Brandon and his partners, Matthew and Sarah were over the moon. We were all so happy for them and glad to be there to share the excitement of their first big hit. Nice. You can get the Never Coming Home RPG, sourcebook and other Wet Ink Games by reaching out to Brandon at WetInkGames{at}gmail.com or get digital versions thru DriveThruRPG.com. Apparently, they are working on setting up the Wet Ink website.

Second, Sarah Orr Aten was able to get 20 advance copies of her first novel, The World Between, a big, 600 page, fantasy book. I’ve only read the first chapter, but the lady can write. You can find her Author’s Page on Facebook.

Third, we were offering copies of the Cthulhu inspired cookbook The Necronomnomnom. This is a gorgeous and funny cookbook with real recipes and astonishing artwork. Co-Creator Thomas Roache (our pal) and the artist, Kurt Komoda, were present to sign books, and the artist was doing drawings inside. You can get your copy of this 9x12 inch coffee table book from Redduke Games at https://www.reddukegames.com/products-view.php?pid=9&cid=4

We also had the pleasure of meeting Tom’s son, Nathaniel. It was his first Gen Con.

Those are my highlights. My apologies if I left someone out. I’m sure I must have. Unfortunately, we have so much going on at Gen Con, NONE of us ever seem to remember taking photographs. This year was worse than ever. We didn’t even take pictures of the Palladium booth or our multitude of wonderful friends. Gaaaahhh. Sorry. Will try to do better next year.

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® Dimension Book 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™: The Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and description of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj. An awesome resource and fun read.

A slate of new product will be coming your way on DriveThruRPG.com in the weeks ahead. This includes the re-edited and improved three original Rifts® Novels from the 1990's, one every two weeks or so. We may also make them available as Print on Demand (POD) books from DriveThru.

Recent PDF additions include the free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview: See what's in this great new sourcebook before you buy it! The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG® Rifts® Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).

Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more. Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80, The Rifter® #81, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.

