Ken the Whit Whitman Breaking Bad.

Almost like Walter White that just cant keep form Breaking Bad. It seems that Ken has moved on from preying on gamer’s. Now he is preying on up and coming actor hopefuls.
Recently as of an hours of this posting Ken put the following post up on the Atlanta Film Community Facebook Group.
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This comes as a surprise to those of us in the know as all of this equipment was purchased for the KODT Live action Kickstarter. Now they were additionally used in  other Kickstarter as well but the funds to buy this equipment came from the KODT kick to be clear.

Now to be clear as confirmed by Jolly Blackburn (quoted with permission from Facebook)That this equipment was claimed sold and gone.

-shakes head- Um, yeah – the equipment he claimed was long gone/sold. I figured as much. and yes – paid for with KODTLAS backer money. Tis a fact.

Now at the time of my writing this Ken “claims” he has 4 people ready to go on this project and 9 likes in under an hour and he will be charging them $100 dollars per actor.

It is interesting to not here as well that Ken is posting up in “Atlanta” when he had told most people that he had left the Atlanta area and claimed to be moving to Vegas. Well we now know that is not the case. In honesty no one was fooled, this is just confermation.

Shame on you Ken.

Other related Blogs can be found below.

Ken Whitman a tale of Self Destruction.

Interview with Ken Whitman of D20 Entertainment

 

 

 

 

Ken Whitman a tale of Self Destruction.

Well Ken Whitman has gone quiet again. Traditionally when Ken goes silent bad things follow. This time to no ones surprise is no different. There have been many developments on the D20 Entertainment front. And as per usual none of it is good.

By now many other bloggers have pointed out that we now know that Ken has picked up and moved to Atlanta to start an acting career. As well that in the wake of this move apparently some of the Kickstarter rewards that were interned for backers of his products were shipped to Noble Knight Games instead of his new residence in Atlanta.

It’s a sad shame when you think about it. Ken has been handed a “Get out of Jail Free” card  for most of this at one point or another. Yet time and time again he either turns his back on the offer or does something else self-destructive. All the while the majority of his backers have just wanted their product delivered.

We know now for some time that many have claimed that they had not yet received their KotDT20 years covers. It is now well-known and documented that Ken gave these books to NKG way back in April. Well before he even claimed he had shipped the last of the books out? With so much turmoil already going on around the project. Don’t forget other Kickstarters were involved in this, Because NKG also purchased the Ships from the Spinward Traveller KS as well.

On the note of Noble Knight Games and their unwitting purchase of products its sad to see another good gaming company be lumped into this mess that just overall leaves a bad taste in the mouths of everyone in the industry. It seems that even when Ken decides to pick up and move on with his life he needed to add just one more group to the long list of offenders in this path.

The motivation and reasoning behind selling these things off is nothing more than self-destructive He was given an olive branch by KotDT at GenCon in hopes to just get the footage and move forward with a clean slate. In Jolly’s own words

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“We were to have a nice sit down – talk it out and get the raw footage from him. He packed up in the middle of the night and went back to Kentucky with no word.”

As well as ZOE- has offered to take the film from Ken and Edit it. Completely free on their own dime. Just so the backers can see their dream finished and we can put all of this behind us. Yet ken as yet to send them the footage. All they need is the last 30 min and the raw footage for the outtakes. Yet even after saying yes, With the light at the end of the tunnel for at least this kickstarter. Ken has yet to deliver the product to ZOE.

As to the ZOE situation Jolly and I spoke at some length as well and when I started this I was not going to include further comment. But they warrant stating now that he has publicly said on the kickstarted something that came up as we spoke.

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You know Ken could take a lot of heat off his neck (for THIS project anyway) if he would just turn over the damn footage to ZOE. That would be huge — and a big step toward getting a DVD done. Or – at the very least – a “best possible’ cut that backers could download.

The fact he hasn’t taken advantage of such a generous offer for assistance is making me think he either doesn’t have the raw footage any longer (would really explain I guess why he seemed unable to fix the issues/do a better job of editing the various takes together) or he’s withholding it to leverage money somehow. With zero communication obviously we’re simply left with guesses and theorie

Again so much of it seems so easily remedied that it is mind-boggling why with so many doors open why Ken insists on closing them  instead of walking through to the other side and seeing this thing done.

So Ken remains silent and he starts up his acting career in Atlanta. Yet now we hear tell that he has already left Atlanta and moved on to greener pastures.  Added to the D20 Site having been down for going on two weeks. Out of the blue ken brought it back up to attempt to take advantage of “Black Friday/Cyber-Monday” with this cards against humanity style play.

