My personal opinion on Trowe is that while is actions don't make him a terrible person, they are completely unforgivable from a business, professional, and trust standpoint.
Making fake accounts to speak poorly about other projects? Threatening lawsuits even though Al had given the Sam Suede devs permission to use his likeness? That's unacceptable, especially in a new era where the developers and gamers have more intimate contact than ever before.
It also makes me question the communication between Al and Paul. Either there was none regarding Sam Suede, or when Paul overreacted Al decided he didn't care that Sam Suede had used his name without permission and just wanted to quell the situation. But how could Al and Paul not be on the same page with Sam Suede?
I have nothing against Trowe. I'd overlook his behavior from the standpoint of being human/flawed/etc. and having stretches of poor judgment, but professionally I'd never trust him. Not to mention the bitterness he shows at ex-Sierra devs not joining him to make a New Sierra, or arguing on Twitter and calling his kickstarter supporters "jackasses" (I think that was the word he used) when they had legitimate questions about what was going on with Adventure Mob.
It's a good thing Josh Mandel took the PR reins. But the repeated behavior by Trowe was enough to leave a lasting impression on many people about him and possibly about the production of the game. It wasn't just one isolated incident. It was a string of them. I'm not a backer so I cannot comment on how the game is progressing. However, from what I've gathered in various discussions around the web, they haven't done as much work as one would expect.
I still wish Replay the best, but it's just my simple observation and probably silly opinion that they are very poorly managed, evidenced by multiple instances of public outbursts/shenanigans by Trowe.
Last edited by inm8#2; 02/02/2013 at 08:53 pm.