How The Gold Master Was Delayed, Pt 2


Upcoming indie co-op spellfest Magicka has a new video out, concluding the epic tale of How The Gold Master Was Delayed. It awaits you beneath the jump. If you missed it, part 1 can be seen here. There are a couple of new details in this one- we now know Magicka’s release date (January 2011) and its price ($89.99). Go watch!

Man, it’s a good thing Kieron left RPS before this game came out. He’s a rubbish mage. This is because he can’t spell.


  1. b4dmash says:


  2. Frankie The Patrician[PF] says:

    90 dollars? Man, that’s an expensive indie game :)

  3. Janek says:


  4. Teronfel says:

    nice trailer,but pt 1 was better.

    The best moment is at the end with the 89.99$ price lol

  5. AndrewC says:

    Maybe that’s for a four pack, coz it’s 4 player co-op.

  6. Cat says:

    If you watch until the end you’ll notice he shoots the “8” from the $89.99, thus making it $9.99 :]

  7. Weedkiller says:

    Someone didn’t watch the video. It makes it obvious that it’s totally worth the price!

  8. CMaster says:

    Watch the fairly amusing video to see the real price.

  9. AndrewC says:

    Phew! Indie games=cheap, Internet=wrong

    All is right with the world again!

  10. Dain says:

    Good way of weeding out those who comment on a video without actually watching it!

  11. pakoito says:

    Local coop or just over LAN?

  12. Heliocentric says:

    Nice work considering readers who are not on video equipped browsers.

    • Nick says:

      common sense might just dictate that wasn’t the actual price.

    • Heliocentric says:

      Indie pricing is often too bloody expensive. Solium infernium?(sp?)

  13. Rinox says:

    Love the vid. The self-mockery alone almost makes me want to buy it. :-)

  14. Wolfox says:

    “I’m Yellow, the White”. I laughed out loud. :-)

    • Wulf says:

      My favourite bit was where they point out the biggest plot hole with Lord of the Rings: that if they’d used the eagles to drop the ring in the volcano, the story would’ve been a heck of a lot shorter!

      “Can we use the eagles?”
      *agressive head shaking!* “NO!”

    • Temple to Tei says:

      Well, thank you for ruining LOTR for me Wulf :P

    • stahlwerk says:

      The eagles couldn’t fly into mordor because of Shilkas Sauron’s ever watchful eye and Nazghul air superiority.

    • Wulf says:


      Oh, okay! Fair enough then, that explains that. I never considered that angle, truth be told.

      There you go, Temple, LOTR unruined, you can thank him for it.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Let me re-ruin it, then: While flying straight into mordor wouldn’t have worked for Gwaihir et al., nothing stopping them from taking the fellowship Rivendell -> Minas Tirith / Osgiliath. Could have saved them a lot of trouble, IIRC even the movie’s production team jokingly calls them Middle Earth Taxi Service in the dvd commentary. But that’s the fickle thing about dei ex machinas, they only show up when you really need them. Also, there are too many things done right in LOTR that save Tolkien from being called the talentless hack he clearly was.

    • GHudston says:

      If anything is going to stop you from being recognised as a talentless hack, I’d say that “doing too many things right” would do the trick.

    • stahlwerk says:

      Yup, well, sorry, sarcasm/exaggeration in jest really doesn’t translate well into internet text. Cheers!

    • mlaskus says:

      link to
      This is a nice read on the topic of LOTRO’s eagles

    • Temple to Tei says:

      I had the air superiority answer for myself already.
      Fingers in ears over the taxi thing.
      And…. there is a whole debate over the eagles?
      I do not take things seriously enough.

    • jeremypeel says:

      “While flying straight into mordor wouldn’t have worked for Gwaihir et al., nothing stopping them from taking the fellowship Rivendell -> Minas Tirith / Osgiliath.”

      Sorry duck, but last eagle from Rivendell to Minas Tirith/Osgiliath left at 9:30. What you’ll have to do, is, you’ll need to take the 320 to Bree, get the Buckleberry Ferry back to the Shire then double back on yourself, cross the road and catch the 104 to Rohan. A’right my love?

  15. Clovis says:

    All this jibber jabber about $89.99 seems to be detracting from what should be the main subject of discussion: the new lows RPS has apparently reached in puns. Egad!

    • Tacroy says:

      Yeah, seriously?

      Man, it’s a good thing Kieron left RPS before this game came out. He’s a rubbish mage. This is because he can’t spell.

      Someone is going to die for this.

  16. DMA says:

    I just loved how “Yellow, the White” got smacked without any preface, annotation or reaction from the other mages.

    • Temple to Tei says:

      That and the little sit down arond the campfire.
      I would have given them my $89.99 right then and there if I could.

