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Dragon Con 2016

Members of HDI will once again be at our local convention, Dragon Con, this Labor Day weekend.

Bill & Andrew together in one room:

Bill and Andrew will be chatting about the old, early days of White Wolf, along with James A. Moore. Come see us Saturday night!

Title: World of Darkness: 25th Anniversary
Description: Vampire: The Masquerade changed the face of horror and dark fantasy debuted in 1991. This hour will be a discussion of the early years of the World of Darkness and the industry it spawned.
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Peachtree 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Bill Bridges, James A. Moore, Andrew Greenberg)

Bill’s other panel about evil gaming — and how to do it!

Title: Demons, Devils, and the Occult
Description: How do you portray “pure” evil in a game? How can you add that touch of the sinister in your game? Can darkness and flames be portrayed without losing its mystique?
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: Augusta 1-2 – Westin (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Robert J. Schwalb, Bruce R Cordell, Bill Bridges, Erik Mona)

Andrew’s other panels:

Title: Activism 101 and State Level Activism
Description: How do you change the world when there are such an overwhelming number of problems today? Does activism mean having to get arrested or does it require civil disobedience? We’ll explore the tenets of our democracy and ways to work within the system to make the world a better place.
Time: Fri 11:30 am Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Amie Stepanovich, David Maass, Hayden Barnes, Andrew Greenberg)

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Title: Niche Markets in eBooks and Print (for Writers)
Description: What are niche markets for writers, and what are the special considerations that writers face when writing for them? Are there truly financial opportunities to be had in writing for niche markets? What makes the most business sense?
Time: Sun 04:00 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
(Tentative Panelists: Sascha Illyvich, Gail Z. Martin, Andrew Greenberg)

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Title: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters [a must!]
Description: Knowing and asserting your rights along with common sense can greatly improve the outcome of any police encounter. Documentary by flexyourrights.org. A question and answer session will follow the film.
Time: Sun 08:30 pm Location: 208-209 – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Moderator / MC for panel
(Tentative Panelists: Andrew Greenberg)

Town Criers Guild Announces Fading Suns Portuguese Translation

ATLANTA – August 5, 2016 – Holistic Design Inc. and Canivete Films announce a licensing agreement for a Fading Suns roleplaying game Portuguese translation. After many years, and much growing support for the system, the gaming community in Brazil can look forward to an opportunity to travel amongst the stars to worlds of wonder and intrigue in the Fading Suns universe.

“We are very happy to have the talented team at Canivete Films translating and publishing Fading Suns in Brazil,” said Holistic Design President Chris Wiese. “There are so many new titles coming out for Fading Suns and the related Noble Armada miniature game system worldwide this year. All of these elements will enhance the opportunity for a Portuguese translation of Fading Suns.”

“For us it is a dream that came true. To bring to Brazil, a sci-fi roleplaying game, with the weight and notoriety of Fading Suns, and making it accessible in Portuguese is a true achievement for us”, said Canivete Films Vice President Marco Loureiro.

“What to say about Fading Suns? Imagine yourself in a scenery where the lost interstellar races of Erik Von Däniken meet with the Space Opera of Frank Herbert’s Dune, in a noble house ruler system seeking galactic control. Now add the threat of a repeating history of the Foundation of Asimov, with humans exploring the universe with the jumpgates. Fading Suns is a: Sci-Fi RPG where everything can be epic, all stories could become a saga. And your character may conquer the universe.” said XXXX CEO Leandro L. C. e Rodrigues, Director of Content of Crônicas da Magia, Director of Quickblade RPG and Director Editor of the Ed Greenwood Group Brazil.

“Fading Suns is the RPG that cannot be missing on the shelf of your game store. Being a rich and broad universe, the only thing that will be the threshold for your adventure, is the moment your imagination depletes. Nothing like a good medieval adventure in space to involve your friends.” Said Mandy Penido, manager at Terramédia store.

ABOUT HOLISTIC DESIGN INC.

Holistic Design is an Atlanta-based game design company. Holistic Design develops roleplaying game products such as Fading Suns and Real Life Roleplaying, tabletop miniature games such as Noble Armada and Carnage, computer games such as Emperor of the Fading Suns, Mall Tycoon and Warhammer 40K Final Liberation and is currently developing App games for multiple platforms. Holistic Design was founded in 1992.

ABOUT CANIVETE FILMS

Canivete Films is a video production company that believes and creates inspiring ideas to work on, with experience on audio-visual, photography, social media and motion graphics.
They worked with several companies of diverse segments and out of late, with RPG publishers. Currently involved in creating events, through the Dungeon Geek, a franchise focused on the nerd/geek universe, mainly on roleplaying games. Canivete Films is based in Sao Paulo and was founded in 2012.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM HOLISTIC DESIGN INC. CONTACT:

Chris Wiese, President, Holistic Design Inc., hdi@holistic-design.com, 770-592-1718

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM CANIVETE FILMS CONTACT:

Marco Loureiro, Vice President, Canivete Films., contato@canivetefilms.com.br, 55-11-4115-4166

SIEGE 2015

Once again the Southern Interactive Entertainment and Gaming Expo (SIEGE) comes to Atlanta, this October 9-11 at the Marriott NW Atlanta Galleria. Why do we mention this here? Because this con for gamers and game makers is run by our very own Andrew Greenberg (and the George Game Developers Association). It also features speakers such as HDI’s Bill Bridges, Ken Lightner, and John Bridges. (Someday, we’ll get Chris Wiese out to one of these things.)

