Toontown Rewritten: Personal Thoughts

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Here is some good news for toons! The past month, Members from Toonbook, A social network for the Toontown community, have been working on a project that could save the Toontown spirit. The project is called Toontown rewritten. It’s basically a community created private server, with a well crafted motto as “By toons, For toons”. It is being coded by a determined team. For example, Joey19982. He’s an excellent coder, and is playing a good part in this project. You can check out his Youtube Channel here. Anyways, above is my version of describing Toontown Rewritten, here’s the introduction of TTR (Toontown Rewritten) on Toonbook, written by Sir Max, Which is Joey’s Toonbook name.

Toontown Rewritten is a “Community Server” for Disney’s Toontown Online, hosted by Toonbook. A team of skilled toons, including myself, have spent the past month engineering their own implementation of Disney’s OTP server so that this game can continue. This is not a a bunch of empty promises or a remake Toontown Online. This is the exact same game that we have all known and loved for a decade now, however this time it will be ran by Toons, for Toons.
I wish I could tell you a lot more about this project, however we’re rushing to get this to the public so that no one gets their spirits down about Toontown’s closing. We have so much more in store for you, and you can learn more about the specifics of this project at our website. I’ll be back soon to update this post and answer all of your questions, but for now I’ve gotta run and get everything else set up.

Stay Tooned, fellas!

Here is some game play of the progress of Toontown Rewritten. It’s currently in the Alpha testing stage. Joey uploaded a video last night, basically answering how its been going.

Alpha keys are rumored to be released to a good handful of toons. Of course, there are MANY rumors about Toontown Rewritten. Most of them are debunked/approved by Joey on his Channel. On their website, not much is put up yet,hopefully they’ll advance eventually, but they have a FAQ that surely helps suspicion. Without you going through the hassle of getting to it, here is what they answered.

What is Toontown Rewritten?

Toontown Rewritten is a community server for Disney’s now-closed game, Toontown Online.

Sweet! Where do I sign up?

Woaaaah, slow down! We still have quite a bit to go until we can release the game to the public. As of right now, we are in development and hoping to get an Alpha version within a week. Check back soon for updates and key giveaways!

Will I have to pay a monthly membership fee?

Of course not! What are we, some sort of major corporation mastereDISqueezing moNEY from the parents of today’s youth? Toontown Rewritten will be completely free to play for all areas and activities within the game.

If you don’t charge any fees, how will you pay for the game to run?

Surprisingly, Toontown Rewritten really isn’t nearly as expensive as you would think to maintain. Hardware prices have substantially dropped compared to what they were when Toontown first launched in 2003, and the folks over at Toonbook have provided the funding and servers necessary to run Toontown Rewritten.

But wait- You copied Toontown from Disney… Is that wrong?

This is a pretty tough question that we have been pondering since the start of development. Is what we are doing wrong? Some may say that it is. We really aren’t trying to do any wrong.

As mentioned above, Toontown Rewritten is completely free to play. We make absolutely no profits whatsoever and will refuse any donations given. We’re not in this for money or fame. We’re in this because of kids like Charlie and their parents who genuinely loved this game and want it to continue. The morals Disney used when shutting down Toontown were very wrong in our opinions, but hey: that’s business. We can’t blame them for it.

Is it wrong to replicate a game using Disney’s assets? Personally, we don’t think so. Disney is no longer making any money off of the Toontown trademark, meaning that we aren’t stealing any profits from them. Ultimately, the Lawbots will decide our fate.

Can we transfer our old toons over to Toontown Rewritten?

While this is technically possible, it’s unlikely that we would actually do this. There’s actually a couple of reasons why. First, we can’t confirm that your stats weren’t stolen from another toon or faked. Second, it’d be a logistical nightmare for us to review the statistics of everybody’s toon and import then into Toontown Rewritten. Last, everyone having to work their stats back up from scratch could give us the chance topotentially release slightly earlier, as we wouldn’t have to have the full game working. (no promises!)

Plus, there’s a lot of fun in leveling your stats. Toontown’s fun to play, so why not have an excuse to play more?

Now, For my personal opinion.

I think this project is a beautiful idea, and will be a masterpiece when it’s finished. It’s quite impressive that there is not much of a charge fee to play this private server, but it makes sense in a way. Quoting their FAQ, they’ve answered the money question.

