Backer here, honestly been super disappointed with how things have been handled. Its been years overdue now. I know for a fact that Madgarden seriously put his heart and tears into all that time developing this up until he stepped away.
Honestly, when I backed the project I had assumed nearly all the funds(After the backer reward money was set aside) were going to be paid to Madgarden to develop the game.. Then Jeff/Madgarden recoups from sales at a rate they agreed upon. I think he deserved that much, just through digging up details and witnessing the shortcomings of the others "involved" in this project. I don't know what Jeff has going on in his life, but it is very, very hard to get to him. And when you do get in contact, I get the impression that he can be a really hard person to work with.. This is all from experience from having spoken to him a few times. I have no ill will towards him, but my gut tells me he was a big reason this fell apart in the way it did.
That's what sucks about developing a project of an IP not owned by you.. Things out of your hands can really screw you over. I was so happy to see the Kickstarter funded, not knowing what it really meant behind closed doors. Seriously, Paul(Madgarden) should have been given the funds to do what he saw fit to complete this game. Jeff has stated in a Kickstarter post at one point that all the funds had been untouched in an attempt to ease the minds of the backers, but honestly, that statement made my jaw drop! This was already more than a year after funding if I recall correctly. Was he holding back pay until the game was finished?! I've had some tough points in my life, eating a small bag of M&M's a day for a week at a time to make rent. I would never, NEVER work for free.
Obviously I'm making a few assumptions, but that's all I really can do without being directly involved with the project or being informed. Please correct me if I'm wrong! I understand that lots of people don't like to share the inner workings of project development, but when you're asking the consumer for money to develop a product I feel they have the right to be kept in the loop. The Kickstarter updates have been sad and uninformative for years now.. If you haven't kept up, its been mostly this: Promises from Jeff, then nothing from Jeff, backers complain, Jeff comes back to apologize and makes vague promises again, doesn't follow through, rinse, repeat. The backer-only forums are barren. Anthony of ViridianGames is the best thing to happen to the project in a long time, but it seems that personal life problems has really held him back as of late. I wish him all the best, he seems like a really good guy.
I seriously wish this project would be finished, with the same vision Paul had for it. I truly feel that it won't, and other backers don't think it'll ever even be finished.. Look at the comments section on the Fargoal Kickstarter, its public and speaks volumes. As of right now, the latest Fargoal 2 beta version 0.6.0 was released 05-17-14.. Almost a full year since anything new has been released to backers.
Its a bit sad, maybe more than a bit. Mrs. Madgarden, thanks for sticking around here. I really feel you and Mr. Madgarden wanted all the best for this project, and that shines through in the newer versions of Fargoal. I really appreciate the both of you.