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odinsgrandson last won the day on March 8 2012

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  1. odinsgrandson

    Trogdor!! The Board Game

    The Homestarrunner folks have a kickstarter up for Trogdor!! the Board Game. There is an option to get the game with some cute meeples, or a set of miniatures. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1999933720/trogdor-the-board-game?ref=gamesnewsletterJul1818&utm_medium=email-mgb&utm_source=games-newsletter&utm_campaign=games-07182018&utm_content=link Anyone think they can make those minis look really good? It is certainly a challenge.
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    Super Dungeon Legends

    Quick question- does bankruptcy protect a company against their Kickstarter promises? Because, if NJ isn't taking out bank loans, then there's not a whole lot that it would do for them. And remember, bankruptcy does not mean the end of a business (although it is horrific PR, but a lot of companies get out of it). I certainly hope that they don't go under, though it does look like their expenses have gone over. I certainly hope they can save their company (to be honest, I'd be out a lot more than just the one KS worth of stuff). The company has just been going on for too long without regular releases (due to their KS projects) and I'm sure that's hurt them a lot. It seems like their first priority is to partly deliver on all of their Kickstarters, to garner some good will, and they seem to be trying to support their company with smaller releases in the mean time. I suspect that a few Kickstarter items that I'm most excited for will be a low priority (the Mutant Chronicles crossovers, for example). I actually think that a number of their recent moves have been smart ones. The Masterclass line is pretty great (although you have some folks swearing to not give them a dime, others are happy to buy cool minis from them). The Ninja All Stars crossover is also really good (and adds value to product that is just sitting in their warehouse right now). They also have Doomseeker coming out soon (a card game that is probably relatively cheap to produce, but with really nice art and the Warhammer setting attached to it). They've definitely dug themselves into a hole, but to me it looks as though they're actually digging themselves out of it (slowly, and with Super Dungeon Legends at the bottom of the priority list).
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    Well that's odd. With the Signum KS, people couldn't see or comment, but they could still drop. I seriously doubt that any funds will be collected, but I guess we'll know for sure sometime later today?
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    Tabletop Gaming News (run by CMON) also warned people away from Heroquest 25 (basically exposing that they didn't own the rights to Hero Quest the way that Gamezone claimed). CMON got some backlash about that at first- as a lot of people saw them as slandering a rival Kickstarter company (to be perfectly honest, CMON worked with Gamezone previously as their US caster and distributor- I'm not sure when that relationship ended). I've never seen the comments section remain open with a shut down kickstarter, and I've never seen the clock continue to run (which it also has).
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    Cthulhu: Death May Die

    I rarely watch their gameplay videos, but I can definitely recommend Blood Rage- it is a terrific game (even if you don't get the KS version)
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    Yeah- I like that. We can still see all the problems right now. It was kind of difficult to discuss Signum because we could never double check whether a particular mini had been part of the Kickstarter. Also- the celebration in the comments section is kind of hilarious:
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    It is a balancing act. If Kickstarter regulates their projects, then they might be charged with some liability for the actions of the project creators (which they are currently free from due to their non-regulating policies). And gate keeping isn't in line with the ideology that Kickstarter represents (a lot of the point is to bypass usual business gate keeping by going straight to the audience). At the same time, frauds give a bad name to the platform. Backers are already more wary and quicker to call fraud than they were a few years ago. With a project like this- I'm kind of surprised that so many people back and forget. I suppose that if they frequently forget the projects that they've backed, then they'll just forget their money and not feel like the victims of fraud that they are. By the way- Kicktraq does keep tracking a kickstarter's defunding during this period of darkness. If Rising Sands appeases KS enough to let them put their page back up (and they might, since they've already stated that they won't use that rulebook) then we'll still be able to see how many more people dropped because of the blackout.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    I'm completely in favor of donating $1 to keep an eye on a project like this. I did this for Confrontation (which I believe will not deliver) because I want to see the end of it up front. To be honest, I don't like that I haven't had a front seat for a lot of the Kickstarter fraud projects. I kind of wish I'd donated $1 to AVP, since even now it is hard to tell what happened). I honestly think that a lot of projects get decried as fraudulent when they're just really late. And if they pull it together, despite all indications to the contrary, well then that's great to know as well.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    I think it comes from the way that we usually feel like a wronged party should be defended. We like rooting for the underdog. First off- there are so many legitimate things to accuse Foxtale of, that it seems absolutely ludicrous to also make up allegations. This kickstarter is run by people I believe to be Pakistani criminals (copyright violations and conspiracy to commit fraud). The Pakistani part is a red flag only because there's no way to hold them accountable under US or Canadian law, but not for any other reason. The bigotry is a real shame. Do I think it is a good idea to back this kickstarter? Well, not if you see your money as anything other than a donation towards whatever these guys want to do with it (probably not deliver a game, but I'm sure they'll spend it). But I'm not actually against donating $1 to keep an eye on something like this. I paid $1 to keep an eye on the Confrontation kickstarter, even though I have no confidence that it will deliver anything. I honestly do hope that Kickstarter gets around to evaluating CMON's claim against Foxtale before the last 24 hours are up. There is still time for KS to take the project down (as they did with Rising Sands with much shakier claims of copyright violation). The reason that this may not happen is because Foxtale have claimed that they will not use the plagiarized rulebook that they presented- that might be enough for Kickstarter to let this one take its natural course.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    I had heard about the plagiarized rulebook, but I hadn't heard about the plagiarized company profile, bio, returns policy, facebook bio, company logo, etc. If it were just the rulebook, I feel like it is possible for it to happen by mistake (it is still plagiarism, but maybe they hired someone to write their rules or convert them into an English rulebook with a full layout, and they went way too far, right?). With the other plagiarisms involved, I can't really see a way to give them the benefit of the doubt. I really don't see any way that so much clear copy and pasting can be anything but deliberate. There's always a question about whether this represents incompetence or a scam, but either way, anyone choosing to back this project needs to be prepared to lose your money.
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    Cthulhu: Death May Die

