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It's testing time again for ScummVM!

This time there's a boatload of new games supported: Alice: An Interactive Museum, The Crimson Crown: Further Adventures in Transylvania, Crusader: No Remorse, Grim Fandango, L-ZONE, Little Big Adventure, The Longest Journey, Myst III: Exile, Nightlong: Union City Conspiracy, Oo-Topos, Private Eye, Red Comrades Save the Galaxy, Red Comrades 2: For the Great Justice, Spaceship Warlock, Tri-3D-Trial, and Transylvania.

It also includes dozens of text adventure games created with Glulxe and hundreds of games created with Adventure Game Studio.

So get out your Grim Fandango discs, download Maniac Mansion Deluxe, or try any of the other hundreds of games that need testing during this testing period and report any issues you find on ScummVM's issue tracker.

You begged, you bartered, and as Mojo loves you, Mojo has provided the Mojo Forums. That’s right, party like it’s 2001 with good, old-fashioned posting boards.

So what do we got? Well, these are a continuation of the old LucasForums, so if you had an account there, you’re good to go here. Otherwise click the "Sign Up" button (it’s under the hamburger menu if you’re using your phone) to get rocking. All the old forums can be viewed in read-only mode; for new stuff we have a brand new board.

So why are you reading this when you could be posting your heart out? Be part of the Mojo Community – we are sure it will be very, very active!

And remember, these kind of updates would not be possible without the help of you, our dear Patreon contributors. If you still haven't had the chance to love Mojo back, why not do so now, with a healthy contribution to the Mojo Fund!

Do you remember Legend of Monkey Island? Of course you do, and as you probably know, the site has been offline for nearly a decade. Until now. The web site, possibly best known for its library of Monkey Island animated GIFs, is back with a new design, one that even is responsive. A first among the old Monkey Island fan-sites, and what I can personally only consider a slap in my face.

So, that means two of the classic fan-sites are alive -- The SCUMM Bar too, of course. Get World of Monkey Island going again, and we really can party 2002-style.

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For those who don't Twitter:

That's two hours from now, so find a comfy chair.

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It only just relaunched, but samandmax.co.uk is doing something no one could have ever predicted from a modern-day Sam & Max fan site: reliable updates and actual content.

The unnatural activity began just a few days ago, when the site published an exclusive new interview with David Nowlin, the voice of Sam since 2006. They even got him to admit that "there has been some talk about some things here and there" with regard to future Sam & Max projects, so time to act like you're still a university student and get excited about that on the internet.

Mere hours ago, the restless fan site also reported on a second wave of Sam & Max action figures from Boss Fight Studio, which will consist of The Rubber Pants Commandos and Scuba Max. As for the first wave, both the Sam and the Max figures are still available for pre-order. Low on funds? Why not enter Sam & Max.co.uk's contest for a chance to win Max?

I don't know if there's any competition between Sam & Max fan sites these days, but I do know who's losing. In their neglectfulness, Jake and Metallus have allowed themselves to be usurped by a bunch of upstart monarchists from across the ocean. Being confirmed mercenaries, we at Mixnmojo are only too happy to forge an alliance with the winning side, so all hail the definitive, and some would say only, Sam & Max fan site of the modern era.

No no, not the game, nor Unofficial… -- though we’re sure it’s right behind -- but Sam & Max.co.uk. They have a new design and content (allegedly), not to mention forums. It's all delicately old school, so check 'em out.

Who knows, maybe we will get out forums back one day? (Zaarin)

Our own Benny thought you should all check this out. Behold the laudable work of "Dude 27th":

Benny would have told you this himself, but the torrid fortune he's raked in from Quick and Easy Software over the years has enlarged his head, and at this point he exclusively communicates with his fellow Mixnmojo staffers in the form of snail mail dispatched through an elaborate network of high-priced attorneys. So it's left up to me, a man of the people, to pass the word along.

Edit: And because we're unstoppable lunatics who just can't help ourselves, here's a link to the mod to you can track its progress and support its creator.

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Look, it's a slow news day: Chris Remo and Jake Rodkin and, hell, Psychonauts co-writer Erik Wolpaw are currently part of a group Ask Me Anything on Reddit. They're talking about Half-Life: Alyx, which adds another notch on Jake Rodkin and Sean Vanaman's popular video game franchise belts. Monkey Island 5? Those two. Half-Life: Not Quite 3 But Maybe? Those two. I can only assume they'll be resurrecting Silent Hill or Grim Fandango next. Which you can ask them about here on our obligatory second link. I'd be stoked as hell for it if I had a halfway chance of using VR soon.

Sure, Tales of Monkey Island might be scrubbed from the internet, but does that really matter now that The Fan Game - Back to the Future Part III: Timeline of Monkey Island is done and ready for download (albeit for PC only)? We say "yes," but run and download it anyway.

The Fan Game - Back to the Future Part III: Timeline of Monkey Island they call it, and it looks right about as wacky as it sounds.

From what I understand, you follow Marty back to the times of Monkey Island in an alternate timeline from the original games. I mean, of course it’s alternate; that’s the effect of time travel. Anything else would be crazy.

A demo and all is apparently available: More on Twitter

(Thanks to Benzo for the original heads up on this.)

Look, I’m on a crappy connection here in the middle of the Atlantic, so I have no idea if “Return of the Tentacle”, a DOTT fan made sequel, is any good. But those crazy Germans are doing their thing again, at least, so check it out. It’s even in English, though the translations on the website seem a bit... creative.

It’s Friday, and seeing you’re reading this instead of doing anything worthwhile, what better time to jump on the nostalgia train? A few years back, our very own elTee made this little video, featuring LeChuck’s Revenge in EGA and internal speaker mode.

Largo’s theme is particularly trippy . . .

elTee is in the middle of writing up a larger article on his adventures with the floppy version of Monkey Island 2, so stay tuned!

And we’re talking right on the day, too, October 30th: As part of the Game Music Festival, the Bartosz Pernal Big Band will perform the Grim Fandango soundtrack, with McConnell joining in. Run and grab your tickets.

The only caveat is that this takes place in Poland, but either way, that’s what planes are for. Tickets!

AlfredJ brings word of sad news: Martin "Bucky" Cameron, a name many should recognize from various LucasArts credits, has passed away. For us, he might have been best known as a Secret of Monkey Island artist and animator. Schafer tweets he, among other things, was responsible for the rather epic Voodoo Lady animation. That alone is enough to make "Bucky" an unsung hero in the Mojoverse.

Our condolences to his family and friends.

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Oh, whatever, here you go, for real. Curse of Monkey Island in glorious CD quality . . .

And what a good time to mention our Patreon pledges, which now have been reduced to us tethering on going into the red. We have plenty of music and other things coming up, and are humbly asking you to help us finance our server costs. Pledge to your Mojo today!

And god knows why I’m the one posting these, but here we are. Aptly titled "Rumor Hast It", this cue teases upcoming, rumored, higher quality tracks. Allegedly. But what do I know? Shoot the messenger, and go get teased!

Once in a while, not often, but once in a while, Zaarin chooses to open his treasure box, and share some of the morsels he has hidden in it. Like today, when he has decided to rain upon you a classic song: The Curse of Monkey Island theme, in glorious CD quality sound. Feel free to grab an MP3, or YouTube it.

And you're welcome!

In these parts, we consider Sam & Max: The Devil’s Playhouse to be the pinnacle of Telltale’s achievements. You may or may not agree, but if nothing else, I’m sure you, too, consider Jared Emerson-Johnson’s soundtrack the best in the trilogy.

It’s odd, then, that Telltale decided not to release an OST from the game, as it had with the previous two seasons. Fear not, though, as we have taken action into our own hands (eight-ish years later) and compiled the soundtrack for you. We give you:

Load them up to the media player of your choice, and dream of what once was.

Back in the day, we received enough fan-content for there to be multiple hosted sites dedicated to it. It was great -- this site wrote itself.

Fast-forward to the present, and things have pretty much entirely dried up. Until now. You know Andrea Boscarino from the comments as AndywinXp -- presumably he still stands behind Microsoft's seminal operating system -- and he has re-recorded The Secret of Monkey Island soundtrack in the style of Curse of Monkey Island. For real! Even better, you can use the tracks in ScummVM to get the real experience. Or just listen to the soundtrack by itself. Downloads:

The latter can be dunked into the "Monkey1\audio" folder -- typically located somewhere under "Program Files (x86)". And that's about it. I haven't tried it with the game yet, but I'm sure it's awesome. The music sounds great at least. And let us not forget credits:

The Secret of Monkey Island: Cursed!

  • Tracks rearranged and performed by Andrea Boscarino.
  • Special thanks to Alberto "Albo Abourt" Abate for his precious arrangement advices for track 8. Check out his YouTube channel.
  • Soundbank file by Benzo.
  • And, of course, original music composed by Michael Z. Land, with Barney Jones, Andy Newell and Patrick Mundy.

Got any creations you want us to know about? Email webmonkey@mixnmojo.com and you might achieve fame and fortune!

Sometimes one reads one's RSS feeds, and one is surprised at seeing familiar names. This was the case when a certain "Junaid" popped up over at Cartoon Brew. Correctly deducing there is only one "Junaid" in the world, I decided this is the man you knew not just from Mojo, but also World of Monkey Island. Now he has hit the big time with the animated short, "Short But Sweet".

The movie, described as “a young hero has to embark on an epic quest to save a princess from an evil villain, all within an absurd short amount of time” is pretty delightful, so go watch it over at Cartoon Brew.

Mojo probably should demand royalties for singlehandedly having made our readers arteésts.

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