I thank him for sharing.
I've no investment in the outcome good or bad. I'm not an EA or LA, but am a Lebowski fan and a pinball fan. So even though I've stayed silent out of respect to those with more at stake and more direct knowledge and informed conjecture to provide, I still appreciate the postings.
It's been somewhat educational. I have learned a fair bit about the true tribulations of pinball development, how licensing works, how trade laws work, how the Netherlands gets months off, how China gets months off, how white lies and bad decisions can compound over time and pollute intent, how the most assured contracts can still detonate... and perhaps most importantly, learned how NOT to run a business.
I've learned which pinsiders are truly respectable with measured, thoughtful, considered responses that I should pay attention to throughout the site... and which pinsiders are usually vapid trolls, pot-stirrers, and me-too's.
And this is a compelling story! Absent all the true facts and figures, some things can still go and be reasonably argued either way. Maybe DP are liars. Maybe ARA screwed them over. Maybe both groups are idiots. Maybe both made reasonably good faith efforts that got scuttled by the unforseen. Maybe the defective boards ruse was a cover to salvage reputation in the moment (sure seems naive and reckless in hindsight, but businesses are full of white lies and against the wall plays; If things had worked out we'd be none the wiser and it could have become their version of Spooky's "and we almost went under until that miraculous Texas show" moment). Or they could all be full of shit. I don't see this as some grand intentional scam... but I do agree the way this has played out has been horrible for those with money on the line.
Another thing I've learned - or rather, had confirmed beyond shadow of a doubt - is NOTHING makes folks more emotional than money lost or held in stasis. People will even hold loss of family in "que sera, sera" context but as soon as money is involved, all philosophic rationale goes out the window. Maybe the dutch have a different attitude? Cultural Difference is Hard.
I've no money on the line, but I've invested no small amount of time reading and following this saga, forming my own opinions, and wondering what the next blip will be. Time is yet to tell how this plays out. All I can do is sincerely hope everyone gets what they paid for and learned enough to make smarter decisions going forward, and thank the group for its candor in the meanwhile.