By Kevin Siembieda
One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure
Happy Halloween! We hope you have a funtastic night of thrills and chills. To help celebrate Halloween, we are putting most Palladium horror titles on sale through the weekend at a steep discount. Enjoy.
Last day of the Annual HALLOWEEN DriveThruRPG Sale. This massive sale offers 86 Palladium RPG titles and all kinds of horror games and sourcebooks from us and many game companies at a scary discount. Hurry before it is over later tonight!
The Rifter® #84 is done and at the printer! It was sent out last night and it is pretty darn awesome.
My expansive writing additions to the Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) are also nearing completion. This book is a fantasy toy box for players and an adventure generator for Game Masters unlike anything we have done before. There is so much great material – forgotten gods, blessings, miracles, Champion of the Gods (which can be combined with any O.C.C.), dark gods, curses, the Black Pit, Faeries, Knights Fossar, and, of course, the Garden itself. All of it will blow your mind. I think everyone involved, from writers to artists, outdid themselves.
Rifts® Titan Robotics™ and other projects are also moving along as I am assigning out the last of the artwork for Titan Robotics™, which I’m still shooting to get finished before Christmas along with Dead Reign’s In the Face of Death™, and another title. I also had a fruitful discussion about additional writing for Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™ and will be assigning that artwork as well. All of these books are going to be freakin’ awesome.
Original artwork is available for the 2019 Christmas Surprise Packages – Charles Walton has provided a pile of original artwork for inclusion in the 2019 Christmas Surprise Packages. I think we have close to 30 pieces, mostly dynamic concept sketches for Rifts® (many suitable for framing), but also from Splicers, The Rifter, etc., and a handful of finished illustrations. Only people who request original artwork in their Surprise Package will be considered for artwork. If other artists donate artwork for the Surprise Packages, I will let you know. And don’t forget we have a dozen or so of the various hardcover editions of Rifts® Bestiary put aside for Grab Bags too. Christmas will be here before you know it. Get a jump on it over the next few weeks with the Christmas Surprise Package offer. Personally, I like to spread out my Christmas gift spending over several months so I don’t feel the money crush all at once.
Reaction to the Land of the Damned™ 3: The Bleakness™ Raw Edition has been wildly positive. This is what fellow writer Glen Evans had to say about it in an email (and I have to agree): “Hey Kevin, I must say I was floored when you annouced the LoD 3 book raw preview. I got home and ordered it immediately. Wow, Matt has come up with some very cool things. Clockwork technology (just awesome), the Seven Fiefdoms playing on the Seven Deadly Sins, but calling themselves their opposite, the Seven Cardinal Virtues. Nice. As for the Chaos Lords, I'm looking forward to whatever finishing touches you give these guys. Minotaurs on galleons. Now that’s a sight. I want to see those stats. Even as a Raw Preview, this book delivers.” – Glen
I am boiling with ideas for LotD-3 and a whole slew of upcoming books. As I keep saying, my goal, and most everyone at Palladium, is to surprise and wow you with one astonishing book after another. We are pushing the envelope and having fun doing it. You’ll see that very soon.
Christmas Surprise Packages! Keep the orders and the fun comments coming. In fact, I have already started to include your Grab Bag comments after my Closing Thoughts in this Update.
Palladium Open House. Order your admissions sooner than later and come and join the fun. Limited to about 300 people plus 50 Palladium creators estimated to be in attendance. Games. Fun. Games. Admissions available now. Just a reminder.
Alex and I continue to post new collectibles, original art and negatives in my Ebay store. I signed a few hundred negatives (as well as books for Surprise Packages) and now I have to divide them up into sets to sell in my store. There are also a handful of slightly damaged Printer Proofs of various hardcovers, including the very limited Rifts® Bestiary Crimson Edition, Gold Edition, and Color Cover Hardcover, ALL Printer Proofs with one of my large dragon head sketches, along with other Palladium titles, artwork, and collectibles on sale. Check it out at: http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles
Weekend Sale: All Palladium horror titles
Yes, there is the super-whammy Surprise Package offer – truly the best deal in gaming – but you never know what you are going to get. This brief sale over the weekend lets to you pick exactly what titles you want. And since it is Halloween, we made it all horror titles and a few odds and ends.
- All Dead Reign® titles
- All Nightbane® titles
- All Splicers® titles (it is a science fiction-horror setting, after all)
- The Rifter® #80 (a new Splicers House, Host Armor, War Mounts, Bio-Enhancements, etc.)
