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Most of the News Since We've Been Down

08 Jul, 2015, 21:09 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 2
I always try to do a news post of Mojo related tidbits after our downtime. This one's going to be a long one. At least, with the new server, it'll likely be the last.

Christian Adam has found a solution to allow the people who have graphics hardware below the requirements of Grim Fandango Remastered to play the game in classic mode.

Double Fine is making games in conjunction with Adult Swim Games, as well as Zoink Games.

On the subject of Double Fine, Massive Chalice went out of early access and received it's full release, and Iron Brigade has had Game for Windows Live replaced with Steamworks, fixing matchmaking. The latter was possible thanks to the fact that Double Fine has regained the rights to Iron Brigade from Microsoft.

At E3, it was revealed that ex-Mojoer and former Telltale developer extraordinaire, Jake Rodkin's company Campo Santo will have the console debut of their first game Firewatch on PS4. It is also going to be released on PC, Mac, and Linux. No release date has been set, but Campo Santo is aiming for release by the end of 2015.

Telltale is making a three episode miniseries that will be DLC for The Walking Dead: Season Two called The Walking Dead: Michonne, set during the period of the comics when Michonne is absent from the group. They also finally showed a little bit of what their Minecraft: Story Mode will look like.

Lucasfilm is working on a fully interactive 3D virtual Star Wars world, via their ILM experience lab.

Humongous Entertainment games are starting to make their way to GOG.com. The Pajama Sam series made its way to the service earlier this month.

The co-creator of Maniac Mansion and Thimbleweed Park, Gary Winnick, had his best selling comic, Bad Dreams, released in trade paperback format on the 17th of June.

While we're on the subject of Thimbleweed Park, be sure to check out the Thimbleweed Park development blog, as lots of good inside information about the development process of that game is being posted regularly.

Learn about Ron's lost LucasArts game

13 Feb, 2015, 14:48 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Grumpy Gamer | Comments: 1

Back when we had a functional games database (a revival effort for which Remi will surely be taking donations), I Was a Teenage Lobot may have existed as a content-free entry stub. It was one of those unproduced games that we knew pretty much one thing about: a title. It was a game Ron, along with David Fox and Noah Falstein, pitched to Lucasfilm Games management between Koronis Rift and Maniac Mansion. It didn't happen, obviously, and the world grew just a little bit darker.

And now the design document is out, courtesy of Aric Wilmunder's mad archival skillz. Now you can find out what the game was, which includes Ron's first known use of the name "Chuck" and a penchant for threatening teenaged brains that would find its way into his next realized project. The rare document even contains some concept art. Damn we're relevant.

David Fox and Ken Macklin Join the Thimbleweed Park Team!

10 Dec, 2014, 20:48 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 4
More maniacs have joined the team for Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's Thimbleweed Park.

The first is Ken Macklin, who designed the cover for Maniac Mansion. He will be doing the cover for Thimbleweed Park as well.

Secondly, is the creator of Zak McKracken, David Fox. He worked on Maniac Mansion as well, doing most of the SCUMM scripting for the game, and is apparently the one we have to thank for the hamster in the microwave joke.

So if you haven't backed yet, or want to move up a pledge tier, now's the perfect time to head over to the kickstarter and back the game.

Thimbleweed Park funded; give it even more money so we can get it voiced

24 Nov, 2014, 18:59 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 2

Twenty-three days left, and Thimbleweed Park is funded. Woo! But, now we have actual stretch goals and particularly the highest one, $625,000, needs to be reached. I mean, a talkie version? In 1989 that'd be like magic. Dark magic.

So, run and fund! Screw retirement, this is like investing in your own future.

The goals:

$425,000: Game translated into German, Spanish, French, and Italian. Up it by $1, and the game will be translated into German by the guy who did Monkey Island, Boris Schneider-Johne. (Pretty sure he is made up.)

$525,000: iOS and Android conversion.

$625,000: Magic!

We sit down with Ronzo and Gary and talk Thimbleweed Park. Minus the sitting.

21 Nov, 2014, 16:35 | Posted by: A Pirate! Yar! | Comments: 3

There are questions one can ask the duo behind Thimbleweed Park, and there are important questions one can dig into. We chose the latter -- Will Chuck the Plant make an appearance? Will there be nude statues? Is Ken Macklin making a comeback? -- and you reap the benefits.

Run and read our interview with Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick. You'll never ask for those five minutes back.

(Run.)

From the good news department: Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick announce new adventure game!

18 Nov, 2014, 19:09 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 8

So, here's one for us all to enjoy: Ronzo "Ron" Gilbert -- you know him from… oh, you know him -- and Gary "Maniac Mansion" Winnick have teamed up to make another old-school adventure: Thimbleweed Park.

Let that one sink in for a bit. Then look at the screenshots.

And then watch the trailer:

Better let it all sink in again, before you Kickstart the hell out of it. Yes, it's a Kickstarter thingy. Sorry, but it'll be worth your while, we kinda promise-ish. :~ (And we'll announce a new Jason video soon!)

