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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 25, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

We’ve been burning the midnight oil writing, editing and working like demons here at Palladium. Rifts® Sovietski™ is finally going into the typesetting and layout stage. I have to say that this is an outstanding book which, like Secrets of the Atlanteans, is just packed with page after page of exciting ideas for adventures, dynamic O.C.C.s, D-Bees, cyborgs, and fun. This week I also received some freelance material for Rifts® Disavowed and the new manuscript draft for Rifts® Living Nowhere. Meanwhile, Wayne has the PDF of Old Ones for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® going live this week. All of us are working away on some project or another in a frenzied state of creativity to get new product into your hands. Read on for more details.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 includes some new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to Game Mastering and making adventures. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional, alternative rules for putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman Empire?), plus more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, and the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski, and more.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 – Available now

Wayne is starting to make his selections now. Mark Dudley is lined up to do some art.

Rifts Sovietski

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

Big books take time to do ‘em right. Rifts® Sovietski™ is finally going into the typesetting and layout stage. And you are going to love this book.

Rifts® Sovietski™ is freakin’ awesome. So much cool stuff: The Cold Born psychic (think Burster with ice and cold), the mysterious and powerful Yaganar, the yeti-like Wolverine People and other cool D-Bees, a bunch of very new and different cyborgs, a bunch of M.O.S. skill packages that make character creation fast and fun, tables for a character’s background, unique characters, interesting places and back story that provides ideas for adventure and is a fun read. This World Book has it all. There is so much in this book that you are going to love. Everyone who has seen the finished sections of the Sovietski Soldier revisited, the Spetsnaz secret police/special forces, the D-Bees, the Religious Enclaves, and ... well, pretty much any of it, has gone wild over it. The first word out of their mouth being, “Wow.” I think that’s my favorite word for a critique of a book. Like Rifts® Secrets of the Atlanteans™ there is a lot of “Wow Factor” in Rifts® Sovietski™, as well as a lot of fun little touches that will make you smile and add spice to your character or your game.

Rifts® Sovietski™ is also the final puzzle piece that pulls together several other Rifts® titles to create a cohesive area of the world that offers new adventure opportunities. They include Warlords of Russia™, Mystic Russia™, Mindwerks™ (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and Rifts® Triax & The NGR™ and Triax 2™.

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

Chuck and I are already plotting our new “beasts.” This book is coming together nicely too. It gathers and formats 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

I recently spoke with co-writer Matthew Clements about Disavowed and received some material for it from another freelance writer just this week. I look forward to getting to the final writing for this title.

UPDATE: Rifts® Living Nowhere

The new draft manuscript for this book arrived this week, though I have not had a chance to review it.

UPDATE: Additional VIP Night tickets For the Palladium Open House are now available.

VIP night at the Open House gets you an extra evening of gaming, first crack at special items, new releases, original art, early access to our many guests, and a delicious meal. This is always a fun, intimate night of gaming and hanging with the Palladium crew.

VIP Night always sells out before the event (limited to 120 VIPs) so we encourage you to reserve your ticket as soon as possible. It is because VIP Night always sells out that we deliberately hold back 40 or so tickets till now, so everyone has a fair shot at being able to get them.

Reserve your hotel room for the POH before they are sold out

Rooms at the Red Roof are getting close to sold out! Especially rooms with two full beds ($49.95 plus tax per night). When they are gone, your choice is a room with just one king bed ($49.95 plus tax per night) – or – our other, more upscale hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites at more than twice the price ($119 plus tax per night). Both are 3 miles or less from the Palladium warehouse, less than 10 minutes away.

Note: The hotel reservation deadline is March 15, 2018, but the rooms are likely to sell out BEFORE that deadline, because we may have record attendance. Please reserve your rooms at one hotel or the other sooner rather than later. You have been given fair warning.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 25, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 19, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The 2017 Surprise Package season ended with a deluge of orders coming in the last weekend. It made for a very busy Monday and Tuesday. I’m glad to say the Surprise Packages delighted many gamers around the world. Our thanks to everyone who participated in both the traditional and Digital Christmas Surprise Package offers. We’ve also been busy in the warehouse shipping out The Rifter® #79 and other orders.

