It’s been a remarkably quiet week at the forums, with only one new thread of note. Cyrus created this thread about Toonstruck 2. Toonstruck is a 1996 adventure game, featuring an FMV protagonist played by Christopher Lloyd (who you may know of Back to the Future, the film series that is currently being turned into a series of games by Telltale). There’s a petition going on right now, and if it gains sufficient support, a re-release will be issued featuring content that was cut from the original game. You may as well sign it – after all, the Sam & Max 2 petition was effective as well, in a roundabout way. After you’ve done that, start posting more threads so I don’t run out of material for this column!
With Halloween upon us again, I thought this would be a nice occasion to put Autumn Moon Entertainment in the spotlight. This company was started by Bill Tiller, who was lead background artist on The Curse of Monkey Island. So far, the company has produced two adventure games in the style of Curse: A Vampyre Story and Ghost Pirates of Vooju Island. Both games are worth a look if you like Monkey Island! And if you want the latest news on Autumn Moon, be sure to check out The Pumpkin Post, a fan site run by yours truly.
This week’s winner iiiis Jasmin! Making it difficult for the guy that draws it, eh? Good show, good show!
Harris McMahon x1
Here you go!! Let’s see if you guys can think of something funny now! Ha!
The stump joke is an infamous joke found in the floppy disk versions of The Secret of Monkey Island. When Guybrush tries to enter a series of catacombs through a tree stump, a message pops up prompting the player to enter disk #22. No such disk exists however, the whole thing is just a joke. Many people got confused though, calling the LucasFilm helpline, and the joke was removed from the CD version of the game. The joke was referenced in Monkey Island 2, and quite elaborately in The Curse of Monkey Island, as well as in Grim Fandango and Psychonauts.
Looks like a majority of people would like a ride on The Screaming Narwhal as 36% put their vote on that vessel. This week we focus on the audio of Elaine. Do you prefer the voice of Alexandra Boyd (MI1:SE, MI2:SE. MI3, TMI) or Charity James (MI4)?
Here are a few examples of Charity James in MI4 as Elaine:
(Spoiler warning if you’ve never played the game.)
Polly: Which Elaine do you prefer?
- Alexandra Boyd (79%, 57 Votes)
- Charity James (21%, 15 Votes)
Total Voters: 72
Well, Monkey Island fans are surely a creative bunch (something which you can prove in this contest which aims to set Kauff free), judging by some of the latest forum threads.
- First up, there is this painting that Fearless Flying Monkey’s girlfriend made for him (lucky FFM!).
- Speaking of talent, Paco’s fan art continues gathering praise around the Internet, and rightly so.
- And finally, the recent reunion of Ron Gilbert and Tim Schafer at Double Fine should ensure new sources of inspiration for all the fan artists out there!
Apparently Kauff has been kidnapped. The kidnapper(s?) ask for a ransom to give us a video tape with Kauff. They ask for a tribute, such as a drawing, a poem, a song or any other creative material regarding them or this situation. The best tribute will appear in one of the next episodes… but will there be more episodes?? “It’s up to you” writes Gustav, er, I mean, the kidnappers.
Mini-update: A new screenshot from the Kauff and Gustav Game can be found here!
Get out of here, ya flea-bitin’ scurvy-dog! Hehe… did you ever wonder what scurvy is? Well, some of you may know…but I bet you didn’t know that it can be connected to Hippocrates, feeling depressed and that it was also called Cheadle’s Disease!
Scurvy is a disease resulting from a deficiency of vitamin C, which is required for the synthesis of collagen in humans. The chemical name for vitamin C, ascorbic acid, is derived from the Latin name of scurvy, scorbutus, which also provides the adjective scorbutic (“of, characterized by or having to do with scurvy”). Scurvy leads to the formation of spots on the skin, spongy gums, and bleeding from the mucous membranes. The spots are most abundant on the thighs and legs, and a person with the ailment looks pale, feels depressed, and is partially immobilized. In advanced scurvy there are open, suppurating wounds and loss of teeth.
Scurvy was at one time common among sailors, pirates and others aboard ships at sea longer than perishable fruits and vegetables could be stored (subsisting instead only on cured and salted meats and dried grains) and by soldiers similarly separated from these foods for extended periods. It was described by Hippocrates (c. 460 BC–c. 380 BC), and herbal cures for scurvy have been known in many native cultures since prehistory. Scurvy was one of the limiting factors of marine travel, often killing large numbers of the passengers and crew on long-distance voyages. This became a significant issue in Europe from the beginning of the modern era in the Age of Discovery in the 15th century, continuing to play a significant role through World War I in the 20th century.
Today scurvy is known to be caused by a nutritional deficiency, but until the isolation of vitamin C and its direct link to scurvy in 1932, numerous theories and treatments were proposed, often on little or no experimental data. This inconsistency is attributed to the lack of vitamin C as a distinct concept, the varying vitamin C content of different foods (notably present in fresh citrus, watercress, and organ meat), and how vitamin C can be destroyed by exposure to air and copper.
Treatment by fresh food, particularly citrus fruit, was periodically implemented, as it had been since antiquity, but the ultimate cause of scurvy was not known until 1932, and treatment was inconsistent, with many ineffective treatments used into the 20th century. It was a Scottish surgeon in the British Royal Navy, James Lind who first proved it could be treated with citrus fruit in experiments he described in his 1753 book, A Treatise of the Scurvy, though his advice was not implemented by the Royal Navy for several decades.
In infants, scurvy is sometimes referred to as Barlow’s disease, named after Sir Thomas Barlow, a British physician who described it. (N.B. Barlow’s disease may also refer to mitral valve prolapse.) Other eponyms include Moeller’s disease and Cheadle’s disease. But still, “Scurvy-dog” sound better than “Cheadle’s diseased land-rat”. LeChuck would be less terrifying if he’d talk like that : )
Harris McMahon x1
Congratulations to the winners and here’s this week’s punchline! Keep those suggestions coming! We may even make this interesting around X-Mas, with a real prize. Let’s see some punchlines mateys!
The Marquis De Singe is the second primary villain in Tales of Monkey Island. He is an aristocratic doctor/scientist with wild ambitions and conducts experiments on living creatures, including humans. When he first meets Guybrush Threepwood and the pox coursing through his hand and body, he develops plans to extract the pox and create an elixir to prolong his life. As the game continues, De Singe’s plans become much more violent and soon pose a threat to every pirate in the seven seas.
Former Court Physician to King Louis, he was the best scientist in all of France until he was accused of conducting inhumane cross-breading experiments with the Queen’s poodles and was sent by the King to be exiled on the deserted Flotsam Island. After wandering the island, he discovered the ancient technology of the Vaycaylians and a large device used to create massive winds. By using this, ships would crash on Flotsam with nobody able to leave while the winds were directed towards the island. With the many people on the island, De Singe was able to further his scientific research by using the people as test subjects and amputating assorted body parts.