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Confederate Express is a strategy-oriented tactical RPG. The game is a Windows PC title.
2,386 backers pledged $39,739 to help bring this project to life.

Status Update


Greetings everyone!  

 In this update I wanted to discuss Confederate Express as a project moving forward.

 First of all, I wanted to clear some confusion up regarding an investment group that stepped in to fund ConEx stretch goals.

 I have founded Kilobite in 2013, and during that period I have been working by myself whilst outsourcing most of the work via contractors. I have been scouting talent on the internet and offer them small jobs on a contract basis for my video game (Confederate Express). That was my business model - keep margins low and talent pool deep. Finally, when ConEx concept surfaced on Kickstarter, I have been contacted by a small investor group that was very excited about my new pixel art engine tech, and with their own project (Knuckle Club) nearing completion, they saw an opportunity to become the first game with per-texel pixel art post-processing technology (what a tongue-twister, haha).

 That was when the investors presented me with an offer to purchase Kilobite and hire me as a their full-time employee; but the biggest concern for them was Knuckle Club becoming the first game with pixel art post-processing tech. That's where an offer for extra funding of my personal project (Confederate Express) and the non-compete clause restrictions came from.

 But I have never seen the situation this way in my head. The only thing I wanted was to make Confederate Express the best game it can possible be, and being high on amazing feedback from the vast Kickstarter community, I have foolishly started chasing an impossible dream. Budgets got bigger and bigger, work kept piling up, and deadlines kept getting delayed. 

 A lot happened since; Kilobite is now employing a lot people from my collected portfolio on a full-time basis. They have also split my engine tech into a different brand (False2D API), and are currently planning to release it as an SDK toolset for Unity.

 With recent update it was my lack of business expertise and poor decision-making that has led to a major outrage of ConEx backers, which have also affected my employer's reputation as a brand; I made an oversight by delaying my personal Kickstarter project in favor of getting extra stretch goals funding for it. I wanted to sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart for an apparent lack of communication and poor planning on my part. I take full responsibility for recent events.

 Moving forward, I am now focusing my efforts full-time on making sure Confederate Express gets delivered promptly. I am also keeping a record of every expenditure made, and notify backers accordingly in order to make my decisions as clear and transparent as possible. I am now aiming for a December 2014 release date, with a closed beta starting in November 2014.

 In the end, it was my poor decision-making and lack of communication skills that led to this unfortunate situation, and I will do everything in my power to prevent such incidents from happening in the future. I apologize profoundly and hope to regain your trust by delivering the product I promised.

 On a final note, I wanted to thank all of our backers for support and interest in mine and Kilobite's games! You are the sole reason of my motivation.


 Maksym Pashanin

P.S.: the next update on Confederate Express is coming up next week, please stay tuned!


    1. Creator Thomas R. Moen on February 15

      Someone needs to deal with this conartist.

    2. Creator Claude M. on February 11

      Here's something for you to read, Mr. "freelance artist":…

    3. Creator David De Ost on January 26

      Nate Rainey, it's these kinds of apologetic and dismissive arguments that makes scammers like Pashanin think they've got a right to do what they do. The amount people donated or the ease with which they'll earn the donated money back is irrelevant, as is the fact that they didn't buy a product but made a donation.

      What we bought isn't a finished product, but what we bought is a promise. Not a promise that a game would be completed succesfully, but a promise that the developer, to whom we gave our trust, would do whatever he could to make sure he got a product made. THAT is the cause we donated to. And it's a promise the developer has deliberately not kept. If you think that's nothing to be angry at, then you've got a very sad view on honesty and the importance of promises.

      Choosing the side of the developer, who is clearly a con man (and not exactly performing his first trick) and dismissing us as illegitimate complainers is extremely weak of you. But by all means, keep defending a guy who clearly and deliberately rips people off and doesn't give a crap about you. Con artists like honest people like us, but boy, they LOVE a sucker like you.

    4. Creator Myke Tourigny on January 22

      ehhh... hello?

