May-June 2017 – Initial Kickstarter funded 111% in 12 days only to be cancelled due to “logistics.” They claimed it was due to high shipping costs ($35 base game + $15 shipping). Game had an estimated delivery of December 2017.
August 2017 – Relaunched with “free” shipping to more populated countries, although game was bumped up to $49. Still $1 cheaper but begs to ask how this solved the initial cancellation due to high shipping costs….. Finished with 255% funding and still an estimated December shipping date.
It wasn’t until October/November 2017 that they now expect to deliver in the first or second quarter of 2018 (Q1/Q2 2018.) Not a real shocker. They also added an IndieGoGo InDemand campaign because they said there are many more who want the game. Along with this, they blamed the Chinese New Year for the delay even though that is not until AFTER December 2017, and the fact that they have a New Year EVERY year. They should have already had that factored in.
5 months into 2018 and we have only 3 official updates and none of them give any real substance about the game and its’ progress.
Prior to both campaigns, they posted an article on Bored Panda about making board games and had many photo’s of finished dog miniatures and even a production copy. During the year since the first campaign, they have posted less than a dozen photos of anything final, including more photos of already finished miniatures. There has been ZERO photos of a finished playing board, rules, or any paper product except for foreign language boxes and the front page of the rules.
Speaking of rules, they have not even allowed the backer to view the finished rules or even a rough draft of the rules. The only release of the rules did not include rules on the Squirrel character or the Mixed Breed mechanic. Those were both goals that were included in the campaign.
Other than the questionable ‘logistics’ issue that caused the cancellation of the first campaign, another big one was that this was a EU based company that claimed to be based in Las Vegas Nevada, USA with an address that pointed to a company whose sole purpose is to give a physical address in the US. They also had the campaign collect payment in US dollars.
Here is the kicker………..
During the last update (April 2018), they apologized a few times (3x) and told us a sob story or two, AND ANNOUNCED THE IMPENDING RELEASE OF A DOG’S LIFE CARD GAME!! They even had the nerve to say they might even start a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and get backers involved. Even though they mentioned the card game BRIEFLY in December 2017, this is not the time to show you have been working on a card game for the past few months instead of the board game.
Also during the last update, they stated, “We continue to be active in the Kickstarter comment section, and on Facebook,” but have gone silent since then. Nothing. They even blamed lack of communication because they switched DNS servers for their website. Don’t see how that affected Facebook and Kickstarter.
Someone on BoardGameGeek claimed to have pre-ordered the game through their website, cried that she would not get the game in time for his/her kid for a birthday, and was sent what sounded like a demo game until they sent out the real thing. It is great that they take care of non-backers and then REFUSE to even talk to us.
Last communication was May 4th. They told us they were going to answer PM’s first, then create an update. Lied again. They did have the audacity to tell us to “Calm Down” though.
BETON GAMES and Frank Salat should be avoided at all costs and not to be trusted