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23rd May 2012: The Last Tale Has Been Told

Right, just finished Tales Of Monkey Island. Wow, what a ball ache, especially chapters 3 & 5. Frelling backwards and forwards looking everywhere and trying everything. Sheesh. It's not even that funny any more either. I think there's a bit of Red Dwarf syndrome going on with this series in that they should have let it die many years ago. Well, either that or make it better. By the end it was just so damn dull I can't even begin to describe. Oh well.
Here's some chapter 5 screenies:

Ghost Guybrish cops a whiff of ghost fart

Ghost Guybrish cops a whiff of ghost fart

Zombie Guybrish wants grog!

Zombie Guybrish wants grog!

Guybrish has trouble with the missus. Never liked the stuck up bitch anyway.

Guybrish has trouble with the missus. Never liked the stuck up bitch anyway.

Fork you, LeChuck!

Fork you, LeChuck!

15th May 2012: Maximum Random

Been playing a whole load of different and random stuff over the last month. Firstly, I got Obitus on the Amiga emulator working at last, and have plans for that for the future, but for now it's on the back burner.

My adventure through The Tales Of Monkey Island continues, though I had to leave it for a while during the third chapter, as the bit inside the manatee bored me to tears. But now I'm passed that and am well into chapter 4, and hopefully will have it done soon. I have encountered several strange little bugs throughout though. Late on in chapter one, while just mucking around trying to work things out, I tried to use a bomb on some statue-thing and the game told me: "These aren't the eyes I'm looking for" or something like that, which was very confusing and made no sense. The next one, which I think was in chapter 2, was when I was in a ship-to-ship fight, and a cannon ball fired by the enemy froze in mid air, hovering above my ship's deck, allowing me to walk around it. There have been other issues, mainly with the camera.

Guybrush's new balls

Guybrush's new balls

Even though I'm not fully done with Resident Evil 2 yet, I've already bought Resident Evil 3 and have got stuck into that. This time however, I decided to buy it on the PC, thinking that using a keyboard would make movement much easier than the awkward d-pad on the Playstation controllers. This has turned out to be true, though unfortunately it has also made the fighting parts more difficult, especially as RE3 is more fast paced than the first two. So I've downloaded some nifty bit of software so I can use the PS3 controller on my laptop for the next time I play it, and hopefully that will be a bit better. Bloody Nemesis. Unlike the first 2 though, I have no current plans to make mega maps for this one. I'm just playing it to get it done.

I haven't played Star Trek Online now for over a month. Last time I played it, me and Gallear surprisingly had a great laugh going through a few missions and had no bugs. He has since gone on to hit top level, so I really will have to get back into it soon, catch him up and try some end game stuff.

Mr. Gallear fights dirty

Mr. Gallear fights dirty

Break dancin

Break dancin

What the...?

What the...?

And then for some bizarre reason, last week I played through the Ghostbusters game again for about the fifth time, and have started Arkham City again.

As it's been about 6 years since my tower last got as much as a minor upgrade, a couple of weeks back I was looking at buying a first new PC for probably a decade (I don't count my cruddy laptop). I need to do some more research about all the new tech and exactly what it is I want. It's been a long time since I took any notice of IT advancements, and it's no longer Pentium Vs Athlon with AGP graphics like it was back when I knew what I was on about...

16th April 2012: Tales Of An Island's Evil Resident Monkey

A couple weeks back I had the plan of going through (and mapping) an old Amiga game called Obitus that I used to play as a kid, but never really got very far. However, I couldn't get it to work on the emulator, so instead plumped for doing the same thing with Resident Evil 2.

Resident Evil 2 was another one of those games that I'd played many years ago and never finished. Bit of a shame, as me and a few friends had played this while on holiday in Cornwall over a decade ago. It was a lot of fun to get in at night after whatever grooviness we'd been doing that day and sit in the dark trying to fight our way through the zombie hordes. I can't fully remember, but I think we played as Leon and got all the way through to the end, but could not defeat Birkin's bull-like form as we had completely run out of ammo. It wasn't until much later I learned there is a Scenario A and B for each character, so we never did get as close to the end as we had thought. Oh well.

And so for the last week or so I have been busy studying and playing the game and have started to produce maps to match those I did for the original Resident Evil last year. This game is much more confusing as I'm trying to map both scenarios for both characters, combining them onto one map wherever possible.

And this very day I have started on a slightly different gaming journey. For a long while Monkey Island 2 was the only game in the series I had not completed, but that changed last year when I bought the special editions. But somehow the release of Tales Of Monkey Island (number 5) had somehow passed me by. Mr. Gallear recently loaned it to me however, and now I am getting stuck into the first chapter. So far I am not a fan of the different control method or the weird "close up" camera angles, but hopefully I'll get used to it.

Guybrush Threepwood. Mighty pirate!

Guybrush Threepwood. Mighty pirate!

6th April 2012: A Look Back At World Of Warcraft

Arguably the game I've spent the most time on in my entire life is the MMORPG World Of Warcraft. I played on and off between November 2005 and January 2011, and I played pretty much exclusively with seven real life friends. While this was good in many respects, it was also very limiting, as we never really managed to all play together at a similar level range.
While I do have fond memories of the time I spent on this game, unfortunately I have become quite venomous in my feelings towards it. Yes, this is partly my own fault, as I don't think I ever got the absolute best out of the game. But overall I am glad I am now free of the endless grinding gameplay, servers almost full of complete arseholes and gold sellers, unbalanced classes and pvp, and of course those very painful monthy fees.

There were three main "eras" I went through while playing the game, and in each era I was part of a trio which levelled and quested together quite a lot. These are the stories of those eras...

The Adventures Of The Gooty One (Nov 2005 to Jul 2006)

This story begins when the human Jack Gooty, destined to be probably the most useless adventurer ever in the world of Azeroth, decided to begin his training as a Paladin of the light. He set off into the forests of Elwynn, and after several days scratching his very confused head and getting well and truly beat up, Jack was asked to join the JEC guild and accepted. The other two adventurers who were destined to be Gooty's main allies, Warlock Gobblespud and Mage Nyanaeve, were levelling up as members of the Azeroth Guards guild. The trio wouldn't really work together for some weeks. Instead, Gooty either travelled alone or with his guild mates. As he ventured further out into the world he bumped into a Night Elf called Lean, and the two of them helped each other stay sane in the nightmare that was Stranglethorn Vale.
Gobblespud meanwhile had earned his first mount, a horse with flaming hooves no less, and Gooty wanted one. He set out to redouble his pathetic efforts.

Gooty in my first ever WoW screenshot

Gooty in my first ever WoW screenshot

Gooty in the Deadmines, his first instance

Gooty in the Deadmines, his first instance

Gooty is jealous of Gobblespud's flaming horse

Gooty is jealous of Gobblespud's flaming horse

Gooty is an idiot

Gooty is an idiot

The Azeroth Guards did not look like they were pushing forwards, and JEC collapsed when all of the most experienced players broke away to form their own guild called Dark Sky, leaving the noobs pretty much leaderless. This culminated in our three heroes leaving their current guilds and joining the same one for the first time. This guild was the Jade Lightning Pirates, with entry made possible when Gooty bumped into former JEC member and current Pirate Brightmoon in Booty Bay.
Despite a decent start, things were not fantastic in the Pirates guild. Guild members would often argue about pathetic little things, and demand assistance without politely asking for it, particularly Bloodstealer and Ayereth. And so our heroes mainly ignored the others and quested together, heading into places such as the Scarlet Monastary and the very evil Uldaman, trying to battle through those places as a trio when more adventurers were really needed. Gooty drew the line and jumped ship after being mistreated in the Searing Gorge, by Jorgo and Guild Master Luccia no less.

Sarnar looks on in disgust at those who dare to wear Pirates tabards

Sarnar looks on in disgust at those who dare to wear Pirates tabards

Gooty likes getting kicked in the nads by large metal women

Gooty likes getting kicked in the nads by large metal women

The Pirates fighting in Uldaman

The Pirates fighting in Uldaman

Gooty and Nyanaeve stroke the Scorpid

Gooty and Nyanaeve stroke the Scorpid

While Gooty and the others were ditching their eye patches, Jack's cousin Jim decided he wanted to follow the Gooty One's example. Calling himself "Stormtiger", he gathered a whole bunch of new wannabe adventurers, like Night Elves Bluestreak and Khi and humans Outcrop and Weirdal, and formed the bizarre guild Jim's Munkeez. Members of this guild showed much less fear than the yellow bellied Gooty, and looked to make trouble for the Horde in various battlegrounds, soon earning themselves military promotions. Stormtiger and Outcrop spent a great deal of time questing together also. Progress in this guild ended when Jim turned into a hippy while in the Redridge Mountains, and Outcrop decided to head off looking for the Gooty One...

Stormtiger Jim begins his adventure

Stormtiger Jim begins his adventure

Weirdal is weird

Weirdal is weird

Stormtiger balances a mini Outcrop on his head

Stormtiger balances a mini Outcrop on his head

The mighty Outcrop

The mighty Outcrop

A few weeks after the escape from the Pirates, Jack ran into old questing buddy Lean, and she got him an invite into her current guild, Polaris. Topics in the first evening's conversaton included Weird Al Yankovic, boobs, and spanking, and Jack was quite certain this guild could be the place for him. It took a while for Gooty to pursuade Gobblespud and Nyanaeve to also join, and they were later also joined by Munkeez alumni Khi and Outcrop. Things took off for the main trio in this guild, and they were regularly in action alongside fellow guildies Asmoday, Koree, Corteus and Maxxine among others, and all three were promoted to guild officers.

