Bitmap Books To Print C-RPG Book

This is great news! Bitmap Books those awesome guys behind the amazing video game art books for Nintendo, SEGA, C64 & Amiga etc have teamed up with the guys behind the excellent CRPG Book – A Guide to Computer Role Playing Games that I posted about earlier this year.

I’ve actually already printed out my own copy and have been slowly reading it over the last month (it’s huge!) and it has introduced me to so many great classic RPGs I didn’t know about. You’ll find all the favourites in there such as Elder Scrolls, Might & Magic, Final Fantasy, Quest for Glory and Starflight just to name a mere few. I absolutely love how it covers what the best version is to get (eg between PC, C64, Amiga, Sega & Nintendo etc) and what the best fan mods are for many of the games.

I also recently ordered Bitmap’s other products such as the NES, SNES, Master System and Art of Point & Click Adventure books. What’s arrived so far has blown me away. I love the 3D lenticular slipcase covers! (eg turn the book and Mario will jump & coins will spin). So I think I’m going to have to get this new book too haha. Fingers crossed they do a Sega Mega Drive (Genesis) book soon too as thats my real retro console love!

https://www.bitmapbooks.co.uk/blogs/news/the-crpg-book-a-guide-to-computer-role-playing-games

Massive Free Book About History Of PC RPGs Is Out!

This is so cool guys. If you grew up playing RPGs on pc and even on consoles then you’ll love this book!

I love how they even have breakdowns of the graphical differences between different computer/console releases of some of the classic (eg Defender of the Crown and Might & Magic 2) as I’ve done that research myself plenty of times trying to find the best version made of a favourite classic.

Nearly all the favourites I grew up playing like Quest For Glory, Might & Magic, and Starflight are here. Also some great modern tributes to the indie scene as they even included the QFG fan game Heroine’s Quest!

You can download the book pdf for free from Kotaku here:
https://www.kotaku.com.au/2018/02/massive-book-about-history-of-pc-rpgs-is-out-now-for-free/

********UPDATE 11/11/2018********

The CRGP guys have made a deal with Bitmap Books to make beautiful printed copies!
https://blakessanctum.wordpress.com/2018/11/11/bitmap-books-to-print-crpg-book/

Elder Scrolls Oblivion HD Remastered 2017

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Regular followers of my website & blog will know that I’m a huge Elder Scrolls Series fan & enjoy posting amazing realistic super modded Skyrim videos from youtube user “Unreal”. Well who would have thought that someone could make the 11 year old game Oblivion look just as good but someone has! Youtube user “Bevilex” has added a huge list of mods to Oblivion making it looks absolutely incredible! A lot of it comes down to ENBs and there’s now a few great ones out there for Oblivion. I’m only a few months away from finally starting my big Oblivion journey (where I explore & do everything just like in my 5yr Morrowind game) so I’ll definitely be using some of these mods.

Check out these videos below, you won’t believe it’s Oblivion!!


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MASSIVE Site Update

Wow.. over 18,000 visitors to Blake’s Sanctum now! And quite a bit of increased traffic to this blog as well! πŸ™‚

I looked at a screenshot of the website that I took at the end of 2014 and saw that there had been around 14,000 visitors over the history of the site at the meaning 4,000 people had visited this site over the last 2 years which was an amazing increase, but then I found another screenshot I took towards the end of 2015 showing the counter at around 15,000 which means that 2015 was just another year for the site and it was in fact this year that things exploded with 3,000 visitors. I have no idea why considering I hadn’t worked on the site since 2014! It hasn’t been a great 2 years in real life, health troubles, a long term relationship breakdown and a few other dramas certainly slowed me down a lot. But I’m back now and have been very busy over the last 3 months working on the site again.

As posted previously I’ve recently released a brand new Star Trek Gaming page which is probably now the largest section on my site with a huge tribute list of fan projects. I then went and updated every other gaming section on the site with new game tributes, better existing game tributes, more screens, more videos, more long lost demos, and navigation upgrades. If you visit your favourite section of the site, odds are you’ll find some new stuff there! πŸ™‚

Thank you everyone for your support, I’m now going to upgrade my youtube channel and then finally release my 2 big mod projects to the world!

Here’s my complete list of changes:


Games Section
Changes made to existing content:
General – Contents menu added.
General – All back buttons changed to utilise HTML bookmarks. Now users don’t have to re-scroll down the entire page constantly! πŸ™‚
General – Fixed some missing slashes in code.


