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So the first project i backed on Kickstarter was the Otakon video game Crisis Heart Brawlers (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080650728/the-official-otakon-super-beat-em-up-video-game). It was supposed to be done by last August, but the game got delayed and what they showed at Otakon was very little. At first i was willing to give them more time, because i really wanted this game to happen, i pledged $400 and that got me in the actual game. Now the games website has been down for 2 months and the facebook page, twitter and Kickstarter page also have gone completely silent since the end of August and he hasnt replied to any of my messages sent.

I sent a message asking Kickstarter to look into it, but i was wandering if anyone else has had problems with Kickstarters that failed, do i have any hope of getting my money back?
Posted 11/10/13 , edited 11/10/13
Nope, the terms of funding a project say that you are giving them money with understanding that there is no guarantee the project will be a success. I guess there is a chance if someone could show the project was a fraud, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Personally, I won't contribute to game Kickstarters cause they have a reputation for failing either cause of poor budgeting, management, feature creep, or incompetence. The only ones I'll fund are by established developers like Double Fine and even then it's was only $30 and only cause I am more interested in Two Player's documentary than the actual game.
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The only Kickstarter I funded ended only just a couple of weeks ago and he is getting the items promised out, slowly but surely.

I'm not sure though but I think Kickstarter does say somewhere, you are pretty much putting yourself, and your money, out there to trust strangers. If it falls through, i'm not sure you are promised any sort of refund.
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Posted 11/10/13 , edited 11/10/13
Like any investment, there's risk involved. The first project I backed on KS was a movie. While it was finished, I have yet to see the movie or get any of the noted rewards for the pledge level I committed to. They did put my name on the movie's website (mega-benefactor $100+).

The first project to come through with the rewards and the final product was actually cancelled by KS. That project was Tentacle Bento card game from Soda Pop Miniatures.

Various other KS projects I have backed are long term development projects, mostly video games. Some have already broken their "delivery dates" for their final product, others are years away from completion.

I've funded 23 projects since 2011.
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Posted 11/11/13
Words to the wise, don't back ANYTHING on Kickstarter unless you implicitly trust the people running it. I have personally only backed 9 projects. All but two were from known companies who already had a record of producing the things I was backing. The other two were small enough and simple enough that I was confident I would ultimately get the product even if there was a long wait time.

Three of them have actually completed and released their stuff, 4 are really close (within 6 months) or doing so, one of them is a long ways off, and the last one failed the kickstarter funding so it is a non concern.

My advice to the OP would be to read this http://www.kickstarter.com/help/faq/kickstarter+basics?ref=faq_nav#Acco and then consider your options.
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I've only backed two Kickstarter campaigns so far, both by musicians I know. (Both projects successfully completed.) However, had I known in time about the Kickstarter campaign for Little Witch Academia, I would definitely have contributed!
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I have only supported 1 Kickstarter campaign so far, Akiba Anime Art, and can't wait to see the final product in December. Loving the constant updates from the staff as well ~~
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Posted 11/11/13
I tend to stick to Kickstarters from trusted and established people. OC Remix is one of the more recent ventures for me (Final Fantasy VI soundtrack).

Backing is a sad risk that some may have to take, without getting anything back in return. That's how one has to look at such investments.
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Posted 11/11/13

cards344 wrote:

So the first project i backed on Kickstarter was the Otakon video game Crisis Heart Brawlers (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2080650728/the-official-otakon-super-beat-em-up-video-game). It was supposed to be done by last August, but the game got delayed and what they showed at Otakon was very little. At first i was willing to give them more time, because i really wanted this game to happen, i pledged $400 and that got me in the actual game. Now the games website has been down for 2 months and the facebook page, twitter and Kickstarter page also have gone completely silent since the end of August and he hasnt replied to any of my messages sent.

I sent a message asking Kickstarter to look into it, but i was wandering if anyone else has had problems with Kickstarters that failed, do i have any hope of getting my money back?


honestly, I would never invest any type of investment into a KS. You never know what will happen. Like your case for example.

That being said, I would invest in a KS, if it is something that I believe in and I know for certain that it will be a success.
------even though I never did.
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As everyone has been saying, you'll have to be careful with your investments. It is best to back only those you know are reputable or already has the product finished. Definitely read through the Risk and Challenges on the project page.

The successful Kickstarter projects I have backed, I've gotten whatever the perks were. But I suppose it helped that I tend to back comic books and comic book-related projects. They usually have everything done, just waiting to get funds for distribution.
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I'm thinking of pledging some money for this one... http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2039811773/the-girl-and-the-robot?ref=city
My brother-in-law knows the guy behind this and he used to work at Gameloft but is now focusing on this project. He's also located where I live so he's not a complete stranger. This looks promising as it's on Steam Greenlight as well. Plus the artist he found is some Japanese girl that posted artwork on Pixiv.
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Posted 11/11/13
This is kind of the problem with Kickstarter. Now don't get me wrong, a lot of the time it can be fantastic, but in the end you're buying promises.
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Posted 11/11/13
Well a friend of mine backed Mighty No.9 and that looks promising.
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Posted 11/11/13
You can't get your money back if the project was successfully funded then it folds.

Most of the Kickstarters I've backed have gone over really well so I haven't run into this issue yet.
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Posted 11/12/13
As mentioned, you're not buying a product, you're investing in a group of people and an idea, it's up to you to do your due diligence and any money that goes to a successfully funded campaign is basically a write off until it either fails or is completed.

You're not a customer, you're an investor, but rather than investing looking for a monetary return on investment, you're investing in a return on investment in the form of a product or service.
As with any investment, if the company goes bankrupt or is a scam, like a Ponzi scheme, you're basically SOL unless you believe a crime was committed. Even then they almost certainly won't have the money to repay you even if you were to successfully have them prosecuted for fraud.
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