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Fire Mountain Games, publisher of "Way of the Wicked" launches a subterranean adventure path for the Pathfinder RPG -- Throne of Night
Fire Mountain Games, publisher of "Way of the Wicked" launches a subterranean adventure path for the Pathfinder RPG -- Throne of Night
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    1. Derek Blakely on February 8

      That’s disappointing, but hopefully something still comes of it.

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      Erich McNaughton
      on February 7

      Hmmm... just got a generic response from FTC with a link to avoiding consumer fraud. Not particularly helpful.

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      Erich McNaughton
      on January 28

      I have added my complaint to the FTC. I hope this helps.

    4. JHewett on January 27

      Thankyou @Chris Mizanin. I cant help as an international backer, but I appreciate you doing this.

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      Chris Mizanin on January 27

      Update on FTC reporting. You can file a complaint via their website (I just did). It's really easy to do. Please take the time to do this so we can get the process started. The fact that Gary is still active on Kickstarter, but refuses to communicate with the people that supported him is insulting. Please help us move toward getting some amount of justice.

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      Chris Mizanin on January 27

      Kevin - I appreciate the info and phone number for the FTC.
      Can you tell us, when we call, what info do we give them? I don't want to be unprepared for their questions. Thank you.

    7. Mirko Hess on January 15

      Same here. So I guess we just have to hope enough US backers raise hell with FTC.

    8. Derek Blakely on January 13

      I’m not in the US either so I’m not able to either.

    9. JHewett on January 13

      Thanks for the additional info least Michael got paid for his work.

      Pity I am not in the US or I would use those references and make a phone call to the FTC too.

    10. Derek Blakely on January 12

      I pasted this on the forum. Hope you're okay with that, Kēvin.

    11. Derek Blakely on January 12

      @JHewett - Michael has said that the majority of the funds went to him to pay for all the art we’ve seen and haven’t seen. The rest went to Gary. I’m not sure on the specifics, but the way Michael talked it sounded like a 70/30 split. And yeah, despite 40+ people all reporting Gary and all of us using the same reference numbers, and bringing up others or pointing out the projects, KS only sent out copy & paste responses. Their response to our threatening to never use them again was essentially a “Bye, Felicia.” The website has been down for a little over a year. I posted links on the Paizo forum for this KS.

      @Kevin - Thanks for the info. Could you share this on the forum?

    12. Kēvin Zoren
      on January 12

      Also the number is 877-382-4357

    13. Kēvin Zoren
      on January 12

      I filed a complaint with the FTC today; you if think it's futile I'd point you to what happened with the Doom that Came to Atlantic City kickstarter:… . The FTC agent that I talked to stated that the more of us that call in about the project, the more likely they are to launch an investigation. For reference my case number is #91801780. I'm guessing you can tell them these cases are for the same incident. The timeline for the FTC to take action is much more flexibile; there is no need to wait until May. My phonecall with the feds took 5 minutes and I wasn't on hold at all this morning; if this project was worth the 120 to you, I hope you'll consider 10-15 minutes of your time worth making sure this sort of thing is addressed appropriately.

    14. Kēvin Zoren
      on January 12

      Anyone else notice that the Firemountain Games Website is a dead link now?

    15. JHewett on January 11

      Isn't it wonderful how many projects Gary has backed himself?

      Now I can't be 100% sure that funds from this KS were used to back projects for himself, but it does seem highly suspicious and definitely unethical.

      I wonder how he would feel if one of the projects he backed did the same thing to him? Probably would care as it is our money he is spending in all likelihood.

      And kickstarter continues to operate under their 'hands off' policy...the least they could do would be to cancel his account...I'm sure this project has been reported enough time to justify it.

    16. Derek Blakely on January 1

      Happy New Year everyone.

      Gary, you still have four months and one week left (May 7th). Have the project do right by you.

    17. Derek Blakely on December 25

      Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone, and hope 2018 does everybody right.

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      Erich McNaughton
      on December 12

      In all probability, but it won’t be with this Kickstarter...

    20. Derek Blakely on December 12

      Wonder if we’ll see any Christmas miracles this year.

    21. Derek Blakely on November 21

      Hey, Gary. I got 4/5 stars on my instalment of an AP. It was Book 6 of 6. The only reason it didn’t get higher was because of some editing and layout issues. Now can I help in the completion of THIS AP?…

    22. Derek Blakely on November 12

      The forum thread regarding this book series was recently re-risen from the grave through necromancy. Been pretty lively these past few days. It’s been kind of nice.

