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.

Anything posted here is the opinion of the retrospective author and any content shown is to be considered "fair use" and posted for educational purposes only.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

2017.06.16 Some 1st Hand Accounting (Pun Intended) Over on Facebook

2017.06.16 Some 1st Hand Accounting (Pun Intended) Over on Facebook
With all of the dumb drama on Facebook and over at Tenkar's Tavern, it is real easy to miss some good 1st hand accounting of some of the history of Ken "Whit" Whitman's slippery slope of multiple-Kickstarter scams.

Of course "scams" is our stated opinion, but we think by now the majority of folks reading this would tend to agree.

It is important to note that some of this information from Jolly Blackburn is opinion, but some is also just a recollection of what he experienced as a victim member of Kenzer & Company.

"Well the back story is Ken came to me personally about a Knights of the Dinner Table license. He'd been working with Larry Elmore on a few kickstarters and seemed to have turned a corner. Ken explained he had been ADD which had been undiagnosed and that he was on meds and for the first time in his life was connected with his emotions. There were tears, apologies. A story about how he wanted to rebuild his reputation. He invited my wife and I down to Kentucky to stay in his family Inn. They were doing Brothers Barbarian Season and we played cameos roles in it. I have to say I was impressed. There were probably 50 people running around and things were getting done on set. They'd already put one season in the can and it actually wasn't that bad. What can I say? After several months of observing, I felt maybe Ken had finally found his callng. More importantly he was finishing things. Everyone he worked with seemed happy.
Jolly Blackburn Recollection of the KoDT:LAS Kickstarter History

So I supported him when he made the pitch to KenzerCo for obtaining the license for his kickstarter. I believe in second chances and I thought Ken was going to do a great job.

Everything was fine until 24 hours after the funding hit his bank account. It was very clear something was amiss. And those working closely with him in Kentucky were sending emails saying so. 

So yeah. I bought into his line of crap.

My wife probably said it all best in her blog a few years ago.

http://www.barbwryter.kodtweb.com/?p=753"

"My theory is Ken had major debt going into the project and he used the money to pay that debt. Then he was broke, so he had to launch another kickstarter (Traveler) to find money for Knights of the Dinner Table. Then another KS to backfil and film Traveler, then another...


Jolly Blackburn Recollection of the KoDT:LAS Kickstarter History
Just a theory but he's on record saying he used the Pencil Dice funding to finish filming Knights of the Dinner Table. 

Don't worry about the criticisms (I don't recall it btw). It's deserved; I allowed him to use my name to lend faith to his project. I know I love of Knights of the Dinner Table fans backed the project because they trusted my judgement. One of the reasons I've felt so betrayed by Ken. He really did a number on our community and has the gall to act like the victim."

"Clearly. You know when it all started Ken presented a partner who was to be the 'money man'. The guy who would have to co-sign every check. It was like Ken knew he couldn't trust himself and this guy would keep things straight. Sadly THAT guy quit the project 24 hours after fundng after Ken refused to transfer the money from his personal account. Talk about a grenade. I knew we were in trouble at that point."

2017.06.16 Ken "Whit" Whitman Sinks to Grade-School Name Calling on Facebook

2017.06.16 Ken "Whit" Whitman Sinks to Grade-School Name Calling on Facebook
This last week there has been a LOT of interesting back-and-forth from our hero, Ken "Whit" Whitman and Erik Tenkar (of Tenkar's Tavern). Now for the most part you should really head over there and check out the action/drama, but since part of our mission is a one-stop shop of info regarding Ken "Whit" Whitman, we have to record a few details here....

.....and while we are at it point out some great information to be found in a few spots and some more "stuff" that might not be apparent at first glance.

First off, some highlights: "Erik is a stupid poo-poo butt face. And he's ugly.

Ken "Whit" Whitman Facebook PostIf 13 more people LIKE this quote, then that will be 1 more than Erik's blog gets read. Please LIKE this to show Eric that my friends are cooler and more awesome than his. ALSO, If I get more than 50 LIKES, Erik said he would slap his mom for birthing him. :-)"

Wow.....just wow.

Now we already know that Ken "Whit" Whitman can go a bit..off with social media, but of course he had to weigh in on the Tenkar's Tavern post. "When you only see the world Black and White, I can see how you belive the bullshit you feed other people. 

You sir, do know the the options I had to choose from in the last two years, so pleae, keep judge me on your limited knowlege and make random assumptions and made up stories.

Interestingly, when I do get kickstarters done, you will still be a stupid poo-poo face."

Ken "Whit" Whitman Over at Tenkar's Tavern

I don't realistically expect anyone reading this blog to think that Ken "Whit" Whitman will get any of his Kickstarters done, much less done by August 1st. The 11th of Never is much more likely....remember we've already seen Ken "Whit" Whitman lay the foundation for kicking the Kickstarter can down the road.

If you read that post, you'll see where Ken "Whit" Whitman claimed "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."

Now for us, this is where things get interesting. Erik Tenkar posted some links on his post on Wednesday, June 14th (2017). His link to Alzheimer's Association and Boston University both state that CTE is, and we are paraphrasing here, a condition that has no test and is only identifiable by an autopsy.

In other words Kenny, your statement about "going in" for a test that doesn't exist is straight-up bullshit. Erik's commentary is to let us come to our own conclusions, but we decided to spell it out a bit more directly.

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."