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JAMES A. SANTUCCI, declares as follows:1. I am counsel for the Debtor InMediaRes Productions, LLC, (“IMR”) and base this declaration upon my own personal knowledge and am competent to testify to the matters contained herein.2. Loren Coleman and Heather Coleman are the members of IMR. Mr. Coleman and I initially spoke on the telephone May 6, 2010 concerning this bankruptcy matter. I wasn’t able to meet with Mr. Coleman until May 11, 2010.
Frank Trollman wrote:Loren Coleman gave "part ownership" to a number of people, including Randall Bills, Tara Bills, Phil DeLuca, KS, and David Stansel-Garner. I am not privy to what the exact paperwork people signed looked like, or what it was called when they did it. But they've been receiving tax forms for several years as if they were part owners.Now Loren Coleman is claiming in court that IMR "is" Loren and Heather Coleman.
May 26 10 3:27 AM
TheFlatline wrote:Washington State lists the Colemans as the only governing people. In a corporation, this refers to the board of directors. In a partnership, it refers to the partners (aka the owners). In an LLC, it refers to the owner/owners of the LLC.
Jun 8 10 3:54 AM
Ancient History wrote:For everybody who doesn't know me, I'm Bobby Derie and I used to write for Shadowrun. Several weeks back I terminated all my contracts with Catalyst Game Labs, the current license holders of Shadowrun, and withdrew all of my drafts for upcoming products. I made a promise then that I would release these drafts free to the public at some point, and now seems like a good time.For anyone that might be interested in what might have been, these are my original final drafts for the Shadowrun sourcebooks Runner's Toolkit, Sixth World Almanac, Corporate Guide and Attitude. I had to edit and proof them mostly on my own, so you know who to blame if you come across a typo or something that doesn't add up correctly.Disclaimer: The Topps Company, Inc. has sole ownership of the names, and/or any proprietary material used in connection with the game Shadowrun. The Topps Company, Inc. is not affiliated with the author, Robert Derie, in any official capacity whatsoever. The information contained in these documents is for non-commercial entertainment purposes only.The following draft was originally submitted for Runner's Toolkit:Pre-Generated Auxillary Character and Kit System (PACKS)The following drafts were originally submitted for the Sixth World Almanac:The Year 2029AmazoniaAztlanCanton ConfederationCaribbean LeagueConfederation of American StatesIndian UnionJapanese Imperial StatePeruTír na nÓgYakutAll Sixth world nation draftsThe following drafts were originally submitted for Corporate Guide:The Megacorporate ShuffleMitsuhamaManadyne & MangadyneAll three corporate draftsThe following draft was originally submitted for Attitude:The Untethered Life
Ancient History wrote:I'm less than optimistic about the fact that you guys sloppily copied the Mitsuhama corporate profile from my draft.
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Frank Trollman wrote:IMR asked for phase 2 to begin in October, while the creditors asked for phase 2 to begin at the end of the month. The judge set the court for August 9th.IMR apparently has over 250 creditors, many of whom are Loren's family and friends (there's that multilevel marketing thing I was talking about earlier). Apparently they also owe GenCon about thirty grand. Not so much with DragonCon, which makes them pay a year in advance.The Batletech guys are still sitting around with their dicks in their hands confident that their loving friend Randall will eventually pay them. The artists have been convinced that Brent can blackball them in the industry if they rise up, so they are cowering.
Jul 9 10 10:10 PM
Wesley Street wrote:Interesting tidbits:1. According to Bills, the high interest and demand in SR and BattleTech product and producing that product kept the company from focusing on the business side.2. Bills blames CGL's issues on rapid-growth, a lack of paper trail, a lack of objective outside eyes like a CPA and an inability of the part-time book-keepers to keep up.3. When copyrights were withheld on Shadowrun books, Bills had never had the experience of trying to stop a book at a distribution level.4. For 15 years, Bills thought that authors had the right to withhold copyright when there was a dispute. But after speaking to three different lawyers and independently researching the issue he discovered that a freelancer, when signing a work-for-hire contract (depending on wording), cannot withhold copyright. The author can sue for breach of contract. (Editor's Note: Even if this was so, I wouldn't believe it!)5. Bills asserts that in a small company the line between creative and business, all the way over to the financial side, is blurred. Personal and business finances occasionally intermingle and that was a "bad habit" that wasn't broken. When the amounts of intermingled monies entered into the hundreds of thousands their problems blew up exponentially.6. Topps has been working with Catalyst in regard to how their internal problems can be fixed.
Aug 18 10 6:56 PM
Frank Trollman wrote:Anyway, Topps seems to be taking a more active role in promoting CGL. Catalyst is showing up in trade magazines that would never carry them two years ago. I regard this as bad news, as it indicates that Topps itself has no idea that sunk costs are sunk, and that the property is being managed about as poorly as you could imagine.
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Frank Trollman wrote:Plus, the court case was a slam dunk, which is why IMR paid the creditors in question the money they were owed to keep it from going forward.If enough creditors had signed on that they could not have paid them all and then the case actually went to court, then yes, it would have been a slam dunk. Since the other creditors sat back and waited to see what happened, the creditors who signed on in the first place got paid, the case never went to court, and the people waiting for a check are still waiting.
Dec 27 10 7:05 PM
Frank Trollman wrote:So the shovelware cycle continues at Catalyst. I am going to need a lot of mead to review any of it, because the "File Dump" structure is apparently going to be not only standard in upcoming works but sold as a feature.In the near future Jason plans to release Artifacts Unbound, Jet Set, Conspiracy Theories, Corporate Adventures, and "more". These books will be compiled out of a series of ~5000 word essays by different authors who may or may not be talking to each other - each of which is about some vague topic and presents "possible adventure and plot ideas" that a GM might want to fit into their campaign. In short: someone convinced Jason that the White Wolf Time of Judgement books were a great idea.So buckle up and wait for things to get extremely stupid. Each book is going to present alternate and wholly incompatible progressions of the metaplot that are not discussed amongst the writing staff or checked against the history that Shadowrun has. So internal contradictions are basically impossible to avoid with the way Jason is acting as developer, so he has given up even trying to not have them. From now on: internal contradictions are a feature because he's putting the power to resolve them in the hands of the game master (because he is too fucking lazy to notice or fix them himself).Furthermore, Jason has totally thrown in the towel as regards to keeping Shadowrun history straight. From this point forwards, the Shadows of XXX books are off the required reading list for authors of upcoming books. But don't worry, Jason has also thrown in the towel as regards to keeping Shadowrun rules straight - the secondary core books are off the required reading list too. So for example, the people who write Artifacts Unbound are not expected to have read or be able to reference Street Magic, let alone Ancient History's artifact guide.It's not just that the books are going to be a file dump of incoherent postulates, it's that in addition to being roughly 120,000 words of wild speculation no more interesting or official than a forum discussion about where the plot might go, they will also be written by people whose knowledge of Shadowrun begins and ends at the SR4A Core Book and the atrocious Sixth World Almanac.Yeah: and the big reveal for Artifacts Unbound: the artifacts are Dragon Balls. If you put them together you get powerful one-off magic effects, but then the artifacts fly away and hide themselves again. I'm not making that up.By the way, I would send letters of complaint by mail to: Topps Incorporated One Whitehall Street New York, NY 10004 USA
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