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A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
A party game in which it is TOTALLY POSSIBLE to drop a boxcar full of rabid piranhas onto the King of France. LIKELY, even
10,666 backers pledged $556,596 to help bring this project to life.

Some great pictures! And KNOWN ISSUES PART 2


Oh man! As of last night, we have shipped 9,704 orders

That does mean that the last 800 or so have yet to ship! If your order contained: cards in tins, German cards, an empty Sidecar box, a specific deluxe box number, a personalized certificate, or goats, your order has yet to ship. Some other orders have also yet to ship. This is a long process!

But lots of people have received their games and taken some cool pictures!!


"Machine of Death has arrived in Oz" – @Rob_Jedi

Thanks for this sweet picture, Rob! I am going to send you this CUSTOM GAME CARD in the mail:


 "#Machineofdeath game arrived! Luckily, my assistant opened it first, to explosive results, so I'm still safe" – @bookrarian

Thanks Bethany! You will be getting this custom game card in the mail:


"Uh.. guys... HELP!! #MachineOfDeath" – @TheOneTar

Tiffany this is so cute! You will be getting the following custom game card from me:

Sorry for the bad penmanship here – I literally have so much nervous energy right now that my hands are shaking, and it's taken me all morning to write this update because I have to get up and pace around every couple of minutes. SO EXCITINGGGGGGG

I have decided that I will award FIFTY of these custom game cards to people who tweet pictures of their game using #machineofdeath! (And you can cc me too: @malki.) Some of the pictures I've already seen will be awarded in the coming days...But there is still plenty of time to tweet your own.

If you don't have Twitter, you can also email me your pictures! That is fine too. (As long as you're OK with me posting them publicly.)

I'm not going to clog the Kickstarter updates with all fifty pictures (maybe just a few standouts), so if you'd like to see them all, please check out the new Tumblr I just set up, I'll be posting more stuff about the game and books there too, in the coming days and weeks! Also, browse the hashtag to see other people's posts!


Just a reminder that the customer service email for all inquiries is info [at] Please remember to include your order number (from your tracking email or packing slip, starts with WMRK), if you can. I'm trying to get back to everyone within 24 hours. If you have any questions or concerns about order contents, customs, etc., please don't be shy to write. I want to help you get your games! 

"My tracking info says my order was delivered, but I didn't get it?"

The worst case scenario here is that the order disappeared from your doorstep. But (for US orders, anyway) the first course of action – after looking in the bushes and at the back door and so on – is to contact your local post office. We are using FedEx SmartPost for domestic shipping, which means that it moves through the FedEx system but then is handed to your local post office for mail carrier delivery. So even if FedEx thinks it's been delivered, the mail carrier may still have it, or it may still be at your local post office.

In a handful of cases we have also heard that post offices have held onto items for insufficient postage. This is NONSENSE and NO order was sent with postage due – it's some miscommunication between their system and FedEx's. That said, what we DON'T want to happen is that your package is returned...So I think the best course of action is to pay the postage, and contact me with all the info. I will reimburse you for the postage, and then bother the shipping company about reimbursing ME.

If your package WAS stolen, we will send you another. If it's been, let's say, three days after the package says it was delivered, and your post office doesn't have any record of it, then contact me and I will queue a reshipment for you.

"I received my Deluxe Box and it had this weird white box in it. Is this a deck I was supposed to receive and didn't?"

That white box is just a spacer to keep the dividers up. I am hearing from some people that it was put in sideways, or crushed, or something. That's okay; it was a noble effort. You can keep it or throw it away, at your preference. Put it to work for you, if you like. Keep your custom cards in it!! OR use it as a JAIL for the cards you HATE. Whatever you want. 

"I received my Deluxe Box but not the other things indicated on my packing slip. Will they be coming in a separate shipment?"

Yes, you will be getting a separate package with everything else! Please watch for an email about this in MERE MOMENTS.

BONUS LINK: BoardGameGeek's Machine of Death page is another good place to talk about the game – already there are some variant rules and questions about the rules that have been clarified! I am checking in there occasionally as well to answer any questions.

Thanks everyone!!


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    1. Vyasar Ganesan on January 24, 2014

      I also am yet to receive a shipping confirmation.

    2. Ashpolt on January 23, 2014

      Hi, have you shipped all of the orders now? UK backer here, and I haven't received the game or shipping confirmation yet, would like to know if my order's been dispatched and held up at customs or just still in the US! Thanks.

    3. Threemoons on January 21, 2014

      I don't have a public Twitter stream, but folks here can feel free to follow me at @Threemoons. I just got my box before the snow set in; should have unboxing pix later today with any luck.

