The Emperor’s New Clothes – Update
An update for those of who you feel strongly one way or the other about the Emperor’s New Clothes Kickstarter project.
So Jonathan Liu and I spoke via email and on Skype and we had some laughs, chatted a bit about the hobby, and I think could even call each other pals. We both think mistakes were made by both parties. I’m clearly not the target audience for his game, and I’ll admit that I probably should have contacted him before I posted my “review.”
The thing I love about this hobby is that there are so many games and so many kinds of games that everyone can find a favorite. Some folks love Agricola, while others find it incredibly dry and boring. Some folks love Monopoly, while most “veteran board gamers” would never consider playing it. I may not consider Emperor’s New Clothes to be a game, or at least what I would call a game, but I attacked this project without considering that for others, this might be a game for them.
The Emperor’s New Clothes is not going to be a game for me, but it might be a game for you. No game is perfect for everyone. When more information is shown about his project, I think some people will really go for it. I know that I’m not going to be one of them, but this hobby needs more support, especially from within.
I will ask that if you think that this project isn’t for you, please don’t attack Jonathan or Game Salute or let it change your opinion of them.
Edit: Here’s Jonathan’s update on Kickstarter showing his side of the story.