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John Popadiuk update thread……MAGIC GIRL, RAZA, AIW…..


By iceman44

5 years ago



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#9151 4 years ago
Quoted from TecumsehPlissken:

exactly! & that's where the $good 4 bad comes in , never met you Ice but your cool dude .. Iceman is a fitting moniker & I like your style , wish could have met you @ TPF //// Always hope 4 the best !

We are all in this together brother!

And we have some great/competent guys trying to help work it out.

Anything of substance happen to SkitB yet? People can squawk all they want, including myself, doesn't mean a thing.

It's all coming to a head one way or the other. I'll hope for the best

#9152 4 years ago
Quoted from iceman44:

We are all in this together brother!
And we have some great/competent guys trying to help work it out.
Anything of substance happen to SkitB yet? People can squawk all they want, including myself, doesn't mean a thing.
It's all coming to a head one way or the other. I'll hope for the best

Even if the fat lady is singing!

#9153 4 years ago
Quoted from generica:

Calling it now.

Words of wisdom, and from a fellow Austinite!

#9154 4 years ago

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#9155 4 years ago

Gonna be interesting in here for a bit ...

#9156 4 years ago

Who has the popcorn concession tonight?

#9157 4 years ago

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#9159 4 years ago
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#9160 4 years ago

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#9161 4 years ago

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#9162 4 years ago

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#9163 4 years ago

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#9164 4 years ago

Lot of popcorn, suspense must be building

#9165 4 years ago

Anytime now, fellas...

Rob
Creditdotpinball.com

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#9166 4 years ago

Just got the email from John, Someone is taking over the licence to continue to make the Magic Girl game, and possibly the RAZA and AIW in the future with no guarantee. The magic girl will be produced as a special LE version for collectors but will cost 16,000. So if you paid 4000 up front for RAZA you now need to pay an additional 11,0000 to receive a game. If you decide to take the standard non limited addition than you will lose half of your money and need to make up the additional to buy the game between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars which is not yet determined. Which costs you an additional 8,000 to 10,000 dollars.
oh, yeah.... if you decide that you want the game that you ordered in the first place like RAZA in my situation. The Price isnt yet established for the completion of the game OR how much of my 6,500 dollars will be credited to the purchase. AND, it wont be produced for 5 years, if at all.

I wont be investing any more money in anything this jerk has to do with.

#9167 4 years ago

The new owner will offer no refunds or returns.

#9168 4 years ago

WTF!!!

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#9169 4 years ago

We went from one scam right into another. Let's force people to buy in on a $16,000 game with no guarantees....again.

#9170 4 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

Just got the email from John, Someone is taking over the licence to continue to make the Magic Girl game, and possibly the RAZA and AIW in the future with no guarantee. The magic girl will be produced as a special LE version for collectors but will cost 16,000. So if you paid 4000 up front for RAZA you now need to pay an additional 11,0000 to receive a game. If you decide to take the standard non limited addition than you will lose half of your money and need to make up the additional to buy the game between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars which is not yet determined. Which costs you an additional 8,000 to 10,000 dollars.
oh, yeah.... if you decide that you want the game that you ordered in the first place like RAZA in my situation. The Price isnt yet established for the completion of the game OR how much of my 6,500 dollars will be credited to the purchase. AND, it wont be produced for 5 years, if at all.
I wont be investing any more money in anything this jerk has to do with.

This is a joke, right?

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#9171 4 years ago

That's not a solution. That's an insult.

Sorry guys.

#9172 4 years ago
Quoted from jiffy:

This is a joke, right?

Sadly, no it's not.
I wished it was a joke.

#9173 4 years ago

This pyramid was about to collapse A wise pharaoh would build a new one

#9174 4 years ago

From one hair brained scheme to the next.

Crazy.

rd.

#9175 4 years ago

If this actually isn't a joke does anybody have the actual email they can post?

#9176 4 years ago

Now wait for the refund requests en mass. Then the court dates, then NOTHING. Just like the Skit-B scam.

#9177 4 years ago

No wait there's more if you ring in the next 10 minutes........

#9178 4 years ago

Wow....This is crazy.

#9179 4 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

AND, it wont be produced for 5 years, if at all.
I wont be investing any more money in anything this jerk has to do with.

Wait wait wait, 5 years? this MUST be a joke.

