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  1. Me too mate.. me too! Unfortunately Implodes MoM-IME project is the closest we've got to that dream. He's been making great progress lately too! But yeah if there was a whole team working on it the project would have been finished years ago. Anyway MuHa appear to be doing monthly (or at least trying to do monthly lol) developer diaries for the official Master of Magic remake... looks pretty good although some of the Wizard redesigns are not as good plus everything seems a bit bland and lacking colour compared to the original. First dev diary http://muhagames.com/dev-diary-1-june-2021/ Second dev diary http://muhagames.com/mom-dev-diary-2-august-2021/ Third dev diary https://muhagames.com/mom-dev-diary-3-september-2021/
  2. Showing my age but are there any 80s/90s Starflight fans here? Growing up with Star Trek I dreamed of a game where I could command a starship exploring a huge galaxy encountering aliens and landing on strange worlds. Starflight was the first ever game that granted that wish (before all the good Trek games finally came along) as it had hundreds of different planets to explore and lots of strange aliens to either battle or trade with in space. Naturally I’d call my ship the ISS Enterprise and give all my customized crew members Trek names Eg the Captain would be Kirk, Science Spock, Engineer Scotty, Communication Uhura, Navigator Sulu and Doctor McCoy. Unfortunately I’d run out of positions after that, sorry Chekov haha! Although in the early game when it was too expensive to train up your crew you could use reasonably skilled androids in the roles so naturally they got called Data lol. I grew up playing the 90s SF1 remake on Sega MegaDrive/Genesis (pic below) and eventually got my hands on SF2 for Amiga... most people probably know the 80s PC & Amiga versions more. After SF2 the series had been dead for like 30yrs yet amazingly in 2018 Greg Johnson tried to crowdfund a new Starflight 3 sequel. Greg was the creator and lead developer of the original Starflight games, and he also created the popular ToeJam & Earl console games too. But sadly the SF3 crowdfund attempt failed miserably as the fan community was in a bad near dead state and almost none of the mainstream gaming media sites covered it so one knew about it! Well 3 years on there unfortunately hasn't been another attempt at a Starflight 3 game crowdfund or a new demo. However recently the first ever Starflight Anthology book was released and to celebrate that occasion something really cool happened! I run the Starflight fan communities so as a 'thanks' I got invited to take part in a group video podcast interviewing non other than Starflight lead dev and creator Greg Johnson himself! I was a nervous wreck as I don't normally do live stuff, and I think I was the only non-American on there so people were probably wondering what I was saying half the time lol, plus on top of that my giant 46" screen was glaring on my face making me look like a bloody ghost haha.. but in the end I had a blast as it was so cool to talk to one of the creators of a game I played so much as a kid, not to mention getting thanked by him for my Starflight community work! Greg was a super nice and humble guy and he told so many great stories about creating Starflight, and his very popular ToeJam & Earl console games, along with his consultation work on the Star Control games and Spore which many of us didn't know about! He even discussed the possibility of a Starflight and Star Control crossover game which would be pretty crazy! And sure enough he confirmed that the original Starflight games were heavily influenced by Star Trek heh. He also confirmed that the dream of Starflight 3 is not dead and that just a week ago he was on the phone with someone trying to secure funding for it. He talked about his dreams of what the sequel could be and he showed openness to trying another crowdfund campaign. We did our best to assure him that the Starflight fan community is in a WAY better state then it was back in 2018 when they last tried the crowdfund as back then all the big old Starflight forums were gone and there was only around 100 people in my 'new' Starflight Fans Facebook group so there was just no one to friggin tell about it! That's up around 400ish members now, plus I've since created a Starflight Fans Reddit group which is closing on 100 now, and best of all there's the Official Starflight 3 Discord I help out on as a moderator which is now up to a massive 800ish members, so that's over a 1000 starflight fans that weren't around in 2018 so we're getting there! The games sold millions of copies back in the day so there's certainly still plenty of long lost Starflight fans out there though! If there's any Starflight old timers lurking around here I hope you come join the gang! Anyway, here's the video podcast if anyone is interested if anyone is interested. I posted a comment on youtube with timestamps of interesting topics should people wish to skip to stuff that interests them... There was more I wanted to say on there but yeah.. obviously the podcast wasn't about me haha.. but I got to say most of what I wanted. Really the only big thing I didn't get to say on the podcast was that I'm excited to read the new Starflight - Tales From The Starport Lounge anthology book (I've ordered it from Amazon but it hasn't arrived yet as it's probably on a slow ship heading for Australia lol!). I'm not a huge book person but I just had to get this as like I said earlier in the stream video it's amazing how playing a game and reading a book about an adventure set in that same game universe really enhances the experience. The game makes you love the book more and helps your imagination visualize the aliens and places they'll go to in the book. While vice versa the book makes you love the game more as it adds so much depth to the game universe and makes you crave going on your own adventures similar to the ones these new characters your reading about are going on. They both really buff and lift up each other to a whole new level forming this equilibrium of awesomeness haha! I had that experience with the Starflight manual short stories as a kid, and I had it in the years since with other games like Elder Scrolls Oblivion, Witcher, and the X Universe series space games that all have novels or short stories set in the same universe. So hopefully I'll like the new book and get to have that experience again with Starflight! Once thing's for sure, I already know I like the cover haha!
