Holistic Design

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Holistic Design, Inc. (HDI), is an American game company.[1]

It was founded in 1992[2] as Several Dudes Holistic Gaming. 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 I & 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 to continue the creation and publication of Fading Suns as a tabletop 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 to continue the same arrangement, which has produced a new core rulebook with plans for reprinting old ones.[8] 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.


  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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