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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Hey everyone, another early Weekly Update. We shoot for a Thursday or Friday release for the Update, but sometimes Wednesday is better or necessary depending on what’s happening at Palladium. This week it is necessary because we expect to go live with the new Palladium website in a day or two and we don’t want you to be totally surprised or confused when you see it. This is one of the projects we have had in development behind the scenes for a long while now, and we are very excited about it. It looks beautiful and will be compatible with your mobile devices, as well as being simpler and easier to use. I absolutely love it. Chuck, Wayne, Alex, all of us went gonzo over it, and we think you will too. And even though the people doing the work on this improvement are awesome, we may experience some unexpected glitches, broken links, etc., so if you see anything, please let our web team know at tech{at}palladiumbooks.com. The new Palladium Books website is the big news, but there have been a few other things happening so read on and enjoy.

 

New Palladium Books® Website

Yep, in a day or two, the Palladium Books website is getting a complete facelift that will improve appearance, functionality and ease of use. It will also be much more mobile device friendly. The new Palladium Books website is something of a work in progress, so you may continue to see changes to its appearance and features over time. Likewise, we may be retooling the online store in the future, as well. I hope you love the changes as much as we do.

  • A completely new look for the website.
  • A simpler, cleaner experience.
  • Much more mobile device friendly.
  • Intuitive.
  • More graphics.
  • More fan content.
  • New Product Line section.
  • New section for sharing gaming groups, retailers, and conventions that support Palladium Books and offer Palladium events and products.
  • Please give us a hand. If you should catch any glitches or have a suggestion, please let our web team know. They can be reached at tech{at}palladiumbooks.com.

 

Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope Podcast – Episode 19 – includes a 4 person conversation with Kevin Siembieda, Sean Patrick Fannon, Cameron Cleveland and host, Sean Masters

Tuesday I recorded a very fun podcast for Savage Rifts® Voice of Hope with Sean Masters (the host), Cameron Cleveland (G.M. and mastermind behind the Rifts® Living Campaign Club), and Sean Patrick Fannon (writer and game designer, Rifts® Savage Worlds and others), that is part role-play experience followed by an hour or so long interview between the four of us. We all had a blast doing this podcast and I highly recommend taking a listen to Episode 19. (The 4 of us each have a role. I played Lord Coake.) Or at least listen to the interview, which will be time stamped and easy to find.

Savage Rifts Voice of Hope is 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 so excellent that I – Kevin Siembieda – have invited Sean Masters to submit adventure source material for Palladium Books. You can check it out for yourself at https://voiceofhopepodcast.podbean.com and on itunes.

 

UPDATE: The Rifter® Back Issue Sale

The Rifter® Back Issue Sale is over and a lot of you took advantage of it. Thank you for your support. FYI, we are thinking about doing a Rifter® sale on DriveThru maybe as soon as next week, so keep your eyes peeled. Issues #1-78 are all available as PDF downloads right now, with The Rifter® #78 being added just last week. This is an excellent way to get and read those issues of The Rifter® that you cannot find in print.

 

The Rifter 4 Issue Subscription The Rifter 3 Issue Short Subscription The Rifter 2 Issue Mini-Subscription

SALE! The Rifter® Mini-Subscriptions – Three to choose from

Folks are taking advantage of the mini-subscription offers too. Whether it is for 4, 3, or 2 issues of The Rifter®, these offers provide the same savings off the cover price plus FREE shipping to subscribers in the contiguous USA.

Note: If your subscription goes beyond The Rifter® #84, please contact Palladium Books to get a store credit for the value of your remaining subscription. Thank you.

We appreciate your loyalty and years of support, so we are happy to offer you these subscription savings and the convenience of FREE shipping right to your doorstep. It is also a way for newcomers to try these excellent sourcebooks and gaming tools. Every Rifter® is packed with adventure ideas and source material that can be adapted to most Palladium world settings. These Rifter® subscription options are all available now.

 

ALL SOLD OUT – Systems Failure RPG – Nightbane®: Shadows of Light – BTS: Boxed Nightmares – Heroes Unlimited 30th Anniversary Gold Hardcover

Doing these short runs of out of print books for the holidays was fun and people seemed to enjoy them. We’ll think about doing this kind of offer, though probably not these titles, again next Christmas Season. FYI, I believe there is only a copy or two of The Rifter® #56 remaining.

 

The Rifter 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83

Wayne is reviewing material to go into this issue of The Rifter® and there is still time for you to contribute to the next issue. We had toyed with a number of different covers, but decided to use something familiar and nostalgic.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 183 – coming soon.

 

The Rifter 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84

As soon as issue #83 is done, Wayne will be jumping into this issue of The Rifter®, but there is still time for you to contribute. Here’s the cover. Gotta love those Tattooed Men of Atlantis.

  • Rifts® source material.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ source material.
  • Palladium Fantasy® source material
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – spring/summer.

 

UPDATE: More Negatives and Original Art

Alex and I continue to add more negatives and collectibles to my ebay store. They include pages of negs from the original Rifts® Vampire Kingdoms™, Mindwerks™ and Cyber-Knights™ sourcebook. And we will continue to add more negatives (many on sale) as well as original art to my ebay store. Folks are really starting to get into the one-of-a-kind negatives of old books, which doesn’t surprise me because I think they are truly unique and look great. I’m making sure most pages get made available to fans and I have only been keeping pages one thru contents and the occasional favorite page of art. So please enjoy.

 

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.

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 production. Winter.

 

Dead Reign In the Face of Death

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

Continuing to assign art for this book. I intend to finish this title quickly. Some writing is done and I am burning with ideas.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods

I am hot to finish this title. So many exciting books waiting to be finished. More and more I think we will release it as a Raw Preview Edition. Assigning art and making notes as new ideas hit me. Already have a few artists lined up.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Freelance writer Carmen Bellaire continues to fine tune and add some material that he and I brain-stormed and want to see included in this fascinating and scary World Book. The Rifts® Antarctica™ book is going to be fantastic. The finished John Zeleznik cover painting should arrive by the end of January. I will be assigning the interior art soon and may put this bad boy on the fast-track to publication. It’s nice to have both Matthew and Carmen writing books again for Palladium as I love working with those two.

 

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

So many books I am looking forward to finishing and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™ is one of them. You are going to love it.

 

Other Titles

Other RPG titles are in the works or the final manuscript stage awaiting review. So if a book you are waiting for was not mentioned, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next 4-5 months.

 

New on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® #78

New: The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane®, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies, Chaos Earth®, Phase World® and other settings, plus, the City of Khemennu, Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. Just one of the 200+ Palladium PDF titles available on DriveThruRPG.

Recent PDF additions include 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.

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