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 they 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.

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 of mine 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

Star Trek Deep Space Nine in HD

2 Years ago like many other Star Trek DS9 fans I was devastated when it became public that CBS would not push ahead with the DS9 HD Blu-ray remakes due to the lacklustre sales of the STTNG blu-rays (recently re-confirmed here). Watching TNG in HD with all the remade special effects was a truly amazing experience but through the whole thing I kept thinking “I can’t wait to see all those big sets and space battles from DS9 in HD”. While DS9 was supposed to be the little bastard show it ended up being bigger in every way and therefore would have benefited from an HD remake even more. A real tragedy for us fans.

However there’s been some interesting developments of late and some great fan made stuff I thought I’d post about that just might give us some hope that one day we’ll get ‘something somehow’ lol.

Firstly the What We Left Behind: Star Trek Deep Space Nine Documentary Indiegogo I posted about the other day was a HUGE funding success which had to have gotten the attention of CBS. On top of that Adam Nimoy and the rest of the doco team dropped a very exciting surprise on us. If we fully funded the stretch goals they would bring the STTNG HD bluray team back out of retirement to scan and convert select special footage from DS9 to include in the documentary. It probably won’t be much and no doubt it wouldn’t be any space stuff (unless it’s an early season pre-CGI model shot) but nevertheless this is really cool! Naturally the fan reaction was explosive and all the stretch goals were knocked out of the park haha!

Secondly there’s some amazing fan work going on out there. This guy has managed to recreate some of DS9’s largest most epic battle moments in HD with INCREDIBLE quality that just defies belief!

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What We Left Behind – Star Trek DS9 Documentary

Wow wow wow! It breaks my heart that we’re not getting a HD remake of Star Trek DS9 due to the TNG HD remake blurays not making enough money however at least we’re getting this!

DS9 showrunner Ira Behr has teamed up with Adam Nimoy (who did the recent excellent For The Love Of Spock doco) to do a new Star Trek documentary all about Deep Space Nine! Unlike the existing soft DS9 PG DVD extras this doco looks like it will contain lots of juicy and possibly even controversial behind the scenes info on the struggles of the show and the actors (eg like the full on recent Chaos On The Bridge TNG doco). Nearly the entire cast is behind this too and best of all Ira has got together the old DS9 writing team (including Ron Moore) to brainstorm a mythological DS9 Season 8 Episode 1 story that us fans have been begging for years. How will they get Sisko back to DS9? Can’t wait to see!

TNG was my favourite Star Trek show back in the day yet after all these years I seem to find myself craving and missing DS9 more. I just loved the characters and stories so much. I loved all the things they did that they weren’t supposed to do in the Roddenberry Trek universe like serialised connected stories, imperfect flawed heroes, likable bad guys and huuuuge wars.

In the last hour or so I’ve seen $20,000 USD being thrown at this thing resulting in it already being at $60,000 as I type this which means its well on its way to meeting it’s $150,000 target. Let’s make sure it does and spread the word fellow DS9 fans!

Update:
It made it in ONE DAY! Now it’s over $200,000 and flying towards the stretch goals! I hope paramount are watching this. TNG HD may have fallen short of their $ goals but DS9 fans are very loyal to our bastard series. 🙂 They could at least do a ‘testing the waters’ HD release of the pilot & favourite eps like they did with TNG. DS9 fans would pay! Or maybe even a straight to dvd/bluray release of this mythical season 8 story (eg Ark of Truth was Stargate SG1s 11th season wrapped into one dvd film for the fans).

Link:

What We Left Behind: Star Trek Deep Space Nine Documentary Indiegogo

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)

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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Big things Coming To Blake’s Sanctum

Wow 17,000 visitors to Blake’s Sanctum!! Quite a few visitors stopping by here too. Thanks guys it’s great to see! 🙂 Make’s me feel bad that I haven’t added any big new content to the site in over a year and a half!
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So here’s some news! Technically I have been adding big new content to the site for a while, it’s just that most of it is hidden right now. 😉 For the last year and a half I’ve been working on 2 very big Doom engine mod projects. I’ll leave them as a surprise for now and just post 2 teaser shots below (although fans of these respective genres should easily recognise the content without me having to tell them hehe). Project 1 is a recent idea based on a classic Sierra game which is now finished and ready for release to the public! Project 2 is a total remake of an old favourite project of mine with lots of new content and is about 1-2 months away from completion.

Once finished I’ll release them both to the world via new sections to the website, videos, pictures and yes even public demos for download. I’m also working on a biiig upgrade to my youtube channel content, and updating other sections of the website with new fan project tributes thanks to lots of helpful feedback from you guys. Busy times!

Project 1

Project 2

New Star Trek Film & TV Trailers!!

Trailer 2 has finally been released for the new Star Trek film. I’ve gotta say it’s WAY better then trailer 1 last year!

And so it begins.. the first teaser trailer for the new Star Trek series has also arrived. Trekgasm!

It’s rumoured to be set after the events of Star Trek 6 and Generations (the 23rd century part) hence why they’ve got Nicholas Myer involved. I loved the style and stories of 1980s Star Trek so I’m excited about what they do do with this. Assuming these rumours are true haha.

Star Trek Beyond Trailer

The time has come for the first trailer to the next Star Trek movie. Apparently this trailer is attached to the new Star Wars film which should get it enormous coverage around the world. Looks like we’ll be saying goodbye to another Enterprise. :O

Star Trek TNG Enterprise-D 3D Construction Project


I’ve got some exciting news coming up about my old Star Trek Doom level. But in the meantime, here’s something WAY BETTER!

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I just can not believe that this was made by a fan. The quality is just incredible. A 3D artist has recreated the Enterprise D (from Star Trek The Next Generation) in the Unreal 4 Engine allowing you to walk around any part of the ship! Even using virtual reality if you wish to make you feel like you’re actually there! It looks absolutely incredible! Creating the entire ship is an epic job so its nowhere near finished, and a first demo has not been released yet but hopefully it will soon. Sadly CBS has typically shut down the video on youtube but fortunately the internet continues to fight back and copies are out there (although sadly none of them appear to be as good as the 1080p original). The projects official website is still online (at the time of writing this) so you can see pictures and read about the work he’s done. If you love Trek then you MUST check this out!! It’s so brilliant that it has truly inspired me to work on my own silly old Star Trek level again after all these years!

For more information, pictures, and links check out my tribute to this amazing project in the top fan games section of my Blake’s Sanctum – Star Trek Games page!

Current working Youtube video

Alternative copy of Video
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My old Star Trek Doom level