Bill Coffin

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Bill Coffin
Born William P. Coffin
(1970-09-17) September 17, 1970 (age 43)
Easton, Pennsylvania
Occupation Author, editor, game designer, journalist
Nationality American
Education B.A. English, cum laude
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
Period April 1995 – present
Genres Fantasy, science fiction
Notable work(s) Heroes Unlimited: Century Station and Gramercy Island
Palladium Fantasy RPG regional adventure guides
Rifts: Coalition Wars
Septimus
Systems Failure
Notable award(s) George A. Mahan Award for Creative Writing
Spouse(s) Allison B. Higgins

Bill Coffin is a writer of novels and role-playing games in the fantasy and science fiction genres. Perhaps best known for his work at Palladium Books from July 1998 through May 2002, he made significant contributions to several of Palladium's game series, most notably Palladium Fantasy, but also Heroes Unlimited and Rifts, and created his own game, Systems Failure.

Career[edit]

Bill Coffin is a well-received author who made many books for Palladium Books from 1988-2002.[1]:196 He was a contributor to Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing and Rifts.[1]:162 In his post-apocalyptic game Systems Failure (1999), Y2K was real.[1]:161 However, due to a conflict with Kevin Siembieda, the president and co-founder of Palladium Books, Coffin left the company, much to the disappointment of his fans.[2] Coffin was let go by Siembieda due to editorial differences and general discontent with the Rifts Coalition Wars (which Siembieda and Coffin had co-authored).[1]:162 At the time of his departure, Coffin was the lead author of six titles in the final stages of production.[3] He was subsequently demoted to second- and third-author status on two of these books prior to their release,[4] and the other four were ultimately shelved and have not been rescheduled for publication.[5][6][7][8] In addition, having only received limited support from Palladium, Systems Failure has since gone out of print.[9]

In March 2007, it was revealed that Coffin was working on Septimus, a new campaign setting for the D6 Space core book for West End Games.[10] However, due to financial concerns, the publisher cancelled the project in March 2008.[11] Shortly thereafter, Coffin declared that he would release the game as a PDF under Evil Hat Productions' FATE system.[12][13] In May 2009, West End Games announced that they had agreed to publish Septimus again and that it would be released August 2009.[14] Eric Gibson released Bill Coffin's Septimus in 2009 as a PDF, which became West End Games's last product.[1]:196 He is currently working on The Dark Britania Saga and will have the third and final book out hopefully before 2014.[citation needed]

Bibliography[edit]

Palladium Books[edit]

Heroes Unlimited[edit]

Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game[edit]

  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (September 1998). Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game, Second Edition (PFRPG) Book 8: The Western Empire. ISBN 978-1-57457-015-1.  – Lead author, maps.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (March 1999). PFRPG Book 9: The Baalgor Wastelands. ISBN 978-1-57457-022-9.  – Lead author, maps.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (May 1999). PFRPG Book 10: Mount Nimro—Kingdom of Giants. ISBN 978-1-57457-028-1.  – Lead author, maps.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (July 2000). PFRPG Book 12: Library of Bletherad. ISBN 978-1-57457-047-2.  – Lead author, maps.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (June 2001). PFRPG Book 13: Northern Hinterlands. ISBN 978-1-57457-058-8.  – Coauthor, maps.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (December 2001). PFRPG—Land of the Damned One: Chaos Lands. ISBN 978-1-57457-059-5.  – Lead author, maps.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (June 2002). PFRPG—Land of the Damned Two: Eternal Torment. ISBN 978-1-57457-061-8.  – Coauthor.
  • Wujcik, E.; Siembieda, K.; Coffin, B. et al. (February 2003). Wolfen Empire Adventure Sourcebook. ISBN 978-1-57457-063-2. 

Rifts[edit]

  • Siembieda, K.; Breaux, W., Jr. & Coffin, B. (November 1999). Rifts World Book 23: Xiticix Invasion. ISBN 978-1-57457-031-1.  – Additional text and concepts.
  • Siembieda, K.; DesRochers, F. & Coffin, B. (April 2000). Rifts World Book 22: Free Quebec. ISBN 978-1-57457-030-4.  – Additional text and concepts.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (June 2000). Rifts Coalition Wars: Siege on Tolkeen (RCW)—Chapter One: Sedition. ISBN 978-1-57457-045-8.  – Additional text and ideas.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (August 2000). RCW Chapter Two: Coalition Overkill. ISBN 978-1-57457-046-5.  – Coauthor.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (October 2000). RCW Chapter Three: Sorcerers' Revenge. ISBN 978-1-57457-050-2.  – Additional text and ideas.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (December 2000). RCW Chapter Four: Cyber-Knights. ISBN 978-1-57457-051-9.  – Additional text and ideas.
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (August 2001). RCW Chapter Six: Final Siege. ISBN 978-1-57457-053-3.  – Additional text and ideas.
  • Siembieda, K.; Coffin, B.; Breaux, W., Jr. et al. (September 2001). Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K, eds. Rifts Game Master Guide. ISBN 978-1-57457-067-0.  – Compiling, additional text and ideas, selected material.
  • Siembieda, K.; Breaux, W., Jr.; King, H. et al. (October 2001). Coffin, B, ed. Rifts Book of Magic. ISBN 978-1-57457-069-4.  – Compiling.
  • Siembieda, K.; Coffin, B.; Wujcik, E. et al. (February 2002). Rifts Adventure Guide. ISBN 978-1-57457-072-4.  – Additional text and "words of wisdom".
  • Siembieda, K. & Coffin, B. (April 2002). Rifts Aftermath, 109 P.A.: Life After Tolkeen and a World Overview. ISBN 978-1-57457-068-7.  – Some compilation and additional text, selected material.
  • Coffin, B. & Siembieda, K. (May 2002). Rifts Dimension Book Five: The Anvil Galaxy—A Phase World Sourcebook. ISBN 978-1-57457-019-9. 
  • Siembieda, K.; Marciniszyn, A.; Rosenstein, J. et al. (September 2002). Rifts Bionics Sourcebook. ISBN 978-1-57457-075-5.  – Additional text and ideas.
  • Siembieda, K.; Carella, C. J.; Coffin, B. et al. (December 2002). Rifts Dark Conversions. ISBN 978-1-57457-079-3.  – Additional text and ideas.

