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Fading Suns Hits Kickstarter

Fading Suns: Pax Alexius hit Kickstarter earlier this week, and has smashed through its funding goal and hurtling towards the $100K level. It's a classic RPG set in the far future when the stars are starting to die.

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The Kickstarter is being run by Ulisses Spiele, and includes three core books -- the Universe Book (setting), Character Book (rules and character creation), and Gamemaster Book (example adventure, guidelines, etc). There are also additional books and accessories, like tokens, GM screen, and so on.

Fading Suns was first published in 1996 by Holistic Design. It's set in a medieval-esque space empire, long after the heights of human civilization. It has some of the feel of Dune, WH40K, and so on.

It's not a cheap Kickstarter -- the lowest pledge level is €50 for the PDF version, or €100 for the print version (all three books). But you get a lot of content for you money!

 
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SkidAce

Hero
Supporter
I loved the computer game version, but thats a bit steep for me.

Probably worth it in value, it was a very rich setting. But I probably wouldn't play it enough.

"House Hawkwood Unite!"
 

Cergorach

The Laughing One
I like the atmosphere of the old FS artstyle (1E/2E) and layout, 3E was a mess. 4E looks to have a quite different artstyle, it looks good, but doesn't scream FS to me.

Add to that $55 for 480 pages of pdf content vs the 312 page 2E corebook for €11.24 or $14.99 for the revised versions in pdf...
 
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doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
It'd be months before that would happen at this point.
Easily 18+, in fact, if things don’t go well.

Still, I’d pick it up if it weren’t quite that high a price. I’d rather a somewhat smaller game that can fit in one book, tbh.
 

ddaley

Explorer
It sounds interesting. I marked it to remind me. I'll see how things are going in a couple of weeks.

One thing that would help sell it at that price point is an introductory adventure. I skimmed the campaign page and comments and didn't see mention of that.. not even in the stretch goals.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
It sounds interesting. I marked it to remind me. I'll see how things are going in a couple of weeks.

One thing that would help sell it at that price point is an introductory adventure. I skimmed the campaign page and comments and didn't see mention of that.. not even in the stretch goals.
There's an adventure in the Gamemaster Book.

"The Gamemaster Book (96 pages) presents people, places, and plots for Fading Suns. Herein are guidelines for creating dramas for the player troupe and how to populate them with all manner of non-player-character allies, rivals, and foils. An example drama is included, as well as a roll-by-roll description of play.

At least, I'm assuming "a drama" is their term for "an adventure".
 





Cergorach

The Laughing One
Easily 18+, in fact, if things don’t go well.
People claiming ANY number need to be taken, not with a grain of alt, but with a whole truck of salt! Claiming 'easily' 18+ months is a bunch of panic mongering! Sure, this has to be taken seriously, this can be very bad. But let's not repeat everything you hear crackpots say.

@Paragon Lost If they keep the old system and just improve it, it feels a lot like world of darkness games.
 

Interesting franchise, but I hate the trope of the Religion vs Science. This is a false dilleme.

In my homebred setting the technophobic factions aren't religious cults but malthusian who thinks we should live with a low-level life to save recourses. But the true root of the problem isn't the lack of sources, at all, but the bad management by the people who monopolize the economy and don't worry for rival company stealing clients and only tax-payers, not themself, will suffers the consequences of their mistakes.
 


Philature

Villager
The big difference is that for Ptolus they will be able to re-use a lot of the artworks in the original product while this new Fading Sun edition seems to use a whole new set of arts compared to it previous edition. This make it a far more expansive project.

However, I do feel the project is expansive but maybe not so much for it scope - they are planning so many books and expansions already.
 

doctorbadwolf

Heretic of The Seventh Circle
People claiming ANY number need to be taken, not with a grain of alt, but with a whole truck of salt! Claiming 'easily' 18+ months is a bunch of panic mongering! Sure, this has to be taken seriously, this can be very bad. But let's not repeat everything you hear crackpots say.

@Paragon Lost If they keep the old system and just improve it, it feels a lot like world of darkness games.
I’m repeating what health officials have said. It probably will take that long or longer to get a vaccine, and it may very well take until we have a vaccine for things to go entirely back to normal. Especially for vulnerable groups.
 

Paragon Lost

Terminally Lost
Supporter
I’m repeating what health officials have said. It probably will take that long or longer to get a vaccine, and it may very well take until we have a vaccine for things to go entirely back to normal. Especially for vulnerable groups.
Exactly, this is what the experts are putting out. 12 to 18 months is not far fetched or fear mongering at all. It's just being bluntly realistic.
 


imagineGod

Adventurer
There's an adventure in the Gamemaster Book.

"The Gamemaster Book (96 pages) presents people, places, and plots for Fading Suns. Herein are guidelines for creating dramas for the player troupe and how to populate them with all manner of non-player-character allies, rivals, and foils. An example drama is included, as well as a roll-by-roll description of play.

At least, I'm assuming "a drama" is their term for "an adventure".
Adventures are nice to have, but should live on their own books (or PDF) instead of taking pages from a core rulebook.
 

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