A Brief Introduction to this Page's Purpose

Not Another Dime! is dedicated to documenting the assorted, and sometimes wild, details of Mr. Ken Whitman's business dealings within the Role Playing Game (RPG) industry. This place is NOT intended to be a medium of discussion about Mr. Whitman, pro or con, but instead be a "jumping off" point to enable the reader to make their own informed decision about Mr. Whitman's history and business character.

Whenever possible, links to the original source material will be provided, but in many cases that information may have been deleted or secured behind restricted-access (like a private Facebook page) accounts.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

2017.05.20 Additional Details Regarding KoDT:LAS

2017.05.20 Additional Details Regarding KoDT:LAS
Yesterday's little "announcement" from Ken "Whit" Whitman went over about as well as you would expect. Fortunately we weren't the only ones to cry foul and suspect that this is all just a ploy.

Ken "Whit' Whitman Discussion on FacebookIn Erik Tenkar's Facebook post on the subject (which links to his blog post) there are some interesting things being posted. Some of the normal back-and-forth to be expected on the internet. Some folks claiming similar conditions and noting they manage to meet deadlines, some arm-chair quarterbacking like we did yesterday, and some good nuggets of information as well.

One poster claims a friend had a long talk with Ken "Whit'
Whitman on the subject, but that is straight-up hearsay, so we can't use it....but there is some what-we-would-expect-to-be-reliable hearsay coming from Jolly Blackburn:
if only Ben had the footage that was promised to him over a year ago..."

"Ken has talked off an on with Ben for over 18 months with Ken failing to follow through on his promise to provide the raw footage. Ben is not a miracle worker. He wants to see Knights of the Dinner Table fans and the actors see some fruits for their money/efforts and has always been willing to lend a hand doing some editing. (ZOE did after all step in and provide te after party for KODTLAS at GenCon that Ken bailed on).

But he can't edit what he doesn't have. So it's been an endless cycle of ken promising to get Ben the footage and then.... nothing. So more or less what we've come to expect from Ken. Nothing."

"That would of course depend on Ken sending Ben the footage. Just pointing out he promised to do that 18 months ago and then nothing. If I were a betting man I'd my money on more of the same. Nothing."

"amazing thing is not one second of new edited material (not even blooper material that was promised) has seen the light of day since GenCon 2015."

One of our writers was at the KoDT:LAS "after-party" put on very last-minute by Ben Dobyns and was able to give us the scoop, witnessed first-hand on the epic failure that was Ken "Whit" Whitman's failure to put on an after-party as promised to those purchasing entry to the event, either through purchased tickets or high-enough backer levels on th KoDT:LAS Kickstarter. Our contributor knew about the Ben Dobyns offer to take a whack at editing the KoDT:LAS footage most likely before Ken "Whit" Whitman did (some proof that this offer goes back at least to September 2015). After all, our guy was there at GenCon the day that Ken "Whit" Whitman skipped town, not showing the footage or attending his scheduled meeting with KenzerCo, claiming there was a threat on his life (here is a guest post over at Tenkar's Tavern detailing the drama...and it is a 1st person account).

We were most surprised by the last little bit, and evidently we weren't alone. The same guy who did the Tenkar's Tavern guest post chimed in on the Facebook post and asked the question we were thinking......wasn't Ken "Whit" Whitman's last KoDT:LAS update back in August 2016 a blooper reel? We referenced that just yesterday...

"[poster's name] he did - but that footage was actually from MY ipad taken on set. I uploaded it and he later utilized it for his update. So..."

So this means that the project that is "90% done" that had the deadline pushed back a couple of times to August 2017. The project we ascertain is going to be pushed back again due to Ken "Whit' Whitman's "medical condition", hasn't been passed off for final editing to a fricken volunteer, despite a couple years (or so) of offering to get the lion's share of the last 10% done?!

By our calculations this means the last "new" material worked on by Ken "Whit" Whitman for KoDT:LAS may have been in October 2015?

How does anybody expect that the KoDT:LAS footage still exists and that Ken "Whit" Whitman is working on it, according to his own words:  "Im not holding the (KoDT:LAS) footage hostage. I don't need money to release them. They will be shipping out with Traveller by Aug 1st, 2017 or sooner. Sure extra money could speed up the process, but I am working my way out of this the old fashion way. BUT working and spending my own money. Its it talking a long time... yep! But there ya go!" (from Jolly Blackburn's Facebook page and recorded in our Ken Sez page...but the content isn't available any longer)

Friday, May 19, 2017

2017.05.19 Ken "Whit" Whitman Drawing From an Old Well to Set-Up Kicking the KoDT:LAS Can Down the Road to 2018

2017.05.19 Ken "Whit" Whitman Drawing From an Old Well to Set-Up Kicking the KoDT:LAS Can Down the Road to 2018
Today we received word of a group private message from our main-man Ken "Whit" Whitman. It's already been reported at Tenkar's Tavern, so this is more of a documentation post than anything.

