Palladium Books put out the email notification that their annual Christmas Grab Bags are available starting yesterday and until December 24th of this year.
The cost remains $50 USD plus Shipping and Handling. This is what you get.
$95-$100 (sometimes more) worth of Palladium Books products for only $50 plus shipping and handling. You are guaranteed to get an absolute minimum of ninety-five dollars ($95) retail value in your Surprise Package. Often you get $96-$105. Sometimes more! Santa Kevin likes to make gamers squeal with delight and often packs in $100+ worth of goodies into many Surprise Packages.
I've bought these over the years. The cost has remained at this point for about a decade now. The value is as good as they say, but the catch is that you aren't guaranteed to get anything in particular. (I've never gotten a shirt, despite putting in for one every time, for example.) Yes, this includes the autographs and special requests. This is the sort of thing that earns Palladium its nigh-fanatical loyalty from its core customers, and it's one of the reasons that Kevin Siembieda can maintain his operation despite everything else being in a state of holding fast at best and collapsing otherwise.
For those that refuse the ticket, and therefore have to actually build their way to success and prosperity the hard way, this man is a good case study with worthy lessons to learn from- both lessons in success to copy and lessons in failure to warn away from. As for the games themselves, they're hardly flawless but they're still good fun and if you're inclined to tinker then Palladium's a great company to buy from because you'll have to. Someday Palladium--literally or metaphorically--will be gone, and this magic goes with it, so savor it while you can.
Yes, if you're into tabletop RPGs, this is a deal you cannot pass up.