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Palladium Books® – Weekly Update – December 8, 2022

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

By Kevin Siembieda

First, our deepest thanks to all of you who sent your heartfelt condolences about the loss of our dear friend and Palladium Titan, Julius Rosenstein. He is missed, but not forgotten. Last week was rough, but with your help we got through it. Thank you. There is a forum thread on the Palladium website where you can share your thoughts about and experiences with Julius.

As you read this, Sean and I should be returning from a business road trip. We had rescheduled it once and could not do so again. We should be home sometime tonight or tomorrow. I wrote this Weekly Update five days ago and we signed a zillion books for Surprise Packages before we left. I’m sure Crystal and the guys did a good job while we were gone. Any challenging requests have been put aside until our return for me to handle, which may mean delayed shipping for a few of you. I’m not big on driving long distances, but in a way it is a nice break from the usual routine and a distraction from Julius’s passing. Again our thanks to the many people who have reached out to us and sent condolences to the family.

Only 2 weeks till Christmas! Half that time to order and receive packages in time for Christmas. We will continue to package and ship them as fast as they come in. Remember, you can order a Surprise Package up till Christmas Eve (December 24), but there are NO guarantees packages ordered and shipped via Media Mail after today (December 8) will arrive in time for Christmas. Some may, most will not. We strongly recommend UPS. It’s more expensive, but fast, reliable, and insured. Of course, if you do not need it delivered in time for Christmas, Media Mail is your least expensive method of shipping. Just expect it to take 10-18 days rather than the usual 4-8 days.

UPS Ground Orders placed by December 15 will arrive in time for Christmas barring extreme weather or possible unexpected delays. We recommend you place orders and ship via UPS this weekend and next week to avoid expedited shipping costs to get it in time for Christmas delivery. We will be working through the weekend to make sure all orders placed over the weekend go out Monday or Tuesday. Keep the orders coming and we’ll do our best to get them to you in time for Christmas. NOTE: See complete estimated ship dates below, under the Surprise Package description.

UPDATE: Creature Feature is flying off the shelves because folks are loving it! 15 dynamic and truly unique monsters, rules clarifications, gaming tips, adventure, and more. What’s that? You haven’t played Beyond the Supernatural? Well, maybe it’s time you gave it a try. The Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer is a great way to try new settings like BTS and pick up other titles you’ve been meaning to try. There’s nothing quite like Beyond the Supernatural on the market. And yes, further support of the game line is coming in with Beyond Arcanum™ and Tomes Grotesque™, among other ideas. We just are not ready to speculate on release dates. Check out the FREE Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com.

NEW and COMING: “Original” Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG Bonus Foil Hardcover (1st Edition rules and monsters). Due to popular demand from our fans, we have a deluxe, blood red foil hardcover at the printer. This is a reprint of the 1st Edition Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG; exactly as it was originally printed, plus an epic 32 page adventure from The Rifter® by Hendrik Härterich as bonus material. As soon as we have a confirmed ship date from our printer we will let you know. We are hoping to have it before the year’s end.

Red foil on a black faux leatherette. 288 pages, $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 699HC – release date to come. (Hoping it will be end of December or early January.)

UPDATE: Rifts® Coalition Manhunters and The Rifter® #85 – Gamers must be playing and talking about Rifts® Manhunters because sales have shot up for the holiday season. It is a great book filled with villains, secrets, and information about the Coalition States and its invisible army of psychic defenders. Not to mention 50 new psionic abilities. Check out the FREE Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com. The Rifter® #85 is another title that keeps selling and is seeing strong sales surge for the holidays. Actually, all The Rifter® back issues are selling well.

WARNING! Hardcover Editions are selling like crazy. We should have enough of most titles to get through the holiday season but a few may temporarily sell out before Christmas. For example, the “Original” Palladium Fantasy RPG® Commemorative “Bonus” Foil Hardcover (1st Edition rules), Cat. No. 449HC, sold out a couple weeks ago. We keep a close eye on inventory, so it and three other hardcovers are already being reprinted right now. We expect to get them all back in stock shortly before or after Christmas, but these days, delays from printers are common, so we just don’t know. If you have your heart set on a particular a hardcover title we recommend ordering sooner than later. Note: We have an ample supply of Rifts® Ultimate Edition, Cat. No. 800HC. We also believe we have enough of the Rifts® RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative hardcover, Cat. No. 800HC30, however we are starting to run low and probably will not reprint it in the future. We’ll keep you posted. Note #2: When you ask for a hardcover in a Surprise Package, it has a $50 value, even if its normal retail cost is $40 or less (for now, they may go up soon). Hardcovers are expensive to print and this is the only way we can cost effectively offer them in a Surprise Package.

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package – The best deal in gaming

2 weeks till Christmas – only 7 days to order and receive it in time for Christmas via UPS Ground

The best deal in gaming – physical books at PDF prices – $100+ worth of goodies (often more) for $58 (plus shipping). Physical game books at PDF prices, and we will sign them if you would like us to. Only 2 weeks till Christmas and Kwanzaa, and less till Hanukkah (starts December 18). EVEN LESS TIME when you account for shipping and delivery! Beat the holiday rush and order yours this week or next to guarantee it arrives in time for Christmas. It is the perfect holiday, birthday, or anniversary gift for any gamer, or treat yourself. The Surprise Package Offer ends December 24, 2022. Spread the word.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

Surprise Packages make amazing holiday and birthday gifts, as well as a great way to try new settings, fill holes in your collection, replace worn out books, and get autographs. They are our way of saying thank you and showing our appreciation to you, our wonderful fans and customers. You have till Christmas Eve to order, but if you want them in time for Christmas you need to order before December 15.

Please Help Palladium reach your fellow gamers by spreading the word about these Christmas Surprise Packages so they too can enjoy the benefits of this singular offer. A great gift for any holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, and any occasion. No other gaming company in the worlds offers a deal like this.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

Christmas SHIPPING Update

16 days till Christmas Eve – but ONLY about 7 days left to order and get delivery by Christmas via UPS Ground

Place your orders no later than the dates below to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas (by December 24) without incurring additional costs for expedited shipping. These recommendations come from the shipping companies themselves.

  • United States Postal Service: Media Mail – December 8. After today you should assume any package shipped via Media Mail is NOT going to arrive in time for Christmas. There’s a chance, but it’s a big gamble. YOU assume ALL risk when you ship via Media Mail and Palladium will not replace packages lost or damaged in the mail when shipped via Media Mail.
  • United States Postal Service (in USA): Priority Mail – December 15.
  • UPS Ground (anywhere in the contiguous USA) – December 15. Last year, UPS was astonishing in its speed and accuracy of shipping. Most UPS Ground packages arrive anywhere in the contiguous USA within 5 business days, often a day or two sooner.
  • UPS 3-Day Select – December 19.
  • UPS 2nd Day Air – December 20.
  • UPS Next Day Air (to arrive December 23) – December 21, remember, we need time to process and pack your order!
  • To our friends in Canada and overseas – December 6 with no guarantee. We suggest ordering no later than December 6, but SOONER is better. At this point in time, we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Your package should arrive in time, but if there are delays at Customs, work strikes, bad weather, etc., it might miss. Order sooner rather than later. Note: Right now, we are finding overseas orders are taking 18-34 days to arrive, sometimes longer! Cost Saver: A Surprise Package mitigates overseas shipping costs – take advantage of this while you can. It is, in effect, the equivalent of getting the books you want at retail, plus autographs, and paying the equivalent of only $10-$30 for overseas shipping! MANY overseas customers take advantage of the Surprise Packages for this reason! And it is likely the ONLY way for you to get autographs. Give it a try, we don’t think you will be disappointed.
  • Any orders placed after these dates may arrive in time for Christmas but we cannot guarantee it AND you should assume they will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. Please spread the word and place those orders as soon as you can. Ho, ho, ho and happy holidays.
  • 2022 Shipping Note: As always, at Palladium, we will be working overtime and do everything we can to process orders as fast as possible to get them to you for the holidays. However, after the package leaves the Palladium warehouse, delivery is out of our hands. As we get closer to Christmas, UPS Ground and Priority Mail will be your most reliable and timely methods of shipping. Thank you for your understanding.

Can’t get enough of Rifts®?

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Creature Feature

Creature Feature, a Beyond the Supernatural Sourcebook is a hit

Fans are loving it. Steve Dawes loves it. Everyone is saying good things about this diverse and frighteningly fun resource for players and Game Masters alike. Not sure it is for you? Take a look at the FREE Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com for deeper insight.

Beyond the Supernatural™ is set in our modern world but seen through the lens of mystery and the supernatural. A lens that lets us see clearly the “things” – the creatures and powers – that science and our rational minds tell us are not real. It is a world of shadows and the uncanny where a monster may really be hiding under your bed or stalking the alley. Creatures that lurk in dark corners and prey upon the unsuspecting, the innocent, and the wicked.

Creature Feature is a journey into just a few of those dark corners. Places where strange and terrible creatures wait, and bold heroes and psychic investigators face their fears and fight against the gathering arkness.

  • 15 supernatural creatures described in depth. Some are new. Some were pulled from the pages of The Rifter® but updated and expanded (many completely rewritten). All of them are dynamic, scary, and offer different horror adventure experiences.
  • Each creature offers adventure hooks and ideas for more.
  • The art of making and running monsters.
  • Creature encounter table and tips on making unique creatures.
  • Player paranormal investigator background table.
  • Game Master source material and tips for running modern horror.
  • More world setting and monster hunting lore.
  • Rules clarifications and errata.
  • A full adventure and numerous adventure suggestions.
  • Paranormal encounter ideas, tips, advice, NPCs, and more.
  • Written by Steven Dawes, Kevin Siembieda, and others.
  • Art by Steven Cummings, Nick Bradshaw, and others.
  • 192 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 704 – available now!

Pre-Order Creature Feature

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Rifts Bestiary Volume Two

Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two – Coming

The second big, “monster book” reference for Rifts® of what we anticipate to be three volumes in the series, more if we decide to make ghosts, spirits and Entities and/or Creatures of Magic part of the Bestiary series. Much like Volume One, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two collects 70-100 monsters and animals plus 12-24 new beasts found across Rifts North America. The anticipated page count is 224-256 pages.

All volumes of the Rifts® Bestiary™ series are a great resource for players and Game Masters alike. Each description is updated, expanded, and highly detailed to present players with exotic and alien creatures as pets, guardians and riding animals, as well as slobbering monsters to battle and fierce beasts for Game Masters to throw at their players. Designed to offer adventure ideas, plus notes on young, adult, male and female creatures, and all provide plenty of ways to enhance your characters and spice up adventures. Each is accompanied by a map that shows at a glance where the beast can be encountered. Ah, but the presence of Rifts and magic means any of the creatures may appear anywhere in the world, so be on your toes.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized into big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated and expanded descriptions and information for each existing monster.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New exotic creatures – predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects, and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting – Palladium Fantasy®, Chaos Earth®, Splicers®, Phase World®, the Three Galaxies™, The Mechanoids®, Heroes Unlimited™/Aliens Unlimited™, and others.
  • Basic S.D.C. stats included with each creature description.
  • Fully illustrated, with art by Charles Walton II, Ramon Perez, Robert Atkins, and many others. Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 256 pages each volume – $28.99 – Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). Release date not yet determined.

