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Saturday, December 31, 2005
Happy New Year! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
The entire staff at WMI wishes you a Happy New Year!

Sir Spamalot has left the building Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
At least I hope so. Recently, one or more spam robots looking for attention has been abusing the email script and sent out hundreds of these unsolicited emails. I don't know how many have been affected by this as I haven't received any complaints, but I know that I personally have received a lot of spam each day, some days between 50 - 100 emails. Anyway, to counter this WMI has jumped on the trendy bandwagon and added a security image to the email form. It's one of those things where some letters and numbers are shown distorted as an image and you have to enter the correct text in a box. It sucks to have, but hopefully it will stop the spam.

Friday, December 30, 2005
More of the tale Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Chapter one of MI Maniac's "Monkey Island: The Christmas Challenge" has been added to the fan fiction section. Click here to read it and stay in a Christmas mood for a bit longer.

Thursday, December 29, 2005
Sam & Max part 2 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
The comic. Read it here. Oh, the excitement, the drama. What the heck is eating Sam?

Source: Mojo

Saturday, December 24, 2005
Merry Christmas! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (17)
The entire staff at WMI wishes you a Merry Chrismas!

Friday, December 23, 2005
A Christmas tale Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Christmas is getting closer and what better way to spend the waiting than reading a Christmas tale starring our favorite hero and wife? Mi Maniac has begun writing "Monkey Island: The Christmas Challenge" and although only the short prologue is done it's a nice read and certainly makes you hungry for more. I hope to add the first chapter soon.

Thursday, December 22, 2005
Monkey Island, the movie Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
Okay, not really, but it comes pretty darn close. The official website for the second Pirates of the Caribbean movie is up, complete with undead pirates, a Voodoo Lady, a swamp, and probably other things that will have Monkey Island fans drooling over it.

Source: The International House of Mojo

Full Throttle, the movie Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
You've played the game. You've enjoyed the music. Now, watch the movie, right here, at Mojo Art. Here's to hoping VGMD will do a Monkey Island film one day.

Source: Mixnmojo

Tuesday, December 20, 2005
Listen to A Vampyre Story Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
You can have a look (and more importantly, have a listen) at Bill Tiller's new game, A Vampyre Story, right here (scroll down on that page). If it's anything to go by, we're in for quite an adventure; it sure sounds good.

Source: Bill Tiller on his forum, which you should visit, by the way

Friday, December 16, 2005
The Daisy that got hit by the weed whacker Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Total Video Games managed to get a hold of Dan Connors of Telltale Games, and they asked him a few questions about the upcoming Sam & Max game. It's not that spectacular, but click here to get your fix of information about our favourite rabid rabbit and doggish dog.

Thursday, December 15, 2005
An update! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
The Monkey Island 1 section has been updated with a screenshot from the Sega Mega CD version plus a screenshot and info from the (awful) PC CGA 4 colors version. All courtesy of Etienne Baudin who were nice enough to send it to me. Check it out!

Wednesday, December 14, 2005
Video of MI theme played live Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
PRESS PLAY ON THE TAPE, the band that played the MI Theme and the LeChuck theme live at 'The Gathering' 2003 in Norway (listen to the MP3 here), has released a video of them performing the themes live at the 'BACK IN TIME' concert in London 2004. It's great fun to watch the music performed live and hear the crowd starting to go wild when they hear the first MI tunes. This is definitely worth downloading and the band plays great as well :)

Get the video here. It's 25 MB and you need DivX to play it.

Tell me about ScummVM PSP Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Over at pspemulation.com you can find an interview with Thomas Mayer, one of the guys who did the PSP port of ScummVM. Interesting read, but no promise of a 1.5 version.

Thanks to Emulation-X for letting us know.

Monday, December 12, 2005
PotC 3 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
That's right kids, the 2nd installment of the motion picture series starring our favourite pirate captain outside of the Monkey Island universe - Jack Sparrow - isn't yet in theatres, and we have some news related to the 3rd Pirates of the Caribbean film. Its title has been revealed.

While filming on the second Pirates Of The Caribbean adventure is well known to be finished, the crew, under director Gore Verbinski, is back at work on the third film, which is revealed to be carrying the title Pirates Of The Caribbean: Uncharted Waters. The mag indicates that the scheduled wrap for the shoot is early March 2006, just three months before the release in theaters of the second film.

The magazine being talked about is called Below the Line, by the way. So, it looks like we're going to sail into uncharted waters, me hearties!

Source: Coming Soon!

Saturday, December 10, 2005
More Sam & Max goodness Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
You can buy some cool stuff from Telltale Games, related to the new Sam & Max game. There's a t-shirt, and a set of 2 prints, signed by Steve Purcell himself, at a ridiculously cheap price (that is, if you exclude shipping)! Also, the first Sam & Max web comic has emerged, which you can view here (be sure to use your mouse, as you may or may not know from the Dank comics).

Tuesday, December 6, 2005
A feast for your eyes Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (18)
Ado has brought some life back into the fan art section by bringing us four new amazing pieces. It is truly a delight to look at these images, the fine details, the matching combination of colors, and the dark atmosphere. Don't miss these pictures or I'll personally hunt you down and slap you hard on the wrist with a pointy strawberry!



On a related note it seems that many artists have been unable to upload new art since our server move a few months back, but unfortunately no one had told me until now. It is now fixed and all artists should be able to upload art again.

Sunday, December 4, 2005
Bring back the adventure game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail has an article on adventure games, and why they may or may not suck. Here's a quote from the article, in which Tim Schafer gets to say a few things:

Although Mr. Schafer's not exactly a supporter of non-linearity, he does think there's a point of compromise. "Ron Gilbert brought up this comparison -- some adventure games are a long set of cages strung out in a line. You open a cage, and you're in a new cage, you open it, and you're in a new cage. And it seems like if you're going to make cages, it's better to make it so that you open one cage and you're in a bigger cage, and then a bigger cage, so it's an ever-expanding world. I think that's one approach we took on Day of the Tentacle -- every time you solved a puzzle, you were expanding the world. You felt like you were carving out more freedom for yourself."

Read the article here.

Pirates plundered by pirates! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
"Disney production crew robbed four times while filming, will never film in The Bahamas again. Real life pirates have stolen around $20,000 worth of equipment and checks from the production team filming the second and third parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy in The Bahamas"

This is ironic, isn't it? Like all the mysterious things that always happen on the set of a ghost movie. Some of it is freaky though... Well, I'm getting off course Read more about the plundering here. (News post is at the bottom of the site.)

Thanks to BlackbeardTheScummPirate for the heads up.

Monday, November 28, 2005
Steve Purcell interview Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Gamecloud managed to do something we couldn't: interview the creator of Sam and Max, Steve Purcell. There's no Monkey Island stuff in the interview, but it should keep you busy while waiting for the Sam & Max game, if only for a few minutes. Read it here.

