You heard the sad news here first: we’ve got exclusive reports that both Jason Marker and (allegedly, according to multiple sources) Wayne Smith are out at Palladium Books. The news hasn’t gone totally public yet (though Marker mentions his on his Facebook), but this is a troubling blow for Palladium fans, as two of the biggest contributors at the long-time RPG publisher may now be out. I don’t want to speak for what this may mean for Palladium, but clearly, it doesn’t look good.
Jason Marker has been featured on our site before, and we wish him the best going forward. RPG companies looking for a strong writer with experience would be well-served to take notice of his potential availability.
UPDATE: I do want to emphasize RPG Blog 2 is a big fan of Palladium Books, and the legacy of such games as Palladium Fantasy and TMNT. There is a certain amount of publicity that comes in any hobby. Whatever the situation is at Palladium (and I understand we'll hear something from Palladium soon), let's hope it is only, as some have speculated, temporary. I'll update as we hear more.
UPDATE #2: This post by Kevin Siembieda does confirm the layoffs, but hopes it will be "temporarily, for 6-8 weeks". Sounds like Jason Marker is moving on, but they're hoping to have Wayne Smith back after the temporary layoff. Let's hope for the best for them both!