Weekly Updates 2

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

Progress on new books is moving forward at a quickening pace – art has been assigned for Garden of the Gods™, In the Face of Death™, The Rifter® #83 (epic), The Rifter® #84 (also epic), Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream, and Rifts® Titan Robotics™. The Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One is almost done and should go into initial layout stage this weekend or early next week as I work on the last handful of creature descriptions for the tail end of the book. And boy, oh boy are they all pretty freakin’ awesome.

That has been our focus, getting new books to the printer and into your hands for June, July, and August releases, with more coming in the fall and winter. Like what, you ask? Like The Disavowed, CS Arsenal, Rifts® Bestiary Vol. 2, Rifts® Antarctica™, Lopan (Fantasy) and others, with even more in development. When not working on one book or another, we have been working on advertising, prepping for conventions and handling the ins and outs of the day to day business.

We are glad you have been enjoying the various sales at Palladium and on DriveThruRPG. No new sales this week, but maybe next week. And we continue to get strong, positive feedback about the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet. We are delighted so many of you are going wild over this digital product. Our thanks to our Rifts® Bestiary Megaverse® Insiders for getting back to us so quickly regarding the name to go into the book under the categories of In Memoriam and A Real Character which require them to provide us a name other than their own.

NEWS: Roll High or Die – a new site that covers Palladium’s RPGs and gaming

Roll High or Die is a new website that covers gaming. Its current Palladium feature is an audio podcast they call DeadWinter – a Dead Reign® campaign that sounds quite fun. I’m told they also plan to do audio podcasts for Heroes Unlimited™ and Palladium Fantasy RPG®. We listened to Episode One and enjoyed it. Definitely worth checking them out.

http://rollhighordie.com/2019/05/14/deadwinter-podcast-episode-1-the-outbreak-is-happening/?fbclid=IwAR2erijSnJGhEIQznS-RP6GsgxpIDIvVSPPTocZp9CSnaH5R0mryEYZhA4w

SMASH HIT! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet – available now

Gamers are going bonkers over the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet. And why not? What’s not to love? Prysus did a wonderful job, and will continue to tweak and upgrade it. All of us at Palladium are thrilled so many of you are enjoying this helpful and fun product. A real bargain for what you get. Continue to enjoy.

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create.

Features & Benefits:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you!
  • Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Only $3.00 – available now!
  • Watch the Overview video here: https://vimeo.com/322271758

Temporarily Out of Stock: Monsters and Animals (Fantasy), Mechanoid Invasion® Trilogy, Nightbane®: Between the Shadows

Fear not, these titles should all be back in print in by mid-June. Each is a fun setting and a great resource.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – June release

I statted out the monstrous brute depicted on the front cover just yesterday. I was saving him until I was feeling truly inspired, and I’m glad I did. This bad boy will shake up any game. I also finished the introduction and common terms for the beasts’ stats. Funny, but the front of the book is often written last, when I have a complete idea of what is definitely going into it and things that should be addressed one way or another. Otherwise, we are all working like mad men. The guys editing as fast as I pound out the writing. Even the printer is excited about this book and its hardcovers. Funny.

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.

Rifts Bestiary Gold Hardcover

NEW! Rifts® Bestiary, Vol. One “Gold Edition” Hardcover

Because you like hardcover editions so much, Palladium is also offering a limited, signed and numbered, mass market Gold Edition hardcover for Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One. Same interiors as the soft-cover edition and the super-limited, Megaverse Insider hardcover editions (only around 150 of each).

  • Gold foil on a black leatherette hardcover.
  • Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
  • Limited to 400 or 500 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
  • 224-256 pages – $50.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One) – in final production. An end of June release for the Gold Edition hardcover.

The Rifter Number 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 End of May or early June release

Wayne has made his selections and I am assigning artwork. This is going to be a great issue full of fun source material. It includes:

  • 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 – end of May or early June release.

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – End of June or early 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 – end of June or July release.

In the Face of Death

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

All the artwork is in and I added to my notes for this book. As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™, which should be very soon. Can’t wait. A June/July release.

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

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

As you know, the cover is done and I have assigned the artwork. I will be trying very hard to release this epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by me, Kevin Siembieda, in July. No promises, but I am pumped.

Garden of the Gods

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Summer release

Almost all of the interior artwork has been assigned and some art is already coming in and looking good. The cover pencils are also done and have been sent to the digital painter.

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.

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

I continue to approve concept drawings and assign more artwork. 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.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet – available now

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is 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.

Highlights & Benefits of the Interactive Character Sheet Include:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you!
  • Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Available now!

