Our story begins in 2012. After graduating from Westwood College Online (B.A, Videogame Art and Design), head honcho Jason Welge attempted to Kickstart his first game, Left To Rot. Billed as a zombie infested amalgamation of both FPS and RTS genres, Left To Rot only raised $189 of its $41,000 goal. When you watch Welge’s pledge video, it isn’t hard to see why.
Welge stands somewhat awkwardly in front of posters for Gears of War and Assassin’s Creed, as well as two depicting a scantily clad Megan Fox. He claims that Left To Rot was born out of his “love for designing videogames”, right before a stock JPEG of various console gamepads jumps to the foreground of the screen. It all feels very hokey, like a weak approximation of what “gamers” want to see in a Kickstarter video.
Welge states: “We want to have an action packed, high-paced, Call of Duty, Battlefield, blood-pumping game! That is where we want to be”, and “RTS and FPS play mechanics, combined into one!” Again, this all sounds like a rather odd, vacuous approach to talking about videogames, as though a real person isn’t saying these words.
Instantly, one must call into question exactly why Welge needed a Kickstarter in order to get his game off the ground. He apparently received a $10,000 grant from the state of Wisconsin in 2012, awarded based on the quality of some proposed business plan. Quite where this money went, I’m not certain, but it clearly wasn’t enough for Welge to create the desired “blood-pumping” FPS game.
Around this time, footage from Left To Rot appeared in the indie movie “Starlet”, at approximately twenty-three minutes in. This appearance was later listed as one of the “Awards” won by Time Ramesside, initially billed rather misleadingly as “Hollywood film festival indie movie of the year 2102 Starlet” [sic], perhaps in an early attempt to make the game come across as genuine in its intent.
So by all accounts, and by Welge’s wording, Left To Rot is the same game as Time Ramesside, or Left To Rot is the game that went on to become Time Ramesside.