Over 1,000 board game fans are squealing with delight today as canceled Cthulhu-meets-Monopoly board game “The Doom That Came To Atlantic City” was reborn. After the publisher of the game canceled the board game, the game’s designers moved to return it from the dead.
“Doom” was a Kickstarter project from May 2012, a board game where the players control Lovecraftian monsters attacking the Atlantic City from Monopoly. It raised over $120k, about 4x it’s goal, but then experienced many manufacturing delays.
Last week, after over a year of waiting, Erik Chevalier, the manager of the Kickstarter project and owner of the publishing company Forking Path, announced via email and Kickstarter update that the game was being canceled. There was a lot of anger, cries for refunds, etc. Chevalier has responded that he has begun refunding the Kickstarter backers that contributed the highest amounts.
Early this week, the actual designers of the game, Keith Baker and Lee Moyer, said they have nothing to do with the game’s cancellation, that they are not part of the publishing company, and they are just as disappointed. The possibility of legal action against Chevalier was mentioned.
Today, Baker and Moyer have sent PDFs of the game to Kickstarter backers so they can print out the game and play it, even if the Forking Path has canceled manufacturing it. The pair had alluded the release of a digital version was a possibility. But then they announced a truly surprising turn of events: board game company Cryptozoic will be releasing a physical version of the game. Baker said, in the press release, “After the Kickstarter was cancelled, many people came forward with ideas to keep the game alive. But we didn’t want to pursue an option that would save Doom unless it would also get the game into the hands of the people who first supported it.”
Cryptozoic’s COO Scott Gaeta approached Moyer and Baker about producing the game. Cryptozoic is known for their board games of The Walking Dead and other media properties, as well as original IPs, such as the wonderfully named “Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Duel at Mt. Skullzfyre”. The company will release the actual “Doom” board game to Kickstarter backers and retail stores in 2014. Gaeta said, in the press release, “We are already working with the factory and should have a date we can share in a few weeks. We are also going to be demoing the game at Gen Con and the upcoming Alliance Open House. This game is just too much fun not to make it available to gamers everywhere.”
[Stay tuned for a behind-the-scenes account from the game’s creators.]