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Backstage: Designing Doomsday

Posted by The Toontown Team on August 24, 2014 at 2:00 PM

Welcome to the first Toontown Rewritten Backstage column. We're going to be creating these over the next few weeks to give you the inside scoop of what has been going on the past year, and we'll be sure to create more in the future to keep you informed about everything that is going on with the Toontown Rewritten Team.

I'm Joey -- better known as that kooky guy named Sir Max -- the project lead and community manager of Toontown Rewritten. Those are just a bunch of fancy words to say that I help organize the updates, events, and new content for the game. (As well as make sure that you guys are kept happy with it!)

To kick off our very first Backstage post, I wanted to take the time to talk about one of the most intensive, yet most fun parts of Toontown Rewritten's development:

Throughout Alpha, we found ourselves getting more and more constrained on our freedom to create things. The updates began getting bigger and bigger, and as we moved closer to Cogs, we had to slow down. A Trolley Game can be made in a day, but not a Cog HQ.

"Doomsday", our internal name for the Toon Council Presidential Elections, became our escape from that.

Setting the Stage

Work for Doomsday began in December, when the first script was set up. The script revolved around Flippy going against a competitor Toon, "Floppy", for his chance at becoming President of the Toon Council. (Only to be interrupted by the actions of a certain Scrooge on the other side of town.) Sounds pretty similar, right? There's something missing, though: When did our pals Alec Tinn and Slappy come along?

Floppy was always just an internal name until we came up with Slappy's character, but his story was quite a bit different than the lovable duck and wannabe-balloon-salesman that we met later on.

As replaced Floppy we began to develop Slappy, we began liking him more and more. Eventually we decided to change up the plot to try and have Slappy win the election, only to have his wacky personality become his downfall.

Marketing the Contestants

Now, hang on: Slappy wins the election? How did we know?
It's true -- we always knew that Slappy was going to win. Not in the sense that you'd think, though! As the writer of our updates, I was presented with the challenge of making Slappy the better contestant than this awesome blue dog that we've known for 10 years without making Flippy look bad.

It was really interesting to mess around with the two. Flippy's character was already there, and I couldn't just make him seem like a lousy guy since he would end up being the President in the end. We knew that new content was something that everyone was pretty hungry for, and decided that most of the new things would be given to Slappy while Flippy stuck with traditional objects like Fireworks and Pies.

The votes of the election were very real, but we knew who was going to win. (Or at least hoped that we did!) We made sure that Slappy seemed like the better guy so that the plot could all play out, because otherwise Flippy would have to be the one to go sad! I'd certainly hate to think about what would have happened if Flippy had won instead.

Cut Content

Aside from Alec Tinn, Slappy, and Flippy -- there was actually one more character in our band of Toons in the original election script. Before being replaced by Doctor Surlee's camerabots, there was one more Toon on stage by the name of "Lenny Flair" who operated a camera to livestream the event.

Flippy's stand was also originally meant to be an oven, which would help prepare more pies during the event. Flippy and his stand would argue about what kind of pie filling to use while Doctor Surlee yelled at them to get back on track.

Finally, during the invasion, Legal Eagles were meant to hover above the Playground, and swoop down on Toons who went sad. If you were taken by a Legal Eagle, you were sent to a spectator mode for a minute or so. It would have been interesting to see, but it proved to just not be very fun.

Creating an Invasion

Perhaps one of the hardest parts about designing Doomsday was the invasion itself -- what exactly happened if the Toons lost? How did it end?

Believe it or not: You couldn't lose! It certainly seemed like you could, though. It wasn't until our lead composer, "Cool Peaches", joined the team that the event really picked up pace. The awesome music she composed set the stakes high, and inspired the dark atmosphere that we turned Toontown Central into.

Doomsday was the first set of new content that we put into Toontown, and far from the last! We'll likely be seeing some similar things at ToonFest that you Alpha Testers enjoyed such as Flippy's pie stand, and I've heard that the Toons are trying to put together a new Hot Air Balloon too.

In the meantime, the concepting stages for our end of Beta event just started just last month, and we're hard at work on bringing it to life. I can't say too much yet, but I can tell you that it is going to be a heck of a lot more fun than Doomsday, but also a heck of a lot more work. You're going to want to train up your Toons when you get some time in-game, because you'll need a lots of Laff for this.

