I rarely reblog another guys article, since there’s always something to write about. However, I was working on a piece on my mystification and bafflement about the disappearance of Alien Dungeon. Blaine Pardoe does a better job than I could, and his observations are spot on.
Background: Alien Dungeon is a small company from MD that specializes in miniature games of a fantasy and/or science fictional subject matter. They have had a few releases so far, mostly funded by Kickstarters. The first big release, Fantacide, was released with a lot of fanfare and some amazing miniatures, but I think it would be honest to say it didn’t catch on.
Their second big hit was ALL QUIET ON THE MARTIAN FRONT, which WAS a big hit. Their first Kickstarter release, which was delayed many weeks, was a major sell out. New units have been released since (also funded by Kickstarters). The last Kickstarter abruptly closed without comment, the website went down, and the company has been out of communication for almost two months now. What happened? Read on.
Three Legged Stompy Fun
Back in May of 2013 Alien Dungeon launched a Kickstarter to fund a new miniatures game, All Quiet on the Martian Front – aka AQotMF. This was a miniatures game of the Martian invasion of the world, ala H. G. Wells, with a hint of steampunk. Taking place prior to WWI in the mundane world, the Kickstarter was a big success, receiving over $300,000.00 of the $50k target goal. The rules for the game were written by Rick Priestley, a seasoned game writer. There was a lot of promise here. Prototypes of the miniatures appeared in the Kickstarter leading us to all believe that the company had laid out all of the groundwork to be successful.
They delivered product too, albeit many months late. Some of the products, like some the big land battleships were not delivered, and other product was cancelled outright – with offers…
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