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May 24, 2018 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Space Goat Productions' Terminator boardgame Kickstarter project appears to be a scam rife with fraud

Space Goat Productions' Terminator boardgame appears to be a scam
After extending the delivery date an additional 365 days on the eve of it's alleged completion (Dec. 2017), Space Goat announced another delay today prompting calls for refunds and legal action!
DO NOT GIVE ANY MONEY TO SPACE GOAT PRODUCTIONS FOR ANY PRODUCT OR SERVICE!

I was excited for a Terminator boardgame. It sounded like a lot of fun. I backed this wonderful sounding project on Kickstarter. Unfortunately, Shon Bury's company Space Goat Productions has seemingly dissolved amidst financial mismanagement and allegations of sexual assault.

Last December, on the date the completed game was to ship to Kickstarter backers, Space Goat Productions announced a ONE YEAR DELAY on delivery of the game. In the meantime, they had already launched another Kickstarter campaign for another boardgame. Both projects have gone undelivered with no recourse from Space Goat.

Today, Space Goat Productions sent this message to Kickstarter backers of the Terminator boardgame:
Dear Backers -
With the apparent failure of the equity crowd-funding campaign, we have taken a step back to regroup and consider a number of options. Some paths forward have been presented to us. We need a few weeks to find the best path forward. As soon as we find that best path forward, you all will be the first to know.
Sincerely, Shon Bury

After a few failed projects, Space Goat tried some sort of equity crowd-funding to attain more money. Over 2,000 backers had already given this dreadful mess of a company over $200,000 dollars for the Terminator game and a similar amount was raised for a failed Evil Dead game.

Shon Bury seems to have squandered nearly a half million dollars with nothing to show for it! Legal issues are in a gray area as far as deliverables based on crowd funding. However, it seems Space Goat may have been launching new Kickstarter campaigns to try and fund past failed campaigns. I believe that is fraud.

This is the dark side of Kickstarter. They always say it's fun to get in on the "ground floor" and help shape a new product. The truth is we rarely know anything about the project creator and simply have to hope for the best. As usual, I'm becoming far more strict about backing projects. Needless to say, any company or resurgence or Space Goat will be avoided like the plague!

Here is the failed Terminator boardgame Kickstarter project.

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