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

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  1. Yeah the original King's Bounty was Jon Van Caneghem's first strategy RPG hybrid game before he went on to make Heroes of Might & Magic. Great games!
  2. Thanks for this too! I'm probably going to a create a big King's Bounty series tribute section separate from HoMM at some point so a KB fan sequel will fit nicely in there.
  3. Thanks man. I'm a HUGE fan of your work btw. And thanks for the Dune 3 tip, man how did I not know about that one! I'm always discovering so many great retro gaming gems hidden away in Russia.
  4. lol I feel like I'm at work as it's my day job to be the 'translator/go between/interpreter/rock in a hard place' between: - A team of 5 database programmers who sit in dark room at the bottom of our building and send out large emails that put my OCD to shame as they dissect every little thing to a point where others are wondering why the items are even being talked about. Most others have no clue what they're talking about and the messages often lack in the social delicacy required to not come across as condescending or insulting lol! - And a team of 3 ditzy admin project managers who sit at the top of our building, can barely turn a computer on and constantly make completely ridiculous feature requests with comments like "I don't see the problem? That should be an easy change shouldn't it?" and fail to understand why it's going to cost 10grand lol! When the features are completed they complain that its nothing like what they asked for because their best attempts at explaining what they wanted also made no sense to anyone else as they have no clue what their talking about and what is required to achieve it lol! And there I am in the middle ground trying to keep everyone happy and the ball rolling. Suffice to say the job has taken years off my life lol!!! When I make my videos & forum posts I try to keep things simple and understandable to the average Joe user as to them it's a Dune 2 remake and they don't care how it was done (as selfish as that may be to the hard working creators).. "It's dune 2, it's been remade.. yay lets play". So my titles & descriptions reflect that as most out there are not interested in whether its a reconstruction, re-imagining or reverse engineered and what the code source was.. they just wanna see it and play it. I'm well aware the project titles don't and have never contained a 2 in them but outside of the die hard dune gaming community people are gonna see the title and think its a dune 1 remake or something to do with the movie or first book lol. It has to be short, easy and obvious to the person 'just passing through'. However since such things are of great importance here I've changed the wording in my post here. Hopefully it's not so bad now lol!
  5. Hey Stefan! Didn't even realise you were an admin here. Oh I have Demo 4 and very nearly did do a video haha. But I decided to wait until your new build catches up to the old one as I'm guessing from the screens that it will support those lovely higher resolutions we all enjoy today heh. I've modified my post to include your old 3.5 video in the meantime mate.
  6. Hi guys, Decided to do some new fun video content for my Dune Games Website. I installed the latest versions of all the big Dune 2 fan remakes and created videos giving a brief tour of their features and then (badly lol) playing a skirmish match in each to put them through their paces. OpenRA Dune 2 Classic Mod Probably the most recent and rarely seen Dune 2 remake. OpenRA (a C&C and Red Alert engine rebuild) is extremely popular but because this mod only works with the Github development version of OpenRA it’s half impossible to get working. With some help from the devs my friends & I finally got it working. However our multiplayer match was over way too quickly so I decided to do a longer skirmish game to check out end game buildings & units too. Dune Legacy By far the the most impressive feature packed Dune 2 remake of them all and built from elements of the OpenDUNE project. Great graphical options, 3 sub houses (Fremen, Sardukar, Mercs), a map editor and loads of skirmish/multiplayer maps. They’ve added the Super Dune 2 Missions with new improved briefings so really the only feature still missing is support for Dune eXtended missions. Dune Dynasty A very good Dune 2 reconstruction similar to Legacy but focuses more on being an accurate recreation of the original Dune 2 game code. It has been neglected for years now so is lacking some of Legacy’s impressive features. However it DOES support Dune eXtended missions making it currently the only choice if you wish to play eXtended missions in HD with C&C controls. My skirmish match went longer than planned so the video is in 2 parts. Dune 2 The Maker No video from me but The Maker gets an honourable mention as to this day its enhanced, upscaled and sharpened Dune 2 graphics still beat all other projects. Unfortunately it doesn’t support high resolutions and was abandoned in 2013. HOWEVER it’s creator Stefan has returned in late 2016 and rebooted the project with a new java based engine. It’s still early days so I’ll hold off on doing a video for now. In the meantime here’s a very old video Stefan made. For Shai-Hulud!!
  7. omg.. the guild navigator.. I'm not even gonna post a picture here of her.. so dodgy bahahahahahaha (o) (o)
  8. Blake00

