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Old 30 April 2017, 15:42   #1
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[released] Blake Stone

This is a project I started last summer, but I only recently found the motivation to work on it again. Blake Stone is basically what Heretic is to Doom. It's a sci-fi James Bond spoof running on an enhanced Wolfenstein 3D engine. It has the same basic gameplay, with some unique elements (friendly NPCs, vending machines, the ability to revisit levels, etc) thrown in. It was completely eclipsed by Doom, but still received a sequel before JAM Productions closed its doors.

The Amiga port is mainly based on NY00123's excellent gamesrc-ver-recreation, with some bits and pieces from refkeen and Boris Bendovsky's bstone port. I couldn't test it on a real machine yet, but an 030 accelerator with at least 4 MB FastRAM should be enough to run it. The game uses AHI for sound. Aliens of Gold will need about 20 MB disk space, because it converts all the AdLib sound effects and music to samples. The mouse input handling still has something left to be desired, I plan to rewrite it soon-ish.

Blake Stone Aliens of Gold
You need the 2.10 registered version of the game, other versions are not supported. 3.00 was a cost-reduced release (otherwise identical), you can read the story behind it here:
https://www.gog.com/forum/blake_ston..._final_version
There is a 3 episode shareware version, if there's enough interest, I'll look into building an executable for it. Given the game's age, it's not that hard to find the registered version on the net.

Blake Stone Planet Strike

Source code:
That's it for now.

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Old 30 April 2017, 15:59   #2
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I think it was better than Corridor 7, Spear of Destiny, Depth Dwellers, thanks.
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Old 30 April 2017, 20:51   #3
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I tried running the game with BS AoG 2.10R files, but a message with the wrong files is displayed. Can you send good game files?
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Old 30 April 2017, 21:07   #4
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Remember Blake Stone from the old days, lot of fun, good job on Amiga port!
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Old 30 April 2017, 21:28   #5
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I tried running the game with BS AoG 2.10R files, but a message with the wrong files is displayed. Can you send good game files?
I can't upload them, because the game is still sold, but maybe we can figure out the problem. Can you check the CRC32 checksum of all the *.BS6 files?
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AUDIOHED.BS6 9397D376
AUDIOT.BS6 B33A17D2
EANIM.BS6 057B9573
GANIM.BS6 8B0781A2
IANIM.BS6 BE1CD872
MAPHEAD.BS6 D8E86D2C
MAPTEMP.BS6 73D47D3D
SANIM.BS6 0E6B7A68
SVSWAP.BS6 0B8A2614
VGADICT.BS6 05701230
VGAGRAPH.BS6 AD97370E
VGAHEAD.BS6 27023C24
VSWAP.BS6 069F1D34
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Tried the Shareware version (after 3.00R fails)
but it will not unpack (without DOSBOX ???)
RunTime Error 200 @ 0774:0091.

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You didn't loose much, since none of those are supported.
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Old 02 May 2017, 12:03   #8
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I have other file checksums. I can not find files with the same checksums.
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Old 02 May 2017, 13:40   #9
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Thanks you for this new game.

In amikit, the loading is very long.
When I use whdload generic, the loading is fast.

But no sound and no music in both cases

The directory adlib has been created with 119 files *.au


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I have other file checksums. I can not find files with the same checksums.
Then you have a different version of the game. If it's pre-2.10, then you can patch it under DosBox:
https://www.classicdosgames.com/game...s_of_Gold.html
If it's v3.00, then you are out of luck Try to look for the GOG.com version.
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Thanks you for this new game.

In amikit, the loading is very long.
When I use whdload generic, the loading is fast.

But no sound and no music in both cases

The directory adlib has been created with 119 files *.au


/PM sent
I briefly checked out the the WHDLoad version, and it doesn't seem to have AHI included. I'll add a note about it to the first post. Which version of AmiKit do you have?

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Old 02 May 2017, 15:44   #12
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Thanks, if is ahi only, it is normal that there is no sound, ahi not supported by whdload generic.

I use winuae last version beta and amikit 8.5 (last version for windows)
I test too with os3.1, the sound seems to work, for amikit too perhaps... but the time of loading is very long to test

Sorry for my false test
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Ok. I'll grab AmiKit 8.5 to see what's going on with the loading time. Which screen does it spend the most time on? Every disk access is slow?

Regarding the sound issue, for me AHI_BestAudioID keeps picking the filesave.audio instead of uae.audio in AmiKit. I'll take it out and just rely on the user selected Music device in the AHI prefs.

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Good work! Tried this on my A1200+030/50 and runs pretty well! Had to test 3 different downloads to find one that runs ok - finding any specific version is a no-go as there's no mention to versions at all sites I checked.

Anyway, 1 bug I found was in the story pages. Many have a large part of the text warped up in a single line or misplaced, so it's impossible to read.
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You can always download whatever version is on a website, check the version is DOSBox and patch if needed. I'll try to fix the problem on the story page.
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@bszili: the Link https://www.gog.com/game/blake_stone_aliens_of_gold
leads me to the sequel "Planet Strike", but never to AOG!
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I checked again, and for me it opens the correct page.
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Very cool, downloaded and will try tonight !! Hope all 3 episodes will get supported @BSzili !! Respect
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It's a port for the registered version which has 6 episodes. On the weekend I'll make a new version with the issues reported above fixed, plus I'll add a screen mode requester, so it can be played on RTG screens.
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the loading is very long with winuae when use Max speed cpu
Loading ok when cpu speed real a500/a1200

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