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An all Dwarven RPG in which you create, defend and fight for the honor of your own unique Clan
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Mike Nystul

509 backers pledged $35,038 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator James Boyd on March 31

      I'm in Austin for business next week if you want to personally hand me my $40.

    2. Creator Scott Sheets on March 31

      Hey all -- I couldn't let March 2015 pass on by with no comments!

    3. Creator Chris Perkins on February 18

      I'm in as well. Please file your complaints backers. Mike has to be held accountable for his theft of backers' funds.

      Thanks for posting this Luke!

    4. Creator Luke Stowell on February 16

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    5. Creator Luke Stowell on February 16

      I noticed that Thomas Carrasco over at Infinite Dungeon wants to start a class action law suit, I want in. I did not back Infinite Dungeon through Kickstarter, I backed through paypal and cannot comment over there. I do not know how to contact Thomas Carrasco. If anyone over here wants to join in and backed that project too please spread the word. Hold Mike Nystul accountable.

    6. Creator Luke Stowell on February 15

      Mike Nystul is a thief, between his three Kickstarter projects he has stolen over $75212 !!!! He's gotten $250 of my money across these 3 projects. I don't even really want the money as much as I want him to be held accountable for his crimes. He really should spend the rest of his life in prison !!!

    7. Creator Luke Stowell on February 15

      I'm thinking about a lawsuit to get my money back, any one else interested?

    8. Creator Luke Stowell on February 15

      A Project Creator is not required to grant a Backer’s request for a refund unless the Project Creator is unable or unwilling to fulfill the reward.
      Project Creators are required to fulfill all rewards of their successful fundraising campaigns or refund any Backer whose reward they do not or cannot fulfill.

    9. Creator Luke Stowell on February 15

      WOW, this project has become a wasteland, people have even stopped commenting about how much of a fraud and thief Nystul is (rise from the grave).

    10. Creator The Troll on November 17, 2014

      Oh the comedic train wreck value is priceless. It may even have paid for my paltry investment ten times over. However it's also worth reminding Nystul that the situation could improve if he had the balls to make the tough calls.

    11. Creator Savage Robby on November 15, 2014

      Kevin - I'm definitely not in Limbo as far as this project goes. The only thing I've expected for a good long time from this project is continued comedy. But then, I only backed at $20 so its probably easier for me to be more philosophical about Nystul's abject failure.

    12. Creator The Troll on November 7, 2014

      So... We're still in limbo. A state Nystul said was unacceptable at the end of last month on the Infinite Dungeon kickstarter. I think it's time to make any choice. Sort it or abort it. No more excuses, prioritising campaigns that other people have already taken over. Get this in someone else's hands, start posting meaningful content or issue refunds. After two years of feck all making that basic decision should be easy.

    13. Creator Andrew Shields on November 6, 2014

      Before I put much thought into how they would be created, I wanted to establish that I was going in a workable direction. As for who can use them, for the Battlestones that's anyone with Enchanter skill. For the other objects, as described.

    14. Creator Gary Beason on November 5, 2014

      Very cool, Andrew. I take it that Battlestones, Honor Vessels, etc. as Upgrades for the Enchanter class, like the Healing runes, Generative runes, etc.?

    15. Creator Chris Perkins on November 2, 2014

      Thanks Andrew! I really wish this project would fall under your stewardship so that we'd at least see SOME progress with it.

    16. Creator Andrew Shields on November 1, 2014

      Estimated delivery was November 2012. So, to celebrate the 2 year anniversary, I thought I'd share some initial (unapproved) draft materials I made for enchanted weaponry.

    17. Creator Chris Perkins on October 21, 2014

      Since it's obvious that you have nothing but excuses to offer us, please release the art, maps, and files that you have for this project so that your backers (Andrew Shields in particular) can work on this project in your absence. Waiting for you to make ANY progress on this has been both frustrating and baffling to me.
      I see from your profile that you had the money to backer 34 projects on Kickstarter. At the same time you have utterly failed to honor your obligations for the 3 Kickstarters you created. Maybe you should sell off some of your gaming library in order to start issuing refunds.

    18. Creator Ronald Corn on October 20, 2014

      Mike at this point I would like a refund

    19. Creator Gilbert Isla on October 7, 2014

      Sorry to hear of your medical problems Mike! Get better man.

    20. Creator Mike Nystul on September 22, 2014

      Sorry guys. I spent a couple weeks in the hospital and have been home from work with medical issues. I'll need to update soon. No - there is nothing sitting and waiting to ship. This was a failure that I am hoping to find a way to make good on.

    21. Creator Gary Beason on September 22, 2014

      I'm not trying to dog Nystul, but it's disappointing that a serious suggestion doesn't get a response. It makes me think that Update 31 implied more than was true and that there aren't minis. This is one reason I requested a couple of times for a list of what was done and ordered--to get a fair idea of what I and others had paid for might be accounted for, especially since I didn't buy the extras like patches and mugs. Even if I had to pay for shipping again, I'd take my minis and runestones from the Collector's Edition. I think we have a right to know if something we paid for is actually sitting in storage somewhere.

    22. Creator The Troll on September 18, 2014

      Blowing in the wind along with pics and 80k from multiple failed kickstarters. Astounding really. My favourite part is that Infinite Dungeon is going to be tackled first. Latest update is that "We have a plan". You know it's bad when the Battlestar Galactica finale has more substance than Nystul's ideas.

    23. Creator Chris Perkins on August 22, 2014

      The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind. ;)

    24. Creator The Troll on August 21, 2014

      How many kickstarters must a man fail to deliver, before you can call him a thief?

    25. Creator Kelly Shane Kuciemba on August 15, 2014

      666 mother f'rssssssssssss!!!!

    26. Creator Gary Beason on August 13, 2014

      Mike, in update #31, you stated that you had the dwarven minis. I don't know if you have the stones and dice as well. I realize there are also the mugs, tshirts, calendar, and patches, but if you have some of these items, would you consider sending what you have. I realize the shipping costs are an issue since you don't really have the money, but I'd rather pay shipping (all or part) and have the items than wait for all the money and other items that I didn't order to be available.

      I don't know if others feel the same, but it might be a way for some to close on this, get something of what we backed this project for, and move on. It could also give you some relief and progress.

    27. Creator Scott Sheets on August 11, 2014

      Happy funding anniversary! 8/11/2012! Cut ye olde cake-e with ye battle axe

    28. Creator Savage Robby on August 8, 2014

      Gary - not quite accurate. Mike is an excellent producer of snark, excuses and comedy. I will concur that his ability to produce anything of _value_ has been and continues to be remarkably absent.

      Let's face it - he's a fraud. He cashed in on a name that has some nostalgia attached to it, then squandered every cent and every ounce of good will attached. His only real skill is selling snake oil. And nobody on this project or anything else that he has any amount of control over is ever going to see a single thing.


    29. Creator Gary Beason on August 6, 2014

      Folks are probably aware, but D3 Adventures has given back the Infinite Dungeons IP back to Nystul:…

      So, there's one thing back on Mike's plate that someone else was going to fix. To make it worse, the reasons for it are reminders of why these projects have had such problems.

      Unfortunately, we've seen little evidence of Mike's ability to produce anything--he's shown us work that others have done or mostly done. So, his having something else to do makes completing A&A even more unlikely.

      I'd recommend that Mike compile what all he has for this project, offer it to the backers, pass along the IP to someone else to continue or to the community, make plans to send out what backer rewards he has (which still isn't clear though he says that he has minis for the ID project, so who knows what he has for A&A).

      That way, we can close this, and everyone can move on. And I say that for Mike's benefit as much as anyone else's.

    30. Creator The Troll on July 28, 2014

      There's a little writers maxim that might apply here. Show, don't tell.

    31. Creator Mike Nystul on July 26, 2014

      Hardly. I take it very seriously.

    32. Creator The Troll on July 26, 2014

      Well at least we know how seriously you take fulfilling $35,038 worth of pledges.

    33. Creator Mike Nystul on July 25, 2014

      Will you marry me?

    34. Creator Savage Robby on July 25, 2014

      Well, its been about a month - isn't it time for the latest excuse/promise/lie?