I hope you enjoyed our first Backstage post as part of our Road to ToonFest, and we'll make sure to continue them afterwards to fill you in on the development of Toontown Rewritten. Keep your eyes peeled, because the upcoming posts have some awesome new content to talk about. Stay TOONed, and I'll see you at ToonFest!


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Duke said on August 24, 2014 at 2:12 PM
Cool! Cant wait till release!

Fluffy said on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM
This is sooo cool! A new character possibly?! Alright! Keep it up TTR Staff!

Lady Lucky said on August 24, 2014 at 2:13 PM
I love how much work you put into this <3

Cookie Bear said on August 24, 2014 at 2:14 PM
Interesting! Looking forward to more info! :)

John said on August 24, 2014 at 2:24 PM
This has been a toontastic series of months for Toontown Rewritten. I remember when you guys started in alpha and grew. This is why its always been an honor to be apart of beta testing. Thank you guys so much!

Stamper said on August 24, 2014 at 2:26 PM
I cannot thank you enough for getting us all back fighting those cogs again. You guys have been terrific listening to our bug reports (complaints) and addressing the issues. It has been exciting rebuilding my toons.

Dogul said on August 24, 2014 at 2:38 PM
It's a pleasure to kick some cogs around once again!

Mister Fluffy Dynoteeth said on August 24, 2014 at 2:41 PM
This was such an interesting read! I always wondered if the elections were rigged, and now I see they were, but definitely not in the sense I was thinking! Most of the community did vote for Slappy in the end, so, really, he did win the elections. All according to plan, right guys? :P

Tsutaru said on August 24, 2014 at 2:45 PM
Is this an event that people will be able to experience after release? Like, is this a yearly election event? This sounds really cool and I'm bummed that I didn't get to participate. I can't wait to hear what next creative event you guys do! BTW your artist is amazing. I love the dedication to the original style.

Meow said on August 24, 2014 at 3:35 PM
Been playing for a week now and am addicted! Play anytime I can. Valiant work on this recreation, or should I say new game because you're adding new stuff to it! Amazed and astonished at how amazing this community, I hope I stay a while. Can't wait!

Loony Lemontoon said on August 24, 2014 at 4:13 PM
Nice work on the elections. I must say, your strategy was quite clever, making Slappy the one people will want deliberately. But, I wonder, if Slappy's stand fainted when Slappy went sad, one can assume the same would have went with Flippy's, so, if Flippy were the one to win, and HE went sad, what would we have fought the cogs with?

slate red duck said on August 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM
Cool. Can't wait

Bingo Freckle Muffin said on August 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM
Guess i'm gonna have to REALLY start doing my toontasks at a faster pace. :D

wallycrumbleknees said on August 24, 2014 at 4:16 PM
Everyone who helped work on Toontown Rewritten are "TOONTASTIC'! :) Three laugh points for the Toon Leader, Sir Max! LOL

Master Max said on August 24, 2014 at 4:31 PM
Looking forward to the party and I'm also going to try my hardest to get 80 laff in two weeks!

Charmander said on August 24, 2014 at 4:34 PM
Wow you TTR staff are really stepping up to the plate with all the new stuff you are adding and will be adding.Also i can not wait for Toon Fest to start!! so COOL keep op the AMAZING work! :) :)

Ugly Moe said on August 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM
A lot more laff? Uh oh... What does Joey know that we don't?

curly said on August 24, 2014 at 5:05 PM
yay :) this will be toontastic

Cool Pinky said on August 24, 2014 at 5:11 PM
This is awesome! I love this back staged post!

Airspeederz said on August 24, 2014 at 6:55 PM
Ah so it's this Sir Max guy who came up with doomsday, and then posted selfies all over about it. Should have seen that coming.

Ginger Fizzlespeed said on August 24, 2014 at 9:29 PM
As soon as I saw TTR was opening on September 19th, I slapped on my gloves and began filling seltzer bottles and baking some wedding cakes. Those cogs better watch out! Thank you, TTR Team! The backstage looks are already sooo cool!

Good ol'Fireball McGargle said on August 25, 2014 at 12:52 AM
I like Slappy and i dont even know him :p Thanks for keeping us up to date!!! You are the best :D

Capt Valentine said on August 25, 2014 at 3:13 AM
Love how it's becoming even better than the original!! Thanks TTR Team! For starters the original Toontown Online couldn't even work on my computer after a while, but I can play TTR almost everyday!! And now new content!! Do you take suggestions for other ideas of new content too?

