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Explore the Megaverse® – One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

By Kevin Siembieda

Happy Halloween! I hope this weekend is a fun one whether you and your little ghouls are out trick ‘r treating, you are staying home to watch scary movies, or playing fun RPGs like Beyond the Supernatural™, Nightbane®, or Dead Reign®. Heck, even Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, or Palladium Fantasy® depending on the location and situation can have a Halloween/horror theme. Vampire Kingdoms, Minion War, Armageddon Unlimited, Old Ones, or Land of the Damned anyone?


Halloween Sales!

1. DriveThru’s Halloween Sale ends after Halloween so get those PDF sale items now, before it is too late. More than 80 Palladium titles are part of the sale and not just horror titles. Includes select Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, Minion War, Palladium Fantasy®, and other RPG titles that delve into the realm of the supernatural, monsters, and horror, as well as Palladium’s horror game lines. Time is running out! Sale ENDS Monday morning, November 1, 2021.

Palladium Books at DriveThruRPG


2. Sale going on at Kevin’s Toys & Collectibles, my ebay store. Negatives, out of print Palladium items, collectible toys and more. Alex and I will also be adding some special items over the next few weeks. Enjoy all three sales.

Kevin's Toys, Art and Collectibles on Ebay


3. Or snag yourself a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package. You will love it. Order sooner than later, because when you see how awesome your first Surprise Package is, you will want to order another, and maybe another.

Halloween is this weekend. Thanksgiving Day is next month. And Christmas will be here before you know it! Palladium is fighting the battle of the supply chain to have product available throughout the holidays, but we are certain to run out of some titles, so please don’t wait. You are special and important to us and we do not want anyone to miss out on any holiday joy and fun.

Christmas Surprise Package at


Comments from Gamers Just Like You

Every Christmas Surprise Package Season I share some of the many comments we get from those of you who place Surprise Package orders. These Comments are usually posted after my Closing Thoughts. However, some of these were so fun and nice, I thought I would start the season of good cheer by posting a few at the beginning of this Weekly Update. My answer or comments follow each in brackets. Enjoy.


C.M. in Port Huron, Michigan, writes (in part): Palladium Books, for me, goes hand in hand with the hobby. Robotech® and Heroes Unlimited™ were my first games played when I got into the hobby, and no matter how long I am gone, I keep coming back to Palladium ... Thank you for the great role-playing games and for offering the X-Mas Surprise Package every year. Truly one of the high points of the year.

[Aw shucks, C.M. We love doing the Christmas Surprise Package for you and all of our extended family of fellow gamers, so you are very welcome. I’m just glad you keep coming back to Palladium’s RPG world. Happy Halloween and game on! – Kevin]


Z.B. in Wood River, Illinois, writes: Third Surprise Package for me, and boy does it make the last stretch of the year all the more exciting. The Rifts® 30th Anniversary Hardcover from earlier this year was a delight to read. Thank you all at Palladium for inviting us to your imaginative and inspiring worlds.

[I’m glad we have been hitting the mark for you, Z.B., with our Grab Bag selection that you keep coming back for more. Enjoy! – Kevin]


C.V. in Pflugerville, Texas, writes: I’ve always loved Palladium. I have played this with a long time friend. I have a good portion of the books, maybe half, some in bad shape. But will gift any duplicates received to those who don’t have one already.

[It’s cool you give your duplicates to other gamers, C.V. That’s why I always tell people that Palladium gamers are the best. Keep that imagination and kind spirit burning bright. – Kevin]


D.H. in Central City, Nebraska, writes: Play them all, sometimes all mixed together at the same time.

[Awesome, D.H. That’s what the Megaverse® is all about. Keep pushing the envelope and having fun. – Kevin]


J.D.V. in Cornville, Arizona, writes: I like the old Robotech® books, but beyond that I am really into Rifts®, especially the Coalition States stuff and Lone Star.

[In that case, J.D.V, you are gonna love your Christmas Surprise Package. Thanks for the clear, long Wish List. – Kevin]


C.H.K. in Casselberry, Florida, writes (in part): How is Marciniszyn pronounced, please? Thanks for asking us to put these requests in early this year, given the worldwide shipping situation! Good thinking.

I love the autographs and treasure them. I think it is just too cool during this time of Covid-19/Delta that since I can’t reasonably come and visit Palladium, that the people who put Palladium together have had their hands on the books on my bookshelves. That’s what each autograph means to me.

I love Kevin’s newsletters in my email box! And how he signs them “Friend,” because though we’ve never met and likely never will, this is a guy who is a friend of dreamers and doers everywhere. That’s one big reason I tell all my friends and family about how Palladium is (no joke! hands down!) my favorite gaming company! Please keep up the great work!

[Wow C.H.K., thank you for your very kind and generous comments. I am humbled by them and grateful for them. I really do think of you all as friends. We all do. We have met so many wonderful people through Palladium Books that I cannot imagine feeling any other way. It’s why I frequently proclaim Palladium fans are the greatest in the world, because they are. It’s why we do these Surprise Packages: to show you how much we care. Our beautiful community of gamers is amazing, buoys our spirits when feeling blue, and keeps us going through thick and thin. I have to admit, I never thought about building a “community” when I started Palladium. It grew organically and naturally, and it has become a cherished and important part of our lives. Thank you all for making our lives so much richer for it. We appreciate and love you. Btw, Marciniszyn is pronounced “Mar sin ah zin.” And C.H.K., maybe we will meet in person some day at a convention like Gen Con or a Palladium Open House. Please keep your imagination and kind spirit burning bright. Your Friend Always – Kevin]

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Rifts Ultimate Softcover Edition

NEW! “Softcover” Rifts® Ultimate Edition – available now

Rifts® is a fusion of settings and characters that seamlessly merges science fiction, fantasy, horror, heroic adventure, and other genres in a thrilling, plausible setting that will set your imagination on fire. Travel the Rifts – tears in space and time – to any location on Earth or leap across the dimensional divide to visit alien worlds and dimensions in a matter of seconds.

