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Spinespur, The Survival Horror Miniatures Game

Dan Goodchild

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Full disclosure, I am on Merv's Spinespur team. That being said, my name is also in the Warlord books and I am a fan of those.

Merv is a great and honest guy. He gets defensive about his game and his reputation and that is understandable. There are people who hate on Spur for the stories or subject matter and that is a matter of opinion and fine, Just do not hate on it for the mechanics, which are excellent or for the owner, who is passionate and working hard to do things right.


The problem wasn't subject matter, the person who made the original complaint loved the game, it was over taking pre-order money for figures that were never made (which, incidentally appear to be in this kickstarter as concepts). Merv's response was something that was so bad that Bryan threatened to ban all kickstarter discussions on the forum if anything like it happened again.


It's on thing to be passionate, it's another thing to act childish. Even if he is a great guy they way he responded is not the way to run a business nor would I trust my money to someone that made such heated decisions unless I knew him\her really, really well. On the internet your reputation always precedes you and communities always remember how you treated them.

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I read that and know things. Mistakes and misrepresentations were made and the entire discussion was not appropriate for this forum. Merv never took any form of payment for any undelivered product. This I know. The conversation is gone now and if that conversation bothers people and they don't want to look at Spinespur, that is fine. The same goes for those who do not like the subject matter or horror gaming. BUT, if you like great mechanics, the kind that are easy to learn, take effort to master and almost always result in the player who plays better being the winner, then you should take a look. If you like stories ranging for good and creepy to tongue in cheek, sophmoronic humor, then read our stuff. If you like a game from a company offering unmatched access, feedback and whatnot, Comfy Chair offers just that. The first book is great. The lead designer went on to take a similar role for a company that brought us all together in the first place and now I am taking his genius rules and running with them as part of a three-man operation. The rules for the next Spur book are really good and the models have been through some good testing and will continue to do so while Merv takes care of the Kickstarter stuff and formats Street Chum. If we hit our number, all of this will be released and more. If not, we do it the hard way, but Spur is coming...

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