9 March

Flying High

By Vye

Hail and well met, Elyrians!

I'm writing this update as I sit on the plane to Boston. Just because several of us are going out of town doesn't mean I can skip a post! Caspian on my left, Caeoltoiri on my right. Souzou, Tripnull, and Scarlet across the aisle. We are aisle 29... We gave the rest of the team the day off but, even so, the excitement across the studio is palpable!

It's frightening and euphoric to be going to PAX East to show the game to fans, strangers, media, and critics alike. As Caspian wrote in his end of the year update, the community has grown immensely in the last year and so many more people know about Chronicles of Elyria that the stakes seem much higher than before. At the same time, the team has grown and we are officially in the production phase so we are much better prepared for what awaits!

Production Update

At the beginning of 2017, we all sat down as a team to discuss the next, big deliverable: PAX East. Caspian, the designers, and I had discussed some possible approaches to how we could best show off the progress since last year, be a short-but-enjoyable experience to play through for fans and newcomers alike, and not take our Prologue development off the rails.

Last year's demo was all combat. This year, we landed on an adventuring experience with ledge-climbing, ziplining, jumping puzzles, mystery, and combat (still). This meant we needed to develop:

  • Overall design approach to dungeoneering
  • Mine/cave environment (geometry, textures, etc)
  • Parkour system and visual language for knowing where you can traverse
  • Additional locomotion states (ex. roll-landing on a long drop to mitigate damage)
  • Illumination solution for inside, outside, and mixed environments
  • Sword and board, and unarmed, combat
  • Enemy combatant AI
  • More player models (female adventurer, miners)
  • More equipment, tools, and props
  • UI/UX to support the experience

There are dozens more things we could have, and will, add as we continue to proceed through the production phase of the game. We will also continue to add additional functionality to things, such as parkour, that were not necessary in the mine's design (ex. vertical wall climbing). I'm very pleased with where the team got to on the demo, delivering a much more beautiful environment and more parkour features than had been asked for. It's a testament to how much the team enjoys making something we can be proud to share with all of you!

The last two weeks have been comprised of two things: bug fixes and feature polish. I hope you can be as excited and proud of the studio as I am and I hope that our excitement shows on the expo floor and in the subsequent video we will do about the mine.

Enter Josh 'Glaive' Galvin

One more bound soul! Joshua comes to us as a generalist programmer with an awesome attitude and pedigree. Responsible for the Black Lion Trading Company in Guild Wars 2 and (insert any other manner of programming tasks here), he has the current record for submitting a check-in to our codebase when he dove in on his first day. With his considerable web dev experience, he helped finish off the web game we developed for PAX: Conquest of Elyria.

Sayeth thee now, 'Conquest of Elyria? What new game is this of which thou speaketh?'

'Patience, friend,' I reply with a smile, 'Your inquiry shall be answered further along in the post.'

When he's not kicking ass at work, Josh is a competitive FPS player and loves rogue-likes. Beyond playing games, he enjoys developing open source and game jam software in his free time. A 10-year MMO veteran, he has more than enough battle scars to have solid street-cred. He is excited to create a deep and meaningful universe with us, partitularly in the procedural generation of the world and story elements.

Crates Are Great

PAX East preparations really ramped up in the last couple weeks, with all the booth parts and supplies showing up and needing to get shipped off. As I mentioned in the last update, we got a crate so that we could ship everything safely and securely, and there would be no chance of losing it! All the supplies were moved into a storage facility that we could do large shipments from.
Moving in!

Shipping out!

After all the hard work the team did, both in shipping the PAX stuff and finishing the playable build, they deserved a break. Even though Caspian and I were at GDC by the time they finished, they managed to handle appropriate festivities themselves.
Caspian talking about why we are using SpatialOS at GDC


Cynax volunteered to be Kegmaster General back at the studio

Surprise! Live Stream!

Once we finished our build for PAX East, we'd all played it so much that we knew the dungeon by heart and had developed all kinds of shortcuts and techniques for getting through it as quickly as possible - mostly so that we could test the later parts of the level as well as the start.

That's when Caspian said, 'Hey, let's do a live stream of a speed-run through the mines so people who aren't going to PAX can see what we're working on!'

Wait, what!?

Okay...well, we've never live-streamed gameplay but, sure, why not! There was much installing of OBS and setting up of microphones. Michael and Tripnull were chosen to compete for best time during the stream and the social media posts were sent out. There was no backing out now!

In the end, we had a great time showing off what we've been working on for PAX East/Prologue and there is a recording on YouTube for anyone who missed it. There are a few rough edges and, obviously, the gameplay is scoped to a smaller subset of what is intended for Prologue, but there's a lot of progress to speak of!

What's better is that we do plan to speak of it in much more detail after PAX is over. Expect a video deep-dive of the Silver Run Mines in a couple weeks that will take a more leisurely pace through the mine, with our team talking about its design and development. For anyone who was sad that we rushed through it, speed-run style, it was intentional because we didn't want to spoil the experience for folks who would be coming to PAX East. But never fear, you'll get your detailed walk-through soon!


An additional concept of a room deeper in, where the mine turns to natural caves


Here's a before and after in one area of the mine


Not every idea we had was a good idea...

Conquest of Elyria?

I mentioned that Josh helped us finish off Conquest of Elyria, a web game we designed for PAX East (and really for any future conventions if folks end up liking it). We wanted to have a contest like last year, but the demo is not competitive this time. Instead, we decided to make a convention meta-game that would touch on aspects of CoE and give people a chance to meet.

What we developed is Conquest of Elyria! PAX goers will be able to play on-location with one another, gathering resources for their Kingdom and going to battle. Kingdom-selection is virtual (aka, just for the expo) but we are using the actual Kingdoms of our confirmed NA-E Monarchs! Players will be able to identify one another on the expo floor from the resource pin they wear and then scan QR codes to exchange resources.

Each day, the Kingdoms will battle at 5pm and the winning Kingdom will win an exclusive, in-game item for everyone in that virtual Kingdom. There is also a prize for the individual who gathered the most resources from other players each day, which will be a physical item on display at our booth. There's also one more prize: for every 1000 new registrations we get at the booth, we'll award an in-game cloak for everyone who plays Conquest at PAX East (which increases in quality the higher we get).

This is a little bit of an experiment for us but we hope it's a fun addition. If all goes well, we plan on offering this at other conventions and expos with other exclusive prizes possible. We've actually designed it in such a way that we may be able to offer it to con-goers at conventions we don't even have a booth at. As you may be suspecting, the virtual Kingdoms to choose from would be based on the location of the conference, with NA-W Kingdoms for PAX Prime or EU Kingdoms for Gamescon, etc.

Dude, Where's My County?

As promised a few weeks ago, we've added additional clarity between rewards owned from previous packages when looking at comparisens in the webstore. Previously, if you had certain original packages and viewed a new package, it might not itemize all the stuff you were pretty certain you had (ex. a county).

Now you will see the full list of your stuff regardless of whether you are comparing old-new, old-new, or new-new! This should clear up a lot of uncertainty and, hopefully, provide people full peace-of-mind. You folks were really patient and understanding that we'd clear up the confusion, so I thank you for that and for helping the newly confused become informed. That should no longer be necessary with the new changes, but we appreciate how well our community looks out for us!

Note: There is one oddity in all this. If you had an original package and you've upgraded to a new package and then look to a new-new package, it may show something you own not-greyed-out properly. It's better if I give the primary example here:

If I had a Count/Countess package (original $500 tier) and I have upgraded to a Governor package (new $750 tier), and I view the Courtier package (new $1000 tier), it will show the County awarded by the Courtier package as not-greyed-out. We'll fix that in the next update. It just wasn't worth holding everything else up for.

Pre-Alpha Experiences In Brief

The summary of the last Q&A on Pre-Alpha Experiences is up on our YouTube Channel. You can still watch the full recording here if you enjoy all the witty banter and wild tangents the team sometimes goes off on (I do). However, in the event you're trying to convince a friend to join up, the summary is probably better.

