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By Kevin Siembieda

Our week started with a bang. A thunderclap, to be precise. Followed by total darkness. I was pounding away writing Sunday afternoon when a storm of biblical fury appeared out of nowhere.

It may have been coming Palladium’s direction for awhile, but I was oblivious to its approach. Lost in my work on Rifts® CS Manhunters until I heard the hammering of torrential rain, then a thunderclap, and I was plunged into darkness.

Everything went black and silent except for the sound of the pounding deluge. My computer monitor, computer, the lights, the music that had been playing, all gone in a blink. The damn UPS failed as it emitted a soft, momentary squeal. More of a whimper, really. It was 2:00 PM so I could not understand why there was no ambient light coming from around and between the window blinds. The terror I experienced in that black void had more to do with losing everything I had been working on. My mind raced: When did I last save my work? I have never had my computer just stop and my monitor go black. Had they been fried? Did I lose EVERYTHING?! Probably not. Think positive. I would not know for certain until Tuesday morning.

I stumbled out of my chair to my office door to find more darkness except for the emergency exit lights dimly illuminating the hallway. I flung open the inner front door to let in the sunlight, except there was none. It was dark as night and a wall of water was pouring out of the sky. My mind raced again. Tornado? What the ...?

It all happened so suddenly and to such an extreme, it took me a minute to gather my wits. The weather prediction was for a mostly sunny day with widely scattered thunderstorms, some possibly severe. But this? Wow. I don’t remember anything quite like this. It gave me a glimpse of what it would be like to experience Dark Day as portrayed in the Nightbane® RPG. Thankfully, unlike Dark Day, light and calm started to return after 20 minutes, not 24 hours, of darkness.

Let me tell you, it was disorienting and caused me a bit of panic until I was able to figure out what was happening. Other UPSes were squealing, so I stumbled around in the darkness with a flashlight checking breakers, flicking dead light switches on and off, turning off UPSes, and unplugging electronics to avoid further damage from surges. And we were getting surges, because my stereo was clicking and buzzing, so was one of our printers (and I thought it was unplugged!), and the wind was scary.

In the end, other than missing two and a half days of writing, everything was fine. We were one of 110,000+ people without power, but damage was minimal both at the office and at home. Other folks did not fare as well. Straight-line winds uprooted trees and caused more damage nearby. We were lucky. By late Monday night, our power had been restored. I was never so happy as when my computer and monitor came back to life. I mean, we are talking about something like 6 or 7 books in various stages of completion and a ton of notes and freelancer manuscripts for many others. Tuesday morning, I began getting back to work, plugging everything back in, checking electronics, catching up with emails, paying bills, and dealing with other immediate concerns. By Wednesday morning I was back writing away. Thankfully I had not lost much writing, maybe half a day’s work. Whew. Disaster averted.

So that was my dramatic start to the week. I am sorry to report that there were several 3 Day UPS and a number of Priority Mail packages that could not ship till Wednesday, but everything has shipped and is on its way to those of you who had placed orders over the weekend, through Wednesday morning. 

LAST Weekend for the Christmas in July PDF Sale from DriveThruRPG – ends early Monday morning, July 27, 2020! This is an epic, annual event with deep discounts on Palladium products and hundreds of other RPG publishers. MOST of Palladium’s 300+ PDF titles are on sale at an impressive 25% discount. So scoop up those deals. There are more details a little further in this Weekly Update.