Now that the holiday season is over we can turn our full attention to product releases and a number of pressing business matters. We are hoping 2018 is going to be the start of many exciting new adventures for Palladium Books and its customers. In the short term, we are looking to get new products into your hands, but we are working in a number of areas that could carry Palladium into new mediums and grow the company. We hope to be able to tell you about some of these very soon. Here’s what is happening now.

Last weekend to get the first ever Palladium New Year/New Game Bundle on DriveThruRPG

The good people at DriveThruRPG reached out to us asking if we’d like to participate in their New Year/New Game promotion, to which we replied “Yes!”

The New Year/New Game promotion is an annual event that DriveThruRPG hosts. Game companies assemble a small bundle of PDFs with the goal in mind of giving a gamer everything he or she needs to jump right into the game. For our contribution this year we have the NYNG Rifts® Bundle, which includes the following four PDFs:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG
  • Rifts® Sourcebook One, Revised & Expanded™
  • Rifts® Primer – How to Play Rifts® and Create Adventures
  • Rifts® Game Master Kit

And you can get ALL of these PDFs (normally a cost of $38.47) for just $19.99 — perfect for anyone who wants to get into the epic Rifts® RPG! Makes a great gift too.

http://drivethrurpg.com/product/231028/NYNG-RiftsR-BUNDLE

Already have one, two or three of these PDFs? Not to worry – DriveThruRPG has a feature called Complete Your Bundle. Their system will automatically detect what you already have and only charge you for what you do not have, so you can still get the other items in the bundle for the reduced rate!

The New Year/New Game promotion has been going on for a week or so and ends Monday, January 22, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern, so don’t delay. Get in on this great offer over the weekend!

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 includes some new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to Game Mastering and making adventures. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional, alternative rules for putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman Empire?), plus more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, and the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski, and more.

Rifts Sovietski

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

I was sure Wayne and I would be typesetting and laying out Rifts® Sovietski™ by now, but we hit a snag that slowed down production. Fear not, the additions and changes only make the Sovietski book that much more fun, dynamic, and 32 pages larger! We are now looking at a 224 page World Book for the same advertised price of $24.95 retail.

I’m loving this book with all the new background information, new cyborgs, the Spetsnaz options, D-Bees, new combat vehicles, bionics, weapons and gear. There are a lot of very cool and fun characters to play and adventures to be had. I also feel that Rifts® Sovietski™ helps to pull together the previous two Russia World Books, Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia, plus Mindwerks (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and the two Rifts® Triax books, into an expansive and cohesive area of Rifts Earth that brings that part of the world to life.

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

This book is coming together nicely too. It gathers and formats 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.

Now available – Additional VIP Night tickets – Palladium Open House

VIP night at the Open House gets you an extra evening of gaming, first crack at special items, new releases, original art, early access to our many guests, and a delicious meal. This is always a fun, intimate night of gaming and hanging with the Palladium crew.

VIP Night always sells out before the event (limited to 120 VIPs) so we encourage you to reserve your ticket as soon as possible. It is because VIP Night always sells out that we deliberately hold back 40 or so tickets till now, so everyone has a fair shot at being able to get them.

Reserve your hotel room for the POH before they are sold out

Rooms at the Red Roof are getting close to sold out! Especially rooms with two full beds ($49.95 plus tax per night). When they are gone, your choice is a room with just one king bed ($49.95 plus tax per night) – or – our other, more upscale hotel, the Hampton Inn and Suites at more than twice the price ($119 plus tax per night). Both are 3 miles or less from the Palladium warehouse, less than 10 minutes away.

Note: The hotel reservation deadline is March 15, 2018, but the rooms are likely to sell out BEFORE that deadline, because we may have record attendance. Please reserve your rooms at one hotel or the other sooner rather than later. You have been given fair warning.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 19, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 5, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Happy New Year. May it be a wonderful year for us all. I’m keeping the focus of this Update on the most immediate matters, like The Rifter® #79 shipping next week, Sovietski nearing completion for sending to the printer, and time running out for you to get a 2017 Palladium Surprise Package – offer ends January 15, 2018.

