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First Kickstart I ever backed. Should have been a warning to me.
It has been almost 4 and half years since you collected the monies for this project, and though I understand you've had some legal and ownership issues, can we, your sponsors, please get an honest comment around the viability of this project. I'd much prefer an honest answer of "unfortunately we won't be able to fulfill" than just more statements about a lawsuit.
I actually surprised that someone hasn't tried to sue you for breach of contract for this Kickstarter. I'm not advocating it, but rather stating that with a 4 year gap and over $150K invested, this has gone past the point of ridicule.
Isn't it about time for our yearly update?
You know, I understand that alot of things can't be said due to the court case(s) but it would be great to get even a small acknowledgement from the creators that there are 3584 backers still waiting and wondering what is happening. :/
I don't think this project is ever actually going to be finished.
I did check the legal site, one new doc was printed...all it does is push back end of discovery to July 1st.
So, I don't think this will get to the court until late this year. :-(
I almost forgot abou this one . Legal issues suck
@John R. Troy thanks for the info, it seems there is no simple way :(
With the last update being a year ago I am pretty sure at this point were not getting a movie :(
Well, it's concerning now that I sent an email again to both addresses on file for Anthony a few days ago, no response, as well as just the long silence here and on the Facebook page. The court interface isn't giving out any new details about the progress of this lawsuit as well.
I think with the docs in litigation it makes it hard to get money back for those asking. You would likely have to file either an Intervention something similar and submit it to the current lawsuit--as the people who backed one (or both) of these lawsuits, we might have a case to get refunded, though that's likely to be a complicated process, and I'd probably just wait for the process to complete rather than spend additional money--I'd rather see something produced.
I don't care anymore about the project, seeing as they don't care enough to update us on its status, so either way I would prefer to have the money back, does anyone know if there's a way to ask for it?
I think it was said early that, at least with The Great Kingdom, the money is in escrow and if they lose all the backers get that money back, since the money wasn't transferred from KS to the defendants.
I am concerned about this one though. I emailed Anthony suggesting he update this KS and haven't received a response (I've done this in the past and gotten within 48 hours), and I noticed that this project's Facebook page hasn't been doing the Social Media updates since Summer. Maybe I'm worrying for nothing. I do hope we get some kind of update before the end of the year.
I am in deep shit then as I am a backer both of this documentary and the competing one, so best case scenario one of them wins at court and the other will never see the light so i will lose money yes or yes.
Moreover, i have already suffered a loss of 300 bucks due to the failed Zano KS drone project (where we were all miserably ripped off while KS kept their fees), so i can tell you that my bet is on NONE of these documentaries ever seeing the light of day.
Consider the money lost. Bye bye kickstarter.
Agreed. A "We're still alive" update would be nice.
@John, thank you for taking the time to post updates from the court proceedings. I hope I am representative of some block of backers that are disappointed that the documentary is hostage to civil proceedings but still look forward to a documentary at some point. I have spent all of my life without the documentary and can afford to be patient for a good one to be made.
My enthusiasm is not a concern--I have already backed the project. The enthusiasm of the producers is a concern. For a project whose rewards come from passion than any lucrative windfall, the heartache and stress implied by the litigation is a greater cause for concern.
Every update revealing content generated for the documentary has been fun, thrilling, and informative. I am content to wait and only hope to encourage the project team.
There's been one update--it's a short handwritten court note:
NOI and Discovery extended to 1/31/2017
Compliance Conference 1/19/2017
Dispotive Motion Returnable Date 3/1/2017
So the waiting game continues...
While I have defended this KS, I also think this long without an update is not good. We should at least get an update from this Kickstarter because it's been really quiet, even if there's nothing much more they can say, just so we know they are still around.
Kevin has concisely summarized what he and I have already said several times. Additionally, the money was spent on what was outlined in the kick-starter description and it is too late for most forms of charge-back, undermining refund claims on two fronts. This is leaving to one side that the delay is through no fault of the (remaining after the split) creators and we just need to wait until next year at this point.
You all realize they are embroiled in active litigation right? They are embroiled in active civil litigation in New. York. City. It is going to take a while.
I have faith we'll get a Documentary. Calm down, and realize that the update from January is still pretty much the most recent update because court systems move sloooooooow.
A refund option is becoming more and more necessary considering the lack of communication, and thus, respect toward the backers. We can file a complaint via KS.