 

NEW! COMING NEXT WEEK: A new Glitter Boy Miniature that will blow your socks off and make you smile. We got permission from Carmen Bellaire to make a short run of the Rifts® Glitter Boy miniature he had digitally sculpted for his ill-fated Rifts® boardgame. It is a beauty, cast in resin to hold the exquisite detail. The figure stands almost 3 inches tall (2 1/2 inches on a 50 mm base), will probably sell for $34.99, and it is dynamic as hell. We will make it available in the Palladium Books online store next week in time to coincide with Gen Con Online. Available on a first come, first served basis as there are only a couple hundred available at this time from Palladium Books. I will try to whip up a little sale to go along with it, with other minis, prints, and odds and ends. And yes, the G.B. is one of the surprises I was talking about. Did not want to announce it until we had them in our hands. Covid-19 has played havoc with manufacturing. Our facility was slow to ramp back up after being shut down by the Stay-At-Home order, and it took us nearly four months to get these. If they sell like we think they will, we will try to make more down the road. Maybe a few of the other awesome sculpts Carmen had made as well. 

Update: Gen Con Online is next week Thursday and we have done our part to help make it a fun experience. Interviews with writers Jason Richards, Mark Oberle and others were done over the weekend and the week prior. Charles “Chuck” Walton came to the Palladium offices Tuesday night to use the computer and video camera in his room. We had better lighting here too. It was the first time I have seen Chuck in person, in months. He also dropped off a pile of artwork for Rifts® Titan Robotics™. A few pieces are shown with his interview. I hope to dive back into the writing of Titan Robotics and Bestiary Volume 2 in a couple of weeks. 

Update: Rifts® CS Manhunters™ (see the description below) is nearing completion and is pretty dang awesome. Hey, I want to point out that this title has absolutely NOTHING to do with the old Rifts® Manhunter RPG and sourcebook produced under license by another company back in the 1990s. This is a completely new, Kevin Siembieda creation, with some assistance from Mark Oberle and Nick Bradshaw. And you are gonna love it. I am very pleased and excited about this sourcebook. 

Update: BTS Creature Feature is also coming along. So disappointed the power outage stole two and a half days from me.

I have also been plotting what artwork to assign to a number of artists for a number of titles in production. 

Update: Rifts® Lazlo Raw Preview – August release. We hoped to have it in time for Gen Con, but Covid-19 has put a wrinkle in everyone’s plans, the writer Mark Oberle’s included. I told Mark we all wanted quality and take more time if he needed it. We are now looking at a likely August release for this advance Sneak Preview. As usual, it will be limited to around 200 copies. I, like you, cannot wait to see what Mark has whipped up for us. Inspired by notes and writings by me, Matthew Clements, and others, as well as Mark’s own ideas. 

Gen Con Online – July 30 thru August 2, 2020

There are 6 Palladium game events and a dozen interviews and chats with the likes of me (Kevin Siembieda – I taped a 90 minute video about World Building), artists Charles Walton, Steven Cummings, and Amy Ashbaugh, and writers Mark Oberle, Steve Dawes, Sean Roberson (Rifts® Savage Worlds), Jason Richards, Glen Evans, and Will Erwin. And I believe more interviews will be appearing on Palladium’s YouTube channel in the months ahead. I know John Zeleznik, Matthew Clements and others wanted to do interviews and stuff, but we did not have time to slip everyone in.

Below is a list of all (most?) of Palladium’s online chats and events with links to Gen Con Online. I believe these are all ticketed events. Please spread the word to let others know about these fun events (some live) and enjoy. 

Non-Game Events – Interviews, Talks, Demos:

Palladium Game Events:

Brandon Aten’s latest Kickstarter – Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall

Palladium freelance writer, game designer, and pal, Brandon Aten has launched his latest Kickstarter. He has done a number of fun, popular games and you can expect the same with this new release. Check it out and enjoy.

Jiangshi: Blood in the Banquet Hall is a tabletop RPG where players take on the role of a Chinese family running a restaurant in 1920's Chinatown. In the day, they are faced with oppression and the stress of managing a restaurant, while at night, hopping vampires come out and attack. While the game is a TTRPG, it takes on board game elements, with a board and cards, giving it a more tactile feel.

 

Retailers can order direct from Palladium Books at discount terms

Retailers, are you having trouble getting Palladium products from your distributors? Join the growing number of stores to whom Palladium sells direct. 95-99% of all our game lines are ALWAYS IN STOCK and ready to ship. Palladium has your back!

