Blake’s Sanctum passes 60,000 visitors!


Blake’s Sanctum just hit the big 60,000 visitors mark less than a year after I posted about hitting the 50,000 mark, which shows that despite not much growth of content on the site the visitors keep coming to enjoy my tributes to retro games and fan projects so thanks everyone. 🙂

Also this blog is about to hit the 35,000 hits mark which considering it was about to hit 25,000 in my last post a year ago then that’s a good sign it’s also doing well as well and pushing around 10,000 visitors a year like the main site.

Just like I said in that last post around a year ago sadly my big new WIP Civilization section that was meant to be a 6mth project has gone on another year (meaning we’re at the 2.5 year mark now) and STILL shows no signs of being done anytime soon lol. Has really been bothering me lately as I really got in over my head with this section. There’s just TOO much content out there and TOO many mod projects I wanted to personally make myself. However I refuse to give up and let all that work go to waste so I shall keep at it! Hopefully the first of the videos in the series will star to appear on my Youtube Channel and I can finalise their respective web page tributes too.

Civilization 2: Heroes of Might & Magic 2 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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The biggest project of them all is a Heroes of Might & Magic 2 total conversion mod and scenario for the great classic game Sid Meier’s Civilization II MGE created by Metropolis and me! Inspired by Tom2050’s amazing HoMM3 mod for Civ3 we hope to create the most HoMM2 like experience within the limitations of the old Civ2 engine.

We’ve created a ModDB page for the project with fun dev diaries covering stages of development. Figured I’d post each of them here too! Here’s the next three! 🙂

Dev Diaries 1-3 were posted HERE

HUGE fourth dev diary is up! This time we look at changing Civ2’s throne room with a HoMM2 castle jigsaw while completely replacing the title screen plus intro, diplomacy herald and wonder videos with cool HoMM2 content.

Dev Diary 04 – New Throne Room, Intro, Dip & Wonder Videos For The Civ2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-heroes-of-might-and-magic-2-mod/news/new-throne-room-intro-dip-wonder-vids

Diplomacy Heralds:

Wonder Videos:


Fifth dev diary is up! This time we look at adding new HoMM2 themed victory and death sequences plus custom city screen backgrounds.

Dev Diary 05 – Creating Victory/Death & City Backgrounds For The Civ2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-heroes-of-might-and-magic-2-mod/news/creating-victory-death-city-backgrounds


Sixth dev diary is up! This time we answer fan demands to show units while also showing off all city buildings and some small touch-ups to the city sky view.

Dev Diary 06 – Heroes, Units & City Buildings In The Civ2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-heroes-of-might-and-magic-2-mod/news/heroes-units-city-buildings

Website Updates & Repairs

Hey guys,

As reported a few months ago I accidentally broke all my onedrive links on my website Blakes Sanctum.

I am pleased to say I have fixed all download links to my drive now. I also took the opportunity to update all pages to use HTML5 Audio controls since flash is being fazed out resulting in my old audio player being blocked in some browsers.

I have also updated every section to have news links to this blog so people can check out any recent news and events I’ve reported on relating to the game section they’re viewing.

Sadly I still have done the image move of all my website’s Onedrive HD pictures to Imgur yet as that’s a really really nasty job lol!

Civilization 2: Heroes of Might & Magic 2 mod – Dev Diaries 1-3

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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The biggest project of them all is a Heroes of Might & Magic 2 total conversion mod and scenario for the great classic game Sid Meier’s Civilization II MGE created by Metropolis and me! Inspired by Tom2050’s amazing HoMM3 mod for Civ3 we hope to create the most HoMM2 like experience within the limitations of the old Civ2 engine.

We’ve created a ModDB page for the project with fun dev diaries covering stages of development. Figured I’d post each of them here too! Here’s the first three! 🙂

EDIT: Dev diaries 4-6 now posted HERE

First dev diary of a Civ2 HoMM2 scenario I’m working with someone on that’s 20 years too late but we’re doing it anyway lol!

Dev Diary 01 – Creating Cities For The Civilization 2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-…ing-cities


Second dev diary is up! This time we look at ‘HoMMafying’ all those Civ 2 advisor, city and event screens.

