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By Kevin Siembieda

One game system – every genre – countless worlds – endless adventure

The big, 256 page, Splicers® I Am Legion Sourcebook and Rifts® Antarctica Raw Edition are back from the printer and shipping to those of you who ordered each or a single copy of one. Both books look great and are fun reads. There was a slight delay with the Surviving Chaos Earth® Raw Preview Limited Edition and we will not get it until Monday. As a result, we are waiting to ship orders that include it with other books until then. Surviving Chaos Earth® is another super-fun read that is packed with exciting source material and ideas.

Most of this week has been spent working on the material going into The Rifter® #80 and The Rifter® #81. Both are coming along nicely and contain some awesome “official” and “optional” source material that we know you are going to enjoy. We did a little work on the Rifts® Bestiary too. And went through artwork submitted by Pinnacle for the next few Rifts® for Savage Worlds® sourcebooks. This has made for another fast-paced week with some nice ups (books came in and work is getting done) and downs (business stuff and slight delay of Surviving Chaos Earth®). But mostly it has been a solid week in which we accomplished a lot. Read on for details.

Splicers I Am Legion

NEW! Splicers®: I Am Legion Adventure Sourcebook – available NOW as a PDF and a printed book – shipping now

This big, 256 page adventure sourcebook for Splicers® is jam-packed with new Host Armors, War Mounts, Bio-Enhancements and a sprawling adventure, plus many additional adventure ides. Available now as a printed book from Palladium Books and as a PDF download on DriveThruRPG.com. We think we may also make it available as a print on demand title from DriveThruRPG.com too. The verdict is still out on that one.

Highlights Include:

  • 6 new Great Houses.
  • 4 new Host Armors.
  • 6 new Splicers War Mounts.
  • 7 new Bio-Enhancements and augmentation.
  • 19 new Bio-Weapons, including the Hive Sword, Bug Bombs and more.
  • 15 new machines – robots and amalgams of the murderous Legion.
  • Amalgam creation tables, new alien predators and more.
  • Legion: A new and psychotic personality of N.E.X.U.S., statted and described.
  • Includes 20 pages of additional, unpublished material.
  • Written by Chuck Walton II, Christopher Kluge, Lance Colley and others.
  • 256 pages – Cat. No. 201 – $26.99 retail – Available now. Also available now as a PDF from DriveThruRPG.com.

Rifts Antarctica Raw Preview

New! Rifts® Antarctica – Raw Preview Limited Edition – limited to 150 copies – Available now – shipping now

This limited edition Raw Preview is in the warehouse and shipping now! The “Raw Preview Edition” of Rifts® World Book: Antarctica™ is an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscript for this exciting new Rifts® World Book. It enables you to see the unfinished book months before the final title is released. A rare look at the raw, unedited, unfinished manuscript before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies.

Contains information about Rifts® Antarctica and its many mysteries and secrets. Includes the Ice Witch, Icecraft, Ice Magic, the War of the Elementals, possessed volcanoes, ghost camps, the Krellik threat, Splugorth, aliens, demons, monsters, cold weather rules and more.

Note: The finished title is anticipated to ship in fall or winter 2018. But you can start playing right now with this special edition!

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscript and a work in progress.
  • By Matthew Clements.
  • 128 pages – Limited Edition – $20.99 – Cat. No. 898-RAW – Available now.

Surviving Chaos Earth Raw Preview

New! Surviving Chaos Earth® – Raw Preview Limited Edition of Chaos Earth® First Responders and Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream – limited to only 150 copies – ships Monday, June 25

A slight delay. Ships Monday, June 25, 2018, instead of today. Order yours now. This is the limited “Raw Preview Edition” of Rifts® Chaos Earth® First Responders™ and Psychic Scream™, which means you are getting an advance copy of the unedited, unillustrated, final working manuscripts for these two exciting, new sourcebooks. You get to see the unfinished books months before the final titles are released. A rare look at the raw manuscripts before publication. Limited to a total of 150 copies. Note: Psychic Scream™ is the new title for the long-awaited Psychic Storm™.

Contains background information on the early days immediately following the advent of the Great Cataclysm, new O.C.C.s, new weapons and gear, lifesaving medical robots and equipment, new D-Bees, new monsters, Apocalypse Plagues, and adventures. The Psychic Scream section of this Raw Preview Edition includes Psychic Super-Soldiers, Cleansers, Lifegivers, Listeners, Old Souls, Psychonauts, Faith Healers, the Lazlo Society, monsters and much more!

Note: The finished titles are anticipated to ship in the fall or winter. But you can start playing right now with this special edition!

  • Limited collector’s edition – only 150 total copies made!
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last.
  • A rare glimpse at the virgin manuscripts and works in progress.
  • By Jason Richards, Matthew Clements, Daniel Frederick and Taylor White.
  • 160 pages – Limited Edition – $24.99 – Cat. No. 665-RAW – ships Monday, June 25. Do not miss out.

The Rifter Number 80

COMING SOON! The Rifter® #80

Amy L. Ashbaugh’s cover came in this week and I’ve been assigning out the remaining artwork for issues #80 and #81. Meanwhile, Wayne, Chuck and I have been working on editing and rewrites of the various articles and source material for The Rifter® #80 as well as selecting material for The Rifter® #81.

The Rifter® #80 includes Splicers® House of the Red Sands™, a new and secretive Great House hidden in the desert; new O.C.C.s, enhancements, creatures and more, by Kris Tipping and others. For the Palladium Fantasy RPG®: The Wayfarers, gypsy-like nomads who travel the Palladium Fantasy World and have their own secret ways, by Julius Rosenstein. For Heroes Unlimited™: Masters Unlimited by Paul Herbert; plus Rifts® Chaos Earth® Nebraska by Dan Frederick and Megan Timperley; Navigating Game Power Levels by Greg Diaczyk (and me), along with news, coming attractions and a little extra.

