UPDATE 2 11.8.13 - IGM has made contact with Crystal Kingdom artist “Cyangmou”, who claims the Cease and Desist was his last option for finally getting the attention of Crystal Kingdom’s lead developer Harald “Presbyter” Dosch. According to Cyangmou, Dosch blocked him on Skype and through the communication channels on the game’s forums, after failing to produce the promised compensation. Cyangmou also claims that Dosch blocked him for a weeklong period, releasing a major game update (with Cyangmou’s own work included in that update), without informing Cyangmou why the payments had halted.
When asked if he had ever had trouble with Dosch missing payments in the past, Cyangmou replied, “Within the 2 years [I worked with him] we had [the] problem that he wasn’t on time with payment only 2 times. Nothing major, I won’t call that a problem.”
“I just want to have a contract signed for what Pres and I agreed on verbally, earlier, because I can’t trust him anymore,” Cyangmou explained to IGM. “I also was forced to defend myself with a public statement…on my deviantART since Pres [took] to publicity [Editor's Note: see original article below] even before the new deadline he himself agreed on with my lawyer, November 4th, had passed.”
We will update this story with any future developments.
UPDATE 11.7.13 – Crystal Kingdom developer Harald “Presbyter” Dosch has sent out the following statement to newsletter subscribers, detailing the recent developments of the Crystal Kingdom Cease and Desist. Dosch labeled the message as “Crystal Kingdom: Last Newsletter”. The following is copied verbatim:
just a quick update on whats going on.
After receiving a cease and desist letter from a team member my legal advice gave two scenarios.
1. Apply with the terms at once and try to negotiate a solution.
2. Don’t apply and prepare for a lawsuit.
We took scenario #1 and lets quote team member matbtt on this:
“… he offered Presbyter some additional conditions. I do not go into details,
but no person in full possession of its mental power would have agreed!”
What does that mean:
1. I lost a friend.
2. I lost 10.000 USD
3. I lost a team member and his work done for S:CK
How could that happen:
Maybe its lack of leadership, lack of professionalism or its just someone going out on his own
doing something that set things in motion that does effect others as well.
I don’t know. Would I do things differently now – you bet I would.
So whats next:
Well, you see I fought for this project like almost ever. But especially the last 6 month
things became almost unbearable for me and I called for a full team Skype conference.
The conference backed me up as a leader – I spoke for hours about how I intend to make this work
for everybody. No-one disagreed.
I made my point clear that we will make S:CK happen as a team or fall as a team = Cy,Me,Matbtt,Vierbit.
Lets quote matbtt again:
Things took the turn for the worst and the team fell – so did S:CK.
“Unfortunately, one team member decided to take a different direction. Without prior notice towards
Presbyter and/or the team he filed a cease and desist order.”
I’m tired of fighting – I’m really am. All I wanted is to chase a dream & create something good.
I failed for a multitude of reasons. Just getting a new artist wont fix this.
S:CK has been discontinued.
I’m sorry for what happened – I’m really am.
We work on bringing back the forums at least so you can exchange contact information etc with
the people you met and friendships you forged. The remaining team will need a few weeks to get over what happened and discuss options. Will you ever hear again from me/us – I really don’t know.
I walk away from this like a soldier from a long fierce battle, beaten – but at least still alive. It will be a long march home.