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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 10-17-14, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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And I thought it had all been resolved in their favour. Apparently not.

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Our assets have been frozen.
Yes, thats pretty much the issue. Many of you may know that Games Workshop has been in a legal battle with us for almost 4 years now.. maybe its 5...
Anyways, they have asked the courts to freeze our assets and this has happened, this happened early September, not long after I posted the photos of the last set of products that were being produced and almost ready to ship.
What does this mean? #1 we have no means to ship or produce or pay for anything... and I mean anything, internet, phone, gas, nothing. We cant use or accept funds (well technically we can accept but I wont do that without a means to ship out new orders).
#2 the demon lines are sitting at the casters, waiting to be shipped but not able to be shipped to us. Even if they were shipped to me, I couldnt ship them out since they are technically "assets" and I am not allowed to ship them out.
#3 the company infrastructure, email, website, is pretty much frozen.
I am flying out (which GW allowed us to buy a ticket) to chicago next week to step in front of the courts and plead my case to have assets released and do business as normal until the appeal is addressed.
For those of you who are understandably upset, I am sorry, this has been a long and hard road and many of you have stood by me. I wish it was better but its been very stressful and now I have learned that its not only my company at risk but my personal assets and home are being threatened as well now.
Ill do my best to keep you all apprised.
And to be clear, no orders were taken after I found about about the freeze mid september.
Any orders that have issues were due to customers not putting in correct addresses and a new shipment needing to be sent (and couldnt due to the freeze).
Or lost orders in the postal system.
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Sucks for them.

Unfortunately Canada got rid of the penny and now my two cents rounds down to zero, so...take it for what you will.

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I wish it was better but its been very stressful and now I have learned that its not only my company at risk but my personal assets and home are being threatened as well now

Well done there GW. You are fucking stars..... *slow claps*


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Well done there GW. You are fucking stars..... *slow claps*
I'm in two minds on this one. No one wants to see him lose his home, and what he does has no real impact on GW's bottom line, but at the same time he knew he was walking a legal tight rope, and continued to produce after receiving, by all accounts a shit ton, of C&D orders.
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Dickhead is a dickhead and gets treated by dickheads as a dickhead.

I feel little sympathy outside of "ouch dude, I'm sorry you no longer have the brains you were born with". If you're making shady business practice and have your home set down as capital against that business, you kind of deserve what you get. That he continued to risk not only his own home, but that of his family, and then appoint the blame is pure and utter cowardice.

Considering the well known heavy handedness with which GW treats its IP, and the lengths it goes to to protect that IP (such as going as far as changing the name of part of its product line from Imperial Army to Astra Militarum, and removing access to "units" in the game which do not have a dedicated corresponding model or ensuring that such "units" do have a model), you'd have to be fucking special to continue to flagrantly breach C&D orders, especially when you are attempting to use the ongoing legal battle as "free" advertising (who honestly heard of chapterhouse until chapterhouse brought peoples attention to it?) and piggyback sales off it.



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With Vaz on this.

Chapterhouse have been on the IP tightrope for years and know full well that GW aren't exactly the type to piss off.

Unfortunate but absolutely predictable.

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Based on all the hubbub and drama surrounding GW and IP, I am absolutely amazed these guys have been in operation for as long as they have. I've had people tell me that a non-commercial fan game not even directly related to existing GW games will bring down a C&D, but these guys were flat out casting models? Holy cow.


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What you get for being a dumbass. I'm not sure it's an option at this point but I'd say it's time to chuck in the towel and move the fuck on.

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I find it difficult to sympathise with either party. Chapterhouse is completely in the wrong and GW absolutely has the right to defend it's IP, but As always GW has a public image on par with baby-eating nazis. I wish they'd just fuck each other and get it over with.

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I've never heard of em.
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