Heck, yeah! It was quite the experience. I was new to Mr. Gilbert’s work (well, I didn’t know much about him, anyway), joined at the beginning and was fascinated by the open, candid, transparent, and approachable way in which they managed the entire development effort.
Similar story here. Of course I know about Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island, and the Humongous Entertainment games, but I didn’t discover P&C adventures until Discworld (after which I played Indy and DotT, but never went further back and somehow never got around to MI). What I didn’t know was who was behind these games though. For me, adventure games have always been associated with Roberta Williams (though I never played any of her games) and Tim Schäfer.
The quality of Thimbleweed Park though has inspired me to look into the old classics again, both replay and first play. I’m sure Ron will hate me for saying this, given his thoughts on the subject, but I managed to get myself stuck in 3 games at once: Thimbleweed Park, Day of the Tentacle, and the included Maniac Mansion. At this point I’m not sure if it’s a good idea to also start (re)playing Zak, Simon the Sorcerer and Grim Fandango. And I just discovered I also have the Gabriel Knight series and Sanitarium on GOG…
ps: lots of folk here probably posted under different names back there, but every time I see your name next to a comment I have this pleasant moment of recognition, like unexpectedly bumping into an acquaintance on the street.