Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars (HoMM like game)

I just saw this new dark Transylvanian vampire HoMM like game called Immortal Realms: Vampire Wars for PC, PS4, Xbox, & Switch in one of my recent PC Gamer mags. In their preview they talked about it’s closeness in gameplay to Heroes of Might & Magic and gothic art style to Disciples. I also notice it has a Eador & AoW-Planetfall like territory/province system, a research system (called legacy), and it looks like most of the game’s mechanics (empire, heroes, spells etc) revolve around an interesting card deck system and all the cards have these cool animations. Looks like there’s no gorgeous HoMM style city screen where you build buildings but in the main map view you can develop provinces with some interesting building upgrades.

I just checked and the game got released a couple of weeks ago on Steam & GoG. Metacritic score looks pretty good at 71%, steam score is not as good although most of the negative reviews point to bugs and AI issues that will hopefully be sorted in patches (Kalypso shouldn’t pull the plug on them as there’s console releases coming so they’ll wanna iron out all the bugs). No multiplayer which doesn’t bother me but I know it might bother others so thought I’d mention it.
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1024480/Immortal_Realms_Vampire_Wars/
https://www.gog.com/game/immortal_realms_vampire_wars

Here’s an old preview video of it.. I love that foggy night map shown around the 2min mark. I remember preview videos of HoMM5 had undead foggy dark night time maps that excited me but the final game just had the usual not so foggy day time or dusk undead maps. I can also see myself spending ages just gawking at all the card animations instead of playing the game haha.

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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

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

New King’s Bounty 2 Sequel

OMG this is such cool news. My beloved Heroes of Might & Magic franchise may be dead and ruined thanks to Ubisoft but thankfully 1C’s King’s Bounty series is alive and well!

After all the spin off games to King’s Bounty the Legend remake they are finally doing an proper sequel. What’s even more interesting is that they’ve gone in a very serious and high quality graphic direction too. I can see multiple gameplay and graphical influences from Mount & Blade and The Witcher 3. Very excited about this one!

https://store.steampowered.com/app/1135300/Kings_Bounty_II/


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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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Conquests of Might & Magic 3 – HoMM3 Mod For Civilization 3


Woah!!! I’m a huge Civ and HoMM series fan so how the hell did I not know about this lol!!!

Conquests of Might & Magic 3 – Civilization 3 Mod

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I’ll have to add this to my HoMM Similar Games & Big Mods Website as this guy has created an amazing mod called Conquests of Might & Magic 3 – Civilization 3 Mod that completely converts Civilization 3’s UI, graphics, units, techs, factions etc to be in the Heroes of Might and Magic universe. Looks like he’s gone in a very HoMM3 direction (with a bit of HoMM4) which is cool. I’ve mucked around with a few Civ3 mods in my time and I’ve never seen so many elements changed so much. He’s even got HoMM3 unit upgrades in there lol! Obviously being a Civ game we’re not going to get HoMM style zoomed in combat but his mod allows for some very fun situations eg being able to colonize/make new cities, farm the lands and expand all over huge worlds effectively carving out your own story. Basically a more sandboxy global HoMM3 haha!

Annoyingly most of his picture links are dead but thankfully I found some working one’s which I’ll stick below. I don’t think he’s working on it anymore however from the sound of things in his thread he’s actually finished it! If he still visits CivFanatics I might try and talk him into making a ModDB page.

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

UPDATE: I have tested the mod and posted about it HERE!
UPDATE2: Now there’s a HoMM2 Civ2 mod I’ve posted about HERE!

Quotes from picture posts I found at CivFanatics:

tom2050 wrote:
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Updates to Blake’s Sanctum in 2018

Hey guys! Thought I’d better do a end of year post. Hope you all had a good Christmas and have a good new year!

