Weekly Updates 2

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 20, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

There is a lot of news and updates about summer releases, plus a big new sale. I think you’ll be surprised and happy with it all.

Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One to ship in July. The Rifts® Bestiary is finally being typeset and laid out. The maps look fantastic and make an attractive and easy reference to go along with the updated and expanded beast stats and descriptions. It’s an awesome book. We met with our printing rep on Tuesday and were informed they are swamped, but should have the book to us by around July 15, maybe sooner. Hardcovers a few weeks after.

Also Coming in July — Garden of the Gods™, The Rifter® #83 and In the Face of Death. I’m already working on Garden of the Gods. Most of the artwork is in (have you seen that cover?!) and looks wonderful. Our artists – Amy L. Ashbaugh, Mike Mumah, Tanya Ramsey, Ben Rodriguez, Charles Walton and Sires Jan Black – have done a great job on the interior artwork. As I work on it, Wayne will be finishing up The Rifter® #83. Both should see release in July! And with a little luck and hard work, maybe In the Face of Death too, though it seems more likely to be a mid-August release.

The Rifter® #84, Rifts® Chaos Earth®: Psychic Scream™, and Rifts® Titan Robotics™ to follow quickly after.

Speaking of The Rifter®, don’t forget that issues #1-80 are available on DriveThruRPG.com – the newest issue being The Rifter® #80. A 112 page extravaganza filled with new player characters, NPCs, creatures, and settings for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Chaos Earth® and Splicers®, plus a new super-villain organization for Heroes Unlimited™. Most of it “official” source material written by me (Kevin Siembieda), Julius Rosenstein, Charles Walton II and others.

Huge New Summer Madness Sale: We are so excited that summer is here, the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One is going to the printer, and that we have so many other new titles coming out this summer (and fall) that we thought we would start the summer off with a bang! I have tried to include a little something from almost every game line plus summer items like T-shirts, baseball caps, and mugs, and books to read, miniatures to paint and prints to hang on the wall. People seemed to enjoy the Rifts® miniatures offer so much, we thought we would extend that offer for this sale.

NEW Sale! Summer Madness Super-Sale – One week only!

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. Available from Palladium Books now thru Wednesday night, June 26, 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™

Rifts Bestiary Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – In final production

We are in the final phase of production: typesetting and layout. We expect to send the book to the printer by Monday or Tuesday. The maps are a great addition for easy reference. I’m pleased with the expansiveness of the updated beast stats and descriptions, and I love the new creatures. We are very happy with the end results and that this book is of as much value to players as it is to Game Masters. Talk about a great read. We expect Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One to ship around July 15, maybe sooner. Hardcovers a few weeks after.

Each and every creature is updated and expanded. Our goal is to make every creature feel new and comprehensive, and offering many new options for adventure. Sure there’s the adult creature, but what about the less powerful baby and juvenile version of the creature? Um, unless momma is nearby or the young gather in pairs or packs. Monsters and animals that can be domesticated and used as watchdogs, hunting animals, exotic warhorses, pack animals, and some offer even more value to the player than that. Game Masters, the range of possible adventures and surprises is sprawling. Plus Erin Tarn talking about the Savage Wilderness of North America. Goes to the printer next week. July 15 release.

The Rifter Number 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – July release

The artwork is in. The source material is wonderful. Another book soon to go into final layout.

  • Treasures of the Megaverse® by Carl Gleba.
  • Operation Minotaur for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Half-Ogre race for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Prophet O.C.C. for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Hunter/Vigilante for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • The Superspy/Secret Operative for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • News and Coming Attractions.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – July release.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – July release

I am working on finishing this book right now! Most of the artwork is in and we are expecting the book to ship at the end of July! This Palladium Fantasy sourcebook is fuel for countless adventures and will be followed by more Palladium Fantasy RPG titles that offer more mind-blowing adventure.

Garden of the Gods™ is a unique adventure engine that should give players and Game Masters plenty of fuel for their characters and games. The Raw Preview Edition (on sale at half price now thru June 26) gives you a great idea of what you can expect when the finished book is released later this next month. The other cool thing about the Raw Preview Editions, especially for those of you with aspirations to write, design, or publish, RPG books, is that you can compare the Raw Edition with the finished book to see what changes and additions were made. Helpful for creators, fun for fans and collectors. Raw Editions are always limited in the number of copies printed. Often 150 or less.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death – July or August Release

I know it sounds crazy, but I am shooting to have In the Face of Death™ released by the end of July and in time for Gen Con. If not, it will be an August release.

