Star Trek The Next Generation Echoes From the Past: SS Nakatomi Walkthrough

Hey guys 🙂

Originally described as impossible by Wikipedia the SS Nakatomi hostage rescue mission in Star Trek The Next Generation Echoes From the Past for Sega Genesis/Mega Drive was a nightmare for those lucky enough to even find the mission (you could easily miss it).

Using the easier SNES Future’s Past version I created maps and used them to help conquer the Genesis version. I then created a Walkthrough that as far as I know is the only walkthrough in existence for this mission as all other Walkthroughs for this game tell you to skip the mission and let the hostages die.

This walkthrough has been a few years in the making but I’m now releasing it to the public! You can get it from my Star Trek Gaming Website where I have a huge mission by mission tribute to STTNG Echoes From the Past that includes maps I’ve made for every away mission. I’ve also recently submitted a copy to GameFAQs which they accepted!

I also have a full video version of the walkthrough on youtube here:

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Netbash 3 & 4! Retro Gaming Multiplayer LAN Party Videos

Hey everyone 🙂

I don’t know about you guys but when I was a young man in the late 90s and early 2000s I loved meeting up with 3 or 4 mates, getting some booze & bad take away food, bringing our computers over and playing multiplayer games like Command & Conquer, Unreal Tournament, Counterstrike, and Civilization just to name a few. We nicknamed them ‘netbashes’ (although most of the world call them LAN parties) and had many over those years but sadly for whatever reason (grew up, got jobs, got girlfriends etc) we stopped doing them after 2001ish.

Well in 2017 we decided to bring back the netbash (possibly due to an early midlife crisis haha) and relive our youth playing some of these great old games. Thanks to the fan gaming and modding community its easier than ever to play some of these classic games on modern machines. OpenRA in particular is just an utterly brilliant and addictive way to relive C&C and Dune gaming. Since I already had a website and youtube channel devoted to retro gaming and mods I decided to start filming some of our netbash games to improve the content. Below are some of the videos of these great fan remakes and mods of great classic games!

If you haven’t seen my original post on Netbash 1 & 2 you can find it: HERE

Netbash 3 – August 2017
It took us a few months to find another weekend to get the group together but we finally got there. James also invited his old mate Mick around to join him, Dave & I allowing us to play our first 4 player match! We seemed to be having an off day as we lost the first few matches of OpenRa C&C1 and kept having to drop the AI count lol. Finally we prevailed lol. Then after Mick had to leave I asked the guys to have a go at playing a Dune 2 HD Legacy match. These games went even worse haha. We lost so many games that by the time we did win a match I wasn’t recording anymore lol! Doh! James’s partner Jane cooked us a nice roast which I then promptly vomited all over her floor due to accidentally eating it to quickly. I’m not proud lol.
We also played an OpenRA Red Alert 1 naval battle map (as I realised I hadn’t done a RA1 video yet) and then a fun OpenRA C&C2 map that has you battling over snow covered bridges. We’d had a crazy match on the map at bash 2 so I was determined to get a video of it this time!
Bash 3 naughty meal of choice: Jane’s Roast Beef!


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Star Trek Birth of the Federation 2 Sequel Projects in 2017

I still consider Star Trek The Next Generation – Birth of the Federation to be one of the greatest Star Trek games ever made, which is why I gave it a big tribute on my Star Trek Games website. I was a big Master of Orion 1&2 player back in the day so to a play a Star Trek version of that was a dream that had become a reality. I still remember that friday night in 1999 when BOTF was released and I first brought it home. My mate James and I were calling every video game shop in my city but all copies were sold out as trekies were all racing to get this game. Finally just before 9pm at night (closing time) we found a place with 1 copy left, jumped in the car and sped over there to get it! I stayed up all night playing BOTF and played it nonstop for days, weeks, months, and still came back to it repeatedly after years! So did James as he discovered that if you started the game with the cd you could take it out and still play, so for days he kept showing up at my house to borrow the disc for 20mins haha!

Like many trekies I was devastated when Micropose lost the licence and fell apart ensuring there’d probably never be a sequel to BOTF. However fortunately in the early 2000s several fan groups decided to take on the mantle of making a BOTF2 sequel. The 2 biggest were the Star Trek Supremacy and Birth of The Empires projects. I religiously followed them though all the 2000s however as the project updates got rather quiet I sadly lost track in the 2010s and just figured the projects had died like so many other great fan projects out there. However recently I decided to investigate to see if these great old BOTF2 projects were still alive after 15 years and much to my surprise and joy, they were! In fact due to a breakup in the Supremacy group now there were now 3 BOTF2 projects out there – the ST Supremacy project, the BOTF2 project (split from Supremacy) and the Birth of the Empires project. All 3 projects were way more complete then I expected and you can literally play long games as the original races or cool new ones such as the Borg or Dominion in them right now!

