Robotech RPG Tactics: The Continuing Saga (Updated)

I have zero idea if what I am writing about is having any sort of impact. I hope that, if nothing else, people who are interested in purchasing Robotech RPG Tactics read the various reviews (mine and others-become an informed consumer) and get information about the game before they commit the money. I also hope that, in some way, these posts about Robotech RPG Tactics and the Kickstarter campaign are informing people about…well…

  1. How not to run a Kickstarter
  2. Palladium Books in relation to this Kickstarter
  3. Robotech RPG Tactics
  4. Potential ways to get your voice heard when a Kickstarter goes sideways
    1. Contact the company via email, keep a copy of all emails sent and received
    2. Call the company, keep a log of all calls made and received
    3. Write the company, again keep a copy of all letters sent and received
    4. Lodge a complaint with Kickstarter-even though they maintain a hands-off policy-lodging a complaint is a step and check-box in that “did you try everything you could”
    5. If these don’t work, then time to consider the next step, which could be legal. If you go legal, you will have a record of your efforts to communicate with the company

Thirty plus days have passed since the last update from Palladium Books on the status of Wave 2. Gencon came and went, also without mention from Palladium Books. Now when I say update, I mean the updates posted to the Kickstarter that are supposed to keep backers up to date on the status of the Kickstarter. Palladium Books has posted some news through their email spam ad sheets sent out every Friday. In fact, without the spam I and other backers would have never found out a damn thing.

News that most people wanted to know, the status of Wave 2, was absent. A few sentences here and there about meeting with this person or that person and how Palladium Books is hoping or working to get part counts on models down, but no concrete details. Given that on July 10th, this was posted, “As for Wave 2, I’m working on a big breakdown of where each and every component is in its development, but that’s going to take some time. The short version is that some have been approved for tooling, some are still pending minor changes, and a couple are being reworked to reduce part counts while preserving detail. It’s going painfully slowly.” the lack of a detailed breakdown is worrisome.

Word from Gencon, is that Robotech RPG Tactics was put on 30% sale and stayed on sale for the entire convention. I do not know how common that is at Gencon, but when we go to conventions the sales crop up on the last day, when people realize they have to move everything. The convention exclusives that Palladium Books were more than happy to sell to backers, did not sell as well as hoped-that is direct from Palladium Books, “Sales of the three Robotech® exclusive figures were light. A surprise, because they look pretty awesome.”August 7th Weekly Email. The spam ad sheets also have Robotech RPG Tactics on sale. So if you were thinking about buying, now is a good time, just keep in mind that the rest of the game has yet to be produced.

Meanwhile on the Kickstarter discussion page, legal action. Legal action has been a background conversation for a months now. It has been hard to gauge how serious anyone is; at least it was hard to gauge how serious anyone was. Over the last month, the conversation has gotten more serious with encouragement to others, such as links to the Better Business Bureau and Michigan Attorney General. To go along with those links, links to articles, such as this one, where a Kickstarter was sued, have appeared.

What will happen next? No idea. Palladium Books remains tight lipped and uncommunicative with backers. Some backers are frustrated enough to openly talk about suing Palladium Books. Many others have washed their hands of the Kickstarter. Speculation runs wild about status of Robotech RPG Tactics and Wave 2…from never going to happen to out of money. The only “solid” information is the standard line of continuing to support the game from Palladium Books.

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7 thoughts on “Robotech RPG Tactics: The Continuing Saga (Updated)

  1. Dawfydd

    Yeah, I’m done with this one. I could have coped with the units outside the starter set being complicated if they’d made the Veritechs, the unit you need to build three models for every one you chose to field, the iconic poster-mecha for the Robotech franchise, just a little less part-heavy. Or even had a few more options for posability (whoever okayed those renders for use on the back of the box should be ashamed….)
    As it is if we get any of the Wave 2 stuff I’ll be amazed, but I guess I’ll console myself with the other, better run, campaigns & systems I’ve backed that have been fully fulfilled, and the knowledge that Palladium will be gone in the not too distant future if they maintain these practices….

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    1. Ankoku1331

      For sake of clarity and knowing it will never happen, would love to see how all of the decisions were made for Robotech RPG Tactics; from the “we should make a game that we have zero experience in” to “backers are mean to us, lets not talk to them anymore.”

      I too am done with the Kickstarter, other than writing about it to keep the information out there. There are 5,000 people who are getting screwed over and people should know about it. I don’t expect to get Wave 2, nor do I expect to see Palladium Books go away, this will be another “Palladium Books” story and they have plenty of them.

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  2. I should show you the disgruntled ex-employee rants. They’ve been at these shenanigans for nearly two decades, since their business model became irrelevant. I am mildly curious about their partnership in Savage Worlds, though… Not that you’d catch me paying for anything from them. I boycotted Palladium books about 15 years ago, and haven’t looked back.

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    1. Ankoku1331

      I can imagine the disgruntled ex-employee rants. Since starting research on Palladium Books I have come across a lot of negative information. I am surprised Palladium Books is still in business, but that is another story.

      If I had known that Palladium Books would be the sole agent in charge of the Kickstarter I never would have backed, solely due to my experience with their game mechanics and writing. Alas…well as they say, hindsight is…looking behind you or something like that. 🙂

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  4. Brandon

    I was at gencon. They had a 30% off coupon in the coupon book all attendees receive and it applied to pretty much everything palladium was selling EXCEPT convention exclusives and apparel. I think the reason the exclusive models didn’t sell is because they were 32 bucks and you couldn’t apply your coupon.

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