Until we put into place something more formal, retailers can call the office at 734-721-2903 and leave a message and phone number on the answering machine, or send an inquiry via the Help Desk, and Palladium will respond pronto. Glad to help. As long as you are a brick and mortar store, we are happy to do business with you.

We added another store to our direct sales roster just yesterday, and others have inquired. Retailers and gamers alike, please spread the word to let game stores and comic book shops know if they are having difficulty getting Palladium Books products from distributors, they should contact Palladium Books to buy from us direct! Spread the fun and game on! 

 

NEW! In the Face of Death™ – Now Shipping

A Dead Reign® Sourcebook that re-imagines the Zombie Apocalypse while remaining true to the genre

In the Face of Death™ is part survival guide, part cityscape, and part heroic adventure the likes of which you have never quite seen before in a zombie RPG. Adventure is built upon human ingenuity, courage, hope, and insanity. Characters include children and teenagers, and heroes driven by madness. Human predators and other villains stalk the ruins of human civilization. Ruins inhabited by the omnipresent hungry dead.

This is a book that pushes the genre and challenges the imagination. It brings to focus a setting of heroic adventure that combines elements of horror, zombies, survival, and madness in a post-apocalyptic world with classic dungeon exploring and epic adventure. In the Face of Death™ helps make Dead Reign® into A Quiet Place meets Mad Max in the world of Dawn of the Dead.

“Pure fun, action, and excitement. A sourcebook packed with new ideas unlike any I have ever seen. This is what role-playing games and imagination are all about.” – Alex Marciniszyn, Editor

 

BACK IN STOCK – Rifts® Ultimate Edition – Cat. No. 800HC – Available now

This big, 376 page role-playing game is everything you need to start playing Rifts®. Just add some dice, some players, and a heaping helping of imagination and you are ready to go.

If you have never played the rich, unpredictable, genre-melding Rifts® setting, you are missing epic adventure that never grows old, because anything is possible. No other RPG blends science fiction, fantasy, horror, and post-apocalyptic adventure with demons and aliens, robots and cyborgs, magic and the supernatural in such a plausible and dynamic way. A setting that lets you play any type and style of game you can imagine. With characters like Dragon Hatchlings, Cyber-Knights, Glitter Boys, Ley Line Walkers, Techno-Wizards, and Juicers that challenge the imagination. And those are just a tiny handful of the O.C.C.s you can play in Rifts®. Not to mention hundreds of different alien, supernatural, magical, and other beings available as player characters. All of it set on an Earth that is both familiar and as alien as a thousand different planets. So check it out, build your character, start a campaign, and watch your characters become legends.

 

COMING SOON! Rifts® CS Manhunters™ – A Secrets of the Coalition States™ Sourcebook

Coalition Manhunters™ reveals more Coalition States secrets about the super-secret CS Manhunters. So secret that most people have never heard of them, and those who have do not believe they really exist. But that’s not all – there are new psionic abilities, new CS characters available as player characters and NPC villains, more insight about the CS and Psi-Battalion, and more. All of it building toward something epic.

Who watches the watchmen? CS Manhunters. A secret division within the Coalition’s Psi-Battalion who hunt not only the most dangerous spies and fugitives, but also traitors within the Coalition States. This elite force of psychics, Kill Hounds, Dog Boys, and CS soldiers are trained hunters of men and cold-blooded killing machines. They follow orders without question and kill without hesitation.

 

COMING! Creature Feature™, a Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebook

The manuscript is in. Artwork is being created. And the world of Beyond the Supernatural™ is about to be expanded. This sourcebook 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.

 

 

COMING! Rifts® Titan Robotics™ – Summer 2020

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is a high-tech toy box presenting new types of armor, sleek power armor, giant robots, vehicles, and weapons sold by Titan Robotics that will make gamers salivate. 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.

