April 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm
So I just got this email from Kickstarter... This is a message from Kickstarterís 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 hasnít 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  
March 30, 2015 at 4:40 pm
EDIRT: (Sorry, I typo-ed "EDIT" and it made me laugh. I now need to keep it this way.) Since posting this blog and the four videos, I've actually redesigned a big chunk of the Plot Point rules. This information is now out of date. I'll have a new G:AR update for you soon. I'm of course, also working on the next Goblins page. I've been working really hard on G:AR, over the past weeks. With that and a medical issue dragging me down (which is thankfully behind me now) Goblins updates have been slow, but I expect them to pick up. I've posted four videos on YouTube, explaining various aspects of G:AR... Part One: The Kickstarter Thing This video talks about the money, the stealing in my name (which is still happening) and is basically twelve minutes of me, ranting. Part Two: The Hell Is G:AR? (This video is temporarily unavailable as I improve the rules, further.) Part Three: Types Of Cards (This video is temporarily unavailable as I improve the rules, further.) Part Four: What A Round OF G:AR Looks Like (This video is temporarily unavailable as I improve the rules, further.) These videos don't really talk about the more basic aspects of the game (leveling up, combat, quest completion, etc). I just really wanted to explain the unique parts of story creation. Please comment on one or more of the videos and let me know what you think. Thanks! -Tarol
February 6, 2015 at 5:42 pm
UPDATE: Everything has worked out and she's going to be fine. THANK YOU to those who contacted her, offering to help! This is another one of those weird times, where I use this blog to try and help someone that we don't know, but is in a bit of trouble. A Goblins reader has a friend in Los Angeles who is about to be kicked out of her place for reasons outside of her control. She's got a place set up for the end of February but without help, she's totally screwed until then. If you're in the LA area and have the ability and space to let someone crash with you until the end of the month or even just part of that time, please contact her through her Twitter. She's about my age and although I've never met her, she's a personal friend of a Goblins reader whom I know and trust. I believe she has only a few days until she's out, so if there's anyone out there who can help in some way, you'd be saving her butt as well as making a grateful friend (I'll also mail you a plushie Big Ears). Thanks. -Tarol
January 31, 2015 at 3:03 pm
I still have to finish the front page video, but I'm going to put that aside for now, in favour of finishing the next Goblins page. Nevertheless, here is my new Patreon page. Please feel free to check out the rewards and extra features it offers. If you're not contributing through Patreon, don't sweat it. You can still REALLY help me out by spreading the word about Goblins. Of course, the best way to support Goblins is to simply keep reading it. :) !EDIT! I just want to quickly mention the vote button located at the top of the site (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to place a copy of that button here in the blog, otherwise I would), under the Goblins title. You're allowed one vote per IP address, every 24 hours. And yes, the rules of TopWebComics specifically say that you're allowed to vote from home, then vote again at school/work, if you like. I'll be hiding neato Goblins stuff "under" the vote button every 1 or 2 days. Simply clicking on it, will show you that day's secret Goblin thingy. Right now, the VERY first goblins I ever drew are tucked in there. I drew them back in 2003 and they look REALLY different! So what does voting actually do? It moves the Goblins banner up that list. The higher it is, the more exposure Goblins gets. Don't forget that you can also vote once a day on ANY of the other comics as well. So if you see something in that list that you like, give them a vote! It takes like, 2 seconds and it makes our day. Trust me. :) Thanks everyone! -Tarol
January 28, 2015 at 1:12 am
EDIT: Thanks again, see you next time! Come and hang out with me whilst I pull an all-nighter. You can type stuff to me and others or if you're shy, sit silently and observe and no one will know you're being sneaky and sitting in the shadows. Click here to hang out.
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