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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 11, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

I’m glad so many of you enjoyed our Horror and Chaos Earth Sale. October just seemed like the time to offer a sale for titles like Beyond the Supernatural™, Dead Reign® and Nightbane®, each with its own unique approach to horror. The good people at Bundle of Holding must agree, because earlier this week they launched the Palladium Horror Bundle of Holding, offering PDFs of these same RPGs along with a selection of key sourcebooks. As always, you save money and a portion of the proceeds goes to a worthy charity. More details below.

We have all been working mainly on the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One and The Rifter® #82. The new PDF release on DriveThruRPG this week is Mysteries of Magic™ One. Last week was Wolfen Empire (Fantasy) and just prior to it Land of the Damned™ One and Two, all for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® series. Wayne also continues to replace the fast, not-so-great scans of books DriveThru did for us a few years ago, with clean, sharp PDFs.

NEW! Palladium Horror Bundle of Holding Sale – Launched Monday, October 8, 2018

http://bundleofholding.com/presents/PalladiumHorror

The Bundle of Holding people are offering PDFS of Palladium’s horror RPGs and many sourcebooks as part of their October Horrors celebration! It just started Monday, so you can still get in early to snag PDFs of the Dead Reign® RPG, Nightbane® RPG and Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, and select sourcebooks for each in the Palladium Horror Bundle Starter Collection and the Bonus Collection. Available now and perfect to add a little scare to your month of October. This bargain-priced bundle is your starting point for countless campaigns of mind-numbing terror.

How the Bundle of Holding Works: You can pay any price (minimum $9.95) to get all the titles in the Starter Collection. If you pay more than the threshold (average) price, which was set at $19.95 to start (but goes up as more people make purchases), you also get all the titles in the Bonus Collection.

Palladium Horror Starter Collection (US $9.95 – total value $44.96):

  • Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition (256 page core rule book).
  • Nightbane® RPG (240 page core rule book).
  • Dead Reign® RPG, the Zombie Apocalypse (224 page core rule book).
  • Dead Reign®: Civilization Gone™ (64 page sourcebook).

Total PDF retail value of $44.96, all for only $9.95!

BONUS Collection (currently US $19.95 – total value $50.45): If you pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price ($19.95 to start, but the longer you wait, the higher it will go), you will level up and also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection.

  • Nightbane®: Between the Shadows™ (144 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane®: Nightlands™ (144 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ (152 page sourcebook).
  • Nightbane® Survival Guide™ (160 page sourcebook).
  • Dead Reign®: Dark Places™ (64 page sourcebook).

A total combined PDF retail value of $95.41, all for only $19.95 to start!

Bargain price and charity support. Not only do you get to try something new or build your existing e-library at a bargain price, but 10% of every purchase goes toward charity! We chose to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (www.missingkids.com) with this bundle. They provide desperately needed help and services to those in need of them.

If you have never played Dead Reign®, BTS™ or Nightbane®, the Essentials Bundle gives you plenty to get rolling. WARNING: Read a few of these books and you may get hooked on playing thrilling and suspenseful games filled with supernatural horror. Sale ENDS October 29, 2018.

Rifts Game Master Guide

COMING Back in Stock – Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available October 19

I always forget how jam-packed with valuable reference stats and comprehensive info the Rifts® Game Master Guide™ really is, with every Rifts® robot, power armor, body armor, vehicle, weapon, gadget, skill, experience table, and map that has appeared in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C.s and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – Available October 19, 2018.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships Early November

We are working like crazy on this book. Wayne and Alex are busy editing, Chuck is putting the finishing touches on his artwork and doing a few additional illustrations, Nick Bradshaw is doing art for a few last minute new monsters, and I have been writing and updating as fast as I can. The new monsters are awesome and some of the updates will make familiar and forgotten creatures feel new again. I’m behind where I wanted to be on this book, but it and Volume Two are going to be something special.

We are all excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One (and Two). Every single creature has extra information and updates, but many are much more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for gamers. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will the fans. We know the customer will enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One ships early November. Volume Two end of November or December.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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), Cat. No. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release Date: Early November.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – October or November release

The Rifter® #82 is a splendid issues of magic and monsters, and nearing completion. The Rifter® #82 contains gaming advice, adventure source material, magic, monsters and mayhem for Rifts® Chaos Earth® (official), Nightbane® (official), Rifts® (official), Palladium Fantasy (official by Erick Wujcik, a lost work recently discovered), and more. Plus touching and informative remembrances of Erick Wujcik in memorial 10 years after his death. 112 pages – see the full description elsewhere in this Update.