Well, as far as updates go, there was one doc published, which can be linked to from here:
Basically, seems like is slowly plodding along, but somebody asked for a 3 month delay, so there's not gonna be an actual trial until 2017.
Me: I want to find out if there have been any updates
DM: Roll D20
Me: It's a 1....
DM: You won't get any information for at least 8 months....
(Sigh) how come they don't show any sign.
I'm not gonna be kick any film.
This is ridicules, release you documentary...
Has anyone heard of progress on this?
The owner of the KS hasn't logged in since late January. Not a good sign.
I was dropping by to see how things are going, and my only conclussion is that in absence of project updates, I would really like a refund, even if there were updates, I'm tired of this project.
It's been a non-stop back and forth with no real news for a while now... i'm just tired. (needed to vent somewhere XD)
I checked the court page, and it looks like they are still in the deposition phase--deposition of the defendants happens in mid-July. No other word on things.
Just dropping by to see about updates. Glad to see there are others, too.
At this rate, it might be better if a third film group decided to make a documentary since I feel this is going to be in development hell for a few more years.
So there was a quick document filed in the docket by the court. It basically said that both parties needed more time to complete the following:
2016-08-30 Discovery End Date
2016-09-30 Note of Issue Date
2016-10-30 Dispotive Motion Returnable Date
So, based on what I see back in Doc #73, these are the final three things that need to be completed before the Trial can proceed. They were originally scheduled to be completed before the current date.
This doc tells me two things: the arbitration/negotiation must have failed, and that this is delayed yet again. Unless it gets on the docket quickly, I suspect we won't have the dispute resolved until 2017.
Some of what sparked off the litigation arose over sections being shown at a previous convention. I don't think we can expect it to be shown publicly until after the litigation ends as until then who has the right to show what is disputed, but correct me if I'm wrong creators!
Any updates? Will you be able to attend any of the gaming conventions this year to showcase bits of the film, or is that all under wraps during the litigation?
Well that mediation hearing has likely occurred now without an update so our best guess is that they are going to trial. Self-represented litigants almost always have a very difficult time in court statistically (unless of course they have found a new lawyer but given that they didn't pay the last one this seems unlikely unless they have found someone who will work on a contingency or no win no fee basis). Either way the trial may well break through this roadblock and finally let the filmmakers put together and distribute their film without having to worry about former partners competing with them using footage they both claim to have rights to.
One of the last documents in the case says that there's non-binding mediation hearing April 20th to try to finally resolve the issue, but the legal teams are still working on their stuff in the background (discovery, etc.).
If that doesn't work, it goes back to the judge on May 5th, and the trial was supposed to start around that time, so one way or another I guess progress will be made.
I can only imagine the second the litigation is resolved there will be a flood of information however an update, even if it says nothing has changed would be nice. Ongoing communication keeps everyone's spirits up, however I understand how stressful the litigation must be. It really is unfortunate the other guys didn't listen to their lawyer some time ago now and decided to not agree to the terms he proposed, not pay him, let him go and carry on on their own. Not paying and not listening to a trained legal professional in this sort of situation is unfortunate and has caused everyone involved more grief.
What's the latest?
I am still enthusiastic.
I have been interested in every update that demonstrated the creators skill in capturing the story of the game's history. (I used to have a novel set in the setting for Empire of the Petal Throne, so found that update to be really nice... even if it sadly had to be cut from the intended final product.)
It is disappointing that the project triggered a legal trap +3, but--as it is the history of D&D--I find that somewhat apropos. This has to be a source of stress for the creators and I imagine many of the comments do not help relieve any of that stress.
I can only hope that my sentiments are shared by a large number of the project backers. I am impressed by the creator's demonstrated ability and dedication. I remain patient and hopeful.
There are in my opinion a few misconceptions in recent statements here. I have backed a lot of kickstarters at this point and am familiar with their process. Most projects have been wonderful, positive experiences I have been glad to back and the reward of seeing something I am excited about become real was just as exciting as actually receiving a reward for helping with that process. However, Kickstarter does not recover backer funds or force charge-backs after payment has been processed and that ship sailed long ago. They will encourage creators to either complete their project as best they can or alternatively pay back what they can, but they enforce nothing, keep this in mind. Legal action is your best chance to see a positive outcome if you believe a creator has no intention of fulfilling their obligations. This project however does not have creators that could be accused of this. We know they spent our money researching, shooting interviews and taking journeys to key sites and conventions relevant to the project. They spent it on effects, hiring, editing and everything needed to make this movie a reality. We can't accuse them of not fulfilling until after after the process of litigation is over. This really sucks because it means we have to wait for something, much longer than we thought we would, four years longer in fact (although Kickstarter shipping dates are rarely set in stone). We just have to wait for the conclusion of this litigation, then we can and will get excited to see the movie again and sit down and watch it. If at that point they say they won't be releasing it then we can consider legal action but I don't think they would be fighting so hard and so long over something that they didn't believe needed to be seen through to completion.
