Adventure Gamers' ongoing Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time is drawing to a close, with The Secret of Monkey Island earning the #2 spot. So what could possibly be the best adventure game of all time according to Adventure Gamers? Check back to the site tomorrow and find out.

So, it seems LucasForums has been down for more than a day now, eh? You're probably wondering what's going on. Here's how it breaks down: Basically, LucasForums is in the process of moving to its own, more powerful server. And it's for real this time.

This will mean better loading speed for many Mojo/LFN sites that had shared bandwidth and server space with this bloated-but-lovable community site. It also means that some (possibly) sorely missed forum features such as the search function, the option to put images in signatures, and others may make a triumphant return in the near future.

As of this very moment, the LFNetwork webjedis/monkeys are hard at work getting this sucker configured, and are ironing out the final snags and bugs. Although the downtime has been a bit longer than predicted, we're expecting LucasForums to be back up and running within the next day. Apologies for the interruption in service!

Update: Yar.. it be back! Go visit!

Anyone out there who's vaguely, even remotely interested in the upcoming massivly-multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided should check out SW Galaxies' latest feature. It's a weekly newsletter, put together for those of us who might not be motivated enough to keep up with SWG-related news or the daily goings on in the SWG community scene. This newsletter, which will appear every Saturday, will roll up the latest game/community news into one big helping, so be sure to check it out over 'ere.

Is Adventure Gamers' Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time list making you nostalgic for the old LucasArts titles? Well, close your copy of Kazaa and stop annoying the people in the #monkey-island chat room, because now you can buy many of those games at super low prices.

For those of you living in the US, Micro Center is offering many LucasArts games for only $4.99 each. This price applies to titles like The Curse of Monkey Island, Escape From Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, Indiana Jones and the Infernal Machine, and many more. Check 'em out!



Hope all of you had a Merry Christmas, and we now bring you back to your "regularly" scheduled news updates.

Adventure Gamer's controversial Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time feature continues on with more LucasArts titles earning spots on the list. Sam and Max Hit the Road comes in at #8, Grim Fandango lands at #7, and Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis is ranked #6. I, however, still maintain that Monkey Island 2 was completely robbed at being ranked #18 on the list, but I digress...

Keep checking back to Adventure Gamers in the next week to find out what the top 5 adventure games ever made may be.

LucasArts was kind enough to send the Mixnmojo staff a very nice Christmas card via postal mail with the art from the official website. We've gone ahead and scanned the card at a high resolution (874 x 600 px) for your enjoyment. So... enjoy!

Other holiday greetings definitely worth checking out around the network include this Christmas wallpaper featuring many of your favorite LEC characters, courtesy World of MI drawn by the venerable Paco Vink. Also, the Mixnmojo Christmas card, with a santa hat drawn by Dan Lee and some bad humor from Jake.

According to Friday's update of, the site will feature musical clips from the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb live orchestral score in January.

The site will also show pictures from the recording sessions as well as tidbits from composer Clint Bajakian, similar to our own feature article.

Oh, and there's a new screenshot up on the official site as well.

GameSpyDaily has some new RTX Red Rock screenshots for you to check out. The oddest of the bunch is this one, featuring an old man that Marek calls "the professor." My question is: why does the old man have the Marathon (and by definition Halo) logo on his nametag? Injoke or placeholder? Probably the latter. Also check out EZ Wheeler's eyeware.

Sam &, former host of The Unofficial Sam & Max Website and Snuckey's, has consolidated into one big site, which mysteriously just resembles The Unofficial Sam & Max Website, and bears no resemblence at all to Snuckey's.

"Fear not, loyal citizens," said Metallus, self-titled co-webmaster of, "all of the features you enjoyed on Snuckey's such as... well... Mercatfat's episode reviews will certainly be appearing on the new site."

Check out the renovated Unofficial Sam & Max Website for an all new Christmas card painting by Steve Purcell, some video clips from the Sam & Max TV series, Purcell Pixar updates, and more.

