Weekly Wiki: Ozzie’s House

July 27th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

One of the highlights of Lucre Island architecture is the mansion inhabited by Ozzie Mandrill. From the outside, it just looks like any other Caribbean mansion, but once inside, the Australian influences become apparent. Ozzie has filled his home with artifacts from his home country, and he’s particularly proud of his collection of stuffed animals, which has exotic animals such as the platypus, the wombat, and the dingo. Be careful not to spray any of the animals with Eau de LeChuck though – Ozzie doesn’t like that.

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Something of the Thread: Something to watch

July 17th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

In today’s ‘SotT’, HaydenWCE points us to a cool video that has Tim Schafer pitching his new game to Cookie Monster (which you may have already seen, but it’s still hilarious). You can also watch a work-in-progress video on the current state of TheGreatBooster‘s Monkey Island radio drama. And finally, the repackaged special editions of the first two Monkey Island games are something to watch out for. Are you looking forward to this enticing package like the Man of Low Moral Fibre is?

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Horizons: Garry’s Mod

July 10th, 2011 by | 2 comments

If you find we’ve been a bit lax with updates as of late, it’s likely because we here at the blog have discovered Garry’s Mod. It’s a sandbox game in which you can build things, but more importantly, you can shoot each other in multiplayer (or do other fun things, but mostly shoot each other). The only thing you need for it to work is a game using the Source engine, such as Team Fortress 2, another fun game that is now free on Steam. Then purchase a copy of Garry’s Mod and you’re ready to waste many hours of your life! Do you play Garry’s Mod? Any maps you want to recommend to your fellow Monkey Island fans? Perhaps you’re even working on a Monkey Island mod? Do let us know!

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Weekly Wiki: The Lost Welshman

July 5th, 2011 by | No comments

From eating a sandwich to cracking Myst and Star Wars related jokes, the Lost Welshman displays time and again he is quite a character. More than just peddling unsuspecting commuters between Blood and Skull Island, he’s part of the landscape, perhaps a reason for tourists to visit Blood Island in the first place. Unfortunately for them, the Lost Welshman no longer works there, but if you’re lucky, you may just be served a dish cooked up by him at The Bloody Lip, although nobody really knows if he actually works there or not.

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Something of the Thread: Floppies

July 3rd, 2011 by | No comments

Ewan JF has a question for all of you, and a definitive answer has not been given yet: How many floppies does The Secret of Monkey Island have? If any of you know the answer (no, this is not a quiz), please make your way to the forums and help out a fellow Monkey Island fan!

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Something of the Thread: Blast from the past

June 19th, 2011 by | No comments

Here’s something fun for you to do on a rainy afternoon: read through the posts in the Future Monkey Island games forum. It’s pretty cool to read through all those speculations we had before we could even hope Tales of Monkey Island would ever be made. Especially interesting are the posts about the form LeChuck would take in the fifth Monkey Island game. In September 2003, forum member Le Chuck had the idea that perhaps LeChuck would return in his human form. LeChucksRevenge wrote something similar in 2004, also hinting at LeChuck perhaps becoming more attractive and powerful to Elaine than Guybrush is. The same idea is propagated in November 2003 by Media_Circus, in a prediction that turned out to be almost spot on: “I think it would make a great plot twist that LeChuck manages to revert back to his human self and steals (temporarily) Elaine’s heart.” So sometimes Monkey Island fans are a pretty visionary bunch!

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Horizons: The Wager

June 18th, 2011 by | No comments

Here’s an interesting game that you may not have tried out yet: The Wager. It’s a free (!) indie game that has you sailing the seas to discover and explore islands in return for coin. On your journey you meet with lots of unexpected occurrences, such as a ship full of ghost pirates. It’s not a long game, but it will keep you entertained for a bit, so it’s ideal lunch/coffee/whatever break material. Interesting tidbit: the game is made by the duo Surprised Man, one half of which is Peter “SurplusGamer” Silk, who you may have seen around the Mojo part of town.

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Weekly Wiki: Scupperware

June 15th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Are you having trouble keeping your sea biscuits fresh and crispy? Are you always looking for a place to store your bait? Then Scupperware is for you! This magnificent product should be in every pirate’s kitchen! Check out the special Scupperware promotion at the Lucre Island bank, and see for yourself the amazing properties of the revolutionary Scupperware!

This post was brought to you courtesy of Scupperware.

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Something of the Thread: Best music

May 29th, 2011 by | No comments

HaydenWCE wants to know something (what else is new? :)). This time the question he asks is this: Which Monkey Island game has the best soundtrack? So go ahead and listen to them again to jog your memory, then speak your mind in the forums. Meanwhile, SilverWolfPet has an update on the fan letter to LucasArts, which now has 32 contributions.

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Horizons: Queen Anne’s Revenge

May 28th, 2011 by | No comments

Does that name ring a bell? That could be because the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship of the pirate Edward Teach (better known as Blackbeard), plays a part in the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. Now archaeologists have recovered the ship’s anchor from the bottom of the sea, and it’s huge. That’s no surprise really, since the ship itself, boasting 40 guns, was uncommonly powerful, and contributed greatly to Blackbeard’s success. She was originally a French ship used to trade slaves, until Blackbeard captured it in 1717. He then turned the ship into a killing machine by increasing the number of guns from just 14 to 40. In 1718, the ship ran ashore in North Carolina, which was possibly a deliberate act in order to cut down on his pirate crew. The ship whose anchor has now been recovered, is believed to be the Queen Anne’s Revenge, a replica of which you can now see on the silver screen.

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