    23. Derek Blakely on November 5

      Kickstarter won’t do a thing. It’s in their terms of agreement. You can complain, and they’ll nicely prod the creators to remind them of their duties, but other than that they’re not responsible for anything else. They urge you to try be civil and contact the creators to negotiate terms and ask questions. They can’t be sued, as per their terms, but after 5 years you can take a creator to court if they haven’t made good on their end.

    24. JHewett on November 4

      Still got active kickstarters he has backed recently...just pathetic. Kickstarter themselves need to step up and do something.

      I mean, like most of you I am sure, I have already written off the money as a loss, but that doesn't mean the 'creator' shouldn't be held to account. Unconscionable!

    25. Derek Blakely on November 3

      One could hope, but extremely unlikely.

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      Erich McNaughton
      on November 2

      So, since Gary has kindly placed our money into helping other kickstarters, do you think he will send those rewards our way? It would be nice, especially since nobody, including Gary, seem to give a rat’s ass about this project...

    27. Derek Blakely on November 1

      Come June 1st next year, if you’re an American and can get to New York, you can attempt to. If not, you’re S.O.L. like so many others.

    28. William S. on October 31

      Just posting again that I would really like my money back.

    29. Derek Blakely on October 13

      I can’t believe we’re over 1000 comments now. Crazy. Still 7 months to go before something or nothing happens from Gary’s end. If the latter, the community will definitely be doing something in response.

    30. Derek Blakely on October 12

      WotC also has released a ton of paid apps and in-app purchase apps. That’s likely also where they’re getting their cash. Digital is the wave of the current times, and pdfs are easy to rip off. They’re also probably making a mint with their Adventure’s League, much like Paizo is with PFS and SFS.
      I watch Critical Role so I know the absolute basics, and Reddit lets us know when they mess up the rules. That said, they have their own house rules too so that doesn’t help any.
      Only two groups that I know of are doing 5e, but no openings. I’d love to learn it. I’m broke so Core book, and the copyrights only allowed the minimum to be put on the SRD.

    31. Mirko Hess on October 11

      @Kevin Zoeren: it´s usually true that RPG creators own their money by splatbooks but WOTC is in a different situation than most RPG companies what with being owned by Hasbro (very different cost situation within that big a corp). And while you are right that it´s often claimed at the beginning to refrain from doing splatbook after splatbook I think evidence supports the claim regarding 5E. It launched around August 2014 (far as I remember). Here´s the stuff WOTC has released since then:
      Players Handbook, DM Guide and Monster Manual as the Core Books (plus DM Screen)

      Hoard of the Dragon Queen, Rise of Tiamat, Princes of Apocalypse, Out of the Abyss, Curse of Strahd, Storm King´s Thunder, Tales from the Yawning Portal, Tomb of Annihilation --> all adventures

      Sword Coast Adventurer´s Guide --> region book, overwhelmingly fluff

      Volo´s Guide to Monsters --> Monster book with mostly fluff about monsters (a little bit of crunch)

      Monsters & Heroes of the Realms: A Dungeons & Dragons Colouring Book (obviously no crunch) and Duneology (practically a coffee table book with little gimmicks --> not unlike a children pop-up book)

      Xanathar's Guide to Everything --> the first real splatbook after 3 years. 25 subclasses, some new spells, new traps, new magic items, new downtime activities. Really no HUGE additions or changes.

      So all in all after 3 years I guess it´s safe to say that the promise not to do much splat is valid as is.

      I get your argument regarding investment. There was a time I bought EVERYTHING paizo published. not in pdf either. So, yes, I feel you. But......what use is it when I feel like I´m at work while DMing. This should be fun and frankly....Pathfinder hasn´t been "fun" for me for quite some time before I finally found the guts to call it quits. Agreed, IF I had access to a local table group and could limit what´s used I might stick with it (then again......probably not as even Core Pathfinder is waaaaaaaaaaay more complicated than 5E --> I´ll admit that I´m somewhat of a dinosaur though as I learned to roleplay in an age when "battlegrid" was an insult we threw at those wargame loosers ^^).
      But sure, in the end it´s everybody´s choice. Just wanted to say to Derek that he hardly needs to "learn" much using D&D 5E as the mechanics are what they are with D&D and there is practically no additions rules to be learned after Core.

