I was not sure if this day would come but after 5 years of (re)development (started by Jon Harbour and finished by Steve Wirsz) I’m pleased to announce a brand new opensource version 2.0 release of Starflight The Lost Colony!!!
To date still the only finished Starflight fan game in existence. However a LOT of large changes have been made to the code (almost a rewrite) which has likely created a LOT of nasty bugs that need finding so we NEED alpha testers!
So please follow this link to Steve’s forums where you’ll find download links and more information. Those with a keen/curious eye will also noticed Steve’s old TLC forums are undergoing a massive expansion (with my help) to cater for all starflight official and fan project discussions & news, but more on that will be announced later.
Here’s a video I made last year of the OLD version of Starflight TLC:
Amazing! After the awesome announcements last year of Marvin’s Starflight 1 remake project and Greg Johnson’s official Starflight 3 sequel in the making you’d think the Starflight universe had nothing left to give yet another Starflight fan game has arrived!
This time it’s Starflight Heroes of Arth, a SEGA Genesis/Mega Drive style total conversion mod for Starflight The Lost Colony created by another talented member of the Starflight Fan Facebook Group, John Weaver. This is very exciting news to me as making a Genesis graphics mod for TLC is something I’ve always wanted to do but lacked the time, talent and patience lol! Thankfully John has those qualities and has already released an early WIP version of his mod to the public. Because this mod was also a dream of mine too I couldn’t resist helping and have been making up some background images for him!
Starflight Heroes of Arth IndieDB Page:
Starflight Heroes of Arth Fan Forum:
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)
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!
Don’t worry guys, I have been working on my website and there’s more updates coming soon including a big new section for 2018! First thing to announce is a big super update to my Starflight Series Section! There’s been so much going on in the Starflight universe with the official SF3, Marvin’s SF1 remake and the swarm of fans gathering for these projects that have included old SF3 fan project members with rarely seen backups of long lost fan projects.
Needless to say I jumped on the opportunity and collected as many old demos as I could and then created new much bigger tribute pages on my site. Full list of changes below.. hope you guys enjoy!
New Starflight related projects added:
Starflight 3 Universe – OFFICIAL sequel from original SF1&2 developer Greg Johnson
Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend – AMAZING new remake in 2018!
Starflight I Universe Mod – SF1 Style Overhaul Mod For SF2
Starflight Revisited – Starflight I Remake Project
Starflight Invasion – Starflight Spinoff Series Project
Starflight Alternative Universe – Starflight I Remake Project
AlienMe – Starflight inspired fan game
Star Citizen – Similar Game. Fans suggested I add it so I have!
Changes made to existing Starflight content:
General – Upgraded contents menu to have icons and a nice picture.
Starflight: The Lost Colony – Recorded a new tour video.
Starflight: The Remake – Found a long lost missing demo supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour video.
Starflight III: Mysteries of the Universe – Found multiple long lost missing demos supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour videos.
Starflight Project – Found a long lost missing demo supplied by the SF3 team! Used demo to upgrade screenshots & record tour video.
Sad news for us Starflight fans, the official Starflight 3 crowdfund campaign has NOT reached it’s 800k goal! 30 years waiting for a sequel and its fails due to not enough media attention. So many thousands of SF fans out there (SF1 was apparently the first ever game to go platinum with 1mil sales back in the 80s) that never got to hear about this. Such a shame!
I really did everything I could in the last week of the campaign guys…
– I tweeted every single major gaming news site I could think of: RetroGamer Mag, Mashable, Gamespot, IGN, GamesRadar, Polygon, Forbes Gaming, Kotaku, and Rock Paper Shotgun. Any other big ones I’ve missed? (PC Gamer already covered SF3)
– I hit up some of the big super star trek FB groups. Some of these groups have up to 100,000 members although all posts generally require admin approval so I think I got stopped on a bunch grr.
– I spent hours posting in every forum I knew and have an account in that was either space game/tv related or gaming related that has a off topic area. I probably did like 40 forums including some really big gaming ones and the steam forums for a lot of similar games to SF (my SF similar games website list came in handy lol).
