Doom That Came to Atlantic City creator tackeld by the FTC
Well we say ‘justice’, but sort of not really, here’s the scoop. In a first of its kind the Federal Trade Commission has taken action over a Kickstarter crowd funding project. A little history, in 2012 The Forking Path, Co. and a
douche chap named Erik Chevalier raised a total of $122,874 from 1,246 backers. Problem was, the game being funded “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City” never appeared.
Even after “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City” reached its deadline, Erik Chevalier continued to make promises explaining the delays and suggesting the game was still in production. Then finally just an update from Chevalier starting “This is not an easy update to write. The short version: The project is over, the game is canceled” and ending with “Sincerest apologies, Erik Chevalier”. According to the FTC, Chevalier had misappropriated the funds stating that instead of paying the artists involved he had allegedly “instead used theÂ consumersâ funds for miscellaneous personal equipment, rent for a personal residence, andÂ licenses for a separate project”.
Sadly for the backers (most of whom paid over $75) Chevalier is presently in no place to pay them back and so the FTC have had to suspend the settlement until such time as his financial condition changes.
We cover any interesting Kickstart projects here at Gameapalooza and we hope that they’re all as legit as they seem. We’re not unfamiliar with being burned on Kickstarter (though not for a tabletop gaming product) being out over $100 and still awaiting a refund from something backed over two years ago, it is an infuriating nightmare when it occurs so our hearts go out to all those people who backed “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City”.
On a brighter note however, if you wanted a copy of “The Doom That Came to Atlantic City”, Cryptozoic saved the game and were selling it via their webstore here (though it is showing as OOS at present), however it’s in stock on Amazon (though it doesn’t ship to Australia).