Kickstarter Nixes Bulk Rewards for Gaming Coins Project

Kickstarter Nixes Bulk Rewards for Gaming Coins Project

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Conquistador Games asks backers to change their pledges after the highest reward levels were cut by Kickstarter.

Kickstarter backers with deep pockets, take note! With less than 48 hours left in its 'The Best Damn Coins' campaign, Kickstarter notified Conquistador Games that its highest reward tiers fell outside terms of use. Today, all pledges above the $100 reward level were deleted, leaving Conquistador Games to ask its most generous backers to pledge at the lower levels.

The campaign aims to produce a series of Greek themed metal gaming coins, in five different finishes and sizes. It overtook its initial $5000 goal early and has raced through stretch goals toward additional themed coin sets, such as Egyptian, Mythological Creatures, and Viking. Each set contains an impressive 51 coins, and many backers opted for 30 or more sets. The trouble came from a Kickstarter limit on bulk quantities of rewards at no more of ten of a single item. Backers can still over-pledge and receive additional sets, but the misstep could have cost them nearly $50,000 in raised funds had their backers not responded quickly.

The decision appears to be part of the standard 48 hour review policy at Kickstarter. In a comment regarding the decision, Conquistador Games said, "We take no issue with it. It is clear that how we structured the rewards is the problem, not the idea of people buying new and additional coins that we make. Lesson learned." Conquistador Games has run three other successful Kickstarter campaigns for tabletop games, with similar metal gaming coins included as a backer reward. It just goes to show you even a company with a good Kickstarter history can stumble.

'The Best Damn Coins' Kickstarter ends September 11, 11:59 pm EDT, so if you're eager to get your hands on some good looking metal gaming coins you've still got time. If you want to fill a bathtub with them, however, you'll have to do some creative over-pledging.

Source: "Best Damn Metal Coins" Kickstarter Update #20

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On one hand, without this article, I might not have heard about this project. Those are some nice looking coins.
On the other hand, kickstarter projects are starting to really put a drain on my wallet. But those are some really nice looking coins.

Ah well, time to do some creative over-pledging. I can always put them in my prop locker for making short films. Assuming, of course, I just don't spread them in a huge pile and sleep on them like a dragon.

While I'm glad Kickstarter is finally cracking down on bullshit projects they do need to consult the creators first before just removing their stuff... this is the worst possible way of doing it.

Mr.K.:
While I'm glad Kickstarter is finally cracking down on bullshit projects they do need to consult the creators first before just removing their stuff... this is the worst possible way of doing it.

The devs did get notice, around a few hours before it happened and around 48 hours before the end of the Kickstarter which is when many projects get a big surge in backers.

So while there was a small warning, Kickstarter picked one of the worst times to do it.

You would think that Kickstarter would go through and make sure all of the reward tiers are within the rules before allowing the project to start. Still, it could have been worse. They could have waited until the last 24 hours, or after the project was over, to cancel people's pledges.

It doesn't look like it was that detrimental, thankfully. The thing finished off at over 3000% funding, making a third of that ($50,000) in just the last day alone. I'd say they recovered.

 

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