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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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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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

Civilization 2: Red Alert 2 Siege of New York 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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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 2 Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario.

EDIT: Dev diaries 4-6 now posted HERE

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.

RA2 Dev Diary 01 – Liberty Island, Bridges & Buildings in the Civilization 2 – Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/liberty-island-bridges-buildings


In the second dev diary we look at adding bigger buildings, Command centers with walls, and lots of other nice decoration trying to push Civ2’s terrain limits.

RA2 Dev Diary 02 – Bigger Buildings & More Decoration in the Civilization 2 – Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/bigger-buildings-more-decoration


In the third dev diary we look at adding special fun buildings like the McBurger Kong and Petrol Station, while overhauling all previously made small buildings to much better quality.

RA2 Dev Diary 03 – McBurger Kong & Better Quality Buildings in the Civilization 2 – Red Alert 2 Scenario
https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/mcburger-kong-better-buildings

Civilization Series Favourite Scifi/Fantasy TC Scenarios & Mods Hunt

Regular visitors to my blog may have seen on my What Is Blake Playing Right NOW? page that I’ve been quite busy with Civilization 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 CivFanatics/ModDB/ArchiveOrg 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!

https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/scenario-hunt-mars-alphac-c-c-ra-dune-mom-col-moo-doom-b5-strek-swars-sgate-homm.657805/

At this stage I’m looking for Civ scenarios relating to…

– Mars / Lunar Colonization
– Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri (& other alien world colonization)
– Command & Conquer / Red Alert
– Dune / Arrakis
– Master of Magic
– Sid Meier’s Colonization
– Master of Orion
– Heroes of Might & Magic
– Babylon 5
– Star Trek
– Star Wars
– Stargate
– Apocalypse (After WW3 / Fallout / Mad Max / Judge Dredd / Doom / Terminator / Zombies)
– Lord of the Rings
– Game of Thrones
– The Elder Scrolls
– Warcraft / Starcraft
– Final Fantasy
– Civilization Crossover Mods (Make a Civ game look like another Civ game)

If you’re unable to help then that’s fine, as maybe my list will still help you find something cool! 🙂

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

HELP finding Master of Myrror II & Master of Arcanus final beta mods for Civilization 3

Hey guys.. if any of you are or used to be members of the various old Civ forum communities (eg CivFinatics)and you tried Drift’s Master of Magic inspired Master of Myrror II & Master of Arcanus final beta sequel mods for Civilization 3 and you think you may still have the files somewhere on some old hard drive PLEASE LET ME KNOW as these great old MoM related mods may be lost forever! 😦

(Note: Drift’s original Master of Myrror I mod has been safely backed up, it’s just the sequels missing)

My attempts to rescue the mods in Drift’s original Master of Myrror II & Master of Arcanus final betas thread is here:
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/master-of-myrror-returns.169696/page-4#post-15458640

EDIT: WE’VE GOT THEM!!!!

Drift’s Master of Myrror II sequel & Master of Arcanus final betas have been saved!!! 🙂 Massive thank you to PaGe at the German civforum.de forums! He just might have been the last person on the planet with these files lol!

Not anymore though as I’ve repacked the files in 7zip, added new documentation, and used the large file upload access the admins at CivFinatics kindly gave me last year to upload them & I’ve also stuck a copy of them over at ModDB too! Hopefully we never have to worry about them disappearing again!

Old screenshots of Drift’s Master of Myrror: