. Well I guess it’s finally time to show my next project I’ve been hinting at in previous Civilization posts! All those skills I’ve learned making the soon to be released Civilization 2 Heroes of Might & Magic 2 and Command & Conquer Africa scenarios are now being put into the hardest scenario I have ever attempted! I’m pushing even further into the Command & Conquer and Red Alert universe and creating a big Civilization 2 Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario where you’ll be battling it out in city streets between huge sky scrapers.. and yes I know I’m crazy as that’s totally something the Civ2 engine wasn’t built for haha! And I also know this is 20 years too late for anyone to care about it lol!
I’ve created a ModDB page for the project with dev diaries covering stages of development. Figured I’d post them here too, so here’s the first three dev diaries on the Civilization 2Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario.
Disclaimer: Hopefully the final product will be waaaaay better than all these WIP test shots but I gotta start somewhere haha.
In this first dev diary we look at experimenting with Civ2’s terrain limits & using some sneaky tricks to begin creating a Red Alert 2 style city map with Liberty island, bridges and buildings.
As a big Starflight series fan I’ve posted about this great project on my blog before but I thought I’d share some of the dev diaries I’ve been making for Marvin’s ‘Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend‘ project! This Starflight project is a new modern fan remake of the original 1987 PC space exploration game loved by many back in the day (although many fans like myself actually discovered Starflight in the 90s with the awesome Sega Genesis/Megadrive console remake). Marvin is a veteran professional software and game developer who has worked for multiple well known companies such as Bethesda Softworks and Rainbow Studios, on popular games such as ‘Elder Scrolls Redguard’ and ‘Cars: The Video Game’. As a fun side project, Marvin has decided to use his years of experience to remake his favorite childhood game with modern graphics via Unity. This game is open-source and freely available on GitHub, should anyone wish to help. Playable builds are being released on the project website and occasionally on IndieDB too.
While Marvin has been on an extended break from the Starflight Remake Project (due to his business, Covid-19 & other fun RL stuff) I’ve been helping him out and combining his old blog posts into Dev Diaries on IndieDB. If you want to reminisce or you didn’t see how it all begun then here’s another 5 dev diaries.
Ooooh just heard about another MOO like project called Alliance of the Sacred Suns (that seems to have been doing public betas for years under the name Imperia5x) when I saw it’s kickstarter campaign. Looks like an interesting attempt at being different from regular Master of Orion like 4x space strategy games by focusing more on you the emperor.. feels kinda of like a ‘Dune – Padishah Emperor simulator’ managing those pesky greedy disobedient houses haha! Planetary management looks interesting, those separated regional environments and developments remind me of MOO3. A simple thing but I also love how the planets moons just swing past the camera while you’re managing the world. Haven’t seen any space battle footage so I dunno how that’s managed. It’s kickstarter period is over half way through but it’s not even at half funded which is a bit worrying. It’s been worked on for many years and seems so far along so hopefully the project would survive a KS failure.
Followers of this blog may have seen me post about my recent love of 80s Future Synthwave songs and their compilation playlists in the past. Many of these tracks have freaky video clips and one of the standouts was Turbo Killer by Carpenter Brut. The utterly amazing video track was made by Seth Ickerman. Well now they’re working on a sequel project! If haven’t seen the original video then there it is:
Making of video:
Turns out I’m late to the party as usual as they announced a Turbo Killer 2 sequel in 2019 and launched a Kickstarter crowdfund campaign which did quite well as it showed shorts from both Tubero Killer 2 and another project they’re working on with serious Blade Runner vibes called project Ickerman!
Ickerman appears to be the long term project while Blood Machines the short term one. However like with so many great and creative projects things can blow out a bit and their Blood Machines short film expanded into a 50min movie so they did a second very successful Kickstarter in 2020. What’s even cooler is that the entire film soundtrack was done by Carepnder Brut and David Sandberg the creator of Kung Fury (which if you haven’t seen it’s awesomeness on then shame on you haha) also joined their team as a producer. I love how all these guys work looks so big budget despite being made in garages lol and that their creativity is inspired by 80s action, Synth Music and blade runner cyberpunk. Here’s some trailers:
Looks like Cyberpunk 2077 is delayed again haha not that it really matters to me since this old retro gamer doesn’t have a computer that can run it anyway lol. However continuing from my previous post about the awesome Night City Wires 1-3 there’s been some cool new ones which I’ll post below. But firstly I’ve just noticed a review in a recent PC Gamer magazine of a small indie game called Cloudpunk that has you piloting a flying taxi around a rainy cyberpunk city at night. Looks and sounds awesome as that cockpit has massive Blade Runner vibes, the taxi reminds me of 5th Element and that creepy stormy sky reminds me of Highlander 2 lol!
Apparently there’s not much depth to the gameplay sadly as it’s more about immersion. However considering I was more looking forward to driving around Cyberpunk 2077’s city at night listening to synth tunes instead of just running around shooting people then I suspect this little game will be right up my alley haha! Apparently you get your own apartment in a sky scraper with a balcony looking over the city that you can decorate and play retro video games in, so hmm yup that’s got me written all over it too lol! Although yet again my old computer probably can’t even run this one either arrrgh haha!
Regular visitors to my blog may have seen on my What Is Blake Playing Right NOW? page that I’ve been quite busy with Cilization 2 modding as part of the HUGE new WIP Civilization section and youtube series I’ve been working on for ages. Well part of that process has also been hunting for other peoples awesome mods and scenarios to play and tribute as there’s some truly amazing ones out there. I think I’ve reached the point where I have found all that I can so it’s time to go public and ask for help!
I’m on the Hunt for big Civilization total conversion scenarios with a particular focus on Civ2 & Civ3 (but am now expanding to Civ4, 5, 6 & spinoffs) relating to a whole bunch of my favourite fantasy & scifi movie/TV/gaming franchises (many of which I already cover at Blake’s Sanctum allowing for cool crossover content). Been posting in a few different Civ forums and getting great feedback, plus whenever someone has told me about an awesome scenario that’s disappeared over the years I’ve managed to track it down and bring it back from the dead to CivFinatics hosting, so helping me has helped the community. Hell in some rare cases I’ve even filled a gap by making the scenario myself haha!
Below is a link to my super list of mods. Many have already been found so make sure you check my list link below BEFORE making suggestions to save yourself time & effort lol!
At this stage I’m looking for Civ scenarios relating to Mars Colonization, Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri, Command & Conquer, Red Alert, Dune, Master of Magic, Sid Meier’s Colonization, Master of Orion, Doom, Babylon 5, Star Trek, Star Wars, Stargate, Fallout, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, The Elder Scrolls, Warcraft and Heroes of Might & Magic.
If you can’t help me then maybe my list will still help you find something cool! 🙂
Been a year since I last checked in on the amazing Elder Scrolls Skywind and Skyblivion projects and sure enough they’ve been busy creating some truly amazing content! Check out these amazing recent videos!
Finally!! Someone is remaking and expanding my favourite Childhood game Wonder Boy 2 in Monster Land into a new fan game called Monster Land Meka! Being a fan game it still needs plenty of polish but am utterly blown away with it’s quality so far. I really love the backgrounds where you can see entire valleys of grass, flowers, forests, & rivers surrounded by mountains. Cool foreground decoration too, great effects, amazing music remasters of the original WB2 songs that I’ve hummed in my head for the last 30 years lol! Check out his cool preview videos below, man I hope he releases a demo soon!
I’m also a huge fan of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049 sequel so I CAN’T WAIT to see what he does with the Dune universe (especially as once again he’s got a stunning cast of actors to work with). And after seeing those awesome Vanity Fair teaser photos the other day we finally now have our first trailer! Super exciting! Footage looks promising but need to see more to judge properly haha!
Figured it was time to post an update on my SEGA MegaZone Preservation Archive project as finally my efforts have netted a new addition. An awesome fellow named Colin saw my posts, contacted me over email and informed me that he has two MegaComp issues (pre-MegaZone Issue 2 and 4) and the first MegaZone along with several more early issues from 1990 (Issue 5 and what we believe is Issue 7 and 9). He’s sent me pictures of all the covers however so far he’s only scanned one mag for me and I haven’t heard from him for a while since sadly 😦 so fingers crossed he does the others eventually. That one mag was MegaComp Issue 2 and sure enough it mentions the name change from MegaCom (Issue 1) which confirms the NLA records. I’ve added it to The MegaZone Archive !
Another fellow recently posted a comment in one of my help threads about this search claiming that Issue 56 was not really the last one and that a few months later another issue appeared and that a letter he wrote to them was in it. I find that hard to believe as Issue 56 clearly states that it’s the last plus I was a subscriber and the only thing I got sent to me from them after Issue 56 was a cheque in the mail refunding me the rest of my subscription lol!
On and yet another kind fellow sent me pictures of some sort of Sega bucket (called Mega Booster Pak) promotion that was associated with MegaZone. I can’t see the word MegaZone written on them anywhere so I’m not sure about adding them to the archive at this stage. Maybe they were more of a Sega Club thing?
And finally I also saw some more little supplementary ‘Mini Megazone’ fold out booklets (similar to my one pictured below) on ebay recently. However the seller wanted 80 bucks EACH for them though so no one bought them. In the end I just took his pictures from the sale, maybe I’ll fashion them into something for the archives.
Big thank you to everyone that has come forward over the months since my first post. Hopefully one day we’ll get those final issues backed up and preserved!