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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – December 5, 2019

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

By Kevin Siembieda

With Christmas rushing up upon us, the focus of this Weekly Update is making sure everyone knows about our famous Christmas Surprise Package offer. A 21 year tradition that gets you tremendous savings and signed books (if you want them) that is a genuine surprise as a treat for yourself or as gifts for your gaming spouse and friends. You get so much that one Surprise Package may get you gifts for 2-3 friends. The ideal gamer gift for any holiday, birthday, or anniversary, a treat for yourself (you deserve it), and a way to try new settings, fill holes in your collection, or replace battered old books. See what people are saying about the Surprise Packages and our games in the Surprise Package Comment section in every Weekly Update, located after my Closing Thoughts. Enjoy.

7 days left to order and absolutely guarantee delivery by Christmas! With Thanksgiving so late this year, we lost a week of shipping time. The major shippers issued a reminder Monday morning that they recommend you place your order by the following dates to guarantee their delivery in time for Christmas (December 24, 2019). I saw a report on the Today Show yesterday morning that repeated these dates, so please do not delay if you need your order before Christmas. They expect a record number of packages being delivered this year. I go into a bit more detail farther in, but here are the basics:

  • United States Postal Service: Media Mail – December 12
  • United States Postal Service: Priority Mail – December 19
  • UPS standard Ground – December 15
  • UPS 3rd Day Select – December 17
  • UPS 2nd Day Air – December 19

Note: Any orders placed after these dates are not likely to arrive in time for Christmas. Please place those orders as soon as you can and spread the word about Surprise Packages and the shipping dates.

Garden of the Gods™ is nearing completion. We expect it to go to the printer early next week and be ready to ship just before or right after Christmas. See the Update for more details.

NEWS: Updated Digital Catalog

To help you make selections you may want to refer to the current PDF Catalog of Palladium Books® products available on PalladiumBooks.com and on DriveThruRPG.com.

NEWS: Palladium Gift Certificates now available

We started to offer them a year ago in response to popular demand, and they have been more popular this year than ever. Purchase Palladium Gift Certificates for your gaming friends and loved ones who are difficult to buy for. The prompts should be pretty self-explanatory. You purchase the desired amount, fill out the email info of that person along with an optional gift message, and that individual gets an email with info on how to redeem the Gift Certificate and you get a confirmation email. Simple. Gift Certificates are available in the Palladium online store.

– 20 days till Christmas – but ONLY 7 days left to order and receive delivery guaranteed by Christmas at reasonable shipping costs

Those of you buying books, Rifts® poker decks, mugs, baseball caps 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, 2019) without incurring additional costs for expedited shipping. These recommendations come from the shipping companies themselves.

  • United States Postal Service: Media Mail – December 12
  • UPS standard Ground (anywhere in the contiguous USA) – December 15
  • United States Postal Service (in USA): Priority Mail – December 19
  • UPS 3rd Day Select – December 17
  • UPS 2nd Day Air – December 19
  • UPS Next Day Air (to arrive December 24) – December 22, remember, we need time to process and pack your order!
  • To our friends in Canada and overseas – December 9. We suggest ordering no later than December 9, but sooner is better as we cannot guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. Your package should arrive in time, but if there are delays at Customs, work strike, bad weather, etc., it might miss. Order sooner rather than later. 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 $5-$20 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.

Christmas Grab Bags

What is a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package?

Truly the best deal in gaming! The Palladium 21st Annual Christmas Surprise Package gets you physical books at PDF prices and if you want them signed we will sign each and every one of them! Plus we have some original art by Chuck Walton you may request (but don’t count on it, still provide us with a juicy Wish List).

It enables you to get several RPG titles ($95-$100 often MORE) for ONLY $50 (plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for being so kind and patient, and for your years of support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

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

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

Your “Wish List” is vital – the Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 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’s a surprise. Plus, Santa Kevin, who personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, may toss in something extra like a limited edition print, or color maps, or T-shirt, or issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

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

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

It only costs $50 plus shipping to get $95-$100+ worth of Palladium products! 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. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, rebuild your collection, replace worn out books, and get your gaming pals gifts. PLEASE spread the word about this great offer.

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

Shipping WARNING #1: This applies to everyone, please make sure you provide extra time to receive any order in time for Christmas. ALL shippers – UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service – are all expecting to ship a record number of packages this holiday season, which could spell delays in shipping, especially as we get closer to Christmas. If you can, please order your Christmas Surprise Packages as soon as possible! Media Mail is the least reliable and can take the longest to arrive. UPS is 2-4 days to most locations in the USA. US Postal Service to Canada and overseas (UPS costs an arm and a leg) must order 8-10 days BEFORE Christmas and we still cannot guarantee you’ll get it in time. Order as early as you can.

Shipping WARNING #2: The theft of packages from porches and mailboxes is at an all time high. Once a package leaves Palladium’s warehouse, its fate is out of our control and we cannot be held responsible for theft or loss. We suggest UPS because it automatically insures all packages for $100 from loss or damage by UPS. HOWEVER, this insurance does not cover theft from your doorstep or mailbox. As far as the delivery company is concerned, they did their job. It was delivered. It is YOUR responsibility to collect the package. That’s just how it works. Like the shipping companies, Palladium does not replace the contents of any package that has been delivered and stolen. Media Mail: As we have been saying for years, Media Mail is the least expensive method of shipping. If you select Media Mail, you assume ALL risk and Palladium will not replace lost, stolen or damaged contents. If it was “delivered” and stolen from your doorstep or mailbox, insurance still does not protect you. Note: It usually takes 3-5 days for Media Mail to be delivered to most locations, 4-12 days (sometimes longer) during the holidays. If you use Media Mail, YOU assume ALL liability for the package. The risk is entirely yours. Sorry. This has been our policy always. That said, most packages shipped by Media Mail and most other means arrive intact without incident.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The X-Mas Surprise Package is a Grab Bag. As such, while we always try to send you items from your Wish List, you may NOT get everything you ask for and you are likely to get one or more items NOT on your list, like The Rifter®, or other item(s) we think you should enjoy. PLEASE give us a long Wish List and fill out other questions (favorite Palladium games, would like to try X, and so on) because it helps us to make your Surprise Package special. If you need or want specific items, do NOT use the Surprise Package; place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the books you want. Offer ends December 24, 2019. Also note: There are no Digital Surprise Packages this year.

Please tell everyone about the Christmas Surprise Packages. We want to put smiles on the faces of gamers around the world.

See the complete Christmas Surprise Package description here.