Explore not just exotic and mysterious locations but unique characters like Dragon Hatchlings, Cyber-Knights, Glitter Boys, Ley Line Walkers, Techno-Wizards, Crazies, and Juicers, to name but a few. Not to mention hundreds of different alien, supernatural, magical, and otherworldly beings – most available as player characters.

Challenge your imagination with opportunities like no other RPG. All of it set on a post-apocalypse Earth that is both familiar and as alien as a thousand different planets. Build mysterious characters, battle the forces of evil, start a campaign, and watch your characters become legends.

  • 30+ player characters to choose from; tech, magic, and psychic.
  • Cyborgs, robot and power armor pilots, scouts, assassins, and more.
  • Weapons, armor, vehicles, and equipment.
  • 140+ magic spells for magic characters like Ley Line Walkers, Mystics, Techno-Wizards, Shifters, and others.
  • 90 psionic powers and psychic characters.
  • World overview, the Coalition States, and more.
  • Sourcebooks offer hundreds of different aliens, supernatural beings, creatures of magic, and locations for adventure.
  • There has never been another RPG quite like Rifts®.
  • 376 pages – 3 color sections, 24 pages total. The softcover book is identical to the hardcover edition.
  • Rifts® Ultimate Edition “Softcover” – $34.99 retail – Cat. No. 800SE – available now. May be requested for the Surprise Package.
  • Also available: The Rifts® Ultimate Edition hardcover ($44.99 retail, Cat. No. 800) and the “Original” 1990 Rifts RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative Hardcover (temporarily sold out – back in print early December, 2021 – $49.99 retail – 32 pages of additional color and fun).

Rifts Ultimate Softcover Edition


The Rifter #85 Annual

UPDATE: The Rifter® #85, 2021 Annual

The Rifter® – your favorite portal to the Palladium Books® Megaverse® – is back!

And oh boy, do we have a treat for you – 224 pages of the best content from an entire year's worth of submissions. This 2021 annual issue has content for use with almost all our game lines including Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Dead Reign®, Nightbane®, Heroes Unlimited™, and more.

Highlights include:

  • Soul in Flames: A Rifts® adventure by Barry Wright that captured our imagination so much we put it on the cover!
  • The Colony of Gonarn: Sweeping location and adventure material for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Glen Evans.
  • Vehicle Encounter Tables: An awesome resource by Lloyd Blair for Dead Reign®, but also eminently useful for Systems Failure®, Chaos Earth®, Beyond the Supernatural™, and even Rifts®.
  • Beyond Midnight: Inspired by Boxed Nightmares, this combination of story, creature feature, and plot hooks by Dan Frederick includes adventure seeds for nine Palladium settings.
  • The Redeemer: What does evil-turned-good look like? This O.C.C. by Kyle Osterberg for Nightbane® covers just that.
  • Magical Collectibles: An array of unique arcane items by Christian Bonawandt for use with any Palladium setting.
  • The Glitter Boy Revisited: Two articles by Will Erwin that will have Game Masters and players alike taking a fresh new look at everyone's favorite chrome power suit.
  • Relics of Empire: New setting, history, and source material for Palladium Fantasy RPG® by Ian Herbert.
  • Plus: Short stories, news, coming attractions, product descriptions, and more.
  • 224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 185 – Coming this autumn.

Rifter® Submission Note: If you were not accepted into this Annual, you may be on the short list for the next. FYI: We get many submissions for Rifts®, and are sitting on some for the 2022 Annual now, so you will have a greater chance of getting published in the next Rifter Annual if you send material for Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Chaos Earth®, Heroes Unlimited, Ninjas & Superspies, After the Bomb®, Palladium Fantasy® and others, though we get a fair number of submissions for Fantasy too.


UPDATE: Placing Orders for Christmas – do it sooner than later

As mentioned in previous Updates, the US Postal Service was unreliable and slow as a snail last holiday season. We do not know what to expect this year, but it will probably be more of the same. Thus, we cannot guarantee packages shipped via Media Mail will arrive in time for the Holidays for orders placed after Black Friday. We have seen inconsistent service, delays, and the occasional lost package from the US Post Office for 18 months now, so you use Media Mail at your own risk. Media Mail is the least expensive method of shipping in the US, but it is also one of the lowest priority classifications of mail. Last year, packages ordered via Media Mail in mid-November, December, and January (i.e. Christmas rush) took 8-12 weeks to be delivered instead of the usual 4-12 days. It was insane and US Mail service continues to be spotty. If you do not need your order quickly or in time for Christmas, then use Media Mail. When ordering gifts for others, especially as Thanksgiving and Black Friday approaches, we strongly recommend UPS.

Though pricey, last year UPS, and that includes UPS Ground, was the most reliable method of shipping even a week before Christmas. UPS Ground arrives to ALL states, except Alaska and Hawaii, in 3-5 business days. And the package is automatically insured for $100 in case of loss or damage.


UPDATE: Supply chain issues, printing delays and shortages

So far Palladium has been on top of keeping our books in stock, but we are certain some titles will temporarily sell out before Christmas. For example: The popular Rifts® 30th Anniversary Commemorative Hardcover is sold out now and though we sent it to the printer weeks ago, we do not expect it back in stock before December 10th or 12th. And that’s assuming all goes well with no unexpected delays. Hardcover titles are the most vulnerable as they take longer to print and all of our printers are presently overwhelmed and experiencing delays. Another reason to place orders for the books you know you want as gifts for the holidays sooner than later. We do not want to disappoint anyone.


