Farewell to a Friend

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

We were very sorry to hear of the passing of our respected peer and friend, Mark Haigh-Hutchinson. Mark, like many of the people at Telltale, spent time at LucasArts back when the entire studio felt like one big family. Many hours were spent together with your team and you really got to see all sides of a person.



The one thing about Mark that always stood out to me was how much he cared about the people he worked with. He was responsible for many decisions, and despite a ton of pressure, always tried to do the right thing for the people on his team.



The industry definitely lost one of the good guys this week, but hopefully his legacy can be carried on by the people he touched. Rest in peace, Mark.

Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues is here!

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

image
The agonizing two month wait is over! Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues is here for your volcano god pacifying and spelunking pleasure.



If you already bought it as part of Season Two, simply head over to your My Telltale page, download and enjoy! And if you're still on the fence, check out the free demo.



Also, we don't mean to brag or anything, but some great reviews have already come out...


[readmore]
GamesRadar – 9/10

"Two episodes in, the second "season" of Sam & Max is already blowing the first six-game series out of the water. In fact, it's not a stretch to say that Episode 202: Moai Better Blues is the best game so far in the demented point-and-click series about a dog detective and his gruesome rabbit sidekick. It's certainly the funniest by a wide margin, being the first episode to actually make us laugh out loud more than once. And considering what a bunch of jaded humor snobs we are, that's no small compliment."





Adventure Gamers – 4/5

"The most creatively strange game yet in the series; a significant number of new and gorgeous environments along with an amazing soundtrack; those frustrated with easy games should find more challenge here. There are criticisms, to be sure, but ultimately they feel like small nitpicks on what is an intelligent and wildly creative episodic adventure that continues the series with the requisite lunacy."





Cinematic Happenings Under Development – 8.5/10

"As always, the humor is where its at. This episode seems to be the most niche of all of them, and if you don't know about the history of the Bermuda triangle and the people who supposedly got sucked into it you'll miss a bunch of jokes. Besides that, the Moai statues are hysterical, and especially their infatuation of them by Abraham Lincoln's severed head."




IGN – 8.2/10

"Moai Better Blues is shorter and smaller than previous installments in the series. Compared to the sprawling locales and stories of Reality 2.0 or Situation: Comedy, this episode seems almost too short. But size and length isn't an indication of quality. If anything, the smaller scale means that there's no filler here. Everything you come across is pure comedic content. Moai Better Blues never loses its focus so you'll get as much enjoyment out of its two-hour length than the three or four hours you spent playing some of the previous episodes. Add in puzzles that require multiple leaps of logic and a longer memory and it's easy to see why we're so encouraged by the direction that Telltale is taking this series."




GameBoomers – A-

"Sam & Max Episode 202: Moai Better Blues is an excellent presentation from Telltale Games, as always; the style has been maintained, and the quality remains high in all aspects of the game from music, to acting, story, and graphics."





Jolt – 8.2/10

"In terms of overall quality though, which is the aspect which really counts, Moai Better Blues is easily in the same league as Ice Station Santa. While we’re probably still one episode away from unequivocally recommending a purchase of the whole season now, despite what we would argue is a low likelihood of the remainder turning out to be duffs, there’s no doubt that Sam & Max are as on form as they ever have been. Our only question is if Father Christmas has featured at Christmas and Easter Island has featured in mid-winter, what’s the setting going to be at Easter?"






Enough glowing praise for you? Go play it already!


Season Two upgrade! Official Moai Better Blues walkthrough! General giddiness!

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

image




YES! We have stuff to tell you about!




First things first, the Season Two upgrade is now available, which means anyone who bought Ice Station Santa can now convert to the full season for $26.00. If you do it today, you'll get a Season Two serial number and an email tomorrow when the new episode comes out; if you wait until after tomorrow's launch, you'll have immediate access to 202 after checkout. Either way, you're a great big winner.




Secondly, we've posted the official Moai Better Blues walkthrough for all your puzzle solving needs. Like all walkthroughs, this provides solutions to the entire game, and it's accompanied by pictures that we normally wouldn't release due to their spoilery nature. The right time to read it: When you have the game in your hot little hands and need help because you're stuck (or just prefer to play with a walkthrough by your side). The wrong time to read it: Right now, because you're too impatient to wait for the game. You've been warned!




Last but not least, you're probably wondering when you can get your hands on the game. If you're a GameTap subscriber, it's up now! If you're planning to buy it from Telltale, keep an eye on the Sam & Max page tomorrow, because that's when you'll be able to find it, accompanied by virtual confetti and general revelry.

Fun stuff to tide you over

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

Just a few things to keep you occupied during the agonizing last hours between now and the Moai Better Blues release...




image




The person behind this Max effigy is far more creative -- and more importantly, far more tolerant of the awful noise produced by folding a balloon -- than I will ever be. Click here for a gallery of other gaming guys made from balloons.



Also, here's a new blog by a guy named Starchie Spudnoggen that you should check out. He claims to be a huge Sam & Max fan.



That's all. Enjoy.

Moai Better Blues will be released this week!!!1!*

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

image




Jeez, calm down lady!




*THE FINE PRINT: Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues will be available to GameTap subscribers on Thursday, January 10, and will be released to the world on Friday, January 11, right here from Telltale's site. The episode will cost $8.95 alone or $34.95 as part of the Season Two set. If you already bought the season, this episode is absolutely free. Well, not free, because you paid for it before. And for that we thank you. But free in the sense that the money's already spent, and you already forgot you ever had it. Sam & Max: Moai Better Blues may be harmful if swallowed. If episode comes in contact with eyes, flush with water immediately and call your therapist. Oh wait, you can't, because she's being chased by a giant triangle. Okay, never mind then.

Get ready for some Moai Better Blues

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

0

A lagomorph, a Moai head, and a baby walk into a bar...



Oh wait, you've heard that one? Okay, let's skip the joke and jump straight to the video.



Sam & Max 202: Moai Better Blues will be in the GameTap client on Thursday (one week from today), and on this very website on Friday. If you're already a Season Two subscriber, you'll get an email letting you know when it's here. If you're not a Season Two subscriber... well, why not?



Also, some new soundtrack MP3s will be up later today, so watch this space! Soundtrack MP3s are up!

More Season Two MP3s for you

Posted on January 2008 by TelltaleGames

As promised by Emily in the last blog entry, we've got some brand new MP3s from the Sam & Max Season Two soundtrack, provided as usual by the always-excellent Jared Emerson-Johnson. Included in this batch are a few familiar tunes from Ice Station Santa, as well as a handful of new, never-before-heard tracks from the upcoming episode 202: Moai Better Blues (Available January 11th - order today!).

To make your lives easier, I've also re-linked the back-catalog of Season Two MP3s we've been posting over the last few months. Enjoy!



From Episode 201: Ice Station Santa
The Big Stinker | T.H.E.M. | TKO
Arctic Hush | The Creature Was Stirring



From Episode 202: Moai Better Blues
Woo! | Hangin' 8

December Interloper (yes, just a month after the last one!)

Posted on December 2007 by TelltaleGames

Yes, you can pick your jaw up off the floor... we've now released TWO whole newsletters a month apart. Just the way newsletters are supposed to be. And we might just keep doing it this way in 2008 (no promises, though).



Why should you read the December Interloper? If the personal Christmas anecdote from Dan isn't incentive enough, there's also a gorgeous holiday graphic from Steve Purcell. That's right, THE Steve Purcell. Happy holidays!

[readmore]










image




image


image image
Published periodically from the offices of Telltale Games in beautiful California. Visit us: www.telltalegames.com!

Vol III, # 3 Dec. 2007
image

image

SPRING FEVER STRIKES JAN. 11
Feelance Police to cavort with locals, fulfill ancient prophecy

Just when the serene magic of the holiday season is starting to touch your soul, Sam & Max are here to dish up a serious case of the blues -- the Moai Better Blues, that is. The Freelance Police head to Easter Island to take care of some business with a giant triangle, and while there, get mixed up in an ancient prophecy that threatens to blast the ancient Moai heads into kingdom come. Lovers will fight, babies will dance, and if we did our jobs right, you'll laugh until you pee.

Sam & Max 202 will debut January 10 for GameTap subscribers, and will be released from Telltale's website on Friday, January 11, to customers worldwide. (If you already bought Season Two, you'll get an email letting you know as soon as it's available for download.)

» See the Moai Better Blues trailer and screenshots!
» Haven't bought Season Two yet? Get it today!
image
CHRISTMAS ALMOST SAVED!
Stunning near-rescue caught on video

Because there aren't enough animated specials clogging the airwaves this time of year, we bring you Sam & Max Nearly Save Christmas, an original machinima presentation that's going to give Frosty and Rudolph a run for their money.

image

If you're trying to avoid Ice Station Santa spoilers, sit this one out. Otherwise, gather around the monitor with a big bowl of pickled lemurs and make some new holiday memories.

