The Podcast is Delayed Until Sunday

by Ron Gilbert
Dec 05, 2015

Friday's podcast will be delayed until Sunday. I used to edit it Friday afternoon, but it takes over two hours and it was cutting too much into my work, so I moved to Saturday morning.

But today I'm going to be talking about making adventure game engines at HandmadeCon and I need to be there by 10am. I don't know if it will be streamed or available later online, but it would surprise me if it isn't.

Thank you for your patience. Please let this new piece of Mark Ferrari art distract your rage.

- Ron.

Christopher - Dec 05, 2015 at 11:52
That hat looks particularly pick-up-able.

Ron Gilbert - Dec 05, 2015 at 11:53
Note to self: File bug to make hat pick-up-able.

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:39
Sorry, difficulties in translation. is "file" a verb? Is "bug" the subject? Uhm, I don't understand, sorry for my poor english.

Zarbulonian - Dec 05, 2015 at 14:15
Yes, it is correct. "File a bug" stands for "File a bug report". You can also file a complain, for example.

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 15:02
Got it. Thank you. I did't understand because I didn't know that "bug" stood for "bug report".

Patrik Spacem - Dec 05, 2015 at 11:52
is the image from Mark? it looks different, like its not his touch. I might be wrong, of course.

Patrik Spacek - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:36's not Mark's

Patrik Spaces - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:42
No, I think it's Mark's.

Bogdan Barboo - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:43
I think Ron said not to steal other people's identity. Stop it.

Rick Astley - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:45
I'm never gonna give you up!

BongDan Baboon - Dec 05, 2015 at 15:04
Ron stated multiple times you'll give up, at last.

Patrik Spacer - Dec 05, 2015 at 17:17
I still think, it`s not Mark's

Bogdan Barbu - Dec 05, 2015 at 19:39
Hey, identity theft!

(There is however one occurrence where I replied to myself but used the wrong e-mail so the Gravatar didn't show up.)

Andrew Hanson - Dec 05, 2015 at 11:53
So angry! Anger subsided. Nice screenshot.

rag0r - Dec 05, 2015 at 11:53
NO PODCAAAAA uh fancy picture

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:03
These rooms are soooooo beautiful, but I think I have to stop reading this blog, since I don't want to see more art.
When I'll be playing, I'll sure get stuck somewhere. I don't want to try to solve the puzzle for two days, just to get as a reward a new room that I had already seen.
Sorry, Ron.... I vote for chit-chat only, from now on. :-)
Anybody who agrees?

Ron Gilbert - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:06
I'm being very careful about what I show. All of these rooms are easy to get to and not "rewards."

There is so much I wish I could show!

Markus - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:17
It would be pretty cool, if you would walk around as an Easteregg in the game. Your avatar shows that the graphics are done for this.
Maybe working in an alley next to a gamestore selling old Adventure Games.

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:46
Yum yum... that's all I wanted to hear... :-)

Big Red Button - Dec 05, 2015 at 22:08
Me too.

By the way it looks great. I still have to pinch myself that you are doing this project!

Is there cheese lying to the left of the ball?

Natalija - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:18
That blue pirate costume looks like it's from Guybrush in Monkey Island 2.

FloWo - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:35
It sure does!

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 15:00
Is that a pirate suit?!

7th guest - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:23
I just came here to mention, that I find it awesome that there was an Betamax tape as an icon, in the previous screenshot/post.

That gave me a nostalgiagasm, i gotta say. The Ican is well made too, of course. I didnt wanna out my appreciation in previous post, since it would take space away from people with questions.

7th guest - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:25
And this Ferrari room is beautiful too of course. It just didnt hit my nostalgia buttons. Just my sense of aesthetics.

7th guest - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:31
Also: it would be cool if when the character picked up that Betamax tape she or he would say: "Beta? eww!" Refering to the loosing format war Beta was facing, in accordance to VHS. Like that Simpsons episode, where we see Snake steal a VCR, and first realising it is a betamax he had stolen, long time after having left the house he robed.

7th guest - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:33
Or maybe some quality-snob comment that Beta is supirior to VHS in picture-quality.... or what ever was the case back then.

Ema - Dec 05, 2015 at 12:58
Betamax vs. VHS is a sad story to me. Undoubtably Betamax was better, but I can't be "snob" stating it, as I was a possessor of a VHS: I was very disappointed I had to make do with a lower quality just to have.... titles.
Who could desire a powerful and beautiful car that can only run on 2% of the roads? Someone, back in those days said this referring to Macintosh... but it fits betamax even better.

urielz - Dec 05, 2015 at 15:38
somehow this reminds me of what's going on between consoles and pc nowadays...

mhvjfyjj djdht - Dec 05, 2015 at 18:54
I think  it is beta and not  vhs c.

Because you see all of the reel to the left,  and not half of it, as it is with all  vhs c.

Also there is the metal thing on btypical beta tapes, on the left side of the tape, that fits well with the icon

Ema - Dec 06, 2015 at 02:54
I think you're right.

badde - Dec 05, 2015 at 13:51
Perhaps we will be able to sort the icons in the inventory? Like Drag and drop?

Carlo Valenti - Dec 05, 2015 at 16:53
Non frontal perspective! I am astonished. Nice icons too. Are they final?

