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vladkokolox Sep 16, 2018 @ 11:51am
Encased: New RPG from After Reset team now on Kickstarter
Hello! My name is Vladimir, and I am one of the backers of After Reset RPG, a game that gathered 90.000 USD from 3000 backers on Kickstarter, after which the developers just dissapeared with the money. I found out that developers behind the scam now refurbished their company as "Dark Crystal Games" the name of the new money grab is "Encased old-school RPG". The head designer behind the failed After Reset, Andrey Lyapichev aka Weilard aka Mr.Nixon is leading this new team. Please, spread this information around. As a person who lost $250 backing their previous scam I can't simply sit around and see it happen again to the new people these criminals try to fool with their fake campaign!

All the needed proof is in the attachment and the links below. Please, do something about it. Help stop the scam
1. http://www.nma-fallout.com/threads/after-reset-classic-post-apocalyptic-role-playing-game.199729/page-5
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HEbTGJj.png
2. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/darkcrystalgames/encased-old-school-isometic-turn-based-rpg/description
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HEbU7Wf.png
3. https://twitter.com/Weilard
https://cdn.pbrd.co/images/HEbUFR8.png
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Tyler Durden Sep 16, 2018 @ 12:12pm 
Oh my goodness, and I just found out about this project yesterday... Thank you so much for posting. How do you know for sure he is the same person as Nixon? I don't see any concrete proof. I would just like to know for sure, as I read the articles and they didn't really contain any information I don't already know.

I saw their facebook post yesterday and they've already raised 20,000 dollars on kickstarter thus far. Amusingly enough I even mentioned what a travesty and a scam After Reset was, and my comment was promptly deleted. That may be a bit of proof right there. If this is true, the guy is ♥♥♥♥ing terrible for repeatedly doing this to people... more than he already is, of course.

I would make a kickstarter account just so I can post this and warn people. The fact that he's already raised so much is horrifying.
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vladkokolox Sep 16, 2018 @ 1:16pm 
Originally posted by Tyler Durden:
Oh my goodness, and I just found out about this project yesterday... Thank you so much for posting. How do you know for sure he is the same person as Nixon? I don't see any concrete proof. I would just like to know for sure, as I read the articles and they didn't really contain any information I don't already know.

I saw their facebook post yesterday and they've already raised 20,000 dollars on kickstarter thus far. Amusingly enough I even mentioned what a travesty and a scam After Reset was, and my comment was promptly deleted. That may be a bit of proof right there. If this is true, the guy is ♥♥♥♥ing terrible for repeatedly doing this to people... more than he already is, of course.

I would make a kickstarter account just so I can post this and warn people. The fact that he's already raised so much is horrifying.
That would really help out... Every single one of us should do this!
Telfram Sep 16, 2018 @ 1:32pm 
Originally posted by Tyler Durden:
Oh my goodness, and I just found out about this project yesterday... Thank you so much for posting. How do you know for sure he is the same person as Nixon? I don't see any concrete proof. I would just like to know for sure, as I read the articles and they didn't really contain any information I don't already know.

I saw their facebook post yesterday and they've already raised 20,000 dollars on kickstarter thus far. Amusingly enough I even mentioned what a travesty and a scam After Reset was, and my comment was promptly deleted. That may be a bit of proof right there. If this is true, the guy is ♥♥♥♥ing terrible for repeatedly doing this to people... more than he already is, of course.

I would make a kickstarter account just so I can post this and warn people. The fact that he's already raised so much is horrifying.

Contact KS, they must hold pertaint info that would allow them to find out.
Tausret Sep 16, 2018 @ 1:37pm 
all I could find out so far is that Andrey Lyapichev aka Weilard is called as an artist for After Reset
on their website
Tyler Durden Sep 16, 2018 @ 2:48pm 
Originally posted by Tausret:
all I could find out so far is that Andrey Lyapichev aka Weilard is called as an artist for After Reset
on their website

I see. I just want to be one hundred percent sure the guy behind the project is Nixon before i start saying anything. It would be a horrible thing to hurt someone's campaign that is truly innocent.
vladkokolox Sep 16, 2018 @ 3:18pm 
Originally posted by Tyler Durden:
Originally posted by Tausret:
all I could find out so far is that Andrey Lyapichev aka Weilard is called as an artist for After Reset
on their website

