@Partypooper - My name is Gert Haar-Jorgensen, Kim's cousin and the "rich uncle" behind the game - and I'm 99% sure I know who you are as we have had exchanges, even meetings in the past - and I am truly sorry that your game idea didn't work, but I don't think that warrents this attack, which I can only see as "sour grapes".
A few facts - yes I have believed in and co-funded the game for the last 5 years. The investors up til now are over 90% (amount and value) founders and their family and friends (some of the 500 fans on facebook) and the story of our on-going battle to realise the IM dream is well-described in the FTLOTG video (there are a few additions in the pipeline).
Your allegations regarding our inexperience, although technically true are at the essence of what this is all about, proving against the odds that we (hard core, creative and committed gamers) can do this - David vs Goliath. Your right, we may not succeed, but I think we have been honest about the possibility. On the other hand, I do think of myself as a business person as well - and when I see how the team has developed and whats been produced against the odds - I am extremely proud and confident that we can and will do this.
The real barrier is lack of funding (from traditional sources), without selling your soul. This is where the "new" business model of aaaindie was born out of nessecity,- we decided early on that we would rather (naively?) pursue the ideal - or "die" trying.
Where you are correct - unfortunately - is that we are going through a substantial financial set-back at the moment and have been agonizing about how/what to communicate - but here goes:
I have have financed about 80% so far from my other business - Lean Coaching, which has successfully been growing the last 8 years, where our main clients were automotive (and a friend and co-funder is in the same line of work). As you can imagine the downturn in the industry has reduced our turnover 50% in months (March-June). I'm happy to say that we are gradually re-building in different sectors, but it will take time (months). This left us in an acute liquidity crisis in May-June, just after launching the site. To say that I/we have had the worst month of our lives, would be an understatement - desperately trying to seek other sources/loans - anything.
As of last week, our Production Company A/S has had to file for Bankruptcy and we have had to "fire" all our employees (yes we had 20 properly employed in the Team - as on the picture). While this is a major set-back - Zero Point Software, the name, the IP and all IM code etc. belongs to (and is protected in) a Holding company and hence not affected.
I have to, at this stage, give my unreserved "love and respect" to our team and the way they have supportted us all the way - not "leeked" sensitive information, but most of all - have continued to post/discuss, as if nothing was wrong, in spite of facing uncertain personal circumstances.
We (Kim, Nics and I) have started the task of salvaging, re-building, with a view to continue the work developing / releasing our material (although at initially reduced rate - please be patient) and at the same time, as we have done umpteen times in the past (but behind closed doors) re-evaluate our options for raising finance, in order to gear back up (again!) and re-employing every one of the Team (and the colleagues they need/deserve) as soon as humanly/financialy possible!! - The Developers will of cause keep their ZPS Badge - as they will always be part of the Team, albite only "vitually" for a period.
Personally - I see Partypoopers (or "Sour Grapes"?) comments as a blessing in disguise, we are back to being open, honest, indie (in the shit!) and completly beholden to the community's belief in us. Having discussed this with Kim and Nics - I am more than happy to refund any payment, by anyone who feels they have been "deceived" or cannot/ do not want support us, given the above.
We may be too early, business model may not work, not good/experienced enough for this "overly" ambitious project - without support, we'll never know.
In the meantime, with those who are left, we will re-group, re-focus and soldier on - giving up is not an option! Apart from our own ambitions, the real reponsibility is to the people have supported us so far incl. Spearheads/Frontliners obviously - but also the family and friends who have invested thier hard-earnt cash - to live the dream with us.
Sorry - Partypooper/Sour Grapes - to be "spoil-sport" honest. If anyone has any other questions, they want honest answers on, please feel free - I/We will do our best (but I have a "day-job" with employees that also need re-building)
For The Love Of The Game!!