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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 16, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The most pressing news/update is that there are only a few days left to order the 2 Rifts® Bundles of Holding – a Rifts® Essentials Bundle and a Rifts® World Books Bundle that covers much of Rifts North America. They provide enough source material to game for years. Both help support a charity, and both are a great deal, especially for gamers outside the USA, as well as Rifts® Savage Worlds players looking for more setting and adventure ideas. This weekend is your last chance as the offer for the two Rifts® Bundles of Holdings ends at 10:00 PM Eastern Time Monday evening, August 20 – and 10% goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Details below.

I have been busy this week lining up artists and writers for upcoming books, working out my schedule and clearing my plate so I can write, write, and write the next several books. First up are The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One and Two, In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®, and my contributions to The Rifter® #82. By the way, The Rifter® #82 shall include a fond remembrance of Erick Wujcik 10 years after his passing in 2008. Otherwise, Chuck has been drawing away and enjoying my creature notes and write-ups for the Rifts® Bestiary based on his artwork, Wayne and Alex have been working on book prep and PDF posting, editing and advertising, and Julius has been shipping product from the warehouse as fast as Kathy provides him with orders.

There is a Gen Con video interview with me on Through Gamer Goggles and a video review of Splicers® I Am Legion on Questwise. Details for both can be found below. Oh, and in case you haven’t noticed, we are back to posting a new PDF title to DriveThruRPG.com every week. The Western Empire for Palladium Fantasy RPG® is new this week, Nightbane® Survival Guide last week, The Rifter® #77 the week before, BTS and other Nightbane® sourcebooks prior to that. And for you art collectors, two dozen pieces of Charles Walton II artwork are available on my Ebay store – kevinstoys-artandcollectibles. He said he will offer up more art if people want them. There is also a selection of TMNT® and Rifts® one-of-a-kind negatives which are becoming hot collectibles. For complete details about all of this, keep on reading.

Last days to get the 2 Rifts® Bundles of Holding – Offer Ends on Monday

Don’t miss out on these two Rifts® Bundles of Holding: Rifts® Essentials (and the Bonus Collection) and Rifts® World Books Bundle (and its Bonus Collection). Offer ends at 10:00 PM Eastern on Monday, August 20, 2018, so these are your last few days to order!

1) The Rifts® Essentials Bundle of Holding – Sunday last full day to order

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsEssentials2018

The Rifts® Essentials gets you the core rule book and a few key supplements for the science-fantasy Rifts® setting. This bargain-priced revival of the popular 2017 offer is your starting point for a campaign of mind-blowing adventure across a future Earth shattered by countless otherworldly invaders, demons and monsters. And after you get this Essentials collection, check out the all-NEW Rifts® World Books offer with supplements and sourcebooks for an epic campaign stretching across North America; described below). And 10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to protect and help children.

Rifts® “Essentials” Starter Collection (US $8.95 – total value $33.50).

It is called the Rifts® “Essentials” Bundle because it contains everything you need to play or start a campaign:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition™ (376 page core rule book).
  • Rifts® Sourcebook One™ (160 page adventure sourcebook).
  • Rifts® Primer (tips on running games and creating adventures).

Total PDF retail value of $33.50, all for only $8.95!

BONUS Essentials Collection (currently US $21.00):

If you pay more than this offer’s threshold (average) price ($21.00 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection.

  • Rifts® Game Master Guide (352 pages of stats, robots, vehicles, gear and maps).
  • Rifts® Book of Magic (352 pages, 900+ spells, plus magic items, herbs, symbiotes and more).
  • Rifts® Game Master Kit (character sheets, G.M. tools).

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsEssentials2018

Note: 10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

2) New! Rifts® “World Books Bundle” of Holding – Sunday, August 19, is your last full day to order – don’t miss out

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsWorldbooks

The Rifts® “World Books” STARTER Collection (US $14.95 – total value $58.50).

For just US $14.95 you get five World Books, below, in this offer’s Starter Collection. Pay more and you also get the Bonus Collection of 6 additional books. ALL set in America, Canada and Mexico. Perfect for those of you looking for more world and setting information or anxiously waiting for the upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books. Also ideal for Rifts® Savage Worlds® players looking for a wealth of additional setting information, villains and monsters.

  • World Book 1: Vampire Kingdoms, Revised (224 pages, vampires and much more).
  • World Book 13: Lone Star (176 pages, CS secrets, Dog Boys, mutants, the bandit Pecos Empire, villains and more).
  • World Book 16: Federation of Magic (160 pages, 8 mages, Techno-Wizard devices, magic powers, automatons and more).
  • World Book 20: Canada (192 pages, notable places, 20+ monsters, cyborg Headhunters, Tundra Rangers, and more).
  • World Book 30: D-Bees of North America (224 pages, nearly 100 non-humans usable as player characters, NPCs or villains).