Pre-Order Rifts Bestiary Two

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – Free Sneak Preview of Creature Feature and much more.

FREE Creature Feature™ Preview provides you a glimpse of what you will find in this epic book. There also FREE Sneak Previews of Rifts® Coalition Manhunters, Northern Gun 1 & 2, Hell Followed, and select other titles. Those are just some of the 300+ Palladium RPG titles available as PDF books.

No other game company offers game worlds for so many different genres. Best of all, learn and play one Palladium RPG and you can play them all, because each uses the same basic core rules and combat. There are differences, but the fundamentals are the same. This also means you can bring characters, villains, monsters, powers, magic, weapons, gear, and adventure ideas from one setting into another or mash them together!

DriveThruRPG offers most of our 300+ Palladium RPG titles as PDF books, making it easy and inexpensive to try out one of our many games. Also check out the FREE Sneak Previews of Rifts® Coalition Manhunters, Northern Gun 1 & 2, Hell Followed, and select other titles.

300+ other titles and nearly every game genre available now – and more is coming. In the meanwhile, discover the Palladium Megaverse® as PDF books with 300+ digital titles, previews, and other products available right now. Thank you for your support.

- Rifts® titles. Rifts® is the ultimate setting in which you can combine any number of genres and play any style of gaming you may desire: science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, heroic adventure, dimensional travel, modern knights, cyborgs, giant robots, dinosaur taming, sleuthing, magic, monsters, heroes and legends. Or combine them all. There has never been a game quite like Rifts®.

- Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles. 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.

- The Rifter® #1-85. Each issue is a wealth of source material and ideas for Rifts® and 3-5 other Palladium game settings. Most are easily adapted to ANY Palladium game setting. Each issue is a gem. 8,500 pages of source material and ideas for heroes, villains, monsters, magic, gear, and adventure. Many issues are sold out and only available in digital form.

- Palladium Fantasy RPG® titles. This is a rich, original setting in which you can play humans or any number of nonhuman species of people in a world of magic, heroes and wonder. A world with 100,000 years of history. Some of it quite dark. All of it epic.

- Dead Reign® RPG and sourcebooks. The Zombie Apocalypse unleashed. Play ordinary people or post-apocalyptic O.C.C.s or Masked Lunatic heroes. A great introductory RPG that is surprisingly uplifting, fun, fast, and easy to learn.

- Heroes Unlimited™ RPG Second Edition titles. Create any type of superhuman you can imagine to build your own super-hero universe or those of your favorite comic books. Heroes Unlimited™ RPG first edition rule book and sourcebooks too.

- After the Bomb® RPG and sourcebooks. Create and play anthropomorphic, intelligent, mutant animals in a comic book world of crime-fighting mutants and super-heroes, or in a crumbling post-apocalyptic Earth where humans teeter on the edge of extinction and mutant animals are becoming the noble survivors to inherit our world.

- Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG and the Mystic China™ sourcebook by Erick Wujcik. Think James Bond meets Enter the Dragon. 41 types of martial arts, ninjas, and super-spies with gadgets, gizmos and advanced weapons.

- Nightbane® RPG and sourcebooks. You are the monsters ... and the heroes. Embark on a quest of self-discovery and empowerment while locked in a secret war against the Nightlords and their demonic and human minions. Monsters only you, the Nightbane, can see, but only when you transform into your inhuman Morphus. A supernatural and monstrous alter-ego that can see the invading monsters and possesses the power to destroy them. That’s why the Night Princes have been assigned to hunt down and either turn or destroy every last one of the Nightbane. Trust no one. Even your parents, teachers, or friends might be wicked Dopplegangers in league with the Nightlords.

- Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG and sourcebooks. Your first step into the realm of modern horror. The RPG provides 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules.

- The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy RPG is a long time, cult favorite with a fatalistic worldview of humans vs aliens with superior technology.

- 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!

- Systems Failure RPG. A one-shot post-apocalyptic setting where humans fight and hide from enslaving alien invaders known as “The Bugs.”

- The Palladium Ancient Weapons Series of real world weapons, armor and castles throughout history. Designed for use with ANY game system.

- RECON® Deluxe & Revised – by Erick Wujcik and others. Vietnam era RPG and more.

- Erick Wujcik’s “Lost first RPG” Sector 57. It is Erick Wujcik’s very first RPG (1980, self-published) – a tournament game, actually. I played it way back when with Erick and it was fun. I think you will enjoy it, and it is a fun piece of history. ALL proceeds go directly to the Wujcik estate and probably toward the education of Erick’s beloved grandchild, Tristan. As most of you know, Erick would go on to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Amber Diceless, and contribute to a number of other RPGs and sourcebooks.

- 300+ Palladium titles in all, plus G.M. kits, paper miniatures and more. Palladium Books has settings for every genre: Fantasy RPG, science fiction (Rifts®, Splicers®, and The Mechanoids®), super-heroes (Heroes Unlimited and After the Bomb), superhero horror (Nightbane®), modern horror (Dead Reign® and Beyond the Supernatural), plus The Rifter® sourcebook series (by fans like you), novels, paper minis, and more. And more to come in the weeks ahead.

Palladium Collectibles, one-of-a-kind Negatives, original 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 me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton, 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, one-of-a-kind proofreader copies, other Palladium memorabilia, as well as toys and other collectibles from my personal collection. Yeah, I used to be a crazy toy and art collector. Alex and I will try to post new items on a regular basis, so check in every few weeks to see what’s new.

Other one-of-a-kind original artwork available by me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton II and 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 are always very popular items at the Palladium Open House and Gen Con. Truly unique, attractive, and fun.

Negatives are unique and attractive, one-of-a-kind (on rare occasions two-of-a-kind if a page or section of pages were 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 was going to discard them, Palladium acquired many (not all) of the old negatives. I am only keeping a few books for myself and make majority of the rest available to you. I sign each negative in silver and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The 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). But don’t miss the other collectibles as well.

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

NEW! Cozy Caverns Mysteries – Beyond the Supernatural RPG adventure podcast from the whiz kids at www.realplaygamespod.com – now through the end of the year

Here are the descriptions and schedule for the Cozy Caverns Mysteries podcast inspired by Beyond the Supernatural, 2nd Edition.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 1 – Welcome to Cozy Caverns – Jasmine “Jazz” D’Amore and Jordan “Dani” D’Amore are two sisters in their early thirties struggling to find love, job fulfillment, and money to pay the bills on time. When the loss of an estranged family member changes their circumstances, the sisters change their location, and discover the quirky, mysterious town of Cozy Caverns, Arizona and its inhabitants. All is not as it seems.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 2 – Supporting Local Businesses – Following Dani’s weird dream from the night before and Jazz’s unusually invigorating morning run, the D’Amore sisters hit the town of Cozy Caverns for a day of shopping and relaxation! After narrowly avoiding one hunky close encounter and picking up some reading material, the gals do lunch and then hit the library. There Dani’s jaw hits the floor and Jazz’s personal self-restraint is pushed to its limits. The excitement dies down a little bit around nighttime, but an explosive late-night confession throws everything the sisters know, or thought they knew, into chaos.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 3 – Rough Night – Dani has a another dream that leads to unexpected revelations and ramifications, while Jazz’s jog leads to a terrifying situation! There aren’t any romantic parts in this one and you’re not meeting any hunks, we can assure you of that! Suspicious behavior abounds regarding people in authority, and secrets slowly begin to reveal themselves. At least you can count on Milena’s cooking over at the Prickly Pear!

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 4 – Deep Dives and Love Lives – It’s an incredibly full day for the D’Amore sisters during the annual Cactus Festival! Dani’s experiences prompt Jazz to have the both of them do more digging into the weirdness that seems to surround Cozy Caverns. The two uncover vital information.

- New! September 9 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 5 – D. Frisbee and the Curious Case in the Caves – The D'Amore sisters are certainly keeping busy on their trip! A meeting with D. Frisbee reveals a whole glut of information about some of the stranger goings-on that have taken place within bucolic Cozy Caverns. Meanwhile, a mine tour with ol' Tom goes south fast. It happens when Dani discovers something she really wishes she hadn't in the cool caverns below the little town with the most warmth!

- New! September 23 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 6 – A Bumpy Pre-Date Afternoon – With their dates fast approaching, Jazz and Dani are digging up as much information as possible, but will a freak-out underground spell disaster for a promising evening? Or will the D'Amore sisters take their lumps as they come and try to make the best out of a sticky situation?

- New! October 7 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 7 – The Only Good Part was the Sushi – One sister's date goes badly, but it's fun to watch that train wreck happen in real time. The other's goes well, maybe too well. Things get really dramatic after the dates, to the point where the sisters find themselves repeatedly menaced by a shadowy figure that's been stalking their trail! Don't miss the bone-crushing excitement!

- New! October 21 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 8 – The Reek of Burnt Motor Oil – A sudden manifestation of potent supernatural abilities puts the sisters back on the right foot, at least for the time being. The two join forces to attack the ancient alien foe who has been stalking them throughout the caverns. They have put almost all of the pieces of the puzzle together, but now they need something even more important than the truth: A plan!

- New! November 4 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 9 Finale – Ghost Bashers – This one is for all the marbles! The sisters gather as much equipment as they can and head out to the old mine shaft for their confrontation with their evil spectral enemy! Dark things are revealed. Will the D'Amore sisters get devoured by the darkness beneath the Earth, or will they drag the vileness monster into the light? Don't miss the explosive finale!

- New! November 18 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries “Bonus” Episode – Cozy After Dark – This is the one where we kick back, stop worrying so much about what's happening in the adventure (since it's over!) and talk about how we created the characters, the setting, adapting an adventure published in 1990 to a 2022 context, cultural issues in portrayal that specifically involve the US Southwest, and give a bunch of information about what we were thinking and feeling as the adventure was going on.

More to come. You can expect a new Heroes Unlimited Christmas podcast special in December, and more episodes of their popular After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge™ (mutant animals) series in 2023, as well as a Road Hogs mini-adventure, and could there be a Palladium Fantasy podcast coming? I think there might. We are happy to see more gamers finding these fun podcasts based on Palladium RPG worlds almost as much as we love seeing Palladium fans getting creative and having fun. Spread the word and enjoy.

Closing Thoughts

As noted in my opening, Sean and I are on the road on business and I’m emotionally spent over the unexpected, accidental death of our dear friend Julius Rosenstein. Jules was one of my oldest and closest friends. We still can’t believe he’s gone.

So if you don’t mind, I’m going to keep this Week’s Closing Thoughts very short and give you a larger than usual selection of Fan Comments from Surprise Packages. Please keep the orders for Surprise Packages and other products coming in, stay safe, and hold your friends and loved ones close. Tell them how much they mean to you and enjoy a holiday and New Year filled with joy and love and hope.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Friend, & Surrogate Santa Claus

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where our Surprise Package customers can offer comments and suggestions with their order. We do so because we want to know what you think, and what you want, and we appreciate your suggestions and insights. The idea to do hardcover editions of core books came from fan comments in the Grab Bags.

Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling of these comments in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin and now these new strange times. Please use our games to find escape from the pandemic and other worries. Use them to bring a little joy, laughter, and adventure to the holiday season.

I want you to know that your comments and support mean the world to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments and they always brighten our day. Thank you for making us smile and feel useful. As always, I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] to each comment. Happy holidays.

S.M. in Washington, writes in an email: Hi Kevin, I am very sorry to hear the news you posted about Julius Rosenstein. I never had the pleasure of interacting with him but your stories over the years painted a picture of a great person. I will have you and everyone else at Palladium Books in my thoughts during these trying times.

[Thank you my friend. We’ve gotten many messages like this one and they are all appreciated. – Kevin]

J.N. in Wixom, Michigan, writes: I played with Julius Rosenstein in a game by Kevin Siembieda at UCON in Ann Arbor in 2003. I’m sure he couldn’t pick me out of a line up, but I remember gaming with him. It was pretty cool. My thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.

[Thank you J.N., your prayers and well wishes are welcomed. There is a place in our Forums where you and others can share your thoughts and experiences regarding Julius. And I wouldn’t be so sure Julius wouldn’t remember you, he had an incredible memory when it came to gaming experiences. – Kevin]

S.S. in Kenosha, Wisconsin, writes: Just wanted to mention what a great time my brother and I had at the Open House. Hope you do it again soon.

[I have many fond memories of Kenosha, S.S., from the early days of Gen Con. Glad you had a great time at the Open House, we did too. Talk about great memories from every POH. I’m glad people got to meet the many awesome Palladium creators and G.M.s like Julius, Alex, Sean, Wayne, Crystal, Kathy, Matt B., Matt C., Nick, Amy, Glen, Greg, Jim, and many others, and it’s always a lot of fun. Not sure if or when we’ll do another. – Kevin]

J.P. in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, writes: I’m excited to be playing again. I think this [the Surprise Package] is wonderful.

[Welcome back J.P. and game on! – Kevin]

B.M.H.B. in Arizona City, Arizona, writes: Thanks for this fun way to order your books and products. It is so enjoyable to get a box in the mail and not be sure what I got till I open it up. I wish you all the best for the next year and can’t wait to see what new books come out next. Merry Christmas to you all.

[That’s the idea B.M.H.B., to be like a Christmas present. It is very fun and most folks love it. As for what’s coming soon: Original BTS Bonus Hardcover (1st Edition rules), Titan Robotics, and ... gosh, you’ll have to wait until we announce it. Thank you for the well wishes. Merry Christmas and game on. – Kevin]

P.F. in Albuquerque, New Mexico, writes: I have ordered several of your Christmas Packages in the past and I have never been disappointed. It’s hard to believe that any RPG manufacturer is offering this kind of deal these days, but you continue to go above and beyond!

[We love our fan base, P.F., you are all truly special and appreciated. Plus I love Christmas, so it’s our way of saying thank you and happy holidays! We remember our own fan roots, how to be fun, and we know how to make people smile and feel special during the holidays. It’s a gift and our pleasure. – Kevin]

B.K. in Jerrabomberra, Australia, writes: Great game system. Started playing years ago. I really like that the books have kept the same look and feel all these years.

[Thanks, B.K. We plan to keep the look and feel of our books and all that great art, though you’ll be seeing us getting a little more fun and creative with page layout in the future. Game on. – Kevin]

J.M. in Sarasota, Florida, writes: This will be my 4th year purchasing the Surprise Package. It is always big fun. I love it when the box comes in and I finally see what was sent. Thank you all so much and keep up the great work!

[Thank you, J.M. We’ll keep doing our best. – Kevin]

S.B. in Lake Cowichan, Canada, writes (in part): My father introduced my brother and I to your work when were 7 with Robotech® and soon after, Rifts® and TMNT®. We’ve been lifelong die-hard fans ever since. We’ve even recently gotten into Palladium Fantasy despite our bias toward science fiction. We love your work and hope it continues long into the future.

[Wow, S.B., we’re thrilled you guys have enjoyed our games so much these many years. I think you’ll enjoy Palladium Fantasy. Keep those imaginations burning bright and happy holidays. – Kevin]

A.K. in Sacramento, California, writes: Favorites: Originally I would say Heroes Unlimited. Now I lean toward Rifts® for the sheer variety of role-playing options. Sadly, I missed the Kickstarter. Please keep making awesome games with excellent art. Your games have kept me sane for many years.

[Thanks for the kind words, A.K. Btw, in a few weeks you will be able to get limited edition hardcovers and other items through Backerkit. There will be more Kickstarters in the future so keep your eyes peeled and stay sane! – Crazy Kevin]

D.T. in San Antonio, Texas, writes: I’m a huge fan of all the Siembieda settings and game system. This is a yearly tradition to get at least one if not multiple Surprise Packages. I’ve collected pretty close to 100% of everything. A few Rifters short. Thank you for 30+ years of epic campaigns with great friends. Merry Christmas to Kevin and all of your wonderful Artisans of Imagination!

[Thanks for the high praise, D.T. We appreciate your many years of support. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Ho, ho, ho. – Kevin]

T.L. in Newville, Pennsylvania, writes: Looking forward to the first Edition hardcover foil edition of Beyond the Supernatural!

[It’s coming T.L., hopefully soon. – Kevin]

B.C. in Walland, Tennessee, writes: I have had the pleasure of playing the greatest game system for the past 30 years. I want to thank each and every one of the creators and contributors to this great Megaverse.

[We appreciate your kind words, B.C., and all the love we have been getting from so many of you. Happy holidays. – Kevin]

J.L. in Pearland, Texas, writes: I’ve been a fan of your game Megaverse® from the beginning. Thanks for going as long as you have. I’m looking forward to see what the future brings.

[Hi J.L., thank you for sticking with Palladium through thick and thin. By adding gents like Sean Owen Roberson and many talented folks to our roster, I think you’re going enjoy what we have for you in the future. It’s epic. – Kevin]

A.M. in Columbia, South Carolina, writes: Been a huge fan for a long time. Slowly getting a complete Rifts® collection. Looking forward to the Kickstarter and I also have a full Savage Worlds set. Working toward playing with my son, almost four, who is a big fan of robots and skeletons. (Skelebots? Who knows?)

[I hope you enjoyed and participated in the Titan Robotics Kickstarter, A.M., it was a big success. We can’t wait to get product into our backers’ hands. Check out the cover and story in The Rifter® #85 for Skelebots. – Kevin]

M.H. in Bradenton, Florida, writes: Every year Palladium has come out with more and more amazing content. I have been playing since 1987 and will continue as long as I can.

[Wow, M.H., we are thrilled you enjoy our games so much. Please, game on. – Kevin]

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Palladium Books® – Weekly Update – December 1, 2022

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

By Kevin Siembieda

I have said it a million times before, but Palladium fans are the greatest in the world. Thank you for your titanic support of the Rifts® Titan Robotics Kickstarter. You’ve made Sean and me very proud, happy and humbled. Fear not, we will not disappoint. And this is just the beginning of what’s to come. All the editions of Rifts® Titan Robotics and Cyberworks Collection are gonna be gorgeous. The Poker Deck is sweet, and the art prints and PDFs are nice additions to any collection. And for those top backers, the original art will make you grin from ear to ear. We know you’ll be pleased. The BackerKit pledge manager will be available to you soon.

And that’s not all, you wonderful people have been ordering Christmas Surprise Packages as well as the titles offered in Palladium’s Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale like crazy, not to mention the DriveThruPRG Thanksgiving PDF sale. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

All your kind efforts combined with our own all go toward making Palladium stronger and able to bring in more talented people to enable us to produce more great books for you! Your support of Sean and Palladium’s future means the world to us.

 

UPDATE: Creature Feature now shipping and folks love it! We are getting all kinds of positive feedback about Creature Feature. That includes my co-author, Steven Dawes, who gives it two thumbs up and is handing out copies to everyone he knows. We had a nice chat and he is thrilled with the final product. 15 dynamic and unique monsters, rules clarifications, gaming tips, adventure and more. What’s that? You haven’t played Beyond the Supernatural? Well, maybe it’s time you gave it a try. The Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer is a great way to try new settings like BTS and pick up other titles you’ve been meaning to try. There’s nothing quite like Beyond the Supernatural on the market. And yes, further support of the game line is coming in with Beyond Arcanum™ and Tomes Grotesque™, among other ideas. We just are not ready to speculate on release dates.

Creature Feature at palladium-store.com

 

FREE Creature Feature™ Preview on DriveThruRPG.com – Some snippets of choice material provide you with a window to what’s in this epic book. Check it out before you place your order to see if you like what you see. (You will.)

 

COMING: “Original” Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG Bonus Foil Hardcover (1st Edition rules and monsters). Due to popular demand from our fans, we have a deluxe, blood red foil hardcover at the printer. This is a reprint of the 1st Edition Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG “Bonus” Edition hardcover; exactly as it was originally printed, plus an epic 32 page adventure from The Rifter® by Hendrik Härterich as bonus material. As soon as we have a confirmed ship date from our printer we will let you know. We are hoping to have before the year’s end.

Red foil on a black faux leatherette. 288 pages, $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 699HC – release date to come. (Hoping it will be end of December or early January.)

 

Temporarily OUT of STOCK – “Original” Palladium Fantasy RPG® Commemorative “Bonus” Foil Hardcover (1st Edition rules) – Hardcover sales for the holidays across the board have exploded and cleaned the shelves of this fan favorite hardcover. Luckily we anticipated it and sent a new print run to the printer weeks ago. We hope to have it back in print by the end of December, possibly a bit sooner (or so the printer tells us). This is the original 1st Edition Rules RPG including Erick Wujcik’s Tombs of Gersidi and the first Fantasy sourcebook: The Arms of Nargash-Tor. The cover is a classy crimson foil image, imprinted on black faux leatherette to replicate the original red and black RPG fans love. 320 pages – $55 retail – Cat. No. 449HC – should be back in stock soon. We’ll keep you posted.

 

Can’t get enough of Rifts®? Check out the Pinnacle Rifts® for Savage Worlds crowdfunder taking place right now! The campaign includes Terror on the Dark Fronter (i.e. the New West setting), the first campaign boxed set ever for Rifts®, the new Land of a Thousand Islands South America World book that brings the lore and adventures of the region from 102 P.A. to 109 P.A., a beautiful map of Rifts® South America, jungle and New West Battle Maps, the massive Rifts® Pawn Set 2 (full color cardboard minis), and more.

http://PEGINC.com/campaign/Rifts-for-Savage-Worlds-Dark-Frontier-Thousand-Islands-Booster/

 

I don’t know why life has to be bittersweet. Some very sad news. Amidst all the excitement of the holiday and the Titan Robotics Kickstarter, crushing tragedy has struck the Palladium family. It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Julius Rosenstein is in a coma. He suffered an accident that deprived his brain of oxygen for what was probably hours. His family will be taking him off life support and let him go any day now. Our hearts go out to them because we share their pain and sorrow. Julius has been my dear friend since I was 21 years old, and he was a vital part of the Palladium Family since the inception of Palladium Books.