 

 

COMING: Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume Two – Summer 2020

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.

 

 

UPDATE: Rifts® Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream™

This is another book that is going to surprise and wow. New and insane psionics, some taken to the level of super abilities due to the massive amount of P.P.E. energy surging across the planet and boosting survivors with ambient and alien energy. Some become heroes and defenders of fellow survivors. Some become power-mongers and killers. And still others become just one more monster or madman threatening to destroy humanity. I’m assigning some additional artwork for it this week.

 

UPDATE: Forgotten People – A Fantasy RPG Sourcebook

I spoke with one of the contributing writers last week and his ideas for Bug Bears sounded fabulous. Because some of this material has appeared in past issues of The Rifter® you may think you know what to expect. You don’t. There is a lot of new and exciting material in this bad boy. Things you never knew and may have been afraid to ask. 

MORE Material for Fantasy

Several different freelance writers have submitted additional and unexpected Fantasy material for sourcebooks. Though I have not had a chance to review any of them – too much on my plate at the moment as I stay focused on finishing books already in the pipeline – I am very excited by this turn of events. Palladium Fantasy is on the move! Heck, several game lines are. 

UPDATE: Other titles – like CS Arsenal™ and Beyond the Supernatural™ sourcebooks

Please remember, just because I do not mention or list a specific title in an Update, does not mean it has been removed from the production schedule. All it means is that we are focused and talking about more immediate, upcoming releases, or projects we are excited about that week, or there’s no substantive news to report. We are anxious to put as many books you’ve been waiting for into your hands as possible over the next 18 months, as well as new projects being worked on by freelance writers. That includes Rifts® AntarcticaThe Disavowed™, Rifts® CS Arsenal™, Chaos Earth® First Responders™, Land of the Damned™ 3Rifts® 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 final production or development. We are shooting for one or two new physical book releases every month as well as a couple new PDF products on DriveThruRPG.

 

LAST Days – Christmas in July SALE – DriveThruRPG.com – Sale ENDS Monday morning, July 27, 2020

This is one of DriveThru’s most anticipated annual sale events with deep discounts on Palladium products and hundreds of other RPG publishers, so this is something you want to take a look at. MOST of Palladium’s 300+ PDF titles are on sale at an impressive 25% discount. So scoop up those deals. 

Also NEW: Rifts® Novel 3: Treacherous Awakenings™ is the pulse-pounding and satisfying conclusion to the Rifts® trilogy by Adam Chilson. It is available as a PDF on DriveThruRPG.com right now! $9.99 – Cat. No. 303. The other two novels, Rifts® Sonic Boom and Rifts® Deception’s Web, are also available as PDFs from DriveThru for your reading pleasure along with nearly 300 RPG titles with more stuff coming your way. Note: We also plan to make it available as our first Print On Demand title from DriveThruRPG in the near future. Watch for it. 

Also NEW: Rifts® Novel 3: Treacherous Awakenings™ is the pulse-pounding and satisfying conclusion to the Rifts® trilogy by Adam Chilson. It is available as a PDF on DriveThruRPG.com right now! $9.99 – Cat. No. 303. The other two novels, Rifts® Sonic Boom and Rifts® Deception’s Web, are also available as PDFs from DriveThru for your reading pleasure along with nearly 300 RPG titles with more stuff coming your way. Note: We also plan to make it available as our first Print On Demand title from DriveThruRPG in the near future. Watch for it. 

Also NEW on DriveThru: FREE After the Bomb® Map Pack. Our thanks to the customer who recently reminded me the Map of Mutant Animal Kingdoms and the Empire of Humanity (North American East Coast) was accidentally omitted from the After the Bomb® RPG. We will make sure it is included in the next printing. Moreover, a FREE After the Bomb® Map Pack (5 maps around the world from the various AtB sourcebooks) is now available on DriveThruRPG.