#9180 4 years ago
Quoted from Robo1:

Just got the email from John, Someone is taking over the licence to continue to make the Magic Girl game, and possibly the RAZA and AIW in the future with no guarantee. The magic girl will be produced as a special LE version for collectors but will cost 16,000. So if you paid 4000 up front for RAZA you now need to pay an additional 11,0000 to receive a game. If you decide to take the standard non limited addition than you will lose half of your money and need to make up the additional to buy the game between 10,000 and 12,000 dollars which is not yet determined. Which costs you an additional 8,000 to 10,000 dollars.
oh, yeah.... if you decide that you want the game that you ordered in the first place like RAZA in my situation. The Price isnt yet established for the completion of the game OR how much of my 6,500 dollars will be credited to the purchase. AND, it wont be produced for 5 years, if at all.
I wont be investing any more money in anything this jerk has to do with.

If I paid the extra $1500.00 are Ben and John still coming to my house under this new deal?

Is this still fully customizable?

Do a get a glue gun?

The important questions are not being answered.

#9181 4 years ago

Ok, we've gone back in time...its April 1st and it's an April fools joke.

#9182 4 years ago

The question is did he ever really receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in the first place?

Meaning he may of only sold $200k of games and spent that on expenses

#9183 4 years ago

I'm going to stay out of this. My best to all involved. So sorry this is happening to you.

#9184 4 years ago

BACKGROUND

Zidware, Inc. (“Zidware” or the “Company”) is a designer and manufacturer of pinball machines.

The Company has been in business since 2009 and it has been predominately working on 3

games, namely: Magic GirlTM (“MG”), Retro Atomic Zombie AdventurelandTM (“RAZA”) and Alice

in Wonderland The PinballTM (“AIW”). The Company is headquartered in a leased facility in

Streamwood, Illinois and has historically operated at a deficit and relied on deposits from

purchasers of machines and shareholder loans to fund its operations. After 4 years, the

Company still has not been able to produce one machine to deliver to its customers so the

Company is unable to secure any additional operating cash.

As a result of the foregoing, Zidware is facing difficulty in generating sufficient cash flow to meet

its obligations as they become due. Zidware concluded that it had to have help to take the

designs that had been created and get them into production or the Company would be forced to

pursue a Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

PLAN OF ACTION/NEED FOR RECONFIRMATION AND STANDSTILL

Zidware has signed an exclusive license agreement with a third-party pinball design company

(“Licensee”) who has the business expertise to bring these games to production. The Licensee

is open to fulfilling orders from Zidware customers (including providing credits for deposits made

to Zidware) provided that each customer reaffirm his or her interest in obtaining the ordered

products or converting to other products and providing any outstanding payment upon

finalization of pricing, together with his or her commitment to standstill from bringing any action

related to outstanding orders. The Licensee will be hiring Zidware’s founder as a consultant (in

such capacity, “Consultant”) to assist Licensee in the completion of the design of the games,

and a standstill agreement is important to ensure that Consultant is not needlessly distracted by

demands or litigation during this critical time.

#9185 4 years ago

So nobody can sue John?
You have to pay more for the game?
John gets to keep your money?
You have to wait 4 years?
If the licensee had experience manufacturing pinball it wouldn't take them 4 years to complete them.

My suggestion is all the buyers and creditors get together and appoint a team to take this train wreck over.

#9186 4 years ago

May 21, 2015

RE: PLAN OF ACTION FOR PURCHASERS OF MAGIC GIRL™, RAZA AND AIW

It is with great excitement, determination and love for pinball that has led me to pursue and find a possible solution that can be announced to you today. I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you who believed in the magical designs that have been created. I acknowledge and appreciate the faith you have in placing deposits with Zidware, Inc. (“Zidware”) to deliver to you incredible machines that take pinball to another level. Thank you for your patience and support …this well-deserved update will give you a good idea of where we have been and where we are headed in the future.

First and foremost, my apologies for not being a better businessman. In the past, great success was accomplished by focusing on what I do best… design and artistic direction of games. The business mechanics were left to the executives at companies such as Williams and Bally. I did not realize what it entails to run a company and get a machine designed and produced from start to finish. At the rate that I have been going, bankruptcy would be inevitable absent some type of corrective action. Zidware no longer has the ability to get Magic Girl™ (“MG”) into production let alone Retro Atomic Zombie Adventureland™ (“RAZA”) and Alice in Wonderland The Pinball™ (“AIW”). A copy of current financials will be available evidencing the impossible predicament Zidware currently faces. Further, the delivery of machines to my customers who have placed orders and provided deposits has always been my primary concern and a responsibility that I take very seriously.