  • Rifts® is a genre-bending setting that combines science fiction, fantasy, horror, post-apocalypse survival, magic, and endless possibilities for adventure. Imagine a near perfect world of advanced technology 100 years in the future. Then imagine that world crashing down overnight in an apocalyptic upheaval not seen since the formation of the planet. A Great Cataclysm caused by the explosive return of magic. Now fast forward 300 years into the future where magic, dragons, and mythic gods coexist with cyborgs, giant robots and super-science rediscovered from humanity's Golden Age as humans rise from a lengthy Dark Age. But they must contend with countless alien life forms, monsters, and supernatural horrors from beyond the Rifts.
  • Rifts® core titles we would suggest: Rifts® Ultimate Edition, Rifts® Game Master Guide, Rifts® Book of Magic, Rifts® Adventure Guide, D-Bees of North America™, Rifts® World Book 11: Coalition War Campaign and Rifts® Sourcebook One. Note: The Rifts® RPG, 1st Edition and Rifts® Ultimate, 2nd Edition are both available.
  • 80+ Rifts® supplements, most of them available as PDFs with more coming. Where to start? Wherever sounds fun.
  • Rifts® Dimension Books™: Travel to alien worlds and dimensions via the Rifts for off-world adventure and intrigue.
  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG and sourcebook series (all). Live through the Great Cataclysm and the Coming of the Rifts. Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG, Creatures of Chaos™, Rise of Magic™, and Chaos Earth® Resurrection™ are all available.
  • FREE Sneak Previews for Nightbane® Dark Designs™, Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™, Rifts® CS Heroes of Humanity, and many other previews as well as free and low cost items that we make available. All of it adds to the growing list of Rifts and other Palladium RPG game titles available as PDF books, cards and support. A new title should be added every week or two, so keep watching for them.
  • The Rifter® #1-77. Each issue is a wealth of source material and ideas for several game lines, but most material can be easily adapted to ANY Palladium game world. Each issue a gem.
  • Splicers® RPG is like Iron Man meets Game of Thrones with elements of Terminator – except this army of Iron Men are clad in living body armor and wield living, organic weapons and devices. Created in 2004 by writer and game designer Carmen Bellaire, Splicers® was nominated for an Inquest Gamer Magazine Fan Awards Game of the Year, and has since developed a rabid fan base. Science fiction and horror where humans are forced to use genetically engineered, living weapons and organic war machines to battle an insane Artificial Intelligence and her robot legions. Unlike anything you have ever played before!
  • Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook: 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG®, 1st Edition Rules and sourcebooks. A unique world of magic, monsters and heroes. Dozens of nonhuman player characters including Wolfen, Bearmen, Ogres, Orcs and more. 100,000 years of history.
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG®, 2nd Edition Rules and many sourcebooks. The expanded world of high fantasy, magic, mystery and heroes of every variety. Includes the Mind Mage and psychic abilities, mages and spells, magic circles and symbols, men-at-arms, scoundrels and a wide range of inhuman player characters including Wolfen, Bearmen, Ogres, Orcs and many more. 100,000 years of history.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ RPG first edition rule book and sourcebooks.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ RPG Second Edition rule book and sourcebooks. Create any type of superhuman you can desire and bring comic book adventures to life.
  • Dead Reign® RPG (Zombie Apocalypse). The dead have risen. It is the battle for survival in the zombie apocalypse, but this setting is much more than your typical zombie game. Play ordinary people or special characters better equipped to survive and hunt zombies. Many unusual types of zombies.
  • Dead Reign® Sourcebooks: 6 sourcebooks from Civilization Gone™ to Hell Followed™ (the latter features stats for 23 disasters, masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, and more) are available.
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 1st Edition Rules. Supernatural horror in the modern world. Play ordinary people, psychics, paranormal investigators or for something different: Victim Characters!
  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The complete, revised core game, 14 character classes and 42 occupations for "ordinary people," 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules.
  • Nightbane® RPG and sourcebooks. An RPG setting we call superhero horror. Dark conspiracy, a secret, demon invasion starting with world leaders and law enforcement, and it is spreading. The player characters are the Nightbane®, reluctant superhumans who must turn into monsters themselves to unleash their powers and battle the evil that is clear only to them. A dark, sinister and challenging world of horror.
  • After the Bomb® RPG and sourcebooks. Planet of the Apes meets the X-Men! Animal creations, powers and more. Create any type of intelligent mutant animal you can imagine as friend or foe.
  • Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG and the Mystic China™ sourcebook. James Bond meets Enter the Dragon. 41 types of martial arts, ninjas, and super-spies with gadgets, gizmos and advanced weapons.
  • The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy RPG is a long time, cult favorite with a fatalistic world-view of humans vs aliens with superior technology.
  • The Palladium Weapon Series of real world weapons, armor and castles throughout history. Designed for use with ANY game system.
  • 200+ Palladium titles in all, plus G.M. kits, paper miniatures and more.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ Paper Miniatures – Two sets are now available!
  • Palladium Fantasy RPG® Paper Miniatures – Volumes #1-6 are available now. More are coming in the weeks ahead.
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Men at Arms – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Coalition Dead Boys – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Adventurers – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Practitioners of Magic (new) – $2.99
  • Rifts® Paper Miniatures: Extras (new) – $2.99
  • And more to come in the weeks ahead.

Artwork by Charles Walton II, Kevin Long and others, Negatives, Toys and Collectibles always available in Kevin's Online Toy & Collectibles eBay Store along with other good things

My eBay store is one of the few places where you can find original artwork by Charles "Chuck" Walton, Kevin Long, and others, as well as one-of-a-kind negatives from classic Rifts® and other Palladium RPG books (they look awesome framed!), rare Palladium collector hardcovers, signed books, other Palladium memorabilia, toys from my personal collection and other collectibles. Check every couple of weeks because we often post new stuff or offer a new sale. There is a sale on negatives starting today, in fact.

