PINNED POST: Blake needs your help!!!!!!

Because of the Logan Paul incident Youtube has brought in rules that ruin things for all us harmless legit small time creators. 😦 If you’ve enjoyed visiting my website & blog, watching my videos, or playing my Star Trek Doom 2 & Quest for Glory 4 3D Hexen levels then please help me get to the required 1000 subscribers fellow retro fans!

Dune 3-Hour Alternative Edition Redux Fan Cut 4K

WOW! Another amazing fan cut has been found!! While this piece of news is not directly related to my big new Dune Games section tributing all known Dune related games and mods I have to post about this incredible discovery!! Anoher Superfan has painstakingly cut together his own 3hr cut of David Lynch’s epic original 1984 Dune film. I love the original Dune film (hence why I’m super excited about the new 2021 Dune film!) but the theatrical cut is too short and weird and confusing. The extended TV cut makes much more sense but has very poor visual quality and is filled with cheap repetitive cuts of the same ships.

The amazing 3 hour HD complete fan cut I posted here a few years ago fixed all that by removing the repetitive ship shots and inserting all the deleted scenes ever found. So why am I excited about this new different 3hr fan cut? Well the other fan cut for the most part kept the movie in the order with David Lynch’s original final theater release cut, inserted the deleted scenes where they felt most appropriate, and didn’t try to mess with things too much out of respect or the original film (which some fans like me loved and some didn’t as they wanted it to be closer to the books). Whereas this new fan cut changes so much to be closer to the books and ensure that important information and deposition is delivered at the appropriate time in the film to minimize confusion and ensure nothing is forgotten about at the very moment that information matters to help push the story along, dialogue plus entire scenes and sequences are rearranged to ensure better delivery and flow. Like the other fan cut many deleted scenes have been inserted back into the film as well and all footage has been painstakingly upscaled using the latest AI upscaling techniques to 4K.

Despite being closer to the books this fan edit still stays as close to what they believe David Lynch’s vision was by following what was in his original script before things were cut to pieces. Apparently the fans behind this had access to all sorts of rarely seen archives so there’s things here not even in the other super fan cut (which was built from film cuts and deleted scenes on all the different international blu-ray re-releases). This new cut is on Youtube so I don’t know how long it’s going to last (the other fan cut had to use torrent sites for sharing to avoid unwanted licencing attention) so go check this out ASAP (& maybe grab a copy for safe keeping using a youtube ripper lol). If you haven’t seen the other fan cut then go check that out too and see which one you prefer!

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Civ Video Series Ep 01 – Civilization 1 HD Tour With Mods & Scenarios

Civilization Genre HD Video Series:
Welcome to the first episode in a huge video series years in the making where I show you how to play each classic Civilization genre game (including spinoffs) in 1080p HD, while showing off some of their best scenarios and mods along with their interesting and sometimes very different console conversions, plus also trying to play as the Barbarians in each game too. I’ll also be looking at fan games and naturally at some point I’ll get to the more modern Civ games that don’t require any tricks to play in HD and will still tribute them too of course! In many cases there’s simply too much to cover in one main episode so I’ll also be making special extra bonus episodes to compliment the main episodes in the series, so stay tuned!

  • Main Episode 01 – Civilization 1 (You are here!)
  • Main Episode 02 – Colonization (Coming soon)
  • Main Episode 03 – Master of Magic (Coming soon)
  • Main Episode 04 – Civilization 2 (Coming soon)
  • Main Episode 05 – Civ2 Test of Time (Coming less soon)
  • Main Episode 06 – Alpha Centauri (Coming less soon)
  • Main Episode 07 – Civ Call to Power (Coming next year)
  • Main Episode 08 – Call to Power 2 (Coming next year)
  • Main Episode 09 – Civilization 3 (Coming next year)
  • Main Episode 10 – Civilization 4 (Coming next decade)
  • Main Episode 11 – Civ4 Colonization (Coming next decade)
  • Main Episode 12 – Civilization 5 (Coming next century)
  • Main Episode 13 – Civ Beyond Earth (Coming next century)
  • Main Episode 14 – Civilization 6 (Coming next lifetime)
  • Main Episode 15 – Old World (Coming next lifetime)
  • Main Episode 16 – Humankind (Coming next lifetime)
  • Misc Episodes – Civ Fan Games – FreeCiv, FreeCol, FreeMars & More (Coming very soon)

Main Episode 01 – Civilization 1 HD Tour:
Main video on playing Civ1 in HD with mods & scenarios:

Years in the making this is a huge video tour showcasing Civilization 1 in HD with some of its best mods and scenarios. This is the first main episode in a huge series showing people how you can play classic Civilization games in HD on modern systems using some of the best enhancement mods out there. I try to show off some of the best fan made scenarios too (yes, there were scenarios for Civ1!), along with some lesser known console conversions, and I also show you how to play as the normally unplayable Barbarians 8th Civilization slot.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVfpkzb_C3g&list=PLZqnaGtTZxFbq3F5R6lqzyVvYzg9tRBPY

(Make sure you expand video to play in full screen HD!)

