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It occurs to me that it would be cool if we had a place where we could look and see how Kickstarter is working for us. I'm going to start posting reviews of Kickstarter results under the company that ran them - General section. Here I'm going to report them with a link by name.

I'm not really reviewing the products (yet). Right now I'm only really talking about the Kickstarter and their performance in meeting their promises.

Feel free to add your own results, with or without a link to the publisher.
Right now, this is for RPG Items only. I suspect BGG already has a list.

Suggestions for changes in format are always welcome.

If you backed an already listed project, please add your results as a comment to the current item rather than creating a new one.

On the flipside, if a publisher has more than one project, please list each separately.
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1. Board Game Publisher: (Self-Published)
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Item: Aeon Wave - A Cyberpunk Scenario for Fate Core

Michael E. Shea

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: November 1, 2013
Delivery Goal: Jan 2014
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1298145716/aeon-wave-a-c...

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2. Board Game Publisher: (Self-Published)
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Will Hindmarch

Item: Project: Dark

Project Duration: 33 days
Project End: March 1, 2014
Delivery Goal: August 2014
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wordstudio/project-dark...

I did not back this project, but I thought it should be included here.

Progress: Funded at $75k and has not delivered yet. Communication is troubled with sporadic updates, and he hasn't posted in the KS comments since 3/5/2014 (despite many questions being asked). Now there's a report that he doesn't respond to questions sent to him through KS message system.

As of December 2015, this appears to have entered the Far West zone. A full PDF - perhaps missing some art - was promised on 12/1. Instead, one chapter was sent and nothing since.

As of April 29 2016, he responded to someone on Twitter saying the PDF and maybe the POD books should be out by Gen Con.

As of September 30 2016, there have been Updates the last two months, but he's still not communicating with backers who want refunds. Perhaps the worst of all was a backer saying that Hindmarch isn't as bad as Skarka or Wallis. Faint praise indeed...

As of January 21 2017, there was a brief sign of life in an update talking about new playtesting and a new layout pass on the Player's Edition. Backers in the comments were not impressed. It's close to three years since he's answered a question in the comments.

There was an update on June 23 2017 that was received with mixed reaction. The update (backers only) was described as "he choked, he's getting 3rd party help, he's working on it."

As of April 11, 2018, there's essentially been no progress. As happens with these types of Kickstarters, folks in the comments are asking for a dump of what he has. Unfortunately, Hindmarch does not respond to comments.

I'll stop updating until something significant happens.
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3. Board Game Publisher: (Self-Published)
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Will Hindmarch

Item: Always/Never/Now

Project Duration: Unknown
Project End: January 9, 2012
Delivery Goal: March 2012
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/wordstudio/always-never...

I did not back this project, but I thought it should be included here.

Progress: Funded at $8.3k and has not delivered physical rewards yet (PDF was complete March 2013). Communication appears to be troubled. It appears, as of 5/29/2015, that books may have been sent. There was a single report of someone receiving a book. On 9/12/2015, there was a backers only posted titled "One More Round of Shipping." On 11/22/2015, there was a comment "still no package and no responses to my emails." In September 2016, there was an Update "Resending Books & Binders" which was followed by a complaint in the comments that they can't get in touch with him about their missing reward.
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Item: Obsidian Portal Reforged by Obsidian Portal

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: April 26, 2013
Delivery Goal: August 2013
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Yes

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/252020431/obsidian-porta...

I am participating at a level that will extend my current subscription by 19 months (IIRC): $20

Progress: I have to admit that I completely lost track of this one. My membership is in place until August 2015 which means that I did get my rewards at some point.

Final Disposition: This was a no-brainer back for me. I was already a subscriber, planned on staying a subscriber, and now I'm getting 19 more months for $20.

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5. Board Game Publisher: (Unknown)
Gabriel Perez
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Item: Centurion: Legions of Rome
Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: April 2, 2013
Delivery Goal: August 2013
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Nothing yet

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1153118353/centurion-leg...

I am participating at a level: $35, Which means pdf's and a centurion book.

Progress: They are behind schedule, but has updated backers every month about his progress. I believe it will come out sometime in October or November. He even has a blog he updates once a week.

Final Disposition: I am excited for this. I am a big history person and I would love to run a game in the Roman times and I feel this game would be great resource for Vampire: Requiem Rome.
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Publisher: Hyacinth Games
Item: Wreck Age: Tabletop, RPG, and board game

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: Sept. 26, 2012
Delivery Goal: February 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 5 months
Actual time to delivery: 15 months [no timetable]
Percentage: 200%+
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Not delivered

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/hyacinthgames/a-tabletop...

I participated at the $60 Level: It means I get the hardcover book and couple of stretch goals.

