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Ron Gilbert's Game at Double Fine Is... Puzzling

The pieces, however, are falling into place!

Today a featureless cardboard box arrived at the office, sent by one "Double Fine." Inside was this...

...which I quickly assembled into this.

OK, so the image pretty much speaks for itself, but since Ron Gilbert has a great track record and Double Fine has been spinning straw into downloadable gold for a couple years now, I know my interest is piqued. It's never too early to start speculating about exactly what this game is gonna be, so whatcha got?

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Posted by Brad

Today a featureless cardboard box arrived at the office, sent by one "Double Fine." Inside was this...

...which I quickly assembled into this.

OK, so the image pretty much speaks for itself, but since Ron Gilbert has a great track record and Double Fine has been spinning straw into downloadable gold for a couple years now, I know my interest is piqued. It's never too early to start speculating about exactly what this game is gonna be, so whatcha got?

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Posted by Vandal

Nice

Posted by Animasta

this is the worst ARG ever

Posted by SSully

I can't wait to see what this is. The art in the puzzle sets a good tone.

Posted by BBAlpert

Do you think this is about the Kickstarted adventure game, or something completely different?

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Posted by TurboMan

Totally looks like a Double Fine game... can't wait

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Edited by MaFoLu

It will be a first-person jigsaw puzzle simulator. 
Set underground. 
During a dinosaur apocalypse. 
And it will have dual-wielding. 
 
That is all the information that could possibly be extracted from that image. 
 
EDIT: Actually, I forgot something. 
Aliens.

Posted by jozzy

Clearly it will be a tactical modern day first person shooter with a heavy multiplayer component. That dude on the right with the mask has a gun, the woman is a medic. All the people behind them are your teammembers. On the floor of the cave you see the remains of some newbs they just fragged.

Posted by Oni

@BBAlpert said:

Do you think this is about the Kickstarted adventure game, or something completely different?

This is a different project, it's been in the works for a while now. The Kickstarter thing was a new project, they probably won't show it for another little while.

Posted by loafking

@BBAlpert said:

Do you think this is about the Kickstarted adventure game, or something completely different?

This Ron Gilbert project is something else entirely.

Posted by Coolarman

Double FIne has been doing awesome stuff over the past few years and adding Ron Gilbert to the mix sure as hell makes me interested.

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Posted by BaconGames

#e3mysteries

@Animasta said:

this is the worst ARG ever

That's pretty funny.

Posted by nohthink

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

Edited by mnzy
@nohthink said:

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

No. 
 
 
Also, you guys trashed DeathSpank pretty badly on the last podcast. That was his last game.
Posted by BSw

The real question is: How long did it take Brad to complete the puzzle?

Posted by BooDoug187

@nohthink said:

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

No the Double Fine Kickstarter game is "RapeLay Party" with some old school adventure game mechanics!

Posted by Doctorchimp

@mnzy said:

@nohthink said:

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

No. Also, you guys trashed DeathSpank pretty bad on the last podcast. That was his last game.

Brad wrote this and he liked deathspank. Also come on...Monkey Island dude...

Ron Gilbert's track record when it comes to puzzle/adventure games is fucking impeccable.

I just want this game to be weird and funny. And it looks like it'll be exactly that.

Posted by sazip

From the text in the puzzle, and the skeletons I would say it has ghosts. From Ron Gilbert, and Double Fine so it must be humorous. There appears to be a knight and a scientist lady and a pig in a sombrero. Humor + Ghost + knights = Army of Darkness

Humor + ghost + Scientist = ....Ghostbusters

anthropomorphic pig = Beyond Good and Evil

So it must be a combination of Ghostbusters, Army of Darkness, and Beyond Good and Evil…. But with Deathspank game play mechanics.

Posted by BonOrbitz

It's about a band of time travelling misfits that originates with the scientist lady and grows with different people from multiple eras throughout time?

...or is it a game combining different Doublefine characters? That silhouette there on the left looks like it could be Raz from Psychonauts. I love a good mystery.

Posted by Olqavtoras

Oooh, can't wait to see what this is!

Posted by Fobwashed

@BSw said:

The real question is: How long did it take Brad to complete the puzzle?

He went at it for about an hour, then Ryan stepped in and just did it in 30 seconds flat.

Posted by twillfast

@Fobwashed said:

@BSw said:

The real question is: How long did it take Brad to complete the puzzle?