Next Q&A on March 29th: Survival

With the danger and mystery of the Silver Run Mines, we thought it would be a good time to talk about CoE's survival elements. The game is meant to be dangerous and we shortcutted a couple things in the demo (for instance, we haven't added swimming) so it doesn't show the full spectrum of what is planned...yet.

So, we will be holding our next Q&A on Survivial on Wednesday, March 29th at 12PM PDT / 3PM EDT / 8PM GMT!

The most pertinent Design Journals to read up on beforehand can be found here here, and here. We will be taking questions from this reddit thread. Head on over and post your questions or vote up the ones you want to hear answered in the Q&A.

For those who miss it, the recording will be watchable on Twitch.tv for a limited time afterward and on our YouTube channel forever. So even if you can’t make the live session, your question from reddit may still be answered.

Please follow these rules when posting questions for the Q&A.

RULES

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  3. Keep your question brief. That makes it easier to read, and quicker to answer
  4. Make sure to upvote the posts of others you're most interested in hearing the answers to

Don't forget, many of the most common questions about CoE can be answered by reading over our design journals. If you're new to CoE, there is a wealth of information to begin with there.

We hope you'll join us Wednesday, March 29th at 12PM PDT / 3PM EDT / 8PM GMT!

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

Vye

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Mayor_Freyr_Donovan - 3 months ago

Greeting Vye,

I have been looking for the timeline and not yet found it. Simple question. When will Alpha and Beta playtesting begin? I just need a basic idea.

DCCIID - 2 months ago
@Mayor_Freyr_Donovan:

Ive been waiting for this to be answered too.

shinra - 4 months ago

Really looking forward to this. If I had more money I'd give you it for sure! Keep up the great work.

Ravenlute - 4 months ago

1 week until the Survival Q&A!

Tiernan_Colborn - 4 months ago

So, I was looking over the different packages, and I would be interested in a couple, except they include some things I don't understand. What is exposition, and exposition currency? What can I get with it? What are the pets? If I select Mayor, or above, does that mean I actually would be the leader (Baron/Mayor) of a town, or the like; or are they just titles and crests? I think a clearer description of what you get, what those items could be, and what position (if any) you would actually get in governing. I know it is very early in development, but if I am going to spend money, I'd like to know exactly what I am getting in return, beyond just supporting another game.

DCCIID - 2 months ago
@Tiernan_Colborn:

They actually gave better descriptions of the packages with the initial kickstarter. If you purchased mayor package; you would be a mayor f a town and actually be a mayor helping developed laws for you settlement. If your a baron and such you can actually name your township or what have you... with in reason of course.

KuroYurei - 4 months ago

Q: while You're out and about what are the chances if you encounter a raid boss/lych and would you live to tell it to others if you somehow managed to get away??

p.s name is Pronounced "General Kah-Tas"

crazycuban64 - 4 months ago

i dont see where if i do buy a package when i will be able to play the game. Im down for investing and being a part of the community but i never saw any sort of info on when. On the top of each item in the store it says apha beta I or II but no dates or explanations.

Abuncha_nada - 4 months ago
@crazycuban64:

Hey crazycuban, I having followed the game since their kickstarter launched and I can tell you that they have no firm dates for alpha, beta or the full release. I recall seeing pre-alpha for Q2 2017, and alpha for at least Q4 2017, but other than that we're definitely looking at 2018 to play this. (If another member wants to correct me on this feel free!)

This shouldn't scare you away though! Take a look through all the Dev Journals (posted under the "Community" section) to see just how far they've come in such a short time, and how they've refined and evolved their ideas and systems taking into account backer-feedback the entire time. It's not great that we don't have specific dates, but I'd say it's also quite realistic given the scope of the game they want to make, and I have faith in the team :)

Jydex - 4 months ago

Great Update!

Scheneighnay - 4 months ago

Why didn't you keep the wacky waving demonic arm-flailing hellspawn?

anotherfruit - 4 months ago

Any news regarding the MUD? Is there an eta?

(There's nothing wrong with tentacles coming out of the water. Those look a bit like rampaging spaghetti, though.)

