Melkhior’s Mansion (the Atic Atac remake for Windows PC)

Splash screen for Melkhior’s Mansion

Back in the mid-1980s my friends and I would often tease each other about which was the better home computer, the Commodore 64 or the ZX Spectrum.

Clearly it was the Commodore 64!

Atic Atac

There was one Spectrum (and BBC micro) game, however, that I was very envious of: Atic Atac from Ultimate Play The Game.

The video game was a top-down view set inside a labyrintine castle where your intrepid hero (a wizard, knight or serf) needed to locate the pieces of the Golden Key of ACG in order to escape.

Screenshot of Atic Atac on the ZX Spectrum

I know it doesn’t look like much but it was great fun to play. Each hero had a different weapon, and each needed to escape the castle via a different exit.

Melkhior’s Mansion

A few years ago, I spotted on Twitter that Richard Jordan (@EricRetro) was creating a remake of Atic Atac for the Windows PC.

As I recall, the original publisher gave the developer permission to recreate it as long as he didn’t use the name Atic Atac. So, welcome to Melkhior’s Mansion.

The entrance hall

Unlike the original top-down view, Melkhior’s Mansion adopts an isometric view of the rooms in a beautifully cartoonish style.

It’s free to download and play, and great fun. Although, I needed to remap the keys as I couldn’t work out which was attack and which was pick up/drop.

Download Melkhior’s Mansion from BitGlint Games

Mr Benn on LEGO Ideas

LEGO model of three terraced houses and a shop with Mr Been dressed in a suit and bowler hat in the foreground waving.
All of a sudden, Mr Benn appeared on LEGO Ideas

LEGO Ideas allows fans to submit their own creations which can be voted up and, if selected by LEGO, released as official LEGO sets.

A recent submission is this wonderful Mr Benn set featuring three terraced houses on Festive Road, the magical shop that transports Mr Benn on his adventures plus—as if by magic—the mysterious shopkeeper.

Continue reading Mr Benn on LEGO Ideas

Create dungeon maps with Dungeon Scrawl

I created this simple dungeon map in just a few minutes

I have long been a fan of maps. As a teenager, my bedroom ceiling was completely covered with maps from National Geographic magazines. I often rearranged the furniture in my room but for the most time I slept beneath France.

Dungeon Scrawl is a free, online resource for quickly creating old school dungeon crawler maps for RPG games (or just for fun!). It features:

  • A variety of map styles, brushes, tools and fonts
  • Support for layers
  • Isometric edit mode
  • Multi-page PDF export
  • Easy VTT compatibility
  • Import generated dungeons
  • Import images of assets

How to activate cheat codes in Baldur’s Gate Enhanced Edition on Steam

Voivod the Fighter and Imoen the Thief standing in the middle of nowhere, somewhere near Candlekeep
Voivod the Fighter and Imoen the Thief standing in the middle of nowhere, somewhere near Candlekeep

For the last few years in Baldur’s Gate (in the few moments that I’ve had a chance to play it) I have activated the cheats (or debug mode). This gives me access to the entire game inventory to equip my character accordingly and a better chance to survive the adventure—I have never yet completed Baldur’s Gate, despite owning it since about 1999 (I still own my original copy on five CD-ROMs).

Having just reinstalled my PC, I was disappointed to discover that the old way of activating cheat mode (by editing baldur.ini) had changed. This is how I managed it today (on Windows 10 Pro 64-bit, with OneDrive installed).

Activate cheat / debug mode

  1. Locate the folder at Documents > Baldur's Gate - Enhanced Edition. On my desktop PC this was in the default Windows 10 Documents folder within OneDrive; on my laptop it is in C:\users\<username>\Documents. It will depend on how your computer was set up.
  2. In a text editor open the file Baldur.lua.
  3. Add the line SetPrivateProfileString('Program Options','Debug Mode','1').
  4. Save and close the file.

Now when you run the game, you can enter the game console by pressing Ctrl + Spacebar. It looks like this, at the bottom of the screen:

Enter your code then press Enter
Enter your code then press Enter

This allows you to enter codes that generate items, amongst other things. For instance this code allows generates a set of Ankheg Plate Mail armour for your current character:

C:CreateItem("PLAT06")

The older versions of Baldur’s Gate used the code CLUAConsole: but this has now been shortened to a single, uppercase C: followed by a colon.

Thanks to a tip from Craig in the comments. If you want to create multiple instances of the same item, add a comma and a number, e.g.

C:CreateItem("AROW01",200)

will create 200 arrows.

Voivod the fighter

Here’s how my intrepid fighter character started his adventure in Candlekeep:

Armed to the hilt, this fighter can even take on the Ogre Mage on the way to the Friendly Arm Inn,
Armed to the hilt, this fighter can even take on the Ogre Mage on the way to the Friendly Arm Inn,

Download the cheat codes

Feel free to download my full list of cheat codes, arranged by type (clothing, jewellery, weapons, magic, and miscellaneous).

You can look up what each item is on the Baldur’s Gate Wiki.

Updated

2020-07-08 Updated article to remove introduction and get straight to the how-to section. Added tip from Craig in the comments about adding multiple items at once.

2020-03-17 Updated cheat codes document to include instructions on how to activate cheats.

2017-04-17 Updated the location of Baldur.lua as it was in two different locations on two PCs running Windows 10. It depends, I guess, on whether Windows 10 is told to use OneDrive as the default save location.