– In the final days I didn’t work or sleep as I bumped all my forum threads and I tweeted 40 of the most influential famous game devs in the world eg people like Notch, Chris Roberts, John Carmack, Tim Shafer, Brad Wardell, Sid Meier, Ron Gilbert, Tim Sweeny, hell I even did Bill friggin Gates lmao. But after this I really was out of ideas and it just wasn’t enough.. 😦
However there’s still hope as Greg & Anthony said in a recent podcast that they’ll look at improving the demo and may try a crowdfund again in the future or secure a publisher. If you’re a big Starflight fan and you come across this post long after it’s too late, come join the starflight facebook group and we’ll let you know the next time anything happens with SF3 (if there’s a next time *sigh* ). They’ve also created a new official SF3 Discord Channel for all fans to be kept up to date on ‘SF3 Plan B’ plus as previously mentioned there’s a rather impressive Starflight 1 remake from a ex-bethesda employee being made right now too so all is not lost for us old SF fans! 🙂
The official SF3 crowdfund campaign has failed! 😦 But there is still hope. More details here:
Good news is Greg and Anthony have finally listened to people saying the lowest physical copy pledge was too much compared to most game crowdfunding. You can now add the boxed copy alone as an extra item to your exiting pledge! Which i just did! 🙂
Bad news is the crowdfunding campaign has shot up from 200 to 301 thousand now but that took like 10 or so days. So they’re still not quite half way to the 800 grand funding requirement and there’s only 16 days to go! Maybe we won’t be getting the sequel we’ve all waited so many years for. 😦
I see a lot of hits on this blog about Starflight 3 so if you’re a long time fan of the series then boy do they need your help in either backing the project or spreading the word around social sites!
Official Starflight 3 Fig Campaign:
Official Starflight 3 Discord:
New Announcement Trailer:
Omg guys.. the speed which Marvin is cranking out game features in the Starflight 1 remake is insane!! He’s now implemented hyperspace (deep space) travel and imported the ENTIRE SF1 galaxy!!! He just needs us fans to keep helping him with Planet surface photos that he’ll eventually feed into a beautiful lifelike planet surface fractal generator. I’m using the amazing Ultimate Starflight 1 Map to help me take the pictures.
I’ll also point out that they are now releasing playable builds on Marvin’s website so you guys can go play around with the latest WIP build anytime if you want. No special software required, just run the exe! 🙂
And if that’s not enough he’s got working Fluxes now too!!!
Wow! We just hit 37,000 visits at Blake’s Sanctum guys! Amazing! Anyway after years of nothing it’s certainly a cool time to be a Starflight fan at the moment as there’s plenty going on (so much that I better update my Starflight Website)! Not only are we now finally getting an Official Starflight 3 Game by original Starflight 1&2 developer Greg Johnson but now one of the members of the Starflight 3 Facebook Group discovered an absolute gem and posted it in the group. A man named Marvin who used to work for friggin Bethesda and now owns a software company is working on a open source unofficial Starflight 1 HD remake in Unity and oh boy does it look good! Let’s get over to his site and show our support! 🙂
Starflight Remake blog:
Starflight Remake IndieDB Page:
Starflight Remake Fan Forum:
Fig Campaign has gone public and there’s a genuine risk Greg Johnson’s team will NOT meet the funding required in time! They need our help!! More details here:
This is crazy guys!! Regular followers will know that I’ve posted content about the fan made Starflight 3 project for years here and on my Starflight Website but sadly that project never got finished. However this week a fan posted over on the Starflight 3 Facebook Group about an official SF3 sequel coming!!
What’s really interesting is that it appears to involve original Starflight 1 & 2 lead designer Greg Johnson!!
They’ve started a ‘kickstarter like’ funding campaign over on Fig. The campaign is currently not public yet as they are assessing interest:
So let’s get over there and add our support! 🙂
Guess I better add this to my Starflight related games list page asap haha!