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

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:

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

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!

Could Amplitude’s Next Big Game Be a ‘Colonization Like’ Game?


Very excited to hear the recent news! Amplitude have reimagined Master of Orion to Endless Space, Master of Magic to Endless Legend and now they’re taking on the big one that started them all, Civilization to a game called Humankind.

I for one welcome our new TBS overlords, and I would like to remind Amplitude that as a retro gaming youtuber and promoter I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their forums and store pages.

(Simpsons joke 😉 )

So this of course makes me think that there’s only one Micropose 90s 4x TBS great left unconquered, Sid Meier’s Colonization!

I would love to see what those guys could do with that formula. The original of course is a great game and many times I found it even more addictive than some of the other greats. I recently replayed the original in HD thanks to the old Windows 3.1 version being resizable, and even to this day it is ridiculously addictive.

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Amplitude Announce Civilization Game Called Humankind


Wow!! Amplitude (creators of the brilliant Master of Orion style game Endless Space and Master of Magic style game Endless Legend) have decided to take on the big one that started them all.. Civilization!.. and they are calling it Humankind. Very excited to see how this one turns out! This is the first real competition since the good old Call to Power days.

Preview:
https://www.polygon.com/2019/8/19/20809087/humankind-sega-amplitude-windows-pc-release-date-preview-civilization

Trailer:

Screenshot:

Civilization 1 for SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive!


OMG! Was not expecting to see this in my news! A Civilization game for the SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive! This fan project looks to be heavily influenced by the old Super Nintendo Civilization game and has already released a public beta!

I still have my SEGA Mega drive and still collect games for it (including homebrew) so I hope this awesome project gets finished!

http://www.indieretronews.com/2019/08/civgen-ambitious-project-to-bring.html

Atari making Master of Magic Remake or Sequel in 2019?

Hey guys!

As well as my big Master of Magic fan tribute website I also run the Master of Magic fans facebook group and one of my members has informed me of some interesting activity. Only ONE month ago Atari (back from the dead) put in application on the MoM trademark which can be seen here:
https://trademarks.justia.com/883/98/master-of-88398560.html

I thought Atari were out of the game publishing thing and were doing casino apps and their VCS console but I now see they are back in game publishing these days and were involved with the recent Blood re-release and appear to have their hands in the pots of a few other retro series. And it’s been pointed out to me that their current CEO Fred Chesnais was once running the show at Mircropose..

So what are they up to with the MoM trademark application then I wonder.. could Atari be planning to make a new MoM game in 2019?

I’ve tweeted the Atari CEO about the discovery. They will no doubt ignore it but feel free to comment & like it which should pester them even more haha
https://twitter.com/Blake1981/status/1131125936579960833 

As a longtime diehard MoM fan the stories of failed MoM sequels and lost opportunities over the last 2 decades are so frustrating. Even in the fan community there’s nothing solid eg Civilization has FreeCiv, Colonization has FreeCol, Master of Orion has FreeOrion and they all have official sequels too of course. MoM has no official sequels and the only fan made remake to come even close was the open source Master of Magic HD Implodes Multiplayer Edition remake which sadly appears to be abandoned by the one guy left working on it. 😦

Heroes of Might & Magic 3 Civilization 3 Mod

A few weeks ago I posted about the amazing discovery of a awesome Heroes of Might & Magic 3 style total conversion mod for Civilization 3 called Conquests of Might & Magic 3 – Civilization 3 Mod. I was a so blown away I knew I just had to test it out in prep for a big game in the near future!

I’ve only had a quick look and played a few turns so far but this mod (at least initially) appears as nothing short of a friggin masterpiece! I’ve never seen Civ3 altered so much in my life. Almost every part of the game is changed. New intro ripped from Heroes of Might & Magic 3, new menu image & music from HoMM3 (although I got a black screen at first but clicking seem to stop it), entirely new world/terrain graphics from HoMM3, your palace upgrade screen is now the HoMM3 city screen slowly getting built (different ones for each race if you switch the files), the city sky view screen is now a map of Erathia, all GUI & menus have been given a HoMM3 look (thank goodness as I never liked Civ3’s GUI), all cities/units/techs have been changed to HoMM equivalents, and the Civ3 soundtrack is replaced with HoMM3s. It really feels like HoMM3 but with the freedom and sandbox goodness of Civilization. Also once you go above the original race count you get ‘castle 2’ ‘inferno 2’ etc meaning you can go up to Civ3’s max player count of 31, just imagine playing an epic 31 player HoMM3 style Civ game on a huge map!! :O

I’m gonna play the hell out of this in the near future and will prob do a video for you guys too! 🙂

Project Link:
https://forums.civfanatics.com/threads/conquests-of-might-and-magic-iii-comm3-epic.619720/

UPDATE: Now there’s a HoMM2 Civ2 mod I’ve posted about HERE!

My test run screens:

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