Christmas Grab Bags

The best deal in gaming – the Palladium Christmas Surprise Package – now shipping

Give the gamers in your life a gift for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day (for you in Canada and elsewhere), birthdays, anniversaries, graduation and any gift-giving occasion, a gift you know they will love. Or treat yourself. After these past two crazy years, you deserve to do something nice for yourself and your gaming pals. The Surprise Package Offer gets you physical game books at PDF prices, and we will sign them if you would like us to.

What is a Christmas Surprise Package?

A smile and a hug that comes in a box filled with signed game books from available Palladium staff and freelancers. And God knows this year continues to be so crazy, we need something fun like the Christmas Surprise Package to bring a little joy and laughter into our lives. With so many people suffering from the fallout of the pandemic and related doldrums, frustration, and in some cases, money issues, they need to escape to realms of role-playing adventures. Not to mention the huge savings and autographs available via a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package.

A Surprise Package is your way to get physical books (and autographs if you want them) for PDF prices! $95-$100+ worth of Palladium products for only $55 (plus shipping and handling)! That can nab you four or more items when these days one core rule book can cost you that alone.

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 RPGs, sourcebooks, issues of the Rifter®, novels, miniatures, prints, art books, greeting cards, T-shirts, negatives, and other items. Some books may be slightly damaged (scuffs, scratches, dings, a crunched corner, etc.) so we can send you more.

Truly the best deal in gaming, Palladium’s 24th Annual Christmas Surprise Package gets you $95-$105, sometimes MORE, worth of product for ONLY $55 (plus shipping and handling), as gifts for others or for yourself. That’s physical books at PDF prices. And if you want them signed we will sign each and every one of them.

Christmas Surprise Packages are not just for Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you are looking for that special gift for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, or any special occasion that falls between now and the end of the year, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs (if you want ‘em), and you look like you spent a fortune.

This is also a great way to try that game setting you’ve wondered about – Splicers®, Dead Reign®, Chaos Earth®, Palladium Fantasy®, Nightbane®, Systems Failure, Mechanoid Invasion®, Rifts®, After the Bomb®, etc. – or to get something for your favorite Game Master. Or perhaps, to get your player group to consider a new game or setting.

Your “Wish List” is vital – the Palladium Surprise Packages are designed to simulate the joy and surprise of the Christmas Season of Giving. To do this, you submit a list of 12-15 Palladium products (or more) FOR EACH Surprise Package you order. This list of 12-15 items for EACH Grab Bag is critical, because you will not know which items we will select to send you. That makes it just like a Christmas gift because it really is a surprise. Surrogate Santa, Kevin, personally hand-picks every item for every Grab Bag, and may toss in something extra like a limited edition print, or a negative, or similar collector’s item, or an issue of The Rifter®, or something else he thinks you’ll enjoy.

Autographed books. For those of you who want them (which are most people), Kevin and available members of the Palladium staff, and any freelancers we can lasso at the time, are happy to autograph each and every book in your Surprise Package. This is the only way many fans across the country and overseas can ever get signed books.

Send us your brief comments. There is a special form and format to fill out for Christmas Surprise Packages. It includes a place where you can offer your brief comments, suggestions, greetings and salutations.

First-timers are always nervous until they see the great value in their first Surprise Package. A typical Grab Bag has $95-$105 worth of product, sometimes more! Yes, sometimes more, for only $55 plus shipping and handling. Many people order 2-3. Some order 4-6, and some maniacs order even more! It makes sense, because it is a great way to fill holes in your own collection, treat yourself, get autographs, try new games and settings, rebuild your collection, replace worn out books, and get your gaming pals gifts you know they will love. PLEASE spread the word about this great offer.

To those of you outside the USA, the X-Mas Surprise Package is a way to get books and circumvent the damn high cost of shipping from the United States, since you are getting $95-$105 (often more) worth of product and only paying $55 plus a small handling charge. Shipping via Priority Mail International (required for packages weighing 4 or more pounds) to most locations in Europe, Canada, Australia, and many other countries is around $50-$60 US dollars. HOWEVER, because the cost of the product is so low, that’s the equivalent of paying retail for the products and only $0-$30 for shipping. A very good deal. Plus you get autographs if you want them! X-Mas Surprise Packages are the way to go for those of you outside the USA. Please take advantage of it to get all those products you’ve wished you could get except the shipping was too prohibitive. We feel your pain. Game on!

Please spread the word. The Christmas Surprise Package is only publicized by word of mouth, on Palladium's website, and social media, so please tell everyone you know. Buy one for every gamer you know. They make astonishing gifts for every occasion.

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Systems Failure RPG

Systems Failure RPG – BACK IN STOCK for the holidays – available now

Systems Failure™ RPG is an often overlooked gem. When Sean Roberson read it he went wild over it. “Kev, this is a complete game and fun! I had no idea. You can play this as an ongoing campaign and have a great time. And I love the art too.” – You will fall in love with it too.

When the cities fell, and everything went “off-line,” all seemed lost. Anarchy reigned. All that is left are families struggling to survive and the survivalists, nature-lovers, rowdy farmers, gun fanatics, eggheads, and backwoods wackos living on the fringe – either people out in the boonies or preppers ready for the collapse of civilization.

Join the fight as unlikely heroes battling to save a post-collapse world in an action-packed role-playing game that can be played straight and serious, or with a touch of satire and humor. Reclaim the world for God-fearing humans and go destroy the Bugs!

