Palladium Books® – Weekly Update – December 23, 2020

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A holiday message from Kevin Siembieda and Friends

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve, followed by Christmas Day and Kwanzaa (and Boxing Day for our friends in Canada). As a result, we are sending out this Weekly Update filled with love and warm holiday wishes to you a day earlier than usual.

I see Christmas as a time of kindness and appreciation regardless of faith. I like that and I have embraced this sentiment for decades now. Hence our Christmas Surprise Package offer and the time we take to try to make each and every one of them special just for you. This is the case whether that Surprise Package is a gift for Christmas or comes after we extend the offer into the first 12 days of the New Year. It is our way of showing you our appreciation and saying thank you. After all, we could not do any of this without you, and you are truly our extended family and important to us.

So the main news this week:

1. Sale extended – the Palladium Surprise Package offer is extended thru January 12, 2021. Explore new worlds of adventure. See details below.

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2. Sale on DriveThruRPG for many PDF Palladium titles (Fantasy, Heroes Unlimited, After the Bomb, etc.) – ends after midnight, December 29, 2020. PDFs, nice to have as a portable reference. See details below.

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3. Sale Ending – 6 days left to get iconic Palladium Books artwork on 24 x 14 neoprene playmats from the Red Duke Games Kickstarter. They are beautiful. See details below.

Play Mats Kickstarter by Red Duke Games

4. Sale Ending – 5 days remaining to get your Savage Rifts® Bundle of Holding. Something different. See details below.

Savage Rifts Bundle of Holding

5. It is Christmas Weekend – try to enjoy it! Focus on the people you care about and the things that bring you joy. Please take the time to do that for yourselves and your loved ones. Merry Christmas.

To help put you into the holiday spirit, below are a selection of some of the longer and more personal comments we have gotten with the Surprise Packages. They come from gamers and Palladium fans just like you. We appreciate every word, and we wish them and you our best this holiday season and all through the New Year. I hope you enjoy reading them. We see them as another little gift to lift our spirits. A few product descriptions and updates about sales ending follow them.

With love and appreciation – Kevin Siembieda & the Crew

Surprise Package Comments from fans just like you

O.B. in Adelaide, Southern Australia, writes (in part): I am ordering this Grab Bag for my dad who introduced me to Rifts® and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles® RPG when I was only ten years old ... Thank you so much for inspiring an extra generation’s worth of imagination!

[How cool is that? I am humbled and delighted, O.B. I hope Dad enjoys the Surprise Package I put together. Btw, I thought that was a very sweet gesture and I know he will love it. Merry Christmas to you and yours, and may the New Year be filled with good health, laughter, and good times at the gaming table. Oh, and do not stop with two generations of Palladium games! Here’s to future generations. Have fun. Ho, ho, ho. – KS]

K.T. in Liberty Lake, Washington, writes (in part): I have been playing Rifts® set in the US/Mexico region for the last year and Indians and vampires are no joke!

I was introduced to Rifts® last Christmas when my friend got a Surprise Package for me and I have fallen in love with the game. It has quickly become my favorite table top to play. In the last year I have gotten to know some really great people and I want to introduce this game to them. I’m looking to get a beginner’s starter package for Rifts®.

[First, thank you for making me laugh out loud. You are correct, Native American characters and vampires are no joke. They are tough hombres. My player group learned how dangerous and cunning Palladium vampires are in my early years of gaming with me. Glad you are enjoying that part of Rifts Earth. It is one of my personal favorites. Second, meeting great fellow gamers is all part of the magic of role-playing. And lastly, I hope you and your crew enjoyed the material in the Surprise Package. I thought the Traveling Shows, various tables, and info in the Rifts® Adventure Guide and the material in the Rifts® Primer and Adventures would provide plenty of ideas. Keep exploring the endless possibilities and have fun. – KS]

T.A. in Nebraska, writes: Thanks for coming out with this Surprise Package and thank you for creating Rifts®. I started playing with my childhood best friend in his basement during highschool. Years later I found myself depressed due to this pandemic. When my childhood friend reached out to play another game of Rifts® over Zoom, I never knew it would end up helping me through the pandemic so much. I look forward to playing the game this week, and I can say this game has saved me during this time. Thank you so much Kevin and everyone else who makes this world possible.

[Ironically, you and gamers like you, T.A., have helped save me and Palladium during hard times as well, in more ways than one. So I would say we are even on that front. I am sincerely glad that playing Rifts® has helped you and a lot of people through hard times in their lives, the pandemic just being one recent example. I never imagined when I started to create RPGs that they would have such a profound and positive effect on people. Just one more reason I am one of the luckiest guys in the whole world, and why I love my job and the people who play our games. Stay positive, T.A., keep that beautiful friendship and your sparkling imagination burning bright. We will get through this together. Hope is on the horizon. Merry Christmas and may the New Year be one of good health and returning normalcy for us all. – KS]

C.T. in Carlisle, PA, writes (in part): Just a quick note to say thank you again for having the Christmas sale! It is really something I look forward to. This year has been particularly rough ... so I really appreciate you all for being there for us ... The books ... I love the writing and the artwork in them all.

