I was initially skeptical when Victory Point Games began a Kickstarter campaign for Darkest Night, canceled it 24 hours later, and took some time to start fresh. I worried that their bad planning might be reflective of deeper problems, and that my first foray into Kickstarter had been a mistake.
I am very happy to say that I was wrong.
Not only are the results of Victory Point's previous Kickstarter campaign for Dawn of the Zeds being delivered to happy customers, but Victory Point has made some decisions with its Darkest Night campaign that I deeply appreciate. With 4 days to go, total funding for the campaign has crossed $170,000--an impressive sum, but several thousand dollars short of the stretch goals that would unlock additional cards and add variety to the gameplay.
Rather than issue a less-complete version of the game, Victory Point Games made a different decision: On June 1, the company chose to unlock all gameplay-related stretch goals and to release the best possible version of Darkest Night. What this means is that money that would have gone to a larger retail print run of the game will instead go into producing a truly complete edition of it for the backers on Kickstarter. There will be less profit for Victory Point, but a better product for customers.
So thanks Victory Point Games! I own a couple of VP products already, but now I will be purchasing many more.