    Dune Legacy 0.96.4

    Epic job guys.. I'm utterly blown away by all the multiplayer and skirmish map options.. large map 6 player matches with the 3 extra factions.. umm YES PLEASE!!! I'm probably missing something obvious but I can't seem to turn on the new HD graphics?.. no matter what select in the scaler settings things just look like the original pixels stretched. Looks the same as my older version of Legacy too. EDIT: I now see that the HD scaling activated when I used 2x or 3x Zoom however it seems to switch off at 1x Zoom (the mode I normally play on as 1920x1080 already has a separate 2x zoom) which explains why I saw no difference. Bug or deliberate? Meh I'll go post this in your sourceforge forum. Its been a few years since I last tried Legacy so I love what you guys have done with adding Super Dune 2 Classic and improving/fixing the briefings. Any plans to add support for Dune 2 eXtended too? Being able to play original Dune 2, Super Dune 2 Classic & Dune 2 eXtended all in one game with HD graphics and C&C style controls is the only thing now that Dune Dynasty still has over Dune Legacy. Legacy is so much better and polished than Dynasty so it would be awesome if you guys added eXtended too. The ultimate all in one Dune 2 experience. EDIT: Might go post this question on your sf forum too lol.
  9. Blake00

    List of Dune Fan Games/Mods Website

    wow thanks guys. I've added these new projects to my Dune Games Website while doing the latest updates. Spad: Woah that Operation flashpoint Dune FPS one is really good. I stumbled a cross some awesome gameplay videos not from the authors. In this one the guy hides in the dunes and launches a missile assault on a Harkonnen base blasting vehicles, men and turrets.. and in this one he's a spice harvester crewmember desperately trying to escape a giant worm attack, it doesn't end well haha! Hmmm I notice this forum has changed and I can't seem to edit my first post to reflect the latest changes? Where's the edit button these days? Update - I've got one for this post but not the older ones grr.. Oh well while I can't update the list in this thread I've certainly updated my site lol, here's the latest changes.. New Dune related projects added: Dune FPS Mod – A really cool Total Conversion Mod for Operation Flashpoint Dune C&C3 – Good looking Total Conversion Mod for C&C3 Tiberium Wars. Dune 2000 3D – 3D remake of Dune 2000, doesn’t look like it got far sadly. C++ Dune RTS Remake – Added to RIP section as unfortunately I didn’t take snaps of his videos in time before he took them down. Changes made to existing Dune content: General - Contents menu added. General - All back buttons changed to utilise HTML bookmarks. Now users don’t have to re-scroll down the entire page constantly! General - Fixed some missing slashes in code. Dune Wars - Added new info about project revival. Dune Legacy - Added new info about 2016 HD graphics overhaul. Battle for Dune: War of Assassins - Added a new cool picture of sunset sniper rifle.
  10. Blake00

    My Dune 2 clone (sorta)

    Wow.. that is very cool! Will have to add this to my website's ever growing fan game tribute list lol.
  11. Blake00

    Dune the point and click

    Looks really cool! I really love Dune 1 and point & click adventure games in general! Wish I could help but sadly I don't speak French! I've paid tribute to your project on my Dune Fan Games page though and included the link to your translation request so hopefully other Dune 1 fans will see it and help. :)
  12. Blake00

    List of Dune Fan Games/Mods Website

    Yeah my categories need some more work! Need a short version of your sentence descriptions though lol! I can write as much as I want in the individual game webpages but on the main webpage list I try to keep it 3-5 words to fit. Yeah I knew someone else had put PortableRA together but was pretty sure I'd seen that you did the lost files (I never even knew about psx Retaliation & the cutscenes until I saw your site!!) and that the upgraded config tool was either your work or based on your C&C gold work? Took me 6 months (around regular life lol) to play every single C&C & Red Alert campaign mission (original, addon, console import, secret) but it was an absolute joy. I always HATED those scan lines in the windows version videos so I was so happy to see you'd got rid of them! Didn't have much trouble with them either, C&C Gold crashed a few times over the months (sometimes when I was saving my game :O ) but RA never crashed once, was perfect! Rest assured when I make my C&C section soon I'll be telling every visiting fan to get their collective asses over to your site to get the required files haha!
  13. Blake00