The Rifter Number 84

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.

  • Source material for Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, and more!
  • John Zeleznik cover.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – August release.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream – September or October release

The interior artwork is being worked on even as you read this. Another epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by Kevin Siembieda. Rescheduled for a September or October release. Shooting for September.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics – Fall release

Finished artwork and concept sketches for Rifts® Titan Robotics™ are already starting to come in and looking fabulous. Half the art has been assigned and I will be assigning the rest very soon. As those of you who have purchased the Titan Robotics™ Raw Edition already know, there is a lot of new tech, power armor, robots, etc., in this book that needs to be illustrated. I now have a trio of artists working on the book, and will be assigning others. Want to do this book right with powerful artwork, awesome tech and tons of adventure ideas.

Rifts Antarctica

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 – Paper Miniatures on Sale

New – All paper miniatures are on sale starting Friday, June 21 thru June 26. Also new, posted last week, is The Rifter® #80. A big 112 page offering that is almost entirely “official” source material. A new Palladium Fantasy RPG® group of villains – or are they likeable rogues? – the Wayfarers by Siembieda and Rosenstein, a new Rifts® Chaos Earth® setting (and monsters), Splicers® desert setting, a group of new villains for Heroes Unlimited™, and more. Also available as a printed book in our online store at palladiumbooks.com.

Recent PDF additions include the 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 20, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 13, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

We continue to work like mad dogs on several books. Here’s what’s new this week. Keeping it short.

A new sale starts today. Rifts® miniatures at a heroic discount.

New on DriveThru is The Rifter® #80. This 112 page issue is filled with cool new people, NPCs, creatures, and settings for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Chaos Earth® and Splicers®, plus a new super-villain organization for Heroes Unlimited™. Best of all, it’s almost entirely “official” source material. Contributing writers include me (Kevin Siembieda), Julius Rosenstein and Charles Walton II, among others. And I love Julius’s nomadic, thieving Wayfarers. Troublemakers who can be dropped into an adventure anywhere. Of course, The Rifter #80 also remains available as a printed book in our online store.

Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One is finally about to enter into typesetting and layout. The Rifts® Bestiary™ series is an important resource and a very special book, so we spent the last week going over and tweaking the 400 manuscript pages of descriptions and the standardized stat blocks to make sure they are all consistent, clean and as useful as they should be. Yes, I am probably overthinking this book, but I want Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One to be outstanding and mind-blowing. Exhausted but happy to be entering the typesetting and layout stage. Other books in the pipeline like Garden of the Gods™, The Rifter® #83, In the Face of Death™, The Rifter® #84, Psychic Scream™ and Rifts® Titan Robotics™ to follow quickly. All are moving along nicely. So excited about this batch of books coming your way. Sorry it has taken so long. As noted previously, the Rifts® Bestiary™ turned into a bigger job and something of a monster for us (pun intended), but hopefully very worthwhile. This is why I have a love/hate relationship with big books, especially big books full of stats. On one hand, they’re awesome and fun to write, and fun for you, the gamer. On the other hand, they are so much work and take so much time to do right. It’s like running a marathon!

Need to get back to it. Enjoy the sale, place your orders for the Rifts® Bestiary™ and enjoy your weekend.

Rifts® Miniatures Sale – Half price – now thru June 19

Here is your chance to snap up some great Rifts® metal miniatures at HALF PRICE. If you are looking to build a Coalition or Xiticix army or a team of adventurers, this is the time to do it. Most Rifts® miniatures are on sale, except for those we are running very low on. Available from Palladium Books now thru Wednesday night, June 19, 2019.

It’s Springtime! Have you gotten your Rifts® Baseball Cap?

Spring is quickly heading into summer. Which means it’s time for baseball caps. The new Rifts® baseball caps are waiting for you. I’ve been wearing my inexpensive, red Rifts logo printed on a black cap ($11.99) every morning walk and while doing yard work for weeks now, and I love it. All are 100% cotton.

