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A light hearted Lovecraftian game of urban destruction, for two to four players. By Lee Moyer, Keith Baker and Paul Komoda.
1,246 backers pledged $122,874 to help bring this project to life.


Posted by The Forking Path, Co. (Creator)

This is not an easy update to write. 

The short version: The project is over, the game is canceled.

After much deliberation I've had to make this decision. I've informed Keith and Lee and neither at all happy with this situation. Every possible mistake was made, some due to my inexperience in board game publishing, others due to ego conflicts, legal issues and technical complications. No matter the cause though these could all have been avoided by someone more experienced and I apparently was not that person.

From the beginning the intention was to launch a new board game company with the Kickstarted funds, with The Doom that Came to Atlantic City as only our first of hopefully many projects. Everyone involved agreed on this. Since then rifts have formed and every error compounded the growing frustration, causing only more issues. After paying to form the company, for the miniature statues, moving back to Portland, getting software licenses and hiring artists to do things like rule book design and art conforming the money was approaching a point of no return. We had to print at that point or never. Unfortunately that wasn't in the cards for a variety of reasons.

I'm going to write a full post-mortem to explain every issue in greater detail but suffice to say that I never gave up and always intended to get this project printed. My intentions have always been good and I've struggled with this greatly. I've spent a large amount of time pitching investors, begging banks for loans and seeking other sources of funding to fix this. Sadly I found no takers.

As stated above Lee and Keith were not directly involved in this decision. I informed them earlier this month about the situation. Keith went out of his way to speak with his contacts at other companies to see if any could help salvage the game. We spent quite a bit of time working on possible deals and arrangements but in the end they just weren't interested in taking the risk. Keith has only ever done amazing work in getting this made and can't be blamed in any way for its downfall.

My hope now is to eventually refund everyone fully. This puts all of the financial burden directly on my shoulders. Starting with those who've pre-ordered after the Kickstarter campaign through our webstore, then I'll begin working my way through the backer list, starting with those who funded at the highest levels. Unfortunately I can't give any type of schedule for the repayment as I left my job to do this project and must find work again. I'll create a separate bank account to place anything beyond my basic costs of living. Every time that account has a decent amount saved into it I'll issue a payout to a portion of the backer list. I'll post updates with each payout to keep you all informed on the progress.

Again, I never set out to con anyone or to perpetrate a fraud but I did walk into a situation that was beyond my abilities and for that I'm deeply sorry. This has been a rough year, I never wanted to make it harder for anyone. There will be no more monthly updates, not that there have really been in some time, but I will post with each payout, as well as the post-mortem when it is eventually complete.

Sincerest apologies,
Erik Chevalier


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      Mike on

      I'm glad to see something posted about the game and I'm disappointed to hear it's cancelled.

      I agree with spacetoast, I'd like to see a detailed accounting of where the funds went.

      He's said he plans to reimburse everyone but I'll believe it when I see it. Considering the time that's lapsed since the funds were drawn, I don't know what action can be taken through my credit card company but I plan to contact them about it.

    2. spacetoast on

      What I would like to see is an accounting of where the funds went. A business license is $100 in Oregon. He apparently intermingled all these funds with his own. The artists got nothing. Comments are Keith Bakers blog at seem to indicate that the big legal kerfluffle was really more like a minor inconvienince, So where did it all go? Part of it probably went here: Evidently the address listed on his business license rents for $2395/mo.

    3. RevBob on

      @ozy: The problem is that we *weren't* kept in the loop. We've been given false information for several months, when the game was supposedly at the printer and production was ready to start Any Day Now. According to the update above, none of that was ever true; the game never even got to layout/prototype.

      As many others have commented, I didn't back this under the impression that the project was to form a company and then publish a game. I was led to believe that the company already existed, the game was ready, and they just needed to raise funds to print the initial run. I certainly didn't expect to be paying someone's moving expenses!

    4. ozymandias (ZionEyez,CGC Scam victim)

      I for one, don't mind this failing -- with or without a refund. As long as the creator is open about it, and willing to discuss the issues, it is no big deal if it fails -- that is what kickstarter is all about.

      At least this project has kept us in the loop, and updated us -- unlike Zion Eyez, where the creators ignore the backers, and ran off with the money.

      Projects fail -- that's part of the gamble of being a backer. You don't want that risk? Wait until the project succeeds, and buy your copy from amazon.