Other one-of-a-kind original artwork available by me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton II (money goes to the artist), other artists, as well as collectible negatives, prints, limited edition hardcovers, proofreader copies, out of print items, Star Wars toys, Marvel toys and many other toys and collectibles from my personal collection. Alex and I will keep adding items as our busy schedules allow, but we have a lot of fun collectibles available now and coming soon. Hundreds of items. Take a look every weekend for new additions.

Available now: One-of-a-kind book negatives. Negatives were very popular items at the Palladium Open House and people went crazy over them at Gen Con – including actor Joe Manganiello who scooped up a pile of TMNT negatives, while Palladium's own Mark Oberle, Carmen Bellaire, Brandon Aten and a whole lot of Palladium gamers went for negatives from Rifts® New West, Lone Star and Free Quebec. Fun.

Negatives are unique and attractive, one-of-a-kind (on rare occasions two-of-a-kind if a page was replaced or a second edition was made) works of art that resemble woodcut art and are very dynamic conversation pieces. Before digital printing, pages of a book were laid out by hand on a board, and each page was photographed. The plastic film negatives were then "ganged" on a massive sheet of Mylar 16 pages per big sheet, and the printing plates were made from the negatives – everything white, printing black.

When our printer, McNaughton and Gunn, went completely digital, they asked if Palladium Books wanted the negs, otherwise they would be destroyed. Regrettably, I let a few dozen be destroyed, but the negatives of many books were sent to Palladium. They have sat in our warehouse for years until I started to offer them for sale. I have also started signing the negatives in silver and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each negative comes on a white board inside a plastic magazine bag and looks fabulous framed! Fits in an 8x10 inch matt opening in a frame (each neg is roughly 8½ x 11 inches).

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

UPDATE: 2021 Palladium Open House (POH)

This event is coming in April or May 2021, so start planning and saving for it. We’ll be looking into securing hotel dates and posting information in a few months. This will be Palladium’s 40th Anniversary, so we are looking to pull out all the stops to make it extra amazing. As usual, we’ll be looking for Game Masters to run events at the POH.

GATEWAY STRATEGICON 2019 – Labor Day weekend, August 30 to September 1, 2019 – Rifts® games

Hilton Los Angeles Airport
5711 W Century Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90045
Website: https://www.strategicon.net/

The Pirate's Code, for Rifts® Savage Worlds RPG

Date: August 31, 2019, Saturday 9:00 AM.
Location: TBD.
Duration: 6 hours.
Experience: Any.
Maturity: 13+
Max number of players: 6
Description: The free city of Queenston Harbor is a wretched hive of scum and villainy operated by the pirates of the Great Lakes. Almost anything goes, but the one rule mandated by the city's pirate queen is simple: no slavers! But when the city guards uncover signs of human trafficking the queen needs to put her foot down. A group of “privateers” is hired to find these especially rogue pirates and put an end to the slavers.
Game Master: Anthony Hansen.

Mexican Cargo Run: Kingsdale Climax, for Rifts® Savage Worlds RPG

Game Type: RPG Medium Tournament.
Date: September 1, 2019, Sunday, 2:00 pm.
Location: Bel Air.
Duration: 8 hours.
Maturity: 13+
Experience: Any.
Max number of players: 16
Description: Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Post-Apocalypse. Pre-approved player made characters are welcome. The adventures of a cargo convoy run to Mexico & back. The party will be split into two teams for two missions. Two G.M.s will be running this event. Music & soundboard provided. This is a roleplay tournament. Players will vote the best role-players (not roll-players).
Game Master: Cameron Cleveland.

Closing Thoughts

The last few months have been a whirlwind of writing, producing books, and Gen Con®. I’m beat, but diving right back into getting books finished. Garden of the Gods™, In the Face of Death™, The Rifter® #84, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, and Rifts® Titan Robotics™ should wind out the year. Very exciting.

We always return from Gen Con® full of ideas for future projects and projects we are currently working on. So Chuck, Wayne, and I, and the rest of the crew, including several freelancers, are fired up about upcoming books. Thank you for renewing our creative batteries. The rest of this year and next will be filled with mind-blowing titles.