Less than 2 weeks left to get a Christmas Surprise Package – offer ENDS January 15, 2018

You have only 2 weekends left to order a 2017 Christmas Surprise Package. Monday, January 15, is the last day to place your order. This offer will not be extended.

The Surprise Package is a great way to treat yourself to an extravaganza of RPG fun, or fill holes in your collection, try new game settings, get caught up on The Rifter, or replace battered old books and get autographs on the cheap. It is also a great source to get gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, graduation, and other gift-giving occasions coming up over the next few months. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.

Why extend this amazing offer? Because it is the nice thing to do. We realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This wonderful act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays. We know this happens, because a lot people over the years have thanked us for the extension for this very reason.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. Please note that this offer will not be extended further. This is your last chance. And please spread the word to let people know the offer ends January 15, 2018.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

Digital Surprise Package offer – Also extended to January 15, 2018

That’s right, you can get double the fun with a Digital Christmas Surprise Package as well as a physical one! Start the New Year off full of games.

Place your order online at the Palladium website just like you would any order in our online store. We accept ALL major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). You may also order by telephone (734-721-2903; order line only).

If the title is available from DriveThruRPG, you can request it in your Digital Christmas Surprise Package. The cost is $24.99 for $50-$60 or more of great PDFs of Palladium games, sourcebooks, maps and other digital products.

Make sure you give us your entire, correct email address, and double check it to make sure it is accurate. A link will be e-mailed to that address within five business days of placing your order. When you click on the link you will be taken to a shopping cart on DriveThruRPG’ s website, with the PDFs from your Surprise Package already entered into your shopping cart and the price set to zero. Simply click the red Check Out button to get your PDF titles via this special offer.

What if you do not have an account with DriveThruRPG? Not a problem – when you click the red Check Out button you will be prompted to make a FREE DriveThru account. The process is quick and easy, and will get you started on building your very own PDF library.

To those of you outside the USA, this Digital Christmas Surprise Package is a great way to get books and circumvent the high shipping costs from the US!

Click here to place your “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package order. Avoid the holiday crowds and order one or more Digital Surprise Packages today.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Ships next week

The Rifter® #79 is another fun and expansive gaming resource packed with ideas and source material for your games. And remember, you can easily adapt many adventure ideas, monsters, villains, places, weapons, and gear to most any of Palladium’s game worlds.

The Rifter® #79 includes new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to creating epic adventure. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional alternative rules and ideas to do just that. It includes the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski; putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman empire?); plus a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, and more.

Rifts Sovietski

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

Nearly done and goes to the printer very soon. The deluge of Surprise Packages the week before and after Christmas, as well as end of year inventory and other holiday and end of year business matters, meant more demands on my time, preventing me from finishing my final writing tweaks and editing on this awesome book. And Rifts® Sovietski™ is pretty darn awesome. New O.C.C.s and D-Bees, notable places, increasing conflicts with the Brodkil and other dangers (not to mention the coming of the Minion War), and lots and lots of new machines of war. Rifts® Sovietski™ really pulls together the previous two Russia World Books, Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia, plus Mindwerks (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and the two Rifts® Triax books. The frosting on the cake for me, at least, is that Rifts® Sovietski™ creates the proper atmosphere and culture that brings Russia and that part of the world to life.

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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 5, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 11, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The New Year is off to a crazy start for Palladium as we explore a wide range of opportunities and hustle to get material done for them as well as new books finished and to the printer. This week The Rifter® #79 is back from the printer and has already shipped out to subscribers. Every day, Rifts® Sovietski gets closer to completion, as do other titles being prepped and worked on simultaneously.

Only four days left to purchase a 2017 Palladium Christmas Surprise Package and/or Digital christmas Surprise Package. After this weekend you’ll have to wait until next Christmas Season to get either one of these offers. And actually, we haven’t decided if we will offer the Digital Surprise Package again in 2018. Order now before these two offers are done and gone!

Last weekend to order a Christmas Surprise Package – offer ENDS January 15, 2018

FOUR days left to order a 2017 Christmas Surprise Package – offer ends at midnight on Monday, January 15, 2018, and it will not be extended further.

