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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.

Terminus

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
erik@theforkingpath.com

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      John Roberdeau
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      He probably has a more significant legal obligation to the people who preordered than he does to the backers. I did notice you said you already paid for the creation of the figures. Presumably that is just the carving and not the actual production, so there is no chance of seeing those, either...

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      Terry McKelvey
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      I too would be interested in receiving whatever art assets, rules, etc. that exist for the game. Since they are already paid for, and no game is going to be made, then I see no harm in sending them them to the Kickstarter backers as PDF files as a good faith gesture. I am sure I could make good use of them for my personal gaming. I am especially disappointed to not receive the pewter or even plastic figures. If anything could be completely salvaged and sent to the backers as a completed product, I wish it were the figures.

    3. Shane Charleson on

      I was all set to give commiserations to you, until you said that those who pre-ordered AFTER the campaign will be getting first refunds. No, sir - this is NOT how business works; those of us who put money into the campaign (thereby ensuring that the product would exist) should get first priority.

    4. Phil Opitz on

      Word of advice - your goal from this point forward is to make the highest number of people happy as quickly as you can.
      Start by reimbursing the Kickstarter backers
      Reimburse not the highest or the lowest backers first, but the largest number of backers you can.
      Repeat until no debts remain.

      I'm sorry this didn't work out. I was looking forward to this game. I'm not mad, not upset, and don't even feel cheated. I'm simply disappointed.

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      Reaper Steve
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      Sad to hear this news, but I appreciate hearing it. I also appreciate the eventual refund... but I do think that you should start with the Kickstarter backers.

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      Jared Torre on

      I'm sorry this didn't work out. You can keep my $75 pledge. Good luck.

    7. Kevin Blacksheep Thompson on

      I don't want to hear your excuses. You had plenty of backer funds to successfully produce this project. Your silence and misrepresentation of the truth to us backers is inexcusable. (I feel especially sorry for Keith and Lee, who are left holding an empty bag, too. Their game design is a good one, and I hope they can produce it someday.) I simply don't trust you, and wonder what percentage of backers will see 100% of their money refunded, and just how many more months (years?!) until you are finished refunding us, if at all? Just refund my money, and let me try and forget about this nightmare that you brought into my life. Again, just send me back my money.

    8. Skeeter Green on

      Compounding the problem by paying back people who came AFTER the pledgers here is stupid. I don't expect you'll read this, so it's moot on my end, but this is total crap. You don't pay back people looking to pre-order AT THE EXPENSE OF THOSE WHO BUILT YOUR COMPANY, that you later squandered. Please reconsider this extremely insulting move.

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      Erik Stegman on

      I guess I have learned a costly lesson. I sincerely doubt that I will ever see a dime of my money. The fact that we only hear about the problems when the project is cancelled, just shows what a poorly conceived and run project. Amature project all around.

    10. longbeach on

      i know.. perhaps release all the pdfs or whatever.. i have a big photo printer and getting a FORM1 soon so I can just fabricate the game myself (and use some generic cthulu 3D models to print out)

    11. Fred Kiesche on

      I do not understand why you are going to start your refunds with "...those who've pre-ordered after the Kickstarter campaign through our webstore..." Shouldn't those that put the faith in the product DURING the Kickstarter get refunded first?

    12. Craig McRoberts
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      on

      It takes a lot of guts to write what you just did. Pretty much no one will be happy. Some may be mad. But good on you for at least letting us know, rather than disappearing like dust on the wind. Let's keep that spirit of transparency alive. It's the best thing you can do.

    13. longbeach on

      sad.. chalk me up with two clunkers since I also was a big supporter of Haunts. I only asked for $150 badk of the $250 I pledged that project but he at least sent out tshirts and artwork etc so he deserved to keep some even though he really twisted it up on his end in many ways.

      Here, I think asleep at the wheel comes to mind. Since I am only at the $105 level not sure I will see a dime with all the much higher spots get screwed royally

    14. Sam Posten
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      on

      Bleh that sucks. My only comment is I wish you had been more transparent on the difficulties in the other 26 updates. THAT is what's frustrating, not that you have to cancel. You claim to have run down all your options but not talking to backers about issues until its too late is hard to swallow.

      Not pointing fingers or getting pitchforks, just venting....

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      Russ on

      Damn.. That really sucks. I was so looking forward to this game, no matter how long it took.. I'm really sad it ended this way. :(