Make My MMO: Greed Monger’s Jason Appleton is launching a cryptocurrency TV show as donors still await refunds (May 12, 2018)


Here’s a bizarre one for you: Greed Monger’s Jason Appleton is now being billed as a “crypto YouTuber” ahead of the launch of his 13-episode television series funded entirely by bitcoin – it’s called the Crypto Crow Show.

Greed Monger is probably the most famous MMORPG Kickstarter failure to date, having raised over $100,000 back in 2012 to build what the developers said would be a “crafting-focused sandbox MMORPG.” By 2015, the project imploded as devs abandoned it over a lack of funding, generating scam accusations from angry backers. Subsequent attempts to revive the game failed. Appleton resurfaced earlier this year, promising to reimburse Kickstarter backers with his newfound fortune, though a quick glance through the Kickstarter’s comments shows that currently there are still backers who haven’t received theirs, and Appleton has apparently closed down applications for refunds and is bashing donors still asking for their money back.

“All people coming here dropping their pants is going to do is make sure you are either the very last person to get a refund or none at all,” he wrote this week. “A part of this games failure was the self fulfilling prophecy of the haters, trolls and flamers that loved to hate everything about it. Now, some of you are doing the same thing to yourselves. I dont HAVE to give you refunds. I have chosen to. I will not give refunds to people adding to my stress or creating more problems for me. Simple as that. It’s 1am EST and I still have another hour of work at least before I can think about sleep. Just relax and wait patiently. It’s been years. You aren’t in any hurry. I’m doing what I can with the time I have.”

(With thanks to Reed and Anon for the tips on this story!)

Meanwhile, Pantropy’s Kickstarter funded for close to $90,000, Wild Mage launched a Kickstarter, Star Citizen mapped out its PGC system and suffered criticism from its backers over it latest ship sale, Chronicles of Elyria prepped for alpha, and Albion Online announced its Merlyn update.

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

Albion Online

Recent MMO crowdfunding news

Wild Mage

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, 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 (
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, now allegedly in refund process.
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.
Maguss (Maguss) – Indiegogo successful; open beta.
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. Pre-alpha.
Pantropy (Brain Stone GmbH): First Kickstarter canceled, second funded.
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. Early access.
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. Launch March 2018.
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.

Pantropy funded


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Anyone still listening to anything Jason Appleton says deserves exactly what they will get: nothing. That he’s playing around in Bitcoin now is the ultimate LOL.


He has made it very clear now that processing the refunds isn’t something he wants to spend time on, even though he made the promise that he’d do it. He spends more time complaining about people asking for refunds than giving refunds. If he used that time to actually follow through with his promise he’d have a lot less people complaining by now.

Apparently by his words he is far too busy to be processing any refunds now. He’s full of excuses but very little action. He has all the time in the world to make excuses and give people who are asking for refunds crap somehow, but no time to actually do them.

Bryan Correll

Bitcoin: The currency of choice for extortionists, kidnappers, and scam artists everywhere.

John Mclain

Also financial fools, anti-establishment types, and get rich quick schemers.


I dropped some big bucks on greedmonger the second day of the kickstarter. By the second last day of it, having watch the back and forth on the forums, I pulled out and cancelled my backing.

IMHO, this guy has an aura of shadiness. He oozes. Oozes what, I couldn’t say for certain, but I could find no way to trust anything he said and decided to distance myself from the project. Best investment decision I ever made.

Roger Melly

Sounds like their may be a case for fraudulent practice again Jason Appleton .

Kickstarter Donor

I Kickstarted GreedMonger. He sent me an email and several Kickstarter alerts with instructions for the refund.

I didn’t bother. After doing this for several years he can have my $20.

The thing is he did keep sending emails asking me to get my refund. Several.

I was actually relieved when he said he was shutting down the refund so it would be the last of the emails.


Of course many people have hundreds of dollars to multiple thousands pledged (up to $3,700), it’s not as easy to let go when it’s in the higher hundreds to thousands and not just $20.

Who knows if he would have even sent your refund if you applied for it, it may have been just emails telling people to apply for them and you may have never got it, like the majority of people. An offer doesn’t mean squat, everybody got the offers of refunds, it’s going through with them that actually means something.

Although the $25 category was the one that got the most refunds. Only 2 backers in the $306 category got refunds, and nobody in the $500-$3,700 category got any at all.

He did a few refunds early on and then hasn’t done any since then. He left a tracker for people to keep watch of refunds happening, and nothing has been happening on it for some time.

Maybe you would have because your donation was so low though, he could pay out the tiny amounts that were donated and make people think he was giving back while those who donated higher amounts were left wondering where their money was.

John Mclain

Just start a class-action suit on the guy, then “his fortune” can be yours. (Well part of it, the lawyers will get most of it.)


This. The man’s a god***m idiot. Kickstarter may not enforce anything itself, but its essentially a contractual agreement between the creator and those investing in the project. Creators agree to either complete the project or offer refunds when launching it, and to start telling them they don’t deserve refunds is essentially a violation of that. Projects have been successfully sued for much less, and damaged the project runners a hell of a lot more. Any backer in the Washington state area has immediate precedence, and the fine carried alongside it is $1,000 minimum per offense on top of the refund itself. Project has 371 backers in the US alone, and while I can’t see a per state divide? I’m willing to bet at least 2 are from that area. And other states likely have similar laws, they just haven’t been utilized or have needed to be brought to bear.

Even if we slice that fine in half and argue maybe 200 people are qualified at most to hit him with one, that’s 100 grand from the fines alone, not even touching on refunds that will be enforced at that point. And in several states, laws allow them to force the cost of lawyers on top of it.

He wants to cry about his time, he’ll get plenty more to hate about if something like that strikes him. And saying what he says essentially removes most any defense he might have if it does go to court.