Friday, February 17, 2017

RPG News: Carmen Bellaire Waves Magic Wand If...?

First off. What the heck and a hay basket, is Rogue Heroes (AKA: Carmen Bellaire) Thinking?

Rogue Heroes Studio, weighs in on the Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter (RRT) and the intention to Kickstart the Rifts Board Game. Not to be outdone, we get this nasty gem:
 "But I wanted to lay all the cards on the table, if the RRT backers attack my future KS I will never help find out what is the problem with RRT and I am in a position to find out if I want to."

So Carmen is laying his cards on the table, he could find out (and presumably solve the RRT Kickstarter problem) but it gets worse.

"...everyone wants to kill my KS (my personal dream) and if that happens I hope RRT burns."

Wait, what?!

So your here to say that if RRT Backers-who have already forked over $1.4 million (plus, after close add-ons), play nice and at minimum don't bash your Rifts Board Game Kickstarter... Which is yet to launch and has licensed the Rifts IP, you'll look into the problem with RRT?
But, (and it's a big one) if your game doesn't fund, you hope RRT Burns? 

Angry Nird
What kind of crazy talk is this? First, the Robotech RPG Tactics Kickstarter is already burning and the further out it gets from finishing, the less likely it will be delivered at all. It's a matter of increased cost, (by guess which, shipping rates from foreign miniature producers won't be deflating), and whole host of financial reasons. Second, if you can't understand that the gamer angst against Palladium Books and by proxy the hesitancy to back a second (Savage Rifts being the first) Kickstarter beyond RRT is legit, then you have really got to cut back on the cool-aid. Also, the Savage Rifts license was bought and paid for, by a company that's not only been in business awhile, but certainly has a long history of delivery goods and more likely than not, far outranks Palladium Books own customer base. If the success of the Rifts Board Game Kickstarter hopes to garner the likes of Rift and Robotech fans alike, its not even conceivable that engaging angry (unfulfilled) backers was the way to go.

Is the above, total conjecture absolutely! BUT... What sort of following does Rogue Heroes have? A company which is just getting started and about to launch its first Kickstarter utilizing a 3rd party IP. And this IP owned by a company that has a long and (unfortunately) infamous history. Normally it wouldn't be fair to question an upstart company. Everyone has to start somewhere, but concerns are being raised, which I noted in a previous post and Rogue Heroes needs to get its head out its bu... I mean as far away from RRT as feasibly possible.

Edit: for a bit of a different take: visit this blog

Instead, rather than stay out of RRT or at least effectively empathize with the rabble rousers, Rogue Heroes has way (if we might use the same card analogy) overplayed their hand. 

Engaging backers about another Kickstarter (for any rhyme, reason) in the Kickstarter which is yet to deliver is a totally craptastic, not mention likely against Kickstarter's Terms of Service. Rogue Heroes can tell itself what it wants, but it now fully deserves it's spot in the black hole sun, otherwise known as the RRT comments parade, based on it's comments. I mean essentially your comments are telling the backers of RRT to support your project, at minimum with consented silence. I believe Rogue Heroes, should have thought this through and reflected a little more as to the potential consequences. If Rogue Heroes had, the conclusion would have been that as far as RRT is concerned it is Rogue Heroes, who should have remained silent. (my opinion)      

In close and usually with little conjecture, and making good points left, right and center, through the whole process of RRT, here's what Forar, (spot on as always) one of the most well reasoned and eloquent statesmen among RRT Backers had to comment:

Notes: If you're back, yes I edited this post. My OG was a bit over passionate. Many thanks to the Tavern for boosting the signal.

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