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Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World 4 Remake (The series is back again!)

Before I became huge PC gamer I was a Sega kid who in the early 1990s had a Sega Master System and then later a Sega MegaDrive/Genesis. I loved many Master System games (Alex Kidd, Asterix, Sonic, Star Wars & many of the Disney ones) however my absolute favourite was Wonder Boy in Monster Land. It may have been the first ever RPG I played and if not then certainly the first I ever owned. I used to hire the sequels from the local video stores and decades later would finally buy them and add them to my physical collection (although Monster World 4 was only released in Japan sadly). In the end a total of 4 Monster World RPG games were made (not including the original Wonder Boy or all the crazy spin offs haha). However it always made me sad that after the mid 90s this great series became abandoned, forgotten about and lost in a legal limbo (due to multiple rights holders disagreeing) for so long.

However a few years ago everything changed when Lizardcube & DotEmu teamed up to make the utterly awesome Wonder Boy 3 The Dragon’s Trap Remake and then Game Atelier & FDG Entertainment teamed up to make an actual friggin sequel to the series with the amazing Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom. They worked with some of the original creators to ensure their new vision remained faithful and paved the way for yet another new game. As now G-Choice & ININ Games have teamed up to release the super cool Wonder Boy Asha in Monster World 4 Remake and it looks great! Check out the video below guys! Fingers crossed this will all finally lead to a remake of my beloved Wonder Boy in Monster Land one day too (although fans are filling the gap with some cool stuff in the meantime)!

PC: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1420080/Wonder_Boy_Asha_in_Monster_World/
Consoles: https://wonderboy.iningames.com/

Betrayed Alliance 2 (Sierra Hero Quest/QFG1 EGA like game)

I’ve been following this guy’s retro work for a while now as it’s amazing. Betrayed Alliance 2 looks like real love letter to those of us who played Hero Quest / Quest for Glory 1 (& other EGA Sierra games of that time) back in the day, it even has the RPG combat stuff too. This game is actually a sequel as the original BA1 game was released a few years back and is free to download from his site. I think this sequel will be free too as he just does it for the love of it.

https://rjslattery.com/2021/10/06/betrayed-alliance-2-backgrounds-two-years-of-pixels/

Civilization 1 – Play As Barbarians Scenario release!

Well since it’s the 30th anniversary this month of the Civilization Series beginning I thought I’d finally release my Civ1 mods lol!

This time it’s my Attila’s Conquest 1 – Play As Barbarians Scenario for both CivDOS & CivWin. This scenario is the first in a series where I attempt to play as the 8th Barbarian slot in each Civ game via hacks, cheats & editor tools and release a scenario for others to play as them too. Can you also overcome all the Barbarian disadvantages to defeat the advancing regular 7 Civs in this special 8 Civ survival scenario? Full details below…

Scenario Homepage:
http://blakessanctum.x10.mx/Mods/BarbSeries/

Scenario ModDB Page:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/attilas-conquest-1-play-as-barbarians-scenario

Demonstration Video:
youtu.be/TyFLI_B_Cbg?list=PLZqnaGtTZxFbq3F5R6lqzyVvYzg9tRBPY

Screenshots:

 
 

The Series:

  • Attila’s Conquest 1 – Play As Barbarians in Civilization 1 (You are here!)
  • Play as Natives in Colonization
  • Attila’s Conquest 2 – Play As Barbarians in Civilization 2 (Coming soon)
  • Attila’s Conquest 3 – Play As Barbarians in Civ2 Test of Time (Coming soon)
  • HYKGOMP 2217 – Play As Aliens in Alpha Centauri
  • Attila’s Conquest 4 – Play As Barbarians in Civ Call to Power (Coming less soon)
  • Attila’s Conquest 5 – Play As Barbarians in Call to Power 2 (Coming less soon)
  • Attila’s Conquest 6 – Play As Barbarians in Civilization 3 (Coming not so soon)
  • Attila’s Conquest 7 – Play As Barbarians in Civilization 4 (Coming very not soon lol)
  • Play as Natives in Civ4 Colonization (Coming very not soon lol)
  • Civ5, CivBE, Civ6, FreeCiv etc (Who knows when!)

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Contents:

1. About
2. Installation Instructions
3. Known Issues & Strategies
4. Version History
5. Credits
6. DOWNLOAD

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Civilization 1 For Windows – Complete Soundtrack Overhaul Mod Release

Well since it’s the 30th anniversary this month of the Civilization Series beginning I thought I’d finally release my Civ1 mods lol!