» Sam & Max Nearly Save Christmas Site
» Christmas Special on YouTube
» Christmas Special on GameTrailers

imageimageimage- A D V E R T I S E M E N T -

image

Are you a chronic last-minute shopper? You're not alone. Telltale CEO Dan Connors shares his story:

I used to run to whatever drugstore was open at 5:00 on Christmas Eve and pick up crappy presents for everyone. Bar of soap for Brother, deck of cards for Sis, six pack of sponges for Mom, etc.

Now, in the digital age, I can go online and shoot my nephew an unlock code for an episode or season of Sam & Max, and he's stoked he just got a new game which is what he wanted to begin with. It's perfect!

image
image
CASH BURNING A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET?
image
image
image
Sam & Max Season Two
A brand new season of Sam & Max games! Better than the first! You're gonna love it!
image
image$34.95
imageimage
Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa
What do a dog, a gun-toting rabbity-thing, and Santa Claus have in common?
image
image$8.95
imageimage
Sam & Max Season One Bonus Disc
Are you a Season One customer who hasn't ordered your free DVD? The time to act is now!
image
imageFree!
imageimage
CSI: Hard Evidence
The latest and greatest CSI game, available for PC and Xbox 360. Head back to Vegas for five new cases.
image
image$29.99
image
image
SEASON ONE UP FOR AWARD
Telltale execs: "A little ballot-stuffing never hurt anyone."

Our fine friends at 1UP have nominated Sam & Max Season One for best adventure game of the year. Now we need YOU to help make it happen. Just head over to 1UP and make a tick mark next to your favorite adventure game on the list (which is, of course, Sam & Max Season One... right?!) Voting is open through December 31, and the winners will be announced in February.

While we're at it, here are some other gift guides and awards from people with obvious good taste...

» Adventure Gamers holiday shopping guide
» GameSpy's Game of the Year awards
» PopMatters Consuming Consumables
» Santa's Top Five Video Game Appearances
imageimageimage» IGN Buyer's Guide
» 1UP Holiday Gift Guide
» Tom's Games Holiday Buyer's Guide
» GameSpy Holiday Buyer's Guide

image
image
image
image


image


The Sam & Max Holiday Special

Posted on December 2007 by TelltaleGames

image



As if there weren't already enough Christmas specials falling all over themselves this time of year, here's another one for you: an original machinima presentation adapted from Ice Station Santa (and a few other places -- can you spot them?!) and lovingly crafted by a small, tireless team who made the mistake of saying "Sure" when asked if they could condense a full game into an easily digestible video a few weeks before Christmas. Now that's what I call holiday spirit.



For today, it's only available at Game Trailers - go check it out! I'll post an update tomorrow with additional links. UPDATE: It's now up at the official Christmas special site!



One of the biggest challenges of releasing games online is that it's sometimes hard to reach an audience outside the bubble of people who pay attention to what's happening with online. It's a shame, because there are so many people out there who don't realize yet how much they would love the Sam & Max games.



We're hoping that this Christmas special will reach some of those people... now we just need you to help it by showing it to everyone you can think of who might enjoy it. (I'll be sending an email home to Mom, myself!)



SPOILER ALERT: If you have NOT played Ice Station Santa yet, this video will spoil some of the puzzles and cutscenes for you. Consider yourself warned.

Sam & Max: Moai Better Blues! New screenshots, new website!

Posted on December 2007 by TelltaleGames

image



As Old Man Winter shakes his frosty beard all over your life, do you find yourself pining for someplace with a little sun? Some interesting sights? A seaside view? Maybe some vaguely annoying giant stone heads and an ominous ancient prophecy? If so, your dreams will become manifest when the next Sam & Max episode, "Moai Better Blues," drops into your digital lap on January 11th (January 10th for GameTap subscribers).



After a break this month without a new episode, Moai Better Blues kicks off the full-on madness of Season Two, and marks the beginning of the onslaught of monthly Sam & Max releases which won't stop until the season finale in April.



For screenshots, video, and more from Moai Better Blues, be sure to stop by the newly refurbished Sam & Max website right now! Click here!

Gift guide for the lazy

Posted on December 2007 by TelltaleGames

image



Okay, so there are a few things I want to do in this blog.



1) Remind everyone about how a Sam & Max subscription makes a great gift.



I'm that person who waits until the last minute to buy gifts. Really, the last minute. (I learned it from my dad, the king of shopping at Staples on Christmas Eve and giving everyone in the family highlighters and Post-It notes in their stockings.)



The perfect gift idea for people like me: A gift subscription to Sam & Max Season Two. You place the order like normal, and at the end of checkout, get the option to email a gift code to the lucky recipient, or print out a gift certificate that you can give them in person. It may sound simple, but the closer we get to Christmas, the sweeter a prospect it becomes. Keep it in mind when you're standing in the Post-It aisle trying to decide between the standard pack and the economy size. Just saying.



