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Hmmm. After a string of comments from the creator account that read suspiciously like the ill-fated communication on the Ice Age thread on these forums, "We have switched the night person off of "comment duty" and we have spoken on the phone to those that may have been worried about the posts coming from same."

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I assume they are going to be relaunching this since they are pretty far from goal and have lost their game designer?

Per the comments, it looks like that will be the case.  There is also a backers-only update regarding a relaunch.

 

Andrea did note that anything he has developed will likely appear as official SoBH supplemental material, so ultimately we won't miss out on any good stuff from him.

 

(And, oh my, the comments!)

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this is the Facebook post for those who don't visit there

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Sfiligoi

 

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I am no longer part of the Band of Gnomes project by ADWgames. The company will soon issue a statement (and I guess the people who pledged for my rules only may alter their pledges). Any new rules that I wrote for this project will likely resurface, in a form or another, in future Ganesha Games supplements. I also want to stress out that I am NOT the person replying to backers on the KS page -- the only thing I did for the KS page are the figure sketches.

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Man, the comments went south quick. Whoever is taking the lead there is a pretty toxic person.

 

"Creator Dina Andrews Walker about 5 hours ago

 

Thank you Matt 

Glad to hear it. We do have several part-time people helping out from LA and NYC and do not always have iron-fist control over things that are posted after hours. This structure has been changed and I personally apologize for any persons behaviour acting poorly under my name. This will absolutely not occur again. If we can send you a sloth mini in appreciation for your patience, please email me at [email protected]. We certainly appreciate any and all friends of the company, and we hope to include you as one of those valued people."

 

What a pile of sloth. This "part timer's" behavior was evident in their first KS as well. While not insulting to backers, their naivete in refusing to show off their ruleset (the creator, in fact, told me she was unaware of any boardgame KS that did this, which showed me how unaware they are about retail and miniature markets) and how they expressed it was the half-penny missing from the bank account that made me question their ability to manage this project, and later made me suspicious that this might be a scam. To mis-paraphrase Mr. Clarke, "Any sufficiently mis-managed project isn't any different from a scam."

 

Some notes about the company behind the project: http://www.dwarvenforge.com/forum?func=view&catid=10&id=66032

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Well there does appear to be a significant difference in writing style between different posts from their account, so I don't actually doubt that it was a different person making the rude posts versus the more professional ones. What I do find interesting is they had previously chosen to do it this way. Even when it would make sense to do otherwise (i.e. when the account name is a company rather then individual) the bulk of projects I've dealt with have one person do the talking on the creator account and the others will either request to have messages forwarded through the main or post via their own personal kickstarter account. Letting some random staffer have access to an account with her actual name on it seems like poor planning to me.

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I've seen that done in other kickstarters in the past. Probably most notably in the Larry Elmore Artbook project where it turned out it was very rarely Larry making the posts in his name.

 

It was very frustrating, and I agree it's not a good practice.

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Well there does appear to be a significant difference in writing style between different posts from their account, so I don't actually doubt that it was a different person making the rude posts versus the more professional ones. What I do find interesting is they had previously chosen to do it this way. Even when it would make sense to do otherwise (i.e. when the account name is a company rather then individual) the bulk of projects I've dealt with have one person do the talking on the creator account and the others will either request to have messages forwarded through the main or post via their own personal kickstarter account. Letting some random staffer have access to an account with her actual name on it seems like poor planning to me.

Especially when someone from this company has previously made such a big stink about their personal reputations being on the line...
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@_@ its up to that person really.

^ This.

 

And really, I think anyone working in the hobby industry needs to think twice about what they say online about former employers.

 

Yeah.  Which is unfortunate.  On the one hand, if a freelancer is complaining about being mistreated by a company, they run the risk of no one else wanting to hire them.  On the other hand, it lets companies get away with some pretty dubious behavior.  Not paying freelancers on time, or sometimes at all, not properly crediting them (editor takes primary credit for the piece), things like that.  Sometimes freelancers will privately warn each other away from certain employers, but that doesn't really help new freelancers from being taken advantage of.

 

There are anonymous reports, but you can't really tell which of those are real, which are just disgruntled employees, and which are just people making crap up about the company.

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