Progress: It is going okay. It is late obviously, but they hired someone to help with communication and he has done a great job. They are still working on the book, but they have sent out 2 or 3 sets of minis out there for those that ordered those.
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Item: Fudge it! Fudge Dice Infusion

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: May 1, 2013
Delivery Goal: October 2013
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No

By Rustyn Sa

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/747453735/fudge-it-fudge...


The producer's latest update says she is shipping these translucent Fudge Dice out at the moment, so looks like only going to be a few weeks late or less for USA recipients. So quite well done, really.
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Publisher: Game Salute

Item: Rocket Dice

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: April 19, 2013
Delivery Goal: October 2013
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/rocket-dice/p...

As of mid-October, having some problems with prototyping quality. So definitely going to be late.
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Publisher: Cosmic Compass Creations

Item: Revelation: A Zombie Survival Horror RPG

Project Duration: 60 days
Project End: October 15, 2012
Delivery Goal: June 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 8 months
Actual time to delivery: Funding Unsuccessful
Percentage: Funding Unsuccessful
Funding: Unsuccessful
Primary Items Received: Not yet delivered

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/cosmiccompass/revelation...

I participated at a level that would have given me the book and a number of add-on games

Progress: This one seemed doomed almost from the start. It garnered a number of negative comments both on Kickstarter and on RPGGeek. The criticism centered on the publisher's statement that the game would be ground-breaking and revolutionary while their gaming experience seemed limited. They raised less than 10% of their $7,500 goal.
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Item: HOPE Live Acton Role Play

Project Duration: 36 days
Project End: March 15, 2013
Delivery Goal: Funding Unsuccessful
Funding: Unsuccessful

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504449285/hope-were-epic...

I backed at a level that would have given me a piece of hand-drawn art and command of a pantaloon of Elves

Progress: This project had a goal of $300,000. It raised only my $25. It was very clear the author's reach might be exceeding his grasp. The project had some serious grammatical and spelling errors and the video was less than polished. I don't think a $300,000 goal for an RPG can work for anyone other than a well-loved publisher.
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Item: HOPE 2.0 Live Acton Role Play

Project Duration: 35 days
Project End: May 13, 2013
Delivery Goal: Funding Unsuccessful
Funding: Unsuccessful

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/504449285/hope-20-making...

I backed at a level that would have given me a piece of hand-drawn art and command of a pantaloon of Elves

Progress: This time the goal was a more modest $2,000. It still had only one backer. I think the LARP element may have been part fo the issue, since it was still mostly about promoting a LARP in Atlanta, GA.
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Publisher: Burrowing Owl Publications (not in database)

Item: Busty Barbarian Bimbos

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: March 18, 2013
Delivery Goal: July 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 5 months
Actual time to delivery: Not yet delivered
Percentage: Not yet delivered
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Not yet delivered

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/burrowowl/busty-barbaria...

I pledged at a level that provided a hardback copy of the finished book.

Progress: As of August 18, cover art has not yet been received but the interiors are in layout.
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The publisher, Calico Games, isn't in the database yet.

Item: Short Order Heroes

Project Duration: 28 days
Project End: May 6, 2013
Delivery Goal: October 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 6 months
Actual time to delivery: Not yet delivered
Percentage: Not yet delivered
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Not yet delivered

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1510216605/short-order-h...

I pledged at a level that gave me the base game, some Kickstarter exclusives and three expansions unlocked as stretch goals ($50)

Progress: Communication has been good and the latest update is that they will be delivered in October.
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The publisher, Lesser Gnome, is not yet in the database.

Item: Whisper & Venom

Project Duration: 37 days
Project End: July 6, 2013
Delivery Goal: November 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 5 months
Actual time to delivery: Not yet delivered
Percentage: Not yet delivered
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Not yet delivered

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nogrod/whisper-and-venom...

I pledged at a level that got me Labyrinth Lord rules, the adventure set and all stretch goals ($75)

Progress: Lots of things are complete and ready to go, delivery is expected to be on-time.
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Item: Precision Machined Metal Dice - Floating d6 and Fudge Dice

Project Duration: 40 days
Project End: May 6, 2013
Funding: Unsuccessful

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/slykly/floating-face-dic...
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Item: Ambrov X - Sime-Gen RPG

Project Duration: Cancelled

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/aharon/ambrov-x-a-sime-g...
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17. RPG Publisher: Accessible Games
 
Chad Bowser
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Item: Psi-punk

Project Duration:
40 days
Project End: Jul 18, 2012
Delivery Goal: Aug 27, 2012
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Not yet arrived

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/accessiblegames/psi-punk...

I participated at a level that provided one copy of the book.


Final Disposition: No concerns yet.
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18. RPG Publisher: Adamant Entertainment
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Item: Far West (book not in database)

Project Duration: 45 days
Project End: Aug 25, 2011
Delivery Goal: December 31, 2011
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No, ridiculously late

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/Adamant/far-west-western...

