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By Kevin Siembieda

Hi everyone, have you heard the big news? Sean Owen Roberson has agreed to join Palladium Books as Creative Director and my business partner. It is a key move in a much larger plan that I have been putting into place behind the scenes. Our goal, to restore Palladium to its former glory. We want to make Palladium strong, grow, and release one great new RPG and sourcebook after another. Just like the glory days when new titles were released on a frequent and regular basis.

Sean and I are delighted by the overwhelmingly positive responses to this announcement and I want to thank you for making Sean feel so welcomed. This is all and it is serious. He has already moved from Texas to Michigan and has dived into the deep end of the pool while getting settled here in the Palladium Megaverse®.

Our first agenda, to put the products you have been waiting for into your hands. That starts with (in no particular order) Rifts® CS ManhuntersBTS Creature FeatureRifts® Bestiary Volume TwoRifts® Titan Robotics, and the return of The Rifter® as a larger format “Annual.” Then we go down the list and knock out one book in the pipeline after another.

While we will talk about upcoming books and projects in development, we will no longer post release dates until we are certain of them. In cases like our hardcover printer, we may not post a release date until the books are in the Palladium warehouse. Printers continue to be overwhelmed like never before. They are suffering paper shortages, rising costs, difficulty maintaining their workforce, Covid-19 shutdowns, and slow repairs when the press breaks down. One printer told us they have never faced challenges like this. Not ever. And we are talking about companies with decades of experience; 40, 50, and even 75 years of experience. So while we are angry and frustrated about long turnaround times and frequent delays, we are trying to be understanding and patient.

Over the years some titles have been canceled, not that everyone seems to have gotten the memo, like Rifts® Australia 2 and 3, United Worlds of Warlock, and Mechanoid Space, and other titles will be put on that list. This does not mean Mechanoid Space or other cancelled titles will never be done, but they are put aside and are not likely to be made any time soon. Why did some of these books get cancelled? The reasons are many and varied and do not really matter. What matters is we are working hard to get the books that are already in the pipeline, and in some stage of completion, finished and placed in your hands before we move onto any new big projects.

Pinnacle Entertainment and Palladium continue to work together to bring you Rifts® for Savage Worlds. Pinnacle has been kept in the loop about developments with Sean, gave Sean their blessing and congratulations, and he will be continuing in his role of Rifts® Savage Worlds line manager, long distance, for Pinnacle. I can tell you, the next few books coming from Pinnacle are pretty sweet.

As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I told you I had big plans for Palladium. With Sean here, “we” now have big plans for Palladium and work well together. A lot of those plans you cannot see at the moment because it is foundational work. As Palladium moves forward, however, you will see additional changes and improvements, and more new faces. Some will be new freelance writers and artists we have been cultivating. Others are old friends and still others will be newcomers we encounter as we move forward. As you know, Palladium always has its eyes open for new talent. For those of you with such aspirations, a writers and artists guide will be coming in the months ahead and The Rifter® Annual remains a gateway for getting noticed by Palladium.

For more information, see the fun chat between me and Sean made for Gen Con Online.

Interview with Kevin Siembieda and Sean Owen Roberson

New interview with Kevin Siembieda on Role-Player with a Thousand Faces

One long-time fan wrote, “Kevin this interview is pure gold! I have made it about half way through the 2.2 hrs. While I know the origin story of Palladium there was plenty of new and interesting info here ... Well done! Seems like a really exciting time full of positive creative energy and fresh ideas at Palladium! I can’t wait to see what’s next!”

Indeed it is. This fun and informative chat between me and Matthew Yancik of Role-Player with a Thousand Faces has been overshadowed by the Big Announcement, but you will find it plenty of fun and interesting. Heck, the big intro is a blast all by itself. We took around 45 minutes to discuss each of three different subjects. Each presents new information on specific topics of discussion:

1. Palladium, the early days/starting the company.

2. How I run my games.

3. My thoughts and approaches to writing and Game Design.

Enjoy and game on.

Interview with Kevin Siembieda and Matthew Yancik

New on as a PDF product – Erick Wujcik’s “Lost first RPG” Sector 57

This is Erick Wujcik’s very first RPG (1980, self-published) – a tournament game, actually. I played it way back when with Erick and it was fun. I think you will enjoy it, and it is a fun piece of history. ALL proceeds go directly to the Wujcik Estate and probably toward the education of Erick’s beloved grandchild, Tristan.

As most of you know, Erick would go on to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Amber Diceless, and contribute to a number of other RPGs and sourcebooks.

Sector 57 is written by Erick Wujcik and illustrated by me, Kevin Siembieda. Making it Erick’s and my first published collaboration. The tournament has space travelers find a derelict alien spacecraft to explore and answer questions like is it safe to fly and take as their own? What happened to the crew? Is there danger lurking onboard? Can you figure out how to pilot the spaceship? We are selling it for the original 1980 price of $5.00, making it a deal. Available only as a PDF from DriveThruRPG. Enjoy.

UPDATE: The Rifter® Annual

We have a lot of great submissions that Wayne and Sean are reviewing and editing now. We are also lining up artists. This will be a fun, extra-large edition, 192-224 pages – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 10001.

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 – great fun – new episode Friday

Your support and spreading the word about the new RPG Podcast: After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge™ has not only encouraged this team of Palladium fans to provide more entertaining episodes for AtB, but they have been inspired to do new shows based in the Beyond the Supernatural™ and Heroes Unlimited™ settings. Both slated to post in the New 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.

