Make My MMO: Greed Monger resurfaces; Camelot Unchained snags $7.5M (January 20, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Greed Monger is back in the headlines, as former owner Jason Appleton told Kickstarter backers that as a result of a cryptocurrency windfall, he’s finally planning on refunding those who feel swindled from the game’s now-ancient Kickstarter failure.

“To put it lightly, I’ve been doing well. 2018 is the year I pay back GM donations,” he says. “I will update this once more when I’ve got things worked out with Kickstarter on a system for how this will work. I may only be able to refund $10k a week or $10k a month, but I expect to get this all resolved this year. Hopefully the first round of refunds can happen this coming week.”

It’s not the first time he’s promised some sort of compensation for the game many MMO players still believe was a scam; last year, he was promising cryptocurrency itself. If anyone actually does receive any refund, drop us a tip! (With thanks to Sally Sally’s “friend” for passing this along to us! :D)

In happier news, crowdfunded MMORPG Camelot Unchained received a $7.5 million cash infusion from a group of investors, intended to increase hiring and speed up completion of the game. Mark Jacobs retains full creative control and the largest slice of the corporate pie, meaning the game will ship as originally designed.

We also broke the news that both Chronicles of Elyria and Albion Online suffered layoffs at the turn of the year, in Albion’s case a fairly significant hit to the size of the team.

Meanwhile, Dual Universe teased a fun building tool, Albion Online kicked off the Ice & Fire Speedrun events, Crowfall memorialized a fallen backer, and Saga of Lucimia announced it’s hiring (hopefully that goes better than last time, but we’re not holding our breath). We also dived back into Project Gorgon!

Finally, we’ve tucked in a video from streamer Neith, who’s covered some of Ship of Heroes’ new villain costumes (Nagdellians and Yekus mercs).

Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last week and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

Camelot Unchained

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Elyria cinematic

Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) – Kickstarter unsuccessful. Work continues.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; beta began Oct 2016.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – Launched July 2017.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha zero.
Broke Protocol (Cylinder) – Unsuccessful KS. In free early access.
Camelot Unchained
(City State) – Kickstarter successful; open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – First KS canceled, second ended unsuccessfully.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Kickstarter win, open packages, Indiegogo crowdfunding ongoing.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter successful, open packages.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) – Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – Successful KS; launching fall 2018.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – Successful KS.
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) – Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter overdonor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) – Kickstarter funded, now has donor platform. Pre-alpha.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – Funded, now in alpha.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded; in early access.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and launched.
Empyrion Online (Eleon) – Kickstarter canceled; launched on Steam early access.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions) – Now in open beta.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) – Kickstarter funded.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date; in early access.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, multiple times now.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember (Runewaker) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage) – KS canceled; Indiegogo. Canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) – Kickstarted as Shards Online. Alpha ended.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Currently in beta.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) – Kickstarter canceled.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter successful.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter canceled; launched in November.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – KS funded March 2017. In early access.
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) – Open donations. Prealpha.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks) – Doom, mostly.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Kickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) – Kickstarted in three tries + Indiegogo. In alpha.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) – Downgrading from MMORPG.
The Exiled (Fairytale Distillery) – fka Das Tal; 2015 KS unsuccessful. Early access.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) – Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) – Kickstarted twice by A&B. Back in alpha.
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter canceled; now in early access.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) – Kickstarter successful.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon, Kickstarter funded.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Successful KS. Soft launch July 2016.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – In middle of year-long revamp after funding surge.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.
War of Rights (Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in alpha.

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Apollymi

Holy sh*t! I jinxed us!!

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Sally Bowls

Mark Jacobs retains full creative control and the largest slice of the corporate pie, meaning the game will ship as originally designed.

Few to no games or software ship as originally designed, but we get what you meant. MJ will not be getting any investor types to “help” him with design and scheduling. Great news!

http://dilbert.com/strip/2018-01-22

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Neb Jenter

Can’t wait for CU. Grabbed my I Am Sorta Committed pledge back in 2015 and it’s simultaneously been the easiest and hardest wait for any game.

On one hand, it’s easy because of how MJ and friends have done everything. Couldn’t trust them more.

On the other hand, ohmygodwhyjustgivemethegamealready

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Pingly

I got that GreedMonger letter and I gotta say I just wish the guy luck wherever he goes. I never had any problem with him, I just kinda wrote off the game after a while. I’ve had great luck with Kickstarter so I don’t mind these mismanaged catastrophes every once in a while. I just feel bad for all the people in there who were actually trying to get the project done.

But I guess there are a very vocal group of Kickstarters after him. Or he just went crazy. I have no idea.

I bet that now that he’s offering refunds he’ll find very few takers. He can keep my $25.

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Armsbend

If he wants to give you the money back take the money. The money he probably used to make bank in cryptocurriences rather than making a game. The shit brained fucker is a goddamned thief and he is still flaunting it. He basically said, “Thanks for funding my profit taking scheme you dumbfucks. Here is your principal sans interest idiots.”

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TotalCowage .

Even if it wasn’t a deliberate scam, returning the money is the least he could do, because those were the kickstarter conditions he signed up for.

People should insist upon their refunds on the same matter of principle; isn’t there enough exploitation and dishonesty in the world as it is, without encouraging more through apathy or exhaustion? If he took your money, demand respect for it at least. Go get that refund!

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drgreenhoe

+1 for CU

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Mark Jacobs

Thank you.

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yoh_sl

Good to hear that CU has gotten additional funding, so long as there aren’t oppressive strings attached. Ala publishers.
But knowing MJ, that likely isn’t the case. So long as the game launches and is successful, I assume that will give the investors return on investment. (that or the growth/sale of the company)

Anyway, this is a good thing.
This can only mean a better game, sooner.

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Mark Jacobs

Thanks, much appreciated and yeah, no oppressive strings, none at all.

OTOH, seeing that video, I really need to get back to the gym.

Note to self – Don’t wear orange for streaming until the summer. :)