Gobblespud and Gooty need alcoholic assistance getting through the Sunken Temple

Gobblespud and Gooty need alcoholic assistance getting through the Sunken Temple

Polaris guild officer meeting

Polaris guild officer meeting

Asmoday strutting his stuff

Asmoday strutting his stuff

The trio were then invited to take part in tougher quests and adventures to places like Blackrock Depths and Scholomance, and the Gooty One took part in assisting Corteus when the latter received the guild's first key to Upper Blackrock Spire.
But life in Polaris would come to an end just a couple of short weeks after. Kittenmori, the so called Guild Master of Polaris, who was never around, disbanded the guild after learning how much of a better job Asmoday was doing at running the guild in his absence. Gooty's morale was crushed as his former guildies split up to find new guilds. He kicked off his boots for a well earned rest.

Cowardly Gooty hides at the back in Blackrock Depths

Cowardly Gooty hides at the back in Blackrock Depths

Polaris join the attack on Araj the Summoner

Polaris join the attack on Araj the Summoner

Pally power!

Pally power!

The destroyer of Polaris

The destroyer of Polaris

The Skumsplattaz (Jul 2006 to Jan 2007, then Dec 2007 to Nov 2008)

Meanwhile, deep in the land of Durotar, the Orcs Klapdud and Burghedd decided it would be best if they ceased spending their time bouncing rocks off of each other's heads and instead attempted to do something with their lives. With visions of being great Horde heroes and the bane of the Alliance, they grabbed hold of a nearby Troll and set off on their travels. The Troll, Kropotkin, had just started his Priest training, and the Orcs figured he would be handy in keeping them alive while they busted heads. How wrong they were.
As they began their journey through Durotar and The Barrens, they formed their very own guild, the Skumsplattaz, with the sole aim of splatting as much Alliance skum as they could.

The Splattaz begin their adventure

The Splattaz begin their adventure

What's green with three mouths and six legs?

What's green with three mouths and six legs?

The characters literally become the Skumsplattaz

The characters literally become the Skumsplattaz

At the first possible chance the Splattaz volunteered for battlegrounds, and were soon working their way up the rankings while also trying to keep busy questing. As the Splattaz charged and grunted their way through Feralas, nearly every other adventurer in the land ventured through the newly opened Dark Portal to Outland. With their dreams of fame and glory seeming even further away, the Splattaz made an enormous pizza, stuffed their faces full, and went to sleep for a very long time...

After the first Warsong Gulch battles

After the first Warsong Gulch battles

The Splattaz raise an army of gophers

The Splattaz raise an army of gophers

Kropotkin is not the smartest

Kropotkin is not the smartest

Klapdud has an animal growing out of his crotch

Klapdud has an animal growing out of his crotch

Klapdud finally discovers who's been tapping him on the shoulder

Klapdud finally discovers who's been tapping him on the shoulder

The Splattaz get mounted

The Splattaz get mounted

Klap learns the 'Levitate Upon Death' skill

Klap learns the 'Levitate Upon Death' skill

Reno the Raptor hams it up for the cameras

Reno the Raptor hams it up for the cameras

Nearly a whole year later, the Splattaz woke up. Realising they had been asleep for 10 months instead of 10 hours, they quickly headbutted each other several times in frustration. Knowing they needed more members in their guild to keep themselves motivated, they got to recruiting. In came Orc Hunter Bolck, Tauren Shaman Twonk and Orc Warlock Wetwhang. But rather than get stuck back into questing, the three founders first cleared the cobwebs by diving headfirst into battlegrounds to get some splattin' under their belts. It was not long before they were taking part in the awesome Alterac Valley for the first time. Once back questing and exploring within the Un Goro Crater, the Splattaz were the main initiators of a large battle against the Alliance on top of Fire Plume Ridge. More and more fighters piled in from both sides, until the Allies were sent scurrying with their tails between their legs.
Some weeks later, it was clear the attempt to recruit more members had failed, as Bolck, Twonk and Wetwhang had not been active since their initial quests.

Burghedd also masters the 'Levitate Upon Death' skill

Burghedd also masters the 'Levitate Upon Death' skill

An Undercity Guardian tries to eat its way through the ceiling

An Undercity Guardian tries to eat its way through the ceiling

Burghedd takes a much needed bath

Burghedd takes a much needed bath

Kropotkin and Klapdud in action at level 51

Kropotkin and Klapdud in action at level 51

Kropotkin tries to hide from the fish

Kropotkin tries to hide from the fish

It had taken many months of questing, fighting, grunting and belching, but now the Splattaz were finally ready themselves to go through the Dark Portal and join the fight against the Burning Legion. Once in Outland, some strange mystical energy filled Klapdud's blood. While Burghedd and Kropotkin were happy to take their time and explore the strange new world more cautiously, Klapdud tore off into the wilderness on his own, hungry for glory and power. Soon after, he had reached his zenith, and aquired the guild's first flying mount.

