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Kickstarter project burns money, cancels game

Forking hell
Fri Jul 26 2013, 11:06

SMALL GAMES BUSINESS The Forking Path has revealed that it's blown the money it raised through Kickstarter and it won't produce the game.

The game was to be an elaborate board affair called The Doom that Came to Atlantic City. It is described as being nerd approved and featured the sort of figurines that some men paint while their girlfriends are leaving them, and vice versa.

The Lovecraftian, Cthulhu-esque game title ended its money sourcing run in early June, and raised $122,874, far more than its smaller $35,000 goal.

"You're one of the Great Old Ones - beings of ancient and eldritch power. Cosmic forces have held you at bay for untold aeons, but at last the stars are right and your maniacal cult has called you to this benighted place. Once you regain your full powers, you will unleash your Doom upon the world!" was the proposition.

"There's only one problem: you're not alone. The other Great Old Ones are here as well, and your rivals are determined to steal your cultists and snatch victory from your flabby claws! It's a race to the ultimate finish as you crush houses, smash holes in reality, and fight to call down The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!"

Unfortunately, the game now is more like Pooh Sticks, but rather than watch a stick float down a river investors are being told that their cash went down a toilet.

The people behind the game have posted an update that doesn't really help anyone. Investors are told that some of their money went for a move to Portland, something that they probably didn't bargain on. The rest apparently, was just frittered away.

"This is not an easy update to write. The short version: The project is over, the game is canceled," says the penultimate update by The Forking Path's Erik Chevalier.

"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."

Chevalier said that the firm got itself into the place where it "had to print", but couldn't.

"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," he added.

"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."

Chevalier said that he intended to pay everyone back, but could not give a timeline. According to his latest blog, he is facing legal threats. µ


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