  3. Here's another 2 new dev diaries from my big Civilization 2 Red Alert 2 scenario. In this fourth dev diary we hit our stride and finish off all building types - big ones, little ones, and the biiiig difficult 3x3 super skyscrapers! RA2 Dev Diary 04 - Final Super Buildings in the Civilization 2 - Red Alert 2 Scenario https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/final-super-buildings . In the fifth dev diary we finally finished all city buildings and base buildings allowing us to finalise the design of the map. RA2 Dev Diary 05 – Finishing Bases & the Map for the Civilization 2 – Red Alert 2 Scenario https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/finishing-the-bases-map
  4. Hey guys, Big update as it's been a while! I've been busy doing lots of searching and tracking down long lost mods & scenarios to rescue and upload (including some more Dune and C&C scenarios). I've also added some new search categories of interest to me and made some big changes to existing ones... - Merged C&C and Red Alert together to save space. - Merged Doom with Fallout & Mad Max under a new main Apocalypse category to save space & also added new Terminator, Judge Dredd, Zombies, & After WW3 to the Apocalypse category too. - Added a new Starcraft category and combined it with the existing Warcraft one to save space - Added a new Lunar/Moon category to the existing Mars Colonization one. - Added a new Final Fantasy category - Added a new Civ Crossover category (Mods that make a Civ game look like another Civ game) as I've been finding some good stuff for these and wonder if there's more out there! Regarding that rescue work keeping me busy I recently started a huge new scenario catalog & rescue project creating proper download pages at CivFanatics (even rescuing lost scenarios that are not part of this search cause I'm nice like that lol), as well as extra scenario download mirror pages on ModDB and Internet Archive Library to ensure they don't get lost again as both those sites are long living & offer free hosting. At the moment I'm setting up Civ2 scenario libraries on these other sites but I look forward to setting up these library file mirrors for other Civ game scenarios in the future. Uploading to these sites is not hard (I've written guides over in my CivFanatics project thread) so hopefully others in the Civ community eventually follow my example and add to all these collections in the future to ensure all these great old pieces of work live on! List updates... Civ2: - Added FrankJohnson's Final Fantasy II/IV modpack to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added Jomb's Final Fantasy NES Civ scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added honourable mention of the Final Fantasy III/VI scenario to the list which has no custom graphics but is the only surviving FF Civ2 scenario! - Added Jeelen's Master of Orion Jr Remake 4 scenario, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added MichaelDMcCart's Judge Dredd - I am the LAW modpack to the list (Apocalypse), & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added ParVahadar's Fallout for Civilization scenario to the list (Apocalypse), however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added honourable mention of Skulb's Fallout City Background graphic to the list (Apocalypse), which would go great with a Fallout scenario if we can find one! - Added JBG's Colonisation of the Moon scenario to the list. - Added JohnMavin's Alpha Centauri scenario to the list, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added honourable mention of JohnValdez & AndrewLivings's SMAC Project scenario to the list which sadly appears abandoned (Blake is considering fixing up). - Added Aland007's Starcraft: Terran War scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added N.Chautru's Dune - Pour L'epice! scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added IsaacAshdown's The Battle for Arrakis scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added JamesDahl's Sands of Dune scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added DavidGreenfield's CivDune scenario to the list, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Skulb's Star Trek 2018 modpack to the list. - Added NikolaKuprešanin's Star Contact Part I: The Star Wars scenario to the list, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Markus Schegel's The Battle of Endor scenario, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added PaulCaldwell's Star Wars scenario modpack, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Ambra's