3 November

Merriment in Increments

By Vye

Hail, Elyrians!

I promised you that the layaway announcement on Sunday was not the full update, and here is the other part! As the dust settles from a whirlwind of activity at Soulbound Studios, I share with you the current adventures of this brave team.

Layaway Timeframe

Many people have posed the question about how long they had to pay off their laid-away packages and whether there was an enforced payment schedule. Since you won’t receive the full benefit of the package until it has been paid off, I can see why this would be important to know!

Regarding payment schedule, there isn’t one. It’s not like renting or leasing so, if you don’t pay on a regular schedule, it’s no problem. Pay when you can make an increment—we aren’t going to repossess your duchy (mostly because you haven’t actually got anything until you finish your payments). But that brings me to the other part…

The deadline to pay off your tier is before Exposition begins, so it is quite a ways out. However, there will be settlement selection, Kingdoms of Elyria, and ElyriaMUD happening before that and you won’t be able to participate in those until you’ve paid off your layaway. It shouldn’t be a surprise that you don’t get to own something until you pay for it, but you still have plenty of time with which to do so. We will provide more concrete dates as we get closer, but it’s quite safe to assume you have until March at the very earliest.

Gambling & Gaming Goal

We’ve reached the $1.5 million stretch goal for Gambling/Gaming! Apparently quite a lot of you were waiting for the layaway feature and rocketed us over the goal line the day it was released to the store. We had the utmost confidence this would happen so we went ahead and started interviewing animators for the position…and he starts next Monday!

As one might imagine, rolling dice, dealing cards, making terrible poker faces, and celebrating a win will require your character to animate. This is why an animator was crucial to this stretch goal. We look forward to putting on the mocap suits and playing a friendly (read: highly competitive) game of cards. I haven’t figured out who has the best poker face in the studio yet…it really could be anyone’s game!

Our Next Goal

Figure 1 – Adventuring is better with a trusty, animal companion
Figure 1 – Adventuring is better with a trusty, animal companion

Our next stretch goal is for Pet or Mount Customization. Reaching $1.65 million in backing will allow us to hire a Character Artist for this purpose. Some of you may be asking, “What is a Character Artist and why is that needed just to make my dream trison, Emilio, who was born piebald with curly horns due to a rare genetic mutation?”

Well, a character artist does several things that are relevant here.

  • First, a character artist creates the 3D models we use in games, including the body and equipment. So, if Emilio has curly horns, those are geometry that would need to be created.
  • Second, a character artist creates textures and shading. If you want those horns to look like actual horns, and not just grey polygons, then this is needed.
  • Lastly, our character artists are also handling our hair and fur systems. That means that Emilio’s fur would go through the tender, loving hands of a character artist also.

Figure 2 – An example of a character turn-around
Figure 2 – A character turn-around is something a character artist does

There are myriad different customizations that could be made for pets and mounts, including pattern, color, musculature, scars, mutations, size, and more. This is why our next stretch goal calls for a Character Artist.

Adventures in New Haven

The end of October signaled the end of our latest sprint and we all loaded up the game to play and explore around the Prologue region that we are building. While we still have plenty of work ahead of us, I can’t resist showing you some of our favorite shots.

Figure 3 – A peaceful morning before the harvest
Figure 3 – A peaceful morning before the harvest

Figure 4 – I’m on a boat!
Figure 4 – Keveth takes a boat ride

Figure 5 – This seems like a great place for a duel
Figure 5 – Keveth explores some mysterious ruins

Figure 6 – A wild trison appears!
Figure 6 – Keveth runs with the trison

Figure 7 – The sun rising outside of New Haven
Figure 7 – The sun rising outside of New Haven

Figure 8 – What we do in life echoes in eternity.
Figure 8 – Armélus ponders a life of adventure

Figure 9 – This mountain is really tall!
Figure 9 – Armélus tries to climb a mountain

Figure 10 – The view from nowhere near the top
Figure 10 – Armélus looks back to see how far he’s come

Figure 11 – Dusk settles over New Haven
Figure 11 – Dusk settles over New Haven

Figure 12 – A peaceful evening at the gates of New Haven
Figure 12 – A peaceful evening at the gates of New Haven

Design Experience Q&A Videos

A couple weeks ago we did a live Q&A about the Design Experiences: unique, in-game content co-designed by the team at Soulbound Studios and backers in the community. We’ve finished editing the 90-minute session down to a very-informative 17 minutes. You can watch it on our YouTube Channel.