    5. Jason LaGarde on

      No idea if this is correct, but if people are looking for the companies address for the Oregon Consumer complaint form or otherwise, I found one.

      The Forking Path
      3524 SE Madison St.
      Portland, OR 97214

    6. David McCloskey on

      Since I live in Puerto Rico, I made a complaint through IC3. Works just fine.

    7. Direhippo on

      This reads like the excuses of a compulsive liar, a sociopath, or both. Often, the truth will be told in performatives and ambiguous language. What kind of doublespeak is this?

    8. Jeffrey on

      So much fraud, argh. 122k to produce something that was originally goaled at 35k? Gimme a goddam break.

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      Studio Libella on

      For both INTERNATIONAL and US bakers, it may be useful to file a complaint here:

      The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C).

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      Mitchell Olson on

      I filed for fraud in the amount of 100.00.
      @ Kevin - thanks for the links!

    11. spacetoast on

      If you wish to contact the media in Oregon I have the following list. I also include the email address for the Consumerist website.

      Northwest Cable News


      Portland area TV stations
      KATU – ABC

      Fox 12

      KGW NewsChannel 8 (NBC)

      KOIN CBS

      Contacts for the Oregonian – the state’s major newspaper

    12. Tiffany Franzoni on

      After learning more about the situation and reading the comments/posts, I will stand in line to get my retailer level refund from Erik with everyone else. I hope Erik learns from all this. I am sure he is having a few very sleepless nights like everyone else directly involved. Meanwhile, the creators still have my 100% support in anything that they want to do in this situation. Just let me know how I can help.

      -feeling helpless

    13. Jason C Marshall on

      As a Canadian backer I too can't file for fraud. I feel cheated out of my money. 100 hard earn dollars down the drain. Will be very very very surprised if I ever see it again.

    14. Kevin Blacksheep Thompson on

      @Bill Richman - you need to do some more research. Keith is the designer, and had nothing to do with Erik's scam. See Keith's comments in the thread below. Keith didn't get a cent for his work, and was in the dark as much as the other backers. The scammer is Erik at The Forking Path. While your pledge may only be a "meal or two", it was an annual salary for Erik. What he did was illegal and he needs to be held accountable for these actions.

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      Bill Richman on

      I funded at the $75 level because I thought the game sounded like it would be a lot of fun. Having played innumerable games of "M-------" as a child, I was really looking forward to trashing the place as an adult; it would have been very cathartic. It seems to me as though things may have been going along well until the owners of "M-------" decided that all of the various over-priced, movie-themed versions of the original game hadn't made them quite rich enough yet, and that they'd just kick over this particular apple cart lest it *cough* put them out of business. From that point on, it seems like it was death by 1,000 cuts for this project. Yes, it sounds like mistakes were made, and to his credit, Keith was honest enough to own up to them. I'm disappointed that the game, with those sexy miniatures, won't be coming out. However, looking at it reasonably, $75 is barely the cost of 2 or 3 good meals out with friends. I'm far from wealthy, but I don't feel that it's worth hounding Keith about it. If I ever get any of the money back, that's a bonus, but I knew Kickstarter was no guarantee of receiving a product. If you want a sure thing, go buy a game on Amazon. Otherwise, look at how so many people in the world live, chalk up your loss to experience, or maybe "1st-world problems", and forget about it. The only people lawsuits are typically good for is lawyers.


    16. Kevin Blacksheep Thompson on

      @godzillafan - see my previous instructions for filing with the Oregon State Attorney's office (Customer Fraud Division). Hopefully that is helpful. (I completely agree with all of your sentiments).

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      GodzillaFan on

      Our money was not to fund your Board game Company but to develop "The Doom That Came to Atlantic City" I would like to see an itemized break down on what our one hundred thousand dollars bought. It sounds to me that almost no money went into development but rather your pocket. You quit your job then moved to Portland then lived off our investor money. It sounds like the game was an afterthought because according to all your past updates the game was done and just needed to be printed. According to this update it was all lies. You misappropriated our funds for your own goal i.e. your move and trying to start a game company. I will be sending a complaint for the Oregon better business agency. I also ask if anyone would like to join me in contacting the FBI fraud division. As a 50 dollar investor my complaint will not be taken with much merit but if a number of us come together to file a complaint it would be taken serious.
      Erik Chevalier do not think you can just post Sorry and I’ll pay you back when I can. You cheated all of us and you will in some form be held accountable.
      To Lee Moyer and Keith Baker I do not hold any animosity or blame towards you. You like so many of us trusted a crook. If anything I feel worse for you. I lost 50 dollars, nothing major. You had your dream destroyed by a dishonest crook. I thank you for addressing us today it could not have been easy. That took real character much more than Erik will ever have in his life.