All of us are devastated by this unexpected turn of events. Julius only recently retired from Palladium Books after 33 years. He still had the keys to the building because Wayne and I had made him his own little space in the warehouse where he could come and go to do as he pleased and hang out with us anytime. He also continued to help out on a freelance basis. His last job, proofreading Creature Feature. Julius had gotten into the routine of coming in every Wednesday and Friday, sometimes other days too, and was always a welcomed presence. He even made sure to participate in our Wednesday staff meetings. It was nice to see him regularly and we always appreciated his insight and suggestions. I’m glad to say I told him as much only two days before the incident that would lay him low. I told him I loved him and what a great friend he has always been, and how happy I was – all of us were – that he came by every week.

He was a true character. A great RPG player, a stellar Game Master, a 3rd (or was it 4th?) degree black belt Aikido master (not that you’d know it by looking at him), a loyal and trusted friend and employee, and a gentle, kind, goof. His sudden absence hurts and feels wrong. He’ll be missed. I don’t want to elaborate here, so if you want to read more about Julius and his place among the Pantheon of Palladium Heroes, see my Closing Thoughts. Rex Barkdoll has set up a forum where you can share your thoughts and tell stories about Julius. He was one of those guys everybody liked and never had a bad word to say about him.

 

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package – The best deal in gaming

3 weeks till Christmas – only 7 days to order and receive it in time for Christmas via Media Mail

The best deal in gaming – physical books at PDF prices – $100+ worth of goodies (often more) for $58 (plus shipping). Physical game books at PDF prices, and we will sign them if you would like us to. Only 3 weeks till Christmas and Kwanzaa, and less till Hanukkah (starts December 18). EVEN LESS TIME when you account for shipping and delivery! Beat the holiday rush and order yours this week or next to guarantee it arrives in time for Christmas. It is the perfect holiday, birthday, or anniversary gift for any gamer, or treat yourself. The Surprise Package Offer ends December 24, 2022. Spread the word.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

 

Surprise Packages make amazing holiday and birthday gifts, as well as a great way to try new settings, fill holes in your collection, replace worn out books, and get autographs. They are our way of saying thank you and showing our appreciation to you, our wonderful fans and customers. You have till Christmas Eve to order, but if you want them in time for Christmas you need to order before December 15.

Please Help Palladium reach your fellow gamers by spreading the word about these Christmas Surprise Packages so they too can enjoy the benefits of this singular offer. A great gift for any holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, and any occasion. No other gaming company in the worlds offers a deal like this.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

 

Christmas SHIPPING Update

23 days till Christmas Eve – but ONLY about 7 days left to order and get delivery by Christmas via Media Mail.

Place your orders no later than the dates below to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas (by December 24) without incurring additional costs for expedited shipping. These recommendations come from the shipping companies themselves.

  • United States Postal Service: Media Mail – December 8 and even then there is no guarantee. That said, you should get packages shipped via Media Mail as late as December 14. Last year mail delivery was very good, but the US Mail seems a bit less reliable this year and we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas when you use Media Mail. YOU assume ALL risk when you ship via Media Mail.
  • United States Postal Service (in USA): Priority Mail – December 15.
  • UPS Ground (anywhere in the contiguous USA) – December 15. Last year, UPS was astonishing in its speed and accuracy of shipping. Most UPS Ground packages arrive anywhere in the contiguous USA within 5 business days, often a day or two sooner.
  • UPS 3-Day Select – December 19.
  • UPS 2nd Day Air – December 20.
  • UPS Next Day Air (to arrive December 23) – December 21, remember, we need time to process and pack your order!
  • To our friends in Canada and overseas – December 6 with no guarantee. We suggest ordering no later than December 6, but SOONER is better. At this point in time, we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Your package should arrive in time, but if there are delays at Customs, work strikes, bad weather, etc., it might miss. Order sooner rather than later. Note: Right now, we are finding overseas orders are taking 18-34 days to arrive, sometimes longer! Cost Saver: A Surprise Package mitigates overseas shipping costs – take advantage of this while you can. It is, in effect, the equivalent of getting the books you want at retail, plus autographs, and paying the equivalent of only $10-$30 for overseas shipping! MANY overseas customers take advantage of the Surprise Packages for this reason! And it is likely the ONLY way for you to get autographs. Give it a try, we don’t think you will be disappointed.
  • Any orders placed after these dates may arrive in time for Christmas but we cannot guarantee it AND you should assume they will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. Please spread the word and place those orders as soon as you can. Ho, ho, ho and happy holidays.
  • 2022 Shipping Note: As always, at Palladium, we will be working overtime and do everything we can to process orders as fast as possible to get them to you for the holidays. However, after the package leaves the Palladium warehouse, delivery is out of our hands. As we get closer to Christmas, UPS Ground and Priority Mail will be your most reliable and timely methods of shipping. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Creature Feature

Creature Feature, a Beyond the Supernatural Sourcebook is a hit

Fans are loving it. Steve Dawes loves it. Everyone is saying good things about this diverse and frighteningly fun resource for players and Game Masters alike. Not sure it is for you? Take a look at the FREE Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com for deeper insight.

Beyond the Supernatural™ is set in our modern world but seen through the lens of mystery and the supernatural. A lens that lets us see clearly the “things” – the creatures and powers – that science and our rational minds tell us are not real. It is a world of shadows and the uncanny where a monster may really be hiding under your bed or stalking the alley. Creatures that lurk in dark corners and prey upon the unsuspecting, the innocent, and the wicked.

Creature Feature is a journey into just a few of those dark corners. Places where strange and terrible creatures wait, and bold heroes and psychic investigators face their fears and fight against the gathering arkness.

  • 15 supernatural creatures described in depth. Some are new. Some were pulled from the pages of The Rifter® but updated and expanded (many completely rewritten). All of them are dynamic, scary, and offer different horror adventure experiences.
  • Each creature offers adventure hooks and ideas for more.
  • The art of making and running monsters.
  • Creature encounter table and tips on making unique creatures.
  • Player paranormal investigator background table.
  • Game Master source material and tips for running modern horror.
  • More world setting and monster hunting lore.
  • Rules clarifications and errata.
  • A full adventure and numerous adventure suggestions.
  • Paranormal encounter ideas, tips, advice, NPCs, and more.
  • Written by Steven Dawes, Kevin Siembieda, and others.
  • Art by Steven Cummings, Nick Bradshaw, and others.
  • 192 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 704 – available now!

Pre-Order Creature Feature

 

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Rifts Bestiary Volume Two

Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two – Coming

The second big, “monster book” reference for Rifts® of what we anticipate to be three volumes in the series, more if we decide to make ghosts, spirits and Entities and/or Creatures of Magic part of the Bestiary series. Much like Volume One, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two collects 70-100 monsters and animals plus 12-24 new beasts found across Rifts North America. The anticipated page count is 224-256 pages.

All volumes of the Rifts® Bestiary™ series are a great resource for players and Game Masters alike. Each description is updated, expanded, and highly detailed to present players with exotic and alien creatures as pets, guardians and riding animals, as well as slobbering monsters to battle and fierce beasts for Game Masters to throw at their players. Designed to offer adventure ideas, plus notes on young, adult, male and female creatures, and all provide plenty of ways to enhance your characters and spice up adventures. Each is accompanied by a map that shows at a glance where the beast can be encountered. Ah, but the presence of Rifts and magic means any of the creatures may appear anywhere in the world, so be on your toes.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized into big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated and expanded descriptions and information for each existing monster.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New exotic creatures – predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects, and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Easily adapted to any Palladium setting – Palladium Fantasy®, Chaos Earth®, Splicers®, Phase World®, the Three Galaxies™, The Mechanoids®, Heroes Unlimited™/Aliens Unlimited™, and others.
  • Basic S.D.C. stats included with each creature description.
  • Fully illustrated, with art by Charles Walton II, Ramon Perez, Robert Atkins, and many others. Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 256 pages each volume – $28.99 – Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). Release date not yet determined.

Pre-Order Rifts Bestiary Two

 

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – Free Sneak Preview of Creature Feature and much more.

FREE Creature Feature™ Preview provides you a glimpse of what you will find in this epic book. There also FREE Sneak Previews of Rifts® Coalition Manhunters, Northern Gun 1 & 2, Hell Followed, and select other titles. Those are just some of the 300+ Palladium RPG titles available as PDF books.

No other game company offers game worlds for so many different genres. Best of all, learn and play one Palladium RPG and you can play them all, because each uses the same basic core rules and combat. There are differences, but the fundamentals are the same. This also means you can bring characters, villains, monsters, powers, magic, weapons, gear, and adventure ideas from one setting into another or mash them together!

DriveThruRPG offers most of our 300+ Palladium RPG titles as PDF books, making it easy and inexpensive to try out one of our many games. Also check out the FREE Sneak Previews of Rifts® Coalition Manhunters, Northern Gun 1 & 2, Hell Followed, and select other titles.

 

300+ other titles and nearly every game genre available now – and more is coming. In the meanwhile, discover the Palladium Megaverse® as PDF books with 300+ digital titles, previews, and other products available right now. Thank you for your support.

- Rifts® titles. Rifts® is the ultimate setting in which you can combine any number of genres and play any style of gaming you may desire: science fiction, fantasy, supernatural horror, heroic adventure, dimensional travel, modern knights, cyborgs, giant robots, dinosaur taming, sleuthing, magic, monsters, heroes and legends. Or combine them all. There has never been a game quite like Rifts®.

- Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles. 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.

- The Rifter® #1-85. Each issue is a wealth of source material and ideas for Rifts® and 3-5 other Palladium game settings. Most are easily adapted to ANY Palladium game setting. Each issue is a gem. 8,500 pages of source material and ideas for heroes, villains, monsters, magic, gear, and adventure. Many issues are sold out and only available in digital form.

- Palladium Fantasy RPG® titles. This is a rich, original setting in which you can play humans or any number of nonhuman species of people in a world of magic, heroes and wonder. A world with 100,000 years of history. Some of it quite dark. All of it epic.

- Dead Reign® RPG and sourcebooks. The Zombie Apocalypse unleashed. Play ordinary people or post-apocalyptic O.C.C.s or Masked Lunatic heroes. A great introductory RPG that is surprisingly uplifting, fun, fast, and easy to learn.

- Heroes Unlimited™ RPG Second Edition titles. Create any type of superhuman you can imagine to build your own super-hero universe or those of your favorite comic books. Heroes Unlimited™ RPG first edition rule book and sourcebooks too.

- After the Bomb® RPG and sourcebooks. Create and play anthropomorphic, intelligent, mutant animals in a comic book world of crime-fighting mutants and super-heroes, or in a crumbling post-apocalyptic Earth where humans teeter on the edge of extinction and mutant animals are becoming the noble survivors to inherit our world.

- Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG and the Mystic China™ sourcebook by Erick Wujcik. Think James Bond meets Enter the Dragon. 41 types of martial arts, ninjas, and super-spies with gadgets, gizmos and advanced weapons.