I participated at a level that provided one copy of the book and various extras ($65). In September 2015, I received a partial refund that takes me down to the $10 digital level.

Progress: As of October 22, 2018 (now officially over 6 years late), some of the manuscript has been released to backers. Some of the "extras" have been delivered; I received Tales of the Far West in PDF (a fiction anthology) and Far West: Amble's Map in PDF (I'm supposed to receive this is print too).

It's really impossible to gauge how complete the damn thing actually is. On 12/30/2013, Skarka said it's 99% complete (on Twitter). On 1/30/2014, he reported that he's still working on "getting the layout finalized." In November 2014, he said that he was mostly working on layout but was adding in text and artwork where needed. On 5/29/2015 he was working on delivering the entire PDF by 5/31/2015 and then delivered one chapter on 6/2/2015 and "new sections will be coming fairly rapidly." Chapter 8 was delivered on 8/5/2015. Chapter 9 has been on the clock since 8/5/2015. On Twitter he reported that he was working on layout.

The latest release date for the full PDF is now mid-November unclear yet again December 24 "a few more days" unclear yet again April 28 2014 unclear yet again June 30, 2014 July 2014 imminent August 2014 early September 2014 unclear yet again December 17 2014 unclear yet again May 2015 or early June unclear yet again December 2015 November 2015 January 31 2016 unclear yet again May 2016 early June 2016 late June 2016 unclear yet again some time this week unclear yet again.

Requests to make the PDF available "as is" to backers have been rejected or ignored (the latest in August 2016). A suggestion to send out "Beta" material was - for some reason - met more favorably. He promised to release everything that he had on 12/31/2016; that came and went without comment.

A full-fledged partnership with Cubicle 7 Entertainment was announced in May 2013 along with a six item release schedule in the 12 months after the core book has been released. In September 2014, GMS confirmed the partnership has ceased. In May 2015, GMS told me that he had other behind-the-scenes partners that will enable him to print and ship. On 9/15/2015, in a backers-only post, he buried C7 for breaking their contract with him while he was sick.

He has confirmed that the money for the Kickstarter is gone. Physical rewards are completely dependent on those mystery partners.

As this continues to drag out, I go back to the updates in early 2012 that are extremely problematic. For example, the late March 2012 update that says "April delivery is on" is ridiculously inaccurate at best and completely dishonest at worst (in July 2015, he explained that they were that close in 2012 and then something happened which he won't talk about). I've also noted that we haven't heard anything about playtesting since the Kickstarter launched.

After a year of no communication, on May 1, 2018 GMS emerged with a new plan for Far West: doing a complete re-write and changing the system from a D20 variant to a D6 (WEGS) variant.

Final Disposition: Please don't back or pre-order products from Adamant. I doubt we'll see the physical core book and would bet against any of the other physical rewards being fulfilled.
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Item: Sorcerer: The Annotated Sorcerer and Sword, Soul, and Sex: The Supplements

Project Duration: 15 days
Project End: January 18, 2013
Delivery Goal: May 2013
Estimated time to delivery: 5 months
Actual time to delivery: 7 months
Percentage: 140%
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: July 2013

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/847190685/sorcerer-upgra...

I backed at a level that gave me the new Sorcerer book and the compilation of the supplements

Progress: Communication was good and the book weren't very late, so I'm happy.
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20. RPG Publisher: Anthropos Games
Chad Bowser
United States
Kernersville
North Carolina
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Item: Early Dark Core Book

Project Duration:
45 days
Project End: Aug 27, 2010
Delivery Goal: Dec, 2010
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: June, 2012

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/anthroposgames/early-dar...

I participated at a level that provided two copies of the core book.

Everything arrived very late.

Final Disposition: Both copies traded away by September 2012
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21. Board Game Publisher: Arc Dream Publishing
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United States
Allen Park
Michigan
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Item: Better Angels

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: August 26,2012
Delivery Goal: November 2012
Estimated time to delivery: 3 months
Actual time to delivery: 13 months
Percentage: 433%
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: September 2012

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/arcdream/better-angels-a...

I participated at a level that gave me a paperback copy of the book but subsequent stretch goals gave me full color and hardback.

Progress: Communication has been good and backers have received pdfs. I did receive my copy in September or October; not sure which. Sorry. Either way it was nearly a year late and after the books were sold at GenCon.
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22. Board Game Publisher: Atlas Games
Gen Con is rebooting.
United States
Lawrenceburg
Indiana
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Item: Feng Shui 2

Project Duration: 30 days
Project End: October 17, 2014
Delivery Goal: August 2015
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Yes, late July 2015 (a bit early!)

