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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 21, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

Happy holidays to everyone! Christmas Day is Monday, Kwanzaa is Tuesday, and Hanukkah has already been going on, so only one news update and no sales pitch other than letting you know we are extending the Christmas Surprise Package offer for a few weeks AFTER Christmas. This extension has become part of the Grab Bag tradition as much as the Surprise Packages themselves. The rest of this Update contains fan comments from the many Surprise Package orders we receive. Enjoy and have a wonderful weekend.

Christmas Surprise Package

Christmas Surprise Package Offer – EXTENDED to January 15, 2017

This is your last chance to snag a 2017 Surprise Package as a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, graduation, or as a treat for yourself. A Surprise Package is an inexpensive way to try new games, new settings, fill holes in your collection, get caught up on The Rifter, or replace battered old books. Whatever the reason, order soon, because this offer is almost over.

Why extend this amazing offer? Because it is the nice thing to do. We realize many of you are so full of the Christmas Spirit that you spend your money on gifts for your loved ones rather than yourself. This wonderful act of charity often leaves no money for you to buy a Palladium Surprise Package for yourself. We think that sacrifice is pretty wonderful and what the holiday season is all about, so we extend the offer so that you selfless souls can pick up a Surprise Package after the holidays. We know this happens, because a lot people over the years have thanked us for the extension for this very reason.

The extension is also for you Johnny Come-Latelies who are so caught up in the holiday frenzy, work and life that somehow you miss placing your order for the Christmas Surprise Package before the offer ends. It is also for those of you who wish you had ordered one (or another one) but forgot. Lastly, it is our way to carry that holiday good cheer into the New Year. So get your post-holiday Surprise Package and enjoy. Please note that this offer will not be extended further. This is your last chance. And please spread the word to let people know the offer is extended. Happy Holidays.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Done and at the Printer

The Rifter® #79 was finished last week and is at the printer. Somehow we forgot to mention that in the last Weekly Update. Sheesh, that’s how busy we are. I approved the proofs this week. A truly great issue with all kinds of inspiring ideas, rules, settings and adventure ideas. I will let you know when we have an exact shipping date. Rifts® Sovietski is nearly finished, too. Enjoy the long holiday weekend.

Surprise Package comments from fans like you

Every year there is a section where the customer can offer comments and suggestions with his or her Surprise Package order. Every year, in acknowledgment of our fans, and because they are fun to read, we offer a sampling in the Weekly Updates. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stuck with Palladium through thick and thin. Keep those imaginations burning bright, have a joyous holiday season and game on.

You have no idea how much your comments and support mean to all of us. Everyone at Palladium enjoys reading your brief comments. They always brighten our day. Thank you. I have tried to write a short response [in brackets] when applicable.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

J.A. in Lexington, Kentucky, writes: Been buying these [Surprise Packages] for the past few years now. Always happy with what I get. I like to put it under the tree and open it on Christmas morning.

[Wow, J.A., cool and humbling. Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas. – Kevin]

K.M. in Lehi, Utah, writes (in part): Thanks for doing this. It’s fun to fill up more of my bookshelf and share a book or two with a friend as a surprise present ...

[Nice, K.M., sounds like you understand the holiday spirit. – Kevin]

D.T. in San Antonio, Texas, writes: Hope everyone at Palladium has a wonderful holiday season! You guys and gals truly do bring imagination to life.

[Thank you D.T., we sure try to bring imagination to life. Happy holidays to you too. – Kevin]

J.W. in Conroe, Texas, writes (in part): I am setting up a Savage Rifts® game, but using Palladium supplements to add surprises for the players.

[Clever, J.W. I hope the campaign goes great. – Kevin]

J.H. in Mena, Arizona, writes: I haven’t played actual Palladium Rifts® since college, so I don’t actually own any of the books anymore. I have been running Savage Rifts® for the past couple of months and my game group LOVES it. Thanks guys.

[You are welcome, J.H. That’s why we licensed to Pinnacle, we thought they had a good game system and we knew they’d do a great job, especially with Sean Patrick Fannon leading the project. Enjoy. – Kevin]

C.B. in Paxton, Nebraska, writes: Thank you for the many years of entertainment and letting my imagination run wild.