Age of Wonders Series
New AoW related projects found:
Last Days of Old Earth – New game similar to AoW & MoM
Thea: The Awakening – New game similar to AoW & MoM without tactical combat
Dominions Series – Great retro looking series similar to AoW & MoM
Conquest of Elysium Series – Retro looking series (created by Dominions team) similar to AoW & MoM
Armello – New game similar to AoW & MoM without tactical combat
Chaos Reborn – Game similar to AoW, HoMM & King’s Bounty

Changes made to existing AoW content:
General – Contents menu added.
General – All back buttons changed to utilise HTML bookmarks. Now users don’t have to re-scroll down the entire page constantly! πŸ™‚
General – Fixed some missing slashes in code.
General – Added Good Old Games buy links to all games.
AoW1 – Added download link to Community Content pack (heaps of maps & campaigns).


Babylon 5 Games
New B5 related projects added:
Babylon 5 Into The Fire – Someone leaked to the public the original unfinished Sierra game!
Babylon 5 Stardrive – Total Conversion mod for Stardrive. Thankyou to Anibal for the tip!
Babylon 5 Civilization 4 Final Frontier mod – TC mod for Civilization IV Beyond The Sword Final Frontier. THIS is the Babylon 5 galaxy conquering strategy game fans have always wanted!

Changes made to existing B5 content:
General – Contents menu added.
General – All back buttons changed to utilise HTML bookmarks. Now users don’t have to re-scroll down the entire page constantly! πŸ™‚
General – Fixed some missing slashes in code.
General – Added Good Old Games & Steam buy links to mods requiring a base game.


Command & Conquer Series
New C&C related projects added:
C&C All Stars – Cool Tiberium & Red Alert Crossover Total Conversion Mod for C&C Generals.

Changes made to existing C&C content:
General – Contents menu added.
General – All back buttons changed to utilise HTML bookmarks. Now users don’t have to re-scroll down the entire page constantly! πŸ™‚
General – Fixed some missing slashes in code.
RA2 – Added Good Old Games vote links.
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Skyrim Special Edition

Finally the Remastered Special Edition of Elder Scrolls Skyrim is almost here and it looks incredible!

As one of the people who still has only mucked around with the original game a few times over the years (won’t play it serious until I finish Oblivion) I’m so glad that this enhanced version has come along as it means my first proper Skyrim game will be an even more amazing experience.

Yes I would have recreated this with mods anyway but mods can cause bugs and slowdowns so once you’ve got about 100 of them on a Elder Scrolls game all sorts of bad things can happen ruining the immersion and gameplay. So to have all of this in just the base game before any mods are applied is just awesome, and no doubt new and even better enhancement mods will now coming out for this version making it even more amazing when my time comes! πŸ™‚

Check out these amazing videos! The first is a short new trailer.. and the second is an amazing breakdown of all the changes that will literally have you jaw droppingly glued to the video until the last second! Wow.. just wow!

New Star Wars Rogue One, No Man’s Sky, & Skyrim Special Edition Trailers

The new Star Wars Rogue One Trailer is here and boy does it look good! Vader baby!!

The time has finally come! No Man’s Sky is out this week and they’ve release another lovely trailer for it. Looks like one hell of a game, especially for old Starflight fans like me!

Wow! Bethesda have decided to release a Remastered Special Edition of Elder Scrolls Skyrim that looks brilliant (although admittedly this look was already being achived by the modding community). Apparently owners of the Legendary copy of the game will get this upgrade for free too! πŸ™‚

More Star Wars and Skyrim news

Not sure why I keep grouping these 2 things together, I guess cool stuff keeps happening at the same time lol.

The 3rd and final Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens trailer has been released. Its amazing but of course leaves you with even more questions haha. The new official poster is here too and it looks great but there’s no Luke Skywalker in it! The internet seems to be abuzz with rumours that Luke may turn to the dark side in the new trilogy as he once pitched that idea to Lucas in the original trilogy. Should be very interesting!

Official Poster

Trailer 3

I’ve been viewing more of the youtube user Unreal’s amazing modded Elder Scrolls Skyrim videos lately. These ones just blew me away!


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Skyrim Morrowind Mod Skywind & Me trying Cadbury Vegemite Chocolate

Yes it’s more Elder Scrolls Skyrim stuff lol. Kotaku have posted an article on an amazing Skyrim mod that’s recreating Morrowind. It looks amazing. Those mysty swamp at night photos make me wanna strap on a VR headset and walk around the place. Just amazing. Go check out the article here:
High-Res Skywind Looks Like The Morrowind Mod Of My Dreams


And just for the hell of it I decided to do a video of me trying Cadbury’s Vegemite Chocolate. It’s weeeiiirrrdd.