[Happy to please, C.T. Merry Christmas and let us hope 2021 is better for us all. – KS]

R.S. in Moody, Alabama, writes (in part): Favorites Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy® and Nightbane® ... I’m so glad y’all are still kicking butt after all these years. A friend got me into Palladium’s games back when I was in college ... Your games always inspire me to dream big ... I hope you all have a Merry Christmas.

[Game on and keep dreaming big, R.S. Thank you for your warm wishes. We expect to enjoy a nice, quiet, Christmas. Oh, and we plan to continue to kick butt into the New Year and beyond. You do the same, R.S. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. – KS]

T.F. in Ocala, Florida, writes: I have a wide set of favorite games. I love Chaos Earth® for the despair and uncertainty. I love Rifts® for the rise of heroism. I love Nightbane® for the dark resistance, and finally Robotech®, the giant mecha and the small book designs were a really great idea. I am a person who believes you cannot have enough books. I love this [game] system for the flexibility it gives us – just could use a little more flexibility in multi-classing. I am setting up a Christmas game to run with my family on Christmas day. For two of the children it will be their first game.

I will devour a book for all of its nuggets of info and suggestions. I am finally starting to get into the inspiration of telling my own story and not being bound to the rules of the books. These books provide hours of inspiration and planning for me.

[Thanks, T.F. It sounds like fun and games for Christmas. Awesome. I love books too, and I’m glad ours provide the inspiration to fuel your imagination. Don’t over-think your own stories. Trust your instincts and have fun running. I’m sure it will go well. Merry Christmas. – KS]

R.K. in Virginia Beach, Virginia, writes (in part): Favorites: Rifts®. I tried all the others in the past but Rifts® is the only world that keeps pulling me back in. I don’t get to pull out the books as often as I’d like these days, but when I do, it is always Rifts®. This year has seen a bit of an up-tick, though, as friends are looking for more small group gatherings.

[I’m glad that Rifts® stimulates your creativity over and over again, R.K. With any luck you will be able to continue to game more into the New Year. Keep traversing the Rifts for adventure and fun. – KS]

S.A. in Lombard, Illinois, writes (in part): ... I am starting to rebuild my library and this [Surprise Package] will be a great start. Thank you for all the hard work that all of you do in bringing these worlds to life!

[You are very welcome, S.A. We all love to push the envelope and make our game worlds fun and exciting. Good luck rebuilding your Rifts® library. There is still time to order another Surprise Package before the offer ends in January. Game on! – KS]

B.S. in Massillon, Ohio, writes: My uncle introduced me to Rifts® when I was 11. Sixteen years later, we still play and have a great time! Now I have kids of my own and I’m excited for the day I can introduce them to this awesome game. I’ve never been a G.M. but my uncle and cousins want me to run a game. I love the Hades book and nobody in my group has played a Minion War campaign, so I’ve been writing ideas. Next year my cousin and I are coming to our first Palladium Open House. We even bought VIP night! I can’t wait to thank you all for the memories and bonds I’ve made through this game.

[I appreciate the very kind words and warm regard, B.S. I love our excitement too, so I hope you will not be too disappointed to learn the 2021 Palladium Open House has been rescheduled for April 2022. We thought it would be best for everyone to delay the event to the following year. I talk about it in my Closing Thoughts in the December 3, 2020 Weekly Update. But if you should find yourselves in Westland, Michigan before then, please stop by the Palladium office to say hello and to get a pre-Open House tour. I mean that. Mask required. – KS]

J.M. in Elliot Lake, Ontario, Canada, writes (in part): Favorites: Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts® and the ENTIRE Megaverse®! Thank you so much for doing this [the Christmas Surprise Package] every year. It really is a tradition in my household. I love sharing the Megaverse with my 15 and 16 year old daughters. They LOVE Palladium Fantasy and Heroes Unlimited! This is my second order. In a way, I consider it my third because I also ordered all the Savage Rifts® books [from Pinnacle Entertainment] in their new book set. GREAT MAPS! ... Just thank you for all of your hard work and brilliant imaginations. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, best game ever!

[Well, thank you for the high praise, J.M. I’m glad Palladium’s annual Surprise Package offer has become a tradition in your home. It is also tradition for us to extend the offer briefly into the New Year, so if you are hankering for a second Surprise Package, there is still time. Please note that Rifts® CS Manhunters (January?), BTS Creature Feature (February?), Titan Robotics (March?), Rifts® Antarctica (May?) and Rifts® Bestiary Volume 2 (summer?) have slid into the New Year thanks to the craziness related to the pandemic. Like most of you, 2020 has been a wild ride for us, but we are shooting to make 2021 a banner year for Palladium with new releases. You and the girls should plan on joining us for the Palladium Open House rescheduled for April 2022. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. – KS]

A.F. in Corbin, Kentucky, writes (in part): I am looking forward to the release of the Psychic Scream sourcebook for Chaos Earth®. Any chance that there might be untamed versions of the Psi-Mechanic or Psi-Tech?