 

Also on DriveThru: The FREE Sneak Previews for In the Face of DeathGarden of the Gods™ (Fantasy), Rifts® Bestiary™ Volume One and many other FREE Previews of Palladium’s sourcebooks. And remember, the PDF of Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One was made available a month or so ago. 

In the works for DriveThru in the weeks ahead: In no particular order, Duty’s Edge™, a new Rifts® novel in the pipeline from Will Erwin, the collected The Hammer of the Forge™ (cosmic adventure across Phase World® and the Three Galaxies), and more.

Recent on DriveThruRPG – Rifts® Sonic Boom™. Follow the exploits of a CS platoon sworn to protect humankind from all threats, be they aliens, dragons, masters of magic or fellow humans out for themselves; the second novel in this trilogy, Deception’s Web™, reveals a conspiracy within the Coalition military that could spell disaster for our protagonists. All of it building up to the pulse-pounding events of the 3rd novel: Rifts® Treacherous Awakenings™. The Rifter® #84 offers adventure source material for Rifts® (Golems in the Myst), Heroes Unlimited™ (the City of Cascade by Wujcik and Reed), Palladium Fantasy RPG® (an Elven Kingdom), Beyond the Supernatural™ (an epic adventure, a short story, and a monster), Nightbane® (Spellbound O.C.C.), why The Rifter® is on hiatus, and more.

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 DriveThruRPG.com.

Palladium Collectibles, Negatives, Artwork, other Collectibles and Toys are always available in Kevin’s Online Toy & Collectibles eBay Store along with other good things

My eBay store is one of the few places where you can find original artwork by Charles "Chuck" Walton, Kevin Long, and others, as well as one-of-a-kind negatives from classic Rifts® and other Palladium RPG books (they look awesome framed!), rare Palladium collector hardcovers, signed books, other Palladium memorabilia, toys from my personal collection and other collectibles. Check every couple of weeks because we often post new stuff or offer a new sale. There is a sale on negatives starting today, in fact.

Other one-of-a-kind original artwork available by me (Kevin Siembieda), Kevin Long, Charles Walton II (money goes to the artist), other artists, as well as collectible negatives, prints, limited edition hardcovers, proofreader copies, out of print items, Star Wars toys, Marvel toys and many other toys and collectibles from my personal collection. Alex and I will keep adding items as our busy schedules allow, but we have a lot of fun collectibles available now and coming soon. Hundreds of items. Take a look every weekend for new additions.

 

Available now: One-of-a-kind book negatives. Negatives were very popular items at the Palladium Open House and people went crazy over them at Gen Con – including actor Joe Manganiello who scooped up a pile of TMNT negatives, while Palladium's own Mark Oberle, Carmen Bellaire, Brandon Aten and a whole lot of Palladium gamers went for negatives from Rifts® New West, Lone Star and Free Quebec. Fun.

Negatives are unique and attractive, one-of-a-kind (on rare occasions two-of-a-kind if a page was replaced or a second edition was made) works of art that resemble woodcut art and are very dynamic conversation pieces. Before digital printing, pages of a book were laid out by hand on a board, and each page was photographed. The plastic film negatives were then "ganged" on a massive sheet of Mylar 16 pages per big sheet, and the printing plates were made from the negatives – everything white, printing black.

When our printer, McNaughton and Gunn, went completely digital, they asked if Palladium Books wanted the negs, otherwise they would be destroyed. Regrettably, I let a few dozen be destroyed, but the negatives of many books were sent to Palladium. They have sat in our warehouse for years until I started to offer them for sale. I have also started signing the negatives in silver and each comes with a Certificate of Authenticity. Each negative comes on a white board inside a plastic magazine bag and looks fabulous framed! Fits in an 8x10 inch matt opening in a frame (each neg is roughly 8½ x 11 inches).

http://stores.ebay.com/kevinstoys-artandcollectibles

Closing Thoughts

My thoughts are on finishing books. The storm and loss of power forced a two and a half day delay, but I am back on it and writing like crazy. Artwork for various books is coming in, and I have a cadre of artists begging for more work, so I will be assigning art for various Palladium Fantasy®, Rifts®, Chaos Earth® and Beyond the Supernatural titles. I’m so excited, and happy to be in the final stage of finishing Rifts® Coalition Manhunters.

