Weekly Wiki: Grog Machine

August 31st, 2010 by | 4 comments

Oh, Grog Machine! You turn up in the strangest places and you unknowingly help me. Our fates are intertwined and I’ve appreciated your companionship from the moment I laid eyes on you at Stan’s Previously-Owned Vessels. You were wrecked by LeChuck’s ghostly body and I later discovered your broken remains in a storage room underneath the amusement park. Yes, I said it, for I believe, my dear friend, that you hold the key to The Secret and by studying your whereabouts we can learn not only what we have sought for so many years, but also the true way of appreciating a fine piece of machinery.

Greedy corporations wanted dirty money for your appearance, but we gave you a make-over and you look better than ever. Your true value can never be measured in mere currency. Oh, dear Grog Machine. You are a mystery to me.

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Weekly Wiki: Palace of Prostheses

August 24th, 2010 by | No comments

The life of a pirate isn’t always easy, and limbs can be lost in the blink of an eye (if said eye is still intact, that is). So it’s a good thing that people like Deadeye Dave offer a wide range of products to replace lost body parts. The Palace of Prostheses on Lucre Island is the place to be if you’re short on hands, feet, or even internal organs. The shop even has a state-of-the-art filing system, but unfortunately that’s been out of order ever since Pongo the monkey disappeared.

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Weekly Wiki: The Dainty Lady

August 10th, 2010 by | No comments

What says butch pirate more than a pink ship? Exactly! That’s also what Guybrush thinks when he acquires The Dainty Lady in Escape from Monkey Island. Aside from the masculine color the vessel also comes equipped with a Lady Figurehead, who enjoys chatting when she is reunited with her pink earrings. It is revealed that on an earlier journey, The Dainty Lady collided with a ship carrying a shipment of voodoo ingredients. Some of these spilled overboard and brought the aforementioned figurehead to life. She is part of Guybrush’s adventures in his fourth outing and I can only assume that we all envy the lucky swashbuckler for owning the most gorgeous ship in the Caribbean.

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Weekly Wiki: The Booty Boutique

August 3rd, 2010 by | No comments

As a pirate, you’re always busy. Looting, pillaging, plundering, drinking, fighting, you name it. Sometimes though, you feel the need to spend some of those hard-earned pieces of eight… but where? Wonder no more, because I have just the place for you: the Booty Boutique.

Conveniently located right along the docks of rustic Booty Island, the antiques dealer of the Booty Boutique offers a fine selection of luxury novelties. From a feather pen to sign your letters of marque to a new pirate hat, from hubcap to a rock ‘n’ roll collector’s plate, the Booty Boutique has it all. So next time you get an irresistible shopping urge, you’ll know where to go!

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Weekly Wiki: Phatt City Library

July 13th, 2010 by | 2 comments

You’re a successful pirate. You have a great ship, your hold is full of fabulous booty, your tankard is overflowing with grog… so what more could you possibly need? A book. You think you’re quite something, but believe me when I say that no pirate wench would be caught dead with a pirate who is lacking in the noggin department.

Fortunately for you, there is nothing a visit to the Phatt City Library cannot cure. This library truly makes Phatt City the Alexandria of the Caribbean, with its 207 catalogued books (and that’s not even counting the ones they didn’t bother to put in the catalogue). If you don’t want to come unprepared, have a look at this condensed catalogue before you visit the library, which highlights the most prized publications in the library’s collection. Oh, and one more thing: keep your voice down!

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Weekly Wiki: Monkey Island movie

June 29th, 2010 by | 2 comments

A movie based on the Monkey Island games was once very close to being reality. A script was in development and Steven Spielberg was going to produce. Spielberg had asked Ted Elliot  to help with the story. Unfortunatly, the MI movie never saw the light of day and a few years later Ted Elliot wrote ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’.

