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    Retro gaming, sierra classics, RPGs, RTS & TBS strategy games, fan games, basic web design.

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  1. Probably noticed I haven't posted here since I blew up a bit over Ep5 haha. I have kept watching the show though but was less invested in it to continue posting my episode round ups. I said after ep 5 that they'd really need some good eps to undo the damage that did, so... Here's my thoughts on eps 6-9..
  2. Yeah.. episode 5.. wow.. If people here disliked it you don't have to worry about me arguing with you on this one guys. As this episode broke me too, or more precisely it broke my enjoyment of the show. I didn't enjoy that at all. I thought maybe if I sleep on it I'd feel better but nope, today I'm even grumpier about it haha. Up until now I've only had little nitpicks and have really enjoyed show and have defended it when people have complained about it "not feeling like star trek" but there was next to nothing Star Trek feeling about Ep 5. Those people who complained about past eps not being star trek are gonna looooooove this one lol. I don't wanna walk away from a Star Trek episode feeling frustrated and miserable. When they played the exciting trailer for the next ep and all the cool Borg stuff at the end I didn't even give s***. I was like.. whatever. They're gonna have to work hard in the next few eps to undo the damage that one just did. I can only hope that they had to go that dark and callous to setup the audience to be brought back to the light and happy ending lol. But I can't help but think that if it turned me off that badly then all those people out there who's really not been that into the new show and were barely holding on will probably be like "stuff this!" and be done with it after seeing that ep lol. Urgh.. end of rant. Breath Daniel.. Just breath... lol Like I said.. they're gonna need to work hard to undo the damage this episode did. I think I'd rather rewatch most of the episodes in discovery season 1 than ever watch that episode again lol. Everywhere I go so far I've seem pretty horrified responses to ep5. I've seen a couple of dudes say they loved ep5 though, I was like WAAAT lol.
  3. Episode 4 seen (belated).. WE'RE OFF!:
  4. Yeah definitely better than discovery lol. I'm still enjoying the show but am still unsure as to whether I actually really really like it or not. Still need to see how story pans out lol. Episode 3 seen: (spoiler alert)
  5. Apparently CBS has posted the first episode of Picard on YouTube for a limited time. So, if you dont have All Access and want to check it out, you have til Feb 7 to watch it for free. Naturally it's region locked though urgh. :/ Episode 2 of Picard just seen. Glad it explains some of the mysteries & fan complaints about the first episode.
  6. So what does everyone think now that the show has started? My thoughts (SPOILER ALERT):
  7. Sadly it looks like it probably won't get funding in time.. got pretty close too. :(
  8. I spent endless hours playing Master of Orion 1 in the 90s so this sounds good! Pretty much a love letter to MOO1.. infinite techs.. dynamic AI.. wormhole/starlane game or not.. super customizable UI & gameplay. What's even crazier is that he's released the latest build (not just a demo) of the game for free on his kickstarter. Do you like free stuff? I like free stuff! https://explorminate.co/dominus-galaxias-kickstarter-has-launched/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jwG4D-fCsg
  9. If there's any old Freelancer or Wing Commander Privateer fans here, Rebel Galaxy Outlaw has gotta be the closest thing I've seen to these games yet!!! Gorgeous planet landings FTW! I'm a huuuuuuuuuuuge Freelancer fan (so much so I run a fb fan group haha). Fans still mod it to this day creating cool stuff but somehow this great old game never got a sequel. This new game is by far the closest I've ever seen to Freelancer. Sadly it’s an Epic store exclusive for now but that’s okay, I'll just wait for it to come to steam as I’m in no hurry due to my endless gaming to do list lol. This guy has done a good video review of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abmolH6sSy4 Here's some sexy screens I found around the net:
  10. lol well after my chats with Mr Flibble here I reworded my original post here and also the video descriptions on youtube to say that Dynasty is a reverse engineered reconstruction of the original dune 2 as opposed to Legacy which is a fan remake or recreation. I can't do much about what I said in the videos themselves as my original recordings are long gone now and my urge to redo them entirely is about zero haha. Like I said before to Flibble I realise that remake, reconstruction, recreation, remaster etc all have very different meanings to those involved.. however outside of that bubble in the general masses of casual fans when someone sees that a 3rd party have reproduced an old game in a new engine they just call it a remake and not worry about accuracy or methods of how it was done. As a result seeing confusion and debates over the difference between remakes and remasters can found everywhere haha. Eg there's a fan remaster of Final Fantasy 7 and there's an official remake coming too.. you type either into google and you get both projects all mixed up in the results because all the people outside the bubble are ignorant of the differences haha. The C&C remasters are being referred to as remakes in many places too.. just unavoidable really.
  11. Are you okay @Nyerguds? You're quoting a comment from a conversation 2 years ago in 2017 that ran its course back at the start of the thread. Your comment doesn't add anything that wasn't already covered in that convo and ironically when I look above I can see you've even commented in this thread in 2018 AFTER that conversation was long done and the topic had changed course to king's bounty lol.
  12. OH MY GOD!!! :O Looks like I don't have to worry about this unfinished fan remake anymore as it appears we've got an official Master of Magic sequel or Remake on way (courtesy of Slitherine who've bought the rights from Atari's IP dungeon and just made the announcement on their site)!!! Guess this explains the mysterious Atari activities I noticed recently. Clearly they reacquired MoM so they could sell it to Slitherine for $$$. I'm such a super fan of this 25 year old game that I run a MoM fans facebook group so as you can image I'm SUPER EXCITED about this news lol. I can't can't believe that after all these years a real sequel just might be happening now. Sadly most of the old MoM forums are long dead so if there's any fans here who know of a good old MoM2 wishlist/feature request list out there please let me know and I'll go post it over on the Slitherine forums (which I've just signed up to). They've probably barely started the project yet so now is the time to get fan feature requests and wish list items in front of their faces. If the remaining fan base doesn't speak up now then god knows what sort of game we'll end up with. So now is the time to act! .
  13. If there's any oldschool Dos TBS Master of Magic fans lurking in these forums I've recently made a video (as part of a up and coming Civ related games in HD series) touring what I feel is the best MoM fan project out there called Master of Magic – Implode’s Multiplayer Edition, a brilliant Open Source Java MoM engine rebuild that supports larger maps, up to 14 players (either Human or AI), and any modern resolution like HD 4K etc. The only it's missing is AI and some good bug fixing and polishing. Although sadly it's creator Implode has gone AWOL and the project has been inactive for a while now.. But hopefully one day he'll return to it, or someone else will finish what he started due to it being opensource...
  14. Hi MrFlibble! This is a great list.. I think you've covered most of these already but there might be a couple here you might want to add. Eg OpenRA is definitely the biggest one I didn't see in your list. https://blakessanctum.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/amazing-free-open-source-hd-fan-remakes-sequels-spin-offs-of-great-classic-90s-games/
  15. Looks very nice Stefan. I remember you and I had a big convo 'somewhere' about your project and my tribute to it a year or 2 back. Checked my email - nothing, checked DM's here - nothing, checked my posting history here - nothing. But I know we had one darn it, I'm not going crazy here haha. Anyway I'm glad you see you're still at it. You project always had the best graphics of all the Dune 2 rebuilds/remakes/reconstructions out there haha.
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