Oh, and there are the “Bugs” – alien, insect-like things that feed on electricity and turn humans into mindless slaves. Things are worse than anyone could have imagined, but these survivors aren’t ready to give up. And they mean business. America (then the world) will be free!

  • A complete, stand-alone role-playing game.
  • The Villains: Monstrous invaders from another dimension drawn to all things electronic. Deadly and weird.
  • Unlikely Heroes: Play outcasts, nutcases, and survivalists.
  • 11 O.C.C.s including the Exterminator, Freebooter, Wacko, Survivalist, Splatterpunk, NORAD Psychic, and more.
  • Plenty of world information and adventure ideas.
  • Written by Bill Coffin from concepts by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Conversion notes for Rifts® and other Palladium settings.
  • 144 pages – $22.99 retail – Cat. No. 650. Available now as a physical book from and as a PDF from

Systems Failure RPG at


Boxed Nightmares

Boxed Nightmares – BACK IN STOCK for the holidays by next week Friday

This is the 96 page adventure sourcebook created for Beyond the Supernatural, 1st Edition rules but is easily adaptable to BTS-2 and maybe even Nightbane®. It includes six BTS adventures, Jack the Ripper, Tasmanian Devils, monsters, source material and adventure ideas.

The original 16 page tabloid that came with it is now printed in the back of the sourcebook. It ties in to the adventures in the sourcebook and offers clues or insight to them and well as silly fun. Many of the articles are funny and offer adventure ideas.

  • Written by Kevin Siembieda. Artwork by Kevin Long.
  • $17.99 – 114 pages – Cat. No. 701 – available as a physical book from and as a PDF from

Boxed Nightmares at


Nightbane RPG Hardcover

NEW! Nightbane® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Available now

The Nightbane® RPG Hardcover and Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG Hardcover are flying off our warehouse shelves. Both hardcovers offer additional “bonus” material and look fabulous.

At first, people thought Dark Day – the day the sun did not rise anywhere on the planet – was the end of the world. When the sun rose again, everything looked the same, but it wasn’t. Some people have disappeared. Others seem different, darker, crueler, and the world seems more malevolent and dangerous.

Only the newly awakened Nightbane understand that governments and the authorities around the world are being quietly taken over by the sinister Nightlords and their Doppleganger minions. Demonic creatures from a mirror dimension filled with evil and dark magic. Only the Nightbane, born human but who learn they are something else, something more than human, and other creatures that live in the shadows such as vampires and Guardians, dare stand against the gathering darkness.

  • A role-playing game of modern horror, conspiracy, and self-discovery. A new genre we call superhero-horror.
  • You play the Nightbane®. Mostly young, seemingly ordinary people, who since Dark Day can transform into frightening or beautiful monsters blessed (or cursed) with superhuman powers and magic.
  • Nightbane® creation tables – each a different, horrific humanoid or strangely beautiful being who wields powers they must learn to master or fall prey to the Nightlords and their demonic legions. Powers they can only unleash in their monstrous Morphus form.
  • Nightbane “Talents” are supernatural and magical abilities.
  • Nearly a dozen other player characters including the Sorcerer, Mystic, Vampire, Wampyre, Guardian and others.
  • Magic, psionic abilities, and supernatural powers.
  • Nightlords and their minions: the Hunters, Hounds, Hollow Men, etc.
  • Wicked Dopplegangers, mirror travel, magic, and more.
  • The hellish Nightlands™, madmen, and adventure ideas.
  • Compatible with Beyond the Supernatural™, and adaptable to Rifts®, Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, Dead Reign®, and the entire Palladium Megaverse®.
  • 60 pages of “bonus” material gathered from The Rifter®.
  • 304 pages – $39.99 retail – Cat. No. 730HC – available now. (Also available as a 240 page softcover RPG; $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 730).

Nightbane RPG Hardcover


Chaos Earth RPG Hardcover

NEW! Chaos Earth® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Available now

The Great Cataclysm as it unfolds! The Golden Age of Science and human civilization is shattered with the return of magic and the Coming of the Rifts. Humanity struggles to survive against impossible odds as ley lines appear and Rifts tear open the fabric of space and time to unleash all manner of alien invaders, demonic horrors, and monsters. Natural disasters – storms, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis – topple cities and create panic and chaos on a global scale.

You play survivors or the heroes of NEMA (the Northern Eagle Military Alliance) as you battle against the elements, madness, the demonic, the alien, the monstrous, and the magical amidst the devastation. You are equipped with Chromium Guardsmen (Glitter Boys), Silver Eagles (SAMAS), and a host of giant robots, power armor and advanced technology, but is it enough to stand against a rising tide of enemies and invading horrors from other worlds?

You and other survivors are humanity’s last and only hope to survive the apocalypse that will become known as the Great Cataclysm. These are the heroes you play in an ever-changing, nightmare world that can only be described as Chaos Earth.

  • A complete RPG and the origins of Rifts® Earth.
  • Overview of the Great Cataclysm as it unfolds.
  • Introduction to NEMA and its weapons and resources.
  • 11 different character classes, including robot pilots, the Para-Arcane, Demon and Witch Hunters, Chromium Guardsmen & more.
  • Robots, power armor, vehicles, weapons, and equipment.
  • Monsters, chaos and adventure. Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • 30 pages of “bonus” material gathered from The Rifter®.
  • 192 pages – $36.99 retail – Cat. No. 660HC – available now. (Also available as a 160 page softcover RPG; $20.95 retail – Cat. No. 660).

