Greed Monger is dead in the water; sole programmer quits

    
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The future looks quite grim for Greed Monger today, as its lead programmer, James Proctor, announced on the game’s social media accounts [the Facebook post has been deleted as of this morning -Eds.] that he is leaving the project and that a planned update is now canceled. His departure means that the game effectively has no dedicated team.

Proctor pointed fans to a forum thread on RPG Codex in which he attempts to explain what’s been going on behind the scenes of this crowdfunded MMO, including the reason in-development screenshots looked so much worse than the ones posted on Kickstarter. “When it came time to start paging in the terrain at the view distances we needed Unity’s performance just wasn’t good enough… So we had to rework the terrain,” he posted.

As the sole programmer, Proctor was working for free on the promise of being paid a share when the game went live. He asserts that Lead Designer Jason Appleton was pressuring him to stay: “It’s been a long time in the making… The last couple of years working on GM hasn’t been much fun since Jason threatened me with a lawsuit if I left. I now was being forced in my eyes to be there, instead of working on it because it was something I enjoyed.”

[Source: Facebook (now deleted), RPG Codex, #2. Thanks to Xanward for the tip!]
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toomanywowclones
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toomanywowclones

Moizeus in a nutshell.
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Wasteland 2, Divinity Original Sin, Shrouds, Camelot Unchained, The Repopulation, Pillars of Eternity, and many others. Just because one inept company ran by some scammer fails you are saying Kickstarter is no good for game, that’s laughable.

carson63000
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carson63000

moizeus6 You reckon? I’ve spent the last week playing the hell out of Pillars of Eternity, which I backed on Kickstarter. You just need to look at the details of the project – some of them, like Project Eternity, are clearly professional and experienced developers with a solid play. Others, like Greedmonger .. well, there’s absolutely no way a sensible person could look at it and reach any conclusion other than “hopelessly out of their depth idiots” or “scam”.

moizeus6
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moizeus6

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BryanCo
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BryanCo

Derium  This the gift that keeps on giving.

Derium
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Derium

Interdiction Studios drops Greed Monger less than a day after being given the rights to it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMUOcm_F8o0

Golden_Girl
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Golden_Girl

By the way, the latest twist is that the Scam-Master General has handed the whole game over to a small indie studio to complete before the end of the year – http://www.greedmonger.com/forum/showthread.php?2059-The-Situation-With-James-and-GM – the hilarity never ends :-p

Zulika_Mi_Nam
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Zulika_Mi_Nam

So the guy Derium that posted below has created a tube channel with updates – for those that do not want to read through the threads.  The language there is NSFW, so you may not want to go there if that, or belief in the flying spaghetti monster, offends you.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnxzGCFfybsBOFXy-uGKteg/videos?flow=grid&sort=da&view=0

BryanCo
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BryanCo

toomanywowclones  They receive about a third that much in pledges.  I have no idea how much of that ends up as profit for Kickstarter, but it’s a pretty small percentage.  Kickstarter is just a fund raising platform, they don’t run projects.  And a brief look at their website shows it’s full of disclaimers.  If you donate through them you’re taking a risk.

PS I have never made a pledge to Kickstarter or any similar funding crowdfunding operations.  If I’m backing a for-profit enterprise then I expect to share in said profits,

toomanywowclones
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toomanywowclones

embers of careus, greedmonger…up next divergence online…