I understand the need to make up the losses incurred at Essen from the theft. I understand wanting to show thieves that crime doesn't pay.
What I don't understand is the BGG ad that asks me to support the game when the game is already funded and the Kickstarter has made back a few times over the amount that was stolen.
I appreciate capitalism as much as the next guy, but this may make it seem like you're using a tragedy to promote yourselves.
Just my 2c.
Some facts from the inside, in chronological sequence:
1. BGG was immensely helpful and generous to LudiCreations at SPIEL, allowing the use of their really fast internet connection, even sacrificing some connectivity of their SPIEL hotness rating system, so that the KS video could be uploaded.
2. LudiCreations felt obligated to support BGG, since the campaign generated some extra funds. So BGG was offered 1000 USD of the campaign funds.
3. BGG replied that they did not feel that LudiCreations has to do that. LudiCreations insisted, and BGG accepted. BGG offered to donate ad space.
4. LudiCreations accepted, with BGG free to run as few or as many ads as they see fit. LudiCreations asked that 500 USD worth of ads is used to support R&R Games (without them asking or even knowing about this).
5. This thread is posted.