The Doom That Came To Atlantic City!

A project in Portland, OR by The Forking Path, Co.

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A light hearted Lovecraftian game of urban destruction, for two to four players. By Lee Moyer, Keith Baker and Paul Komoda.
Backers: 1245
Average Pledge Per Backer: $99

Funded: $122,769 of $35,000
Dates: May 7th -> Jun 6th (30 days)
Project By: The Forking Path, Co.
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