Gen Con Online sounds like it will be fun. I hope you enjoy Palladium’s contributions. Everyone has really enjoyed the opportunity to do interviews and share our thoughts and time with you via these online events. We will be offering that new Glitter Boy miniature next week along with other minis in conjunction with Gen Con Online.

Otherwise, I hope you are holding up amidst all the crazy weather, politics, and continuing trials and tribulations of Covid-19. Stay frosty, keep safe, wear those dang masks, and hang tough. Good things are coming from Palladium Books in the weeks ahead.

– Kevin Siembieda, Game Designer, Writer, and Fan Boy 

 

Rifts® Bestiary™ Vol. Two – Coming Summer 2020

More monsters and exotic animals of Rifts® North America as part of an ongoing series of Rifts® Bestiary sourcebooks. The first two or three Rifts® Bestiary™ books will focus on monsters and animals of North America. They collect creatures from all current World Books and Sourcebooks, plus some new creatures by Kevin Siembieda, Charles Walton, and others. Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location at a glance.

Note: The Rifts® Bestiary™ series is more than a few big books of monsters, they are deliberately designed to provide players with a useful, living resource (pet, guard animal, riding animal, food source, etc.) as well as present many and varied opportunities for adventure and fun. Some creatures are helpful, some are inadvertently a threat or danger, while others are slobbering predators or wicked beasts that kill and eat you, or capture you, or sabotage you, or worse.

 

 

In the Face of Death™ – Now Shipping!

A Dead Reign® Sourcebook that re-imagines the Zombie Apocalypse while remaining true to classic tropes

In the Face of Death™ is part survival guide, part cityscape, and part heroic adventure the likes of which you have never quite seen before in a zombie RPG. Adventure is built upon human ingenuity, courage, hope, and insanity. Characters include children and teenagers, and heroes driven by madness. Human predators and other villains stalk the ruins of human civilization. Ruins inhabited by the omnipresent hungry dead.

This is a book that pushes the genre and challenges the imagination. It brings to focus a setting of heroic adventure that combines elements of horror, zombies, survival, and madness in a post-apocalyptic world with classic dungeon exploring and epic adventure. In the Face of Death™ helps make Dead Reign® into A Quiet Place meets Mad Max in the world of Dawn of the Dead.

“Pure fun, action, and excitement. A sourcebook packed with new ideas unlike any I have ever seen. This is what role-playing games and imagination are all about.” – Alex Marciniszyn, Editor

 

COMING! Rifts® Coalition Manhunters™ – A Secrets of the Coalition States™ Sourcebook

A secret division within the Coalition’s Psi-Battalion, the CS Manhunters hunt not only the most dangerous spies and fugitives, but also their own. Coalition soldiers, brass, government leaders, and anyone who becomes designated as having gone rogue, AWOL, or turned traitor (including the Disavowed), become targets of CS Manhunters to be tracked down and brought to justice. This elite force of psychics, Kill Hounds, and manhunters are trained killing machines who follow orders without question and kill without hesitation.

More often than not, the assignment is straight-up find and terminate. If your name has been given to a Manhunter squad, your fate is sealed, and no one is untouchable. The CS Manhunters operate in secret, find their target, terminate, and vanish as if they were never there at all. They don’t seek credit or limelight. They serve their country from the blood-soaked shadows.

 

 

NEW! Garden of the Gods™, Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook – Shipping now!

The Garden of the Gods™ sourcebook is a toy box of gods, magical blessings, ancient artifacts, and hundreds of opportunities and adventure ideas for players and Game Masters alike.