Rifts® “World Books” BONUS Collection (threshold currently $27.21 – retail value $61.50). Total retail value: $120

When you pay more than this offer’s threshold (average) price ($27.21 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer’s entire Bonus Collection with six more supplements and sourcebooks worth an additional $61.50.

  • World Book 11: Coalition War Campaign (224 pages of info about the Coalition States and their weapons, gear, power armor, robots, and vehicles).
  • World Book 15: Spirit West (208 pages, Shaman powers, spells, spirits, monsters and more).
  • World Book 22: Free Quebec (192 pages, your Rifts® Canada companion, Glitter Boys, weapons, gear, notable places and more).
  • Sourcebook 4: Coalition Navy (112 pages; the name says it all, plus monsters and pirates).
  • Vampires Sourcebook (176 pages, more about vampires, werebeasts, Soulcraft magic, vampire hunting, monsters, and much more).
  • Adventure Sourcebook 3: The Black Vault (48 pages, the Coalition’s hidden vault of magic artifacts and 101 magic items).

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsWorldbooks

Note: And 10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to protect and help children.

Questwise Splicers® I Am Legion video review

Jodie at Questwise posted his video review of Splicers® I Am Legion on YouTube earlier this week. Check it out for yourself at:

https://youtu.be/7tuOsAPpeEo

Through Gamer Goggles Interview with Kevin Siembieda

Our friend, Matt Lemke from Through Gamer Goggles caught me (Kevin Siembieda) at Gen Con for an interview. He came to my hotel room Saturday night and asked all kinds of questions – everything from what's new to the potential of a Rifts® 2nd Edition. We were both a bit punchy, which I hope made for a fun, loose interview. (I haven’t watched it myself yet. Been swamped.) You can find it here at:

https://youtu.be/wENYQC0RTWU

Note: Matt is still busy grinding away at posting his many other Gen Con interviews. He expects to be done with them sometime on Sunday, August 19th. You can follow all the action on his Gen Con 2018 page, at the link below:

http://gamer-goggles.com/blog/category/conventions/gen-con-2018/

Other Fun Sites

The Guides to the Megaverse® podcast consists of a Palladium group with a collective total of over 100 years of gaming! The crew’s Actual Play format consists of long term campaigns in Heroes Unlimited™, Robotech®, Palladium Fantasy®, and Beyond the Supernatural™, with occasional games in other settings. There are more than 90 episodes available for download. Check them out at:

https://guidesmegaverse.podbean.com/

HippoTV on Twitch.tv. The good folks at HippoTV (https://www.twitch.tv/HippoTV/) host a wide variety of games most days of the week. For fans of Palladium Books® they feature a Heroes Unlimited™ and an After the Bomb® space game. The gamers playing these games come from all over the world, are very enthusiastic, and represent a wide variety of experience with Palladium's games.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – Erick Wujcik remembered

The Rifter® #82 is shaping up to include some darn good stuff for Chaos Earth®, Nightbane® and other game settings. However, what may make this a truly special and memorable issue is the tribute to Erick Wujcik. 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of Erick’s passing. I have reached out to a number of Palladium creators, freelancers, friends and people who were touched by his work and his larger than life personality to submit a short, fond remembrance of this awesome human being and how the man or his work affected them. I miss Erick still.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One and Volume Two

Chuck has been drawing away. I’ve been making notes and expect to dive full force into the writing as of tomorrow. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One is tentatively slated for an end of September release. Volume Two end of October or November. In addition to existing creatures collected from various Rifts® World Books and sourcebooks, it has new beasties created by me, and Chuck, and a few other freelance writers. This includes creatures that are not just predators or monsters but beasts that player characters can use as war mounts, attack animals, familiars, companions and pets. A little something for everyone. A few fun surprises, too. The two Bestiary books are developing into something truly fun and special.

What are the Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume 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 that 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® campaigns. Some will be a nuisance, others pets and companions, some are suitable M.D.C. riding animals, and some are slobbering monsters.

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 Earth (particularly the USA, Canada, and 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!

New on DriveThruRPG.com – The Western Empire sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy. And check out the FREE Rifter® #81 and #80 Sneak Previews

New: The Western Empire for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® is a 224 page sourcebook that maps and describes key locations, notable people, Western society, city generation rules, The Slayer of Mountains, vampires, 20 new herbs/poisons, adventures and more. It joins Nightbane® Survival Guide which provides everything to know about the Nightbane: How to unleash your potential, new Morphus tables, Talents, magic, skills, contacts, new dangers, a complete adventure plus adventure ideas, Nightbane creation guidelines, Nightbane history, psychology and more. Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The completely revised core game with 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Epic fun. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ offers truly weird and gruesome Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, three full adventures, ideas for additional adventures and more. It joins the Palladium library of more than 200 PDF game titles available. The Rifter® #77: The City of Nowhere for Rifts®, with new mutants, new HU2 stats for the fabled Doctor Feral and adventure hooks for Heroes Unlimited, the City of Khemennu adventure for Palladium Fantasy, Splicers and more. The Rifter® #80 AND Rifter® #81 FREE Sneak Previews offer you a glimpse at the two new Rifters® available now.

