DeathSpank Named Game of the Century

Dec 19, 2009 twenty five to eight am

People often stop me on the street and say "Hey Ron!" and I say "I don't have any change...get job!" and then they say "We're not beggars, we just want to know why you're working so hard on DeathSpank?" and I say "We do it for you so you can play the best damn game ever!" and then I give them some pocket change so they can buy booze.

One of the things we've been working so hard on the last 2 months is dialog.  Over 6000 lines of the funniest crap you'll ever hear.  How do I know it's funny?  Because actors never study their lines.  They just come in to the studio and begin recording and quite often they will start laughing and we'll have to stop recording because it's the first time they've read it and it's funny.

I wanted to introduce you to a couple of the actors in DeathSpank and who better to start with than Michael Dobson who plays DeathSpank.  When we did auditions back in March I had no real idea what DeathSpank should sound like.  Michael was the first person to read for the part and he nailed it so perfectly that we just stopped looking.  He's top notch and when he's in the recording studio he becomes DeathSpank.  I can't imagine the game without him.

Second on the list is Brian Dobson (no relation to Michael Dobson...oh wait...my mistake, they're brothers).  Brian plays Eubrick the Retired with perfection (not to mention several other roles).  For those of you that saw the demos at PAX, we were showing one of the dialogs between DeathSpank and Eubrick.

Next up on the star studded list is Orange Couch.  Not sure how we would have made it without Orange Couch.  This is where I'd sit and pour over scripts and do last minute rewrites if things weren't working out or as funny as they could be.

And last is Hothead's "Sound Guy" Adam.  Don't let the unassuming name of "Sound Guy" fool you, despite having his fingers on all the wrong buttons in the this picture, he knows what he's doing right up there with the best I've ever worked with and the sound design in DeathSpank is excellent.

Well, that's it for this episode of "Why the Hell Doesn't Ron Post More on His Blog!".

Other people's comments:

Posted by Hoffmann on Dec 22, 2009 twenty past five pm

Funny is not good enough. I demand blood tears of laugh.

Posted by Noah Falstein on Dec 22, 2009 twenty five past six pm

I've never trusted your voice casting since you picked me for Guybrush for the MI prototype.  I mean, do I sound like a clueless dork?  Maybe Mark Hamill in the unreleased NPR audio version of Star Wars Ep IV talking about his power converters is a clueless dork, but I sound more like George Clooney.  I'm sure of it.

Posted by Ruben Grimm on Dec 22, 2009 quarter past seven pm

The last month I often thought: "Why the Hell Doesn't Ron Post More on His Blog?"
Now I know, well in fact I knew before... You're of the hook, but only if the game is gonna blow my mind.

IF it's going to blow my mind, and my prof is gonna let me, I'm considering writing my bachelor thesis in german linguistics about the reflection of the game industry in the dialogues of Deathspank or something like that, so give me something to work on ;)

Posted by Nacho on Dec 22, 2009 twenty to nine pm

Yay Ron. So I suppose you're getting close to release date, huh?

Posted by Vhill on Dec 22, 2009 quarter to eleven pm

Nice cast Ron, but when will you give us the release date.

Posted by tenochtitlan on Dec 23, 2009 quarter to two am

Gamasutra has a recent interview with Ron saying that almost everything is done and they're now playtesting and balancing the game. So a release somewhen early 2010 sounds reasonable to me...

Gamasutra: What phase are you guys in now?
RG: I don't know what phase [laughs]. I can't put a word to that. We're getting very close. The whole world is completely carved out, totally textured. Everything's all done. All the adventure game is done. All the monsters are placed. It really is just about playing and tuning, playing and tuning, over and over and over, just making sure everything just works perfectly. (http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/4221/ron_gilbert_a_new_adventure.php)

Posted by Pewterschmidt on Jan 13, 2010 five past three pm

Yeah, sounds like that... Ron, we will hold you to an early 2010 release based on this interview!

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 23, 2009 five past two am

Damn there goes my theory of Ron working on the next MI :) Ha ha. Ron glad to hear you are fine. Finish DeathSpank we want to play it pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

Posted by Pixel on Dec 23, 2009 twenty five to three am

Aaaargh! An post.

falls of chair

Posted by Zibbibbo on Dec 23, 2009 five past four am

Great news! DeathSpank is coming !!!!!!!!

Posted by Glottris on Dec 23, 2009 twenty five to five am

nice i love dialog
dont rush the release make it worth waiting 4*

Posted by Matthew Kane on Dec 23, 2009 twenty to nine am

Just the "Game of the Century" Ron?  Not the Millennium or Eon?  There you go...thinking small again.

Posted by PFloydRules on Dec 23, 2009 twenty past nine am

How much for Orange Couch Ron? Start a bid!

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 23, 2009 twenty to noon

Ron I think you owe to the fans a section of commenting on what themes and ideas are based on your concepts regarding the Tales of MI. We want to know which additions are your inputs and if the twists at the end are also your inputs. At least a basic review or something no need to criticise. Thank you.
Demetris

Posted by Nathan on Dec 24, 2009 quarter to three am

Rod, I think you owe it to the fans a section completely ignoring Tales of Monkey Island.

Many thanks,

Nathan

Posted by Nathan on Dec 24, 2009 quarter to three am

...

Dammit. I clicked submit and then reread that comment. I don't want it to be read as negative at all; I loved ToMI. I just think it needs to stand on its own merits and let the fans judge it for themselves.

Posted by Brad Kessler on Dec 25, 2009 twenty five to eight pm

Too bad. Some mistakes are bound not to be corrected.

Posted by fred arrr on Dec 23, 2009 ten past noon

Thanks a lot for that link, tenochtitlan!

Posted by D on Dec 23, 2009 five past four pm

Hail to the Orange Couch.

Posted by Someone on Dec 24, 2009 five past four am

Yeah right! Just date it back so it seems as if it were just 101 days since the last blog. Pretty smart!

Posted by Karl on Dec 25, 2009 twenty five to eight pm

Ok I read it. When is the next blog update Ron?

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Dec 25, 2009 twenty five to nine pm

May

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 26, 2009 five past seven am

Is that when you will reveal the secret finally?!!!

Posted by Kathrin on Dec 26, 2009 five to nine am

Sigh... this joke is getting old, Demetris.

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 26, 2009 ten past one pm

We can only live in hope!

Posted by Karl on Dec 30, 2009 five past six am

May? As in "May, when I will post about the release of Deathspank" May?

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 30, 2009 twenty to seven am

No May as in `May I will tell you when the next announcement for another anouncement will be`
Demetris

Posted by Credible Source on Jan 15, 2010 quarter past two pm

I think there's a good chance DeathSpank will be released in May.

Posted by Karl on Jan 15, 2010 twenty five to eight pm

Yeah, how could Ron make a joke, let alone lie on December 25?? May is gonna be interesting.

Posted by Francis on Jan 6, 2010 twenty past eleven am

Ok, when MAY the next update be then?

Posted by Dawid van Straaten on Dec 26, 2009 five past nine pm

I was actually a bit disappointed with how DeathSpank sounded when he talked to Eubrick... But I'll only be able to make my final judgement once I've actually played the game, and I understand the character better...

Posted by M0jo on Dec 27, 2009 half past ten am

sorry to talk off topic but this guy is an insanely brilliant game designer
http://www.distractionware.com/

Posted by Seb on Jan 6, 2010 ten to eight am

I totally agree. Don't look back was huge for me, I'm also glad Kong was the sponsor. Talented folks for sure.

Posted by blombo on Dec 29, 2009 quarter past nine am

Doesn't it strike you as strange that Michael Dobson's brother is Rowan Atkinson?

Posted by karl, who has a head like an orange on Dec 30, 2009 ten past six am

Yeah, Brian Dobson even looks a bit like Mr. Bean!

Posted by JuanPi on Dec 29, 2009 five past ten am

Don't forget the Wiiiiiii !!!!!
Well... is there any chance it will be for this platform?

Thx!

Posted by tenochtitlan on Dec 29, 2009 twenty past eleven am

There are no official plattform confirmations from Hothead yet (except Ron using an Xbox 360 controller on a PC during PAX demos), but judging from the Penny Arcade games PC, Mac, Linux, PSN and XBLA seem possible. As far as I know Hothead never did a port for Nintendo consoles so far, so that stays (yet) another "maybe" ;)

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 30, 2009 ten to seven am

Ron. I was watching the DeathSpank gameplay video here

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPQrcXzMao0

and I noticed something again which I wanted to ask but forgot. Why does no monster attack DeathSpank unless that monster is attacked by DeathSpank? Is it just for the demo or will the final release be like that.
Demetris

Posted by Ron Gilbert on Dec 30, 2009 twenty five to eight am

Good Eye!  When we captured the game play footage, I had aggro turned off.  It's easier to capture footage when monsters aren't doing things you don't expect.

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 30, 2009 nine am

Does that mean we will be able to turn it off :) if we wanted?

Posted by Anique on Jan 4, 2010 twenty past seven am

Of course not. He might be using an Alpha version with developer controls.

Posted by karl on Jan 9, 2010 quarter to three pm

That would be cheating.