We continue to work on a number of new PDF releases for DriveThru, including the three Rifts® Novels, The Rifter® #80, more Paper Minis, a few free things, and maybe a few surprises, so keep your eyes peeled.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane® and other settings, the City of Khemennu Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 16, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 9, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

We are pumped up. I have artists and editors working on numerous books, including Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One (almost done), Garden of the Gods™, In the Face of Death™, The Rifter® #83 (epic), The Rifter® #84 (also epic), Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, Rifts® Antarctica™, Rifts® Titan Robotics™, and MANY others! I can’t remember the last time we had so many books in development at the same time. It’s crazy and exciting. And exhausting, yet great fun. Gosh, I love what I do. A couple books should make it into spring releases, the rest are summer and beyond. They are all pretty freakin’ awesome.

Holy moley, the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sale was such a hit that we actually sold out of a couple Fantasy titles! Fear not, we will be sending them in for reprint pronto. We’ll keep you posted next update. We hope you enjoy our new sale just as much.

NEW Sale! Has Avengers®: Endgame blown your mind? Does it make you want roll up superhuman heroes of your own and save the world? Yes! Then do we have the sale for you, our Heroes Unlimited™ & After the Bomb® Sale at prices to make Thanos envious. We are putting most Heroes Unlimited™ and ALL After the Bomb® titles on sale for one week only. Play any type of hero you can imagine: Super-Solder, Alien, Mutant, Immortal, sorcerer, cyborg, humanoid mutant animal, power armor-clad walking tank and much more. Complete details below.

Gamers are going bonkers over the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet. We are delighted so many of you are going wild over this digital product. Of course, what’s not to love? Prysus did an amazing job, and will continue to tweak and upgrade it. Thank you, Travis. The following glowing comment, below, represents the vast majority of the feedback we have been receiving. The exclamation points and capitalizations are his. G.R. writes, in part: “I just want to give kudos for finally doing it with an official Interactive Character Sheet!!! I FREAKING LOVE IT!!! ... This will help with the Palladium Megaverse! Awesome job, I love Palladium!” Thanks G.R., right back at you. We love you and all our fans and supporters. And we appreciate you and your feedback.

There are more exciting products coming, so hang tight. And even more in development. There’s no stopping us now.

 

NEW! Heroes Unlimited & After the Bomb® – available now

MOST Heroes Unlimited™ and ALL After the Bomb® titles are on sale at prices to make a superhuman blush. The core rule books and most adventure sourcebooks for both game lines are on sale. And remember, the After the Bomb® RPG and AtB sourcebooks can be used to make all sorts of animal mutant heroes in the vein of Rocket Raccoon, Ninja Turtles, etc., to create humanoid animal heroes of all kinds. We are also including The Rifter® #78, #79, #80, #81 & #82, all of which contain source material for Heroes Unlimited™. On sale for one week only. Sale starts now and ends after midnight on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Be a hero.

 

NEW! A smash hit! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet – available now

Gamers are going wild over the new Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet. More than 100 have sold since it was announced in last week’s Update. All of us at Palladium are thrilled so many of you are enjoying this helpful and fun product. A bargain at $3.

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create.

Features & Benefits:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you!
  • Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Only $3.00 – available now!
  • Watch the Overview video here: https://vimeo.com/322271758

 

UPDATE: Pinnacle’s Rifts® for Savage Worlds® Kickstarter a huge success

We want to congratulate Pinnacle Entertainment for their big success with their Rifts® American Armageddon Kickstarter. It was funded within 7 minutes and went on to get $230,000 in pledges in less than 30 days. It was for three new Rifts® Savage Worlds® sourcebooks, all set in North America: Arcana & Mysticism, Blood & Banes, and Empires of Humanity, plus updated core rule books, G.M. screen, and other items like Rifts® dice, bennies, and more.

Rifts® for Savage Worlds® is just one of the many expanding and exciting Palladium related products and licenses coming your way in the months ahead. Keep your eyes peeled to the Palladium website and these Weekly Updates for news about Palladium game releases and other news.

 

Rifts Bestiary Megaverse Insider

UPDATE for Bestiary Megaverse® Insider Participants

1. PLEASE make sure we have the correct name to include in the Credits for Bestiary Vol. One. Everyone who participated in the Rifts® Bestiary Megaverse® Insider offer will see their name credited in the book under the category they participated in: Inside Help, Cyber-Insider, Crimson Beast, etc. HOWEVER, a few categories such as In Memoriam and A Real Character require YOU to provide us a name other than your own. Most of you did that, but some did NOT. Please do so at your earliest convenience, but no later than May 17, 2019. Send it to us via the Palladium Help Desk, check the box next to Orders/Store, and under What’s going on? enter: “Insider Name” as well as how your name should appear in the book. As we approach sending this book to the printer we must have this info soon! Thank you.

