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The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
The Settlers of Catan board we've all been waiting for. Portable, affordable, and true to Catan craftsmanship.
5,331 backers pledged $361,030 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Ted Rathkopf 1 day ago

      I backed this for 2 boards + RCHs. One for me, and one for a friend. The friend has moved since I backed this. TWICE. Still no RCH.

    2. Josh Helton 2 days ago

      Okay, so September 25th has come and went, maybe by October 25th we'll get an update.

    3. Michael Sprague
      4 days ago

      No, @Josh - it'll be more like:
      I really planned on sending the RCH's out this month, but you guys haven't bought enough of my overstocked items, that I over-extended myself beyond actual demand for, and so I can't afford to ship them (loose paraphrase, of course)

      Or (most likely) the next update will be a no-details update on the sale of the company, because he won't be allowed to disclose the actual details, for legal reasons, but he knows we'll understand.

    4. Josh Helton on September 21

      Well, only 4 more days until his two month update telling us the RCHs will be sent out starting October 1. He really means it this time guys, he's super serial.

    5. Christopher Green on September 13

      @Josh Nothing you said is wrong. So say that instead of hyperbolic statements like, "It's unlikely he'll ever do a single damn thing he says." Comments like that serve no purpose and only add to the toxicity runs rampant here.

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      Jeff on September 13

      Don't forget, the RCHs have been FINISHED since LAST February. As in 19 months ago! And he supposedly began shipping them LAST July. I've yet to hear of a single person receiving a RCH holder 14 months later! It's simply unbelievable!

    7. Josh Helton on September 12

      @Christopher - We've not been getting updates on this KS though, we've gotten plenty on the other one. I don't care about the bags or dice towers. He's been saying since May that the RCH will be shipped out soon (just wait ten days longer!) but he never follows through with it. Funding shortfalls don't just happen overnight, he had to be aware of the budget when writing the update and thus didn't intend to ship them at that time. Most recently he told us that they would start shipping on August 1st. This obviously hasn't happened, yet we've heard nothing from him.

    8. Christopher Green on September 12

      Yes, this campaign is taking a long time. Yes, this campaign has seen more downs than ups. And yet, we still receive an update every one to two months, usually with pictures ands video. It is clear things are moving forward, albeit, not as fast as many people (myself included) would like. While that can be both discouraging and disappointing, it is clear that progress is being made, and to say otherwise is foolhardy.

    9. shellynel
      on September 12

      My current theory is that he posted those updates to placate the masses and make things look like they are moving along while he negotiated to sell his 'smoothly operating' company.

    10. Michael Sprague
      on September 11

      @david - because instead of honoring his word (which he hasn't done since the original boards went out) he apparently was out trying to sell his company - he doesn't give a single care to any of his backers, his ongoing negligence and lies have demonstrated this time and time, again.

    11. David Siskin
      on September 11

      Six weeks later...nothing!

    12. David Siskin
      on September 11

      From July 25...

      When will you ship Resource Card Holders (RCHs)?

      Our previous update stated that backers of the 2012 Kickstarter who already received a standard board, walnut board or aluminum board and who are also owed one or more RCHs and no other rewards would receive a final shipment in June 2016. Unfortunately, unplanned financial constraints made it impossible to fulfill this commitment. We now plan to ship RCHs to affected backers starting August 1, 2016.

    13. Michael Sprague
      on September 8

      @josh - I fell ya.... Personally, I gave up giving any benefit of doubt over a year ago.....

    14. Josh Helton on September 7

      @Michael - It's unlikely he'll ever do a single damn thing he says, but I was trying to give him the benefit of the doubt. Six days (time between last update and August 1) is apparently more than enough time to decide he won't be sending out RCH to anybody, if he ever intended to in the first place.

    15. Michael Sprague
      on September 7

      @josh - it is unlikely that they are being mailed out - not with the sale of the "company"

      And depending on who buys it, they may not even fulfill them.... They'd be under no obligation.

    16. Josh Helton on September 3

      A month out, has anybody got the RCH yet?

    17. Michael Sprague
      on August 30

      Has anyone heard who the scam artist is selling the "company" to?

    18. Josh Helton on August 23

      Screenshotting for @Jeff:

      Bill, care to weigh in on the future of the KS rewards and what this means for us backers?

    19. Josh Helton on August 23

      Not that Bill does in the first place, but it would be nice to have SOMEBODY that gives a shit...

    20. Josh Helton on August 23

      And will the purchasers of the company give two shits about fulfilling KS rewards.

    21. Donatos Aphael on August 23

      Now the question in my mind is : Who is he selling the company to ?

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      Jeff on August 22

      Nope, and we may never!

      8/16 on Twitter
      "In the process of selling previous company, and I want to take a break from startup life. 9 to 5 sounds A-OK right now"

    23. Josh Helton on August 17

      Just curious, has anybody received their RCH since they were supposed to start shipping on 8/1?

    24. Sean Stiff on August 9

      It's this and one other that I have waited just as long for that are like 2 of my three Kickstarter experiences. These two experiences are why I don't support Kickstarter projects any longer.

    25. Josh Helton on July 26

      @Kyle I don't even play the game that often anymore. We always play seafarers, so I can with play without that and use my board, or not use the board and play how I want.

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      Kyle Mays on July 26

      At this point, I would rather have the catan bag than the rchs and seafarers board. I don't play the game enough anymore with the expansion.

