Polly: Your favorite ship?

October 18th, 2010 by | 8 comments

It seems like Telltale made the right decision when bringing back the beard on Guybrush as 77% prefer him with a bit of facial hair. This week we turn our gaze at transportation devices at sea and ask you which of the ships that Guybrush has commandeered do you think is the most aesthetic, humorous, practical, or generally most worthy of Guybrush and his crew’s presence?

Polly: Which ship is your favorite?

  • The Sea Monkey (26%, 21 Votes)
  • The Sea Cucumber (28%, 22 Votes)
  • The Dainty Lady (10%, 8 Votes)
  • The Screaming Narwhal (36%, 29 Votes)

Total Voters: 80

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Something of the Thread: Concept art

October 17th, 2010 by | No comments

The forums have been abuzz with activity this past week, so let’s dive right in.

  • HaydenWCE asks what interface you prefer: the classic verbs of the first two Monkey Island games, the coin in Curse, the keyboard interface from Escape, or the one-click interface in Tales?
  • Noteworthy is the discovery of several pieces of concept art from the Monkey Island movie, previously thought to be lost. Take a look at this thread to see them.
  • We’re also celebrating the 13th anniversary of the World of Monkey Island in a few days… a great opportunity to stop by the forums and say hi!

That’s it for this week. Keep up the good posting work, and your thread might show up in the next issue of Something of the Thread!

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Horizons: Grim Fandango

October 16th, 2010 by | 2 comments

Grim Fandango was released in 1998 and is one of the last adventures released by LucasArts. The game is widely considered one of the best adventures ever released and is usually present in a high spot on lists of top games of all time. It was the first adventure in 3D from LucasArts and although Monkey Island 4 recieved a lot of critism for being in 3D two years later, the reception of Grim Fandango’s visual apperance was very positive.

The game have you play as Manual Calavera who is a travel agent in the Land of the Dead and must assist recently departed souls on their journey to the Ninth Underworld. The way you travel is determined by how you were as a living person. Sinners have to accomplish the journey on foot, taking four years, while the most virtuous getting passage on the “Number Nine” train that cuts the journey down to four minutes.

The plot is thick with deception, murders, and romance as Manny must follow Mercedes Colomar on her journey as she has been wrongfully sent on the four year journey on foot.

The game won several awards after its release and received positive reviews, but unfortunately sold poorly. Buying the game today might prove difficult and even if you get it, getting it to run is another obstacle. We can hope that LucasArts re-releases the game digitally for modern computers and operating systems. Until then, enjoy the Grim Fandango article on Wikipedia and read more about it. It’s a truly great game.

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Monkeyologist: Season 2 – Episode 2

October 16th, 2010 by | 7 comments

Before you ask anything… yes, it was real, unplanned and very VERY awkward. Enjoy!

Posted in Ask a Monkeyologist

Punchline! – 2

October 14th, 2010 by | 7 comments

Arrrgh, we be having so many punchlines to choose from, so we just closed our eyes and picked the first one.

No no, just pulling your pegleg! Har-har-har! Here’s the winner and the next comic!

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Weekly Wiki: Anemone

October 12th, 2010 by | 1 lonely comment

This week we take a peak at Anemone who is a Vaycaylian living on Spinner Cay, This lovely creature runs the Bait and Repair shop as well as the raft transit between the neighboring islands. Anemone‘s gender is unclear, but seems to flirt a lot with Guybrush and suspects he flirts back. It is later discovered that Anemone and Reginald Van Winslow have a thing going on.

Anemone is a super-fast swimmer and an expert at repairing the masts of ships. (S)he can swim from Spinner Cay to Spoon Isle, collect a fallen tree trunk from the shore, drag it back to Spinner Cay, replace it for a broken mast on the Screaming Narwhal on the pier, then return to the Bait shop, all apparently within a few seconds. It’s possible that Anemone is female as at one point in “The Siege of Spinner Cay”, Guybrush needs some fish eggs and she “makes” him some.

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Polly: Is facial hair your thing?

October 11th, 2010 by | 2 comments

I think Stan will move his real estate business to Mêlée Island as 50% would prefer to live there if the choice was between the MI4 islands. This week we’ll focus on the sexy protagonist of the games, Mister Guybrush Threepwood. Do you like his boyish charm and clean shaved face in MI1/MI3/MI4 or do you prefer the rugged masculinity he puts off with his beard in MI2/TMI?

Polly: Is facial hair your thing?

  • No facial hair, please (23%, 12 Votes)
  • Facial hair all the way (77%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 53

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Something of the Thread: Fisheyes Alabaster’s story

October 10th, 2010 by | No comments

Forum member HaydenWCE has asked about the curious back story of Fisheyes Alabaster, which is omitted from Lair of the Leviathan, over at the Telltale forums. He got a reply from Telltaler Sean Vanaman, which HaydenWCE copied over to this thread, for your perusal. In other forum-related news, DeathSpank is soon coming to a PC near you, and forum member blanket made a painting. Do you have something cool to share? Then get posting!

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Horizons: Asterix

October 9th, 2010 by | 3 comments

Feared by Romans, wild boar, and yes, pirates, Asterix the Gaul and his comrade Obelix look like total anti-heroes – just like our beloved Guybrush. Also like Guybrush, they actually go through a lot of adventures, which have been chronicled in a series of comic books that have been translated into over 100 languages.

After scenario writer René Goscinny passed away, the quality of the comics, now written by artist Uderzo, has gone down a bit (which shows that writing is very important in popular culture, as we Monkey Island fans know), but Asterix is still legendary. There are numerous adaptations, such as films (both animation and live action) and video games, some better than others.

Perhaps of particular interest to Monkey Island fans are the pirates. They’re not very good pirates though – as a running gag, they regularly meet with Asterix and his companions and are subsequently sunk. Apart from these hilarious encounters, the Asterix universe offers a lot of diversion, and should appeal to lovers of adventure, both young and old.

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Monkeyologist: Season 2 – Episode 1

October 9th, 2010 by | 5 comments

The story continues…  😉

Posted in Ask a Monkeyologist