    32. Kēvin Zoren
      on October 10

      I'd thought about adding a caveat in my message about Pathfinder Society being a problem, it's a fair point. I live in a rural area and actually tried to get some society games going but we were snubbed hard by the organizers after an initial promise of support at Gencon. Since then it's all local private groups. I'm glad to hear wizards has pledged to keep the splat to a minimum, but since that's usually how they earn their bread it'll be a cautious optimism. For me I'm sticking with pathfinder mostly for the amount I've invested in it. I have stopped buying physical books though and shifted entirely to PDFs. Wizards lack of support for PDFs (at least initially, have they changed this?) meant that after picking up the core books I stopped.

    33. Mirko Hess on October 6

      @Kevin Zoren: Certainly true. But as Derek says that works only if you have a set group (if it does work then), but not if you are playing with changing groups online or playing Pathfinder Society (as some of us have to). Pathfinder Society if the players own the book the option he wants to use is in you are straight out of luck telling him no.
      As for D&D 5E I beg to differ. Wizards has made it quite clear that they will not publish many splatbooks if any at all. They are offering some options online through their site but these are really really minor (mostly additional Paths). They´ll mostly publish adventures and some region guides. So there is a good change what you predict won´t happen. Even IF it WILL come to pass that´s the way things go. But why should I play (or worse try to SL) the bureaucratic monster Pathfinder has become instead of playing D&D 5E just because of something that might be or might not be in 5 or 6 years?

    34. Derek Blakely on October 6

      Well, depends on what’s available where you are. Here, you’re essentially looking at Pathfinder Society. It has its own house rules of what is and isn’t allowed. If you want a group game, good luck. You’re probably more likely than not going to be on Roll20 playing. Small towns suck in that regard.

    35. Kēvin Zoren
      on October 5

      There's an easy solution for any RPG suffering from bloat, just restrict the resources to allow as tight or loose a ruleset as you are comfortable with. 5e is nice right now, but give it a few years and it'll be as corpulant as the rest.

    36. Mirko Hess on September 16

      Absolutely agree! Pathfinder is now a pain in the ass of number crunching, exceptions from general rules, exceptions from exceptions from general rules mixed together with a sepecial ruleset for nearly every fricking character class. And its getting worse.
      Regarding to 5E......whats new to learn? Its D&D. With a few (and a mean a FEW) bolts and locks. Played 3E or even 4E? You'll slide right in. Everything is toned down. No kore hundreds of (stupidly overpowered) feats, no more numbers crunching with THACO or BABs. Hardly any wargame-like miniature pushing, shoving and measuring. No more bigger and bigger and bigger monsters either. 20 Orks can do your 10th level Fighter in right good if he isn't up to his game. 2 or 3 trolls? Fight of his life even if he IS up to his game. Lord God it's so EASY. Believe me. You'll finally be able to BREATHE again and concentrate on the fucking storytelling. God knows I am. And yes, its a pain to bring others to give it a try but once they realize they'll never have to spend 90 fricking minutes on a single stupid common battle things usually take a turn upwards. Just saying.
      I'm just now working on my 5E Dark Sun conversion because I really want to play that again and might go for Ravenloft agter that.
      As for, I'll never play it even in the - very unlikely - event of getting something playable out of this. Couldn't without my bile rising even if I tried....

    37. Derek Blakely on September 6

      I agree that Pathfinder is suffering from too many books. You can't find a balanced party anymore because of it. I know because I run the majority of the PFS games in this city. That said, while I like the idea of 5e and enjoying watching it be played by actors and entertainers, I'm too old and way too poor learn a new system, and it's like pulling teeth to get others to go along with you even if you did. At least around here it is. The best I can hope for is someone else learns a system and runs it at a convention. I might eventually end up others here and just retire from gaming altogether.
      In the back of my mind, I can't help but wonder if someone did take over the project if anyone would even care at this point. Yeah, you might have it, but would you ever run it? I know my group's soured and will now only do Paizo adventures because they're guaranteed to be finished by a certain date.

