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Have YOU Met a Cast Member? | Backstage Toontown

Posted by The Toontown Team on November 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Say, have you met a Cast Member yet? Wait, do you even know what a Cast Member is?! Oh, who am I? Boy, you sure ask a lot of questions. I'm here to answer them in our latest Backstage Column, where we take a look at what's going on behind the scenes of Toontown Rewritten.

I’m Quentin, and you might’ve seen my Toon "Quackosaurus" running around Toontown. I'm a Community Coordinator for Toontown Rewritten, and I'm super excited today to tell you all about some of the ways we're changing the way we communicate with Toons just like YOU!

Have YOU Met a Cast Member?

This post may seem like old news for some of you who have met Cast Members before, but we've made some changes to the way we use these Toons that we think will bring some brand new experiences to Toontown for the more social players.


Bridging Staff and Players

A little while ago, we talked about something we're extremely passionate about: Supporting the Toontown Community. Since then, we’ve worked hard to review and revamp the approach we take to community engagement. After all, all of us here on the Toontown Rewritten Team are passionate Toontown players just like you!

One area we saw room for improvement in is the bridge between the team and our players. In the past, members of the team haven’t had too many appearances in the game, and we recognize that there’s potential for people to think that we’re just not there. We also understand that lots of you out there want to meet up and spend time with us in the game. Well, we did too!

Luckily enough for both you and I though, all that has now changed. I would like to formally introduce Cast Members, Cast Member Minigames, and Staff Toons!

Casting the Cast Members

An in-game popup in Toontown describing what a Toon Trooper is. Click to enlarge.

So, what is a Cast Member anyway? We use the term "Cast Member" as a homage to Disney, who uses the same term to describe the staff members in their parks who are in charge of creating a pleasant and entertaining experience for their guests. Likewise, that's our job for you!

Cast Members are what we collectively call Toon Troopers and Resistance Rangers, who you may have seen mentioned on the Toontown Blog in the past. These are characters fully immersed in the world of Toontown and will give you an interactive roleplaying experience in the game.

Toon Troopers Toon Trooper Icon have a yellow whistle icon above their head and work on the Toon Council, meaning they work for our old pal Flippy! Troopers are tasked with keeping Toontown in tip-top shape, whether it be building new areas or helping Postmaster Pete deliver mail.

Resistance Rangers Resistance Ranger Icon are identified through their green fist icon. These brave Toons work for the Toon Resistance, under the direction of Lord Lowden Clear, and help lead the fight against the Cogs! There’s no challenge too big or too difficult for our Resistance Rangers. Apparently, helping them in the fight against the Cogs could land you with a Toontastic Cog Crusher Outfit of your own.

Mingle with Minigames

S'more playing Toon Tag with a couple Toons in the ToonFest area. Click to enlarge.

While focusing on strengthening the fun of meeting a Cast Member, we threw around a whole bunch of ideas. Rather than just standing around talking, we wanted meeting a Cast Member to be a unique experience that you can't get anywhere else in Toontown!

As a result, we recently added our first ever Cast Member Minigame! Some of you may have already gotten a chance to play it.

If you find a Toon Trooper around town, you may just find yourself in a game of “Toon Tag” in the playground. This is just our initial test of Cast Member Minigames, so we want to hear from YOU: What other ways can we add more fun when meeting Cast Members? Let us know in the comments!

The Difference of Cast and Staff

An in-game popup explaining Staff Members. Click to enlarge.

Maybe roleplaying with an interactive Cast Member isn't your thing. That's okay! These Toons are just one way we're hoping to draw closer with the community of Toontown.

In addition to our in-character Cast Member Toons, you might also find Staff Toons Staff Toon Icon running around Toontown. These are the main Toons of our Team Members, who can be identified with a blue icon above their head, as well as their Toon ID displaying as "STAFF MEMBER."

These are just normal Toontown Team Members playing the game who would be happy to answer questions, take suggestions, and talk to you about what's going on with the Toontown Team in a more personal way.



Well, that was quite the long backstage post wasn’t it? I could go on for much longer, but instead I think it's better for you to go meet a Cast Member for yourself. In fact, there will be Toon Troopers running around all weekend!

Anyway, thanks for reading, and I hope I’ve been able to give you a little bit more insight into our community engagement efforts. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled when you’re running around the town, as I hear you’ll be seeing Cast and Staff members much more frequently, and not just at special events.

See you around, Toontown!


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May said on November 9, 2018 at 2:09 PM
Awesome! I've met quite a few cast and staff members, but it is always a pleasure! I love that keep in character!

Garrett said on November 9, 2018 at 2:34 PM
Maybe rangers could spawn a doomsday in a playground (But it would be rare for rangers to do this action.)

