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Author Topic: Clockwork Publishing Robs us with promises of new Dark Conspiracy  (Read 5778 times)

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Clockwork Publishing takes all our money and files for "insolvency"... How do you become insolvent 30 days after you make $40k? Tough $90 lesson... @gameontabletop #clockworkpublishing #darkconspiracy  - https://tinyurl.com/y2ywpdp7

(I have to admit. I was suspicious but I backed anyways. Damn if I would have just listened to my gut...)
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« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2019, 03:37:26 PM »
OUCH
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« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2019, 03:47:48 PM »
That hurts!
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2019, 03:58:34 PM »
0_0

And here I didn't pledge because I hated the pitch. I guess I can find some console in that they won't be able to fuck up the franchise.

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« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2019, 05:53:29 PM »
Dang.  I'm glad it was on gameontabletop instead of Kickstarter.  I might have fallen for it on Kickstarter, but I don't do Indiegogo or gameontabletop.

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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2019, 06:38:44 PM »
I almost backed.  Talk about a kick to the ass on the way out.

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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2019, 08:14:50 PM »
Yeah, almost backed that one, thank goodness I'm broke!
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2019, 08:21:30 PM »
Man, that really sucks. I was looking forward to a Dark Conspiracy with decent rules. :(
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2019, 09:17:00 PM »
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Man, that really sucks. I was looking forward to a Dark Conspiracy with decent rules. :(

Seconded.

Man what a bunch of scam artists

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« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2019, 05:22:13 AM »
Was there any suspicious behavior from Clockworks Publishing before this happened ?

I guess what I'm asking is: "How does one efficiently vet his Kickstarter subscriptions ?"

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« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2019, 07:29:41 AM »
No, there wasn't any suspicious behavior. Clockwork have been around quite a while and have some very successful products (they have a very popular German language game, that I forget the name of, and a number of fairly big licenses). They've not said much about what happened but have said that this came out of the blue and was very sudden. They've talked about trying to get their kickstarters fulfilled and finding ways for various projects to continue but have, so far, been very cagey about addressing the reasons for the insolvency in any detail. I'm assuming that's because there's legal issues to consider.

For the record they fulfilled 3 kickstarters that I backed. The first one, the English translation of the Ubiquity-powered Space: 1889 core rulebook, was delivered very late but, in their defence, it was originally being run by Angus Abranson/Chronicle City and Clockwork stepped in and got things going again after Angus dropped off the face of the Earth for several months (maybe a year or more?). Without Clockwork stepping in and taking full control there wouldn't have been anything delivered at all.

I'm sad to see them go as I was looking forward to more Space: 1889 books, like the Luna sourcebook, in the future. I'm hoping someone picks up a few of their English-language projects soon.
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« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2019, 07:48:11 AM »
Please note that they say they filed for insolvency, not bankruptcy. This means they expect to be back in business when the crisis is over. The CF might still be delivered at some point.
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« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2019, 08:00:58 AM »
Well in the UK, from a legal perspective, bankruptcy is a form of insolvency and there are several other types of insolvency (I don't know how things work elsewhere). I was, however, speaking in purely layman's terms and I think most people (in the UK) use the two terms interchangeably. You're right though, they haven't been declared bankrupt by a court. As such I've edited my previous post for clarity and consistency.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2019, 09:03:04 AM »
There is talk about a Youtube live interview they will give to a German RPG channel, sometimes in the coming days, to answer questions. Apparently, they didn't take the money and run.
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2019, 10:52:27 AM »
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There is talk about a Youtube live interview they will give to a German RPG channel, sometimes in the coming days, to answer questions. Apparently, they didn't take the money and run.


I read somewhere that the live streaming event is an internal thing, for employees and contractors, and not for public consumption. Still sounds like they are working on keeping things going though and not just walking away from this.