– Kevin Siembieda, Game Designer, Writer, and Publisher

Garden of the Gods

NEW! Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook – Ships August

The Garden of the Gods™ sourcebook is an adventure generator with hundreds of opportunities and ideas for players and Game Masters alike.

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a place of miracles and wisdom. A place where people of all occupations and races, nobility and peasants alike, can find peace and inspiration. Many insist the gods themselves are present, and may visit heroes and followers in dreams, visions, or in person as an avatar. The gods also inspire, bless, assign heroic quests, and give gifts of knowledge and magic. Here, all gods are equal among gods, and many a forgotten god seeks to be rediscovered and worshipped, by offering blessings, vision quests and magical artifacts to potential heroes to champion their name.

There is also an evil on the island of Lopan. An open wound in the earth known as the Black Pit.

  • 40+ Forgotten Gods.
  • 80+ Magic Artifacts.
  • 80+ Blessings.
  • 5 Weapons of destruction created by the Old Ones.
  • Godly insight, visitations, knowledge and purpose.
  • Restore forgotten gods to power.
  • Become a Champion of a god.
  • The Garden of the Gods and its protectors.
  • Ghosts, Faeries, mysteries, and ancient secrets.
  • Rumors of a secret way to the Land of the Damned.
  • The Black Pit, a place of legend and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden of the Gods, or something even more sinister?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • 160 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 475. Ships August.

Rifts Bestiary

Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Shipping Now!

Could the monsters known as Caterpillar Things be the larval form of the Mothman Monster? Is the Corrival Battler as aggressive and dangerous as adventurers claim? Are Darkhounds really magically mutated Dog Boys? Is that why they see Coalition soldiers as friends and allies? Ee-Bee Gee-Bees are kinda cute, how dangerous can they be? Is it true the animals and people slain by the Death Springer rise as zombies?! What on Rifts Earth is a Field Reaper?

This book reveals it all.

Designed with both Players and Game Masters in mind, with creatures that can be used as pets, companions, riding animals, attack animals, and even unlikely allies, as well as slobbering monsters and catalysts for adventure. Adult, juvenile, and young stages of life give every creature three different levels of power and danger. Presented as a complete ecosystem, with maps and details to bring each animal to life. All provide plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America.
  • 80+ creatures described in detail, updated and expanded.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, alien horrors, giant insects, and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found at a glance.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting. Powerful art.
  • Includes basic S.D.C. stats for each creature description.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton and others.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 – Shipping Now!

Rifts Bestiary Gold Hardcover

Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One – “Gold Edition” Hardcover – Signed and Numbered – Ships August

A deluxe, limited, Gold Edition hardcover, signed and numbered by Palladium staff and maybe a few freelancers. It is the same content of unique creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and slobbering monsters as the softcover edition in a durable hardcover. Very limited run of only 400 copies, numbered and signed by Kevin Siembieda, Palladium staff members and possibly available contributing artists and writers. Note: Historically, Palladium Books’ Gold Editions have doubled, tripled or increased in value many times over. Valued as cherished collectibles. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please note the slight increase in price to $55.

  • Gold foil on a black faux leather hardcover.
  • Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
  • Only 400 signed and numbered copies.
  • Available only from Palladium Books.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
  • Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America.
  • 80+ creatures described in detail.
  • Same contents as the softcover edition.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting; basic S.D.C. stats included for each creature description.
  • 256 pages – $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One).
  • August release for the hardcover – at the printer. Please note the slight increase in the price due to the expanded page count.

The Rifter Number 83

COMING: The Rifter® #83 – Shipping Now!

The Rifter® #83 focuses on people, places, and adventure for The Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, and Beyond the Supernatural™, plus Treasures of the Megaverse®.

The Rifter® is all about new ideas, pushing the envelope, trying new things and alternative methods, rules and approaches to create epic adventure! There is no one way to look at things. Open your mind to the infinite possibilities.

