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Emperor of the Fading Suns (Windows)

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Description

Intriguing Civ style game from the EotFS paper RPG Universe.

Up to 5 players take the role of Houses vying for control of the known galaxy by winning political votes and siezing power.

One of many interesting game mechanics is some technolgies are "banned" by the church, and players who research it may be punished for forbidden knowledge if/when the church finds out!

Screenshots

Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Very minimalistic internal affairs.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Main screen on homepage.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows House Hawkwood's stronghold on Byzantium Secundus.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Imperial offices. Currently vacant.

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User Reviews

Excellent strategy game! D Michael (221) 3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars3.86 Stars
Emperor of the Fading Suns lives Todd Calvin (5) 4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars4.71 Stars
Great brain candy E H (7) 4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars4.29 Stars

The Press Says

Game.EXE Feb, 1997 95 out of 100 95
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Gamezilla 1997 73 out of 100 73
Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault) May 21, 1997 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
GameSpot Mar 25, 1997 6.5 out of 10 65
Power Play May, 1997 62 out of 100 62
Computer Gaming World (CGW) May, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Interface

Emperor of the Fading Suns was developed by the same people who made Merchant Prince and Machiavelli the Prince, which explains why it has the exact same interface as these games.

Patches

After the release, the developers released two patches based on the players' suggestions. There also exist three different fan-made patches called Nova, Hyperion and Reality. Their sites can be found in the related links section.

References

The setting of Holistic Design's pen-and-paper role-playing game Fading Suns, upon which Emperor of the Fading Suns is based, shares many similarities with the Dune universe by Frank Herbert. This includes the game's general premise of a feudal space Empire comprised of a variety of noble houses, trading guilds and religious sects, but there are also numerous direct references, like the Prana-Bindu technology, Doppleganger units (shape-shifters similar to Face Dancers in Dune) and the Psychosonic Manipulation special ability, which can be compared to the Voice used by the Bene Gesserit in Frank Herbert's books.

Technology chart

The game came with a technology tree chart common to Civ./4X games.

Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Todd Calvin.

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Tony Van (2691) added Emperor of the Fading Suns (Windows) on Jan 24, 2000