I bought One : Literally Five Cards


Here’s what they sent:

Literally Five Cards.

I don’t know what I expected.

But that’s not all!

It also came with a little note saying that they would refund all our money because it was a joke project and we weren’t supposed to actually back it!! (Now you tell me!)

I’m impressed. Think of all the joke projects on Kickstarter, how many of them would be classy enough to refund the money and finish the project?

They also sleeved the cards which is a nice touch.


I guess they made this joke project just to practice setting up a Kickstarter project, and were as surprised as anyone when suckers like me actually gave them money. (Someone teach them about “Draft” mode!)

Anyway, their other project, their “real” project, is live and only has a couple of days left. It’s a sci-fi board game for 3-6 players.

If board games are your thing, I recomend checking it out. These people have already proven themselves to be good citizens of Kickstarter by following through professionally, even on their joke project.


Complimentary Cards


College student Zachary Brown has a problem. Every time he walks up to a random stranger and tells them that they’re so attractive that just seeing them has improved his day, they treat him like this was a weird thing to do!

So, to make these social interactions go more smoothly he’s decided to have a set of business cards printed so that when he sees a particularly attractive stranger he can hand them a card to tell them how attractive they are without having to speak to them.

Obviously, I can’t find any flaws in this plan, but I do wonder if he realizes that anyone can just walk into a Kinkos and pick up a box of business cards for ten bucks.


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!

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.

Delays are common on Kickstarter, but this was starting to try people’s patience.


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.

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?


The Lesson



Sticky Trading Card Game

Sticky Trading Cards - Sticky is a trading card game with a stick man twist we want to create an amazing game and we want you to be a part of it (In the interest of fairness, I should acknowledge up front that the creator of this project claims to be only 13 years old. However, £1,500 (about $2,400) is a grown-up amount of money, so this project has to stand trial as an adult. We have no compassion here at Kickfailure.com.)

First of all, “Sticky Trading Cards” is a terrible name for a card game.

Second of all, I want to point out that the project description has over six-hundred words, but not one punctuation mark! It actually hurt my brain to read, but I did it so you guys don’t have to.

at some point we have all collected trading cards the joy of opening a pack box or tin not knowing what cards we may find inside

Absolutely! I love trading cards. Trading cards are like little treasures in a foil packet! There’s real joy in unwrapping a photograph of your favorite sports hero, or the beautiful artwork of a fantasy game. I’ll sometimes buy cards for games I don’t even play, just because I like the wonderful art.

So what have you got for us?

Sticky Cards - Stick Figure Cards Oh, right. Stick figures. Ugh.

Not just stick figures, but the same stick figures repeated multiple times! (Color changes don’t count!)

Kind of missing the some of the magic of a trading card games, if the cards look like you spent no more than five minutes on them.

StickyCards_04 £11 (about $18) for 20 cards? A least five of which are duplicates?

Even Wizards of the Coast can’t get away with a deal like that!


Creepy Dolls, Stupid Cards

Once Upon a Time… The Creepy Doll Deck

Artistic playing card projects usually do quite well on Kickstarter. They’re almost a can’t-lose proposition!
So what went wrong here? Why did this project only get a sad 1% of the needed funds?

Each doll comes with it's own "Once Upon A Time" story on the back of the card.


I don’t want to state the obvious here, but just to spell it out : The whole point of playing cards is that they all have the same pattern on the back. These cards all have different patterns on the back! They’re the world’s most obvious marked cards!

Except … I can’t think of any games that these cards could possibly be useful for! 52 Pickup?