Davepoleon - 4 months ago

I don't think this has been covered in any of the blog posts yet. Will chronicles of Elyria be using a megaserver like ESO? I personally hope not because as much as I love ESO, I can't really play it due to server side lag.

Joreel - 4 months ago
@Davepoleon:

There will be one NA-W, NA-E, EU, and one APAC server for each region

Joreel - 4 months ago

It's odd that I still have the Astronomer tier layaway payment in my cart even though I decided to stay with getting the Baron tier before the store switched over. I wonder what would happen if I completed the layaway payment for the Astronomer tier, would it still give me that tier???

Seal pupppy - 4 months ago
@Joreel:

Yuo would get taht tier, they stated this a long time ago. untill cut off anything you have set for layaway you can pay off. Also if you do not finish any payment that was toward the layaway within the time limit it will then go toward store ep.

Joreel - 4 months ago
@Seal pupppy:

That's good to know, so I'll keep paying off the Baron tier i put on lawaway with the tablet and when it's paid off I can switch to the PC and start paying for the Astronomer tier layaway which will save me money so I don't have to pay for the Magistrate tier

Kleos - 4 months ago

Well... I thought the giant waving tentacle thing was a great idea.

Or was that just me?

Xeyska - 4 months ago
@Kleos:

Posted By cjmarsh at 2:10 PM - Tue Mar 14 2017

Well... I thought the giant waving tentacle thing was a great idea.

Or was that just me?

Only you, Montorzi.

Teradactylman - 4 months ago

New to COE and holy pterodactyl balls this game is looking crazy. Can't wait to see more on the next update.

Cynn - 4 months ago

Looking very good. Thanks for the update.

Aeryn Suun - 4 months ago

any actual youTube vids of the actual gameplay by fans at the PAXs? Like to see other than speed run.

ToniKinga - 4 months ago

I discovered this game two days ago and it left me actually stunned. This game is what MMORPG fans need and if you guys will be able to transmit this experience as it seems to be, that will be awesome. CoE won't be a classic mmo and won't be for all sort of players, but it will bring a very mature community, and i think this is the most important part.

I wish you luck in all this production phase and...

... PLEASE MAKE ROLEPLAY SERVERS !!!

AlricJ - 4 months ago
@ToniKinga:

Posted By ToniKinga at 5:01 PM - Sun Mar 12 2017

I discovered this game two days ago and it left me actually stunned. This game is what MMORPG fans need and if you guys will be able to transmit this experience as it seems to be, that will be awesome. CoE won't be a classic mmo and won't be for all sort of players, but it will bring a very mature community, and i think this is the most important part.

I wish you luck in all this production phase and...

... PLEASE MAKE ROLEPLAY SERVERS !!!

There's already amazing role-play going on around this game and I think come launch it will be very attractive to role-players because of the design and features.

But I think high server population will be really important to create the living, story-filled world that we're all hoping for, so I'd be surprised if RP specific servers would work well.

Mandos - 4 months ago

There are already dozens of players with custom design experiences, custom unique relics with significant in-game importance etc, don't get too hung up on a digital convention perk.

I'm sure the devs wont make it something unbalanced, it'll likely be a plaque or something similar I would imagine, a trophy of some kind that you can display in your home would be my guess.

Zariel - 4 months ago

If you dont like that they gave exclusive swag to con goers you have a few options.

Option A: Steal it in game

Option B: Buy it in game (I like this option the most)

Option C: Not care.

Wildscarr - 4 months ago

OMFG! I live in an area that will more than likely not get any sort of con I can go to in order to get swag.

Maybe I should ask for a full refund?

Hang on maybe not I mean I bought my packages for the game and what the package offers, yes it would be nice to get extra but I don't think I would purchase an international plane ticket just to get a cloak in game.

but on a more serious note would be nice to have some sort of SBS presence at some of the AUS con's.