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume Two – November or December

As stated last week, I approved the cover sketch, I have assigned artwork and I will be moving from Volume One into Volume Two immediately.

  • More monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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. 897 (Volume Two). In production. Release Date: End of November or December.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

Matthew Clements is still adding to his considerable contributions to Garden of the Gods before turning it in to Palladium. Matthew has also started work on another Fantasy sourcebook and other projects.

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, the god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to be given guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 475. A winter release.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®

I spoke to Nick Bradshaw about the art and some ideas and expect to plunge into finishing this book as soon as the Bestiary books are done. Cannot wait.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

Artist John Zeleznik is painting away while author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

UPDATE: Chaos Earth® Psychic Scream

I approved the final cover art for Psychic Scream this week, the artist Anthony Moravian has transferred it to masonite and should be painting away. Another book I’m dying to get into your hands as soon as possible.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

As mentioned last week, we are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Mysteries of Magic One – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® sourcebook

New: Mysteries of Magic™ Book One: The Heart of Magic™ reveals how magic works, Wizards and Apprentices, 25 new Wizard spells, 29 new Warlock spells, and more.

Recent PDF additions include 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 and more. Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™ Fantasy sourcebook, 15 different undead, 15 Beasts of Chaos, curses, key places and people, 100+ adventure ideas, and more; Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™ (Fantasy), 20 monsters, 14 demons, 11 dying races, Random Monster Generator, the Great Rift, cold weather rules, key places, and more than 200 adventure hooks; The Northern Hinterlands™ (Fantasy), Eastern Territory™ (Fantasy), Mount Nimro™ (Fantasy) the Kingdom of Giants, Baalgor Wastelands™ (Fantasy) with 17 monstrous beings and more; The Western Empire™ (Fantasy) with city generation rules, vampires, herbs, poisons, and adventure. Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: A complete game, 14 character classes, 42 “ordinary people” occupations, 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Survival Guide: Everything to know about the Nightbane, new dangers, a complete adventure and more. Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightbane® Nightlands™ Sourcebook, secrets of the Nightlords™, the Nightlands, 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, and more. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ presents Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, 3 full adventures, adventure ideas. The Rifter® #77, plus The Rifter® #77FREE Sneak Previews for The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 11, 2018

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Wow, you guys and gals went wild over The Rifter® sale. Let’s see if you go as bonkers over our October Horror Sale in which the Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG and all Dead Reign®, Nightbane® and Rifts® Chaos Earth® titles are on sale for half price. Nice, right? Six days only. More details below.

I have been a writing fiend, working mainly on the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One, then switching to The Rifter® #82 (I think that book is almost finished and it is awesome, see the new description elsewhere), or giving Matthew Clements input on his projects before jumping back to Rifts® Bestiary Volume One. Man, I am loving this book as it comes together. As I’ve been saying, there is a lot of additional information and updates on all the monsters. Good stuff.

The new PDF release on DriveThruRPG this week is Wolfen Empire™ (Fantasy). Last week was Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™, and prior to that, Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™, and The Northern Hinterlands, all for the Palladium Fantasy RPG® series. Wayne is also going back and replacing the fast, not-so-great scans of books DriveThru did for us a few years ago, with clean, sharp PDFs.

October Horror Sale – 6 days only – Sale ends after midnight, October 9, 2018

  • The Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is half price.
  • ALL Nightbane® titles are half price.
  • All Dead Reign® titles are half price.
  • All Chaos Earth® titles are half price. After all, this is a terrifying period in which Earth is in the throes of the Great Cataclysm, swept up in uncontrolled magic, cosmic forces, demon plagues, zombies and madness.
  • All the characters, monsters and adventure source material are easily adaptable to other settings.
  • Sold on a first come, first served basis, while supplies last, as we might temporarily run out of some titles during the sale.
  • Sale ends after midnight, Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Beyond the Supernatural

Back in Stock: Beyond the Supernatural RPG – available now

Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG is supernatural horror in the modern world. A plausible modern horror setting that makes sense and will have you wondering if this stuff could be for real. Play ordinary people, psychics or paranormal investigators.

  • 14 Psychic Character Classes.
  • 42 occupations for “ordinary” people.
  • 100+ psychic abilities, including Fire Walker abilities.
  • Creatures of darkness, the Lazlo Agency, and more.
  • Three new sourcebooks planned for 2019.
  • 256 pages – $26.99 – Cat. No. 700 – available now.