Thursday, November 24, 2005
PotC 2 trailer Posted by: Haggis | Comments (27)
Quick, click here for a sneak preview at Pirates of the Caribbean 2, before Disney takes down the link.

Edit: Thanks to jacksparrow for pointing out a better version of the trailer here.

Yet another edit: The official trailer is online here.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Fan Animation Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
The Fan Animation section has been updated with an animation by Hannu Mäkinen called "The Legend of Monkey Islang". It's inspired by the remix by Deadly Cookie, the theme by Michael Land, and the games by LucasArts. It's 8.64 MB and you can get it here.

Sunday, November 13, 2005
12 adventures in 24 hours Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
How long would it take to complete 12 of LucasArts' classic SCUMM games? According to Hendrik it takes around 24 hours. This crazy guy has actually done it and recorded a video if it (don't worry, it's only a few minutes long) and you can check it out here.

It's funny to see how long it takes to complete the games, for instance it takes longer to complete MI1 than MI2 yet MI2 is much bigger. (I assume Hendrik was playing the hard version :) A funny experiment, but it leaves one question. Can it be done faster?

Friday, November 11, 2005
Sam & Max are upon us! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (16)
Okay, so I haven't been around here forever. I apologise. But I've got some good news for y'all. It's official, Telltale Games have announced their Sam & Max game, and it should be upon us next year. In the meantime, you can enjoy comics by Steve Purcell himself, both on the Telltale website and this... thing...

Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Fan music update Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Two new pieces have been added to the Fan Music section; "Intro of MI1 remix" and " Scumm Bar remix", both by Batu Eritenel. Do yourself a favor and download them. They are both very good, I especially like the intro remix.

Friday, November 4, 2005
The list continues Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
PALGN has revealed the games at number 80 -61 and 60-41 of their 'The Greates 100 Games Ever' feature. At #60 we find Grim Fandango, at #50 Day of the Tentacle, and at #43 is The Secret of Monkey Island. As before I would have liked to have seen all three of these games placed higher on the list, but what I failed to mention previously is that this list is voted by readers, so I guess we can't blame PALGN for people having bad taste :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2005
MI2 at #89, we wonder in disbelief Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
Another attempt to list the 100 best games has popped up at PALGN and so far they have revealed their choices for the spots covering 100-81. At #89 we find Monkey Island 2....yep, that's right. A game that belong way further up in the list is only at #89. When great games such as MI2 and Warcraft 3 are this low on the list, I wonder what 'great' games they will fil the last 80 spots with. Oh well, we'll find out soon enough I guess.

Thanks to Mel Emerald for letting us know.

Thursday, October 20, 2005
WMI turns 8 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (22)
This here website turns eight years today and what do we have to celebrate its birthday this year? Nothing! That's right, our gift to you is the gift of nothing and don't try to return it because it's nothing, the gift is something which is the nothing... Anyway, we've all been too busy lately with other stuff to make something special for today, but I'm sure the fact that you can celebrate the birthday with us is a gift enough in itself. (Remember you also get the gift of nothing.)

Come to think of it, you should really be bringing us gifts... anyway sit down, have a piece of cake, grab a mug of lemonade (not the one marked 'LucasArts' I think someone urinated in it), and celebrate with us :)

Still looking for MI1 for the Mac? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Dadi Sveinsson from Iceland let me know that he is selling his Machintosh version of MI1. Click here for an image of all the booty. Contact Dadi to discuss pricing and shipping if you're interested.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005
'The Whispered Wor(l)d' demo Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Bad Brain Entertainment has released a playable demo of their upcoming adventure "The Whispered Wor(l)d", a diploma thesis project of a guy named Marco Hüllen. Head over to their website to download the demo.

Apeerently the game is made entirely, or partly, using the Visionaire Engine. I hadn't heard of it before, but it seems like an excellent program for making adventure games.

How does MI2 look on the PSP? Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Broomie sent me a link to where I could download a clip showing Monkey Island 2 running on the PSP. The movie clip also contained some other games, but I edited them out for your convenience :) You can download the edited clip here. It looks like it's running with no problems and the sound is good too, but it must be a pain to control the cursor :)

The clip comes from Eternal Anubis and you can download the original clip here. (Shows some other games on the PSP, no more MI stuff.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Email me matey! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
There is a great email RPG called The Monkey Island RPG which is currently looking for new members, so if you enjoy writing and have a good imagination you should check it out. I remember I played in this RPG years ago as Mike Sword, an apprentice of the Voodoo Lady. Fun times :)

Friday, October 14, 2005
Play Monkey Island on your PSP Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
We're late with this news, very late, but nevermind. If you are the lucky owner of a PSP you can now play your favorite LucasArts games on it by using ScummVM. You can download the PSP version here. I don't how it works so you have to figure that out yourself. I am also not sure it works on firmware higher than 1.50.

Thanks to rick for bringing it to our attention.

Argh! The sea is burning! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
You may be familiar with the pirate MMORPG in development, Pirates of the Burning Sea, which we have mentioned in the news before. It seems they're ready to begin beta testing and you can apply for a beta spot by going here.

I can't really remember what the game is about and I'm too lazy to read up on it, but you can read more about it and see schreenshots by going tro the website.

Thanks to plunderbunny481 for the heads up.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
A Pyrate's Life For Me Posted by: Paco | Comments (5)
A group of French animation students at the school Gobelins is currently working on an animated short called 'Pyrates'. They've started a blog, Way of the Pyrates, in which you can follow the productionproces of their film, which will be used as a signal film for next year's Annecy Animation Festival in France. So keep an eye on this blog, it already features some great artwork and if you're interested in seeing some of their previous Annecy shorts, like the briliant 'Le Building' and 'Super Tibetan Racer', visit the Gobelin school website and you won't regret it.

Source: CartoonBrew

Saturday, October 8, 2005
Interview with Matt Threepwood Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
Now that you're done watching the MI Play you should read our interview with Matt Lehtonen who does a great job of portraying Guybrush Threepwood in the play despite the fact that he has never played any of the Monkey Island games... or has he? You'll only find out by reading the interview which is also a recipe to a delightful carrot soup when read backwards.

You get to the interview by going to the MI Play section, clicking the cleverly named "Interviews" tab, and hitting the name "Matt Lehtonen" once with your left mouse button.

Enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2005
An Interview with a Pirate Posted by: Paco | Comments (6)
Hey kids! Want to learn how to become a real pirate? Watch and learn from this Interview with a Pirate. Yeah.

Saturday, October 1, 2005
MI Play - Part 9 (Ending) Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (25)
Monkey Island - Episode 9 - Part 4 - Guybrush Kicks Butt

Will Guybrush dispose of all ghastly ghosts in his way, while finding LeChuck and his love, Elaine? How will Guybrush get off the island? Will he return for his wonderful crew? And if that’s not Elaine under that wedding dress... who is it!?! What will happen during the final showdown between Evil and Inept? And of course, what IS the Secret to Monkey Island?