CheshireGuevara - 4 months ago

I'm all for the game at PAX!

mathematician - 4 months ago

First I would like to thank you and everyone for all the hard work you're putting into this game. I'm a 38 year old gamer, starting my gaming on the Atari 2600. This game is something I've been dreaming of for years. I always wanted to do something other than just go out and kill monsters as quests, I wanted to own a shop, or tend a farm, or do something that was meaningful in it's own way. You are bringing that to us, and I am most grateful. I have been following this since the kickstarter and will continue to follow, read, and be prepared to join the world of Elyria.

Ragnar_Nordskov - 4 months ago
@mathematician:

Keep up the amazing work!

Qaegan - 4 months ago
@mathematician:

I'm with you here, man. I'm 28 and started gaming on the original NES consoles, moving on to the PC powerhouse. I've been waiting for an mmorpg to drag me in like Dark Age of Camelot did once upon a time, and it looks like this game is a mash up between Skyrim, Dark Age of Camelot, and Archage. I am thoroughly excited.

Buffbc - 4 months ago

Fantastic to see gameplay like this. I loved to see how much fun the people playing the speed runs were having :) That says a lot about the people making the game to me.

Unfortunately now is about the point where you start to see negative reactions, and then quick defensive natures jump up in return. I've seen it so many times and most of those people either fall by the wayside, or lose interest. They don't seem to understand what "in development" really means (or just don't care).

Qaegan - 4 months ago

How are items going to work in this game (ex: short sword, long sword, ect, along with magical items).

agartha - 4 months ago

First of all I want to tell you that I'm really excited about this game, and followed it for almost a year now. I really liked the last gameplay video that show parkour and climbing elements. I was a little concerned about the combat though, doesn't seem like it changed much from the combat video we saw last year. The animation is really stiff and doesn't feel natural. Are you guys planning on improving this? Also the climbing animation and movement feels stiff as well, but since it's early alpha there's plenty of time to improve this. I think the animations and fluid movements are one of the most important part of the game, I know you guys are aiming on having a lot of things in the game, I just hope that you take your time polishing the core elements before focusing on trying to add everything from the stretch goals etc.

Qaegan - 4 months ago
@agartha:

The PAX East 2017 demo (speed-run) reel actually showed some improvements to the combat and movement, both look a lot better than they did last year; and with 9 months left to polishing and work before release, I'm sure things will continue to improve even further!

agartha - 4 months ago
@agartha:

Quality>Quantity

Cave_N - 4 months ago

The gameplay and graphics in the live-stream were better than I had anticipated at this time. Hell, better than I expect from most mmorpg's in general! It seemed more like a single player game in that regard. It seems that most mmorpg's tend to skimp out on their graphics or gameplay, or both. It really was a nice lookin' game. And it is still Pre-Alpha!

Annnddd! Animated Pickax Pet - Confirmed!

=D

agartha - 4 months ago
@Cave_N:

yeah I was thinking the same thing, the climbing, rope gliding, ui and environment really gives that singleplayer feeling that I've yet to see in any mmorpg or multiplayer game yet.

Takeda_Shinukage - 4 months ago

Wait what game doesn't have physical items to give out at PaX? Almost every single booth lets you have something.

Kitlandria - 4 months ago

Vye, Caspian & Crew - I really am impressed by what you're doing and even though I will never be able to make it to a convention, I think it is AWESOME that you're reaching out to dedicated fans like this and rewarding them for taking it a step farther.

You are the most transparent and devoted team I've seen which is why I am so willing to back you.

I really hope that you do not let the people in this community that are so inappropriately critical get you down (really? Using gay as an insult? Are we in 3rd grade? Wait... never mind. Even our 3rd graders now know that that's not an good insult anymore). Those of us who are behind you in this vision will be the ones that follow you through to the end! :)

Blankwindow - 4 months ago
@Kitlandria:

Posted By Kitlandria at 08:25 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Vye, Caspian & Crew - I really am impressed by what you're doing and even though I will never be able to make it to a convention, I think it is AWESOME that you're reaching out to dedicated fans like this and rewarding them for taking it a step farther.

You are the most transparent and devoted team I've seen which is why I am so willing to back you.

