Refunds coming on failed Kickstarter board game

Board game co-creator Keith Baker said "The Doom that Came to Atlantic City" is a board game "essentially where giant monsters stomp around and compete to destroy the city first." (July 29, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Board game co-creator Keith Baker said "The Doom that Came to Atlantic City" is a board game "essentially where giant monsters stomp around and compete to destroy the city first." (July 29, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Board game co-creator Keith Baker said “The Doom that Came to Atlantic City” is a board game “essentially where giant monsters stomp around and compete to destroy the city first.”

Board game co-creator Keith Baker said "The Doom that Came to Atlantic City" is a board game "essentially where giant monsters stomp around and compete to destroy the city first." (July 29, 2013, KOIN 6 News)
Board game co-creator Keith Baker said “The Doom that Came to Atlantic City” is a board game “essentially where giant monsters stomp around and compete to destroy the city first.” (July 29, 2013, KOIN 6 News)

Baker, who lives in Portland, and his co-creator were approached by The Forking Path to publish, license and launch the game.

Forking Path project leader Erik Chevalier turned to Kickstarter to raise money for the game. The public put in more than $122,000 — well above the $35,000 requested.

Now, months after the money was raised, Forking Path has posted on Kickstarter that “The project is over, the game is canceled.” It’s citing inexperience in launching board games.

Now game backers want to know what happened to the $122,000.

“I don’t know anything about the finances of the Forking Path,” Baker said. “I don’t know his plan for repaying them. I know he has signed an agreement that he will repay them.”

Chevalier declined to speak on camera to KOIN 6 News. He is seeking legal counsel and said the “Kickstarter Terms of Service that were in place when I launched the project do not require that I repay backers if the project fails. But I have offered to do that as I am able.”

Kickstarter officials declined comment but said, according to their policy, this is between the backers and the person who started the project.

To be clear, Baker is not involved with the Kickstarter campaign — he is the game’s co-creator. He said he plans to offer the more-than 1,200 backers a paper version of his game.

Update 7/31/13: On Wednesday the publisher of this project said he is now starting to refund the backers.

In a post to the Kickstarter page for “The Doom that Came to Atlantic City,” the publisher said he has already given the game’s top backer his $2,500 back. And he said he has contacted everyone in the next tier down, to find out how to get their money back as well.

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