If you’d like to see the entire session—chock full of witty banter—it is available to view on:

Update on Updates

As we are transitioning into the Production Phase, the intensity of work is taking an upturn. The team is adopting more rigorous processes and spending time detailing everything that will eventually be Elyria. This is an exhaustive and time consuming process so our updates will be slowing down for the next couple of months.

Rather than weekly updates, we will be updating every other week through the end of the year. Also, the day of the week will be changing from Sunday to Wednesday in my attempt to get the team to stop working every. single. weekend.

The progress on the game is good, and I don’t want the team to become zombies because they aren’t getting enough mental and physical rest. There are all sorts of interesting studies about overtime with the take-away being that it only has a net-positive for about two weeks. Since it will take longer than two weeks to build this game, it behooves us to adopt a sustainable and ethical pace for development. In the long run, this means better quality work at a better velocity!

That means that there will not be an update this coming Sunday, nor on Wednesday. The following Wednesday, November 16th, will be the next developer journal to anticipate. That doesn’t mean there won’t be news and announcements in the interim—there will be! We will also continue to be on IRC and Discord as time permits.

We love hearing from you and will continue to be transparent and forthcoming with our progress. It will just be on a slightly slower tempo for a couple months.

Pledged to Your Continued Adventures in Life, Both Actual and Fantasy,

Vye

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Cervantes - 7 months ago

I am wondering Caspian how many of the game mechanics you talk about are already programmed into the game engine? Or is that what you define here as production? You have described mechanics in your journals that are quite complex indeed and would seem to imply that some heavy duty programming and thought-out logic will be required. So I am just wondering if that is yet to happen or if you have already done much of it? If they have yet to occur, I think maybe your time estimates will need some love. But please keep at it, I have pledged and I am pretty patient. And here is to hoping no roadblocks occur. :)

Pezzypp - 7 months ago

its my real second home, second life, after this life.... goodbye mom and dad, drop me a line, hellooooo town's people of Elyria!!!

Orashna - 7 months ago

Dbl Post

Orashna - 7 months ago

Worry not friends, remember, it's just a video game that we're playing for fun!

Baymax - 8 months ago

A piebald curly-horned Trison!? I am in love with Emilio already...

AdinX - 8 months ago

Can't wait to see all of the new content that comes screaming out of the front door of Soulbound! make us proud to be your backers guys. Hopefully we'll get to see some gambling content into the 2nd or 3rd update, but I'd love to see more work on the biomes and animals too

Dirk_Mandrake - 8 months ago

This is awesome! I haven't checked the site in a little while, and seems a bunch of new things have been updated. Awesome job as usual!

Cheezer - 8 months ago

This is what I've been waiting for to see, finally going into production phase! Good luck and have fun entire CoE team, I look forward to seeing what you'll make in a few months time!

Buttl3man - 8 months ago

Does anyone have any information regarding religion in game?

DunsScotus - 8 months ago
@Buttl3man:

Posted By Buttl3man at 5:44 PM - Sat Nov 05 2016

Does anyone have any information regarding religion in game?

Check out this article: Religion

Also, you can see one example of a player-Kingdom initiative to promote religion and culture here: Vornair Religious Policy

Salvador - 8 months ago

when two people buy the same package, do you have the same preference in selecion lot, land, etc .. the person who paid the fee directly or later with the method adtolayaway?