Surprisingly, Toontown Rewritten really isn’t nearly as expensive as you would think to maintain. Hardware prices have substantially dropped compared to what they were when Toontown first launched in 2003, and the folks over at Toonbook have provided the funding and servers necessary to run Toontown Rewritten.

Lets put it this way, they know what their doing. They’re doing a great job so far. Yes, I know, this is an opinion. They haven’t posted any updates on their progress yet, which leaves some fellow toons clueless to what’s going on. But i’m 100% sure the project is still being pursued.

It’s starting to bother me how toons are expecting so many things from TTR. Cog nation would barely be worth it for one reason, that’s for being unique. But there are already the HQ’s for each cog. I also don’t think there should be numbers on this private server. Even on toonbook private information isn’t allowed to be given, so I don’t think promoting a PS with private information that can easily be passed down isn’t the right idea (Toons will probably use the numbers to give out phone numbers and age, which the Toonbook community doesn’t allow). The team is trying the best they can to carry on the torch of the toontown spirit. They aren’t servants, They’ll do the best they can to continue the experience of toontown.

I honestly don’t know how long this server will last. Don’t take me wrong, i’m 100% all for this, as I am a fan of Toontown, but there is always that risk of the server shutting down. The question has been in the atmosphere for a while. I know that there are those “Clubpenguin Private Servers”, I’ve beta tested countless CP private servers, and the staff usually have a difficult time recreating content and even making new content. But I have faith in this team. I’m sure they’re different than the others, and are more smart with their coding. When the server is up, I’ll probably wait 2 or 3 days to actually rank up. I’m always skeptical, cause I’ve expierienced the ordinary private servers from countless games from the past. This’ll probably change my mind, recreating all of the content that the original had, and removing the disney related content

My second and final wonder, is what the lawbots, or Lawyers (clever TTR staff for that one) will do. I really hope it pulls through, and the lawyers will choose the right choice. If I were part of Disney, i’d want our fans to be happy, and let the community of Toontown carry the torch and continue the legacy of this great game. Back to the FAQ, they’ve answered a question quite similar to this situation.

But wait- You copied Toontown from Disney… Is that wrong?

This is a pretty tough question that we have been pondering since the start of development. Is what we are doing wrong? Some may say that it is. We really aren’t trying to do any wrong.

As mentioned above, Toontown Rewritten is completely free to play. We make absolutely no profits whatsoever and will refuse any donations given. We’re not in this for money or fame. We’re in this because of kids like Charlie and their parents who genuinely loved this game and want it to continue. The morals Disney used when shutting down Toontown were very wrong in our opinions, but hey: that’s business. We can’t blame them for it.

Is it wrong to replicate a game using Disney’s assets? Personally, we don’t think so. Disney is no longer making any money off of the Toontown trademark, meaning that we aren’t stealing any profits from them. Ultimately, the Lawbots will decide our fate.

The team points out some fairly good facts here. Like I said above, hopefully the Lawbots will make the right decision. The right decision as to actually keep the Toontown spirit.

So there is my personal opinion. Some may agree, some may disagree. In the end, if it doesn’t work out, Toonbook still carries the community, or as a better way I should put it, the “Family”. I have a feeling that i’ll continue my Toontown blogging here and there, so welcome a new category, Toontown Rewritten. Thank you for reading.

-Carphon A.K.A Nitro, The red mouse 🙂

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7 thoughts on “Toontown Rewritten: Personal Thoughts

      • hey,

        love what you guys are doing.
        i was so ticked at what toontown did.
        will the tunnal in chip and dales play ground be open???

        and will mickey,minnie and every one name the true names or not.

        will the be new gags.

        and how long in toontown rewritten going to last.

        will the be cogs??

        will it be the same as before??

        will you guy keep up todate??

        if theirs anything i can do let me know

        stefan runge.

        toon name. Blooper

      • I’ll number your answers,
        1) Yes it will
        2) Joey said he’d like to put back the disney characters into toontown rewritten
        3) No there won’t
        4) around 3 year
        5) Yes, of course
        6) More updates and more advanced, same graphics
        7) yes
        8) Ok, Will do.
        Thank you for reading my article.

    • Toontown rewritten is in testing at the moment, joey (the creator) says the game will go through another phase of testing and will launch fully around january/february

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