Meanwhile back in Azeroth, Bolck and Twonk returned to action, along with a bunch of other promising new recruits, particularly Paladins Scoobyscrapp and Scoobittch, who spent a great deal of time adventuring and increasing their power. Soon after, with help from Klapdud, Scoobittch was ready to step through the Dark Portal and join the adventures in Outland.

Eventually, Kropotkin and Burghedd caught up with the hyperactive Klapdud, but soon after came some shocking news that stunned the Splattaz. Burghedd had lost the will to continue questing. He returned to Azeroth and went back to sleep.
Meanwhile, the other recruits were making progress, fighting their way through the Scarlet Monastary and Uldaman in madness filled adventures.

Ashaai picks some weird places to sleep

Ashaai picks some weird places to sleep

Scoobittch in action

Scoobittch in action

Klapdud and Kropotkin provide supporting fire

Klapdud and Kropotkin provide supporting fire

Burghedd goes red as Scoobittch waggles her arse at him

Burghedd goes red as Scoobittch waggles her arse at him

Bludraven and Xanussi go for matching headgear

Bludraven and Xanussi go for matching headgear

Bludraven gets a bit stuck

Bludraven gets a bit stuck

Bolck takes aim

Bolck takes aim

The newer recruits take on Uldaman

The newer recruits take on Uldaman

A New Azeroth (Nov 2008 to Jul 2009, then Sep 2010 to Jan 2011)

With Scoobittch taking Burghedd's place as the close combat member of the team, the main three Splattaz journeyed across the oceans to the icy continent of Northrend, intent on dealing with the Scourge and the Alliance. The guild was joined by several Death Knights who had just broken free of the Lich King's will. As the main trio increased their skill and power, and continued to attack the Alliance in places such as Wintergrasp, the other Splattaz enthusiasm waned. Within six months nearly all the Splattaz had retired, prompting the main trio to join them.

The Splattaz come over all ghoulish

The Splattaz come over all ghoulish

Kropotkin has a spot that needs bursting

Kropotkin has a spot that needs bursting

Kropotkin tries his hand at surfing

Kropotkin tries his hand at surfing

Klapdud and Kropotkin in Strand Of The Ancients

Klapdud and Kropotkin in Strand Of The Ancients

Klapdud at level 80

Klapdud at level 80

Over a year later, Death Knight Undeadbarry was again motivated to pick up his weapons and set off into Northrend. Then, as Deathwing emerged from his slumber to devastate Azeroth, the core trio of Klapdud, Scoobittch and Kropotkin could not resist the temptation to investigate. New blood also joined the guild in the form of Goblins Fingus and Weewilywinky, and a highly skilled Rogue called Maliborgia. But unfortunately in the aftermath of the cataclysm the world seemed a very unfriendly place for smaller groups and guilds, and shortly after the Splattaz regrettably retired for good.

Undeadbarry gains a fan club

Undeadbarry gains a fan club

Undeadbarry is very confused

Undeadbarry is very confused

Fingus is beside himself

Fingus is beside himself

Kropotkin auditions for the next Jaws movie

Kropotkin auditions for the next Jaws movie

Kropotkin auditions for the next The Beast movie

Kropotkin auditions for the next The Beast movie

Klapdud auditions for the next Predator movie

Klapdud auditions for the next Predator movie

Fingus waves goodbye to Azeroth

Fingus waves goodbye to Azeroth

Skumsplattaz Youtube Videos

Klapdud shows an Alliance character what he thinks of him (20.05.2008) Ashaai does some pole dancing (25.05.2008) Kropotkin's wolf Sven does the moonwalk (10.08.2008) A typical 'Splattaz guild meeting (23.08.2008) Scoobyscrapp, Scoobittch and Ashaai do some synchronized jumping (25.08.2008) Kropotkin's wind rider Helo learns to fly without wings (26.10.2008) Bolck dresses up as a Goblin and does some crazy-ass dancin' (01.11.2008) Bludraven takes his turn doing the moonwalk (02.11.2008) Klapdud's pet Kharn does the truffle shuffle (13.12.2008) Kropotkin jumps around in a ghoulish manner (17.12.2008) Kropo tries to handle a very strange looking mammoth (31.12.2008) Undeadbarry has trouble trying to teach his ghoul minion to swim (06.06.2009) "There's only one way to get rid of a mole..." (26.09.2010) Kropotkin goes swimming. No, make that flying. Lets call it flimming. (26.10.2010) "That's one big bitch!" (31.10.2010)

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