11/13/2005

Kickstarter: They’re like Wreck-it-Ralph In A China Shop. And Each Piece Of China Is A Backer.

So I just got this email from Kickstarter…

This is a message from Kickstarter’s Integrity team. We’re writing to inform you that a project you backed, Goblins: Alternate Realities, is the subject of an intellectual property dispute.

This is so odd, since they’ve told me repeatedly, that they absolutely cannot send messages out to all the backers. And yet… here’s a message sent to all the backers. Weird. I’m thinking wizards from the future? Maybe it was Ultron and his super high tech?

The law requires that we remove the project from public view until the dispute is resolved (please see our Copyright Policy and Trademark Policy for more info). Because the project already ended successfully, your pledge hasn’t been affected. The creator should still be able to move forward with the project (and send any unfulfilled rewards).

Really?! Really. I mean… seriously? Kickstarter is vastly informed with the current situation. They KNOW that Richard (the creator) stole the money and ran. They KNOW that he is not making G:AR under any circumstances. I have asked them over and over, if they’d send a blanket email to all my backers, telling them that G:AR is not being made. And here they are emailing all the backers to tell them that it WILL be made and assuring the backers that they WILL get their rewards! You have got to be kidding me. You have got to be fucking kidding me.

Thanks again, Kickstarter! Thanks for screwing me over just a little bit more! Now I’ve got a tsunami of emails from people thinking that they’re going to be getting their rewards. I mean, why wouldn’t they think that? Kickstarter just personally told them it would happen. Now it’s my word against Kickstarter’s. I didn’t think it possible, but Kickstarter has made this situation so, so much worse.

Kickstarter… you suck. You’re horrible and/or incompetent people that HAVE to be doing this on purpose. I can’t think of any other reason for this level of ineptitude.

If you have any questions, though, you can still message the creator from the project page.

And finally, we have the climax of this stupidity. Sure. message the creator. Nevermind that Richard stopped responding to all of those messages a loooong time ago. No, no. Please. Please feel free to contact the creator via the link kindly provided by Kickstarter. After all, Kickstarter did just assure you that “you can STILL message the creator“.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation,
Kickstarter

Sit back down, Kickstarter. You’re embarrassing me, yourself and the 3000 backers involved.

-Tarol