After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 5 – Boomtown Rats. The Fursome Foursome finally make their way to the Land of Caster, and naturally, things aren't what they expected when they arrive. Bara gets a whole lot more people to take care of! Arlo's got guns and he knows how to use them! Liblet's the center of a bunch of unwanted attention! Bly Moons hates bricks! And where's their hitchhiker gone off to? There's going to be fur flying and mutants dying in this one, folks!
Expected Release Date: August 27, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Violence

After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 6 – Babies Are Dangerous! Carnage continues to ensue as the now-separated group make their way through the ruins of Lancaster! There are K9 soldiers just about everywhere you look, and while Bly Moons and Liblet get to know their Rodent Cartel buddies better and fight, fight, fight, Arlo and Bara strike on a plan that just might help save everyone's collective pelts! Do you love the smell of cordite at 2 AM? This one's for you, buckaroo, and it's martial artist opossum intelligence agent approved!
Expected Release Date: September 10, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Violence

After the Bomb®: Purrsuit of Knowledge: Episode 7 – Sick Truck, Buddy. You can't spell reunion without r-u-i-n, nor slaughter without laughter, and the Fursome Foursome proves that this episode! Liblet is highly impressed by Pauly T's bug tricks, Bly rediscovers his forgotten passion for radio technology, Arlo tests his long-range shotgun targeting skills, and Bara loses a close, personal friend and now she's out for payback! Hot action, cool sapient animals, explosions... what more can you ask for?
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2021
Content Warnings: Adult Language, Violence

UPDATE: Nightbane® RPG Hardcover and Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG Hardcovers

I think we have some resolve on getting hardcover books in a timely manner, but I am not going to announce a ship date for NEW hardcovers until they are sitting in our warehouse. We thought this would be the case with the Nightbane® and Chaos Earth® RPG hardcovers this week, but alas, nothing has arrived yet. Any day now? Let us hope so. Thank you.

Nightbane RPG Hardcover

NEW! Nightbane® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Ships September

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.

Nightbane RPG Hardcover

Chaos Earth RPG Hardcover

NEW! Chaos Earth® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Ships September

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, tidal waves – 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.

Chaos Earth RPG Hardcover

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.

Rifts Automated Character Sheet on

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.

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®.

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.

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.

Original Rifts RPG 30th Anniversary Commemorative Hardcover

Other RPG Hardcovers Available Now:

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. I am trying to wrap this bad boy up for an August release!

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.

Pre-Order Rifts CS Manhunters

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.

Pre-Order Creature Feature

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.

Pre-Order Rifts Titan Robotics

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, offers notes on young, adult, male and female creatures, and all provide plenty of ways to enhance your characters and spice up adventures. Each is accompanied by a map that shows at a glance where the beast can be encountered. Ah, but in the presence of Rifts and magic means any of the creatures may appear anywhere in the world, so be on your toes.

Pre-Order Rifts Bestiary Two

New on as a PDF product – Erick Wujcik’s “Lost first RPG” Sector 57

Sector 57 is Erick Wujcik’s very first RPG (1980, self-published) – a tournament game, actually. I played it way back when with Erick and it was fun. I think you will enjoy it, and it is a fun piece of history. ALL proceeds go directly to the Wujcik Estate and probably toward the education of Erick’s beloved grandchild, Tristan.

As most of you know, Erick would go on to write the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & Other Strangeness RPG, Ninjas & Superspies RPG, Amber Diceless, and contribute to a number of other RPGs and sourcebooks.

Sector 57 is written by Erick Wujcik and illustrated by me, Kevin Siembieda. Making it Erick’s and my first published collaboration. The tournament has space travelers find a derelict alien spacecraft to explore and answer questions like is it safe to fly and take as their own? What happened to the crew? Is there danger lurking onboard? Can you figure out how to pilot the spaceship? We are selling it for the original 1980 price of $5.00 making it a deal. Available only as a PDF from DriveThruRPG. Enjoy.

Coming to – The Original RECON by Joe F. Martin (1982), RECON® Module One: Sayaret, RECON® Module Two: Hearts & Minds, and if we can swing it, San Succi, the big newspaper style module and maps. In addition to releasing these as individual PDF products, Palladium intends to collect and release them as a special, deluxe, hardcover RPG and sourcebook in October.

Palladium Books has settings for every genre: Fantasy RPG, science fiction (Rifts®, Splicers®, and The Mechanoids®), super-heroes (Heroes Unlimited and After the Bomb), superhero horror (Nightbane®), modern horror (Dead Reign® and Beyond the Supernatural), plus The Rifter® sourcebook series (by fans like you), novels, paper minis, and more.

Rifts® Novels: Duty’s Edge – The lone surviving soldier from a New German Republic Special Forces operation struggles to complete the mission on his own. A stand-alone Rifts® novel complete in itself. 236 pages, Cat. No. 308. The Cosmo-Knight and The Reckoning (Phase World®, the Three Galaxies, and Cosmo-Knights), the Rifts® trilogy of novels: Sonic BoomDeception’s Web, and Treacherous Awakenings, as well as the Rifts® Anthology: Tales of the Chi-Town ‘Burbs (11 authors), Machinations of Doom (graphic novel by Ramon K. Perez), and Path of the Storm (a proposed Rifts® movie script) and 300+ other Palladium Books RPG titles.

Also available: Free Garden of the Gods™ (Fantasy) and Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One Sneak Previews, and the 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.

Dead Reign® Paper Miniatures Volume Three: ZombiesDead 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 CatalogNightbane® 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® #80The Rifter® #81The Rifter® #82, and more on

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