Kickstarter funded accused of ‘pseudo extortion’ after demanding more money

Mythic Games, creators of Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game, which has raised more than A$8 million in crowdfunding, is telling customers to pay more or possibly forfeit money they’ve already paid for a product that has not yet shipped.

Darkest Dungeon: The Board Game, which raised just under A$1.5 million in a single day, recently pushed a state of the game update to Kickstarter pageHe explained that due to the global rise in manufacturing costs, the company was facing a financial deficit.

In the years since the start of the Covid pandemic, manufacturing and shipping costs have risen steadily. While many have speculated that costs will come down as the world adjusts to the pandemic, the recent war in Ukraine has changed things dramatically, with shipping costs increasing by nearly 600% on average.

Mythic Games in the past has subsidized shipping and manufacturing costs to avoid passing it on to customers, but with the latest situation in the world they have had to rethink things. Darkest Dungeon’s recalculated costs show the company is A$3 million short, and has decided to pass some of those costs on to customers who have already paid.

Backers who have already paid will receive an email with a credit that is paid out depending on the type of game they purchased – base pledges will see an increase of only A$25, while those who have purchased higher level pledges will see a bill of around A$100.

If backers pay this additional fee, they will be added to the priority shipping queue and will receive the first wave of boxes due to be released in mid-August. However, if backers choose not to pay, they will have to wait until the accounts are settled and the rest of the orders can be shipped.

Take many supporters to comments To express their displeasure, with some likening to a request for extortion. Others were less academic about the situation: “I don’t want a refund, I want what I paid for.” Still others are indifferent about the state of things, saying they don’t mind paying more but don’t want it to be a regular occurrence.

Original reports by computer games.

Written by Junior Miyai on behalf of GLHF.

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