So, just over a month ago the Gygax Memorial Fund posted their 2015 tax return. Before you ask, why so late, it wasn't submitted until June 10th (she was meeting with the accountant in the first week of May - see conversation down below)
We were promised an audit after the taxes were filed. I guess time will tell on that.
The 2 year delay has been blamed on the fight with the city council on the actual location of the monument. That fight is still ongoing. Here we are, 2 1/2 months after the last update of the Fund's Facebook page, promising a "call to order". I hope Gail realizes that she will get very little response to her call when she can't even bother giving fans, friends and backers regular updates.
Now, how about part of a conversation that I had with someone that claimed to have talked directly with Gail via phone. He (who shall currently remain nameless, but I have have screenshots of the entire Facebook chat) told me the following back on April 29th (just posting highlights of what was told to me):
Ahoy ahoy! Got a sec?
I spoke to Gail today and made some headway.
She's going to have an audit done of the memorial and share it with the public in the next week or so. (That never happened)
Please don't quote that. Let's see if it rolls out within the next week or two.
Speaking/exchanging messages with her is frustrating but I made some big progress today.
I hammered her today and finally got through. Let's give her a couple of weeks. She meets with the accountant next week and told him to get a third part auditor to do the audit.
If she fails on deliverables I'll take our entire conversation public via youZ
She "gets it" now about why silence is failing her.
Have had two different people confirm she's in negotiations for print. (Games, maps, notes.)
She gets it now.
As I said I hammered her.
Gamers. She has been burned. Badly.
My advice is let me share my conversations with Ken Whitman with you and change the conversation for a couple of weeks. (WTF, right? I mean, Whitman writes his own updates. Is this considered bribery in the world of Journalism?)
Let's give her a chance to do right. She's asked for my help in writing updates.
Told her she misses a deliverable I walk away. Publicly.
I will keep you updated. Would like to trade notes.
I think she gets it.No, I don't think "she gets it." I don't think she ever will. I think the gaming community is seen as a tool for Gail to fund the Memorial and have it placed where she wants it, but that the Memorial was never about the gaming community. Personally, I don't think Gail has much respect for the gaming community. I could be wrong, but actions speak louder than words, and she has very little of both for the gaming community that she needs the support of.
No public walking away.
This is no longer "a couple of weeks." It's now 2 1/2 months.
All in all you're just another brick in the wall - Pink Floyd
About those bricks...