And here we go:

Star Wars Galaxies Internet Community Has Swelled to Nearly 400,000 Registered Members in Anticipation of Massively Multiplayer Online Game's Release

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. and SAN DIEGO -- December 20, 2002 -- LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC and Sony Online Entertainment Inc. today announced April 15, 2003 as the confirmed release date for the massively multiplayer online game Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided. This highly awaited first installment, which combines Star Wars?, one of the world's most popular brands, with the proven game development expertise of Sony Online Entertainment, is expected to revolutionize online gaming by broadening its appeal to a mass audience.
So great is anticipation for Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, the game's Internet community has presently grown to nearly 400,000 registered members on its official web site,, since the site was launched in November, 2000. This represents one of the largest-ever fan communities amassed for any game prior to retail availability.

"Through the launch of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided this spring, which we liken to that of a blockbuster movie opening, LucasArts will deliver on its promise to transform online gaming into mainstream entertainment," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "We are extremely confident about the long term strength of the Star Wars Galaxies brand and its potential to redefine online gaming."

"As the leader in the exploding online gaming industry, we are applying our expertise in massively multiplayer online product development and technology to ensure the long term success for Star Wars Galaxies and give Star Wars fans the experience they are looking for," says John Smedley, president of Sony Online Entertainment.

Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided for Windows PC will simultaneously immerse thousands of players into a persistent online recreation of the Star Wars universe, as portrayed in the classic Star Wars film trilogy. The series will feature dynamic adventures throughout the galaxy during the classic Star Wars timeframe. Game play will offer a unique combination of combat, exploration, social interaction, specialized missions, and daring quests. Beyond this April's release of Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, LucasArts and Sony Online are planning to expand the gaming experience to encompass space combat and galactic exploration.

Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided recently entered the second phase of beta testing and is nearly system and feature complete. The third phase of beta is expected to begin in early 2003.

About LucasArts
LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide. Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet at, LucasArts is one of five companies in the Lucas group which include Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, Lucas Licensing Ltd., and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities. Lucas Digital, which consists of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound, provides visual effects and audio post-production services to the entertainment industry. Lucas Licensing is responsible for the merchandising of all Lucasfilm's film and television properties. Lucas Online is a digital destination for entertainment, education, reference and e-commerce for Lucasfilm's intellectual properties and business units.

About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), the online gaming division of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming that creates, develops and provides online entertainment for the personal computer, console, wireless, and online markets. With more than 13 million registered users, SOE's award-winning website, The Station? ( hosts a variety of entertaining games and player communities spanning numerous genres. In addition to blockbuster hits EverQuest? and Jeopardy! Online, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development such as PlanetSide?, Star Wars? Galaxies?, EverQuest? II, and the world's premier online-only console game for the PlayStation?2, EverQuest? Online Adventures?.
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As seen at The SCUMM Bar, the famed "Best of LucasArts Soundtracks" audio CD is now available for purchase in Europe, thanks to German online retailer SynSoniq. Now stop bugging me for MP3's! (people in the US and Canada can still get the CD here)

Hopefully what has happened here is that North America has offered to trade Europe some copies of the Best of Soundtrack CD in exchange for some copies of The Entertainment Pack adventure compilation, but that has yet to be seen

(Closed!) Here's your chance to become famous! Well, not really, but you should participate anyway. We at Mixnmojo have been granted an exclusive interview with the producers of Hal Barwood's upcoming action adventure, RTX Red Rock.

If you would like to submit your own questions, please leave a comment on this post or send a Mojo Message to telarium and we will pick the best ones. Keep in mind that most of these questions will be answered by the producer Reeve Thompson, but if you'd like to submit a few questions to Hal Barwood as well, he may just surprise us and answer a few of them. Note the emphasis on "few."