After a successful quiet release a while back with no new bugs reported I’ve now decided to go public with the final full release of my Civilization 1 For Windows – Soundtrack Overhaul Mod that replaces all the old CivWin short low quality WAV music files with full length high quality Roland MT-32 recordings. Full details below…

ModDB Page:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civwin-complete-soundtrack-overhaul-mod

Demonstration Video:
youtu.be/eVfpkzb_C3g?list=PLZqnaGtTZxFbq3F5R6lqzyVvYzg9tRBPY

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Contents:

1. About
2. Installation Instructions
3. Known Issues
4. Version History
5. Credits
6. DOWNLOAD

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Oblivion, Skyrim, Fallout in Unreal Engine 5 Nanite

Hey guys, came across this fellows amazing work today! Basically he’s recreating classic beautiful open world game locations in Unreal Engine 5 using it’s Nanite algorithms. The results are stunning and quite realistic! The ones that really blew me away were of course his recreations of classic Elder Scrolls Oblivion and Skyrim locations! He’s also done some cool Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 4 locations too. Hope he does Morrowind one day too! Check out his amazing videos below!

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Netbash 2019-2020! Retro Gaming Multiplayer LAN Party Videos

Hey everyone πŸ™‚

I don’t know about you guys but when I was a young man in the late 90s and early 2000s I loved meeting up with 3 or 4 mates, getting some booze & bad take away food, bringing our computers over and playing multiplayer games like Command & Conquer, Unreal Tournament, Counterstrike, and Civilization just to name a few. We nicknamed them ‘netbashes’ (although most of the world call them LAN parties) and had many over those years but sadly for whatever reason (grew up, got jobs, got girlfriends etc) we stopped doing them after 2001ish.

Well in 2017 we decided to bring back the netbash (possibly due to an early midlife crisis haha) and relive our youth playing some of these great old games. Thanks to the fan gaming and modding community its easier than ever to play some of these classic games on modern machines. OpenRA in particular is just an utterly brilliant and addictive way to relive C&C and Dune gaming. Since I already had a website and youtube channel devoted to retro gaming and mods I decided to start filming some of our netbash games to improve the content. Below are some of the videos of these great fan remakes and mods of great classic games!

If you haven’t seen my earlier Netbash posts then you can find them HERE, HERE and HERE

2019-2020 Netbash’s
Well once again I’m super late with this post that I’ve combined lots of LAN parties over 2 years into one post as I no longer remember how many Netbashes we had and what naughty foods we ate haha!

We had number of great netbashes in 2019 and 2020 with Mick , James & myself along with David and Bryan making appearances. New games were tested such as the awesome Sins of a Solar Empire Rebellion mod scene (Star Trek Armada 3 and Halo Sins of the Prophets) and Age of Empires 3 and we also had some more OpenRA games testing awesome 3rd party mods like Classic Dune 2, Red Alert 1 Doom horror survival map Purgatory, Red Alert 2 Romanov’s Vengeance resulting in a number of cool videos filmed! Here they are below!
2019 Bashes naughty meals of choice: Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill, Nordburger, and Lawash Bakery (Afgan food)!
2020 Bashes naughty meals of choice: NONE! We were stuck in lockdown and had to play remotely over the internet!

OpenRA C&C Red Alert 1 Survival Horror Map Purgatory (4 Players vs DOOM MONSTERS)

OpenRA C&C Red Alert 2 Romanov’s Vengeance Mod Allied Multiplayer (4 Players vs 4 AIs)

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New King’s Bounty II Footage!

Well it’s been 2 years since I last posted about the up and coming King’s Bounty 2 game. This Heroes of Might & Magic like franchise (HoMM actually spun off from the original KB back in the day) has seen some great titles over the last decade or so thanks to being resurrected by 1C in Russia and offers a really fun and more RPG focused experience compared to HoMM. This new sequel has changed things quite a bit compared to their other KB games and is going in quite a realistic and darker Witcher themed direction.

It’s finally about to be released soon and the latest trailer footage is looking very nice. Unlike the earlier footage that had people worried it was just a human fest there’s still plenty of monsters and ‘other worldly’ terrains from the looks of things. Lots of tough choices to be made too. Am excited to try this one!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1135300/Kings_Bounty_II/

Civilization 2: Red Alert 2 Siege of New York Mod – Dev Diaries 4-6

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.

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Time to continue posting about my latest 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 next three dev diaries on the Civilization 2 Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario.

Dev diaries 1-3 were posted HERE

In this fourth dev diary we hit our stride and finish off all building types – big ones, little ones, and the biiiig difficult 3×3 super skyscrapers.

RA2 Dev Diary 04 – Final Super Buildings in the Civilization 2 – C&C Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/final-super-buildings


In this fifth dev diary we finally finished all city buildings and base buildings allowing us to finalise the design of the map.

RA2 Dev Diary 05 – Finishing Bases & the Map for the Civilization 2 – C&C Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/finishing-the-bases-map


In this sixth dev diary we’re finally in the home stretch as the title loading screen plus all units, technologies, base improvements are completed.

RA2 Dev Diary 06 – Units & Other Final Graphics for the Civilization 2 – C&C Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/units-and-other-final-graphics