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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 1, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

I hope everyone enjoyed a nice Memorial Day Weekend. We did and now we are pounding away on the books you want.

Anime North

Chuck Walton and I spent part of last week and the Memorial Day long weekend in Toronto, Canada, where we were guests at Anime North. There we met up with our friends Todd Spencley, Apollo Okamura (artist), Greg Diaczyk (writer) and his family (wife Jennifer, his boys, Caleb, Josh, and Noah, and Harry, his father), Braden Campbell (writer) and his family (Holly and Annachie), as well as a number of Palladium fans and show runners. As usual there were thousands upon thousands of amazing cosplay costumes, and waaaaay too many cool things to see and do. One highlight was Todd treating us to the movies where we saw and enjoyed Solo, A Star Wars Story. Another was Saturday night dinner with Todd, Apollo, Greg and Jennifer. It was nice to actually have time to spend with friends old and new. It was also a treat to finally meet Holly Campbell, in person, a very nice lady, and just getting to spend time with these nice people and the many wonderful fans from across Canada, as well as a few fellow Americans. Spoke with some potential new artists, too.

I had intended to run a couple of Beyond the Supernatural™ (BTS) games and a Palladium Fantasy game, but the ambient noise in the gaming hall was so loud (hey, Anime North gets something like 35,000+ people!), I did not think I could hear well enough to run a quality game. The next time we attend Anime North we may try to acquire a quiet space to run games as well as to do panel talks like How to Design Creatures, World Building and The Art of Role-Playing. Not sure if we’ll be back in 2019 or wait a year and return in 2020. Probably the latter, especially since we have so many games and sourcebooks on the drawing board.

StrategiCon GAMEX 2018

The same Memorial Day weekend, Game Master Cameron Cleveland and his crew were running 8 Rifts® RPG events and 2 Robotech® RPG Tactics™ games at StrategiCon in Los Angeles, California. From what we understand, most of those games went great, though it sounds like there was some confusion about RRT events.

Please Note: Just because Palladium Books no longer has the Robotech®/RRT license does not mean gamers who enjoy these games (and others) cannot run them at conventions. It’s just like people who run early editions of D&D or Shadowrun, or Traveller, and so on. That’s the cool thing about games, they do not have an expiration date. They can be played by anyone who owns a copy of it from now till eternity. We always encourage people to play and enjoy our games, and to share their love of the games with others. There is nothing wrong with that, so keep on gaming and have fun. FYI: It has been a long-standing tradition at Palladium Books to plug and describe gaming events that utilize any of our game worlds in our Weekly Updates, provided you give us enough notice (4-8 weeks in advance). We are happy to encourage fun and imagination with the Palladium Megaverse whenever we can. Our thanks to Cameron and his crew of Game Masters for running games at StrategiCon. We understand they have a reputation for quality and fun.

Speaking of which, we know there are a number of Palladium games being run at Origins, coming up fast. And of course, Gen Con.

Ideas for book titles are flowing

The four and a half hour ride up to Anime North and back again, gave Chuck and me time to spitball plenty of ideas and plans for Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™ and Beyond the Supernatural™. The ideas were flying fast and furious. Subjects included various monsters, magic, super beings, new world settings and environments, ley lines, Rifts and Ley Line Walkers, among other things. Chuck has been sketching away ever since we got back and I’ve been jotting down notes and ideas in between working on the Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One and Volume Two. I have also been in communication with several freelance artists and writers about projects they are writing and/or contributing to.

Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

Chuck has been working on new monster concept drawings, like the one depicted here, all week. And they are looking great. Likewise, I’ve been penning notes and descriptions about some of his beasties as he reveals them to me, as well as working on writing and the coordination of several projects. We have also received some creature stats and ideas from a few other freelancer authors. As noted in the past, we are working on both volumes simultaneously. Very excited about these two books as they develop into something truly special. Below is just one of Charles Walton’s concept sketches that has been approved.

Rifts Bestiary

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volumes One and Two?

We are collecting the hundreds of monsters and beasts of Rifts Earth into easy to use reference books, similar to what we did with D-Bees of North America. Only there are so many wondrous and fierce creatures we cannot squeeze them into one book – plus we are adding a bunch of new creatures to add more fun and menace to your Rifts® games. Some will be a nuisance, others pets and companions, some are suitable M.D.C. riding animals, and some are slobbering beasts.

