Alucinor wrote:Also, I do want to give Rob props for keeping to the schedule he commited to so far, I'm just really surprised he doesn't have a buffer. I think to safely be able to commit to holding a schedule you should have a month's worth of content in the bank. It should also take less than a week to make a week's worth of content, otherwise it's impossible to catch up if something happens to make you fall behind.
If it took less than a week to make a week's worth of content, we'd just end up having more frequent updates, and the same complaints when the (faster) schedule was delayed for whatever reason...
If Rob and Xin could take less than a week to produce one comic and one text update, then the smartest thing to do would be to use that time to build up a buffer so that when something goes wrong they could keep updating the comic on the existing schedule. Especially a buffer of text updates, since it seems more likely that Rob could get ahead on the writing than Xin could get ahead on the drawing at the present time (I don't know why Rob didn't get ahead on the writing during the long dark teatime of Erfworld, but that's water under the bridge now).
A lot of the anger at Rob probably could be averted if he wasn't so awful at communication. When your livelihood is based on a website, and you go weeks or months without any indication of what is delaying updates, you are god damn lucky that people still care enough about your website that you have any readers left and should be GRATEFUL (not angry) that they care. This is doubled or tripled when you have taken people's money and not produced yet. Talk about suing Rob is crazy, of course, but people have a right to be irritated. Of course, people who gave money to an Erfworld Kickstarter after the fiasco with Book 1 orders should have known what they are getting into. Rob desperately needs an organisational guy to handle things like books and merch and news updates and advertising con appearances more than a day in advance because he has a long track record of being terrible at it.