From what I can tell, the biggest reason for them to no longer KS is that they've established relationships with retailers and that KS projects can be a bit chaotic. They have a site called kickstarterlessons.com or similar with some interesting stories (edit: it leads to this page: https://stonemaiergames.com/kickstarter/ ). They did face a lot of backlash for how they revealed the daily KS goals, it was unorthodox and some complained that the early bird kind of deal made it hard to tell what it was they had signed up forum . The big thing with early shipping, though, was that hundreds of people updated their addresses on the day when their products were shipped from the regional distribution centres, and as you can imagine it's difficult to update hundreds and hundreds of packages that have already shipped. Basically customers were humans, as customers tend to be, and it made it messy.