[There will be now, A.F. What a great suggestion! Thank you for it. When you see these untamed versions of the characters you will know they are present because of your suggestion, A.F. Keep that imagination burning bright. – KS]

J.C. in Lebanon, Indiana, writes (in part): Favorites: Rifts®, Splicers®, and Heroes Unlimited™. I am super looking forward to Rifts® Antarctica and I’m glad you guys included an ancient city. Looking forward to CS Manhunters and the next Bestiary too. I hope you consider doing a Bestiary for Dragons. It would be really nice to have all the rules in one place and get some updates for the different hatchlings together. Along those lines, it would be cool to see some sourcebooks dedicated to different O.C.C.s ... and always thanks for keeping up the good work. I would have never gotten into RPGs as hard as I have without Rifts® to suck me in.

[Hah! You are very welcome, J.C. And while I make no promises, we have been kicking around the idea of doing a Dragon Bestiary for a few years now as well as sourcebooks dedicated to specific O.C.C.s. Do you have listening devices hidden in our offices, J.C.? Or maybe one of the Palladium freelancers or staff members have been replaced by an Archie-3 android and is feeding you inside information! Or are you reading my thoughts ... or ... or ... whatever the case, happy holidays and game on. Did someone say I was a goof ball recently? – KS]

L.H. in Fountain, Colorado, writes (in part): As a long time fan since the first edition of Palladium Fantasy came out and Robotech®, I have collected everything that I could. Sadly, over the past 19 years I slowed down on the hard copies of books. I have enjoyed Rifts® the most, but all the games are great to me. Please try to complete the CS Manhunters and Disavowed books. I am looking forward to them.

It has been years since I ordered a Christmas Package. Thank you for still doing them. For 17 years, Palladium Books has been a staple in my personal arsenal [when things got rough] ... Thank you for going to PDFs for the books, they helped ... I felt it was time to get caught back up with my personal collection ... Keep the books coming out.

[Hi L.H., I am so glad our books and worlds are there to help you through challenging times. Thank you for sharing that with me. Please stay positive and keep your beautiful heart and imagination burning bright. You can count on me finishing Rifts® CS Manhunters very soon. The Disavowed should also see release in 2021 along with other good stuff throughout the new year. Stand strong and game on! – KS]

J.J. in Basehor, Kansas, writes: Favorites: After the Bomb®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, Dead Reign® and pretty much everything, though not the biggest fan of Robotech® RPG Tactics, but not much of a strategist.

I love Palladium and hope someday people will come to their senses and realize there are many, many other RPG companies as well as independent publishers aside from Wizards of the Coast. Hopefully, I will be able to make it to the Palladium Open House if it still takes place, ‘cause it would be brilliant to actually meet others who play due to not knowing many who do.

[Hi J.J. In the past, Palladium was listed as one of the Top 5 games publishers for something like 20 years before a series of unexpected circumstances hit us hard. There are plenty of people who play Palladium’s games with more discovering us every day. If you can make it to the Palladium Open House, rescheduled for April 2022, you will indeed meet a few hundred of them from across the country and around the world. Hope to see you there. As for WotC, their success with Dungeons & Dragons only spreads the word about RPGs of all kinds. But I know what you are saying. Many stores only offer the hottest and/or newest games and ignore us smaller companies. That’s why we need our fans to spread the word about our RPGs to their fellow gamers, talk about their favorite games and adventures online, etc. Thanks for the support J.J and game on. – KS]

R.K. in Bellingham, Washington, writes (in part): I have been a huge fan of Palladium Books ever since I first picked up a copy of Rifts® and made a Glitter Boy pilot. That was in 1994. I have played lots of different games and systems over the years but I always come back to Palladium. The true soul of fantasy RPGs is that you can be anything you want to be. In the Palladium system that is the most true. I have had rough times ... but Palladium was there helping me through. Thank you for your tireless work.

[Glad to be there for you, R.K., just like you are for us. It is good to hear how about how many gamers find fun and escape in our games through these difficult times. Stay strong, remain hopeful and please continue to find joy in the little things like gaming. Because, really, finding joy and peace in anything is not such a little thing at all. Btw, I completely agree that RPGing should allow you to be and play anything you can imagine and lets the players (and G.M.) explore the infinite possibilities. Take care and continue to enjoy the depths of the role-playing game experience. – KS]

A.P. in Cottage Grove, Minnesota, writes: I have been playing your RPGs since 1995. I quit gaming for about 10 years because of work and raising kids, but my son (15) found my old Rifts® books and wanted to learn. So my old gaming crew got their teenage sons and we’ve started gaming again. It’s been awesome teaching a new generation the greatness of Rifts®. Thanks for all the years of great games and books.