  17. Kirrus says:

    *groans at spell joke*

  18. Snall says:

    Loving this game so far. Want.

  19. muted says:

    this reminds me of Nox, strangely… I might have to get that and play with a couple of friends it looks great

  20. The Hammer says:

    Magicka! I’m looking forward to this game, as it looks really quite amusing – I do love my comic fantasy. Nice, impulse-buy pricetag, too.

  21. Billzor says:

    “Jim, can we take the robots?”


  22. Wulf says:

    Hugely looking forward to this. And I watched the video before posting, too. HA! If that sense of humour carries through to the final game, then we’re in for a real treat, aren’t we?

    • DMA says:

      I’m really afraid that those responsible for these short ad-clips and actual developers may be two completely unconnected teams, and the final product could be without such ingenious (and somewhat cute) satire at all. I still hope, however, that it is in any case a solid game. I’m a fan of the genre!

    • Wulf says:

      Yeah, that is a worry… but I hold out hope, with these guys being indie, that they’re making their own trailers and those responsible for the humour within actually have a say about the dialogue/events in the game.

    • Schaulustiger says:

      Just take a look at the debut trailer: link to

      The “Oh wait… I don’t have a house.” dialogue had me dying of laughter the first time I watched it.

    • Skurmedel says:

      Team isn’t exactly gigantic if I recall correctly :) I don’t think they have a dedicated PR department.

    • Wulf says:

      That means that the humour will likely be in the game too. Hooray! This makes me very happy, since that trailer got a good laugh out of me.

  23. Heliosicle says:

    YAY, I got the joke! Only got a second of satisfaction though :(

  24. BigglesB says:

    :D I think they should have stuck with $89.99

    If you made an awesome indie game that appealed to a niche enough, I’m sure you could charge that sort of money. If the niche were 4-player games, then it’s not all that much between 4 people, either : )

  25. Ignorant Texan says:

    The trailer Quin’s linked explaining the delay is good, the two on their website are better(more fleshed out). The Yellow’s snuffing it is a running joke. I also think Arrowhead made the trailers. .

  26. Rob says:

    I really hope the cut scenes (if there are any) are handled in the same silent film style.

  27. Scandalon says:

    Videos look great, hope the gameplay keeps up with the humour. (Estimated system requirements seem pretty steep though…) Radeon x1900?!? You can play COD4/Portal on a x1600…

  28. Protagoras says:

    I’m so freaking psyched for Q1 2011:
    -Portal II
    -Dues Ex
    -The new red faction (as long as they dont go GFWL and get a finished optimized game out)
    and some others that might turn out decent, though I highly doubt that (DA2…).

    Then again, it makes me really sad for the holiday season – got nothing overly interesting to look for. (other than meatboy and AC:B)

    • Wulf says:

      Your list looks a lot like mine, especially Brink, Portal II, and Magicka. Though I’d add Guild Wars 2 to that as that’s slated for a Q1/Q2 2011 release.

    • noobnob says:

      link to

      Dev confirming that RF:A won’t use GfWL. It’ll use Steamworks instead. Same thing goes for other THQ titles in their 2011 lineup, such as the next DoW standalone expansion and Homefront.

  29. Petrushka says:

    The tagline “Get your robes ready” is all very well, but do I get to have a wizard hat too? None of the wizards in the trailers have wizard hats. :-(

    • Protagoras says:


      That would make the game a totally generic-wizard-hat-based-generic-wizard-game, and we wouldn’t want that, would we? A game’s gotta distinguish itself somehow…

      Also, stop with the damn hats, I freaking hate hats (other than indiana jones type hats, they’re way awesome).

  30. Temple to Tei says:

    Confused. No pre-order on website?
    I do not have a machine that would play it and I wanted to buy it then and there.
    Good grief nothing ‘published’ has made me laugh like that in a long time.
    RPS commentators are my main source of humour -ok sometimes the writers as well.

  31. Ziv says:

    if the game itself has tenth of the humour the trailer has I’ll buy it on the spot.

  32. mod the world says:

    WTF! This makes me so angry, i won’t even watch the trailer of that rip-off indie to the end! ;)

  33. Chris says:


  34. n3gs says:

    I paid $90 for Tomb Raider II when it came out. That was foolish.

  35. pipman3000 says:

    pfft i remember when games cost $100

  36. Malin says:

    I didn’t realize the delayed-trailers had made quite a buzz over here, thanks for all the praise!
    We’re working our behinds off to get the game finished and as great as we possibly can so I seldom have time to keep up with the community and articles but am very glad this site has Magicka covered!
    Some of the developers try to have a look from time to time at the Paradox forum and input from the community there so head over to join in! =D link to

    – Malin H.
    Arrowhead GS