  • $95-$100 worth of Palladium Books product (sometimes more!) for $45 plus shipping and handling. And we’ll sign every book if you’d like autographs.
  • Treat yourself to an extravaganza of RPG fun.
  • Fill holes in your collection.
  • Try new game settings.
  • Get caught up on The Rifter®. Many issues are close to selling out.
  • Replace battered old books.
  • Get autographs from Kevin Siembieda and available Palladium staff.
  • Get gifts for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, graduation, and other gift-giving occasions coming up over the next few months. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.
  • Offer ends January 15, 2018.

We extend the offer after Christmas because we realize many of you don’t have the funds to get yourself one during the holiday season or you’re just too busy or a Johnny Come-Lately. Whatever the case, the Surprise Package offer is over at midnight on Monday. If you have never tried one, start the New Year off right by getting yourself or a fellow gamer one before it is too late. Game on!

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

Last weekend to get Digital Christmas Surprise Package – offer ends January 15, 2018

The Digital Christmas Surprise Package is an experiment proposed by Palladium’s business manager, Scott Gibbons. The verdict is still out as to whether or not we will do it again next Christmas, so this may truly be your last chance to get one.

It works very much like our traditional Christmas Surprise Package, except for $24.99 you get a minimum of $50 (usually $60 or more) worth of Palladium PDF books (and digital products like Game Master Kits, Primers, maps, paper miniatures, etc.). That’s right, $50-$60+ worth of PDF titles and digital products for only $24.99 during this holiday special.

Ordering a Palladium “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package is easy. You place your order online at the Palladium website just like you would any order in our online store. We accept ALL major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). You may also order by telephone (734-721-2903; order line only).

If the title is available from DriveThruRPG, you can request it in your Digital Christmas Surprise Package. The cost is $24.99 for $50-$60 or more of great PDFs of Palladium games, sourcebooks, maps and other digital products.

Make sure you give us your entire, correct email address, and double check it to make sure it is accurate. A link will be e-mailed to that address within five business days of placing your order. When you click on the link you will be taken to a shopping cart on DriveThruRPG’s website, with the PDFs from your Surprise Package already entered into your shopping cart and the price set to zero. Simply click the red Check Out button to get your PDF titles via this special offer.

If you do not have an account with DriveThruRPG it’s not a problem – when you click the Red Check Out button you will be prompted to make a FREE DriveThru account. The process is quick and easy, and will get you started on building your very own PDF library.

For those of you outside the USA, this Digital Christmas Surprise Package is a fantastic way to get PDF books to circumvent the high shipping costs from the US.

Click here to place your “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package order. Avoid the holiday crowds and order one or more Digital Surprise Packages today.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Available now

The Rifter® #79 arrived in the Palladium warehouse Wednesday and is already on its way to subscribers and shipping out to distributors. It is another fun and expansive gaming resource packed with ideas and source material for your games. And remember, you can easily adapt many adventure ideas, monsters, villains, places, weapons, and gear to most any of Palladium’s game worlds.

The Rifter® #79 includes new and alternative methods, rules and approaches to creating epic adventure. Role-playing games are flexible expressions of your imagination and all about bringing ideas to life. This issue provides optional, alternative rules and ideas to do just that. It includes the Kingdom of New Oslo, a nice companion to the soon to be released Rifts® Sovietski; putting modern characters in different time periods throughout history (can you picture that BTS psychic, Nightbane or superhero on a Victorian pirate ship or fighting for the Roman Empire?); plus a closer look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, more alternative RPG ideas by Julius Rosenstein, and more.

Rifts Sovietski

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

The artwork is all done (has been for a while) and I think I only have four out of the 16 text files left for final edits and writing tweaks – O.C.C.s which I’m working on now, new Cyborgs, new Combat Vehicles, and new Weapons and Gear. And I’m happy to say I’ve been having a productive week editing and writing.

I think you’ll love Rifts® Sovietski™ with its new O.C.C.s and D-Bees, background, notable places, increasing conflicts with the Brodkil and other dangers (not to mention the coming of the Minion War), and wealth of new weapons, cyborgs, and machines of war. Rifts® Sovietski™ really pulls together the previous two Russia World Books, Warlords of Russia and Mystic Russia, plus Mindwerks (Poland and a slew of D-Bees, monsters and adventure hooks) and the two Rifts® Triax books. The frosting on the cake for me, at least, is that Rifts® Sovietski™ creates the proper atmosphere and culture that brings Russia and that part of the world to life.

