18 May
With us being in the middle of our Kickstarter, and with land and titles being offered in exchange for Influence Points and backing support, it’s no surprise that there’s a large number of questions about what it means to own land, what land can be used for, how one becomes a mayor, what the responsibilities of managing a settlement are, how one becomes noble, and what safeguards are in place to protect someone’s claims. I’ve pulled together this design journal in answer to those questions.
9 May

May 9th Q&A Stream

By Caspian
Soulbound Studios will be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel on Monday, May 9th at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 12am BST. DM21 Gaming's BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and our Owner / Creative Director, Jeromy "Caspian" Walsh will be answering them! Live!
28 April
Many of the game mechanics in Chronicles of Elyria are designed to appeal to a slightly older audience. The problem with the older audience is they tend to be people who've got careers, children, spouses, responsibilities, or other similarly pesky things that take away their computer time.
27 April
In this technical preview Soulbound Studios shows off Aging & Body Dynamics in their upcoming MMORPG, Chronicles of Elyria. Character aging is a core mechanic of the game as aging and eventually dying contributes heavily to the dynamic and immersive feeling of the world. As well, in CoE character customization doesn't end with character creation. It continues after you enter the world based on how you play your character.
11 April
In this first lore video, Soulbound Studios name-drops left and right, introducing you to the Akashic Records, The Ancients, The Virtori, The Awakening, and a very special narrator. A call to action has been made. You've been summoned...
9 April
In this short Technical Preview Soulbound Studios gives you an early look at snow accumulation in their dynamic and immersive new MMORPG, Chronicles of Elyria. Dynamic weather and snow accumulation that effects game-play is just one reason you need to check out Chronicles of Elyria.
4 April
Soulbound Studios will be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel on Monday, April 4th at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 12am BST. DM21 Gaming's BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and our Owner / Creative Director, Jeromy "Caspian" Walsh will be answering them! Live!
21 March
Soulbound Studios will be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel on Monday, March 21st at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT. DM21 Gaming's BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and our Owner / Creative Director, Jeromy "Caspian" Walsh will be answering them! Live!
1 March
When I first launched the Chronicles of Elyria website nearly two years ago I had pointed out that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. At the time I launched the website it was just me working on Chronicles of Elyria. There were no other programmers, no artists, no animators, or web designers. There was no composer and no sound FX engineer, and the website was entirely black and white...
29 February
About a month ago Soulbound Studios Owner/CEO, Jeromy Walsh, was interviewed by Gaiscioch Guild Community Founder Benjamin Foley for their upcoming quarterly magazine. The magazine is live and it's awesome! For a detailed, inside look at how Jeromy and the team at Soulbound Studios are bringing their dream to life, make sure to check it out!
22 February
Monday, February 22nd is our weekly Live Chat. Aurora and I will be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and we'll be answering them! Live!
20 February
Earlier today one of our community members, Rahunei, posted an informational post on imgur.com that quickly went viral. As of this announcement, we've received roughly 2,000 new accounts in one day as a result of his post and loads more publicity in addition to that. His imgur.com post has received over 10,000 points and over 150,000 views! From those of us at Soulbound Studios to Rahunei: "Thank you!"
15 February
Monday, February 15th is our weekly Live Chat. Aurora and I will be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and we'll be answering them! Live!
8 February
Monday, February 8th is our weekly Live Chat. I'll be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and I'll be answering them! Live! With my voice!
25 January
Monday, January 25th is our weekly Live Chat. I'll be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and I'll be answering them! Live! With my voice! You'll get to hear answers straight from the horse's mouth.
18 January
Monday, January 18th is our weekly Live Chat. I'll be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and I'll be answering them! Live! With my voice! You'll get to hear answers straight from the horse's mouth.
10 January
Monday, January 11th is our weekly Live Chat. I'll be on DM21 Gaming's YouTube channel at 4pm PST / 7pm EST / Midnight GMT, where BicycleWalrus will be asking the questions and I'll be answering them! Live! With my voice! You'll get to hear answers straight from the horse's mouth.
8 January
Over the last few months Chronicles of Elyria has been gaining more and more attention, and with that added attention comes quick judgements, assumptions, and while not intentional, miscommunications. Perhaps the most widely miscommunicated bit of information is how spirit walking effects your overall play time, and how that effects your wallet. In this journal I provide details regarding the lifespan of characters in Chronicles of Elyria, and touch on the "Death Toll" that's applied to your character any time they spirit walk.
3 December
Hidden staircases, trapped doors, and underground chambers bring out the imagination in all of us. These are just a few of the reasons player-made housing in Chronicles of Elyria is both captivating and compelling.
26 November
Build and customize your house and other buildings using Chronicles of Elyria's player-created blueprints and modular housing. Also, learn how houses help store your extra inventory, make survival easier, and support CoE’s unique family system.
18 November
In this week's design journal, we’re going to take a look at how Chronicles of Elyria continues to push the envelope with a system of research-driven technology which lets players determine the direction of research, while allowing us to monitor the rate at which technology is evolving. This ensures we have the technology ready when the players are ready for it.
7 November
On November 6th, 2015 the Chronicles of Elyria community reached 10,000 accounts! That is explosive growth for us and marks the 50% achievement of our community goals! It took us one month to reach our first 2k members, two months to reach our first 5k community members, and just one more month to reach the next 5k! Each month brings us closer to our goals, and closer to our Kickstarter!
7 November
By connecting your deeds to character's identity, by giving you the ability to choose how/when to be recognized, and by creating a unique system where your reputation proceeds you, Chronicles of Elyria reminds you that your actions matter.
28 October
With three layers of armor, WYSIWYG looting, equipment that effects your survival, and an innovative new inventory system, find out how Chronicles of Elyria continues to defy the status quo, to create the most immersive and challenging MMO to date.
23 October
In this week's design journal delve into the Explorer role with a look at a few of Chronicles of Elyria's most compelling and innovative features: player-created maps, dynamic place names, and sensory maps.
17 October
In Part 2 of this two-part seris we’re going to talk about how Chronicles of Elyria reduces the barrier to entering new crafting professions and allows you to be a Producer from the start. We’ll also talk about the unique elements of crafting skills such as skill challenges, item specialization, component-based construction, and how we deal with non-renewable resources.
15 October
Community member BicycleWalrus aka DM21 Gaming has posted, what we believe to be, the first full-length "First Look" into the currently announced features of Chronicles of Elyria. His energy is obvious, his excitement palpable, and his enthusiasm for our game is topped only by the devs themselves. Click Read More to watch his video First Look!
14 October
In part one of this two-part series on "Skills and the Skill System" we're going to talk about how Chronicles of Elyria uses division of labor to allow players to focus on just the areas of the game they want to. After that we'll talk about the different skill categories, how skill hierarchies work, and the multiple ways players can advance their skills.
3 October
This week the Chronicles of Elyria community website hit over 5,000 members! This is an important milestone for us as it marks the point in which we’re 25% of the way toward building a community of 20,000 people - the minimum size we feel necessary for a viable crowd funding campaign.
29 September
In this week's design journal we're goign to talk about how contracts give power back to the players, enabling an infinite number of character-driven occupations. The foundation for marriages, guilds, trade agreements, in-game mail systems, families, and even governments, contracts make Chronicles of Elyria one of the first true sandbox MMOs.
16 September
In this week’s design journal, we’re going to take a look at the final screen of character creation: “Character Customization” and talk about how your family selection impacts your physical appearance, inherited attributes, regional skills, and surnames. We’ll conclude this week’s journal by looking at how CoE enables character customization to extend beyond the character creation screen.
12 September
Families in Chronicles of Elyria serve many of the same purposes as guilds in other MMOs. They provide a small, supportive social structure with a sense of identity, as players recognize themselves as being part of a family, a noble house, or a dynasty. They tie into the game's progress system by allowing you to pass resources you've gathered over a lifetime onto your heirs. And finally, they provide starting resources, a residence, and a source of learning in the early part of the game.
29 August