Download the final part of the MI play below:

Large with subtitles (39.78 MB)
Small with subtitles (11.63 MB)

Coming soon – All episodes collected into one file, in better image quality. Sound will be the same, but that’s why subtitled will be an option. I have been inundated with emails for those who wish to own their very own copy of The Secret of Monkey Island – The Play, so I feel this is the best option. It will take me time to get this ready, so until then, hound Paco for another comic page, or two.

Happy Birthday to the Monkey Island series!

Friday, September 30, 2005
Monkey Island turns 15 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (13)
This month it's 15 years ago it all started with The Secret of Monkey Island and Ron Gilbert has a post about it on his website with many comments from fans.

Happy anniversary Monkey Island!

Thursday, September 29, 2005
MI Play - Part 8 - With subtitles Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
Yarr, I wanted the thrilling conclusion to the events that unfolded upon Monkey Island to be revealed on the annual “Talk Like A Pirate Day’ but alas, that did not happen. But you may still celebrate the day, by reading along with the now-subtitled episode 8, and let me say, for square-zies, that the final chapter, nine, is so close, you should be able to taste it, if not for you losing your tongue in a vicious battle between you and your parrot. Crackers couldn’t keep his mouth shut, but now you’re the one who can’t talk.

Episode 8 – Part 3 – Under Monkey Island

See Guybrush con the good people on the island into adding to his inventory! Watch the dramatic opening of ‘The Giant Monkey Head’! Will the Head of the Navigator bite Guybrush as he tries to wrangle the necklace away? Will Guybrush be amused at the spontaneous ghost pirate’s jig? Will Guybrush be able to locate the root, to later create an anti-plasma ghost solution? Will Guybrush gain the respect of the local fauna? Find out [again for some] in today’s release of Episode 8 – Under Monkey Island!

Large with subtitles
Small with subtitles

Monday, September 19, 2005
Aaaaaaargh! Posted by: Ryback | Comments (6)
Ahoy, me hearties! It be your erstwhile newsguy the Dread Capt'n Ryback. I may not ha' been around th' vicinity lately, but I couldn't stay away fer thi' occasion. That be right: today be Talk Like a Pirate Day! Shiver me timbers, and a bucket o' chum! So Avast!, man the mizzenmast!, and ber sure t' catch up on yer pirate slang, cause anyone caught talking lubber will be made t' walk th' plank! Now, pass the grog, me boyos, and a bottle of rum...

Friday, September 16, 2005
Sam & Max resurrected! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (11)
LucasArts buried it, but when their Sam & Max license expired Telltale Games were quick to get their hands on it.

Taken from Adventure Gamers:

The deal was inked only days ago, and few details are available as of now. Telltale stresses that the game will not be Sam & Max: Freelance Police, the LucasArts title whose highly-publicized 2004 cancellation was widely mourned by fans. New content will be developed, and the game will be implemented in an episodic format similar to that of Telltale's Bone games. Purcell, who works at Pixar, says he will be as involved with the Sam & Max project as he can be.

Read the full post at here.

Finally something to look forward to. It's still sad that we won't see the LucasArts version, because I really liked the darker tone the game seemed to have, but I'm sure Telltale Games will make a great game and I hope it sells millions of copies so LucasArts will kick them selves.

Thanks to Viewtiful Ape for the heads up.

Friday, September 9, 2005
MI Play - Part 8 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (26)
Scummbuddy has been very busy lately and hasn't had time to finish the subtitled versions of part 8 yet, but he didn't want to leave you completely in distress, so he sent me the versions without subtitles to hold you over the weekend and he expects to have them subtitled early next week.

The exchanging of a banana picker for a giant q-tip, the opening of the mysterious Giant Monkey Island, the quarrels between friends over a necklace, and the romantic courting between an undead pirate and his kidnapped love interest. It all happens in this week's episode of the MI play where you also learn how the undead crew passes the time with music and dancing. Oh, and cell phones, gotta love them.

There is a large and small version of the clip.

Large (43.2 MB)
Small (12.9 MB)

Enjoy!

Thursday, September 8, 2005
New fan script Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Here's a treat for the readers among us, a new fan script. Eric Aultman has submitted a script entitled "The Short Secret of Monkey Island" and it is, is his own words, "A script based on…stuff by Ron Gilbert". Check it out!

Monday, August 22, 2005
Buying the MI games Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
From August 31st the PC edition of Escape from Monkey Island is once again available for purchase from the LucasArts Store. (Remember that it now ship outside the US and Canada).

A desperate Monkey Island fan has emailed me asking where to get a hold of MI1 and MI2 for the Macintosh. I have searched various online auctions and shops, but I'm unable to locate the games anywhere. If anyone knows where to get the Macintosh versions of MI1 and MI2 please email me. Thank you.

Update: Quite a few people have emailed me with suggestions ranging from illegally downloading the games to purchasing them used on Amazon for over $80, but the most useful suggestion, which has also been posted in the comments, is that you can just buy the PC versions and then use the free ScummVM to play them on your Mac :) Thanks to all who emailed me with suggestions.

I hope this helps some desperate fans.

Friday, August 19, 2005
MI Play - Part 7 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (54)
Come one, come all! Come see how fast Guybrush can stuff a banana into his pants! Meet the locals of Monkey Island, and what Island madness is all about. Learn local customs, such as borrowing things from others and never giving them back. Come see an actual monkey on Monkey Island! And learn how to barter for your life with your new friends. And don’t mind whatever smacks the camera in the middle of the episode...

And is there more to these abrupt endings then to just keep you on the edge of your computer chair? Will Guybrush get the key to unlock the Giant Monkey Head to save his love, Elaine? Find out next time, whenever the heck Scummbuddy gets to it.

So, for now, enjoy almost twelve minutes of Monkey goodness, in Episode 7: Guybrush Walks Around For Awhile!

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (43.2 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (12.9 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Ron Gilbert: The Lost Chapter Posted by: Paco | Comments (10)
Something has happened no one ever thought would ever happen. Idle Thumbs has posted the long awaited third and final part of their Ron Gilbert interview. You're advised to re-read the first and second part again first, otherwise you'll be end up very confused and sad, according to the Thumbs staff. It's a very amusing read, so be sure to check it out. Still not convinced? Okay, here's a snippet, for the lazy people:

Jake: Did you ever get a chance to play Monkey Island 4?
Ron: I did for about 15 - 20 minutes.
Jake: It's really outrageous, you should play it all the way through.
Ron: I got stuck.
Jake: Do you know what happens in it? Do you know that at the end the monkey head on Monkey Island turns into a giant fighting robot that walk through the sea and does battle with a giant statue?
Ron: That's funny. So, what really happens?


