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This Is Not How a Publisher Wants to Make the News

posted Aug 6, 2012, 1:52 AM by Douglas Sun
Originally posted: March 9, 2009

I suppose it’s old news by now that Warren Holland’s brother-in-law allegedly embezzled over a million dollars from Decipher while serving as, in effect, the company’s treasurer. What’s recent is that we can now dispense with the world “allegedly,” or so reports The Virginian-Pilot newspaper.

Publishing hobby market games is a difficult enough business without an insider stealing from the cash box like mad. To be sure, it wasn’t the only cross Decipher wound up shouldering in the last decade. They seem to admit that other factors shaped their decline from a legitimate second-tier publisher into virtual irrelevance: “The losses contributed [emphasis mine] to the company's decision to lay off more than 90 employees, [Decipher President Cindy] Thornburg said.” And I don’t have access to Decipher’s books, so I can’t calculate the exact effect of the loss. But $1.5 million is a lot of money to a company of that size. Its absence tells.

When Cindy Thornbug says that 90 people lost their jobs because Rick Eddelman embezzled from them, I would wager that that description covers a couple of friends and former colleagues of mine. And she doesn’t even mention the effect on freelancers whose current projects were affected by Decipher’s financial problems. So I have one simple request for anyone who comes into contact with Mr. Eddleman in the near future: Please give him a good, hard kick in the gonoids, will you? Real hard. From me.