[readmore]
2) Pimp a few gift ideas that others in the office suggested.



Since you're reading this blog, it's quite possible that you like Sam & Max and/or Telltale. (If that's the case, thanks! We like you, too!) And chances are pretty good that if you like Sam & Max and/or Telltale, you'll be into some of the same things we're into. Which means you may just want to pick up some of the same gifts we're picking up for our friends and family. Such as...

3) Point you in the direction of the huge PopMatters gift guide, which contains more good gift ideas than you can imagine without your head exploding.



I found out about this one because I received an email this morning from someone at PopMatters telling me Sam & Max was included. I hadn't had my coffee yet (someone needs to get me that Blue Bottle subscription... *cough*) and somehow I missed the fact that Sam & Max Season One is featured right there on the first page of the gift guide. I scrolled through ALL TWENTY-SEVEN PAGES before returning to page one and seeing it right there, under Hairspray. Ooops. But in the process, I read about a lot of really cool gift ideas that I will now be buying for my friends and family in place of highlighters and Post-It notes. Once again, the internet proves its worth.



So, anyway, yeah. Gifts. I'm out of things to say about them, but by now you're probably bored of reading about them, so we're even. Happy shopping...

Sam & Max Season One nominated for adventure game of the year...

Posted on December 2007 by TelltaleGames

image
...over at 1UP. Please go over there and cast your vote!



Of course, it's an honor just to be nominated. But it'll be an even bigger honor if we win. *grin*



I guess this officially marks the beginning of the game awards season. Last year was a little weird, because at that point only Culture Shock had been released. It did get some recognition but it was only a small slice of what we were working on. It'll be exciting to see how Season One as a whole stands up against the competition.



[readmore]
Oh, yeah, 'tis also the season for gift guides. Sam & Max has already shown up in a few of them...

Telltale Interloper - Holiday Edition (includes Bone price cut!)

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

If you're an avid blog reader you already know most of this stuff, but hey, read it anyway to check out the Order Up and Dear Max sections!



Oh yeah! And also read about how we've slashed the price of the Bone games for the holidays! (They're now $8.95 each for the downloads, and $14.95 each for the CDs.) Woo, cheaper stuff!



[readmore]







image







image


image image
Published periodically from the offices of Telltale Games in
good old California. Visit us: www.telltalegames.com!


Vol III, # 2 Nov. 2007
image
image
image

CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY
Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa Available Now

It's that time of year again. The season of giving, receiving, hot chocolate, frostbitten noses, and best of all: embarking on a brand new set of Sam & Max episodes! Sam & Max Season Two has premiered with Ice Station Santa, the first game to truly delve into the enigmas of the bleak wasteland commonly known as the North Pole. Think Santa's a jolly old fool who just does it for the tax write-off? Boy, are you in for a surprise. For just $8.95 -- or $34.95 as part of the Season Two subscription -- you, too, can find out the mysteries of the holiday season!

» You know you want it. Buy it today!
» Not sure yet? Check out some reviews and try the free demo.
image
Give the gift of Sam & Max!
image
image

So you want to share Season Two with the other Sam & Max fans in your life? Lucky for you (and them), Telltale has just added gift versions of Ice Station Santa and Sam & Max Season Two to the store. You can choose between sending an email with the gift information, or printing it out in a card. Holiday shopping has never been so easy! (Or funny!)

» Give Sam & Max to a friend
imageimageimageAlso in the Telltale Store...

Sam & Max Season Two isn't all we're up to. Here's some other stuff that would look great under your holiday tree.

image New release: CSI: Hard Evidence hit store shelves in September for PC and Xbox 360, and both versions are now available on our website. The Wii version will be coming in early 2008.

image Special holiday price: We've dropped the prices of both Bone games. Starting today, the download versions of Out from Boneville and The Great Cow Race cost $8.95 each. The CD versions, which come with a free download, are $14.95 each.

image Loads of merchandise: We recently added a new hat to the store, available in your choice of green or black. Plus we have tons of Sam & Max Season One merchandise and other cool stuff available.

» Visit the Telltale Store
» A note about holiday shipping
image
image
'TIS THE SEASON (TWO) OF SAM & MAX, FA LA LA LA LA
image
image
image
Sam & Max Season Two
A brand new season of Sam & Max games! Better than the first! You're gonna love 'em!
image
image$34.95
imageimage
Sam & Max Season Two Gift Version
Give Season Two to your friends, family, enemies, mailman... whoever!
image
image$34.95
imageimage
Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa
What do a dog, a gun-toting rabbity-thing, and Santa Claus have in common?
image
image$8.95
imageimage
Sam & Max 201: Ice Station Santa Gift Version
A Christmas gift filled with holiday cheer. And gunshots.
image
image$8.95
image
image
imageYields 8 to 10 dangerously delicious servings. Best served warm with arsenic margarine.