If you’ve seen the movie it’s not hard to imagine that Elliot borrowed a few things from his Monkey Island script. All this is not officially confirmed by any parties of course, but many details have surfaced over the years. An interesting fact is also that the fourth PotC movie, which is currently filming, is based on the book ‘On Stranger Tides’ from which Ron Gilbert also drew inspiration for the original Monkey Island games.

Check out the article for the Monkey Island movie and let’s hope we’ll see it one day.

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Weekly Wiki: Puerto Pollo

June 23rd, 2010 by | 2 comments

With the recent news that Bill Tiller is interested in working on a special edition of The Curse of Monkey Island (now we just need LucasArts to say yes), I thought it would be fun to explore my favourite location from that game: Puerto Pollo.

There’s always something to do on this lovely island. If you fancy some greasy food or maggoty biscuits, Blondebeard’s Chicken Shoppe is the place to go. There’s plenty to choose from on the menu. If all that chicken got you thirsty, maybe it’s time to pay a visit to Kenny‘s lemonade stand. With his bottomless mug policy, you really can’t go wrong. If you’re more culturally inclined, maybe the theatre is something for you. Of course, the Puerto Pollo pirates follow the latest fashion, and now you can too! Just go to The Barbery Coast and ask for a new hairdo – you won’t be disappointed! You should also consider paying a visit to the town’s Field of Honour, where such magnificent sporting events as the banjo duel and the caber toss take place.

That’s it for our little vacation to Puerto Pollo, the jewel in the Caribbean’s crown!

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Weekly Wiki: The Bloody Lip

June 1st, 2010 by | No comments

I hope you’re thirsty because I’m inviting you all to The Bloody Lip. The bar and grill establishment is situated on the lovely Scabb Island and aside from enjoying a refreshing drink you can also get a nice meal as chef Bernard makes delicious gourmet chilled soups. Well, he did until Guybrush got him fired and stole his job for a few lousy pieces o’ eight.

Times are tough for the bar as Largo has scared away the regular customers and the bartender has to turn over all his earnings whenever Largo comes by. The bartender extracts a small revenge by slipping laxatives into Largo’s usual drink.

As you can read in the article, the bar also has a piano which a certain monkey likes to play on. So sit back, have a drink, enjoy the music, but hide if Largo is near.

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Weekly Wiki: The Plunder Island Naturalist Society

May 25th, 2010 by | No comments

Today, I want to take you on a little trip to Plunder Island. The wiki article we’ll be studying is that of the Plunder Island Naturalist Society (PINS). Now, at first glance that may seem like a really boring organization, but looks can be deceiving. The PINS members, who are mainly occupied with placing informative plaques all over Plunder Island, are living in constant danger. As you can read in the article, one of them has been eaten by a massive, man-eating snake, while another has last been seen in a deadly quicksand pit. Now, I hope after reading that, you will give the PINS the credit it deserves, for doing a highly useful job in extreme circumstances!

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Weekly Wiki: Mêlée Island

May 19th, 2010 by | No comments

This week we’ll be travelling to Mêlée Island, the place where Guybrush‘s adventures began, where he met the love of his life, Elaine Marley, and also confronted his arch enemy, The Ghost Pirate LeChuck.

Mêlée Island is featured both in The Secret of Monkey Island and Escape from Monkey Island. The island’s geography also changes somewhat between the two games. Most notably the harbour (previously owned by Stan) is moved from the inner bay to the southeast coast. The location of the Governor’s Mansion seems to have also been altered, though this can be debated as the mansion was depicted as being a good distance away from Mêlée Town in the first game as well, reachable through a cliff-side road.

Amongst the residents of Mêlée Island we can encounter Carla the Sword Master, Captain Smirk, Men of Low Moral Fibre (pirates) and of course Spiffy.

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the name, Mêlée (from the French, IPA /mɛle/.) generally refers to disorganized close combat involving a group of fighters. A mêlée ensues when groups become locked together in combat with no regard to group tactics or fighting as an organized unit; each participant fights as an individual. Like many other foreign-derived terms used in common English, the word is typically written with the accents omitted, appearing as just “melee”.

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