+Jolly Blackburn asked the following last night on Facebook and I thought I'd give the question some wings:
Someone brought up an interesting question a few moments ago. Anyone know of an individual or company with more abandoned/failed kickstarters than d20 Entertainment? (they have six failed projects and had two more readied to launch).
I can't think of anyone that comes close.
This is really a question about Kickstarter's ability (or inability) to get in front of project creators with so many red flags around them.
Some quick recaps for the curious:
Knights of the Dinner Table: Live Action Series - 795 Backers, $69,525 raised
59 Day funding period - Dec 8, 2013 through February 5, 2014
Spinward Traveller - 827 Backers, $49,588 raised
44 Day funding period - June 1, 2014 through July 15, 2014
Castles & Crusades: Beyond the River - 125 Backers, $6,001 raised
30 Day funding period - October 3, 2014 through November 2, 2014
Pencil Dice - 1351 Backers, $38,161 raised
30 Day funding period - January 29, 2015 through February 28, 2015
RPG Pencil Dice - 337 Backers, $8,623 raised
20 Day funding period - February 18, 2015 through March 10, 2015
Deck Dice - 184 Backers, $5,197 raised
30 Day funding period - March 8, 2015 through April 7, 2015
Some random observations:
-Ken didn't want to wait too long for the monies to come in, thus going from 59 days to fund and gradually cutting to 30 days (with a 20 day in there for good measure)
-The last three projects overlapped in funding periods. Because, you know - the monies.
-Not one of these projects has completed, although some Traveller ship models have shipped. Some even shipped to backers.