Garden of the Gods Raw Preview

Special limited Sale – Garden of the Gods RAW PREVIEW – Half price now through December 31 – while supplies last

With Garden of the Gods™ coming out at the end of December, we thought it would be nice to offer the last few dozen of the GoG™ “Raw Preview” Edition at half price ($10.50 instead of $20.99 retail) while supplies last. A “Raw Preview” is an advance look at the unfinished, unedited, manuscript BEFORE final rewrites, additions, art, and editing. Limited to 150 copies (sometimes 200 copies). It is fun to be able to compare the original manuscript as presented in the Raw Preview with the finished publication. For those of you who want to write and publish your own games, the Raw Preview gives you a rare glimpse into the creative process at Palladium. In the case of Garden of the Gods™, it has expanded to epic proportions, and there is some excellent material in the original Raw Edition manuscript that seems unlikely to make it into the finished sourcebook (though it may appear in a future Fantasy sourcebook).

Land of the Damned 3 The Bleakness Raw Preview

And consider – Land of the Damned Three: The Bleakness Raw Preview Limited Edition – Available now

Get ‘em while you can because it is limited to only 200 copies and selling fast! The LotD-3: The Bleakness™ Raw Preview is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this upcoming, new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released to put you in the know ahead of most people, and to start playing now. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites, and publication that give you a glimpse of Palladium’s work and development process. Limited to a total of 200 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents more of the forbidden Land of the Damned in all its brutal glory. Includes information about the ancient and forgotten eldritch races, the Minotaur legions, dark magic, the Citadel, the Bleakness, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series will have connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

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

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 200 collector copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, based on ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 470-RAW – available now! Do not miss out.

BACK IN STOCK Special: The Rifter® #1-13 – while supplies last

The Rifter® #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, , 10, 11, 12, and 13 have been dug out from the Palladium archives and being made available for the Christmas season. Very limited supply.

  • Each has been out of print for years.
  • Most are in like new condition.
  • There are fewest of The Rifter® #1, so it is likely to sell out.
  • The first few issues have material written by Erick Wujcik.
  • Most of issues #1-13 have a Knights of the Dinner Table comic strip that was originally created just for The Rifter®.
  • The Rifter® #9½ is the all humor issue and has Giga-Damage and the Ludicrous Mage.
  • Each issue is 128 pages.
  • The original price was a mere $7.95, but since they have been out of print for nearly 20 years, we have been selling them at conventions for $15.95 each. Only #1 sells for $17.95 retail.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Ninjas and Superspies

BACK IN STOCK: Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Revised – available now

The Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG is worth it for the 40 different martial art forms and 48 mystic martial arts powers alone, but there is so much more. Asian combat skills accurately portrayed, each with its own unique fighting style, methods of attack and defense presented on an epic scale, complete with legendary mystic powers. Spies, Cyber Agents, Gadgeteers, secret organizations, secret identities, gimmick weapons and clothing, cyber-disguises, implants, and more. Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™ RPG and even Nightbane®, Rifts® and other settings. A complete game.

  • 40 types of hand to hand combat — effectively offering 40 types of martial arts character classes!
  • 17 Occupational Character Classes for spies, mercenaries, martial artists and special operatives.
  • 48 mystic martial art powers.
  • Dim Mak, Chi Mastery, the Arts of Invisibility and more.
  • Bionic implants, disguises, weapons, & equipment.
  • Secret identities, spy agencies, and creation rules for secret organizations.
  • Complete stand-alone RPG with skills, weapons, rules and guidelines for using other Palladium settings.
  • Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Rifts® China, and the entire Palladium Megaverse®!
  • 176 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 525 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

Mystic China

ALSO available – Mystic China Sourcebook

China as you never envisioned it! Ancient magic, martial arts masters, supernatural predators, and the dark underworld of Mystic China.

  • 14 new classes of Chinese martial arts.
  • Mudra, Atemi, Chi, Katas, Zenjoriki, & other mystic abilities.
  • Over a dozen new character classes suitable for Rifts® China, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, BTS™ and Nightbane®.
  • Chi Magic with 87 spells, Celestial Calligraphy & more.
  • 10 different types of Immortals, adventures and ideas.
  • New weapons, vehicles, computers and spy equipment.
  • Written by Erick Wujcik.
  • 208 pages – still only $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 526 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

Can you imagine a book of Cthulhu Christmas Carols?

You won’t have to, you can get it from Red Duke Games’ new Kickstarter for Unspeakable Carols - Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns and Cthulian Canticles. Like the wildly popular Necronomnomnom Cookbook, it will be full of gruesome (and funny) Cthulhu and Lovecraft inspired artwork worthy of a coffee table art book. An absolute must for any serious collector of the Cthulhu mythos.

It comes from the team that brought you the runaway hit, The Necronomnomnom - A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror. The project is now live on Kickstarter through Christmas. See your beloved holiday carols get the multi-tentacled Eldritch hug as only Red Duke Games can bring you. The book will receive the same lavish attention as their previous tome, right down to the scarce (and scary) custom latex covers on the Deluxe Editions. Darkly humorous, arcanely inspired, and terrifyingly realized under the mad brush of artist Kurt Komoda, the stygian quill of Mike Slater, and demonic design of Tom Roache. This project promises both monstrous laughter and yuletide madness! They dare you, allow your eyes to rest upon the lyrics of their depraved canticles.

Head over to Kickstarter now and help make this thing come to life:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366211550/unspeakable-carols-a-tome-of-lovecraftian-holiday-hymns

Psst. What you may not know is the Unspeakable Carols is the second book in a planned series of Lovecraft/Cthulhu inspired tomes. Everyone at Palladium Books was thrilled with our copies of the Necronomnomnom Cookbook and we cannot wait for this one and the others to follow. For details on current and planned products, please visit http://www.RedDukeGames.com and follow TheNecronomnomnom on Instagram and Facebook

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods (Fantasy) – in final production

Expanded to 192 or 224 pages! I’m finishing writing the last 60 manuscript pages, Wayne has begun the typesetting and layout phase, should go to the printer next Monday or Tuesday and will be a December release!

Truly epic. 50+ Forgotten Gods, 140+ Blessings, 100+ magic artifacts, 50+ Curses, become a Champion of the Gods, enjoy the overview of the Garden of the Gods, read about visions, miracles, quests from the gods, Knightly protectors, Faerie Folk, the Black Pit, five Greatest Rune Weapons of the Old Ones, mystery, secrets, and more! If this book doesn’t get players and Game Masters excited, nothing will. Garden of the Gods™ also helps to set up several other Palladium Fantasy titles in the works or done and waiting for final edit and tweaking.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death

This is the book I dive into next week to finish and get into your hands. Cannot wait. Secrets of surviving in the big cities, death cults, weirdness, and hope. An end of January 2020 release.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics – Winter release

Every time I look at the artwork for this book I just think, wow. One of many titles that will excite and tantalize your imaginations. A ton of toys for players and ideas for Game Masters. Robots and power armor galore, but also the inner workings of Titan Robotics and Archie Three’s schemes. I think 80% of the artwork is done. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is another high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics. Ah, but Titan Robotics is much more than just another weapons manufacturer, it is the secret operation of ARCHIE-3 and all part of his plan to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics, his current schemes and plans for the future. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail, but may expand into 192 pages.

