Horizons: Fangames

November 13th, 2010 by | 16 comments

Where would Monkey Island be without its awesome fans? Actually, I have no idea, so let’s skip that question and dive right into this week’s subject – Fangames!

We know about them, most of us thought about making at least one fangame and we can safely assume that 95% of the ideas and concepts never get to see the light of day. The reasons vary, although the most common ones involve lack of time and/or team members losing interest. Of course, there are also some special situations in which certain C&D letters (Cease and Desist) are sent to the people that are almost ready to launch their game. Why? Legal stuff. I won’t dig deeper into the subject, but basically you are not allowed to make cool stuff with someone else’s copyrighted ideas.

However, there are some fangames that have been launched. Professional? Not really. Awesome? It depends on how you look at them. Fun? This is way too ambivalent of a notion to even mention it. If you like them, you like them… if you don’t, well, you don’t! Let’s take a look at some Monkey Island fangames and if one of them catches your eye, try it and post a mini-review in the comments section! Also, if you have a MI-related fangame that we missed, talk about it and tell us! We’ll add it to the list. Let’s GO!

UPDATED 15/11/2010

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Punchline! – 5

November 11th, 2010 by | 11 comments

Sorry for the delay, friends! This week’s winner is… Jasmin again! No, she did not bribe us, she’s just on a roll! Right? Am I right? …right? …I’ll just write the winners here:

Jasmin x2

lombre x1

Harris McMahon x1

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Weekly Wiki: The Quiet Patron

November 10th, 2010 by | No comments

The Quiet Patron is a skeleton in Blondebeard’s Chicken Shoppe wearing a button which reads Ask me about Grim Fandango. The skeleton (with a knife sticking out of his back) looks like the character Manny Calavera in Grim Fandango, another LucasArts game, and the shameless plug is a play on Cobb from the Scumm Bar in The Secret of Monkey Island.

Blondebeard tells Guybrush that he stabbed the patron because he complained about the chicken. The chicken on the patron’s table contains Blondebeard’s membership card to Plunder Island‘s cabaña.

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Polly: Have you ever dressed up as a MI character?

November 8th, 2010 by | 7 comments

The pink dress takes it all! Well, 62% anyway. This week we look at our own costumes and ask if you have ever dressed up as a MI character. It doesn’t need to be for Halloween, it can also be for a party, in the bedroom, or when cleaning your living room. However, just dressing up as a pirate does not count, it has to be a specific character. If your answer is ‘yes’ then please tell us about it in the comments, we’d like to hear your story 🙂

Have you ever dressed up as a MI character?

  • Yes (20%, 10 Votes)
  • No (80%, 41 Votes)

Total Voters: 51

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Something of the Thread: Your top 5

November 7th, 2010 by | No comments

You’re in a low-lit room. There’s a bag over your head. Suddenly, someone comes up behind you, pulls the bag off, and blinds you with the light of his desk lamp. What does he want? You don’t have to wait long for the answer. “You,” he says in a low, raspy voice, “have to rank the Monkey Island games in an order of one to five, with one being your favourite.” You look surprised. “Do it now!” the voice says. You decide there’s nothing else to do but obey, so you head over to this thread and list your favourite Monkey Island games.

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Horizons: World of Warcraft

November 6th, 2010 by | 4 comments

You either play it or have at least heard of it. I’m talking about World of Warcraft. The game is much too huge and complicated to completely cover in a small article on a Monkey Island blog, but I’ll briefly cover the main aspects. It’s a role playing game,  you create a character and select a class like a mage, warrior, hunter or one of seven other classes. You start at level 1 proceeding to solve quests and kill beasts, demons, dragons, and other enemies in general to gain levels. Reaching a new level allows you to learn new spells, visit new areas, and other cool stuff. Max level is currently 80 although that will go up to 85 with the game’s third expansion being released on December 7th.

There’s several reasons why I mention the game today. There are pirates in the game! While you can’t play as a pirate you can kill them and pillage their bodies for loot. You can also dress up as a pirate if you aquire the right closet or become transformed during one of the game’s festive holidays, such as the recent Hallow’s End (Halloween).

I myself play a hunter with a pet I aptly named Guybrush. Another reason for bringing up WoW is because Ron Gilbert also plays World of Warcraft. I’m not sure what classes he plays, but probably quite a few as you can see from his recent tweet; ‘I decided to level Guybrush to 80. Felling guilty that LeFlay, DeSinge and Deathspank are all 80 and covered in purples.‘ (‘Purples’ refer to epic gear in the game. They are called so because their name appear in purple.)

If you want to learn more about World of Warcraft, check out some of these sites:

Wikipedia article
Official US page

Official EU page
WoWInsider.com

MMO-Champion.com

WoW cinematic (Opening cinematic from the orginal game.)
The Burning Crusade cinematic (1st expansion.)
Wrath of the Lich King cinematic (2nd expansion).
Cataclysm cinematic (3rd expansion).

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Doug McClure as Guybrush?

November 5th, 2010 by | No comments

No, it’s not a movie… it’s an early sketch of The Secret of Monkey Island cover art, made by the brilliant Steve Purcell.

I don’t remember where we were in the production of the game but it seems that the Guybrush we all know was not quite pinned down yet.” – Steve Purcell’s blog entry

Also, in case you were wondering who is Doug McClure

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Weekly Wiki: The Legendary Lost Treasure of Mêlée Island

November 2nd, 2010 by | 1 lonely comment

One of three trials Guybrush must complete to become a pirate is to find The Legendary Lost Treasure of Mêlée Island. To find it, he needs to buy a suspicious map from a Citizen of Mêlée for 100 pieces of eight. Once the glorious treasure is uncovered he learns that the treasure chest contains an awesome T-shirt that reads “I found the Legendary Lost Treasure of Mêlée Island and All I Got Was this Stupid T-Shirt.” It is kept there by the Mêlée Island Chamber of Commerce, who request that each treasure-hunter only take one piece.

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Polly: Halloween edition

November 1st, 2010 by | 4 comments

79% prefers Elaine to sound like Alexandra Boyd. In the spirit of Halloween we are going to evaluate Guybrush’s various costumes and ask which you like the best. His disguise as a ghost that enables him to infiltrate LeChuck’s ship, the lovely pink dress he wears to enter the governor’s party, when he ‘dresses’ as a snake*, when he is tarred and feathered and impersonates El Pollo Diablo, or when he puts on some fashionable swim-wear to participate in the diving contest on Jambalaya Island?

Polly: Guybrush's best costume?

  • A ghost (14%, 10 Votes)
  • Pink dress (62%, 46 Votes)
  • Snake outfit (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Tarred and feathered (23%, 17 Votes)
  • Fashionable swim-wear (1%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 74

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* The Interweb has no picture of Guybrush inside the Massive, Man-Eating Snake.

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Dan Connors confirms ToMI2 tryout

November 1st, 2010 by | 1 lonely comment

In a recent interview on GamesTM, Dan Connors, CEO of Telltale Games had this to say regarding Tales of Monkey Island:

“We loved it, it’s been successful on every channel it released on, as have the LucasArts remakes of the first two games. So the sheer love that people have for that franchise was immediately obvious and clear.

So we’d love to do more, we still have details that need to be worked out with LucasArts in order to get it done and none of those details have been addressed yet. They recently changed management over there and I think they’re working on their strategy for where they want to go in the future. As soon as that gets sorted out we’ll certainly bring it up with them again.

So there you have it! If everything goes well at LucasArts, Telltale will try to bring ToMI2 to the table. Let’s keep our fingers crossed! You can also read the entire interview here.

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