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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

2016.04.06 NAD Tries to Answer a KoDT:LAS Backer's Questions

2016.04.06 NAD Tries to Answer a KoDT:LAS Backer's Questions
We don't get a lot of email here at Not Another Dime (For Ken Whitman), but it does come in occasionally. Today we got an email from one of Ken "Whit" Whitman's KoDT:LAS backers:

"I was not able to get to Origins 2014, and didn't go the Gencon 2015 for the LAS premier, so until last week, I was not following what had been going on. I did get the book last year and had been waiting for the DVD to be shipped. I sent a message to Ken Whitman recently and also sent a message through the D20entertainment web page but have had no response yet.
This past week I did download episode 2 and episode 3.

I am a backer at the $$$ level.

I have the following questions, if anyone can answer them or has a possible explanation as to what could be happening:

1: Has a release date been given for the DVD?

2: If no release date has been given, has an explanation been made as to what the delay is and why?

3: Does anyone know if all of the footage was ever shot or not?

4: Were episode 1, 2 and 3 the entire project or was there more footage shot?

Thank you"

Now We've removed some identifying information, although we are sure Ken "Whit" Whitman has had ample time to respond to his backer's simple questions.....and can easily find out who this backer is. We've just removed the identifying bits so we could answer his (or her) questions to the best of our ability.

1) The long answer:
There has been no release date for the DVD, although there have been several instances of Ken "Whit" Whitman claiming to be burning DVDs when it was known the episodes weren't even finished yet. There have been offers to finish post-production on the episodes by outside interests, but Ken "Whit" Whitman has utterly failed in providing the raw footage to those who desired to help him finish this project. This help was offered not as a service to Ken "Whit" Whitman, but to the backers and KenzerCo.

The short answer: The 12th of Never.

2) The long answer: There has been no reasonable explanation of why there is a delay on the KoDT:LAS project. There have been multiple generic claims of "I'm making progress, give me a little more time" or "Jolly Blackburn is sabotaging my attempts to make more money on KoDT:LAS so I can finish things."

The short answer: Ken "Whit" Whitman already has your money so you should quit "whining" (seriously, he thinks people asking any reasonable questions are "whiners").

3) The only answer: all of the footage was shot that was going to be shot.

4) The long answer: The entire project was just the promised "movie" broken up into three half-assed episodes (as far as production, not the acting, goes). If Ken "Whit" Whitman had been able to produce on time and on target he definitely would have had the opportunity to turn this one project into a series with some legs. Ken "Whit" Whitman also had designs on producing some sort of "audiobook" consisting of the actors from the KoDT: LAS doing a live-reading in character. This wasn't part of the original agreement with KenzerCo, but it could be argued that it was a proof-of-concept project much like the initial demo that was made to help convince KenzerCo into allowing the KoDT: LAS project to exist in the first place. Ken "Whit" Whitman has alleged that he spent $15,000 on employees and "infrastructure" towards this un-licensed "audiobook" project, when he most likely spent $50 on pizza and a tape recorder.

The short answer: Who the hell knows? Many suspect the raw footage is either gone due to negligence or being held as some sort of ransom for more money.

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