Mike is far from alone.
We've had the Fiasco otherwise known as Myth & Magic. There are actually 2 outstanding projects in this case - the Players Guide and the GMs Guide. Tom's communications, when he bothered to even communicate, as has gone silent for months at a time, appear to have been lies too.
Quantum Roleplaying, yet another that tried to run a second Kickstarter to cover for the mismanagement of the first (the 2nd never funded) has finally admitted the truth - 18 months late he has no cash to print the books:
Financially, I reached the wall where continuing to work on this game without a paycheck is not possible. I then had to spend time looking for, finding, and then accepting a new part-time job. It's not exactly the sort of job I want to shout to the roof tops, but it pays the bills. It also takes a great deal of time away from what I want to be working on (the game), but after the "busy period" I'm in right now at work ends in a few weeks, things to will settle back down to where I can crush the remaining chapters.Who the hell is living off of the $42k from a Kickstarter for a year and a half and actually expecting to have money left for physical product? Josh, have you been smiking from the same pipe as Mike?
Then we have CHAMPIONS OF ZED: Zero Edition Dungeoneering. Over a year late, and no communication in exactly 3 months. Communication had been a major failure on this Kickstarter. My suspicion? Enjoy the PDF you have, as the print copy won't be coming anytime soon.
What about the could still fail / majorly fucking late / needs an oxygen tank type of projects?
The longest on the tooth is Far West. I no longer give a shit about this project. I'll never play it, never promote it. There is late and there is "holy fuck this shit is LATE!" Far West has gone beyond even that point. Or to put it another way, I pledged for ACKS 2 weeks prior to supporting Far West. It's like comparing apples to rotting tomatoes.
Dwimmermount. I suspect it will see print at SOME point, but this project has inherited one hell of a curse. Same could be said about Appendix N. John seems to be stepping on his "private member" at every opportunity.
I'm sure you have your favorites. Feel free to add them to the comments...