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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All Photobucket image links failing at Blake’s Sanctum

Hey guys,

More lousy news concerning my website Blake’s Sanctum. I’ve previously reported how I accidentally broke all my Onedrive picture & download links on my website. Well I’ve since fixed all of them however Onedrive only hosted a fraction of my websites images and the hundreds of others were hosted on Photobucket.

The problem with this is that Photobucket have slowly been sliding into decline over the last 6 or 7 years with super slow loading times and unstable pages. Then they threw their ‘free hosting with advertising’ strategy in the trash and switched to a ‘force all free members to switch to a expensive paid model’ strategy and wondered why everyone left lol. As a result all old image hosting accounts including mine were disabled meaning nearly all images on Blake’s Sanctum went down. Even the poor people who elected to pay for a membership still had all their external links broken while fees went up and up. Check out their wikipedia page if you want to see just how much of a sh*tshow it’s all been. Now their address has changed (probably due to all the bad press lol) and I suspect it’s only a matter of time before they disappear for good. What a sad ending to a once great site that so many people used.

Anyway this was a HUGE blow to Blake’s Sanctum as I probably have several thousand images across the site hosted at Photobucket. Fortunately I’ve always kept my thumbnails hosted with the website files so from an outward appearance Blake’s Sanctum looks fine, it’s just went you click on those thumbnail pictures that the problems reveal themselves.

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Civilization 2: Command & Conquer Mod – Dev Diaries 1-2

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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After months working on a huge Heroes of Might & Magic 2 Civ2 scenario I decided to turn my attention over to one of my other favourite franchises for some more fun Civ2 scenarios, the Command & Conquer and Red Alert universe! I started coming up with some pretty crazy ideas for huge Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario where you’ll be battling it out in city streets between huge sky scrapers however despite learning a lot from working on the HoMM2 scenario I wasn’t quite game enough to start that just yet. I’d also been thinking about a dark and moody scenario set in the C&C Tiberium universe and noticed that a fellow named Wonx2150 had already made a scenario in that universe but just hadn’t really done any proper graphics for it so I decided to take the easier route and remaster his scenario first to build up more experience before taking on the big Red Alert 2 scenario.

I’ve created a ModDB page for this project with dev diaries covering stages of development. Figured I’d post them here too so here’s the first two! Stay tuned for dev diaries for the Red Alert 2 scenario here in the future too! EDIT: Red Alert 2 scenario dev diaries now posted HERE

In this first dev diary I look at changing Civ2’s terrain and cities to look like C&C2 as well as importing some cool new units.

Dev Diary 01 – New terrain & units for the Civilization 2 – Command & Conquer Scenario:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-command-conquer-scenario/news/new-terrain-units


In the second dev diary I ask for some fan input and finish off importing all the new C&C unit graphics.

Dev Diary 02 – Finishing all terrain & units for the Civilization 2 – Command & Conquer Scenario:
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-command-conquer-scenario/news/finishing-all-terrain-units

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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Because I’m a huge Heroes of Might & Magic fan the biggest project of them all is a HoMM2 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:


In the fifth dev diary 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


In the sixth dev diary 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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Because I’m a huge Heroes of Might & Magic fan the first I started was a HoMM2 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

In the first dev diary we look at importing HoMM2 castle/city graphics into Civ2 for the 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


In this second dev diary 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


In the third dev diary 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