By Kevin Siembieda
One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure
We continue to rock n’ roll on all fronts, moving all projects forward. I’m focused on the next couple of books, Wayne should be emailing the Rifts® Bestiary PDF to our Megaverse® Insiders in a few days as well as working on The Rifter® #84 and working on items for posting on DriveThru.
Chuck finished the tight, detailed pencils to the spectacular Rifts® Bestiary Vol. 2 cover, and will be sending it off to his digital painter. I also approved a number of Chuck’s concept designs for robots and vehicles in Titan Robotics™. Other artists’ artwork has also been coming in for Titan Robotics™, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, and other books.
We have shipped about half of the Rifts® Bestiary™ Megaverse® Insider items – the PDF will start to be emailed in the next few days. And while I have been putting most of my efforts into the epic Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy), I’ve also been working on a few other things as inspiration strikes.
The Rifts® Bestiary™ Gold Edition hardcover is shipping now. As I announced last week, since I’m in the groove of drawing dragon head sketches for the Megaverse® Insider books, I have been randomly adding my trademark large dragon head sketch to most of the Gold Editions ordered this week and I will continue to do so throughout the weekend and into next week. In fact, I will draw my signature dragon in ANY Gold Edition purchased now through next week. That includes Secrets of the Atlanteans™ (running low), Megaverse in Flames™, etc., making this a good time to place an order, especially if the Gold Edition is a birthday or anniversary present. And remember, all Gold Editions are signed and numbered.
The sale in my Ebay Store continues for another week. It includes Negatives that are on sale at half price, and almost everything else is on sale at a less steep discount, including artwork by Charles Walton, collectible books and toys. We are also adding a handful of collectible items, including HU2 hardcovers, the 2 Northern Gun™ hardcovers and Lemuria™ hardcovers from my private archives, and a few other out of print items like the last few of the Ninja Turtle sourcebooks I’m willing to part with. Sorry, the two Palladium Fantasy RPG® hardcovers we put up sold out in a couple of days. I think I only have 2-3 left that I’ll save for the auction at the 2021 Palladium Open House. To see what’s available go to: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles
Now Shipping – Rifts® Bestiary™ Vol. One – “Gold Edition” Hardcover – Signed and Numbered
A deluxe, limited, Gold Edition hardcover, signed and numbered by Palladium staff and maybe a few freelancers. And I’ve drawn one of my trademarked dragon head sketches (large) in many of them and will continue to do so on orders that arrive now through next week. Note: Historically, Palladium Books’ Gold Editions have doubled, tripled or increased in value many times over. Valued as cherished collectibles. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please note the slight increase in price to $55.
- Gold foil on a black faux leather hardcover.
- Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
- Only 300 signed and numbered copies. Only from Palladium Books.
- Sold on a first come, first served basis while supplies last.
- Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
- 80+ creatures of Rifts North America described in detail.
- Same contents as the softcover edition.
- Easily adapted to any Palladium setting; basic S.D.C. stats included for each creature description.
- 256 pages – $55.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One).
- Shipping now! Starting with #1 of 300.
2021 Palladium Open House (POH) – 40th Anniversary Celebration – First wave of admissions to be offered in a few weeks
We hyped up the 2021 Palladium Open House (POH) at Gen Con, even handing out flyers. Well, anticipation is growing to the point that we’ve had a number of people reach out to us to ask when tickets might go up for sale. Due to popular demand, I will try to make the first wave of admissions tickets available in 2-3 weeks.
First, I need to nail down the dates with a couple of hotels. The event will be, as usual, held at the end of April or beginning of May. The reason is the event is held in our warehouse, which we can heat, but cannot air-condition, so we shoot for a time of year where the temperature is moderate and comfortable. We also have to work around a big University of Michigan event that books hotels for miles around. All of that is very doable with hotel prices generally ranging from $70-$150 per night.
This will be Palladium’s 40th Anniversary so we want to pull out all the stops and hope to bring in a record number of Palladium creators and friends. Size and available parking limits us to only about 300 attendees, so we recommend getting admissions early. As usual, we will offer tickets in 2 or 3 waves so everyone gets a chance to attend. Wave One should be made available in two or three weeks.