Submit your questions now!
39 has whipped up this online Christmas card for the holiday season. The image features Max, R2D2, EZ Wheeler, Jango Fett, Ursula, Ben, and others riding a motorcycle through a winter wonderland. The image is pretty well, done, so be sure to took a look!

Edge, alledgedly the UK's leading games magazine, has a few Lucas based articles this month, starting with a review of Bounty hunter which I think may be a little too harsh, but has some good points. The game is given 2/10
Technically it's a mess, forcing Edge to dig out Shadows of the Empire for N64 to confirm that Bounty Hunter's horribly bland textures and level architecture are only marginally superior to those of a six-year-old title.
They rip on the game for a further few paragraphs.
Star Wars Galaxies gets a warmer welcome however in the prescreen section
With the last batch of utterly awful LucasArts games out of the way, could it be that the 'Star Wars' licence is about to strike back?
There are some screenshots that we have probably all seen before, but that quote stuck in my mind.

Our good old friends Gamespot have got themselves a shiny preview of Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, it contains a bunch of new screenshots and impressions from the Xbox version of the game. No amazing revelations so i'll just add this quote
The levels will also offer a bit of psychological torment in the form of breakaway floors and cave-ins that occur throughout the game. As a result, you'll find yourself thinking twice about snatching relics you find laying out in the open.
If Shortround is in this game im going to take great pleasure in punching his face in...... =P

The Guardian online is running an article entitled "Two can play that game" Talking about the ever popular Hollywood and how much closer they work with games developers these days. The article discusses the theory of a good game-of-a-film and focuses on the achievments of the games and films of Lord of the Rings, Spiderman and(this is where it becomes relevant) Star Wars.
The Game of the Film hasn't always been well received, but Hollywood is rapidly learning that the game-playing public has high standards. [snip]

According to Simon Jeffery, president of computer game house Lucas Arts, the processes of game making and film making have become tightly intertwined: "When George is putting a script together he works with us to see what sequences will make good games."
The article goes on to talk about how LucasArts use ILM and Skywalker sound for their games, And we get some more lovely Simon quotes about both Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, and Bounty Hunter

The article also quotes my boss, Mr Algy Williams of Babel Media, so you can look forward to that also! :)

So then... who was responsible for this? it's got to be one of you :) this character for the popular RPG online blah blah game Never Winter Nights, is based on the one and only Mr Guybrush Threepwood! Now all you wannabe pirate RPG fans out there can parade about in your own fancy pants. Hooray!

The SCUMM Bar reports that after a long disappearance, LucasArts is once again selling the Monkey Madness compilation CD at the LucasArts company store. So, any US or Canadian customers interested in finally being able to own both Monkey Island 1 (with the CD audio tracks) and 2, now's your chance.

Rumors suggest that Monkey Madness may have been re-added only because Remi whined at reminded asked someone about it.

Everyone's favorite hat stand, The Wibble Wobble Hat-stand, has a page dedicated to the recently discovered LucasArts adcenture classic compilation, "Entertainment Pack" (see our previous story). Take a look at the page on WWHS to learn about what was updated for XP and 2K compatibility, and take a look at some of the improved visuals (some say they're improved) with a couple screenshots of Full Throttle and Sam & Max. Check it out.

Greetings everyone. It's time again to cast your votes for another El Poll Diablo. We're making a return to nostalgia-mode with this week's question: Which Mojo section do you miss the most? Choose carefully. :)

Last week's poll results are in! Indy Jones won in a landslide (41%), followed by a non-existant game starring everyone's favorite tester (22%), with Knights of the Old Republic coming in third (15%).

Around this time every year, someone in the #monkey-island chat room (now located on puts together a little survey asking about the funniest moment in the chat room, who the most annoying member is, and many other weird questions. The results of the survey are often amusing and a great way to waste time when you should be doing something more productive.

If you're a current or former regular of #monkey-island, be sure to stop by and fill out the survey at this location.

