Holistic Design

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Holistic Design, Inc. is an American game company[1] that was founded in 1992.[2] Only one of the original partners is still with the company, Ken Lightner, though the other current partners bring a broad array of game design skills to the firm, most notably Bill Bridges, Andrew Greenberg and Chris Wiese.

The company has developed many computer games in its history, including Battles of Destiny, Hammer of the Gods,[3] Final Liberation, Machiavelli the Prince,[2][3] Merchant Prince II, Emperor of the Fading Suns,[4] and Mall Tycoon.[5] HDI also has a number of miniatures games in its inventory, including Noble Armada, Carnage and Combat Zone. Their most famous product is perhaps its role-playing game Fading Suns,[6] but they also have a number of other RPGs to their credit, such as Rapture: The Second Coming, and their Real-Life Roleplaying series covering Afghanistan, Colombia, Somalia, and the FBI.

In 2011, the company entered into an arrangement with RedBrick Limited to continue the creation and publication of Fading Suns as a table top RPG. The company also announced a tablet game called Noble Armada which has not yet been released.[7] In 2014, the company made arrangements for FASA Games Inc to continue the same arrangement, which has produced a new core rulebook with plans for reprinting old ones.[8]


  1. ^ Brian Tinsman (2008). The Game Inventor's Guidebook: How to Invent and Sell Board Games, Card Games, Role-Playing Games, & Everything in Between!. Morgan James Publishing. p. 235. ISBN 1600377904. 
  2. ^ a b "Red Storm and Holistic Designs Create Bio-Strike". Business Wire (Press release). November 28, 2000. 
  3. ^ a b Christopher C. Warren (March 24, 1995). "Multi-Media Fair offers opportunity to get interactive; New technology will be on display". The Atlanta Journal and Constitution. p. 1J. 
  4. ^ "SegaSoft Launches Jack Hammer Brand; Company unveils first three non-stop action titles under new umbrella". Business Wire (Press release). July 30, 1996. 
  5. ^ Shaun Conlin (December 27, 2001). "Build and run your own mall". The Leader-Post. p. A10. 
  6. ^ J. Patrick Williams, Sean Q. Hendricks, W. Keith Winkler (2006). Gaming As Culture: Essays on Reality, Identity And Experience in Fantasy Games. McFarland. p. 4. ISBN 0786424362. 
  7. ^ HDI (2011). Noble Armada invading a tablet near you. HDI. 
  8. ^ FASA Games (2013). Welcome to Fading Suns. FASA. 

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