When you connect a pledge to a reward, it is in fact legally binding. Only default pledges "You get the finished product, if and when it finishes" are not legally binding assuming the wording is in such a way that it's clear. Until a court says otherwise this is literally why you should make sure how the wording of a reward tier is specifically. If it promises you something that is connected to the KS producing an actual product, you are out of luck. But if it is a "gift" of something the KS project actually has in it'S possession they are legally required to deliver.
And you actually have a legal requirement to inform your backers of the failing of a kickstarter. Any money left needs to be fairly redistributed, refunds are out of the question though. And if nothing is left, the backers need to be informed about that at least.
Going silent and changing company names makes it clear cut fraud.
Especially since printing cards is so fucking cheap. You could do it for a 10k budget, art and cards included. (not best cards ever, but delivery of 1000 card sets (50 to 60 unique cards) in printed boxes at least ,p)
I freelanced on several card games, I know the price ranges of these things. For a single card you are looking at about $50 to 100$ (art) for printing you are looking at less than 1000$ for 200 card sets. 100% unique. Metal boxing 2$ to 4$ per set (usually factories offer this in-print price already for some and ask extra for other variations), shipping 20$ (You get it in a big box, if it's too heavy, someone actually brings a normal industry palette to your door
For more than 200 sets you get rebate. And the prices go down accordingly. (Ie, 1000 sets + proper metal box would not be more than $5000 ) + ART cost. Not more than $5000 to $10000
So non delivery of these things with proper calculation done is nearly impossible. Either way, this is why Kickstarter needs accounting rules.
This comment was edited on May 3, 2014, 02:56.