Della Daydream said on August 25, 2014 at 5:02 AM
I love you guys!!!

King Droopy Electrohoffer said on August 25, 2014 at 6:42 AM
Interesting! :) I somehow knew Slappy was given the upper hand; good thing I voted for Flippy. ;)

Little Violet Fuzzyface said on August 25, 2014 at 6:47 AM
Can't wait!

Hallow said on August 25, 2014 at 7:01 AM
I wish I was there

crazy electro muffin said on August 25, 2014 at 7:19 AM
im looking forward to all the new content you guys are adding and i hope that you never close like how toontown did you guys are awesome and i hope to meet you in toontown good luck!

Jim said on August 25, 2014 at 7:39 AM
Awesome!! can't wait!!!!

Kuckles said on August 25, 2014 at 8:12 AM

May said on August 25, 2014 at 9:50 AM
Whoopeee! Just cant wait! You guys are more creative than the makers of Toontown itself!

Barkinator said on August 25, 2014 at 9:57 AM
Awesome! Keep up the great progress, TTR!

Jason said on August 25, 2014 at 10:18 AM
The TTR team has come so far! Thanks for this info, and you guys are doing GREAT!

Captain Biscuit said on August 25, 2014 at 10:32 AM
Impressive work guys and we all cant wait for the release day........! The dedication and hard work of the TTR Team is awesome. Look forward to more developments :-)

Good Sir Crazymouse said on August 25, 2014 at 11:49 AM
Ah, new content. Such a wonderful sight indeed. Speaking of new content, I continue to wonder if there will ever be a new gag track or two. More tracks would add diversity, and encourage teamwork even further if the track limit stayed the same (6 tracks per toon maximum). I happen to have two ideas; blast gags (things like fireworks and cannons), which could be a medium damage, lowest accuracy gag with a chance to stun the cog? Then there's the idea of "hide" gag.. you know, when a toon hides behind or under something and just seems to vanish? This could possibly be a defensive sort of thing, if used. Maybe things like a lamp post, or a box.

Daffy MacBoom said on August 25, 2014 at 12:22 PM
It's great seeing all this awesome brainstorming set up and how all of it worked out in the end. Keep it up guys! :O

Elizabeth said on August 25, 2014 at 12:25 PM
This is SOO awesome, yet it's too bad I need to get a lot of laff. I have a tight schedule, so I'm not sure if I can get any playtimes. :( But, even if my toon doesn't have much laff and gags, I'll still be there on the day of the toonfest and the opening day. :) You can count on that! You guys are toontastic, and you're so far into the game in so little time! Thank you guys, TTR staff, Alpha testers, and Beta testers, Toons of the World, UNITE!

Zoundstwister said on August 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM
Whoa! That sounds very interesting I can't wait to hear more about it. And anyway, I'd love to see what that thing that requires a lot of laff is. Sounds like a giant boss battle! Well, I love what you guys at Toontown Rewritten are doing, and please, keep it up!

Mystical Magic said on August 25, 2014 at 3:42 PM
You have given so much to us Toons already it is hard to believe you have more to give. As one of the older generation Toons, i appreciate, every day just how much time and effort the TEAM has put in to TTR. You guys are the TOONIEST ever.

Spark said on August 25, 2014 at 7:17 PM
Ah, the beauties of backstage tours... :3 They show how much efforts and hard work you people do!!! 'Nuff said, I'm gonna have some jars of jelly beans.... :P

Melody said on August 25, 2014 at 7:26 PM
This will be so awesome! I wish I could have done more than read the forum for doomsday (I hadn't been able to obtain an alpha key), but it seemed like so much fun. I am so excited for what could be better! The work you guys do just because you love the game and want everyone to be able to play it is inspiring! Every time something goes wrong you fix it. You are truly awesome toons that we cannot possibly thank enough. (Even through our complaints you worked through it!) Thank you!!!!!

LittleCoconutFlipperdoodle said on August 25, 2014 at 8:54 PM
Just the fact that you revived the game is literally amazing. you guys have worked so hard (SO HARD, but you probably don't need me telling you that), and I want you to know just how thankful I am. (very thankful. i am very, very thankful.)

Down Sized said on August 25, 2014 at 11:08 PM
I am just so incredibly happy to see my little toon running around again. TY so much for all you've done.