I really hope that you do not let the people in this community that are so inappropriately critical get you down (really? Using gay as an insult? Are we in 3rd grade? Wait... never mind. Even our 3rd graders now know that that's not an good insult anymore). Those of us who are behind you in this vision will be the ones that follow you through to the end! :)

Ditto ^^

Lofi - 4 months ago

Gamescon confirmed?

If so, I'll be there. :fire:

Also, great speedrun. What you're doing for con-goers is just fine (as long as there's one visitable by me, be it Gamescon, EGX or anywhere else in Europe. ; ) )

VictoriaRachel - 4 months ago
@Lofi:

Posted By Lofi at 3/10/2017 11:02:00 AM

Gamescon confirmed?

No attendance at Gamescom is not confirmed. From the post:

We've actually designed it in such a way that we may be able to offer it to con-goers at conventions we don't even have a booth at.

So they might run this new game there but not have a booth, demo, etc.

leedoty - 4 months ago

can any one please tell me when the game is coming out? i love what yall did with the game ~(^.^~)

Qaegan - 4 months ago
@leedoty:

Quarter 4 of this year in December.

Reikan - 4 months ago

Pay for a pledge and you will have exclusive items as well. I feel like part of the idea of the game is that every person will have things exclusive to them. No one benefits from whimsical anger, no one benefits from spoiling a spoilt child.

Ravenlute - 4 months ago

I'm not at PAX East but I think what you all are doing for fans at the Con is great, not to mention it helps further promote the game. Giving things out helps keep the game in the minds of the people that receive them.

Tsunamisan - 4 months ago

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

Akrawec - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

The quicker your poisonous attitude is removed from the community the better imo. Would be nice for once to enjoy a community that doesn't bitch about handouts, and actually provide forward moving criticism instead of negative ranting.

Ragnar_Nordskov - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

I think this game will release really soon to be honest.

Dleatherus - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 10:16 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

so basically you're a special snowflake who, because you can't make it to Pax East yourself and get any of the swag there, you want NOBODY to get any of that swag

and for a rare change i am in agreement with OrangeBoy

damn! i think i just saw a pig fly past my window

Sumdeus - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 01:16 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

Hey Tsunamisan,

I wanted to give you the benefit of the doubt so i just spent about an hour going over the pledge package rewards, video transcripts, related forums posts, everything bro....

Sadly, I didn't find anything that said you get every single item SoulBound ever produces, free of charge, for backing the game...

I did try though...Sorry i couldn't be of more help to you.

Good luck in your future endevours when you grow up. A bit on the immature side instantly jumping to you wanting a refund and don't care about the game anymore because you didn't get merchandise exclusive to an event.

Caspian - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 10:16 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

We knew there would be one of you who said this. We knew if we didn't give out shirts, or art books, or virtual items for coming to see us at PAX that people would feel unappreciated. After all, it's only reasonable that we'd have swag at a convention for those people who came to see us - real or virtual.

We also knew that if we did reward those people who traveled to come see us that someone else would complain that they didn't get the items.

So in the end, it really came down to who we wanted to piss off more; those people who took the time to come see us, or those who, for whatever reason couldn't.

FWIW, it seemed logical, appropriate, and fun for us to offer exclusive in-game items for each future convention. Almost like collector's items. But here's the thing... nothing in CoE is "bind on...". So if someone managed to make it to PAX and doesn't want their items, feel free to buy it off of them in-game. Heck, you could be a collector of rare items that we released as limited-edition items. That sounds like another fun narrative to us.

Also, Elyria isn't equitable. Not everyone gets the same opportunities. So there's that.

Wolfguarde - 4 months ago
@Caspian:

I see so much that restores my faith in MMO developers through this forum. It warms my cold, bitter heart to see a team actually interacting with their fanbase in the right ways. Information, transparency and implementation of constructive criticism in place of indifference and ignorance. Rebuffal of the self-entitled, reaching hands that so often undermine other projects.

Love the update, and love the honest and forthright answer to the self-entitled prat complaining about not receiving handouts. Nothing has value if it isn't limited, and those items are a show of appreciation for the people willing and able to commit to attending the event. Support from a distance is a wholly different thing from showing up in person and giving time, energy and presence to strengthen something or someone.