1/2 cup soft shortening
2 Tbsp sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses
1 cup boiling water
2 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Heat oven to a glowing 325 degrees. Grease and flour a 9x9-inch pan. Elf tears make a wonderful lubricant, but in their absence, you can substitute butter or margarine.

2. Thoroughly mix shortening, sugar and egg. Blend in molasses and water. Stir together dry ingredients; blend and beat until smooth. (It may help to picture the faces of naughty girls and boys while you're beating.)

3. Pour mixture in pan. Bake about 35 minutes or until the scent of gingerbread has wafted all through the house.

image

image If the spirit of Christmas compels you to try this delicious gingerbread, email us at orderup@telltalegames.com with a picture of yourself and/or your loved ones gobbling it down. Jon Sgro's mother will be thrilled.
imageimageimageimage

image

Dear Max
Letters from you, answers by Steve Purcell

How can they call a gaming console the Wii? I'm embarrassed to say it out loud. What should I do when I want to talk about it?

-Tim, Melbourne


image

Dear Road Warrior,

It's embarrassing enough to be caught walking around saying "game console" for whatever bizarre reason. Instead why don't you pepper your conversation with much more appealing phrases like "rattlesnake anti-venom", "hamster costume" or even "sucking chest wound". You'll be better for it.

Best always or at least for right now, MAX image

image

image Do you have a question for Max (or Sam)? Send it to dearmax@telltalegames.com, and we'll make sure they get it.
image
image
BONE GAMES AT SPECIAL HOLIDAY PRICES
image
image
image
Bone: Out From Boneville
Help the Bone cousins stay one step ahead of the hungry rat creatures.
image
image$8.95
imageimage
Bone: Out from Boneville Director's Cut CD
Our first Bone game, in a pretty package.
image
image$14.95
imageimage
Bone: The Great Cow Race
It's time for the annual cow race, and all bets are on the Mystery Cow.
image
image$8.95
imageimage
Bone: The Great Cow Race Director's Cut CD
Also Bone, also a package. Oh, and there are cows in this one.
image
image$14.95

image
image
image

Dank: The Caveman Inventor has taken a surreal turn. This comic is now being updated weekly... blink and you'll miss one! (Okay, that's not really true, unless you only blink once a week, but you get the point.) Now's the time to get caught up! Check out the latest or start at the beginning.

» Related blog: Hey! Your Dunk is in my Dank!


image

Give the gift of Sam & Max!

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

image
As part of our never-ending world domination scheme, we have added a neat new feature to the store, just in time for Christmas! (What impeccable timing!)



Say you're one of those people who loves Sam & Max so much, you want to share the joy with your friends and family. In the past, gifting the downloadable versions of our games was... how can I put this... less than convenient. So we took matters into our own hands.



Now you can give those lucky people in your life Sam & Max Season Two (or just Ice Station Santa, if that's your thing) by buying a gift subscription. After checkout, the gift purchase is added to your My Telltale account just like a regular purchase. You have the option to either to print out the gift code on a little certificate that can be easily slipped into a card, or to email the gift code to the person you're giving it to. You can even tell us when you want your email to be sent, so it can be delayed until Christmas (or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or Boxing Day, any other day that strikes your fancy).



This is the first of many gifting / coupon / awesome features we're hoping to roll out on the site in the somewhat near future, so if you have any feedback about how it works or stuff you'd like to see, please share it with us!

It's turkey time

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

image




This lovely Thanksgiving artwork was drawn not by Steve, but by our new concept artist Grant Alexander. Tomorrow when you gather around the table with your friends and family, don't forget how much we at Telltale appreciate and love you. And when that moment has passed, dive into the mashed potatoes with a gusto that would make Max proud.
[readmore]


Want this art for your desktop wallpaper? You're in luck!



Get your Christmas shopping done early...

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

image





If anything you're like me, you haven't started thinking about Christmas shopping yet. (Actually, if you're anything like me, you didn't even realize until about five minutes ago that next week is Thanksgiving...) Lucky for you, Telltale has a well-stocked store brimming with gift-worthy merchandise suitable for friends and family of all ages. Not as lucky for you, the mail can be unreliable, especially around the holidays. When ordering merchandise as Christmas gifts, please use this handy info (provided to us by our fulfillment house) as a guide:
[readmore]





UPS Ground

  • Orders taken by Wednesday December 12th will be delivered before Christmas

  • Most orders taken by the 16th will probably be delivered.