Firestar said on November 9, 2018 at 3:02 PM
Awesome

Jake Cheesey Marble said on November 9, 2018 at 3:02 PM
That’s how ya stay toony! I hope to see some jellybean catching games, pie throwing games, cog crushing games, or other gag-related games. Let’s get the fun on!

Willy The Bear said on November 9, 2018 at 3:03 PM
Ok I Only Meet Some Members of the Toon Resistance

Kinomoto said on November 9, 2018 at 3:04 PM
I never knew the difference about a Cast or a Staff member! This is useful! Thanks!

Sketched epic gamer said on November 9, 2018 at 3:07 PM
ID love to meet more cast members! They are so cool!!!!

Little Tom Jabbermonkey said on November 9, 2018 at 3:35 PM
Thanks for this post! I've met/seen many Troopers, Rangers, and Staff Toons over the years and they're just a joy to be around and spend some time with. That Cast Member Minigame looks really fun!! I really appeciate all that you guys do for Toontown, keep it up :)

Reindeer said on November 9, 2018 at 3:39 PM
Hi I would love to be a Resistance Rangers to help out your wonderful team! I would love to help out with other toons do bldgs boss battles etc. Let me know what you think! Thanks!

Skotch is grr said on November 9, 2018 at 3:46 PM
Meeting cast members is always a blast! Pls add more activities

McNugget said on November 9, 2018 at 3:52 PM
i've seen a ranger. forgot his name, he was a bear :) !

Seven said on November 9, 2018 at 3:59 PM
I haven't met a cast member yet but I'm looking forward to it :)

GrammyM said on November 9, 2018 at 4:03 PM
I love it when I get to meet any Staff Members! All are always pleasant and very helpful of toons of all ages. TYVM for giving us more chances to see you all!

Dusty said on November 9, 2018 at 4:04 PM
Thanks! I hope I run into a cast member sometime soon!

Fancy Biscuit said on November 9, 2018 at 4:05 PM
This is a really cool idea, and although I haven't met any of them in-game yet, all my support goes to these awesome toons making Toontown a fun place!

Burton said on November 9, 2018 at 4:09 PM
Hey! I've met several of the Toon Resistance members and saw many staff in the past. Love seeing you guys interacting with players and keeping the content clean. I do hope to see more moderators on as well (or at least make it easier to call for mods when needed). I don't think any more words need to be red-listed, but I do think those found abusing the language rules need to be better dealt with. Seems like many violators go unpunished. Doesn't bother me personally as I am an adult, but I hate that small children are exposed to things on a children's game that they shouldn't. I know you guys try, and I appreciate that- especially on a free game! :-) That said, I love that you guys are adding new things to the game lately. Keeps things fresh! :D Looking so forward to what all you guys come up with for Christmas! Bless, Burton

Squeaky Clean said on November 9, 2018 at 5:11 PM
I got to play tag with one earlier, I can't wait to see what else is to come!

Sakura said on November 9, 2018 at 5:34 PM
I've met a Resistance Ranger before while in Sellbot HQ!

said on November 9, 2018 at 6:13 PM
i have seen so many lol i did not know

Kat said on November 9, 2018 at 6:26 PM
Niiiiice. Cool idea, i like it. It'd be cool to find one, but since they aren't like Resistance Rangers or anything i'm not gonna go out of my way to look for them.

Pearl Peppertwist said on November 9, 2018 at 8:08 PM
I met a Toon Trooper named Boots today and he was super cool! He even went and planned a party since we were having such a blast with tag :) I have met a few Cast and Staff Members in the past, but I love that it is becoming more interactive. I would even be interested in becoming a Cast Member someday! Thanks TTR

Vector The Crocodile said on November 9, 2018 at 10:14 PM
I met 3 actually! 2 are Troopers [Splash And S'more] And 1 Ranger, [Silly boots]

Doctor curly crinklecorn said on November 10, 2018 at 4:45 AM
Nice! I always love meeting a trooper/resistance/staff member! Their enthusiasm keeps the game alive and makes people have fun! It always puts a smile on my face when there is a cast member around!

Ginger Sparklesticks said on November 10, 2018 at 5:49 AM
Awesome!! I've met a few staff and cast members and it is always been an honor and aa pleasure to meet them, they're all so nice! :) In fact, I would have to be a TTR Cast/staff Member myself of any kind, especially a Ranger or a combo of all of 3! Anyway. looking forward to seeing them on the streets! Have a Toontastic day!