Remember, adventures and source material for one game setting can also be adapted to other world settings with some easy and obvious modifications. Unleash your imagination and use The Rifter® to fuel your own campaigns. Game Masters, surprise your players with a creature or villain they never see coming because it is adapted from material for another game setting. Or give your players optional characters to play or special abilities or gear from the pages of The Rifter®. Most of all, have fun.

Rifter® #83 Highlights:

  • Treasures of the Megaverse® for Rifts® and other settings by Carl Gleba.
  • Operation Minotaur, and adventure for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Half-Ogre race for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Prophet O.C.C. for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Hunter/Vigilante for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • The Superspy/Secret Operative for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • News, Coming Attractions, adventure ideas, and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – Shipping Now!

In the Face of Death

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

“People will tell you no one can survive in the big cities. They are wrong.” – Brad Ashley, Leader of the Road Reapers in the Zombie Apocalypse.

This sourcebook is all about inner city survival. Survivor colonies finding a way to live and prosper in the big city. The conventional wisdom is that living in the big population centers is impossible. These survivors prove otherwise.

  • Inner city survival.
  • Living on the rooftops.
  • Surviving in big cities crawling with zombies.
  • Death Cults, a different type of danger.
  • Gangs, street runners, the new underground, and more.
  • Heroic Masked Lunatics as player characters.
  • Take your zombie campaign to new heights!
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Nick Bradshaw.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Adaptable to other settings.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 237. August release.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

COMING: Psychic Scream – A Rifts® Chaos Earth® Sourcebook

A storm has rolled in. A psychic storm. With the Coming of the Rifts, survivors are bombarded by terrifying visions and overwhelmed with powers and abilities they never asked for, and often cannot control.

Where do you hide from the madness boiling inside of you?

What do you do if you know evil lurks hidden among your fellow survivors?

Why do the voices of alien creatures speak to you?

How do you cope when the power you unleashed to destroy a monster and save the innocent, destroys everyone but you?

Have you become a hero or another monster born in chaos?

Are these powers your family’s salvation or their damnation?

Find out in Psychic Scream!

In the wake of the Coming of the Rifts, people begin to see ghosts and demons, they unleash lightning from their fingertips, command fire and water, hurl boulders and girders with their minds, and manifest a wide range of mental powers. Psionic abilities fueled by the explosive return of magic and the unchecked flow of dimensional energy that is off the charts.

Psychic abilities more powerful than anything known after the Two Hundred Years Dark Age. Wondrous and lifesaving. But also seething and out of control. The psychics’ own minds bombarded by feelings of dread, visions of horror, and the thoughts and emotions of everyone around them. For many, it is too much, sending them careening into madness. For others, it creates heroes forged from chaos.

  • Untamed psychic abilities. More powerful than anything known later on Rifts Earth.
  • New psychic powers and character classes.
  • New psionic monsters and invaders.
  • Insanity, side-effects and horror.
  • Adventure ideas and more. All people, powers and monsters that become myths and legends told about the events during the Two Hundred Years Dark Age.
  • Written by Taylor White and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96-128 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 667. An autumn or winter release.

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – August release

The Rifter® is all about new ideas, pushing the envelope, trying new things and alternative methods, rules and approaches to create epic adventure! There is no one way to look at things. Open your mind to the infinite possibilities.

This issue focuses on dark places, monsters, magic, and the supernatural just in time for the Halloween season.

  • Golems in the Myst, source material for Rifts® by Greg Diaczyk.
  • The Kingdom of Raf-Chalon for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Glen Evans.
  • The Dark City of Cascade for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed, inspired by the work of Erick Wujcik.
  • Spellbound O.C.C. for Nightbane® RPG by Ian Herbert.
  • All Quiet on the Western... What? An Adventure for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Kyle Osterberg.
  • The Dimma, a short story and new monster for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Steven Dawes.
  • John Zeleznik cover.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184. August or September release.

Have you gotten your Rifts® Baseball Cap or Mugs?

It's summertime! Which means it’s time for baseball caps. The new Rifts® baseball caps are waiting for you. I’ve been wearing my inexpensive, red Rifts logo printed on a black cap ($11.99) every morning walk and while doing yard work for weeks now, and I love it. All are 100% cotton.