Writers and Gamers Note: Palladium has several issues of The Rifter® to get caught up with so the next two months are an excellent time to submit gaming articles, adventures, monsters, new characters/O.C.C.s and other source material for possible publication in The Rifter®. Artwork too! Please send electronic files and the the Unsolicited Manuscript Form to: riftersub{at}palladiumbooks.com

Of course, all such submissions are created entirely on speculation and there is no promise we will publish your submission in The Rifter®, but this is a great time to be seen. And remember, many writers and artists who started out in The Rifter® went on to work on official sourcebooks. This is a great way to share your ideas and adventures with other gamers.

Rifts Bestiary

Coming! Rifts® Bestiary Vol. One and Vol. Two

Chuck Walton continues to pound out artwork for this book that looks amazing, and he is already tightening the art for finished illustrations. I hope to slip a few pieces of art into these books too. Otherwise writing away as I juggle several projects. We have also received some creature stats and ideas from a few other freelance authors. As noted in the past, we are working on both volumes simultaneously. Very excited about these two books as they develop into something truly special.

What are the Rifts® Bestiary of North America, Volume One and Two?

We are collecting the hundreds of monsters and beasts of Rifts Earth into easy to use reference books, similar to what we did with D-Bees of North America. Only there are so many wondrous and fierce creatures that we cannot squeeze them into one book – plus we are adding a bunch of new creatures to add more fun and menace to your Rifts® games. Some will be a nuisance, others pets and companions, some are suitable M.D.C. riding animals, and some are slobbering beasts.

The first two Rifts® Bestiary™ sourcebooks are being created simultaneously, right now! Between them, these two volumes compile all the beasts of Rifts North America (unintelligent monsters, predators, notable animals and intelligent beings that are monstrous or animal-like in appearance or behavior) from all current World Books and Sourcebooks. In addition to a growing number of brand new critters and monsters by Kevin Siembieda, Chuck Walton, Carl Gleba, Greg Diaczyk and others! All adding new life to the savage wilderness of Rifts North America (US, Canada, Mexico). Presented in alphabetical order, with maps showing their range and location, in two big books.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks. Predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • Updated descriptions and information where applicable.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • A good number of brand new creatures are being added too.
  • A map for every creature showing where it is found.
  • Fully illustrated, much of the art by Charles Walton II, along with Siembieda and many others.
  • 192-224 pages each volume – $26.99 retail – Cat. No. 896 (Volume One) and Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release date: Summer – i.e., as fast as we can kick these bad boys out!

NEWS: Scott Gibbons’ departure from Palladium Books

Scott Gibbons has had to step away from Palladium Books due largely to family concerns. As many of you know from interactions with him online or at the recent Palladium Open House, his oldest child was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. Last year, shortly before he started working with Palladium, Scott’s son began a new treatment that brought very promising results. Unfortunately, a few months ago the cancer reasserted itself, and Scott and his family are now having to devote more time and energy to his son’s care. While the long-term prognosis hasn’t changed, the stress and demands prevent Scott from being able to devote the attention and energy toward his work at Palladium as he would like to provide.

Scott remains a friend and confidant, so don’t be surprised to see his name cropping up in news, books and other projects. We wish Scott and his family our very best, and hope the doctors find a new, superior treatment regimen with lasting results for his son. Hang tough.

Gen Con – Indianapolis, Indiana – August, 2018

Holy moley! We just realized that Gen Con is only six weeks away! We look forward to seeing many Palladium fans there. Of course, we will bring a bunch o’ books for ALL game lines, new and old, including the Raw Preview Editions, new releases, The Rifter, some T-shirts, prints, original art, out of print collectibles and maybe a surprise or two.

  • Meet a number of Palladium creators and get books signed by characters like:
    - Kevin Siembieda, Writer and Game Designer
    - Carmen Bellaire, Writer and Game Designer
    - Brandon Aten, Writer and Game Designer
    - Wayne Smith, Editor, Rifter®
    - Mark Oberle, Writer
    - Glen Evans, Writer
    - Charles Walton II, Artist
  • Please join the fun and swing by to say hello and chat.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Splicers®: I Am Legion Adventure Sourcebook – available now

We’ve been so busy working on the release of new books we forgot to post a new release on DriveThru this week. That’s okay, it gives you more time to snag a PDF copy of the Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook and any of our other 200+ other game titles. We’ll post something new next week.

New and available now: Get the Splicers®: I Am Legion™ Adventure Sourcebook right now, even before it is available next week as the printed book. It contains 6 new Great Houses, 4 new Host Armors, 6 new War Mounts, 19 new Bio-Weapons, 15 new killer machines, new Bio-Enhancements, Amalgam creation tables, Legion and a series of adventures that build into a small campaign, and more. It joins last weeks new PDF, Nightlands™ Sourcebook for the Nightbane® RPG, containing secrets of the Nightlords™, their minions and their home dimension: the Nightlands, a twisted mockery of our own Earth. Plus 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, notable Nightlands™ locations, and more!

Recently made available: Library of Bletherad™, an epic Palladium Fantasy sourcebook containing 21 Rune Weapons, 50+ new spells, Shadowcasting™ Magic, Fulmination Magic, forgotten history, secrets and more! The Rifter® #76 offers Rifts®/Phase World® Elemental Primorda™, the Rifts® Pecos Badlands town of Gohjjunk™, Doc Feral™ and some Mutants for Heroes Unlimited™, a Ninjas & Superspies™ adventure, a Savage Rifts® preview, and Splicers®: I Am Legion™: Part 5.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – June 22, 2018

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