Timeline of fan games
first starting: Full of optimism thinking of making the best game ever, Get loads of people on board without having a firm story
Weeks later: Artwork starts to emerge roles are set, story starts to emerge
Month later: Interest begins to wain, People randomly stop supporting the project
Month later: The project as a whole has become smaller, The team now is trying to make a demo instead of a full game to see what they can do, at this point there is usually only 9 or 10 people still interested in the game
Afterwards: Sometimes the demo is never made sometimes it is but either way after wards the project is all but dead, few people respond to the projects threads a post is made maybe one every 3 or 4 weeks but momentum never regains.