Fast forward to 2013, and Panzer’s second attempt to Kickstart Left To Rot, now called A New Reckoning. Though A New Reckoning failed to receive its desired amount of crowd-funding on three separate occasions (one of which still has “Left To Rot” included in its URL), it showed up on Steam Early Access on the 8th July, 2014.
Around this time, Jason Welge finds himself listed on the Unreal Engine Forums as a genuine scammer, with his crimes listed as: “Contract Scamming, Money Scamming, & Resource Gathering.” User DieByZer0 describes Welge’s modus operandi: “after you are finished completing a task for him, he will claim that he is moving. Also, he will generate false claims to have paid you after the task has been completed.” Other users have corroborated this statement, resulting in Welge’s appearance on a scammer’s watch-list.
This is just the first of many accusations levelled at Welge regarding his character.
On the 17th November 2014, Welge updated A New Reckoning on Steam. The game was now called Time Ramesside, a strange and rather nonsensical name seemingly adopted to throw A New Reckoning’s detractors off of Panzer’s trail. Not long after, the game’s name was changed again, this time to the even clunkier Time Ramesside (A New Reckoning).
Another Kickstarter followed shortly thereafter, this time under the newly adopted Time Ramesside moniker. Despite claims on Facebook that some benevolent soul had donated $2000 to his cause, Welge’s final Kickstarter campaign was a failure, netting only $58 out of the desired $15,000. In this pledge video, Welge explains that Left To Rot and A New Reckoning “didn’t go so well,” but that Time Ramesside is a great product. I’d understand if this was simply a case of revamping and reworking ideas as Welge states, but we’re talking about (supposedly) completely different games here. Given Welge’s history of fraudulently ascertaining free programming/art commissions from the community, and considering A New Reckoning’s many many broken Steam updates, there can be little doubt that Welge is not the down on his luck indie developer he claims to be, rather that he has been attempting to pull the wool over paying consumers’ eyes for some time now.
This is where things get really weird.