    27. Michael Sprague
      on July 25

      You all realize he isn't actually going to ship anything... His last update gave him a year to do nothing, and not have to answer to anything.... The RCH's have been "ready to ship" for over a year, already... What makes you think he'd care enough to send them now?

    28. Jimmy Hudson on July 11

      Any news on the RCHs? I look forward to hearing from you! Thanks.

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      Travis Mellema on July 11

      The last update from May 25th stated that they would ship RCH's June 3rd. Just wondering if anyone received a shipping confirmation as I have not and it's been a month. Just curious.

    30. Josh Helton on June 27

      It's been a month. Exactly how often were you planning on these regular updates to be given?

    31. Michael Sprague
      on June 10

      @brad - the problem is he has, effectively, run and hidden.... he posts occasional vague posts, and even throws in a backhanded apology, once in awhile.... but hasn't actually produced a thing in years, just keeps posting pics of things we've already seen... it's nothing but smoke and mirrors, Ponzi scheme at best....

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      Brad Andrews
      on June 9

      I do hope you have more to sell to make enough to take care of all these orders Bill. Your site is very light on things it is selling. Make some more wooden boards for example, those have been sold out for some time. The base plastic boards are nice, but the market for them is likely quite limited.

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      Brad Andrews
      on June 9

      Many of you need to grow up a bit. Life happens. All KS campaigns don't wildly succeed. I will be glad to get anything out of this. Legal means would end up meaning you would get pennies on the dollar for what you spent, if you got anything at all. Lawyers are expensive.

      He has a tough thing to dig out of, but at least he didn't run away and hide as some do for failed KS campaigns.

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      Alan Clift on May 31

      So what is the best approach for taking legal action?

      All I got from asking Kickstarter is terms of use. 'You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these Terms, or your use or non-use of Kickstarter, shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in New York County in the State of New York, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.'

      Unfortunately, while Kickstarter made it easy to get into this situation. They offer nothing of help for us backers now.

      I understood the risk, and know the chances of seeing rewards is low. So, am looking to at least keep the the creator from walking away for free. I would think something like a bankruptcy is in order, and force them to sell their assets and provide at least a percentage in refunds.

    35. Michael Sprague
      on May 31

      So, I'm looking at all the other lies told (aka "updates").... how much money is being wasted on storing the finished/almost finished products? through the updates on the other KS (that I thankfully dodged) there are pics of the same dice towers and collector boxes that are shown in the recent update (but from a year ago).

      I run a screen printing shop, I can't imagine having product just stacked up for a year+ taking up room.

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      Keith Hall on May 31

      Had to contact my credit card company to recover my $40.

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      Alan Clift on May 27

      I wonder if Bill could sell the rights to hex boards and other designs, and use those proceeds to produce and deliver our merchandise.

    38. Josh Helton on May 27

      I'm calling it, next update in three weeks, telling us how lucky we are that bag production has begun, Seafarers boards have been moved up to January estimated ship time (before the following update telling us they've moved back farther to June), reminder that we can't have our RCH no matter how much we ask, and rounding it out by begging for more money.

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      Keith Hall on May 26

      I WANT MY MONEY BACK! I've just paid $40 in the mistaken belief that my Seafarers board, a mere three years late, was about to be delivered. Now I find out it's pushed back another year. Hands up who thinks it will show up then? Seriously I do want my hard earned money back, or is this just a con?

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      Shahzad Farooqui on May 26

      Interesting, I have to wait 5 years to get my board while others are buying other things and are able to get them a lot sooner?

    41. Jason Creager on May 26


      We just have to raise the money to replace YOUR money that we just spent to fulfill past orders. You could REALLY help us get your items to you by selling stuff for us.

      This isn't a pyramid scheme at all.

    42. Josh Helton on May 19

      Promises to update more frequently; nothing for two weeks. Keep it classy, Bill.

    43. Joseph Stark on May 5

      Bill so once this magical missing shipment to Amazon is found - how many of them need to be sold before you have enough money to start the Seafarers boards? Also any thought or guarantee that the folks from THIS (the first) KS can get their stuff before the other one? I backed both - but at least try and finish up ONE of the two KS!

    44. Eagle-Man
      on May 4

      Reska: there was an error with the BackerKit setup. Contact BackerKit to get it straightened out. I think they added a special question to the survey later to take care of this.

    45. Josh Helton on May 4

      Seems Bill wa lying here two months ago when he told me the manufacturing had begun. I'm guessing he sent out the BackerKit surveys again to try and distract us, give us false hope that we were going to actually receive something.

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      Reska on May 4

      So, I pledged an extra $10 all that time ago for a RCH. I was told during the most recent BackerKit that I wouldn't be paying extra. So why was I charged $24 for the RCH and shipping?

    47. Steve on May 4

      I have not commented before on this project. I just thought you should know that this project has taken so long that I do not even play Catan anymore.

    48. Michael Sprague
      on May 4

      BILL where are we at? I have received TWO requests to update my STILL THE SAME PLEDGE AND ADDRESS as THREE YEARS AGO... and nothing is being shown as happening... Are the Seafarer boards even being made, yet?

    49. Josh Helton on April 28

      Prediction: next update will tell us that production has *finally* begun despite telling us it already has multiple times now.

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      Shon on April 21

      I was charged an additional $86 ???? Totally confused. Pledged $110 for two sets of RCH and the 5/6 Player Seafarers set.

      Emailed Bill but haven't heard back ):

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