[What a nice compliment, C.B. For me, part of the joy of writing and creating these RPG books is to inflame the imaginations of others and set them running wild. Awesome. Game on and keep that imagination burning bright for years to come. – Kevin]

M.M. in Hederson, Nevada, writes: Palladium Books has the most creative and rich world settings out of any RPG system I have seen. Keep up the great work and don’t forget the good old Palladium Fantasy RPG® setting.

[Thank you for your kind words, M.M. Fear not, the Palladium Fantasy RPG setting is far from forgotten. I am sitting on three manuscripts right now, all pretty good material. As soon as I get out some other titles people have been waiting for, you should see several Fantasy titles coming your way in 2018. – Kevin]

E.A. in Burien, Washington, writes: I have played Rifts® since 1991. This is the best game system around! The myriad stories from my players never end. Thank you Palladium Staff for all that you give us fans.

[The pleasure is all ours, E.A. We love what we do and we’re thrilled to have fans, like you, who have been enjoying Rifts® for going on three decades. Awesome. Game on and happy holidays. – Kevin]

L.S. in Wasilla, Arkansas, writes: Still the best RPG Megaverse® I’ve had the pleasure of running and playing. Everything is interchangeable or adaptable, and it keeps getting better. Rifts® Lemuria and Triax 2 are awesome. Over 20 years and still going strong. Thank you for the imagination and work that has been put into the books.

[Wow, thank you, L.S. We appreciate the high praise. I agree with you, I think recent books are as good or better than ever, and we have some huge things planned for the future. Game on! – Kevin Siembieda]

J.M. in Scottsdale, Arizona, writes: Please bring back TMNT and the Mechanoids®!

[Hey J.M., the After the Bomb® RPG, one of Erick Wujcik’s last works, is the next best thing to TMNT & Other Strangeness. Zillions of cool mutants, plus Chimera mutant animals, and it can all be easily dropped into your Heroes Unlimited campaign to recreate TMNT fun and adventure. Oh, and The Rifter® #77 has the return of Doctor Feral (for HU2) and two new super-mutants. Check it out. I actually have ideas for The Mechanoids®, but no time soon. – Kevin]

Z.D.R. in Easley, South Carolina, writes: I have been playing Palladium’s games since I was 10 years old, and I just want to thank the team for all you’ve done to enrich my life over the past three decades.

[Thank you for the high praise, Z.D.R. It is our honor and privilege to create RPGs you have enjoyed for most of your life! Very humbling. Keep that imagination burning and happy holidays. – Kevin]

R.S. in Moody, Alabama, writes (in part): Hey guys, I will be running a Heroes Unlimited game with my 9 year old girl and 10 year old boy come the holidays ... I am looking forward to sharing my love of Palladium with them. They love superheroes so I am going to start there. I’ll get them hooked on an S.D.C. setting before I introduce them to the big mamma of RPGs, Rifts®.

[Hey, R.S. your request is not bizarre at all. I left it out from the above just in case the kids caught wind of it, and because I’m planning to release exactly what you talked about as a very special product; though I don’t know if I can get it done in time for X-Mas. Next year for sure. I might even release it after Christmas as the game can take place any time. FYI: I ran an epic scenario years ago for my own gaming group (all adults) and as a tournament at the Detroit Gaming Center and everyone loved it. Have fun. I’ll see if I can send you stats before X-Mas, but no promises. Great minds think alike, R.S. Good luck and game on. – Kevin]

B.B. in Fargo, North Dakota, writes (in part): The last bundle finished my Rifts® World Book collection, thank you so much! It left me so excited I wanted to fit in one more before the holidays.

[Hey B.B., you’ll be just as excited by this Surprise Package. Ho, ho, ho. – Kevin]

R.R. in Las Vegas, Nevada, writes (in part): We have been playing Rifts® since 1992 and have introduced dozens of players in four states to the awesomeness of your game... Thank you, happy holidays, and our appreciation for a quarter century of gaming with your products.

