Ja, er gibt sich schon viel auf seinen Backkatalog (Cthulhu RPG, Quake I, Doom, Age of Empires III ...). Aber leider erwartet er auch von uns, dass wir ihn als großen Maistro und Kultfigur huldigen. Nä. Klar, für mich hat er tolles geleistet mit Cthulhu RPG und der Story von Quake I (Mythoshintergrund) aber deswegen liege ich ihm nicht zu Füßen. Sein letztes Update von heute ... ach es schwingt so ein "Sorry, echt blöd gelaufen aber ihr müsst das nun mal akzeptieren". Da jetzt die Händler (darunter Pegasus) vorzuschieben ist echt dürftig. Die haben es finanziell versemmelt und daran ist nicht nur Corona schuld, sondern auch viele viele dumme Entscheidungen.
In sorrow, I must tell you that this project is not yet done and will not ship as planned on July 31, 2021. I know this is not good news. Let me explain.
In the recent months the distributor demand for CW O4 has continued to skyrocket. Even just over the past few weeks our distributors have increased their preorders for our print run. Of course, most distributors are not willing to pre-pay (particularly American distributors, who request the lion's share of orders). Petersen Games is a small company, which up to now has only been able to afford small overruns of our games following our Kickstarter campaigns (This is why our games are so often out of print!). The cash reserve we would normally use to fund our distributor copies did not replenish last year due to Covid
Now, the distributors want even more copies — TONS more. In fact, our distributor demand is the biggest it’s ever been! This is a good thing - a great opportunity, but it also presents us with a conundrum. Namely to fulfill this, we need a huge amount of additional product, which must be paid up front. The money this will bring in would really help Petersen Games in the future (fund forthcoming projects, etc.) and would also enable us to become more independent of crowdfunding projects. Naturally, Cthulhu Wars is our flagship product, and has been the core of our business for nearly a decade, so the focus is there.
Simply put, the new retail demand for CW O4 exceeds our capacity to fund it at this time. We have two options: ONLY print the backer copies (we do have the monies to print this), or work to find a way to print all the copies we really need (note that producing a separate smaller batch would balloon our cost per unit). If we choose the first option, you the backers would get your games sooner, but this would cost us this opportunity to put our company in a position of safety for the foreseeable future. And of course the disasters of the last year have made us all consider positions of safety.
As of the beginning of this year, we thought we had secured a good investment which gave us the confidence to plan to ship by the end of this month. To our dismay, this fell through only recently.
So, there it is. Not the sort of situation that is fun to explain, since, frankly, some backers may not care if our company is put at risk, so long as the campaign gets fulfilled. But we hope you see how in our own view, we need to get those extra copies.
We are currently applying several means of getting the necessary capital for the retail copies, with success on all fronts. These methods do NOT involve using funds from other Kickstarter projects, nor “borrowing” from other projects. Instead, we are using creative loans (to us), creative investment opportunities (all of which keep me — Sandy — on as owner and chief creative officer), creative game creations (such as Cthulhu Wars: Duel, which was not crowdfunded), and cashing out part of my retirement plan. You may also have seen the Monday Madness Sales we’ve been holding; most of the profits from this are applied towards our goal of getting the games to you.
I will be back with more news as soon as I have it. Regardless of the specific details (of timing), you will get your games!
Vor allen Dingen informiert er die Backer ERST JETZT. Nachdem alle Händler seit Wochen schon wissen dass der Termin nicht mehr zu halten ist. Richtig geil.
Bearbeitet von Lexx, 13. Juli 2021 - 14:02 .