Back when there were many updates revolving the storyline of Toontown Rewritten, especially concerning the 26th, Joey used to create status updates via MMO Central Forums hinting at future ARG puzzles.
Science and progress
Questions of science
Going back to the beginning
Time is ticking
Red to blue
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Translates to "Stay TOONed", using the cipher posted by TheRandomDog
Both yes and no. The problem is that we're all really picky. Disney has this amazing concept of a game, however it was made on a deadline and budget. Panda3D was originally used as a themepark engine and hacked together to work on a desktop PC. As development goes on, we've been seeing more and more of this which causes delays for us to rewrite those parts. We're essentially reinventing the wheel because Disney's wheel was more of an octagon. Nonsense belongs in Toontown- not the game engine!
In our eyes, we're making tons of progress. That process just isn't something that you can see visually. We want to get this out as soon as we can because we miss Toontown just as much as anyone else here, (In fact, we miss it enough to devote all of our free time to bringing it back...) but we want to make sure that the game is built to last. Trust me, the extra time we're taking now will be worth it.
I know some of you are mad that no cogs came out yesterday, but I'm sure the Toontown Rewritten team has their reasons. At least the butterflies showed that the server can handle several moving entities, and I'm pretty sure that butterflies were the last small detail to get added. So that means from now on they will have to add larger things like the insides of buildings, cogs, etc.
This is what I'm thinking about as well. In philosophy, a person who time travels may change indirect or direct causes but the outcome always has to be the same. In TTR, toons voted Slappy as the president. In TTO, Flippy was the president and this most certainly has to be the outcome. Even though Slappy officially won, Flippy became the president anyway because that is the fate.
Slappy won in TTO as well. Flippy has always been the underdog in the Election, but when his best friend was made sad right before his eyes it brought out his true character. If Flippy and Slappy had switched positions, who knows if Toontown would have survived. Slappy didn't have pies.
A variable changed somewhere along the line that has caused the cog invasion process to speed up. If Slappy winning and going sad isn't that variable, then what could it be? I think that's one thing we're missing here, figuring out what this missing variable is
The Cog Invasion didn't speed up - that always happened on Election day. (In TTR canon.) Why do you think that Gyro wasn't in his lab when Scrooge arrived?
The toons somehow have Toon Parties, Golf, and soforth 6 years ahead of time. They had a head start - but the problem is that the Cogs created things based off of the toons. Take Goons, for example. You know where they came from. The Cogs are always learning and adapting to the market. The Toons have Parties? We'll launch Field Offices. They made a golf course? That's the perfect spot for our country club.
However that is a variable, that variable was only sped up to improve the experiment. One of the variables changed.
Slappy won the election in TTO as well. By voting for Slappy people thought they would change the future of Toontown, however they chose the exact same path that the toons before them chose. You changed the wrong variables. If Flippy had won, though... The outcome may not have been much, much worse.
There is a reason that Paula Bear is the only known Polar Bear in TTO.
"Retcon" means to basically fill in a gap and sort of subtly rewrite the story. Since we don't know what happened in TTO, it is canon in TTR that Slappy did originally win in the TTO timeline. We just didn't see it.
Doctor Surlee once stated that he knows Sir Max but is unaware of who "Joey" is. Sir Max apparently has a habit of giving Surlee a headache.
Sir Max angered Lil Oldman who turned out to be a real blizzard wizard. Lil Oldman made a storm that made all of Toontown cold and snowy on Christmas.
Not learning his lesson from last time, Sir Max angered another wizard by the name of Jack O' Kazam by stealing his accessories. Thus, Jack O' Kazam now unleashes an annual "Spooktown" curse every Halloween.
On February 15, 2020, Joey announced that he resigned from the Public Relations department and shifted his focus to full-time Creative Direction to start a brand new Game Design department.