Chaos Earth RPG Hardcover


List of RPG Hardcovers Currently Available:

Note: As per our new policy and the unpredictable print times, we will not be releasing estimated release dates for these last three hardcovers and upcoming new releases.


Retailers can buy direct from Palladium

Help Your Game Store Find Palladium RPG Products! With game stores opening back up we are happy to report that our distributors are doing a good job at stocking our many titles. If your store is having trouble ordering Palladium titles from distributors or they find getting product from their distributors is too slow, tell them they can buy wholesale directly from Palladium Books. We usually succeed at keeping most of our 200+ titles in stock at all times. You might also point them to Alliance, Studio 2, and Universal Distribution (Canada), who are all doing an especially good job keeping Palladium titles in stock and available. A few store owners reached out to us just this past week, thanks to your efforts, so keep up the good work!

Brick and mortar stores can request the Retailer Terms by contacting Palladium via the Help Desk on our website or by telephone (734-721-2903). Thank you for your help on this front. Please keep spreading the word. Thank you.


After the Bomb® Podcast is a hit among fans – new episodes are coming

This is why I love the Palladium family of fans. The Palladium community has worked together to create something special. Thanks to your help supporting and promoting the fun Real Play Games Podcast it is a hit and growing. They are already moving into securing advertisement deals and charting on Canadian Spotify well ahead of their projections. And these folks are gamers and Palladium fans just like you following a dream. How cool is that? Thank you for doing this.

They have wrapped After the Bomb®: Purrsuit Season 1 and are in the planning stages for Season 2, which will pick up with characters selected by the podcast audience. It is interesting to note that almost none of the podcast players had any prior experience with Palladium’s Megaversal game system prior to running the After the Bomb® podcast, but now they’re hooked. They like it so much they have slated SIX Palladium games for recording over the course of the next year!

You can learn more and listen to After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge adventures by using the links below. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.


NEW! After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 8 – 2xDs? Nuts! As the battle rages across the Land of Caster, the Empire ups the threat level, deploying deadly power-suited attackers as they attempt to purge the remaining mutant animals from the area, but the Fursome Foursome, Piero, and the Rodent Cartel aren't planning on going down without a fight! Death-defying dodges! Evil birds! Axe tossing! Exclamation points! You'll get at least some of these when you tune into the episode!
Expected Release Date: October 8, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Drug Use, Violence


After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 9 – The Battle of Hershey Avenue. Whether you call it a sky-van or a helpercopter, whatever it is spells a lot of trouble for the Fursome Foursome and their allies, and not everyone's going to make it out of this one fully intact. This one is for all the marbles, and the reverberations that come from this will change things not just now, but in the future. Is GM John going to bump off your favorite mutant animal? Better check and see on this one!
Expected Release Date: October 22, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Violence


After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 10 – Homes: Lost, Sought, and Found. In the aftermath of the battle between the Empire of Humanity and the Rodent Cartel, the Fursome Foursome finds themselves at a crossroads. The ramifications of the things they learn and the choices they make will shape the future in ways both large and small, and when we pick back up on them next, there'll be new faces and new stories to get to know, right alongside your old favorites. There's no such thing as a goodbye with the promise that you'll meet again.
Expected Release Date: November 5, 2021
Content Warnings: Alcohol and Drug Use, Adult Language


After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Discussion Bonus Show. Game Master John and the whole cast take some time to answer listener questions from email and Twitter, the gang talks about some of the background information behind their characterizations, speculate on some things that came up in game, and just have a fun time chatting about the game we just played before we roll into another one in two weeks. Also, we somehow get back into the mutant kangaroo boob thing again, that just seems like it's going to be a running thing.
Expected Release Date: November 19, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language


Heroes Unlimited 2E Christmas Special is just one. When the megavillain speedster Railgun is contracted to abduct and ensure the safety of Santana Villarosa, a popular Youtube doll refurbisher, he'll have to face hired killers, ninja, the Gnomes of Zurich, the forces of Dracula Jr. and more to see to it that she'll make it home for the holidays! We start recording this one in mid-October and ideally will have a weekly set of releases for the first four weeks of December 2021.


And coming over the next 12-18 months ...

  • After the Bomb: Purrsuit Season 2
  • Beyond the Supernatural 2E – Cozy Caverns Mysteries
  • Palladium Megaversal system – Baby, I Shrunk these F*$#ing People!
  • Nightbane®
  • Rifts®

Please continue to support and spread the word about Real Play Games and their RPG Podcast: After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge™.


Rifts Automated Character Sheet on

Still Hot! Rifts® Automated Character Sheet for EXCEL

The next step in character data collection! This EXCEL template provides automation to your Rifts® character creation process. Done in Microsoft Excel, this character template will allow you to build your character with substantial ease and speed. Ideal for the new gamer who doesn’t know all of the Palladium Books® rules just yet, it’s also a highly effective tool for Game Masters and advanced players alike who make multiple characters, NPCs or just like to min/max or theory craft characters between games.