    For those who believe that Hastur will be boxed separately- it looks as though "boxes" are just a part of how this game is organized. The game takes a note from legacy games (although it is not a legacy game). Each Elder God and Scenario have their own boxes with the scenario rules, tokens, etc. and the CMON people consider the contents of those boxes to be spoilers. So, the fact that there are Cthulhu and Hastur "boxes" doesn't mean that those are retail boxes. At least, that's my reading on it.
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    Cthulhu: Death May Die

    I think they're just trying to control the pacing, and overestimated their momentum. I know that's why they do short campaigns (to keep the pacing up). CMON tend to have a lot of stretch goals figured out beforehand, but they tend to try and space the stretch goals for pacing rather than required funds (they don't want to run out of cool things before the last 48 hours). However, it seems like they made some mistakes here. With their other games, adding more heroes is super exciting, but the Cthulhu mythos have always had more interesting monsters than heroes, so no one was excited about those. And Dagon has just taken up too many stretch goals for too many days of their campaign. UPDATE: Ok, now they've got an update that everyone was looking for. 6 new episodes- essentially doubling the number of scenarios for the game, and a bunch of cool new monsters to boot. It seems CMON knows hot to turn things around,. It took minutes to hit Dagon since that update. The next stretch goals are for an upgraded dash board (or dash holder) and more monsters. When I got up this morning, the day was 5k negative (I was surprised) but after that update, they jumped up about 50k.
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    Cthulhu: Death May Die

    Now, I'd like to note that the game rules for the Zombivors non-good (it was super easy mode) and it obligated them to make two minis for each survivor from there on out (which meant that a bonus survivor pack would have two characters instead of four). I was really glad when they didn't keep up that nonsense in their other two Zombicide settings.
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    Super Dungeon Legends

    I can see why they would make this call. Honestly, SDL isn't the latest kickstarter that I've followed- but it seems to be the one where the fans are the most toxic. I blame this mostly on SPM's regular update policy. When you're this late, then all your weekly update does is remind your backers about how late their game is. And even if you do have something to show (and SPM have done this from time to time) they haven't been able to garner any good will for more than a week (because they won't have news two weeks in a row). With most super late projects, the creators say almost nothing for months, updating only when they have significant news. Backers mostly forget about the project in the mean time. Then, there's an update with some REAL ACTUAL NEWS in it- and backers are placated- up until they forget about the project again. Yes, that's exactly my point. I think that the fluff updates were bothering people a lot- more than no update at all would have. I'm honestly glad to see John Canice's word on how they're doing fulfillment (prioritizing smaller kickstarter obligations before taking on the big dog). It seems like a reasonable plan to get out of the mess they're in.
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    Overturn Rising Sands

    Ok, I had heard that the Overturn rule book had plagiarized Massive Darkness. Oddly enough- the same thing happened with LOAD (the WIP rulebook was copied from Rum and Bones). From what I heard, Archon had hired an outside game designer, and put the blame entirely on him (and got someone new to make the rules that shipped with LOAD). It makes me wonder if the guy that plagiarized CMON last time is still getting work in the industry.