Therefore, I have sought out a solution to bring these games into production and to benefit all purchasers who have continued to believe in me. Apologies for the lack of communication, however it was best to find a workable solution first, rather than to string everyone along on false hopes. At this point I have a plan in place and therefore am taking this opportunity to share it with you. My hope is that with this solid plan, you, as a purchaser, will be supportive of this endeavor and remain patient and work with this plan to achieve the desired goal of producing MG, RAZA and AIW machines.

What is the plan and how will it help the purchasers of Zidware products?
In a call for help, one of my customers, a businessman specializing in the restructuring of companies, realized that there was no way Zidware could get this project over the finish line and into production. He was saddened by the fact that many would suffer a loss and it would be a black eye for the pinball industry and my reputation.

Over the last month or so, this individual and his associates have done extensive due diligence on Zidware to determine the best plan of action. They have assembled a team of professionals capable in bringing pinball machines to production under a new, unrelated company. I have granted this new company (“Licensee”) an exclusive license for MG, RAZA and AIW. They will then be able to take MG from its current state to the point of production, along with potential orders for RAZA and AIW. Once these machines are produced, the Licensee plans to continue and grow to become an industry leader in creative unique pinball design.

What can you expect next?

The Licensee is now underway to complete a master prototype Magic Girl™. An announcement will be made as to when this will be, however the goal is to have it ready in time to unveil at an upcoming show. From this point forward, information and progress will be provided by the Licensee as Zidware is no longer in control.

This group is currently in the process of negotiating with proven known quality manufacturers to get the games produced. As soon as this is contracted, purchasers will be notified and given a forecast of the timeline to complete development as well as release dates for final product. As it stands today, the anticipated timeframe until production of MG is approximately 2 years or sooner.

As for the other 2 games, art work will be under the Licensee’s direction and prototypes will be forthcoming. I have agreed to independently consult with the Licensee for continuity to complete the pinball designs for all 3 games. The timeframe until production of AZA and AIW product is 2 to 3 years post MG production.

I encourage fellow Pinheads to allow this team to help make these games come to life. The Licensee has already made significant investment in both time and money to get where we are today. They have acquired the licenses for these games not motivated by profit, but to make the designs a reality and forge a viable path for production of these products to Zidware customers. The only other alternative is that Zidware would be forced to file for bankruptcy, resulting in virtually nothing to the purchasers and none of the games that we have worked on all these years will ever be produced.

We need patience, positive input and support from you and all of Zidware’s customers. Once each purchaser has responded back with positive intentions, the Licensee will be formally announced and be able to continue to move forward. However if there are any clarification uestions regarding this letter or agreement, please do not contact the attorneys directly, instead you may send an email to: Magic Girl Info <magicgirl.raza.aiw@gmail.com>. The Licensee has already indicated that they will be opening the doors to share the progress with customers and welcoming everyone with open arms!

To be clear, there will not be any refunds as Zidware lacks the cash reserves necessary to return any customer deposits. The Licensee is here to create and build pinball machines and it is not responsible for Zidware’s liabilities. Nonetheless, working together, the Licensee will have the ability to produce machines and Zidware customers will be provided credits for deposits made. We are very lucky that the
Licensee started down this path to help the pinball community by trying to rectify this situation.

This is what we need in order for the Licensee to move forward, please take advantage of this opportunity and complete the attached agreement prepared by the attorney for the Licensee. This is what is required from you in the attached agreement in order for the plan to succeed:

1) Confirmation of your intent to complete the purchase of the ordered item(s) by executing and returning the attached agreement so that the Licensee does not expend resources for customers who may not wish to complete their order.

a. Magic Girl™ – original purchasers. The Licensee is already in talks with potential manufacturers to create a Magic Girl™–Collector’s Edition, limited to only 199 worldwide for those who have already purchased or provided deposits. This is first come first serve
as we will close off as soon as we reach 199 orders. Zidware deposits will be converted to credits dollar for dollar.

b. RAZA or AIW purchasers. For those who have placed a deposit on RAZA or AIW, the Licensee is allowing these purchasers to convert their deposits to credits towards:

i. Magic Girl™–Collector’s Edition ($15,995) – Limited to only 199 worldwide, this is first come first serve as we will close off as soon as we reach 199 orders. Zidware deposits will be converted dollar for dollar, 1 (eg. $6,500 deposit = $6,500 credits).

ii. Magic Girl™-Classic (TBD estimated at between $9,995 to $11,995) – We are offering a new edition of Magic Girl™ with all of the same functionality and quality, since the final product is yet to be finalized and we don’t have actual BOM, we can only provide the price range. Any customers interested in this option will have opportunity to confirm their purchase at time of release of actual price. Zidware deposits will be converted 1:2 (eg. $6,500 deposit = $3,250 credits) for this option.

