Podcast Delay

by Ron Gilbert
Sep 25, 2016

I caught a bad cold last week that I am just now getting over.  Due to feeling like crap, and having a voice to match, we didn't record the Friday Questions podcast. We'll record it on Monday and I'll have it edited and posted by Tuesday.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


I'm feeling better. We recorded the podcast yesterday. I need to fly to Argentina tomorrow, so I'll edit it on the plane and upload it when I get there. Scrambling to get everything done before leave.

- Ron

Oliver - Sep 25, 2016 at 15:34
1. First.
2. Get well soon!

Bogdan Barbu - Sep 25, 2016 at 15:56
Random thought: The graphics has evolved quite a bit over the course of the development process. Have you considered some slightly fancier mouse(/gamepad) cursors to go with it?

Ron Gilbert - Sep 25, 2016 at 16:06
No, I like the current one. I like the simplicity of it.

Manimal fan - Sep 25, 2016 at 16:06
But what is the secret of Monkey Island?

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 26, 2016 at 02:56
... goo.gl/3VxWU6

Balloon Boy - Sep 26, 2016 at 12:06
That the monkey smell does NOT wash off after you leave... not ever.

Christopher Griffin - Sep 27, 2016 at 10:21
Poor Ron.  He has to be sick of this question by now.  Perhaps a comment filter should be put into place to spare him from being asked in the comments of every blog post.

Big Red Button - Sep 27, 2016 at 11:11
This is an interesting idea.
Alternatively, he could implement a sort of anti-annoyance bot, which would answer these questions automatically. Though, it would need to be capable of detecting typos.
Moreover, he could prepare a short-cut button, which would allow him to answer "This is not final art." by one single click.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 28, 2016 at 04:44
No need for that, in this dev blog.
Common questions can be answered by us, dev blog regulars!

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 25, 2016 at 16:08
Ron, I just hope you feel well soon!

Geoffrey Paulsen - Sep 25, 2016 at 16:35
Feel better.  Sickness sucks.

Francesco Favia - Sep 25, 2016 at 18:32
Please Ron take pictures of you in this sterrible state as well with your used pixeled kleenex but be carefull, no spoilers allright?

Brian Bagnall - Sep 25, 2016 at 23:19
Will Thimbleweed Park change me?

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 26, 2016 at 00:28
Ok, Thank you for your efforts!

Geez what a picture!
Would you mind to add an option to substitute green vomit with colourful rainbow?

Wluut - Sep 26, 2016 at 01:01
Get well soon.
Don't worry about the Podcast being late. Health comes first.  We can wait.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 26, 2016 at 09:46
YOU can wait...


Mario F. - Sep 26, 2016 at 05:25
RON, get well soon. i have another question regarding your old LFG Games. Do you still get money out of it or you just did get your salary while working on the games?

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 26, 2016 at 06:31
I think I can answer this one, since he answered previously.

Just salary.

Alfred - Sep 26, 2016 at 09:44
Oh no! Sorry, Ron. Feel better!

Steffen - Sep 26, 2016 at 12:37
Gute Besserung!
(You may ask Boris if translation is needed)

criskywalker - Sep 26, 2016 at 13:32
Get better soon, Ron!

P.S.: Is it possible to include the image in the post as an animated GIF instead? That would be lovely!

Nr.2000 - Sep 27, 2016 at 11:42

criskywalker - Sep 27, 2016 at 13:57
Thank you! I feel disgusted and delighted at the same time.

Zombocast - Sep 26, 2016 at 14:43
Glad to see Portland didn't completely kill you. Hope you feel better

Big Red Button - Sep 26, 2016 at 16:06
Get well soon!

I have enough patience.

Nor Treblig - Sep 26, 2016 at 18:44
No Gil Ronbert? Stupid game!

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 26, 2016 at 19:24
It's strange that they have Tim, but not Ron.

Jammet - Sep 26, 2016 at 20:31
If Tim ever gets a movie, Jack Black should be the actor to play his role. But to be honest, I can't stand 2D platformers.