Xeryn - 8 months ago
@Salvador:

Posted By Salvador at 8:57 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

when two people buy the same package, do you have the same preference in selecion lot, land, etc .. the person who paid the fee directly or later with the method adtolayaway?

The date or order that a package is purchased will probably have little to no impact on when you get to pick your territory.

Sharielane - 8 months ago

Not gonna lie, that pic with the boat has made me a wee bit excited. Ideas of plying trade up and down waterways are now forming in my mind.

Overall good update. I'm glad the team is being made to have enforced breaks. It's no good for anyone for them to burn themselves out half-way through production. As to updates being moved to Wednesday, at least having the update on "hump day" will give us something uplifting to look forward to on that otherwise soul-crushing day the week.

Panthea - 8 months ago

Posted By ShadowTani at 11:26 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

There was an important matter in the previous update that have yet to be addressed however, so I feel forced to nag about it here. It's the only thing holding me back from investing in EP at the moment.

Posted By Vye in Layaway Now Available

You may want to mentally prepare that a couple extra parcels may be necessary in case your ideal location ends up sitting on richer land.

There seems to be a degree of confusion regarding this statement so it would be nice if it was clarified.

Of course it's understandable that land have different value, however, it is disappointing if EP parcels aren't exempted as initially expected - particularly because it makes it even more difficult than before to plan your settlement.

Also, if it really does mean that you will need several EP parcels for certain parcels then what is presented in the store at the moment is misleading. When it says 1 parcel you would expect to get 1 parcel. Thus if SBS really want to go through with this then those should be renamed to land vouchers or something instead.

Would like to second this request for clarification :)

Vye - 8 months ago
@Panthea:

Posted By Panthea at 10:16 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Posted By ShadowTani at 11:26 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

There was an important matter in the previous update that have yet to be addressed however, so I feel forced to nag about it here. It's the only thing holding me back from investing in EP at the moment.

Posted By Vye in Layaway Now Available

You may want to mentally prepare that a couple extra parcels may be necessary in case your ideal location ends up sitting on richer land.

There seems to be a degree of confusion regarding this statement so it would be nice if it was clarified.

Of course it's understandable that land have different value, however, it is disappointing if EP parcels aren't exempted as initially expected - particularly because it makes it even more difficult than before to plan your settlement.

Also, if it really does mean that you will need several EP parcels for certain parcels then what is presented in the store at the moment is misleading. When it says 1 parcel you would expect to get 1 parcel. Thus if SBS really want to go through with this then those should be renamed to land vouchers or something instead.

Would like to second this request for clarification :)

I do plan to add a lot more detail about this in a future update. For now...courage. ^_^

ShadowTani - 8 months ago
@Vye:

Thanks for the respons Vye, I'll sleep easier now. :3

And as Markof said, hoping for a pre-mid-November update. x3

markof - 8 months ago
@Vye:

Posted By Vye at 01:41 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

Posted By Panthea at 10:16 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Posted By ShadowTani at 11:26 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

There was an important matter in the previous update that have yet to be addressed however, so I feel forced to nag about it here. It's the only thing holding me back from investing in EP at the moment.

Posted By Vye in Layaway Now Available

You may want to mentally prepare that a couple extra parcels may be necessary in case your ideal location ends up sitting on richer land.

There seems to be a degree of confusion regarding this statement so it would be nice if it was clarified.

Of course it's understandable that land have different value, however, it is disappointing if EP parcels aren't exempted as initially expected - particularly because it makes it even more difficult than before to plan your settlement.

Also, if it really does mean that you will need several EP parcels for certain parcels then what is presented in the store at the moment is misleading. When it says 1 parcel you would expect to get 1 parcel. Thus if SBS really want to go through with this then those should be renamed to land vouchers or something instead.

Would like to second this request for clarification :)

I do plan to add a lot more detail about this in a future update. For now...courage. ^_^

Is it planed before or after extra EP becomes 25% more expensive ?

