January 20th, 2010 by | 6 comments


If you think this title is long, you should’ve seen the first ideas we had for it! Continuing the tradition… that was established yesterday, we interviewed writer of SoMI, MI2, design director of ToMI and co-designer of Day of the Tentacle, Dave Grossman!

Have you ever heard the term “implodexintegrated”?

SWP: What happened to LeChuck? It just faded to white… did he implode? Explode? Disintegrate?

DG: He implodexintegrated.  Which is not something we recommend you try at home.

SWP: So, was LeChuck the actual Pirate God or not? And Nor Treblig was Galeb, right? Or was he lying? I’m confused… Symbolism is right up my alley, but this is a bit confusing!

DG: The “Pirate God” of the episode title does refer to LeChuck, though whether you want to describe him as an actual god or just really really powerful, or if that is even a distinction that is worth making, I leave to you.  Meanwhile, Nor Treblig is Nor Treblig and Galeb is Galeb.  And Galeb lies a lot.  I believe he also claimed to be “Vickie.”  For the final word on the matter I have consulted the written text for that line, which includes the directorial note “[lying]”.  (Don’t you wish you could look at the directorial notes for things said by real-life people?)

SWP: What story points came from Ron Gilbert?

DG: The idea that Elaine was generally aware of what was going on throughout the season and had some long-term plans came from Ron’s comments that she should be better informed and more capable than most of the other characters.  I’m not sure what else specifically came from Ron – I don’t think we talked about plot for very much of the time he was here, we focused more on what places should feel like (I think we spent at least a half a day on the piratey afterlife), important features of the principal characters and what their relationships should be like, and, of course, puzzles (though I’d also be hard pressed to call out a specific puzzle and say that one came from Ron – these things are generally more collaborative than that).

SWP: If you play with the letters of Galeb’s name, you get Legba. Papa Legba is the master linguist, the trickster, warrior, and the personal messenger of destiny. In Haitian Vodou, Papa Legba is the intermediary between the loa and humanity. He stands at a spiritual crossroads and gives (or denies) permission to speak with the spirits of Guinee, and is believed to speak all human languages. He is always the first and last spirit invoked in any ceremony, because his permission is needed for any communication between mortals and the loa.- he opens and closes the doorway. (thanks Marzhin for the info). Was this intentional or is it just one big coincidence? Who came up with this? And how?

DG: Having done a small amount of research on voodoo, we are well aware of Papa Legba.  Galeb’s name being an anagram is no coincidence, it was a conscious choice on the part of Mark Darin, based on the role that character plays in the game.

SWP: Some people associate the tunnels in the underworld with the tunnels at the end of MI2, due to the structures (metal-thingies and bolts, if I’m not mistaken). Is there any connection?

DG: Not a conscious one.  But the unconscious does all sorts of things we don’t ask it to, so who can say?  Perhaps there is a connection and we’re just not aware of it yet.

SWP: Final question… everybody wants to know this, so I’m asking it in every possible way to make sure we get some sort of an answer:
- Will you make Season 2 of ToMI?
- Do you want to?
(author comment: the original version of this question was longer and it really did contain every possible way of asking this)

DG: I’m afraid there is no part of that question that I am able to answer.

SWP: Thank you, Dave! That’s it for today, folks! Be sure to check out tomorrow’s interview!

Posted in Dave Grossman, Interviews, Mark Darin, Mike Stemmle, Sean Vanaman, Tales of Monkey Island

6 Responses to “EYWTKATOMI,BWATA-week! Part II”

  1. Majus says:

    Thanks for the very interesting interviews!

  2. Fealiks says:

    “(author comment: the original version of this question was longer and it really did contain every possible way of asking this)” haha 😀

    great interview again, thanks.

  3. It’s you *were* afraid to ask. I was, he was, she was, you were, they were 😉

    • Haggis says:

      Oops! I’m afraid that’s my fault. I came up with the “but was afraid to ask” part, because it sounded good, not realizing that the grammar was totally out of whack.

  4. Chris says:

    Nice interviews!

    BTW, I think that the correct question is “when will ToMI season 2 will begin? I think that the ending has pretty much answered, if not the actual fact that there will be a season 2, at least the intention of Telltale to make one…

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