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!".