Recently made available: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, 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.

Adventures on the High Seas™ (Fantasy, 2nd Edition) with 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones™ (Fantasy 2nd Edition), has 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® features masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Aug. 16, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – August 9, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

We are back from a solid and fun Gen Con. My Gen Con Report follows, below, but first I want to remind you about the limited time offer of the two Rifts® Bundles of Holding. They are going strong (started July 31) and are a great deal. See details below. The Rifter® #80 and The Rifter® #81 shipped to subscribers and distributors the Monday before we left for Gen Con (both are awesome issues), and we are working away on Rifts® Bestiary Volume One and Volume Two, and other titles. Read on.

Only TWO weekends left to get a Rifts® Essentials Bundle of Holding (and the Rifts® World Books Bundle) – Happening NOW – don’t miss out

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsEssentials2018

The Rifts® Essentials gets you the core rule book and a few key supplements for the science-fantasy Rifts® setting. This bargain-priced revival of the popular 2017 offer is your starting point for a campaign of mind-blowing adventure across a future Earth shattered by countless otherworldly invaders, demons and monsters. And after you get this Essentials collection, check out the all-NEW Rifts® World Books offer with supplements and sourcebooks for an epic campaign stretching across the USA, Canada and Mexico (described below). And 10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to protect and help children.

Rifts® “Essentials” Starter Collection (US $8.95 – total value $33.50). It is called the Rifts® “Essentials” Bundle because it contains everything you need to play or start a campaign:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition™ (376 page core rule book).
  • Rifts® Sourcebook One™ (160 page adventure sourcebook).
  • Rifts® Primer (tips on running games and creating adventures).

Total PDF retail value of $33.50, all for only $8.95!

BONUS Collection (currently US $20.60):

If you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($20.60 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection.

  • Rifts® Game Master Guide (352 pages of stats, robots, vehicles, gear and maps).
  • Rifts® Book of Magic (352 pages, 900+ spells, plus magic items, herbs, symbiotes and more).
  • Rifts® Game Master Kit (character sheets, G.M. tools).

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsEssentials2018

Bargain price and charity support. Not only do you get to try something new or build your existing e-library at a bargain price, but 10% of every purchase goes toward charity! We chose to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with both bundles. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

Rifts® challenges and stimulates your imagination like few role-playing games ever will. Its twisted, post-apocalyptic world of science fiction, fantasy and horror offers diverse player characters and gaming opportunities you seldom see in the same setting. WARNING: Read a few of these books and you may be hooked playing adventures that pit you against an endless array of aliens, supernatural creatures, magic and super-technology that spans countless worlds and dimensions.

If you have never played Rifts®, the Essentials Bundle gives you plenty to get rolling. If you are a long time Rifts® fan, you get the Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG and other “core” books to have available as a digital reference. Rifts® Savage Worlds® players, this is a great way to learn more about the world and incorporate new elements and surprises into your game.

The Rifts® Essentials Bundle ends the morning of August 20, 2018 – don’t miss out on this limited time offer!

New! Rifts® “World Books Bundle” of Holding – going on right now – don’t miss out

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsWorldbooks

The Rifts® “World Books” STARTER Collection (US $14.95 – total value $58.50). For just US $14.95 you get five World Books, below, in this offer’s Starter Collection. Pay more and you also get the Bonus Collection of 6 additional books. ALL set in Rifts North America (America, Canada and Mexico). Perfect for those of you looking for more world and setting information or anxiously waiting for the upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books. Also ideal for Rifts® Savage Worlds® players looking for a wealth of additional setting information, villains and monsters. Note: 10% goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with both bundles.

  • World Book 1: Vampire Kingdoms, Revised (224 pages, vampires and much more).
  • World Book 13: Lone Star (176 pages, CS secrets, Dog Boys, mutants, the bandit Pecos Empire, villains and more).
  • World Book 16: Federation of Magic (160 pages, 8 mages, Techno-Wizard devices, magic powers, automatons and more).
  • World Book 20: Canada (192 pages, notable places, 20+ monsters, cyborg headhunters, Tundra Rangers, and more).
  • World Book 30: D-Bees of North America (224 pages, nearly 100 non-humans usable as player characters, NPCs or villains).

Rifts® “World Books” BONUS Collection (threshold currently $26.93 – retail value $61.50). Total retail value: $120

When you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($26.93 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more supplements and sourcebooks worth an additional $61.50.

