Dragon Con 2015

Once again, Dragon Con comes to town (Atlanta, GA), and members of the HDI crew will be there. While we won’t be doing any Fading Suns or other HDI-related panels, you can still come see us at the following events:

Bill Bridges:

Title: Going Dark in the World of Gaming
Description: Forbidden & taboo subjects in gaming. How to bring evil into our games?
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Grand Salon C – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Robert J. Schwalb, Bill Bridges, Kenneth Hite, Jason Bulmahn

Title: Growing Your Games Up
Description: A look at more adult themes in gaming. How can you add romance without making it cheesy? Can violence have meaning?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Grand Salon C – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Bill Bridges, Shanna Germain, Jason Bulmahn, Robert J. Schwalb

Andrew Greenberg:

Title: What to Do If Police Want to Search Your Electronic Device
Time: Sun 10:00 am  Location: 201 [Hil]
Description: What to do if police demand your smartphone for evidence or just take it without asking. What are your rights?
Panelists: A. Greenberg, B. Chintella, N. Kayyali

Title: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters
Time: Sun 8:30 pm  Location: 201 – Hilton
Description: Asserting your rights with common sense can improve the outcome of any police encounter.
Panelists: A. Greenberg, L. Hall

John Bridges:

Title: HiRez Studios: SMITE Q&A
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: HiRez Studios answers your questions about their popular MOBA & give hints as to what’s coming next.

Title: The Art of Video Games
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: The rapidly evolving world of video game art.

Announcing: New Spanish edition of Fading Suns

ATLANTA – MARCH 11, 2015 – Holistic Design Inc. and Ediciones Epicismo announce a licensing agreement for a Fading Suns roleplaying game Spanish translation. Now, the gaming community in Spain can look forward to an opportunity to travel amongst the stars to worlds of wonder and intrigue in the Fading Suns universe.

“We are excited to have the talented team at Ediciones Epicismo translating and publishing Fading Suns in Spain,” said Holistic Design President Chris Wiese. “With all the new and exciting things coming out this year in the Fading Suns gaming system, the opportunities for a Spanish translation at this time are excellent.”

“We are very proud to bring Fading Suns to Spain, one of the greatest sci-fi roleplaying games in the industry. For me, it is one of my favourite roleplaying games which I have enjoyed on uncountable afternoons since my youth”, said Ediciones Epicismo President Ángel Arcos. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to translate and publish the Spanish version of Fading Suns.”

“More information on release dates and other specifics regarding the Spanish version of Fading Suns will be announced soon”, said Ángel.
“For me, Fading Suns is the perfect roleplaying game; its universe gave me the opportunity to create my adventures in any setting. After learning about this news and knowing Ediciones Epicismo, I can only expect that they will bring Fading Suns to Spain with the highest quality, something that it deserves, so I and other players could live new adventures in this amazing world,” said Fading Suns Yahoo Spain community administrator Bokeratsu.

Holistic Design is an Atlanta-based game design company. Holistic Design develops roleplaying game products such as Fading Suns and Real Life Roleplaying, tabletop miniature games such as Noble Armada and Carnage, computer games such as Emperor of the Fading Suns, Mall Tycoon and Warhammer 40K Final Liberation and is currently developing App games for multiple platforms. Holistic Design was founded in 1992.

Ediciones Epicismo is a publishing company specialised in roleplaying games and novels, mostly sci-fi and fantasy. Ediciones Epicismo has published original material such as Gran Héroe, Iluminados or El Señor de la Rueda, as well as foreign titles like Triumphant RPG. Ediciones Epicismo is based in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) and it was founded in 2012.

Chris Wiese, president, Holistic Design Inc., hdi@holistic-design.com

Ángel Gallardo, president, Ediciones Epicismo., info@edicionesepicismo.com

Fading Suns society

FYI, there are some social media resources for Fading Suns out there on the web. Here are a few of them:

Where the Shadows Lie is FASA’s Fading Suns blog, with all sorts of new info on the FS universe and current and coming-release books.

• Fading Suns Facebook public group.

Google+ community

• Holistic Design on Facebook (like us!)

• and the classic Fading Suns Games Yahoo group.

There’s also Andrew Greenberg’s blog, where he sometimes spills the beans on the forthcoming Noble Armada tablet game.

Merry Lux Splendor!

Illuminatus Calafrax’s Lux Splendor address, Pentateuch, 6014: “Even in the darkest voids of space, far from the nearest orb, the Light Invisible shines, especially on this, the day when the Prophet made the unseen seen. Fear not the diminishing glow of photonic rays. Rest in the knowledge that the Inexhaustible Source burns ever on, unto even the Untrod Night, unto even the Farthest Day, unto even the Nearest Morrow. Kindle thy ship’s furnaces! Set course to the Dark Places, that thee may truly see the Light!”

Merry Lux Splendor to the ancestors of Urth!

(Still looking for a present for that special Fading Suns fan? Ebooks are instant and don’t require last minute shipping. Guiseppe Alustro’s “My Time Among the Stars” makes the perfect, theologically approved reading!)