We have finished our 25-year anniversary patch for Emperor of the Fading Suns, now available as EFS Enhanced on GOG! HDI has been working with a small group of dedicated fans to bring this about, and we are very happy with the results. Check it out here, and if you already bought EFS on GOG, you also get this edition free. https://www.gog.com/game/emperor_of_the_fading_suns
Patience will finally be rewarded in early 2020: The Fading Suns core book layout is nearing completion, with new art coming in every week — color art! This will be the first full-color edition for our far-future passion play, giving the Known Worlds (and beyond) the vibrant look it’s long deserved. Already, companion books and products have been written and edited and will begin production soon. The launch of the new edition will be massive.
Following an old tradition, Ulisses would like to wish you all a joyful Lux Splendor. To quote from a homily delivered by Patriarch Palamon on Holy Terra in 5019: “Just as the Prophet’s transfiguration on this day bathed the stellar jumproads with holy radiance, driving out the Dark and opening a thousand worlds to safe habitation, so do your gifts to one another enact that same selfless act. Brethren of the far-flung worlds, the glow of many moons teaches us that to give you must first receive.”
We are debating running a Kickstarter for Fading Suns: Noble Armada. While we self-funded the game (read: I worked on it in my spare time rather than pay myself), there are a few things that would benefit from funding. These include:
Hiring a programmer to port it to other platforms (right now it is only set for PC).
Hiring an artist to make any necessary UI adjustments for those platforms.
Developing and testing a campaign editor that is usable by anyone, and not just the game developers.
Hiring both a programmer and artist to implement more spaceships and factions.
There are other things we could do with more financing, but those are the main ones. The main goal of the Kickstarter would be to finance those ports, so the game is playable on other platforms. That probably would not require much money. I am thinking it would run around $3,000. The secondary goal would be to create a user-friendly campaign editor, so players can create and share their own campaigns. You can follow me on Kickstarter as HDIAndrew, https://www.kickstarter.com//profile/hdiandrew
What do you think of Kickstarter campaigns? Is this something you might support?
My Time Among the Stars: The Collected Alustro’s Journals (Tales of the Fading Suns) is now available in ebook format. This book collects the journal entries that originally appeared in every Fading Suns sourcebook, taken from the actual journals of Illuminatus Guissepe Alustro and translated for pre-Diasporan readers (i.e., you) by Bill Bridges. If you’re new to Fading Suns, this is a good place to start. If you’re a veteran of the Emperor Wars, this is a good place to take a walk down memory lane (no, not the “Chauki stride,” but a thrilling time with old friends).
• Kindle: You can get My Time Among the Stars in Kindle format at amazon and at smashwords(as a .mobi file).
• ePub (Nook, iBook, etc.): Available at smashwords.
Alert the Town Criers Guild! Please spread the word far and wide! Don’t leave Alustro alone in the Dark Between the Stars — bring a lantern to the Dark!
P.S. Visit Bill Bridges at his website, where you can read his blog and subscribe to updates.