HolyAvengerOne - 8 months ago
@markof:

Posted By markof at 04:00 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

Posted By Vye at 01:41 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

I do plan to add a lot more detail about this in a future update. For now...courage. ^_^

Is it planed before or after extra EP becomes 25% more expensive ?

I'm wondering the same thing. This could change me reconsidering adding in some extra dough before Nov. 15th.

StoryKeeper - 8 months ago

Just today learnt of the game and began to read about it. I am already in love with it.

Just a doubt.

So, the full release of the game is planned for March 2017?

Gromschlog - 8 months ago
@StoryKeeper:

Posted By StoryKeeper at 5:50 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Just today learnt of the game and began to read about it. I am already in love with it.

Just a doubt.

So, the full release of the game is planned for March 2017?

no. thats where maybe first alphatesting starts. there will be several test-versions of the game before its fully released. full release might be some time in 2018, maybe even 2019. or never, which we dont hope.

Marvael - 8 months ago
@Gromschlog:

Posted By Gromschlog at 6:56 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Posted By StoryKeeper at 5:50 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Just today learnt of the game and began to read about it. I am already in love with it.

Just a doubt.

So, the full release of the game is planned for March 2017?

no. thats where maybe first alphatesting starts. there will be several test-versions of the game before its fully released. full release might be some time in 2018, maybe even 2019. or never, which we dont hope.

Good to know! I don't wanna start overhyping yet. I seem to have a lot of time to read all of these update posts and Q&A things.

Josh62898 - 8 months ago
@StoryKeeper:

No, it is planned for December 2017, next year, but early access and beta's will be sooner.

HolyAvengerOne - 8 months ago

Thanks for the update, Vye.

Quick question : the store dollar amount we see now, does it include the full amount of layaway packages (ie once they will be completely paid off) or does it only calculate the portion that has been paid so far?

Playerezzie - 8 months ago
@HolyAvengerOne:

The store amount is the full price you have to pay. Once you choose the layaway option you get to choose how much you wanna pay off first. So if you want to go for merchant for example the total price is $150. When you choose layaway you then get the option to pay 10% = $15 or for example 40%=$60 and for the rest you have to pay off you can decide for yourself when you want to do so. So everytime you want to pay off some more again it will show the remaining amount. And the options in percentage to pay off. So you can decide to pay it all in 10 payments or for example just 2 and you have Until exposition begins. That's the deadline for paying off as mentioned in the update.

markof - 8 months ago
@Playerezzie:

Posted By Playerezzie at 10:29 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

The store amount is the full price you have to pay. Once you choose the layaway option you get to choose how much you wanna pay off first. So if you want to go for merchant for example the total price is $150. When you choose layaway you then get the option to pay 10% = $15 or for example 40%=$60 and for the rest you have to pay off you can decide for yourself when you want to do so. So everytime you want to pay off some more again it will show the remaining amount. And the options in percentage to pay off. So you can decide to pay it all in 10 payments or for example just 2 and you have Until exposition begins. That's the deadline for paying off as mentioned in the update.

thank you Playerezzie.

i was in fact referring to the switch of price for extra EP from the add-on items, in 10 days when the store offers will change so will the price of add-on items, including EP.

Right now for 100$ you get 1250 EP after the new offers get to the store you will get 1000 EP for 100$. to be fair it is more like a 22% price increase for EP rather than the 25% i told but the fact is we learned this week that we might need more EP but without telling us how much and in 10 days those EP will cost more.

So as much as i am courageous enough to wait i also do not like being taken for a fool.

I do not ask for full detail explanation of every thing now, just a few word to tell me if i have to stockpile EP now and in what magnitude and if i can expect some of the explanations needed and awaited and advertised several time and for a very long time before that price change or not.

A simple YES or NO would be enough.

