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.

Note to authors: Please begin each post with the original date of the event being documented in the format of YYYY.MM.DD (i.e. If the event being recorded happened on March 15th, 2015 and today's date was August 8th, 2018 the beginning of the post's title would be 2015.03.15 and not 2018.08.08) so readers can use the Chronology page to find specific information. Please use appropriate tags when possible for the same reason.

Note to contributors: If you have some valid data to send, screenshots, links to other Ken Whitman stories, etc., please feel free to send a gmail to notanotherdimeblog. We'll look into it and post if appropriate.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

2018.09.11 Pencil Dice Update: Moving Right Along!

2018.09.11 Pencil Dice Update: Moving Right Along!
It looks like Pencil Dice and RPG Pencil Dice got updates today. We haven't received word on the contents yet, but will post when able. This is currently just a placeholder until we get more information sent to us.

Monday, September 3, 2018

2018.09.03 Good News From Ben Dobyns Re KoDT:LAS DVDs

2018.09.03 Good News From Ben Dobyns Re KoDT:LAS DVDs
From Facebook: "I'm happy to share that, as promised, the $703.25 in extra funds raised in the KODT BackerKit have been donated to the Child's Play charity. Thank you all for helping us break even on distributing the rescued edition of KODT:LAS and for making this charitable contribution possible. You're all awesome!"

2018.09.03 Good News From Ben Dobyns Re KoDT:LAS DVDs

Monday, August 20, 2018

2018.08.20 Ken "Whit" Whitman Lashes out at Some Kickstarter Backers

2018.08.20 Ken "Whit" Whitman Lashes out at Some Kickstarter Backers
A couple people have reached out to Not Another Dime (for Ken Whitman) today to let us know he made a Kickstarter update. The updates are limited to Deck Dice (It's been a Long time guys...), Pencil Dice (Look a Heat foil Machine), and RPG Pencil Dice (It's been a Long time guys...).

We haven't seen all three updates as were only sent one, so we have to assume (if we're wrong, please let us know dear readers) that this is pretty much a cut & paste single update (Editor's note: two updates) to the three Kickstarter projects. If you're looking for word on the three video Kickstarter projects, today is not your day....and likely 2018 is not your year.

2018.08.20 Ken "Whit" Whitman Update #1
Judging by the intro line, this is at least the update to the Pencil Dice Kickstarter. We have what we have to assume is the other update posted after this one. We've marked his text up appropriately (1) for our commentary at the end:

"Look a heat foil machine!

This is for the people who say things like...

"You're a lying sack of $h!&!"(1)

"You're(2) mom would be sad that you're still alive"

"There is NO WAY you have a heat foil machine!" (3)

(seriously all of the above had been said to me)

Interestingly, now they will just SPIN to some other form of hate. Seriously if all you have is negative words, STFU. I don't care.(4) And, BTW, your pencils ship last you assholes. (5)

For all the other backers who have been waiting a long time, I do apologize, you deserve.(6) I look forward to sending you a NICE FOIL Stamped pencil and not some cheap ripoff silkscreen version that will rub off in time from friction on the table.(7)

Ken Whitman

PS- I will send pictures when the pencils get here."

Ok..where do we begin, other than with (1)?

1) Ken Whitman's many lies have been documented quite frequently here on NAD. Telling Ken "Whit" Whitman that he is has been untruthful is just a statement of fact, which coincidentally, is the most appropriate legal defense when Ken "Whit" Whitman claims he had been "libled".

2) "Your" It isn't like you've been an author or editor in previous employment......

3) This most likely was a truthful statement most likely until today or maybe this weekend or we would have been subjected to this update long before now. Don't forget these three Kickstarter projects haven't received an update in over two years!

4) If you didn't care then why did you bother to spend half of this update going over the subject of your "haters"?

5) Great, another example of Ken "Whit" Whitman arbitrarily deciding when/if he will fulfill his obligations to a backer based off of arbitrary criteria.

6) Deserve what? Updated more than every few years? Product pledged for? To be treated with some measure of respect?

7) So basically you're saying that the pencils that haven't been made, stamped, or shipped will actually be stamped as promised as a basic tenet of the Kickstarter project? You already promised, "Our Pencil Die is heat foil stamped and NOT silk screened" on the Pencil Dice Kickstarter. We noticed that this description isn't on the RPG Pencil Dice page so can we assume you already looked into the cheaper option for that Kickstarter? The fact that you mention it in this update makes us believe you've at least considered that option.....

2018.08.20 Ken "Whit" Whitman Update #2
So let's look at the other update....

"It's been a Long time guys...

...and I am truly sorry for the wait.

As of August 20th, 2018 I do own an industrial heat foil machine.(8)

I am waiting on pencils coming from china, this will take 45 days. 10-15 to print the colors, and 25 days to ship.(9)

And I am producing a very special mold (one of a kind) that will allow me to make about 24 Pencils a minute. Should be here within 30 days.(10)

Please update your shipping address by September 31, 2018. With luck on my side, most of you will have your pencils before the new year!(11)"

8) So the people calling Ken "Whit" Whitman a liar about having a "industrial foil machine" before today were actually correct according to this update!