And while we’re at it, don’t forget about the new gamer mugs for your beverage of choice. They are sharp with a splash of color. See more detailed descriptions at the end of this Update or in the store.

SMASH HIT! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet – available now

Gamers are going bonkers over the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet. And why not? What’s not to love? Prysus did a wonderful job, and will continue to tweak and upgrade it. All of us at Palladium are thrilled so many of you are enjoying this helpful and fun product. A real bargain for what you get. Continue to enjoy.

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create.

Features & Benefits:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you!
  • Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Only $3.00 – available now!
  • Watch the Overview video here: https://vimeo.com/322271758

Rifts Logo 16 Ounce Coffee Mug

NEW! Rifts® LOGO Coffee Mug – available now

Back due to popular demand, but bigger and better than ever. The new mug is larger (16 ounce) than past coffee mugs, the artwork is larger and appears on both sides of the mug, and the mug has a color interior, adding a nice splash of color to your morning or game time beverage. Please note these new mugs have a different (we think nicer) style and shape than the coffee mugs we sold in years past.

  • The famous Rifts® logo in white on a black mug.
  • Art is located on the front and back of the mug.
  • Glossy black exterior with a bright blue interior.
  • 16 ounce ceramic mug.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2587 – available now.

Property of the Coalition 16 Ounce Coffee Mug

NEW! Rifts® Property of the Coalition States Coffee Mug – available now

Back due to popular demand, but bigger and better than ever. The new mug is larger (16 ounce) than past coffee mugs, the artwork is larger and appears on both sides of the mug, and the mug has a color interior, adding a nice splash of color to your morning or game time beverage. Please note these new mugs have a different (we think nicer) style and shape than the coffee mugs we sold in years past.

  • The “Property of the Coalition States®” logo with CS Skull and Lightning Bolt in white on a black mug. Very dynamic.
  • Art is located on the front and back of the mug.
  • Glossy black exterior with a bright red interior.
  • 16 ounce ceramic mug.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2588 – available now.

Palladium Fantasy Dragon 16 Ounce Coffee Mug

NEW! Palladium Fantasy RPG® “Dragon” Coffee Mug – available now

Back due to popular demand. The new mug is larger (16 ounce) than past coffee mugs, the artwork is larger and appears on both sides of the mug, and the mug has a color interior, adding a nice splash of color to your morning or game time beverage. Please note these new mugs have a different (we think nicer) style and shape than the coffee mugs we sold in years past.

  • The fan favorite “3-Headed Hydra” battling a knight from the iconic, original Palladium Fantasy RPG® cover. Red art on a black mug.
  • Art appears on the front and back of the mug.
  • Glossy black exterior with an attractive orange interior.
  • 16 ounce ceramic mug.
  • Dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • $10.99 retail – Cat. No. 2589 – available now.

Rifts Screen Printed Baseball Cap

NEW! Rifts® Screen Printed Twill Baseball Cap – available now

Back due to popular demand are three different Rifts® baseball caps. This affordable, black baseball cap has a vibrant, red “Rifts®” logo screen printed on a lightweight, unstructured twill baseball cap with Velcro closure. Looks great.

  • The word “Rifts” in red on a black baseball cap.
  • Lightweight, 100% cotton twill cap.
  • Adjustable self-material strap with Velcro® closure.
  • Five panel, medium profile with unstructured crown and pre-curved visor.
  • One size fits most.
  • $11.99 retail – Cat. No. 2590 – available now.

Rifts Embroidered Red Logo Baseball Cap

NEW! Red Rifts® Embroidered Baseball Cap – available now

Back due to popular demand are three different Rifts® baseball caps. This particular one is a black, soft, brushed cotton twill baseball cap with a rich, red “Rifts®” logo embroidered on it. Adjustable metal buckle. Looks fabulous.

  • The word “Rifts” embroidered in red on a black baseball cap.
  • Soft, brushed cotton twill baseball cap. 100% cotton.
  • Adjustable strap with metal buckle.
  • One size fits most. Hand wash only.
  • $21.99 retail – Cat. No. 2591 – available now.