    List of Dune Fan Games/Mods Website

    Hey everyone, sorry its taken me a while to get back you but its been a busy year! I've spent the last few weeks working hard on updates to my website and this week I turned my attention on to my Dune page. Thanks to your messages and old posts in this forum I've managed to almost double the list of Dune fan games/mods and located screenshots for most of them ensuring they're never forgotten! If there's any more out there please let me know. :) Games Added: Dune Dynasty - Enhanced Dune II ReconstructionOpenRA - Dune2k + C&C + Red Alert RemakeDune200XX - Total Conversion Mod for C&C3Battle for Dune: War of Assassins - C&C Renegades Style Dune GameDune - Raiders of Arrakis - Russian RPG TC Mod for Warcraft 3Dune Adventure Game - Point & Click Dune I Style SequelEmperor Chronicles: Rise of the Corrino Empire - Dune2k AddonPlanet Arrakis - Dune II Online RemakeDune: Evolution - Total Conversion Mod for C&C3Dune: War of the Spice - Dune Remake via Unreal 3 EngineDune Tribes - TC Mod for Starsiege TribesTotal Annihilation Dune - TC Mod for Total AnnihilationDune Returns - TC Mod for Unreal Tournament 3Dune 3: Return of the Guild (Formerly Return to Arrakis) - Amiga Dune II SequelOD2 - Dune II RemakeNeverwinter Nights Dune - TC Mod for Neverwinter NightsDune Desert Power - TC Mod for Battlefield 1942Dune 2000: Spice World - TC Mod for Warcraft 3 Back in January when I visited you were just another forum poster to me but now I'm a HUGE fan of your work!! I'm working on a C&C page and discovered I'd lost all my old 90s savegames for C&C1 & Red Alert 1 and so I decided to replay them and came across your C&C Gold 1.06c plus PortableRA which I believe you had a hand in too. Was so awesome to play all the campaigns, addons and extra console missions in high resolution and seeing all the extra RA console videos in the PC version. Was just brilliant! Sent them to a whole bunch of mates who all had a blast reliving their youth too. :) Ermm but anyway back to the Dune page updates I normally keep animating backgrounds to a minimum in other sections of the site but I went a bit overboard with the dune section so I've addressed some of them inserting long breaks at the ends. As you pointed out the main page animation really was too much and never equalled the image in my mind when I dreamed up the page and wanted to pay homage to the film but recently I had the idea that Dune games often have viewscreens playing communications or battle footage so I looked a various moments from each game and decided to take a Harkonnen army briefing shot from Emperor Battle of Dune and insert the original animation onto a holographic viewscreen (using my crappy drawing skills lol) so now only a small part of the background animates. Hopefully its less annoying! :)
  14. Blake00

    List of Dune Fan Games/Mods Website

    In all the years and all the forums that's the first complaint I've had lol.. guess it had to happen sooner or later. Yes as X3M said its VERY deliberately retro & yes it breaks a few of the 'what makes a good website rules' but the 'still in the game' atmosphere my pages try to create generally make most people forgive lol. I first started the site in 2001 (not 90s but close enough as I probably did start thinking ideas in the late 90s haha) and yes it actually was a Geocities site for many years funnily enough!! Now while I've moved the site and made many visual changes & improvements in the 13 years since I've always deliberately kept the retro feel (I talk about all that in my About the site section). The site covers almost entirely retro games and their fan projects, the only new stuff I generally cover is sequels to old stuff lol.
  15. Blake00

    List of Dune Fan Games/Mods Website

    Thanks man, it's a labour of love for me haha :) Yeah people have suggested that for some of my other sections on the site too but I generally purely concentrate on computer/console based fan games and mods as the list/page just get too out of control if I include all the fan literature and board games etc. Yeah I listed PredaNoob's dune mod as a dead project as I couldn't see any signs of life sadly. I had a look in that old pinned thread in this forum and saw 3 more projects I didn't know about that I'll have to add to my site: Dune DynastyDune 3: Return to ArrakisOD2 Dune 3: Return to Arrakis has a link to a thread here which isn't loading as i'm guessing you guys had a forum update since it was posted. Anyone know how to convert it to the new address so I can go have a snoop? I tried and failed miserably lol. http://forum.dune2k.com/index.php?topic=21639.msg343426#msg343426