    18. Jeffrey on

      Filed a fraud complaint.

    19. David McCloskey on

      This saddens me and frustrates me.

      @Keith, thank you for clearing things up, and I will be happy at least to get the print and play version from you.

      Something is something in that regard.

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      Mekon on

      Being an overseas backer, I cannot file a complaint (not provision for non-US residents that I can see) unfortunately. Beyond the $75 I pledged for a product that never started, the $25 shipping really sticks in my craw - I can't understand how that could have been spent.

    21. Kevin Blacksheep Thompson on

      Again, for those of you that want to file a fraud complaint, go to and click the "file a complaint online" button (orange bar on right side of screen). Additionally you can call them directly, if you need. The toll-free number to their Consumer Fraud Hotline is 877-877-9392. Based on how many of us report this issue will determine the extent of how they respond. Also, thanks to @Christopher Bates for providing the necessary company/contact information you will need to complete the complaint form -…
      Please share this information with other backers who may wish to formally file a complaint. (The online form only takes a few minutes).

    22. Chris Nenzel on

      I have also filed a fraud complaint at and encourage others to do the same.

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      Corby Young on

      To those who are being magnanimous about the funds, we the backers are all due a full refund, according to the KS Terms Of Service:

      * Kickstarter does not offer refunds. 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.

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      jmsaul on

      Erik: we were supporting and buying a product, not a lifestyle change for you. You should be ashamed.

    25. M.E.Wohlfahrt on

      I filed a complaint against The Forking Path, Co. (Erik Chevalier) on and I encourage other backers to do the same.

    26. Sam Posten

      +1 fist bump in solidarity for Keith and Lee. You guys rock and you are the reason why I supported this project from the start, besides being compelled to do so by deep old ones and Cthulhu himself I mean. GOOD LUCK, thanks and please keep us posted!!!!

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      Jeff Feeley on

      Fraud has been reported.

    28. Christopher Bates on

      You will need this information to file a complaint:…

      See prior comment from @Kevin Thompson on steps to take.

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      Jeff Feeley on

      Can you show me anywhere that states I was backing a "new company"? I was supporting The Doom That Came To Atlantic City and I expected that product. Perhaps you should have been more honest with yourself and backers. This is ridiculous. How someone pisses away this kind of funding and has the balls to put out such a lack of information BS apology is beyond me. The pewter figures weren't made upfront? Next time you choose fraud as a profession make sure it's for more than 100k. Hardly retirement money. I expect my money returned. But based on how paper thin your words are I am strongly doubting you intentions.

    30. Twogether Studios, LLC on

      I wanted to let everyone know that The Forking Path has provided Lee and I with the list of backers, and we will contact you when there is news about the print-and-play version.

    31. Miguel Duran

      I filed a fraud complaint in Oregon as well, unfortunately. I don't know Erik and hope that he comes out of this a better person in all respects that matter, but the lack of information coupled with the disingenuousness of what was provided earlier led me to feel that this is the sort of behavior that needs correction, especially since it appears this isn't the first time Erik has done this to individuals who trusted his judgment. If a post-mortem that credibly explains what happened ever materializes, I'll withdraw my complaint and apologize, but nothing I've seen so far leads me to believe that's going to happen.

      I feel badly for Keith, Lee, and Paul who I know have to be broken-hearted at seeing their work dead-end this way and hope that, despite the bad taste in their mouths, they somehow find a way to bring this to market in the fashion that they'd originally envisioned.

    32. Kevin Blacksheep Thompson on

      I just spoke with the Oregon State Attorney's Office, specifically the Consumer Fraud Division, and they said that we can (individually) report this situation for further investigation and potentially prosecution. You need to go to and click the "file a complaint online" button (orange bar on right side of screen). Additionally you can call them directly, if you need. The toll-free number to their Consumer Fraud Hotline is 877-877-9392. Based on how many of us report this issue will determine the extent of how they respond. Given there are over 1,200 backers who were victims of fraud, and the majority (?) feel it's worthwhile that this situation be handled by (or at last reported to) the State Attorney's office, then there is a potential of hundreds of claims going to their office. At a minimum, that should assure that Erik Chevalier (and his "company" The Forking Path) are on record as taking over $122k, providing false information about what was happening with those funds, and then simply "cancelling" the project with no guarantee of refunds. (That's Fraud, black and white). Please share this information with other backers as you see fit.