The Garden of the Gods is a place of miracles and wisdom where people of all occupations and races, nobility and the poor, come to find inspiration, blessings and adventure. Many insist the gods themselves are present and may visit heroes and followers in dreams, visions, or in person as an avatar. The gods also look for champions and assign heroic quests and gifts of knowledge and magic. Here, all gods are equal and many a forgotten god seeks to be rediscovered and worshiped by offering blessings, vision quests, and magical artifacts to potential heroes to champion their name.

There is also an dangerous evil on the island of Lopan. An open wound in the earth known as the Black Pit, as well as dark gods within the Garden itself.

 

 

Land of the Damned™ Three: The Bleakness™ Raw Preview – available now

Available now! The “Raw Preview Edition” of LotD-3: The Bleakness™, for Palladium Fantasy RPG®, is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, working manuscript for this new Fantasy World Book. You get to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw manuscript before final edit, rewrites and publication. Limited to a total of 200 copies.

This epic sourcebook presents 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, countless adventure hooks and ideas, and much, much more. The long awaited final book in the Land of the Damned series, with connections to the Garden of the Gods™ and the upcoming Lopan Fantasy World Book.

 

BACK IN STOCK: Rifts® Dimension Book™ 15: Secrets of the Atlanteans™

Learn about Atlantean civilization, the many clans, the mysterious Sunaj, where they are found across the Megaverse, why they hide and why they hate the undead so much. Also discover the power of Shadow Magic, how various types of Stone Pyramids work, and much more.

 

Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet

The Palladium Fantasy RPG® Interactive Character Sheet is a Microsoft Excel-based character management system. Packed with features and data collected from every official Palladium Fantasy sourcebook, this sheet saves you time and hassle with each character you create. Available now, directly from Palladium Books AND DriveThruRPG.com – this is a digital, online product only.

Features & Benefits:

 

Psychic Scream™ – Rifts® Chaos Earth® Sourcebook

A storm has rolled in. A psychic storm. With the Coming of the Rifts, survivors are bombarded by terrifying visions and overwhelmed with powers and abilities they never asked for, and often cannot control.

Where do you hide from the madness boiling inside of you?

What would you do when you know evil lurks hidden among your fellow survivors?

Why do the voices of alien creatures speak to you?

How do you cope when the power you unleashed to destroy a monster and save the innocent, destroys everyone but you?

Have you become a hero or another monster born in chaos?

Are these powers your family’s salvation or their damnation?

Find out in Psychic Scream!

In the wake of the Coming of the Rifts, people begin to see ghosts and demons, they unleash lightning from their fingertips, command fire and water, hurl boulders and girders with their minds, and manifest a wide range of mental powers. Psionic abilities fueled by the explosive return of magic and the unchecked flow of dimensional energy that is off the charts.

Psychic abilities more powerful than anything known after the Two Hundred Years Dark Age. Wondrous and lifesaving. But also seething and out of control. The psychics’ own minds bombarded by feelings of dread, visions of horror, and the thoughts and emotions of everyone around them. For many, it is too much, sending them careening into madness. For others, it creates heroes forged from chaos.

 

COMING: Rifts® Titan Robotics™

Rifts® Titan Robotics™ is 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.

COMING: The Island of Lopan Sourcebook, a fantasy sourcebook

The island kingdom described and mapped, rare and ancient magic, trade with the Old Kingdom, Centaurs, Western intrigue, and more.

 

COMING: Rifts® Antarctica

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. And unearthed something ancient and so dangerous that even the Splugorth fear it and dare not go there.

 

COMING! Rifts® The Disavowed™ – Secrets of the Coalition States™

The Disavowed are so Top Secret that their existence is known only to a handful of the Coalition States’ most elite, top echelon, with Joseph Prosek II the mastermind behind the Disavowed operation, and Colonel Lyboc its shadowy face. Find out who these men and women are. How the Disavowed get away with using magic, traveling to other parts of Rifts Earth and even to other dimensions in pursuit of enemies and strategic information that cannot be had through conventional means. Learn about the secret parameters in which these hard-boiled warriors, secretly hand-picked by Joseph Prosek II, operate, why almost every mission is considered a suicide mission, and why they must forever be the Disavowed.