Source: Mojo

Monday, August 1, 2005
Monkey Island on your DS Posted by: Haggis | Comments (11)
If you're hip (unlike me) you'll likely have a Nintendo DS (unlike me). If you can figure out how to get it on your DS, check out ScummVM for DS. It'll let you play games like The Secret of Monkey Island on a Nintendo DS. Apparently.

For everyone who doesn't know how this works (like me): download part six of the play below.

Source: Mojo

MI Play - Part 6 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (51)
Now that Guybrush has finished his business with Stan, he’s off to round up his crew, once again, and open the sails towards Monkey Island and rescue the governor. First he must again discuss personal matters with… The Voodoo Lady! After that eccentric character, we finally come to Part 2 – The Journey.

See the Sea Monkey as it braves all weather. Will it hold up long enough to bring our travelers to Monkey Island? What will they do once they get there? Who even got directions to find Monkey Island before setting sail? Will the old Captain’s log help Guybrush?

Find out now, as you watch Guybrush and his mutinous crew take on the arduous task of sailing to Monkey Island.

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (35.4 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (10.7 MB) Small with subtitles

I have been given the chance to interview some of the people who worked either in front or behind the scenes on the play. I'll be starting with Matt Lehtonen who played Guybrush Threepwood, Christina Frithsen who took on the responsibility of being the stage manager, and Max Robinson who played the monkey, the map seller, and Stan. If you have any questions you would like to ask them, then email them to be with the subject "Questions for name". Feel free to send more emails if you have questions for more than one person.

I will select the best questions which will then be sent to them along with my own questions :)

Enjoy!

Saturday, July 23, 2005
Scumm Bar is Dead Posted by: Haggis | Comments (29)
Well, not entirely dead, but maybe undead. The Monkey Island SCUMM Bar will be merging with The International House of Mojo somehow or other. Take a look if you feel so inclined.

In other news, the Blood Island project is back, for those of you who remember it (I don't). But even if you don't know what it is, it's certainly worth having a look at, it's a nice tribute to one of the most atmospheric locations in the Monkey Island quadrilogy. Click.

Sunday, July 17, 2005
New store, same crap Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (16)
LucasArts has opened up a brand new store at lucasartsstore.com. It's still confusing, still very purple, and still sells mostly Star Wars products. Nothing has changed in that aspect, but LucasArts has managed to eliminate almost all their adventure related products as only "The Curse of Monkey Island" and "Grim Fandango" are left to represent the so-called "dying genre". In fact, 10 of the 12 store categories are Star Wars games, while Merchanaries has it's very own category, and the classics are all crammed into one category. Oh, did I mention that of 11 games in the Classics category eight are Star Wars games? In fact, out of 65 products (including strategy guides and merchandise) only six are not Star Wars related.

On a positive note, the store now appears to ship to Europe and anywhere else outside the US and Canada. Of course, you can no longer buy the Grim Fandango soundtrack or other quality products that held the interest of fans abroad, but in return you can buy a lot of Star Wars merchandise!

Enjoy the new Star Wars LucasArts Store!

Saturday, July 9, 2005
MI Play - Part 5 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (31)
A mighty fine week in Melee Island entertainment that we be havin’ for you all this week.
See the true Fester Shinetop! Finally meet Otis, that lovable scamp. Watch Guybrush get his final crew list ready for setting sail, as soon as he gets a ship. Will Guybrush be able to avoid paying for ‘Porthole defoggers”, or will he fall into the salehype from Stan? Watch as Guybrush prepares to ready the ship, and…and will that cursed bottle ever stop rolling?!?

Find out today, in an all new episode of Monkey Island - the play!

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (37.4 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (11.2 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Sunday, July 3, 2005
MI Play - Part 4 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (29)
How will Guybrush fare against the Sword Master? Will he fight like a cow? Will Bob come to Melee to kidnap Elaine? Will the town of Melee come to her rescue? Will Guybrush figure out how to get to Hook Island without falling to his doom? Will Guybrush take on the beast that haunts Meathook to this very day? Has Meathook succumbed to being so lonely? And, why is there a broad-swordsman running around Melee? Find out in this weeks installment of... The Monkey Island Play!

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (37.4 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (11.2 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 26, 2005
MI Play - Part 3 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (15)
Scummbuddy has informed me that WMI is now the official host for the Monkey Island play and I am happy to present the third clip to you. This week, did Elaine come to the dock to see Guybrush drown? Will Guybrush get this insatiable need to finish his three trials more quickly? Will Guybrush fare well against... The Machine!? Will Guybrush learn his insults in time to fight the Sword Master? Will he even be able to find his way to the Sword Master's house? Find out this week when Guybrush closes in on completing that third trial... Mastering the Sword.

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (35 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (10.4 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
MI Comic - Page 47 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (23)
Exactly eight months (and two days) since page 46 I am happy to report that Paco has resumed work on the MI comic and will try to release a new page every day! No, just kidding, but you should see your face. Actually Paco will be going to the US for a few months and we are not likely to see page 48 before sometime in 2006. No, just kidding as well, but you should really see your face. I don't know when page 48 is coming, but it probably won't be too long. Check out page 47 below. Enjoy!


Monday, June 20, 2005
Paco - Special Edition Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
I want you all to congratulate Paco because last Tuesday he graduated! He couldn't have done it without me of course, since I did nothing for the last month but send him good vibrations and do a daily ritual to secure the positive outcome of his exam. We all know who should receive a basket of muffins, right Paco? *Wink wink*

Anywho, you should check out Paco's website for a load of updates, among them the animation "Junk" he did while in England. It's a sweet tale of love between two individuals, but it is also so sick, oh so sick.

Also be sure to check out all the other updated stuff, like an exclusive limited special director's cut edition of "The Cottage", new version of "MTV island", new background art, and much more.

Paco also reveals that he is working on some adventure game project, but he can't really say more about it at this time. You can check out some early animations from it though by clicking the little fancy link coming...now!

Sunday, June 12, 2005
MI play - Part 2 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (23)
Due to circumstances beyond my control involving a duck, 30 old ladies, an alternate ending to Star Wars Episode III, and my right shoe, WMI can also present part two of the MI play video to you. This episode will have you leaping out of your seat, like many of the audience members did, as we see Guybrush search for the Legendary lost treasure of Melee Island. You will also meet the incredible, scene-stealing, Voodoo Lady. Watch the references to Indiana Jones and The Incredibles. Can Guybrush really hold his breath for ten minutes? Find out in this weeks exciting episode.

There is a large and small version of the clip and each with or without subtitles.

Large (34.5 MB) Large with subtitles
Small (10.9 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Sunday, June 5, 2005
MI play - The video *Updated* Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (23)
We are very proud to be able to present the first part of the MI play recording to you. The first clip is 10 minutes long and the next clip will be released next week, so don't freak out if the ending seems a bit arupt :). The whole video is recorded, edited, and distributed by Scummbuddy of LucasStyle Entertainment, so he deserves all the credit.