[What a funny and awesome story, A.P., I am delighted by it. Thanks for sharing and game on! – KS]

M.M. in Cross Plains, Tennessee, writes (in part): I love what you did with Beyond the Supernatural, Second Edition, especially the Psychic Medium player character. I like that it is a little bit of a utility game that can drop in different eras and settings.

Rifts® will always be my first love, though, because it introduced me to RPGs. Throwing everything together was a great idea. Who doesn’t love giant robots fighting dragons? To be honest though, I got old one day and decided Rogue Scholars driving Behemoth Explorers were my favorite characters to play. Something about breaking into secret libraries and stealing books from my robot RV became appealing.

I’m also a long time Nightbane® [player]. It’s just a really unique flavorful world that really scratches my itch for espionage games. It is almost like a metaphor for the Cold War, but with monsters and Earth is the third world country ...

[M.M. there is nothing wrong with enjoying characters that are not fighters or powerhouses. They can be a blast to play. That is why Rogue Scholars and other diverse characters are in our games. Looking to play a more cerebral or cunning and sneaky character, we’ve got them for you. It sounds like you are having a blast with our RPGs, cool. Keep your imagination burning and game on! – KS]

B.M.H.B in Arizona City, Arizona, writes: Merry Christmas and thank you for such an awesome offer for such a great system and range of genres.

[Merry Christmas to you as well, B.M.H.B., your kind words are appreciated. – KS]

J.M. in New Market, MD, writes: I primarily play Rifts® and get books from everything else to expand the Rifts Megaverse. Mostly obsessed with magic and psionics and high tech. Have a Merry Christmas and happy New Year.

[Same to you, J.M. Oh, we will be giving you plenty to satisfy your obsessions in the New Year with titles like CS Manhunters, Titan Robotics, Chaos Earth Psychic Scream and a whole lot more. – KS]

Merry Christmas and happy holidays, everyone. I hope you get to enjoy a long weekend even if it is relaxing or talking with loved ones via some device or another. – Kevin Siembieda

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package offer EXTENDED thru January 12, 2021

Yes, you still have time to nab a Surprise Package for yourself or as a gift for an upcoming birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any gift-giving occasion; or to replace battered old books, or to try new world settings. But time is running out. The Surprise Package offer ends January 12, 2021, and will not be extended further. Enjoy.

The extension of the Surprise Packages into the New Year has become something of a welcomed tradition we are happy to provide. We do this for those of you who have been so busy spending your time and money on your family and friends, that you have not had the time or funds to treat yourself to a well-deserved Christmas Surprise Package.

We also extend it for those of you who cannot get enough of Palladium’s games and want to start the New Year off with a setting or source material to launch a new campaign. And for those of you who can use a Surprise Package as the perfect gift for a birthday, anniversary, or special occasion coming up in January or February. (Valentine’s Day?)

And we extend the Surprise Packages for you Johnny Come-Latelies who were meaning to get one, but how time flies during the holidays even during a pandemic. Speaking of which, after this crazy year, we thought extending the holiday joy of gaming into the New Year was more essential than ever. So please, enjoy the extended Surprise Package sale.

Meanwhile, try to spend some time this Christmas weekend with friends and family, even if by long-distance via Zoom, Skype, Discord, Facebook, email, phone, or text. Then, during the weeks afterward, run games for friends and family to escape into the Palladium Megaverse® and find relief and laughter as often as you can.

What is a Christmas Surprise Package? Extended to January 12, 2021

A smile and a hug that comes in a box filled with signed game books from available Palladium staff and freelancers. And God knows this year has been so crazy, we need something fun like the Christmas Surprise Package to bring a little joy and laughter into our lives. With so many people suffering from Covid-19 related doldrums, frustration, and in some cases, money issues, they need to escape to realms of role-playing adventures. Not to mention the huge savings and autographs, if you want them, available via a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package.

A Surprise Package is your way to get physical books (and autographs if you want them) for PDF prices! $95-$100+ worth of Palladium products for only $50 (plus shipping and handling)! That can nab you four or more items when these days one core rule book can cost you that alone.

These Surprise Packages are our way of saying thank you for your support and showing you our love and appreciation. It’s a surprise because you never know exactly what you’re going to get or who will sign your books, because we pick from your Wish List and may surprise you with stuff you are not expecting. Extra items may include other RPGs, sourcebooks, issues of the Rifter®, novels, miniatures, prints, art books, greeting cards, T-shirts, negatives, original art, and other items. Some books may be slightly damaged (scuffs, scratches, dings, a crunched corner, etc.) so we can send you more.

Truly the best deal in gaming, Palladium's 23rd Annual Christmas Surprise Package gets you $95-$105, sometimes MORE, worth of product for ONLY $50 (plus shipping and handling), as gifts for others or for yourself. That’s physical books at PDF prices. And if you want them signed we will sign each and every one of them. Plus we have some original art by Chuck Walton and maybe a few others you may request. But don’t count on it, still provide us with a juicy Wish List. Art is donated by the artists and very limited.