Aye Tis true! There be some shiny new Gladius screen shots over at Worthplaying that show off some fun things like monkey men and flaming swords (how Biblical)

On another Note, Tom Sarris, Mr PR was on TV last night here in the UK. However, I do not know what channel or what he had to say! Anyone see it?

Update (telarium): These new Gladius screenshots are up on as well.

According to Adventure Gamers, the latest issue of PC Zone includes an interview with LucasArts Public Relations guy Tom Sarris. In the interview, Tom discusses Full Throttle 2 and the potential for more LucasArts sequels. Here's a highlight:
There'll definately be another Monkey Island game. You've seen four incredibly well-done versions of Monkey Island, and there's an immense amount of stories that remain to be told within that series. And not only that series -- I mean Grim Fandango especially, we'd love to revisit that one day. Sadly, Tim Schaffer probably won't be involved, but we don't think that means the property has to suffer at all.
Poor Tim... always getting his last name misspelled. Check out Adventure Gamers for more highlights from the interview as well as a screenshot of a 3D Ben standing outside of The Kickstand.

Star Wars Galaxies may help rejuvenate the sluggish PC market, according to an article published in USA Today. The story recognizes both The Sims Online and Galaxies as being highly anticipated products that may be a shot in the arm the neglected PC market needs to get back on track. Here's a quote:
Still, The Sims Online ($49.95 for the software; $9.99 a month for Net play), along with Star Wars Galaxies: An Empire Divided, due this spring, "have been deemed the great hope for PC gaming," says Rob Smith of PC Gamer magazine. "The hope is that The Sims Online will introduce an audience that's been unaware of or uninterested in other PC games to the rest of the market."
Ah, the PC game market... we hardly knew ye.



You'd think we'd be all over it when a massive update occurs on the LucasArts 20th Anniversary site, but it seems we missed it this time around!

First off, in the LucasArts Theatre you can find a nice 320x240 version of the old Curse of Monkey Island trailer AVI that was released a few months before the game originally came out. Yes, the one featuring wacky overly synthesized placholder music, and the little "Elaine!" bit of cutscene that never showed up in the real game.

Second, we get part four of the History of LucasArts, which covers EMI, Indy and the Infernal Machine, the whole slew of Episode 1 titles, and some other classics like X-Wing expansions and Rogue Squadron, and current titles like Bounty Hunter and Rogue Leader. History!

And third, we're treated to a Q & A with Larry Holland, the CEO of Totally Games, who worked with LucasArts to create the air combat series (Secret Weapons of the Luftwaffe, etc), as well as the X-Wing series. He's back with them again working on an unnamed WWII flight combat game in the tradition of Luftwaffe.

Finally, we also get a storyboard from Outlaws.

Source: Incessant whining from Someone


First off, a word of warning to all: If you own an Epson inkjet printer, and your town is experiencing a ton of short storm-caused blackouts... turn off the printer. The power will inevitably switch on and off at 4 in the morning and your Epson will go through its 15 minute (noisy as Hell) warmup cycle.

But whatever. If you're going to be woken up at 4 AM, you'd hope to at least be greeted with some juicy Lucas dirt!

And now... the real news... or, as the case may be, a rumor that is, more likely than not, entirely true. Hot off the presses at Adventure Gamers is the scoop that LucasArts is in the process of making the "The Entertainment Pack," a collection of SCUMM (and GRIME) classics including Windows 95/98/Me/2K/XP compatible versions of Sam & Max Hit The Road, Full Throttle, The Dig, and Grim Fandango.


Yes, a pretty exciting rumor, especially for those who are scared to death of ScummVM. Really, though, the best guess going around is that The Entertainment Pack was mainly made to serve as a sequel primer, to bring new gamers up to date on the classics before they go out and buy Full Throttle 2, Sam & Max 2, et cetera.

Wacky things are afoot for sure. Goodnight!

Update: Adventure Gamers points out that the pack has shown up somewhere outside of rumors. Well, there it is. Wonder if it's UK/Europe only?

