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An End, and a new Beginning

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Hi all, I’m Chris Gardiner, Below’s lead designer and writer. 

With regret, we’re going to cancel this Kickstarter - this means all pledges will be cancelled and no money will be subtracted from backers. Barring a miracle, it’s not going to reach its target. However, this isn’t the end for Below. This is a passion project for me and I’ve agreed to take it over as a separate venture from my freelance work with Failbetter. For the immediate future, Below will be my day job. A lot of work has already been put into the game, and while the economics of finishing it may not make sense for a whole company, as a (mostly) one-man show it’s more viable. 

I’m deeply and personally grateful to everyone who backed this project and as a way of saying thank you I’d like offer a little something to all backers. If you drop me an email at I'll make you an honorary Venturer - all Venturers will receive an invitation to Below's beta and exclusive in-game content when the final game is released. This content won't be available through other means - it's a one-off, special 'thank you!' to everyone who supported this kickstarter.

You can follow Below’s ongoing development at the game’s new site here:, where there will be regular updates about its progress, posts about its design, and the chance to comment on its development. 

What do these changes mean for Below

  • Below is the number 1 priority for me, and you can expect to see a release as soon as possible. 
  • It will be a more personal vision. Though it will continue to benefit from collaboration with talented folks from Failbetter, ultimately I’ll be answering to myself and to the game’s players. 
  • The game will have less bespoke art, but will still use StoryNexus’ ever-growing icon library, and will feature all the (not-insubstantial) art assets created already. 

Below is the dungeon game I always wanted to play, and I’m desperate to see it finished. I hope you’ll join me down there.

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    1. sinisterandroid on

      :( I'm really, really liking what of Below I've seen in the demo, so I'm sad to see it's not getting all the love it deserves. And I was really looking forward to getting an Opportunity deck (I missed out on the first batch).

      but I'm happy to see that this won't be the end of the game. And looking forward to seeing where it goes.

    2. Failbetter Games 3-time creator on

      Mark and Wayne: Thanks for the kind words!

    3. Mark DiPasquale on

      That's a shame, but thank you for ending the Kickstarter gracefully. Best of luck, and I look forward to seeing more of Below.

    4. Wayne A Arthurton on

      Such a bummer. Good luck.