Last 24 Hours!!!

by Ron Gilbert
Aug 08, 2016

These are your last 24 hours to back Thimbleweed Park and make an awesome game even awesomer.

In 24 hours we're shutting down all backing. Last 24 hours to get in Ransome's swear jar! Last 24 hours to get guilt absolution for pirating Monkey Island or Maniac Mansion! Last 24 hours to feel awesome about yourself!

If you want to upgrade your previous pledge, please contact

But please note... These are not pre-orders! If all you want to do is pre-order the game, wait until closer to release. We have not set the final price for the game and it could be less than our lowest tier.  What you're doing is supporting and helping to make a great game.  You're bringing joy and point-and-click adventures to the world. Can you really put a price on that?

You're also getting guilt absolution, but that is between you and your god.

- Ron

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 08, 2016 at 13:03
... and this kind of guilt absolution works for atheists, too!

Martin - Aug 08, 2016 at 13:48
I'm an atheist, but this selling of indulgences gets out of hand. I'm thinking about posting 95 theses.

Guga - Aug 09, 2016 at 01:18
Your god should then be Ron.

Paul Jacobson - Aug 08, 2016 at 13:28
Man I should have done this before people (not me) voted to Brexit! would have been cheaper =)
But thanks for reminding me. You should now have some of my hard earned cash... I can eat next month; it's fine... really it's fine ;)

Eduardo - Aug 08, 2016 at 13:38
Hi, how did you come up with the guilt absolution prize?
Being 10 y/o around 1990 I didn't even know what was was pirating and that I was doing it.

Jammet - Aug 08, 2016 at 18:07

Mattias Cedervall - Aug 08, 2016 at 13:44
Ron, I keep telling you that I unfortunately know too little about how Ransome's swear jar will work so I can't pledge that! :-(

Nor Treblig - Aug 08, 2016 at 16:53
Just buy it before it's too late, then wait and see...

Mattias Cedervall - Aug 08, 2016 at 16:56
I don't have that much money. :-(

Ron Gilbert - Aug 08, 2016 at 16:57
Ransome has a swear jar in his dressing room. Taped to it is a big list of everyone who has sworn and put money in. Your name will be on this list.

Mattias Cedervall - Aug 08, 2016 at 17:32
I see... That's quite cool, but I'm not sure it's worth the little money I have since I'm afraid my name will get lost in the crowd. Thank you for your reply, Ron!

Beepy McBeepFace - Aug 09, 2016 at 05:36
Just submit submit your name like this ;)

ᐸfont size="10" color="red"ᐳMattias Cedervallᐸ/fontᐳ

Nor Treblig - Aug 08, 2016 at 16:54
There needs to be another adventure after TWP: I need absolution for Zak McKracken too!

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 08, 2016 at 17:54 know... you missed... this!!

Nor Treblig - Aug 08, 2016 at 19:39
Oh I just recently went there... but it was because of theft of a real thing (i.e. a virtual flag).
The Exit Visa Code™ was never a problem thanks to the invention of photocopiers.

Orcan Ogetbil - Aug 08, 2016 at 22:34
Can we have a last day upgrade option which unabsolves someone else's guilt? :evillaugther:

Mister T - Aug 09, 2016 at 04:23
Will there be a Facebook live event for the absolution?

Paulup - Aug 09, 2016 at 09:51
I did it, I finally remembered to back!

I was looking for the tier that would allow me "to continue to post trivial unfounded critiques of all aspects of game design on the blog from now until the game's release," but that didn't seem to be an option?
So I got the soundtrack bundle instead.

Javier - Aug 09, 2016 at 10:32
I took advantage early on of the absolution for pirating monkey island as a kid and it was a weight off my chest

TheDon - Aug 09, 2016 at 11:14
These Guys ( are out of business, so i think i have to buy it :-)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 09, 2016 at 11:22
I had that very copy of Maniac Mansion! Everything started with THAT floppy disk for Commodore 64!

TheDon - Aug 09, 2016 at 11:22
Same here, m8 .... ;-)

Arto - Aug 09, 2016 at 16:10
Funny thing... I pirated a lot of games back then (didn't know it was illegal), but not once any Lucas game. The only games I saved for and bought were Lucas' adventures. Except for Delphine Software's Operation Stealth (AKA James Bond 007: The Stealth Affair), which I also bought. Still have all of them, except Labyrinth, which I've never had.

Now that I think of it, I have bought all titles from MM to Sam & Max + Grim Fandango at least twice.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 10, 2016 at 02:54
At that time, it was not illegal, at last in Italy. The first laws against piracy came up in 1991.
But morally I agree with you.
The first game I have purchased was Zak McKracken And The Alien Mindbenders™, AFTER having finished it with a cracked copy (you could digit any VISA code, it always worked). I decided to purchase it because I thought that their creators did a very good job, and they deserved my money (I was a teen, I earned the equivalent of today's $10 or €10 per week), so buying a videogame meant 3 weeks of money savings.
But I did it, I wanted it in italian, and wanted to get every information about my hero.

Arto - Aug 10, 2016 at 14:22
Zak was my first buy also :)

Someone - Aug 09, 2016 at 16:32
@Ron: You don't have to answer the following question, but after our short discussion on the other blog post, I'm very curious. :) Could you tell us, how much money all *backers* spend so far? Do we reach 1 million? :)

Ron Gilbert - Aug 09, 2016 at 16:37
Not even close.

Someone - Aug 09, 2016 at 17:17
2 million? ;)

(I guess the correct number is less than 700,000.)

Ron Gilbert - Aug 09, 2016 at 17:22
Yes. Post Kickstarter has provided a nice cushion and allowed for a few extra months of animation and programming, but it hasn't been huge.  It's also allowed for an additional tester.

