No super update to Blake’s Sanctum in 2017

Hey guys,

As we close in on 29,000 visitors to Blake’s Sanctum and 4,000 visitors to this blog I’m sorry to announce that I won’t be doing my annual super update to all sections of the site this year. It’s normally a 1-3mth job and I just don’t have that kind of time at the moment. It’s not due to lack of content though as so many great people have sent me so many great fan projects to add to my various tribute lists so next years update will be MEGA!

However the good news is I will succeed in my old 3 new sections a year objective as I’ve recently completed the big Imperium Galactica Legacy section and I’m currently working on a Palm Kingdoms tribute section and some minor tributes to forgotten classics like Celtic Tales Balor of the Evil Eye and Legends of Pegasus.

The real activity though is happening on my Blake’s Sanctum youtube channel. Regular subscribers will have noticed that I’ve been uploading new a new video every weekend! Yup that’s 1 video a week. This is going to continue for while into 2018 as I’ve got a whole bunch of fun recent OpenRA Netbash videos and also recently completed my first ever lets play series and am currently cutting together the many episodes!

Oh and I have still done some minor updates to the site. Fans with a keen eye will notice all the welcome screens have been updated and some of my new sections are trialling an improved contents menu as the old one was just boring text.

So bottom line is there’s no super update but oh man is there plenty going on at Blake’s Sanctum haha! 🙂


Netbash 1 & 2! Retro Gaming Multiplayer LAN Videos

Hey everyone 🙂

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’ 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!

Netbash 0 – NYE 2016
Didn’t have any New Years Eve plans for the first time ever (getting old lol) so I met up with my mate James to have dinner and drinks. After dinner we randomly decided to connect 2 computers and play some old games. The netbash was back! Although sadly I didn’t do any videos as this was totally unplanned lol!
Bash 0 naughty meal of choice: Outdoor BBQ Feast!

Netbash 1 – February 2017
James & I decided to test more games in preparation for a bigger netbash with more mates. After many painful hours we got the Red Alert 2 mod for the OpenRA development version working! We failed to get the Dune 2 classic mod working though. We then went on to have a really fun Tiberian Sun team game.
Bash 1 naughty meal of choice: Salsa’s Fresh Mex Grill!

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