The first two Rifts® Bestiary™ sourcebooks are being created simultaneously, right now! 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 to a growing number of brand new critters and monsters by Kevin Siembieda, Chuck Walton, Carl Gleba, Greg Diaczyk and others! All adding new life to the savage wilderness of Rifts North America (US, Canada, Mexico). 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.
  • Updated descriptions and information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A good number of brand new creatures are being added too.
  • 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) and Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release date: Summer – i.e., as fast as we can kick these bad boys out!

The Rifter®

Wayne Smith is working on selecting material for The Rifter® #80 and #81, with an eye open for additional articles and adventures for the issues that will quickly follow as we get caught up. Some of the upcoming issues of The Rifter® will include articles and adventure source material by Greg Diaczyk, Julius Rosenstein, Mark Oberle and me, Kevin Siembieda.

Writers and Gamers Note: Palladium has several issues of The Rifter® to get caught up with so the next two months are an excellent time to submit gaming articles, adventures, monsters, new characters/O.C.C.s and other source material for possible publication in The Rifter®. Artwork too! Please send electronic files and the Unsolicited Manuscript Form to: riftersub{at}palladiumbooks.com

Of course, all such submissions are created entirely on speculation and there is no promise we will publish your submission in The Rifter®, but this is a great time to be seen. And remember, many writers and artists who started out in The Rifter® went on to work on official sourcebooks. This is a great way to share your ideas and adventures with other gamers.

Splicers®: I am Legion, Adventure Sourcebook

Wayne is also working on putting together the Splicers® I am Legion, Adventure Sourcebook, to be available as a PDF book on DriveThruRPG.com and maybe even as a print on demand title.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Library of Bletherad for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® and The Rifter® #76 – available now

New and available now: Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, ancient ruins, forgotten history, hidden secrets, the Monks of Bletherad™, The Zealotry and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Elemental Primorda™, suitable for use in Rifts®, Phase World® and the Fantasy RPG, the Rifts® Pecos Badlands town of Gohjjunk™, Doc Feral™ and some Mutants for Heroes Unlimited™, a Ninjas & Superspies™ adventure, a Savage Rifts® preview, and Splicers®: I am Legion™: Part 5.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 1, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 24, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

It is the Memorial Day Weekend here in the USA, so I’m going to keep this Update very short. I don’t usually go anywhere for Memorial Day unless it is Anime North every few years. Well, that’s where you will find me, Charles Walton II (artist), Apollo Okamura (artist), Greg Diaczyk (writer), Kent Burles (artist), and maybe a few other Palladium creators. We hope you come over to our booth to say hello and hang.

This same Memorial Day weekend, Game Master Cameron Cleveland has orchestrated 8 Rifts® RPG events and 2 Robotech® RPG Tactics™ games at StrategiCon in Los Angeles, California. If you are attending, check ‘em out. Cameron and his crew of Game Masters are excellent at running games.

Otherwise, Wayne is working on The Rifter® #80 and #81, while I and others are working on the Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two, and looking ahead at titles in the schedule.

Strategicon GAMEX 2018 – Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-28, 2018

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Eight Rifts® game events set across the globe (the New West/Southwest, Atlantis, Mexico, and Europe/Sovietski), plus two Robotech® RPG Tactics™ miniature games. Don’t miss the fun.

1. Rifts® – Let's Get A Party Going! 4:00 PM, Friday, May 25th, 2018

Description: Otherwise known as, “It’s my party and I’ll die if I want to!” Fanatical cultists are trying to open a Rift to a nether dimension to summon their “master” wanting for themselves personal power, worldwide influence, and great dental. And how will they get such an entity on their side? Offer it a good time! Vote on who did the best in character role-play (not roll-play) for the session. G.M.: Paul Rogers.
Number of Players: Up to 8 players. RPG Medium Tourney.
Duration: 4 hours.

2. Rifts® New Strawn: Kansas Shuffle – 8:00 PM, Friday, May 25th, 2018

Description: Savage Rifts®. Prepare yourself for a railgun-shredding, mega-powered magic flinging journey into a post-post-apocalyptic world where supernatural horrors vie with technological empires for mastery of the world. All pre-gens, no player-made characters. This is listed as a role-play tournament. Meaning at the end of the game, everyone will vote on who did the best in character role-play (not roll-play) for the session. G.M.: Cameron Cleveland. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/715851765210549/
Number of Players: Up to 8 players. RPG Medium Tourney.
Duration: 4 hours.

