The past days, and everything that has unfolded, have really taken me and many others aback, and I have taken some serious time to consider what my next post should entail. Unlike some of my previous posts that I have shared with everyone regarding everything that has transpired, I will keep this one more brief and to the point for clarity’s sake.
First and foremost, Palladium Books thanks everyone (family, friends, freelancers, backers, retailers, game developers, etc.) who has extended their sincere words of support to Carmen and his family. Palladium is passing such positive encouragement on to him and his family, and they appreciate all the support. Carmen is recovering, and we are continuing to keep him and his family in our prayers. I will post updates regarding Carmen's health and recovery within the Palladium Books Weekly Update for those who are sincerely concerned about his well-being.
We also understand that there are some backers who are extremely frustrated and/or disappointed with Palladium Books regarding the delays of RRT, but let’s please put certain things into proper perspective, as we are talking about a life in comparison to a game. Some backers have emailed us and shared some very personal things that have touched our hearts and that we were happy to pass on to Carmen. However, there are “some” people (NOT all) who, no matter the reason or issue, feel the necessity to “express” themselves in such a manner that is really uncalled for in the full spectrum of everything else. Please consider the life or lives that you talk about and how well you do or do NOT know them, before you judge them. Everyone is different, and everyone does not think nor react the same way you might. We don't always know what someone else is going through or contending with.
Second, I want to be clear to everyone that I'm not accusing nor lumping EVERY backer in with the vitriol and disrespectful communications that have transpired on these comment pages or other forums. Please understand that was never my intention. There are a huge majority of backers who have conducted themselves in a very civil and respectful manner. Even with the frustrating, disappointing delays and setbacks with Wave Two rewards, we are thankful for the respect, sincere, constructive inquiries, and understanding and communication you have shared with us. We thank you for such conduct and appreciate your support. Palladium has not given up on RRT, despite what some people might speculate. We are seeking quotes from manufacturers for the array of Wave Two rewards, as we continue to develop and then fulfill the Kickstarter that everyone has pledged to see come to fruition.
We also understand that this has not been a walk in the park for anyone. Not you, not us. Far from it, and there is frustration and disappointment on both sides of the fence, but we do want to see RRT fulfilled, and that continues to be our goal until it is completed and shipped to you. As mentioned before, but I feel compelled to reiterate it here – we are trying to make improvements and headway on Wave Two rewards, via reduced part counts for easier assembly, reduced seams and better sprue layouts. This is happening right now, as we compare quotes utilizing new manufacturing approaches and technologies in the production processes to help attain what we are seeking, while preserving the high detail and quality.
With Wave Two rewards having so many unique unit designs to be broken down and quoted, and with Essen Spiel (one of the largest gaming/miniatures conventions in Europe that is visited by many miniature manufacturers - just transpired in October) and the Chinese New Year over, we are hoping the congested pipeline for quotes will move much faster now.
Once we have the quotes, we can then decide which manufacturer(s) to move forward with. Unfortunately, this process does not yield visual results that can be publicly displayed.
However, once the tooling, mold making and sprue process begins, we will be glad to post pictures and more. In the meantime, we do have some major plans in development for the relaunch of RRT and for those who looking to be a serious part of it, we gladly welcome your support. Please look for future posts for those seeking to help with the RRT relaunch.
President, Palladium Books