Miss Bananamuffin said on November 10, 2018 at 6:33 AM
I think I saw a cast member hosting a minigame last night but it makes the playground run slower, if you guys could fix this :) also I don’t know why, but Photo Fun game on the Trolley is making my whole game crash :(

Matthew said on November 10, 2018 at 6:58 AM
I remember seeing Quackosaurus in a V.P once!

Ethan said on November 10, 2018 at 10:57 AM
Wow, toons! Great moves. Keep it up. Proud of you.

Savage Spike said on November 10, 2018 at 2:39 PM
Cool. I hope i get to meet another one, i already met one so... yeah. lol

Blisstina (PowerPuff) said on November 10, 2018 at 4:59 PM
The ToonTown Staff MEMBERS ARE TOONTASTIC!

Cap'n Soursprocket said on November 10, 2018 at 5:27 PM
I think I met you, toonasaurus before! in TTC in halloween!

ProfPalefuddy said on November 10, 2018 at 5:41 PM
I suggest mini games of import like: How to solve the tasks in Law Offices, or the counting room in Mint. Then there are others like speed math game challenges. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Divisions facts, oh heck even fractions can be made into a game. For language arts you could have target the misspelled word. Oh and how to aim a cannon in the CJ Battle and Crane Operations for CFO. Toons not possessing these skills are often barraged with bullying. Having a place to hone these skills would help avoid this bullying and frustration. Music games could teach basic music or keyboard skill. Oh typing game could be developed too... Disney / History games like what year did Flight to the Moon at Disneyland Open? What year did Neal Armstrong land on the Moon? Tie Disney Facts with Real History. Sorry it must be the educator in me getting out.

jakey toontown said on November 10, 2018 at 8:51 PM
yay! i love toontown

Mister Slippy JiggleFlapper said on November 11, 2018 at 2:52 AM
I always miss everything! its not fair... probably you need to have a team for European players like me. like a HQ in somewhere in the UK or European?

Dr.Miles Wonderboom said on November 11, 2018 at 7:13 AM
I hope I can see a cast member, they are hard to find

Ninja T. said on November 11, 2018 at 9:04 AM
Wow, this is a step in the right direction, TTR Team! Having more present/friendly staff is something that goes a long way. An idea for the mini-games: when 2 or 3 (but not 1 or 4) toons ride the trolley, sometimes a staff member may randomly appear as another toon participating! For staff this means they could queue for a trolley game, and be spawned in when such an opening is made available! Just an idea that may need some tweaking, but what do you think?

Barney Wondersnout said on November 11, 2018 at 4:19 PM
My brother's toon saw S'more once, I hope I can meet one sometime

Barney Wondersnout said on November 11, 2018 at 4:22 PM
Actually, I saw a cat staff member named Midnight...something I think at ToonFest last year.

Princess Bella Precious Sparkles said on November 12, 2018 at 2:23 PM
Fantastic!

Coach Bob Whistleberry said on November 12, 2018 at 6:20 PM
Maybe that Troopers can begin a District Treasure Hunt Game where you must hunt for treasure and get jellybeans for finding treasure across the entire District.

Mr Uncreative said on November 12, 2018 at 10:10 PM
Hmmm maybe they can Help toons Defeat the VP, CFO, CJ, and CEO and or help with tasks. O and this is ONLY for the TT and RR want to help on the days that you see them.

Little Gigglepop said on November 13, 2018 at 6:28 AM
This is awesome! I've never met a cast member but I'm sure one day I will, this puts the chances higher. I've always wished to meet part of the team. Everyone has such BRILLIANT ideas!

Toon said on November 13, 2018 at 10:13 AM
I remember doing a cog battle with Goshi. :D

Princess Twinkletoes said on November 13, 2018 at 2:27 PM
Cool! I've met quite a few of the Cast Members, and they're all super nice. I've had some lengthy, fun conversations with them; one told me that they absolutely LOVE being a Cast Member, and he recommended that I become one. Maybe one day I will! He was super friendly, just like every other Cast Member I've met. Thanks, TTR, for being my friend!

Grammatical Error said on November 13, 2018 at 2:28 PM
I've had some relaxed, one-on-one conversations with some Cast Members when they weren't being swarmed, haha. I love talking to them, learning about their experiences, etc. They're super friendly, and it's great to know they're always there if I need a friend :)

Starstruck Eyes said on November 14, 2018 at 4:48 AM
I've met a bunch of cast members!

Mr. Max said on November 14, 2018 at 9:27 AM
Cool! Now I know what those icons mean! xD

Princess Melody Purplejinks said on November 14, 2018 at 6:38 PM
I remember doing a building with a resistance ranger. That was fun! Great work, TTR team!

Barney Wondersnout said on November 15, 2018 at 8:21 AM
Wait a minute, in the first screenshot S'more has all the gag tracks?
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