2. We will post an advance Megaverse® Insider credits page in a week or two for you to examine to make sure we spelled all your names correctly.

3. To those of you getting one or both of the Insider, limited edition hardcovers, I am happy to inform you that your hardcover editions are going to be very limited collector items, with roughly 150 of the Color Hardcover and 150 of the Crimson Edition Foil Hardcover. Nice. Thanks again to all of our Insiders for your support.

 

Rifts Bestiary Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – May/June release

We are all working like mad, with the guys editing as fast as I pound out the writing for the last old and new beasts. 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. May/June release.

 

Rifts Bestiary Gold Hardcover

NEW! Rifts® Bestiary, Vol. One “Gold Edition” Hardcover

Because you like hardcover editions so much, Palladium is also offering a limited, signed and numbered, mass market Gold Edition hardcover for Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One. Same interiors as the soft-cover edition and the super-limited, Megaverse Insider hardcover editions (only around 150 of each).

  • Gold foil on a black leatherette hardcover.
  • Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
  • Limited to 400 or 500 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
  • 224-256 pages – $50.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One) – in final production. An end of June release for the Gold Edition hardcover.

 

In the Face of Death

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

As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™. I can hardly wait. A summer release.

 

The Rifter Number 83

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – End of May or early June release

Wayne has made his selections and I am assigning artwork. This is going to be a great issue full of fun source material. It includes:

  • Treasures of the Megaverse® for Rifts® by Carl Gleba.
  • Operation Minotaur for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Hendrik Härterich.
  • Half-Ogres 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 – end of May or early June release.

 

The Rifter Number 84

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – End of June or early 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 – end of June or July release.

 

Chaos Earth Psychic Scream

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

I will be trying hard to release this epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by me, Kevin Siembieda, in July. No promises, but I am pumped.

 

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Summer release

Charles “Chuck” Walton has fine-tuned the cover pencils and sent it to his digital painting partner. I continue to determine and assign artwork. 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.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

I have been approving concept drawings all week. As noted in the last Update, I have a couple of artists working on the interior artwork now, and will be assigning more to others. A summer or fall release, which depends on how quickly some other projects come together.

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Fall release

Artist supreme, Charles “Chuck” Walton and I discussed the concept for this cover at some length, and he is in the process of creating an even more dynamic and powerful cover for Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two than what you have seen. Splugorth are still prominent, but ... well, you’ll see it in a few weeks. 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.

 

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Heroes Unlimited & After the Bomb® SALE – available now

ON SALE – ALL Heroes Unlimited™ and After the Bomb® (Mutant animals) PDF titles are ON SALE at DriveThru starting now thru May 15, 2019. Has Avengers®: Endgame blown your mind? Want to play superhumans and kick evil’s behind? You can with this sale.

Play any type of hero you can imagine: Super-Soldier, Alien, Mutant, Immortal, sorcerer, robot, cyborg, power armor-clad walking tank, Martial Arts Master and much more. And remember, the After the Bomb® RPG and AtB sourcebooks can be used to make all sorts of animal mutant heroes in the vein of Rocket Raccoon, Ninja Turtles, etc., to create humanoid animal heroes of all kinds. We are also including a few recent issues of The Rifter® which contain source material for Heroes Unlimited™. On sale for one week only. Sale starts now and ends after midnight on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Unleash your inner hero!

We continue to work on a number of new PDF releases for DriveThru, including the three Rifts® Novels, The Rifter® #80, more Paper Minis, a few free things, and maybe a few surprises, so keep your eyes peeled.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane® and other settings, the City of Khemennu Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 9, 2019

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 2, 2019

By Kevin Siembieda

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

I wish I could tell you about everything going on at Palladium Books right now. It’s weird not to be able to do so, but that happens more often than you might imagine. Exciting ventures and possible opportunities or plans for the future that we can’t share with you or talk about yet.

Why? Lots of reasons really. Sometimes for business reasons or for strategic reasons, or because the parties involved want everything kept secret, or because it is a work in progress with uncertain results yet to be realized. Despite our best efforts and hard work, in the end, things do not always work out, or there are delays, and we don’t want to get you excited and then dash your hopes. Bad enough our own hopes get dashed. Which happens a lot, too. For example, one project has been in development for years now and we have no idea whether it will become reality or not. We sure hope so, but its fate is not in our hands.