9) 15 days plus 25 days equals 40 days....Ken "Whit" Whitman cannot even keep his fictional math straight. Yes, we're calling this fictional based on his many timelines concerning KoDT:LAS.

10) Making a "special mold"? Making 24 pencils at a time sounds nice, but a) does the machine even work with that much product(?), which we will discuss in a moment, and b) has he done the math? Not likely

11) Does Kenny even realize there is no "September 31st"? By giving a specific, yet non-existent date he is most likely trying to give backers hope that they might see their pencils ship by that date....but he's also kicking the date can down the road by stating "most" will have pencils by the end of the year. This is reminiscent of the frequent updates/comments that "most" of the people who have purchased the KoDT: 20 Years of Covers books got theirs. "Most" have not gotten the hardcovers and nobody has seen a softcover yet. Also.....according to the man himself, he won't even be able to print/stamp pencils, at best, by the end of September.

Looking behind the scenes a bit it appear that Ken "Whit" Whitman has picked up one of these hot foil machines, which can also be seen at this Amazon listing. Here is a Chinese video of the machine (along with probably a preview of a Chinese film). After seeing this in action it is hard to believe he can stamp 24 pencils a minute...remember that these pencils are stamped not once, but six (6!) times each, which means he'd actually be making 144 stamps per minute, or one stamp (of 6!) on one pencil every .42 seconds. We're thinking the machine would have to be much larger to even have a shot at such a production schedule.

Speaking of production schedule, we've done the math and have determined that Ken "Whit" Whitman has to produce 87, 523 pencils in 76 different formats to fulfill his Kickstarter obligations. luckily the majority of the variations really boil down to colors available and have not been factored into our math. While researching the heat foil machine there are two big things that came up. 1st was that this machine cannot do pencils (from the Amazon link)....
Q&A about the foil machine, or one very similar to, Ken "Whit" Whitman's alleged model

Now the argument could be made that he doesn't have this machine, but it is unlikely he has a machine that appears identical to this machine, but has drastically different functionality. 2nd, is that this machine requires kind of pricey molds for the stamps which run $126 each from the Aliexpress site. You know how we counted 76 different pencil types? That's just the completed pencils.....since there are six sides to each pencil the number of stamps required number 145 and the rough cost could run up to $18,270 (145 separate faces * $126).

Based off of our research and basic math, Ken "Whit" Whitman needs a lot of production costs and even at a stagger rate of 24 pencils a minute, assuming no set-up, tool changes, boxing, cleaning up, ANYTHING OTHER THAN STAMPING, it will take our main man 3646 minutes to make the pencils. This isn't bad, just a hair over 60 hours, not even a single week! If we use some benchmarks already established by Ken "Whit" Whitman, with regards to his work schedule....carry the one....he should be done on the 12th of Never. Sorry, but we used the only benchmark we had, which was the KoDT:LAS footage which seems to have always been "about two weeks" away from being completed. We think that instead of actually working towards Pencil Dice fulfillment, it's more likely that Ken "Whit" Whitman just got access to one of these machines to take a picture with so he can kick the Kickstarter can down the road some more, which fits his already established behavior.

Monday, July 30, 2018

1997.10.23 Ken "Whit" Whitman Had His Date(s) in Court Before!

1997.10.23 Ken "Whit" Whitman Had His Date(s) in Court Before!
After a few years of tracking down info on Ken "Whit" Whitman, we thought we've gotten quite a lot of info, but every once in a while something new comes to light.

Astute readers may have noticed that over the weekend we updated the Pseudonyms page because we found out about another one of Kenny's failed businesses: Game Corps. Now we don't have the whole backstory here, but a source said this was essentially an attempt to farm out GMs to companies needing someone to run games at cons. Hopefully we'll get some 411 on this, but for now it is just a rumor.

What isn't a rumor are a couple of Wisconsin court cases where it appears that Ken "Whit" Whitman failed to pay unemployment taxes for employees (Case 2003TW059885 and Case 1997TW042071). There is a 3rd case evidently stemming from Kenny not paying a rather large printing bill (Case 2002CV000672). Now $31,049.37 sounds like chump change compared to the hundreds of thousands spread across 6 Kickstarter campaigns and an untold amount of book, resin, and KenzerCo product sales (all off-book, mind you....so the "official" count is $159,385). I'm sure Omaha Printing Company doesn't feel $31,049.37 is "chump change".....

Special Note: The following images are composite images (screenshots) that have had the Court Record portion removed for brevity. Use the links above to read those details.

2002 Ken "Whit" Whitman Stiffs a Printer

2003 Ken "Whit" Whitman Failed to Pay Tax

1997 Ken "Whit" Whitman and Game Corps

Saturday, July 28, 2018

2018.07.27 Just a Little Love from Within the RPG Industry

2018.07.27 Just a Little Love from Within the RPG Industry
Not really a news-worthy post, BUT we were "gifted" a meme (does this count as a meme?) on Facebook, so we're sharing it here as commentary and opinion......in a very real and legal sense (i.e. Ken "Whit" Whitman, this doesn't count as slander or "liable" as you like to put it).

Ken "Whit" Whitman, the Grift that Keeps on Grifting