LorenzW - 8 months ago
@markof:

Posted By markof at 03:06 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

Posted By Playerezzie at 10:29 AM - Sat Nov 05 2016

The store amount is the full price you have to pay. Once you choose the layaway option you get to choose how much you wanna pay off first. So if you want to go for merchant for example the total price is $150. When you choose layaway you then get the option to pay 10% = $15 or for example 40%=$60 and for the rest you have to pay off you can decide for yourself when you want to do so. So everytime you want to pay off some more again it will show the remaining amount. And the options in percentage to pay off. So you can decide to pay it all in 10 payments or for example just 2 and you have Until exposition begins. That's the deadline for paying off as mentioned in the update.

thank you Playerezzie.

i was in fact referring to the switch of price for extra EP from the add-on items, in 10 days when the store offers will change so will the price of add-on items, including EP.

Right now for 100$ you get 1250 EP after the new offers get to the store you will get 1000 EP for 100$. to be fair it is more like a 22% price increase for EP rather than the 25% i told but the fact is we learned this week that we might need more EP but without telling us how much and in 10 days those EP will cost more.

So as much as i am courageous enough to wait i also do not like being taken for a fool.

I do not ask for full detail explanation of every thing now, just a few word to tell me if i have to stockpile EP now and in what magnitude and if i can expect some of the explanations needed and awaited and advertised several time and for a very long time before that price change or not.

A simple YES or NO would be enough.

The current price of the buyable IP/EP is set at a 25% discount at the $100 dollar level. Rather than a price increase mid-November, it's more of a "the sale is done" return to original prices of $1 per 10 IP/EP.

Buying extra now just guarantees you have extra later.

As for "being taken for a fool" over the prices, I can't say I disagree about the waiting portion to find out what they mean on different land prices. On the other hand, SBS has always been transparent on prices, and the note Vye put in about some land being more expensive...

But we also have until March 2017 (at the least) before we need to worry overmuch on the subject.

Here's my take on what is likely to happen (educated guess work and logic, with some facts thrown in).

SBS is giving every pledged player the chance to choose their levels. (4 sociaal classes, each with 3 sudivisions of normal, advanced, and ultimate).

Each level will give you the basics for that level (normal) plus any additionals you opt in for (advanced and ultimate). These packs will give you access to a certain (unknown) number of land packs and buildings from the procedurally generated (then manually touched up) settlements.

When you choose your settlement you will choose your family first and "inherit" their lands, after which you will get to use whatever tokens are in your packs (land, buildings, things, katchkies etc) to expand and put your stamp on things.

My hunch is that land you buy after you have finished setting down everything from the packages is what will be different prices, but I would wait for confirmation from the devs.

On the other hand, buy the extra EP now anyhow, and have more to play with at Expo!

Oracle - 8 months ago
@HolyAvengerOne:

Posted By HolyAvengerOne at 3:52 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Thanks for the update, Vye.

Quick question : the store dollar amount we see now, does it include the full amount of layaway packages (ie once they will be completely paid off) or does it only calculate the portion that has been paid so far?

Mine seems to be so far.

HolyAvengerOne - 8 months ago
@Oracle:

Posted By Oracle at 6:54 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Posted By HolyAvengerOne at 3:52 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Thanks for the update, Vye.

Quick question : the store dollar amount we see now, does it include the full amount of layaway packages (ie once they will be completely paid off) or does it only calculate the portion that has been paid so far?

Mine seems to be so far.

Yours seems to be... what? Included for the full amount, or just the $$$ amount you actually paid on the layway?

Alexialle - 8 months ago

So ... who's going to tell me about Keveth and Armelus? e.g. Who made them/Who's playing them? Are they of a certain Tribe of Mann? etc.

Choctaw - 8 months ago

Awesome update! Thank you Vye and everyone else who has been working hard on this. You guys do need to take Vye's advice and pace yourself.

The last image "evening at the gates" is very serene. It made me wonder if we will need to designate an npc to light torches in the evenings. :)

WyteMan - 8 months ago

I'm super excited about this game but I'm just wondering if you guys have an idea of when the game will be released? I know it won't be for a while but do you have time goals you wish to have things done in?