  • New Giant Robots.
  • New Power Armor, equipment and accessories.
  • 30+ power armors and robots, plus other equipment.
  • New weapons, gear and vehicles.
  • Titan Robotics Corporation and structure.
  • Archie’s secret kingdom and plans for the future.
  • New O.C.C.s and key Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
  • Android executives, security and much more.
  • Wellington Industries, Campaign prompts and more.
  • Art by Zeleznik, Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda. Cover by Zeleznik.
  • 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899. Winter (tentative).

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream – Winter release

You will love Psychic Scream™, though I think I’m going to slot in Rifts® Titan Robotics™ ahead of it since so much more of that book is finished, art and all. If the description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Making notes and adding ideas that will blow your minds.

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica – Winter release

I am bursting with ideas and had to stop and make all kinds of notes. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.

Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land beyond what anyone expects. A frozen continent transformed by the power of magic and alien wildlife. Long isolated from the rest of the world, Rifts, D-Shifting events and the threat of war have now brought the distant South Pole within reach. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail.

  • New alien monsters and D-Bees.
  • Strange new weapons and vehicles. Some left over from the Golden Age of Humanity, others completely alien.
  • The Splugorth’s secret outpost. More than it would seem.
  • A Splugorth zoo and place of secret Bio-Wizard experiments.
  • Snow and Ice Golems created specifically for the cold environment.
  • An ancient city of stone that predates human history and which even the Splugorth fear, let alone their minions! Ask yourself, what could possibly scare the Splugorth? Find out.
  • Danger from Elements, Ice Witches, Icecraft, and other horrors.
  • Vostok City, a city of magic carved from the ice itself.
  • Cold-weather skills, technology and survival techniques.
  • Ancient danger and dark secrets.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, Carmen Bellaire, and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 160 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 898. Winter or spring release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Winter release

Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a winter release.

UPDATE: The Disavowed, Living Nowhere, Beyond the Supernatural sourcebooks, and other titles

These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Rifts® Disavowed™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of production or development.

UPDATE: DriveThruRPG

We hope you all enjoyed the Thanksgiving Weekend Sale that ran through Cyber-Monday. We will see about hosting another sale as we get closer to Christmas, but have not yet decided.

Recent on DriveThru: The Rifter® #82 is a special, 112 page issue packed with official source material and a tribute to the late, great Erick Wujcik. It includes the Rifts® Chaos Earth® Pyromancer O.C.C. and 50+ new fire and lava-based spells, Nightbane® Age Modifier rules, Heroes Unlimited™ Vigilante revisited, gaming tips from Erick Wujcik, a moving tribute to Erick with insight into Palladium’s past, and more.

Also new as of last week, Rifts® World Book 36: Sovietski™. It is a diverse, fun, 224 page World Book full of cyborgs, weapons, tech, tanks, and details about the Sovietski war machine, the new KGB, key cities, its people and society, as well as D-Bees and adventure.

Recent releases: Free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview; The Rifter® #81: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material and Wolfen Vampire adventure for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (20+ NPCs), Gnomes of the Ophid’s Grasslands), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska Part 2, Heroes Unlimited™ (Super Sleuth), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™ (True Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, more about the Sunaj, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and descriptions of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj’s secret agenda. An awesome resource and fun read). The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).

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

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – December 5, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – November 27, 2019

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

By Kevin Siembieda

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope it is one filled with laughter, joy, and good eats. Thanksgiving has turned into a long weekend for sales and Holiday shopping from Friday thru Cyber-Monday. Have fun and save money, but please don’t forget about Palladium Books. We have four sales going on this weekend too!

Palladium’s Black Friday/Cyber-Monday SALE starts right now. As of today thru Tuesday, December 3, the books in the following game lines are on sale at big savings. While supplies last, as some titles, such as the various limited edition Raw Previews, seem likely to sell out.

Reminder, you can create the 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 on other worlds, etc. Unleash your imagination.

Also from Palladium Books – Christmas Surprise Package offer – $95-$100 worth of goodies (often more) for $50 (plus shipping and handling). Books are signed if you want them to be. It is just 4 weeks/28 days till Christmas, 25 days till Hanukkah, 29 to Kwanzaa! More like 23 days when you account for the time to process and ship orders. So place your orders this weekend before you miss out. Offer ends December 24, 2019. 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.

DriveThruRPG.com Thanksgiving Weekend Sale – now thru Cyber-Monday: EVERYTHING Palladium Books is on sale – games, sourcebooks, paper minis – and a whole lot more. A big 33% savings. NOW thru Monday, December 2.

Kevin’s Toys, Art and Collectibles SALE – now through Tuesday. Negatives at half-price, dozens of new negatives from Rifts® Federation of Magic (and will try to post even more), plus original art, collectibles, and toys, are also on sale now through Tuesday. There are also a handful of Hardcover Printer Proofs and the very limited Rifts® Bestiary Crimson Edition, along with other Palladium titles, artwork, and collectibles on sale. Check it out at: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

NEW! (Sort of) – 12 out of print Rifter® issues available now – #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 9½, 10, 11, 12, and 13 pulled from the Palladium Vault – but only for a short time. We have dug out copies of most of the first 13 issues of The Rifter® and are making them available in time for Christmas. Very limited supply, sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Note: The Rifter® #1 has the fewest copies available. More details follow a bit further down.

Back in print – Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG. We have been seeing a sudden increased interest in Ninjas & Superspies™ and got caught short by demand. It is back in print and ready to ship. Both Ninjas & Superspies™ and the Mystic China™ sourcebook (both written by the late, great Erick Wujcik) are also available for request in Surprise Packages.

Garden of the Gods™ ... feverishly writing and editing the very last of it! Typesetting should start by the weekend. The Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview is on sale this weekend and available for Surprise Package requests. The other Raw Previews too, though Rifts® Titan Robotics Raw Preview is almost sold out. It is worth getting the Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview just to compare it to the final product. That is especially fun and helpful for those of you who want to write and design RPGs and sourcebooks.

A bit of fun. My thanks to the number of people who have contacted me after seeing my appearance in the TMNT® episode of The Toys that Made Us. They actually did an hour long interview where I talked about the RPG and other related Turtle stuff, but the game isn’t a toy, so no mention. Yep, the Ninja Turtles animated series, toys, movies, etc. as we know them might not exist if I hadn’t sent a copy of the RPG to Mark Freedman at Surge Licensing and then talked up the Turtles, Kevin and Peter, and helped put them together. It’s cool to have played such a pivotal roll in a part of history that has touched so many lives. So happy for the success it brought to Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Two of the nicest people around.

BACK IN STOCK Special: The Rifter® #1-13 – while supplies last

The Rifter® #1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, , 10, 11, 12, and 13 have been dug out from the Palladium archives and being made available for the Christmas season. Very limited supply.

  • Each has been out of print for years.
  • Most are in like new condition.
  • There are fewest of The Rifter® #1, so it is likely to sell out.
  • The first few issues have material written by Erick Wujcik.
  • Most of issues #1-13 have a Knights of the Dinner Table comic strip that was originally created just for The Rifter®.
  • The Rifter® #9½ is the all humor issue and has Giga-Damage and the Ludicrous Mage.
  • Each issue is 128 pages.
  • The original price was a mere $7.95, but since they have been out of print for nearly 20 years, we have been selling them at conventions for $15.95 each. Only #1 sells for $17.95 retail.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.

Ninjas and Superspies

BACK IN STOCK: Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Revised – available now

The Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG is worth it for the 40 different martial art forms and 48 mystic martial arts powers alone, but there is so much more. Asian combat skills accurately portrayed, each with its own unique fighting style, methods of attack and defense presented on an epic scale, complete with legendary mystic powers. Spies, Cyber Agents, Gadgeteers, secret organizations, secret identities, gimmick weapons and clothing, cyber-disguises, implants, and more. Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™ RPG and even Nightbane®, Rifts® and other settings. A complete game.

  • 40 types of hand to hand combat — effectively offering 40 types of martial arts character classes!
  • 17 Occupational Character Classes for spies, mercenaries, martial artists and special operatives.
  • 48 mystic martial art powers.
  • Dim Mak, Chi Mastery, the Arts of Invisibility and more.
  • Bionic implants, disguises, weapons, & equipment.
  • Secret identities, spy agencies, and creation rules for secret organizations.
  • Complete stand-alone RPG with skills, weapons, rules and guidelines for using other Palladium settings.
  • Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Rifts® China, and the entire Palladium Megaverse®!
  • 176 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 525 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

Mystic China

ALSO available – Mystic China Sourcebook

China as you never envisioned it! Ancient magic, martial arts masters, supernatural predators, and the dark underworld of Mystic China.

  • 14 new classes of Chinese martial arts.
  • Mudra, Atemi, Chi, Katas, Zenjoriki, & other mystic abilities.
  • Over a dozen new character classes suitable for Rifts® China, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, BTS™ and Nightbane®.
  • Chi Magic with 87 spells, Celestial Calligraphy & more.
  • 10 different types of Immortals, adventures and ideas.
  • New weapons, vehicles, computers and spy equipment.
  • Written by Erick Wujcik.
  • 208 pages – still only $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 526 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

Christmas Grab Bags

ONLY 28 days till Christmas – Time is running out to get your Palladium Christmas Surprise Package

Get your Palladium Christmas Surprise Package NOW before it is too late! The Palladium 21st Annual Christmas Surprise Package offer is the best deal in gaming. Physical books at PDF prices and if you want them signed we will sign each and every one of them! Plus we have some original art by Chuck Walton you may request (but don’t count on it, still provide us with a juicy Wish List).

It enables you to get several RPG titles ($95-$100 often MORE) for ONLY $50 (plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for being so kind and patient, and for your years of support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

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

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

Your “Wish List” is vital – the Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 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’s a surprise. Plus, Santa Kevin, who personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, may toss in something extra like a limited edition print, or color maps, or T-shirt, or issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

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

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

It only costs $50 plus shipping to get $95-$100+ worth of Palladium products! 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. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, rebuild your collection, replace worn out books, and get your gaming pals gifts. PLEASE spread the word about this great offer.

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

Shipping WARNING #1: This applies to everyone, please make sure you provide extra time to receive any order in time for Christmas. ALL shippers – UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service – are all expecting to ship a record number of packages this holiday season, which could spell delays in shipping, especially as we get closer to Christmas. If you can, please order your Christmas Surprise Packages as soon as possible! Media Mail is the least reliable and can take the longest to arrive. UPS is 2-4 days to most locations in the USA. US Postal Service to Canada and overseas (UPS costs an arm and a leg) must order 8-10 days BEFORE Christmas and we still cannot guarantee you’ll get it in time. Order as early as you can.

Shipping WARNING #2: The theft of packages from porches and mailboxes is at an all time high. Once a package leaves Palladium’s warehouse, its fate is out of our control and we cannot be held responsible for theft or loss. We suggest UPS because it automatically insures all packages for $100 from loss or damage by UPS. HOWEVER, this insurance does not cover theft from your doorstep or mailbox. As far as the delivery company is concerned, they did their job. It was delivered. It is YOUR responsibility to collect the package. That’s just how it works. Like the shipping companies, Palladium does not replace the contents of any package that has been delivered and stolen. Media Mail: As we have been saying for years, Media Mail is the least expensive method of shipping. If you select Media Mail, you assume ALL risk and Palladium will not replace lost, stolen or damaged contents. If it was “delivered” and stolen from your doorstep or mailbox, insurance still does not protect you. Note: It usually takes 3-5 days for Media Mail to be delivered to most locations, 4-12 days (sometimes longer) during the holidays. If you use Media Mail, YOU assume ALL liability for the package. The risk is entirely yours. Sorry. This has been our policy always. That said, most packages shipped by Media Mail and most other means arrive intact without incident.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The X-Mas Surprise Package is a Grab Bag. As such, while we always try to send you items from your Wish List, you may NOT get everything you ask for and you are likely to get one or more items NOT on your list, like The Rifter®, or other item(s) we think you should enjoy. PLEASE give us a long Wish List and fill out other questions (favorite Palladium games, would like to try X, and so on) because it helps us to make your Surprise Package special. If you need or want specific items, do NOT use the Surprise Package; place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the books you want. Offer ends December 24, 2019. Also note: There are no Digital Surprise Packages this year.

Please tell everyone about the Christmas Surprise Packages. We want to put smiles on the faces of gamers around the world.

See the complete Christmas Surprise Package description here.

8,500+ pages of source material are waiting for you – AND it is all on SALE on DriveThruRPG.com right now!

The Rifter® is alive and is waiting for gamers everywhere on DriveThruRPG.com. Use them as the inspiring idea factory it was meant to be. Let them spark and unleash your own imaginations. And remember, everyone published in The Rifter® started out just like you: an ordinary gamer with an idea and love of role-playing games and storytelling, so you get to see the humble beginnings of many of us. Most it is timeless and as fun and valid today as when they were written.