Find the press release after the cut.

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We were just testing you! Ron uploads rare SCUMM notes, which we knew about

08 Aug, 2014, 23:39 | Posted by: Jason | Source: Grumpy Gamer | Comments: 1

It was with justifiable outrage that avid Mojo groupie Rum Rogers seethed the following rebuke at us in the comments of the prior news post:

It's incredible to see Mojo's not mentioning Ronzo's handwritten notes for building SCUMM.

We stand chastened. Or do we? Can you really prove that we haven't been sitting on this intel deliberately in an attempt to spur a gesture of your pledged love for us? Seems it's you who had the wool pulled over his eyes! Also: we're pregnant.

In all seriousness, we apologize for not being on top of this. But you've got to expect this kind of lassitude now that Mojo is a publicly-funded entity. Oh, you heard me. Yeah, might want to pay closer attention to those little amendments that get tacked on to the highway bill before you pull the lever next time, ya saps!

Humongous Flash Bundle

29 Jul, 2014, 04:19 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The Humongous Flash Bundle is on now, with a bunch of Humongous Entertainment games for cheap, with a portion to go to charity. Best of all, if you pay $20 or more, you can get all of the games that have been released on Steam so far (that's 1/5 of the usual price). You'll also get DRM-free versions for Windows, but if you run a different operating system, rest assured that most of the games run on ScummVM, so if you run the Windows versions of the game through ScummVM on the platform of your choice, you'll still be getting the same experience.

Ronzo Finds Original Maniac Mansion Documents. Gives Them To You.

22 Jul, 2014, 07:04 | Posted by: jp-30 | Source: Grumpy Gamer | Comments: 2
So, Ron Gilbert was cleaning out more of his Seattle Storage Unit and found the original pitch documents for Maniac Mansion. And as he already did with his Monkey Island sketches (we reported that, surely?) he scanned them and posted them for your general amusement.

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Read the whole thing and marvel at the illustrations here on Ron's Grumpy gamer blog.

LucasArts old-timers reveal another sequel you've been screwed out of

08 Jul, 2014, 01:17 | Posted by: Jason | Source: US Gamer | Comments: 1

Not sure what you did to deserve this, but the internet has published another one of those excellent interviews with the Lucasfilm Games elders for the likes of us to enjoy. It was conducted by Jaz Rignallm, who'd visited the studio in 1985 on behalf of ZZAP! 64 when games like Koronis Rift and The Eidolon were the hot titles in the pipeline.

The article mostly reads like a transcripted discussion between Rignallm and the following: Steve Arnold, David Fox, Ron Gilbert, Peter Langston and Chip Morningstar. There is rare art and fascinating anecdotes aplenty, including a proposed sequel you surely weren't aware of:

David continues, "About four or five years ago, I got the team together and pitched LucasArts to do a sequel [to The Eidolon]. Loren Carpenter whipped up a demo on the iPhone. You could fly around the landscape. I think we were really close to having a deal in place, and then the president of LucasArts, Darrel Rodriguez, was replaced."

Ron interjects, "He was the one that did all the Monkey Island remakes and stuff. He was a lot more interesting."

"Yeah, he loved the old stuff," agrees David. "He wanted to go back and pull that stuff out and engage the fans in a way that I thought was great. And then the company decided they wanted to do Star Wars again, to focus in that area, and all this stuff got pushed aside. I'd love to see it, but now I think it's even less likely – unless it was a different title."

Bob Mackey, a huge fan of the early LucasArts games, asks, "Right now I guess Disney owns everything you guys have don at Lucasfilm Games. And there hasn't been any word about making these games available via services that distribute old games. How do you feel about that? Knowing that there are these amazing games you worked on that are all just unavailable unless you pirate them?"

David thinks for a moment. "Well, it seems like they're missing an opportunity. If they had a legal way for people to purchase them, I think people would do that, rather than trying to cobble them together with pirate downloads and emulators. But it's not Star Wars. I think they bought Lucasfilm for Star Wars, not old games."

This discussion took place around GDC 2014, before this Grim Fandango remastering business came to light, so here's hoping the missed opportunities stand a chance at being, you know, un-missed in the future.

We're Back! Here's What We Missed

02 Jun, 2014, 19:02 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
While we were down, things kept right on going. So, here's what we missed during our downtime:

The Wolf Among Us Episode 4 finished releasing on the already announced platforms (PC/Mac/PSN/XBLA/iOS) and The Walking Dead: Season Two Episode 3 finally received a release date for PS Vita: June 3rd in North America and June 4th in Europe. Also, Telltale announced a bunch of disc versions of their games: PS4 and Xbox One will be getting The Walking Dead, The Wolf Among Us, and The Walking Dead: Season Two. There will also be disc versions of The Walking Dead: Season Two and The Wolf Among Us for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. No release dates yet have been announced.

