Dear UpWorks Backers,
Darryl and I have decided to cancel our UpWorks Kickstarter campaign.
This was not an easy decision to make, but we feel it is the best course of action for our respective families. Darryl (my partner and talented designer) has been offered and has accepted a “dream job” that will ensure a bright future for his young family. I completely support Darryl in his decision. Darryl was extremely committed to seeing our UpWorks vision come to the marketplace, but the reality of the situation could not be ignored. He needs to do what is best for his family.
I also think it is best for my family if we cancel the UpWorks campaign. I would like to go into great detail about the reasons why this Kickstarter campaign was started, my successes and missteps, and the reasons I wish to close it now. However, to do that accurately, I would need to give a backstory that involves other people and their actions. I feel it would be best to continue to remain silent on that subject, even though it may have been costly during the campaign.
You may be asking yourself:
Why cancel the project now? Why not wait until the final day to see if the project could have a big final few days? Perhaps it would gain enough support to find a replacement for Darryl?
This is a very good point. However, in the end, I did not want to risk having to close the project on the final day (Nov. 2nd) – and causing our backers to miss out on another cool Kickstarter project that closes in four days (Oct. 20th). The fine folks at Medieval Building Authority currently have a Kickstarter project that involves a pre-painted castle system, and I think it is important to give our backers a chance to back their project before it ends on Oct. 20th. CLICK HERE to see their cool castle Kickstarter project.
So, we are shelving the UpWorks project. I cannot say that it is a permanent ending, as certain events could cause us to re-launch UpWorks again on Kickstarter. But it is not likely.
This decision was made easier by an unexpected solicitation (made before we started our KS project) to buy our UpWorks website URL. It feels like the universe was trying to tell me “you get a mulligan on this one for all your hard work on True Dungeon”, as we have just sold the URL www.upworks.com to an unknown identity. Apparently, some company is eager to launch an Upworks initiative of their own in the near future. The sum is enough to mostly recover our Kickstarter costs, and we have moved our UpWorks website to www.upworksgames.com.
I would like to apologize to all our backers for the disappointment they may be feeling. It would have been amazing to use the UpWorks system in a RPG campaign, but the reality of the situation cannot be ignored. I appreciate your help in spreading the word about our Kickstarter, and I appreciate the words of encouragement sent our way these past few weeks.