Christmas Surprise Packages are not just for Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you are looking for that special gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any special occasion that falls between now and the end of the year, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs (if you want ‘em), and you look like you spent a fortune.

This is also a great way to try that game setting you’ve wondered about – Splicers®, Dead Reign®, Chaos Earth®, Palladium Fantasy®, Nightbane®, Mechanoid Invasion®, Rifts®, After the Bomb®, etc. – or to get something for your favorite Game Master. Or perhaps, to get your player group to consider a new game or setting.

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

Autographed books. For those of you who want them (which are most people), available members of the Palladium staff, and any freelancers we can lasso at the time, are happy to autograph each and every book in your Surprise Package. This is the only way many fans across the country and overseas can ever get signed books.

Send us your brief comments. There is a special form and format to fill out for Christmas Surprise Packages, including a place where you can offer your brief comments, suggestions, greetings and salutations.

First-timers are always nervous until they see the great value in their first Surprise Package. A typical Grab Bag has $95-$105 worth of product, sometimes more! Yes, sometimes more, for only $50 plus shipping and handling. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, rebuild your collection, replace worn out books, and get your gaming pals gifts. PLEASE spread the word about this great offer.

To those of you outside the USA, the X-Mas Surprise Package is a way to get books and circumvent the damn high cost of shipping from the United States, since you are getting $95-$100 (often more) worth of product and only paying $50 plus a small handling charge. Shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing more than four pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada and many other countries is around $50-$60 US dollars. HOWEVER, because the cost of the product is so low, that’s the equivalent of paying retail for the products and only $0-$30 for shipping. A very good deal. Plus you get autographs if you want them! X-Mas Surprise Packages are the way to go for those of you outside the USA. Please take advantage of it to get all those products you’ve wished you could get except the shipping was too prohibitive. We feel your pain. Game on!

Please spread the word. The Christmas Surprise Package is only publicized by word of mouth, on Palladium's website, and social media, so please tell everyone you know. Buy one for every gamer you know. They make astonishing gifts for every occasion.

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SALE! Palladium Christmas Sale – Now through Christmas Weekend – Ends after Midnight, Tuesday, December 29

ALL Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, After the Bomb®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, and Beyond the Supernatural titles are on sale for the holiday – now thru December 29 on

Need that last minute gift for the holidays but don’t want to pay for expedited shipping? Or want to start the New Year off with gaming fun? Take advantage of the Palladium Christmas Sale on to get a wide range of PDF titles that are on sale. No need to worry about delivery in time for Christmas. Snag yourself or a pal some PDF books now through the holiday weekend and take a look at the Savage Rifts® Bundle of Holding also taking place. Enjoy.

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SALE! Savage Rifts® Bundle of Holding and Savage Worlds® Explorer Bundle of Holding – Ends December 28

Rifts® for Savage Worlds Bundle of Holding is running now. It is Pinnacle Entertainment’s adaptation of Rifts Earth for the fast-furious-fun Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (SWADE) rules. Btw, Savage Rifts® maps are awesome and their adventures can be easily adapted to your Palladium-based Rifts® campaigns, and vice versa. Likewise, Savage Rifts® players can easily adapt Palladium’s 90+ Rifts titles to their campaigns to provide additional monsters, magic, villains, weapons, locations, and adventure in their games. So take a look at the Savage Rifts® Bundle of Holding and maybe get some fun PDFs on the cheap to keep you warm during the winter. I enjoy reading their condensed histories and summaries of Rifts Earth, people and places as well as their new twists.

Pinnacle’s Savage Rifts® enlists your adventurer group for a campaign of rail gun-shredding, mega-powered, magic-flinging adventure across Rifts Earth. And ALL of these Savage Rifts® titles are newly revised for the 2019 Savage Worlds Adventure Edition core rule book, which is not included in this offer.

For just $12.95 US Dollars you get all five Rifts® SWADE supplements and sourcebooks in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $43) as DRM-free PDF ebooks, including the Tomorrow Legion Player's Guide, Game Master's Handbook, Tomorrow Legion Field Manual, Mega Power List, and the six pre-generated player characters in Savage Rifts® Archetypes Set 1.

And if you pay more than this offer's threshold price, you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with nine more titles worth an additional $44, including Rifts® Savage Foes of North America, the full-length adventure Garnet Town Gambit, six full-color Combat Maps, and the Savage Rifts® GM Screen Inserts. Used with permission under license.

The Savage Worlds Bundle of Holding offers are also highlighting the storied past of Savage Worlds with a new companion offer, Savage Explorer Essentials. It is a big retrospective of Pinnacle’s Explorer's Edition rule book and its many Companions, plus campaign settings like 50 Fathoms and Necessary Evil. (Caution: The Essentials offer presents the 2007 Explorer's Edition rules, which are not fully compatible with the SWADE titles in this offer.)