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 27, 2016 at 07:20
Jack Black would be good! 2D platformers are my favorite genre!

Nor Treblig - Sep 27, 2016 at 10:48
Wait, what is your favourite genre???

Farooq - Oct 02, 2016 at 11:03
I checked it about 2 weeks ago and rons picture was indeed in the homages section, weird that they removed it.

Nor Treblig - Oct 02, 2016 at 15:29
I thought it was strange seeing quite a lot of adventure game creators from then there, but him missing!

Franklin - Sep 26, 2016 at 20:39
I work at a small game company and everyone mocked this when it was launched. Not surprising to see Tim's ego front and center.  I assume he had to approve the use of his image. I wonder if they asked Ron and he said no.

Ron Gilbert - Sep 26, 2016 at 20:45
They never asked, but I would have said no.

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 27, 2016 at 07:18
Ron, that's too bad. Or not. I'm not a backer of the game.

Dieter - Sep 27, 2016 at 14:14
Why is that bad? I'm not sure if I like game designers in a game. I would prefer that they make games. :)

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 27, 2016 at 15:58
Because Ron is so talented and groundbreaking that he deserves to get more homages and be more famous! Hopefully Disney will then pay attention to him and give him the rights to Maniac Mansion and Monkey Island and so on...

Dieter - Sep 27, 2016 at 16:53
He deserves to be known as a great game designer. Not as a character in a third-class-game.

Disney is a big company. You have to be another big company to get recognised by them.

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 27, 2016 at 07:18
PS. Thank you for your comment, Ron!

Farooq - Oct 02, 2016 at 11:04
They did have had your picture about 2 weeks ago when i checked it. I dont know why they removed it.

Nor Treblig - Sep 27, 2016 at 04:01
They will probably add a disclaimer that those are just some random characters and every real-world resemblance is pure coincidence...
This seems to be meant as parody and I don't think they asked anyone for approval.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 27, 2016 at 04:05
Tom Schiffer... brother of Claudia, of course!

Nor Treblig - Sep 27, 2016 at 10:51
Now that you say it... I can see the similarities, they have the same belly button!

Gv - Sep 27, 2016 at 18:20
They have the same shade of white in the eye :)

Nor Treblig - Sep 28, 2016 at 09:50
In both eyes! That makes three similarities already!

Ema - Sep 29, 2016 at 19:12
Lokking at the drawing, they seem to have the same bra size, too.

Nor Treblig - Sep 30, 2016 at 04:16
Now it's getting suspicious. Maybe they are identical twins? (well, one of the both had made a sex change surgery in the past obviously)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 27, 2016 at 04:04
Well, I've appreciated the idea. But it's not my genre.

Andrew Hanson - Sep 27, 2016 at 08:55
Hope you get that half digested food back inside ya real soon. Favorite time of the month is Friday questions!

Geoffrey Paulsen - Sep 27, 2016 at 13:55

Ema - Sep 29, 2016 at 19:14
"Hope you get that half digested food back inside ya real soon"

This sounds really disgusting.

salty ride - Sep 27, 2016 at 14:36
We're waiting for you in Argentina Ron! Come and vomit over us during your conference, we'll be flattered.

alechair - Sep 27, 2016 at 17:51
Hey, u coming to Argentina for some "gaming-related" reason?

alechair - Sep 27, 2016 at 17:54
Just googled it. Hopefully I'll be there

Emiliano Parisi - Sep 28, 2016 at 00:38
Ron ! Why you come here? Argentina.
its a great honor ! please if you need anything, letme know ! :) In can open the doors car, carry your bags and make some good food !

Nico Stev - Sep 28, 2016 at 00:59
Welcome to Argentina Ron!
For any other Argentine reading this post, I just googled it, and Ron will be a Speaker at Tecnopolis next Saturday.