You can download three versions of the clip below:

Update: The large and small versions are now available with subtitles, all courtesy of Scummbuddy. The text can be a bit hard to read on the small version, but who downloads that anyway? The next clip should be available at Legend of MI later this week.

Large (39.9 MB) Large with subtitles
Medium (25.2 MB)
Small (11.2 MB) Small with subtitles

Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 31, 2005
A beautiful bride Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
While we wait for the video of the MI play (it's on its way) you can enjoy some more pictures from the show as Chris Heady has sent me 20 new photos. Check them out in the gallery and see pictures of LeChuck and Elaine's wedding, the fight between Guybrush and LeChuck, and the cast taking a bow.


Tuesday, May 24, 2005
More pictures, more fun Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Chris sent me 17 new pictures from the Monkey Island play. Check them out in the gallery. The new images are the 17 at the end :)

Monday, May 23, 2005
More LEGO pictures Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (6)
Romão Santos continues his work on his amazing project where he is building the entire Melee Island in LEGO. He has sent us 16 new images, which you can check out in the Lego Melee Island where you can also see earlier images. The new pictures are the 16 at the end :)


Thursday, May 19, 2005
Guybrush & LeChuck on stage Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
Remember the Monkey Island play we have mentioned a few times? It was performed at Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland on the 21st and 29th of April and if you were one of the unlucky ones, like me, who was unable to attend, you should take a look at our brand new feature sporting information, concept designs, backstage images, and loads of photos from the performences.

You can also read an interview with Chris Heady who wrote, directed, produced, and starred in the play. He talks about how to play came together, getting permission from LucasArts, and much more.

Check it all out in our MI play feature and keep checking back, we will add more goodies to this feature in the coming weeks.


Whip it! Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Although this isn't MI news it is LucasArts related in a non-Star Wars way. While LucasArts didn't reveal "Monkey Island 5: Guybrush the Jedi, Elaine the Emperor" at the annual E3 show, they did reveal that they're working on a new Indiana Jones game. That's basically it, no screenshots, no title, and no tentative release date. Apperently it will be for next-generation consoles and LucasArts promises "a noticeable evolution in physics and artificial intelligence". Wow! No mention of a possible PC version. Oh well, I hope it will follow the style and gameplay of "Emperor's Tomb" because that is one of the most entertaining games I have played in years.

Check out GameSpot's news post for basically the same information, but worded a little fancier.

Old news! Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
A total lack of news today, so I thought it would be nice to mention some old news. Razputin's Domain reports that LucasStyle has put a bunch of videos online from a show aired on G4 a while ago, dedicated to mister Tim Schafer. Most of the videos cover the development of Psychonauts, but at the same time look at all the games which Schafer worked on over the years (Yes, including Monkey Island 1 and 2).
Very interesting stuff and enjoyable to watch, so be sure to check out those videos!
Let's see, what else did we forget to mention that's worth checking out.
Ah yes, Autumn Moon has a teaser video showing the 3D model of Mona the vampire, main character from Vampyre Story.
Also worth checking out; The ScummBar has posted a couple of pictures from the Monkey Island stage play.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Oh the humanity Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
Paco, who has returned from the mysterious England, has updated his site with a short animated movie called "MTV Island bumper". It features a bunch of animals (some are rumored to be purple hippos) having fun to some tunes that Paco describes as "awful music". I'll let you be the judge of that, you can check out the quicktime movie here.

The red woodpecker-thing got it goin' on!

Friday, May 13, 2005
Bone: the site Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
Yep, that's right folks, you can now find out more about the game Bone, under development at Telltale Games, at its official website. So if you want to know something you didn't know before about this game ex-LucasArts employees are working on, click.

Monday, May 9, 2005
The Ron report Posted by: Paco | Comments (6)
A bit late I must admit, but better late than well..nothing. Here are some pictures of the wonderful meeting with Ron Gilbert in Amsterdam last Thursday. You can admire them below, including one of mister Gilbert himself together with the now famous naked man climbing a rope, doing some acrobatic tricks. Very interesting. After some fine wine and rosé on a terrace, we went to the Bar Americain to drink some more and talk more politics, games, films and of course Monkey Island. Ron also revealed that if he has the chance to do another Monkey game it will be called Monkey Island 3A: The Secret revealed or your money back. For more on the meetings with Ron in Amsterdam and London check out Ron's GrumpyGamer!

UPDATE: Tarim, also known as the one eyed falafel guy, has put up a little picture gallery of the meeting in Amsterdam. Check out Meetin' Ron, Amsterdam Mayhem!



Friday, May 6, 2005
New pirate game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Yes, a new pirate game. No, it's not a computer game, but a board game. It's called Plunder and looks to be quite interesting. It promises real pirate action on the web page, so it might be worth checking out. After all, we're pirate fans, aren't we? Aye.

Source: Pirates & Privateers

Wednesday, May 4, 2005
Meet the maker Posted by: Haggis | Comments (4)
If you go to Grumpy Gamer, Ron Gilbert's site, you'll notice that he intends to meet up with... you. Yes, that's right, you can actually exchange words with the creator of Guybrush Threepwood... in real life. He'll go to London May 8, and on May 5th (Liberation Day), he'll be in Amsterdam. Have fun if you can make it. If you can't make it, have fun anyway.

Thursday, April 28, 2005
POTC MMORPG ROFL Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
Yeah, that's a lot of acronyms. But it seems warranted, because Disney are going to make a Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game, based on - you guessed it - Pirates of the Caribbean. It's scheduled to accompany the second installment in the movie series. This should be something to look out for, I would think. So keep an 'aye' on www.pirateslegend.com, the game's official site.

Source: Computer and Video Games

Tuesday, April 19, 2005
Guestbook suspended Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (7)
Our guestbook has become a magnet for spam. Everything from casinos and cigarettes to adult websites and German furniture stores are advertised there. There is so much spam coming everyday that cleaning it out has become too much work. We have therefore temporarily removed the signing page and it won't be back until we find a solution to the problem.

You can still view the guestbook and until we get it cleaned up you can also view the great adverts for things such as cosmetics and german banks.

Friday, April 15, 2005
Monkey Island play soon Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
Remember the Monkey Island play we told you about in October? Well, the show is coming together nicely, reports writer, director, producer, and star Chris Heady.,Production dates are still April 21st, 2005 and April 29th, 2005. So if you're in the neighbourhood be sure to see the play at the Hammond High School in Columbia, Maryland and if anyone can videotape it or at least take some pictures we'll be happy to host the movie and/or pictures here :)

It will be held in Hammond High School 8800 Guilford Road, Columbia, Maryland 21046 on April 21st at 7:00 pm and on April 29th at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be sold at the door.

Read more about the show in this forum thread.