Posted by momba on Dec 30, 2009 ten past one pm

Boy, Ron must have scared the guy in the last picture and told him a joke at the same time...

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 30, 2009 two pm

Ron did you see this alternative ending to MI2?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-CTx-S9f-8&feature=related

Posted by Someone on Jan 6, 2010 quarter to noon

that one is not bad...

Posted by Demetris Thoupis on Dec 31, 2009 twenty to five pm

Ron and everyone Happy New Year.

Posted by JD on Jan 3, 2010 twenty five past ten am

Sounds like it's going to be a great game

Posted by Anique on Jan 4, 2010 quarter past seven am

Thank God u posted a blog post

Posted by Sarah on Jan 4, 2010 quarter past eleven pm

"Uh, excuse me, Mr Simpson. On the Itchy & Scratchy CD-ROM, is there a way to get out of the dungeon without using the wizard key?"

Posted by Joe on Jan 5, 2010 twenty five to eleven am

Ron?

Posted by Finbar O'Mahony on Jan 6, 2010 ten to three am

Hi ron,
Do you ever get a bit tired of people not so much asking questions but having a bit of a "gimmie gimmie gimmie" mentality to their posts?

Posted by Pewterschmidt on Jan 9, 2010 quarter to three pm

Suckup.

Posted by Francis on Jan 6, 2010 twenty past eleven am

Sorry I gotta ask:

If you need help to record lines for, say, a Troll with a French accent, I'd be glad to do it for free just to have my name in the credits.

Posted by Finbar O'Mahony on Jan 8, 2010 twenty past three am

Or a boring Irish voice, could play a character who has an monotonous and incredibly boring voice, for comedic affect of course

Posted by Francis on Jan 8, 2010 quarter to six am

Irish Leprechaun character. So original.

That will never be as funny as a French Troll.

Posted by Karl on Jan 9, 2010 ten to three pm

I agree. A French Leprauchan with an accent would indeed be funny

Posted by Francis on Jan 11, 2010 quarter to one pm

You're right, it's even better !!!

Posted by Finbar O'Mahony on Jan 11, 2010 twenty past three am

Who said anything about a Leprechaun?

We have other things over here you know!!
like... cows, nuns, and sausages

Now a sausage with a boring Irish voice, how ordinary is that!!!

Posted by Pewterschmidt on Jan 12, 2010 five to ten pm

An Irish nun with a dirty mouth, cursing away all day in hard to understand English would be funny too.

Posted by Iome on Jan 8, 2010 three pm

Ron, can you share with us any news on which system DeathSpank will be available?

Posted by George on Jan 9, 2010 ten past eight am

...or can you at least share any news?

Posted by CIA on Jan 9, 2010 quarter to three pm

CONFIDENTIAL

Posted by Prentiss on Jan 12, 2010 twenty five to two am

finally a new blog entry!
so, iam still waiting for my christmas present aka deathspank.
you guys at hothead better hurry!

from germany with hugs


PS: mr. gilbert, you still have to sign my thong of justice!

Posted by Elaine Marley XD on Jan 14, 2010 twenty five past nine am

Mmmmm Orange Couch -> Ron ... ......Orange Couch -> Ron
yuuum :D

Posted by Someone on Jan 14, 2010 five past seven pm

.....akward silence.....

Posted by Big fan of rubber chickens on Jan 15, 2010 twenty to three am

Will there be any rubber chickens in this game, that's all I want to know.

Posted by Nort on Jan 19, 2010 five to eight am

DeathSpank DeathSpank I want DEATHSPANK!!!
OR A relese date! Ok, I will be satisfied with a release date announcement.
Well AT LEAST the month, yes I WANT to KNOW the month of its release!!!
OK I can go for the quarter!!! Q2? I must be Q2!!!
Please, Ron please can you at least confirm a 2010 release...?

Posted by Anonymous Tipster on Jan 19, 2010 five past six pm

He pretty much confirmed its release in 2010 in an earlier blog post. And I'm guessing it's May (see comments above).

Posted by Someone on Jan 19, 2010 twenty to midnight

One month without a blog entry behind, four to go.

Posted by Prof. Ripley on Jan 20, 2010 half past six am

Thesis: Avatar is the remake of Pocahontas in 3D.

Discuss.

Posted by Evidence on Jan 20, 2010 twenty to seven am

Here is James Cameron's ripped off cough I, mean original cough treatment... http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/01/04/avatar-pocahontas-in-spac_n_410538.html

Posted by James That Dashing Fellow on Jan 20, 2010 twenty to seven am

Ron do you like Avatar? Or do you hate it like you hated The Dark Knight?