And while we’re at it, don’t forget about the new gamer mugs for your beverage of choice. They are sharp with a splash of color. See more detailed descriptions at the end of this Update or in the store.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – June release

Epic. Expansive. Easy to use. Full of fun and adventure. Still shooting for an end of June release. Entering the final stage of production. Next stop, the printer.

Don’t forget, we are not just collecting monsters and animals from Rifts® books and reprinting them. I am updating each and every one of them, making every creature feel like something new and expanded. Each one a comprehensive description filled with fun surprises and ideas for adventure and various uses by players and G.M.s alike. Beasts from across the Megaverse and ranging from delightful and helpful to monstrous and alien. Roughly 100 monsters and animals in the Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One, alone. Plus words from Erin Tarn about the wilderness of North America. June release.

The Rifter Number 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – June release

The artwork is in. The source material is wonderful. Another book soon to go into final layout.

  • Treasures of the Megaverse® by Carl Gleba.
  • Operation Minotaur for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Half-Ogre race for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Prophet O.C.C. for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Hunter/Vigilante for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • The Superspy/Secret Operative for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • News and Coming Attractions.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – July release.

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – July or August release

Wayne has made his selections and I will be assigning artwork soon. Another great issue full of fun and ideas.

  • Source material for Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, and more!
  • John Zeleznik cover.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – July release.

In the Face of Death

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

One of the next books on my schedule. I expect this one to go quickly. Artwork is done. As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™. A July release.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Summer release

How do you like the cover? Other than a few tweaks and minor adjustments, it is finished. Most of the interior artwork has come in too, and looks great. This Palladium Fantasy sourcebook should be fuel for countless adventures and will be followed by the Lopan world book, which explores the rest of the island nation, its people, and more adventure.

Garden of the Gods™ is a unique adventure engine that should give players and Game Masters plenty of fuel for their characters and games. 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. I am shooting for an end of July/Gen Con release, but August is probably more realistic.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

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

The interior artwork is being worked on even as you read this. Another epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by Kevin Siembieda. Shooting for a July release, but no promises. I am pumped about this title.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

Finished artwork and concept sketches for Rifts® Titan Robotics™ are already starting to come in and looking fabulous. Half the art has been assigned and I will be assigning the rest very soon. As those of you who have purchased the Titan Robotics™ Raw Edition already know, there is a lot of new tech, power armor, robots, etc., in this book that needs to be illustrated. I now have a trio of artists working on the book, and will be assigning others. A summer or fall release, which depends on how quickly some other projects come together.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Fall release

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

Rifts Antarctica

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: 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® #80 – adventure source material for Palladium Fantasy®, Chaos Earth®, Splicers® and Heroes Unlimited

New – The Rifter® #80. A big 112 page offering that is almost entirely “official” source material. A new Palladium Fantasy RPG® group of villains – or are they likeable rogues? – the Wayfarers by Siembieda and Rosenstein, a new Rifts® Chaos Earth® setting (and monsters), Splicers® desert setting, a group of new villains for Heroes Unlimited™, and more. Also available as a printed book in our online store at palladiumbooks.com.

Recent PDF additions include the 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 13, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 6, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

We are on the verge of big things. And we, like you, are ready for them.

Several books are coming toward being finished. Artwork is pouring in for Garden of the Gods™ (looks great!) and for Rifts® Titan Robotics™ (dynamic and cool). I spoke with an industry pal yesterday. A big Palladium Fantasy player. He had only recently read the Garden of the Gods™ Raw Edition and raved about it. Said it blew him away and that he thought it was the best Fantasy sourcebook in years! I was thrilled to hear this because, a) that’s only the unfinished Raw Edition, the finished book will be even better, and b) my plan is to blow people’s minds with every new book we release this year! Even The Rifter® #83 and #84 are frickin’ awesome and fun. And all these books and a few others are moving toward getting finished and sent to the printer in the weeks ahead. In the Face of Death™ for Dead Reign®, too. Perhaps needless to say, we are getting pumped about these new titles being released.