Source: Adventure Gamers


Apparently a (bi-)annual thing, Adventure Gamers has started a Top 20 Adventure Games of All-Time list. A new game will be added to the list each day until we get to December 31. The first game listed, game #20, is the LucasArts/Tim Schafer classic, Full Throttle. Click that link to hear what their writer thinks about the lovely FT.

I'd assume that we'll see many LucasArts games show up (and some other favorites I'm sure. After all, LucasArts only made a dozen or so adventures - they'll need to dig out some others I guess to pad the list), so keep a your eye on Adventure Gamers.

Update (Metallus): By day three, we're already seeing multiple LEC titles on this list! Here's how they stand so far:
  • 20. Full Throttle
  • 18. Monkey Island 2: LeChuck's Revenge
Yes, that's 2 out of the three total games listed so far. Hopefully we'll see some more of Guybrush and co. in the days to come!

RemiO of The SCUMM Bar points out that a new trailer for Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb can be found at Gamer's Hell. The new trailer shows more of the really cool fighting animation and brawling combat. It looks very, very sweet. I highly recommend checking it out here.

LucasArts issued a press release today concerning the recently launched LucasFiles, which is run by the LFNetwork. The press release summarizes the purpose of LucasFiles and quotes LucasArts President Simon Jeffery on how much he loves us all. God bless us, every one. Click below to read the full press release.<:MORENEWS:>

Officially Sanctioned Site,, Offers Fans Location to Create and Post Modifications of LucasArts Titles

SAN RAFAEL, Calif. -- December 11, 2002 -- Fans who create game modifications (mods) based upon characters and elements in titles by LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC can now post their works on the Internet at LucasFiles, which can be found at The new site, created by Lucas Fan Network (LFN),, an independent collection of web sites dedicated to LucasArts and its games, is an exclusive and sanctioned online location offering a variety of mods inspired by LucasArts titles. The LucasFiles database also hosts unique fan produced content, levels, and an array of other media.

"LucasArts is grateful to the Lucas Fan Network, whose enthusiastic and very dedicated members have created a distinctive online destination for fans of our games to showcase and share their creations with others," says Simon Jeffery, president of LucasArts. "The fan community is incredibly important to LucasArts and this site will provide them with a variety of ways to continue to celebrate their passion for the company and its games." LucasArts Entertainment Company LLC is a leading developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software worldwide.

Based in San Rafael, Calif., as well as on the Internet at, LucasArts is one of five companies in the Lucas group which include Lucasfilm Ltd., Lucas Digital Ltd. LLC, Lucas Licensing Ltd., and Lucas Online. Lucasfilm is one of the leading film and entertainment companies in the world. Lucasfilm's businesses include George Lucas' film and television production and distribution activities. Lucas Digital, which consists of Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) and Skywalker Sound, provides visual effects and audio post-production services to the entertainment industry. Lucas Licensing is responsible for the merchandising of all Lucasfilm's film and television properties. Lucas Online is a digital destination for entertainment, education, reference and e-commerce for Lucasfilm's intellectual properties and business units.

Jim Tso, LucasArts producer for the upcoming Indiana Jones and the Emperor's Tomb, has been interviewed yet again. IGN discusses the game's attributes with said producer and showcases some new screenshots. Here's a quote:
In terms of mission design, we wanted a fast-paced game with a good variety of things for the player to do. There's a lot of hand to hand combat, ranged combat and navigating around the environments. To a lesser degree, there are also the traditional puzzles and traps that Indy fans expect.
The new screenshots are pretty cool, so be sure to stop by IGN.

Ralgath has pointed out that a LucasArts 20th Anniversary Character Montage Longsleeve shirt is now for sale at the official LEC store.

The shirt features images of such characters as Elaine Marley, Manny Calavera, Ben from Full Throttle, the angel from Afterlife, Purple Tentacle, Indy, and more.

Check it out here, but of course, the shirt seems to only be available for those of you living in the US and Canada.