Top 10 Adventure Games Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (8)
dave reports that an episode of Filter that aired several days ago on G4TV had the topic "Top 10 Adventure Games. Their list looked liked this:

10 Full Throttle - PC
9 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - PC
8 The 7th Guest - PC
7 Syberia (2002) - PC
6 Myst - PC
5 Leisure Suit Larry - PC
4 Escape From Monkey Island - PC
3 Grim Fandango - PC
2 Ico - PlayStation 2
1 Sam & Max Hit the Road - PC

I am one of the few people who actually liked Escape from Monkey Island, but I am still surprised to see it at #4 - and none of the other MI games on the list at all. My list would certainly look a bit different and what is Ico? I've never heard of it, but apparently it's better than Grim Fandango, so maybe I should check it out... but then I have to get a PlayStation, ah forget it.

The show is being repeated on April 16th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. I guess you can view it on the site, but I'm not sure if it's free or not.

Thanks to dave for the heads up.

Sunday, April 10, 2005
Bad Brain not publishing Vampyre Story Posted by: Haggis | Comments (5)
A Vampyre Story, the 2D point-and-click game by Bill Tiller's company Autumn Moon Entertainment, will not be published by Bad Brain. The two companies discontinued working together, which you can read about here. But this shouldn't be the end:

While the ending of this relationship introduces a delay in the production of A Vampyre Story, Autumn Moon expressed they are dedicated to bringing this title to market.

So keep an eye out for this great game, and to Bill Tiller and company: the best of luck in finding a new publisher.

Source: Adventure Gamers

Friday, April 1, 2005
This might not actually be a joke Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
In what appears to be an Adventure Gamers exclusive item, a new character from Bill Tiller's A Vampyre Story has been revealed. She's called Carpathia the Wolfwoman, and while it's April 1 today, it looks good. So even if it would be a joke, it does offer an interesting piece of Bill Tiller art (if that's what it is). Should be taken with a grain of salt until we know more, but then, it's not earth-shattering, so it might be true. I hate April Fools.

Source: Adventure Gamers, duh...

Monkey Island 5 announced Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (20)
Today LucasArts announced that they have begun development of Monkey Island 5... ah, who are we kidding? Everybody knows it's April 1st, we can fool you guys anymore.

Enjoy today and watch out for any odd news and behaviour from friends, family, and the media :)

Monday, March 28, 2005
Adventure games are dead? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (9)
Or so says Tim Schafer. But the interesting thing here is that he thinks graphics killed adventure games, or more specifically, 3D graphics. This sounds a bit strange out of the mouth of the man behind Grim Fandango... but I know some of you would agree, especially regarding Escape from Monkey Island. You can read about it right here, and here's a quote for ya:

Well, really, I would say graphics killed adventure games. The second we switched from text to graphic adventures, their days were numbered. When you're playing a text adventure game, the most amazing worlds and actions are possible, because the budget is always the same. Doesn't matter what the worlds are. But as soon as you have graphics, then they have to get better and better until it's just not economically possible to do it anymore.

Source: IGN

Monday, March 21, 2005
More on storytelling Posted by: Haggis | Comments (3)
It seems that storytelling in games is the way to go now. Gamespot has a nice-looking feature on this, interviewing several guys, including... Tim Schafer. Yes, again. Yes, he's everywhere. Anyway, one of the other people interviewed, Ragnar Tørnquist, had this to say (connecting this news update with Monkey Island, yay):

It's an obvious answer, perhaps, but the ones that have really stuck with me are the old-school adventure games: Loom, Day of the Tentacle, Monkey Island, the first Gabriel Knight. There were stories before that--good ones, too--but they didn't have the emotional resonance of those early-'90s graphic adventures. They weren't just great game stories; they were great stories, period.

Thursday, March 17, 2005
Seriously, it's time for news Posted by: Haggis | Comments (7)
Finally there is something worth writing about again. Not only did you, the readers of this site, need something new (this news post), but the gaming industry does as well, apparently. A panel, one of its members being Tim Schafer, says so, according to this Gamespy article. Go read it, it's rather interesting, and could stimulate game developers to either make some adventure games, or make other games less bland, storywise.

Friday, February 25, 2005
Freaky Friday fan art fun Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (4)
It's time for another fan art update and since Paco is in England I have to do this. Now, let's see how this works... if I pull this lever and bring this guy some feathers... Ah, here we go.

There's new art from fed27, Voodoo Girl, The Grog Master's, Nilsy, Hannu Mäkinen, BlackbeardTheScummPirate Captain Seabeard Msramboid BenzGi, Zetra, The Tragedy of Acker's Art, and last, but certainly not least, a marvelous new piece from Dan Lee.


Thursday, February 24, 2005
Tom Byron joins PlayStation magazine Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Not really spectacular news, but perhaps this name will ring a bell: Tom Byron. No? Well, he used to work for LucasArts, but now he will become Editor-in-Chief of the Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine, according to this press release, part of which reads:

Prior to joining Ziff Davis Media, he served as the Director of Product Marketing at LucasArts for 7 and-a-half-years, overseeing marketing efforts for a series of Star Wars titles as well as Grim Fandango and the Monkey Island series.

Monday, February 21, 2005
New Telltale adventure game Posted by: Haggis | Comments (21)
Yes boys and girls, the fine folks at Telltale have announced they will be releasing an actual adventure game at some point in the future. It's called "Bone," and it's based on the comics of the same name. I've personally never heard of the comics, but you can find out more about the game right here.

Source: Adventure Gamers

Ending of 'Rebellion: The Last Rebel' Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
McPirate has served up the last five chapters of his impressive novel "Rebellion: The Last Rebel". The last chapters include Chapter 3: The Trade Fleet, Chapter 4: The Nightmare Begins", Chapter 5: Awakening truth, Chapter 6: Honourable Booty Island, and Chapter 7: Reunion. If you like MI novels then you should definitely check out this well written story. If you've missed the first chapters you can start with the prologue here.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005
Monkey Island DS? UPDATED Posted by: Junaid | Comments (16)
Heya, Junaid here with some non-PotC news!

While browsing the Gamespot forums, I came across this interesting topic from a guy named 'Flamming'. Here's what he has to say:

The NGC Magazin UK made an interview with Lucas Arts about their future projects and plans:
Lucas Arts mentioned that they want to develop for the new Systems Xbox2 and Playstation3.
At the moment they are testing some Prototypes with the development kits and tools.
NGC UK was also asking if any possibility exist, that Lucas Arts will support the new handhelds from Sony and Nintendo.
"Lucas Arts wants to support the PSP and the Nintendo Ds. The abilities of the Nintendo Ds are great and the Developers have many ways to create new games", said Tom Sarris spokesman of Lucas Arts, " Lucas Arts have the chance to revive old classics." After the question "Which projects are planed?", they said they tested already a conversion of Monkey Island 3 for the NintendoDS. "But It is just an experiment phase" stressed Sarris, "Projects could be canceld. We were also discussing, if we shall convert The Secret of Monkey Island and Monkey Island 2. LeChucks Revenge in the Style of The Curse Of Monkey Island on the PC. But it depends on severel factors. We thought this Games already died, but we got many fanmails about new Adventures. Monkey Island and other Adventures are the perfect genre for the Nintendo DS. Maybe we could realize our old plans and release them on the Nintendo DS. After all we will see The Remakes of the first 3 Monkey Parts on Nintendos new handheld " he laughed. Than the NGC Magazin UK got some demonstrations.
More Information about the visit in the Lucas Arts main studio are going to be print in the next magazine.