Rifts Embroidered White Logo Baseball Cap

NEW! White Rifts® Embroidered Baseball Cap – available now

Back due to popular demand are three different Rifts® baseball caps. This particular cap is a navy blue, soft, brushed twill cotton baseball cap with a silvery white “Rifts®” embroidered on it. Adjustable metal buckle. Looks fabulous.

  • The word “Rifts” embroidered in white on a navy blue baseball cap.
  • Soft, brushed cotton twill baseball cap. 100% cotton.
  • Adjustable strap with metal buckle.
  • One size fits most. Hand wash only.
  • $21.99 retail – Cat. No. 2592 – available now.

Rifts Titan Robotics Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Rifts® Titan Robotics Raw Preview Limited Edition – Available now

It is back from the printer, looks great, and is shipping now. The "Raw Preview Edition" of Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript of a new Rifts® sourcebook coming later this year. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites and publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies.

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is one of Palladium’s secret projects and something of a companion to Rifts® Northern Gun™ One and Two. It contains information about Titan Robotics, ARCHIE Three, how the company operates, its secrets, its plans, and a selection of new robot vehicles, power armor, body armor, weapons, gear, and dozens and dozens of adventure hooks and ideas.

Note: The finished book is anticipated to ship in the summer or fall 2019, but you can see what it’s all about right now and even start playing with this special Preview Edition!

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements.
  • 112 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 899-RAW.
  • The Raw Edition is shipping now. Do not miss out.

Garden of the Gods Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Garden of the Gods – Raw Preview Limited Edition – available now

The "Raw Preview Edition" of Garden of the Gods™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this new Fantasy sourcebook. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites and publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents the mysterious Garden of the Gods, a place of quiet miracles and wonders, its guardians, its many secrets, its many dozens of statues of unknown and forgotten gods, visions, omens, and the blessings available at the garden. As well as lurking darkness, the ominous Black Pit, and countless adventure hooks and ideas. The perfect prelude to the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Clements.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 475-RAW.
  • The Raw Edition is shipping right now. Do not miss out.

Rifts Soft Touch Ballpoint Pen with Stylus

NEW: Rifts® Pen – available now

A high quality, soft touch Rifts® pen with stylus is now available. The pen fits very comfortably in the hand, has a nice, black ink and writes smooth and evenly every time. I have been using the sample pen for a month and love it. Everyone here loves this pen and you will too. Will be considered as a Surprise Package request.

  • Rifts® Soft Touch Pen with Stylus.
  • Comfortable, "soft touch" finish.
  • Dark blue exterior with silver tip and clip.
  • Black ink.
  • Capacitive stylus for use with smartphones and tablets.
  • $5.00 retail – Cat. No. 2586 – Available now.

Palladium Gift Certificates

Palladium Gift Certificates now available

You asked for them, so due to popular request, you can now purchase Palladium Gift Certificates for your gaming friends and loved ones. The prompts should be pretty self-explanatory. You purchase the desired amount, fill out the email info of that person along with an optional gift message, and that individual gets an email with info on how to redeem the Gift Certificate and you get a confirmation email. Simple.

The Rifter Number 82

The Rifter® #82 – Available now

The Rifter® #82 is all about discovery and unleashing the power inside of you. That's true whether you are playing a Chaos Earth® Pyromancer™ learning to survive and save lives after the Great Cataclysm; or a newly awakened Nightbane® seeking his or her purpose in a dark world of conspiracy and demons; or a Heroes Unlimited™ vigilante trained to the height of physical perfection in a war against evil; or an RPG gamer like you and me, unleashing our imaginations to create wonderful new characters and epic adventures. This issue of The Rifter® also lovingly celebrates a master of unleashed imagination and big thinking, Erick Wujcik, ten years after his untimely passing. Bits of Palladium history and heartfelt sentiments revealed along the way. Enjoy.

