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Cryptozoic brings cancelled $122,874 board game Kickstarter to life, will ship product to backers
Let's walk through this whole mess to get everyone up to speed. A company raises over $100,000 to release a board game, but instead uses the money to start an entire company. That doesn't work out, and backers are told that the game is cancelled, and they may get their money back. Some day.
That's pretty crappy, but then the creators of the board game step up to make sure backers get a print and play version of the game. This is better than nothing, but it's still not what people paid for. Still, it's a solid move on the part of the people who designed the actual product, and reportedly had no say in the business decisions.
Now the story comes to a close, with Cryptozoic producing the board game itself, while also shipping the physical product to backers, free of charge. Well, free of any addition charge outside of the Kickstarter backing. This is an incredibly gracious move, especially since the money to print and ship those copies is coming out of the company's own pockets. Still, the good press and publicity may be worth it.
We don't get a lot of happy endings in stories like this, so this is a pretty nice win.