Visionary Realms adds three Pantheon devs

    
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Brad McQuaid’s dev team for Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen just got a little bit bigger. A post on the game’s forum welcomes senior game designer and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes veteran Corey LeFever as well as programmer/webmaster Adam Tell.

Visionary Realms also introduced Jason Bolton as its new associate community manager.

Source: Forums; thanks Reht!
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shiggityshwa You know that this post is from August right? Besides, we all have a good reason to hate him:

For those unaware:

Former EQ “developer”, and scammer, Brad “Aradune” McQuaid.

The guy has always been an absolute nightmare to work with. He has always been self-righteous and demanded high pay to fund his lifestyle so he could drive around in his Ferrari.

Everquest (1999)
Wikipedia says that “McQuaid started as the project’s lead programmer but was made the producer and one of the lead designers” but around the net he is known as the guy that “use to hang out and not contribute, he was just a wannabe and a big talker.”

Vanguard (2007)
Brad started Sigil Games in January of 2002 to create Vanguard. As a startup, he required a yearly salary of $180,000. The game was funded by a few investors and was to initially be published by Microsoft. Microsoft fell out of love for the poorly developed product so in 2006 Sigil Games reacquired the marketing rights from Microsoft and turned to SOE to co-publish the title with Sigil Games.

BETA testing for Vanguard commenced in 2005 with BETA 2 in December of that same year. Shortly after BETA 2 started, Brad became completely unreachable for many months of development and so, with Brad still on payroll, the then vice-president of Sigil Games, Dave Gilbertson, had to fill his shoes. Then out of nowhere Brad returned and was solely responsible for the rushed release of “Vanguard: Saga of Heroes” in January of 2007 that was consequently and unanimously regarded as a failure. Vanguard went from 242,000 subs to just 40k just two months later. Brad McQuaid even admitted that the game was not ready in January but it was released early due to “financial resources”… perhaps if he wasn’t asking for $180,000 a year, as a startup, it wouldn’t have been such an issue.

One year later, Operations Manager Andy Platter asked everyone to come out to the Sigil parking lot and fired the almost 100 people that worked for Sigil Games Online at the time, on the spot. SOE immediately picked up about 50 of the employees however, Brad McQuaid walked away with a nice Stipend. Then out of the blue, he was hired as a consultant in May shortly after SOE purchased the rights to Vanguard. The backlash was so bad that Brad had to go into hiding and take his personal and rather self-righteous website offline.

Pantheon (2017)
Brad started Visionary Realms, Inc in September of 2013. As a startup he was asking for a $220,000 yearly salary. After failed talks with a few close investors he turned to crowdfunding on Kickstarter, both unsuccessful.

The idea behind Pantheon is/was to “create an MMO that built upon what made EQ special” from the creator of Everquest.
You would think that because he was behind the EQ brand name that die-hard fans would have supported the title right? Wrong!
The rabid fans of this MMO industry know any project in McQuaid’s hands is worth avoiding as he cannot be trusted. It doesn’t help that when you look at the project’s ideas on paper, Pantheon sounds extremely boring and uninspiring.

His two funding attempts were such a huge flop that his current team is entirely volunteer. Outside of the lack of funds, you might be asking, “Why did all of his original developers leave?”. http://cdn.segmentnext.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/Pantheon-Rise-of-the-Fallen.jpg

Well, that’s because he stole funds from the first campaign for his own greed giving very little to the development of Pantheon let alone being completely unable to pay the employees.
Regarding the picture above. Danielle is the wife of one of the (now) ex-devs (Vhalen, @Irontoe68, http://www.lore4.com) and the post has since been deleted from their Facebook page…for obvious reasons.

TL:DR; Any project in Brad McQuaid’s hands is worth avoiding. Don’t bother and you will save yourself from pure disappointment and lining the pockets of a money grubber.

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Just popping in to say that Reihen seems to be one of the maddest mads on the internet. Good day.

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Amsai 
Amazing when a dev takes over 40k of donated game money and spends it on his needs when his dev team gets virtually nothing and subsequently quit- and people say give it a rest.

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wjowski 

I totally missed that news cycle. Wow. Yeah, that’s some shady stuff that went on. I stand corrected. Thanks, I guess?

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Tolber1 wjowski Farg 
Educate yourself you damned idiot.  The original Pantheon team jumped ship after he embezzled donated funds to pay for personal shit.

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Zariarn PaganRites Fundamentally, we’re a completely different game. On the surface, we’re both old-school MMORPGs looking to return to community-driven gameplay. 
Nearly all of our team backed Pantheon during its Kickstarter run, and we’re hopeful that the team can eventually turn it around despite the major elephant in the room and create a unique and fun MMORPG that we can enjoy just as much as our own :)

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Cramit Jacobin Anyone can write a bunch of lore and post screenshots of unity store assets and claim to be making an MMO.

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wjowski Tolber1 Farg
How is he a thief? He hasn’t stolen anything. The Kickstarter failed, they tried something else, and people voluntarily gave him some money because they believe he can do what he says he can do. If it it doesn’t come to fruition and he runs off with the cash, leaves the team working for him homeless, and snorts or shoots up the funds, well… then you can call him names and/or drag him through the dirt. But people sometimes deserve second chances.

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Hanthos Zariarn I would love to see the IP restored by another company.  It was a great game minus the bugs.

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PaganRites Zariarn Wow, this is the first I’ve heard of that game!  Thank you for the link PaganRites.  Looks promising.