Saturday, September 14, 2013
It's been a month from release date now and I'm still waiting on my backer copy of Numenera. Since the 14th of last month ANYBODY could order a copy of the game (at a deep discount) off of Amazon and get it in a couple of days. Those of us who invested our money into the project were left waiting. Within a day or two after Gencon retail stores in the US and overseas had copies on the shelves. Again those of us who invested were left waiting.
From everything I've heard the books didn't start shipping to backers until around the 20th. AFTER all distributors, game shops and online retailers had received their copies. Folks in the UK are still waiting for their books as I haven't seen a single backer there say they have gotten theirs. People who backed the Numenera video game kickstarter at a high enough level have already started getting their books while many of us who helped pay for those books to get published are still waiting.
My name isn't even in the backer list in the back of the book evidently due to an 'internet glitch'. I even redownloaded the latest pdf version and they haven't even bothered to correct it there.
Now they are telling those of us still waiting to.... wait a few more days. What are we waiting for now? A second printing? Did they sell out of the initial run to retailers instead of setting enough aside for their backers?
Also I've seen a person on their staff keep bringing up how many pdfs we will eventually be getting and the value of them. Excuse me... I'm not a big pdf reader for big books. PLUS I backed early on before most of those were ever even attached to my backer level. I backed the kickstarter for the book from the get go. If all I wanted were the pdfs there was a cheaper level for that. I wanted the book from day one.
Now.... I don't want the book anymore. All my enthusiasm for the game is completely gone, my excitement is now aggravation. It all went away as I watched online as people were talking about picking it up from the stores, Amazon and online retailers. The book, when I get it, will either be traded off as soon as possible for something I may actually use OR it will be setting on my shelf gathering dust until it turns to dust. I have no desire to even crack it open now.
We backers have really gotten the short end of the stick on this. All we are getting in return is a bunch of lines on how they are going to make it right. Which means they'll eventually ship the book out and go "See we're all good now right?". That's not going to make it all fine and dandy. I will NEVER back another Monte Cook project again because chances are everybody else will get it before I will. IF he ever does something I really want again I'll just wait and pick it up from Amazon at that deep discount because I'll be getting it sooner and cheaper than his backers will.