• In late 2023, German publisher Wonderbow Games ran a Kickstarter campaign for Carl Robinson‘s two-player game Kelp: Shark vs Octopus that raised €1.4 million. (For details on gameplay, check out my overview from Gen Con 2023.)
Kickstarter rewards are scheduled to be delivered to backers in October 2024…yet before that campign had even ended, copies of Kelp started popping up for sale on platforms such as Amazon, eBay, and Fruugo. Here’s an excerpt from a Charlie Hall article on Polygon about this situation:
Don’t buy this
That’s when the customer service complaints began to roll in.
Hall also appeared on NPR to discuss the topic, and in his Polygon article he talks with representatives from Stonemaier Games and Pandasaurus Games about their expierences with counterfeits of their work.
• The Festival International des Jeux has announced the nominees for the 2024 As d’Or, France’s game of the year award. The categories and nominees are:
Game of the Year – overall
— In the Footsteps of Darwin, by Grégory Grard, Matthieu Verdier, and Sorry We Are French
— Perfect Words, by Paul-Henri Argiot and TIKI Editions
— Trio, by Kaya Miyano and Cocktail Games
Game of the Year – children
— Morris the Dodo, by Emilie Soleil, Jérôme Soleil, and Blue Orange Games
— My Puzzle Adventure: Dragon, by Antonin Boccara, Romaric Galonnier, and Game Flow
—Super Miaou, by Guillaume Desportes and Space Cow
Game of the Year – initiated
— Cat in the Box, by Muneyuki Yokouchi and Hobby Japan
— Eila and Something Shiny, by Jeffrey CCH and ICE Makes
— Faraway, by Johannes Goupy, Corentin Lebrat, and Catch Up Games
Game of the Year – expert
— Darwin’s Journey, by Simone Luciani, Nestore Mangone, and ThunderGryph Games
— La Famiglia: The Great Mafia War, by Maximilian Maria Thiel and Feuerland Spiele
— The White Castle, by Isra C., Shei S., and Devir
The winners will be announced on the evening of February 22, the day before the FIJ game fair opens in Cannes, France.