Horizons: Earliest Piracy

January 16th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Ever wondered about the century in which all this “pirate-talk” began? Do you know what Piracy actually means? Did you know that Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates once? Yeah, THE Caesar! Well, here’s a short article, don’t say we never told you about it. Oh and, to keep it on the subject, I “pirated” it from wikipedia.

The English “pirate” is derived from the Latin term pirata and that from Greek “πειρατής” (peiratēs), “brigand”, in turn from “πειράομαι” (peiráomai), “attempt”, from “πεῖρα” (peîra), “attempt, experience”. The word is also cognate to peril.

It may be reasonable to assume that piracy has existed for as long as the oceans were plied for commerce. The earliest documented instances of piracy are the exploits of the Sea Peoples who threatened the Aegean and Mediterranean in the 13th century BC. In Classical Antiquity, the Illyrians and Tyrrhenians were known as pirates, as well as Greeks and Romans. The island of Lemnos long resisted Greek influence and remained a haven for Thracian pirates. During their voyages the Phoenicians seem to have sometimes resorted to piracy, and specialized in kidnapping boys and girls to be sold as slaves.

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Weekly Wiki: R.L.P.M’B.C.N.O’H Casaba the Third

January 11th, 2011 by | 2 comments

Ricardo Luigi Pierre M’Bengu Chang Nehru O’Hara Casaba III is the paranoid Admiral hired by Ozzie Mandrill to patrol Knuttin Atoll, off the coast of Jambalaya Island. Previously Casaba was responsible for forcing the pirates to Knuttin where Ozzie began the slow process of re-educating them.

Casaba is extremely paranoid, believing that pirates fall into two categories:

  1. Those performing acts of wanton savagery.
  2. Those who are planning to commit acts of wanton savagery.

He believes firmly that if the latter group is allowed to remain for any length of time he risks the chance of them becoming mobs of the former. This is why Casaba will fire upon group of pirates numbering three or more to avoid them from having mass meetings. However, he has trouble distinguishing between pirates and puppets, and will fire anytime a puppeteer and two puppets are visible at once.

His excessively long name spans from the Casaba family’s various in-laws from around the world. His only known crew-member is Gunner Simkins, who is constantly urged to roll out “The Really Big Cannon” at the first sign of treason or public gathering.

Casaba does not seem to recognise Guybrush as a pirate, as he allows him to row between Jambalaya and Knuttin at will, even talking to him if the rowboat stops at his ship.

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Polly: Ever used a walkthrough or hint?

January 10th, 2011 by | 5 comments

Last week we asked if a Monkey Island game set somewhere else than the Caribbean would work. 10% said yes, 60% would like it if it was done briefly and the majority of the game still took place in the Caribbean, and 30% said no.

To come up with this week’s Polly I once again looked out the window and this time I noticed a bunch of trees, I wondered ‘Would a Monkey Island game set in a tree work?‘. Then I realized that was a stupid question and came up with this instead: Have you ever used a walkthrough or hint for any of the Monkey Island games?

Polly: Ever used a walkthrough or hint?

  • No I proudly say! (6%, 5 Votes)
  • Yes, I am so ashamed (94%, 81 Votes)

Total Voters: 86

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Something of the Thread: You’re the inspiration…

January 9th, 2011 by | No comments

HaydenWCE has created a thread which could end up as an encyclopedia of all things Monkey Island-inspired. Do you know of a game, film, book, song, or anything else that might be inspired by the Monkey Island universe? Let us know! Meanwhile, Hande wonders if any of you have seen the two made-for-TV Ewok films, and if you have an opinion on them.

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Weekly Wiki: Fink

January 4th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Fink is the pirate we can thank for MI2 and all the following games. Why is that? I hear you ask. (I have good ears). Guybrush is telling his tale of how he defeated LeChuck for the who-knows-what time and Fink ask Guybrush if he has any new stories. This prompts Guybrush to begin searching for Big Whoop which leads to the ressurrection of LeChuck and all events that follows. Thank you Fink.

Fink has an eye-patch, a peg-leg and a large mustache. He spends his time on the beach on Scabb Island with his friend Bart and if you ask nicely he will sing ‘I’d rather be a pirate on Scabb‘.

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Polly: Is the Caribbean so 2010?

January 3rd, 2011 by | 4 comments

63% have bought the complete season of Back to the Future. For details on the first episode check out our review.

While trying to come up with a topic for this week’s Polly I looked out the window and watched the snow that remains after a few days of thaw and I thought ‘Why is there not a snowy island in any of the Monkey Island games? Probably because they’re all set in the Caribbean‘ and I started thinking further (busy day) ‘Would a Monkey Island game set somewhere else work?‘.

What if, due to some spell or necessity of the plot, Guybrush found himself somewhere in the world that was not the Caribbean? Perhaps Africa, France, China, or Greenland. Would that give a new game fresh opportunities or would it be damaging to the series?

Polly: Is the Caribbean so 2010?

  • Yes, we need a change of scenery (10%, 6 Votes)
  • Maybe, if done briefly. The majority of the game should be in the Caribbean (60%, 37 Votes)
  • No. Monkey Island games are palmtrees and sunshine. (31%, 19 Votes)

Total Voters: 62

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Something of the Thread: 2011

January 2nd, 2011 by | No comments

The new year is also a hot topic on our forums, where you can discuss your plans, hopes, and dreams for 2011. Hopefully one of Telltale’s resolutions is to make a new Monkey Island game! And in his ongoing series of questions to fans, this time HaydenWCE asks: Did Vaycalian sea creatures work in Monkey Island?

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FYI: Pirate Customs

January 1st, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

After a bit of confusion regarding the BTTF Episode 1 review, I was late with my Horizons column. Wrote it and as I wanted to post it, I noticed that Haggis beat me to it. As I don’t want to get slapped again and…maybe cry or not in the bathroom, I decided to post the article under a different name. So this is not Horizons. It’s FYI.

Pirate Customs and Articles

In the years before the founding of democratic nations, pirates were groups of violent men in rebellion against the restraints of harsh rule and society. However, every type of organization needs rules, otherwise everything would be chaotic. The pirate code helped them to live under their unique social contracts. Although the goal was still to have the quickest route to riches and leisure as the tyrants they fled from, code elements such as: equality, rules and decisions by group vote, just punishments, and division of power, contributed to the framework upon which democracies would later be built. Don’t get this wrong, pirates were not an inspiration for our modern way of thinking… they were just tired of being ruled by a single force: monarchy.

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Horizons: Cannons

January 1st, 2011 by | No comments

All is quiet on New Year’s Day. That is, except for here, because we’re going to talk about cannons! Cannons play a big part in the Monkey Island games, but the same can be said about the real world. Did you know, for example, that in some places, cannons are used as a time signal? The Noon Gun in South Africa for instance, is fired every day at noon, and there are other guns that are fired in other places to signal the time. And although cannons are quite loud, they can even be used as musical instruments. A famous example is Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, which uses cannon fire to add a little “oomph”. So you see, cannons aren’t just useful for launching Guybrush or to shoot undead skeletons, they can do a lot more!

PS: Another interesting thing about cannons is that the plural of the word cannon is actually ‘cannon’… but since that sounds confusing, I prefer to write ‘cannons’.

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