Monday, 4 June 2012

Fading Suns 3 Concept Document

A little something you might find useful as alternative to doing a bad thing and downloading the leaked Fading Suns 3 playtest document: the FS3 Concepts PDF is the original proposal for FS3 and was put together by the "Core 4", Casten Damm, Kathy Schad, Alex Wichert, and Angus McNicholl.

It shows what we had in mind and what Kathy Schad was capable of doing in terms of artwork. She'd certainly go about it differently today, probably just as the rest of us would in terms of game concepts. At the very least, this document is the point of origin for the development work that has followed since.

I have to admit that we didn't follow through 100% on all aspects of the proposal, and the system mechanics matured considerably over the years and the three iterations it has evolved through. This was however the document that started us down that long road.

Note that the concepts file is perfectly legal to look at, although we probably wouldn't have released it if the playtest leakage hadn't occurred. It was written by Carsten Damm and myself, developed along with Alex Wichert and Kathy Schad back in 2007. Since RedBrick has officially stated that this vision won't be used, there's no reason not to share what we originally had in mind for the game. Last but not least, no NDAs were broken by sharing of this file with you. We created this pitch for RedBrick Limited--which doesn't exist anymore, (RedBrick LLC is a different company based in a different country).

Enjoy, and please feel free to leave your comments / thoughts about the document.