The thing is Ken, With CAH people get it. It’s funny because they have NEVER screwed their fans. Last year they sold them crap.. And people paid for crap. But they bought it because they were told they were buying crap and knew it in advance. NOT because they were promised they were going to get a new deck of CAH and what was delivered was a cow patty.This year they sold them nothing. And people paid for it. WHY?  Simply because they love the company and chose to support a company that has given them so MANY, MANY good projects. In short Ken Whitman you have no right to play on the good will of anyone.

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Interview with Ken Whitman of D20 Entertainment.

One month ago I wrote a blog about d20 Entertainment’s deletion of the Kickstarter Here. As well as  the opinions of not just myself, but many others regarding  poor communication with their backers. Within hours of the blogs post I was contacted by d20 entertainment Creator Ken Whitman, he confirmed Jolly Blackburn’s comment that it was an accidental deletion. After clearing up the issue he stated that he would be happy to answer any questions I or anyone had about his project. He also mentioned that he would be open to an interview with my blog when asked.
(From my comments section of that blog post.)

    • Thank you for the update Ken, Maybe we can sit down and have an interview and touch on the trials and such of running kickstarters. Allowing you some time to get the word out for your backers and giving them some added reasurance. If you would be interested in sitting down for a chat.

With that comment I set into motion the resulting interview. It took me about a week to research and come up with a question that I wanted to ask. I thought long about how I wanted to conduct this interview. I chose this format because at its heart text-based response and Q&A between Ken and his backers has been his largest weakness. I did not choose this to exploit that very nature. But to see first hand if I would have results similar to his backers in communication back and forth between us. I then approached Ken and asked him if he was ready to work on the on the interview.

When I contacted Ken and at first he did not recall the blog or that he had agreed to the interview. After reminding him of the blog and his comments Ken was very agreeable from then on. Late Monday I set the interview up as a Google Doc. This would make much of the work much more fluid and easier hopefully speeding things along. He told me that he would finish his answers later that day. So I sent him an email of the interview so that he could access it through Google Drive and we could get things underway.

That was three weeks ago. I chose to reach out one last time in an effort to get the interview done. I informed him that I fully intended to do a blog anyway. Ken responded to me in moments . Stating that he did not see it when I sent it before, but would be glad to  do it the same day. A short time the answers were filled out, success!

The interview was done. It is worth noting that I did not ask Ken any questions about his projects or Kickstarters Pre D20E projects. Mostly because like Ken or not the key subject of issue surrounding Ken at this moment is the six current projects he is running.

NOTE: From Here My questions will be in Bold Black and noted as R.P.G. And Ken’s Responses will be in blue and noted as D20E

R.P.G.
For the benefit of those that do not know  much about you other than you are the guy that has run a bunch of  Kickstarters. Would you like to tell everyone a little about yourself and what brought you into the world of Kickstarter?

D20E
I have helped various people run kickstarters successfully over the past 4 years.   I started running my own because I am a game designer at heart.

R.P.G.
Would you share with us some of your involvement in the RPG industry outside of Kickstater? 

D20E
I started creating games in 1989. Mostly Role-playing worlds,  I produced the WWF RPG, Ralph Bakshi’s Wizards RPG, ran GEN CON for TSR, Produce Games Unplugged Magazine,  Created GROO the game.  Worked on Dark Conspiracy 2nd edition, Traveller 4th edition, Did a card game for the Three Stooges, and so-on and so-on.

R.P.G
You started Kickstarter as Ken Whitmen games. What prompted the move to become D20 Entertainment?

D20E
I have create over 50 gaming products, and to be honest I feel like I have gone as far as i can go in-game design.  I got into gaming because i love make game worlds, always thought Hollywood would discover our industry.  But they wanted characters, not game worlds. So I said, if no one cares, then i am going to care. And D20E was born.

R.P.G
In  your opinion what is the best part of utilizing kickstarter for projects ?

D20E
Freedom to create what you see in your head with very little influence from a boss, or corporation parent.  What i like best was trying to make Jolly’s vision come true.  Writing with Marc Miller. Great times!

R.P.G.
Who all makes up the D20 Entertainment Team? Is D20E  your full-time day-to-day Job or is this a project that you do on the side and work a normal 9-5 job ?

D20E
I am d20 Entertainment.  At one time there were 4 of us, but editing takes time, and funds run out.  So right now it’s me working 16 hour days 7 days a week

R.P.G.
Many of your backers including myself have criticized your level of communication across your projects. How do you feel about this ? 
Have you put much thoughts on how to improve this?

D20E
I have a set schedule now a days.   Email in the morning, shipping in the afternoon.  Editing in the evening.  Sleep, wake up and repeat.

R.P.G
What are some of the challenges in running six simultaneous projects? Why take on Six kickstaters all at once?

D20E
The challenge is juggling six projects.  When there was 4 of us, it was easier.  Now I work diligently to get each projects done.  