- Future Visions™ (packed with concept art for Splicers®)
- Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG
- The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer and other spooky stuff).
- Dimension Book™ One: Wormwood™ (A weird, demon-infested living planet where humans battle to maintain the shifting balance between good and evil.)
The sale ends Tuesday, November 5, 2019, after midnight.
Do not wait – Order a Christmas Surprise Package
The Surprise Package is the best deal in gaming – 4-6 books for the cost of a typical core rule book. A great gift for your gaming friends or a treat for yourself. It’s also an easy way to get autographs, art prints, and original artwork! If you have never ordered one, give it a try. I promise you will not be disappointed and will probably want to order another.
And don’t forget, if you request to be considered for receiving original art by Charles Walton II, a dragon-head sketch by Kevin Siembieda (and other artists?) you may actually get it! Each book concept sketch or illustration is typically worth $50-$100 and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Sorry, you cannot request a specific illustration from a particular book, but can indicate if you’d prefer art from Rifts®, Splicers®, Fantasy, Horror, etc., and we will try to accommodate that request as best we can, but no promises. This is a grab bag. You can also request available art prints, and we may also toss in a signed negative or two into some Surprise Packages.
$95-$100 or more worth of Palladium products for only $50 (plus shipping and handling)! That can nab you four or more items when one core rule book can cost you that alone. What a deal!
These Surprise Packages are our way of saying thank you for your support and showing you our love and appreciation. It’s a surprise because you never know exactly what you’re going to get or who will sign your books, because we pick from your Wish List and may surprise you with stuff you are not expecting. Extra items may include other RPG books, The Rifter®, posters, prints, art books, greeting cards, T-shirts, and other items. Some may be slightly damaged so we can send you more.
Please spread the word. The Christmas Surprise Package is only publicized by word of mouth, to readers of The Rifter® and on Palladium's website – so tell everyone you know. Buy one for every gamer you know. They make astonishing gifts for Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. (Sorry, no, you cannot ask for POH or VIP Day admissions in your Christmas Grab Bag.)
See the complete Christmas Surprise Package description here.
UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – at the printer
The Rifter® #84 – our last issue before it goes on hiatus – is done and at the printer! As soon as we have an exact release date, we’ll let you know, but it should be mid-November. The Rifter® #84 focuses on adventure in dark corners of various worlds. Places where danger threatens, monsters and evildoers lurk in the shadows, and people are in need of heroes. Adventure source material for The Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Heroes Unlimited™, Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, and Rifts®. And remember, adventures and source material for one game setting can also be adapted to other world settings with some easy and obvious modifications. Most of all, have fun.
Rifter® #84 Highlights:
- The City of Cascade™ by Erick Wujcik and Matt Reed, A modern city in desperate need of heroes.
- The Kingdom of Raf-Chalon™ for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Glen Evans. An Elven Kingdom in the Eastern Territory™.
- Golems in the Myst™ for Rifts® by Greg Diaczyk. Techno-Wizard experiments go wrong and Golems run amok.
- Spellbound O.C.C. for Nightbane® RPG by Ian Herbert.
- An Adventure for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Kyle Osterberg.
- The Dimma, a short story and a scary new monster for Beyond the Supernatural™ by Steven Dawes.
- 2021 Palladium Open House and other news.
- Coming attractions, product descriptions and more.
- 96 pages – $14.99 retail – Cat. No. 184 – Ships mid-November.
NEW! Land of the Damned™ Three: The Bleakness™ – Raw Preview Limited Edition – Available now
People are loving the Raw Preview Edition of LotD-3: The Bleakness™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®. Now is your chance to get a glimpse of the future for this summer 2020 release, and be the first to peer into and play inside the Bleakness and the Citadel of the Land of the Damned. May be requested in Christmas Surprise Packages.
Get ‘em while you can because it is limited to only 200 copies and selling fast! The LotD-3: The Bleakness™ Raw Preview is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this upcoming, new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released to put you in the know ahead of most people, and to start playing now. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites, and publication that give you a glimpse of Palladium’s work and development process. Limited to a total of 200 copies.
This epic sourcebook presents more of the forbidden Land of the Damned in all its brutal glory. Includes information about the ancient and forgotten eldritch races, the Minotaur legions, dark magic, the Citadel, the Bleakness, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series will have connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.
Note: The finished book is anticipated to ship next summer, but you can see what it’s all about right now and even start playing with this special Preview Edition!