He went at it for about an hour, then Ryan stepped in and just did it in 30 seconds flat.

lmao

Edited by MrKlorox
@BSw said:

The real question is: How long did it take Brad to complete the puzzle?

He did it design side down and with his eyes closed instantaneously. However as he got his phone out to take the pictures, he got self conscious and somehow accidentally knocked the puzzle off the table, refragmenting it.
 
edit: Is that red thing at the bottom of the picture one of those plastic spreaders that come in those single serve cheese and crackers packages?
Posted by DonutFever

I thought the name was "Puzzling" based of the article's title. That sounds Double Fine-y.

Posted by Vodun

Is it just me, or does that cliff they're standing on look like a "platformer" platform?

Posted by Toug

Gah! I looked at that image a couple times before I noticed the skeleton double-baby.

Posted by Little_Socrates

Definitely an E3 mystery.

Posted by Galiant

I have a good feeling about this.

Posted by jakob187

@mnzy said:

@nohthink said:

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

No. Also, you guys trashed DeathSpank pretty badly on the last podcast. That was his last game.

...and beyond that, Ron Gilbert has a pretty great track record.

I mean, the guys trash Brutal Legend also, but they love Double Fine games. = /

Also, Deathspank DESERVED trashing. All of them. They are terrible, but the humor was good.

Posted by mnzy
@Doctorchimp said:

@mnzy said:

@nohthink said:

Just to be clear, this is NOT the kickstarter game, right?

No. Also, you guys trashed DeathSpank pretty bad on the last podcast. That was his last game.

Brad wrote this and he liked deathspank. Also come on...Monkey Island dude...

Ron Gilbert's track record when it comes to puzzle/adventure games is fucking impeccable.

I just want this game to be weird and funny. And it looks like it'll be exactly that.

I'm with you man, just thought it was kinda weird.
Posted by BeachThunder

@Fobwashed said:

@BSw said:

The real question is: How long did it take Brad to complete the puzzle?

He went at it for about an hour, then Ryan stepped in and just did it in 30 seconds flat.

Brad also died ten times whilst trying to put the pieces together. I didn't even think it was possible to die whilst putting a jigsaw puzzle together; well, you learn something new everyday.

Posted by RenegadeSaint

I enjoyed the first two DeathSpank games. I haven't played the third, but I find the humor and gameplay quite entertaining.

Posted by Phatmac

Looks pormising. I'm guessing a sim puzzle piece game with cool art.

Posted by rebgav

Sold. Whatever it is, whenever it comes out, just take my money and leave me a copy of the game. Even if it's poop. Let's do this.

Posted by Coafi

Hmm, it's Ron Gilbert, this smells point and click adventure game. Luckily, I love that smell! Count me in!

Posted by SerHulse

@MrKlorox said:

...Is that red thing at the bottom of the picture one of those plastic spreaders that come in those single serve cheese and crackers packages?

I believe that is one of the headphone holders Will made with his Maker Bot.

Could be mistaken however

Posted by Tan

EXCLUSIVE (?)

Posted by K9

Really clever title Brad. I appreciated it.

Posted by RichieJohn

Anything Doublefine is fine by me.

Posted by mosdl

We should kickstart a fund to buy LucasArts' adventure game IP and then have him do Maniac Mansion 3 god damnit.

Posted by anterak

Gorillaz: The Videogame?

Posted by Flip175

I'm always excited for a new Double Fine project, but I hope it's funnier than Ron's last effort. I find his older work hilarious, but I didn't really enjoy DeathSpank's brand of humour as much.

Posted by selbie

@Coafi said:

Hmm, it's Ron Gilbert, this smells point and click adventure game. Luckily, I love that smell! Count me in!

Smells like....victory (  ̄ー ̄ )

Posted by Abendlaender

Ron Gilb...that's all I needed to know. My wallet is ready

Posted by l3illyl3ob

A caveman, a knight and a scientist? I smell time travel.

Posted by Mumrik

That "great track record" Klepek talk about has DeathSpank as its latest entry - that game they kicked into the dirt on the podcast.

I guess we'll see what this is. The art looks sort of interesting.

Posted by Irishranger

I love Ron Gilbert, but good God, I'm tired of this whole "Solve this puzzle to see a screenshot of our game" bullshit. Either market the game or don't. Grow up for fuck's sake.

Posted by rcath

Looks a bit like costume quest.

Posted by Kayrack

Hmmm survival horror maybe meets phsyconauts?

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