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Initial post: May 1, 2012 6:16:43 AM PDT
http://www.pcgamer.com/2012/05/01/kickstarter-project-exposed-as-scam/
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With somewhat grim inevitability, it seems that the friendly Kickstarter crowdfunding platform is being exploited by not-so-friendly pretend game developers. A post on RPS' forums, subsequently highlighted by Reddit, has exposed the scam behind Little Monster Productions' Mythic: The Story of Gods and Men.

According to the post the RPG's character art, backgrounds, objects and even office photos were nabbed from various internet sources. The project was quickly closed down as soon as it was exposed, but it managed to raise $4,739 according to its still-existent Kickstarter page. Of course, the faux-devs won't be seeing a cent of this - Kickstarter money is only paid out if the project reaches its target amount.

The developers pretended they'd already got enough coffers to create the game, and only needed the extra $80,000 from Kickstarter to complete the game's motion capture and soundtrack. They also claimed to have ex-Activision and Blizzard staff among their number.

The whole debacle casts a shady light on Kickstarter, which depends largely on trust to gain funding for projects. It also recalls 2008′s Limbo of the Lost, which plagiarised assets from a number of games and films. But at least Limbo of the Lost actually existed.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:17:29 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
This is why I don't do kickstarter programs.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:18:49 AM PDT
StriderNeo15 says:
Very smart of you JJ.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:19:09 AM PDT
MrFoxhound says:
With the exception of The Dead Linger, the projects I have contributed to were all renowned developers with a proven pedigree.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:21:45 AM PDT
Soulshine says:
Someone should startkicking those fake devs square in the nuts.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:23:15 AM PDT
Ice King says:
This is why the internet can't have nice things.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:23:27 AM PDT
JJ4prez says:
Thanks for the sarcasm Roge.

lol

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:24:20 AM PDT
Kirksplosion says:
I watched the video last night. Really dumb that the guy would be brave enough to actually show his face.

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2012 6:25:07 AM PDT
StriderNeo15 says:
Hopefully he doesn't have any products on Amazon or a twitter account.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:29:22 AM PDT
McAwesomeo says:
This is why I've only given to random weird things and established developers.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:37:59 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 6:39:26 AM PDT
J. Pardee says:
This is terrible but not so surprising. I would be shocked if this is the only person who tries to scam unsuspecting people on Kickstarter.

I am not sure if it's true or not since I haven't looked into it myself but a friend told me that if a Kickstarter project makes enough money to reach its goal but then don't deliver on the product, you would just be out the money that you donated for nothing. That's pretty low.

Posted on May 1, 2012 6:39:19 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 1, 2012 6:39:45 AM PDT
I remember someone mentioned Mythic in passing at the Banner Saga forum and took a look last week...

it sounded a) too good to be true b) not much real info c) was copying other games out there to a T(including Banner saga). I quickly lost interest.
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