  • More than 8,500 pages of RPG gaming material and artwork to inspire and fuel your own characters, house rules, adventures and campaigns! The Rifter® #1-82 are available on DriveThruRPG.com as PDF files. And we will be adding #83 and #84 as well as look into making many of them available as Print on Demand.
  • Every issue a treasure trove of source material and ideas that can be easily adapted to any game setting and game system. Monsters, magic and villains that can be mixed and dropped into wherever you need them. Will your players be expecting a Nightbane® or Rifts® monster or villain dropped into your Fantasy or Heroes Unlimited™ campaign? And vice versa. Talk about shaking things up!
  • Writers include legends like Erick Wujcik, and Palladium creators like Kevin Siembieda, Julius Rosenstein, Carl Gleba, Charles Walton, Glen Evans, Brandon Aten, Taylor White, Matthew Orr, Greg Diaczyk, Mark Oberle, Steve Dawes, Braden Campbell, Wayne Breaux, Jason Richards, Travis Guerrero, Josh Sinsapaugh, Matt Reed, Paul Herbert, Ian Herbert, Hendrik Härterich, Chris Kluge, Lance Colley, Mark Sumimoto, Jason Marker, Daniel Frederick, Shawn Merrow, James M.G. Cannon, Edward Woodward III, and many, many others.
  • Artwork by more gaming and comic book legends! Brom, Jeff Easley, Tyler Walpole, Ramon K. Perez, Freddie Williams II, Jolly Blackburn, David Martin, Scott Johnson, Kevin Long, John Zeleznik, Charles Walton, Amy L. Ashbaugh, Apollo Okamura, and too many others to list them all.
  • Imagination is unlimited. It is the source of every idea great and small. Please continue to use every issue of The Rifter® as your personal muse – a source for ideas and motivation.

Can you imagine a book of Cthulhu Christmas Carols?

You won’t have to, you can get it from Red Duke Games’ new Kickstarter for Unspeakable Carols - Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns and Cthulian Canticles. Like the wildly popular Necronomnomnom Cookbook, it will be full of gruesome (and funny) Cthulhu and Lovecraft inspired artwork worthy of a coffee table art book. An absolute must for any serious collector of the Cthulhu mythos.

It comes from the team that brought you the runaway hit, The Necronomnomnom - A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror. The project is now live on Kickstarter through Christmas. See your beloved holiday carols get the multi-tentacled Eldritch hug as only Red Duke Games can bring you. The book will receive the same lavish attention as their previous tome, right down to the scarce (and scary) custom latex covers on the Deluxe Editions. Darkly humorous, arcanely inspired, and terrifyingly realized under the mad brush of artist Kurt Komoda, the stygian quill of Mike Slater, and demonic design of Tom Roache. This project promises both monstrous laughter and yuletide madness! They dare you, allow your eyes to rest upon the lyrics of their depraved canticles.

Head over to Kickstarter now and help make this thing come to life:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366211550/unspeakable-carols-a-tome-of-lovecraftian-holiday-hymns

Psst. What you may not know is the Unspeakable Carols is the second book in a planned series of Lovecraft/Cthulhu inspired tomes. Everyone at Palladium Books was thrilled with our copies of the Necronomnomnom Cookbook and we cannot wait for this one and the others to follow. For details on current and planned products, please visit http://www.RedDukeGames.com and follow TheNecronomnomnom on Instagram and Facebook

Land of the Damned 3 The Bleakness Raw Preview

NEW! Land of the Damned Three: The BleaknessRaw Preview Limited Edition – Available now

People are loving the Raw Preview Edition of LotD-3: The Bleakness™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®. Now is your chance to get a glimpse of the future for this summer 2020 release, and be the first to peer into and play inside the Bleakness and the Citadel of the Land of the Damned. May be requested in Christmas Surprise Packages.

Get ‘em while you can because it is limited to only 200 copies and selling fast! The LotD-3: The Bleakness™ Raw Preview is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this upcoming, new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released to put you in the know ahead of most people, and to start playing now. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites, and publication that give you a glimpse of Palladium’s work and development process. Limited to a total of 200 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents more of the forbidden Land of the Damned in all its brutal glory. Includes information about the ancient and forgotten eldritch races, the Minotaur legions, dark magic, the Citadel, the Bleakness, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series will have connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

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

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 200 collector copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, based on ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 470-RAW – available now! Do not miss out.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods (Fantasy) – in final production

Epic! Expansive. 40+ Forgotten Gods, 50+ Curses. 80+ Blessings, plus Holy Weapons, magic artifacts, an overview of the Garden of the Gods, visions, miracles, Knightly protectors, Champions of the Gods, Faerie Folk, the Black Pit, five Greatest Rune Weapons of the Old Ones, mystery, secrets, and more! If this book doesn’t get players and Game Masters excited, nothing will. Garden of the Gods™ also helps to set up several other Palladium Fantasy titles in the works or done and waiting for final edit and tweaking.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death

This is the next book to be finished as soon as I’m done with Garden of the Gods. Cannot wait. Full of death cults, weirdness and hope! A December release.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics – Winter release

Every time I look at the artwork for this book I just think, wow. One of many titles that will excite and tantalize your imaginations. A ton of toys for players and ideas for Game Masters. Robots and power armor galore, but also the inner workings of Titan Robotics and Archie Three’s schemes. I think 80% of the artwork is done. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is another high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics. Ah, but Titan Robotics is much more than just another weapons manufacturer, it is the secret operation of ARCHIE-3 and all part of his plan to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics, his current schemes and plans for the future. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail, but may expand into 192 pages.

  • New Giant Robots.
  • New Power Armor, equipment and accessories.
  • 30+ power armors and robots, plus other equipment.
  • New weapons, gear and vehicles.
  • Titan Robotics Corporation and structure.
  • Archie’s secret kingdom and plans for the future.
  • New O.C.C.s and key Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
  • Android executives, security and much more.
  • Wellington Industries, Campaign prompts and more.
  • Art by Zeleznik, Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda. Cover by Zeleznik.
  • 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899. Winter (tentative).

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream – Winter release

You will love Psychic Scream™, though I think I’m going to slot in Rifts® Titan Robotics™ ahead of it since so much more of that book is finished, art and all. If the description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Making notes and adding ideas that will blow your minds.

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica – Winter release

I am bursting with ideas and had to stop and make all kinds of notes. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.

Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land beyond what anyone expects. A frozen continent transformed by the power of magic and alien wildlife. Long isolated from the rest of the world, Rifts, D-Shifting events and the threat of war have now brought the distant South Pole within reach. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail.

