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Moron Steals Someone Else's Board Game, Tries To Kickstart It [Update]

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A company calling itself White Helm Games had, until today, been running a Kickstarter for a board game called Dungeon Hoard. That Kickstarter has now been cancelled, though, because Dungeon Hoard was someone else’s game.

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Having raised $388 of its $5500 goal, potential backers quickly noticed that Dungeon Hoard already existed. And had already been made by the actual company called White Helm Games, which most definitely wasn’t the company running the Kickstarter.

Instead, it was an imposter stealing both the game and the company name, either someone for whom English is a second language, or for whom it’s their first and they’re just not very good at it.

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After the scam had been noticed, complaints rolled into both Kickstarter and the “creator” themselves, who didn’t take kindly to their accusations.

Before the scam could be killed off by Kickstarter the “creator” did the job for them, saying “i canceled this compain because no one deserve + some of this kids who come and broke the project , for theese ppl who beleived ernest did u see his page verified? (blue badge) ?? because they lied to all of u :p.

If you’d like to check out the actual Dungeon Hoard, it’s available on Gamecrafter.

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Update: 10/16/2019, 11:26 p.m. ET: Oh my, the same scammer had another campaign up for another stolen game, this time Christ is Born. That second campaign has been cancelled by Kickstarter.

Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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