by Soulbound Studios
When can we expect the link email for the IP?
What version of the website you guys are updating to? It is the v3 when we can see the awakening? Looking to check out the new website!
I feel that offline RPGs are currently in a Golden Age with the likes of Pillars of Eternity, Divinity - Original Sin and Sword Coast Legends, but you guys might be just ushering in an online Platinum Age. Your ideas are making Black Desert Online, for instance, look very backwards facing. Looking forward to helping to create the back story, though upping my backing just became a lot more expensive since Brexit.
I'm excited to be a backer with this endeavor and it's potential for actual player impact on the game world progression. I do have a question about the 'Lich' story example...if this is a possible scenario, does the Lich require several Sparks of Life to exist? Or does he gain undead status and require 'Sparks of Death' or something completely different? If this is in the FAQ somewhere, I apologize. Keep up the ground breaking work Soulbound Studios!
@Soulbound Studios : thanks for the update, very interesting!
Sorry to sound like that, but I feel however that you guys may be underestimating the costs of shipping those items. Testing the underlying systems using these other game outlets is a brilliant idea but I feel it is a lot more expensive, requiring a lot of overhead...
Hey team I had sent an email to the support email with concerns on my pledge level. No response yet.. Just wondering if I pledged correctly for the level I wanted etc. Sooooooo Help?! please? I may be upping my pledge again.. I have been feeling like I am losing my desire to play mmorpgs.. this actually may be my last attempt, simply because I haven't found a game that meets the internal desire and expectation. I think you guys may do it and am crossing my fingers that you do as I still remember fondly spending hours back in the beginning. And yes I have alpha and beta'd most all of the older games from Meridian, ultima, eq, ac and on and on and on. Many had different things I loved but alas I find myself not able to find that feeling of 'home' when playing. I am a solo player that likes groups, a true 'ranger' style of play and enjoy the rigors of crafting and making 'great' items. All of which require a balance on resources etc. Programming and planning are paramount in all of these as too much access makes it boring and monotonous and tooo little makes it irritating and frustrating. As with many things in this life 'balance' is truly the key. I look forward to playing a ranger that can truly track and hunt, as well as hide and protect. (with a lil subterfuge thrown in for good measure hehehe) Look forward to hearing back from you guys soon! Tekronos
@Aeryn Suun - Keep in mind that these are concepts and could be subject to change. All the dotted red lines/text you see on the family selection screenshot are drop-down menus that have the same functionality as the filter system you saw in earlier screenshots. The current concept just makes the filter system look a little prettier. Additionally, there's more than just the one page you saw of the conceptual family selection tool :)
Additionally, We're still waiting on 2 things before sending out the survey:
* Integration of Kickstarter accounts into CoE accounts where a shared email address exists
* Website rewards store launched
As you can see, we're approaching the post-Kickstarter survey a bit differently than many projects. We want the situation to be as seamless as possible, so we're going to first integrate any accounts where the same address is used on both Kickstarter and your CoE account. From there you'll have a few things still to do - answer other questions (custom surname, region preference for server, etc.) and choose any add-ons from the web store with your pledge credits. This would typically be handled by a survey from Kickstarter or BackerKit, but we're going to do it with a straight email and choices on your CoE account.
Now I can not directly select region where I would like to start in and friends I would like to join in game the same family? So my friends have to choose narrative same as me to be in the same family and region I am? The previous seem to give me choices geared to how I want to start and would be easier to join in the same area with friends.
So will we still need to fill out the survey? How will we link up emails to Kickstarter accounts? Did I miss the information?
@Kathryn Race they said that for the first month or so after the launch of the store, the packages will be the same as on Kickstarter. So we'll definitely have the opportunity then.
When the online shop is up and running will you be able to upgrade your backing status to be able to get involved with the pre-Alpha and MUD? Because they sound really exciting. I cant wait for this game, its going to be epic.
Thanks for the response, Soulbound Studios! It put some of my concerns about this update at ease. I think it's more if the rest of us is going to get our hands on these features , it's more than fair that the alpha 1 backers get it sooner. Other than that, it's a great update! Will most likely update to Beta 1 on July 5th :)
Hi @TheEvilBassist. The Alpha 1 reward tier is for the people who want the very earliest access to the game, and want to participate in providing feedback before features are locked in. As a result, Alpha 1 and Alpha 2 testers will frequently gain access to content, whether it be an offline demo, features of ElyriaMUD, etc., before the other backers do.
However, as stated below and in the article, we will roll out access to these preview releases in a similar fashion as the game itself. Ultimately, all backers will have access to these previews before Alpha 1 / Pre-Alpha of Chronicles of Elyria.