  • Dice Roller: A simple dice roller is on the main page of the character sheet to help with character creation or in-game dice rolling needs.
  • Automated Attributes and Stat Block: All the bonuses and features from attributes are presented in a large stat block allowing you to easily see your bonus to save vs Psionics, Mind Control, etc. You can pick your strength type (Normal, Augmented, Robotic or Supernatural) to determine your carrying and lifting capacity and even your M.D. punch damage if your strength is high enough and of the right type.
  • Automated Combat Stats: The main page holds a section where you can pull up data for your various combat stats, from hand to hand abilities such as Strike, Parry, Dodge and Disarm, to W.P. bonuses including those of the W.P. Sharpshooting variety. This section draws upon all of your character’s selection of skills and abilities and even offers customization from odd O.C.C. or racial abilities.
  • Automated Psionics: All psionics from Rifts® Ultimate EditionRifts® World Book 12: Psyscape™ and Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria can be selected from a dropdown menu that then populates tables with the information on psionics for your character. Each psionic ability’s data including damage, M.D.C. and range also automatically increases based on the character’s level of experience.
  • Automated Spells: All Common Invocations, Necromancy, Ocean Magic and Biomancy spells (yes, all the Lemurian Biomancer spells too!) can be selected from a dropdown menu that then populates tables with the information on spells for your character. Each spell’s data including damage, M.D.C. and range also automatically increases based on the character’s level of experience.
  • Automated Skills: All skills from the Rifts® Ultimate EditionRifts® World Book 25: China 2 – Heroes of the Celestial Court™ and Rifts® World Book 32: Lemuria can be selected and then automatically add bonuses from prerequisites and related skills. Physical skills that provide bonuses also add those bonuses directly to attributes and combat stats. Bonuses that require dice rolls are denoted and can then be manually rolled and added to the character sheet. Custom percent bonuses such as O.C.C. bonuses can also be added to individual skills.
  • Automated Cybernetics & Bionics: All cybernetics and bionics from Rifts® Ultimate Edition along with some favorites from other books can be selected from dropdown menus which then tabulate bonuses and add them to your combat stats. Prices also sum up so an enterprising Headhunter can keep track of his hardware and upgrades. Simple cybernetic body part diagrams even allow players to allocate the locations of their various cybernetic and bionic components.
  • Freeform O.C.C. and Racial Power Section: A section for non-standard powers, special O.C.C. or racial abilities allows the player to add custom skills and powers that can be linked to those features to draw upon the character’s level of experience, I.Q. bonus or other stats so powers grow as the character advances.
  • Character Building Section: On the main page of the document is a section to help you build your character, from customizing attributes, to adding non-standard bonuses from O.C.C. or racial abilities, to an optional point buy system for attributes.
  • Helpful Hints and Suggestions: Red triangular tabs appear throughout the document. Hovering over the red tab with the mouse cursor will reveal useful data from sourcebooks, hints, suggestions and other information, such as what a particular stat means, how it’s used in the game and what things can add bonuses or affect it. There is also a page with overview instructions on how to use the sheet, and a number of instructional videos will be posted via Palladium TV on the ins and outs of the character sheet. The first can be found here:
  • Portrait: A special sheet is set up so you can add an image to the document for a custom portrait for your character. That image is then displayed on the main page and is protected from accidental movement or deletion from the main page.
  • Password Protected: Several pages of the document are password protected so players won’t accidently delete formulas and ruin the character sheet’s automated features. The password is provided so players can customize the sheet to their liking then protect the sheet again so they don’t undo all their hard work.
  • Note: The file is best used in Microsoft EXCEL 2016 or above. Some data may be lost if not using Microsoft EXCEL, such as when using similar products like Open Office.
  • Available from AND – make them characters!

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After the Bomb RPG Hardcover

NEW! After the Bomb® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Available now

Create any type of intelligent, humanoid, mutant animal from a turtle or raccoon to an elephant or lion. The RPG presents stats for 100+ mutant animals, plus rules for creating any mutant animal you can imagine, and each sourcebook offers dozens more.

Play your mutant animals as super-heroes, vigilantes, or mutants on the run in the Heroes Unlimited™, Ninjas & Superspies™, Heroes of the Megaverse® or Skraypers™ settings. Or as mutants or monsters in Nightbane®. (You could make a mutant animal the Nightbane’s Morphus!) In Palladium Fantasy® your mutant animal could be one of the forgotten archaic races, a visitor from another world, a creation of magic, or a monster. In Rifts®, Chaos Earth®, Phase World® and the Three Galaxies, The Mechanoids®, Aliens Unlimited™, Splicers® and similar RPGs, use the creation rules to make new D-Bees, aliens, mutants, or monsters. Or play in the AtB post-apocalyptic Earth setting that makes Planet of the Apes seem tame. Whatever the setting, playing anthropomorphic animal characters is a blast.

  • 100+ mutant animal stats included.
  • Mutant animal creation rules to mutate ANY animal.
  • 52 Mutant Animal Powers.
  • 33 Mutant Animal Psionic Powers.
  • New Animal Chimeras and their abilities.
  • New back story to the After the Bomb® world of mutants.
  • The post-apocalyptic Earth setting of “After the Bomb” is just one use for your mutant animal heroes.
  • A complete RPG written by Erick Wujcik. His last great work and a sometimes overlooked RPG masterpiece. These are the Mutant Animal Creation Rules you know and love taken to new heights.
  • Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Aliens Unlimited™, Nightbane®, N&S, Rifts® and any game setting where mutants or aliens are appropriate.
  • 72 pages of “bonus” material includes the original After the Bomb® sourcebook and Yucatan Adventures from the old Game Shield.
  • 296 pages (72 bonus pages) – $39.99 retail – Cat. No. 503HC – now shipping. Also available as a 224 page softcover book ($26.99 retail – Cat. No. 503).

After the Bomb RPG Hardcover


Ninjas & Superspies RPG Hardcover

NEW! Ninjas & Superspies RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Available now

The Ninjas & Superspies™ RPG is the ultimate guide to martial arts with 40 different martial art forms and 48 mystic martial arts powers alone, but there is so much more. Asian combat skills accurately portrayed, each with its own unique fighting style, methods of attack and defense presented on an epic scale, complete with legendary mystic powers. Spies, Cyber Agents, Gadgeteers, secret organizations creation rules, secret identities, gimmick weapons and clothing, cyber-disguises, implants, and more. Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™ RPG and even Nightbane®, Rifts®, and other settings. A complete game PLUS 44 pages of bonus material gathered from The Rifter®.