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.

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

Gathering and formatting the existing beasts from all the current World Books and Sourcebooks has been completed. As soon as Rifts Sovietski goes to the printer (next week?), I dive into the final edits for both volumes, write-up the dozen or so 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.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Jan. 11, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 21, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Happy holidays to everyone! Christmas Day is Monday, Kwanzaa is Tuesday, and Hanukkah has already been going on, so only one news update and no sales pitch other than letting you know we are extending the Christmas Surprise Package offer for a few weeks AFTER Christmas. This extension has become part of the Grab Bag tradition as much as the Surprise Packages themselves. The rest of this Update contains fan comments from the many Surprise Package orders we receive. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

Christmas Surprise Package

Christmas Surprise Package Offer – EXTENDED to January 15, 2017

This is your last chance to snag a 2017 Surprise Package as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, graduation, or as a treat for yourself. A Surprise Package is an inexpensive way to try new games, new settings, fill holes in your collection, get caught up on The Rifter, or replace battered old books. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.

Why extend this amazing offer? Because it is the nice thing to do. We realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This wonderful act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays. We know this happens, because a lot people over the years have thanked us for the extension for this very reason.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. Please note that this offer will not be extended further. This is your last chance. And please spread the word to let people know the offer is extended. Happy Holidays.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Done and at the Printer

The Rifter® #79 was finished last week and is at the printer. Somehow we forgot to mention that in the last Weekly Update. Sheesh, that’s how busy we are. I approved the proofs this week. A truly great issue with all kinds of inspiring ideas, rules, settings and adventure ideas. I will let you know when we have an exact shipping date. Rifts® Sovietski is nearly finished, too. Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where the customer can offer comments and suggestions with his or her Surprise Package order. Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin. Keep those imaginations burning bright, have a joyous holiday season and game on.

You have no idea how much your comments and support mean to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments. They always brighten our day. Thank you. I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] when applicable.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

J.A. in Lexington, Kentucky, writes: Been buying these [Surprise Packages] for the past few years now. Always happy with what I get. I like to put it under the tree and open it on Christmas morning.

[Wow, J.A., cool and humbling. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas. – Kevin]

K.M. in Lehi, Utah, writes (in part): Thanks for doing this. It’s fun to fill up more of my bookshelf and share a book or two with a friend as a surprise present ...

[Nice, K.M., sounds like you understand the holiday spirit. – Kevin]

D.T. in San Antonio, Texas, writes: Hope everyone at Palladium has a wonderful holiday season! You guys and gals truly do bring imagination to life.

[Thank you D.T., we sure try to bring imagination to life. Happy holidays to you too. – Kevin]

J.W. in Conroe, Texas, writes (in part): I am setting up a Savage Rifts® game, but using Palladium supplements to add surprises for the players.

[Clever, J.W. I hope the campaign goes great. – Kevin]

J.H. in Mena, Arizona, writes: I haven’t played actual Palladium Rifts® since college, so I don’t actually own any of the books anymore. I have been running Savage Rifts® for the past couple of months and my game group LOVES it. Thanks guys.

[You are welcome, J.H. That’s why we licensed to Pinnacle, we thought they had a good game system and we knew they’d do a great job, especially with Sean Patrick Fannon leading the project. Enjoy. – Kevin]

C.B. in Paxton, Nebraska, writes: Thank you for the many years of entertainment and letting my imagination run wild.

[What a nice compliment, C.B. For me, part of the joy of writing and creating these RPG books is to inflame the imaginations of others and set them running wild. Awesome. Game on and keep that imagination burning bright for years to come. – Kevin]

M.M. in Hederson, Nevada, writes: Palladium Books has the most creative and rich world settings out of any RPG system I have seen. Keep up the great work and don’t forget the good old Palladium Fantasy RPG® setting.