So only the people in alpha 1 are going to be able to play the offline demo? That's at least 350$ if you want to get familiar with some basic game mechanics? Not happy with this.
@David C Lawrence They mentioned in a few updates once Kickstarter ended. I'll post it below for your convenience as they covered this already.
With that in mind, we'll be transitioning from the roughly daily Kickstarter updates we had during the Kickstarter campaign to roughly weekly updates throughout the remainder of the project. In addition, I know there were questions about the best way to stay connected to our progress so I wanted to list some of the most important sources here in order of regularity, from least to most.
Media: Every few weeks
Kickstarter Updates/Design Journals: Weekly
WIPs/Comments/Thoughts: Every couple days
Forum Questions: Daily if possible
Chat: Daily if possible
What this all means is that we will continue to push out monthly newsletters that will contain important announcements, as well as links to our past updates and design journals, the best media to be released over the last month, etc. If you just want to hibernate for a while, then reading our newsletters as they come is the best way to get everything in one place.
Beyond that, we'll continue to put out new screenshots, animations, concept art, etc. every few weeks. The best places to find those things is on our social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, as well as on our website in the media section.
Next, we plan to continue to do weekly updates here on Kickstarter, which will often take the place of a design journal. Or, when we have a design journal, will be replicated as a Kickstarter Update to keep everyone informed.
Next, we'll occasionally post "Work in progress" stuff or comments through Twitter or Facebook every couple of days. Again, we aim for quality not quantity, so if there's a Facebook post from us, hopefully there's always value in it.
Easy solution for the refund issue... Most of us are going to be adding to our pledges when the store goes up in the next couple weeks. Have a channel setup for us to pay their part at the same time as upping our pledge.. eg. "Joe" wants a refund for his $120 pledge. I arrange to pay him his money and with proof of payment, the 120 is added to my pledge amount
Nice, looking forward to participating.
Request for the future please: more frequent but smaller updates. It is far easier to take in a bite-sized update than find the time for a wall of text.
Alright, so I have a few questions:
''It means that upon launch of ElyriaMUD, players will be able to create characters and walk around in the world, role-playing and interacting with their fellow players while helping us test the game mechanics.''
Does this mean it's an early pre-pre-Alpha that takes place textually, with some animation or all animation? And is it open for everyone or just a select few?
''So, sometime after v3.0 of the website we'll be releasing a web-based portal that will allow players to play the Dance of Dynasties.''
I read the next part which explains that Kings, Duchies, Counts, etc go first, but does it mean it's open or still closed to save a select few?
Thanks for the Update.
Sad you had to address refunds weeks after campaign close.
It is mind boggling that people attempt to pull pledges on a crowd funded project after Kickstarter close. Honestly Kickstarter should implement a 20% fee that goes to developer if a refund/charge back is implemented after close. This would deter such reckless behavior.
On a positive note, everything sounds amazing. Too amazing. I really hope you have the resources to accomplish all of this and stay close to target. You're scaring me. Also excited but you know the old saying "When it sounds too good to be true" :)
Are we still getting that 5th July website update fellas? Or is that delayed until the week after?
@Pharticus and Blackghost: We believe your questions were addressed in the update. Prologue: The Awaking is both a playable demo, as well as a pre-alpha test for feedback. Once it has been used to gain feedback from the Alpha 1, etc. folks, it will be available for all backers to play.
@Theodore These are the people I am afraid of and don't want to play the game :/
@Jake I'm thinking they just don't read the comments.
@Pharticus & @Blackghost They answered this in the comments below yours: "Creator Soulbound Studios about 7 hours ago - Both Prologue: The Awakening, as well as ElyriaMUD, will begin with Alpha 1 and expand outward, eventually reaching all backers. Kingdoms of Elyria will begin with the aristocracy and nobility and very quickly expand to all people with access to Exposition."
Why is the demo is going to be for alpha 1 backers only ?
Are we not worthy enough to get the demo as well ?
I mean, we backed the game and as backer, we really deserve it.
Why is the DEMO going to be for alpha 1 backers only? I mean it would be nice to at least have an offline demo since people that didnt pay a fortune could have something to mess with in the next 2 years. I think normal backers can only get in beta which could be that long away. I think you should let all backers play that demo.
A couple of questions though...
The actions that take place during Kingdoms of Elyria will quite literally be writing the recent history of the servers.
So each server will have a KoE set up for it yes?
It does bring me back to asking about the APAC server ... when can we get a final confirmation?
Also, by playing the Dance of Dynasties before Exposition is it possible for the events in KoE to change the rank of nobility of the player that they have pledged for???
