I would not be too concerned about it. Palladium has been making Pen and Paper RPGs for decades. If there is a delay it will be because of the book and not the figures IMO. Siembieda has a habit of over extending himself on work and micromanaging to much IMO.
Also Palladium has been running crowd funding on their own website to release products for a year or two now and while they have a tendancy to be late they have always released the product. So if they are saying Dec. 2013, I wouldn't be too worried about it just don't be surpriesed if they are 6 months late. Hopefully the Kickstarter means Siembieda has his crap together though as now he has a fixed deadline he has to try and follow up on. This is from a newsletter that I get from Palladium every week. UPDATE: Robotech® RPG Tactics™
A massive undertaking like Robotech® RPG Tactics™ takes a
lot of time and a lot of work by a lot of people, both at Palladium Books
and at Ninja Division – not to mention Harmony Gold to review
and approve art, writing, packaging and sculptures, as well as present notes
about any changes. EVERYONE is putting in a great amount of time and energy to
make this product line rewarding, fun and epic.
* The rules for Robotech® RPG Tactics™
have been play-tested like crazy by what I believe is 80-100 people (thank you
everyone!). They have been reworked, tweaked and fine tuned to the point that
they are pretty much done to everyone’s satisfaction. There are still some
minor tweaks and adjustments to be made, but Ninja Division and all of us
believe we have a solid set of rules that captures the action and capabilities
of the TV show combined with fast game play and scalability from skirmish
battles to mass combat. Fun, fun, fun.
* Palladium has its first draft written for most of the color text going
into the 96+ page Robotech® RPG Tactics™ rule book.
* Box cover art is looking nothing short of awesome. You will see it in the Kickstarter.
* Interior rule book art and design elements are coming in at a rapid pace
and looking excellent. You’ll see some of them in the Kickstarter.
* Final sculpts for UEDF and Zentraedi forces are also coming in and getting
approved. How do they look? Mouth-watering. As die-hard Robotech® fans
ourselves, the game pieces have to pass muster with us as well as Harmony Gold.
Dedicated to quality, the Ninja Division crew of sculptors have been
working diligently to make final 1/285th scale game pieces that Robotech fans
will adore. You’ll see many of these in the Kickstarter.
* The Kickstarter is tentatively slated to launch next
week sometime, but no promises. We want to do it right, and Ninja
Division been has pounding away at it for a while now. Like I said, the scope
of this undertaking is massive. Creating dynamic quality on every front takes
time and a lot of hard work. There are a lot of moving pieces and a lot of
people involved. Ultimately, we want an end result that makes you as excited
and happy as we are about it.
* The ultimate scope of Robotech® RPG Tactics. What is
revealed in the Kickstarter next week is just the beginning,
and focuses only on the Macross Saga. If this Kickstarter and the full
launch of the game to the retail market is the success we all expect it to be,
this is very much only the beginning. Palladium Books plans to do game pieces
and expansions for ALL the Robotech Wars and eras: Macross Saga,
Masters Saga, New Generation and Shadow Chronicles.
We would even like to produce a space combat game focusing on battles between
spaceships. With the right resources and support, we plan to expand Robotech®
to the heights of adventure us Robotech® fans have always wanted. Game on!
This and that
Like I have been saying, we've been on fire in the creativity department and
focused on getting the RPG products you have been waiting for finished and
released. That includes launching the Kickstarter and getting Robotech®
RPG Tactics™ finished and sent into manufacturing. To that end, more
long days are ahead of us. Wayne and I were at the office past 10:30 PM Tuesday
night, and continue to put in long hours and work weekends.
It is nice having the creative energy of Chuck Walton, who has been
working at the office every day this week and plans to continue to do so in the
weeks ahead. Ben Rodriguez has also being coming to the office to
draw, and Matthew Clements may also be using Palladium’s facilities.
Meanwhile, Palladium’s freelance artists and writers continue to work on a
number of projects. We have a ton of new books and projects in development, but
we aren't going to talk about them until many of the long-awaited titles are in
Friday evening, the Palladium crew is taking the evening off to celebrate
Julius’ and my birthday. I’m looking forward to a little break with friends. On
Saturday, Wayne, Alex and I will be back at work to finish up editing and
layout of The Rifter® #62.