One question: Can we expect events in the Oceanic/SEA regions in the future?

Ironside - 4 months ago
@Caspian:

Posted By Caspian at 01:43 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Posted By Tsunamisan at 10:16 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

We knew there would be one of you who said this. We knew if we didn't give out shirts, or art books, or virtual items for coming to see us at PAX that people would feel unappreciated. After all, it's only reasonable that we'd have swag at a convention for those people who came to see us - real or virtual.

We also knew that if we did reward those people who traveled to come see us that someone else would complain that they didn't get the items.

So in the end, it really came down to who we wanted to piss off more; those people who took the time to come see us, or those who, for whatever reason couldn't.

FWIW, it seemed logical, appropriate, and fun for us to offer exclusive in-game items for each future convention. Almost like collector's items. But here's the thing... nothing in CoE is 'bind on...'. So if someone managed to make it to PAX and doesn't want their items, feel free to buy it off of them in-game. Heck, you could be a collector of rare items that we released as limited-edition items. That sounds like another fun narrative to us.

Also, Elyria isn't equitable. Not everyone gets the same opportunities. So there's that.

I love you guys. Caspian hence forth has a new title.

"Caspian the Snowflake Slayer!"

Terrantal - 4 months ago
@Caspian:

Posted By Caspian at 07:43 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Posted By Tsunamisan at 10:16 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

So basically your saying that only players at the pax get these items. Seriously how gay can you be. Giving out items is one things but exclusives is a no, no!

If this is how things go that if you aren't in pax you miss out on everything then i am not sure that i want to be part of this anymore.

We knew there would be one of you who said this. We knew if we didn't give out shirts, or art books, or virtual items for coming to see us at PAX that people would feel unappreciated. After all, it's only reasonable that we'd have swag at a convention for those people who came to see us - real or virtual.

We also knew that if we did reward those people who traveled to come see us that someone else would complain that they didn't get the items.

So in the end, it really came down to who we wanted to piss off more; those people who took the time to come see us, or those who, for whatever reason couldn't.

FWIW, it seemed logical, appropriate, and fun for us to offer exclusive in-game items for each future convention. Almost like collector's items. But here's the thing... nothing in CoE is 'bind on...'. So if someone managed to make it to PAX and doesn't want their items, feel free to buy it off of them in-game. Heck, you could be a collector of rare items that we released as limited-edition items. That sounds like another fun narrative to us.

Also, Elyria isn't equitable. Not everyone gets the same opportunities. So there's that.

That is actually a great idea, didnt think of that. I will be that collector. So to anyone at PAX East: WTB your goodies!

Rogoth7 - 4 months ago
@Caspian:

Still though, can't you release an offline version of the demo at PAX east without the benefits than come with it for people who can't make it?

Tsunamisan - 4 months ago
@Caspian:

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

Xefipor - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 01:15 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

I have to agree... THIS IS BULLSHIT!!!

I don't get enough extra shit with my Three Counties, Weapons Master and Kirkstater PERKS!!!....

I WANT THE STUFF PEOPLE THAT WENT TO PAX got too!!!...

QQ MFING Q... GIVE ME MOMMY!!!!

IT'S MY FREE SHIT AND I WANT IT NOW!!!

Antelino - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 01:15 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

Attitudes like that are unwelcome and unhelpful, won't be sad to see you go. Don't let the door hit your whiny ass on the way out.

CaptainSeli - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 02:15 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

I just have a hard time believing that people are so petty about stuff like this. Like, seriously? Did you spend money and time on tickets/lodging expenses and travel, to earn a special reward?

No? Couldn't make the time? Couldn't afford? To bad, that's life!

I was going to purchase tickets to PAX just to see SBS, but my wife's work schedule made it impossible, and then when I decided "To hell with it" the tickets were sold out.

I'm not over here whining to SBS about me not getting special rewards though lmao...

OrangeBoy - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 11:15 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

Sorry home boy no refunds on this ship

I suggest you shut the f@%# up and eat it

Tsunamisan - 4 months ago
@OrangeBoy:

Quit immature of you!