The Good Fight: Ten percent of each payment (after gateway fees) for the two current Savage Worlds offers goes to the charity chosen by Pinnacle Entertainment's Shane Hensley and Palladium's Kevin Siembieda, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

To learn more about these Bundles of Holding, go to

Red Duke Games Playmats Kickstarter

LAST DAYS to get Palladium Playmats – Red Duke Games Playmats Kickstarter ENDS Monday, December 28

The Red Duke Games Playmats Kickstarter is fully funded and guaranteed, so if you want any Rifts® playmats (Dead Reign®, Nightbane®, and others), now is the time to place your orders. Many of these iconic Palladium Books images were special requests from backers who are fans like you, and there are new additions that include the famous Ley Line scene (one of my favorites by Kevin Long), Coalition Forces on the move (Spider Skull Walkers, Skelebots, CS troops; also by Long), Psyscape (Zeleznik) and the powerful Rifts® CCG cover (Zeleznik) along with the Red ‘Borg and others. Time is starting to run out as this Kickstarter winds down. ENDS December 28, 2020.

This is your chance to get Palladium Books’ iconic artwork on 24x14 inch playmats, because we do not know if they will ever be offered again. They are being made available via a special arrangement with Red Duke Games, the people who brought you the Necronomnomnom Cookbook. Palladium selections include full color art from Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, and Palladium Fantasy® covers along with many other Red Duke Games Playmats. This is a limited time Kickstarter offer, so you need to act before the Kickstarter ends and before you get caught up in the holiday frenzy.

This is the first time ever that Palladium’s artwork has been made available on playmats and they are available only via this holiday Kickstarter. Btw, if the response is strong enough, Red Duke Games may ask us to include MORE, so go check out the Playmats by Red Duke Games Kickstarter and spread the word.

A great way to start the New Year. I believe they said the playmats will be printed and shipped sometime in February. See the Playmats by Red Duke Games Kickstarter for complete details.

Play Mats Kickstarter by Red Duke Games

BACK IN STOCK for the Holidays only – Systems Failure RPG – BTS Boxed Nightmares – Nightbane®: Shadows of Light sourcebook

Whew, these titles are flying off the shelf, so I guess we were right to do a limited run for the holidays like we did a few years ago. Get ‘em while you can. Available on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Also available as PDF books on DriveThruRPG.

Systems Failure RPG

Systems Failure™ RPG: It is time to fight back, kill some bugs, and take our world back! In this invasion setting you battle a plague of bugs – alien bugs – that drink electrical energy and have plunged the world into crisis. This fun, standalone post-apocalypse game was designed at the start of the New Millennium and poked fun at the Y2K fears about the end of the world in 2000. The game is a blast whether you play it deadly serious or with a touch of humor. Kill the bugs! $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 650 – Shipping now.

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Boxed Nightmares

Boxed Nightmares, a Beyond the Supernatural sourcebook: Six adventures, monsters, and many adventure ideas. Scary fun. $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 701 – Shipping now.

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Nightbane Shadows of Light

Shadows of Light, a Nightbane® Sourcebook: The angel-like Athanatos, Fallen Guardians, the Reapers, info about various factions, a vampire conspiracy, a Pittsburgh adventure, and more. $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 734 – Shipping now.

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Rifts Lazlo Raw Preview

Rifts® Lazlo Raw Preview – available now and is our fastest selling Raw Preview Edition ever

The Lazlo Raw Preview (and Hammer of the Forge Novel) continues to blow out the door faster than we expected. Awesome. If you have not ordered one, what are you waiting for? Remember, the Raw Preview is a limited edition collector’s item with only 350 copies available to you on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Get your first glimpse of Lazlo with the Rifts® Lazlo Raw Preview. A noble experiment and idealistic utopia where all manner of people are accepted. A place where learning and education are embraced, and its people strive to be better, braver, bolder, and kinder. An oasis of comparative peace and goodness in a world that is still climbing out of the smoldering ruins and chaos of the Great Cataclysm and the Coming of the Rifts.

Here mages and visitors from across the Megaverse safely rub shoulders with adventurers, mages, mercs, D-Bees, dragons, and creatures of all sorts. Many of these outsiders are bristling with rumors and tales of their exploits, treasures to be won, monsters and villains to be slain or opposed, and wonders to be experienced by those up to the challenge. Author Mark Oberle did a great job setting the stage and leaving all kinds of little enticements and hints about Lazlo and things to come like the Expeditionary Corp, the Lazlo Defense Force, and a whole lot more.