    33. M.E.Wohlfahrt on

      Thank you for your update and offer, Mr. Baker. I am sorry to hear that you have apparently been as blindsided as we backers were.

    34. Nick on

      Thank you Keith. Nobody has blamed the creative forces behind this project. I know that yourself, Lee and Paul are as shocked at this turn of events as we all are. We all also know exactly where the blame should lie. In the absence of any shred of decency from Erik Chevalier, you have shown some genuine heart by posting here. The offer of a PnP version of the game is both generous and appreciated. I'm perhaps most upset that Paul's miniatures won't be produced. I, along with many others, pledged at a certain level on the promise of a beautiful set of pewter Old Ones. Hopefully they may eventually see the light of day in some form or another. I can't speak for anyone else, but if I am ever in receipt of a full refund (I'm not holding my breath) then I would be more than willing to back another KS for those amazing sculpts alone.

    35. M.E.Wohlfahrt on

      @Echo Chernik "There is nothing criminal in a project failing and no lawsuit will benefit anyone because the terms of Kickstarter upon joining remind you of that."

      I disagree. To me this sounds as if we have been intentionally mislead about the status of the project. There is reason to believe that Erik Chevalier did not use the funds he gathered through Kickstarter for the project that was presented to us. Come to think of it: Now I'd like to learn more about the "legal issues" that were given as the reason for the ongoing delay. Has anybody contacted Hasbro to see if we might not have been told the entire truth there either?

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      Jean on

      @Keith Baker - Really glad to hear from you about the project and about a print and play option.

    37. longbeach on

      Way to go Keith. That is the spirit of Kickstarter.

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      Keith, I'm sorry to hear that you were as left in the dark about this as we were, but I'm glad to hear that your contract gave the game back to you and Lee.

      Here's hoping Eric pulled the plug as soon as he realized the remaining funds wouldn't cover the game, instead of trying to keep things afloat way beyond that point.

    39. Skeeter Green on

      Keith, you are now, and have always been a class act. Good on you and Lee. I would back projects from you guys in a minute.

    40. Twogether Studios, LLC on

      Yesterday, Erik Chevalier of the Forking Path announced that he has cancelled the Kickstarter to produce The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, a board game designed by Lee Moyer and Keith Baker, which is to say, me. When Lee and I first heard this news from Erik, it came as a shock. We’ve been working on this game for over a decade. In 2011 we had it ready to go to the printer with Z-Man Games, until a change in ownership dropped it from production. Based on the information we’d been receiving from the Forking Path we believed that the game was in production. It’s a personal and financial blow to both of us, but what concerns Lee and I is that people who believed in our work and put their faith in this Kickstarter have been let down.

      First of all, I would like to make one thing crystal clear. Lee Moyer and Keith Baker are not part of the Forking Path. Neither one of us received any of the funds raised by the Kickstarter or presales. I haven’t received any form of payment for this game. Lee and I were not involved in the decisions that brought about the end of this project, and we were misinformed about its progress and the state of the game.

      As a designer, I want the ideas I come up with to bring people joy—not frustration, disappointment and anger. Once I sign a contract granting a company the rights to produce one of my games, I am putting my faith in that company and trusting that it will carry out production and delivery in a professional and ethical manner. I’ve worked with Atlas Games, Wizards of the Coast, Steve Jackson Games, Goodman Games, Green Ronin, Pelgrane Press, and many more, and I’ve never been let down until now. Lee and I don’t know exactly how the money was spent, why the backers were misled, what challenges were faced or what drove the decisions that led to the cancellation of the game. Not only did we not make any money from the game, we have actually lost money; as soon as we learned the true state of affairs, we engaged a lawyer to compel The Forking Path to come forward to the backers and to honor its pledge to issue refunds.