Capitan Catarro - Aug 10, 2016 at 03:58
Hi Ron,

will u be at Gamescon at Colonia? Or maybe will be a playable version of TP there?


Big Red Button - Aug 10, 2016 at 08:39
To my knowledge, Ron announced in a podcast episode, that Ron, Gary  and David won't be there, due to a lack of time, but the game will be shown there by someone else (Malcolm?) - hopefully playable.

Capitan Catarro - Aug 10, 2016 at 10:59

nx - Aug 10, 2016 at 13:10

Big Red Button - Aug 10, 2016 at 14:26
Okay, therefore Robert is the chosen one. Thank you for revising my statement! ;)

peterszky - Aug 10, 2016 at 04:30
SUM(kickstarter backers + website backers) = ?

kickstarter backers = 15623

Big Red Button - Aug 11, 2016 at 09:30
Ron wrote in a comment: "We have around 18,000 backers."

Bogdan Barbu - Aug 10, 2016 at 05:37
Don't forget to update the FAQ and Support Us pages in case someone starts following the project late and is curious about this stuff.

MatDam - Aug 10, 2016 at 05:41
Done!! Upgraded my pladge from Pirate to Collector Box! I can't wait to PICK UP the COLLECTOR BOX and USE the COLLECTOR BOX with COMPUTER!!!

Bring me back to old times!! :) :)

Nor Treblig - Aug 10, 2016 at 20:11
"This does not work."

(Hint: you forgot to OPEN the box!)

Juha - Aug 10, 2016 at 08:32
When did the voicemail entering close? Was it during the summer. I marked the May email as important and guess did I remember to write my voice mail message or not? :-)

Juha - Aug 10, 2016 at 08:34
I am happy in any case that I am a backer and I wrote my name to the phone book. Just couldn't come up with anything funny enough as the voice mail text.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 10, 2016 at 09:16
Hi there,
what if Thimbleweed Park had been placed in an Ace Attorney case?
Maybe something like this...

(thanks to AceAttorney OnLine site for its superb case-making engine)


Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 10, 2016 at 14:41
Fixed "The trial could not be loaded" error.

Nor Treblig - Aug 10, 2016 at 20:17
Nice photo!

Steffen - Aug 10, 2016 at 12:08
Fully of topic - a minor request:

Hej Ron, Gary & Co:
you mentioned once the game has a 'classic' mode and a 'modern' mode. But you mentioned as well that even when playing a classic game nearly everybody wants to have modern comfort. For those who seems to be hardcore classic fans (playing in classic mode) I like to request an option to simulate a floppy drive:
In more or less regular time-frames (with some randomization) the game should ask for the next diskette and then simulate reading for some seconds on it.
That really would make the classic mode more realistic!  :-)

Best regards.

Nor Treblig - Aug 10, 2016 at 20:21
Plus optional loading screens between rooms, like this:

Another gag could be screeching modem sounds during autosaving to the cloud :-)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 11, 2016 at 02:42
Woooooha!!!!  Gobl(i)(ii)(iii)ns!!!
The b@%t@rd3%t game ever!! But hilarious, ahahah!!!

Zombocast - Aug 10, 2016 at 14:47
Ron is there any chance we can get a release party with the backers when Thimbleweedpark is released?

Or at least a, watch the Devs play the fist act.. Possibly, replacing a podcast because it functions the same way as Friday questions. Its a good way for new people to see the game and comment.

Though you did say you didn't want to do it live in this last podcast..

Ron Gilbert - Aug 10, 2016 at 14:50
We'll just fly everyone to Seattle. Much easier.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Aug 10, 2016 at 15:47
I don't know if your house is capable enough for hundreds of backers, but maybe the Skywalker ranch...
...imagine what a cool party would be, there!
I wonder if Mr. Lucas would agree to make such a party in The Ranch?

Big Red Button - Aug 11, 2016 at 09:33
Let's crowd-fund a Threepwood Ranch and have a party with the team there! :D

Zombocast - Aug 10, 2016 at 19:34
Sorry, i think i overstepped my bounds when i made my comment. Your current form of interaction with your backers is perfect, sometimes even too much because i forget how many roles you fill. PR, lead Dev, Writer, Producer, Editor, Blog designer... list continues several pages..

Bogdan Barbu - Aug 10, 2016 at 23:43
That sort of stuff requires money and it doesn't really serve as advertising; so it'd only be a little fun thing for the community here. But we can probably agree that we'd all prefer if the money went into making the game just a little better. :)

Also, would you really want to see the developers spoiling act 1 when you've already waited so long? :D

Mirko - Aug 11, 2016 at 06:06
I'm happy to have backed you up!
2017 can't come soon enough! 😊

Nelson - Oct 28, 2016 at 10:47
Perhaps a dumb question, but I backed Thimbleweed Park with a $25 "Pirate" donation a while back which mentioned "This reward instantly absolves you of all guilt, plus you get a fully legal digital copy of Thimbleweed Park for Mac, Windows and Linux.".  I thought this entitled me to a copy of the game when it was released, but it seems after reading this blog post that it's not....  Would someone please clarify?  I'm hoping that I don't need to order it after having made the pledge.  Thank you!

Ron Gilbert - Oct 28, 2016 at 10:52
If you backed at that level, you will get a digital copy of the game on Mac, Windows or Linux.

Nelson - Oct 28, 2016 at 11:06
Thank you Ron!  The game is looking awesome and like everyone else I can't wait to play!!!  Absolutely love everything I've seen (especially the humor and references to the old games!)  ;-)   Thanks again for doing this!!!