Dev Diary 02 – Creating Beautiful Backgrounds For The Civ2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-…ackgrounds


Third dev diary is up! This time we look at changing Civ2’s leader portraits used for diplomacy with HoMM2 heroes and make a bold attempt at replacing Civ2’s original wonder videos

Dev Diary 03 – Creating Custom Leaders & Wonder Vids For The Civ2 Heroes Of Might & Magic 2 Mod:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-…rs-wonders

Some Blakes Sanctum website images & downloads broken

Hey guys,

I accidentally broke every single picture and download share link on my Microsoft Onedrive last night. Quite a few of the HD pictures and file downloads on my website Blakes Sanctum uses my onedrive so I’m mega sorry about this. I’ve got holidays coming up so I’ll try to get all these links fixed soon. If you need something and your getting taken to a stupid onedrive error login page please just email me or comment here and I’ll fix it up for you ASAP in the meantime.

I should probably use this blunder as the perfect excuse to move all my HD images over to Imgur anyway. I’ve been putting all my new HD images there but couldn’t be bothered moving all the old ones over. Now I will!

THANK YOU! Blake’s Sanctum hits the big 50 thousand!

Hey guys, just want to post a big THANK YOU to all my visitors and fans! Blake’s Sanctum has recently passed the big 50,000 visitors mark! Which judging by my last counter related post 10months ago where it was at 41,500 it means we’re well on well on track for the usual 10-12 thousand a year visitor count which is great considering the lack of work I’ve done on the site. I mean I’ve actually been doing plenty of work on it but just not publicly lol! My big new WIP Civilization section that was meant to be a 6mth project is now at the 1.5 year mark and shows no signs of being done anytime soon lol. I’m creating a huge amount of video+web content and am working on several Civ mods and scenarios. I can’t wait to start properly showing off all the amazing content I’ve created as it will truly be the largest addition yet to the website and youtube channel but the release is still a while away yet sadly! I have been doing some small updates across the site though as Chrome is about to completely drop Flash support which will stop all my music so I’m slowly rolling out HTML5 audio across the site instead. My main image hosting site Photobucket have also cutoff all direct image linking for free members so I’ve gotta fix ALL my image links which is NOT a fun job lol. Will hopefully have it all sorted in the next few weeks.

As for this blog it’s visitor count continues to explode at an even faster rate than the main website! It’s closing in on 25,000 visitors and should hit it in the next week or 2! 🙂 Considering it was at 15,000 10 months ago it has definitely outpaced the main site which is amazing as for the first few years of this blog no one was visiting it haha.

My youtube channel subscriber count is now up to 511 which is 194 up from this time last year which really shows the growth of the channel as I’ve almost doubled my subscriber base in a year and half which is wonderful. I’m now over half way there to that elusive 1000 subs quest so many of us small timers are after. I haven’t released many videos this year due to the fore mentioned Civ project taking longer than planned but I kid you not I’ve got hours of video footage recorded just waiting to be polished up and uploaded. I can’t wait to get it all finished (then I also don’t have have to worry about losing it in some hard drive failure lol).

Anyway thanks again everyone!

Star Trek Doom & Quest for Glory IV 3D Projects UPDATED & FIXED!

Yes really haha! I’ve worked for a bit again on BOTH my Star Trek Doom Project (GZDoom Doom 2 mod) and my Quest for Glory IV 3D Project (GZDoom Hexen mod). Loyal fans will know that for some time now my mods have sadly been unplayable due to the discontinuation of ZDoom and the latest versions of GDZoom triggering horrible game ending bugs.

I tried and tried and tried and just couldn’t figure out what was going on and why the newer versions were rejecting my MAPINFOs. I even went to some of the big ZDoom community veterans behind some of the best mods out there for help and even they couldn’t see what was wrong. I gave up, told every fan to stick with an old version of ZDoom/GZDoom and just didn’t wanna touch the project again such was my frustration with what happened.

But then just for the hell of it I decided to take the risk of reporting my issue as a bug to the GZDoom. I was worried they’d tear me a new one for suggesting that their program was the program and not my cr*ppy scripting but thankfully they were good to me and saw the problem right away!! I followed their advice and sure enough everything started working again!! 🙂

So as a result I’ve re-released both mods and updated their documentation. If you’ve recently download my mod fear not, I’m just running late with announcing this and I actually updated my downloads a while back so your version ‘should’ be all good. But if in doubt, go and download again. 🙂

Pics, videos and updated downloads at:

Star Trek Doom Project Homepage
NEW Star Trek Doom Project ModDB Page

Quest for Glory IV 3D Hexen Project Homepage
NEW Quest for Glory IV 3D Hexen Project ModDB Page

 

Updates to Blake’s Sanctum in 2018

Hey guys! Thought I’d better do a end of year post. Hope you all had a good Christmas and have a good new year!

Wow! Blake’s Sanctum has passed 41,500 visitors! That’s 11,500 more visits since this time last year! And on top of that this blog has been going SUPER well with 15,000 visitors which is 10,500 up on this time last year which is amazing as this blog used to hardly get anything but now it’s on it’s way to surpassing the main site! Thank you to everyone for your support! 🙂

Now for the end of year updates. Unfortunately my big new under construction Civilization section planned for 2018 still isn’t ready yet (I’m still replaying through the series haha) however along with the recent big Starflight section overhaul I’ve also done a lot of smaller updates across the site including a number of new game tributes. Some are still under construction but they’re getting there.

New mini site updates:
– Upgraded contents page (pics & icons) in all sections
– Legends of Pegasus tribute in Imperium Galactica section
– BIG Palm Kingdoms series tribute in Heroes of Might & Magic section
– Upgraded Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend tribute in Starflight section
– Hero-U tribute in Quest for Glory section (preliminary page)
– Civizard – Master of Magic PSX tribute in Master of Magic section (prelim)
– Celtic Tales – Balor of the Evil Eye in Master of Magic section (prelim)
– Star Trek Armada 2 Fleet Operations in Star Trek Gaming section (prelim)

BIG Starflight Website Update In 2018!

Don’t worry guys, I have been working on my website and there’s more updates coming soon including a big new section for 2018! First thing to announce is a big super update to my Starflight Series Section! There’s been so much going on in the Starflight universe with the official SF3, Marvin’s SF1 remake and the swarm of fans gathering for these projects that have included old SF3 fan project members with rarely seen backups of long lost fan projects.

Needless to say I jumped on the opportunity and collected as many old demos as I could and then created new much bigger tribute pages on my site. Full list of changes below.. hope you guys enjoy!

Website Preview:

Screenshots

Changes:
New Starflight related projects added:
Starflight 3 Universe – OFFICIAL sequel from original SF1&2 developer Greg Johnson
Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend – AMAZING new remake in 2018!
Starflight I Universe Mod – SF1 Style Overhaul Mod For SF2
Starflight Revisited – Starflight I Remake Project
Starflight Invasion – Starflight Spinoff Series Project
Starflight Alternative Universe – Starflight I Remake Project
AlienMe – Starflight inspired fan game
Star Citizen – Similar Game. Fans suggested I add it so I have!

Changes made to existing Starflight content:
General – Upgraded contents menu to have icons and a nice picture.
Starflight: The Lost Colony – Recorded a new tour video.
Starflight: The Remake – Found a long lost missing demo supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour video.
Starflight III: Mysteries of the Universe – Found multiple long lost missing demos supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour videos.
Starflight Project – Found a long lost missing demo supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour video.
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Video Log 1 – Testing My SEGA Mega Drive After 20yrs

Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of activity lately. Massively failed my ‘1 video every week’ promise a few months back as real life got very busy and I had to step away from ‘nerd life’ for a couple of months haha. As a result the video uploading stopped (those promised videos ARE filmed, they just need cuts & edits lol) and I missed some great milestones! Blake’s Sanctum passed 31,000 visitors (that’s 11,000 since this time last year!!!) and this blog passed the 5,000 visitor mark which is just incredible. When I think back to the early days in the 2000s when the site was lucky to get 1000 people a year it just shows how much the site has grown, the love people have for retro gaming and how my hard work has paid off. 🙂

So.. I’ve decided to take my youtube channel to the next level and start doing occasional Video Logs (in between all my regular videos) talking about retro gaming and other fun stuff relating to Blake’s Sanctum. Putting myself in front of a camera is slightly nerve racking as the internet can be mean haha but hopefully some people will enjoy the more ‘personalised’ content as apposed to the usual gameplay with my droning voice in the background vids haha.

To kick this new video series off I thought it would be fun to get out my old SEGA Mega Drive (Genesis for US viewers) that I hadn’t touched in 20yrs due to a broken cable and test it along with all my old games. I also talk about my love for retro gaming and recommend some great twitter retro gaming personalities & news channels to follow if you want to get more into the current scene.

PART 1:
Introduction, Getting out the SEGA Mega Drive & Games, Setting up & talking about retro gaming scene. Testing Sonic the Hedgehog 1,2,3 and Sonic & Knuckles.

In the end I waffled on so much and was having so much fun the video got waaaay longer than planned lol so here’s part 2.

PART 2:
Testing Super Monaco GP, Bubsy, Menacer 6 Shooting Games, Lemmings 2 Tribes and Starflight.