A Tribute to the Team

  • The big day has finally arrived! We finished up the Kickstarter, and now we are into the post-Kickstarter phase here at the Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen primary community site. 


    It's a huge milestone. If you haven't been paying attention to games like Star Citizen or Shroud of the Avatar, the bulk of their funding has come from the crowdfunding efforts done through their home portals set up after their Kickstarters finished. The KS campaigns launched the initial rush of people, and from there it's a ripple effect that spreads throughout the Internet. 


    There's still a lot of work to be done. The game is still a few years out, but the community platform set up here is the perfect place for those of us with a common interest in seeing Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen as our primary game to come together and and begin to build the community that we will be part of in the years ahead. 


    I wanted to take the time now to give a shout out to the team who has been hard at work behind the scenes since late 2013, working pro-bono and donating their time putting in 10-12 hour days (and beyond; Tom has been a MACHINE getting this website platform up and going over the past few weeks) to get us to this point and to help make this a reality for everyone. 


    If you are someone who hasn't even started a business before, there's always a brute-force period during the early formation when everything is done out-of-pocket. That means you are doing it for free, without an ROI (return on investment). When I built Marginal Boundaries, I spent a full year working on my own, behind the scenes, putting in 4-6 hours a day extra apart from my job as a writer, to build up the platform, fill the blog, create the products, and eventually launch. 


    That's nothing compared to a multi-million dollar project there there is a team of 20-30 people all coming together to make things happen. For the core group, the 10 who founded Visionary Realms, that meant spending a good four to six month run without paychecks. That's a hard thing to do when wives and children need to be fed, when bills need to be paid, and it's a credit to their commitment and dedication to seeing this project come to fruition. 


    Now that we have moved into private crowdfunding here at the site, paychecks can finally be cut, and as more money comes in, as private investors come on board, the Vision (TM) can be expanded exponentially. There's still a long road ahead, but it's a start, and from here it's nothing but onwards and upwards!

    It doesn't stop here, either. The fansites, the guild communities being built, the Facebook pages and YouTube accounts and Google+ communities are all vitally important to continuing to get the word out that this game is being made. There is a mistaken belief that because the Kickstarter didn't go off without a hitch that the game isn't going to be made: that's not true. Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen is absolutely being made, and the team is continuing work on it as I write this...and those of you who are subscribers here at the website have the opportunity to be a part of that ongoing development. 


    So don't forget to take the time to thank the team at Visionary Realms for spending the last few months working pro-bono, for having the passion and the dedication to bring this dream to the table, to help make it a reality. And at the same time, don't forget to thank the thousands of backers who have came here to the website in the hours since the Kickstarter finished and moved their pledges here.

    Your trust and faith has moved the mountain. Now it's time to see just how big we can build this baby!

  • Exmortis
    Exmortis I know what this team can do, I played EQ, I played Vanguard, what I can't wait to see is this team OUT do themselves and create something bigger, better, stronger, faster than before!
    February 24, 2014 - 2 like this
  • eolith
    eolith Hear hear! Passion, sacrifice, and dedication are simply some of the more beautiful human traits, and it's wonderful to know this community is founded upon them.
    February 24, 2014 - 1 likes this
  • Montreseur
    Montreseur Very glad to be apart of this community.
    February 25, 2014 - 1 likes this
  • CanadinaXegony
    CanadinaXegony I am hoping for epicness, and having my socks blown off hehehe
    February 28, 2014