  • World Book 11: Coalition War Campaign (224 pages of info about the Coalition States and their weapons, gear, power armor, robots, and vehicles).
  • World Book 15: Spirit West (208 pages, Shaman powers, spells, spirits, monsters and more).
  • World Book 22: Free Quebec (192 pages, your Rifts® Canada companion, Glitter Boys, weapons, gear, notable places and more).
  • Sourcebook 4: Coalition Navy (112 pages; the name says it all, plus monsters and pirates).
  • Vampires Sourcebook (176 pages, more about vampires, werebeasts, Soulcraft magic, vampire hunting, monsters, and much more).
  • Adventure Sourcebook 3: The Black Vault (48 pages, the Coalition’s hidden vault of magic artifacts and 101 magic items).

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsWorldbooks

10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with both bundles. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

Remember, if you haven't already purchased the Rifts Essentials Bundle with the core rule book and key supplements, start there first!

For each offer, the customer can pay the minimum price to get all the titles in that offer's Starter Collection. If you pay more than that offer's threshold (average) price, you also get all the titles in that offer's Bonus Collection. The Rifts® World Book offer ends August 20, 2018.

The Rifter Number 80

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 – Available now

The Rifter® #80 (and #81) shipped before we left for Gen Con and is available now! Even if you do not usually get The Rifter, The Rifter® #80 contains material for players and Game Masters alike, and 90% is “official” source material. It includes: Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert, with new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers (official source material), gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein and me (Kevin Siembieda). Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part One (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited™ adventure source material by Paul Herbert; plus news and coming attractions. 112 pages. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

The Rifter Number 81

The Rifter® #81 – Available now

Both issues were well received at Gen Con, but The Rifter® #81 sold a third more copies and I don’t know why. Is it the wealth of Palladium Fantasy RPG® material including a fully fleshed out adventure featuring Wolfen Vampires and iconic Lord DeSilca characters? Is it because people love the idea of Wolfen Vampires? Or is it Gnomes they love? (That’s the subject of the other Fantasy article.) Then again, the Super-Sleuth article is very compelling.

The Rifter® #81 includes Blood Moon, an adventure with two dozen NPCs for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® by me (Kevin Siembieda), Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk and me; an in-depth look at the Gnomes of Ophid’s Grasslands by Hendrik Härterich for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®; Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two, “official” source material by Kevin Siembieda, Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; a new and expanded look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Super-Sleuth by Matt Reed, and more. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One and Volume Two

The cover for Rifts® Bestiary Volume One is finished and looks pretty fabulous. It is by artists Charles Walton II and Eduardo Dominguez S. Chuck and I have already planned out the cover to Volume Two which he expects to start working on soon.

Meanwhile, Chuck continues to hammer away at artwork while I am writing and assigning out art to additional artists. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One is tentatively slated for an end of September release. Volume Two end of October or November. In addition to existing creatures collected from various Rifts® World Books and sourcebooks, it has new beasties created by me, Chuck and a few other freelance writers. This includes creatures that are not just predators or monsters but beasts that player characters can use as war mounts, attack animals, familiars, companions and pets. A little something for everyone. A few fun surprises, too. The two Bestiary books are developing into something truly fun and special.

What are the Rifts® Bestiary, Volume 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 that 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® campaigns. Some will be a nuisance, others pets and companions, some are suitable M.D.C. riding animals, and some are slobbering monsters.

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 Earth (particularly the USA, Canada, and 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!

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Nightbane® Survival Guide adventure sourcebook. And check out the FREE Rifter® #81 and #80 Sneak Previews

New: Nightbane® Survival Guide is everything to know about the Nightbane: How to unleash your potential, new Morphus tables, Talents, magic, skills, contacts, new dangers, a complete adventure plus adventure ideas, Nightbane creation guidelines, Nightbane history, psychology and more. It joins Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The completely revised core game with 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Epic fun. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ offers truly weird and gruesome Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, three full adventures, ideas for additional adventures and more. It joins the Palladium library of more than 200 PDF game titles available. The Rifter® #77: The City of Nowhere for Rifts®, with new mutants, new HU2 stats for the fabled Doctor Feral and adventure hooks for Heroes Unlimited, the City of Khemennu adventure for Palladium Fantasy, Splicers and more. The Rifter® #80 AND Rifter® #81 FREE Sneak Previews offer you a glimpse at the two new Rifters® available now.

Recently made available: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, 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.

Adventures on the High Seas™ (Fantasy, 2nd Edition) with 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones™ (Fantasy 2nd Edition), has 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® features masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – August 9, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 26, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Another productive week. Chuck and I have been mainly working on the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. I also did some writing and notes for Garden of the Gods, a sourcebook for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (hey, when inspiration strikes you need to get the ideas down). Wayne made Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ available as a PDF title on DriveThruRPG.com last week, and this week it is the Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition and a free Rifter® #81 Sneak Preview. Next week, The Rifter® #77 will be made available.

In addition to writing and other things, I plotted the tentative order for our upcoming product releases, assigned some art (need to assign more!), and helped guide a few titles further along in development. That includes a few new projects freelancers are working on for the future, but I’m not going to reveal them until we get you a number of the books you have been waiting for.

Below is the list of upcoming releases in the tentative order we see for them. None of this is written in stone, and we may slot in a few surprises or change the order shown here.

The Rifter Number 80

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 – Ships Monday – July 30

I spoke with the printer to confirm we can expect to receive The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, on Monday, July 30, 2018. As soon as they hit the floor of the Palladium warehouse they will be shipped out to subscribers and distributors. Both #80 and #81 are pretty freakin’ awesome and contain a large amount of official source material we know you will enjoy.

The Rifter® #80 contains material for players and Game Masters alike and 90% is “official” source material. I highly recommend it. Includes: Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert, with new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers (official source material), gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein. Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part One (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited™ by Paul Herbert; plus news and coming attractions. 112 pages. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

The Rifter Number 81

The Rifter® #81 – Ships Monday – July 30

Yesterday, I spoke with Palladium’s printer rep to confirm that we can expect to receive The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, on Monday, July 30, 2018. This is another good issue, at least half of which is “official.” That includes my official Palladium Fantasy RPG® fully fleshed out adventure featuring Wolfen Vampires and iconic Lord DeSilca characters; Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk and me (Kevin Siembieda); for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, an in-depth look at Gnomes of Ophid’s Grasslands by Hendrik Härterich; Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two “official” source material) by Kevin Siembieda, Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; a new and expanded look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Super-Sleuth by Matt Reed, and more. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

As mentioned in the last Update, I have assigned the cover to John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art very soon. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for this exciting new Rifts® World Book. It enables you to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

Contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, Ice Magic, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, Splugorth, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • By Matthew Clements.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – Available now.

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® First Responders

As noted last week, I have assigned the cover to artist John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art this weekend. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscripts for the next TWO Chaos Earth® sourcebooks: First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™. It enables you to see the unfinished books months before the final titles are released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscripts before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

Contains background information on the early days immediately following the advent of the Great Cataclysm, new O.C.C.s, new weapons and gear, lifesaving medical robots and equipment, new D-Bees, new monsters, Apocalypse Plagues, and adventures. The Psychic Scream section of this Raw Preview Edition includes Psychic Super-Soldiers, Cleansers, Lifegivers, Listeners, Old Souls, Psychonauts, Faith Healers, the Lazlo Society, monsters and much more!

  • Presents two upcoming sourcebooks: Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™.
  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscripts and works in progress.
  • By Jason Richards, Matthew Clements, Daniel Frederick and Taylor White.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – Available now.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

What you see here is the pencil art by Charles Walton II for the cover of Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. It was sent to the digital painter Chuck works with a few weeks ago. And yes that is a new creature. Charles and I have been working away on artwork and writing for the new and old creatures (Chuck has created 20 new critters, plus there are another 12-20 new monsters by various other people and a few by me). One of the things I am really enjoying about some of the new creatures is that among the predators and monsters are beasts that players can also use for their characters as war mounts, attack animals, companions and pets. I think there will be some fun surprises you will very much enjoy. These two books are developing into something truly fun and special.

Rifts Bestiary

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volume 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 that 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!

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August, 2018

Gen Con is almost here! We look forward to seeing many Palladium fans there. Of course, we will bring a bunch o’ books for ALL game lines, new and old, including the Raw Preview Editions, new releases, The Rifter, some T-shirts, prints, original art, out of print collectibles and maybe a surprise or two.

  • Meet a number of Palladium creators and get books signed by characters like:
    - Kevin Siembieda, Writer and Game Designer
    - Carmen Bellaire, Writer and Game Designer
    - Brandon Aten, Writer and Game Designer
    - Wayne Smith, Editor, Rifter®
    - Mark Oberle, Writer
    - Glen Evans, Writer
    - Charles Walton II, Artist
  • Get the latest game releases.
  • Enjoy coupon book Gen Con specials.
  • Get Raw Preview editions and collectibles.
  • Pick up back issues and even some out of print titles.
  • Buy art prints, one-of-a-kind negatives, and original artwork.
  • Buy published art by Charles Walton II or a character sketch.
  • Get collector items and other rare or unusual items.
  • We are all happy to chat and sign books.
  • Please swing by to say hello.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Beyond the Supernatural RPG, 2nd Ed., and FREE Rifter® #81 (and #80) Sneak Preview

New: Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The completely revised core game with 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Epic fun. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ offers truly weird and gruesome Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, three full adventures, ideas for additional adventures and more. It joins the Palladium library of more than 200 PDF game titles available. The Rifter® #80 AND Rifter® #81 FREE Sneak Previews offer you a glimpse at the two new Rifters® that ship as printed books on July 30, 2018, from Palladium. Both offer a wealth of official source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth, Palladium Fantasy RPG® and more.

Recently made available: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, 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.

Adventures on the High Seas™ (Fantasy, 2nd Edition) with 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones™ (Fantasy 2nd Edition), has 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® features masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 26, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 31, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

The big announcement this week is TWO Rifts® Bundle of Holding offers that start today, July 31, and run until Monday, August 20, 2018. Details below.

