Lovecraftian Board Game Cancelled After A Very Successful Funding Campaign

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This is why I’m always hesitant to donate my own money to Kickstarter campaigns, because you have no guarantee that your money is going to go toward the thing you’re supporting, or even if that thing will ever see the light of day. Unfortunately, both seem to be the case for those who supported The Doom That Came To Atlantic City, a Lovecraftian board game that’s been cancelled despite receiving $123,000, $88,000 more than what they were asking for.

Obviously, people are pissed. More after the jump.

The Kickstarter campaign, which launched back in May 2012, ended up being hugely successful. Despite this, its creator, Erik Chevalier, has decided to shut it down.

“The project is over, the game is cancelled,” he wrote in an update on the board game’s Kickstarter page.

“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’s intention was to use the funds to launch a board game company, with its first product being The Doom That Came To Atlantic City.

“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.”

Now, he’s working on finding a way to pay everyone back, starting with those who donated through his website.

“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.”

Many people are calling him a fraud. I see something far more sinister. I smell a curse, one that’s been placed on any form of entertainment that has to do with the Lovecraft universe. First, Call of Cthulhu — a planned trilogy — was canned after the first game, then Guillermo Del Toro’s Mountans of Madness got the axe, and now this. There isn’t a doubt in my mind that there’s dark magic at work here.

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Source: CVG
  • Sick_skwerl

    If I gave that bastard money, I would nail him to his own front door.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000031803851 Gavin Dobbs

    I don’t smell a fraud, I don’t smell a curse. I smell a weak willed puss that couldn’t keep his end of the bargain. And when he realized it, instead of manning up and pushing through, he cried foul and looked for a skirt to hide behind.

  • Mr.Mirage

    “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.”

    AND he is giving the money back. No, that is someone that thought “Hey! I just invade the board game industry with a great idea!” and got rectal hammered by reality.

    It happens, too bad that the game crapped out, though… I know a lot of people that would have gotten it from me as a Christmas present…

  • SonOfVoorhees

    Can we add Del Toro’s At The Mountains of Madness to this curse as well?

    I think the guy who made that game got the money easy for a good idea, but didn’t put the work in before hand to ensure he could fulfill what he wanted. It would be like me wanting to make a movie, if i don’t know what the costs are and how to go about making one then i shouldn’t start a kickstarter until ive sorted all that other stuff out.

  • dirtyghettok

    Holy crap this guy is an idiot and fraudster. His idiocy just spews out of his Kickstarter statement. Here’s what I got out of what he said through what Stewie of Family Guy calls a ‘compliment sandwich.’

    1. “No matter the cause though, these could all have been avoided by someone more experienced and I apparently was not that person.” – Great, you’ve saved the Kickstarter community an intervention and realized that committing fraud is harder than it sounds.

    2. “Since then rifts have formed and every error compounded the growing frustration, causing only more issues.” – Well no shit dipshit. You’re starting a business from the ground up. Are you really that stupid to think any of it was going to be easy? Side note – Oh yeah, he actually did.

    3. “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” – Wonderful, seems you actually (if you even did any of this) made progress on your business model and made steps towards an excellent board game.

    4. “the money was approaching a point of no return.” – WTF?? What type of fucking idiot are you? Seriously, I would like an e-mail/message or reply on this. This would be a great paper for someone to get their PhD on idiocy. Where did you think the money was going to go,, wallet fairies and they do all the work? And why the hell is anyone besides yourself paying you to move back to Portland? I’m guessing back to your parents house? That money should never come from your investors.

    5. “My hope now is to eventually refund everyone fully.” – Ah excellent, you know how to type lies onto the internet which has never been done before and now explains why my last three blind dates were not super models, but a lot of hairy men into bondage and ponies.

    6. “This puts all of the financial burden directly on my shoulders.” – OH MY GOD! Duh, just DUH!!! My IQ dropped three points after reading just that part. Who the hell else would be paying this owed money back? Those wallet fairies maybe? And why are you telling anyone this, to get sympathy? Sorry bud, (I’m actually not sorry) but it’s time to un-tape your sack and face the music.

    7. “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.” – And wonderful again you have a game plan on what’s going to happen (we all know it won’t) and how you’re going to do it. Though, not trying to dig up old news, lets try a little harder this time since we all know what happened last time with your best intentions.