I feel like I can provide a pretty solid answer to this question.
Please note up front: I am not affiliated with Privateer Press. I’ve never gotten a paycheck from them, I’m not authorized to speak for them, I don’t have an @privateerpress.com email address, none of that. I have no special first-hand knowledge of anything within PP or Mythic. All of my statements are crafted via a combination of publicly-available information (i.e., the Kickstarter campaign itself, the few Facebook comments that have been made by staff, and so forth), and a bit of common sense.
That being said, I think I can answer your question pretty succinctly.
I’m pretty confident the answer is “No.” There’s absolutely no comment that can be made that will change anything or improve the situation. People behave very, very badly on social media, and there’s no way to say anything without being excoriated for it.
Even saying “It sucks, but there’s nothing we can do about it, we wish Mythic the best of luck” is inviting agitators to pop in by the hundred and posit conspiracy theories or make utterly nonsensical and unreasonable demands. Just off the top of my head, lightly paraphrasing things I’ve already seen said in the otherwise marginally civil Mosterpocalypse Second Edition Facebook group:
“This was all a Ponzi scheme to trick players out of their money. They needed cash quick / that evil Matt Wilson needed a new gold-plated swimming pool / whatever and so they launched this campaign to steal our money!”
“This was all Privateer’s fault. They should fulfill the order or refund us.”
I’m not even going to bother debunking either of those statements, because they are beneath consideration. But that’s the literal tip of the iceberg.
That’s pretty much where it stands. I’m certain Privateer lost money on this deal, not to mention the (undeserved, in my opinion) damage to the brand and whatnot.
The only thing they could even possibly do is “magically write a multi-million-dollar check and fix it”, which is a fantasy. It’s not realistic. I don’t know why players think Privateer is a monolithic corporate behemoth on the scale of Games Workshop, with billion-plus-dollar revenues such that finding a couple mil in the couch cushions is feasible. Like…whoever keeps proposing that, why don’t you go out and find an angel investor, some multi-millionaire with cash to throw around and get them involved, if you’re so hot to do something.
I have said this many, many times before, but I’ll share this advice again:
If you want to play Monsterpocalypse, go play Monsterpocalypse.
It really and truly is that simple! There are several complete factions that were not and will never be part of that Kickstarter, and you could go out today and buy several armies’ worth of models without owning a single duplicate!
I encourage you not to deprive yourself of a tremendously fun game for years, possibly forever, because you’re waiting on the Kickstarter to be fulfilled. I don’t know if that is a perfect example of the classic sunk cost fallacy, but it’s pretty darn close.
You can comfortably buy a full 2-monster, 20-unit, 6-12 building army for around $300 USD MSRP right now. And if you do end up with some duplicates: well, so what? That’s hardly the end of the world.
The cost barrier to entry dropped significantly earlier this year with the release of Building Sets 1 and 2 (Building Set 1 , Building Set 2) bringing the price of 8 pretty ubiquitous buildings down to $70 from (roughly) $170.
In fact, I’ll build you a list that includes absolutely minimal non-building duplicates right now, just as an example.
Elemental Champions Protectors Starter Set - Privateer Press - $50 (gotta get you dice, a mat, and the other basics!)
Building Set 1 - $35
Building Set 2 - $35
NOTE: Edited because I forgot what was in the Kickstarter, so I changed the factions around a bit.
Master of Xolotl - $35 (pairs extremely well with Hurricanius, in my opinion! You could also sub the Queen of Ixmiqui and save $4, although you’d have a bonkers pure-offense list that would fold very fast under damage, heh)
Gargoyle Monoliths and Temple Monoliths – First Guardians Units - $23
Hummingbird Spirits & Temple Giant – First Guardians Units - $30
Jaguar Spirits & Arbiter Monoliths - $26
World Clock - $20 (gotta get the faction building!)
That brings you up to $254 MSRP and you’ve got a pretty solid army on your hands, with the only duplicates being buildings (which is preferable), Hurricanius, and the Fire Kami and Air Avatar units from the starter box. And that is $254 MSRP, and we’re all well aware of sites that give non-trivial discounts on products when asked, so I’m sure the total could be lower.
That gets you a ton of stuff, actually more than I would advise a starting player to purchase out of the gate! Plus, you got some of the all-metal unit packs, which tend to be more expensive due to the materials cost.
(My typical new-player advice is “Buy a starter, buy a couple unit boxes that you think look cool, and play some games with your cardboard apartment buildings before you decide where to go next.” )
So, all that being said, I acknowledge up front that I am skipping over salient points to be made. I will close with one “in before somebody says it” item, and that’s all I’ll say for now.
This is, quite simply, the one suggestion absolutely 100% guaranteed to ensure that the Kickstarter is never fulfilled.
Every single entity involved in the MonPoc Kickstarter wants it to ship!
Bringing a lawsuit – even if Privateer is virtually guaranteed to win – is a waste of time, effort, and money. So PP can sue a company without cash and get compensated with…what, exactly? And that will help the Kickstarter backers…how? (Didn’t think that through, eh?)
Be extremely wary of people who advocate this course of action. The mere fact that they make this suggestion indicates they are not legal professionals, and that, by definition, they are of the class of people (i.e., not Privateer Press employees or others with direct, first-hand knowledge) who know the absolute least about the specifics of the situation and are therefore the absolute least-qualified to speak on the topic!
That’s all I have for now!