- Limited collector’s edition – only 200 collector copies.
- Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
- A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
- Written by Matthew Clements, based on ideas by Kevin Siembieda.
- 96 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 470-RAW – available now! Do not miss out.
UPDATE: Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) – in final production
Epic! Expansive. 40+ Forgotten Gods, 50+ Curses. 80+ Blessings, plus Holy Weapons, magic artifacts, an overview of the Garden of the Gods, visions, miracles, Knightly protectors, Champions of the Gods, Faerie Folk, the Black Pit, five Greatest Rune Weapons of the Old Ones, mystery, secrets, and more! If this book doesn’t get players and Game Masters excited, nothing will. Garden of the Gods™ also helps to set up several other Palladium Fantasy titles in the works or done and waiting for final edit and tweaking.
UPDATE: Dead Reign®: In the Face of Death™
I can’t wait to finish writing this book, but need to get The Rifter® #84 and Garden of the Gods done first. Soon! Probably a November release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics™ – Fall release
Every time I look at the artwork for this book I just think, wow. One of many titles that will excite and tantalize your imaginations. A ton of toys for players and ideas for Game Masters. Robots and power armor galore, but also the inner workings of Titan Robotics and Archie Three’s schemes. I think 80% of the artwork is done. I continue to make notes and we are all pumped up about this power armor, robot, and weapon filled sourcebook.
Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is another high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics. Ah, but Titan Robotics is much more than just another weapons manufacturer, it is the secret operation of ARCHIE-3 and all part of his plan to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics, his current schemes and plans for the future. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail, but may expand into 192 pages.
- New Giant Robots.
- New Power Armor, equipment and accessories.
- 30+ power armors and robots, plus other equipment.
- New weapons, gear and vehicles.
- Titan Robotics Corporation and structure.
- Archie’s secret kingdom and plans for the future.
- New O.C.C.s and key Non-Player Characters (NPCs).
- Android executives, security and much more.
- Wellington Industries, Campaign prompts and more.
- Art by Zeleznik, Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others.
- Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda. Cover by Zeleznik.
- 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899. Fall 2019 or winter (tentative).
A Fall surprise or two
If things go well, I may slip in a Raw Edition and a surprise release before Christmas. The surprise is a little something that has been eating away at me and that I’ve been working on here and there. No more details until I know it’s coming out.
UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® – Psychic Scream™ – Winter release
You will love Psychic Scream™, though I think I’m going to slot in Rifts® Titan Robotics™ ahead of it since so much more of that book is finished, art and all. If the description for Psychic Scream™ doesn’t get your heart pumping, I don’t know what will! Making notes and adding ideas that will blow your minds.
UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica™ – Winter release
I am bursting with ideas and had to stop and make all kinds of notes. I think Rifts® Antarctica™ is going to surprise and delight a lot of people. It is also a great example of the fun you can have with the Raw Editions. The sold out Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition is a far cry from what the finished book is going to be. Those of you who bought the Raw Edition get a glimpse at Palladium’s creative process. When you compare the two, you’ll see what we kept, what we eliminated, what we added, and how we embellished the material to reach the creative finale of the finished book coming this fall or winter. Fun and educational for those of you who aspire to be writers yourself or just like to have the inside track at Palladium. And true of all Raw Editions vs the finished book. Probably a fall or winter release.
Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land beyond what anyone expects. A frozen continent transformed by the power of magic and alien wildlife. Long isolated from the rest of the world, Rifts, D-Shifting events and the threat of war have now brought the distant South Pole within reach. Probably a 160 page World Book around $22.99 retail.
- New alien monsters and D-Bees.
- Strange new weapons and vehicles. Some left over from the Golden Age of Humanity, others completely alien.
- The Splugorth’s secret outpost. More than it would seem.
- A Splugorth zoo and place of secret Bio-Wizard experiments.
- Snow and Ice Golems created specifically for the cold environment.
- An ancient city of stone that predates human history and which even the Splugorth fear, let alone their minions! Ask yourself, what could possibly scare the Splugorth? Find out.
- Danger from Elements, Ice Witches, Icecraft, and other horrors.
- Vostok City, a city of magic carved from the ice itself.
- Cold-weather skills, technology and survival techniques.
- Ancient danger and dark secrets.
- Written by Matthew Clements, Carmen Bellaire, and Kevin Siembieda.
- 160 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 898. Winter or spring release.
UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume Two – Winter release
Nothing new on this front, but we all want it to be released as quickly as possible. Looking at a winter release.
UPDATE: The Disavowed™, Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, and other titles
These titles and several others are NOT forgotten and are in various stages of active production or waiting for production. As always, just because a book is not specifically listed in every Weekly Update, it does not mean it is discontinued or in limbo, it means there are more immediate things to talk about or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many of the books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months. That includes Rifts® Disavowed™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Rifts® Antarctica, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Rifts® Living Nowhere™, Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks, more Fantasy sourcebooks and other titles. So if a book you are waiting for is not mentioned in an Update, it means there is nothing new to report, but it should still be in the pipeline and news for it will be coming in the weeks or months ahead. Right now, we are focused on releases for the next six months, which by our count is 6-7 titles. And many of them are in various stages of production or development.
LAST Day – Annual Halloween Sale on DriveThruRPG.com – 86 Palladium Horror titles on sale – now through October 31
This Halloween Sale ends TONIGHT sometime after midnight, so this is your last chance to get 86 different Palladium horror titles. This sale carries you into realms of horror and is a great time to try new settings. Remember, all Palladium characters, monsters, villains and ideas can be easily ported from one setting to another. Sale ends October 31 and includes the following Palladium game lines:
- Beyond the Supernatural RPG, 2nd Ed.
- Dead Reign® RPG
- Nightbane® RPG
- Select Rifts® titles (Vampire Kingdoms, Africa, and others).
- Select Rifts® Dimension Books (Hades, Dyval, others).
- Select issues of The Rifter® and others.
86 Palladium titles in all, as well as scary fun by numerous other companies. Check out the DriveThruRPG Halloween Sale and scare up some fun.
Recent releases: Free Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Preview; The Rifter® #81: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material and Wolfen Vampire adventure for Palladium Fantasy RPG® (20+ NPCs), Gnomes of the Ophid’s Grasslands), Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska Part 2, Heroes Unlimited™ (Super Sleuth), and more. Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet: A Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook to enable you to create Fantasy characters quickly (25 minutes!) and help you to update and manage them for years to come. Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™ (True Atlanteans, their tribes, goals, and history, more about the Sunaj, new Magic Tattoos, new Shadow Magic™, new Shadow monsters, maps and descriptions of Atlantean Stone Pyramids, and more about the wicked Sunaj’s secret agenda. An awesome resource and fun read). The Rifter® #80: A big 112 page issue filled with “official” source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth® (setting and monsters), Splicers® (desert setting), Heroes Unlimited™ (villains), and more. The Rifter® #79 (Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Gaming through History, G.M., and more), The Rifter® #78 (the Modern Necromancer, Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Splicers®, more); Rifts® Heroes of Humanity™, the Coalition’s response to the escalating Minion War™ crisis, Psi-Battalion, CS Demon Hunter, special training and more).
Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: Zombies, Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Two: Civilians and Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume One: Survivors. There are also paper miniatures for Heroes Unlimited™, Palladium Fantasy® and Rifts®. A new, up-to-date, PDF Palladium Books Catalog. Nightbane® Dark Designs™ sourcebook with 60 new Common Talents, 38 new Elite Talents, 18 new Morphus Tables, all other Morphus Tables collected and more. Systems Failure™ RPG, a 160 page RPG that deals with alien invasion and a post-apocalypse setting that is fun and dynamic. Civilization is on the verge of collapse when the so-called "bugs" invade and turn humans into zombie-like slaves. Monsters, heroes and fun. A complete RPG and setting. Rifts® World Book 34: Northern Gun™ Two: 256 pages of technology and fun. 30+ power armors, 30+ body armors, 15 combat vehicles, 45 vehicles (hovercycles, etc.), 10 robot haulers, the Robodome and more. Bizantium and the Northern Islands™: the northernmost part of the Known World, the Cold Born, Necromancy ships made from dead sea serpents, 15 creatures, Random Sea Monster Generator, and more. Rifts® Northern Gun™ One. This fan favorite might be thought of as the big book of giant robots – an in-depth look at Northern Gun, 70+ weapons, 27 robots, NG O.C.C.s, key people and places, and much more. Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ with Wizards, their Apprentices, nearly 60 new magic spells and remember, magic and monsters in the Fantasy RPG are easily adapted to Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, HU2 and other settings. Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, 12 Wolfen Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places, plus FREE Sneak Previews of The Rifter® #80, The Rifter® #81, The Rifter® #82, and more on DriveThruRPG.com.