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Gonna let off the throttle for a bit after this, but since it's Christmas sales time, just a reminder that when you buy from OPP, most of that money goes into this dude's pocket.
We remained silent and tanked abuse from the forums he refused to moderate for -three years- after he made a bunch of promises on our behalf that we told him were impossible to deliver on.
After his lies about delivery estimates left a lot of customers ready to never do business with his company again, we delivered a book that won critical acclaim and a system that people were overwhelmingly happy with. The one we promised at the outset.
We worked to deliver product for this guy through a life-threatening illness and my mother's death.
We did over 300,000 words of free work for this dude creating errata (for material we didn't break in the first place) and new content for Exalted 2nd edition, just to keep fan engagement high while the company was on the rocks. He never paid us a cent for it or said thank you.
We delivered acclaimed 2nd edition PDF "The Broken-Winged Crane," consisting of 70% original written-to-spec material. Nobody got paid for any of the writing because "the company already owns it" thanks to (fabricated) contractual chicanery.
When this dude was trying to move into digital publishing, we created a year-long+ money geyser in the form of Glories of the Most High that saved the publishing arm of White Wolf and proved Onyx Path could be a viable business. He's never acknowledged as much.
When the Exalted Fic Anthology came out, created behind my back and without my input, and was a fucking travesty, this guy threw us under the bus, and I fell down on my sword and publicly took responsibility for not vetting it, despite never being hired to do any such thing.
I edited Miracles of the Solar Exalted, am credited as having done so in the book. This man refused to send me an editor's contract and was I never paid for that work.
I designed the Exalted 3rd edition Storyteller Screen for this dude for free.
I developed Tomb of Dreams through delivery of its final drafts and vetted all the art (and am credited as such!). He fired me while the book was in layout, refused to ever send me a contract, and did not pay me for any of the work I did.
We did a year of free work on the INK MONKEYS company blog for no pay. When the old White Wolf website and forums were taken down, he promised the material would be saved and re-uploaded in a permanent archive. Instead he just shitcanned it and never spoke of it again. It's gone.
The Exalted Third Edition Kickstarter egged supporters on with stretch goals granting a 20% pay increase to its creative staff. This dude never delivered that pay bump, despite being emailed about it repeatedly.
We wrote a 40,000+ word outline for THE REALM and DRAGON-BLOODED: WHAT FIRE HAS WROUGHT. This guy used it as the design basis for both books, and refused to give us contracts over two years of development work. We never signed over ownership of the outline, but fuck us, right?
I mean, why should we get contracts or pay for work done?

What did we ever do for him?
Oh and also we did about 100,000 words of overage on various books that amigo here published and profited from, but didn't pay for. We didn't complain: it was all for love of the game.

Can't forget that.
Merry Christmas to all, happy holidays, peace on earth and good will toward the people who make shit for you, yeah?
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