- Nightbane® RPG and sourcebooks. You are the monsters ... and the heroes. Embark on a quest of self-discovery and empowerment while locked in a secret war against the Nightlords and their demonic and human minions. Monsters only you, the Nightbane, can see, but only when you transform into your inhuman Morphus. A supernatural and monstrous alter-ego that can see the invading monsters and possesses the power to destroy them. That’s why the Night Princes have been assigned to hunt down and either turn or destroy every last one of the Nightbane. Trust no one. Even your parents, teachers, or friends might be wicked Dopplegangers in league with the Nightlords.

- Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG and sourcebooks. Your first step into the realm of modern horror. The RPG provides 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules.

- The Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy RPG is a long time, cult favorite with a fatalistic worldview of humans vs aliens with superior technology.

- 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!

- Systems Failure RPG. A one-shot post-apocalyptic setting where humans fight and hide from enslaving alien invaders known as “The Bugs.”

- The Palladium Ancient Weapons Series of real world weapons, armor and castles throughout history. Designed for use with ANY game system.

- RECON® Deluxe & Revised – by Erick Wujcik and others. Vietnam era RPG and more.

- Erick Wujcik’s “Lost first RPG” Sector 57. It is Erick Wujcik’s very first RPG (1980, self-published) – a tournament game, actually. I played it way back when with Erick and it was fun. I think you will enjoy it, and it is a fun piece of history. ALL proceeds go directly to the Wujcik estate and probably toward the education of Erick’s beloved grandchild, Tristan. As most of you know, Erick would go on to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Amber Diceless, and contribute to a number of other RPGs and sourcebooks.

- 300+ Palladium titles in all, plus G.M. kits, paper miniatures and more. Palladium Books has settings for every genre: Fantasy RPG, science fiction (Rifts®, Splicers®, and The Mechanoids®), super-heroes (Heroes Unlimited and After the Bomb), superhero horror (Nightbane®), modern horror (Dead Reign® and Beyond the Supernatural), plus The Rifter® sourcebook series (by fans like you), novels, paper minis, and more. And more to come in the weeks ahead.

 

Palladium Collectibles, one-of-a-kind Negatives, original 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 me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton, 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, one-of-a-kind proofreader copies, other Palladium memorabilia, as well as toys and other collectibles from my personal collection. Yeah, I used to be a crazy toy and art collector. Alex and I will try to post new items on a regular basis, so check in every few weeks to see what’s new.

Other one-of-a-kind original artwork available by me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton II and 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 are always very popular items at the Palladium Open House and Gen Con. Truly unique, attractive, and fun.

Negatives are unique and attractive, one-of-a-kind (on rare occasions two-of-a-kind if a page or section of pages were 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 was going to discard them, Palladium acquired many (not all) of the old negatives. I am only keeping a few books for myself and make majority of the rest available to you. I sign each negative in silver and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. The 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). But don’t miss the other collectibles as well.

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

 

NEW! Cozy Caverns Mysteries – Beyond the Supernatural RPG adventure podcast from the whiz kids at www.realplaygamespod.com – now through the end of the year

Here are the descriptions and schedule for the Cozy Caverns Mysteries podcast inspired by Beyond the Supernatural, 2nd Edition.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 1 – Welcome to Cozy Caverns – Jasmine “Jazz” D’Amore and Jordan “Dani” D’Amore are two sisters in their early thirties struggling to find love, job fulfillment, and money to pay the bills on time. When the loss of an estranged family member changes their circumstances, the sisters change their location, and discover the quirky, mysterious town of Cozy Caverns, Arizona and its inhabitants. All is not as it seems.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 2 – Supporting Local Businesses – Following Dani’s weird dream from the night before and Jazz’s unusually invigorating morning run, the D’Amore sisters hit the town of Cozy Caverns for a day of shopping and relaxation! After narrowly avoiding one hunky close encounter and picking up some reading material, the gals do lunch and then hit the library. There Dani’s jaw hits the floor and Jazz’s personal self-restraint is pushed to its limits. The excitement dies down a little bit around nighttime, but an explosive late-night confession throws everything the sisters know, or thought they knew, into chaos.

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 3 – Rough Night – Dani has a another dream that leads to unexpected revelations and ramifications, while Jazz’s jog leads to a terrifying situation! There aren’t any romantic parts in this one and you’re not meeting any hunks, we can assure you of that! Suspicious behavior abounds regarding people in authority, and secrets slowly begin to reveal themselves. At least you can count on Milena’s cooking over at the Prickly Pear!

- Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 4 – Deep Dives and Love Lives – It’s an incredibly full day for the D’Amore sisters during the annual Cactus Festival! Dani’s experiences prompt Jazz to have the both of them do more digging into the weirdness that seems to surround Cozy Caverns. The two uncover vital information.

- New! September 9 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 5 – D. Frisbee and the Curious Case in the Caves – The D'Amore sisters are certainly keeping busy on their trip! A meeting with D. Frisbee reveals a whole glut of information about some of the stranger goings-on that have taken place within bucolic Cozy Caverns. Meanwhile, a mine tour with ol' Tom goes south fast. It happens when Dani discovers something she really wishes she hadn't in the cool caverns below the little town with the most warmth!

- New! September 23 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 6 – A Bumpy Pre-Date Afternoon – With their dates fast approaching, Jazz and Dani are digging up as much information as possible, but will a freak-out underground spell disaster for a promising evening? Or will the D'Amore sisters take their lumps as they come and try to make the best out of a sticky situation?

- New! October 7 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 7 – The Only Good Part was the Sushi – One sister's date goes badly, but it's fun to watch that train wreck happen in real time. The other's goes well, maybe too well. Things get really dramatic after the dates, to the point where the sisters find themselves repeatedly menaced by a shadowy figure that's been stalking their trail! Don't miss the bone-crushing excitement!

- New! October 21 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 8 – The Reek of Burnt Motor Oil – A sudden manifestation of potent supernatural abilities puts the sisters back on the right foot, at least for the time being. The two join forces to attack the ancient alien foe who has been stalking them throughout the caverns. They have put almost all of the pieces of the puzzle together, but now they need something even more important than the truth: A plan!

- New! November 4 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries Chapter 9 Finale – Ghost Bashers – This one is for all the marbles! The sisters gather as much equipment as they can and head out to the old mine shaft for their confrontation with their evil spectral enemy! Dark things are revealed. Will the D'Amore sisters get devoured by the darkness beneath the Earth, or will they drag the vileness monster into the light? Don't miss the explosive finale!

- New! November 18 – Cozy Caverns Mysteries “Bonus” Episode – Cozy After Dark – This is the one where we kick back, stop worrying so much about what's happening in the adventure (since it's over!) and talk about how we created the characters, the setting, adapting an adventure published in 1990 to a 2022 context, cultural issues in portrayal that specifically involve the US Southwest, and give a bunch of information about what we were thinking and feeling as the adventure was going on.

More to come. You can expect a new Heroes Unlimited Christmas podcast special in December, and more episodes of their popular After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge™ (mutant animals) series in 2023, as well as a Road Hogs mini-adventure, and could there be a Palladium Fantasy podcast coming? I think there might. We are happy to see more gamers finding these fun podcasts based on Palladium RPG worlds almost as much as we love seeing Palladium fans getting creative and having fun. Spread the word and enjoy.

 

Julius Rosenstein

Closing Thoughts – Julius Rosenstein, a Fallen Titan

I know I may sound like a broken record around every holiday when I talk about telling the people you love how much they mean to you, but I’ve lost a lot of people. The sudden, unexpected loss of dear Julius now serves as yet another reminder of why it is so important. So please, stop and reach out to the people you love and let them know how much they mean to you, especially this time of year.

What can I say about Julius Calvin Rosenstein? I suspect for most people, Julius seemed like a big, friendly, puppy dog or a gamer, always happy to play, run a game, or regale you with tales of Palladium Books and his many RPG adventures. He’s a simple man who enjoyed life’s simple pleasures: gaming, reading (everything), super-hero comic books, movies, aikido, puns, food, sweets, an army of friends, and a lifelong addiction to chocolate chip cookies.

Everyone liked Julius. He was so earnest, sincere, and outgoing, how could you not? He was like a friendly, happy puppy dog, and who doesn’t like a puppy? He was well read and smart too, oh so smart, and a master of numbers. A human calculator who could add up a dozen numbers in his head and spit out the total in a heartbeat. Amazing.

The only thing more amazing was his prowess as a 3rd or 4th degree black belt in Aikido. I’ve told this story dozens of times over the last week as I call his many friends, so I might as well tell it one more time here. It sums up this sweet, gentle, unassuming human being quite nicely. One day, Julius comes to the office with a large, square bandage between his thumb and first finger.

“What happened?” I asked.

“I got cut,” said Julius in a matter of fact tone.

“How? Cutting food?” I asked.

“No. Some guy tried to carjack me with a knife, so I had to take it away from him.” He said it like it was nothing out of the ordinary.

“What!?!” I exclaimed.

“Yeah, I was getting into my car in front of the house, and this guy says ‘give me your car keys’ and came at me with a knife, so I had to take it way from him. Thankfully, he didn’t have a gun and he ran away after I disarmed him. I didn’t realize he nicked me until I saw the blood.”

That was Julius. A bad ass disguised as a cheerful, pun-slinging, gamer who walked like Popeye the Sailor – unless he was performing martial arts in which he metamorphed into a graceful thing of beauty in motion. He never bragged or showed off, lived in the moment, and always retained his sense of child-like wonder. He and I had that in common, which is why we’d could go full-blown fan-boy when excited about RPG ideas, a book I wrote or he finished proofreading, something he wrote, and retelling our gaming adventures, or expounding about a great comic book, movie, or gaming experience.

Heck, I think when Julius did brag, it was about his friends or one of his brothers. I remember a Halloween party Kathy and I were hosting. It was a cold night and I came in from handing out candy to warm up for a few minutes. Julius, Alex, and a neighbor were sitting at the kitchen table.

“Kevin,” said my neighbor, “Julius and Alex tell me you’re a genius.”

I was completely caught off-guard. I mean what do you say to something like that? I think I mumbled something like, “Um ... I... um, uh ... I don’t ... wouldn’t say that.” Only to be showered with a list of my accomplishments listed off by my neighbor as proof I’m a genius. Things he could only know because they told him. And there sat Julius and Alex grinning at me like a couple of monkeys. It was a very sweet if embarrassing moment.

Don’t get me wrong, like all of us, Julius wasn’t perfect. He could be obtuse and completely unaware of his surroundings, and sometimes he drove me crazy with his odd little habits. For example, he was physically incapable of giving you a yes or no answer. There was always a protracted story you had to listen to before you got the answer. “Julius, did you turn the lights of in the warehouse?” “Hmmm, let’s see. I was working at my desk putting in the inventory numbers for the day when you called over to do X, then you asked me Y, and I said Z, and I washed my hands because ...” Mostly it was amusing. Other times it was frustrating, but it was Julius. But he was a great guy whose strengths far outweighed his foibles. He was a trusted friend you could always count on. Always.

