We’re taking a break

November 1st, 2011 by | 11 comments

Hello loyal readers. The staff behind this blog (Haggis, SilverWolfPet, and myself) have decided to take a break and put the blog on hiatus. There isn’t much Monkey Island news these days and while we tried to keep the blog alive with different reviews and articles reaching beyond Monkey Island we found out that that is not where our passion lies. We might resurrect this blog if a sequel to ‘Tales of Monkey Island‘ is announced or Ron Gilbert gets the opportunity to make his version of Monkey Island 3. Until then, we hope you enjoyed the blog and take care 🙂

Sincerely,

Haggis, SilverWolfPet, & Dalixam

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Horizons: Warcraft Adventures

October 29th, 2011 by | No comments

If you play World of Warcraft (like Ron Gilbert and myself) then you are probably know many of the essential characters in the Warcraft lore. Maybe you even played some of the Warcraft RTS games. However, did you know that about 14 years ago Blizzard was working on an adventure game called Warcraft Adventures: Lord of the Clans? By the sound of the title this could have been the first in a series of adventures set in the Warcraft world. The game was set to be released in 1997, but was delayed to late 1998 due to several development problems.

In May of 1998 the game was canceled because several sequenced of the game had to be be rewritten which would involve more ani9mation and more voice work. Bill Roper (producer) also felt the game looked dated when compared to Curse of Monkey Island which had been released the year before and the announcement 0f Grim Fandango sporting a 3D engine. These statements were mentioned again by Mike Morhaime (president and co-founder of Blizzard) during an interview at last week’s Blizzcon.

Read more about the canceled game on Wikipedia which also has some links to YouTube videos that have surfaced in the last couple of years.

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Weekly Wiki: Old Blind Pew

October 25th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Old Blind Pew (also known in-game as “old dog”) is an old, unwashed dog that Guybrush finds in the Blood Island cemetery. He really does seem to be blind since he wears smoked spectacles and has to sniff around to find treats; Guybrush says he’s “not very social.” He sleeps in a coffin doghouse and appears to be Mort the Gravedigger‘s pet.

In order to cure Griswold Goodsoup‘s hangover, Guybrush has to find “hair of the dog that bit ‘ya.” So he offers Old Blind Pew dog treats (in the regular version) or a half-eaten maggoty biscuit (in the Mega-Monkey challenge). Pew chomps down on it and, during the process, bites his arm. Guybrush is also able to easily get some of Old Blind Pew’s shedding dog hair.

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Horizons: Stalking Ron Gilbert

October 10th, 2011 by | No comments

No, I’m not talking about camping out in his yard or hiding all night in the bushes with a thermos filled with hot soup hoping to catch an elusive glimpse of Ron Gilbert only to find yourself disappointed after an uneventful 12 hours followed by a desperate rummage through his trash salvaging only half of a used q-tip and a discarded slice of pizza that hopefully hides some precious saliva but otherwise has lost all taste and is no longer the feast of flavors it once was.

No, I’m talking about following Ron Gilbert on various modern (and hip) social medias. That includes his Twitter account and his Google+ profile where he posts about things such as a Monkey Island themed Monopoly game, hi-res backgrounds of old LucasArts adventure games, his current projects, and stuff around the Internet he finds interesting.

 

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Weekly Wiki: Mad Monkey

October 5th, 2011 by | No comments

‘The Mad Monkey‘ is a huge galleon that sank prior to the events of the Monkey Island series. It was reputed to have a figurehead that was the most fabulous piece of art ever, so that collectors such as the Antique Dealer on Booty Island are willing to pay up to six million pieces of eight for it.

Though the antique dealer believes that nobody knew where the ship sank or why, the book Great Shipwrecks of Our Century (which can be checked out from the Phatt City Library) has the location of the wreck. The figurehead, when Guybrush finally discovers it, turns out to be a giant brass monkey head.

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Polly: Are you feeling it?

September 19th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

I had problems coming up with a topic for this week’s poll, so I kept banging my head against the wall until an idea would materialize and amidst the tears and blood it appeared; Have you ever been emotional while playing a Monkey Island game? I don’t mean if you still get emotional the 10th time you play CMI, but if it ever happened during any of the games.

Polly: Have you ever been emotional while playing a Monkey Island game?

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Review: Hector: Badge of Carnage – Episode 2

September 14th, 2011 by | No comments

In Hector: Badge of Carnage – Episode 2: Senseless Acts of Justice we return to Clappers Wreake to help guide our anti-hero to success in finding the terrorist. The game picks up exactly where the first episode ended which had Hector attempting to eat a slice of pizza while having a gun pointed at him. The first few minutes of the episode acts as a tutorial, but ends quickly when Hector shouts at the helpful text to go away. This is followed by a segment where you play both as Hector and his not-so-bright assistant, Lambert. You can switch between the characters and they can send items to each other as they attempt together to solve a larger puzzle.

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Weekly Wiki: James Arnold Taylor

September 13th, 2011 by | No comments

James Arnold Taylor is a well-known voice actor who has voiced characters such as Fred Flintstone and Obi-Wan Kenobi. In Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge he provides the voices of Largo LaGrande, Mad Marty, the Fisherman and the Spitmaster.

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Polly: Does Hector float your boat?

September 12th, 2011 by | No comments

Telltale recently released the second episode of ‘Hector – Badge of Carnage‘ (our review is coming soon!) and we’d like to know if you bought it and what you think of it.

Polly: Does Hector float your boat?

  • Yes, I bough it and I like it. (25%, 7 Votes)
  • Yes, I bought it, but I don't like it. (4%, 1 Votes)
  • No, I haven't bought it yet, but I plan to. (21%, 6 Votes)
  • No, I haven't bought it and I don't plan to. (50%, 14 Votes)

Total Voters: 28

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Polly: Do you want to know the secret?

September 5th, 2011 by | No comments

In continuation of last week’s poll I thought it would be interesting to find out if the fans are actually interested in learning what the secret is. So, dear squawkers, do you want to know?

Polly: Do you want to know the secret?

  • Yes! Spill it, Ron! (65%, 40 Votes)
  • No! Keep it a mystery. (35%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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