Years ago, they hired me to write the 5th edition of Vampire.
Then a bunch of people harassed the company and I got thrown off the game.
Due to these same peoples' continuing harassment, Vampire 5e died.
I took all the ideas I had when working on Vampire and said fuck it I'm making my own game. I hired a diverse crew of the cream of the OSR crop to help write it. People of different backgrounds from different countries straight queer cis trans but all people I knew had ideas that I'd liked over the years.
We wrote and drew our hearts out.
But it turned out that the woman I love--a victim of mentall illness--progressed to the point where she lost contact with reality, my actual life became a horror game, and my wife, the people who harassed me off Vampire, and most of the cream of the OSR crop I'd hired to make that new game got together and destroyed my life.
Throughout this, me and all the people on the game who actually had been around for the last ten years and seen what had gone down kept working on the game. We had to.
I had said we were going to produce the greatest horror game in the history of RPGs.
The contributors who remained went through a lot during this time:
One got shot in the eye by the police. One tried to help form a health care worker's union and it didn't work but they wrote about it for the New York Times. One got nominated for a National Book Award. Others got divorced, engaged, got covid, lost pets, medically transitioned, dealt with addiction and dozens of other things people deal with.
And throughout this the comments section for the Kickstarter was a nightmare: the harassment campaign had spread there, of course, the harassers got really mad when told that if they thought I'd done anything wrong they should say that under oath and help the "victims" they were alleging were out there somewhere, and they complained and complained that the game was late. The graphic designer just did what he was supposed to: he took the time he needed to make the game as good as he could.
They aren't complaining any more.
The Demon City backer PDF was released and now it's just:
"Beautiful book, can't wait for the physical copy."
"This game is incredible. Lots of good ideas and a game design masterclass. Wow! If anyone wants to sell a print pledge, I would like to buy it"