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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Feb. 8, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Man, oh, man, this has been a long, wild week. We have three sales going on, I’ve been putting in very long hours writing, as well as coordinating projects, trying to hammer out a few business deals and shoveling snow. You’ll be most excited about those three sales: The Rifter® Super-Subscription Sale where you can nail down a free gift worth $24.95 to $46.80 plus a $17 savings on the subscription, and two sales on DriveThruRPG: The Rifter® PDF sale and an awesome Heroes Unlimited™ Bundle of Holding offer. Read on for all the cost saving details.

The Rifter® 2018 Super-Subscription Offer

  • $17 savings off cover price
  • Free gift(s) worth $24.95 to $46.80
  • Free shipping of each issue in the USA
  • Each fun issue delivered to your doorstep
  • Each issue a sourcebook for the Palladium Megaverse®

The 2018 Super-Subscription Offer gets you The Rifter® delivered to your doorstep for only $10.74 an issue (in the USA). And select from 7 gift choices for a FREE gift worth $24.95 to $46.80 – available only during this special offer – for the cost of shipping and handling. All prices are in U.S. dollars. Offer ends February 28, 2018.

* $42.96 – USA. That’s only $10.74 each, a savings of $17.00, and Palladium pays the shipping! Plus you get to select a FREE gift worth $24.95-$46.80 (please include $7.00 to cover shipping and handling). That’s $49.96 total including shipping and handling for the free gift. Note: This rate is limited to subscribers in the USA only. Sorry.

Click here to get the full store description of the 7 gift choices, subscriptions outside the USA, and ALL the details for getting The Rifter® sourcebook series delivered to your home.

The Rifter® Sale on DriveThruRPG

To go along with our Rifter® Super-Subscription Sale, we thought it would be nice to put The Rifter® PDFs – issues #1-75 – on sale at a 20% discount on DriveThruRPG.com. Sale ends February 28, 2018.

Plus we continue to post a new PDF title every week. We are currently making the Nightbane® and Palladium Fantasy RPG® series available. Most Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited, Dead Reign®, the 1980s and ‘90s Robotech® RPGs and sourcebooks, and many other Palladium titles (200+) are available now.

Heroes Unlimited Bundle of Holding – going on right now

The Heroes Unlimited™ Bundle of Holding launched earlier this week, and is showing a lot of interest. And why not? Playing superhumans and heroes is a blast. Heroes Unlimited™ enables you to create ANY type of super-hero (or villain) you can imagine. Superhumans, mutants, aliens, robots, cyborgs, super-soldiers, immortals, mages and much more!

The lineup is as follows:

STARTER COLLECTION ($16.95 US Dollars – retail value $55.50):

  • Heroes Unlimited™ RPG, 2nd Edition ($13.50)
  • Powers Unlimited® One ($8.50)
  • Villains Unlimited™ ($12.50)
  • Century Station™ ($12.50)
  • Mutant Underground™ ($8.50)

BONUS COLLECTION: The threshold started at $27.95 US Dollars – retail value $60.50.

  • HU Game Master's Guide™ ($12.50)
  • Gramercy Island™ ($12.50)
  • Aliens Unlimited™ Revised ($12.50)
  • Aliens Unlimited™ Galaxy Guide ($12.50)
  • Armageddon Unlimited™ ($10.50)

With a surprise to follow!


How does the Bundle of Holding Work? It’s easy and fun. The customer can pay any price (minimum $16.95) to get all the titles in the Starter Collection. If you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which was set at $27.95 to start (but goes up as more people make purchases, so order now), you also get all the titles in the Bonus Collection.

Bonus items added after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased the BONUS bundle automatically receive the newly added title(s), REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid higher than average. This is their reward for buying early. We can’t tell you what they will be, because it will ruin the surprise. Watch for them. Enjoy.

Bargain price and charity support. The charity receiving 10% of every purchase for the Heroes Unlimited Bundle is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children – aiding victims, families, law enforcement, and others working to find missing children and end child sexual abuse.