  • New alien monsters and D-Bees.
  • Strange new weapons and vehicles. Some left over from the Golden Age of Humanity, others completely alien.
  • The Splugorth’s secret outpost. More than it would seem.
  • A Splugorth zoo and place of secret Bio-Wizard experiments.
  • Snow and Ice Golems created specifically for the cold environment.
  • An ancient city of stone that predates human history and which even the Splugorth fear, let alone their minions! Ask yourself, what could possibly scare the Splugorth? Find out.
  • Danger from Elements, Ice Witches, Icecraft, and other horrors.
  • Vostok City, a city of magic carved from the ice itself.
  • Cold-weather skills, technology and survival techniques.
  • Ancient danger and dark secrets.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, Carmen Bellaire, and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 160 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 898. Winter or spring release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Winter release

Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a winter release.

UPDATE: The Disavowed, Living Nowhere, Beyond the Supernatural sourcebooks, and other titles

These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Rifts® Disavowed™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of production or development.

NEW on DriveThruRPG – Thanksgiving Weekend Sale – now thru Cyber-Monday – 33% off ALL Palladium titles and many other publishers on sale

Now thru Cyber-Monday, all Palladium titles including Rifts®, The Rifter®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Dead Reign®, Nightbane® and all the rest are on sale just in time for Christmas. Enjoy.

Recent on DriveThru: The Rifter® #82 is a special, 112 page issue packed with official source material and a tribute to the late, great Erick Wujcik. It includes the Rifts® Chaos Earth® Pyromancer O.C.C. and 50+ new fire and lava-based spells, Nightbane® Age Modifier rules, Heroes Unlimited™ Vigilante revisited, gaming tips from Erick Wujcik, a moving tribute to Erick with insight into Palladium’s past, and more.

Also new as of last week, Rifts® World Book 36: Sovietski™. It is a diverse, fun, 224 page World Book full of cyborgs, weapons, tech, tanks, and details about the Sovietski war machine, the new KGB, key cities, its people and society, as well as D-Bees and adventure.

Recent releases: Free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview; The Rifter® #81: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material and Wolfen Vampire adventure for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (20+ NPCs), Gnomes of the Ophid’s Grasslands), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska Part 2, Heroes Unlimited™ (Super Sleuth), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™ (True Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, more about the Sunaj, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and descriptions of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj’s secret agenda. An awesome resource and fun read). The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).

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

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – November 27, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – November 21, 2019

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

By Kevin Siembieda

Only 5 weeks/34 Days to Christmas, 32 days till Hanukkah, 36 to Kwanzaa! More like 28 days when you account for the time to process and ship orders. WARNING: All shippers – UPS, FedEx, and the US Postal Service – are all expecting a record number of mail and packages to ship this holiday season, which could spell delays in shipping, especially as we get closer to Christmas. If you can, please order your Christmas Surprise Packages sooner than later. I have been loading them up to spread gaming joy around the world. A great gift for any holiday, birthdays, anniversaries, a treat for yourself (you deserve it), 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.

Back in print – Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG. We have been seeing a sudden increased interest in Ninjas & Superspies™ and got caught short by demand. It is back in print and ready to ship. Both Ninjas & Superspies™ and the Mystic China™ sourcebook (both written by the late, great Erick Wujcik) are also available for request in Surprise Packages.

The Rifter® #84 is available now. Do not forget to order yours or request it in the Christmas Surprise Package. This is another fun-filled issue, and the last as the publication goes into hiatus for a few years.

Something special, Garden of the Gods™. From time to time, a truly inspired and epic sourcebook is released. One that stands out above the rest. I always put my best effort into every game and sourcebook Palladium publishes, we all do, but every so often there is one that exceeds everyone’s expectations, even us guys creating it. The Garden of the Gods™ is that sourcebook. As I’m writing sections, I’m thinking, “Wow, this stuff is awesome. People are going to love this!” Editors Alex, Wayne, and everyone who reads any part of it are blown away and start talking about how they could imagine this and see that in their own games. They immediately get swept up into the storied history of the Garden, the gods, and the world, the way lost gods are restored, the multitude of blessings (I think more than 120 when I’m completely done), the vast number of magical artifacts in the descriptions for the Forgotten Gods, and all the rest.

I’m not even sure how many magical artifacts and blessings there are yet, because in addition to the Blessings normally available from any deity, there are a few unique ones for every Lost God. Holy Weapons and magical artifacts for each too! I’m working on this last hunk about the gods right now and going wild with it. All of it much expanded from what you see in the outstanding Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview. (By the way, we still have a few dozen of those available for sale and put aside for Surprise Package requests.) Including the Forgotten Pantheon of Aco and the Juggernaut which reveals more about the battle between the gods and the Old Ones. I have to thank my pal Hendrik for suggesting their inclusion in GoG, since the gods were named, but not described in the Dragons and Gods sourcebook.

My enthusiasm and divine inspiration from the RPG gods is one reason Garden of the Gods™ has been delayed, and another is that the book has grown to nearly double in size from the original manuscript. Yep, it is going to be a big 192 or 224 page book. The ideas for gods and opportunities and toys for players (magic artifacts, blessings, miracles, etc.) just kept flowing and were so good I could not make myself stop. The end result: a big, gorgeous, powers and revelations-filled book that will blow your socks off and out the door. I’m trying to contain the Garden of the Gods™ Fantasy sourcebook to 192 pages, but it might end up a 224 pager. And I suspect some of Matt’s adventure material will get bumped to the Lopan™ sourcebook, next year. We have the book tentatively scheduled with the printer as we work at a frenetic pace to get it done and to them by next week for a mid-December ship date.

This enthusiasm is extending into Land of the Damned™ 3: The Bleakness, Titan Robotics, and all our titles. Don’t forget, Land of the Damned™ 3 Raw Preview is available now.

Look for dozens of new negatives from Rifts® Federation of Magic featuring art by fan-fave gaming and comic book artists Ramon K. Perez, Freddie Williams II, Scott Johnson, plus Dubisch, Breaux and others, along with original art by Chuck Walton, and other odds and ends that have been posted in my Ebay store, Kevin’s Toys, Art and Collectibles, with more to be added. There are also a handful of Hardcover Printer Proofs and the very limited Rifts® Bestiary Crimson Edition, along with other Palladium titles, artwork, and collectibles on sale. Check it out at: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

Christmas Grab Bags

34 days till Christmas – Order your Palladium Christmas Surprise Package NOW to beat the rush and save on shipping

It’s that time again for the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package offer. Palladium Books® has been doing Christmas Surprise Packages, or “Grab Bags,” for 21 years! And what a great tradition it has become.

It enables you to get several RPG titles ($95-$100 or MORE worth) for ONLY $50 (plus shipping and handling) as gifts for others or for yourself. It is our way of saying thank you to our many fans for being so kind and patient, and for your years of support. You are appreciated more than you may realize.