I’m going to keep this Weekly Update very short as most of us will be gone to Gen Con for most of the week. The Rifter® #80 arrived on Monday and both it and The Rifter® #81 shipped to subscribers and to Distributors the day it arrived on July 30. There are free previews of both issues available on DriveThruRPG.com along with The Rifter #77 going live later this week and recent PDF additions of Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition, Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ and Nightlands™ along with 200+ other Palladium titles.

New! Rifts® Essentials Bundle of Holding – Starts today, July 31, 2018

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsEssentials2018

The folks at Bundle of Holding have resurrected and streamlined their popular, July 2017 Rifts® Bundle, renaming it Rifts® Essentials to focus on the core rule book and key supplements for Rifts®. This bargain-priced revival is your starting point for a campaign of mind-blowing adventure across a future Earth shattered by countless otherworldly invasions. And after you get this Essentials collection, check out the all-NEW Rifts® World Books offer with supplements and sourcebooks (described below).

Rifts® “Essentials” Starter Collection (US $8.95 – total value $33.50). It is called the Rifts® “Essentials” Bundle because it contains everything you need to play or start a campaign:

  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition™ (376 page core rule book).
  • Rifts® Sourcebook One™ (160 page adventure sourcebook).
  • Rifts® Primer (tips on running games and creating adventures).

Total PDF retail value of $33.50, all for only $8.95!

BONUS Collection (currently US $20.11):

If you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($20.11 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection.

  • Rifts® Game Master Guide (352 pages of stats, robots, vehicles, gear and maps).
  • Rifts® Book of Magic (352 pages, 900+ spells, plus magic items, herbs, symbiotes and more).
  • Rifts® Game Master Kit (character sheets, G.M. tools).

Bargain price and charity support. Not only do you get to try something new or build your existing e-library at a bargain price, but 10% of every purchase goes toward charity! We chose to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with both bundles. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

Rifts® challenges and stimulates your imagination like few role-playing games ever will. Its twisted, post-apocalyptic world of science fiction, fantasy and horror offers diverse player characters and gaming opportunities you seldom see in the same setting. WARNING: Read a few of these books and you may be hooked playing adventures that pit you against an endless array of aliens, supernatural creatures, magic and super-technology that spans countless worlds and dimensions.

If you have never played Rifts®, the Essentials Bundle gives you plenty to get rolling. If you are a long time Rifts® fan, you get the Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG and other “core” books to have available as a digital reference. Rifts® Savage Worlds® players, this is a great way to learn more about the world and incorporate new elements and surprises into your game.

The Rifts® Essentials Bundle will END on August 20, 2018 – don’t miss out on this limited time offer!

New! Rifts® “World Books Bundle” of Holding – Starts today, July 31, 2018

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/RiftsWorldbooks

The Rifts® “World Books” STARTER Collection (US $14.95 – total value $58.50). For just US $14.95 you get five World Books, below, in this offer’s Starter Collection.

  • World Book 1: Vampire Kingdoms, Revised (224 pages, vampires and much more).
  • World Book 13: Lone Star (176 pages, CS secrets, Dog Boys, mutants, the bandit Pecos Empire, villains and more).
  • World Book 16: Federation of Magic (160 pages, 8 mages, Techno-Wizard devices, magic powers, automatons and more).
  • World Book 20: Canada (192 pages, notable places, 20+ monsters, cyborg headhunters, Tundra Rangers, and more).
  • World Book 30: D-Bees of North America (224 pages, nearly 100 non-humans usable as player characters, NPCs or villains).

Rifts® “World Books” BONUS Collection (threshold currently $25.44 – retail value $61.50). Total retail value: $120

If you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($25.44 when we post this, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with six more supplements and sourcebooks worth an additional $61.50.

  • World Book 11: Coalition War Campaign (224 pages of info about the Coalition States and their weapons, gear, power armor, robots, and vehicles).
  • World Book 15: Spirit West (208 pages, Shaman powers, spells, spirits, monsters and more).
  • World Book 22: Free Quebec (192 pages, your Rifts® Canada companion, Glitter Boys, weapons, gear, notable places and more).
  • Sourcebook 4: Coalition Navy (112 pages; the name says it all, plus monsters and pirates).
  • Vampires Sourcebook (176 pages, more about vampires, werebeasts, Soulcraft magic, vampire hunting, monsters, and much more).
  • Adventure Sourcebook 3: The Black Vault (48 pages, the Coalition’s hidden vault of magic artifacts and 101 magic items).

And 10% of every purchase goes to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with both bundles. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

Remember, if you haven't already purchased the Rifts Essentials Bundle with the core rule book and key supplements, start there first!

For each offer, the customer can pay the minimum price to get all the titles in that offer's Starter Collection. If you pay more than that offer's threshold (average) price, you also get all the titles in that offer's Bonus Collection. The Rifts® World Book offer ends August 20, 2018.