COMING! Heroes of Humanity™ Arsenal – Rifts® Secrets of the Coalition States™ Sourcebook

Rifts® Heroes of Humanity gave you updated Coalition Army O.C.C.s, ways to upgrade men-at-arms, new O.C.C.s, battle plans and strategies and tactics. CS Heroes of Humanity™ Arsenal provides an array of new Coalition hardware: weapons, armor, additional SAMAS, other power armor, robots, combat vehicles, gear and info.

 

Rifts® Bestiary™, Volume One – Shipping Now!

Could the monsters known as Caterpillar Things be the larval form of the Mothman Monster? Is the Corrival Battler as aggressive and dangerous as adventurers claim? Are Darkhounds really magically mutated Dog Boys? Is that why they see Coalition soldiers as friends and allies? Ee-Bee Gee-Bees are kinda cute, how dangerous can they be? Is it true the animals and people slain by the Death Springer rise as zombies?! What on Rifts Earth is a Field Reaper?

This book reveals it all.

Designed with both Players and Game Masters in mind, with creatures that can be used as pets, companions, riding animals, attack animals, and even unlikely allies, as well as slobbering monsters and catalysts for adventure. Adult, juvenile, and young stages of life give every creature three different levels of power and danger. Presented as a complete ecosystem, with maps and details to bring each animal to life. All provide plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures.

 

Rifts® Bestiary™ Vol. One – “Gold Edition” Hardcover – Signed and Numbered – Now Shipping!

A deluxe, limited, Gold Edition hardcover, signed and numbered by Palladium staff and maybe a few freelancers. It is the same content of unique creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and slobbering monsters as the softcover edition in a durable hardcover. Very limited run of only 300 copies, numbered and signed by Kevin Siembieda, Palladium staff members and possibly available contributing artists and writers. Note: Historically, Palladium Books’ Gold Editions have doubled, tripled or increased in value many times over. Valued as cherished collectibles. Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last. Please note the slight increase in price to $55.

 

UPDATE: The Rifter® #84 – available and shipping now

The Rifter® #84 focuses on adventure in dark corners of various world settings. 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:

 

BACK IN STOCK: The Mechanoid Invasion® RPG Trilogy

Dystopian science fiction at its best. This is the very first RPG published by Palladium Books (1981). It presents three settings and three generations of heroes fighting the malevolent, world devouring, Mechanoids. Strange robotic beings who seem to hate and target human occupied worlds and their allies. It was originally released as three small comic book chapters and settings. Each a different generation and a different fight, but they are all collected into this one book. Written and illustrated by Kevin Siembieda, with Erick Wujcik and Bill Loebs contributing.

 

BACK IN STOCK: Rifts® Game Master Guide™

The Rifts® Game Master Guide™ is a massive 352 page reference book with short stats and descriptions for every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that appears in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C.s and R.C.C.s index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

 

BACK IN STOCK: Rifts® Conversion Book™ 3: Dark Conversions™

Dark Conversions features Undead legions, were-beasts, demons, supernatural menaces, Nigthbane® conversions, plus Elemental beings, the Shifter and Witch revisited, adventure ideas and more.

 

BACK IN STOCK: Island at the Edge of the World™ (Fantasy)

Island at the Edge of the World™ reveals some of the little known history of the Palladium World, the Time of a Thousand Magicks, the Changeling Inquisition, and dark secrets that could threaten the world. Learn about forgotten Crystal Magic (as powerful as Rune Weapons), the Church of Scar, the legendary Circle of Absolute Elemental Power, and frightening prophecies about the end of the world.

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