Just over four weeks after the launch of the community website Chronicles of Elyria has hit the 2,000 community members mark! Interested players are coming from over a hundred different countries, speaking over 75 different languages and bringing with them a wealth of enthusiasm and excitement for the world we are creating.

26 August
Explore the difference between incapacitating and killing someone, what happens when your soul is separated from your body, why family is important when you’re facing the grave, and what people can loot off you when slain - All in this week’s Chronicles of Elyria Design Journal.
20 August
A notable character from the lore, Thandrus, who you may recognize from the website background, is now available as the first Chronicles of Elyria wallpaper. Head to the Media page to get your new wallpaper!
19 August
In this week’s journal, we’ll focus on what happens to your character while they’re alive. We’ll talk about how the passage of time is measured, how time effects your character, how long you can expect to live, and finally, how you can get the most out of your character’s lifespan by leveraging offline play.
12 August
In this design journal Soulbound Studios Creative Director Jeromy Walsh ventures back inside the Akashic Records, taking a revealing look inside the Chronicles of Elyria Soul Chamber to talk about soul selection, destiny, achievements, and soul mates.
5 August
Developing MMO, Chronicles of Elyria, has soul, err Souls to be exact. In this design journal learn more about why CoE chose to give characters Souls & how it ties into lore, the permadeath feature, and skill advancement.
1 August
Community member VictoriaRachel has taken the initiative to create the first Chronicles of Elyria fan-based news site. The focus of her site is on those tantalizing titbits which do not make it to the front page. Examining lore, mechanics, and the intriguing details of the world, Elyria Echo provides a player perspective of the game and ensures you won't miss the important bits.
27 July
On Monday, July 27th at 9am EDT startup game company Soulbound Studios announced development of their innovative new MMORPG titled "Chronicles of Elyria". The public announcement came in the form of a Feature on community news website MMORPG.com. The feature, which acted as a high-level introduction to the new Sandbox MMO, made several positive remarks about "Chronicles of Elyria" and noted that Creative/Technical Director Jeromy Walsh would continue to update the community via regular Developer Journals until the game is demoed at next year's PAX East.
14 May
Development of a large game project, especially one like Chronicles of Elyria, takes a lot of resources - both human and financial. Funding such a game has traditionally come from investors or publishers, but recent projects have demonstrated the viability of crowdfunding. In order to have a successful campaign you need a flexible, powerful reward system. In this post I'll be talking about Influence Points - what they are, how you get them, and what they're used for.
8 April
This started out as the second part of a two-part journal post that was going to cover Influence Points. However, I wanted to lead with a status update on the chat system and it ended up being a full journal post all by itself. So in this developer journal I'm going to do a deep dive into the chat system.
7 March
Time has flown by the last three months as I dove head first into my new role as Software Engineering Lead at Microsoft. The transition from developer to Lead, during one of the busiest times of year, lead to extended work weeks with late nights and more than a little stress. The end result was very little time to work on Chronicles of Elyria. However, the dust is beginning to settle...
27 December
It's now the end of December so it's time for my monthly dev journal. In my first developer journal I announced the beginning of Chronicles of Elyria - a prototype MMO in the very early stages of development. As the website and project is/was only known by a small handful of friends and family it needed little explanation. However, as more people are hitting the website it's time I share a bit more information about the game.
16 November
It is said the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. So it is true with Chronicles of Elyria. Fourteen years ago, while playing Ultima Online and other text-based Multi-User Dungeons (MUDs), I had an idea for an online, massively multiplayer game that had not yet come to pass.
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