Rifter® #82 Highlights:

  • Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Pyromancy, Nebraska Part Three – by Daniel Frederick, Matthew Clements & Kevin Siembieda. 50+ Pyromancy spells, the Pyromancer O.C.C., Zone Twisters, notable characters, and more. "Official" source material.
  • Rifts® Bestiary Sneak Preview – by Kevin Siembieda and Charles Walton II. A few choice new monsters to whet your appetite for the Rifts® Bestiary, Volumes One and Two, and the books to follow. "Official" source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited – by Matt Reed. An expanded look at the unique heroes who do not possess super abilities, but rather turn their bodies into fighting machines via physical training and dedicated force of will.
  • Nightbane® – Age Modifiers and Education Rules – by Mark Oberle. Tables and stats for determining an occupation and skills based on the age of the character. Plus more insight to being a Nightbane and a few new skills. "Official" source material.
  • Gaming Advice from Erick Wujcik – Thinking Big and The Name Giver, sage advice reprinted from The Rifter® #1 & #2.
  • Erick Wujcik Remembered – Erick touched countless lives with his big personality, inspiring mind, and body of work. Ten years after his death, Erick continues to inspire everyone who met him. Friends and fans remember this unique individual and his work. Insight to the man and Palladium Books, the company he loved. Written by Kevin Siembieda and many, many others. A celebration of life.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 112 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 182. Available now.

COMING! Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two

More notorious Rifts® monsters and animals, old and new, everything updated and expanded.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated, much of the art by Charles Walton II, along with Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages each volume – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production.

Fun and Notable Podcasts and Sites that feature Palladium Books

  • Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope Podcast: An in-character world building podcast for Rifts® and Rifts® Savage Worlds® intended to provide players and Game Masters with world background, adventure hooks, and NPCs. All of which are excellent resources. And don't miss the interview with Sean Masters (the host), Cameron Cleveland (G.M. and mastermind behind the Rifts® Living Campaign Club), Sean Patrick Fannon (writer and game designer, Rifts® Savage Worlds, etc.), and Kevin Siembieda at the end of Episode 19 (it's time stamped). You can check it out for yourself at https://voiceofhopepodcast.podbean.com and on itunes.
  • Questwise and the Rifts® Explorer's Guide – See product reviews and videos about Rifts® and other Palladium Books games as well as fun contests and gaming insight. New videos post regularly. Check it out for yourself here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_3MGRJW9QooUXF29F5tF-A
    The Questwise Rifts® Explorer's Guide series travels the Megaverse® to reveal information about notable locations in Rifts®. The video about Northern Gun and Michigan's Upper Peninsula can be found it here: https://youtu.be/0lU9byK5G4g
  • The Guides to the Megaverse® podcast consists of a Palladium group with a collective total of over 100 years of gaming! The crew's Actual Play format consists of long term campaigns in Heroes Unlimited™, Robotech®, Palladium Fantasy®, and Beyond the Supernatural™, with occasional games in other settings. There are more than 90 episodes available for download. Check them out here: https://guidesmegaverse.podbean.com/
  • Through Gamer Goggles – Matt Lemke's podcasts and YouTube videos cover the gaming industry. In fact if you haven't seen them yet, check out his many Gen Con interviews: http://gamer-goggles.com/blog/category/conventions/gen-con-2018/
  • HippoTV on Twitch.tv. The good folks at HippoTV (https://www.twitch.tv/HippoTV/) host a wide variety of games most days of the week. For fans of Palladium Books® they feature a Heroes Unlimited™ and an After the Bomb® space game. The gamers playing these games come from all over the world, are very enthusiastic, and represent a wide variety of experience with Palladium's games.

If you are doing a Palladium fan-based website, podcasts, YouTube programming, etc., please let us know so we can take a look at what you are doing and so we can give you a shout out. We do not have the staff and resources to do everything we want to do, so we appreciate the fan sites that feature Palladium Books' games and settings and promote the RPG hobby. Awesome. We are happy to support you when we can.

What's Coming (in production or development):

And much more in development for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Splicers® and more!

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