Head of the Kickstarter community resigns and apologizes for controversial RPG

Luke Crane, Vice President and Community Head of Kickstarter, launched a controversial game project on a crowdfunding platform in February, canceled it immediately and then left the company. In a statement to Polygon, Kickstarter confirmed Crane’s departure, described as “mutual decision.”

The project in question was a titled tabletop role-playing game (TTRPG) collection. Perfect RPG.. Crane launched the campaign on February 27th and planned to include the work of game designer Adam Koebel.Best known as a popular co-designer Dungeon world Koebel, a gaming system, broadcast a TTRPG scenario live on Twitch in 2020, including sexual assault in fiction. His treatment of the scene was widely criticized by viewers and fans, eventually leading to the dissolution of the actual play series in which it happened. Koebel apologized and later resigned as co-author of Modiphius Entertainment. Dunes: Empire Adventure..

As a campaign Perfect RPG The growing community of social media questioned Crane’s decision to include Koebel as part of the project. It soon became clear that the complete list of contributors was not shared with the other participants in the project. Some of them have begun to withdraw publicly, even though the campaign has exceeded its funding goal of $ 6,200. The project has been cancelled. The complete list of creators has been deleted with the following description: “Edited to reduce future harassment.”

Crane issued his first official statement on Friday’s situation in an update of its campaign:

When we started Perfect RPG My only goal on the project was to launch a small collection of microgames designed by friends and others I admire in the community. The day it started, while the project was collapsing, I didn’t fully understand what was at stake and what happened.

So now, here I would like to expressly apologize to you and everyone affected for my harm to the community in this project. We thank you for your feedback last month and did our best to open up and listen. Thank you for letting us know your opinions and impressions. We would like to express our deepest condolences.

In creating the project, I made a series of missteps and miscalculations, which was a serious oversight on my part. Therefore, I take full responsibility for the current situation and its implications. So I would like to add some explanations for some of the specific points raised, hoping to help the entire community move forward in a productive way: to any of my actions around There was no deception, deception, or malicious intent on the project. I think we should have published the participant list to all contributors in advance, and it’s scary that some creators were in a difficult position due to bad planning.

Crane characterized his decision to list contributors by name, in reverse alphabetical order, as just one of his “failures and miscalculations.”

“It came off as a duplicate,” Crane said, “I apologize for that.”

Kickstarter issued the following statement by email:

After discussing what’s best for Kickstarter and our team, we mutually decided to leave Luke Crane and Kickstarter. Recognizing Luke’s long-standing commitment to enabling creative projects on Kickstarter, we are committed to ensuring continued support from our team, supporters and creator community throughout this moment of change. ..

The company also said that Crane was responsible for the company-wide community, but for some time wasn’t directly involved in the gaming side of the business.

We are proud to welcome Anya Combs as Director of Game Outreach. He has been conducting this work for over a year. We are confident in the dedication, creativity, and commitment she has consistently brought to work in the Kickstarter gaming community.

Game projects, including board games, TTRPGs, card games, video games, and related products, make up about one-third of Kickstarter’s annual revenue. By 2020, that figure increased by more than 32% year-on-year to over $ 233 million.

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