And last but not least, Ron Gilbert's Match 3 puzzle game, Scurvy Scallywags, is now on Android, Tommo and Night Dive released 5 more Humongous Entertainment games on Steam, and bjbennyboy's Telltale Explorer now supports Poker Night 2, Law & Order: Legacies, and The Walking Dead: Season One.

Humongous the Third

20 May, 2014, 22:49 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
The Humongous releases just keep coming. Steam now has more Humongous Entertainment games for sale: Putt-Putt Travels through Time, Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell, Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet, Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone, and Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack.

There are still 10 games to go, which will release in two batches, on May 29th and June 6th. If you want to get them all now, Steam also has a pack for each franchise as well as a pack for all 28 games, which costs just shy of $100 USD.

Humongous 2: The New Batch

02 May, 2014, 13:28 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 1
The latest batch of 6 (out of 28) Humongous Entertainment games that Night Dive and Tommo are re-releasing have just hit Steam, although without the launch sale that the first batch had. These titles are Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t so Frightening, Spy Fox 2: Some Assembly Required, Putt-Putt and Pep’s Dog on a Stick, and Freddi Fish and Luther’s Water Worries.

The next three batches will be released on May 15th, May 26th, and June 6th. If you don't want to wait, you can have all the games now by purchasing packs, which are available by series, or in the Humongous Entertainment pack which will get you all 28 Humongous Entertainment games now for just under $100 USD.

Night Dive Is Bringing 28 Humongous Games to Steam

18 Apr, 2014, 04:17 | Posted by: Jennifer | Be the first to comment!
Turns out one of the teases that Night Dive has been making has come to fruition. Night Dive and Tommo are bringing 28 classic titles from Humongous Entertainment, the educational software company founded by Ron Gilbert and Shelly Day, to Steam.

Today sees six releases on Steam: Putt-Putt Joins the Parade, Freddi Fish and The Case of the Missing Kelp Seeds, Pajama Sam: No Need to Hide When It’s Dark Outside, Spy Fox in: Dry Cereal, Putt-Putt and Pep’s Balloon-o-Rama, and Freddi Fish and Luther’s Maze Madness. On May 1st those games will be joined by Putt-Putt Goes to the Moon, Freddi Fish 2: The Case of the Haunted Schoolhouse, Pajama Sam 2: Thunder and Lightning Aren’t so Frightening, Spy Fox 2: Some Assembly Required, Putt-Putt and Pep’s Dog on a Stick, and Freddi Fish and Luther’s Water Worries. May 15th will see the release of Putt-Putt Travels through Time, Freddi Fish 3: The Case of the Stolen Conch Shell, Pajama Sam 3: You Are What You Eat from Your Head to Your Feet, Spy Fox 3: Operation Ozone, and Putt-Putt and Fatty Bear’s Activity Pack. Then on May 29th Steam will receive Putt-Putt Enters the Race, Putt-Putt Joins the Circus, Freddi Fish 4: The Case of the Hogfish Rustlers of Briny Gulch, Pajama Sam 4: Life Is Rough When You Lose Your Stuff!, and Spy Fox in: Cheese Chase. Finally, on June 6th, the final releases will come out, including Putt-Putt: Pep’s Birthday Surprise, Freddi Fish 5: The Case of the Creature of Coral Cove, Pajama Sam’s Sock Works, Spy Fox in: Hold the Mustard, and Pajama Sam’s Lost & Found.

Here's hoping that these games get released on GOG.com as well. And now that this humongous rumor has become reality, hopefully the other one will come to fruition as well.

Ronzo posts photos from his Monkey Island design notebook, fans faint

28 Mar, 2014, 16:30 | Posted by: Remi | Comments: 1

If you have ever wanted to see behind-the-scene details from the first Monkey Island designs, then Ronzo "Ron" Gilbert has your back. Recently posted on his blog is not one, but two entries filled with design-notebook photos from way back when.

Will we see more? Who knows! But if you nag him incessantly on Twitter, I'm sure he'll totally give you what you want! Go read!

Forget Night Dive And LucasArts, Humongous Entertainment Is Where It's At

12 Jan, 2014, 14:06 | Posted by: Jennifer | Comments: 8
Tommo purchased Humongous Entertainment in Atari's bankruptcy auction last July (except for the Backyard Sports franchise, which went to The Evergreen Group, and Moonbase Commander, which went to Rebellion).

They've been doing all the right things with their acquisition so far. They renamed the company back to Humongous Entertainment, brought back the Humongous website, brought Putt-Putt Joins the Circus to Android, and they're looking for more avenues to re-release the junior adventures produced by the company that Ron Gilbert and Shelly Day built in 1992.

Humongous Entertainment just re-tweeted a message from twitter user George Q. Greg: "Night Dive. That gives me hope." In addition, last month Night Dive asked their Facebook followers if there was any children's games that they remember fondly.

This is just as much of a rumour as the Night Dive/LucasArts situation. However, this one probably holds more weight, as Tommo actually has proven they want to do the sensible thing and sell the games they own through digital distribution to get some of their money back. As usual with rumours like these, we'll just have to take them with a grain of salt, and see how they pan out.
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