PALLADIUM BOOKS® WEEKLY UPDATE – MAY 23, 2019
BY KEVIN SIEMBIEDA
ONE GAME SYSTEM – EVERY GENRE – COUNTLESS WORLDS – ENDLESS ADVENTURE
Lately my thoughts have been all about blowing minds and Wow Factor with our books. So with that in mind, I thought we’d do a massive, mind-blowing Rifts® SALE here in our online store AND a similar sale on DriveThruRPG – ALL Rifts® titles (except for those we are running very low on) at a discount that should send shudders throughout the Megaverse®. But only for a short time. Spread the word!
The Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One enters into the layout phase. I’m still doing a bit of last minute writing, but Wayne is about to start laying out the book. As a big book with maps and art for each beast, that should take about a week. Then it is off to the printer!
The next book release will be The Rifter® #83, filled with great adventure source material. Then Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™ sourcebook and Garden of the Gods™ sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy. Actually, depending on which I feel the hottest writing, I may flip the release order of those two. I haven’t decided yet. And with luck, Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™ and/or The Rifter® #84 all out by the end of July. On top of that, we have people working on Rifts® Antarcticaand Rifts® Titan Robotics™ along with a number of other titles, including books for Palladium Fantasy.
Hey, it’s the holiday weekend, so I will keep this Update short. Enjoy the sales and your long weekend.
MIND-BLOWING RIFTS® SALE – NOW THRU MAY 29, 2019
ALL Rifts® titles on sale (except for those we are running very low on) are available now through the weekend, and until Wednesday night, at prices that will shake the Megaverse®. But only for a short time, so please spread the word.
What else is there to say? Oh, a similar sale for PDF books is happening at the same time on DriveThruRPG.com. Take advantage of both sales while you can and enjoy.
A KICKSTARTER YOU MIGHT WANT TO SUPPORT – THE WORLD BETWEEN
Many of you know Sarah Aten from Gen Con, the Palladium Open House and her activities online. Sarah is a dear friend and a great helper. She and Wayne run the registers at Gen Con, the POH and other events, and she has plenty of Fantasy and gaming street cred. Well, it seems she has gotten tired of watching her husband, Brandon Aten and her brother, Matthew Orr (Rifts® Sovietski, The Rifter®) be creative in the gaming world, and has decided to write a Fantasy time travel novel entitled The World Between. Which sounds right up the alley for Palladium fans. She is funding it on Kickstarter right now thru June 3, 2019, and is looking for support. I always like to encourage people’s creativity, and I have seen Sarah’s talented side, so I will definitely be making my pledge this weekend. I hope many of you, especially those who know her, will do the same. For more details, here is the link to The World Between Kickstarter. Sarah, unleash your imagination! I look forward to getting my book.
UPDATE: RIFTS® BESTIARY, VOLUME ONE – JUNE RELEASE
Big books like this often feel like they take forever, not just for those of you anxiously awaiting them, but also for us guys creating them. So I am happy to report that the Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One is going into the layout phase 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.
UPDATE: THE RIFTER® #83 – JUNE RELEASE
People have been busy editing and illustrating the material for this book. 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.
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.
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 June/July release.
UPDATE: GARDEN OF THE GODS™ – SUMMER RELEASE
The cover is being painted. The interior artwork has been assigned and is being produced. Another great adventure sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy. It should be followed by the Lopan book.
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® 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.
UPDATE: RIFTS® TITAN ROBOTICS™
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.
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 – MIND BLOWING RIFTS® SALE – ALL PDF RIFTS®TITLES ON SALE – NOW THRU MAY 29
The name of this Rifts® Sale says it all. Game on.
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.