The Palladium Heroes Unlimited™ Bundle ends February 26, 2018. http://bundleofholding.com/presents/HeroesUnlimited

Please spread the word and tell everybody about this PDF bundle and other Palladium sales. All PDF bundles are hosted in association with OneBookShelf, DriveThruRPG’s parent company, and you get your PDF bundle added directly into your DriveThruRPG library. What? You don’t have a DriveThruRPG account yet? No worries, they are FREE and very easy to set up.

UPDATE: Come to the Palladium Open House – April 20-22, 2018

  • Come play at the very site where the magic happens.
  • Three days of gaming (4 for those attending VIP night), plus panel talks, live auction and more.
  • Many games run by the writers and artists who create them!
  • Saturday Auction (original art, out of print items and oddities).
  • Largest gathering of Palladium creators anywhere! Artists, writers, Defilers and more.
  • Held at the Palladium warehouse and office where your favorite games are made. Westland, Michigan.
  • 30-40 Palladium creators will be present to chat and sign books.
  • Get original artwork, character sketches, books and more.

The Palladium Open House is coming up super fast. Reserve your admissions and hotel rooms as soon as possible. Our thanks to the many Game Masters who have contacted us about running games. Please keep the offers and game descriptions coming. The rest of you, please join us for an epic, fun weekend that will create memories you’ll cherish for years to. We welcome you like family because that’s how we think of you.

Fan fun, Contests and Prizes from Questwise – The Road to Palladium Books Open House YouTube series

From what we hear, this is a fun ongoing video series by Questwise. YouTube Podcaster Jodi will be coming to the Palladium Open House, and as a run up to it, he is doing a series of videos looking at various Palladium Books related topics, that also offers clues and a contest that results in a prize for the winners. You can check it out here: https://youtu.be/BQITnSggwhQ

NEWS: Palladium Books on 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™ game every other Saturday, and every other Thursday features 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. The next session for the Heroes Unlimited™ game will be on Saturday, February 10th, starting at 6 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. The next session for the After the Bomb® game is February 15, starting at 10:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.

Rifts Sovietski

UPDATE! World Book 36: Rifts® Sovietski – ships February

Rifts® Sovietski™ is fairly epic in scale and offers a lot of very cool, fun new cyborgs, O.C.C.s, combat vehicles, body armor, D-Bees, setting information and more. You are going to love this book, because like Secrets of the Atlanteans, every page seems to offer new insight, an adventure hook or new character, gadget or vehicle to play.

I had mentioned last week that just as Wayne was getting ready to typeset and start laying out, I realized I had not finished one big section of the book. I had started it, but put it aside to work on something else, and never came back to it. Sheesh. Well, I have been working like a crazed demon on it all week, but it is all stats and game mechanics – whaaaahhh – and that takes a lot of time. Remember me mentioning Rifts Sovietski™ is epic? Well, that means to maintain continuity, I’ve had to go back and adjust finished material to correspond with the changes I’ve been making in the last big section. The final result is a book that rocks! I’d rank it in right up there with Rifts® Atlantis or Triax & the NGR or Northern Gun One and Secrets of the Atlanteans with plenty of “Wow Factor.” Almost there and still on track for an end of February release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. One and Two

These books gather and format the existing beasts from the current World Books and Sourcebooks (and some new beasts to spice up your games) into two big reference books. As soon as Rifts Sovietski goes to the printer (next week?), I dive into the final edits for both volumes, finish work on the new creatures, and send them off to the printer.

These are just the first two of what we hope to be a series of sourcebooks that collect all the notable monsters, dinosaurs and creepy crawlers of Rifts® Earth. The focus of the Rifts® Bestiary™: North America, Volume One and Volume Two being creatures of North America (US, Canada and Mexico). Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books. On track for winter releases.

UPDATE: Rifts® Disavowed

Champing at the bit to get Rifts® Disavowed written and in your hands.

UPDATE: Rifts® Living Nowhere

The main artist on Rifts® Living Nowhere has offered to do more art if I need it, which is cool. I look forward to getting a chance to review the final manuscript and get the book into the pipeline.

UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death

Jotted down more ideas for this book about survival and life in the big city during the Zombie Apocalypse.

Gen Con – Palladium Game Event Descriptions Needed by March 1, 2018

To have your event listed in the onsite, Gen Con Program Book (very important for full attendance), you need to send us your gaming events and descriptions NO later than March 1, 2018. This date gives us enough time to compile and send Gen Con everything they need. The Early Event Submission Deadline already passed (February 1), so PLEASE get your Gen Con Palladium game events to us by March 1. Thanks!

Game Masters, as in years past, please coordinate with NMI and the Megaversal Ambassadors to be part of the Palladium Books gaming block at Gen Con.

NEW on DriveThruRPG.com – Nightbane® RPG + Heroes Unlimited Bundle of Holding offer + a sale on The Rifter® issues #1-75

New this week: Nightbane® RPG. Nightbane® sourcebooks will be added intermittently with Fantasy titles over the weeks ahead. AND don’t miss out on The Rifter® Sale and Heroes Unlimited Bundle of Holding sale. Enjoy!

Recently made available: High Seas, 2nd Edition, 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones, 2nd Edition, 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® featuring masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more. The Rifter® #75 including a Rifts® Primer, how to create adventures, Splicers® Legion adventure Part 4, a Rifts® town in Canada, a Rifts® Savage Worlds preview, and more. The Rifter® #74, with the Rifts® town of Moorcroft, Rifts® town of Karimyo, the Ancient Master, Splicers® Legion Part 3, and more. The Rifter® #73, with the Nexus Born, Splicers®: I am Legion part 2, and more. The Rifter® #71 & 72 (Double Issue) where the Splicers® Legion adventure begins. Dragons & Gods™, 40 deities, 20 Demon Lords, 14 dragons, Elementals, priests, Rune Weapons and more; for Palladium Fantasy RPG® but suitable for Rifts® and most settings. The Palladium Fantasy RPG®, 2nd Edition, a complete role-playing game with 27 character classes, 15 player races, and much more. The Compendium of Weapons, Armour and Castles, 700 weapons, 40 types of body armor, 40 castles with floor plans, 224 pages. Rifts® Adventure Sourcebooks: Chi-Town ‘Burbs and Firetown & the Tolkeen Crisis (both with info about the ‘Burb of Firetown and Chi-Town ‘Burbs), The Black Vault™, a treasure trove of magic and Coalition secrets, and The Vanguard™, the secret organization of exiled mages who support the Coalition. Rifts® Conversion Book 3: Dark Conversions™, 120+ monsters, demons, undead, and supernatural menaces, plus Elementals, the Shifter and Witch revisited, adventure ideas and more; Rifts® Conversion Book 2: Pantheons of the Megaverse® presents 150+ deities, demigods and god-pretenders, plus many adventure ideas; Rifts® Conversion Book One, Revised, 100+ monsters, 40 races, and more; Rifts® Path of the Storm™, a proposed screenplay; Dimension Book™ 14: Thundercloud Galaxy™ with 17 alien races, monsters, minions, the Dominators, space colony creation rules, monster creation rules, 101 adventure ideas and more; Dimension Book™ 13: Fleets of the Three Galaxies™, the name says it all; Dimension Book™ 8: Naruni™ Wave 2 is a treasure trove of high-tech weapons, force fields, and more. Heroes Unlimited™ RPG, 2nd Edition enables you to create any type of hero and super being; Powers Unlimited® One, Powers Unlimited® Two, and Powers Unlimited® Three, offering more than 250 super abilities and 11 new power categories between the three; Mutant Underground™ mutant animals and more; Aliens Unlimited™ Galaxy Guide™ has super abilities for outer space, 20 aliens and new worlds; Gramercy Island™, a prison for super beings, 98 statted out prisoners, and 101 adventure ideas; Century Station™ contains 51 villains, 40 NPC heroes, and 101 adventure ideas; Villains Unlimited™ presents 80+ fully fleshed out and statted super-villains; Heroes Unlimited™ G.M.'s Guide has 10 full adventures, G.M. advice, rampage rules, and much more.

