I must confess that I am an ardent Monkey Island fan. I love the atmosphere these games create, and one of my favorite scenes is when Guybrush Threepwood is rowing around Monkey Island in The Secret of Monkey Island.
All the time I play the game, I can somehow feel the heat and in my mind’s eye, I see the jungle, the beach, etc. Even now, it feels like a little vacation – I know this sounds super nerdy, but that’s the way it is 🙂 So I decided to make it a picture for my desk or a wall, respectively.
How to do it yourself
Long story short: All you need is an (original) copy of The Secret of Monkey Island and a program called SummRev, which allows you to extract resources from the game files. Have a look at the documentation on the linked page. It’s straightforward to use.
The map of Monkey Island consists of several parts. With ScummRev, you can find them in the file disk07.lec. To make them one piece, you need to assemble them, which I used paint.net for. It’s a little tricky to adjust the edges. The screens are cut off, and a few parts outside of the screen are now missing on our file. So you will need to draw them yourself. But it’s no rocket science 🙂
And this was it. I added a small frame around the blue area and a small text under it to make it a little more interesting.
Bring it into reality
Now that I had the image file, I had to print it out and put it in a frame. Since I neither have a good printer and glossy paper, nor a frame, I decided to send everything to an online service that offers both printing and framing. It took a while – especially quality assurance, and then I held it in my hands.
But then – Not exactly a shock but I saw it coming. Can you see what I mean…?
It’s tilted and the contents are cut off! In the preview, everything was as expected. The job had been in “quality assurance” status for days. And they couldn’t see this?! I was so disappointed. I don’t want to mention the online service because I wrote them a mail and want to wait for their response first.
However, since the frame and the print are absolutely flawless, I did some tinkering, and in the end, I got a reasonably acceptable result.
Although it’s not perfect I like it a lot and I guess it will be an eye-catcher on the wall on a larger scale. What do you think about it?