I see. I just want to be one hundred percent sure the guy behind the project is Nixon before i start saying anything. It would be a horrible thing to hurt someone's campaign that is truly innocent.
Hi! Thanks for writing back!
The ambiguity and the fear of blaming the wrong person is the reason why it took so many years chasing the guy :) He created the Nixon persona to catch all the blame and accusations, while listing himself as a lowly contributor.
Never the less, this contributor was the only one who had access to Nixon - for example he took the journalist's questions and asked them to Nixon and later sent in the replies in this Russian interview:

https://habr.com/post/201736/

Also, Andrey created and took on the PR of After Reset Kickstarter. He was the go-to person for this Kickstarter. Weird for a contributor of some art, huh?

There is also this conversation where the man argues that he was making SerenityTheGame, yet Serenity credits him only several times and for little to no contribution...
Also in the NMA forum the guy basically switches between Andrey and Nixon in the same post several times... Do you believe a Soviet Airplane Pilot named Richard Nixon actually exists, and they sat together on a chair and took turns writing that NMA post? :))) A Russian, who's name is that of an American President? Really now?
Things like that are all we have. You will not find a shiny "i'm a thief" sign on any criminal, but learn the history of those "two separate people" Weilard and Nixon and you will notice they are one and the same.
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Tyler Durden Sep 16, 2018 @ 3:48pm 
The article is.(or claims to be) an interview between "Andrey" and "Nixon", that's why it's switching between them constantly. Andrey is asking a question or making a statement, and Nixon replies. Andrey then mixes in his opinion of what he thinks about AR.

The ending part of the article was a bit strange. Andrey (the writer) does not deny involvment in AR at the end, and seems to be taking offense to its critiques, almost like it's his own work. He seems to be very defensive when people critique the game and find faults in his critique about it. The fact that he puts the part of his involvement at the end in the sub notes, most likely due to people pressuring him from their comments, is a big red flag.

Interestingly enough, that whole "interview" could be seen as him basically talking to himself. There is an additional interview where he continues, and he says "I got carried away," which could just be him feeding into his developer ego and gushing more about his game.

The whole thing is very interesting and strange, indeed. It definitely has that sense of something not being right.

Andrey is indeed an artist, pertaining to his Facebook, and doesn't seem to act like he is in charge of the project on there, at least. He has posted a lot of works for a few games, but I have heard of none of them.

And like I said earlier, the developer DID delete my post on Facebook rather quickly when I said AR was a travesty of a scam. But, I don't like negative things on my own steam profile page, so maybe he deleted it in that respect, which I can understand. Ny the page on Facebook, Vadim Rybkin seems to be in charge.

There are some things that could be considered evidence, but as of now I can't honestly say with 100% certainty that I think they're the same person.
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vladkokolox Sep 16, 2018 @ 5:10pm 
Originally posted by Tyler Durden:
The article is.(or claims to be) an interview between "Andrey" and "Nixon", that's why it's switching between them constantly. Andrey is asking a question or making a statement, and Nixon replies. Andrey then mixes in his opinion of what he thinks about AR.

The ending part of the article was a bit strange. Andrey (the writer) does not deny involvment in AR at the end, and seems to be taking offense to its critiques, almost like it's his own work. He seems to be very defensive when people critique the game and find faults in his critique about it. The fact that he puts the part of his involvement at the end in the sub notes, most likely due to people pressuring him from their comments, is a big red flag.

Interestingly enough, that whole "interview" could be seen as him basically talking to himself. There is an additional interview where he continues, and he says "I got carried away," which could just be him feeding into his developer ego and gushing more about his game.

The whole thing is very interesting and strange, indeed. It definitely has that sense of something not being right.

Andrey is indeed an artist, pertaining to his Facebook, and doesn't seem to act like he is in charge of the project on there, at least. He has posted a lot of works for a few games, but I have heard of none of them.

And like I said earlier, the developer DID delete my post on Facebook rather quickly when I said AR was a travesty of a scam. But, I don't like negative things on my own steam profile page, so maybe he deleted it in that respect, which I can understand. Ny the page on Facebook, Vadim Rybkin seems to be in charge.

