'RPG Camp' Kickstarter Called into Question by Community

March 25, 2013 -

This Destructoid article citing a thread on NeoGAF calls into question a Kickstarter campaign to send a little girl to "RPG camp." The Kickstarter campaign, "9 Year Old Building an RPG to Prove Her Brothers Wrong!" by Susan Wilson asked for $869 to send a little girl to RPG camp to make a game because her "brothers said she couldn't do it." But as the aforementioned NeoGAF thread points out, Susan Wilson is the founder and CEO of a multi-million collection agency called The Judgment Group who has been profiled on CNN Money and Inc.

There's no rules against being a millionaire and operating a Kickstarter but some have called into question adding a $10,000 stretch goal to the campaign because the Kickstarter isn't about the end result of going to "RPG Camp" - it's about raising money to send the girl there in the first place.

Also some have said that the Kickstarter violates the rules on several fronts (or is at the very least unethical): the project seems to violate the Kickstarter TOS (No "fund my life" projects), the creator of the Kickstarter is accused of sending out spam to various personalities on Twitter from SusanWilson@FundHer to people like the Ellen DeGeneres Show; and that the $10,000 reward tier uses the public humiliation of young children to raise money.

We're not sure if this project is what we'd call a "scam" so we have reached out to Kickstarter to find out if it violates any of the platform's Terms of Service. As of this writing, the campaign has raised $21,207, well over the $829 goal already asked for.

You'll note the photo to your left of Susan Wilson with Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world...

Thanks to Kajex for pointing this story out.


Comments

Re: 'RPG Camp' Kickstarter Called into Question by Community

I should point out that there are a few people in comments who question whether the kickstarter in question was actually started by Susan Wilson herself, so hopefully some answers will come out of the deluge of questions.

Re: 'RPG Camp' Kickstarter Called into Question by Community

The girl featured in the campaign is only 9 years old so it is illegal in the US for her to set up the account. That means an adult would have had to set up the account, in this case her mother.

Not that that makes up for the overall shadiness of the campaign.

Re: 'RPG Camp' Kickstarter Called into Question by Community

Knowing KS, we can soon expect a raft of new rules that don't really address this problem, but do at least make life more difficult for genuine users.

Re: 'RPG Camp' Kickstarter Called into Question by Community

It's a scam.


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