So, I was browsing the VN forums today when I came across that rare post that stings. For it was directed at me. The NDA to Pirates lifted yesterday, but not until about 1130am PST. I was unaware of this.
Instead, I came into work around 8am, and as I made my way through the morning I stumbled across Tobold's blog and his Beta Review of PotBS. Admittedly an unwise choice in hindsight, I took this to mean that the NDA had indeed been lifted. I don't have access to MOST sites here at work. I can get to the VN boards, but I can't log in. I can't check PotBS' website, or pretty much anything gaming related. Even Keen's blog has been blocked to me now, thanks to the folks here thinking a gaming news site must mean I am playing games at work too... but that's neither here nor there.
The fact is that I couldn't find out about the NDA dropping by any means other than the few blogs I can visit while at work. My mistake certainly for trusting them as indicators of some official announcement. I own up to that for sure.
I didn't review it myself, in fact I still haven't. But apparently by way of association I may now branded as a bad beta tester for linking to sites who did (albeit accidentally) break the NDA themselves. This was not my intention. My sole intention was to get more great words out about PotBS, which Tobold and Potshot have covered in spades.
There are many things that could be said about their early reviews. We could all debate all day that they should have checked the website for an official announcement before posting their reviews. In fact, I'd say they should have too.
But that's not what I'm concerned about right now, frankly. I just want it known that I never broke the NDA nor did I intend to. I hope no one, and I mean NO ONE, thinks I would.