There are some things that could be considered evidence, but as of now I can't honestly say with 100% certainty that I think they're the same person.
I was just contacted by a source that said the following: Andrew Lyapichev is known for terrible behavior - first forcing his art on Wasteland 2 devs, and later making a smearing campaign against Wasteland 2 because they did not approve of his fan-art and did not give him the position in their art team that he wanted. Note, that Mr. Nixon is also known for hating Wasteland 2, attacking it on websites such as the RPGCodex and on Steam to get views for his profile, that hosted After Reset at that time.

So we have another similarity... Both are avid haters of Wasteland 2... While in no way a proof, it's still very interesting.
Cadmus_Labs Sep 17, 2018 @ 5:00am 
Hello, friends.
I'm the lead developer of Dark Crystal Games.

The author of this post keeps "chasing" (how he thinks us) for a couple of days already. These accusations are wrong and we will prove it. Wait for a couple more hours for a statement with a proof.

There are people in our team who supported After Reset too, so we are frustrated too. But even more, we are frustrated by these false statements.
Cadmus_Labs Sep 17, 2018 @ 5:39am 
Statement: (http://weilard.com/)
You must understand his writing is not very good, and he was also stressed with what happened, so be patient.


17.09.2018 - Charges of fraud. My answer to liars regarding my team and the project "Encased" from “Dark Crystal Games”.

ENGLISH VERSION: (RUSSIAN VERSION BELLOW) Scandals it's so fascinatingly. Especially if this scandal… just the tab in you internet browser, and you can close this tab and walk away. Other case if the scandal touch you directly. Today I give explanations to person (or group of people) who blame developers from "Dark Crystal Games", which means that me too - in scum.

Never thought that after almost 20 years work in the industry, with not bad reputation, I will collide with such abomination.

First. Somebody think that I am Mr. Nixon, autor of game "After Reset". Let's start from most idiotic conclusions.

I'm start work in game development industry since 1999th. From this point I work with large amount of different projects. Probably near 100. I can't recall all list of titles, can recall 50+ From the small indie game projects to large game titles. This is list of game I was involved:

Indie:
- Insatia (Oleg Kozlov) (Lead Artist)
- UnDungeon (Laughing Machines) Lead Artist / KS preparation stage / after KS leave position)
- Diluvion (Arachnid Games) (UI designer / They planned relaunch the game I deed reskin UI and some of art)

Arcades:
- Head Hunters (WizardSoft) (Lead Artist / Game Designer)
- Moscow Rush (HBM) (3D Artist)
- Транс-Форс (Tranzas) (3D Artist/Textures)
- Deadly Gambling: Revolvers (Level Designer/3D Artist/Textures)
- Faceless (ARGH Games) (Lead Artist)
- Debrysis (OUEO factory) (3D Artist)

3D-Actions:
- M.A.R.C.H. (HBM) (3D Artist/Textures)
- Exodus (Adamant Multimedia) (3D Artist/Textures/Level designer)
- Cool Gathling (Adamant Multimedia) (3D Artist/Textures/Level designer)
- Gipnophobia (Adamant Multimedia) (3D Artist/Textures/Level designer/concept-art)
- Akra Project (ODServe Ltd) (3D Artist/Textures).

RPG
- Две сорванных башни (Gaijin Entertainment) (3D Artist/Textures)
- Gothic 4 Arcania:A Gothic Tale (Spellbound Entertainment) (3D Artist/Textures)
- After Reset (Promo-art for the game, Posters)

Casual Games:
- Rusty Lines (Revival Project) (Full Spector)
- Curse of Montezuma (Friday Games) (Lead Artist - freelance)
- Conga Bugs (Sandlot Games) (3D Artist/Textures/Level designer/concept-art)
- Women's Murder Club: A Darker Shade of Grey Game (Floodlight Games) (Concept-art)
- Behind the Sky (Lead Artist)
- iNstein College 2 (BonoboGames) (Lead Artist)
- Shadow City (concept-art)

Flash-games
- Sky Defender (Full Spector)
- Crystal Runner (Full Spector)
- Bloood Money (Full Spector)

Настольные игры
- "Pirates" (IGames) (Lead Artist - Distance)

ММO
- Gnostaria (RealmSource LLC) (3D Artist/Textures/concept-art)
- Realm Explorer (Ex RealmSource LLC) (3D Artist)
- Craft of Gods (GameCraft) (Style Corrector)
- Earth 2 (GameCraft) (Lead Artist)
- Unknown (Unknown) (3D-Artist)
- Exoplanet:First Contact (Alersteam) (3D Artist - Weapons)
- Solar Storm (3D Artist)

