Palladium Books® Weekly Update – March 8, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

I have been writing like a fiend. Most of my time has been spent working on the Rifts® Bestiary™ and I'm thrilled to be reaching the finish line for this title. The book is really something, an array of monsters and animals for use by players and Game Masters alike, as well as offering adventure hooks and ideas. Coming soon! And it's awesome.

I have also approved more sketches for In the Face of Death™ (Dead Reign™/Zombie Apocalypse), and worked with Wayne a bit on The Rifter® #83 (spring release) and #84 (summer release); both are going to be excellent issues. Among a few other things. We are all very excited about upcoming book releases.

We are thrilled to see the high level of excitement for the Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Raw Preview Edition and Garden of the Gods™ Raw Preview Edition. I spoke to the Printer and they expect to get us the books by the middle of next week! Remember, both are limited to 150 copies, and sold on a first come, first served basis. I dug around in our archives and decided we could spare three copies of the sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition and two copies of Rifts® Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Edition. Get ‘em fast if you want them, because I expect them to fly out of the warehouse.

DriveThruRPG's GM's Day Sale ends Sunday, March 10, so time is running out. There are all sort of books across all game lines and even Rifter® issues in this sale.

That has inspired me to offer a Palladium Books Sale I'm calling the Let's Game Sale – now thru the weekend – a great way to get started with core books. Read on for details.

 

SALE! Palladium's – Let's Game Sale – Ends Tuesday, March 12, 2019

This sale is designed to provide you with the opportunity to purchase select core rule books and sourcebooks that will let you start gaming. A great way to try a new game setting. Or use it to fill in holes in your collection or to buy a birthday or anniversary gift for the gamer in your life. Enjoy.

 

SALE! Final Days – DriveThruRPG's GM's Day Sale – Ends Sunday March 10

The GM's Day Sale on DriveThruRPG is a super-whammy annual offer going on now thru Sunday, March 10, 2019. The GM's Day Sale offers a wide range of Palladium RPGs, World Books, sourcebooks, select issues of The Rifter® and more, as well as titles from dozens of other game companies. Sale ends March 10.

 

Rifts Titan Robotics Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Rifts® Titan Robotics Raw Preview Limited Edition – March 15, 2019

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

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

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

  • Limited collector's edition – only 150 total copies.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • Written by Matthew Clements.
  • 112 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 899-RAW – at the printer!
  • The Raw Edition ships next week, March 15 or sooner. Taking orders now. Do not miss out.

 

Garden of the Gods Raw Preview Edition

NEW! Garden of the Gods – Raw Preview Limited Edition – March 15, 2019

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

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

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

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

 

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview Edition

SPECIAL: 2 copies of the sold out Surviving Chaos Raw Preview Limited Edition (Chaos Earth® First Responders and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream) – Available now

As noted above, I decided we could spare two copies of this sold out Raw Edition from the Palladium archives. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

This "Raw Preview Edition" contains the unfinished working manuscripts for 2 books: Rifts® Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream. It contains background information on the early days immediately following the advent of the Great Cataclysm, new O.C.C.s, new weapons and gear, lifesaving medical robots and equipment, new D-Bees, new monsters, Apocalypse Plagues, and adventures. The Pyschic Scream section of this Raw Preview Edition includes Psychic Super-Soldiers, Cleansers, Lifegivers, Listeners, Old Souls, Psychonauts, Faith Healers, the Lazlo Society, monsters and much more!

  • Limited collector's edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscripts and works in progress.
  • By Jason Richards, Matthew Clements, Daniel Frederick and Taylor White.
  • Was sold out. These two copies are being made available from Palladium's archives.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – available now while limited supplies last.

 

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview Edition

SPECIAL: 3 copies of the sold out of Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Edition – Available now

As noted above, I decided we could spare three copies of this sold out Raw Edition from our archives. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.

The "Raw Preview Edition" of Rifts® World Book: Antarctica™ contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more. Note: The finished title is anticipated to ship this summer.

  • Limited collector's edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • By Matthew Clements.
  • Was sold out. These three copies are being made available from Palladium's archives.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – available now, while supplies last.

 

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Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One

Could the monsters known as Caterpillar Things be the larval form of the Mothman appearing in Bestiary, Volume Two? Are Darkhounds really magically mutated Dog Boys? Is that why they see Coalition soldiers as friends and allies? Ee-Bee Gee-Bees are kinda cute, so how dangerous can they be? What on Rifts Earth is a Field Reaper or a Glitcher? You'll be finding out soon.

The artwork and ideas Chuck has been kicking out for this book (and Volume 2) are phenomenal. We'll be posting some of it in the Updates. I have been writing like crazy. While I have spent some time on other titles to keep them moving along and books coming out in rapid succession, my primary focus is the Rifts® Bestiary and I am back to working on it almost exclusively as of this morning.