      With that said, all that really matters to Lee and I is that our idea has led to frustration and anger instead of bringing happiness. We can’t change the past. We can’t produce the game as presented in the Kickstarter on our own. But under the terms of the contract the rights to the art and design are back in our hands, and we can at least share those. Lee and I will be producing a print-and-play version of the game as quickly as possible, and getting that to backers at no cost. You’ll have to use your own cardstock and paper, and we can’t produce the amazing miniatures sculpted by Paul Komoda. But we can share our ideas and our work, and we hope that you will enjoy it.

      There is one snag: neither Lee or I have access to the list of backers and their email addresses. We don’t even know who you are, and we have no way to thank you directly. If you backed Doom, please contact me through my website If you know anyone who backed it, please direct them here.

      This is not the end of the road we thought we were on. Neither Lee nor I know how things reached this point, and when I look at the images from the manufacturer that show so clearly that the game could have been made, it breaks my heart. Lee and I will do our best to get you the game in print-and-play form as soon as possible. It’s not what we expected or planned on, but we at least hope that you will finally be able to get some enjoyment from the game we’ve worked on for all these years.


      Keith Baker

    41. longbeach on

      One other note is that refunds don't have to be all or none. If someone showed a lot if good intentions people just ask for a portion back (say the shipping, etc) but with this nonsense everyone should be demanding full refunds because of fraud.

      We probably have to contact his prior state as well to fill a complaint

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      Studio Libella on

      This all smells so very funny. This is a lot of money to take and we need answers and accountability. Let law enforcement do their job and look into Mr. Chevalier's books.

      If you are upset with this, take action: Start by filing consumer fraud complaints with the Oregon Attorney General to determine if a crime was committed. (or whatever state The forking path co. is registered in. Let's use crowdsourcing productively to find out where to file our complaints.) Enough complaints will certainly receive some attention.

      If you are not upset by this, honestly I do not understand. A lot of money was collected; nothing physical was produced; and all the money, including shipping funds are gone. There is a problem with this that goes beyond "better luck next time, mate." Please consider filing a complaint.

      If the company is in Oregon, this looks like a good place to start:

    43. Mika on

      Last time when I use KS to backpack small companies or individuals.

      I suggest a group claim since obviously he broke the KS rules

    44. Joshua Reubens

      @Echo Chernik We are not investors. Stop spreading that lie. It is damaging to KIckstarter as a whole.

    45. Joshua Reubens

      I guess it is nice that so many of you are so well off that you can throw money away and not care but frankly when I pay for something I'm still poor enough to expect to get it...

      Really the thing that hurts so badly is that I have seen so many do this idea right. They continued working while working on developing the game busting their buts to make certain it was done correctly but also not LIVING OFF OF THE KICKSTARTER FUNDS and then hope that some day in the future when they start making money from selling the games that did not go to the KS backers they will maybe JUST MAYBE be able to move away from their day job and start making games for a living.

      It's sad and upsetting as many have said. But it is also a bit pathetic. I hate being lied to. If Erik had been honest it probably would hurt a lot less (though if the KS page had said "I'm going to quit my job and live off the money you pay for the game!" I personally doubt I would have backed the project so maybe honest would not have worked out so well for him either.)

      Anyway, just venting like a lot of us are.

    46. Echo Chernik on

      There is no such thing as "Pre-Ordering" on Kickstarter. This is NOT a retail website. Rewards are just that - rewards for backing a project to become funded. There is nothing criminal in a project failing and no lawsuit will benefit anyone because the terms of Kickstarter upon joining remind you of that. Yes, the vast majority of Kickstarter projects are completed successfully and all rewards are managed properly, but this as a crow-dfunding investor platform, every backer assumes a risk. If you can't afford the risk, then don't invest in the project. I am very sorry to see this project fail.

    47. spacetoast on

      Don't kid yourselves. We are not going to get refunded before anyone he sold non-existant games to on his website. The worst we can probably do is sue. They can probably press criminal charges.

    48. spacetoast on

      @Mighty Rabbit Studios Thank you for sharing - that casts this in whole new light. I appreciate your coming forward.

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      Greg Cason on

      I just read through the original Kickstarter for this. Nowhere does it say that any of the money would be used to start a company. I'm sure we can't get blood from a stone, but Erik certainly committed fraud and treated himself to a year of living at our expense. Don't hold your breath for any refunds, folks. He's done this type of thing before (See the "Mighty Rabbit Studios" comment) and will no doubt try to do it again.