    5. Creator NateRainey on December 10

      I just want to say as a freelance artist, knowing that things don't always work out as we intended, funding or not, that I do hope that whatever may have caused this project to veer off course gets corrected, and that all involved are doing well. I would have liked to at least see some kind of message acknowledging that things aren't going well, but I've never made a game before, and I don't know what might be going on, whether it relates to the project, or the creator's personal life. Perhaps there's been an illness.
      I think that a lot of people here think their ten or twenty dollars entitles them to something. Remember that by contributing, you didn't make a purchase. You donated to a cause. It was kind of a trivial cause in the grand scheme of causes, but that's what it was, and you should feel good that, finished game or not, you helped someone at least afford to feed themselves while they struggled to accomplish a dream of theirs. So, you know...fuck off with the complaints. You can earn the amount of money you spent here back in about an hour or two of working your pathetic, soul sucking job. Get over it.

    6. Creator Myke Tourigny on December 8

      Hello? Is a Maksym Pashanin here?

    7. Creator David De Ost on October 13

      God damn am I happy I backed this game cautiously. I feel really bad for the people who backed beyond tier 1. You want to thank all your backers for their support? Thank them by using their money for what it was intended: actually making the game they paid for. Whether you are a deliberate scammer or just a sloppy project manager is still unclear, but it's definitely certain that you owe these people, and that you need to get your shit in order.

      Every Kickstarter is a risk, but what's happening here isn't a project that goes wrong, it's a developer who's intent on the old tactic of "take the money and run".

    8. Creator Gromest Loïc on October 3

      After this update i had hope , i thought that he was going to make this right , well after reading up on him no hope for this is left , we wont ever get a game , and our money is gone too , the joys of Kickstarter ... i just hope that he gets what he deserves

    9. Creator Filippo Bertuzzi on September 23, 2014

      I'm little upset. And with "little" I mean "a lot" and with "upset" I mean furious.

    10. Creator Ho Jin Kang on September 22, 2014

      It's 22 September.
      I think "Next week" means "Next year" or "Whatever I want".

      You said, "I will do everything in my power to prevent such incidents from happening in the future." but, still there's no news at all.

    11. Creator Joe Benavides on September 19, 2014

      20 July: "P.S.: the next update on Confederate Express is coming up next week, please stay tuned!"

      19 Oct... Next week, huh?

    12. Creator Zombra on September 12, 2014

      Wait! I just figured it out! "Con Ex" ... "EX CON"! It's so obvious! I can't believe I fell for that.

    13. Creator Myke Tourigny on September 9, 2014

      Still waiting...

    14. Creator Nik Lipor on August 25, 2014

      I wonder if we as a collective could start a lawsuit, I am sure a lawyer could find a way to get past Kickstarters terms of service. I wouldn't even care if the lawyer took all of the money in fees, so long as it was stripped from these thieves.

    15. Creator Asger Weirsøe on August 7, 2014

      @Asger Weirsøe Sorry for my language, I'm just a little disappointed in humanity right now.

    16. Creator Asger Weirsøe on August 7, 2014

      Maksym Pashanin, there is a special place for you *down there*, you and all the other scammers. The fact that you STEAL from innocent people, willing to give their money for what seems like an awesome product. This is BS. YOU are BS!

    17. Creator Cane on August 5, 2014

      @Alexander Kutha

      Seriously dude stop deluding yourself. There won't be anymore updates and the game was a scam from day 1.

    18. Creator Alexander Kuhta on August 4, 2014

      Ugh, is it really so hard to drop a line like "Guys, sorry for waiting, solving problems with housing, so i'm not able to release update now, i'll do my best to make it happen ASAP"? Atleast it could make me worry a bit less.

    19. Creator Chad Anderson on August 2, 2014

      This is just sad. And it's foolish to think that Kickstarter would let KnuckleClub run as a kickstarter when it's being used as an excuse for another uncompleted kickstarter.

      I had hope in you last time I sent you a message, but I've had it with you just like everyone else. It might have even been okay if you actually posted your next update "coming up next week." It's now been almost two. Give me a refund and I'll be on my way.

    20. Creator Jonathan Soeder on July 31, 2014

      Just post the source code on github and let other people take over.

    21. Creator Stephen "Stoibs" D on July 31, 2014

      Oh thank fuck the second scam project from these homeless fools has been officially shut down.

    22. Creator Earnest Williams on July 31, 2014

      Next week, eh?

