Following my post on Palladium the other day, I had a nice email the other day from reader Jeffrey, who was gracious enough to let me re-post it here.
I really enjoyed your post this week on Palladium Books. I used to run Palladium Fantasy Revised back in the day ('92-93), but it seems like an awful lot has gone on with the system since then. If I'm looking to get back into it, what should I look at as far as purchasing? What if I wanted to get one of the world books? It's a different edition, correct?
Thanks and keep up the really nice work on the website!
First, thanks for the kind words, Jeffrey! I really enjoy hearing from folks when they enjoy something I've written. I think most bloggers will tell you the same.
Now, there's still a contingent out there who enjoys Palladium Fantasy First Edition (Revised). It sounds like you still have yours, but aside from out-of-print pickups, the pdf is now available on DriveThruRPG.
Palladium Fantasy 2e (now going new for $26.95 from Palladium) in my opinion, is a little more high-powered than Revised. The 2nd Edition came out in 1996, and is a little more in line with the later "Megaversal System" (close to what you see in Rifts). It's a little less gonzo, and I've found that I do tend to streamline some things, but it really comes down to your own preferences. You can work between 1e and 2e fairly easily, if you have old products you're thinking of bringing over. At 300+ pages, it remains an attempt at a "complete" old-style RPG.
Although there's baddies aplenty to fight in the main book, most folks who stick with system eventually pick up Monsters & Animals, which gives you some new and unique races and foes, and Dragons & Gods, which lists out the various dragons and deities of the Palladium world. Both are pretty hefty sourcebooks, so there's a good chance you felt you got at least what you paid for.
If you're looking to pick up a world book, Old Ones is a nice starting point, giving you a completely detailed Kingdom and plenty of trouble areas to start with. Other favorite world books of mine that I can recommend are Adventures on the High Seas, Northern Hinterlands, and Eastern Territory.
I hope that helps--please let me know if there are any additional questions!
And for all the readers, if you guys like hearing a bit more about games like Rifts and Palladium Fantasy that aren't represented all that well on the RPG Bloggers Network, let me know, and I'll be sure to throw some more articles and posts that way.