Star Wars scenario, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added TomChoinski's CivSpace (Star Trek, Star Wars & more crossover) modpack, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added FredericMeunie's MoonLand modpack, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added DirkWeber's ST Mission on Vesta scenario, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added C&C2 Red Alert scenario, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Wonx2150's Command & Conquer scenario to the list, which Blake is remastering. - Added Blake's Demaster of JohnValdez's Civ1 modpack to the list (Crossover). - Added KasiusKlej's Civ1 modpack (uses some of Blake & John's work) to the list (Crossover). - Added Blake's Remaster of VWPsycho1984's ToT Graphics modpack to the list (Crossover) which is in progress. - Added CarlosDiaz's Alpha Centauri modpack to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added Blackclove's Dawn/Day of the Dead scenario to the list (Apocalypse), however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added StLeo's Star Trek 7of9 (Voyager) scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added Jeelen's Star Trek Voyager scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added the German Babylon 5 scenario to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! Civ2ToT: - Added Kestrel's Extended Original Game 4-Worlds modpack to the list (Alpha C), & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Kestrel's Escape From Sol scenario to the list (Mars/Moon, Alpha C), & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added Kestrel's Unit-Mania Addon 4 World scenario to the list (Alpha C), & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added honourable mention of Dadais's TES The Stormcloak Rebellion scenario to the list (Elder Scrolls) which is unfinished. He's also made a Skyrim Map! - Added honourable mention of CatFish's Starcraft scenario which sadly appears abandoned. Civ3: - Added the AMAZING Vuldacon's Escape From Zombie Island 2 Elite scenario to the list (Apocalypse). - Added Hunterkiller's Mars: Alien Invasion scenario to the list. - Added Magus77's Final Fantasy 7 mod to the list, & have uploaded its missing file to CFC. - Added DJBonebraker's Final Fantasy mod to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added Matrix's Civ1 Terrain modpack to the list (Crossover), however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added Sims2789's Civ1 Units modpack to the list (Crossover). - Added honourable mention of Theov's Civ1 Clone modpack to the list (Crossover) which is in progress. - Added honourable mention of Xiaoxiaoa's Red Alert 2 mod to the list which sadly appears abandoned. Civ4: - Added Star Wars Final Frontier Plus mod to the list. - Added honourable mention of Dumanios's Star Wars modpack that LouisTheXIV told me about to the list which is unfinished. - Added mention of the Official Firaxis Afterworld BTS scenario that LouisTheXIV told me about to the list (Apocalypse). - Added the Master of Mana Modpack (built from FFH) to the list (MoM). - Added the Ashes of Erebus Modpack (built from FFH) to the list (MoM). - Added the Fall from Heaven Modpack to the list (MoM). - Added Monaldinio's Conflict on Chiron Modpack (built from Planetfall) to the list (Alpha C). - Added agentsmith952's Final Fantasy Tactics mod to the list, however its CURRENTLY MISSING so if anyone has it let me know! - Added JBG's The Song of the Moon scenario to the list. - Added Flobi's Civ1 Terrain modpack to the list (Crossover), and have also managed to obtain its missing download file (thanks GeneralKillCavalry) and preserve it on CFC. Civ5: - Added mention of the Official Firaxis Conquest of the New World Deluxe scenario that Pfeffersack told me about to the list (Colonization). - Added the 5 mod combo (FramedArchitecture's AlphaC Civilizations, AlphaC Policies, AlphaC Maps + HandyVac's Centauri City States + Arbogli's Beyond the Future) that creates an Alpha Centauri experience that Beetle told me about to the list. - Added MrCookie's Eorzea - Final Fantasy 14 scenario to the list. - Added honourable mention of MSW2010's Final Fantasy 2 map to the list. FreeCiv: - Added ComradeOleg's Civilization 2 modpack for FreeCiv to the list (Crossover). AlphaC: - Missing download for GeoModder's Mars Survivor scenario has been rescued by Geo himself! Thanks to Darsnan for fixing the link. FreeMars: - Added mention of the really cool Civ/Col/AlphaC hybrid FreeMars Project game that's not finished but quite playable. .