As a role-player, he played a wide range of valiant heroes, but I always thought of Jules as a real world Paladin. In the all-too-brief year Sean knew Julius, he too said he thought of him as a real life Paladin. I have no doubt that if an assailant had tried to attack me, Julius would leap in front of me to disarm him or take a bullet for me. You don’t have many friends like that.

There might have never been a Palladium Books without Julius. Julius introduced me to role-playing. Not just introduced met to it, but would not let me walk away from it after my first two terrible D&D gaming experiences. The passionate puppy dog bounced up and down in front of me insisting I had to give it another chance because he knew I’d love it. I wasn’t so sure. He finally proposed running a special game just for me and 4 other RPG newbies. At the time, I was annoyed by his persistence. I was even more annoyed by our group of work friends who wouldn’t play if I didn’t play. The only reason I agreed to play what I expected to be my third and final D&D game, was to not hurt puppy dog-Julius’s feelings. I would learn years later that our game was Julius’s first attempt at being a Dungeon Master. He was a natural. The game was great even though my awesome character died being stupid. And he was right, I fell in love with role-playing. His games awakened the storyteller and world builder inside of me.

Julius would run and D.M. games for six months before I started to run my own. Every one of his games a wonderful experience. Next, Julius would introduce me to Erick Wujcik, Matthew Balent, and other people/gamers who would become important to me, inspire me, and encourage me to stretch my wings as a Game Master, artist, writer, and game designer. I’d go on to co-found the Detroit Gaming Center along with Erick, Matt, Renee, Robin, and others. I’d discover the MDG (Metro-Detroit Gamers), do T-shirt designs for a couple of their conventions, meet Bob Bledsoe and get work for D&D via Judges Guild, meet my beloved Defilers, and run my legendary three and a half-year game with 26 weekly players every Saturday night from 7:30 P.M. to 8 or 9 the next morning. It was a life changing experience for me that made many lifelong friendships. A game in which I would develop the Palladium Megaversal game system. I would go on to start my own game company, meet my future wife at the Gaming Center, get the TMNT license and then Robotech®. Julius wasn’t done, he’d introduce me to Randy McCall, one of Julius’s friends across the river in Canada. Together Randy and I would create Beyond the Supernatural which would inspire the magical ley lines and rifts in Rifts®. Julius would also introduce me to more Canucks who would become dear friends, such as Randi and Roger Cartier, and later, Carmen Bellaire, and so many others. Julius (and Alex) would be there with me every step of the way.

Julius play-tested every one of my games, even the ideas that never got off the drawing board. He was Xar Xar, one of the greatest of the Defilers, he was my warehouse guy for 33 years, proofread 90% of the books we have published to date (including Creature Feature!), he was at my wedding, helped me through my divorce, was an uncle to my kids, one of my sounding boards, an occasional contributing writer, one of my rocks through thick and thin, and one of my oldest and dearest friends. Geez, I met Julius when I was 21. We worked together at an art supply store and hit it off immediately. I started there in 1977. Julius would have been able to tell you the exact date, because he had a great memory for such things. He recently pointed out that we probably met or crossed paths a few years earlier as we attended several of the same comic book and science fiction conventions. He was positive we had chatted before we met in the workplace and was determined to figure it out. His latest theory was 1972 at a tiny little convention called Tri-Con as we were both there among the meager 200 people in attendance. Bottom line, we were life-long friends. I will cherish that friendship and keep Julius in my heart always.

In my imaginings, Julius suddenly and unexpectedly found himself standing at the pearly gates. As he pondered how he got there, I know he was greeted by a smiling Erick Wujcik, Randi Cartier, Kevin Lowry, and other gaming pals and loved ones.

“Julius! You’re just in time,” I imagine Erick saying while flashing his warm smile with open arms. “I need you to come with me to play test my latest game!” And off they go, happily ever after.

Rest in peace my dear friend, and game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Friend, & Surrogate Santa Claus

 

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where our Surprise Package customers can offer comments and suggestions with their order. We do so because we want to know what you think, and what you want, and we appreciate your suggestions and insights. The idea to do hardcover editions of core books came from fan comments in the Grab Bags.

Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling of these comments in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin and now these new strange times. Please use our games to find escape from the pandemic and other worries. Use them to bring a little joy, laughter, and adventure to the holiday season.

I want you to know that your comments and support mean the world to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments and they always brighten our day. Thank you for making us smile and feel useful. As always, I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] to each comment. Happy holidays.

 

D.O. in Anoka, Minnesota, writes: I love you guys and just found out about the Kickstarter [a few days ago]. Glad I found out in time! Thank you for years of amazing work.

[We’re glad you found the Titan Robotics Kickstarter in time to participate too. Our thanks to you and ALL the backers who helped make this Kickstarter a success. There’ll be other Kickstarters to follow, so keep your eyes peeled for future offerings. But not until this one has been completely filled and shipped, of course. Great books are coming. – Kevin]

 

T.M. in Louisville, Kentucky, writes (in part): Favorites: Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, and Heroes Unlimited. I have played them all but Rifts® is my home ... I got to meet Kevin Siembieda this year at Gen Con, best moment I have had in a long time ... Thanks for all the memories. I look forward to all the material you put out. Still eagerly waiting for the other books of magic.

[Hi T.M., Gen Con was a blast and we enjoyed getting to chat with you and many fans even if it was only for a few minutes. I want to see more magic books too. They are in the pipeline along with a lot of other book ideas. Sean’s goal is to help free up my time so I can write more. Keep making great memories with friends and family, they’re important and precious. Meanwhile, we’ll keep making great books. – Kevin]

 

D.D. in Quemado, New Mexico, writes: Since rediscovering Palladium’s games during the pandemic, my sons (ages 7 & 12) and I have run so many great adventures in Heroes Unlimited, Rifts®, and thanks to my Christmas Surprise Package last year, Palladium Fantasy®. Nothing more surprising than them rolling up two grumpy old men to play in a Rifts® Underseas campaign. Skaarsguard and Zuni are still on patrol, last seen in the shimmering waters!

[Awesome and welcome back, D.D. I am glad the kids are enjoying the games as much as the grown-ups. I hope you all continue to enjoy RPG adventures across the Palladium Megaverse for years to come. – Kevin]

 

W.M.C. in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, writes: I’ve been waiting all year for this. I purchased two Surprise Packages last year. One of the books I received was the Rifts® Lazlo Raw Preview. I loved it. Can’t wait to see the final product.

[Hey W.M.C., glad you enjoy our books so much. Yep, the Lazlo World Books (there will probably be 2 or 3 of them) are going to be epic. One of the many project quietly moving forward behind the scenes. – Kevin]

 

T.D. in Palmview, Queensland, Australia, writes: Merry Christmas Kevin and Palladium Team. I LOVE the Surprise Packages every year! Fantastic value and amazing addition under the tree for X-Mas morning. Thanks for the hard work and continued efforts to bring the Mechs & Magic to Christmas.

[Our pleasure, T.D. We are delighted the Surprise Package brings you so much enjoyment. – Kevin]

 

F.D. in Muncie, Indiana, writes: I have been playing and enjoying Palladium’s games since the mid-1980s, but have not pulled the trigger on the X-Mas Surprise Package until now! Call me “Late to the party.”

[Hey Late to the Party, welcome. I think you’ll enjoy your Surprise Package and wonder why you waited, but better late than never. Spread the word. – Kevin]

 

M.B. in Seattle, Washington, writes: Hi. I LOVE this deal. Had fun last year. Favorites are Rifts® and Heroes Unlimited.

[We love that you love the Grab Bags and our games, M.B. – Kevin]

 

S.P. in Eugene, Oregon, writes: Love your game system and love the Surprise Packages, one of the best ways to get into gaming.

[Thank you S.P., keep the love and creativity following. – Kevin]

 

E.W. in Franklin, New Hampshire, writes: Thank you for offering the Grab Bag again this year. Out of all the game systems I have played or owned Palladium has been, and continues to be, my favorite. I’ve been with you all since 1990 when I picked up the Rifts® core book. I’ve been hooked ever since.

[You are welcome, E.W., and yes, our RPGs are like crack; once you try one you are often hooked. Bwah-ha-ha! Um, I mean, game on. – Kevin]

 

C.L. in Newark Valley, New York, writes: My favorite Palladium game is Rifts®, by far, though I have played and enjoyed Palladium Fantasy®, Robotech®, TMNT®, and After the Bomb®. I have been playing since I was 14 years old. I am much older now and still love it. Keep up the good work.

[That’s wonderful to hear, C.L. Just wait till you see all the amazing books coming out over the next few years. – Kevin]

 

L.H. in Sun City, Arizona, writes (in part): Favorites are Rifts®, foremost. I mainly look at other Palladium settings to get ideas for Rifts® ... After a lot of testing, I find I really like the magic characters. I also like tech and psionics, just not as much ...

[Charmed, L.H. Keep the RPG magic flowing. – Kevin]

 

G.S. in Colorado Springs, Colorado, writes: Favorites are all of them though Palladium Fantasy RPG is my most favorite. Hi Kevin and Crew, thanks so much for your wonderful games. I really appreciate you guys for 40 years of the great memories your games have made for my family and friends.

[I love it G.S., good times with friends and family is what it’s all about. It has been my honor and pleasure creating worlds and knocking out new characters and adventures for 40+ years. I figure I have at least another 20 in me and I’m bringing in a whole new generation of young creators who understand the Palladium secret sauce. So keep your imagination burning bright and game on G.S. – Kevin]

 

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Palladium Books® – Black Friday Sale starts now – November 23, 2022

Weekly Update Opening Graphic

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

By Kevin Siembieda

 

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

It has been another wild and crazy year with plenty of ups and downs. Hopefully, you are feeling happy and hopeful. That’s how we feel here at Palladium, even if some of us are away from family and are working our tails off. If you have survived Covid, escaped insane weather and natural disasters, and are spending Thanksgiving Day with family and friends, I would say you have plenty to be thankful for. I sure am, but then I have been very blessed with wonderful friends all my life. Many of my loved ones have passed away over the years, often all too young, but I still have plenty of amazing friends, not to mention my terrific business partner and pal Sean.

You, our fans, should know by now that you are counted among those friends and family members. Your many kind comments and words of encouragement make us all smile and feel proud every single day. You can see a super-sized number of Surprise Package Fan Comments after my Closing Thoughts later in this Update.

I like to keep the Thanksgiving Day (and Christmas) Updates shorter than usual, but that was tough this year with all the exciting things happening this week and into next. Read on, enjoy, and thank you for being the greatest fans any creator could ever hope for. You make our days brighter and full of love. We try to do the same for you, so enjoy the opportunities listed below, try not to overeat, enjoy the many sales (here and elsewhere), and Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

 

Five Big Sales to be thankful about. Enjoy.

To help show our appreciation, here are five sales that run through Cyber-Monday. Actually, some continue thru what we call Cyber-Tuesday. #1-4 are on now.

 

SALE #1 – Palladium’s Black Friday & Cyber-Monday SALE starts right now – thru the weekend. The majority of the following game lines are on sale at big savings, while supplies last. Sorry, other than RUE, hardcovers are not part of the sale nor is the newly released Creature Feature, but most everything else is!

  • Rifts® Notepad & Pencil Set – one notepad and 5 different pencils -Cat. No. 2603 (set)
  • Palladium Pens (3 different, all cool)
  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition Softcover – Cat. No. 800SE
  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition Hardcover – Cat. No. 800HC
  • Rifts® 30th Anniversary Commemorative hardcover (FYI: Inventory is running low and we have not decided whether we are going to reprint this special edition or not. Leaning toward not, which means it will be a limited run collectible.)
  • All Rifts® titles, except foil hardcovers.
  • All Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles (except hardcover).
  • Available issues of The Rifter® (limited), unless there are fewer than a dozen or so left.
  • All Palladium Fantasy titles, except the two hardcovers.
  • All Dead Reign® Zombie titles, except hardcover.
  • All Nightbane® titles, except hardcover.
  • All Heroes Unlimited™ titles, except hardcover.
  • Ninjas & Superspies RPG and Mystic China, except hardcover.
  • All After the Bomb® titles, except hardcover – Reminder, you can create mutant animal super-heroes using the After the Bomb® RPG and sourcebooks. And/or add them to your Heroes Unlimited™ campaign and even Nightbane® and Rifts®, or as aliens from other worlds, etc. Unleash your imagination.
  • Beyond the Supernatural RPG – Sorry, does not include the hardcover, Boxed Nightmares, or the epic, new Creature Feature.
  • Splicers RPG and I Am Legion, except hardcover.
  • Sale runs now thru Tuesday, November 29. Please spread the word.

Sale Items at PalladiumBooks.com

 

Rifts Titan Robotics Kickstarter

SALE #2 (sort of) Titan Robotics KICKSTARTER – ENDS soon. Do not miss out on the special hardcover editions and other things available ONLY via the Kickstarter. Plus there are PDFs, other products, and miniatures available at special discounts through this offer. Pledge now and decide exactly what you want to get BEFORE the Kickstarter ends next Wednesday, but DO NOT MISS OUT. Gamers outside the USA please note, we are shipping through Quartermaster Logistics which means very affordable shipping outside the USA (and roughly equivalent shipping in the USA). Sean will be posting an update to Kickstarter as well. And please, spread the word.

Titan Robotics Kickstarter

 

SALE #3 – Kevin’s Toys, Art and Collectibles SALE – now through November 30, 2022. Negatives at half price, plus toys (Star Wars, Marvel and DC superheroes, etc.), Palladium collectibles, and a variety of proofreader copies, hardcover Printer Proofs, and more, all on sale now through November 30. And we are adding new collectibles, negatives, and items through the weekend. Check it out at: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

 

SALE #4 – Christmas Surprise Package offer – Best deal in gaming – $100+ worth of goodies (often more) for $58 (plus shipping). Books are signed if you want them to be. It is just 4 weeks till Christmas and Kwanzaa, and 3 weeks till Hanukkah (starts November 18)! Less time when you account for the time to process and ship orders, so this weekend and next are the perfect time to place your holiday orders. The Surprise Package Offer ends December 24, 2022, see shipping timeline below. A great gift for any holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, a nice treat for yourself (you deserve it), or a way to try new settings, and fill your collection. See what people are saying about the Surprise Packages and our games in the comment section after my Closing Thoughts. Enjoy.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

 

SALE #5 Coming – Watch for DriveThruRPG.com Black Friday/Cyber-Monday deals.

 

News & Updates

UPDATE: Creature Feature now shipping. The book has been shipping since its arrival last Friday. It’s pretty darn good and we think you’ll love it. 15 monsters, rules clarifications, gaming tips, adventure and more. What’s that? You haven’t played Beyond the Supernatural? Well, maybe it’s time you gave it a try. The Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer is a great way to try new settings like BTS and pick up other titles you’ve been meaning to try, just let us know in you comments.

Creature Feature at palladium-store.com

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics Kickstarter – 7 days left. As I write this, we are closing in on $70,000 and there are only 7 days to the Kickstarter left – so time is running out. Pledge something so you are in the queue and then decide exactly what you are going to get BEFORE the Kickstarter ends next Wednesday. The foil hardcover limited editions are available only via the Kickstarter and well worth it. Historically, our Gold Editions and all foil editions go way up in value, sometimes within just a year or two. At least double, often 4-8 times the original price, so get ‘em while you can.

 

UPDATE: Kickstarter Shipping. To get you the best price on shipping, especially if you are in Canada or overseas, Quartermaster Logistics will handle the shipping. This means shipping outside the USA is half of what it would normally cost Palladium to ship, sometimes less. USA shipping is about the same. Sean will be posting an update to the Kickstarter page sometime today, November 23, 2022. We are doing everything we can to make shipping affordable to everyone worldwide. Please share this information with your gaming friends in other countries.

Titan Robotics Kickstarter

 

NEW! Sean Owen Roberson interview on The Glitterbois Podcast. I thought this was a truly great interview. Very relaxed, friendly, and conversational. I felt like there was some nice insight about Palladium behind the scenes, Sean’s history with Palladium as a fan and gamer, his work at Palladium, the Titan Robotics Kickstarter, the Titan Robotics sourcebook, the Poker Deck, Rifts® Savage Worlds, Creature Feature, and other fun stuff. Check it out. I really enjoyed it even though I already knew all this stuff, so you will too.

https://youtu.be/6w_ODR1qll4

 

COMING: “Original” Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG Bonus Foil Hardcover (1st Edition rules and monsters). Due to popular demand from our fans, we have a deluxe, blood red foil hardcover also at the printer. This is a reprint of the 1st Edition rule book exactly as printed, plus an epic 32 page adventure from The Rifter® by Hendrik Härterich as bonus material. As soon as we have a ship date from our printer we will let you know. Hardcovers can take a while (6-12 weeks), so we are not even taking orders until we have a strong idea of the delivery date. We’re hoping it will be available in time for Christmas. Red foil on a black faux leatherette. 288 pages, $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 699HC – release date to come (mid-December tentative and hopeful).

 

Do not miss out on the Titan Robotics Kickstarter. You’ll be sorry if you do! As I write this, there are only 7 days left. Check it out while you still can and spread the word. Heck, I like watching the video every other day. Funny but true. – Kevin

Titan Robotics Kickstarter

 

Christmas Grab Bags

Christmas Surprise Package – The best deal in gaming

4 weeks till Christmas, but less time in order to ship and receive it in time for Christmas!

Give the gamers in your life a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (for you in Canada and elsewhere), birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, and any gift-giving occasions. Or treat yourself. After these past three crazy years, you deserve to do something nice for yourself and your gaming pals. The Surprise Package Offer gets you physical game books at PDF prices, and we will sign them if you would like us to. Spread the word.

Christmas Surprise Package at palladium-store.com

 

What is a Christmas Surprise Package? 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 continues to be 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 the fallout of the pandemic and 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 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 $58 (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, and other items. Some books may be slightly damaged (scuffs, scratches, dings, a crunched corner, etc.) so we can send you more.

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®, Systems Failure, 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 12-15 Palladium products (or more) FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 12-15 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 really is a surprise. Surrogate Santa, Kevin, personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, and 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.

Send us your brief comments. There is a special form and format to fill out for Christmas Surprise Packages. It includes 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-$100+ worth of product, sometimes more! Yes, sometimes more, for only $58 plus shipping. 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 you know they will love. 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-$105 (often more) worth of product and only paying $55 plus a small handling charge. Shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing 4 or more pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada, Australia, 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.

 

Christmas SHIPPING Update:

30 days till Christmas Eve – but ONLY about 15 days left to order and get delivery guaranteed by Christmas via Media Mail

Those of you buying books and Christmas Surprise Packages as holiday gifts NEED to place your orders no later than the dates below to guarantee delivery in time for Christmas (by December 24) without incurring additional costs for expedited shipping. These recommendations come from the shipping companies themselves.

  • United States Postal Service: Media Mail – December 8 and even then there is no guarantee. That said, you should get packages shipped via Media Mail as late as December 14. Last year mail delivery was very good, but the US Mail seems a bit less reliable this year and we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas when you use Media Mail. YOU assume ALL risk when you ship via Media Mail.
  • United States Postal Service (in USA): Priority Mail – December 15.
  • UPS Ground (anywhere in the contiguous USA) – December 15. Last year, UPS was astonishing in its speed and accuracy of shipping. Most UPS Ground packages arrive anywhere in the contiguous USA within 5 business days, often a day or two sooner.
  • UPS 3-Day Select – December 19.
  • UPS 2nd Day Air – December 20.
  • UPS Next Day Air (to arrive December 23) – December 21, remember, we need time to process and pack your order!
  • To our friends in Canada and overseas – December 6 with no guarantee. We suggest ordering no later than December 6, but SOONER is better. At this point in time, we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Your package should arrive in time, but if there are delays at Customs, work strikes, bad weather, etc., it might miss. Order sooner rather than later. Note: Right now, we are finding overseas orders are taking 18-34 days to arrive, sometimes longer! Cost Saver: A Surprise Package mitigates overseas shipping costs – take advantage of this while you can. It is, in effect, the equivalent of getting the books you want at retail, plus autographs, and paying the equivalent of only $10-$30 for overseas shipping! MANY overseas customers take advantage of the Surprise Packages for this reason! And it is likely the ONLY way for you to get autographs. Give it a try, we don’t think you will be disappointed.
  • Any orders placed after these dates may arrive in time for Christmas but we cannot guarantee it AND you should assume they will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. Please spread the word and place those orders as soon as you can. Ho, ho, ho and happy holidays.
  • 2022 Shipping Note: As always, at Palladium, we will be working overtime and do everything we can to process orders as fast as possible to get them to you for the holidays. However, after the package leaves the Palladium warehouse, delivery is out of our hands. As we get closer to Christmas, UPS Ground and Priority Mail will be your most reliable and timely methods of shipping. Thank you for your understanding.

 

Closing Thoughts – Happy Thanksgiving from all of us to all of you

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, family and friends, and plenty of good eats. Whether you are surrounded by throngs of family and friends or having a quiet Thanksgiving alone or with a few special people, know that we are wishing you well and thankful to have each and every one of you in our lives.

Someone recently shared these wise words with me: “At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flames with us.” – Albert Schweitzer

Good words. Life is hard. I have faced many hardships and challenges in my years, just as you have suffered through yours. But life is also good and beautiful. I want to offer my deepest gratitude to the countless souls – many of whom I scarcely know – who have rekindled my light many times. That most certainly includes the army of Palladium fans. I have been blessed all my life with amazing friends – my chosen family – the people who give me strength and courage to stand strong and persevere through thick and thin. That includes new friends like Sean, Yvonne, Larry, Johnny, Brandon, and Mike M, among others, and too many long time friends to list here.