Before we get to the details we need to get something out on the table because inevitably somebody is going to accuse Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman) of being run by cold, careless bastards. First off, some of us are, but that has nothing to do with this blog, much less this post. Multiple sources have told us that this "announcement" angle has been used before, most notably when Ken "Whit" Whitman popped back up in the RPG industry circa 2013. Back then all of his previous years of bad behavior was being attributed to ADD and that medication was "fixing him".

The thing about Ken "Whit" Whitman going this route is not only that he's done it before, but this tack requires the recipients to have some measure of "good faith" to rely on and well.....Ken "Whit" Whitman has done a great job of destroying any good faith or good will to be had.

The wikipedia link is ours....

"Hey I have a little bit of bad news about me.

I am going in on May 31 to find out if I have CTE.   I may be in stage 2, I am starting to forget things.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WwVY8ShWP8k

Well, They are finding out - just recently- that Lithium is really helping and even reversing some of it.   So, even if it is, if the Lithium can reverse some of the damage that would be great! : -)

I know I act distant sometimes, But that's because I remember things. 

I cover up my memory loss with arrogance and meanness.  

And im tired of hiding it.  So...

I have probably had stage one since my college days, But I can tell its getting worst.

Anyway, only telling a few people.  I will keep you informed because you guys are my KODT family.

I have reached out to a few people to help me get organized and get this project done.  Still gonna happen soon! 

PS - if you need things from me, please text often and remind me.  I am not ignoring you, I need to write it down on my list.  Hopefully I will have someone managing me soon."

Basically...we're not buying this one bit. Aside from the basic premise being a repeat, we find it interesting that this comes just about two months out from the deadline Ken "Whit' Whitman set when he kicked the KoDT:LAS can down the road last time. For someone who has, quite deliberately, shut out KoDT:LAS supporters and KenzerCo folks for nearly a year (the last KoDT:LAS project update was August 31, 2016), trying to garner sympathy with "you guys are my KODT family".....it doesn't add up.

Let us not forget that as of right now Ken "Whit" Whitman does not....DOES NOT have Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. All he has is an appointment to find out. No initial prognosis is listed here, just a bit of background foundation work for the inevitable excuse of why KoDT:LAS isn't being fulfilled.

Jolly Blackburn (KoDT:LAS Kickstarter Comment)
From Jolly Blackburn (KoDT:LAS Kickstarter Comment): "Well got a group PM from Ken today. First communication from him in 6 months. Looks like he's laying the ground work (as in excuses) for why he won't make the August deadline. Course that's me reading between the lines. Then again I was expecting zip from him in August anyway."

Exactly what we thought......

Saturday, April 22, 2017

2017.04.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Selling More Acting Advice and Brush With The Walking Dead Greatness

2017.04.22 Ken "Whit" Whitman Selling More Acting Advice and Brush With The Walking Dead Greatness
Contrary to what we assume is Ken "Whit' Whitman's belief, Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman) isn't opposed to the man making a buck or two, assuming that money is made legitimately.

We think that continuing to glom on to a few seconds of background work in The Walking Dead, and using those brief moments as credentials to teach inspiring actors is definitely pushing the envelope.

Our speculation is that this training session is being used as a means to find new people to market potential video work (demo reels, "creating a slate", etc.) where Ken "Whit" Whitman can use the equipment that he purchased (instead of renting) using funds from the KoDT:LAS Kickstarter. Instead of working on the projects he's already made a pretty penny on, Ken "Whit" Whitman is soliciting more money from newer fandoms.

Those who can, do.....those who can't teach (our apologies to any bona fide teachers).

We've added a couple hyperlinks to the announcement so you can see for yourself.

Ken "Whit" Whitman acting workshop
"MCTG is proud to present Acting for Stage and Camera Workshop with actor Whit Whitman from the television series THE WALKING DEAD!

The workshop will consist of learning techniques for acting, creating and performing a monologue, and creating a slate.

The workshop will be 6 hours starting at 11AM on Saturday, April 22, 2017, at the Menifree Artisan Center (157 Old Campus rd.). The cost is $50 per person.

Lunch will be provided for participants.

THERE ARE ONLY 10 SPACES AVAILABLE IN THIS WORKSHOP - Register NOW by calling 606-422-5405 or emailing menifreetheatre@gmail.com

There will be an autograph session from 6-8 PM for those who are a fan of The Walking Dead, but are not interested in the workshop.

PLEASE SHARE!"

But wait...there's more!

2017.04.25 Edit
There was a video we linked to, but the video was removed. We do have a copy, but we don't plan on posting it.