    23. Creator Nik Lipor on July 27, 2014

      Ben W

      There isn't a comparison between the two, this guy can't afford to pay his rent so he is forcibly holding a woman hostage by refusing to leave her property because of a stupid California law. He also shelved the game we funded to work on another one. He promised an update within a week, never got one, he has yet to prove he still has the funds which I doubt considering he can't pay rent. This is a mess and I have zero faith left in this criminal.

    24. Creator Ben W on July 27, 2014

      No worries, man. I wish the schedule worked a different way, but small devs take what they can get. And look at Wasteland 2, almost 2.5 years to reach a ship date!

    25. Creator Nik Lipor on July 27, 2014

      That is all for me too, it is one thing to be incompetent, it is another to steal from someone and refuse to honor a contract. I would like to officially request a reversal of the money I sent to you for the following reasons.

      1. You are mismanaging this project, you have put it on hold, been awful with updates and you are not transparent.

      2. You started another game when you were supposed to be working on the first one we funded.

      3. After you pissed everyone off, you apologized and promised an update the following week. It has been over a week with no update which makes you a liar.

      4. You are squatting on someones property, you are not paying rent and refusing to leave? There is something wrong with you and I don't want to be a part of it.

      5. You have no honor, you have no shame, you have no credibility and no business sense. Everything above makes you a lousy investment, had you made 1/4 of the information that has come to light available to investors beforehand you would not have been funded. I have zero faith you will ever finish any of the games you claim you are working on.

    26. Creator Kyle Harpster on July 27, 2014

      I was willing to give you a very small change but after reading that you are gaming the system and not paying for your rent. I am done! I would suggest that you give every backer of this project a refund and just quietly bow out of any involvement in the gaming industry. I would also suggest that you probably get some jobs since you are going to be paying these "investors" that you have their money back as while. No one is going to buy this Club game.

    27. Creator Kevotron McKenzie on July 26, 2014

      To quote Arsenal fans the world over: "Pay your bills!"…

    28. Creator Anthony Berry on July 24, 2014

      Seriously, still more BS. Why don't you want to reveal to everyone that Kilobyte is a silly little company that you and your brother own?…

      You say investors approached you to buy Kilobyte, but according to public record you still own Kilobyte.

      Your communication is still poor, and you are still hiding behind ambiguous statements.

    29. Creator Ryan W on July 24, 2014

      For those who still think this guy is the real deal just go and google "Maksym Pashanin". He's gotten some press recently based on squatting in someone's apartment and refusing to leave while also claiming he's going to press charges against them. He's a scumbag.

    30. Creator Mikhail on July 22, 2014

      @Aaron Gelb:
      Thats exactly my opinion, it is harder to say it better.

      Nice update, please keep contact with community!

    31. Creator Jack Pyke on July 21, 2014

      I had doubts about the whole thing but this update is a very reasonable explanation.
      As part of your next update, can you tell us who Denys Pashanin is?

    32. Creator DancingGolem on July 21, 2014

      To err is human;
      To sincerely apologize, make things clear, and humbly commit to fixing it is to be awesome

    33. Creator Shinigami Panda on July 21, 2014

      Dude i thought u made sweet decision do not understand why u are apologizing at all.

    34. Creator Zerotown on July 21, 2014

      Thank you for responding to the concerns a lot of us have voiced. I am glad to read that work on ConEx will continue and hope it will be finished within a reasonable time-frame. I'll be honest though: after reading both the update and the new interview at Cliqist (, my original enthusiasm is still a bit hampered. While I appreciate your explanations, I find that your description of the relation between you, the investors and the pool of staff you both employ, a bit obscure and prone to cause conflict (As I understand, Kilobite's staff take orders both from the company itself and you as a private person?).

      Anyway, I wish it all turns out for the best: I backed ConEx because I believe it will be a very enjoyable game and I still think that is the case.

    35. Creator Con on July 21, 2014

      So we are still getting the game with stretch goals by December this year? With a few months tacked on as breathing room just in case?


      Exactly what I wanted to hear :D

      Good work reading the suggestions/demands on previous comments and taking the good ones onboard.

