For this Kickstarter Spotlight, we’re not celebrating a KS that deserves more support, we are talking about one massive one that has gone awry. Kickstarter has successfully funded a lot of great nerdy and fun projects, but there’s been a few big failures as well.
We inform you of this so you’ll be aware when you do support a KS and you’re well informed of the pros and cons of a supporting a KS.
Palladium is a long time maker of Table Top Role Playing Games. I knew them as a young high school kid because they made the Robotech RPGs. It was quite thrilling to play in the world that I saw on TV.
Years later with the board game boom, they did a Kickstarter for Robotech® RPG Tactics (RRT), “a fast paced strategy battle game that expands on the popular Palladium role playing game.” Basically you could play Robotech with Miniature Figures.
It was vastly successful. 5,342 backers pledged $1,442,312 (the goal was $70,000) in 2013.
Wave One of the game sadly had setback after setback. 3D sculpts were not compatible with the manufacturer, so they all had to be redone. There was the high cost of tooling and molds for the manufacture. Shipping pricing went up when Dimensional Weight was used (you pay for actual weight and size of the package).
This meant all the money was gone for Wave One and there was no money left for Wave Two. Palladium has offered to give Wave One rewards in place of Reward Two rewards, but you would have to cover the shipping.
And then the final blow to the whole project and Palladium in general when their Robotech license expired and wasn’t renewed after nearly 30 years of having the Robotech brand of RPGs.
It is curious that they lose the license around the same time of having troubles with the Robotech Tactics game, but there are plenty of other reasons why Harmony Gold (owner of the Robotech Brand, but not the owners of Macross and the other source animes).
If you want to read more about the official PR about this you can go to – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/rrpgt/robotech-rpg-tacticstm/posts/2120399
But stuff like this is exactly why Kickstarter requires a Risks and Challenges section be listed in every KS.
If you want to learn more about Kickstarter Liabilities you can go to – https://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter%20basics#Acco
But the basic gist is that any issue with a particular Kickstarter is between the funder and the creator. Kickstarter states they’re not liable.
Because of this, a lot of funders have been burned on projects like the infamous Doom That Came To Atlantic City Board Game (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/forkingpath/the-doom-that-came-to-atlantic-city). They made $122,874, well over their $35,000 and then they just cancelled the game basically saying they got way in over their heads. Luckily Cryptozoic Games came to save the game (https://www.cryptozoic.com/articles/cryptozoic-saves-doom-came-atlantic-city-board-game)
So this is just a lesson that even the best of Kickstarters can crash and burn despite their success. Some have actually argued that their success is actually what killed some KS as they had to struggle to fulfill the massive amounts of rewards that were promised.
Regardles, as the saying goes, let the buyer beware.