If you've got a strong stomach and want to see the true depths of the insane hatred of Palladium Books, peruse the 2,500+ comments made on the project since Monday. A group of backers from the Robotech RPG Tactics kickstarter made it their goal to destroy this kickstarter, some of whom are now on that projects comments section gloating.
Post by madmanmike on May 13, 2017 18:57:27 GMT -9
A pair of figures in the gaming community many many years ago started to spread some lies about Kev after infringing on his copyrights and being warned to cease and desist by Kev's lawyer. The lies spread and grew, suggesting that fans with websites were also being sued.
Then a string of disgruntled freelancers who'd each done one project and gotten angry that Kev cleaned up their crappy scripts to make the books saleable started telling tales of how terrible he is to work for. Haters grew somewhat in numbers and exponentially in volume (I'd imagine physically as well as audibly).
Palladium almost collapsed due to a long time employee embezzling obscene amounts of money, product and Kev's personal belongings; If someone outside the US did an order, he would process it and pack the order, then sell it on eBay, then when they complained he'd pocket their refund.
Fans rallied and bought like crazy to save the day, but the trolls painted a picture of Kev lying about the crisis to swindle the fans, and have continued on that line in one form or another for over 11 years.
When Robotech RPG Tactics kickstarter happened, Palladium partnered with Ninja Division, who lived up to their name when they took their cut of the money and disappeared without contributing their part of the project. As a result Palladium has been struggling for four years to make enough money to pick up the pieces and get Wave 2 manufactured and distributed. The trolls grew in numbers from this and paint the picture of Kev driving around in an expensive care and living in a mansion on their money, when in reality he works 12+ hours a day 7 days a week just to keep the lights on.
Kevin Siembieda is the kind of guy who won't hesitate to give you the shirt off his back, he of all people doesn't deserve the kind of smear campaign these evil S.O.B.s have been running. And Carmen Bellaire is just a great a guy.
Post by Coyotepunc on May 17, 2017 19:13:24 GMT -9
Thanks for the insight into the troubles casting a shadow on Palladium, Mike.
Hi! I'm Harry, and I am a hobby addict. I prefer papercraft scenery to use alongside my 28mm metal and plastic miniatures, and am not afraid to mix and match my hobby media. I game sci-fi, fantasy, and historical (including Ancients, Dark Ages, Renaissance, and World War II Pacific Theater (oddly in both 28mm infantry and 3mm aircraft.)
cowboyleland: Now I have seen it. It doesn't advance our hobby, but anyone with half a brain who wanted 2nd rate figures could easily figure this out for themselves so I guess he isn't doing any harm.
Mar 19, 2019 17:53:59 GMT -9
berneart76: well, this is fun, (not) transferring all my papercrafting sets into the cloud. The stuff I got from DriveTrhruRPG was simple with their library desktop app,but my other stuff, sometimes with multiple duplicate copies is entertaining.
Mar 1, 2019 15:44:32 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King I usually use a mix of drybrush/watercolor/photocopy and occasionally posterizing at different levels of opacity.
Feb 26, 2019 20:46:54 GMT -9
berneart76: Vermin King, that's similar to the enhancing that I do on my texturing. I've found that sometimes I need to scale up or scale down the image (usually by 50 or 25 percent down or 200 or 300 percent up) to make get the enhancements to look "right"
Feb 26, 2019 20:44:53 GMT -9
Vermin King: On the zebras, I did multiple enhancements and cartoon filters and used them at 100%, and they still didn't look that different than the photos
Feb 26, 2019 12:27:26 GMT -9
Vermin King: When I make a figure or terrain piece based on a photo, I clean it up and align things to look 'right', then I create another layer and do enhancing and cartoonizing on it. I then adjust opacity over the photo image until it looks good. On the zebras,
Feb 26, 2019 12:26:35 GMT -9
Vermin King: berneart76, do you mean giving them green or purple manes and tails? and a few piercings? maybe a cig hanging out of their mouths?
Feb 26, 2019 12:24:18 GMT -9
Vermin King: cartoonizing a zebra doesn't do much
Feb 20, 2019 5:59:28 GMT -9
Vermin King: And due to the snow, I'm off tonight. I am going to miss the cash on the paycheck, but I'm glad they want their employees to be safe
Feb 15, 2019 10:52:24 GMT -9
ignatious: Actually I was referring to the two previous posts. I was trying to be subtle in order to sublimate the crassness. Read them again, but in Mel Brooks voice while he is winking, and nudging the person to his right.
Feb 9, 2019 13:38:11 GMT -9
Vermin King: Sure. Euphemize us
Feb 8, 2019 18:40:48 GMT -9
ignatious: would anyone care for a euphemism?
Feb 8, 2019 13:40:27 GMT -9
cowboyleland: We hadn't had snow for a few days. Last night the plow came down my street and did nothing but fill every ones driveways back in. Just for practice, I guess.
Feb 8, 2019 7:48:16 GMT -9
Vermin King: In KC we had an ice storm (with thunder sleet) the other night. Left things drivable, but last night the plow came down my street. They took all the rough edges off. Might as well have ran a Zamboni...
Feb 8, 2019 6:42:32 GMT -9
okumarts: Vermin King... Mind Blown!
Feb 5, 2019 19:32:30 GMT -9