Millionaire Wants Your Million Dollars To Make His First Game

by Jason Schreier (, 3/13/2012)

(AP Photo, Gail Burton)

Meet Ellwood “Bunky” Bartlett. He’s a practicing Wiccan, a retired accountant, and the winner of Maryland’s Mega Millions jackpot, which netted him $42 million back in 2007.

He also wants your money to help make a game. Using crowdfunding site Kickstarter, Bartlett is asking for $1.1 million to create Your World, a massively multiplayer online game “built by gamers for gamers funded by gamers.”

Described as “all of the good things in Second Life, World of Warcraft, Rift, Star Wars: The Old Republic and the like all rolled up into one game,” Bartlett’s Kickstarter project has been the object of much derision on Twitter today, where some have mocked its lofty goals and error-riddled language. There’s no concept art or even much explanation as to how the game will run. It only promises to be “nothing like what is out there.”

But if Bartlett is a millionaire, why does he need Kickstarter?

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  • “Local lottery winner wants to create his fantasy ‘World’ in perfect online game – Million-dollar Kickstarter campaign draws criticism of audacious project” — Baltimore Sun
  • “Your World – A Video Games project in Baltimore, MD by Ellwood Bartlett” —
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