For more info, visit http://siegecon.net/home.

Dragon Con 2015

Once again, Dragon Con comes to town (Atlanta, GA), and members of the HDI crew will be there. While we won’t be doing any Fading Suns or other HDI-related panels, you can still come see us at the following events:

Bill Bridges:

Title: Going Dark in the World of Gaming
Description: Forbidden & taboo subjects in gaming. How to bring evil into our games?
Time: Sat 08:30 pm Location: Grand Salon C – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Robert J. Schwalb, Bill Bridges, Kenneth Hite, Jason Bulmahn

Title: Growing Your Games Up
Description: A look at more adult themes in gaming. How can you add romance without making it cheesy? Can violence have meaning?
Time: Sun 07:00 pm Location: Grand Salon C – Hilton (Length: 1 Hour)
Panelists: Bill Bridges, Shanna Germain, Jason Bulmahn, Robert J. Schwalb

Andrew Greenberg:

Title: What to Do If Police Want to Search Your Electronic Device
Time: Sun 10:00 am  Location: 201 [Hil]
Description: What to do if police demand your smartphone for evidence or just take it without asking. What are your rights?
Panelists: A. Greenberg, B. Chintella, N. Kayyali

Title: 10 Rules for Dealing with Police Encounters
Time: Sun 8:30 pm  Location: 201 – Hilton
Description: Asserting your rights with common sense can improve the outcome of any police encounter.
Panelists: A. Greenberg, L. Hall

John Bridges:

Title: HiRez Studios: SMITE Q&A
Time: Fri 02:30 pm Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: HiRez Studios answers your questions about their popular MOBA & give hints as to what’s coming next.

Title: The Art of Video Games
Time: Sun 05:30 pm Location: Grand Salon E – Hilton (Length: 1)
Description: The rapidly evolving world of video game art.

Announcing: New Spanish edition of Fading Suns

ATLANTA – MARCH 11, 2015 – Holistic Design Inc. and Ediciones Epicismo announce a licensing agreement for a Fading Suns roleplaying game Spanish translation. Now, the gaming community in Spain can look forward to an opportunity to travel amongst the stars to worlds of wonder and intrigue in the Fading Suns universe.

“We are excited to have the talented team at Ediciones Epicismo translating and publishing Fading Suns in Spain,” said Holistic Design President Chris Wiese. “With all the new and exciting things coming out this year in the Fading Suns gaming system, the opportunities for a Spanish translation at this time are excellent.”

“We are very proud to bring Fading Suns to Spain, one of the greatest sci-fi roleplaying games in the industry. For me, it is one of my favourite roleplaying games which I have enjoyed on uncountable afternoons since my youth”, said Ediciones Epicismo President Ángel Arcos. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to translate and publish the Spanish version of Fading Suns.”

“More information on release dates and other specifics regarding the Spanish version of Fading Suns will be announced soon”, said Ángel.
“For me, Fading Suns is the perfect roleplaying game; its universe gave me the opportunity to create my adventures in any setting. After learning about this news and knowing Ediciones Epicismo, I can only expect that they will bring Fading Suns to Spain with the highest quality, something that it deserves, so I and other players could live new adventures in this amazing world,” said Fading Suns Yahoo Spain community administrator Bokeratsu.

ABOUT HOLISTIC DESIGN INC.
Holistic Design is an Atlanta-based game design company. Holistic Design develops roleplaying game products such as Fading Suns and Real Life Roleplaying, tabletop miniature games such as Noble Armada and Carnage, computer games such as Emperor of the Fading Suns, Mall Tycoon and Warhammer 40K Final Liberation and is currently developing App games for multiple platforms. Holistic Design was founded in 1992.

ABOUT EDICIONES EPICISMO
Ediciones Epicismo is a publishing company specialised in roleplaying games and novels, mostly sci-fi and fantasy. Ediciones Epicismo has published original material such as Gran Héroe, Iluminados or El Señor de la Rueda, as well as foreign titles like Triumphant RPG. Ediciones Epicismo is based in Talavera de la Reina (Toledo) and it was founded in 2012.

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM HOLISTIC DESIGN INC. CONTACT:
Chris Wiese, president, Holistic Design Inc., hdi@holistic-design.com

FOR MORE INFORMATION FROM EDICIONES EPICISMO CONTACT:
Ángel Gallardo, president, Ediciones Epicismo., info@edicionesepicismo.com