By Kevin Siembieda
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Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One is at the printer. Yep. It is finally done and sent off to press. 256 pages of awesomeness. 82 creatures. Maps. Great art. Editor Alex Marciniszyn called it, "A monster book unlike any you have ever quite seen before. A guide to Rifts® monsters and animals written as if it were a real field guide about real animals. All fitting into a complete ecosystem."
Proofreader Julius Rosenstein felt the same way. Adding that he loved the Erin Tarn opening and many of the expanded descriptions of familiar monsters like the Darkhound and Fury Beetle. He also loved the new critters. The one beast that creeped Julius out the most: the Ee-Bee Gee-Bee. The one he wants his character to acquire: the Cerebro-Scrambler. Alex said the Ee-Bee Gee-Bees are at the top of his list of beasts that creep him out too, but that for him, the Dream Butcher was the worst, while the Dinostang was the beast he'd like his character to have. See the new description for Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One and other books elsewhere in this update. As soon as we have an exact ship date for it, we will let you know, but it will be in July.
We'll try to get a Sneak Preview of Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One posted on DriveThruRPG by the weekend, but no promises. We are swamped.
Wayne is already working on The Rifter® #83, doing final editing tweaks and formatting before it goes into final layout.
I'm working on finishing Gardens of the Gods™ so it can go to the printer and be one of our July releases at the end of the month along with The Rifter® #83. Adding a lot of fun material like the forgotten gods of the Aco and the Juggernaut Pantheon and other good stuff.
A number of people asked us to bring back the Summer Madness Super Sale that had just ended, so we did over the week. However, I don't think most of you saw that, so we are extending it through the Independence Day weekend. It runs thru Tuesday, July 9, 2019. See details below.
Please read on. There are all kinds of updates on book releases and new descriptions for something like 5-6 upcoming books later in this Update. Enjoy.
Summer Madness Super-Sale – back for one more week because you asked
You wanted it back, so here it is. All at a sizzling hot HALF PRICE. Applies only to items in stock, not on backorder or coming soon. Items like baseball caps and T-shirts are limited in quantity, so they are sold on a first come, first served basis. This sale will NOT be extended further. Available from Palladium Books now thru the weekend and into next week – ENDS Tuesday night, July 9, 2019. Enjoy your summer.
- All Rifts® Baseball Caps (while supplies last)
- All T-Shirts (while supplies last)
- All Mugs
- All Prints
- All Rifts® Miniatures
- After the Bomb® RPG
- All After the Bomb® sourcebooks!
- Palladium Fantasy® Mouse Pad (Old Ones)
- Dead Reign® Mouse Pad
- Mixed Set of Greeting Cards (Cat. No. 2515)
- Bookmarks Set One
- Bookmarks Set Two
- Future Visions™: The Art of Charles Walton II
- Rifts® & the Megaverse®: The Art of John Zeleznik (softcover only)
- Rifts® Machination of Doom™ Graphic Novel & Sourcebook
- Rifts® Tales of the Chi-Town 'Burbs™ – book of short stories
- Rifts® Titan Robotics™ "Raw Edition" (not the final book)
- Rifts® World Book 6: Rifts® South America
- Rifts® World Book 10: Juicer Uprising™
- Rifts® World Book 19: Australia
- Rifts® World Book 27: Adventures in Dinosaur Swamp™
- Rifts® World Book 33: Northern Gun™ One
- The Rifter® #14
- The Rifter® #80
- The Rifter® #81
- The Rifter® #82
- Splicers® RPG
- Splicers: I am Legion, Adventure Sourcebook
- Nightbane® RPG
- Nightbane® Survival Guide™ Sourcebook
- Nightbane® Dark Designs™ Sourcebook
- Dead Reign® RPG
- Dead Reign® Endless Dead™ Sourcebook
- Dead Reign® Graveyard Earth™ Sourcebook
- Fantasy: Garden of the Gods™ "Raw Edition" (not the final book)
- Fantasy: Northern Hinterlands™
- Fantasy: Land of the Damned™ 1: Chaos Lands™
- Fantasy: Land of the Damned™ 2: Eternal Torment™
- Weapons & Armor™
- Weapons & Castles™
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One – At the Printer – Ships July
It's done. It's awesome. It's at the printer! An opening from Erin Tarn about the Savage Wilderness. 80+ creatures. Maps. Dynamic art. Cool animal pets, companions, attack animals, riding animals and slobbering monsters. Adventure ideas galore. For Players and Game Masters. Softcover ships in July. The hardcover Gold Edition ships in August. Megaversal® Insiders getting hardcovers ship in August. We'll let you know when we have an exact ship date. See the new description elsewhere in this update.
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One – Gold Collector’s Hardcover – At the Printer – Ships August
This attractive, limited edition, collector’s hardcover has a leatherette cover imprinted in gold foil, and is signed and numbered by Palladium staff and maybe a few contributing artist and writers. It is very limited at only 400 copies and destined to be a collector’s item. Historically, Palladium’s gold editions have doubled, tripled or increased in value many times over as a cherished collectible. Cat. No. 896HC. Available only from Palladium Books. Sold on a first come, first served basis. Please note the slight increase in price at $55 due to the increased size of 256 pages.
UPDATE: Garden of the Gods™ – July release
I’m working on finishing Gardens of the Gods™ probably even as you read this. And I am having a blast. A number of you let us know you wished the forgotten gods of the Aco and the Juggernaut Pantheon were included in the book. I thought that was great idea, so that’s what I have been working on. Seven forgotten gods are named in the fan-fave Dragon and Gods™ sourcebook. I’ve been working on them the last two days. I will also add how Forgotten Gods can be restored as well as a number of other tweaks and details I think you will enjoy very much. And I’m having a lot of fun doing it.
Most of the artwork is in and we are expecting the book to ship at the end of July! This Palladium Fantasy® sourcebook is filled with fun, toys for players, deific blessings, and fuel for countless adventures. And it will be followed by more Palladium Fantasy RPG® titles offering more mind-blowing adventure.
UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ – August release
As soon as I am finished with Garden of the Gods, I am back to work on In the Face of Death™. An end of August release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream™ – September or October release
A ton of interior artwork has been finished with additional material being turned out. If the new description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Rescheduled for a September or October release. Shooting for September.
UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics™ – Fall release
Man, oh man, this book is going to be epic. More finished artwork and concept sketches come in every few day and are looking fabulous. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapons filled sourcebook.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – August release
Wayne has made his selections and I will be assigning artwork soon. Another great issue full of fun and ideas.
UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica™ – Fall or Winter release
Nothing new to report. 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.
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 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.
More to come on DriveThruRPG.com
We are lining up a number items to be added on DriveThru – Rifts® Dimension Book™: Secrets of the Atlanteans™, The Rifter® #81 and #82, the 3 Rifts® novels, as well as a few other things.
Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG® Rifts® Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).
Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more. Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80, The Rifter® #81, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.