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FelixGamingX1:

--- Quote from: SHARK on October 18, 2021, 05:49:04 AM ---Greetings!

Felix! I am not a customer, nd have not purchased your game. I'm more into D&D and OSR stuff, to be sure. I also like paper and pencil and dice, so the whole video screen thing doesn't do anything for me. From being a member on the boards here, I imagine you are somewhat familiar with my own gaming, so this no doubt isn't a surprise.

So, having said that, I do not have any particular opinion about your game, and so on, it's development, mechanics, style, and so forth. Nothing against you personally at all. I think that your entrepreneurial efforts are admirable, and commendable. I wish you to have the greatest success in your work. ;D

As a board member, and as an observer, I am curious though. Why is it that you seem to get into all of these kinds of hostile, abrasive interactions with customers of your game, and those that review your game products? In several posts and threads, either here or on Drivethru, you seem to very often get involved in these kinds of engagements. Why do customers or whoever, have such negative views of your game products? You mentioned that the reviewer above is a "Nothing but a Troll"--but why would someone go out of their way and write up a review to be a Troll? What is the motive for hating an obscure game designer?

On Drivethru, for example, I have read many products produced by many different authors and designers, most of whom, like yourself, are either entirely unknown or relatively obscure--and they don't get the same flame-throwing treatment you do. They typically get brief, pleasant commentaries like, "Cool book, man. Very useful in my campaign. Thanks for writing this book!" or "The tables in this book are awesome! Very happy I picked this up!" and so on. No flame-throwing, no drama, no hatred.

Just something I've noticed with people interacting with you. I hope things improve for you and your games.

Semper Fidelis,

SHARK

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Thanks for taking the time to write your thoughts with such valued context. First, accept my apologies for taking so long to reply. I haven't been very active in the communities within the last 10 days or so. Long story short, a lot of these guys are the same guys from back in 2016, when experimental K&L first debuted on Reddit. The game picked up a bunch of dedicated trolls due to its gender related limitations. Which by the way, wasn't even that big of a deal at all. Then cancel culture happened, you know.

People started talking about the game but not in the way I had expected. And like you said it yourself, for an obscure game dev like myself, any publicity is good publicity. I took full advantage of the chaos by manipulating dedicated trolls in order to promote my work. Then, with New Horizon and the subsequent Dark Ink core book, I've been slowly shifting the "negative" publicity towards REAL good publicity.

At first glance, a lot of these negative interactions come from people who are too far too gone into the cancellation rabbit hole. Then there's legit dedicated trolls, other game designers with insecurity issues, and ultimately those like this dude. But hey, game got noticed. Selling faster than it ever did. Mission accomplished, I guess? I get the point is to win over new customers, but with such ill intent by these individuals I'd be wasting my time and energy on someone not worth it in my opinion.

From my perspective, if someone allows themselves to be persuaded into thinking negatively of me or my games over something they read on toxic websites like geek, reddit, rpg.not, without fact checking like you're doing, then Knights & Legends isn't for them to begin with. Most importantly, seeing all the ad hominem these guys been putting out there is rather entertaining. Odds are they don't really own, as in purchased, a copy of the game. There's a lot of misinformation that was previously posted out there, but from my perspective it turned out rather favorably, and quite frankly, it's old news. The average person doesn't keep buying the same game for 4 years if they don't like it. If people expressed themselves a bit better, maybe many more positive new changes could have happened. If these individuals would focus the same amount of time they spend trolling into something positive, the sky is the limit.

Pat:
The review above includes suggestions for minor grammatical fixes, like the removal of a single comma.

There's no way in hell that's a troll. That's someone who read the book in enough detail to notice a few minor flaws, and then gave you some free copyediting tips. That's invaluable. Whatever happened in the past, the grudge you're carrying is actively turning off any potential fans.

FelixGamingX1:

--- Quote from: Pat on October 28, 2021, 05:08:06 PM ---The review above includes suggestions for minor grammatical fixes, like the removal of a single comma.

There's no way in hell that's a troll. That's someone who read the book in enough detail to notice a few minor flaws, and then gave you some free copyediting tips. That's invaluable. Whatever happened in the past, the grudge you're carrying is actively turning off any potential fans.

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Pat, this guy behaves as a total idiot everywhere else. He wrote idiotic reviews on r/rpg with a whole bunch of inaccurate nonsense, came pretty close to libel. He doesn’t even know the difference between 2e and 3e. If it wasn’t enough, he kept chasing me around everywhere on social media DEMANDING I make changes to this and that like I’m his employee or something. Basically, if he came down here first or reached out with relevant feedback odds are I would have looked into it. But sense he chose the clown approach I already told him I don’t want him as a customer. I simply can’t afford to be distracted with trolls anymore. I’m not tolerating abuse anymore, that’s not why I’m here.

EvilKam:
I stand behind every single word of the reviews I've written.  If anyone believes I'm a troll, I wholeheartedly invite them to double-check me on Reddit, I have the same username there, so I should be easy to find. 

In fact, I look forward to any feedback on those reviews, and I eagerly await feedback from other readers to get their perspective on the honesty of my work.  If anyone can show that I'm lying in any of my claims, I'll cop to the crime and admit I'm wrong.  Granted, I'll try to defend my words in good faith, so a single random or badly reasoned accusation won't convince me that my conduct was wrong.

I will cop that my first review of the 2nd Edition product was designed to be opinionated and stand as a humorously sarcastic spectacle, but my opening paragraphs were intended to set the stage for a bombastic and over-the-top written piece.

I can also assure all readers I am very much aware of the difference between a second edition and a first or third edition.  I even pointed out that they are difference on my review here on this website.  Thus, the implication of me being unable to differentiate the two is mis-aimed.

FelixGamingX1:

--- Quote from: EvilKam on October 31, 2021, 12:10:20 PM ---I stand behind every single word of the reviews I've written.  If anyone believes I'm a troll, I wholeheartedly invite them to double-check me on Reddit, I have the same username there, so I should be easy to find. 

In fact, I look forward to any feedback on those reviews, and I eagerly await feedback from other readers to get their perspective on the honesty of my work.  If anyone can show that I'm lying in any of my claims, I'll cop to the crime and admit I'm wrong.  Granted, I'll try to defend my words in good faith, so a single random or badly reasoned accusation won't convince me that my conduct was wrong.

Actually, is it against the forum rules to self-promote my reviews on Reddit?  I think it is, but I can't remember and don't want to go over things with a fine-toothed comb.  How about this, send me a PM, and I'll send you the reddit links, elsewise, they remain on https://www.reddit.com/r/rpg/

I will cop that my first review of the 2nd Edition product was designed to be opinionated and stand as a humorously sarcastic spectacle, but my opening paragraphs were intended to set the stage for a bombastic and over-the-top written piece.

I can also assure all readers I am very much aware of the difference between a second edition and a first or third edition.  I even pointed out that they are difference on my review here on this website.  Thus, the implication of me being unable to differentiate the two is mis-aimed.

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Why instead of wasting people’s time with your idiotic nonsense and pretending you’re the poor victim that was only innocently “reviewing” a product. You post your asshole behavior like this in a link. Then Leave! Sick and tired of chumps like you dissolving the hobby to shit. I stand by my words, don’t want you as a customer. I get paid, you don’t, why even waste your time? Just leave! Like dude, seriously.

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