Wow! Blake’s Sanctum has passed 41,500 visitors! That’s 11,500 more visits since this time last year! And on top of that this blog has been going SUPER well with 15,000 visitors which is 10,500 up on this time last year which is amazing as this blog used to hardly get anything but now it’s on it’s way to surpassing the main site! Thank you to everyone for your support! 🙂

Now for the end of year updates. Unfortunately my big new under construction Civilization section planned for 2018 still isn’t ready yet (I’m still replaying through the series haha) however along with the recent big Starflight section overhaul I’ve also done a lot of smaller updates across the site including a number of new game tributes. Some are still under construction but they’re getting there.

New mini site updates:
– Upgraded contents page (pics & icons) in all sections
– Legends of Pegasus tribute in Imperium Galactica section
– BIG Palm Kingdoms series tribute in Heroes of Might & Magic section
– Upgraded Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend tribute in Starflight section
– Hero-U tribute in Quest for Glory section (preliminary page)
– Civizard – Master of Magic PSX tribute in Master of Magic section (prelim)
– Celtic Tales – Balor of the Evil Eye in Master of Magic section (prelim)
– Star Trek Armada 2 Fleet Operations in Star Trek Gaming section (prelim)

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

Heroes of Might and Magic III: The Succession Wars Mod

I currently have a minor tribute to this amazing fan project on my Heroes of Might & Magic Website as it’s been going for a few years now however at some point I will definitely do a bigger full page tribute as this is looking so cool.

For a a number of years now a talented group of fans have been modding HoMM3 to have HoMM2 style graphics and port over all the maps too. What’s really cool is that it will essentially allow you to play HoMM2 with all of HoMM3’s gameplay improvements such as the ragdoll hero, super artifacts, quest huts, siege weapons, more castle buildings & specials, and of course the new races (seeing them ‘de-make’ Swamp & Demons is so cool). They’re also upscaling a lot of the old graphics too (eg the title screen) and plan to add new HoMM2 inspired campaigns to go with the existing imported HoMM2 ones! Apparently it will also be compatible with the awesome HoMM3 HD Mod (with + features turned off though) so the end result should hopefully be a greatly enhanced Heroes of Might & Magic 2 experience in HD resolutions! 🙂

Check out their trailer below and follow them on facebook as they plan to release this year in 2018!

My Favourite Free / Open Source HD Fan Remakes / Sequels / Spin Offs Of Great Classic 90s Games

These days there’s nothing I love more than finding a free fan made remake, sequel or spin off of one of my favourite 90s games. Especially the ones that retain the original graphics but allow for modern HD resolutions while adding gameplay improvements we wished the original had. Most of these projects are alive and well but could really use our support! Here are some of my favourites..

OpenRA
An amazing open source multiplayer remake of the 90s Command & Conquer and Red Alert engine. Supports C&C1, Red Alert 1, Dune 2000, C&C2 Tiberian Sun along with Red Alert 2 and Dune 2 Classic via 3rd party addons.
Requirements: Fully playable. Only needs original C&C CDs if you want videos & some special addon content
Home Page

FreeCiv
A brilliant open source spin off of the Civilization series. Most similar to Civ2 but also has a nice top down Civ1 mode too. Can support up to 126 AI or human players and has a huge range of user generated content such as maps, mods and graphics.
Requirements: None!
Home Page

Master of Magic IME
Implodes Multiplayer Edition is the classic Master of Magic remake we’ve all been waiting for. We just need him to finish it lol! HD resolutions, multiplayer (single player is still there too!), ginormous mirror worlds and up to 13 players (all Wizards!!) in one game await you!
Requirements: None! But is still in Alpha.
Sourceforge Page

OpenIG
An utterly incredible open source remake of the classic 4X space strategy game Imperium Galactica. The original games creators were so impressed they gave them a contract allowing them to legally work on the remake. HD resolutions, better unit controls, sandbox galaxy mode with playable aliens, multiplayer, building upgrades, and a video upscaler are just some of the amazing improvements.
Requirements: None!
GitHub Page
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