You may not realize it, but that includes you, our fans, the members of our extended Palladium gaming family. You have no idea how many times you have rekindled our spirits, especially my own. There have been times when I am feeling low or burnt out, and I just want to give up and go home or scream or cry. And then, out of the blue, I get a message from one of you. It may come in the form of a Surprise Package comment or an email, a Help Desk message, a letter in the mail, a phone call, or an unexpected visit. The delivery system doesn’t really matter – it’s the kind words of appreciation and love that touch my heart; all our hearts. Comments and missives like the ones that appear in this Update, below. They are often sweet or funny or heartwarming. They mean the world to me and the Palladium crew, and they rekindle our energy every time.

So thank you for being there for us as customers, but especially as friends and family. You inspire us and keep the fires of our imaginations burning as much as we do yours. It’s why we do the Christmas Surprise Package offer, our way of giving back to you and saying thank you for the energy, love and friendship you give to us.

Be thankful for all you have, especially the people in your lives. Tell them you love them, how much they mean to you and keep on fighting the good fight. Please don’t let despair, or loss, or money woes push you into the abyss. Better, brighter days are ahead, and we’ll be doing everything we can to help lighten your load by bringing you games and adventures that inspire and wow. Lose yourselves in gaming fun with friends and family, and hang tough. We need you. We need each other.

It’s time to eat, drink, and be merry. Please keep Palladium Books’ Thanksgiving Weekend/Cyber-Monday (and Tuesday) Sale, our stupendous Surprise Package offer, and the final days of the Titan Robotics Kickstarter in mind while you’re stuffing yourself with delicious food, libation, and shopping for the holidays.

It is an honor and a privilege to create worlds of adventure for you. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving. Ho, ho, ho ...

- Kevin Siembieda, Surrogate Santa, Gamer, Friend

 

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where our Surprise Package customers can offer comments and suggestions with their order. We do so because we want to know what you think, and what you want, and we appreciate your suggestions and insights. The idea to do hardcover editions of core books came from fan comments in the Grab Bags.

Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling of these comments in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin and now these new strange times. Please use our games to find escape from the pandemic and other worries. Use them to bring a little joy, laughter, and adventure to the holiday season.

I want you to know that your comments and support mean the world to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments and they always brighten our day. Thank you for making us smile and feel useful. As always, I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] to each comment.

These comments are just a dozen or so people and reasons for which I’m profoundly thankful. Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for your kind words.

 

A.C. in Sacramento, California, writes: My wife Nancy is in love with Beyond the Supernatural and my son Grayson loves Rifts®. I play weekly games alternating between Rifts® and Beyond the Supernatural. Thank you again for being a part of our family.

[That’s great, A.C. I love it when I hear about families enjoying our games. You might want to take a peek at that Titan Robotics Kickstarter, it has some very cool stuff and TR is epic. I am humbled and proud to be considered part of your family, sir, thank you. Happy holidays and keep ‘em guessing. – Kevin]

 

D.B. in Wesley Chapel, Florida, writes: This is a big thank you to Kevin Siembieda. A long time ago, you, Erick, and Maryann took the time in the middle of a hotel at DragonCon to sit with a young fan and answer questions about Rifts®, Robotech®, the Palladium game system, and even shared some behind the scenes artwork and information about the books to come. You spent an hour sitting on the floor chatting with me. At the time I was thrilled to meet all of you, share some gaming stories and learn what I could. Now as I have gotten older and understand better how much that time was really worth, I just want to say thank you. I will forever cherish that memory and moment in time. Merry Christmas to you and all at Palladium Books.

[Thank you for sharing that memory with us, D.B. I learned a long time ago that people and nice moments like the one you describe are what’s most important in life. It’s memories of such moments that make you smile and all warm and fuzzy inside. That’s why at Palladium Books we have always tried to put our fans first. We genuinely care about you and cherish such moments too. Merry Christmas. – Kevin]

 

B.C. in Spring, Texas, writes (in part): I’m new to Palladium (one year and a previous Surprise Package), but I’m nuts for Palladium Fantasy ... I’ve become absolutely bonkers for Palladium Fantasy RPG® and would like everything ever written for it on my bookshelf ... The cornucopia of Palladium is inexhaustible ...

I’m a long-time gamer, but somehow I only discovered Palladium a year ago like some nerdy Rip Van Winkle ... I’m so glad I did! Was real magic used in the creation of your books, because I have failed to save! ... as a newcomer to the Palladium game system, I find the game mechanics fun and easy to use. I just don’t think Palladium Fantasy, for example, would have the same feeling of wonder and danger if converted to another mechanic. There’s something so vivid, creative, and charming about the setting and all of Palladium’s books. Thanks to all.

[Welcome to the Palladium Megaverse B.C., you are now part of the Palladium family and we are glad to have you with us. We are deeply humbled by your kind words of praise. We put our hearts and souls into every book, so we love to receive heartfelt comments like yours. We hope you continue to enjoy our books from many years to come. – Kevin]

 

F.U. in Hoechberg, Bavaria, Germany, writes: It simply isn’t Christmas without your Grab Bags! I love that you keep supporting Palladium Fantasy®. I’ve been looking forward to reading about the Land of the South Winds for ages, and I’m super excited about you reprinting the Original FRPG. It is still my favourite game after all those years. Your creativity always blows me away. Kevin, you are the best!

[Ah, shucks. Thank you F.U., I appreciate your kind words. I get it, Palladium Fantasy® is the game that truly launched the company and it will always be a personal favorite of mine as well. I love the setting. The Raw Edition is just a first run at the region. I’ll be dividing that material in half and adding a bunch to each South Winds book. Enjoy and game on. – Kevin]

 

B.W. in Barnstaple, Evon, Great Britain, writes (in part): How much does Palladium Books mean to me? After a bit of a hiatus (doesn’t life always seem to get in the way?) I am playing once a week with my three lifelong friends ... It’s something that keeps us close and involved in each other’s lives and adds even more fun and adventure to our worlds. So how much does Palladium Books mean to me? It means everything! Thank you.

[Wow. Thank you, B.W. Palladium means everything to us too, and that includes our amazing fans, like you. We are humbled by your generous words. Game on and happy holidays. – Kevin]

 

J.F. in Kingsport, Tennessee, writes: I wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you for all the years of great gaming you have given me. I have been playing and reading Rifts® books for 30 years now and it just keeps getting better and better. You sir, are the George Lucas/Steven Spielberg of the gaming world. Thank you for all the hard work and care that you put into every book. Happy holidays and best wishes to gaming’s premier game master, Kevin Siembieda.

[Wow, J.F. I am humbled to be put in the same class as Lucas and Spielberg, two of my heroes and inspirations. I do indeed put care and hard work in every book. I love world building, characters and story. Funny, Erick Wujcik used to call me the Steven Spielberg of gaming, so I am deeply touched. Thanks again for the high compliment. Happy holidays to you and yours and please, keep your imagination burning bright. – Kevin]

 

M.C. in Happy Valley, Oregon, writes (in part): The first RPG I ever played was Palladium Fantasy. I then got into Heroes Unlimited, and it became my main game. I have most of the HU books, first and second editions. I just started collecting Palladium Fantasy for the first time since I was a kid ... Excited to get back into it. I have also been very interested in After the Bomb® ... I am super pumped for this [Surprise Package]. My RPG friends suggested it and it sounds like a fantastic deal. I want to use this stuff to get my D&D friends into Palladium.

[Hey M.C., you will not be disappointed with your Surprise Package. Enjoy and welcome back to the Palladium Fantasy RPG. Good luck luring your D&D buddies into the exciting Palladium setting. – Kevin]

 

T.G. in Jackson, Michigan, writes: A billion thanks to Kevin, Sean, and the entire Palladium crew! I hope you all have an outstanding Thanksgiving! The X-Mas Surprise Package has become such a part of my Holiday traditions, I just can’t tell you how much I enjoy being able to participate each year! Until next time, I’ll be dreaming of Shemarrians ...

[Right back at you, T.G., and thanks for the rekindling. See, this is exactly what I mean. Awesome. We are humbled and delighted our work and the Surprise Packages bring so much joy. Shemarrians, ride! – Kevin]

 

K.H. in Dacula, Georgia, writes (in part): Been reading a ton of Rifts® this year. Finally, gave the novels a shot, and was pleasantly surprised ... Also read Duty’s Edge, Will Erwin did a great job. And you guys really knocked my socks off with that section on the Glitter Boys in The Rifter® #85. Also read Machinations of Doom, Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs and Path of the Storm. Great stuff and that doesn’t count all the game books that I read or brushed up on.

So looking forward to more. Please get us more novels and short story collections. Seems like a comic book mini-series is WAY overdue. Maybe you can lure Freddie Williams III or Ramon K. Perez back for it. Keep up the great work, guys. Merry Christmas!

[Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to you, K.H. I don’t know, Freddie and Ramon are big time comic book artists and very busy these days, but I like the way you think. A couple of new novels are in the works, but will not see release anytime soon. Ooops, I probably shouldn’t have mentioned that. Don’t tell my business partner Sean that I spilled the beans. – Kevin]

 

B.T. in Oceanside, California, writes: I’m a Navy brat and started reading TMNT® in Gurnee, Illinois in 1990. Then Rifts® came out and I bought just about everything for 10 years. Read them all but never played. Moved a ton as a kid. Joined the Navy myself and have since traveled the world. Also started actually playing RPGS with friends. Got back into Palladium in the last few years and have consumed Palladium Fantasy®. Keep coming back to Rifts® though, rereading the ARCHIE plots and Coalition War Campaign. They are such compelling stories and characters and I can play a way more nuanced game with it now. Thank you for building these worlds.

[Hi B.T., welcome back to the Palladium Megaverse! I’m glad you’re enjoying creating new, epic adventures. I hope you enjoy seeing those stories continue in Coalition Manhunters and Titan Robotics. Keep that imagination burning bright. – Kevin]

 

P.F. in Clarksville, Tennessee, writes: Lifelong fan. Appreciate all you’ve done. I’m getting closer to that 100% complete collection of game books. After that hoping to acquire all The Rifters® and out of print/licensed books. Even managed to snag a copy of Rifts® Manhunter. The great Prize will be Justice Machine.

[Hey P.F. I assume when you say Rifts® Manhunter you mean the 1990s RPG by Myrmidon Press, not the new Rifts® Coalition Manhunters which is completely different. Justice Machine, which is based on the original, independent comic book by Mike Gustovich is super-rare so good luck on that one. Only 6,000 copies printed. Good luck and game on. – Kevin]

 

B.H. in Richardson, Texas, writes: I am very excited for the future of Palladium Books! I am an old fan that only had a few books, but am looking to get back into the Megaversal system because of Titan Robotics Kickstarter.

[Thank you for your support B.H. and welcome back to the Megaverse®. We think you’ll be very pleased with everything yet come. Big plans. Great product. New realms of adventure. – Kevin]

 

V.W. in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, writes: Keep up the good work. Amazing people, amazing production. Be safe and enjoy family and friends this holiday season, please, all of you deserve it.

[Wise words V.W., thank you so much. We’ll try. Please do the same. – Kevin]

 

J.R. in McHenry, Illinois, writes: Long live Palladium! From your favorite volunteer.

[This is why you are our favorite. lol. Happy Holidays. – Kevin]

 

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