Ricardo Marichal - Sep 28, 2016 at 03:54

Soren Ladegaard - Sep 28, 2016 at 08:46
I have reloaded this page and soundcloud a millions times by now :-) Can't wait for the podcast :-)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:02
Meanwhile, let's play a little puzzle game.
For the record, every adult has answered this puzzle in a wrong manner, while some children under 12 have answered correctly.
In Thimbleweed Park city, a speechless man enters a shop. He wants a toothbrush. He stands in front of the clerk, open his mouth and with his right hand he mimics the vertical movement up-down. The clerk understands, brings a toothbrush and give him to the man.
A few minutes later, a blind man enters the shop. He wants a pair of sunglasses. What will he do to be understood?

Stef - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:10
@Zak he could use the yellow crystal on the shopkeeper and then use the shopkeeper's eyes to locate the sunglasses and give them to himself

Stef - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:12
@Zak ops i meant the blue crystal, and even then it only works on animals, so probably he should just speak to the shopkeeper

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 28, 2016 at 11:14
I like your reasoning! :-D

Nor Treblig - Sep 28, 2016 at 13:36
Scientifically we are animals too, so your answer with the blue crystal is (obviously) the most correct answer.

Ignacio - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:12
He will say: "I want a pair of sunglasses, please".

Stef - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:14
@Ignatio Just checking, how old are you?

Ignacio - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:20
I was under 12 when Maniac Mansion & Zak were released. My way of thinking has probably remained unaltered since.

Stef - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:25
Same for me, you're onto something

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 28, 2016 at 10:40
Correct! :-)

Mattias Cedervall - Sep 28, 2016 at 17:30
Objection! Your comment is correct, so I'm just objecting myself. :P *Points at the mirror and see tears appear...*

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 29, 2016 at 04:00
Let's see things from another point of view.
Godot enters a shop and asks: "I want a new visor"...

Stef - Sep 29, 2016 at 04:26
Shopkeeper replies: "Gimme a break! I've been waiting for you like A LOT!"

Dieter - Sep 29, 2016 at 07:02
"Another visitor. Stay a while. Stay forever..."

Mario F. - Sep 28, 2016 at 14:29
he draws his gun and says: open th eregister and gimme all your cash. what blind idiot needs sun glasses ?  ;-)

Stef - Sep 29, 2016 at 11:14
> he draws his gun

Yeah but how can he draw!? He's blind!

Paulup - Sep 28, 2016 at 19:40
The blind man should try to give chicken-on-pulley to the clerk. If that doesn't work, then try to "open" the sunglasses to see if he can get the lenses to use elsewhere. If that doesn't work then look at every object in the shop and then try to pick them up.
If that doesn't work then try using every inventory item he has on every item in the shop and on the clerk and on each other.
If that doesn't work then leave the shop and work on a different puzzle.

Arto - Sep 29, 2016 at 10:34
"Look at" is not in use when blind man is selected as the character. If mute man is selected, the "Look at" is available, but "Talk to" is not.

Mister T - Sep 29, 2016 at 04:07
Depends on who designed the puzzle. If it was Tim Schafer, I'd recommend trying the whole inventory on the shop keeper, and if that does not help, everything with everything else.

Geoffrey Paulsen - Sep 29, 2016 at 10:30
Continue to Walk to random locations on the dark screen until you feel the sunlight on your face.
Use grog glass on sunlight to fill it.
Wear sunglasses.
Wear wax lips.
Wear fine leather jacket.

Zombocast - Sep 28, 2016 at 20:41
We need some special case animation made of Ron boarding a plane. It would add value to Ron's story.Then add a title card to display his new location.

Dieter - Sep 29, 2016 at 04:36
You mean, like in Indy III? :)

Stef - Sep 29, 2016 at 05:52
I think more like in Lost :-D

Morphez - Sep 29, 2016 at 09:17
Get well soon.

Geoffrey Paulsen - Sep 29, 2016 at 14:57
Hey Argentina!  We want our Ron back.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 29, 2016 at 16:40
Maybe his plane has been hijacked and he landed in Lima, Peru...

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Sep 30, 2016 at 05:27
Oh, that's a relief! :-)

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