UPS Air Shipments

  • Overnight: Orders taken by December 20th will be delivered before Christmas

  • 2nd Day Air: Orders taken by December 19th will also be delivered before Christmas

Economy Postal

  • Shipments have no guaranteed delivery time. However, most domestic orders taken during the first week of December (December 7th) should be delivered.
Notice they didn't say anything about international orders sent via postal mail. Considering how long shipping times have been for some of our international customers, if you're planning to buy someone merchandise from our store and want it in time for Christmas, you should do it in the next couple of days at the very latest. (And even then, no promises you'll get it in time.)



If you were hoping to buy the Sam & Max fan in your life a gift, but it's looking like it won't get there in time... no problem! We are working on gifting options for new Sam & Max games and hope to have something in place pretty soon. So if you're dying to give your friends and family the gift of Season Two, sit tight and watch the blog for news about how that's going to work.



In sort of related news, I wanted to share this email that came in last week:


Every day after school, my son says to me, "Mom, is Surfin' the Highway out yet?" I say, "If you ask me that one more time I'm gonna pull my hair out!"


So? Save my hair.


Please.


-Trasie, Mother of Anxious Boy




The answer for Trasie (and everyone else who's wondering) is that Surfin' the Highway is still Coming Soon. We're very close, but it's not going to be done in time for Christmas. Sorry. (We're disappointed, too.) The good news is, the day it comes out will be like Christmas all over again!



(C'mon, humor me...)

Ice Station Santa is here!

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

image
Christmas came early with Sam & Max: Season Two! The premiere episode, Ice Station Santa, is now available.






If you're looking to buy, head over to the Sam & Max page to select from the individual episode (a bargain at $8.95!) or the full, five-episode season (only $34.95, and almost $10 cheaper than buying the episodes individually!).



The reviews are rolling in, and they've been great so far. Here are a few of the highlights. (Spoiler warning - avoid if you don't want parts of the game revealed to you!)
So what are you waiting for? Buy it!

Website housecleaning

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

We're back! Doug, Emily, the rest of the web team (we have a team now!) and I just spent the last few hours doing some large-scale behind the scenes work to pave the way for Season Two (coming tomorrow!). Though you probably don't notice a difference in how the site looks or works, most of the guts under the hood have been completely re-worked, or at least touched up in an effort to hopefully make buying, activating, and re-downloading your games way easier.

If you're logged in to the site, you should now be able to take a look at all your game purchases at a glance on the updated My Purchases page. Also, you might notice that the store is a bit more browseable now, sorting things out a bit better into categories, and letting you do things like just look at all of the books on one page. So, there's that.

The more noticeable good stuff should start unfurling when Ice Station Santa drops tomorrow (Friday, November 9th). Until then, please pardon our dust. There are probably a few rough edges around still, so if you run into anything weird, unexpected, or broken, let us know.[readmore]

In totally unrelated news, a few proofs from the new color pages in our forthcoming reprint of Sam & Max Surfin the Highway came in. Here's a tiny sneak peek:
image

Halloween contest winners revealed

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

As always, there was much deliberation and in-fighting, but in the end we came to a decision. And as always, that decision involved expanding our original plan to award three winners to five, because let's face it, when it comes to entries this good, why limit them to three? Life's too short.



So with that disclaimer out of the way, I present to you the winners of Telltale's 2007 Halloween Contest!

image







Max Hand Puppet

by Hillary Moberly




Says Hillary: "I found a place online called Project Puppet.com, where you can buy and download patterns for all kinds of puppets. Max, of course, falls squarely (or oblongly) into the category of 'melon-headed puppet.'"



The puppet itself is great, but the pictures were what put this entry over the top. That poor cat.



image



"Yikes!" says the pumpkin. Click the picture for more puppet exploits.




image






My Dog as Sam

by Zozenka



Says Zozenka, "This is my dog Astor. I dressed him up like Sam using my brother's underwear and my old sabotaged Simpsons socks. I hope we win or else my dog's going to be really angry."



Give that dog a treat!

image

image






The Max Cake

by CaptainXax



Says judge Dave Grossman, "I've done a few cakes in my day, it's a difficult medium to work in, especially when you go three-dimensional. And I like the idea that Max can eat the world, but then I can eat him."



