New King’s Bounty II Footage!

Well it’s been 2 years since I last posted about the up and coming King’s Bounty 2 game. This Heroes of Might & Magic like franchise (HoMM actually spun off from the original KB back in the day) has seen some great titles over the last decade or so thanks to being resurrected by 1C in Russia and offers a really fun and more RPG focused experience compared to HoMM. This new sequel has changed things quite a bit compared to their other KB games and is going in quite a realistic and darker Witcher themed direction.

It’s finally about to be released soon and the latest trailer footage is looking very nice. Unlike the earlier footage that had people worried it was just a human fest there’s still plenty of monsters and ‘other worldly’ terrains from the looks of things. Lots of tough choices to be made too. Am excited to try this one!

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

New Disciples Game in 2021! Liberation!

OMG! We’ve got another Disciples game on the way!!! I’m absolutely stunned as I thought this series was dead for sure!
I’ve always had a special love for the Disciples games as while their gameplay was similar to Heroes of Might & Magic they always had this gorgeous dark Gothic art style. The music was beautiful, the HoMM like maps fun to explore, and your units had to be really taken care of instead of being used as cannon fodder. Like most fans Disciples 2 (pictured left & right) is my favourite in the series!

Anyway this new fourth game in the series looks interesting! The trailer (which I’ll put at the bottom) is very fancy looking and the pictures below look like decent 3D, but I can’t see any interface or if there’s the cool Gothic artwork fans have come to love and expect. I’m also wondering if they’re dialing back the HoMM TBS strategy game (eg capture castles & resources) side of it and pushing more of a King’s Bounty RPG feel. Hard to tell in this early stage but I’ll certainly be keeping an eye on it!
https://store.steampowered.com/app/1287840/Disciples_Liberation/

EDIT: New gameplay trailer is out! I’ll stick it below the pictures!

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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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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

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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Because I’m a huge Heroes of Might & Magic fan the first I started was 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 first three! 🙂

EDIT: Dev diaries 4-6 now posted HERE

In the first dev diary we look at importing HoMM2 castle/city graphics into Civ2 for the 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


In this second dev diary 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


In the third dev diary 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