It happened again. Another small publisher was robbed at the Essen Spiel Fair. You may remember that it was only a couple of years ago that LudiCreations fell victim to an unscrupulous thief who stole their cash box at Essen. The silver lining to the whole event was the rapid creation of and overwhelming support on Kickstarter for Steal This Game. Steal This Game was a tongue-in-cheek theme reflective of the incident inflicted on LudiCreation at Essen.
This time, the thieves targeted Artipia Games, ironically while they were running demos of their new game, A Thief’s Fortune. Like so many outstanding game publishers, Artipia’s personnel were being ever attentive to their customers and fans. The thieves took advantage of Artipia’s customer engagement to create a distraction while an accomplice stole the cash register. Artipia acted quickly, resulting in one arrest but not the recovery of the stolen cash. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Artipia Games reflected on the incident:
“Our shock and financial loss left a very sour taste in our mouth. Artipia Games is a family indie game publishing business and the sales we make at the Essen fair play an important role in our survival.”
To cut their losses, Artipia Games is running a Kickstarter Campaign for five specially designed promo cards for A Thief’s Fortune, Fields of Green, Kitchen Rush, The Pursuit of Happiness, and Whoosh: Bounty Hunters. In what is becoming a tradition in our hobby, the theme of these promos is also a tongue-in-cheek reflection of the incident. There are no plans to reprint these promos; there were made only for this Kickstarter campaign to offset the losses from the theft. The boardgame community has always pulled together in camaraderie and compassion in times of need. Whether you decide to back the Kickstarter for the promos or make a small donation, your support will be greatly appreciated.