DescriptionIntriguing 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!
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|Excellent strategy game!||D Michael (232)|
|Emperor of the Fading Suns lives||Todd Calvin (5)|
|Great brain candy||E H (7)|
|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|
|PC Joker||Apr, 1997||72 out of 100||72|
|Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)||May 21, 1997||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||60|
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InterfaceEmperor 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.
PatchesAfter 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.
ReferencesThe 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 chartThe game came with a technology tree chart common to Civ./4X games.
Information also contributed by PCGamer77 and Todd Calvin.
Related Web Sites
- Emperor of the Fading Suns - Wikipedia (article about the game in the open encyclopedia)
- Hyperion patch (Hyperion patch website)
- Nova patch (Nova patch website)
- Reality patch (Reality patch website)