Sunday, October 20, 2019

Jaded Gamer Diary - Reclaimer Kickstarter Canceled

Well a rather cool sounding RPG Kickstarter called 'Reclaimer' had to be temporarily cancelled due to a very unforeseen circumstance. One of their artists was doing photo kitbash work and used images that they did not have permission to use. Which is a pretty shitty thing to do if you ask me because the artist doesn't just put their own reputation on the line but that of the person running the project. Not to mention financial costs involved as well.

Here is the full statement on the Kickstarter page.

Not to be clear Chad, the guy behind the project, even asked the artist if they had all rights to the work and was told yes. Also remember the artist is evidently "a professional who does concept and marketing work for a AAA game studio". So you would think that the artist would be honest about this. Guess not.

As for the image in question that is obviously using stolen photography work.

Below is the kitbash image that was presented on Kickstarter to be used in the game:

Now below is the actual photograph used as seen on the photographers (Danny Duong) Instagram page.

While yes that is some really nicely done kitbash work it is still very obvious that the photo from Danny Duong was used as the base. This will make it harder for other artists who do kitbashing to get trust in the small gaming community in the future. As it becomes rather difficult to tell what is legitimately used and what is not.

Hope to see Reclaimer get back on track with a replacement for this artist soon.

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