Rifts® Lazlo Raw Preview – Collector’s Edition – limited to 350 copies

  • An overview of the Free State of Lazlo.
  • Its government, business districts, Schools of Magic, and more.
  • New magic O.C.C.s.
  • New Techno-Wizard items and armor.
  • New spells.
  • Erin Tarn, notable characters, notable places.
  • Adventure ideas and more.
  • Only 350 copies of this limited collector’s item are available.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • Written by Mark Oberle.
  • 160 pages – $25.99 retail – Cat. No. 882-RAW.
  • Available now while supplies last. Don’t delay, order today.
  • What is a Raw Preview Edition? It is the unfinished, unedited, advance manuscript subject to rewrites and expansion. It gets a limited print run of around 200-350 copies and is fun for collectors to have something rare and unique. Game Masters and players get a glimpse into the future and may be able to get a jump on visiting Lazlo and plotting adventures. It is especially handy for writers and game designers who get to see the development process at Palladium when they compare what is in the Raw Preview and what sees print in the final book; i.e. what gets expanded, developed further, added, dropped out, etc. And remember, Rifts® Lazlo is likely to be the first of 3 or more related, but standalone titles. That is how comprehensive we want to make Lazlo. Heck, fans have waited 30 years for Lazlo to be defined, and we do not want to disappoint. The Raw Preview is 160 pages all by itself. Note: Yes, you may request it in your Surprise Package Wish List but this is a limited edition collector’s item so only a certain amount are being put aside for the Surprise Package.

Rifts Lazlo Raw Preview

Hammer of the Forge 1

Rifts® Hammer of the Forge Novel, Volume One – available now

Becoming a Cosmo-Knight™ is something children across the Three Galaxies dream about. But for Caleb Vulcan of Earth, the stories of the Cosmic Forge are unknown. As he teeters at a crossroads, he has no idea what is speaking to him nor the power of the choice he is about to make.

Join Caleb on his adventures across the Megaverse®, visit Phase World and meet an eclectic range of people from True Atlanteans and Space Wulfen to the Kreeghor and Cosmo-Knights.

The Cosmo-Knight™ is the first of two Hammer of the Forge™ novels that collect the epic, fan fave stories serialized in The Rifter®. It is a roller coaster ride that brings Rifts Earth, Phase World® and the Three Galaxies to action-packed life. Very fun. It is available as a physical novel from Palladium Books AND as a PDF from – so are the Rifts® Trilogy of novels by Adam Chilson and the Rifts® Anthology book (11 authors) set in the Chi-Town ‘Burbs. Note: The further adventures of Cosmo-Knight Caleb Vulcan and friends are found Rifts® Hammer of the Forge™ Novel, Volume Two: The Reckoning, shipping now.

  • Great cover. A fun read.
  • 5 x 8 inch paperback.
  • Written by James M.G. Cannon.
  • Re-edited and compiled into two novels.
  • 288 pages – $13.99 – Cat. No. 306 – available now.
  • Note: Hammer of the Forge and ALL Rifts® novels are available as physical books from as well as PDF books on – epic adventure that spans the Megaverse®.

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Hammer of the Forge 2

NEW! Rifts® Hammer of the Forge Novel, Volume Two – now shipping!

The continuing adventures of Cosmo-Knight Caleb Vulcan take our hero across space and time to be pitted against one enemy after another. The first is the wicked Royal Kreeghor, Geryon, commander of the Shadowstar, a dreadnaught rumored to carry a star-slaying weapon capable of snuffing out entire solar systems.

Then Caleb must once again face the mad Elf, Elias Harkonnen. A soulless psychopath who quit the Invincible Guardsmen because they did not offer him enough opportunities to kill people. A mad dog who relishes the thought of adding a Cosmo-Knight to his list of illustrious victims.

As each chapter unfolds, our hero faces new challenges and encounters friends and foes, and twists and turns too shocking to reveal here. Such is the power and legacy of a Cosmo-Knight.

  • The Reckoning is the second of two Hammer of the Forge™ novels that collect the epic, fan fave stories serialized in The Rifter®. Available as a PDF on DriveThru and as a physical book from
  • Great cover. A fun read.
  • 5 x 8 inch paperback.
  • Written by James M.G. Cannon.
  • Re-edited and compiled into two novels.
  • 304 pages – $14.99 – Cat. No. 307 – now shipping!
  • Note: The Hammer of the Forge novels, the Rifts® Trilogy of novels by Adam Chilson, the Rifts® Anthology: Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs (11 authors), Machinations of Doom graphic novel by Ramon K. Perez, and Path of the Storm, a proposed Rifts® movie script, are all available as physical books from as well as PDF books on – epic adventure that spans the Megaverse®.

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NEW on – Palladium Christmas Sale – Rifts® Savage Worlds Bundle of Holding – Hammer of the Forge Novel, Volume Two

SALE! All Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, After the Bomb®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, and Beyond the Supernatural titles are on sale for the holiday – now thru December 29. Need that last minute gift for the holidays but don’t want to pay for expedited shipping? Or want to start the New Year off with gaming fun? Take advantage of the Palladium Christmas Sale on to get a wide range of PDF titles that are on sale in time for Christmas and even a little after. On sale now through the holiday weekend. Enjoy.

NEW! Rifts® for Savage Worlds Bundle of Holding is happening right now! This is Pinnacle Entertainment’s adaptation of Rifts® for the fast-furious-fun Savage Worlds Adventure Edition (SWADE) rules. Btw, Savage Rifts® maps are awesome and their adventures can be easily adapted to your Palladium-based Rifts® campaigns, and vice versa. The source material in Palladium’s books – a vast array of additional characters, monsters, magic, weapons, locations, adventures, etc., are easily adapted to provide more depth and history and adventure options for your Savage Worlds campaigns.