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Dec 06, 2015 at 00:30
Ahah, you asked for it and they did it!

Geoffrey Paulsen - Dec 05, 2015 at 17:36 ew... pretty..... <drool>

Mattias Cedervall - Dec 05, 2015 at 17:43
It's no problem, Ron. I'm not sure if I will be alive when the game comes out, but I hope I get to play it somehow.

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Dec 06, 2015 at 00:36
One day you live, and another day you suddenly pass out without notice...

Mattias Cedervall - Dec 07, 2015 at 03:01
That's true, my friend.

Peter Campbell - Dec 05, 2015 at 18:04
The dressing room reminds me a little bit of the dressing room from the Courage the Cowardly Dog episode "The Great Fusilli", man I miss that show.

Regarding the podcast, I'm assuming that my question of "What's the 2015 Game of the Year" created such a furious argument between Ron, Gary and David that Ron now has to spend hours editing out all of the profanity and angry tirades that they threw at one another.  Or at least that's what I like to think happened, I'm not even really expecting that question to be featured on the podcast lol.

Oh, and Ransome has somehow gotten even more obnoxious and ugly looking than before.  Like a cross between Chucky (Child's Play or Rugrats, take your pick) and Bugs Bunny =)

Nathan - Dec 05, 2015 at 18:59
I think Mark should make that a black cannon with a green base...

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Dec 06, 2015 at 01:02
So this is Sunday
And what have you done
Another week over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Sunday
I hope you had fun
To meet many people
To greet everyone

A very happy Sunday
And a happy new week
For sure it's a good one
With a newer podcast

And so we wait podcast
From the T.P. team
For Germans and French ones
And from Italy
And so happy Sunday
For black and for pink
For yellow and red ones
Let's hold our breath...

Happy Sunday!

Carlo Valenti - Dec 06, 2015 at 13:19
Gaaame iiiis oooveeer
iiif youuu dooon't plaaay
Weee  waaant Teee.Peee.

(sorry, I just could not resist)

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Dec 06, 2015 at 16:11
Ahahah good! You found the missing words!

Biggus Dickus - Dec 06, 2015 at 17:29
I'm the great Cornholio! I need teepee for my bunghole!

Soren Ladegaard - Dec 06, 2015 at 14:10
It's sunday evening at 8 PM here in Denmark ;-)

FloWo - Dec 06, 2015 at 14:21
In Austria, too

Zak Phoenix McKracken - Dec 06, 2015 at 16:13
10:22 PM here in Italy.
PLease let's have faith in our Ron!

Marc - Dec 06, 2015 at 14:44
WHICH Sunday?

Carlo Valenti - Dec 06, 2015 at 15:30
I...... neeeeeed...... poooodcaaassst.... Pleeeeeeease..... I.... feeeeeel..... baaaad..... diiiiizzzyyy.... siiiiick.... Pleeeeeeease....  Mrrrrrr.... Gilbeerrrrrxwgmflgzzhhhhh.....

Andreas - Dec 06, 2015 at 15:43
Sun 6 Dec 20:43h UTC+0:

By now all countries east of the prime meridian in Greenwich are in complete chaos.
Angry mobs are renaming their Wifi SSIDs in all major cities and demand the promised podcast.

It's only a matter of time until chaos reaches the capitals further west.

Prepare yourself...

Andreas - Dec 06, 2015 at 15:43
Sun 6 Dec 20:43h UTC+0:

By now all countries east of the prime meridian in Greenwich are in complete chaos.
Angry mobs are renaming their Wifi SSIDs in all major cities and demand the promised podcast.

It's only a matter of time until chaos reaches the capitals further west.

Prepare yourself...

urielz - Dec 06, 2015 at 16:06
Confirmed! They ran out to Venezuela with all the kickstarter money :D

Marc - Dec 06, 2015 at 16:18
You do know that in Iraq and further to the east, it's already Monday, right?

And the RAGE! Not to mention five years of therapy!

ac - Dec 08, 2015 at 01:51
Great talk, just watching the handmadecon recording.

It's amazing how Jon.Blow is just like me when it comes to design+programming. I think one just naturally develops into that if you are the same personality (likely INFP - slightly shy dreamer,visionary,perfectionist with sense of right and wrong etc) and learn things on your own. (at the end of his talk he made some comments about education, which I'd personally attribute to INFP-types preference to learning through practical application, apprenticeship and such under those we personally recognize as being talented vs appointed like in school)

Big Red Button - Dec 08, 2015 at 17:11
Thank you for the link, ac!
I've just listened to the complete talk. It is perhaps the most interesting talk with Ron I've ever listened to, because of all the detailed technical informations.

@ Ron: Especially your approach to the music in TP, which is obviously very inspired by iMuse, is extremely interesting! It sounds truly ambitious, so I hope it will work and I can't wait to experience it!

Big Red Button - Dec 08, 2015 at 12:22
Hey, the screen above doesn't have more than 256 colors, does it? I just used the posterize function of GIMP in order to reduce the color palette of the picture to 256 colors and I didn't notice any changes. I'm rapt! That's perfect!

Big Red Button - Dec 10, 2015 at 09:05
What about white gloves on Ransome's desk?