Gosh, I don’t mean to be cryptic. I’m just trying to say there are a number of exciting things happening at Palladium Books behind the scenes that – if they come to pass – will blow your minds. Ours are already blown by the possibilities. As you can probably tell by my ramblings here. Unfortunately, some of those things have interfered with the schedule of releases we had planned at the start of the year (grrrrr), but if they pan out ... wow. And it’s not just one thing. There are a number of things going on. Some small and fun for you as well as us, and others ... like I said, wow. Of course, the potential wows always seem to takes the longest, with fits of activity and excitement followed by long silence and waiting, more excitement, followed by more waiting. It’s maddening at times. Keep the faith and hang in there with us. Great things are brewing.

In the very near future, you can expect new book releases. Once they start to flow, I think you will be seeing new releases in a nice steady stream. Things are moving along well on many fronts. While I wrap up Rifts® Bestiary Volume One, I have people working on art, writing or editing for In the Face of Death™, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™, The Rifter® #83, The Rifter® #84 (both epic issues), Garden of the Gods™, Rifts® Antarctica™, Titan Robotics™, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two and others, including some surprises. We’ve hit a few bumps and snags here and there, darn it, but overall we should have one great book for you after another. And there are books in the pipeline for several Palladium settings, not just Rifts®. Read the many updates below for progress reports on just some of these.

Are you excited about Game of Thrones? Wasn’t the battle for Winterfell epic?! I was on the edge of my seat most of the episode. Has all that excitement gotten you hungry for blood-chilling Fantasy adventures? If so, we can help you with our Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sale at prices to die for. We are putting all titles in this game line on sale for one week only. Time to build your fantasy campaign.

More good news! The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is now available! And I think it’s awesome. This is, in fact, one of those small, fun things that I was talking about. The amount of thought and work that went into this Interactive Character Sheet blew me away. Clear, easy to use, detailed and very helpful. A great job by Travis Guerrero (Prysus). And it sure wasn’t a small amount of work putting it all together either. We kept the cost of it low so that everyone who wants this awesome Player and Game Master helper can afford it. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Only FOUR days left on Pinnacle’s Kickstarter for Rifts®: American Armageddon. Three new, full color, Rifts® sourcebooks for Savage Worlds®, each set in North America and featuring the Vampire Kingdoms, Arzno, the Coalition States, Federation of Magic, Free Quebec, Madhaven, and more, as well as updated core rule books. Personally, I think these new titles are even better than the first batch of books that came out a couple years ago. Check ‘em out before the Kickstarter ENDS on May 5th.

Our thanks for your support of the Rifts® Bundles of Holding and our various sales. Read on to get the scoop about progress on upcoming books.

NEW! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet – available now

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create.

Features & Benefits:

  • The Main Character Sheet Page collects the important data from across multiple tabs and puts it in one place for quick and easy reference.
  • Separate sheets examine character construction (worktable), Skills, Magic, Psionics, and Combat in greater detail.
  • Built-in leveling system that calculates skill advancement for you!
  • Experience Tables for over 80 O.C.C.s already programmed.
  • Recognizes the percentages for nearly 150 skills, plus combat bonuses for over 20 Weapon Proficiencies and 7 Hand to Hand styles.
  • Calculates the speed and distance a character can run and jump based on character Attributes.
  • Also calculates how much a character can lift, carry, and throw for humanoids, Giants, and Supernatural Beings.
  • Add in your own Hand to Hand style, custom Skills, unique Weapon Proficiencies, and Experience Tables.
  • Estimated time to build a character reduced by 20% or more.
  • Instructions on how to use the sheet included, as well as a video walkthrough below.
  • Important Note: This character sheet is built to be used with Microsoft Excel 2010+ and it comes in .XLSX format. Opening this file in other spreadsheet programs is NOT guaranteed to work as intended.
  • Only $3.00 – available now!
  • Watch the Overview video here: https://vimeo.com/322271758

NEW! Palladium Fantasy RPG® Sale – available now

ALL Palladium Fantasy RPG® titles on sale at prices to kill for. The core rule book, Dragons and Gods™, Monsters & Animals™, all world books and sourcebooks, on sale for one week only. Live the Fantasy. Sale starts now and ends after midnight on Wednesday, May 8, 2019.