Oracle - 8 months ago
@WyteMan:

Posted By WyteMan at 3:34 PM - Fri Nov 04 2016

I'm super excited about this game but I'm just wondering if you guys have an idea of when the game will be released? I know it won't be for a while but do you have time goals you wish to have things done in?

I think everyone including SBS wanted to be finished last week, but unfortunately for all of us. these things take time, and as you can see from progress so far, these guys have an eye for detail.

Would be nice if we could do more to help out as a community on that front. I've no doubt there are useful skills out there untapped. You only have to turn to titles like modded Skyrim to see examples of that :)

Oracle - 8 months ago

Looking awesome as always :)

Difficult to suggest much based on those images, as it already looks stunning:

  • Will you be adding birds in at some point / smaller background animals?

  • I love the texturing / deformities on the grassy knoll. Have you got areas where not all sides are grass ie exposed dirt on a steep side, or a rock jutting out of the grass etc?

  • Are there plans for sand or darker earth textures in some areas? The grass looks superb but the exposed earth looks too uniform, flat and light. Perhaps something plant based that grows in shallow water in patches ie reeds to break up the lines? Perhaps patches of finer, green grass ie on that mountainside?

  • The buildings and shrubbery look superb - the thing most lacking is life I guess. Will occupied residential buildings sometimes display a sheet drying in the wind, fluttering? Or castles display pennants or flags?

Hyp - 8 months ago

wow, this is perfect

Lentor - 8 months ago

Another exciting update! Can't wait for this game! :)

mightyfish - 8 months ago

It would be really good to put these images (and the ones from other dev journals) into the media section of the website. The ones that exist there aren't as good as these.

Tsunamisan - 8 months ago

You mentioned Discord. Where might we find the server/channel ect. ??

Melizenn - 8 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

This is a link to the official discord: https://discord.gg/8trQ6sd

Lady Grace - 8 months ago

Obvious point for anyone who doesn't see it as obvious:

If you have the money, you can outright purchase the Astronomer tier (for immediate access to shiny things particularly Alpha 1 access and access to the exclusive developer's forums), or Count (etc), then create a layaway for a dream you hope to turn into reality... if you don't make it to your goal, you still have the standalone tier you purchased. Right? :)

ShadowTani - 8 months ago
@Lady Grace:

Posted By Lady Grace at 05:57 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

if you don't make it to your goal, you still have the standalone tier you purchased. Right? :)

I think the tiers will be fully unlocked whenever the money put into the layaway hits those tiers, hence the progress bar.

Money put into layaway also will be under the no-refund policy, so you should be guaranteed to get the tier you managed to reach even if you didn't reach the goal you aimed for. Any overcharge from the last tier reached probably get converted to EP or SP.

Illuminati - 8 months ago
@ShadowTani:

Posted By ShadowTani at 02:35 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

Posted By Lady Grace at 05:57 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

if you don't make it to your goal, you still have the standalone tier you purchased. Right? :)

I think the tiers will be fully unlocked whenever the money put into the layaway hits those tiers, hence the progress bar.

Money put into layaway also will be under the no-refund policy, so you should be guaranteed to get the tier you managed to reach even if you didn't reach the goal you aimed for. Any overcharge from the last tier reached probably get converted to EP or SP.

No, you get nothing until you hit your goal. I am on my way to count and have no indication of receiving any other tiers on the way. If I got to say $375,and decided not to go any further, I could cash in for credits, then buy a lower tier and the balance would remain credits.

RowenaBlue - 8 months ago

It took me a second to realize he was just using hyperbolic statement. I almost questioned putting my first payment down in layaway last night. But nope, I'm super hyped still and glad I could get in on this even if I am a little late to the party!

