Ouch! That was a rough turn of events. You weren't the only one who saw that - declining tribute to someone who brought in someone who brought in someone almost crippled one of the other games.
You're also not alone in that your co-sponsor too had too much else going on (all good stuff, but still), that I didn't have the time left to do what I wanted to with this game. I played it, and squeezed through some rough times to win, but I didn't feel good about the performance.
But hey, the other players seemed to enjoy this one alot, so I'm very happy with the results!! Well done! (Btw, Gris chose the starting location, so Kudos to her not me for making the founding spot a tough choice for all players :P )