Kickstarter Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/atlasgames/feng-shui-2-...

I participated at a level that provides a print copy of the book and a few add-ons ($105).

Progress: All of my physical rewards were delivered in late July 2015 - a bit early!

Final Disposition: Very happy! Would back from this group of people again.
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23. RPG Publisher: Battlefield Press, Inc.
Chad Bowser
United States
Kernersville
North Carolina
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Item: Eldritch Skies

Project Duration:
60 days
Project End: May 12, 2011
Delivery Goal: Dec, 2010
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: July, 2012

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1292093911/eldritch-skie...

I participated at a level that provided one hardcover copy of the book.

It arrived very late.

Final Disposition: Currently looking for a new home. Will you take it in?
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24. Board Game Publisher: Blue Devil Games
Blue Tyson
Australia
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Item: Dawning Star: Fate of Eos

Project Duration: 28 days
Project End: Oct 16, 2013
Delivery Goal: April 2014
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: No


They are of course not due yet.

All the digital awards listed as a bonus, the old settings, an adventure scenario etc. have been delivered.

So far, so good.
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25. RPG Designer: Daniel Hugh Boggs
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United Kingdom
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Publisher: Southerwood Publishing (KS project was self-run by Daniel Boggs)

Item: CHAMPIONS OF ZED: Zero Edition Dungeoneering (not yet in the database)

Project Duration: 47 days
Project End: June 16, 2012
Delivery Goal: August 2012
Estimated time to delivery: 2 months
Actual time to delivery: 3 years, 2 months
Percentage: 175%
Funding: Successful
Primary Items Received: Received final PDFs July 12, 2013 (and the corrected PDF on February 1, 2014). Print copy arrived in the mail on October 13, 2015.

Kickstarter Link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/280000504/champions-of-z...

I participated at a level that provides a print copy ($30).

Progress: Communication is very sparse. Book has been in layout and final draft editing since November. Early drafts made available to backers, but that's it. Last update (February 2013) stated copious notes were given back to the layout and editing team. Nothing since then.

Progress Update (September 1, 2013): The last KS project update was July 12, 2013. The final PDF files were made available and the print run will be scheduled when he can find the time. Well, if he can manage to get around to it, it should be a nice book -- I like the PDF so far.

Progress Update (October 24, 2013): An update posted on Oct 22 indicated that he (Daniel Boggs) is dealing with some "personal/family issues" and that "It may be another month before I’m able to go forward with the printing and shipping of the hardback". To be clear, that's NOT when it will ship -- just when he'll maybe get around to starting the process again. This one is going into 2014, easy.

Progress Update (February 1, 2014): An update posted last night presented backers with a revised final version of the PDF (some minor corrections were made). Print copies? Here's the scoop: "So now, for those of you waiting on a hard copy, I’ll be taking this to the printers, and I’ll keep you all up to date with that process as it moves along." The bulk of this update was dedicated to very nice memorial of Dr. Gerald Seypura, a friend and fellow RPGer (and author/designer of "The Mines of Wexcham", the first module for Champions of ZED).

Progress Update (May 8, 2014): Update posted today stated that he's been in talks with various printers for the past two months, and has finally selected one (he didn't specify who, though). I'm assuming it will be at least another couple of months to work through all the necessary re-formatting and what-not that the printers will need to do. Fingers crossed, this one may see completion by the two year anniversary of when it was supposed to deliver.

Progress Update (July 31, 2014): Daniel posted an update on July 27 and it sounds like things are starting to actually happen. Finally. (Because tomorrow we hit the "Far West"-worthy mark of two years overdue.)

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I'm told the printers are gearing for the CoZ hardback print run. I expect to have the books in my hands in another three weeks or so. Although somewhat more drawn out than I expected, the process has gone fairly smoothly with the exception of some formatting and sizing issues with the cover, but their tech dept seems to have sorted that out and production has moved forward.

Progress Update (June 30, 2015): Daniel posted an update October 28, 2014 -- with photos -- of receiving the books. Since then, he has shipped to a handful of backers (at least, a handful claim to have received it). The remainder of us have received nothing, and he hasn't posted to the project page since last October. He doesn't appear to be responding to messages or emails, either. *sigh* Another one to write off as a bad investment.

Final Disposition: The final product in PDF form has been delivered. The physical copies will happen. Eventually. He has the physical books. Some people have received them. I have not. I do not expect that I ever will.

FINAL Update and Disposition (October 20, 2015): Well shut my mouth. The book arrived in my mailbox on October 13, 2015. I'd recommend avoiding any Kickstarters from him in the future, but I don't think there's a danger of that happening. I get the impression this project left as bad a taste in his mouth as it did the backers. (Even though the book did, in fact, get delivered. Eventually.)
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