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

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

Your “Wish List” is vital – the Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 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’s a surprise. Plus, Santa Kevin, who personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, may toss in something extra like a limited edition print, or color maps, or T-shirt, or issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

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

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

It only costs $50 plus shipping to get $95-$100+ worth of Palladium products! 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. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, rebuild your collection, replace worn out books, and get your gaming pals gifts. PLEASE spread the word about this great offer.

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

IMPORTANT NOTE: The X-Mas Surprise Package is a Grab Bag. As such, while we always try to send you items from your Wish List, you may NOT get everything you ask for and you are likely to get one or more items NOT on your list, like The Rifter®, or other item(s) we think you should enjoy. PLEASE give us a long Wish List and fill out other questions (favorite Palladium games, would like to try X, and so on) because it helps us to make your Surprise Package special. If you need or want specific items, do NOT use the Surprise Package; place a regular order at full retail to guarantee you get the books you want. Offer ends December 24, 2019. Also note: There are no Digital Surprise Packages this year.

Please tell everyone about the Christmas Surprise Packages. We want to put smiles on the faces of gamers around the world.

See the complete Christmas Surprise Package description here.

Ninjas and Superspies

BACK IN STOCK: Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Revised – available now

The Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG is worth it for the 40 different martial art forms and 48 mystic martial arts powers alone, but there is so much more. Asian combat skills accurately portrayed, each with its own unique fighting style, methods of attack and defense presented on an epic scale, complete with legendary mystic powers. Spies, Cyber Agents, Gadgeteers, secret organizations, secret identities, gimmick weapons and clothing, cyber-disguises, implants, and more. Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™ RPG and even Nightbane®, Rifts® and other settings. A complete game.

  • 40 types of hand to hand combat — effectively offering 40 types of martial arts character classes!
  • 17 Occupational Character Classes for spies, mercenaries, martial artists and special operatives.
  • 48 mystic martial art powers.
  • Dim Mak, Chi Mastery, the Arts of Invisibility and more.
  • Bionic implants, disguises, weapons, & equipment.
  • Secret identities, spy agencies, and creation rules for secret organizations.
  • Complete stand-alone RPG with skills, weapons, rules and guidelines for using other Palladium settings.
  • Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Rifts® China, and the entire Palladium Megaverse®!
  • 176 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 525 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

Mystic China

ALSO available – Mystic China Sourcebook

China as you never envisioned it! Ancient magic, martial arts masters, supernatural predators, and the dark underworld of Mystic China.

  • 14 new classes of Chinese martial arts.
  • Mudra, Atemi, Chi, Katas, Zenjoriki, & other mystic abilities.
  • Over a dozen new character classes suitable for Rifts® China, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, BTS™ and Nightbane®.
  • Chi Magic with 87 spells, Celestial Calligraphy & more.
  • 10 different types of Immortals, adventures and ideas.
  • New weapons, vehicles, computers and spy equipment.
  • Written by Erick Wujcik.
  • 208 pages – still only $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 526 – by Erick Wujcik – available now.

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – available and shipping now

The Rifter® #84 focuses on adventure in dark corners of various world settings. Places where danger threatens, monsters and evildoers lurk in the shadows, and people are in need of heroes. Adventure source material for The Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, and Rifts®. And remember, adventures and source material for one game setting can also be adapted to other world settings with some easy and obvious modifications. Most of all, have fun.

Rifter® #84 Highlights:

  • The City of Cascade™ by Erick Wujcik and Matt Reed, A modern city in desperate need of heroes.
  • The Kingdom of Raf-Chalon™ for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Glen Evans. An Elven Kingdom in the Eastern Territory™.
  • Golems in the Myst™ for Rifts® by Greg Diaczyk. Techno-Wizard experiments go wrong and Golems run amok.
  • Spellbound O.C.C. for Nightbane® RPG by Ian Herbert.
  • An Adventure for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Kyle Osterberg.
  • The Dimma, a short story and a scary new monster for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Steven Dawes.
  • 2021 Palladium Open House and other news.
  • Coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – Shipping now!

8,500+ pages of source material are waiting for you – The Rifter® remains a valuable and lasting resource

The Rifter® is alive and is waiting for gamers everywhere on DriveThruRPG.com. Use them as the inspiring idea factory it was meant to be. Let them spark and unleash your own imaginations. And remember, everyone published in The Rifter® started out just like you: an ordinary gamer with an idea and love of role-playing games and storytelling, so you get to see the humble beginnings of many of us. Most it is timeless and as fun and valid today as when they were written.

  • More than 8,500 pages of RPG gaming material and artwork to inspire and fuel your own characters, house rules, adventures and campaigns! The Rifter® #1-82 are available on DriveThruRPG.com as PDF files. And we will be adding #83 and #84 as well as look into making many of them available as Print on Demand.
  • Every issue a treasure trove of source material and ideas that can be easily adapted to any game setting and game system. Monsters, magic and villains that can be mixed and dropped into wherever you need them. Will your players be expecting a Nightbane® or Rifts® monster or villain dropped into your Fantasy or Heroes Unlimited™ campaign? And vice versa. Talk about shaking things up!
  • Writers include legends like Erick Wujcik, and Palladium creators like Kevin Siembieda, Julius Rosenstein, Carl Gleba, Charles Walton, Glen Evans, Brandon Aten, Taylor White, Matthew Orr, Greg Diaczyk, Mark Oberle, Steve Dawes, Braden Campbell, Wayne Breaux, Jason Richards, Travis Guerrero, Josh Sinsapaugh, Matt Reed, Paul Herbert, Ian Herbert, Hendrik Härterich, Chris Kluge, Lance Colley, Mark Sumimoto, Jason Marker, Daniel Frederick, Shawn Merrow, James M.G. Cannon, Edward Woodward III, and many, many others.
  • Artwork by more gaming and comic book legends! Brom, Jeff Easley, Tyler Walpole, Ramon K. Perez, Freddie Williams II, Jolly Blackburn, David Martin, Scott Johnson, Kevin Long, John Zeleznik, Charles Walton, Amy L. Ashbaugh, Apollo Okamura, and too many others to list them all.
  • Imagination is unlimited. It is the source of every idea great and small. Please continue to use every issue of The Rifter® as your personal muse – a source for ideas and motivation.

Can you imagine a book of Cthulhu Christmas Carols?

You won’t have to, you can get it from Red Duke Games’ new Kickstarter for Unspeakable Carols - Lovecraftian Holiday Hymns and Cthulian Canticles. Like the wildly popular Necronomnomnom Cookbook, it will be full of gruesome (and funny) Cthulhu and Lovecraft inspired artwork worthy of a coffee table art book. An absolute must for any serious collector of the Cthulhu mythos.