  5. Hey guys, Some of you may have seen over in my Civilization scenario search & rescue thread here that I'm on the hunt for Dune scenarios for Civilization games. I've managed to discover the existence of a handful of Dune scenarios for Civilization 2 and sadly some appear to be possibly lost forever. Originally I only knew of David Emery's The Battle for Arrakis scenario which is on most Civ sites and is also hosted here at Fed2k in your other game modifications section. However I was recently informed about David Greenfield's CivDune scenario here at Fed2k too and have added to the collection and spread it around the Civ communities too. And I saw Dick Knisely's Islands in the Sand scenario here at Fed2k too and will try it out soon although I can see in it's readme it's not set in the Dune universe but is inspired by it. I have also discovered proof of the existence of three more Dune scenarios for Civ2 on a webarchive backup of an old Civ2 scenario site called the Zadanian League. Sadly the downloads are not backed up and all that remains is some basic info and some simple mini-map screenshots. Failed to find copies on any other Civ site either. If any dune gaming fans here have these scenarios please let me know so I can rescue them and make them publicly available to ensure they're not lost forever! Sands of Dune by James Dahl – dune.zip (293kb) https://web.archive.org/web/20030829213113/http://dsquared.fiwh.com/civ2/scenlist/d/d.php Dune - Pour L'epice! (For the spice!) by N.Chautru – dune.zip (246kb) https://web.archive.org/web/20030829213113/http://dsquared.fiwh.com/civ2/scenlist/d/d.php The Battle for Arrakis 1.0 by Isaac Ashdown – dune.zip (163kb) (not to be confused with David Emery's Battle for Arrakis above) https://web.archive.org/web/20030829213113/http://dsquared.fiwh.com/civ2/scenlist/d/d.php Finding these 20 year old Dune Civ2 scenarios is a long shot I know but I gotta try. Sooner or later someone with a copy will hopefully come along. .
  6. Enjoyed watching that. I own all the Dune games and variants but did not know about the MMO that never got released!
  7. I don't normally quote myself and I shouldn't laugh at my own jokes but.. hehehe Erm anyway.. it's just sooooooo good to hear this project is still alive, as the scarring and trauma of play testing it 4 years ago and seeing my own mother (Lady Jessica) perform a sexual act on me isn't quite burned into my brain enough yet, so I just can't wait to go through that again lol (sarcasm). Someone commented on one of my Dune 1 videos a year or 2 ago that they'd give anything for some sort of a Dune 1 remake.. so I sent him a link to this project, warned him that French people are weird and wished him luck... he didn't reply. 😂 Jokes aside a family friendly version of this with all characters remade would be good, as I was quite impressed with just how much of the actual original gameplay had been remade in-between all the rude stuff. However if the family friendly version is just the same game with the same extremely large breasted female character replacements but with sex acts deleted then umm yeah it's still not really gonna be family friendly.
  8. Sorry.. normally I write nice things when people announce fan projects but.. in this day and age talk is cheap and visual media is everything. If you're going to announce a new game then show some screenshots or concept art and setup a proper place for people to see your stuff and interact with you eg a website, a forum, or a social media page. Giving a text only marketing speech (in an age where people don't like marketing speeches) and asking people to email you is just weird and so.. I dunno.. 1997 lol. And if that's the case then PLEASE can I have access to your time machine? There are several things I'd like to go back and do lol.
  9. Which Emulator did you use? I remember trying to do that about 10-15yrs ago on Project64 and it didn't go so great lol. I remember trying to do the same on ePSXe with Dune 2000 and switch the analogue input to my mouse and having similar troubles.
  10. Very cool.. I'd been wondering how this project was going since I covered you on my Dune site years ago!
  11. files gone, pictures gone, social media pages gone.. sigh...
