I can honestly say that I hate writing about Robotech RPG Tactics or should I say, I hate writing about the Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter, Kickstarter, and Palladium Books complete and utter lack of progress.
I’ll let the numbers regularly updated by a backer with the screen name of Forar (thank you for keeping this bit of bookkeeping) do the talking. Just make sure to add 5 days to these numbers because that has been how many days have passed since Forar updated them:
- Days since the last update: 63 (the longest period of time between updates yet by several days now)
- Days since Wayne said he’d give us a full breakdown on the status of all the pieces: **152**
- Days since the last substantial Wave 2 info: 283
- Days since the campaign ended: 933
- Days until the end of Q2 2016: 205 (current “ideal”)
- Days until Gencon 2016: 238
- Days until the end of 2016: 389
In other words, nothing has happened. The backers continue to vent, complain, speculate, and talk about this Kickstarter and others, but have yet to do much else. There is, as there always is, people who do file complaints with the Better Business Bureau and those who inform anyone who asks the other agencies that they can file complaints with (FTC and Attorney Generals), but as far as I know, no legal action has been taken.
Kickstarter has not done anything about this Kickstarter, at least not in a public way. I can tell you that I am done with Kickstarter, because if I as a backer/investor/consumer do not have any protections against…well extremely long delays, lies, and complete lack of communication from a company, why should I spend my money? I shouldn’t. Backers/Investors/Consumers or whatever we are called should have MORE protections and support than the people/companies making Kickstarter Campaigns. Despite the “risk” for a Kickstarter Campaign, it is the backer/investor/consumer who is assuming the risk-I give someone my money and I have no ability through Kickstarter to take action to ensure that I get my product or a refund. That is a lot of risk on my part.
And what has Palladium Books done or had to say on the subject? This is the last “update,” titled a Quick Note From Kevin:
“Hi, everyone. I just wanted to let you know you are far from forgotten. Things are moving on Robotech® RPG Tactics™ Wave Two, as we explore a number of different possibilities. For a variety of business reasons we cannot yet discuss or reveal exactly what we are looking into and considering. For one, if some of the things we are exploring don’t pan out, we don’t want you to be disappointed. And it seems like every little while, the things we are considering doing get changed for one reason or another.
I can tell you, we want to make sure the rest of the Kickstarter items and future Robotech® RPG Tactics™ product are something special and the best they can be, especially after the long delays in getting Wave Two into your hands. We are examining many different possibilities, but until we nail down the final details, we can’t say much yet. We’ll try to provide some more insight on this next week. But we are exploring many things we know you will enjoy. This includes a number of ideas for the relaunch of Robotech® RPG Tactics™ next year when Wave Two comes out.”
Smoke and mirrors. This has been written numerous times before by Palladium Books. Take note that the “plan” is to relaunch a game that never got a launch. I wish I had something concrete to write about, but nobody is doing anything other than write about what they “are going to do” be that legal action of one sort or another or relaunch a bad game if and when they figure out what they are going to do fufill their obligation from 938 days ago. Meanwhile, Kickstarter laughs all the way to the bank.