For example, a player has pledged as a Baron, and yet through the DoD they elevate their family line to have a County ... does this mean they have a "free upgrade" to a Count?
Or the player in KoE might lose their family as in line for the King/Queenship ... does this mean they have lost their pledge tier?
What did you think of today's update?
>> People asking for refunds...
Pay them with a smile and a "thank you". They will pay full price when they return at launch.
>> Prologue: The Awakening
Bring it on, I simply cannot wait to get my hands on it and test the limits and capabilities of CoE.
>> Kingdoms of Elyria
What an absolutely brilliant idea. There already is enough politics going on in the forum and on Discord so to have folks playing the Dance of Dynasties for "realsies" AND for it to become part of the world politics is just sheer brilliance.
It will also make the folks bordering on entering into aristocracy/nobility up their pledges to enter into KoE ... a masterful implementation of engagement-based marketing. 5/5
I gotta admit I am lukewarm on the idea. I remember the first MUD RPG's (did anyone else play the original Hitchhikers GTTG??) and I enjoyed them.
I see the appeal though and also can see how it would be a way of testing a lot of the non-graphic elements so I think it is a fine idea. I am prepared to be surprised and no doubt will give it a lash.
Again a great way to get folks into the vibe of the game before it launches.
>> Design / User Experience
Strange to be giving thanks to "Death", but definitely thanks to the person who is working on bring RPG to even the character development stage. Definitely see some enhancement there.
>> Character Art
I simply love the indepth character customization option being offered. It truly get bored with other MMOs with the fact that you just pretty much look the same as everyone else ... "Oh look! You are wearing the Archmages Cloak of the Owl full-set as well!!"
So yes this is pretty awesome. Also awesome that styles of clothing will be area dependent. You will truly have folks mimicking the fashion of the court in the kingdom. What a boon for tailors!!
This update shows intelligence in design, player engagement, and marketing. It gives me confidence in SBS to deliver everything within the timeframe presented.
Huzzah SBS!! Huzzah!!
Hey all, just wanted to clarify in case there was still some confusion before heading to bed:
Both Prologue: The Awakening, as well as ElyriaMUD, will begin with Alpha 1 and expand outward, eventually reaching all backers. Kingdoms of Elyria will begin with the aristocracy and nobility and very quickly expand to all people with access to Exposition.
Although, after thinking about it for a few seconds, perhaps NPC interaction with players will use a UI... Wait and see I guess. Loving the work so far!
@Soulbound I meant the NPC chat as one example. Do you mean to imply that NPC's will communicate using audio? Thanks for the reply too, it is much appreciated. :)
Have a safe and happy 4th. As someone who played muds from 1993 until 2014, I am looking forward to seeing the mud. I just wish I could play the Kingdoms version, but the best I can do is upgrade to baron after the PayPal goes into effect. Hopefully that will be soon. The sunset is gorgeous. I do like the new 'story' version of character creation.
I'm pumped for Kingdoms and the Mud. It's stuff like this that makes me love this project and brings a lot of hope for the future games that might take note when this is successful.
Wow, the roleplay potential and crafting potential of this clothing system is... astounding. And I can't wait to see how the "Dance of Dynasties" in Kingdoms and ElyriaMUD play out :P
The layering is one of the most exciting things to me. I'm tired of games that don't display gear properly or have visuals for belts. Asymmetrical crafting sounds really cool too. Being able to craft heavy armor that is armored on your sword arm but not your offhand would be cool.
Hi Owen: By textual we mean text-based, like the MUDs of old. Mechanics which don't require a graphical UI can be tested and validated in ElyriaMUD before being added to the Alpha client.
@Soulbound By "Textual elements" do you mean that ElyriaMUD will be the method for testing NPC communication skills? i.e. talking with players?
Man, talk about just skimming the top of the iceberg on this. I can only imagine what the end results are going to be. I've been following this really closely thanks to our good friend BicycleWalrus and can't wait to see what you have to come in the future. I keep trying to pass word around of the game but one of the small things I've run into is that there is SO MUCH information about this game it almost seems overwhelming to the new people trying to catch up. Good and bad things for both, but in my opinion more is better as long as it is all organized correctly. :) Great job team!
I am a jaded gamer, I still got wow-ed by this update. Started my online gaming as a mudder. Definitely good wow!
I just looked at this page 30 minutes ago and didn't see this update, looks amazing, don't think I've ever seen a Kickstarter only a couple weeks after the deadline with so much content to show off.
@Chong Thow Chuang - Good wow, or bad wow?
Wow. Just wow.