I have been on fire and picking up speed on the writing for Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One. I think Chuck has finished all of his art tweaks and I'm having a blast with the updating and detailing of the monsters you think you know, as well as the new ones. It has been a joy revisiting these creatures and making them come to life for you in new ways I know you will enjoy. Working hard to wrap this puppy up and get it into your hands as quickly as I can.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary™ books will be great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All will give you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each has a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized into two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated, much of the art by Charles Walton II, along with Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages each volume – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 (Volume One), Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In final production. Winter/Spring.

 

Dead Reign In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death, a sourcebook for Dead Reign®

I approved new sketches and some finished artwork. This book is another fine addition to the Dead Reign® setting and takes survival in the Zombie Apocalypse into uncharted territory. This title, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, and several other books are really coming together. In the Face of Death™ will be a spring release.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

Chuck Walton and I figured out the cover layout and we're all excited about this title coming soon. Just one of several we plan to surprise you with (like Lopan and the long awaited Land of the Damned Three – oh yeah). Garden of the Gods™ is going to be unique and fun, and the Raw Preview Edition gives you a great idea of what you can expect when the finished book is released later this summer. We cannot wait to get all these books into your hands.

 

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica finished cover

I still can't get over that awesome John Zeleznik cover. Makes me want to get the books finished and into your hands more than ever. Spoke with Carmen who is tweaking the manuscript and adding some material and he's happy with his progress on the book.

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 what and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this summer. 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.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

John Zeleznik was able to squeeze this cover into his schedule after all, making me one happy camper. We are shooting for (but not promising) a Gen Con release.

 

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

As noted earlier, I reviewed the Rifts® Chaos Earth: Psychic Scream™ sourcebook manuscript with an eye for the artwork that needs to be assigned and for what I will want to add or embellish. Writer Taylor White is one of those guys who always sends my creative energy revving into overdrive. I love this book. Shooting for a spring release. Above is the finished cover.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® The Disavowed AND Other Titles

We are anxious to put as many of the books you've been waiting for into your hands over the next 18 months, as we can. That includes The Rifter® #83 and #84, Rifts® The Disavowed, Rifts® CS Arsenal, Living Nowhere, the Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and more. 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.

 

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – GM's Day Sale – Ends Sunday, March 10

The GM's Day Sale is a super-whammy annual offer going on now thru Sunday, March 10, 2019. The GM's Day Sale has a wide range of Palladium RPGs, World Books, sourcebooks, select issues of The Rifter® and more, as well as titles from dozens of other game companies on sale. Just some of the 250+ Palladium PDF titles available on DriveThruRPG. Sale ends Sunday – March 10, 2019.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo®, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane® and other settings, the City of Khemennu Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition's response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, uniting D-Bees, mages and heroes of every stripe to stand against this Demon Plague. CS psychics and Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, new CS power armor, cyborgs, gear, special training and more. Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more. Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80, The Rifter® #81, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

See you at 2019 Gen Con

Our thanks to the Game Masters running Palladium gaming events at Gen Con. We look forward to seeing many of our fans at Gen Con. This year we should have a number of new product releases and a few specialty items. The usual crew will be present and there may be a few people added to our entourage. So come on by to get the latest products, prints, original art, autographs, and chat a spell with the following Palladium creators:

  • Kevin Siembieda – writer, game designer, Publisher
  • Charles Walton – artist and concept man
  • Glen Evans – writer
  • Brandon Aten – writer
  • Mark Oberle – writer
  • Wayne Smith – editor, The Rifter®
  • Thomas Roache – writer and game designer
  • Madman Mike Leonard – artist
  • Jeff "NMI" Ruiz – game events organizer
  • And possibly a few others.

 

UPDATE: 2021 Palladium Open House (POH)

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

 

Closing Thoughts

There are a million things going on right now. Most of them involving releasing new RPG sourcebooks and finding licensing partners, large and small. Right now, my focus is finishing Rifts® Bestiary Volume One, followed by several other new releases like In the Face of Death™, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream, The Rifter® #83, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® Titan Robotics™, Rifts® Disavowed, Garden of the Gods™ and a lot of other great books for several game lines. It is very exciting, if exhausting, around here. We are all getting pumped up about the coming release of Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. It's funny because this is one of those books that seems to go on and on and on. There was point a while back when I'm thinking to myself, "Man, I'm writing all the time, why isn't this monster of a book close to done yet?" Then I made a list of the monsters and animals I had written or rewritten, and I was like, "Oh, I've done 66 creatures! No wonder it feels like a lot. It is!" Crazy, right? I'm happy to say that I'm in the zone writing and getting close to finishing Volume One. I think Chuck Walton is as excited about it as I am, because he keeps talking about how nobody has ever done a "monster book" quite like this, with such large, detailed descriptions, unique powers, habitats, and ideas for adventure and uses for players as well as Game Masters built into each creature.