The Rifter Number 80

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 – Available now

Shipped on Monday, July 30, and is available now. Both #80 and #81 are pretty freakin’ awesome and contain a large amount of official source material we know you will enjoy.

The Rifter® #80 contains material for players and Game Masters alike and 90% is “official” source material. I highly recommend it. Includes: Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert, with new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers (official source material), gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein. Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part One (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited™ by Paul Herbert; plus news and coming attractions. 112 pages. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

The Rifter Number 81

The Rifter® #81 – Available now

The Rifter® #81 shipped on Monday, July 30, and is available now. This is another great issue, at least half of which is “official.” That includes my official Palladium Fantasy RPG® fully fleshed out adventure featuring Wolfen Vampires and iconic Lord DeSilca characters; Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk and me (Kevin Siembieda); for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, an in-depth look at the Gnomes of Ophid’s Grasslands by Hendrik Härterich; Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two, “official” source material by Kevin Siembieda, Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; a new and expanded look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Super-Sleuth by Matt Reed, and more. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

What you see here is the pencil art by Charles Walton II for the cover of Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. It was sent to the digital painter Chuck works with a few weeks ago. And yes that is a new creature. Charles and I have been working away on artwork and writing for the new and old creatures (Chuck has created 20 new critters, plus there are another 12-20 new monsters by various other people and a few by me). One of the things I am really enjoying about some of the new creatures is that among the predators and monsters are beasts that players can also use for their characters as war mounts, attack animals, companions and pets. I think there will be some fun surprises you will very much enjoy. These two books are developing into something truly fun and special.

Rifts Bestiary

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volume 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 that 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!

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August, 2018

Gen Con is here! We look forward to seeing many Palladium fans there. Of course, we will bring a bunch o’ books for ALL game lines, new and old, including the Raw Preview Editions, new releases, The Rifter, some T-shirts, prints, original art, out of print collectibles and maybe a surprise or two.

  • Meet a number of Palladium creators and get books signed by characters like:
    - Kevin Siembieda, Writer and Game Designer
    - Carmen Bellaire, Writer and Game Designer
    - Brandon Aten, Writer and Game Designer
    - Wayne Smith, Editor, Rifter®
    - Mark Oberle, Writer
    - Glen Evans, Writer
    - Charles Walton II, Artist
  • Get the latest game releases.
  • Enjoy coupon book Gen Con specials.
  • Get Raw Preview editions and collectibles.
  • Pick up back issues and even some out of print titles.
  • Buy art prints, one-of-a-kind negatives, and original artwork.
  • Buy published art by Charles Walton II or a character sketch.
  • Get collector items and other rare or unusual items.
  • We are all happy to chat and sign books.
  • Please swing by to say hello.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – The Rifter® #77 (available Thursday), Beyond the Supernatural RPG, 2nd Ed., and FREE Rifter® #81 (and #80) Sneak Preview

New: Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: The completely revised core game with 14 character classes and 42 occupations for “ordinary people,” 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Epic fun. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ offers truly weird and gruesome Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, three full adventures, ideas for additional adventures and more. It joins the Palladium library of more than 200 PDF game titles available. The Rifter® #80 AND Rifter® #81 FREE Sneak Previews offer you a glimpse at the two new Rifters® that ship as printed books on July 30, 2018, from Palladium. Both offer a wealth of official source material for Rifts® Chaos Earth, Palladium Fantasy RPG® and more.

Recently made available: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, 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.

Adventures on the High Seas™ (Fantasy, 2nd Edition) with 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones™ (Fantasy 2nd Edition), has 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® features masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 31, 2018

Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 20, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

The book-making frenzy continues as I have been lining up artists for various projects and am about to assign art for a handful of upcoming titles. There was a snafu at the printer, so The Rifter® #80 will not ship today as planned. The Rifter® #80 AND #81 will both ship on July 30th. A one week delay for #80 and on time shipping for #81. I approved the proof for The Rifter® #81 earlier this week and it looked great. Wayne and I are already plotting and selecting the material for The Rifter® #82 (a September release), and Charles Walton is busy working away on artwork. Wayne posted the Nightbane® Through the Glass Darkly™ sourcebook and a Rifter® #80 Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG, and he and I spent some time this week working on Gen Con preparations and business matters. We are very excited about everything coming your way, including some epic stuff in these and upcoming Rifters®. Read on for more details.

The Rifter Number 80

UPDATE: The Rifter® #80 – Ships July 30

I spoke with the printer today and there was a SNAFU in scheduling. As a result they will be shipping The Rifter® #80 to Palladium the same day as they ship #81, on July 30, 2018. We already had subscriber packages prepped and ready for the book to arrive this afternoon when we got this news. They apologized and promised we will get both #80 and #81 on July 30th. We apologize for this slight delay of about one week.