  12. I'm a little late to the party with this even bigger news but OMG lol.. After 25 years of nothing it really is an amazing time for us diehard Master of Magic fans! There I was a few weeks ago getting excited about Seravy’s new Caster of Magic 2 for Windows release and then something even more amazing got officially announced, as we finally have confirmation of the Slitherine mystery MoM project I’ve posted about here before! Slitherine are working with Thea series creators MuHa games on a Official Master of Magic Remake!!! MuHa are a small indie studio so sure enough it's nothing AAA however the new remake already looks and sounds pretty good! I can already see people complaining about the hexes and lack of multiplayer but neither of those bother me. You can find the announcement videos (they've remade the old intro!), some nice pictures, and game info on their new Steam and GoG pages! But I'll stick a few here too! Trailer/Intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W44WH6pEXHY Dev Interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCQHNKX6AtY
  13. Seravy's new Caster of Magic 2 (or Caster of Magic for Windows as Slitherine are calling it) has been officially released on Steam, GoG & Slitherine's own store a few days ago! Sadly my hopes for modern resolutions were dashed (it just stretches 320x200 in a window) so Implodes fan game above is still the only one that does true HD stuff, however CoM has so many other benefits eg a gazillion bug fixes & balance changes, super smart AI opponents, more spells, more buildings, more advanced game modes & options, and best of all NO MORE 5 PLAYER LIMIT!! So umm 14 Wizards going at it in one game? Yes please! Feel free to drop by the Master of Magic fans Facebook and Discord groups to discuss. Seravy himself is kindly answering questions and bug reports on the discord too! I know some people aren't huge fans of CoM's changes but maybe Slitherine will take Seravy's new engine source and do a 'MoM for Windows' one day too. Probably wishful thinking but you never know! Familiar but not quite the same 14 Wizard carnage incoming Cool new options Looks the same but apparently the new combat AI is naaaasty
  14. Big news! Looks like Seravy's Caster of Magic 2 (possibly renamed to 'Caster of Magic for Windows' now probably by Slitherine lol) is coming out of private beta and going public on steam soon. What is also very interesting is that it says on the announcement that it supports custom resizable windows and presumably resolutions! I'll try to confirm that since that would be awesome news as Seravy had zero interest in higher viewing resolutions when I last talked to him about it (eg he was gonna keep it at 320x200 still lol). Maybe Slitherine or all his beta testers kept pestering him about it and he found a way to do it lol. Either way it's great news. Modern resolutions plus full 13 Wizard slaughterthon games are gonna be epic! Have wishlisted! Before anyone asks no it is not multiplayer lol (try Master of Magic - Implodes Multiplayer edition remake for that). https://steamcommunity.com/games/1146370/announcements/detail/3055100754907446252 .
  15. I guess it's time to finally show my Red Alert project I've been mentioning! All the skills I've learned making the Heroes of Might & Magic and Command & Conquer scenarios mentioned above is now being put into the hardest scenario I have ever attempted! A Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario where you'll be battling it out in city streets between huge sky scrapers.. and yes I know I'm crazy as that's totally something the Civ2 engine wasn't built for hahaha! Here are the first 3 dev diaries on the Red Alert 2 Siege of New York scenario. Disclaimer - Hopefully the final product will be waaaaay better than all these WIP test shots but I gotta start somewhere haha. In this first dev diary we look at experimenting with Civ2's terrain limits & using some sneaky tricks to begin creating a Red Alert 2 style city map with Liberty island, bridges and buildings. RA2 Dev Diary 01 - Liberty Island, Bridges & Buildings in the Civilization 2 - Red Alert 2 Scenario https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/liberty-island-bridges-buildings . In the second dev diary we look at adding bigger buildings, Command centers with walls, and lots of other nice decoration trying to push Civ2's terrain limits. RA2 Dev Diary 02 - Bigger Buildings & More Decoration in the Civilization 2 - Red Alert 2 Scenario https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/bigger-buildings-more-decoration . In the third dev diary we look at adding special fun buildings like the McBurger Kong and Petrol Station, while overhauling all previously made small buildings to much better quality. RA2 Dev Diary 03 - McBurger Kong & Better Quality Buildings in the Civilization 2 - Red Alert 2 Scenario https://www.moddb.com/mods/civilization-2-red-alert-2-siege-of-new-york-scenario/news/mcburger-kong-better-buildings
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