RedDoggybone - 8 months ago
@RowenaBlue:

Posted By RowenaBlue at 12:50 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

It took me a second to realize he was just using hyperbolic statement. I almost questioned putting my first payment down in layaway last night. But nope, I'm super hyped still and glad I could get in on this even if I am a little late to the party!

Actually your very early. Just not as early as others. :)

Ortherion - 8 months ago

Thanks for the screen shots and update.

Takeda_Shinukage - 8 months ago

I feel like everytime we get screenshots or video the graphics just won't stop getting better :) Great job!

OrangeBoy - 8 months ago

What?

It's been 20 years since the kickstarter for this game, why hasn't there been a beta yet?

Lazero360 - 8 months ago
@OrangeBoy:

From where did you see that it has been on kickstarter for 20 years?

Orashna - 8 months ago
@Lazero360:

RIP double post

Orashna - 8 months ago
@Lazero360:

Posted By Lazero360 at 12:25 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

From where did you see that it has been on kickstarter for 20 years?

Please read Orange's signature before you engage the fool in any real discussion...lol

HolyAvengerOne - 8 months ago
@Lazero360:

Posted By Lazero360 at 12:25 AM - Fri Nov 04 2016

From where did you see that it has been on kickstarter for 20 years?

He's just a funny guy. Jester type, lol ;)

Or tries to be, depending on your perspective ;)

FlerntGolumpadump - 8 months ago
@OrangeBoy:

Because there hasn't been an alpha yet.

Xeryn - 8 months ago
@FlerntGolumpadump:

So many keyboard warirors trying to show up this guy.. He was obviously joking, even in the internet..

FlerntGolumpadump - 8 months ago
@Xeryn:

I was also joking. I thought that was obvious.

Pteroguin - 8 months ago

All I want to know is are there Pteroguins in 'dem 'dere hills and can we make them our very own? :)

thecoldones - 8 months ago

Great post and update! You guys deserve a weekend rest!

Aeryn Suun - 8 months ago

Thanks for the update. So "The Awakening" is before Kingdoms of Elyria and ElyriaMUD? It was not mentioned or was that taken out?

Aeryn Suun - 8 months ago
@Aeryn Suun:

OK saw it has been answered thanks!!

lenkek - 8 months ago

Thanks for the updates!

:D

Caspian - 8 months ago

Hi Dleatherus,

We've been receiving a lot of questions about when domain & settlement selection, KoE, and ElyriaMUD will be. The questions have been asked more so people would know whether they have plenty of time before selection begins.

Vye's statement in the update was designed to let people know it's a long ways off still. Our focus right now is on the Prologue and V3 of the website. We're still ramping up on employees and have just begun production.

As well, the outline I provided in the image you linked was just a general outline with no firm dates, and was intended to provide an order of operations, nothing more.

So, I wouldn't read too much into anything, and when we have the dates available we'll share them! I promise. :-)

Dleatherus - 8 months ago
@Caspian:

Posted By Caspian at 5:11 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

So, I wouldn't read too much into anything, and when we have the dates available we'll share them! I promise. :-)

ty for the response!

Dleatherus - 8 months ago

hrmmm - is my math wrong here?

with march 2017 being the VERY earliest for land selection, so i'm thinking april 2017 is more realistic

taking into account this sequence of events:

even if KoE and MUD run simultaneously as soon as land selection starts, and do not effect the 12-15 month delay, that would imply Expo starting between april 2018 to july 2018, and game launch being between july 2018 to Oct 2018?

Sanguinesh Eviscerator - 8 months ago

mmmm ... purrrtttyy picturesss fap fap fap ...

BarriaKarl - 8 months ago

A shame we will have to wait longer between updates. Hope the news dont stops as you said, vye.

And yeah the pics are amazing.

Bieito_Skybourne - 8 months ago

Excellent update! Thank you for being open with us and we look forward to the next update on the 16th!

Also love the screen shots of New Heaven. Absolutely looks great, inviting, and can't wait for the next stage!

Sev - 8 months ago

Thanks for the COE porn.