@John R. Troy thanks for the info and your insights ^_^
Looks like there is finally an update
Basically, it states that they will try to go through a non-binding mediation in April in hopes that both parties don't have to go through a trial.
I hope they can come to terms and this gets resolved.
Sorry but one more thought...
The saddest thing about it right now is that all fan enthusiasm has been sucked out of this project. There's only a few people even annoyed or concerned enough at the delay to post comments here now or demands for their money back, and over 3,500 backed it!
I think rather than anger most fans now just shrug and feel apathy, and either consider it a "write-off", or else just hope maybe in five years at least one of these films get made.
Once all of this is cleared up, all that enthusiasm I remember from 2012 is going to have to be generated from scratch, which makes it harder for the films to be marketed and distributed, etc.
That's the shame of it all...
(Crap, wish I could edit statements)
I think it this case it might be an Interpleader, rather than an Intervention.
Some more thoughts.
Without seeing a schedule none of us really knows what's going on just yet. I'm making assumptions that everything that was scheduled has actually happened. I think the last time we looked there were depositions scheduled and then it got delayed for months with a settlement. I truly wish there were more public updates, as it seems we're left in the dark.
I'm getting a little annoyed with this lack of progress because as Kickstarter backers, we funded one or both projects and we have some rights.
If this continues, the one thing I could think of would be to request the judge an Intervention, which means as a group of Kickstarters, we could become part of the process and (if accepted by the judge) we would get to know what's going on and perhaps force an outcome, although I think we would be limited to just getting our funds back from either of the projects, and some backers would probably need to pay for an attorney to do this. The general process would be here.
What frustrates me is that as backers of one (or both projects in some cases), we seem to be at the mercy of this court process and that locks us from individual recourse. Maybe the threat of an intervention would force the parties to settle (in lieu of losing all the money).
Of course, it would depend if any of us would be willing to pay for an attorney to handle this, and if the judge felt as backers we had a case. The Kickstarter thing could be a precedent we'd want to set--I'm not sure if any other KS has had legal stuff affect it like this.
For those wondering about possible release dates, looking at the court docs published so far, there were depositions done in December, there's supposedly more stuff to come in the spring, but assuming everything is done "on time" (and it rarely is), the trial is likely set for the Summer of 2016. Once that's done, it should be fairly quick. That's also assuming that there are no further delays in the schedule. It also looks like both parties had a confidentiality agreement signed so we may not even see any court documents if they are covered under this.
If I had to guess, I would say a release date between late 2016 and 2017.
Time goes by with no indication of a possible release date, so... can we get a refund?
Any idea if or when this issue will be settled and when Backers will know if this will be fulfilled or refunded?
@Parzival. No it's not a pre-order (and Kickstarter keeps on repeating that point) *BUT* you are correc -- fulfillment is a requirement and if it cannot be done, then it is up to the creators to pay back the backers.
It would be nice to see this moving along but I've started to lose hope on this one.
What a bunch of nonsense Kevin Smith, if you enjoy giving your money away for vapor that is your problem. I'm not a Wal-mart fan but at least there you get what you pay for or you can get your money back. This isn't an investment service, it's a pre-order and a promise for goods to be delivered.
Keep in mind this isn't one of those projects where the creator(s) just disappeared, they are tied up in litigation. Also, a handy rule to consider before investing in anything is to take some form of risk. No. There shouldn't be an option to "get your money back" Kickstarter is not Wal-Mart. An investment always carries an inherent risk of loss. All that said, I still believe we will get our movie.
Hey everyone. This has been a long and tough process. The last few months have been taxing for several reasons. Please understand that at the end of the day all we want to do was make a film. We are committed to making a film for this community. Thank you for your support. We do appreciate it very much.
Michael, you are by no means SOL. send me an email, email@example.com and we will get this sorted out. apologies that you didn't get one. I will get you in touch with the person who shipped them.