Starflight Anthology Podcast with Starflight Series creator Greg Johnson

Well this is quite the honour! I’ve been invited to take part in a podcast about the newly released Starflight Anthology novel which will have none other than the Starflight series creator Greg Johnson himself on it! I’ll be taking part in it to (possibly) talk about my efforts to resurrect the Starflight fan community on Facebook , Reddit , & Discord and talk about some of the great SF fan games made too. Or I’m just there to look pretty while they talk about the SF novels haha! Either way I’m very excited to be on a podcast with SF creator Greg Johnson! Hope to see some Starflight fans there! If you miss it, don’t worry I’ll post the youtube video here after. Check out the link for more details:

https://threeravenspublishing.com/2021/07/22/meet-the-authors-of-starflight-tales-from-the-starport-lounge-with-special-guest-greg-johnson-on-the-next-tdb-pirate-radio/

Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend dev diaries 11-15

As a big Starflight series fan I’ve posted about this great project on my blog before but I thought I’d share some of the dev diaries I’ve been making for Marvin’s ‘Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend‘ project! This Starflight project is a new modern fan remake of the original 1987 PC space exploration game loved by many back in the day (although many fans like myself actually discovered Starflight in the 90s with the awesome Sega Genesis/Megadrive console remake). Marvin is a veteran professional software and game developer who has worked for multiple well known companies such as Bethesda Softworks and Rainbow Studios, on popular games such as ‘Elder Scrolls Redguard’ and ‘Cars: The Video Game’. As a fun side project, Marvin has decided to use his years of experience to remake his favorite childhood game with modern graphics via Unity. This game is open-source and freely available on GitHub, should anyone wish to help. Playable builds are being released on the project website and occasionally on IndieDB too.

While Marvin has been on an extended break from the Starflight Remake Project (due to his business, Covid-19 & other fun RL stuff) I’ve been helping him out and combining his old blog posts into Dev Diaries on IndieDB. If you want to reminisce or you didn’t see how it all begun then here’s another 5 dev diaries.

Previous dev diaries HERE.

Dev Diary 11 – Orbiting Planets

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Dev Diary 12 – Close Encounters of the Third Kind

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Dev Diary 13 – Creating the Mechan 9 Comms

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Dev Diary 14 – Creating More Alien Comms (Part 1)

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Dev Diary 15 – Strange Alien Encounters

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Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend dev diaries 6-10

As a big Starflight series fan I’ve posted about this great project on my blog before but I thought I’d share some of the dev diaries I’ve been making for Marvin’s ‘Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend‘ project! This Starflight project is a new modern fan remake of the original 1987 PC space exploration game loved by many back in the day (although many fans like myself actually discovered Starflight in the 90s with the awesome Sega Genesis/Megadrive console remake). Marvin is a veteran professional software and game developer who has worked for multiple well known companies such as Bethesda Softworks and Rainbow Studios, on popular games such as ‘Elder Scrolls Redguard’ and ‘Cars: The Video Game’. As a fun side project, Marvin has decided to use his years of experience to remake his favorite childhood game with modern graphics via Unity. This game is open-source and freely available on GitHub, should anyone wish to help. Playable builds are being released on the project website and occasionally on IndieDB too.

While Marvin has been on an extended break from the Starflight Remake Project (due to his business, Covid-19 & other fun RL stuff) I’ve been helping him out and combining his old blog posts into Dev Diaries on IndieDB. If you want to reminisce or you didn’t see how it all begun then here’s another 5 dev diaries.

Previous dev diaries HERE.

Dev Diary 6: Completing the Arth Starport

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Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend dev diaries 1-5

As a big Starflight series fan I’ve posted about this great project on my blog before but I thought I’d share some of the dev diaries I’ve been making for Marvin’s ‘Starflight: The Remaking of a Legend‘ project! This Starflight project is a new modern fan remake of the original 1987 PC space exploration game loved by many back in the day (although many fans like myself actually discovered Starflight in the 90s with the awesome Sega Genesis/Megadrive console remake). Marvin is a veteran professional software and game developer who has worked for multiple well known companies such as Bethesda Softworks and Rainbow Studios, on popular games such as ‘Elder Scrolls Redguard’ and ‘Cars: The Video Game’. As a fun side project, Marvin has decided to use his years of experience to remake his favorite childhood game with modern graphics via Unity. This game is open-source and freely available on GitHub, should anyone wish to help. Playable builds are being released on the project website and occasionally on IndieDB too.

While Marvin has been on an extended break from the Starflight Remake Project (due to his business, Covid-19 & other fun RL stuff) I’ve been helping him out and combining his old blog posts into Dev Diaries on IndieDB. If you want to reminisce or you didn’t see how it all begun then here’s the first dev 5 diaries.

Dev Diary 1: The Awakening!

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Starflight The Lost Colony 2.0 Release in 2019!


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.

http://forum.starflt.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=2349

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Here’s a video I made last year of the OLD version of Starflight TLC:

New StarFlight Game in 2019: StarFlight Heroes of Arth


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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!

Links
Starflight Heroes of Arth IndieDB Page:
https://www.indiedb.com/mods/starflight-heroes-of-arth/

Starflight Heroes of Arth Fan Forum:
http://forum.starflt.com/viewforum.php?f=19

WIP Screenshots

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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

BIG Starflight Website Update In 2018!

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!

Website Preview:

Screenshots

Changes:
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.
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Official Starflight 3 Crowdfund Campaign has failed! But there is hope..


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! 🙂