Shayden - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 11:28 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

Quit immature of you!

But saying, "Seriously how gay can you be," is a-okay with you...

If you think a game company - any game company - is not going to bring swag to an expo, then you're seriously living in la la land. They're even generous enough to make the in-game items non-bindable, which usually isn't the case. I for one think Caspian & Crew, have done everything short of bending over backwards and doing a jig to please people.

SO, to you, Caspian, et al - I thank you!

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

I do hope we get a practise run at kingdoms ie under early access, just to get familiar with it :)

Aside from that though, I'm in total agreement with everything SBS are doing. Convention rewards are a good thing and industry standard. No guarantees I'll get one near me, but grats to those that do. Hopefully there will be a UK one some time.

On a seperate note, the response to this...

Posted By Tsunamisan at 07:15 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Then i shall take a refund an be done with this.

Is this...

Posted By Tsunamisan at 07:28 AM - Fri Mar 10 2017

Quit immature of you!

Really, it's not a mature attitude at all. It's the sort of statement you might associate with someone who still screams and throws his keyboard.

The lack of a "special cloak" really won't ruin your gameplay experience. It's a nice to have not an instant "I win" award.

Accept the fact that SBS have been gracious enough to recognise fans who can get to the conventions and move on ;)

OrangeBoy - 4 months ago
@Tsunamisan:

Posted By Tsunamisan at 11:28 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

Quit immature of you!

I apologize, I don't know what came over me

Mesis - 4 months ago

By the way, is there a possibility to watch the GDC conference?

Mephistos - 4 months ago

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Ragnar_Nordskov - 4 months ago

When's the release

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Ragnar_Nordskov:

Posted By RagnarofMarghasa at 4:02 PM - Thu Mar 09 2017

Thank you for the updated info! We wish you the best and know that you have our support and a loyal fanbase! Let's make this a memorable game and set the bar high for all other mmos!

There are other MMOs? I forgot that. Meh we don't care about other MMOs any more :)

Ragnar_Nordskov - 4 months ago
@Oracle:

Thank you for the update!

Mixras - 4 months ago
@Ragnar_Nordskov:

I beg this is gonna be complete until june I just want to play it now 3-3

Greykhan - 4 months ago

Good luck, many successes and positive feedback there. And we look forward to more exciting news.

Bieito_Skybourne - 4 months ago

Thanks for the update. Was wondering if there would be one with Pax East being the same week! Can't wait to hear more after Pax!

Oracle - 4 months ago

On a related note, did you guys not manage to get a stall at EGX this year? :(

It's 21-24 Sep 2017, at the NEC.

https://www.egx.net/egx/2017

May not be too late... ;)

Oracle - 4 months ago

PS that mine screenie looks fantastic now :)

LeBron - 4 months ago

The live streaming was great and I really liked what I saw. I also look forward to the new Q&A....it's an aspect of the game that is really important to me. Hope you all have a great time at PAX East.

Pendulla - 4 months ago

Wish you all the best at PAX! Keep up the good work, you are all amazing.

JaPeMo - 4 months ago

I'm very happy, almost in every new update, the SBS Team is a litle more big... Congrats and welcome to"Glaive".

I send to SBS GOOD LUCK for the PAX East and event on Saturday!!!!

Cheers!!!

Oracle - 4 months ago

Fantastic work, all of you. Wishing you the best at PAX!

Sabbicat - 4 months ago

Hope everyone has a great time at PaxEast. Really wish I could be there this year. I will live vicariously through your posts and updates.

VVestern - 4 months ago

Wish I could make it to Pax!

Good luck SBS!

Serverus - 4 months ago

The store update looks great and the grayed out confusions are finally settled. Keepin' it simple. Thank you Vye and CoE team, wonderfully written Dev Journal also.

Peace, Vye my sista!

~Serverus

HammerHart - 4 months ago

Thank you for the update! I am looking forward to a great and wonderful Elyrian adventure!

MusaKn - 4 months ago

Really, no tribe

TyrusStormwolf - 4 months ago

Thanks for the update.

And +1 for Cynax also!