kazufox (kazufox) wrote in artists_beware,
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Notice:
The nature of this game project is classified as a RoR (Run or Rape) game and is of adult nature.  Information may also be of adult nature.  Viewer discretion is advised.

Who:
James Taylor aka Toonpimp.  Also goes by the aliases of Bimson and Hobartstarr.  Is in charge of Immoral Enterprise which specifies in adult games or animations.

Where:
http://www.toonchamp.com
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/bimson
http://www.furaffinity.net/user/hobartstarr
http://hobartstarr.newgrounds.com

What:
The transaction being an 8-bit 2D game called Pixelforce.

When:
January 2008 - January 2012

Proof:
[1] screen cap of Toonpimp/Bimson wanting to work on first game project
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/15/60696270.png
[2] chat logs providing a lot of evidence of his actions
https://viewer.zoho.com/docs/rsPIc
[3] last chat log before discontinuing
https://viewer.zoho.com/docs/ksQDf
[4] screen cap of Toonpimp’s note from forum
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/834/26118743.png
[5] chat log on notification of releasing him
https://viewer.zoho.com/docs/rsRij
[6] screen cap of Toonpimp’s reason for not giving refund to people that paid
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/209/24924037.png

Explain:
This started with the history of the first game in 2008, simply 6-bit Pixelforce.  When Toonpimp first found some of my sprites, he showed interest and wanted to make an adult game of it as of January 26, 2008[1].  I agreed to it and we started work on the game that was 6-bit Pixelforce.  However, during halfway in on his part, he changes his mind and decides to make it an average 2D sidescroll shooter.  The result of it: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/1290130 which was a poorly put together small flash game completed on May 10, 2008.

But because people were interested in my sprites that weren't used, I decided to start work on another game project.  I did bring this up with Toonpimp, however, he outright refused unless paid.  So I began a character auction primarily on here: http://www.furaffinity.net/journal/728773 on May 5, 2009.  I did request of him to begin work on a demo of the game, but he was lazy about this.  The demo was rushed and sloppily done with mismatched animations and several glitches.  The worst part was that the game was unable to run on other computers[2].  

The total he was financed for this project was a little over $390.  But when I let him go, I asked for only $150 but is refusing because ‘I kept him waiting for two years’ and ‘wasted his time.’  Evidence is in the chat logs file in parts discussing money.  All of this being discussed through the chats as when his paypal was deleted, all records of transactions with him were as well[2].

During this time working on Pixelforce, the chat logs reveal quite a bit of disturbing information that includes sexual harassment.  He tries in many chats requests for naked pictures of me in order to do more work into the game.  For a while, I thought he was joking although he has in time made evident he was serious.  Every time I did bring up this game, he would often go on a rampage, even saying the game should fail.  He goes as far to deny being paid as one of his Paypal accounts was deleted, because Paypal does not support porn based businesses[2].

While working on this project, I was given the chance to promote my game on his forum where he made evident his disinterest with this game and for a while people on his forum were not in support of my game because of that.  I did have a sub-forum for my project as a new way of organizing the new games being developed all at once.  When I let people know that I had let Toonpimp go, he retaliated by not only locking my sub-forum, but deleted it and noted me to leave his forum[4].

Before firing Toonpimp, I decided on a more tactful method that would not be too insulting…twice[5].  He claims that it was because of him just for his name and forum he was making the money I attained for this project and therefore refused to give a refund[3].  I gave him plenty of chances to try and turn things around, yet he only spat in my face telling me to get lost.

I have been contacting everyone who has donated for this game and let them know of what has occurred so they can contact him about getting their money back.  He is refusing and claiming to produce ‘his own version’ of the game[6].

tl;dr
Toonpimp is a programmer that doesn’t give people what they pay for.  If he doesn’t like a project, he charges extra, even when already commissioned and is refusing to give a refund after being fired and booted me off his forums.  Only continuing to work to not give a refund.  He gets angry easily when I bring the game up.  Sexual harassment trying to solicit to doing more work as payment to get naked pictures.  Does not keep in touch about project or updates unless threatened and does little work.

Update Edit 03/15/12
Toonpimp and I had come to an agreement.  That being he would give a partial refund on the conditions that I don't send people after him about a refund, leave his forum, and say nothing of him.  I agreed and decided to wait.  I did wait until February to contact him again for a refund, but he told me to simply leave him alone and he'd send the money when he gets it.

I waited another month, and now I find he's blocked me on FA, deleted my account on his forum, and also telling other people that he won't do anything to pay up thus placing him under theft which apparently has happened multiple times in his career.  Ironically enough, one of his reasons for blocking me was because of my posting our chat logs after I had fired him saying it was violating privacy, yet he fails to acknowledge the fact he showed someone that disliked him the game while under development and the guy threatened to release it as I mentioned in my article above.  Or how he only intended to give me 'tools' to do this myself and him not to complete it, yet also said he planned on finishing the game himself even after I fired him, which almost landed an article of him under Artist Theft.

Here's the 3 PMs, the first two from him and the third being from a contributor that contacted him since TP had me blocked.
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/341/pmsj.png/

I'll keep updated with more evidence in time.
Tags: artist-toonpimp, beware
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