    38. Mirko Hess on September 6

      Well Pathfinder is a nice system but it suffers under the same problems 3E and 3.5 suffered under - too many rules. Too many options. Slow, static combat that with all the maneuvers and stuff feels like 80s wargaming from time to time. Every new hybrid class unbalances the game more and more. It´s just the way things go with systems. Pathfinder had it´s time and will be played by many for years to come but many more will leave it for fresher, less complicated and faster systems. It´s past its heyday. Imo has to do with the fact that the next gamer generation is around the corner. Long time gamers who started with AD&D 2nd or even D&D 3E are getting older and dropping out. New blood needs to be injected. Try bringing in a new player (new to roleplaying or even new to Pathfinder) into a already playing Pathfinder group and see how it goes. Very, very difficult. Bring in a new player in a already playing D&D 5 or Fantasy Age group and see how that goes. Whole different story.
      I share your feeling about physical copies to some extent but what can I say? I´m a dinosaur that way, a hard-copy-man. For gaming purposes I always owe the pdfs but my library hungers for books too and I can´t put pdfs in the shelfs ^^. So, there you have it. Guess everybody has his own ticks, eh?!
      As for McBride, sure, I share the feeling. But let´s be honest: the guy had chance after chance after chance to do the right thing and prove that he´s a decent sort. Blew em all. He´s a lying, cowardly fraud and he won´t do it. You know it, I know it and everybody with half a brain knows it by now.

    39. Derek Blakely on September 5

      I still do Pathfinder, but it leaves a sour taste in my mouth as of late. Not because of this project, but just the system in general. I long to try out 5e and personally have zero interest in Starfinder.
      I feel bad for everyone who paid for physical copies. I've been burned too often by buying those so I stopped a long time ago. Too often they got crapped out only to be immediately errata'd within 24 hours of their release. Fewer things aggravate me more than arguing with a player who has a book copy and my pdf has the true write-up.

      Part of me just wishes Gary would forfeit the rights to another company and let them finish it.

    40. Mirko Hess on September 4

      No surprise there. Half of the people who put money into this trainwreck probably have left Pathfinder as a system by now.
      Anyway....we won´t get an update. Everybody knows by now that this is true. Something will be put out in around 6 months. It will be a stitched together piece of crap. No apology is going to come with it. It will be pdf. People who paid for physical product will be fucked. People who paid for physical product for ToN AND WotW will be fucked even more. The end.

    41. Derek Blakely on September 3

      It's interesting. I happened upon the Facebook page for FMG again today. The last time I'd been there was September 2016. There's been a couple of posts from unhappy people from here on there since then. The best was the joking comment from David saying "I think I just found a new dungeon. The Lost Tomb Of The Throne Of Night."

      It's insane to think that it's been since June 2013 since that page was last update, and October 2015 since we got an update.

      I honestly wish that Gary would update us and not just support other projects. I saw he gave money to support a comedy AP for Starfinder as well as Cthulhu and 5e adventures. I think he's long since given up on Pathfinder as a system.

    42. Derek Blakely on August 8, 2017

      I was thinking more "Americans". Those of us who live outside the country can't sue, as per the terms of KS.

    43. Mirko Hess on August 8, 2017

      "Certain people"? Right.......namely those people that sue his worthless ass before court. The rest who can´t or won´t will get the finger.

    44. Derek Blakely on August 6, 2017

      Mine was "only" $93, but being Canadian and the the dollar sucking at the time, it was significantly more. We probably have to wait until next year for that, and even then only certain people might see any kind of return.
      I randomly reached out to Gary again, but never got anything back. Doubting I even got through.

    45. William S. on August 6, 2017

      I would really love something for my 150 bucks or you know that money back.

    46. Derek Blakely on July 31, 2017

      You're likely not wrong. I'm just hoping for something, regardless.
      I'm starting to feel burnout from writing, but mine's mainly due to low ratings and reviews. At least his is still selling and being praised. Could have the adverse affect I suppose. Too concerned with rocking an amazing project that can top the previous one.

    47. Mirko Hess on July 27, 2017

      He´ll puke some half-baked shit out around Jan/Feb/March 2018 mark my words

    48. Derek Blakely on July 27, 2017

      Not even a blip. Guess at this point he's probably forgotten all about this.

    49. Derek Blakely on June 20, 2017

      For me it wasn't so much a question of the quality, but rather the year. Being 2017 and still seeing the first two books in the Top 10 blew my mind.

    50. Mirko Hess on June 20, 2017

      The quality of Way of the Wicked was never in question really though I DO think that it get too much praise. It´s a good AP, don´t take me wrong, but hardly as faultless as some paint it. The first two books really shine after that it does need quite a bit of work and polishing. It´s on par with paizo´s APs though and that says a lot.
      What is very much in question is McBrides behavior as a businessman and - as far as I´m concerned - a responsible adult. If I hadn´t been part of this fuckfest he calls a kickstarter campaign (and frankly would now puke at the thought of giving him any money) I still might buy his work when it´s done (or WotW).

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