  • 40+ types of hand to hand combat — effectively offering 40 types of martial arts character classes!
  • 17 Occupational Character Classes for spies, mercenaries, martial artists and special operatives.
  • 48 mystic martial art powers.
  • Dim Mak, Chi Mastery, the Arts of Invisibility and more.
  • Bionic implants, disguises, weapons, & equipment.
  • Secret identities, spy agencies, and creation rules for secret organizations.
  • Complete stand-alone RPG with skills, weapons, rules and guidelines for using other Palladium settings.
  • Compatible with Heroes Unlimited™, Rifts®, Rifts® China, and the entire Palladium Megaverse®!
  • 44 pages of “bonus” material gathered from The Rifter®.
  • 224 pages – $36.99 retail – Cat. No. 525HC – RPG by Erick Wujcik – now shipping. Also available as a 176 page softcover book ($22.99 retail – Cat. No. 525). And see Mystic China for an astonishing and fun sourcebook with more mystical martial arts abilities, magic, demons, immortals and more.

Ninjas and Superspies RPG Hardcover


Dead Reign RPG Hardcover

NEW! Dead Reign® RPG Hardcover – The Zombie Apocalypse – available now

The dead have risen and it would seem to be the end of the world.

Civilization crumbles in a matter of days as hundreds of millions of people die and rise as the walking dead. The hundreds of millions of people who fall to the zombies also rise to join the growing legions of undead. Then the world goes silent.

You are on your own. The army is MIA. There is no government. No law. No television, radio or Internet. No media, cell phones or communications of any kind. Cities and towns have gone dark, and zombies fill the streets.

Death Cults have risen, promising protection from the walking dead.

Retro-Savages have forsaken technology and sacrifice the living to the zombies in hopes of bringing an end to the nightmare.

Brave human survivors refuse to lie down and die! They come from all walks of life. Their common goal: survival as they struggle to forge safe havens away from the cities, rescue other survivors and battle the walking dead without respite. For now at least, the planet belongs to the dead.

Dead Reign® is an excellent introductory game that is easy to learn, fast to play, and fun to read. If you are looking for a zombie game that truly captures the feel of survival after the apocalypse and the nightmare of being stalked by zombies, Dead Reign® is it. Game mechanics are designed to create a real sense of escalating terror and dread when the zombies swarm. Sourcebooks expand the world, player options, and adventure ideas as well as new zombies and dangers.

  • Six Apocalyptic Character Classes (O.C.C.) including the Reaper, Shepherd of the Damned, Hound Master, Apocalyptic Soldier, Scrounger and Ordinary People.
  • Seven types of zombies plus the Half-Living. (Sourcebooks offer many more.)
  • Secrets of the Dead: Everything you need to know about zombies and need to ask.
  • Death Cults, their Priests, power over zombies and goals.
  • Random tables galore and the fundamentals of survival.
  • Strong setting, world overview and many adventure ideas.
  • A complete role-playing game. 224 pages – $36.99 retail – Cat. No. 230HC – now shipping. Also available as a 224 page softcover RPG ($26.99 retail – Cat. No. 230).

Dead Reign RPG Hardcover


Original Rifts RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative Hardcover

Rifts® RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative “Hardcover”

The “original,” 256 page Rifts® RPG from 1990 plus an extra 32 additional pages of color at the back of the book. This new section includes the history and people behind the making of Rifts®, a gallery of ALL Rifts® covers to date (160+ of them including those coming soon), never before seen concept art, other artwork and fun. Note: This is a different rule book than the expanded 376 page Rifts® Ultimate Edition (RUE), but the original remains completely compatible with RUE and all World Books and sourcebooks.

Rifts® merges science fiction with fantasy, horror, heroic adventure, and other genres in a thrilling and plausible setting that will set your imagination on fire. Travel the Rifts to any location on Earth, or leap across the dimensional divide to visit alien worlds and dimensions in a matter of seconds. And just as you can travel to other worlds, aliens and the monstrous travel to Earth and stalk the innocent.

Rifts® is a fusion of ideas, settings, genres, and characters unlike any game on the market. An endless Megaverse® of adventure™ in which if you can imagine it, you can play it. Are you up to the challenge?

The Rifts® Commemorative 30th Anniversary Hardcover is the original first edition Rifts® rule book (1990) that started a phenomenon. It is a complete RPG suitable for use with ALL existing Rifts® World Books, Sourcebooks, and Dimension Books. It is an earlier and somewhat simpler edition given the deluxe treatment. Expanded with bonus art, an additional 32 color pages, color end sheets, history about the making of Rifts®, notes, concept drawings, color concepts, photographs, and a gallery of every Rifts® cover published between 1990 and the end of 2021. The cover features the famous Keith Parkinson painting of the Splugorth Slave Barge. Provided to you due to popular demand.

  • The “original” Rifts® RPG (1990) back in print for the first time in 16 years.
  • Color cover of the famous Splugorth Slave Barge by Keith Parkinson.
  • A color gallery of 160+ Rifts® covers.
  • An extra 32 pages of color.
  • More comprehensive contents pages.
  • Concept art and pencil illustrations often with notes by the artist.
  • History of Rifts®, personal notes, commentary, and nostalgic material.
  • Color end sheets.
  • Countless memories, and loads of fun.
  • A simpler, earlier version of the core rules.
  • A complete role-playing game suitable for use with ALL existing Rifts® World Books, Sourcebooks, and Dimension Books.
  • Available in stores and from Palladium Books.
  • This is NOT the signed or numbered limited edition, but we are happy to sign copies at conventions and the Palladium Open House. The print run is likely to be limited to a few thousand copies.
  • 288 pages – $49.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC30 – Temporarily out of stock, available in December. Also see the 376 page Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG for the current Rifts® rule set.