R.P.G.
Many Kicstaters biggest difficulty comes from Shipping. Do you feel that the staged shipping has been where most of the problems have come from ?

D20E
Absolutely, because we did not think about that during the process of the Kickstarter, and shipping rates when t up over the 18 months of production.  All of a sudden a $3,500 expense has become a $9,000.  That money had to come from somewhere.

R.P.G.
Some have said that your latest three projects were created to bankroll more funds into your other projects like KODT, Spinward Traveler and C&C. So would you tell us are the funds for each D20 project maintained separately?

D20E
Making Tv pilots and movies is my dream.   So I have funneled in extra monies from pencil dice to keep editing & producing.  I want these three projects to be the best I can do.  I want people to see what I see in my head.  So, I spend very little money on myself.  Every product I sell, every kickstarter I run, a majority goes into new and future projects.  I have my monthly expenses down to $1200, so i can keep doing this!

R.P.G.
Can you tell us about producing and Editing three short films at once. The nuances of locations and the shoots were you able to at any use one location for more than one shoot?

D20E
The pre-production and actually shooting the videos are the most fun and easiest for me to do.  I have always been good at logistics.  Editing, sound, scoring, foly… these are the things that are new to me.  I take my time to do quality, that’s why I’m running late.  Quality wins out over time, well at least in my case

R.P.G.
With Editing, Sound, Score and Folly being new to you and taking extra time. Do you fear anything like the bloopers section being left on the cutting room floor?

D20E
The Bloopers real is coming along.  There will be plenty of that stuff.  At least 20 minutes.

R.P.G. 
On that note There has been much concern over the Larry Elmore Print. Can you to clarify if it will still be a movie poster or a DVD Slipcover? I think the issue is that you have stated the Elmore print will be on the DVD.

D20E
Because we did not hit certain goals, we are reusing the 200 issue cover with a few actors involved.  Not exactly like we planned but...

R.P.G.
There was some questions by backers as to why they bought tickets to get into the show that is free. Weeks ago I had intended to ask for clarification. We now know that Ticket holders will be allowed to sit in the front two rows and will get to ask questions as well as go to an after party.  This is correct ? 

D20E
Yes Correct.

R.P.G.
To follow that up I think the question that was meant to be asked was can you give us any details on the After party. How it will be handled and such? As I know this is still a question being asked?

D20E
The after party will have an open bar and all the cast and crew are invited to attend.  It’s actually a chance to hobnob with the actors.  There will be soft drinks and finger food.

R.P.G.
We have seen as of today you now are producing Spinward Traveler in-house. What motivated this decision?

D20E
I tried to have the ships made in china, only to be disappointed in the product being shipped.  Almost 50% of the first shippers broke.  No saying anything about the Chinese shipping, but the distance does not help matters when shipping

R.P.G.
The cuthulu dice tower Kickstarter, Its video says it is in association with D20 Entertainment. And it is marked as a Coming soon item on your website. What is the level of involvement that D20 Entertainment will have in this Kickstarter? And why not just kick it as a D20 product ?

D20E
I make videos and consult with other companies.   At one time we thought that we might fund Fried Feild’s Kickstarter for him.  Fred decided to go with me just helping because i became so busy with my projects.  So other than helping him Launch and shoot the video, i have little involvement.

R.P.G.
What if any other projects might we expect to see from D20 Entertainment down the road?

D20E
My only concern is the 6 projects I am working on now.  I can barely think about  this weeks work, let alone and new projects.  I will be offering my services behind the scene of a few big Kickstarter projects, because, I have to eat.  LOL

R.P.G
With Gen Con fast approaching can you give us a status on your projects at the time of this interview. (6/2/15)

D20E
KODT, Spinward Traveller and C&C will premier at GEN CON 2015.  After the show we will be shipping out all DVDs and such.   Pencil Dice have just shipped from China and should start shipping stateside in the next 30 days

As of May 21 there had been some changes over at D20E and their kickstarter page(‘s). First Ken implemented a  website to so that he could get faster response times to issues. Stating that he would be able to reply within 72 hour to any questions with this system. Added also in the above interview Ken’s New routine. None the less there are still some very vocal backers on Kens KODT comments section. So I asked Ken

R.P.G.
Do you feel that the majority of your backers are satisfied and that it is more of an issue with a vocal few that have caused so much stir on your project? Also do you think after delivery that you will win back some of that vocal opposition ?

D20E
I am producing a quality product.  I hope it wins people over.  What i learn from the Kickstarters is don’t over promise AND do all your shipping at once!