Art & Illistration
- Metanoia (автор J. J. Shurte) - 36 covers for PA novellas
- Retrial: Isolated - Retreal band


Why this list here? It's all I can recall fast. And… because each of developers can confirm that I am real person. Andrey AKA "Weilard" Lyapichev. Person with huge experience of development and high level of activity at my twitter, and at my twitch channel. You can ask about me from english speaking developers and russian speaking developers, for example Oleg Kozlov with his game "Insatia". We work together past five years. They is answer who I am… Andrey Lypaichev or maybe Mr. Nixon… or maybe Brian Fago?! Of course not. Brian Fargo is sucessfull businessman, he is not write text like this, from poor small apartment in Saint-Petersburg city.

By the way, lovers of phantasy… you can meet me, right now at my home. Come to me. Let's talk. I'm not guarantee warm meeting. But, at least… after little chat I can quarantee the cleaness of your brains.

Second. If I'm not Mr. Nixon how I linked with him?


Same way like can be linked each artist who work in game-development industry. He is hired me to made promo-art for his game, after his is see my fan-art for "Wasteland 2" game. By the way, my contract with Mr. Nixon end in 2013 year. This is document which can show you my involvment in "After Reset" campaign. You can see that I'm autor of this art and I give my customer all of rights on next usage.

Not a sectet that in period of "Wasteland 2" KS campaign I'm drawing lot of images, you can find them in network. In this campaing I produce many of art, maybe more that delelopers itself. Reason is simple. I want to be a part of "InXile team", because I suppose that they create poor image of the game. Morover I think so and now. Game looks extremely poor. I have no habbit reject my words.

That is how end this part of the story. At least I think so… but internet. It's so fun diggin "senstations", yea?

http://www.weilard.com/art/2018/september/weilard_art_sample.jpg

Third. Why I'm wrote the article in support of "After Reset".

Answer as usual, simple. I believe in this game. As many of people who support the game. I love concept-art of the game. And I think in this time, maybe I can help this man? I take from him interview, and made post on russian hub with name Habrhabr.

You probably noticed that I'm autor of many of articles. For example I'm many ears write the large cycle of articles "Pixels Gallope" about pixel-art creation. I'm write about many of things I love. Because I'm very emotional human. In case of work of course. For example. You fall in love to woman. After couple of weeks you understand that she is not woman you search all of your life. Your decision? Go to monastery? Nope. Probably you continue your search. To find your love. Is the metaphor clear?

Same with "After Reset". I love this game, but… this is not happening. Game wasn't release. Maybe it's scum, maybe it's a tragedy. I'm not run accross the Network with scream "He is scum!". Maybe I need end of my carrier? I do for this game pomo-art and he is not successfull. What I can do? Go to the monastery! You so funny boys.

Fourth.
I am not responsible for Mr. Nixon's network activity and his manner to do piar actions. Moreover - I'm not tracking network to see what people write about me, and about my activity. I'm live like a hermit. Rare visit social places. Only my twitter, and my twitch channel. Why I'm here today? Because my boss call me this morning and ask me - do you want leave a comment on this?

O yeah… I want it.

Five. "Project Serenity"

It was myself game project. He is start from "two weeks demo" to show Inxile that with good content he is can receive the normal quality of his game. I want show this Brian Fargo. To show how can look "Wasteland 2". Because I was surpised why "Wasteland 2" with so honorable crew members have so poor overall image of the game.

http://www.weilard.com/art/2018/september/weilard_environment_cut.jpg

After "Wasteland 2" KS campaign I'm continue work with my demo. I work at days in gamedev and work at evenings and nights with myself game. Because… we all dream to create game of our dreams. This game never was at Kickstarter. All you can see in "Project "Serenity" I do on my own cash, and all of content made by my hands. Also I receive donation. For all history of "Project Serenity" I'm earn 2000 RUB ~ 33-35 dollars. So… now I'm extremely rich!

That is how we meet with "Dark Crystal Games". He is love my demo, and my passion in case of Post-Apocalyptic genre. We start converstation and now I'm a full functional member of team and work with the game at position of art-director. By the way, not a first time in my game career.

