Use this space to cheer the creator along, and talk to your fellow backers.
Have a question?
Actually just filed it to the TX AG from my phone. Simple enough, I hope more people do the same across all his campaigns, where he bilked people of their money.
I'll be filling a complaint tomorrow. We just had the PA AG bring a Kickstarter suit to settlement here: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/inq-phillydeals/Radiate-Athletics-Kickstarter-Wall-Street-Journal-Startup-of-the-Year-.html
There needs to be true consequences for thieves of any type!
My complaint has been lodged. Please add your voices so that this crook get his due:
Here's a link to the reply I received from the AG of Texas:
Thanks Cameron. I filled out the form. If anyone needs his address, here is a link for an online Whitepages site:
Here's the link to the Texas Attorney General consumer complaint form:
Anybody want to get together a complaint for the Texas Attorney General? Other non-fulfilled Kickstarters have had some luck with that.
I will look up the AG information and post it here soon for anyone interested.
Keep plugging' away.
I believe in you.
I'm working with Infinibadger for the book. Working with Infinibadger means I get artwork I could not otherwise afford, as well as layout and design, and a promotional platform, in addition to some further collaboration on format issues for the cards and other materials that will be available as both .pdf and in the physical book.
If all you want is a basic .pdf of the game, that's already available. You can play this anytime. It is a great game and I've gotten lots of extremely entertaining sessions out of it. I've done some further refinements, but it's more adjustments than big changes--this one works fine.
I look forward to releasing a much more polished and attractive book. However, Jason McCartan has had many emergencies come up with illness in the family and job changes, and as a one-man operation that means there are delays and things are reprioritized. Axes and Anvils is still in the queue.
Hey Mike, Andrew, or whoever the new human shield is: WHERE IS THE BOOK?!?!?
I want to invite Mike to my Birthday party - anyone have his address?
Coming up on 4 years now.
How hard is it to write some dwarfy fluff, tack on some rules and release it as a pdf?
This isn't exactly rocket science, how does one even screw up this badly?
Jon the group on FB
Thomas Carrasco posted this to the Infinite Dungeon Kickstarter page:
For those that backed multiple projects PLEASE re-post this in the comments there too.
Okay to make it easier I have started a FB group called "Actions against Mike Nystul". There we can easily keep information accessible about whos joining and for how much, what we have done(FTC, AG, Etc).
And I have submitted a FTC and AG report now.
Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho and such!
So I checked in over at the Patreon site. Mike hasn't posted there since September 8th.
September going on October. Checking in. How's everybody doing?
Now he's attempting to collect more money from people:
Here's his take on his obligations to us (which, from his own words, shows that he has no intention on making good on his debt to us):
So Chris, here is the thing. The Kickstarter thing was a disaster on many levels. One of the problems is once it failed and my personal as well as professional finances were trashed I had no resources to do much of anything to move forward. I lost everything. Not asking for sympathy here because it was the result of my bad decisions and miscalculations but i had nothing left and at one point was literally homeless. I pulled down that Indiegogo campaign you mentioned not long after it went up (I collected nothing). It would have been going down that same road, a profoundly bad idea (and in some ways in bad taste). Patreon is a different beast entirely. First, it is meant to be used to support a creator not a specific project. If you like what I'm doing - awesome! Become a Patron and we are both happy! If you don't - don't. The other thing is I went with the "only collect anything when I post" model rather than straight monthly. That way, if i produce nothing - nothing gets collected. There is no way for me to "fleece" anyone. The Patrons have complete control over things like monthly limits and I encourage them to use them. Going back to your original issue, yes, the Kickstarter issues were huge and horrible and I am very very sorry about them. They do not represent my entire career though and my choices were never do this kind of work again or find a way to do it as above boards as i can. People will forgive me for the failed projects and accept the arrangements I was able to make to try to make good or they will not. At this point all I ca do is do better, yes?
I'm in Austin for business for the next couple of days if you want to personally hand me my $40 Mike.
Here's to hoping that someone will resolve this fiasco:
While I appreciate Andrew Shield's efforts, Mike's lack of ANY effort to honor his failed Kickstarters is nothing short of criminal. I've backed two projects to the tune of $155 and, to date, have gotten nothing other than the incomplete "ashcan version" of the Infinite Dungeon, Andrew's Axes & Anvils playtest rules in pdf, and some other pdfs with minis that I can print out and create.
It's clear that he has time to post of Facebook, attend gaming cons, and back Kickstarters (with $$$ he could use to reimburse us). How can it be that he has no time to actually work on fulfilling his obligations to his financial backers?
I'm in Austin for business next week if you want to personally hand me my $40.
Hey all -- I couldn't let March 2015 pass on by with no comments!
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!
I also just discovered this:
The IC3 was established as a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) to serve as a means to receive Internet related criminal complaints.
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You can file a complaint with the IC3 at www.ic3.gov.
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.
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 !!!
I'm thinking about a lawsuit to get my money back, any one else interested?
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Very cool, Andrew. I take it that Battlestones, Honor Vessels, etc. as Upgrades for the Enchanter class, like the Healing runes, Generative runes, etc.?
Thanks Andrew! I really wish this project would fall under your stewardship so that we'd at least see SOME progress with it.
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.
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.
Mike at this point I would like a refund
Sorry to hear of your medical problems Mike! Get better man.
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.
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.
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.
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind the answer is blowin' in the wind. ;)
How many kickstarters must a man fail to deliver, before you can call him a thief?
666 mother f'rssssssssssss!!!!
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.
Happy funding anniversary! 8/11/2012! Cut ye olde cake-e with ye battle axe
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.
Folks are probably aware, but D3 Adventures has given back the Infinite Dungeons IP back to Nystul: http://d3adventures.com/wordpress/…
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.