Only a few days ago came the shocker.  After months of going to bat for Ken and offering what help he could to the many unsatisfied backers of the project. Jolly Blackburn the IP owner and creator of the very KNIGHTS of the DINNER table comic was asked by Ken to stop posting on the forum …

Jolly Blackburnon May 24

Ken Whitman has asked me to “be quiet’ here.

I’m going to try and give him some space.

It was my hope I could encourage him to come here and respond to backer complaints (which have been piling up for months with no direct response). I’m exposed to the growing frustration building here daily through emails, PM’s and by coming here and reading your comments.

I come here each day and read your comments because this project is important to me. But the backers, who turned out to fund this project are even more important to me. I don’t understand why Ken Whitman can’t spend 15 minutes a week just answering a few questions, posting real details and reassuring folks that this project is still happening.

But, as Mr. Whitman has told me many times, this is HIS project and HIS responsibility.

Fair enough. I will be at GenCon sitting in the audience with those of you who are attending eager to see the final three episodes. I’m actually optimistic about he final episodes. I was there when they were filmed. I’ve seen peeks and glimpses since. Cast and crew did an awesome job.

My issue with Mr. Whitman/d20 Entertainment has been his lack of communication and failure to address issues of missing product or product that may or may not have even shipped. A little communication would go such a long way in that regard.

That said, I will grant Ken the ‘space’ he feels he needs to prepare the episodes for the premiere. Meanwhile, I encourage anyone with a concern, question or complaint to post them HERE. As part of the permanent record for this project it just makes good sense.

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again — I am ROOTING for Ken Whitman. I want him to succeed. I want backers to be treated to a wonderful film known their dollars helped support the effort.

If I’ve shown disappointment here over the past year – it’s because I hate seeing questions go unanswered or complaints ignored week after week and month after month.

Ken’s a talented guy. I wouldn’t have given my nod of approval to this project if I hadn’t had faith in his talents. But I think backers deserve a little more respect and communication. If you can take their dollars you can give them a few moments of your time once a week. Would love to see you turn the mood around Ken and do just that.

Peace

How ? how do  you tell the creator of the very thing you are working on to hush.. ? My mind is simply blown away at the thought. When I asked in the interview, This was Ken’s reply.

R.P.G.
Lastly I have to ask because everyone would like to know. Can you shed any light on the reasons why you would ask Jolly Blackburn to please be quiet on the comments section of KODT kickstater 

D20E
Jolly Blackburn is a wonderful creative artist.  I appreciate him and  his wife Barbara very much.  Jolly and I don’t really speak much, so he really had no direct information to provide from me.  He was more like a lone police officer holding back a mob, so I said that he should not place himself in the position.   Once again, nice of him to offer but not that helpful.

So where does that leave us ? after the interview I looked back to D20E kickstarter page and looked over their comments section in search of any last impressions to take away from this.
I think I found it in Kens own words to one of his backers.

Thank you for your comment. When you committed to this Kickstarter you knew that the finished product was not due until August 2015. We have done our best to ship early. We have spent almost three times our original shipping budget to make Backers happy.

I will be happy to answer your questions, IF we happen to miss our AUG ’15 deadline. Until Then, I need to concentrate on work. Thank you for your understanding.

Afterthoughts. 
Well I think at this point in the game Ken is under a tremendous amount of deadline pressure. That said, I personally fear that once you get too far behind a deadline, quality is the first thing that begins to suffer. Ken has put himself in a hard position. If the quality of his projects suffers it will be said he took too much on and should have communicated better with his backers. If the project comes in on time and still is a quality product. Many will ask how much better could the project have been if it had been managed better? At this stage it is unlikely that everyone will be pleased sadly. Let’s just hope that the majority satisfied given that this was a project of love that the backers funded.

D20 Entertainment back! UPDATE

Well this weekend I blogged about the an odd occurrence with D20 entertainment having deleted their account. It gathered much attention as I happened to be one of the first to notice it. That said It was also fixed promptly. I contacted Jolly Blackburn to pass the information to Ken as soon as I saw it. It just happened that I was looking at the kickstater the moment it deleted.  It was just a mater of luck that I was able to contact Jolly due to an interview I recently did with him.  Ken was informed of the issue the next morning and all is normal come Monday. As it turned out a product producer cleared their Kickstarter account that was associated with D20 and it registered the a D20 Entertainment KS deleted .. all is well now.
But there were many backers that felt this was more nefarious than it turned out to be. I myself blogged about His shaky communication with his backers. And of issues of his past Kicks. My blog made its way to Ken himself. And has graciously agreed to an interview with this blog in an effort to clear the air a bit and set his backers at ease.
How do I feel about this ? It is a big task and one I will not put on the back burner. I plan on forming of my questions for out chat over the next few days and addressing this in a timely manner. I think we owe it to his backers.
So keep your eyes out in the coming days .
Thanks Everyone !