Look. I am glad for The Gamers: Hands of Fate. I am glad they met their fundraising goal, and that they also hit the stretch goal that means AEG (the company behind L5R) will be producing a card game based off the one they invented for the film. This is fun and exciting and cool, and I wouldn’t have linked to the project before if I didn’t want it to succeed.
The Gamers has raised $384,264.
Pe ‘Sla: Help Save Lakota Sioux Sacred Land has raised $341,526.
According to the last update, they’ve managed to get a seat at the negotiation table. That’s good, and I’m sure it’s due in part to the money they’ve been able to raise. But I have no idea how much of the land they’re going to be able to buy with that money. All of it? I’d be surprised. They wouldn’t have set their goal at one million if three hundred grand was enough to do everything they needed.
The Internets are a great place. But they are also a place where people will stump up more money for a movie and a card game than for helping the Sioux Nation regain control of one of their most sacred sites.
I’m not surprised by this, mind you. But I do think it shows some wrong-headed priorities. There’s thirty-seven hours left on the Pe ‘Sla project; I hope they can bring in more before it’s done.