Judge Mai Nguyen adds, "Besides the interesting medium of pastry, in which the candidate is clearly skilled, I liked the 'making of' approach. My favorite."




image


Click the photo to see a video!

image







Bosco Paper Doll

by Dmytriy Stepchenkov


Living up to the high standards set by of last spring's Paper COPS (as seen here), Dmytriy brings us a great paper-and-scissors time-waster. Bonus: you get to dress Bosco up as Max!


image


Click for the super high-res version!

image





The Special Writers' Admiration Award goes to...

'Twas the Night Before Halloween

by SamnMad



Telltale's writing staff unanimously chose this entry, "because that sort of thing is harder than it looks, and because he performed it instead of just sending the text," says Dave G. (Minus one point because 'confiscated' doesn't scan quite right, but still, nice job.)



Click to hear the poem!
image


Thanks to everyone who entered! This was fun, let's do it again next year. (Winners, you'll receive emails from me shortly. And by "shortly," I mean tomorrow.)

Abe Lincoln Must Die free for all (literally!)

Posted on November 2007 by TelltaleGames

UPDATE NOV. 6: The free version is now available directly from Telltale, too!


image
We're closing in on the Season Two launch, and we're so giddy with excitement about it that we've done something a little crazy. Remember Abe Lincoln Must Die, the episode that got some of the best reviews last season? We've decided to slash the price into oblivion. That's right, from now on, Abe Lincoln Must Die is FREE. Yep, as in zero dollars. What's the catch? There is none. Just go download it and stop asking questions already.



The free episode is exclusively available at IGN, GameSpy, and FilePlanet today. Starting tomorrow you'll be able to get it from Telltale's site and probably a bunch of other places, too. Please spread the news to all your cheap frugal friends!



Oh, and we also cut the price of the full Season One bundle today, to $29.95. Life is good.

Halloween entries!

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

The judges are still deliberating, but since it happens to be Halloween, I wanted to share some of the Halloweeniest of the entries with you guys. Enjoy!




image



[readmore]
image




image
image
image



image




image



image




image
image



image




image



image




image
image



image




image



image




image



image




Also, a Halloween poem!



image



And this one came in too late for the contest, but I'm posting it anyway because it's awesome.




image




image



There were a couple of video entries that I would have put up here but it's late and I'm missing out on candy and I didn't want to spend the time to figure out the best way to post them. And there were plenty of non-Halloween themed entries in the mix as well. We'll be posting more in the days to come - and of course, announcing the winners!

Ice Station Santa soundtrack MP3s and video!

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

0

The countdown is on... nine calendar days until Christmas the Sam & Max season premiere, Ice Station Santa!



If you're one of those impatient types like I am, you're probably not that into waiting until the actual day to open all your presents. We've hidden them for you good, so no peeking in the closets and under the bed to find them, but since you've been such good boys and girls we decided to sneak a few gifts to you early. Don't tell your mother.





First we have this lovely gameplay video. In it, Sam & Max arrive at Santa's workshop to find that instead of filled with peace and good cheer, the inhabitants are cowering in fear. (Like that rhyme I just made? Poetry. Cool.)



What's that? This incredible video isn't enough for you? Well, okay, since you've been extra good this year, I guess we can give you one more little treat... soundtrack MP3s!






These are all the gifts you get for now, but make sure to stay on your best behavior, because come next Friday*, that big present you've been waiting for will be right here, all wrapped up with a shiny bow...



*That's November 9th, if you're too lazy to check the calendar.

Halloween contest closed for entries

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

After a slow trickle throughout the month and a mad rush over the weekend, we have closed our 2007 Halloween contest for new entries. Now the judges will lock ourselves in a little room to deliberate and bicker and call each other names until we settle on three(ish) winners. Fun!



While we're doing that, why not check out this gem from last year? It still makes me smile, but that might just be from relief that they didn't blow off any fingers...

E for All photo album

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

Well, E for All has come and gone, and we have the pictures to prove it...



image

image

image


Left to right: the Telltale teamsters pause for a union-mandated Starbucks break during setup; fans flock around the demo machines; Nick tries to close a sale. Click a thumbnail for more pictures of the booth!



[readmore]
image

image

image




Left to right: Emily poses with Pacman and his lady friend; Nick gets tough with the Final Fantasy crowd; Will (far right) competes in Super Smash Bros. Brawl.





image

image

image


At night, the convention center was surrounded by strange pulsing lights. Could it be... THEM?





image

image

image


Left to right: Popeye and Olive Oyl making the rounds; Fone Bone on the big screen at the IndieCade booth; Nick and Will's favorite pastime, Rock Band.




Also here's some more press, just in case you missed it...