    4. JeremysIron on January 19, 2014

      The woo - mine came with a small egg timer.

    5. Matt Aston on January 18, 2014

      Me too Philip. Bloody customs.

    6. ChaosModifier on January 17, 2014

      Still no shipping notification email. I knew mine would be among the last, but when should I start worrying?

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      The Woo on January 17, 2014

      Was the physical game supposed to have a timer with it? I thought that it was. I can probably steal one from another game (because why use a phone when hourglass, duh).

    8. Philip Bowman on January 17, 2014

      Mine arrived OK in the UK a couple of days ago, but today I got a bill from Fedex in the post for taxes - about £6 + £10 handling!

    9. Matthew Starrs on January 17, 2014

      I just got hit with Taxes in the UK for the game :(.

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      Voidvessel on January 17, 2014

      Got it delivered yesterday here in Sweden. Somewhat disappointed that you didn't send as a gift like most other kickstarters I've backed have though. Got hit with taxes for more than what my pledge was :/ So if you still have any to send out that's something to think about. Looking forward to playing though!

    11. Matthew Power
      on January 16, 2014

      Quite excited to finally receive everything. My package has finally arrived in Canada today, so I'm hoping to see it before the end of next week, given customs and being on the far edge of the country.

      Also, David? You should totally take the fifty custom cards you make, and turn them into another expansion, which you can offer on Topatoco (or your own website), so that we can support you with even more money. Or not, and let them be cool, exclusive bonuses to those making these great photos. Just saying, I'd be happy to have yellow, adorable, exploding things to kill people with, and I'm sure others would as well.

    12. Zach Perkins on January 16, 2014

      wish I had sprung for the rad wooden box now.

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      TAC on January 16, 2014

      I got my deluxe box today *yay me!* and was getting ready to email you because other stuff wasn't in the box (and there so was enough room in there).... and now I know to be on the lookout for another box and not send an email just yet. :)

    14. Jackson Starky on January 16, 2014

      So... even though I've been home all day (end of my weekend today), I did not hear my front door buzzer at ALL, and there was a delivery notice in my mailbox. So someone with the postal company decided I should have to wait until I was back to work (I can't pick it up until after 1PM tomorrow) to get whatever it is that I got... which might very well be this game. They are EVIL!!!!!

    15. Andrea Gaulke on January 16, 2014

      Thanks for being on top of this -- I just opened mine up and was logging on to cry tears of disappointment and sadness, but this update and subsequent e-mail prevented said tears and gave me the hope to go on!

    16. Matt Schwartz on January 16, 2014

      Just played for the first time last night. It really is a great game. Really takes the bickering out of "storytelling" games by keeping it small and cooperative.

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      mike ledoux on January 16, 2014

      Mine was clearly still cursed when it arrived on Monday. Since it arrived, things keep coming up and preventing me from playing! Cursed, I tell you!

      I intend to enlist the services of an Even More Powerful Wizard this weekend at Arisia to remove the curse once and for all and get a few games in!

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      Mekon on January 16, 2014

      For what it is worth, that "weird white box" had my pin and badge in it - don't throw it away without checking first! :)

    19. Kasper R. A. S. on January 16, 2014

      I'm one of those crazy people who wanted a specific number on my box, so I guess I'll have to wait a bit longer. :P

    20. David Malki ! 7-time creator on January 16, 2014

      @Andy – I'll make sure not to award all until I'm confident everyone's gotten their game.

    21. Andy Erickson on January 16, 2014

      Will the final 800 of us still have enough time to submit photos, or will the 50 winner cards be awarded by the time we get them?

    22. Shannon Der Aldinger on January 16, 2014

      Just got mine delivered today, can't wait to play :)

    23. bagheadinc on January 16, 2014

      "a specific deluxe box number"

      CURSES! *shakes fist in air*

    24. David Malki ! 7-time creator on January 16, 2014

      @Eric – every day I think it's going to be the next day. So, soon? By next week I REALLY hope??

    25. Richard N. on January 16, 2014

      Well this one certainly answered every question I had. Tomorrow, I was going to ask about a couple of these. Just about the white box and the extra items being shipped separately. Proud owner of box #1100 of 1100 here. I hope they all aren't numbered that. :)

    26. Eric Yurko
      on January 16, 2014

      Super excited--any word on when those last 800 orders will ship?

    27. Vyasar Ganesan on January 16, 2014

      I'm still waiting for mine! I'm just a reg'lar old "BOOKED" backer, but I have SO MANY exciting photo plans.