When Setting Up a Crowdfunding Campaign, Follow the Rules

It’s funny that when I posted about Pizzadoughnuts Vol. I – Kickstarter Campaign Ends August 6, 2019, I was thinking about crowdfunding campaigns that get suspended for not following the rules. Shortly thereafter, I run across this Kickstarter campaign that was suspended – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stephaniemcalea/innsmouth-86-for-call-of-cthulhu-7th-edition. I initially was not sure which of the rule(s) it violated – https://www.kickstarter.com/rules. However, I included the rule it violated in the quoted section below.

Looks like the reason for the suspension is https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/stephaniemcalea/innsmouth-86-for-call-of-cthulhu-7th-edition/comments

Hi everyone,

We were contacted by Kickstarter who asked us for more information. We gave it and they’ve just replied with this:

“Kickstarter Trust & Safety (Kickstarter)

Jul 3, 1:23 PM EDT

Hi there,

This is a message from the Kickstarter Trust & Safety team. After an extended review of your project, we’re sorry to inform you that your project does not fall within our rules.


Kickstarter rules require creators to fulfill their previous projects before launching new ones. You are running a new live project while several of your previous project remain unfulfilled. It appears that you have at least six previous campaigns that you are still working to fulfill.

We sincerely apologize that this wasn’t noticed prior to your launch, and we understand that this is not ideal for anyone. However, because of this violation of our rules, your project will be suspended in 24 hours. Alternatively, you are welcome to cancel the project yourself. In either case, we ask that you post a project update (and respond to comments) on all of your unfulfilled projects to let you backers know where your fulfillment stands.

Let us know if you have any questions moving forward and thank you for your understanding.


We’re gonna take some time out and think about the implications and where we go from here. Thank you all for your support over this and other projects and books over the recent years.

Stephanie McAlea

It’s strange that Kickstarter listed this particular explanation as there are plenty of RPG campaigns that start new campaigns before the last project has been fulfilled. I am still waiting on a couple of companies to fulfill campaigns where the companies have started numerous campaigns in the interim.It could be the unfulfilled projects are far behind schedule, as in years. In which case, I could see Kickstarter making the call to suspend the new project.

My initial thought before seeing the comment above was a violation of a rule that isn’t listed in the rules, but is mentioned elsewhere on Kickstarter. It has to be a new product. It can be an updated version of an existing product, but it has to be new. For example, if I got permission from the copyright holders of a Role-Playing Game (RPG) that is no longer in print and simply re-printed the game, that is not a new product. I would need to make enough changes that Kickstarter considered it a new product.

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1 Response to When Setting Up a Crowdfunding Campaign, Follow the Rules

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