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By Kevin Siembieda 

Hello, everyone. This is a holiday weekend here in the United States, so I hope you are doing well, staying healthy, and can find some time to enjoy the long Labor Day weekend. For those reasons I am going to keep this update short.

These are the last days of summer, so enjoy them while you can. Not like me, chained to my desk writing away. Actually, I don’t mind. I need to finish books and the ideas have been coming fast and furious, which means I have been enjoying my work as I write for you. Odd as it may sound, there is excitement when you are hot writing and the ideas are flowing, and boy, have they been flowing. Great stuff, if I do say so myself. I truly love Rifts® CS Manhunters, packed with psionic powers, characters, and information you will love. It has been taking a bit longer than any of us would like because there are so many stats and rules requiring our close attention for game balance and continuity. Even expanding the book to 192 or 224 pages, twice the number of pages we originally announced, it will be tough squeezing everything into it. That’s how much is in this puppy. You will love it. I’m putting the final touches on the nine, unique, CS Manhunters right now.

Summer Sale this weekend here in the Palladium online store and on DriveThruRPG.com. Don’t miss it. Rifts®, Palladium Fantasy RPG®, Dead Reign®, Heroes Unlimited, and After the Bomb®. See details below. 

UPDATE! The Rifter® 2021 Annual – the many submissions from fans like you are in and we will soon start selecting material, typesetting, and assigning artists to the various accepted material so we can lay it out, and send it to the printer. Wayne and I thank all of you who have sent in submissions for our consideration. Many of them look quite good and we are excited about this annual. The Rifter® Annual will contain ALL new material, is expected to be 192-224 pages, $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 10001, and should ship before Christmas! 

UPDATE: Virtual Gen Con – Saturday, September 18, 2021 – 2 live chats with Kevin Siembieda and others

There was a SNAFU with my two live chats for Virtual Gen Con. They were listed as Friday events when they should have been Saturday (I am not available that Friday). Both events have been moved to Saturday, so if you had signed up for the now-cancelled Friday chat events, make sure you get signed up for the Saturday ones. There are NO Friday chats with me.

Both talks are on Saturday, September 18 – they are at different times and cover different subjects. Both Saturday Chats with Kevin Siembieda (me) and Sean Owen Roberson and the long 3 subject chat with me and Matthew Yancik are FREE. We hope a number of you will be able to join us for one or both of these fun conversations.

1:00 PM Saturday, September 18 – Virtual Gen Con – Sean Owen Roberson & Kevin Siembieda chat will run 2 hours and cover a number of topics, during which we will be making an exciting announcement.

4:00 PM Saturday, September 18 – Virtual Gen Con – Rifts®, Game Master Tips, and Role-Playing Game Design with Matthew Yancik and Kevin Siembieda – 3 hours, three subjects for discussion. Matthew Yancik will be the chat coordinator and we will be taking some questions from our audience. You can see my chat with Matt from earlier this year at the link below. There is also a link to one of my more recent interviews with Sean Owen Roberson about Rifts® Savage Worlds.

UPDATE: Nightbane® RPG Hardcover and Rifts® Chaos Earth® RPG Hardcover experience slight delay – I spoke with our hardcover printer and they think the book will ship to Palladium by the end of next week as predicted, around September 9th. The moment these two hotly anticipated hardcovers arrive, Palladium will begin shipping the many orders waiting to ship. Thank you for your understanding and patience. 

COMING! Nightbane® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – 304 pages – $39.99 – Cat. No. 730HC – 60 extra pages of bonus material – ships September 9.

COMING! Chaos Earth® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – 192 pages – $36.99 – Cat. No. 660HC – 30 extra pages of bonus material – ships September 9.

Hardcovers available now:

BACK IN STOCK

Retailers can buy direct. 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, however, let them know that Alliance, Studio 2, and Universal Distribution (Canada) seem to be doing an especially good job keeping Palladium titles in stock and available.

If your store continues to have trouble 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. Stores can get our 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. 

