The Sam Suede Kickstarter project was announced yesterday and as I’ve been looking forward to working on this game (and still am) I was pretty excited to see it go live. I’ve not been connected with a Kickstarter project before.
Unfortunately, and almost immediately following the launch, there were some claims made about the project and Wisecrack Games (the guys behind it) that were not the most favourable. Although I’m not going to link to those remarks I thought I should write this blog post to make clear my position and my understanding of the current state of things related.
When I was contacted by Wisecrack Games I was incredibly excited by the thought of working on a game designed by Al Lowe and Ken Wegrzyn. I still am. I really want to work on this game and want all issues to be resolved as quickly as possible so that we can push the Kickstarter into high gear, get the funding and deliver a game that players will love.
I understand that people are going to be sceptical about the project because of the claims made, particularly as they’ve been worded to appear to come from Al Lowe himself. It is my understanding that not only does the game or the Kickstarter project have no issues with copyright, Wisecrack also has a written agreement with Al, along with his approval for the materials that support the project.
I don’t have an insight into the motivations of related parties and don’t like to get too heavily involved in business dealings beyond those that affect me directly – this is why I chose to be a freelance writer. However, when I’m involved in a game project it is always my intention to be as thorough as I can be and that includes supporting the game in an honest way. This is why I want to be open here.
I’ve been in contact with the Wisecrack guys a few times since this blew up and now, as in all my dealings with them, they strike me as stand-up people with no intention of deceiving. So, unless my character judgement has suddenly had a catastrophic failure, I’m sure this current situation will be rectified as quickly as possible.
Then I can return to what I do best, devote my time to creative endeavours and work on Al and Ken’s great new game.
Please support the Kickstarter project.