Original Rifts RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative Hardcover


Rifts Coalition Manhunters

UPDATE: Rifts® CS Manhunters – Bigger, Bolder, Epic, 190+ pages

Somehow the Rifts® CS Manhunters Sourcebook has become epic and grown in page count. I am nearing the finish line on this greatly expanded title which is now part Coalition States adventure sourcebook and part psionics sourcebook, with the psionic elements being in the limelight in a similar vein as the Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook was for bionics, only with an emphasis on how the Coalition States use psychics. There are revisits, clarifications, and expansions of some of the classic psionic abilities, and 50+ new psionic powers that are fun and intuitive. Only a handful are limited to the Manhunters. As for the CS Manhunters ... I think they will quickly become the new villain you love to hate. In addition, the sourcebook provides insight about CS psychics, Dog Boys, Kill Hounds, Psi-Stalkers, the Minion War, CS citizens, and Emperor Prosek. I love this book and I’m confident you will too.

Rifts® CS Manhunters presents dark secrets of the Coalition States involving CS psychics, the super secret Psi-Ops Division (the thought police of Emperor Prosek), and the deadly super-patriots that are the enigmatic CS Manhunters. Includes 50+ NEW psionic abilities with real punch, insight into the Dog Boys and Kill Hounds, meanings revealed about the Seven Dangers Prophecy (first introduced in Rifts® Sourcebook 2: The Mechanoids®), and gadgets and implants, and surprises. All of it building toward something epic.

  • New Coalition Psychic O.C.C.s.
  • 50+ new psionic abilities and revisits of some favorites.
  • CS Manhunter Divner and Precog.
  • CS Manhunter Psi-Interrogator and Psi-Enforcer.
  • CS Manhunter Bursters and Zappers.
  • CS Manhunter Psi-Healers and CS Slayers.
  • CS Manhunter Killhound and Dog Boy O.C.C.s.
  • CS Manhunter Mind Melters, the deadliest of them all.
  • CS Manhunter squads and special operations.
  • Secrets of Psi-Ops Division and insight about Coalition psychics.
  • Deciphering the Seven Dangers Prophecy.
  • The impact of the demon plagues unleashed by the Minion War.
  • Player Characters, NPCs, background info, adventure ideas, and more.
  • 192-224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 894 – In final production.

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Creature Feature

UPDATE: Creature Feature, a Beyond the Supernatural sourcebook

This is going to be another fun adventure sourcebook. The manuscript will go into editing and rewrites as soon as I finish CS Manhunters and most of the artwork is done. Though I may add a few illustrations and already have artists lined up. Creature Feature™ builds on material that has appeared in various issues of The Rifter® but there is a ton of new material and information useful to both Game Masters and players.

  • A gallery of supernatural creatures. Some new. Some familiar, updated and expanded. All terrifying.
  • Rules clarifications and errata.
  • Game Master source material and advice on rules, psychic abilities, proximity and threat levels, I.S.P. multipliers, and more.
  • Advice about running modern horror RPGs and using supernatural creatures in your games.
  • Lots of adventure ideas, including an updated and expanded full adventure, “The Squatter.”
  • New background and setting information for the BTS setting and a few surprises.
  • Written by Steven Dawes, Kevin Siembieda, and others.
  • Art by Steven Cummings, Nick Bradshaw and others.
  • 160-192 pages – $22.99 or $26.99 depending on final size – Cat. No. 704.

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Rifts Titan Robotics

UPDATE: Rifts® Titan Robotics

Here it is, the reveal of the new cover. I hope you like it. I love that it presents the iconic Titan Robotics Combat Robot with a new big gun that hints at what else awaits you inside the book. I also enjoy the combat scene, smoke, and haze of war. Like Northern Gun and the Manistique Imperium, Titan Robotics sells freely to adventurers, mercenaries, and anyone who has the cash. Hence, the owners of these big ‘bots clashing with Coalition Forces.

This is why I call Rifts® Titan Robotics™ a high-tech toy box filled with many new types of Titan Robotics power armors, giant robots, vehicles, weapons, and gear. Some are big bruisers while others are small and sleek. As fun as these new tech toys are, Rifts® Titan Robotics™ delves into the company’s many secrets, including ARCHIE-3’s plans and program to monitor and manipulate the outside world. Learn about Archie’s androids that run Titan Robotics and his current schemes and plans for the future. All of which provides fodder for adventure.

  • 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 Walton, Cummings, Atkins, and others. Cover by Mike Majestic.
  • Written by Matthew Clements and Kevin Siembieda.
  • 160-192 pages (tentative) – $22.99 retail (or $26.99) – Cat. No. 899.

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Rifts Bestiary Volume Two

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary Volume Two

The second big, “monster book” reference for Rifts® of what we anticipate to be three volumes in the series, more if we decide to make ghosts, spirits and Entities and/or Creatures of Magic part of the Bestiary series. Much like Volume One, Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two collects 70-100 monsters and animals plus 12-24 new beasts found across Rifts North America. The anticipated page count is 224-256 pages.

All volumes of the Rifts® Bestiary™ series are a great resource for players and Game Masters alike. Each description is updated, expanded, and highly detailed to present players with exotic and alien creatures as pets, guardians and riding animals, as well as slobbering monsters to battle and fierce beasts for Game Masters to throw at their players. Designed to offer adventure ideas,


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