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Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine

Grumpy Gamer, the personal blog of Ron Gilbert, reveals the designer is parting ways with Double Fine Entertainment following the release of The Cave, their new adventure game (thanks nin via Kotaku/NeoGAF). He thanks the development team for their hard work on the game and Tim Schafer for creating the opportunity to create it. The Monkey Island writer also discusses his future plans:

For the short term, Clayton Kauzlaric and I have been toiling away on another iOS side project that I'm going to focus on over the next few months. It's called Scurvy Scallywags in The Voyage to Discover the Ultimate Sea Shanty: A Musical Match-3 Pirate RPG. I'll post some screen shots in the next few days.

I also have that PAX Australia keynote to write. How did I ever let them talk me into doing that. So much fun. So much pain. Maybe I'll just do a 45 minute Q and A session.

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17. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 13, 2013, 08:48 Suckage
 
He's apparently still on-board as a consultant for DFA.  
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16. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 13, 2013, 05:48 vacs
 
Wasn't he supposed to finish DF's kickstarter Adventure together with Tim Schafer? At least, that was one of the reasons why I backed them up...  
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15. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 13, 2013, 00:13 Sepharo
 
Shineyguy wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 16:13:
Tumbler wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 14:33:
Hmm, hopefully this doesn't affect the double fine kickstarter project in some way. Hopefully this is just a post "The Cave" change. I don't think that game sold very well but I can only speak for my own wallet.

Ron's not part of the development team for Double Fine Adventure. Though it would have been great if he was IMO.

He's not but nearly the whole team for The Cave just joined up. Latest episode of the docu has been out a few days now btw
 
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14. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 16:39 Cutter
 
wtf_man wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 15:43:
Cutter wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 14:56:
Sigh, why ios? I love me some sea shanties!

Optional nickname wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 11:11:
p.s I played 8 minutes of the cave, and I wanted to like it, but the movement mechanics was a flop. It felt like it belonged on an ipad.

Looks like Optional nickname had your answer.

Np, that doesn't answer the why. All it does is make me a sadder panda. A sad, sad panda.

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13. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 16:13 Shineyguy
 
Tumbler wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 14:33:
Hmm, hopefully this doesn't affect the double fine kickstarter project in some way. Hopefully this is just a post "The Cave" change. I don't think that game sold very well but I can only speak for my own wallet.

Ron's not part of the development team for Double Fine Adventure. Though it would have been great if he was IMO.
 
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12. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 15:43 wtf_man
 
Cutter wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 14:56:
Sigh, why ios? I love me some sea shanties!

Optional nickname wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 11:11:
p.s I played 8 minutes of the cave, and I wanted to like it, but the movement mechanics was a flop. It felt like it belonged on an ipad.

Looks like Optional nickname had your answer.
 
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11. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 14:56 Cutter
 
Sigh, why ios? I love me some sea shanties!
 
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10. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 14:33 Tumbler
 
Hmm, hopefully this doesn't affect the double fine kickstarter project in some way. Hopefully this is just a post "The Cave" change. I don't think that game sold very well but I can only speak for my own wallet.  
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9. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 13:19 Dev
 
Hellbinder wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 12:47:
let me guess he will have a kick-starter up within a couple months.

seems to be the Modus operandi these days.
Thats a good point. That may well be why he left, so he can run one all on his own, after he saw what happened with a successful one
 
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8. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 12:47 Hellbinder
 
let me guess he will have a kick-starter up within a couple months.

seems to be the Modus operandi these days.
 
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7. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 12:30 Jerykk
 
I liked The Cave. Had a lot of the twisted charm that we haven't really seen since Psychonauts. The platforming was pretty rudimentary and there was a bit too much backtracking, but I thought it was a pretty entertaining game overall. Definitely the most adventure-ish game DF has made in a while.  
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6. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 11:11 Optional nickname
 
Parallax Abstraction wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 10:49:
Hopefully he can do his best work on his own instead of with another developer. The DeathSpank games and The Cave had his humour but weren't terribly good as games in my opinion. Some very poor design choices.

Deathspank has surprisingly awesome game mechanics (combat, fluidity, animation) for an arpg on the PS3, he should take that property, and create a proper Diablo 3 killer. unfortunately, that time has passed, as D3 will make its way in to consoles (don't know why it didn't first, as D3 was ported FROM Console TO PC in the first place)

Time to stick to what works: MAKE A NEW MONKEY ISLAND GAME!

p.s I played 8 minutes of the cave, and I wanted to like it, but the movement mechanics was a flop. It felt like it belonged on an ipad.

 
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5. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 11:09 Creston
 
Sad that the Gilbert and Schafer combo didn't really pan out at DF.

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4. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 10:49 Parallax Abstraction
 
Hopefully he can do his best work on his own instead of with another developer. The DeathSpank games and The Cave had his humour but weren't terribly good as games in my opinion. Some very poor design choices.  
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3. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 10:10 Beamer
 
Dev wrote on Mar 12, 2013, 09:49:
A match 3 game? Thats a pretty far step down

I'm thinking that's a joke. Musical Match 3 RPG?

You never know. But it sounds like something Troy McClure would film.
 
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2. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 09:49 Dev
 
A match 3 game? Thats a pretty far step down  
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1. Re: Ron Gilbert Leaves Double Fine Mar 12, 2013, 09:48 wtf_man
 
Wonder if he got fired.

"As long as Tim doesn't fire me," he added.
 
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