Fireball Thunderspeed said on August 26, 2014 at 6:54 AM
That's awesome! I love the Legal Eagle thing, as it is a punishment for going sad. Maybe make the Legal Eagles float around with the sad toons and you have to pie them to rescue em? Or make a huge cage crash down like a cog building and or the sad toons go in there until you beat the high health, high attack guard. I come up with a lot of things when my brain gets going, huh.

Kippy McKlunk said on August 26, 2014 at 7:17 AM
Can't wait to play again!

Dragon Fang said on August 26, 2014 at 8:13 AM
awesome, keep up the good work

Arceus said on August 26, 2014 at 8:14 AM
I love the TOONTASTIC work your doing TTR team. When this first started i used to say i could do this easily but now, I'm ashamed of EVER saying that. By the way I have some ideas for new content. I think you should add a new gag track. Maybe something like, Light? That could work, and my other idea is a new type of cog. Maybe you could put the long awaited for Chairman final boss in this. Makes me so happy of all the possibilities. Again, Thank you for all your work TTR Team!

Princess Lily said on August 26, 2014 at 10:52 AM
Oooooooh my gosh, time to train! I can't wait at all!! Now, c'mon, fire hose! I have a feeling I'll need a storm could for this...

Potassium said on August 26, 2014 at 12:15 PM
Yes, this is going to be quite fun.

Master Skids Superspeed said on August 26, 2014 at 2:08 PM
Can't wait! :D

Angel said on August 26, 2014 at 2:21 PM
Oh man just played Toontown for the first time ever (never played in the past always wanted to) yesterday and I'm going to have to train hard for Toonfest. This look like a lot of fun!

mr. bluberrypie said on August 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM
I missed toontown, it is nice to destroy some cogs again! =D

Cody said on August 26, 2014 at 3:51 PM
We will need good Laff for ToonFest? It's in Chip N' Dale's Acorn Acres? That only means one thing. BossBot HQ! If I'm right, I can't wait for some cog slappin' action! Keep up the great work TTR Team! Love you all!

Dragon Monkey said on August 26, 2014 at 8:19 PM
i'm training my laff for sure now that you said that i'm working hard in the brrrgh right now so i can get high laff and gags before the toonfest i'm currently at 57 laff but have good gags so i'll see you there i will be prepared but then so whatever you decide to do at the toonfest i'll be ready and good luck to you TTR team and thanks for everything i'm looking forward to the new content and even more to the toonfest! TOONS, of the world unite!

Squirrely Dog said on August 26, 2014 at 9:05 PM
Amazing work TTRDev!!! That was an amazing show you guys put on! I bet EVERYONE loved it!

Adam said on August 27, 2014 at 6:11 AM
great ideas. maybe designed cog buildings.

Funny Quackers said on August 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM
I'm so glad you're doing this for us, I can see how hard it is to create all those models, and then add a little Toony touch to them! It's been so worth the wait, and now you're about to open!

Miss Ginger Glitterberry said on August 27, 2014 at 11:55 AM
Can't wait to see Slappy!!

Beary Sour said on August 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM
Hmm Sir Max, i will indeed try my best to get as much laff needed for the big event!

Brady said on August 27, 2014 at 2:48 PM
Hey! Sir Max! I challenge you to the ice bucket challenge!

Monochrome said on August 27, 2014 at 2:51 PM
Hehe, I know this comment might be a bit late, but Toontown (Both the original and Rewritten) have closed and opened on my Birthday :3!

firecrow said on August 27, 2014 at 3:35 PM
I can't wait for the next backstage post!

Midnight Song said on August 27, 2014 at 4:30 PM
Oh my jellybeans! I certainly can't wait until the release! Thank you guys so very much for making Toontown Rewritten, for our old Toontown meant a lot to us. Thank you guys just so much! <3

Sir Bebop the second said on August 27, 2014 at 4:51 PM
AWESOME!!!! keep up the great work guys!

Colorful Quilted Kitty (AKA Comments-Never-Accepted Kitty) said on August 27, 2014 at 5:09 PM
Oh my, I can't wait! I'm so excited, and I will certainly stay tooned! Cya at Toonfest everybody!