Systems Failure[edit]

The Rifter[edit]

  • Coffin, B. (October 1998). "Palladium Fantasy Role-Playing Game: Hook, Line & Sinkers for The Western Empire". In Smith, W. The Rifter: Sourcebook and Guide to the Palladium Megaverse (4): 12–20. ISBN 978-1-57457-014-4.  [Out of Print]
  • Coffin, B. (October 1998). "Long, Strange Trips: Writing Epic Campaigns for Palladium Fantasy". In Smith, W. The Rifter (4): 23–33. ISBN 978-1-57457-014-4.  [Out of Print]
  • Coffin, B. (October 1999). "Systems Failure Adventure: The Guns of Sulfur Gulch". In Smith, W. The Rifter (8): 12–27. ISBN 978-1-57457-036-6.  [Out of Print]
  • Coffin, B. (April 2000). "Giga-Damage: The Next BIG Thing from Palladium". In Smith, W. The Rifter: Y2K April Fool's Spectacular (9-1/2): 10–17. ISBN 978-1-57457-042-7.  [Out of Print] – Authored as "Peter Ferkelberger".
  • Coffin, B. (October 2001). "Siege on Tolkeen: Official "Optional" Hook, Line & Sinker Adventures". In Smith, W. The Rifter (16): 82–90. ISBN 978-1-57457-057-1.  [Out of Print]

West End Games[edit]

Novels[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ User: Bill Coffin (September 23, 2003). "Thread: What's up with Palladium and BTS?". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Post 227. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  3. ^ Smith, W., ed. (April 2002). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (18): 10–13, 15. ISBN 978-1-57457-071-7. 
  4. ^ Palladium Fantasy RPG—Land of the Damned Two: Eternal Torment and Wolfen Empire Adventure Sourcebook (formerly Adventures in the Northern Wilderness, Second Edition) – Smith, W., ed. (July 2002). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (19): 11. ISBN 978-1-57457-076-2. 
  5. ^ Rifts Dimension Book Six: Cosmo-Knights (final advertisement) – Smith, W., ed. (July 2002). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (19): 13, 17. ISBN 978-1-57457-076-2. 
  6. ^ RECON: Modern Combat (final advertisement) – Smith, W., ed. (October 2002). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (20): 8, 13. ISBN 978-1-57457-077-9. 
  7. ^ Hardware/Gizmos Unlimited: A Heroes Unlimited Sourcebook (final advertisement) – Smith, W., ed. (April 2003). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (22): 96. ISBN 978-1-57457-081-6. 
  8. ^ Palladium Fantasy RPG—Land of the Damned Three: The Bleakness (final advertisement) – Smith, W., ed. (July 2004). The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (35): 29C. ISBN 978-1-57457-167-7. 
  9. ^ Stott, R. & Merrow, S. (January 2004). "Questions & Answers". In Smith, W. The Rifter (Taylor, MI: Palladium Books) (25): 92. ISBN 978-1-57457-098-4. "Though adventures and source-material for it appear in The Rifter from time to time, the line is dead and the RPG will eventually go out of print." 
  10. ^ User: hellsreach (March 12, 2007). "Thread: Bill Coffin Returns With New D6 Game". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  11. ^ User: trechiron (March 31, 2008). "Thread: Bill Coffin's Septimus Cancelled". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ User: Bill Coffin (May 22, 2008). "Thread: Bill Coffin's Septimus Cancelled". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Post 193. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ User: Bill Coffin (May 23, 2008). "Thread: Bill Coffin's Septimus Cancelled". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Post 208. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ User: Kai Tave (May 17, 2009). "Thread: Bill Coffin's Septimus coming out August 2009, apparently". RPGnet tabletop roleplaying forum. Berkeley, CA: Skotos Tech. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 

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