[I’m glad you have enjoyed our games all these years and are still loving them. Wait till you see what’s coming over the next 3 years. Bwaaahh ha ha. Um, I mean, thanks for spreading the word about our games and game on. Sorry, my maniacal fan boy side slips out from time to time. – Kevin]

M.M. in San Diego, California, writes: Have a happy holiday! You make this Christmas so good! Thank you.

[Thanks for making me smile, M.M. You’re very welcome. Merry Christmas. – Kevin]

S.J. in Raleigh, North Carolina, writes: Thank you! I appreciate all that you guys do. I hope you enjoy the holidays and the New Year.

Right back at you, S.J. Happy holidays and wonderful New Year. That goes for all of you. Thank you for your years of support, kind words and valued input.

– Kevin Siembieda, Publisher, writer, & grateful person

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Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 13, 2017

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By Kevin Siembieda

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

With less than two weeks till Christmas it is crunch time for us, processing, packing and shipping Christmas Surprise Packages as fast they come in. That and getting The Rifter® #79 (almost done) and Rifts® Sovietski (another fantastic World Book) to the printer and into your hands! We are working away at a feverish pace.

Our thanks to all of you who have been ordering Christmas Surprise Packages and taking advantage of our holiday sales. NOTE: If you need a Surprise Package in time for Christmas, you MUST place your orders this week and over the weekend. And do not use Media Mail. It must ship by UPS or Priority Mail to have any hope of getting to its destination by Saturday, December 23! Read on for details.

UPDATE: Christmas Surprise Package – LAST 5 days to order in time for Christmas – do not miss out

If you NEED a Christmas Surprise Package in time for Christmas, please order today and tomorrow. Orders placed this weekend should reach most locations in the contiguous United States by Christmas, but we can no longer absolutely guarantee it. AND you must use UPS or Priority Mail. Media Mail will NOT arrive in time for Christmas. Order TODAY if you can. This weekend at the latest.

If you live west of the Mississippi and place your order via UPS or Priority Mail by December 14 you should get it in time for Christmas! Orders placed as late as December 17 still have a good chance of arriving in time, but no guarantee. Note: You must use UPS or Priority Mail.

If you live east of the Mississippi and place your order by December 17, you should get it in time for Christmas. Sooner is better. Orders placed on Monday, December 18, have an excellent likelihood of arriving in time, but no guarantee. Note: You must use UPS or Priority Mail.

December 18 if shipping via 3-Day UPS within the contiguous USA.

December 20, if shipping via 2-Day UPS within the contiguous USA.

December 21, if shipping via NEXT DAY service (any) within the contiguous USA.

If you do not need the Surprise Package for Christmas, you can order right up to Christmas Eve. (And here’s a secret, I almost always extend the Surprise Package offer for another couple of weeks. That too has become something of a tradition.)

For orders going out of country, such as to Canada and overseas, we can NOT guarantee delivery in time for Christmas. We’ve had very good luck in the past, but no guaranteed delivery from this point forward.

What is a Palladium Christmas Surprise Package? It’s a fun bargain for you, and it’s our way of saying thank you to Palladium fans around the world. Fill holes in your collection, try new games and world settings, get gifts for your gaming pals, and if you want, we’ll sign every book.

It is usually $90-$95 worth of Palladium RPG books, often more! for only $45 plus shipping and handling. And because you guys and gals mean so much to us, I often pack in more than $96 worth of product (sometimes a lot more). Oh, and each book will be signed by me (Kevin Siembieda) and available Palladium staff and freelancers if you request it. It is our way of saying thanks to all of you for your support and kindness.

  • Palladium Surprise Packages make the perfect holiday gifts for the gamers in your life – Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or the Winter Solstice, or you’re looking for a gift for a birthday, anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or any special occasion that falls between now and February, a Surprise Package may be the ideal way to go. You get a ton of stuff on the cheap, you can get a bunch of autographs, and you look like you spent a fortune.
  • Fill holes in your own collection.
  • Try new game settings (Rifts®, Robotech®, Palladium Fantasy®, Heroes Unlimited™, Splicers®, Nightbane®, Dead Reign®, Beyond the Supernatural™, Ninjas & Superspies™, After the Bomb®, and all the rest).
  • Get cool stuff (miniatures, bookmarks, maps, greeting cards, etc.).
  • Get autographs from the Palladium crew and available freelancers.
  • Be surprised when the package arrives.
  • All items selected and comments read by Santa Kevin, himself. Ho, ho, ho!

