Serious followers of crowdfunding know that it’s there not as a way to “game the system”, to “test fans”, or even as a “preorder system” but to help great ideas get the money needed to become a reality. And I’m most certainly fine with that. But, when a developer abuses our trust enough times it’s time to set our foot down. AJ Tilley is most certainly a repeat offender and the latest update for My Highschool Crossdressing Romance is just another reason to stay away from him.
I’m not going to go into the minuscule and somewhat controversial plot. I can live with that. It’s the fact that he constantly seems to make a mockery out of Kickstarter that makes me mad at him constantly going back for more. The fact that he admits to running My Highschool Crossdressing Romance as a “test” to weed out the most loyal fans is the last straw. This quote pretty much says it all.
To make it more difficult to make the decision for backers I purposefully created a brand new account for this game so that new backers would not find it easy to see the games that came before, so that they backed the game purely on the concept that is here.
Apparently it wasn’t enough to start up a campaign that’s more or less already funded (by his own admission) but to treat anyone other than the 56 people who backed not being loyal enough is an insult to those who were interested but decided to wait. On the plus side, any of those who went in on a Steam copy will get a comp copy as “thanks for their support of this campaign despite the limited content and information.”
While I might eventually find it in my heart to forgive a good deal of AJ Tilley’s past wrongs making a joke out of what Kickstarter stands for isn’t one of them. This will be the last that you hear from me about any of his projects as I’m through dealing with him and his antics.