Convention camera woes revisited

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

If you're an avid reader of the Telltale blog (or a stalker secret admirer) you may well remember that time back in July when we mysteriously found ourselves at Comic-Con without a camera. Earlier this week, while pulling together all of our worldly possessions for E for All, I made extra super sure not to repeat this mistake. I packed the camera, and I even charged the battery. What I forgot to do, however, was pack a USB cable. Which leaves me on the eve of E for All's final day, with a whole bunch of pictures and absolutely no way to get them to you. Bah.



Here are some links courtesy of people who were slightly more prepared...
Enjoy.

Ice Station Santa: The Trailer

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames


0

As November 8th and 9th creep closer, and as E for All rolls out in Los Angeles, the Season Two Quality Spigot is turning counter-clockwise at an alarming rate. Up this week, most notably, is the trailer for the Sam & Max Season Two premiere, Ice Station Santa. You can watch it above, or check it out on the Season Two website. (If YouTube's your thing, click here for the YouTube version.)


Also on the Season Two site, you'll find some brand new screenshots (featuring the return of last season's "differently useful" technology support group), and a new gameplay video. Enjoy!


And, again, if you're planning on going to E for All this weekend, be sure to stop by booth 1123 and check out Ice Station Santa. Maybe buy a shirt or something, too. If you want.

E for All fun

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames

Well, the good news is that Nick, Will*, and I made it to LA. But not without some drama. I'll give you the Cliff Notes version now while I wait for a super secret file that Jake wasn't quite done tinkering with when I left to download. (Hint: This super secret file will be on display at our E for All booth AND will hit the web on Thursday. So make sure you're either at the LA Convention Center or on the internet that day. We're all counting on you.)



Okay, so the first bad thing was when the cab that was supposed to show up at 4:15... didn't. At 4:18 I called the cab company to find out where it was. At 4:25 I finally got off hold and was able to speak to a human being, who told me that the cab driver didn't want to come back to my house because if he did, he'd get penalized for not having shown up initially. I mentioned that we'd been standing on the sidewalk since 4:00 and no cabs had come by. The dispatcher said "It won't be much longer" and we hung up.



So, 4:35 rolls around and the cab still hasn't shown. Our flight was at 6:00 and we had a ton of bags to check so I was starting to panic. [readmore] While I waited on hold (again), Will called a different cab company who said they'd send someone right over. At 4:53, the second cab showed up and we piled in with all our bags and said "Quick, follow that car!" (Okay, we didn't, but it might have been funny in a "we're about to miss our flight so everything's funny, except when it's not" kind of way.) Meanwhile the dispatchers from the original cab company were so busy arguing with each other about the fact that no one had picked us up that they didn't hear me saying "Never mind, we just got in someone else's cab" and I took the bold measure of hanging up on them. So there, Yellow Cab.



My panic had subsided to a dull anxiety by this point, but we were still in very real danger of not getting on the flight. We got to the airport at just the time that we would have been cut off from checking luggage and dashed to the nearest curbside check-in. And then! The guy looked up our flight and said it was delayed. I have never been so happy to hear those words. I think I actually said "YES!" and did an air pump with my fist. It was mildly embarrassing.



In future I should be careful what I wish for, because the 6:00 flight ended up being delayed until almost 8:00 and we didn't get to our hotel in LA until well after 10:00. Amazingly, everything in LA has gone smoothly, from our bags being the first ones off the chute (guess it pays to show up at the airport late!) to the drive from the airport to the hotel being boring and uneventful. Now all we have to do is get through a day of set-up and four days of convention. Piece(s) of cake.



Despite the picture-less nature of this blog, I assure you we DID bring along a working camera (two, in fact!) and will be taking pictures of the whole extravaganza. Watch the blog for more E for All goodness all the rest of this week. Oh yeah, and don't forget that melty-good surprise headed for the site on Thursday. It makes me smile, and I have no doubt you'll do the same. Hell, you might even go "YES!" and pump your fist in the air. (Don't worry, we won't tell anyone.)



If you are planning to be at E for All, come see us at booth 1123! We'll have an exclusive Ice Station Santa demo available for your playing pleasure, and of course all the merchandise we could cram into our suitcases and the delight of meeting Telltalians in person. And c'mon, how can you miss out on that?



*Telltale's new lead tester, for those not in the know.

The Last Duet on Earth

Posted on October 2007 by TelltaleGames




For those who haven't stopped by the YouTube today, a new short cartoon by Telltale's Creative Director Emeritus (and author of our own excellent Dank/Dunk webcomic which you should all be reading) has been making its way across the web, and you should watch it. Check it out and then stop by the video's YouTube page and let Graham know what you think.

While you're there, you should also go check out all of Graham's other videos. (My favorites are Space Wolf, and The Lonely Hunter.)

RSS Feed