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Grumpy Gamer bit.ly/ma­ni­acdd On his blog, Ron Gil­bert has posted the orig­i­nal Maniac Man­sion de­sign doc­u­ment that he and co-cre­ator Gary Win­nick used to pitch the ti­tle to Lu­cas­film’s game di­vi­sion in the mid-’80s. It’s a nos­tal­gia-tinged win­dow into a sim­pler era of devel­op­ment, in­clud­ing a fas­ci­nat­ingly de­tailed ex­pla­na­tion of how a point-and-click in­ter­face might work, and the whole thing is il­lus­trated with charm­ing penand-ink draw­ings. “It was just the two of us for a long time,” Gil­bert writes in his post. “Even­tu­ally, David Fox would come on to help with SCUMM script­ing. Three peo­ple. The way games were meant to be made.” There are plenty of ideas in the doc­u­ment that didn’t sur­vive the tran­si­tion to the full game as well, most no­tably Gil­bert and Win­nick’s orig­i­nal intention to have no player deaths at all.

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