    35. Creator Matt Snodgrass on July 16, 2014

      Wow. I haven't come back to check updates in a couple of months and I see this has turned into the Kevin Johnston show. Well, we can't say that he isn't trying to keep this project honest, at least.

    36. Creator The Troll on July 16, 2014

      I rolled a 2. Hey, you produced a game quicker than Nystul. Find a publisher before he does and you win!

    37. Creator Scott Sheets on July 15, 2014

      GM: Roll a d6

      1-2 Snarktastic comment
      3 Unrelated rambling comment
      4 Patient and supportive comment
      5 Drunken comment
      6 Roll twice and combine both results

    38. Creator The Troll on July 10, 2014

      Hey now, that's unfair. Kickstartmart would eventually deliver what was promised.

    39. Creator Andrew Shields on June 23, 2014

      Gary made a great list. I would add the pocket mod character sheets I made, posted in update 60:

      You don't have to use them, but they are fun little booklets that have enough information on them to really get the game going faster (especially if the prepared GM folds them in advance.)

      What can I say? I'd like to do more.

    40. Creator Kelly Shane Kuciemba on June 22, 2014

      Seems promising! I'm honestly too damn lazy to try and make sense of this jumbled mess! It's not my job really. Even if I had the Deluxe book, it would be a while before I got 'round to actually using the game, as I have 'stuff to do'. I'm not backing any more RPG's. Both the ones I've helped fund, have failed to produce anything, at least Tunnels and Trolls refunded my money. They at least had a ton of PDF's they sent to us. There are ,what 168 hours in a week!?! How many would it take in two years to at least half assed throw together this thing. Hopeless......

    41. Creator Gary Beason on June 22, 2014


      All the files are still available in previous updates. I have everything Mike has made available either here or through his Castle Nystul forums, including PDFs with adventuring and skills cards that someone else made. (I made an editable version if anyone is interested.) It takes some scouring, but there are a number of items available to help you play a game with the rules that Andrew and Mike released last summer.

      I would also *highly* recommend Andrew Shields' "Mountain Roads" adventure: and his GM-less version:

      I also posted a PDF of a character sheet with a rules summary:…

      #58 has a link to the preview document. You can find some additional fluff/background info in later updates.

      #54 - Link to paper minis
      #43 - Map image
      #35 - Links to a very early version, character sheets, and a roles upgrade doc. I think the later preview version in #58 is far better than these docs.
      #64 - Dwarven heroes draft
      #63 - Dwarven culture/families
      #61 - Dwarven life/time

      I wish Mike would at least collect pieces like these and make what we have more easily accessible. Mike seemed to dismiss community contributions in his earlier comment. If I were serious about getting the game at least as-is available, I would round up all these bits, even if by others, because altogether, there's a playable game here. Yes, the preview version from last summer has some holes, especially around the clan, but Andrew really helped to produce a playable doc, which I've used for some initial playing. I love several ideas, but it's frustrating that we don't have anything more due to a lack of focus, even before Mike unfortunately lost his job and had his health issues.

      Instead, we get these nebulous "I'm trying to get back to work on this" updates.

    42. Creator The Troll on June 22, 2014

      Does anyone still have the playtest documents or anything that Nystul actually produced? I have a mind to finish it myself as some sort of curious self flagellation ritual. If I ever do finish it you won't hear from me again, as it presumably summons the Cenobites to take me away, which is arguably a better excuse than anything we have been given.

    43. Creator The Troll on June 20, 2014

      That still doesn't excuse abandoning this project, especially when someone else has the reigns on Infinite Dungeon.

      Either suck it up and do it or take this zombie horse out back and put it down for good.

    44. Creator Mike Nystul on June 20, 2014

      I didn't say that I had a publisher - I had a lead on a possible publisher - still do - two actually. I have been making inquiries and trying to figure out any ways to make good from the moment my now clearly misguided plan failed and it was obvious I would have to find new ways to make good. I'm not sure anything will come of these leads. Odds are, they won't pan out but I will keep looking. In general I don't mention these opportunities in Updates to avoid misunderstandings such as the one we have apparently just had : )

    45. Creator The Troll on June 20, 2014

      This is nothing but an excuse. We have been told repeatedly that the game was finished or close to finished, with miniatures or tankards or conventions coming. The last three are bust, gone, flushed down the toilet. What of the close to completed game?

