Josh Mandel here. As we’ve mentioned many times before, updates for the game, Q&A with the developers, and so on have all moved to the Replay Games forum (http://forums.replaygamesinc.com/). We haven’t been posting a lot of news *here* because once our Kickstarter effort was completed, we don’t have much more news about *Kickstarter.* Here on the Kickstarter site, we attempted to restrict ourselves to news pertaining specifically to Kickstarter. Which means we don’t have much to report…other than news of Kickstarters we’re trying to help with ourselves. (We’ll also be posting info about the Kickstarter premium items as that information progresses!)
As for Paul’s travels and PR efforts: please understand. Paul is not on the creative end of this game *at all.* He is not a programmer, an artist, a designer, a writer, or a composer; his involvement in the day-to-day development of LSL1 is extremely minimal.
So why, some of you are clearly asking, is he telling you about all the things he’s doing?
One very simple reason…and it’s something we’ve stated many times. I guess we just need to connect the dots for you.
Our goal is to reboot *all* of the Leisure Suit Larry games, not just LSL1. But we do not — WILL not — return to Kickstarter to raise funds to develop the subsequent Larry games. We are dedicated to funding the other games in other ways.
One way, of course, is with the money we earn from sales of LSL1. Another is to interest the press, investors, distributors, etc. in the games.
Those routes to funding require a helluva lot of time and attention. I’m not the one to do it; Al’s not the one to do it (although Al, as the “public identity” of Larry in most people’s minds, does have to participate sometimes). Paul knows more about guerilla marketing than Al and I put together; he has a great track record of getting games funded and launched. But if we’re going to make LSL1 a big enough hit to fund LSL2 (and LSL2 a big enough hit to fund LSL3, etc.), it is CRUCIAL to the success of our long-term goal that he be out selling and promoting the LSL brand *constantly* and as energetically as possible. To ding him for this, or to suggest that the game will be made faster if he’d stop traveling and promoting the series, is simply wrong. Al and I are working away ourselves while Paul is off doing his thing. His thing doesn’t slow us down, and when all is going smoothly, we don’t slow HIM down.
For updates on the game, PLEASE go to the Replay Games forum. (We’ll actually be putting out a couple of big announcements pertinent to the game — and the series — within a day or two!) And in the meantime, I hope you’ll support Paul’s efforts to bring the whole LSL series back into the public eye. Those efforts are integral to what Al and I are doing, and I think they’re actually quite integral to the gist of why you all supported the game so well in the first place.
Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you at the Replay Games forum. I check in there frequently.