Rifts Mystic Russia

Back in Stock: Rifts® World Book 18: Mystic Russia – available now

Rifts® Mystic Russia™ – setting information, key people and places, demons, monsters, gypsies and magic galore.

  • 18 Archaic Russian Demons and 10 monsters.
  • Russian magic including Fire and Bone Magic & magic weapons maker.
  • Magic O.C.C.s including Night Witch, Hidden Witch, Mystic Kuznya, Fire Sorcerer, Old Believer and Necromancer.
  • 9 Gypsy O.C.C.s, vehicles and more.
  • 176 pages – $22.99 – Cat. No. 833 – available now.

Rifts Game Master Guide

COMING Back in Stock: Rifts® Game Master Guide – Available October 19

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 has appeared in Rifts® World Books 1-23 and Sourcebooks 1-4, plus a bionics index, an O.C.C. and R.C.C. index, rules clarifications, combat examples, advice on how to run a game and more.

  • 500+ weapons.
  • 300+ skills.
  • 290 pieces of equipment.
  • 180+ vehicles.
  • 100+ suits of body armor.
  • 80+ suits of power armor.
  • 352 pages – $28.99 retail – Cat. No. 845 – Available October 19, 2018.

Other core Rifts® titles to remember:

  • Rifts® Rifts® Ultimate Edition RPG, Hardcover – core rules, epic setting of science fiction, fantasy, and horror in a future Earth post-apocalyptic setting. 30+ player characters – play a Dragon Hatchling, Cyborg, Juicer, Crazy, Cyber-Knight, Power Armor Pilot, Psi-Stalker, Dog Boy and others! Magic, psionics, weapons, bionics, and more. If you can imagine it, it can happen in Rifts®. 376 page hardcover – $41.99 retail – Cat. No. 800HC – available now.
  • Rifts® Book of Magic™ – 900+ magic spells, plus Techno-Wizard devices, Magic Tattoos, Nazca Lines, Whale Songs, Herbs, Symbiotes, Bio-Wizard Weapons, Rune Weapons, magic items and more! 352 pages – still $26.95 retail – Cat. No. 848 – available now.
  • Rifts® Adventure Guide™ – 150+ adventure ideas, Random Rifts, making towns, cities, merc companies, and traveling shows, gaming tips and much more. 192 pages – $24.95 retail – Cat. No. 849 – available now.
  • Rifts Conversion Books 1, 2 & 3.
  • Rifts® Bionics Sourcebook.

Rifts Bestiary

UPDATE: Rifts® Bestiary, Volume One – Ships October/November

Most of the artwork is finished, Alex and Wayne are editing away, and I am writing like a man possessed. Shooting to have the writing finished for Volume One by the end of next week and start laying out the book.

We are excited by how much new material has been added to the Rifts® Bestiary Volume One (and Volume Two). Every single creature has extra information and updates, but many are much more expanded and detailed than I had originally imagined I would make them. It has been fun to revisit and expand upon these monsters and animals. These comprehensive rewrites only serve to make two better and more useful books for gamers. And the new beasts? I’m loving them and so will you. We know the you’ll enjoy and get a lot of use out of these tomes.

The two upcoming Rifts® Bestiary books are great resources for players and G.M.s alike, with creatures that can be used as familiars, pets, riding animals, guard animals, and in some cases, even unlikely allies. Others are slobbering monsters or malicious predators who include humans and D-Bees among their prey. All giving you plenty of spice to add to your characters and adventures. And each comes with a map that shows at a glance exactly where to find these beasts. The Rifts® Bestiary Volume One ships end of October. Volume Two end of November or December.

  • Monsters and animals of Rifts North America organized in two big, easy to use sourcebooks.
  • Updated descriptions and information for existing monsters.
  • Updated and uniform stat blocks.
  • New predators, exotic riding animals, beasts of burden, alien horrors, giant insects and more.
  • 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) – in production – ships October or November.

The Rifter Number 82

UPDATE: The Rifter® #82 – October or November release

The Rifter® #82 is well underway and nearing completion. The Rifter® #82 is another great issue with gaming advice, adventure source material, magic, monsters and mayhem for various settings, including Rifts® Chaos Earth® (official), Nightbane® (official), Rifts® (official), Palladium Fantasy (official by Erick Wujcik, a lost work recently discovered), and more. Plus touching and informative remembrances of Erick Wujcik in memorial 10 years after his death. In production and ships October or November. 112 pages – see the full description elsewhere in this Update!