He also posted 6 screenshots: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4, 5 , 6
Now, in my opinion, these pics could be photoshopped by any guy. But if you take a closer look at the 5th and 6th picture, you can see that the inventory is different from the Pc version. Also, the items don't glow up red like they do in these shots.

Later in the topic, another guy was browsing an online store and found something he made a screenshot of.

I really don't know if we can trust this information, but it would be very cool if this is all true!

UPDATE: Jup it's a hoax.... oh well...

Saturday, February 12, 2005
And it is... a card game? Posted by: Haggis | Comments (13)
We all have been waiting very impatiently for Telltale to announce their first adventure game. Well, the moment is here... sort of... The thing is, it's not an adventure game. But wait, they can explain everything, according to the latest Telltale Update:

Now, some of you may be saying, "I thought Telltale was going to revolutionize the adventure gaming genre!" And your thought would be right!

Telltale Texas Hold'em, stacked with personality, is our first step towards that goal. With this product we have created an entertainment experience with highly defined, engaging characters. We believe you can't revolutionize story based gaming without investing in rich character experiences and Telltale Texas Hold’em provides an appetizing taste of the healthy helpings to come!


Read more about the game here. Oh, and it appears that you can buy it through Adventure Gamers. Click here for more info on that.

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Something to read Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
Additions to the fan fiction section this evening include an updated version of Hande's Kevin Crowley & How I discovered the essence of a pirate: Memoirs of Jack Seagull 1670-1689 with fixes and new entries.

Added is also chapter two of "The Conquest of Monkey Island" by Sephi. It has a rather arubt ending, but check out chapter two anyway. You can check out chapter one as well.

Both these chapters have been sitting in my inbox for months. I apologize to the authors for not adding them earlier.

Lego Monkeys! Posted by: Cronny | Comments (3)
Romão Santos, AKA Merkel, has added to his amazing lego rendition of the Secret of Monkey Island.



Check out all of the photos at www.brickshelf.com

Edit: The new images has been added to the Lego Melee Island gallery which also features the earlier images of Romão Santos' work.

Saturday, February 5, 2005
Tim talks risks Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
No, this is not a Tim Schafer fan site. But GameSpy has gone through the trouble to write something down about the talk Tim Schafer gave at D.I.C.E. Especially this part is funny:

(Schafer kept the audience chuckling by not mentioning Lucsarts by name. He used code words throughout the presentation. The company was run by a guy he called "Joe Lupis," who had this great movie property called... "Space Battles." He also had a special effects house called "Mechanical Fire and Voodoo.")

Read the entire thing here.

Friday, February 4, 2005
Purcell art on display Posted by: Haggis | Comments (1)
According to this article, Hollywood will be the host of an interesting art show this April. Art based on video games will be on display, and among the artists is Steve Purcell. So be sure to drop by if you live/go there - it's from April 19 to May 18, and here's the site: http://www.iam8bit.net/.

Source: Kotaku

Tim talks Psychonauts Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
Click here to read the interview on IGN. What's that? Oh, you'd like to know what interview. Well... just an interview IGN did with Tim Schafer, bearded mastermind behind the soon-to-be classic video game Psychonauts. There's even some talk in there about a sequence which never made it into Full Throttle (perhaps explaining why it's a bit on the short side), and Tim is asked if he would have liked to make sequels to classic games like DOTT and Full Throttle. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 3, 2005
Dead Man's Plot Posted by: Junaid | Comments (5)
Walt Disney studio Chairman Dick Cook revealed new details about the two Pirates of the Caribbean sequels:

- The title Dead Man's Chest is confirmed to be the title.
- PoTC 2 will hit theaters summer of 2006, with PoTC 3 following in the summer of 2007.
- He said the plot goes as follows: "This time around, Johnny returns as Captain Jack Sparrow and is caught in yet another tangled web of supernatural intrigue. It turns out, Captain Jack owes a blood debt to the legendary Davey Jones, ruler of the ocean depths and captain of the ghostly Flying Dutchman. If Jack can't figure a crafty way out of this one, he'll be cursed to an afterlife of eternal servitude and damnation. And as if that weren't enough, Captain Jack's problems throw a huge wrench into the wedding plans of the blissful Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann, who quickly find themselves thrust into Jack's misadventures."

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Gore Verbinski, and stars Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom, and Keira Knightley are all back for both sequels. Naomie Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, and Alex Norton also recently joined the cast.


Source: Coming Soon!

Tuesday, February 1, 2005
Buy a car for Ron Gilbert Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (9)
This is the craziest, yet interesting and humorous, idea I have experienced in...well, ever. A devoted MI fan by the name of Oded Sharon has opened a website dedicated to raising enough money to buy a car for Ron Gilbert. Oded Sharon himself says:

There's something Ron Gilbert tends to complain about whenever someone mentions the comparison between the game industry and the movie industry. He says something like "if the game industry is so much like the movie industry, why don't we get the fame and fortune movie stars do ?".

This is such a unique experiment that I really hope it's a success. The current collected amount is $130, so head over to www.car4ron.com and donate.

Sunday, January 30, 2005
Fan fiction Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (0)
After eight months of hiatus Orphen341 (Formerly known as Marty Hooie) has submitted chapter eight of his novel "I went there".

After we ripped the map we reached land and went our separate ways. Three years later I was on the back porch of my father’s mansion sippin rum from a flask. I got drunk almost everyday. I was livin a good life.

Read the entire chapter here.

Saturday, January 29, 2005
No Sam and Max 2 Posted by: Haggis | Comments (2)
Bad Brain Entertainment has failed to take over Sam & Max 2. According to Bad Brain CEO Wolfgang Kierdorf, LucasArts just broke off negotiations. Their plan B is to talk to Steve Purcell about the license. You can show your support for this plan in this forum thread. And Gamespot is totally wrong - one of those examples where getting the scoop is more important than getting it right.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Bootstrap's bootstraps Posted by: Junaid | Comments (8)
Swedish actor Stellan Skarsgård has landed the role as Orlando Bloom's father 'Bootstraps' Turner in the "Pirates of the Caribbean" sequels slated to start shooting this year.

According to the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Skarsgård starts working on the project in February and will finish in December. "We are going to shoot around the Los Angeles area as well as in the Bahamas and the West Indies," says Skarsgård. "I'm playing the old pirate 'Bootstraps' Turner... it should be fun, I enjoyed the first one."