They join other recent releases of the ever popular Wormwood™, Phase World®, Phase World® Sourcebook, Skraypers™, Anvil Galaxy™, Three Galaxies™, Megaverse® Builder™, and Naruni™ Wave 2, as well as Ninjas & Superspies™, Mystic China™, Monsters and Animals and more. These are just some of the many Rifts® and Palladium titles now available on DriveThruRPG.com as PDFs, plus many FREE previews of key book titles. We are trying to make 1-2 new PDF titles available every week.

Palladium Collectibles, Artwork, Books, Toys and More in Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles eBay Store

Sale on all Star Wars toys, as Alex and I continue to add Star Wars toys and a growing number of all kinds of collectibles – and we’ll be adding more Palladium Books original art and items to the store, so keep an eye out for them.

This includes one-of-a-kind original artwork, prints, Rifts® and Robotech® artwork by Kevin Long, me and others. There is also a range of limited editions, rare book titles and limited edition hardcovers, toys and more that are all being added to my online store over the next several weeks, so keep an eye out. 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. Items include original art, out of print titles, redlined proofreader photocopies signed by me and the staff, signed manuscripts with editors’ corrections, some original art, hardcover books (including Rifts® Lemuria, Northern Gun™ One, Northern Gun™ Two, Megaverse® in Flames™, Beyond the Supernatural™ Gold, Rifts® Machinations of Doom™ Gold and Rifts® Ultimate Gold) and other items available. There are also hundreds of toys and action figures, all from my personal archives and collection. Take a look every weekend for new items added.


UPDATE: Convention Calendar

Adepticon – March 22-25, 2018

We’ll be present at the Palladium Books booth to chat and sign books.

Palladium Open House – April 19-22, 2018 – Westland, Michigan

30-40 Palladium creators under one roof, running gaming events, panel talks and fun. See full description elsewhere in the Update or in the online store description.

Anime North – May 25-27, 2018 – Toronto, Canada

Charles Walton, Greg Diaczyk, Apollo Okamura, and I (Kevin Siembieda) will be present at the Palladium Books booth to chat and sign books. And maybe a few other Palladium writers and artists.

2018 Gen Con – August 2-5, 2018 – Indianapolis, Indiana

As noted earlier, we need Game Masters to submit their Palladium Gaming Event descriptions over the next few weeks. As with years past, please coordinate with NMI and the Megaversal Ambassadors to be part of the Palladium Books gaming block at Gen Con and to get listed in the onsite Gen Con Program Book (very important). Thank you.

The usual Palladium crew will be present at the Palladium booth to chat and sign books.


To add to our frenzy of work we have been getting clobbered with snow every few days. I don’t mind snow, and look at shoveling as part of my winter exercise routine. But I’ve been getting quite the workout and now we are supposed to get 6-10 inches of snow Friday, an all day snow event, plus a few more inches Saturday, and a few more on Sunday. Good thing I was planning to work all weekend and the office is only a few miles away from home. That’s it for this week. Take advantage of the three sales, reserve your admissions and hotel rooms for the Palladium Open House, and enjoy your weekend.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, Writer, & Game Designer

The Rifter #79

New! The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 is all about pushing the envelope, trying new things and alternative methods, rules and approaches to create epic adventure! Role-playing games are all about expressions of your imagination. Of making ideas, characters and stories come to life. RPGs are flexible. Malleable. Alive and changing. There is no one way to look at things because there are infinite possibilities. This issue of The Rifter® explores some of those new possibilities.