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: In the Face of Death for Dead Reign®

This book is very much on my mind. Will plunge into finishing it as soon as the Bestiary books are done. Cannot wait.

UPDATE: Garden of the Gods – A Palladium Fantasy® Sourcebook

Matthew Clements is still adding to his considerable contributions to Garden of the Gods before turning it in to Palladium. Matthew has started work on another Fantasy sourcebook and other projects.

The Garden of the Gods is said to be a holy place watched over and even frequented by the avatars of the gods. According to legend, a god may visit heroes and followers in dreams or in person by an avatar of the god, to give guidance, inspiration, heroic quests, and gifts of knowledge and magic. More details about this title will follow.

  • The Garden of the Gods described in detail.
  • Godly insight and visitations.
  • Gifts of magic and knowledge.
  • Sanctuary and more.
  • The Black Pit, a place of evil and dark secrets. Is it a counterbalance to the good of the Garden or a trick of the Old Ones?
  • Written by Kevin Siembieda.
  • Final page count and price yet to be determined, but probably 96 pages – $17.99 retail – Cat. No. 475.

In the Face of Death

UPDATE: Rifts® Antarctica

I approved the tightened cover sketch and artist John Zeleznik is moving on to painting. Meanwhile, author Matthew Clements is making changes and improvements to the manuscript to ensure that Rifts® Antarctica is a truly compelling and exotic land you’ll want to explore.

UPDATE: The Rifter® #83 and #84

As mentioned last week, we are already thinking about and reviewing material for these two issues. The Rifter® #83 should have a Heroes Unlimited™ theme cover by Anthony Moravian, and The Rifter® #84 will have a Rifts® cover by John Zeleznik.

New on DriveThruRPG.com – Wolfen Empire – a Palladium Fantasy RPG® sourcebook

New: Wolfen Empire™ Fantasy sourcebook, the Great Northern Wilderness and Killer Winters, Wolfen 12 Tribes, Wolfen military and society, 15+ creatures, 5 full adventures, 101 adventure ideas, random encounter tables, notable people, places and more.

Recent PDF additions include Land of the Damned™ Two: Eternal Torment™ Fantasy sourcebook, 15 different undead, 15 Beasts of Chaos, curses, key places and people, 100+ adventure ideas, and more; Land of the Damned™ One: Chaos Lands™ (Fantasy), 20 monsters, 14 demons, 11 dying races, Random Monster Generator, the Great Rift, cold weather rules, key places, and more than 200 adventure hooks; The Northern Hinterlands™ (Fantasy) which includes new cold and snow spells, 15 magic artifacts, Wizard Stones, 18 monsters, the Shadow Coast, and more. Eastern Territory™ (Fantasy): key people, places and dangers, new races, creatures and the Disputed Lands between Wolfen and humans. Mount Nimro™ (Fantasy), Kingdom of Giants, Blade Priest, Life Force Wizard, Were-Shaman, Conjurer, Gigante Warlord, Gromek-Giant War, notable people, places and more; Baalgor Wastelands™ (Fantasy): Key people and places, 17 monstrous beings, survival in harsh environments, and more. The Western Empire™ (Fantasy), key people and places, Western society, city generation rules, The Slayer of Mountains, vampires, 20 new herbs/poisons, and adventure. Beyond the Supernatural™ RPG, 2nd Edition: A complete game, 14 character classes, 42 “ordinary people” occupations, 100+ psychic abilities, 16 monsters, the Lazlo Agency, world setting and rules. Nightbane® RPG, the core rules for this modern horror setting with elements of the monstrous, demonic and tormented superheroes (the Nightbane). Nightbane® Survival Guide: Everything to know about the Nightbane, their Morphus, Talents, magic, skills, contacts, new dangers, history, a complete adventure and more. Nightbane® Between the Shadows™ Sourcebook, the Dreamstream™, the Astral Plane, the sinister Spook Squad, world info, and more. Nightlands™ Nightbane® Sourcebook, secrets of the Nightlords™, the Nightlands, 41 wicked NPC villains, 12 monsters, 12 demons, and more. Nightbane®: Through the Glass Darkly™ presents Fleshsculptor magic, the Mirrormage, Cybermage, the Shadowleague, dangerous brotherhoods, magic artifacts, 50 spells, 3 full adventures, adventure ideas; The Rifter® #77, and FREE Sneak Previews for The Rifter® #80 AND The Rifter® #81, and more.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Oct. 4, 2018

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