The best deal of the holidays! You could pay $50 for just a single core rule book, but for $45 plus shipping, you can get 4-6 books in a Surprise Package, depending on their retail value. Or you can get that core rule book and 2-4 sourcebooks. And we will sign the books if you request it. How do you beat that? It is the best deal in gaming! Our way of giving back to the fans and making the holidays special for you.

Surprise Package mitigates overseas shipping costs – take advantage of this while you can

The low cost of the Surprise Package mitigates the cost of shipping. It is, in effect, the equivalent of getting the books you want at retail, plus autographs, and paying the equivalent of only $5-$20 for overseas shipping!

How can that be? Well, if you factor in that you are getting say, $100 in product, but only paying $45 for them, and shipping is, say $60 or $70, that’s $105 or $115 total – which is like $5-$15 in shipping for $100+ worth of product. And I always load up foreign Surprise Packages, so make sure you send a long Wish List! Of course, the purchaser is responsible for any Customs fees, taxes and other fees, but since we are selling you a $45 Surprise Package (not $100+ in books) you should only pay on a $45 purchase.

MANY overseas customers take advantage of the Surprise Packages for this reason! And it is likely the ONLY way for you to get autographs. Give it a try, we don’t think you will be disappointed. This is the time for our friends and fans overseas to load up on the Palladium products they have been wanting! OR take advantage of the Digital Christmas Surprise Package to get PDF titles of your favorite games and sourcebooks. Enjoy.

Please note that Palladium Books has NO control over the cost of shipping/postage, nor the brokerage fees, Customs charges or any other related fees charged by other countries. Within the USA, Media Mail is the least expensive method of shipping, but also the least reliable and slowest. To our Canadian customers, we have no idea why it costs so much to mail books and product to you. So much for NAFTA making things easier. Game on.

Click here to get all the details or to place a Surprise Package order.

How to order a Palladium “Digital” Surprise Package?

Place your order online at the Palladium website just like you would any order in our online store. We accept ALL major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover). You may also order by telephone (734-721-2903; order line only).

If the title is available from DriveThruRPG, you can request it in your Digital Surprise Package. The cost is $24.99 for $50-$60 or more of great PDFs of Palladium games, sourcebooks, maps and other digital products.

Make sure you give us your entire, correct email address, and double check it to make sure it is accurate. A link will be e-mailed to that address within five business days of placing your order. When you click on the link you will be taken to a shopping cart on DriveThruRPG’s website, with the PDFs from your Surprise Package already entered into your shopping cart and the price set to zero. Simply click the red Check Out button to get your PDF titles via this special offer.

What if you do not have an account with DriveThruRPG? Not a problem – when you click the red Check Out button you will be prompted to make a FREE DriveThru account. The process is quick and easy, and will get you started on building your very own PDF library.

To those of you outside the USA, this Digital Christmas Surprise Package is a great way to get books and circumvent the high shipping costs from the US!

Click here to place your “Digital” Christmas Surprise Package order. Avoid the holiday crowds and order one or more Digital Surprise Packages today.

The Rifter #79

UPDATE: The Rifter® #79 – Ships in December

The Rifter® #79 is in final layout right now. Goes to the printer Thursday, and it is another great issue: Rifts® the Kingdom of New Oslo, the Heroes Unlimited™ Stage Magician, swashbuckling action and horror for Beyond the Supernatural™, Game Master adventure building tips, optional rules, Rifts® short story, a wild Nick Bradshaw cover and more. The Rifter® #79 should ship the end of December or early January depending on our printer’s schedule. See the full description for The Rifter® #79 elsewhere in this update.

Rifts Sovietski

UPDATE: Rifts® Sovietski – Ships January

Rifts® Sovietski™ is another great World Book. See the full, updated description elsewhere in this update. Ships January.

Read more: Palladium Books® Weekly Update – Dec. 13, 2017

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