Rifter® #79 Highlights:

  • Gaming Through History – any game setting. Do not sell history short. There are epic events, battles and mysteries throughout history that would make amazing RPG campaigns. Create adventures that are, in effect, parts of our unknown history. Hendrik Härterich shows you how with a wonderful set of guidelines, rules and ideas for using characters from just about any modern RPG to create settings and adventures from Earth’s past. Suitable for use with any Palladium RPG.
  • Rifts® – The Kingdom of New Oslo™ by David Collins. Explore the European Northlands and face the would-be god of Hell Hounds and Fenry. A monster that calls itself Fenrik. Oslo overview, notable people and places, vehicles, gear, and adventure ideas.
  • Heroes Unlimited™ – The Stage Magician, Revisited, by Matt Reed. An exciting look at a unique crime-fighter.
  • Rifts® and any game setting – Different ways to run a campaign, by Julius Rosenstein. Game Master tips, suggestions and alternative rules.
  • Rifts® short story about redemption and Justice, by Mark Oberle.
  • News, coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
  • 96 pages – $13.95 retail – Cat. No. 179. Available now.

Rifts Sovietski

New! World Book 36: Rifts® Sovietski – ships February

The Rifts® Sovietski™ World Book delves into the new Soviet Nation, key places, people, O.C.C.s, combat vehicles, cyborgs and weapons, and has everything you’d expect from a book like this. There is a wealth of information that will set your imagination on fire, new characters, new D-Bees, new weapons, vehicles and adventure hooks. There is the looming threat of General Goll’s invasion of the Brodkil sent by Mindwerks’ Angel of Death and Angel of Vengeance, treachery among the Warlords of Russia, and the coming of the Minion War. Learn about how the Sovietski came into being, its people’s dreams, beliefs, politics, and its growing army, plus Deadzones, Spetsnaz Special Forces, new bionics, and more.

It all ties in nicely with the Warlords of Russia™, Mystic Russia™, Rifts® Triax & the NGR, Triax Two, and the Mindwerks™ sourcebooks.

  • New cyborgs and bionics.
  • Sovietski war machines – tanks, aircraft, subs and more.
  • Power armor, cyborgs, bionics, weapons, and gear.
  • Spetsnaz Sovietski Special Forces and other O.C.C.s.
  • Invasion by the Brodkil Empire and the Angel of Vengeance.
  • Bunker creation tables and Deadzone tables.
  • Russian D-Bees like Wolverine People and the elemental Yaga.
  • Notable cities and other places of interest.
  • Many adventure ideas and more.
  • Written by Brandon Aten, Matthew Orr and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 224 pages – $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 891. Ships February, 2018.

New! 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.

Winter releases, both volumes are being worked on simultaneously, right now, so that Volume Two will quickly follow Volume One within 4-6 weeks. 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 – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 896. In production. We are working hard for an end of February release.

New! Rifts® Bestiary: North America, Vol. Two

More monsters and exotic animals of Rifts® North America as part of an ongoing series of Rifts® Bestiary sourcebooks. The first two Rifts® Bestiaries are being created simultaneously. 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, plus some new monsters by Siembieda and Walton. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

  • 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 – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 897. In production. Winter release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Living Nowhere – A Rifts® Sourcebook set in the Pecos Empire

This title has been rescheduled due to rewrites and is probably a spring release. It presents four interrelated towns off the beaten path in the Pecos Empire. Each with its own unique character and problems. All fun locations to visit and find adventure and trouble. Something dark and deadly is brewing in the middle of Nowhere, where experimental Techno-Wizard devices and weapons offer prosperity, but could be the doom of everyone living there. Big ideas. Building upon material that appeared in The Rifter®, expanded.

  • Four towns described.
  • New Techno-Wizard weapons and devices.
  • Experimental Techno-Wizard items that call upon entropy and death.
  • Dark magic, madness, and deadly secrets spawn dangerous adventures.
  • Many adventure ideas, Non-Player Characters, and fun.
  • Written by Brett Caron. Additional text and ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 96 pages – $16.95 retail – Cat. No. 895. Spring, 2018.

In the Face of Death

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

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

  • Inner-city survival. Old and new O.C.C.s.
  • Skyscraper communities and life on the rooftops.
  • Cults – the new power in the city.
  • Gangs, street runners, the new underground, and more.
  • Take your zombie campaign to new heights!
  • Cover by E.M. Gist. Interior art by Nick Bradshaw.
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Adaptable to other Palladium settings.
  • Size and price not yet determined, but probably $16.95 – 96 pages – Cat. No. 237. Winter, 2018.

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