That’s it for now. Enjoy the sale, order your CS Manhunters because it is epic, and have a nice weekend. 

A Sale to Celebrate Your Inner Hero

SALE! I wanted to offer a sale now through the weekend and into early next week. The subject was Alex’s idea. What he called “A Heroic Sale to celebrate your inner hero.” I liked it, so we are offering a selection of core rule books and sourcebook titles with heroes and opportunity for heroic adventure. See the list below. Enjoy.

Available as physical books from Palladium Books and as PDF books from DriveThruRPG.com:

After the Bomb® Podcast – New Episode on 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 

NEW! Nightbane® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Ships September 10

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.

NEW! Chaos Earth® RPG “Bonus” Edition Hardcover – Ships September 10

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.

NEW! 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.

Now Shipping 

NEW! Rifts® Notepad

A 5x7 inch notepad featuring the Rifts® logo and color art of the “Coalition Strike Force” print by Kevin Long across the top. It looks great on your desk or gaming table. Perfect for taking notes and feeling that Rifts vibe. Practical and fun.

NEW! 5 Gaming Pencils – 4 Rifts® Pencils and 1 Fantasy Pencil

Practical and fun conversation pieces that will make you the envy of your gaming group (at least until they buy their own). These pencils are different from the fan fave, Chi-Town ‘Burbs pencil of the past. Each new pencil is imprinted with much larger, bolder type, and a dynamic insignia image, and two change color! All are No. 2 pencils. These pencils and the notepad are some of the silly, little, fun things I hinted at as coming in past Updates.

Why do them? Because we all need fun things that make us smile and just feel good. And these pencils and the notepad do exactly that. Everyone here went crazy over them. I probably should not admit this, but I love glancing over and seeing them on my desk. They make me smile and feel like souvenirs I acquired on my dimensional travels. What a fan boy geek, right? But true all the same. I hope you enjoy them just as much. Note: In my opinion, the photos do not do them justice; not the same as holding one in your hand.

Rifts® Pencil: Coalition States – Office of the Emperor – $1.60 each – Cat. No. 2598 – available now. Black colored pencil, white printing, CS skull and lightning bolt insignia, pink eraser at the end. No. 2 pencil lead.

Rifts® Pencil: Lone Star Complex – Engineering the Future – $1.60 each – Cat. No. 2599 – available now. Dark blue colored pencil, white printing, CS Lone Star skull in a star insignia, pink eraser at the end. No. 2 pencil lead.

Rifts® Pencil: Chi-Town Library – Knowledge is Power – $1.60 each – Cat. No. 2600 – available now. Yellow colored pencil, black printing, image of an open book/rising sun, pink eraser at the end. No. 2 pencil lead.

Rifts® Pencil: City of Lazlo – Council of Learning – $1.80 each – Cat. No. 2601 – available now. A “magic” pencil that changes color from powder blue to white. (The heat of your fingers and hand causes the color to change.) Black printing, roaring dragonhead insignia, black eraser at the end.

Palladium Fantasy Pencil: Library of Bletherad – Your Source of Knowledge – $1.80 each – Cat. No. 2602 – available now. A “magic” pencil that changes color from green to yellow. (The heat of your fingers and hand causes the color to change.) Black printing with the Ward image for “Knowledge,” black eraser at the end.

Rifts® Notepad & 5 Pencil SET – $11.00 retail for the set – save $2.40 – Cat. No. 2603 – available now.

Rifts® Pen & Stylus – And don’t forget about the Rifts® Pen with Stylus for use with a smartphone – Rifts Logo and the words “Unleash your imagination” printed white on a navy blue ballpoint pen. Black ink. $5.00 each – Cat. No. 2586.

Rifts® Card Decks – it might be time to snag one or both of our Rifts® poker decks while you are at it. $11.99 each – Full Color Deck Cat. No. 2575; Black and White Art (color card backing, classic black and white art) Cat. No. 2576. See the complete description of each in the Palladium online store.

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.

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®.

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.

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.

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