A grab bag of news

Let’s just dive into it:

First, Video Game History Foundation will be hosting a fireside chat with Ron Gilbert in celebration of [mi]’s thirty year anniversary. Anecdotes will be told, cut scenes from the two first games shown, and Q&As will be had. Tickets are $10; event takes play on Friday, October 30th, 1 pm PDT. Go get tickets and then read The Verge’s story on the event.

The Limited Run Monkey Island boxset is coming. For $160 you’ll get all five games, and a bunch of stash, as explained on Twitter:

And finally, enjoy this Monkey Island documentary, because why the hell not?

Come chat on our forums

That’s right our forums, last seen over at LucasForums, are back, this time fully shared with Mojo. Even a day in, Monkey Island chats are going (what is your favorite game in the series?), and more is sure to come.

So go chat!

NB! The email verification system for new account verification is currently down, so we’re approving accounts manually for now. Just be patient.

That Monkey Island book cover

Speaking of Nicolas Deneschau -- author of the talkie prototype article -- he is also the author of the French Monkey Island book, Les mysteres de Monkey Island: à l'abordage des pirates! You can get the book on Amazon, but if you just want to stare over the Steve Purcell cover, well here you go, courtesy of Nicolas…

Cover of Monkey Island book

And another one…

Alternate cover of Monkey Island book

Limited Run! Updates! Why not?!

Much like The Legend of Monkey Island, we have the COVID funk here, so let’s write an update. Hell, we might even make some more additions here and there to the site, because we feel MILegend threw the gauntlet down with its new design. Oh, yes, The Legend of Monkey Island is back! After the timely* demise of World of Monkey Island, the balance has been restored, and two of the old-school Monkey Island sites are as active as… well, not active at all.

So what else do we got? Limited Run will release an anthology box with the first four Monkey Island games this fall. How about that? More over on Twitter.

Tales of Monkey Island is back on Steam and GOG, in case you’re in need of another copy.

A prototype of a voice-over LeChuck's Revenge exists…

What else? That is it for now. Follow us on Twitter for more**.

* Hands up if you remember petty site rivalries!

** There will be no more.

We rename the site

Or at least we could after reading this Mojo post, where it is revealed that The SCUMM Bar theme is not an original recording, but rather a retread of an old standard . . .

You learn something every day.

Update! And now Stan's theme, too?

First, Curse of Monkey Island is actually back for sale. Run over to Steam or GOG and you can grab the game for Windows and -- what the hell?! -- macOS.

Over at Mojo we have posted a re-recorded MI1 soundtrack in the style of CMI, which you can use with ScummVM and the Special Edition. It sounds pretty awesome.

The SCUMM Bar -- We’re Not Above Updating Now and Again™.
Fun fact! The longest wait between Monkey Island games -- 3,164 days -- was between EMI and TMI... Until now! Today it has is 3,174 days since Tales... was released.

And that is a SCUMM Bar fact!

A quick note

I just updated a bunch of the framework for the site, getting the ol' Bar into the vicinity of something that sometime in the future might just be proper HTML5. The ultimate goal is to get the site working properly on mobile. How novel, right?!

Anyway, if anything looks off, please give us a shout over on Twitter: @thescummbar.

Hey, an update!

Remember the promises I made last year? Yeah, they never were going to happen! Or not yet, at least. We're old and slow after all.


Over at the ol' Mojo we've added some updates that probably will interest you, and which will be part of the convergence of the two sites we promised… 12 years ago. Promises are not our thing.

But, head over to this poll! Here you can vote for games you care about within the greater LEC canon, or, for that matter, games you don't like. It's a thumb up or down type of situation, and it's all part of Mojo's 20 year anniversary and our 21. The SCUMM Bar can legally drink in the US in 5 days.

Go and vote -- it is your civic duty after all.

The SCUMM Bar turns 20

Feeling old? I am.

The SCUMM Bar saw its light September 17th, 1996. That’s the September 17th, 20 years ago. Mr. Ian “Skyfox” Biggar ran the site for six years; I’ve had the great-ish pleasure doing it for 14 years. In less than two weeks, 20 is a reality.

We technically killed the site in 2005, but have of course had some of our larger batch updates over the last couple of years. Look through the menus on the left for your browsing pleasure. (Jason, apparently, enjoyed the TMI MP3s.)

So! We’re going to celebrate this! Not celebrate Jason, but 20 years of the site. Starting over the next few months, we will, in cooperation with Mojo—where you’ve found us over the last 10 years—publish five articles, each about one of each game in the old Monkey Island series.

This will not be like the Secret History series over at Mojo, but more a history and flashback for those of us who were there during the releases at the time. Yes. I was there. Shut up. I’m old.

A few “secrets” will be spilled. Having done this for a while, I know a few small nuggets that accidentally have not come out, probably because they were too boring. And! Maybe you have some questions you want answered about the games, or the site. They could potentially be answered! Send a tweet to @mixnmojo and we’ll consider it.

20. Youch… We’re old, but so is a matured bottle of wine.

Thanks to all the staff who contributed over the year, particularly Skyfox for starting the site, and Gabez for keeping it alive when the rest of us burned out. Benzo, Thrik, elTee, Mapzo, Captain Mystery… You did fine. Not great, but you're still mentioned. ;D

Monkey Island turns 25

I mean, holy crap, right? Ronzo has some good anecdotes about it over at Grumpy Gamer, so check that out.

Meanwhile, as LFN has taken its final(?) nosedive, most every old-school Monkey Island site is down. We did, of course, move Mojo to a new server, so there's that, but yes... Dark times.

And your old friend the SCUMM Bar is turning 19 on the 17th. I kid you not. 19. Nineteen. Feel appropriately old now.