    36. Creator Ryan W on July 21, 2014

      Still confused about several things. In your Cliquist interview you claim that the only relationship ConEx and Knuckle Club have is that you're employed by Kilobite and contract a few of the employees, in addition to the engine tech. If this is the case then why did you feel the need to post that Kilobite is "restructuring" and that efforts will go to Knuckle Club before ConEx? More importantly, why are ConEx backers being offered a copy of Knuckle Club if Kilobite isn't officially involved?

      Still feel like something is wrong here and you're lying about at least several facts here and in interviews. Hopefully I'm wrong.

    37. Creator Veav on July 21, 2014

      Can't say I'm happy - Knuckle Club looks terrible, like they've read about animation but never seen it - but I didn't put down enough money to be properly unhappy. Hopefully you've learned not to sign contracts that tell you not to develop your own game.

    38. Creator Geras on July 21, 2014

      Great to hear that!

    39. Creator Chris Chen on July 21, 2014

      @PegasusOrgans. When people feel betrayed, they're inclined to be angry and lash out at the supposed betrayer.
      I don't believe that everyone who was negative on here or Knuckle Club was a troll.
      And once clarification was achieved, no more sense of betrayal, and we're all happy bunnies again. :)

    40. Creator Thilo Bayer on July 21, 2014

      With epic fails like Yogventures or Areal currently around at Kickstarter, it's good to see that at least you are willing to take on responsibility for your actions. I really hope we see ConEx at the end of the year.

    41. Creator Dmitry Temnov on July 21, 2014

      Thank you for update, Maksym!
      Previous commentators have already said everything:
      1. Keep working hard to produce a great game.
      2. Plan a small amount of your weekly time to keep us, backers, updated.

    42. Creator Mobin Mobeen on July 21, 2014

      In Last Update you said we as backer going to get chance to try out Knuckle Club? So when will we going to try this Knuckle Club game?

    43. Creator Nik Lipor on July 20, 2014

      This is a step in the right direction, i appreciate the explanation and look forward to the update next week. It would be a great idea to demonstrate the funding being placed aside as you mentioned previously. If the funding is secure i dont think people will continue to be upset. thanks again.

    44. Creator Chayadol Lomtong on July 20, 2014

      They mad because the only information they get is Update#7 and then Knuckle Club. IMOP, the only way to end these outrage is get the game (ConEx) done.

    45. Creator Kyle Harpster on July 20, 2014

      Honestly the only way that I am going to believe any of this and can maybe look at this in a tiny better light. That being that there is no other kickstarter funding/campaign for this Knuckle Club.

    46. Creator Paul Ruh on July 20, 2014

      I'm not mad, brother. Keep being sincere and I believe most people will be happy with you in the end.

    47. Creator Stephen "Stoibs" D on July 20, 2014

      Good Stuff, I'd wager most of the knee jerk reactions where from the lack of clarity and explanation. I myself had to go back through older updates before vaguely remembering that you were indeed contracted to work on another project in exchange for an increased budget for stretchgoals here.

      Shame about that NDA, if you had been allowed to tell us all what you where working on during those 6+ months between update 7 and now the reaction wouldn't have been nearly as bad. If those investors put the NDA in-place then I guess they have no-one to blame but themselves for this backlash that is coming back on *them* in the process...

      Too bad a bunch of people have seen fit to make it their duty to spread claims of this being a sham without having all the facts (Guys, save that for a project that deserves it, like Areal)

    48. Creator Mr. Grimm on July 20, 2014

      Thank you for the update. It was honest and took some guts to admit that you made mistakes along the way. Most people/companies wouldn't be as transparent. I am looking forward to this game and hoping for much success. Underdogs should always have the upper hand in the end.

      With regards to the trolls on this board that jumped all over the place crying foul.. maybe they should learn to apologize as well and admit some fault of their own BUT most of us know that isn't going to happen. It takes a lot of guts to throw rocks from their momma's basement.

      Good luck Maksym! Keep the updates rolling and the trolls fed ;)

    49. Creator Sleet on July 20, 2014

      Thank you very much, Maksym! That cleared up a lot of the grey areas about what has been happening, and explains the most of the questions I had about the decisions that had been made lately. Here's hoping pushing ConEx forward like that isn't going to cause any rifts between yourself and your investors (/new bosses).