So what happens to all those who backed him via KS/Crowdsource sites? (not me....)
Like with any failed crowd funded project, the backers are out the money. That's the way the cookie crumbles but that should always be understood by anyone at the outset. Funding a project does not guarantee you anything. It's an investment and like any investment it can tank.
I've gotten plenty of entertainment for 25 bucks even though I didn't get a game out of it all things considered. I knew going in this could happen but it was looking at the time like he might actually release it after all. It was always very much a long shot though.
If I had it to do again, I'd have given the money to rpgcodex where the real entertainment related to Grimoire has been and cut Cleve out of it.
Grimoire is dead. There's really nothing to follow anyway unfortunately. He may have had something pretty good there but aside of the demo I cannot imagine we'll ever see it.
I'm pretty confident that within three months he'll launch another KS/IGG campaign to help him almost certainly truly and for real this time finish his game.
Ah, hope springs eternal...