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!
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:
The CRGP guys have made a deal with Bitmap Books to make beautiful printed copies!
Woot! 16,000 visitors to Blake’s Sanctum now! 🙂
Hey everyone! Regular visitors might be thinking “hey he didn’t do his usual anual tradition of adding 3 new sections to the site in 2015?” lol. Well technically the 2014 updates too so long that they bled into 2015 anyway, but the main reason is that I’ve spent the last 9 months working on 2 very special projects. They will lead into new sections on the website and then I’ll get back to gaming will will lead to more new sections later this year.
In the meantime I’ve got some Final Fantasy news. I’ve recently been watching all the up and coming Final Fantasy 15 gameplay trailers out there and have been just blown away. They’ve really taken a page out of Elder Scrolls and created a giant detailed realistic world filled with incredible creatures living in the lakes, forests & mountains! I also like the design direction with a sort of alternative modern day world with cities and cars being invaded by an army of futuristic Templar knights & crusaders.
Check out the 4 Videos below:
BACKDATED NEWS!! – 15/05/2012
HUGE SITE UPDATE IN PROGRESS! Expandable fullscreen 720p backgrounds, frame fixes for Chrome & Safari, animating intro pages, all screenshots replaced with higher quality versions as well as compact thumbnail versions for quick page loading on mobile devices.
Have also created a Other News section (with a Tron Legacy theme) to announce various bits of awesome news relating to topics on this site & things I enjoy (gaming, fantasy, science fiction etc).
And finally I’ve created a preliminary Final Fantasy section and worked a little more on the preliminary Elder Scrolls Series section with some pictures & music.