It’s is not the BGG drama du jour, but this has not gone well.
The TL;DR is that right after Champions of Hara was released, the designer issued an errata to the starting set-up of the board. But five months ago, based on the designer’s pre-release video playthrough of one of the scenarios, someone noticed that the new set-up seems to have broken that scenario. What’s more, it looks like many of the scenarios were similarly affected. It looks like the designer errata’ed the default set-up, but he didn’t adjust the scenario specific set-ups. So many of the scenarios probably aren’t working as intended.
For a month, I’ve been trying to contact the designer and the publisher, through PMs on BGG and emails. The designer eventually sent me a non-reply, saying he was going to get around to answering questions in the new few weeks. And today, I was berated by the publisher for “frequent badgering” and being “over critical”. Ugh. I’m used to games being abandoned or poorly supported. Sadly, it’s part of the hobby. There are so many games flooding the market, and so few of them are rigorously tested or played. Player standards are disappointingly low, especially for issues of QA and tuning.
But why did it have to happen to one of my favorite games?