We have noticed that a few folks have suggested that MCTG browse this site or just Google Ken "Whit" Whitman. We have also been forwarded an email exchange regarding this workshop (edits are ours):

"Hello XXXXXXXX, I'm involved with the Menifee Community Theatre Group. First, thank you for your concerns that you've brought up about Mr. Whitman. We appreciate all feedback, especially when it is of this nature. The event, however, has already passed. We were not aware of any such controversy before we booked the event and will be vetting our speakers more carefully in the future. We are a young group, we only became a very small organized group in March and are still learning the ropes. Mr. Whitman conducted himself in a polite manner during his visit and taught for 6 hours. The people that attended found it informative and helpful. There was very low attendance at the event and all of them were part of the theatre group management. I would like to make it clear that Mr. Whitman is not a member of MCTG or affiliated with us in any way. On another note, our Facebook page is watched carefully, and as I'm sure you know, we have had several people comment in the last few days. While not all of the comments were considered aggressive, some members felt that they should all be removed to protect the group's standing with the public. This was the only reason for any hidden comments or posts. Again, thank you for the concerns and advice, we take all constructive criticisms seriously and are always looking to improve. Please reach out to us in a pm if you would like to further discuss this or other issues."



Friday, April 14, 2017

2017.04.12 KoDT:LAS Backers Still Popping Up With Un-Filled Rewards

2017.04.12 KoDT:LAS Backers Still Popping Up With Un-Filled Rewards
We're willing to bet that most people's money is on Ken "Whit" Whitman never completing his Kickstarter projects. Regardless of what the man says or how many deadlines get kicked down the road, our money (well, a lot of people's money) is on the Chicago Cubs winning the Superbowl before Ken "Whit" Whitman fulfills his Kickstarter obligations.

Sure, Ken "Whit" Whitman says he'll have the KoDT:LAS project complete by August 2017, but for a project that has been 90% done for what (?) a year or two, there is so much outstanding. Case in point, Ken "Whit" Whitman can't even be bothered to email a subset-list of backers to KenzerCo. From a post from Jolly Blackburn on the KenzerCo forums (emphasis is ours):

"I ran a game in August for six backers (which actually spilled over to two). Ken never provided the backer list so I relied on backers contacting me directly to let me know they'd taken the option. Frustrating thing is people are still poppoing up who apparently gave him money for original art and such

It was a real mess with the way he simply disappeared.

Anyway, I suspected there might be a few stragglers and meant to post an inquiry but got distracted. I knew Kurt was dangling out there. If we can beat the bushes and find any others, I'd be glad to run a session and check that item off the list.

Sorry Ken chose to flame out on a license he took out from us. Why did he have to so completely self destruct on KODTLAS...?

He's blocked me on all fronts so there's no comunication btw. I hear he's claiming an August delivery date but I would bet cash money that's not going to happen. He's simplly going through the motions of STILL working on the project to keep the lawyers off his back."

2017.04.12 1st hand Account of Ken "Whit" Whitman's Lack of Work

We have to assume the email list is somewhere with those softcover KoDT: 20 Years of Covers books.....

2017.04.18 Update:

Even with all of the research and prep-work we've done here at NAD, we still get surprised by the depths that Ken "Whit" Whitman went to in order to fleece KoDT fans. Again, any emphasis is ours.

2017.04.18 Jolly Blackburn Update
"There were actually quite a few more than that. At least 18. Enough that I knew it would take three different sessions, maybe four to cover. (I find Roll20 can only comfortably handle 6 to 7 players at a time and at least 3 being D-Team members....

Ken apparently was selling slots with his website and other spam tsnuami offers. 
He also promised some store appearances (outside KS) I knew nothing about. Think about that - the man actually promised ME to a store in Arizona. With no provisons for travel, lodging or even letting me know. Grrrr...

And don't get me started on the Knights of the Dinner Table guest appearances/cameos. I told him I could handle three - 23 people ended up on the list.

Of course that forced me to really dig deep creatively and the Pwn Brian Express storyline came out of it — but I lost a lot of Sanity points on that one."

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

2017.04.12 A Bit of an Explaination

2017.04.12 A Bit of an Explaination
We realize that our previous couple of posts contained comments from Ken "Whit' Whitman and a few people weren't too thrilled with Ken having any input here, even if it was just some published commentary.

Right off, we don't have any intention of allowing Ken "Whit" Whitman to use Not Another Dime (for Ken Whitman) as a medium to reach out to the many people who feel victimized by the man. In the past we didn't even moderate comments, but that proved problematic, so now everything is moderated.

In general though, any commentary Kenny had against us was fair game....to a point, and we think the points have been made.

What some readers of NAD might not know is that for the past couple years now we have heard, from multiple sources, that Ken "Whit' Whitman likes to:

  • Use multiple social media accounts for all the reasons you'd expect someone to use multiple accounts for (including some of the points mentioned next)
  • Claim he is being "picked on" online
  • Assert his many delayed/abandoned projects are being worked on and will be fulfilled...eventually
  • Claim multiple violations of assorted ambiguous laws, which have been reported to the authorities (usually the FBI)
Thanks to our earlier two posts we've been able to allow our readers to see a small sliver of Ken "Whit" Whitman's online activities 1st-hand. We don't really plan on making these permitted comments a regular thing, but if we get any particularly good examples we may again make an exception.

Documenting Ken "Whit" Whitman's weird and wacky behavior is kind of our purpose....if we keep one person from experiencing the belief they've been ripped off by Ken "Whit' Whitman by giving a good & true accounting (we really do try to document appropriately!) of past behavior, a commonly accepted approximation of future behavior, then the work is worthwhile.