It comes from the team that brought you the runaway hit, The Necronomnomnom - A Cookbook of Eldritch Horror. The project is now live on Kickstarter through Christmas. See your beloved holiday carols get the multi-tentacled Eldritch hug as only Red Duke Games can bring you. The book will receive the same lavish attention as their previous tome, right down to the scarce (and scary) custom latex covers on the Deluxe Editions. Darkly humorous, arcanely inspired, and terrifyingly realized under the mad brush of artist Kurt Komoda, the stygian quill of Mike Slater, and demonic design of Tom Roache. This project promises both monstrous laughter and yuletide madness! They dare you, allow your eyes to rest upon the lyrics of their depraved canticles.

Head over to Kickstarter now and help make this thing come to life:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1366211550/unspeakable-carols-a-tome-of-lovecraftian-holiday-hymns

Psst. What you may not know is the Unspeakable Carols is the second book in a planned series of Lovecraft/Cthulhu inspired tomes. Everyone at Palladium Books was thrilled with our copies of the Necronomnomnom Cookbook and we cannot wait for this one and the others to follow. For details on current and planned products, please visit http://www.RedDukeGames.com and follow TheNecronomnomnom on Instagram and Facebook

Land of the Damned 3 The Bleakness Raw Preview

NEW! Land of the Damned Three: The BleaknessRaw Preview Limited Edition – Available now

People are loving the Raw Preview Edition of LotD-3: The Bleakness™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®. Now is your chance to get a glimpse of the future for this summer 2020 release, and be the first to peer into and play inside the Bleakness and the Citadel of the Land of the Damned. May be requested in Christmas Surprise Packages.

Get ‘em while you can because it is limited to only 200 copies and selling fast! The LotD-3: The Bleakness™ Raw Preview is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this upcoming, new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released to put you in the know ahead of most people, and to start playing now. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites, and publication that give you a glimpse of Palladium’s work and development process. Limited to a total of 200 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents more of the forbidden Land of the Damned in all its brutal glory. Includes information about the ancient and forgotten eldritch races, the Minotaur legions, dark magic, the Citadel, the Bleakness, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series will have connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

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

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 200 collector copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, based on ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 470-RAW – available now! Do not miss out.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods (Fantasy) – in final production

Epic! Expansive. 40+ Forgotten Gods, 50+ Curses. 80+ Blessings, plus Holy Weapons, magic artifacts, an overview of the Garden of the Gods, visions, miracles, Knightly protectors, Champions of the Gods, Faerie Folk, the Black Pit, five Greatest Rune Weapons of the Old Ones, mystery, secrets, and more! If this book doesn’t get players and Game Masters excited, nothing will. Garden of the Gods™ also helps to set up several other Palladium Fantasy titles in the works or done and waiting for final edit and tweaking.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death

This is the next book to be finished as soon as I’m done with Garden of the Gods. Cannot wait. Full of death cults, weirdness and hope! A December release.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics – Winter release

Every time I look at the artwork for this book I just think, wow. One of many titles that will excite and tantalize your imaginations. A ton of toys for players and ideas for Game Masters. Robots and power armor galore, but also the inner workings of Titan Robotics and Archie Three’s schemes. I think 80% of the artwork is done. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is another high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics. Ah, but Titan Robotics is much more than just another weapons manufacturer, it is the secret operation of ARCHIE-3 and all part of his plan to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics, his current schemes and plans for the future. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail, but may expand into 192 pages.

  • New Giant Robots.
  • New Power Armor, equipment and accessories.
  • 30+ power armors and robots, plus other equipment.
  • New weapons, gear and vehicles.
  • Titan Robotics Corporation and structure.
  • Archie’s secret kingdom and plans for the future.
  • New O.C.C.s and key Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
  • Android executives, security and much more.
  • Wellington Industries, Campaign prompts and more.
  • Art by Zeleznik, Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda. Cover by Zeleznik.
  • 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899. Winter (tentative).

A Fall surprise or two

If things go well, I may slip in a Raw Edition and a surprise release before Christmas. The surprise is a little something that has been eating away at me and that I’ve been working on here and there. No more details until I know it’s coming out.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream – Winter release

You will love Psychic Scream™, though I think I’m going to slot in Rifts® Titan Robotics™ ahead of it since so much more of that book is finished, art and all. If the description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Making notes and adding ideas that will blow your minds.

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica – Winter release

I am bursting with ideas and had to stop and make all kinds of notes. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.

Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land beyond what anyone expects. A frozen continent transformed by the power of magic and alien wildlife. Long isolated from the rest of the world, Rifts, D-Shifting events and the threat of war have now brought the distant South Pole within reach. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail.

  • New alien monsters and D-Bees.
  • Strange new weapons and vehicles. Some left over from the Golden Age of Humanity, others completely alien.
  • The Splugorth’s secret outpost. More than it would seem.
  • A Splugorth zoo and place of secret Bio-Wizard experiments.
  • Snow and Ice Golems created specifically for the cold environment.
  • An ancient city of stone that predates human history and which even the Splugorth fear, let alone their minions! Ask yourself, what could possibly scare the Splugorth? Find out.
  • Danger from Elements, Ice Witches, Icecraft, and other horrors.
  • Vostok City, a city of magic carved from the ice itself.
  • Cold-weather skills, technology and survival techniques.
  • Ancient danger and dark secrets.
  • Written by Matthew Clements, Carmen Bellaire, and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 160 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 898. Winter or spring release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Winter release

Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a winter release.

UPDATE: The Disavowed, Living Nowhere, Beyond the Supernatural sourcebooks, and other titles

These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Rifts® Disavowed™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of production or development.

The Rifter #82 Rifts Sovietski

NEW on DriveThruRPG – The Rifter® #82 and Rifts® World Book 36: The Sovietski

The Rifter® #82 is a special, 112 page issue packed with official source material and a tribute to the late, great Erick Wujcik. It includes the Rifts® Chaos Earth® Pyromancer O.C.C. and 50+ new fire and lava-based spells, Nightbane® Age Modifier rules, Heroes Unlimited™ Vigilante revisited, gaming tips from Erick Wujcik, a moving tribute to Erick with insight into Palladium’s past, and more.

Also new as of last week, Rifts® World Book 36: Sovietski. It is a diverse, fun, 224 page World Book full of cyborgs, weapons, tech, tanks, and details about the Sovietski war machine, the new KGB, key cities, its people and society, as well as D-Bees and adventure.

Recent releases: Free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview; The Rifter® #81: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material and Wolfen Vampire adventure for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (20+ NPCs), Gnomes of the Ophid’s Grasslands), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska Part 2, Heroes Unlimited™ (Super Sleuth), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™ (True Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, more about the Sunaj, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and descriptions of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj’s secret agenda. An awesome resource and fun read). The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).

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

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – November 21, 2019

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