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer recently said he was also negotiating with Geoffrey Rush to return as Barbossa in a third "Pirates of the Caribbean" movie. Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley are all signed on to return, along with the director and writers from "Curse of the Black Pearl."

And am I the only one thinking Mr Skarsgård doesn't look anything like Orlando Bloom?

Update: Naomie Harris has also joined the cast. She will play a gypsy queen.

Source: Coming Soon!

Sunday, January 23, 2005
The Cottage Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (12)
On Wednesday Paco finished his short animated movie "The Cottage" about a man, his horse, and his road to heroism. Paco has worked on this animation for around six months if I'm not mistaken (and I probably am) and the result is a wonderful animated short with a interesting story and incredible art. There are so many subtle details and the animations are impressive and funny. Enough talking, download the movie here:

Large version (37.2 MB)
Medium version (18.8 MB)
Small version (8.6 MB)

The files are in .mov format, so if you don't already have it you need Apples QuickTime player to view the movie. (Be sure to download the free version). You can also check out background art, moving storyboards, and more from "The Cottage" at Paco's own site Pacomania along with his other works.

Related to this news is the announcement that Paco has left WMI and there will be no more updates to his MI1 comic...until he returns from England in three months that is. Paco got tired of Holland and journeyed to England yesterday to learn some animation and write naughty words on unsuspecting buildings.

Have fun in England Paco!

Friday, January 21, 2005
A Vampyre Site Posted by: Paco | Comments (0)
Following the absurd ammount of merchandising, Autumn Moon's A Vampyre Story now has its own website.
There's no real content there just yet, it's all 'coming soon', but hey, you can of course stare and drool over some amazing new artwork by Bill Tiller.

Source: Goldguysaffe

Dead man's chest? Posted by: Junaid | Comments (5)
Jerry Bruckheimer previously stated that the subtitle for PoTC2 won't be Treasures of the lost Abyss. Apparently, a guy from this site, overheard the screenwriters and other crew members talking about the real title, which will be Dead man's chest.

Some other PoTC sequel tidbits:
- Geoffrey Rush has not read the script yet, but he will in a few weeks.
- Chow-Yun Fat has a beard. Perhaps for the role he'll be playing in the sequels?
- Keith Richards (who will play Jack Sparrow's father) will not be in the second movie.

Source: Animated News

Simon Jeffery lives! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (0)
One of our heroes from the LucasArts golden age, when their games were still actually good, is back, only now he's the COO of SEGA of America, according to this press release. Quote:

In the role of president and COO for SEGA of America, Simon Jeffery will direct SEGA's software gaming businesses in North America, including overseeing all product and business development, marketing, sales, operations and content. Previously, Jeffery served as president of LucasArts Entertainment Company, vice president of marketing for Virgin Interactive Entertainment and in various management roles at Electronic Arts.

It's of course highly unlikely that Sega will start producing Monkey Island games, but at least we know the fate of this LucasArts veteran, who didn't get the chance to bring us MI5.

Monday, January 17, 2005
Purcell on the wall Posted by: Paco | Comments (6)
The Mojo has posted 2 digital photos they received from Steve Purcell. And they are not from his family trip before I lose your interest completely. They're from the front cover paintings of LeChuck's Revenge and the Edison family portrait from the back of Maniac Mansion. Stunning artwork indeed.

Update: Jake was kind enough to make a cleaned up version of the LeChuck's Revenge box artwork: HERE and a slightly smaller version HERE.

A Fresh Legend Posted by: Paco | Comments (1)
The Legend of Monkey Island has had a face-lift and it looks absolutely fabulous, honey. I'd say she looks at least 10 years younger.
In other words; go now and admire their refreshing new design.

A Vampyre Shop Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
Bad Brain has opened their online shop! You can buy everything from 'A Vampyre Story' over there; from bumper stickers to *ahem*..dog t-shirts (no kidding). So check it out and buy, buy, BUY!

Thursday, January 13, 2005
Bad Brain goes interactive Dutch style Posted by: Paco | Comments (6)
The German publisher of Bill Tiller's A Vampyre Story, Bad brain Entertainment, has announced it's next interesting development and publishing partnership. This time with Synthetix Interactive from the Netherlands. You may already know these guys from the point & click adventuregame "Unnamed Project Joe". Be sure to download a demo of this game through their website.

Source: Adventure Island

'But you have heard of me. ' Posted by: Paco | Comments (2)
Apparently, quite a few guests exiting Disneyworld's version of "Pirates of the Caribbean", have recently been heard to grumble:
"What a rip-off. Cap'n Jack's nowhere to been seen in that ride."
Jim Hill Media reports Disney has decided to add an audio-animatronic Captain Jack Sparrow figure, supposedly voiced by Johnny Depp himself, to the attraction at Walt Disney World. In addition, the studio is considering holding the premiere for Pirates of the Caribbean 2 at the theme park. Read all about it at Jim Hill Media.

Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Turn up the speakers Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (5)
Marius Finnstun is back with a new acoustic MI song, including some mandolin this time. It's the Outlook theme and it's quite longer than the last one, but it sounds just as good :) Listen to it here.

Edit: Link fixed.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005
Monkey Island movie?! Posted by: Haggis | Comments (6)
In a surprise event that will upset the movie history world forever, some ex-Lucas-something employee has revealed that a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, at least two people simultaneously worked on a Monkey Island movie (where working means drawing a couple of pictures and creating a script).

Official (?) pictures:
LeChuck & crew
Skull Island
Elaine & crew

If you asked me (I know you wouldn't, but who cares), it seems as if LucasArts decided that this wouldn't work at all for a movie, but since they had all this stuff lying around anyway, they made it into the computer game The Curse of Monkey Island, in stead of the movie by the same title.

Source: The Monkey Island SCUMM Bar

Tuesday, January 4, 2005
Music for your ears Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
Marius Finnstun has submitted a short acoustic version of the Scumm Bar theme to our Fan Music section. It sounds great, but unfortunatly it is indeed very short. You can snatch it here.

Sunday, January 2, 2005
Monkey Island script Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (2)
We usually don't mention scripts in our news section unless they've been added to the Fan scripts section and this isn't quite complete yet, but it's so darn good I just have to mention it.

Corey 'Small Frozen hamster' Atad has started writing a script for "The Secret of Monkey Island" and would like some feedback before he continues with part I. The writing is very good and the layout of the script is proffesionel as well so I hope you check it out here and give him some feedback.

Saturday, January 1, 2005
It's 2005 Posted by: Dalixam | Comments (1)
A new year has begun and things are returning to normal starting with the return of the Marooned design as the default look of the site. The holiday design will shortly return as a design choice in your user options. (You might have to refresh your browser's cache if you still don't see the Marooned design.)

We hope you all had a great holiday and our thoughts go out to all the victims and their loved ones of the terrible natural disaster in South Asia. If you want to help you can donate money to American Red Cross here.


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