Mythic Games Refuses to Ship or Refund Darkest Dungeon Board Game Unless Kickstarter Backers Stop Paying
Darkest Dungeon board game backers are furious after tabletop publisher Mythic Games released an update demanding additional funding or the pledges will stay in China.
Originally announced in July 2020, board game Darkest Dungeon partnered game developer Red Hook Studios with tabletop producer Mythic Games in a Kickstarter campaign later that year. The campaign was a huge success, with nearly 30,000 backers pledging $5,657,479 for the Darkest Dungeon board game adaptation, which features a variety of highly detailed pieces based on characters from the game.
Deliveries were supposed to start in 2021, but the pandemic upended Mythic’s schedule. Now, Mythic has gone back to backers asking for additional funding due to skyrocketing materials and shipping costs over the past 12 months.
“When we ended the Kickstarter campaign on November 6, 2020, things weren’t like they are today,” Mythic wrote in the Kickstarter Update. “COVID and then the war in Ukraine, led to a significant increase in costs not only of manufacturing but also and above all of shipping and delivery: Shipping costs have increased by an average of 600%. Raw material costs (paper, cardboard, plastic) have increased by at least 30%.
Mythic explained that shipping costs increased by $1.4 million while manufacturing costs increased by $350,000. Mythic and Red Hook have agreed to pay half ($875,000), but the rest is being asked from Kickstarter backers.
Donors have two options: they can pay the additional fee ranging from $18 to $69, depending on the pledge level, by August 1 to ensure delivery by mid-August. Or backers can wait for future deliveries, with Mythic storing their orders in China “as long as possible”. No refunds were offered, but an FAQ section in the update asked people requesting a refund to contact [email protected] “and we’ll do our best based on individual circumstances and our own financial situation.”
While some funders are understanding, the vast majority of comments on the update express outrage and dismay. “We are totally screwed,” wrote an angry contributor on Reddit. “You know how they could have avoided the surge in shipments? By shipping them when they were supposed to.”
Mythic said they will offer updates regarding the status of undelivered games in the future.
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