Gary M. Sarli’s Game Design: “e20 System Evolved” Roleplaying Game successfully closed with $14,605 (asking $10,000) in March 2010. One backer pledged $1,500 and 27 others pledged $200 each out of a total of 148 backers.
Kickstarter has been vitally important to the RPG landscape in recently months and there have been many successes. However, despite being nearly three years old, the e20 Roleplaying Game has failed to appear.
Writing on his site just after Christmas in 2011, Sarli describes suffering from his own illness and his developer also being ill. In that post he suggests print products would be available around March 2012 with PDFs due out about a month before.
Meanwhile, the comment section on the Kickstarter has been filling up with gamers asking for their money back. In December, Steve Ellis wrote;
Gary- I too would like a refund of my $50 pledge.
Incidentally, has anyone contacted Kickstarter the company yet?”
This week, Brian E. Harris left a comment to say that he had discussed the matter with the Texas State Attorney General’s office and left a complaint. He notes it is not fiscally prudent to use the small claims courts, may not see his money back but refuses to let Mr Sarli abscond with his money. He left the URL www.oag.state.tx.us/consumer/complain.shtml for the complaints form.
There seems no doubt that Sarli has been ill, but Harris notes;
Once again, I’m sorry it has come to this, but I absolutely refuse to believe that, over the course of an entire year, Mr. Sarli has been so incapacitated that he or someone on his behalf could not have made some kind of update here.
Gary M. Sarli is an established writer and has worked on Star Wars and Dungeons & Dragons. His pitch for the e20 System is presented below.