Weekly Wiki: Old Blind Pew

October 25th, 2011 by | 1 lonely comment

Old Blind Pew (also known in-game as “old dog”) is an old, unwashed dog that Guybrush finds in the Blood Island cemetery. He really does seem to be blind since he wears smoked spectacles and has to sniff around to find treats; Guybrush says he’s “not very social.” He sleeps in a coffin doghouse and appears to be Mort the Gravedigger‘s pet.

In order to cure Griswold Goodsoup‘s hangover, Guybrush has to find “hair of the dog that bit ‘ya.” So he offers Old Blind Pew dog treats (in the regular version) or a half-eaten maggoty biscuit (in the Mega-Monkey challenge). Pew chomps down on it and, during the process, bites his arm. Guybrush is also able to easily get some of Old Blind Pew’s shedding dog hair.

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Weekly Wiki: Mad Monkey

October 5th, 2011 by | No comments

‘The Mad Monkey‘ is a huge galleon that sank prior to the events of the Monkey Island series. It was reputed to have a figurehead that was the most fabulous piece of art ever, so that collectors such as the Antique Dealer on Booty Island are willing to pay up to six million pieces of eight for it.

Though the antique dealer believes that nobody knew where the ship sank or why, the book Great Shipwrecks of Our Century (which can be checked out from the Phatt City Library) has the location of the wreck. The figurehead, when Guybrush finally discovers it, turns out to be a giant brass monkey head.

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Weekly Wiki: James Arnold Taylor

September 13th, 2011 by | No comments

James Arnold Taylor is a well-known voice actor who has voiced characters such as Fred Flintstone and Obi-Wan Kenobi. In Monkey Island 2 Special Edition: LeChuck’s Revenge he provides the voices of Largo LaGrande, Mad Marty, the Fisherman and the Spitmaster.

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Weekly Wiki: Speare: A Theatrical Medley

September 7th, 2011 by | No comments

Are you in the mood for some culture, but you don’t want to watch boring, seemingly never-ending Shakespeare plays? Then you need to head over to the Long John Silver Center for the Performing Arts right now. There you can see brilliant actor Slappy Cromwell perform his 45-minute masterpiece Speare: A Theatrical Medley. Highly recommended if you like juggling shows.

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Weekly Wiki: The spitting Contest

August 23rd, 2011 by | No comments

When there are no new costumes to try on in the costume shop and no one needs a coffin the people of Booty Island like to participate in a spitting contest. The Spitmaster presides over the contest and the grand prize is a charming spit-marked plaque. Guybrush wants this and cheats to achieve the winning spit of course. If you’re good at hawking up a good and creamie loogi then you should stop by the spitting contest on Booty Island.

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Weekly Wiki: Rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle

August 16th, 2011 by | No comments

One of the weirdest items in the Monkey Island universe is also one of the most well known: the rubber chicken with a pulley in the middle. Originally found in The Secret of Monkey Island, it’s unclear what its exact purpose is at first, even though it has an entire shop dedicated to selling this peculiar product. Later in the game it is revealed it does serve a purpose, however. And perhaps its biggest contribution is that it’s become ingrained into our collective conscience, earning references in other games and even becoming a universal symbol of the joys of Monkey Island games.

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Weekly Wiki: Three Sheets to the Wind

August 2nd, 2011 by | No comments

The following text is directly copied and pasted from the Monkey Island Wiki. Not because I’m lazy (well, I am, but that’s still now why), but because I can’t rewrite it to sound any better.

Three Sheets to the Wind is a book of poetry, written by various pirates. Upon reading it, Guybrush says it is some of the worst poetry he has ever read. The book is available from the Phatt City Library in Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge but has been checked out by Governor Phatt; it rests atop his big belly and Guybrush must replace it with another book in an Indiana-Jones-style switch to keep from awakening the governor when he takes it. The book is necessary for identifying the coffin of Rapp Scallion, as the coffins in Stan‘s Cozy Crypt in the Scabb Island Cemetery are marked only by a famous quotation of the deceased.

Three Sheets to the Wind is also the title of Part III in The Curse of Monkey Island, in which Guybrush must participate in Insult Swordfighting at sea. The phrase “three sheets to the wind” refers to someone who is intoxicated, comparing the drunk to a ship whose sailing sheets have come loose.

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Weekly Wiki: Mobey Dick

July 13th, 2011 by | No comments

If you ever visit Blood Island and are invited to tea at Mort’s house you can see his poster of the book Mobey Dick. Guybrush doesn’t think much of it and describes it as a “really trashy horror novel. Trust me. It’ll never sell.

It is, of course, a parody of Moby-Dick, a classic piece of American literature about a sailor obsessively trying to kill a white whale who took his leg. It was written by Herman Melville in 1851.

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Weekly Wiki: Breathmaster

May 31st, 2011 by | 3 comments

If you’re a pirate with bad breath (maybe you don’t brush your teeth properly or you don’t even have a toothbrush) then you should make friends with the delightful shopkeeper on Mêlée Island as he sells these lovely mints named Breathmaster. They are grog-flavored and bears the slogan “For the pirate who cares about first impressions”. An entire roll sells for one single piece of eight and they come in handy when talking to wrongfully imprisoned guys named Otis. They also double nicely as mint leaves in voodoo recipes.

Viist the wiki page to learn what kind of mints feature in Tales of Monkey Island and what they can be used for.

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Weekly Wiki: The A-mfggh-C’s of Ventriloquism

May 10th, 2011 by | 2 comments

Fancy being a ventriloquist? Want to scare your friends by making your stomach talk? Feeling lonely? Then you should get your hands on a copy of The A-mfggh-C’s of Ventriloquism. Guybrush gets a hold of it in ‘The Curse of Monkey Island‘ and makes use of it to get himself a ship. Although that is the primary function of the book, you can use it on all characters on the island for a good laugh. Try that next time you find yourself playing CMI 🙂

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