Maulvorn - 8 months ago
@Sev:

Posted By Sev at 11:01 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

Thanks for the COE porn.

Better copyright it before Brazzers comes.

Dalinton - 8 months ago
@Maulvorn:

too late

Morbis - 8 months ago

Hopefully this means that the updates will be nice and meaty. I would really love to get back to the old design journal style. The more fluffy ones are really nice to get an insight into the games development, but I love mechanics discussions.

Aeryn Suun - 8 months ago
@Morbis:

2nd that!

Zampher - 8 months ago

As has been mentioned by many the art/graphics is beautiful. Still what amazes me most is the the view off in the distance. At great peril apparently I'll journey to those majestic mountains early an often.

Vorkrunne - 8 months ago

This game looks amazing. I can't wait to see female characters and their hair!

Polite - 8 months ago

Excellent update, those pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Keep up the good work Soulbound, you're making dreams slowly but surely it seems.

Wyze - 8 months ago

I don't mind waiting 2 weeks for a D.J, I just hope it's gonna be rich enough to feed my hype.

Thanks for your amazing work guys :)

Forbidden - 8 months ago

Two thumbs up!

One question (not sure if this is the right place for it though)...Under professions.. any chance of a shipwright or shipbuilding profession, or will that be under carpentry?

Oracle - 8 months ago
@Forbidden:

Posted By Forbidden at 10:28 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

Two thumbs up!

One question (not sure if this is the right place for it though)...Under professions.. any chance of a shipwright or shipbuilding profession, or will that be under carpentry?

Ships wont have been invented at the outset, hence its not listed ;)

ShadowTani - 8 months ago

There was an important matter in the previous update that have yet to be addressed however, so I feel forced to nag about it here. It's the only thing holding me back from investing in EP at the moment.

Posted By Vye in Layaway Now Available

You may want to mentally prepare that a couple extra parcels may be necessary in case your ideal location ends up sitting on richer land.

There seems to be a degree of confusion regarding this statement so it would be nice if it was clarified.

Of course it's understandable that land have different value, however, it is disappointing if EP parcels aren't exempted as initially expected - particularly because it makes it even more difficult than before to plan your settlement.

Also, if it really does mean that you will need several EP parcels for certain parcels then what is presented in the store at the moment is misleading. When it says 1 parcel you would expect to get 1 parcel. Thus if SBS really want to go through with this then those should be renamed to land vouchers or something instead.

Belzak - 8 months ago

Thanks for all the info!

Lunaus - 8 months ago

So I'm confused again, first i hear we won't get the package but retain the price, then I hear we do later on in the discord, and now this makes it sound like we don't again?

Do we lock in the package (and all it's perks/goodies) AND the price, or just the price and whatever it is changed to like originally stated the firs time layaway was spoken about?

Vanthie - 8 months ago
@Lunaus:

Posted By Lunaus at 3:09 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

So I'm confused again, first i hear we won't get the package but retain the price, then I hear we do later on in the discord, and now this makes it sound like we don't again?

Do we lock in the package (and all it's perks/goodies) AND the price, or just the price and whatever it is changed to like originally stated the firs time layaway was spoken about?

You get the whole package, you just don't receive the benefits of it until it's paid off, which in pre-exposition will just be things like KoE and alpha/beta.

ETA: Caspian beat me to it :)

Caspian - 8 months ago
@Lunaus:

Posted By Lunaus at 3:09 PM - Thu Nov 03 2016

So I'm confused again, first i hear we won't get the package but retain the price, then I hear we do later on in the discord, and now this makes it sound like we don't again?

Do we lock in the package (and all it's perks/goodies) AND the price, or just the price and whatever it is changed to like originally stated the firs time layaway was spoken about?

Hey Lunaus,

No need for confusion. When you put your package on layaway you lock in the price AND the benefits of the package. You just don't get the benefits of the package until you complete the final payment on it.

Illuminati - 8 months ago

Righton