I'm save this site (Project Serenity site) because it's a part of my life. It's my fallen dream. I come at this site to drink beer with my dream, to recall what I can do, and what I can't to in my life. Because I'm not programmer, all of my life I'm create art… maybe that is why I work in gamedev as: Artist, designer, 3D-modeller, art-director…

P.S.
Last but not least. You blame "Dark Crystal Games" in scum without any evidence. You are create this dirt for what reason? Shame on you. You outrage here and throw shtako on good people. From many good campaigns.

P.P.S. I spent all of this morning and part of day on this texts. I can be with my wife and hang the hangers on the wall. I'm doing repairs in the apartment she ask me all of this month. And I think what most important? Give explanations about what else lie in network about me and my team? Or most important my family, my work, and our game?

For me it's not a question. Family. Game. Work. But not all of this dirt…
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Tyler Durden Sep 17, 2018 @ 7:45am 
It's good to hear the truth. The more I heard, the more these accusations seemed a bit much. I was going through his art page and his facebook and there was no menion of AR on it from what I saw.

That's what I wanted to be one hundred percent sure before I said anything. All those people that lost their money to AR didn't deserve it, but to take it out on someone that isn' Nixon isn't right either.
jjshurte Sep 17, 2018 @ 9:17am 
Hey folks,

JJShurte here, you'll find my name in Weilard's list of former projects, under Art & Illustration.

Not only did Weilard create all 36 covers for my Metanoia series, he also did most of the artwork for my recent epistolary novel - Days Too Dark.

I have been working with Weilard for a few years now, and without fail he has gone above and beyond the call of duty at every single instance. He has done work when I have been unable to pay him straight away, and I have paid him in advance and he has always delivered as well.

Weilard is a true fan of the post apocalyptic genre, it is a passion for him and I know that he is working his♥♥♥♥♥♥off right now on this latest project of his. He let me use some of his artwork on my blog, free of charge, and I'm still saving the money to get some more unique pieces of art made by him.

I have 100% faith in Weilard, these claims are absurd.

If you need further convincing, hit me up on twitter - @JJShurte
vladkokolox Sep 17, 2018 @ 10:15am 
Why Cadmus makes such excuses is a mystery to me. Are you in on it, or are you just covering up for a scammer you took in without a proper background check? This manifesto is laughable at best. What if I scan a piece of paper saying Weilard actually IS Mr. Nixon? Will everyone believe me then? Because that kind of "proof" will be the same exact "proof" Weilard provided. As if his artwork would cost $400 a piece in 2014... Ever heard of such prices for a simple contributor? Not only does that piece of paper look new, just crumpled, it looks hastily done, with "sing" instead of '"sign" which is actually also an error, the word you are looking for is "signature". Also, speaking of signatures, they are both made by hand, and from the look of it with the same pen. So Weilard knows what Mr. Nixon looks like? I thought that humble art contributor never even met the man... Or was Nixon wearing some stockings over his face at the signing?
Everyone knows Weilard worked on a ton of titles. However, only four of them have his distinct art style, were popularized by him, were Kickstarted with his help and his marketing skills, and featured that nostalgic post-apocalyptic setting everyone loves to throw money at. This lengthy, tiresome reply has no factual evidence. Because there can be none.
Tyler Durden Sep 17, 2018 @ 12:06pm 
Originally posted by jjshurte:
Hey folks,

JJShurte here, you'll find my name in Weilard's list of former projects, under Art & Illustration.

Not only did Weilard create all 36 covers for my Metanoia series, he also did most of the artwork for my recent epistolary novel - Days Too Dark.

I have been working with Weilard for a few years now, and without fail he has gone above and beyond the call of duty at every single instance. He has done work when I have been unable to pay him straight away, and I have paid him in advance and he has always delivered as well.

Weilard is a true fan of the post apocalyptic genre, it is a passion for him and I know that he is working his♥♥♥♥♥♥off right now on this latest project of his. He let me use some of his artwork on my blog, free of charge, and I'm still saving the money to get some more unique pieces of art made by him.

I have 100% faith in Weilard, these claims are absurd.

If you need further convincing, hit me up on twitter - @JJShurte

Thank you mate. I'll put to rest my suspicions. It's best to be careful, but not blind. No one should be condemned for the actions of someone else. Thank you for your detailed explanation and understanding.
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