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      Creator Sam Chandola (deleted) on September 5, 2013

      I can definitely corroborate on that. We had *a lot* of family and friends support us, including many who were not initially familiar with kickstarter and crowdfunding, but who still wanted to throw their hat in the ring to support us.

      But while it's true that a lot of our family and friends chipped in, I am by no means discounting the allegations brought up here. As always, we will continue to be open and transparent about the matter and report any and all discrepancies to amazon/ks. If those pledges are removed and it brings us below the goal and we don't make it, then so be it and that is fair and square. We did spend money marketing and promoting this project and it will be a very bad hit for us, but we want as little to do with all of this as anyone else.

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      Creator Bob Edwards on September 4, 2013

      He was helping his family do the donation and was accidentally logged into their account. Again, language barrier.

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      Creator Naz on September 4, 2013

      Bob - that last comment seems disingenuous ... it's a shame, this project looks great, but between reading the recent comments here and having to wait until Aug 2014 ... I guess I'll just wait to pick this up at retail.

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      Not back their own account, their own project!!! My kingdom for an edit button!

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      @Bob... I think the only restraint is that the Creator account can not back their own account. As Serena stated earlier, I don't know that secondary accounts face the same limits.

      It is really impressive that Sam's family knows so much about the game based on the account's only comment:


      Samarth Chandola on Aug 15
      I can answer that, Ocelot. Games that reference drugs, alcohol and tobacco are usually rated 12+, whereas games that focus on them are rated 17+. We have to be a bit mindful of our audience as we do want everyone 12+ to be able to play the game. Having said that, Holmes and his excessive tobacco and cocaine habits are a quintessential part of the Sherlock Holmes universe, and we do want to build upon that and pay homage to it.
      Will the game directly focus on Holmes and his drug use? Probably not. This game is more about John Watson trying his absolute best to best Sherlock Holmes. Will the game have a disgruntled Watson annoyingly muttering about how Sherlock is a bumbling idiot who will die because of his substance abuse, thus clearing the path for Watson for fame and glory? You betcha! ;-)

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      Creator Bob Edwards on September 4, 2013

      We've had a lot of friends and family sign up and donate. The Samarth Chandola you talk about is from Sam's direct family, and they used his name due to a slight language barrier, without realizing that the project leader is unable to back accounts and how it would look. Our friends and family have always been very supportive of our vision, and in some cases almost as enthusiastic as we are!

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      Creator Matthew Martino on September 4, 2013

      @Serena Nelson Thanks thats what I was wondering.

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on September 4, 2013

      Regarding the project creator backing his/her/their own project: Kickstarter doesn't allow it. At all. If you want to put money into it you need to create a new account. This "Samarth Chandola" could very well be a second account of Sam's or it could be someone else entirely pretending to be him.

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      Creator Goat on September 4, 2013

      @Matthew:

      What Riggo said is that the fake accounts started to back other random and rather obscure projects to cover the fact that they were new and made for Holmes.

      And that by some coincidence, a profile named after Sam backed some of the same obscure and random projects.

      So basically it means that said profile can be classified among the long list of suspicious profiles because it had the same behaviour, meaning that either the faker used Sam's name for fun, either that Sam is somehow related to the other accounts.

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      Creator Rembrandt Q. Einstein on September 4, 2013

      Anyway, I hope that this fraud is uncovered and this game is great!! Any word on Benedict Cumberbatch? :)

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      Creator Rembrandt Q. Einstein on September 4, 2013

      Of course a creator can back his own project. But if you click on the creator's profile in the sidebar, he has not backed this project. Are we to believe that a different Samarth Chandola backed this project and also (and only) the other projects which the fraudulent backers also backed? Seems pretty fishy to me..........

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      Creator Matthew Martino on September 4, 2013

      @Rembrandt Q. Einstein Yeah it is pretty fishy especially if you consider that it is his name exactly lol. Nothing close to the creators name at all. That is his name... why are creators not allowed to pledge to there own campaign?

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      Creator Rembrandt Q. Einstein on September 4, 2013

      "Another amazing fact is that there is a backer named Samarth Chandola (seems awfully close to the creator's name) that has backed 3 other questionable projects that the new accounts swarmed to! Hmmm....."

      Wow. Pretty fishy. Considering withdrawing my pledge too......

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      Creator Snagabax on September 4, 2013

      This is like days of our lives comments edition.

      Jared is obviously upset that his private not so private information was published. Although he did fill it in and or accepted what he was putting in I don't think he deserves to get a group of people trying to prove him wrong. Whether he is right or wrong Riggo should adhere to his concerns and at least change the document. At least for common courtesy.

      Also Riggo is an adult and can fight his own battles without 5 other people jumping on it with him.