Sadly because these projects have sort of disappeared from the limelight over this decade they don’t seem to have quite the huge followings they had back in the 2000s likely because of website moves, forum closures and fans like me just thinking they were dead. To help fix this I decided to make some long detailed tour videos of each 3 projects showing you just how cool and complete they are. If you loved playing BOTF back in the day then I strongly suggest you check out these 3 projects and visit their forums to show your support! There’s not many people left working on these projects so they could use all the help they can get! Feel free to do what I’m doing and offer help to all of them. I’ve been working with both the Supremacy & BOTF2 project guys to add more Remen content to the Romulans (Scimitar & Shock Troop centres etc) and it’s been a great experience. They’re all really nice guys and open to suggestions and very open to offers of help. 🙂

Here are the 3 projects:

Star Trek Supremacy Project


The first big BOTF2 project that started it all has come a long way over the years and is very fun and stable to play. Play as the Dominion? Yes please! This video was filmed earlier in the year so the project has had MANY updates since (incl playable Borg!).
Link to Project Forum (tell them Blake sent ya!)
Download latest WIP Demo
Link to my tribute page with more pics and info

(Shortcut links to each race/faction tour in video description on youtube page)

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I made it to PC Gamer Magazine!!!

Two months ago you saw me excitedly posting about discovering my silly little Quest for Glory IV 3D Hexen mod had made it to Rock Paper Shotgun, one of the largest gaming news websites out there! Since that post more than 2,000 people have visited my site (already half way to 24,000 visitors!) and almost as many have watched my videos. My Star Trek Doom mod has been going pretty well too but much to my surprise my QFG4-3D mod which was originally only ever planned as just a test run to get my skills good enough for Star Trek Doom has ended up becoming the bigger and more famous hit lol! Now I know why the visitors keep coming…

Quest for Glory IV 3D Hexen has friggin made it to PC Gamer!! The largest PC gaming mag in the world!! And I didn’t just get some little mention.. oh no.. reviewer Tom Sykes went and bloody put my mod in their top 10 downloads of the month section at NUMBER ONE! It’s the only on in the top 10 filling more than half a page and with more than one picture. Some of the other top 10 mods are way better looking and more complex than mine so I’m just stunned!! All I can put it down to is good old nostalgia. People love QFG4 and they want to be taken back there in some way haha. Although he did put that my mod was a Heretic mod instead of Hexen mod but oh well all good haha.

I’m in both the PC Gamer UK February edition and the PC Gamer US March edition. I’ve been getting PC Gamer UK since 1994! Never did I ever think that something I created would ever appear on the pages of this mag.. something I’ve been collecting since I was a boy.. 🙂

PC Gamer UK & PC Gamer USA Scans

I made it to Rock Paper Shotgun!

Well it’s been a pretty crazy 2 months since I released my Quest for Glory IV 3D Hexen and Star Trek Doom mod projects. I went overseas to Ko Samui Thailand for a month and around it I did my best to respond to the surge of attention my mods brought to this blog, my youtube channel and my website. Thank you every one for your feedback, it’s been amazing and certainly inspired me to pick up work on my mods again one day.

Blake’s Sanctum has passed the big 20,000 moment and its now already closing in on 21k. This blog has shot up by 1000 hits including one crazy day where 600+ people visited. The mod videos have received over 4,000 hits. Just amazing!

As I posted about the mods in various facebook groups and forums there were many surges in visitors but the biggest of all came from a wonderful man named Richard Cobbett. I’ve posted about him before over the years as he was responsible for showing Quest for Glory to a huge audience on two occasions when he first ensured QFG4 made it into the 2012 PC Gamer UK top 100 Games of all time list and then second posted an awesome 2 page spread on QFG4 in 2013 once again in PC Gamer UK.

Well now after finding out about and even playing my QFGIV 3D mod he decided to do a massive article on Rock, Paper, Shotgun all about my mod. Rock, Paper, Shotgun has got to be one of the biggest gaming news sites out there! I’ve read many an article there over the years so for my silly little mod to be covered on their site is just a nerdy dream come true lol!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Thank you Richard! I work hard to promote and ensure QFG is never forgotten but I’ll never have the global reach you have so the fact you do the same thing for QFG on sites like this and in the huge PC Gamer mags is just wonderful.

Star Trek Doom Project (GZDoom Doom 2 mod)

WARNING: This mod no longer works with the latest versions of GZDoom! Most of the music tracks don’t play (unless triggered by a script event), the sky’s are all wrong, it ignores my cluster settings and end up up with Doom story cr*p at the end of the demo instead of my stuff. Clearly it’s not liking my old MAPINFO and I’m stumped as to how to fix it. 😦 Until I resolve these issues I recommend you play my mod with GZDoom 1.8.2 or ZDoom 2.7.1. Apologies for the inconvenience.

If anyone can see the issue with my MAPINFO please let me know!

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Wow guys, things have really taken off in the week since my Quest for Glory IV 3D (ZDoom Hexen Mod) announcement. The site has reached over 19,000hits, this blog has also had hundreds of hits and same with my QFG4-3D videos! Thanks to everyone for your support and kind comments on the forums, facebook & videos.

So now the time has finally come to announce the second of my 2 big projects that I’ve been secretly working on over the last 2 years, the resurrection of my old Star Trek Doom project!

I originally worked on and off the Star Trek Doom Project from 1997 to 2012. I had almost all but given up on ever working on it properly again but people just kept contacting me about it over the years and I finally decided to really go for it again! So I resumed the project in 2016 and have totally redesigned & remastered EVERYTHING for GZDoom.

The year is 2371 and the Enterprise-D is in its seventh year of service (Between Season 7 & Generations Film), you play a young junior Lieutenant sent out to test upgrades on a shuttlecraft when a futuristic Borg cube emerges from a temporal portal launching a devastating attack on the Enterprise. After seeing the Borg Cube destroyed by Species 8472 emerging from the same time portal you decide to return to the Enterprise to try and help take back the ship. The game will take you to all your favourite places around the Enterprise and even on to a Borg cube! Obviously since such events are not possible in the canon/prime timeline I had to do some ‘creative thinking’ story wise to make it happen (basically I had to do a JJ Abrams lol) which hopefully diehards will be okay with since after all this is just a bit of fun! 🙂

My goal has always been to create a wild adventure on the Enterprise D that has you believing you’re there (well at least in the boundaries of the ancient Doom engine lol), and I’m happy to say the project reboot has been a success! All old areas, monsters and weapons have been rebuilt 10x better, many new areas have been added, and I’ve completely finished everything I wanted to do for my first public demo. Hope you all enjoy this first public demo below. Be warned that it will likely be a long time before there’s another demo, I’ve spent nearly 2 years on these 2 projects and have sacrificed a lot. I’m burnt out & want to do other things, including getting back to PLAYING games instead of making them lol!


For more information, more screenshots, animations+descriptions of all weapons & monsters you’ll face, and of course the download links for the demo and required files check out my STDoom website here:

Blake’s Sanctum – Star Trek Doom Homepage

If you just want to see the game without all the hassle then here’s a playthrough/walkthrough video series I made..

Part 1 – Type 7 Shuttle, Transporter Room, Turbolift, Corridors, Holodeck, Jefferies Tubes, Shuttle Bay, Type 6 Shuttle & Borg Cube Arrvial.

Part 2 – Borg Cube, Borg Queen boss fight, Enterprise D Bridge & EARLY DRAFT Engineering Species 8472 boss fight.

New Star Trek Games Section

It’s been a long time since I last announced a new section for my website (Dec 2014 in fact!) as my health hasn’t been too good and what little energy I’ve had over the last year and half I’ve devoted to my Doom Engine projects which I’ll be releasing soon. However now it’s time to announce the release of a big new section that’s been a very long time coming, my Blake’s Sanctum – Star Trek Games page!

This new section tributes all my favourite Star Trek games that I’ve either played or plan to play. For some of the classic adventure Trek games that I grew up playing I have done massive muti page tributes breaking down all the missions with maps, pictures, hints & tips.

As usual I’ve also done a massive tribute to many awesome fan games & mods relating to Star Trek. There’s a gazillion Star Trek fan projects out there so I’m probably only scratching the surface of them all at the moment, yet already this new section rivals some of my biggest sections of the site (QFG, Dune & MoM) for content. In fact considering that multiple games in the list have huge multi page mission breakdowns this probably is the biggest section now!

Based on feedback from fans I’ve also looked at improving site navigation. This new section uses a simple contents list at the top with bookmark links. I’ve also changed all the back buttons to take you back to the section you were just in (eg hitting back on an official ST game page takes you back to the official list while backing out of a fan game page takes back to the fan game area). So now users won’t have to scroll through my massive lists to get back to where they were lol!

Now I’m going to apply these nav upgrades to the rest of the site and also add a little bit of new content to each section based on new fan games/mods people have contacted me about over the last year or 2. Then I plan to do a big upgrade of my youtube channel to employ ‘End Referral Cards’ and record some new videos for the channel. Then I will release my 2 big doom engine projects to the world! Then I’m taking a big break to play games, I haven’t played games properly in nearly 2 years and it’s really bugging me lol! Being creative and doing your own mod projects is fun but its very draining (so now I personally understand why so many fail), I miss just sitting back and letting a game take me on an adventure.

Anyway I hope you all enjoy this new section! Worked my ass off on it lol! 🙂



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Star Trek Doom 2012 Demo (BACKDATED NEWS – 05/08/2012)


BACKDATED NEWS – 05/08/2012

This is a good feeling. The final thing I wanted to finish after the big site update this year was to work on my good old Doom level (in some ways the original reason I made this site) & make some videos for youtube. I worked on the level for a month improving weapons, sounds & the hud display to get the level to a point I was satified with to show the world. Head into my Star Trek Doom 2 Mod page to check out the new videos & screenshots! 🙂

Here’s 3 of the videos:

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