[Thank you for your kind words, M.M. Fear not, the Palladium Fantasy RPG setting is far from forgotten. I am sitting on three manuscripts right now, all pretty good material. As soon as I get out some other titles people have been waiting for, you should see several Fantasy titles coming your way in 2018. – Kevin]

E.A. in Burien, Washington, writes: I have played Rifts® since 1991. This is the best game system around! The myriad stories from my players never end. Thank you Palladium Staff for all that you give us fans.

[The pleasure is all ours, E.A. We love what we do and we’re thrilled to have fans, like you, who have been enjoying Rifts® for going on three decades. Awesome. Game on and happy holidays. – Kevin]

L.S. in Wasilla, Arkansas, writes: Still the best RPG Megaverse® I’ve had the pleasure of running and playing. Everything is interchangeable or adaptable, and it keeps getting better. Rifts® Lemuria and Triax 2 are awesome. Over 20 years and still going strong. Thank you for the imagination and work that has been put into the books.

[Wow, thank you, L.S. We appreciate the high praise. I agree with you, I think recent books are as good or better than ever, and we have some huge things planned for the future. Game on! – Kevin Siembieda]

J.M. in Scottsdale, Arizona, writes: Please bring back TMNT and the Mechanoids®!

[Hey J.M., the After the Bomb® RPG, one of Erick Wujcik’s last works, is the next best thing to TMNT & Other Strangeness. Zillions of cool mutants, plus Chimera mutant animals, and it can all be easily dropped into your Heroes Unlimited campaign to recreate TMNT fun and adventure. Oh, and The Rifter® #77 has the return of Doctor Feral (for HU2) and two new super-mutants. Check it out. I actually have ideas for The Mechanoids®, but no time soon. – Kevin]

Z.D.R. in Easley, South Carolina, writes: I have been playing Palladium’s games since I was 10 years old, and I just want to thank the team for all you’ve done to enrich my life over the past three decades.

[Thank you for the high praise, Z.D.R. It is our honor and privilege to create RPGs you have enjoyed for most of your life! Very humbling. Keep that imagination burning and happy holidays. – Kevin]

R.S. in Moody, Alabama, writes (in part): Hey guys, I will be running a Heroes Unlimited game with my 9 year old girl and 10 year old boy come the holidays ... I am looking forward to sharing my love of Palladium with them. They love superheroes so I am going to start there. I’ll get them hooked on an S.D.C. setting before I introduce them to the big mamma of RPGs, Rifts®.

[Hey, R.S. your request is not bizarre at all. I left it out from the above just in case the kids caught wind of it, and because I’m planning to release exactly what you talked about as a very special product; though I don’t know if I can get it done in time for X-Mas. Next year for sure. I might even release it after Christmas as the game can take place any time. FYI: I ran an epic scenario years ago for my own gaming group (all adults) and as a tournament at the Detroit Gaming Center and everyone loved it. Have fun. I’ll see if I can send you stats before X-Mas, but no promises. Great minds think alike, R.S. Good luck and game on. – Kevin]

B.B. in Fargo, North Dakota, writes (in part): The last bundle finished my Rifts® World Book collection, thank you so much! It left me so excited I wanted to fit in one more before the holidays.

[Hey B.B., you’ll be just as excited by this Surprise Package. Ho, ho, ho. – Kevin]

R.R. in Las Vegas, Nevada, writes (in part): We have been playing Rifts® since 1992 and have introduced dozens of players in four states to the awesomeness of your game... Thank you, happy holidays, and our appreciation for a quarter century of gaming with your products.

[I’m glad you have enjoyed our games all these years and are still loving them. Wait till you see what’s coming over the next 3 years. Bwaaahh ha ha. Um, I mean, thanks for spreading the word about our games and game on. Sorry, my maniacal fan boy side slips out from time to time. – Kevin]

M.M. in San Diego, California, writes: Have a happy holiday! You make this Christmas so good! Thank you.

[Thanks for making me smile, M.M. You’re very welcome. Merry Christmas. – Kevin]

S.J. in Raleigh, North Carolina, writes: Thank you! I appreciate all that you guys do. I hope you enjoy the holidays and the New Year.

Right back at you, S.J. Happy holidays and wonderful New Year. That goes for all of you. Thank you for your years of support, kind words and valued input.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, writer, & grateful person

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