I disagree with you guys on this one about not charging us about it even though development has stopped.
Take for example the original Red, Blue, and Yellow Pokémon games this game was inspired by. If you were to find the cartridges today in some store, you would have to pay for them to play them, even though Nintendo has long-since stopped interacting with the Gameboy and the original versions of those games. However, they are complete products even though development on them is no longer a thing nor are they associated with any new products like the Gameboy player for the gamecube or anything like that.
Manamon is no longer undergoing changes, but it is a complete game that a person invested a lot of resources in. Just because it no longer updates doesn't mean it ins't complete. You paid for a complete game and you are still getting one, just one that doesn't have a future in that form. Doesn't keep you from having fun on it though.
So Erin has the right to charge for this game, even though they are no longer updating it. It is just like when a major game company stops making a particular game cartridge, they still can and should charge for it if they so like.
You may be right there, but to that end, the only people making the money off of that game are either a) the original buyer or b) the store owner that you're purchasing it from. One more thing to note - you aren't paying full price for a game that is years old.
And, one more thing. I wouldn't be harping so much here if it wasn't for the fact that this game is digital. I went back and looked at this developer's posts and he has went completely radio silent on this forum, despite the myriad of suggestions given in this topic. A quick patch could fix all of this and make this, if not completely, a fairly unique game from an audiogames perspective. I say fairly because of all of the obvious pokemon references, but still.
I get that folks get busy with real life. But at the same time, you created a game, you charged money for it, and we're still paying $40.00 2 years later to play it, despite absolutely 0 changing in the last year. Frustrating not to hear a thing from a developer, even if it is just development or progress ramblings on things they're working on. It doesn't give me much hope or feeling that I am actually cared about or included.