Take advantage of the two sales happening right now – the GM's Day Sale on DriveThruRPG.com that ends Sunday night, and Palladium's own Let's Game Sale going on now through Tuesday – snag a Raw Edition, a sale item, and enjoy a great weekend.

Rumor has it spring is around the corner. I don't know about you, but I can't wait for some warmer weather. We were encouraged to see our neighborhood groundhog out of its burrow and rummaging around for food. I also saw a bewildered looking flock of a dozen robins. Bewildered because I'm sure they were thinking, "What gives? It friggin' March and the ground is still hard as a rock and covered in snow!" But spring should be here soon and so should new book releases from Palladium Books. Game on.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Game Designer, Writer

 

Rifts Soft Touch Ballpoint Pen with Stylus

NEW: Rifts® Pen – available now

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

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

 

Palladium Gift Certificates

Palladium Gift Certificates now available

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

 

The Rifter Number 82

The Rifter® #82 – Available now

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

Rifter® #82 Highlights:

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

 

Rifts Bestiary

COMING! Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One

A series of books that collects all the notable monsters, dinosaurs and creepy crawlers and creatures of Rifts® North America (US, Canada and Mexico) into two juicy volumes with a number of new creatures. Each volume includes maps and new creatures, large and small, to help or plague player characters. Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks. In addition, Kevin Siembieda, Chuck Walton and Greg Diaczyk are adding some new monsters to make life in the wilderness interesting. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

Both volumes are being worked on simultaneously, right now, so that Volume Two will quickly follow Volume One. Other volumes, like a Bestiary of Spirits and the Supernatural, are likely to follow.

Future volumes will include spirits, ghosts and entities, another on dragons, other volumes on creatures in other parts of Rifts Earth, and so on.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Some new creatures, but most are existing creatures.
  • Updated information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated.
  • Art by Chuck Walton, Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896. In production.

 

COMING! Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two

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

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

 

In the Face of Death

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

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

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

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

 

COMING: Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, the god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to be given guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 475.

 

Beyond the Supernatural

Back in Stock – Beyond the Supernatural RPG – available now

Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is supernatural horror in the modern world. A plausible modern horror setting that makes sense and will have you wondering if this stuff could be for real. Play ordinary people, psychics or paranormal investigators.

  • 14 Psychic Character Classes.
  • 42 occupations for "ordinary" people.
  • 100+ psychic abilities, including Fire Walker abilities.
  • Creatures of darkness, the Lazlo Agency, and more.
  • Three new sourcebooks planned for 2019.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 700 – available now.

 

Rifts Mystic Russia

Back in Stock – Rifts® World Book 18: Mystic Russia – available now

Rifts® Mystic Russia™ – setting information, key people and places, demons, monsters, gypsies and magic galore.

  • 18 Archaic Russian Demons and 10 monsters.
  • Russian magic including Fire and Bone Magic & magic weapons maker.
  • Magic O.C.C.s including Night Witch, Hidden Witch, Mystic Kuznya, Fire Sorcerer, Old Believer and Necromancer.
  • 9 Gypsy O.C.C.s, vehicles and more.
  • 176 pages – $22.99 – Cat. No. 833 – Available now.

 

Rifts Game Master Guide

Back in Stock – Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available now

The Rifts® Game Master Guide™ is a massive 352 page reference book with short stats and description on every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that appears in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C.s and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – Available now.

 

Other core Rifts® titles to remember:

  • Rifts® Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG, Hardcover – core rules, epic setting of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in a future Earth post-apocalyptic setting. 30+ player characters – play a Dragon Hatchling, Cyborg, Juicer, Crazy, Cyber-Knight, Power Armor Pilot, Psi-Stalker, Dog Boy and others! Magic, psionics, weapons, bionics, and more. If you can imagine it, it can happen in Rifts®. 376 page hardcover – $41.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC – available now.
  • Rifts® Book of Magic™ – 900+ magic spells, plus Techno-Wizard devices, Magic Tattoos, Nazca Lines, Whale Songs, Herbs, Symbiotes, Bio-Wizard Weapons, Rune Weapons, magic items and more! 352 pages – still $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 848 – available now.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide™ – 150+ adventure ideas, Random Rifts, making towns, cities, merc companies, and traveling shows, gaming tips and much more. 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 849 – available now.
  • Rifts Conversion Books 1, 2 & 3.
  • Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook.

 

Fun and Notable Podcasts and Sites that feature Palladium Books

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

 

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

 

What's Coming (in production or development):

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

 

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