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

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  1. Sadly it looks like it probably won't get funding in time.. got pretty close too. :(
  2. 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
  3. 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:
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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! .
  7. 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...
  8. 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/
  9. 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.
  10. haha yeah I copped it bad over my 2017 videos so I wasn't going to make that mistake again lol. I have a big 46" screen (old TV) so its pretty good for me at 1 to 1 zoom. However I found that after zooming in to keep my viewers happy I fell in love with that view too. It's still way bigger than original Dune 2 but everything isn't too small so yup, winning!
  11. Been a few years since I last tested the Dune 2 classic mod for OpenRA so I've done a new video.. nothing exciting match wise.. just a 1 on 1 test game. They've been busy as its way more feature packed compared to 2017.
  12. 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!
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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!
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