This is an opportunity for you to check out Savage Rifts® and maybe get some fun PDFs on the cheap to keep you warm during the winter. I enjoy reading their condensed histories and summaries of Rifts Earth, people and places.

NEW! Rifts® Hammer of the Forge, Volume Two: The Reckoning is now available as a PDF novel. It completes the original story of Cosmo-Knight Caleb Vulcan with dramatic and fun flair as it reveals his continuing adventures. Adventures and challenges that carry our hero across space and time to be pitted against one enemy after another. As each chapter unfolds, our hero faces new challenges and encounters friends and foes, and twists and turns too shocking to reveal here. Such is the power and legacy of a Cosmo-Knight. Now available as a PDF on DriveThru. Note: The Hammer of the Forge novels, the Rifts® Trilogy of novels by Adam Chilson, the Rifts® Anthology: Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs (11 authors), Machinations of Doom graphic novel by Ramon K. Perez, and Path of the Storm, a proposed Rifts® movie script, are all available as physical books from as well as PDF books on – epic adventure that spans the Megaverse®.

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NEW! Rifts® Hammer of the Forge, Volume One: The Cosmo-Knight is available as a PDF novel on DriveThruRPG and as a physical book from See the full description for The Cosmo-Knight earlier in this Update.

Also Coming: Sneak previews of upcoming books, more novels and fun.

Available now! In the Face of Death™, the latest in Palladium’s Zombie Apocalypse series. It deals with survival in the big city and the suburbs where it is said survival is impossible, and yet communities thrive. New survivor O.C.C.s, human urban predators, cults, heroes, city resources, new villains, bold survivor children as player characters, superhuman survivors, 101 adventure ideas, and much more.

In the Face of Death on DriveThruRPG

Reminder: Rifts® Index One and Two, as well as Rifts® Novel 3: Treacherous Awakenings are available as PDF titles along with the first two novels and 300+ other Palladium Books RPG Titles. Gen Con Online talked about Rifts®, Rifts® Bestiary, Rifts® Dimension Books, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Heroes Unlimited™, and other Palladium game lines, ALL of which are available as PDFs from DriveThru and most of which are available as physical books from Palladium directly.

Recent Release – Rifts® Novel 3: Treacherous Awakenings™, the pulse-pounding and satisfying conclusion to the Rifts® trilogy by Adam Chilson. It is available as a PDF on right now! $9.99 – Cat. No. 303. The other two novels, Rifts® Sonic Boom and Rifts® Deception’s Web, are also available as PDFs from DriveThru for your reading pleasure along with more than 300 RPG titles with more stuff coming your way. Note: We also plan to make it available as our first Print On Demand title from DriveThruRPG in the near future. Watch for it.

Rifts Novel 3 on DriveThruRPG

In the works for DriveThru in the weeks ahead: In no particular order, Duty’s Edge™, a new Rifts® novel in the pipeline from Will Erwin, the collected The Hammer of the Forge™ (cosmic adventure across Phase World® and the Three Galaxies), and more.

Recent on DriveThruRPG – Rifts® Sonic Boom™. Follow the exploits of a CS platoon sworn to protect humankind from all threats, be they aliens, dragons, masters of magic or fellow humans out for themselves; the second novel in this trilogy, Deception’s Web™, reveals a conspiracy within the Coalition military that could spell disaster for our protagonists. All of it building up to the pulse-pounding events of the 3rd novel: Rifts® Treacherous Awakenings™. The Rifter® #84 offers adventure source material for Rifts® (Golems in the Myst), Heroes Unlimited™ (the City of Cascade by Wujcik and Reed), Palladium Fantasy RPG® (an Elven Kingdom), Beyond the Supernatural™ (an epic adventure, a short story, and a monster), Nightbane® (Spellbound O.C.C.), why The Rifter® is on hiatus, and more.

Also available: Free Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) and Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Previews, and the 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.

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

  • 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® #1-84, ALL issues of The Rifter®. Each issue is a wealth of source material and ideas for 3-6 different Palladium game lines. Most are easily adapted to ANY Palladium game setting. Each issue a gem. 8,500 pages of source material and ideas for heroes, villains, monsters, magic, gear, and adventure.
  • 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.

Palladium Collectibles, Negatives, Artwork, other Collectibles and Toys are 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).

Closing Thoughts – Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone. Do yourself a favor and try to put the pandemic, politics, and work aside and spend your weekend reaching out to those you love. If this year has taught us anything it is that nothing is certain or predictable anymore, and life is more precious than we may have ever realized.

I hope Santa is nice to you this Christmas and that you find peace and joy in who and what you have. Give the wonderful people you are with a hug, and please stay safe and hang tough. Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas.

– Kevin Siembieda, Surrogate Santa and Friend

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