      Frankly this whole do everything in order idea is pathetic, once again confirming that nothing was done. Nystul lied and robbed us all, then for his sake I hope he blew it on drugs and hookers, give him something fun to remember to motivate him.

      Remember when we had a publisher lined up? That was an update ago. Honestly Nystul can't even keep his story straight anymore.

      We're told no more excuses, only reasons. Then you come up with an excuse to ignore Axes and Anvils for even longer. It's sad. Just admit defeat, let it die and issue refunds.

    46. Creator Mike Nystul on June 19, 2014

      Obviously. being "sad" isn't an excuse for much of anything (even if it were how i was feeling). Semantics aside - there is no excuse. There are some reasons - but no excuse.

      You may have been satisfied with a crowd sourced Word file. I think it is safe to assume you would be in the minority. Point taken on perseverence though.

      The only way to get this done is for me to simply do it and to let nothing distract or stop me. That is in fact what this recent update and approach is about.

      I understand that you have very good reasons not to believe me but peoples anger and disappointment are among the things that I be an obstacle to me.

    47. Creator Kelly Shane Kuciemba on June 19, 2014

      I only paid $40, yet I can't seem to let it go. I need therapy. Closure, I need closure. We all do. The game was supposed to have been nearly finished. I have had many jobs. During the course of working those jobs, I have had sickness, broken bones, relationships end, living situations change, depression and more. Yet, somehow, for the most part, I found a way to show up to the job, and do the best I could. No amount of excuses, explanations justify what has happened here. Some people got paid to do things, a company was created that didn't get off the ground. Ok, that could happen. Most people have enough pride in their work, and would be willing to do what ever it takes, go the extra mile, too make sure that something gets done. Anyone who took money, ever for any of Mikes projects, including Mike Alex Grey Nystul need to step up. Anyone still willing to contribute in any way feasible to complete in digital form, at the very least finalized versions of these Intellectual Properties. Period. I sorry if working on these failed projects makes you fell sad (cue sad trombone), but that is the biggest bullshit excuse I've ever heard. The world is full of people who would gladly donate time and resources to someone for a good cause. There is a solution to this dilemma. There is a way to salvage some dignity here. There is a way to redeem ones self. Don't make apologies, or enable this man. One must 'suck it up', and simply do the work. Even at on hour a day, in the course of a year at a free library computer, any diligent person, under most circumstances could create the word files of a complete game. Even if most of the concepts, ideas and mechanics were borrowed from other open source material, a workable, playable game could have been created. I don't know about the other projects, but this game should be done, end of story.

    48. Creator Troy Hughes on June 18, 2014

      Oh, hey. Forgot to put in my previous comment the following thought: All you need is a (free) word processing program, a (free) PDF creator, and the (free) use of a computer (such as those found at your local public library) and you can create a roleplaying game! I'm pretty sure that if I were to run a kickstarter, I would already have the thing written and then look for crowd funding money to get it published in actual physical form. So that when the Kickstarter funding period ended I would have something to give all of my backers, instantly. (Dang, with $30K, I could even afford a full version of Adobe PDF software and could protect my PDF so that no-one could steal from it. And heck, even if they did, I've still made 30K on my game. Which is pretty darn good. A lot of companies would sell body parts to make $30K on a single book. But I digress...) So is there an actual set of rules for Axes and Anvils? Or did you take a $35,038 author's advance for a prospectus, and you're now taking the G.R.R. Martin approach to writing the actual book? Just curious.

    49. Creator Troy Hughes on June 18, 2014

      Just curious, and apologies if this has already been answered (I really haven't followed the comments except for few that are immediately below this for over a year now), but what about the PDF rules for the game? I think it's great that you're working on getting the mugs and dice and whatever. But wouldn't a better place to devote your efforts be towards the actual product, and worry about the pledge rewards later? Anyway, like I said - just a curiosity. Hope everything works out and I'm still looking forward to the game.

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