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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!


Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Start screen.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Sneak attack on League outpost.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows The archives provide a background on the game universe, as well as information about available technologies and units. This entry makes a reference to Dune by Frank Herbert.
Emperor of the Fading Suns Windows Diplomacy screen. The leader of House Decados.

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Emperor of the Fading Suns Concept Art
Emperor of the Fading Suns Screenshot
Emperor of the Fading Suns Screenshot Screenshot from the intro cinematic
Emperor of the Fading Suns Screenshot

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User Reviews

Excellent strategy game! D Michael (232) 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

Critic Reviews

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 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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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.


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.


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 (2855) added Emperor of the Fading Suns (Windows) on Jan 24, 2000