Our last poll has ended concerning what method you like to use for running old LucasArts adventure games. Running the games without any utilities came in at 37%, ScummVM took 33%, LEC Quick & Easy had 21%, and 9% of you didn't seem to know who we are.

A new poll has now been opened, asking this question: Which game being released in the near future are you most interested in? Go vote! It's your civic duty.

Last Friday's update of gave us some new screenshots for Hal Barwood's upcoming action/adventure, RTX Red Rock. True to what we've seen before, the new screenshots look very nice and continue to demonstrate the high level of detail put into the levels and environments. See them here!

Grand Flamingo sends word that the Grim Fandango Network has officially switched over to their new domain name: GFN is home to several of the best Grim Fandango information and multimedia web sites and is also the sponsor of the IRC channel

ZeroXcape, the founder of GFN, had this to say about the domain change: "Since early 1998, we have been trying to obtain this web address. Fortunately for us, everyone else seems to have lost interest!"

The current webmaster and overlord of GFN, Metallus, clarified, "We tried to have the domain launch correspond with our 4th birthday celebration, which was July 15th of this year... Well, at least we got it out before the site's next half-birthday."

ZeroXcape later went on to brag that GFN turns five this summer which makes it eligible for ScummVM support in the near future!

[ Visit The Grim Fandango Network ]

Anyone who doesn't know what IRC stands for should probably ignore this post.

Okay then, the rest of you, listen up. #monkey-island, the official unofficial Mixnmojo/Monkey Island IRC channel, is facing some technical difficulties due to malicious attacks on the host network, DALnet.

Because of this, the channel has been temporarily relocated to another IRC network, Axenet. (perhaps permanently) moved to the GamesNET IRC network. If you've got an IRC client, click here to connect to the new location.

I've monkeyed around with ScummVM 0.3.0 (released yesterday, see story) and taken some screenshots, especially of the user interface, which is new to this release (and will hopefully make it easier for everyone to use ScummVM to play their old games).

Not only does ScummVM let you play many LucasArts classics on modern computers (including Windows, Mac, Linux and some oddballs like PocketPC and Dreamcast), but it supports many newer sound and video settings not found in the original versions, and lets you run games full screen or in a window. Take a look:If none of those descriptions in parentheses make any sense to you, fear not. First, just look at the screenshots, because they're pretty cool, and second, check out the ScummVM Website, the ReadMe, and most importantly the download page.

Glenn Quinn, well known for his role on The WB's Angel died last Tuesday. The Irish actor, who played Pirate #5 in The Curse of Monkey Island and also had a role in X-Wing Vs. TIE Fighter was only 32 years old. Cause of death is not yet known. Check out his LAVAA entry, or see his filmography from

Update: According to authorities Quinn was found dead of a possible drug overdose on December third. An official cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology reports.

Jake called me from his car and said I should update Mojo saying that ScummVM has released 0.3.0b, and that he'll be home later (after a movie) to put up screenshots and write more about it or something.

To make your very own screenshots, go here and download ScummVM! I hear it even has instructions!

He won't tell me what movie he's going to see because he thinks I'll put it in the post. Hah.

Source: Jake in his car


Though probably old news to some, those of you thirsting for more "traditional" adventure games who haven't checked out Runaway: A Road Adventure should definitely give it a look. The graphics are amazingly nice, and the story sounds pretty good too. All that aside, there's a Puerto Pollo chicken in one of the screenshots. Check out some more screens of Runaway at EuroGamer, and some reviews here, and here.

