Super Dungeon Legends: Finanzielle Probleme
Der Kickstarter zu Super Dungeon Legends ist offenbar in ernster Gefahr.
Im Internet ist ein Dokument aufgetaucht, das offenbar eine Stellungnahme von Soda Pop und Ninja Division darstellt und als Reaktion auf eine Klage in den USA verfasst wurde.
Das volle Dokument kann hier heruntergeladen werden:
Einige Schlüsselstellen aus dem Dokument (Hervorhebungen durch BK-Online):
The project had an estimated completion date of December 2016. As of the date of this letter, this project’s completion is currently delayed while we continue final development of some components and actively seek additional funding in order to complete the project.
The central issue in the complaint(s) filed against us is that the Kickstarter is now almost two years delayed and some backers are concerned that they will not receive their rewards. We remain 100% fully committed to doing everything in our power to fulfill our obligation despite the delays and hurdles we have encountered.
One of the central assumptions of the complaint(s) filed is that Kickstarter is a “preorder” for a product. This is not the case. As cited in the Kickstarter terms above “backers must understand that when they back a project, they’re helping to create something new — not ordering something that already exists. There may be changes or delays”
As part of this creative process we involved backers in a public “beta” test of the rules for the products included in the Kickstarter. This involved periodic posting of rules in development, which allowed backers to play the game using the rules and provide feedback.
After months of testing, feedback to the revised 2nd Edition product was lukewarm at best. This led us to make the decision to scrap the existing rules and begin anew from scratch.
Unfortunately, we did not fully realise the complete ramifications and ripple effects of this decision.
Through continued development of the 2nd Edition product, it became apparent that changes to the project were required.
1. The 2nd Edition product which was intended to be a single boxed game with only incremental changes would need to be broken out into three distinct products: Super Dungeon Explore, Super Dungeon Arcade, Super Dungeon Pet Parade.
2. The Super Dungeon Legends expansion could not meet quality expectations as an expansion and was turned into a standalone product. Requiring further significant development.
3. The smaller single expansions would all require complete redevelopment to be useable as part of new changes for the above products.
These changes were decided upon as part of the ongoing development process for the project and to satisfy both company and backer expectations of quality. However, they also increased development time, development costs, manufacturing costs, and future shipping costs. All of which we absorbed, at no additional cost to backers. These changes were communicated to backers via an update. 
As an apology for the delays and changes we provided backers with additional rewards, including a new deluxe model and new cards increasing their gameplay options. Like the changes to the products this incurred additional costs to us as well as increased development time.
In March 2017, Dietrich Stella the lead designer for Super Dungeon, developed heart problems. This led to a 911 call, multiple ER visits, and a hospital stay. It also led to approximately 6 months limited work ability while seeking treatment.
Realizing we had lost more time and needing additional hands we hired a new designer Justin Gibbs in August of 2017 to help continue Super Dungeon’s development.
Ein Kernthema sind die FInanzen des Projekts. Hierzu enthält das Dokument folgende Informationen:
While the crowdfunding campaign successfully raised funds towards the project’s creations, delays and the project’s increase in scope from changes lead to serious cash flow issues within the company which we continue to battle in an attempt to fulfill our obligation.
The initial funds raised for the Kickstarter were collected at the end of 2015.
- Funds Raised: $1,277,204 (approximately $13,318 of pledges bounced)
- Total Fees: -$103,386 (These include Kickstarter and payment processing fees.)
- Project Expenses: -$485,679 (This includes license fees, marketing, outside art, sculpting, writing,
- Refunds: -$53,441.00
- Annual Overhead: -$343,559 (This includes payroll, facilities leasing, and additional overhead.)
Initial Funding was able to cover initial development as well as the company’s annual overhead for the end of 2015 and all of 2016. However, the project changes and additional development required (as outlined above) required us to use remaining funds towards our annual overhead for 2017, essentially exhausting the funds earned from Kickstarter. While also not being able to bring the product to market for 2017 retail sales.
Unfortunately, the funds we anticipated to have in place in order to begin manufacturing did not materialize.
Insgesamt fehlt mindestens ein Betrag von rund 750,000 Dollar:
The remaining estimates for completion of the project are shown below.
- Manufacturing: $490,592.00
- Shipping: $238,000.00
- Remaining Development: $17,400
Raising the funds needed was attempted (and continues to be attempted) through profits of non-Super Dungeon projects as well as outside investor funding. To date we have still not been able to secure funding for the approximately $750,000 needed to complete the project. However, we continue to work diligently in an attempt to find the funds.
Vorrausgesetzt, dass sich die Echtheit des Dokuments bestätigt (wir gehen derzeit davon aus, dass es authentisch ist), scheint die Zukunft des Projekts mehr als fraglich. Nicht nur ist es bisher nicht gelungen, die nötigen Mittel zu finden, aufgrund laufender Kosten ist außerdem zu erwarten, dass der geschätzte Betrag noch steigt.
Wir bleiben an der Sache dran, schlimmstenfalls müssen sich die Backer aber zumindest langsam auf einen Toalverlust ihres Investments einstellen. In den KS-Kommentaren und auf Reddit wird die Situation derzeit heftig diskutiert, wir beobachten die Lage weiter.
Link: Super Dungeon: Legends