Posted by Kay Parker on Jan 20, 2010 seven am

I haven't heard of this film called Avatar... is it any good?

Posted by Ophelia on Jan 20, 2010 seven am

Ron's blog - where cynics come to mate.

Posted by Someone on Jan 20, 2010 quarter past three pm

Ron's blog - where cool comes to die.

Posted by Somebody on Jan 21, 2010 five to three pm

Ron's blog - where everyone is present except Ron

Posted by Bob on Jan 20, 2010 five to seven am

For all it's admittedly impressive production values and effects, this film pretty much breaks the cliche meter:

1) The scientists are enlightened secular saints.

2) The military are bigoted, trigger-happy killers rather than professional soldiers.

3) The corporate CEO is an aloof, money-hungry but otherwise bland white guy whose job is to say "Hey, audience, see this little rock? It's the film's MacGuffin. Okay, back to our story..."

4) The noble savages are just that. No messy fighting among themselves, despoiling their environment, enslaving each other, ritual sacrifice of their own people, or any other behavior would make the audience less sympathetic to them.

5) Our hero. Initially, White Guilt Guy who learns from the natives how evil his culture, exemplified by the aforementioned Military and Corporate Strawmen, is. Later, White Pulp Magazine Hero Guy who beds the exotic native chick who was betrothed to Native Warrior Guy and then through an act of profound bravery (because physical courage translates to a deep knowledge of troop deployment, maneuver, tactics, supply line management, et cetera) comes to lead the noble savages, thereby assuming the role of White Man's Burden Guy.


By the way, James Cameron, thanks for taking the bold step of using the sci fi film medium to convey to the audience that forcibly displacing indigenous people to strip mine their land is wrong. Maybe in your next film you can tackle other cutting-edge topics like giving women the vote.

Posted by Johnny Seedwalker on Jan 23, 2010 twenty to six am

There's a huge difference though: it's set in space and the natives are blue.

Posted by Someone on Feb 2, 2010 twenty five past ten am

Wow dude, it's a goddamn movie. Aren't people allowed to make movies anymore?

Posted by JerryPopper on Jan 26, 2010 quarter past five am

DeathSpank named Game Longest in the Making.

Posted by theosk on Jan 30, 2010 five past eleven am

That's untrue, there's still hope for DNF

Posted by Richard Roe on Jan 26, 2010 ten to six am

More Deathspank news ASAP please!

Posted by Matt Damon on Jan 26, 2010 quarter past nine am

Matt Damon!

Posted by Matt Damon on Jan 26, 2010 half past ten am

Matt Damon!

Posted by Matt Damon on Feb 4, 2010 five past four am

Maaaaatt Da-mon!

Posted by NfregNato on Jan 30, 2010 five past four am

Ron, xbox360 pretty much confirmed isntit?

Posted by Someone on Jan 30, 2010 quarter to five am

Do I have to buy the newest AdLib to hear these funny guys?

Posted by Arrrrrr Pirate on Feb 1, 2010 twenty to five pm

"Why the Hell Doesn't Ron Post More on His Blog!"

Posted by Dan on Feb 2, 2010 twenty five to eight pm

The lack of news about Death Spank sure is annoying.

Posted by Martin on Feb 3, 2010 five to three pm

I think less hype is better, Brutal Legend taught me that.

Posted by JerryPopper on Feb 4, 2010 ten past four am

But hype is also part of good marketing... I'm sure Ron is interested in selling a few copies of DeathSpank.

Posted by Ramon on Feb 5, 2010 quarter to five am

You can obviously release news about comming soon games without hyping or spoiling the community, take Dead Rising 2 as a example, tell us what you guys are working on, how is it going, show us some screenshots, present us some characters, theres alot of info that can be released without "hyping" up the customers ;-) and like they say, I'm sure Ron is interested in selling a few games atleast.

Even Capcom is delaying some games in order to get more sells (without competing with other Games/Companies) where is DeathSpaink going to fit on that?

Posted by Elaine Marley XD on Feb 6, 2010 twenty to one pm

There's no better hype than Ron's name in the game's title.
No marketing-stupid-team of Dragon Age, Mass Effect or Call of Dty can do it better with all of their hype hideous arsenal of spam and lies... that only make one suspect about the quaility of the game

P.d: I'm playing Msss Effect 2 and i like it :P (Dragon Age sucks anyway)

Posted by gregsoldo on Feb 5, 2010 ten to two pm

This is awesome! Congrats.

What engine did you use for Deathspank? Did you make it? or it's a thirdparty one.

Posted by TheBearPaw on Mar 6, 2010 twenty past two am

Beautiful! The voice recording is a very important part of the game. I can't wait for "Deathspank"!


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