Right...You do know that SotA players are involved in the game on a voluntary basis, right?
Being emotionally invested in this project has brought in some major whales, and some of them have succumb to emotional manipulation and the sunk-cost fallacy.
Kickstarter was this:
Shroud of the Avatar is the “spiritual successor” to Richard’s previous
work in the FRP genre. Our primary objectives are to tell a story even
more compelling than Ultimas IV-VII, create a virtual world more
interactive than Ultima VII, develop deep rich multi-player capabilities
beyond combat akin to Ultima Online, and offer a bold new approach to
integrate them with “Selective Multi-Player”.
And then it was all about the wolves in sheeps clothing and promises was made by someone that left so we're not doing it. Boo-hoo we're a small dev team. Censor censor ban ban censor lock ban. That's a great idea but we're such a small dev team and without you this will never work. We love you!
And after four straight years of receiving charity handouts to the tune $20M, they've upped their telethon schedule from quarterly to monthly and every weekend its a 20% off flash sale. And even though RMT reigns supreme no one plays the game. Not all the whales are here to flip digital items for cahs via RMT either... some of those whales that gave hand over fist gave Richard Garriott their life savings and retirement portfolios because he promised them exactly what they wanted to hear and now they don't have any choice but to abandon their hope and their money or keep giving money and keep the hope alive until it all turns out as promised.
Old people get scammed all the time, and they're always voluntarily just giving their money to people who promise them exactly what they want to hear. Nothing new to see here folks.
Considering how Reg CF shares work, I don't think this player realizes how risky his investment was and he may not understand that no market exists to trade Reg CF shares in. You should give this person his money back. He's been posting these claims in your official notice for investment SeedInvest Campaign - Discussions with Richard Garriott / Lord British and his posts haven't been deleted so I'm guessing it's not a troll. Do the right thing.