3. Robotech® RPG Tactics™: Robotech® Boot Camp – 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Event Type: Miniatures Demo.
Description: Go through the rough and tough Robotech® training to learn how to operate your Mecha in combat against the Zentraedi horde! Advance your training and complete your first mission! All materials provided, no experience necessary. G.M.: David Dunn.
Number of Players: Unlimited/Any.
Duration: 5 hours.

4. Rifts® Atlantis Reemerging, RPG Event – 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Description: An RPG Event. Savage Rifts®. Local heroes from a fishing village along the Texas coast are invited by Lemurians to search for a lost Atlantean artifact. Vote on who did the best in character role-play (not roll-play) for the session. G.M.: Juan Shoemake.
Number of Players: Up to 6 players.
Duration: 4 hours.

5. Rift® The Black Warlord, RPG Event – 9:00 AM, Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Description: An RPG Event. Rifts®. 300 years in the future, Eastern Europe is a permafrost wasteland filled with Warlords commanding armies of cyborg soldiers, high-tech remnants of the Soviet Empire, and magical supernatural creatures. During a border war, villages are not heard from and the characters seek out why and what the rumors of a dark figure in the backwoods are about. G.M.: Addison Vigil.
Number of Players: Up to 6 players.
Duration: 4 hours.

6. Rifts® Mexican Cargo Run: Muluc Miasma, RPG Event – 2:00 PM, Saturday, May 26th, 2018

Description: RPG Medium Tourney. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalypse. Pre-approved player-made characters are welcome. The adventures of a cargo convoy run to Mexico & the party will be split into two teams for a repair mission and a convoy mission. Two G.M.s will be running this event. Music & soundboard provided. This is a role-play tournament. Players will vote for the best role-play (not roll-play). G.M.: Cameron Cleveland. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/715851765210549/
Number of Players: Up to 16 players.
Duration: 8 hours. Starts at 2:00 PM.

7. Robotech® RPG Tactics™: Robotech® Boot Camp – 9:00 AM, Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Event Type: Miniatures Demo.
Description: Go through the rough and tough Robotech® training to learn how to operate your Mecha in combat against the Zentraedi horde! Advance your training and complete your first mission! All materials provided, no experience necessary. G.M.: David Dunn.
Number of Players: Unlimited/Any.
Duration: 5 hours.

8. Rifts® Atlantis Reemerging, RPG Event – 9:00 AM, Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Description: An RPG Event. Savage Rifts®. Local heroes from a fishing village along the Texas coast are invited by Lemurians to search for a lost Atlantean artifact. Vote on who did the best in character role-play (not roll-play) for the session. G.M.: Juan Shoemake.
Number of Players: Up to 6 players.
Duration: 4 hours.

9. Rifts® The Black Warlord, RPG Event – 9:00 AM, Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Description: An RPG Event. Palladium Rifts®. 300 years in the future, Eastern Europe is a permafrost wasteland filled with Warlords commanding armies of cyborg soldiers, high-tech remnants of the Soviet Empire, and magical supernatural creatures. During a border war, villages are not heard from and the characters seek out why and what the rumors of a dark figure in the backwoods are about. G.M.: Addison Vigil.
Number of Players: Up to 6 players.
Duration: 4 hours.

10. Rifts® Mexican Cargo Run: Muluc Miasma, RPG Event – 2:00 PM, Sunday, May 27th, 2018

Description: RPG Medium Tourney. Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Post-Apocalypse. Pre-approved player-made characters are welcome. The adventures of a cargo convoy run to Mexico & the party will be split into two teams for a repair mission and a convoy mission. Two G.M.s will be running this event. Music & soundboard provided. This is a role-play tournament. Players will vote for the best role-play (not roll-play). G.M.: Cameron Cleveland. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/groups/715851765210549/
Number of Players: Up to 16 players.
Duration: 8 hours. Starts at 2:00 PM.

Coming to DriveThruRPG.com – Library of Bletherad for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® and The Rifter® #76 will post next week

Available now: FREE Rifts® Sovietski™ Sneak Preview, Nightbane®, Fantasy, Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Splicers® and much more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – May 24, 2018

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