The Rifts® Bestiary™ gets closer to completion every week. Yeah, I have been saying that for a while now, and it’s true. It has just been going slower than we anticipated. Unfortunately, we’ve been hit with a cluster of time consuming issues that have delayed progress a bit. First computer issues, then email issues, and most recently the progress of the Bestiary was confounded by a dumb mistake I had made. I’m working in many files at the same time. Well somehow, I overwrote my finished “D” animal file with the original unfinished working file and saved. Then I did a couple tweaks in it and saved again, changing the backup file to a the same unfinished junk. This happened weeks ago, but I only realized it last Friday when I was reviewing the files to see if I wanted to make any last minute adjustments before final layout of that section. What a heartbreaking and unwanted revelation. I had to rewrite nearly 30+ creatures. And nobody wants to rewrite and re-edit a hundred manuscript pages. That rewrite took a week. I’ve just finished it. The good news is, after I got over the initial shock and horror, the rewrites are even better than my previous work! I think I was so angry with myself and so determined to make the Rifts® Bestiary™ a great book, that once I put my mind to it, I was on fire. According to Alex, one of my editors, many of the old creatures felt completely new again. Which is, of course, my intention and a common result throughout this entire book, but I was glad hear that I had pulled it off for a second time.

If we are done with stinking, delay causing problems, we should be able wrap up soon. Big books like this with so many different elements are always a ton of work and seem to take forever to do them right, but it feels like we are entering the final stretch. I cannot wait to get the Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One into your hands. Followed by The Rifter® #83, Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy), In the Face of Death™ (zombies), The Rifter® #84, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, Titan Robotics™, and, you know what? Even more are in the works.

We are all too focused on banging out new books to do a sale this week or post a lot of news. We are all working like crazy. Everything is moving forward and books are coming soon!

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – June release

It has taken a while but this monster of a book is entering the final stage of production, and nobody is happier about it than we are. Next stop, the printer.

Don’t forget, we are not just collecting monsters and animals from Rifts® books and reprinting them. I am updating each and every one of them, making every creature feel like something new and expanded. Each one a comprehensive description filled with fun surprises and ideas for adventure and various uses by players and G.M.s alike. Beasts from across the Megaverse and ranging from delightful and helpful to monstrous and alien. Roughly 100 monsters and animals in the Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One, alone. Plus words from Erin Tarn about the wilderness of North America. June release.

The Rifter Number 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – June release

The artwork has been coming in all week. Another book soon to go into final layout.

  • Treasures of the Megaverse® by Carl Gleba.
  • Operation Minotaur for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Half-Ogre race for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Prophet O.C.C. for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Hunter/Vigilante for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • The Superspy/Secret Operative for Heroes Unlimited™ by Matt Reed.
  • News and Coming Attractions.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – June release.

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – July release

Wayne has made his selections and I will be assigning artwork soon. Another great issue full of fun and ideas.

  • Source material for Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, and more!
  • John Zeleznik cover.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – July release.

In the Face of Death

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

The next book on my schedule. I expect this one to go quickly. Artwork is done. As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™. A July release.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Summer release

The cover is being painted and the interior artwork that is already coming in is looking great. This Palladium Fantasy sourcebook should be fuel for countless adventures and will be followed by the Lopan world book which explores the rest of the island nation, its people, and more adventure.

Garden of the Gods™ is a unique adventure engine that should give players and Game Masters plenty of fuel for their characters and games. 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. I am shooting for an end of July/Gen Con release, but August is probably more realistic.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

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

The interior artwork is being worked on even as you read this. Another epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by Kevin Siembieda. Shooting for a July release, but no promises. I am pumped about this title.

Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

Finished artwork and concept sketches for the Rifts® Titan Robotics™ Sourcebook are already starting to come in and looking fabulous. Half the art has been assigned and I will be assigning the rest very soon. As those of you who have purchased the Titan Robotics™ Raw Edition already know, there is a lot of new tech, power armor, robots, etc., in this book that needs to be illustrated. I now have a trio of artists working on the book, and will be assigning others. A summer or fall release, which depends on how quickly some other projects come together.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Fall release

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

Rifts Antarctica

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

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: 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.

DriveThruRPG.com – Hope you have been enjoying the sales

We hope everyone has been enjoying the recent sales. It sure seems like it. The much anticipated Rifts® trilogy of novels is getting closer to finding its way to DriveThruRPG. The delay has been going over them with a new edit, and cleaning them up to be an even better read and fun experience. And since they are a trilogy, we don’t want to post one and then make you wait two months till the next one. We want to post each only a short time apart. We hope to have a few other things available soon too. Probably The Rifter® #80 will be next.

Recent PDF additions include the 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 6, 2019

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