Once you take delivery of your machine, you have an asset in hand and the ability to keep it or sell it for cash. You will also have the ability to sell your position. Should you wish to wait for the possible creation of a RAZA or AIW, that option is also available.

2) Agreement that you will not bring any action for money damages or specific performance against Zidware, the Licensee, the manufacturer, or any of their directors, officers or members during the earlier of:

(i) delivery of the product or
(ii) 4 years

This is what we need to move forward; we ask your cooperation to support us and allow Zidware to get the Licensee what is needed at this time. This is the only plan that will possibly get these machines produced. It is time sensitive as we need to move quickly or I will have no choice but to pursue a chapter 7 bankruptcy filing resulting in the liquidation of Zidware without delivery of any of the games and virtually no cash to Zidware customers.

This plan is for you, the Pinheads that want something that is a true work of art, quality built that can be treasured for years to come. I have now found the right business team that is dedicated to try to get my work to the finish line and into production. Help me to help you get what you came to Zidware for…a pinball machine that you will be very proud of to have in your collection!

To Our Success!

Best Personal Regards,
ZIDWARE, INC.
John Popadiuk
President

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#9187 4 years ago

First and foremost, my apologies for not being a better businessman.

Are you FREAKING KIDDING ME??? How about you apologize for THE CONSTANT LIES that put us here (already documented in this thread).

"Starting production"

"reveals"

"I'm much further along than have shown you"

"Pinside is full of mistruths and misinformation"

I WOULD LIKE ANYONE TO POINT TO ONE SINGLE THING IN THIS THREAD which has now proven as untrue!! Just like Predator, we were LIED to constantly, and proxy fighters were arguing with us telling us we didn't know what we were talking about.

#9188 4 years ago
Quoted from hank527:

to ensure that Consultant is not needlessly distracted by
demands or litigation during this critical time.

Poor John, can't you people see he is the real victim ? Man, that guy has another level of victim complex.

#9189 4 years ago

Is there a case for fraud now? Forget about bankruptcy and civil... I'm talking fraud and criminal charges.

There has to be some accountability for taking our money and stringing us along to this point.

#9190 4 years ago

Whoa...
Go get'em boys..

#9191 4 years ago

Sounds like the Bumper Action mess all over again

Company sells business as a going concern and says they took over all the orders and liabilities
In the meantime stripped the Company of it's assets.

#9192 4 years ago

Wow, that sucks. Although at this point I would want more questions answered before I even thought about sending money in.

#9193 4 years ago

Yes and an escrow or real trust account, otherwise you are all unsecured creditors.

#9194 4 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

To be clear, there will not be any refunds as Zidware lacks the cash reserves necessary to return any customer deposits.

#9195 4 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

ii. Magic Girl™-Classic (TBD estimated at between $9,995 to $11,995) – We are offering a new edition of Magic Girl™ with all of the same functionality and quality, since the final product is yet to be finalized and we don’t have actual BOM, we can only provide the price range. Any customers interested in this option will have opportunity to confirm their purchase at time of release of actual price. Zidware deposits will be converted 1:2 (eg. $6,500 deposit = $3,250 credits) for this option.

#9196 4 years ago

holy cow. what a shame all of this is. Wonder what is going thru his mind when he starts to walk to his warehouse every morning.

#9197 4 years ago

Good lord. Quite insane for them to think people would dream of sending them more money up front. And the thought process in valuing some deposits at 50% eludes me completely. Perhaps trying to create a rush to get in on the limited run of $1:$1?

I really feel for everyone in on these games.

#9198 4 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

2) Agreement that you will not bring any action for money damages or specific performance against Zidware, the Licensee, the manufacturer, or any of their directors, officers or members during the earlier of:

(i) delivery of the product or
(ii) 4 years

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#9199 4 years ago
Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

Three prototypes are near complete too

Quoted from Pdxmonkey:

I played MG the last two days.

Thanks.

#9200 4 years ago
Quoted from frolic:

and love for pinball

Wow, right there in the first sentence... there's that phrase again that John loves to constantly abuse.

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