      Never would I thought that a simple point and click adventure would generate so much controversy. If I was Sam I would say eff you all no game for you since that's what you seem to want anyways. If your so hard up with these fake pledges then just cancel your own and be done with it. Obviously nothing is going to change.

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      Creator Brandon Reed on September 4, 2013

      By the way Goat, love the Brutal Carnage avatar

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      Creator Pogopuschel on September 4, 2013

      First of all, kudos to Riggo and Goat for the time and effort they put into getting all this data!

      It is a shame that some people state that the drop in pledges is their fault and it is a shame that Goat is asked to stop commenting! That is not the right direction.

      As much as I love adventures and think the project might turn out to be a good game I am really not sure if I should stick with it. I won't cancel my pledge now, but I am still watching how all this stuff is adressed and unfolds.

      @Jared: no violation of TOS, he did not USE your account, he just showed public information.

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      Creator Goat on September 4, 2013

      To be clear;

      The thing that truly bothers me here as nothing to do with you or your team, it's the possibility that one of the company you hired to do "social promotion" of your game, like Inked Communication, could possibly offer the service of creating and maintaining fraudulent accounts in KS.

      It's one thing to use dummy twitters and FB acocunts to do advertising, but it's a whole other level to create 200+ fake identities to funnel money in a KS to inflate the figures. The later is definitely fraud.

      I won't lie, I would be much more reassured knowing it was you guys all along, than knowing internet marketing companies offer such services as creating fake KS accounts.

      I hope you guys understand my concerns, and that I sincerely am not doing this to prevent you from developing your game.

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      Creator Goat on September 4, 2013

      " We have nothing to hide here and have done everything possible before to solve the matter, and will continue to do so in the future as well."

      Hi Sam! Thanks for the info.

      What will you guys do IF (and I doubt it) you come back to us saying you do have the amazon accounts list of all the backers and that you can identify that indeed there's a great number of fake accounts with high pledges?

      We both know that if you cancel their pledge, you'll drop below $50K. So why pretending like you will do anything about this? It doesn't make any sense an we can perfectly understand if you told us that you simply can't do anything about this and that you are sorry.

      I'm not sure what would work best for you? Pretending to be helping, or being honest and say you can't or won't.

      Judging from the figures, it seems the normal trend of the KS is 1000$ per day top limit (and that's extremely generous and accounting for your past advertising) and 30 backers per day top limit.

      It's been 21 days since the start, so the non fraudulent figures should be MAXIMUM 630 backers for a MAXIMUM of 21,000$. How can you say you sincerely want to cancel all the fake accounts pledges?

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      Creator Sam Chandola (deleted) on September 4, 2013

      Hi folks,

      Just finished a long day of production planning and jumped in to see a blast. Wanted to address a few things quickly here.

      Riggo, I agree with you, just as I have previously agreed with Goat as well. Something is definitely off. From our end, we previously reported the matter to kickstarter and amazon payments, and will continue to do so again. I will be PMing you to get more information so I could pass them off in our next message. We have nothing to hide here and have done everything possible before to solve the matter, and will continue to do so in the future as well.

      Jared, I'm very sorry to hear that your privacy has been violated. I'm sure Riggo would be able to update his spreadsheet so your name is blanked out.

      As always, I will be chipping away at the project, but Bob will be here for any follow-up questions. And I'm always open to a PM.

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      Creator Goat on September 4, 2013

      @Jared:

      All the info posted here is publicly available by simply clicking the "backers" button. No one ever invaded anyone's privacy, it seems you are over-reacting.

      Still, if you decide to change your user name and city and ask politely to Riggo to remove your name from the list, I'm pretty sure he'll do it.

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      Creator Brandon Reed on September 4, 2013

      The Streisand effect. Google it.

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      Creator Greg on September 4, 2013

      Also, the likelihood that anyone would've bothered to sift through the spreadsheet and look you up was pretty much zero. Now that you're whining about it, I'm guessing several people have looked out of curiosity.

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      Creator Greg on September 4, 2013

      Wow, I give up. Clearly logic has no place in this argument.

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on September 4, 2013

      @Jared: The problem here is that you ALREADY disclosed that information when Riggo pulled the data for his spreadsheet. Hence it was PUBLIC at the time. He's not obligated to change anything.

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      If I remove it from my profile, it is no longer disclosed

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      Creator Greg on September 4, 2013

      Also, this is straight from KS's privacy policy page:

      "Voluntary Disclosure

      Any personal information or content that you voluntarily disclose in public areas of the Site becomes publicly available and can be collected and used by other users. You should exercise caution before disclosing your personal information through these public venues."

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      Creator Greg on September 4, 2013

      Jared, If you're so concerned with your privacy, then you might want to remove the link to your Twitter account from your bio page.

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      @Brandon - even if I change my name, which I did (delete last name), it is still on the list, which doesnt auto update

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Yes, there is
      I repeat
      You shall not, and shall not permit any third party using your account to, take any action, or submit content, that is ... invasive of another's privacy;

      By him refusing to take my FULL name and city off of his list, it violates this clause

      Join date and projects backed is irrelevant- there is no correlation between join date, projects backed, and knowledge possesed.

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      Creator Brandon Reed on September 4, 2013

      Dude, Jared, you're in the wrong here. If you post your name and location, you're the only one violating your privacy. Change your info if you don't want it to get out, but honestly, google archives pages, so it's out there for good.

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on September 4, 2013

      @Jared: Sigh. You are aware that you can CHANGE YOUR INFORMATION, right? You don't have to stick with what Kickstarter populates in the fields. Hell, you didn't even have to register using Facebook. I looked at your profile. Your join date precedes mine. You backed more projects than I have. How could you NOT know this?

      Let me say this again. There...is...no...TOS...violation...here...

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Had I known people would start publishing public lists that violate TOS based on backer information, I wouldn't have used facebook login for my kickstarter

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      No, thats kickstarter automatically populating its information from facebook login

      It still violates TOS unless he accepts take-downs and opt-outs

      I think you guys fail to understand how privacy policies work

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on September 4, 2013

      @Jared: I fail to see how Riggo is violating any TOS here. You publicly put out your name and location. Don't blame him. Blame yourself for not thinking about using a non de plume in the first place.

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Because the list doesnt auto update no matter what I make my name, it will always show my full name and my city

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      The problem is even once I change my name, your list still has the full name
      new name... old list

      So even if I follow that steps, you are still violating TOS

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      @Serena... Thanks!

      @Jared... My list does nothing more than provide the name and location you have publicly provided! Not sure how that violates your privacy! Like I said, change your user name to Jerry Rice and no one will know who you are!

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      Creator Serena Nelson - Hero of the AGRM on September 4, 2013

      I'm jumping back in here for a buck just to help Riggo out. Jared (I'm assuming that's your real name since you're so adamant that your rights are being violated), you and ONLY you are at fault for giving your name and location. I have absolutely no problem with showing off my real name here. If he wanted to add me to the list then I say let him. Nobody's forcing you to give what you apparently feel is private information. If you want to remain anonymous then use a FAKE name and location. Thank you and goodnight.

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Yea, no. Thats not how it works
      You are violating the TOS by refusing to blank out my name on your publicly published list

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      @Jared... Your Kickstarter username and location can be anything you want... You have violated your privacy, not me! Look for Riggo on FB and in a phone directory! You have violated your TOS and privacy policy, not me!!!

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      That much is enough for someone to get my facebook or address from a phone book

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Youve provided my name and city
      Thats more than enough to violate my privacy

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      Jared... it would probably be quicker for you to change your User name to Issac Newton. There is no way for anyone to contact you dierecty from the information I provided. That is why I cannot provide information that violates the TOS

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Yes, the option to blank out my name is preffered
      Joe Shmoe from Wacken, Germany

      Thanks :)

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      My kickstarter backer name could be Fred Flinstone with a location of Bedrock... Someone publishing that backer information would not be violating my privacy, only that which I allowed them to!

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      Creator Riggo on September 4, 2013

      @jared... Actually, I did not publish anything other than your user name and the location you provided. If you want me to repost the link with an updated list that blanks you out, I can do that. However, I am not sure how I how I violate your privacy by putting your limited data in a list that provides information that is available to all that click on your backer profile. I have not provided your actual name "as far as I know"... Kickstarter has that, your e-mail and whatever else... I have only provided that which is already available. Feel free to make up a user name and location and my list would only provide that information.

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      Creator Jared on September 4, 2013

      Your list is violating the TOS
      You shall not, and shall not permit any third party using your account to, take any action, or submit content, that ... invasive of another's privacy;

      I do have the right to "opt out" of your list
      Telling me to stay off the internet is not a solution for protecting privacy, every company has a privacy policy. As an individual, you do not have a privacy policy, and are violating Kickstarters

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      Creator Riggo on September 3, 2013

      @Jared... I published my information as well... All of the backers on Kickstarter know that their information is public... It would only take some computer 3ms to find anything they want to know about us... Want to remain anonymous, stay of the internet. Not trying to be rude here, but that is the way it works these days.

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      Creator Jared on September 3, 2013

      Not cool with you publishing my name on some spreadsheet with my city and numbers of projects Ive backed
      This may be public information, but it must be searched for. People can use this list for nefarious purposes.

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      Creator Riggo on September 3, 2013

      @Bob... Hopefully I have posted enough facts that you will get off Goat's back, unless you and Sam are TRULY the perpetrators of the fraud that is going on here!

      @Porcupine and Becky... Goat has been nothing more than a spewer of facts here (even if his numbers are way below what my evidence supports) and if his comments are censored, we should all complain to KS!

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