Thanks for the email. As I mentioned before I have been battling the “pinside” group for months now (since the DP downfall began in public) and it has done the most damage to my work, apart from anything I have missed or do poorly as a business owner. In many cases people (many not owners) have severley damaged my business, reputation and exploding my customer base with their public statements, rants and “toxic” posts.
Notice he is blaming DP downfall for this S-Storm. It was before the DP fiasco, really when DP showed an actual playable game (On the rug) at Expo and John was standing there with his D-ck in his hand.
Notice he's back with the 'Great Harm", not my fault right from the get go. (Kevin, I mean John really has this down pat).
Also been harrased by phone, computer, email, text or incited by posters online, which is a criminal offence today.
So is not paying your vendors and taking money and not delivering anything.
I don't think phoning, texting or leaving messages on his email is a criminal offense.
All of this sadly has taken away from pinball making time here, as there are only so many hours in the day ( I do still work 7 x14). i do post what I can to the blog and to people’s email. Still get 100+ per day.
I call BS on him working 14 hrs a day. Maybe he means he is goofing off 7x14.
Also, can't you just imagine getting 100+ emails a day?
I bet there are a lot of the same/similar questions such as when are the machines shipping, can I get a refund and where is the "on the rug" reveal you promised several months ago?
We do have some “viable” negotiations still ongoing (all documented in emails and legally – not fluff) to partner and/or get more funding to keep the company strong and moving ahead.
So you're saying you don't have enough money to build the pins you are contracted to build. That's an automatic breach of contract.
As the “pinside” wave has helped to cause many of my customers to stop support, except for a few and actually has halted some other investors or big orders coming in for new game sales for open games. I feel pinside and a lot of the posters (many in an NDA – many behind fake names) are all liable in some form. Obviously I cannot discuss openly any deals until it’s news, and choose not to bait people with false hopes. There are a few owners that know “all” and I trust them for feedback. Some I thought i could trust but was used. We recently had to “no-reply” to a awful pinball deal (in works for months and looked promissing) that came our way. My attorney and I were genuinely sad and dissapointed. Some of the discussions are now very amazing and all would benefit, but sadly nothing is fast or signed. Luckily since the beginning of the project we have a long trail of development to refer to as record, and the work is really far along and looks good. Been as open, honest, sincere as I can in this now “crowded” and “competitive” pinball world. But yes I am not done, and I “suck” at being on “internet time” for communication. Not new news, I have been told this and agree. My brain is just wired differently as an artist, and i am no social network maven.
Block of text, can't really read the whole thing, but I think the gist is that Pinside is driving people away and stopping further payments, not John's lack of progress.
Obviously there is nothing I can do to stop people from going after me legally or pressing charges at any time for anything in America, personally or in business. I have that same right to go after my critics or anyone. But certainly anything big would shutdown all work here immediately, as my time would be needed for legal items I am sure and to protect the work and pinball IP which is substantial. I probably could not afford either to hire lawyers needed. Never been sued or charged in the past “for anything”, lead a quiet (somewhat) peaceful career, so I have no experience at all, other than the attorneys make out fine financially and not all attorneys are to be “trusted” as I have learn firsthand.
Double threat, both he will sue you in court (for what sending an email or saying he has not delivered a game that was slated for 2013?). Also he says obviously him being in court will cancel the game (or delay it more further - I know more further is a double ambiguous time range but that's the best I can judge).
More great harm, one time he said to me that he drives his artists hard but you can't push anyone too hard or they will quit (this was a thinly veiled threat that if he was being pushed too hard he would quit).
Also was told, in person, a group of owners wants to force a close of my business, buy the assets at auction, and then resell or license to a larger group. My response was that if these “Wizards” have a positive deal ready, in writing, to now show the hand, tell the group (under NDA) and not wait. Could be a longterm “win-win”. My goal is to complete these pinball machines and of course listen to all ideas to move it along in a good fashion.
That all sounds great John, so when are the games shipping?
I have copied my advisor on this as well, as a “very good” friend and legal guru since day one. My goal was to make good pinball machines for people, the pinball community that have supported me with kudos and funds my whole career, but it has not been the journey as I thought. But ultimately I understand I am the guy at the top and accountable. I do not have all the “correct” answers today, I am very sorry but still 100% on it as I speak.
Is this Kevin or John speaking?
We need to give John more kudos, maybe that will get his rear in gear.