Rifts Bestiary Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – May release

We are planning to go into final layout soon and expect an end of May release. Other demands on my time over the last week means I did only a little work on Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One, but I am back to full steam ahead. As I have said, artwork is done and Alex and Wayne have been editing away. Each description is comprehensive and filled with fun surprises and ideas for adventure and various uses by players and G.M.s alike. The monsters and creatures of Rifts Earth herald from across the Megaverse and range from delightful and helpful to monstrous and alien. An end of May release.

Rifts Bestiary Gold Hardcover

NEW! Rifts® Bestiary, Vol. One “Gold Edition” Hardcover

Because you like ‘em so much, Palladium is also offering a limited, signed and numbered, Gold Edition hardcover for each Rifts® Bestiary. Same interiors as the softcover edition and the even more limited, Megaverse Insider hardcover editions.

  • Gold foil on a black leatherette hardcover.
  • Sewn and glued for long-lasting durability.
  • Limited to 400 or 500 signed and numbered copies.
  • Signed by Kevin Siembieda and Palladium staff.
  • 224-256 pages – $50.00 retail – Cat. No. 896HC (Volume One) – in final production. End of May or June release for the Gold Edition hardcover.

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

I believe the last of the additional artwork came in this week and looks fabulous. As soon as I am finished with Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One, I dive into finishing In the Face of Death™. I can hardly wait. A spring release.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 – end of May or early June release
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – end of June or early July release

Wayne has made most of his final selections and is currently figuring out which source material will go into each, The Rifter® #83 and #84. We have a lot of great material for Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™ and more. Contributing writers include Carl Gleba, Matt Reed, Ian Herbert, Hendrik Harterich, Steve Dawes, Greg Diaczyk and others.

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

We will be trying hard to release this epic sourcebook by Taylor White with additional material by Kevin Siembieda in July.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – Summer release

Charles “Chuck” Walton is fine-tuning the pencils for the cover as you read this, and I have been assigning more artwork. 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.

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

I have a couple of artists working on the interior artwork, with a few more to be assigned to the task. Meanwhile, I approved one of John Zeleznik’s cover sketches and he is fine-tuning the pencils right now. A summer or fall release, which depends on how quickly some other projects come together.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – Fall release

Volume One took longer than anticipated, so I’m not going to post a release date at this time for Volume Two just yet. However, we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a fall release.

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Carmen Bellaire turned in his edits and tweaks on Matthew Clements’ fine manuscript this week. Regrettably, due to unexpected health issues, he is unable to write the additional material he and I had discussed. I don’t know exactly how that may delay this book. It probably means I need to write that section. I’m waiting for Carmen’s notes on the subject. I still can’t get over that awesome John Zeleznik cover and want this book in your hands. Probably a fall or winter release.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Only 4 Days left on Rifts® for Savage Worlds® Kickstarter – 3 new adventure sourcebooks for Rifts® Savage Worlds® – Ends May 5, 2019

kickstarter.com/projects/545820095/rifts-for-savage-worlds-american-armageddon

  • Arcana & Mysticism: Explores the Federation of Magic™, Psyscape™, and Techno-Wizard™ enclaves throughout North America, and the dire threats hiding within.
  • Blood & Banes: Details the struggle of dark heroes against the alien Xiticix Hivelands™, encroaching Vampire Kingdoms™, mysterious Dinosaur Swamp™, and insanity of Madhaven™.
  • Empires of Humanity: Brings to life the wonders of human civilization from the Coalition States™ to the New West™, and uncovers the secrets of the east coast.
  • Updated Core Rule Books, plus Game Masters’ screen, dice, bennies, and more.

If you are a fan of Rifts® for Savage Worlds® or just like to collect Rifts® products, you will want to take a look at this Kickstarter from Pinnacle Entertainment.

kickstarter.com/projects/545820095/rifts-for-savage-worlds-american-armageddon

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Palladium Fantasy RPG® SALE

In conjunction with the release of the Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet and our Palladium Fantasy RPG® SALE, we are putting ALL Palladium Fantasy RPG® titles ON SALE on DriveThru starting now thru May 8, 2019. Live the Fantasy!

We continue to work on a number of new PDF releases for DriveThru, including the three Rifts® Novels, The Rifter® #80, more Paper Minis, a few free things, and maybe a few surprises, so keep your eyes peeled.

Recent PDF additions include The Rifter® #79: gaming through history, the Kingdom of Rifts® New Oslo, a Rifts® short story, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, tips on running a campaign, and more. The Rifter® #78 with the Modern Necromancer for use with Nightbane® and other settings, the City of Khemennu Part 2 for Palladium Fantasy®, the Nexus Zone for Rifts®, the aftermath of I Am Legion for Splicers® and more. 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 2, 2019

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