Justa Little Dizzy said on August 27, 2014 at 5:24 PM
You guys rock!! We're all so thankful for your enthusiasm and commitment for Toontown!! But when will we get our loving doodles back? ;)

selwolf said on August 27, 2014 at 11:38 PM
i know this might be a late post but what ever. i just wanted to say that this is awesome, and i think you have a great mind joey/sir max :D keep up the good work and i will stay TOONed. :)

King fireball (red bunny) said on August 28, 2014 at 3:47 PM
Can't wait until release!!!!! =D

Captain Literally said on August 28, 2014 at 4:52 PM
Love it! You guys are amazing. I just started my computer tech courses at my middle school and I hope to be as good as you guys someday!

huntmanllS said on August 28, 2014 at 8:51 PM
IM so excited, sorry that i haven't been back in a while... but im here now. :D

CocoNut Hulatwist said on August 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM
I am so happy that we finally get to play when we can. I surely hope that they have the doodles for us and the Boss bot HQ fixed too. ^_^

Funnytoon said on August 28, 2014 at 10:20 PM
I have a guess as to who that new character we may be rescuing is... Do the veteran toons remember the old intro?

Miss Sweet Whiskers said on August 29, 2014 at 4:22 AM
Cant wait...TYVM !!!! for bringing this game back....if TTR ever needs anything to keep this game online, let me know I am in

Amadeus said on August 29, 2014 at 6:37 AM
Awesome! I've been waiting so long for this day to come!!! I still can't believe it... TT is returning...AMAZING!!! Thanks to the WHOLE TTR team! You guys rock!

Frantic said on August 29, 2014 at 9:27 AM
This seems pretty exciting, and by the way

Severe said on August 29, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Just gotta say kudos to whoever accepts names, or whoever made the program to do so. It took about five minutes in game time to get my name approved. I also would understand how hard it is to get a program to work properly under all that stress if that's how you pulled it off. Kind Regards, H

February :) said on August 29, 2014 at 10:26 AM
Amazing job TTR! Thanks for giving us all the info that you've done over the past to keep us wanting to play more!

Sir Nuttyswirl said on August 29, 2014 at 7:40 PM
I just CANNOT believe how many hours of coding it must've taken for ALL OF this to happen! I mean, Seriously It's SOO much work in such little time, and you guys managed to do it! You guys are truly amazing and wonderful coders, to have recreated such a game from SCRATCH. I appreciate all the work you put into it, and the most surprising thing was: You guys didn't want money. At first I wondered how you would keep such massive servers running, and I didn't ponder about it again till now. Now I realize you guys are truly amazing at doing the best you can, and no one should take it for granted that such an amazing game was re-created in such a short time. Thank you TTR staff for making the entire Toon community happy. I praise you as gods :P jk but seriously. Also, just out of curiosity what language is TTR coded in ? :P

A Non said on August 29, 2014 at 7:55 PM
I used to love playing ToonTown when I was a kid and it makes me so happy that you guys are putting all this effort into remaking the magic of the game. Thank you so much!

Just Kitten Around said on August 30, 2014 at 5:33 AM
I'm excited for this public release, so excited in fact I probably will explode in suspense.

Macy said on August 30, 2014 at 7:13 AM
Awesome!! I have a PlayTime today in about 2 hours. Super excited!! I'm dedicating this Playtime to leveling up my Toon. For ToonFest!! Thank you TTR Team!!

Magical Jelly said on August 30, 2014 at 8:14 AM
I dont think you know how happy i am right now.

Crazy said on August 30, 2014 at 10:37 AM
Cool! This behind-the-scenes stuff is right up my alley!

Willow said on August 30, 2014 at 11:52 AM
I can't wait for toonfest! I better start training my gags!

Luna smile light said on August 30, 2014 at 12:00 PM
Thanks for all the great work!!!! Counting down the days!!

frizzy lemonbee said on August 30, 2014 at 1:49 PM
Thanks guys! You guys are amazing! So so grateful Toontown is back to life! Loves ya :)

Furball said on August 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM
Uh oh! We need lots of laff when toonfest comes around? I'm still doing Toontown Central tasks!!!! ;P

Miku said on August 30, 2014 at 6:47 PM
Sweet, it all sounds very interesting.

mitzapper2 (The toon in shock) said on August 30, 2014 at 9:22 PM
I can't wait untill the TTR release!!! You guys are amazing!

CocoNut Hulatwist said on August 31, 2014 at 1:27 PM
I am so happy that you kept Toontown Alive by making it Rewritten. Hope that you are going to bring back the doodle's and the Bossbot's HQ. So excided for ToonFest and the opening to the public. Keep up the GREAT work.
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