- Intimate setting, unlike big conventions.
- Family reunion and party atmosphere for the entire event.
- Join the fun and make memories to last a lifetime.
- Price of admission covers all RPG events.
- Limited to only 300 attendees! May sell out.
- Inexpensive hotels minutes away ($70-$150). 15 minutes from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Near major highways.
- Details shall be coming soon to the Palladium Books website – www.palladiumbooks.com and upcoming Weekly Updates.
It all happens at the Palladium Books® Office and Warehouse – April or May, 2021 – 39074 Webb Court, Westland, Michigan, 48185, to celebrate Palladium Books’ 40th anniversary. A POH only happens every 2-4 years, and our 40th Anniversary only happens once in a lifetime. So please spread the word and start planning to join the fun in 2021, for an incredible experience.
A Kickstarter that may be of interest
Our associate and friend, Jodi Black at Pinnacle Entertainment, wears more than one hat. One of them is as one of the movers and shakers at Carolina Game Tables. They are looking to raise money to make their latest custom gaming/dining table and are offering cool, gaming related items you might enjoy for pledges small and large. Like a Gamer’s Cookbook, leather coasters, and other things as stretch goals. The tables that CGT makes are not cheap, but they are beautiful, sturdy and hand built. I’ve seen them at Gen Con. Nice. Take a look at the Kickstarter to see if anything strikes your fancy, and give your support if you can.
Here's a link for Carolina Game Tables’ Kickstarter project:
UPDATE: Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) – in final production
Writing. Very happy with blessings, miracles and curses from the gods as well as the plethora of artifacts and 40+ forgotten gods (which I’m still working on). Items and aspects of the Garden that should get players and Game Masters very excited about their Fantasy adventures. I continue to bounce around from one subject to another, but I’m starting to wrap them up now. It has all been a blast, but time consuming as much of this book involves stats and game balance. Of course, you’ll love it, so it is worthwhile. Besides, the Garden of the Gods™ is epic, and helps to set up several Palladium Fantasy titles in the works or done and waiting for final edit and tweaking.
Garden of the Gods™ is packed with magic artifacts, holy weapons, blessings, miracles, visions, curses, intrigue, and all kinds of great stuff for players and hundreds of adventure hooks for Game Masters. This book has so much flavor it should give players and Game Masters all kinds of avenues of adventure. There are some unexpected dangers and bad guys, and good guy NPCs or player characters like the Knights Fossar, the super-cool and redefined Fossar Wardens (keepers of the Order’s secrets), Champions of the Gods, and so much more. You will absolutely love this book.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – September release
Some of the artwork is in and looks great. The articles are all fun and interesting. The material is being edited, and I think I need to assign a bit more artwork. Another great issue.
UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™
I’m itching to finish writing this book. Getting some feedback and ideas from some of my freelance writers too. An end of September or more likely October release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream™
The artwork for Psychic Scream is looking good. I’m hot to finish this bad boy. I need to assign the rest pronto. If the description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Fall release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics™ – Fall release
The artwork for this book is really impressive. 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. More and more finished artwork and concept sketches are arriving every week and are looking fabulous. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.
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.
NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® #81
The Rifter® #81: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (a complete, 33 page, Wolfen Vampire adventure by Kevin Siembieda with 20+ NPCs, and a 20 page Gnomes of the Ophid’s Grasslands), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska Part 2, Heroes Unlimited™ (Super Sleuth), and more. And don’t forget to check out the very helpful Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system available on DriveThru.
Also new this month on DriveThruRPG.com is Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™. It features 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.
A number of new products will be coming your way on DriveThruRPG.com in the weeks ahead. This includes the re-edited and improved three original Rifts® Novels from the 1990's, one every two weeks or so. We may also make them available as Print on Demand (POD) books from DriveThru.
Recent PDF additions include the free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview: See what's in this great new sourcebook before you buy it! 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.