hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Confederate Express

So the Confederate Express developers might just be scumbags

6:00 PM on 07.29.2014 // Darren Nakamura

Allegedly involved in an Airbnb scam, definitely misrepresented my words

Covering Kickstarter campaigns can be tricky business. Between conflicts of interest, the nature of crowdfunding, and the potential for scams, a lot can go wrong when an outlet like Destructoid highlights a particular campaign. Some of the writers on staff refuse to cover crowdfunding projects for those reasons. I am more of an optimist, but expecting the best from everybody is one way to get burned, eventually.

When I first wrote about Confederate Express, I made a point to note my wariness on a project with so little gameplay to show, but I assumed the best of Maksym Pashanin and his brother, who appear passionate about the game in the Kickstarter video. Those assumptions might be unfounded, as the brothers are alleged to be abusing California tenant law through Airbnb to squat in a condo in Palm Springs.

Airbnb is a way for property owners to earn a little money by renting out housing for short periods, typically for vacations. Cory Tschogl rented her condo to the Pashanin brothers for 44 days, after which they refused to vacate. Since their stay exceeds 30 days, they are considered month-to-month tenants and have protections under the law.

Many of the nearly 2,400 Kickstarter backers are taking this news, along with the lack of updates and the appearance of a new game campaign listed by Pashanin's company Kilobyte, as a sign that Confederate Express has been a scam from the beginning. Among a flurry of comments on the campaign's page is this mocking response from Pashanin.

Confederate Express is behind its initial target release of June 2014, and in a recent backer update, Pashanin explains his side of the situation. He claims that an outside investor purchased Kilobyte and requested that focus be put on Knuckle Club before Confederate Express, but that development continues on the latter and he plans to be much more transparent about its progress during the period before its new release window of December 2014.

In an interview with Polygon, Andreas Inghe, who is listed as being in charge of Confederate Express's music, writes "I have had no real connection with the 'team' besides making one track for their game demo (and a few unreleased ones) that is up on the Kickstarter-page. I have been waiting for months for an update on when I could start making more music for them, considering that they had officially put me on the Kickstarter page. I am still waiting (have been waiting for almost a year), but I don't know what to think anymore. It all seems a bit fishy. But I could be pleasantly suprised in the end, or not. I hope it will go as planned!"

It is a strange situation all around, and it is entirely possible that Pashanin is a truly passionate developer who has made poor business decisions and is now paying for them. However, I will say that I am irked by how the team represented my words during the campaign. Where I originally wrote, "I tend to shy away from videogame Kickstarter campaigns that don't show much gameplay or that seem too early in development, but what little we have of the tactical RPG Confederate Express is just too good not to share," Pashanin truncated to "Confederate Express is just too good not to share" in its promotional materials.

Quoting out of context is not a new practice, but it does seem consistent with the narrative that Pashanin manipulates the rules for his own benefit. Where the original quote displayed optimism with trepidation over an idea that showed promise but lacked substance, the shortened version implies that Confederate Express was far enough along to be playable, that I personally did play it, and that I felt it was worth sharing based upon that. Seeing where this story has gone in the meantime, I feel dirty that my own words were twisted, and that could potentially have contributed to someone backing a possibly fraudulent project.

Here's hoping that the plan to release Confederate Express is genuine. We will be keeping our eyes on this moving forward.

[Thanks, Lindsay]

Darren Nakamura, Associate Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Dexter345 Tips
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strateg... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
I recently beat Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow again, but this time I played on Hard mode from scratch. Outside of dying a few times due to me being an idiot, and enemies hitting harder, it was actually easy. Like really easy.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Today I replated bacteria that I made take up a plamid hopefully stitched onto the genes generatlight. Taken from other dead bacteria and put into a non glowing species, to make it glow. Fucking microbiology is the best.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
It seems fairy farts are a fragrance, a soap, incense, a vaping liquid and a kind of nail polish. I'm clearly in the wrong line of work and need to eat more chili.
Cannibal Steven avatarCannibal Steven
"You gave the Lost Soul a big smile, like you remember she likes to do... For some reason she sort of wants to smile back..." I'm not crying. Not one bit.
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Just tried 'The Last Of Us' on PSNow Trial, only to be told... 'Something went wrong. Try again.' Game-appropriate error message or quickie plot-summary?
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
I hate when people say crap like "I admit that [thing] in games is problematic, but I still enjoy it" because it's an underhanded way of contradicting your own views while convincing yourself that you aren't a hypocrite.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Well shit. I knew I was more than likely going to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront (cause you know, giant Star Wars nerd and all) but holy cow, the beta is fucking great! I need the full game like, now.
SpielerDad avatarSpielerDad
Anyone here going to NYC Comic Con? Always wanted to go and lived so close, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Mark Plechaty avatarMark Plechaty
Well I haven't seen any levels like this on mario maker so maybe it's unique the I'd is 55BD000000961CBA GIVE IT A GO and let me know what you think
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Hey Stranger ... wadda you buying ? Want some crack ? Here ya go... [youtube][/youtube]
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
My brother caught me this Pokémon in our room yesterday. How should I name it? [img][/img]
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Yay, I got off of work early and may have Friday off! I have a sinking feeling I'm going to work 10 hours on Saturday as a result, though :/ We ran out of stuff to make stuff with so they must ship us stuff so we can ship stuff.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Yo yo I'm Marie and I got dat gangsta flow. High scores ain't no trip, cuz I whip that shit like Sonic quick. I-I mean no! I didn't say anything! Stupidrecordbreakingcombodolt. [img][/img]
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
I'm watching you.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
SkarKrow avatarSkarKrow
Work noooooooooooooooooo D:
The Dyslexic Laywer avatarThe Dyslexic Laywer
I had such a awkward time playing Catherine because it shared the same name as my mother....
JayDGee avatarJayDGee
Broforce is coming out of early access on the 15th. I had no Idea it was an early access game.
James Internet Ego avatarJames Internet Ego
I have now played all 3 Witcher games. My verdict: Witcher 1 - alright, aged badly, lots of sex. Witcher 2 - good, very short, not much sex at all. Witcher 3 - Excellent in every way.
ikiryou avatarikiryou
I really wish MGO had been implemented with free-roam gameplay PMC (clan) setup instead of the standard matchmaking. Imagine roaming bands of PMC's opposing each other on the battlefield. How sexy would that be?
more quickposts


destructoid's previous coverage:
Confederate Express

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -