Project Elite: Spiel wird eingestellt
Das von Chaos und schlechter Qualität heimgesuchte Kickstarter-Spiel Project Elite wird nicht mehr weiter vorangetrieben.
My name is Konstantinos Kokkinis and I own Artipia Games and I am the co-designer of Project: ELITE.
I will first like to inform everyone that from now on, any updates and comments about Project: ELITE posted by this account, will be posted directly by me.
A long time ago we started working together with Sotiris on a game we ended up calling Project: ELITE. We had great expectations of this game and everyone play-testing it, seemed to love it and so we had high hopes for it. After the design was complete came the hard part.
I knew from the start that such a production would be super expensive and that such a game could only survive within Kickstarter. Any reprints or expansion would have to go through KS as it would be impossible to otherwise cover such immense costs.
It was right there that I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life. Instead of trying to give the game to a big, established miniature company to publish on their own, I chose to publish it myself. I had already chosen Drawlab Entertainment to join us on this project. They would provide the miniatures for the game, and we would do the rest. Even though there were two companies involved in the game’s production, only one account could be used for the Kickstarter campaign. Since I am the designer of the game and Artipia had a wider audience, we ran it through Artipia’s account. I’ve done about 15 campaigns so far but Project: ELITE’s was by far the most funded.
The deadline we had set for such a demanding production was very short but I was glad that we managed to have everything ready for Essen. Unfortunately the quality of the miniatures was very poor which resulted in an outrage which forced Drawlab to decide to remake them. A different partner for the miniatures would have done a much better job but it was too late for that anyway.
What followed was a time where I was forced to remain silent while many backers were raging over Artipia for the poor quality of the miniatures, totally ignoring the fact that someone else was supposed to provide those. This got worse because Drawlab did not make any comments or statements claiming responsibility for the quality they delivered. During those (roughly) 3 months, I received countless messages that made me wish I was dead. There was so much hate thrown my way that I’m still surprised I’m alive.
Drawlab began working on the miniatures again while the hate and outrage carried on. I was in the middle of all of this not knowing how to react. If I simply called Drawlab out on the miniature fiasco what would happen? I had 2161 backers for a campaign done under my own account, I had $254,157 pledged (from which you will be happy to know that I never-ever received a single cent) from people who simply hated my guts and I had to deliver to them a game that depended entirely on another company to complete and ship to them. To sum up, this is a situation you do not want to be in.
Many months later, with hate emails and comments coming daily the miniatures were finally redone after countless missed deadlines for reason I will never know since the information I received from Drawlab has always been limited and insufficient.
Then came the shipping period. Once more, Drawlab had to do the research for shipping the games and pay for it since, as I said, I never received a cent from this campaign. There was light at the end of the tunnel! People were getting excited even thought there were a good 1-1.5 months still left for them to receive their games. Me and Sotiris were once more excited to work on the campaign mode and develop more content for the game that had endured such a rough start.
However, once more, 1 month became 2 and so on with people slowly receiving their game but for unknown and unclear reasons there were many who still didn’t receive their games. I fear I’ll never know the actual reasons why this happened but it did and is still happening (if my information is correct) for about 100 of you who are still waiting for your games.
This is simply unacceptable. Unfortunately, I no control of this since it is between Drawlab, and the fulfillment company they chose to work with. What I know is the same thing the backers are told via Drawlab’s customer support. That there are some issues that will should be resolved soon.
Despite all of Drawlab’s mistakes and failures, there is only one person who is entirely responsible for all that has happened and that is ME. I chose them as my partners and even though they are really good guys and I’m sure their intentions were always good, they simply failed to deliver and that’s on me for choosing to publish this game on my own, instead of giving it to a bigger company right from the start. You can all rest assured I paid for that mistake and will continue to do so for the years to come.
I would like to announce that as soon as the remaining copies for the game are delivered, I am officially, 100% done with this game as a publisher and a designer. Perhaps one day the game system or the game itself may once more have a future, but it is definitely not today. I apologize that I will not deliver you the campaign mode we were designing. Perhaps my co-designer, Sotiris may still have some courage left to do so. I do not.
I’m so sick and tired of all the delays and the hate and everything that has happened. I wish I could have somehow known beforehand, so I would never bring this plague of a game upon all of you.
It is not bad to admit failure and well, now that most of you have received your game, I think it is a good time to do so without making anyone afraid that they won’t receive their game. For those of you who hate Artipia and/or Drawlab, please know that both companies have paid dearly for all the mistakes that were made. I hope this can at least bring you some satisfaction.
Until everyone receives their games, I will continue the discussion here in the comments area and you are welcome to share your thoughts. From good comments, to comments wishing I was dead or out of a job or anything, I would like to say thank you to all. There wasn’t one comment posted that I didn’t deserve. Please just understand that I’ve been working for about 3 years on this game. I can live without having made 1 cent from it but the hate, the frustration and the negativity it caused is something I really cannot endure any more.
I will personally do my best to have those backers still waiting for their game to receive it.
I’m really sorry for making this game and such poor decisions about it.
Quelle: Project Elite Kickstarter