Creator: Ellwood "Bunky" Barlett
Date Ended: May 3, 2012
Initial Goal: $1,100,000
Final Amount: $21,345
MMO games require two things to succeed; a massive pool of talent that can create and support a living world, and an ungodly amount of money. Most big-name publishers can't even get it right these days, slipping into the bowels of free-to-play, but that didn't matter to Ellwood Barlett who promised to deliver an MMO game that incorporated the best elements of World of Warcraft, Rift, Star Wars: The Old Republic, Second Life, and more.
Even if he had received the $1.1 million he asked for, judging by the quality of his website, it's incredibly unlikely Barlett had the skill to pull off such a massive undertaking; the thing uses a prefabricated design provided by GoDaddy and features layout work that would be out of place even in 1998. Still, you can't blame a guy for trying.
The most baffling thing about this campaign is not why Barlett thought this project would be successful, but why 109 random backers did. With such obvious shortcomings, the fact that Your World wound up raising over $21,000 makes no sense whatsoever; proof that the Kickstarter community sometimes just likes throwing money at stuff for no reason whatsoever.