Source: Adventure Gamers


IGN has posted a transcript from the last chat session with Bioware and LucasArts concerning Knights of the Old Republic. Here's a highlight:
How is the inventory handled? Can your characters carry only a few large objects each or can they hide an entire warehouse of stuff in their coat ? la Guybrush Threepwood?
JamesOhlen You can carry an entire warehouse.
JamesOhlen However, we're adding several containers on the Ebon Hawk where you'll be able to stash your loot.
JamesOhlen I don't know how useful these containers will be (with an unlimited inventory and all), but for those who want them, they'll be there.
Okay, so maybe that quote isn't very interesting, but we're legally obligated to write about anything that mentions Guybrush Threepwood. Be sure to read the full transcript for actual interesting info, though. This looks like it may be a really cool game.

Like it or lump it, The LFNetwork's massive online community, LucasForums, is celebrating the completion of its first year in existence.

I'd just like to give a special thanks to everyone from the Mojo community who made the effort to check it out. As many of you probably recall, LucasForums arrived during a pretty tough time in Mixnmojo history. We were all still reeling from the three months of downtime, and there were many adjustments that Mojo readers were put through.

Anyway, we are really grateful to those of you who stuck with it, and even dared to venture outside of the Mojo forums. So, thanks again!

Kevin O'Hara, Community Relations Manager for the massive Star Wars Galaxies online RPG, has posted a new message on the game's official forum. The bad news is that all of the invites for phase 2 beta testers have already been sent out, so if you haven't heard anything, then you're out of luck. Too bad, but hey, there's always phase 3! Read the thread for an inside peek into the beta testing process.

The self-aware news script over a Double Fine Action News has updated itself again. In this update, the news script continues to discuss its desire to take over the world, Purple Tentacle style. Check it.

Adventure Gamers has written a preview for the upcoming Full Throttle 2. While the preview doesn't reveal any new details, it does summarize all of the information we know at this point. If you feel you may not be up to date on the latest Full Throttle 2 news, this will give you all there is to know... well, publicly.

The SCUMM Bar has reviewed the recently released Tony Tough and the Night of Roasted Moths, exploring whether or not it will appeal to Monkey Island fans. As reported earlier, Tony Tough is a LucasArts-esque point and click graphic adventure developed by an Italian game company. Here's a snippet from the review:
The plot won't set the world on fire, the the puzzle might have no logic what so ever at times, the visuals are a mixed bag and the whole game might just be one big LEC rip-off, but that's all secondary because of two things: One ? Tony Tough is a very likable character in a sad, funny sort of way, very much like Guybrush Threepwood in CMI, and two - the humor, while somewhat predictable at times, is really funny in a silly sort of way. Add this together, and you have a game that is just pure fun to play.
Tony Tough is in stores now for PC.

With the Playstation 2 version of Star Wars Bounty Hunter now in stores, we've assembled some of the reviews for you:All reviews recognize the game for having a good story and amazing cutscenes animated by ILM. The main complaints thus far seem to be technical issues like AI problems and camera placement.

GameSpot also mentions that the game suffers from confusing level design and some tedious gameplay. With the reviews being mixed at this point, we'll just have to wait and play it ourselves.

The Gamecube version of Bounty Hunter will be in stores around December 5th.

Again, this isn't directly related to LucasArts, but you may find it interesting regardless. A really excellent teaser poster has been released for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean film, which is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name.

As we've mentioned many times, this theme park ride served as the main inspiration for the Monkey Island series, so the film will hopefully convey the same kind of atmosphere found in those games. This would be reinforced by the poster, which shows an undead skeleton pirate manning the wheel of a pirate ship. Cool!

IGN has posted the third installment of the designer diaries for Knights of the Old Republic, written by David Gaider of Bioware. Here, David discusses the ability to create your own character in the game:
For those players who yearn to play a Wookiee or some other species, be aware that while your main character has to be human you do have the option of switching control to any of the party members that join you during the course of the game. Want to switch to the Wookiee, tell the rest of the party to hang back while you tromp up ahead and deal out some savagery, Wookiee-style? Not a problem.
If you're interested in this upcoming Star Wars RPG, an online chat will be held this Thursday at 9 pm EST in which LucasArts and Bioware will answer questions. To attend, log on to the IRC server and join channel #ignvault.