Monkey Merch ready to ship

May 29th, 2010 by | 3 comments

Telltale Games just announced that some of the pre-ordered stuff has arrived in their stock and the shipping will begin “very soon”.

Currently, the items in stock are as follows:

As for the rest of the items left to ship, such as the voodoo cards, the art portfolio or the Deluxe Edition of ToMI, the fans will have to wait just a little more. You can check out some VERY teasing pictures of the new merch here.

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Posted in Tales of Monkey Island, Telltale Games

The making of Monkey Island 2: Special Edition

May 28th, 2010 by | 6 comments

YouTube, an infinite source of moving picture entertainment, has once again been used to the benefit of us, fans of Monkey Island. For now you can view a short film that details much of the process of making the special edition of the game that details how LeChuck may or may not get his revenge on Monkey Island. Watch and weep:

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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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Posted in Monkey Island wiki, The Curse of Monkey Island

FINAL Monkey Island Tribute

May 22nd, 2010 by | 2 comments

Our special furry monkeys bring you the final Monkey Island tribute, made by some of the people you know and love. The message is simple, clear and true to any fan of the series, and if our song will be heard by the right people, we hopefully might just be wrong regarding the word “final” written in the title. Enjoy!

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Posted in Monkey Island community, Tales of Monkey Island

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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Weekly Wiki: Reginald Van Winslow

May 11th, 2010 by | No comments

This week, we will take a closer look at Reginald Van Winslow, who made his first appearance in ‘Tales of Monkey Island‘ and quickly became a fan favorite. Reginald Van Winslow is an extremely positive man with a passionate love for maps. He is also very loyal to Guybrush and remains so even after he has caught the Pox of LeChuck.

He was the captain of the Screaming Narwhal until Guybrush took the ship from him by knocking him in the water. He then insisted he became Guybrush’s first mate and sails him anywhere he wants to go, provided he points to it on a map.

Winslow is shown to be sexually active, a trait which disturbs Guybrush, and apparently has a relationship with the mer-person, Anemone (the logistics of which baffle Guybrush).

Read more about Reginald Van Winslow in the wiki including his backstory, what he did in Borneo, and trivia about his name. See ya next week for more Weekly Wiki!

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Hello, Mr. Wood!

May 7th, 2010 by | 2 comments

This just in, SuperHappyFunTimeShow had an interview with Monkey Island: Special Edition producer, Craig Derrick. Amongst other interesting facts regarding the interface and the little changes brought to the game, Craig confirms the return of the cast from MI:SE along with Neil Ross, the voice actor who made Wally B. Feed sound so… piratey! This will be a very interesting comeback as 13 years have passed since the release of Curse of Monkey Island, where Wally’s voice was heard for the first time.

Also, when asked about other plans involving special re-releases, Craig said: “We are definitely looking at all of our titles within the back catalog.  No announcements at this time though”.

You can read the interview here and you can comment below. But you already knew that.

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Posted in Craig Derrick, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition, The Curse of Monkey Island

Rodriguez quits LucasArts (and other news)

May 7th, 2010 by | 3 comments

It would seem that Darrell Rodriguez’ career at LucasArts is short-lived, seeing how he has announced his resignation, according to several online reports, like this one from Kotaku. Under Rodriguez’ tenure, LucasArts have returned to their roots a bit, with the release of special editions for the first two Monkey Island games, and outsourcing a whole new Monkey Island series to Telltale. We can only hope that this regime change will not bode ill for old-school adventure fans.

Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted in Craig Derrick, Darrell Rodriguez, LucasArts, Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge: Special Edition, Tales of Monkey Island, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition

We like apples; Apple likes us

May 4th, 2010 by | No comments

In an alternate universe, there are billions of gamers slaving away at their computers, which all have a mysterious apple engraved on it. In our own universe, there are not nearly as many Mac gamers, but it’s still a hefty number.

As evidenced by the Apple Games site, they can also play Monkey Island games on their Apple computers, and since The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition has recently been added to the plethora of Mac games already out there, Apple decided to celebrate it with this article. Of special note is the last section, ‘Of Doom and Rubber Chickens’, in which such quality web sites as The World of Monkey Island, the Monkey Island Wiki, and this blog are mentioned.

That alone merits a read of the article. And if you are in possession of a Mac that is equipped with an Intel processor, you owe it to yourself to get this game from Aspyr (as well as Tales of Monkey Island for the Mac).

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Posted in Blog news, Monkey Island wiki, The Secret of Monkey Island: Special Edition, World of Monkey Island

Weekly Wiki: Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge: Special Edition

May 4th, 2010 by | No comments

That’s more colons than a doctor sees on a day of colonoscopies… excuse the mental image. This news post is actually the first in a series of many, where each week we will put the spotlight on an article in our excellent Monkey Island wiki.

This week, we will take a look at the article for the upcoming special edition of LeChuck’s Revenge, the second Monkey Island game. As you can see, it contains more information about the game than you can shake a stick at, as well as a YouTube video and a gallery of screenshots that showcase the updated look for the game.

If that’s not enough for you however, fear not! Because this is a wiki, you can add to the article (or just correct spelling mistakes, nobody’s perfect). It’s really not as hard as it looks, and if you need an introduction to wikification, you can read this helpful help section. We’re looking forward to your contributions to the wiki (and the article featured here in particular), and until next week, when we’ll take a look at another excellent article!

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