As I have been saying, The Rifter® #80 is a fun read and is almost entirely “official” source material. I highly recommend it. Includes Splicers® House of the Red Sands™ (official source material), a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert, with new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers (official source material), gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein. Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part One (official source material) by Dan Frederick, Megan Timperley and Kevin Siembieda. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited™ by Paul Herbert; plus news and coming attractions. 112 pages. See the full description elsewhere in this Update. And check out the free Sneak Preview on DriveThruRPG.com!

The Rifter Number 81

The Rifter® #81 – Ships July 30

I approved the digital proofs for The Rifter® #81 earlier this week. The printer confirms it will arrive at the Palladium Warehouse on July 30th along with #80. This is another great book filled with compelling and useful adventure source material. At least half of which is “official.” That includes my official Palladium Fantasy RPG® fully fleshed out adventure featuring Wolfen Vampires and iconic Lord DeSilca characters; Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk and me (Kevin Siembieda); for the Palladium Fantasy RPG®, an in-depth look at Gnomes of Ophid’s Grasslands by Hendrik Härterich; Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska, Part Two “official” source material) by Kevin Siembieda, Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; a new and expanded look at the Heroes Unlimited™ Super-Sleuth by Matt Reed, and more. See the full description elsewhere in this Update.

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

As mentioned in the last Update, I have assigned the cover to John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art very soon. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Rifts® Antarctica Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for this exciting new Rifts® World Book. It enables you to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

Contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, Ice Magic, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, Splugorth, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more.

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • By Matthew Clements.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – Available now.

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® First Responders

As noted last week, I have assigned the cover to artist John Zeleznik and will be assigning interior art this weekend. Looking at an autumn or winter release.

Until then you can still get the Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – available now. This is a limited edition Raw Preview of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscripts for the next TWO Chaos Earth® sourcebooks: First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™. It enables you to see the unfinished books months before the final titles are released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscripts before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: We do not know if we will come back from Gen Con with any copies left, so we recommend you order before August 1st to ensure you get a copy.

Contains background information on the early days immediately following the advent of the Great Cataclysm, new O.C.C.s, new weapons and gear, lifesaving medical robots and equipment, new D-Bees, new monsters, Apocalypse Plagues, and adventures. The Psychic Scream section of this Raw Preview Edition includes Psychic Super-Soldiers, Cleansers, Lifegivers, Listeners, Old Souls, Psychonauts, Faith Healers, the Lazlo Society, monsters and much more!

  • Presents two upcoming sourcebooks: Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™.
  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscripts and works in progress.
  • By Jason Richards, Matthew Clements, Daniel Frederick and Taylor White.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – Available now.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

Charles Walton II has been working away on artwork and notes and descriptions for the 20 new creatures he has created (there are another 12-20 new monsters by various other people). I am currently putting my full attention into the two Bestiary titles. Very excited about these two books as they develop into something truly special.

Rifts Bestiary

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volume 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 that 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!

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August, 2018

Gen Con is almost here! We look forward to seeing many Palladium fans there. Of course, we will bring a bunch o’ books for ALL game lines, new and old, including the Raw Preview Editions, new releases, The Rifter, some T-shirts, prints, original art, out of print collectibles and maybe a surprise or two.

  • Meet a number of Palladium creators and get books signed by characters like:
    - Kevin Siembieda, Writer and Game Designer
    - Carmen Bellaire, Writer and Game Designer
    - Brandon Aten, Writer and Game Designer
    - Wayne Smith, Editor, Rifter®
    - Mark Oberle, Writer
    - Glen Evans, Writer
    - Charles Walton II, Artist
  • Get the latest game releases.
  • Enjoy coupon book Gen Con specials.
  • Get Raw Preview editions and collectibles.
  • Pick up back issues and even some out of print titles.
  • Buy art prints, one-of-a-kind negatives, and original artwork.
  • Buy published art by Charles Walton II or a character sketch.
  • Get collector items and other rare or unusual items.
  • We are all happy to chat and sign books.
  • Please swing by to say hello.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly sourcebook and FREE Rifter® #80 Sneak Preview

Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ offers truly weird and gruesome Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, three full adventures, ideas for additional adventures and more. It joins the Palladium library of more than 200 PDF game titles available. The Rifter® #80 Sneak Preview is a free look at the upcoming issue, which is expected to ship on July 30.

Recently made available: The Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more! Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, 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.

Adventures on the High Seas™ (Fantasy, 2nd Edition) with 13 O.C.C.s, 20+ character sheets, 30 ships, 12 ports, cities and towns, the Island of the Cyclops, Floenry Islands, ship combat rules, and adventures. Old Ones™ (Fantasy 2nd Edition), has 50 different cities, towns and forts (all mapped!), Illusionist and Monk O.C.C.s, 7 adventures (and ideas for many more), plus the Old Ones! Hell Followed™ for Dead Reign® features masked lunatics, 11 new zombies, 7 apocalyptic character classes, stats for 23 disasters, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – July 20, 2018

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