Shoulda called it “Nazi-opoly”

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Ignore the image, she just stole it. (In an update she claims she made it special for this project. But in reality it’s been floating around on desktop wallpaper sites since at least 2008.)

How lovely. Everyone loves Monopoly, and everyone loves Hitler! Right? Right?

  Monpoly is such a classic that everyone has played. My goal is to make a German style Nazi History monopoly. Every piece is very unique see how much you really know about German history. Play it with family or use it for an adult party. It's fun and refreshing. Let's make history.
You know … Monopoly isn’t really a trivia game. I’m not sure players “see how much they really know” about the theme. ( I mean, does playing the classic version teach you about Atlantic City? Did you even know it took place in Atlantic City?)

The problem I have encountered was finding real facts about German history alot of articles have been destroyed but I have spent 2 years researching and finally found all the interesting facts needed to complete my project. I'm a full blooded German that just wants to bring my history to life.
Maybe I’m jumping to conclusions, but doesn’t it sound like she’s laying the groundwork for some serious holocaust denial?

Maybe that’s unfair. Maybe I shouldn’t make assumptions like that. But what else can I do? These two short paragraphs and a stolen image are all she gives us!


This article recommended by reader Lewis H.

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Boardgame Round-up

I’ve been looking at board, card, and tabletop games on Kickstarter lately. There are some great ones that I’m looking forward to, but there’s also … well, here are the ones that caught my eye. Make your own judgements.

Alpha Blue

Alpha Blue --  Venger Satanis presents an O5R, weird, gonzo, science-fantasy adventure about a brothel in space. Come relax at Alpha Blue.
Uh, yeah. … Look, I don’t want to sound like a prude, but, I am the customer and all, so I was wondering if maybe we could just have, you know, regular sex? Like, without the spear or the slimeworms?

Small Biz vs Big Government

 For small business owners, surviving the fundamental transformation of America is no game...until now.
This Monopoly rip-off makes no secret about being “Anti-Progressive” propaganda, but I can’t help but feel that the all too familiar caricature on their 500 dollar bill hints at another agenda they’re not willing to admit.
Monopoly Money with old-fashioned caricature .

Pharoahs Game

 I created board game right now called Pharaohs game, short but super fun game. Its a adaption of Pharaohs 9 a video game.
I’ve never heard of “Pharaohs 9”, and neither has Google, so I guess we’ve got to just read the description?
  I am a college student and I love board games. So i made my own, I beta texted the game and fans love it. the plane is to make about 50 beta text versions to I can give them to game stores / sell them to we can make a official copy. None of the table top gaming companies are taking walk in ideas.That's where you guys come in and lend a hand. I love you guys, and if your from ( 9gag )i really love you.
Oh, I see. The description tells us nothing at all. Still, it does make me wonder what he’s studying in college!
  God is my leader in my life. I am going to school to be a paster. I am 21, will be married in July 2014 ! Traveled to Japan, Korea, Mexico, and Canada. Want to live in England or Ireland of day. I love camping and nature hikes. I work at a car dealership at the moment. Being behind the desk is not for me.
I pity any parish desperate enough to hire this man.
(Thanks to @cobyhectic for the tip.)

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Nebulon Prime

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Here’s a new board game! It features a re-configurable board consisting of six triangle-shaped pieces!

… And that’s all I know about it.

…even though I watched the entire video, and read the entire project page.

Well, That’s not quite true. I do know how much it costs :
$250

Oh, wait. That’s just for the board. How much for the whole game?

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This project was helpfully suggested by reader Jez G.

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The sad story of Katalyka and The Sun

Katalyka is a strategy game for 1-4 players that focuses on building a successful Stellar culture that spans across the entire Galaxy!
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This … is a weird one.

I considered not posting this one, since the person involved is clearly suffering from a mental illness. However, I feel that if you’re taking people’s money then you’re fair game. I’ll try to restrict my criticism and comments only to what she’s said about her actual project, and allow you, the reader, to take this as a cautionary tale.

In August 2011 Molly Friedrich successfully kickstarted a boardgame called “Katalyka”, thanks in no small part to the game’s gorgeous art.

The Delays

After the project funded, months passed. The project was late and people were starting to get impatient. Finally Molly posted a photograph of her first prototype and it looked great. She promised that shipping would start in a week or two.

…Then nothing. More silence. Again, people started to get impatient.
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Delays are common on Kickstarter, but this was starting to try people’s patience.

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The Explanation

Finally, in June of 2012, nearly a year after the project started, Molly explained what was causing the delays.

Ever since about December, I've been harassed by a voice that is claiming to be the sun, and its been attacking me and harassing me almost every hour of the day. Voice says: "The sun doesn't want you to publish Katalyka, because it wants to be almost exactly LIKE Katalyka, but it keep it all a secret.  If you publish your game, it is going to let people in on too many secrets." (paraphrasing) Apparently, my design for the game was based on ideas that are too close to reality, and people who have a lot of influence over Life itself have been stomping on me and trying to keep me from finishing it.
Woah.

Imagine you gave this woman $200 and when you asked where your stuff was you got this in response!

Her posts on DeviantArt and elsewhere make it clear that she’s 100% serious about this, and she’s really talking about the sun. You know, the one in the sky.

However, even Molly understood that it didn’t make sense for an inanimate celestial body a hundred-million miles away to be contacting her about a board game. She eventually came up with a new theory.

Basically, the US Navy has been putting up transmitter systems all over the place, to control the plasma transition, so that it can try to use information as a weapon.  Apparently, I recorded some things in my game that were a reference to Navy weapons, without knowing that... and so I became one of their targets.
Of … course…

At this point someone pointed out on her DeviantArt account that taking people’s money and then not delivering is illegal.


EDIT (4/30/13): A commenter has clarified that this post is not about the Kickstarter project, but about a private commission Molly took before she started the Kickstarter project. I know I said I would only discuss her Kickstarter project, but I feel that this is still relevant, so I’m going to leave it here.

Her reply was not as reassuring as it could have been :
Reply to allegations of theft by Porkshanks, AKA Molly Friedrich.
Yeah, who’s the real criminal, here? Makes you think.

The latest Update

Last month Molly posted this status update :

It seems like the spiritual collaboration I am working with was able to work out an understanding with the military and some other various groups over the last few weeks, and things are feeling very positive for the future!

So … I guess that’s good news?

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The Lesson

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