Chronicles of Elyria: Finally Defining The 'True' Sandbox MMO Experience

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  1. Daworm

    Daworm Survivalist Games: ARK Leader

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    Vell Getting Started

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    Sorry about not making updates lately. I am currently in the process of trying to move from Japan to Canada with my entire family so my time on forums and in games has been decreased to basically nil. Hopefully I will get to make some updates this week but no promises. At any rate, the Developer Journals should be enough to give you any extra information for after my article. Also, as Daworm said, the screens are from ingame. I have even been personally privy to seeing some ingame video footage (Soulbound studious does not want to share video footage yet, but I expect it will be available soon) so I can attest to the fact that this game is real and happening. Also keep in mind, if you go to the IRC channel and make rational cases for why something should or should not be in the game, they do actually listen. A few major changes have already been made based on feedback in the forums and in IRC that point out some design flaws (I am even responsible for one such change dealing with in-game marriages).
     
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    Daworm Survivalist Games: ARK Leader

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    This may have changed slightly in the last ... 24-hours. :)

    --- But looking forward to the address to the community 17 hours.

    Tune in 7PM EST (11AM AEDT) at the following link: https://gaming.youtube.com/c/DM21Gaming/live

    If you haven't registered yet on the COE forums - please do. Every registered member counts - feel free to use my referrer code: B0E240 (or Vell's: ToGCoE)
     
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    Daworm Survivalist Games: ARK Leader

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    As mentioned, this is starting in a few minutes for those interested.

    Live-streaming from here

    Addressing a series of questions from this thread

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    Part 2 of this will continue at the same time tomorrow. They did not fully address everything they wanted to cover from the thread as yet.
     
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    Newest Design Journal is up for Chronicles of Elyria

    Player Housing Part 1

    This is the first time Caspian let his article go two pages, and that was because it was too chunky to trim it back to just 1 page.

    Alongside a playable demo next year, we'll see a standalone architecture tool made available to us for playing around with housing designs etc. Perhaps as part of the playable demo?

    Also Parkour will be in-game so those agile assassins can run up and over buildings... to what degree not yet known as they haven't hooked all the mechanics together, but have animations built already. With the end goal you can run upto, hit a chair and do a tumble over it and continue on... think Assassins Creed or Mirror's Edge for the movement up/over and around buildings.

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    They spoke about Kickstarter plans maybe a month ago, the start date should be announced soon. Unless I'm missing something!?
     
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    Yes soon.

    They're currently waiting on the website update + videos and sufficient media to be uploaded before announcing the Kickstarter. Caspian (Jeromy Walsh - CEO of Soulbound) has been adding features in the backend to the website itself and they have an external webdev redoing the front-end part of the page adding a ton more features (powered by backend stuff).

    They've released a few new images and are slowly spinning up their social media campaigns. If you have time to spare have a look at BicycleWalrus Youtube playlist for COE there's HOURS of content to watch, especially the QnA's with Caspian himself. If watching isn't your thing, then you can read them here

    They've released a few more images recently on their twitter page and the terrain and environment you see (minus the houses and corn fields I believe) are procedural generation. This is just but one of the biome's they're working on which in this case is the Taiga biome.

    They will also be featuring with some cover art for Gaiscioch as well as an 8-page article spread.
     
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    Checking new game, I'd be mostly interested in videos, preferably combat - at least couple seconds of it.

    Of course, screenshots and concepts are also doing the job to some extent, but showing some "live" action is what might make or break the Kickstarter!?
     
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    Some more images have been released on the official website. Media - Chronicles of Elyria

    Also here: CoE Nature Progress Pictures - Album on Imgur as a handy IMGUR album we're allowed to share. Previously limited to just IRC haunting until now.

    They are also featured as cover art on Gaiscioch's Quarterly magazine. With a preview of the Astral Plane which is taken from in-game on the client engine.

    In addition to that we're having the kickstarter date and a little video very very soon. They're touching it up now as I post this.
     
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    Hi All...

    The team at Soulbound have finally released their first video.




    If you haven't tracked the game much and want a bit of a quick catch up on the game view, have a look at a couple of IMGUR posts done by a COE Community member, one which went viral hitting #4 on IMGUR for several hours.

    IMGUR Part 1 & IMGUR Part 2
     
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    Maybe even more important thing is that they simultaneously announced Kickstarter (3rd of May), and they have $900 000 goal set, quite ambitious IMO.
     
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    For those not following... COE have released a few videos over the last couple of weeks, in order of newest to oldest.

    * Akashic Records Lore

    * Snow Accumulation Tech Preview

    * Meet the Team

    There are a few more videos planned.

    In addition to videos they've released some concept and early render images.

    * Early Renders of face/hair
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    * Paintover of in-game render for details that Heat wants to eventually see
    (Yes that is someone peeing in a bucket)
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    * Paintover of Silverrun with additional details
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    * Renders of Female character with armor
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    Soulbound will also have a small booth at PAX East for anyone in the area and/or attending who want to visit and maybe get some juicy reveals. There will also be a demo available to get some initial hands-on with I believe, full content of I am not sure as yet.

    If you are tracking and planning on pledging. I've started a poll over on MMORPG if you're interested.

    Last but not least, if you haven't yet already done the following...

    Register on the COE Website. They are sitting at 35K confirmed accounts and hoping to reach 50K before KS (original goal was 30K but after hitting during feb-march they upped their goal)

    * My referrer code: B0E240
    * Vell's referrer code: 709C0E
     
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    Great writeup! This looks very interesting. Must admit I've been getting a bit jaded with the standard MMO kill everything that's killable, train everything that trainable, pick up eveything that's pickupable (is that even a word?). This looks like a breath of fresh air, definately one to keep a close eye on.

    PAX East Preview - basically just another chat but it includes a few new screenshots/lore tidbits.
     
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    More chitchat at PAX, includes a brief view of ingame combat.
     
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    Tek Syndicate stopped by the booth and did an interview too.

    Showing some much more of the combat and much clearer footage as well. Also a great interview overall.
     
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    This game's looking more interesting by the day.
    Aging and body dynamics video:


    And, over on the forums, Caspian answered some queries regarding vitality, etc. Seems you can die (permanently) out in the wild if you run out of food but if you're in a town with a tavern (or similar) you can recover there. Bards in the tavern increase recovery rates and such things - must admit I'm getting quite excited about the possibility of a viable non-combat role in an MMO. Just so tired of being sent out to kill 5 rats followed by another quest to kill 10 super-rats.
     
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    I thought it would be a good idea to create a simple blog entry for the game. Nothing elaborate, just some text to help people decide if they might want to find out more about it. However since I lack the necessary permissions to create one on the TOG site I've had to stick it up on mmorpg.com (Chronicles of Elyria - A new kind of MMO? - MMORPG.com Blogs).

    Any ommisions or glaring inaccuracies, please let me know :)
     
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    Hey. I shared this with the community on IRC so you might get some feedback and/or comments. :)

    With 1 Day 12 Hours until KS launch as of the time of this post. Who from TOG are looking to back this?

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    In other news they dropped a short 10-sec (and incomplete on animations) clip. Gives you an idea of the potential in this game.
     

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