Settling For More

Hail, Elyrians!

Like the Savannah after the rains, our land is beginning to sprout with new life. The team continues to grow and development progress is steady. As the season continues, you will see the landscape fill with new announcements, videos, designs, and technology--sustenance for you and your young!

Production Update

The team is focused on the playable demo for PAX East, which is ultimately a subset of things that will be available in the Prologue. As a general rule, our work style can be described as doing the right things in the right order so as to reduce rework. It's no secret that we are a relatively small team for what is typical for this kind of undertaking, so it's essential that we work smart. It doesn't always net visible progress but, much like a snowball rolling downhill, it will begin to gain mass and pick up speed as we roll along!

Some of the aspects we've been working on are difficult to show. Rather, they should be experienced, such as the sound of your footsteps on different types of terrain, ambient noises while in town or out in the wilderness, the way it feels to move around, the speed of your run, the height of your jump, how heavy you feel when you land, etc. It's been a while since we did a video, so we'll get some in the pipeline soon so we can share at least some of that kind of thing. Something else that is in progress, but without an obvious way to show it, is our integration with SpatialOS. We are crafting an online game and we are building our foundations now. The Prologue will be offline, so the first chance to see this in action will be when Kingdoms of Elyria and ElyriaMUD are released. It's happening though, I assure you!

However, we are making visible progress in other areas and here are some juicy screenshots from our end-of-sprint playthroughs. Somehow the environment is more beautiful than ever...

The mountains peek through the trees, calling to Andry

Andry comes across an abandoned cabin in the woods

Andry finds the cabin is in good repair and its windows intact

After a short rest, Andry sets off toward the mountains

As the elevation increases, so changes the flora

After a long while, Andry crests a great hill and finds the mountains still far off

Haelgror prepares to return from his delivery in Silver Run

Haelgror comes across an interesting outcropping of rocks

Haelgror turns back to admire the mountains where Silver Run is nestled

The forest is peaceful and quiet as Haelgror hikes

Keveth heads to market to barter and resupply

Keveth passes through Silver Run the next day

Pirthieria enjoys the mountain air from her deck in Silver Run

Bound to Our Cause

Joining the team now as our Lead Programmer is Steve ‘Cynax’ Hoelle--a programmer with a dozen years of experience on a variety of MMORPGs and online games. He’s worked on Star Wars: The Old Republic, Warhammer: Age of Reckoning, and Vanguard: Saga of Heroes, as well as some lesser known and cancelled projects including Strife, Imperium: Galactic War, and Dark Millennium Online. Steve’s hobbies include tabletop RPGs, reading every fantasy fiction book ever written, and being a star country singer in his car. Steve likes to imagine he is a member of the Adeptus Mechanicus. During debugging sessions you might overhear him muttering about machine spirits and belief-based programming rituals. We are extremely excited to bring him into the fold! He has dramatically increased the studio's collective stats for Positivity and Sarcasm, as well as fixed some bugs that have plagued us for a while...all in his first week!

Can You Dig It?

We retired our stretch goals at the end of 2016 so that we actually have the time to include everything by launch. That's not to say that some things won't show up after launch, such as Mounted Combat. Earlier this month we hit $2 million and many folks on the forums were wondering about the fate of the Dig/Bury/Sensory Map stretch goal. I'm pleased that I can share that we fully intend to include the Dig/Bury feature at launch, even though the goal wasn't hit by the deadline. Now, hiding things underground is one thing, but the Sensory Map is a whole other beast, so it won't be included as a part of that system. I think we can all agree that a system for burying something is a lot easier to conceptualize than how to create a visual analog to taste, touch, temperature, orientation, and overall body awareness, so this should not be a surprise. The surprise is that, regardless, you'll get the Dig/Bury feature!

Contest Winners

We ended the Elyria on Earth contest last week and we had a great time going through all the entries. In case you missed it, the announcement of the winners can be found here. Take a gander and give some hearts and retweets if you are so inclined. I'm sure everyone would appreciate a little appreciation!

But Wait, There's More

Okay, so I already included a bunch of screenshots in this update, but I have more and I have to share them or I'll burst!!!

Whew! I feel better.

Settlements Q&A Tomorrow

It's already been two weeks since I announced the next Live Q&A. That may as well be a lifetime ago when one is hustling and bustling like we are. So, partially because I can't believe how fast time is flying and partially in case it slipped your mind too, the Settlements Q&A is tomorrow! Join us on our channel tomorrow, Thursday, January 26th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT to learn about Settlements in Chronicles of Elyria!

Caspian and Jason “Death” Welter will be answering your questions in a live Q&A stream that will be at least 1 hour. The questions in question are coming from this reddit thread, so head on over and upvote your favorites!

There have been some design journals that have touched on elements of settlements before in different ways. They are here, here, and here. Check them out ahead of time so you can be well-informed!

For those who miss it, the recording will be watchable on 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.


  1. Please limit questions to 1 question per post, so it can be easily up-voted/down-voted
  2. Please limit yourself to 3 posts for a maximum of three questions per community member
  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 to see you Thursday, January 26th at 12pm PST / 3pm EST / 8pm GMT!

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


1/26/2017 3:56:44 AM #1


- Shmuck

1/26/2017 3:59:12 AM #2

Especially the bury/dig part, that'll be cool.

1/26/2017 4:06:09 AM #3

I wonder how many of those trees I will need to cut down to make a log cabin in the woods...

1/26/2017 4:10:27 AM #4

Yep, Very nice that they decided to give us the Dig/Bury... And it is awesome to see a new face join the team...

I loved Vanguard... I personally thought it was a great game to play and enjoyed many many hours with the crafting system.

1/26/2017 4:31:59 AM #5

The Machine Spirits are willing!

1/26/2017 4:33:44 AM #6

I can't wait for the Live Q&A tomorrow.

1/26/2017 4:57:32 AM #7

Thanks for the update, looking forward to the Q & A!

BTW, the above pictures are looking phenomenal! Keep up the great work.

1/26/2017 5:27:28 AM #8

Welcome to Cynax and if you haven't already read them I highly recommend A Pattern of Shadow and Light by Melissa McPhail.

Rogosh Eagle Eye

1/26/2017 5:28:10 AM #9

Vanguard was amazing. I'm looking forward to what Cynax can bring to the table.

1/26/2017 6:53:24 AM #10

"Andry comes across an abandoned cabin in the woods"

"Andry finds the cabin is in good repair and its windows intact"

"Andry reports people in odd masks standing silently and staring at him from outside the window"

"Andry hasn't been heard from in a while"

1/26/2017 7:40:21 AM #11

Can't wait. Once more, best of luck for PAX and great to see you on board Cynax ;)

1/26/2017 7:53:16 AM #12

The landscapes in images are breathtaking!

1/26/2017 8:00:33 AM #13

Posted By GhettoMaster at 07:53 AM - Thu Jan 26 2017

The landscapes in images are breathtaking!

You're hoping for an "explore" task sometime soon aren't you? ie explore this region of the map, report any issues, capture a few favorite screenshots and advise of any feedback etc :)

It's looking very cool.

1/26/2017 8:45:32 AM #14

Welcome to Cynax. Scenery is looking more wholesome. Good progress.

1/26/2017 9:39:13 AM #15

Just a small prompt - if anyone hasn't taken the time to look through the 3 links in Vye's post, it's well worth your while. They have been updated and are looking.. well.. AWESOME.

There have been some design journals that have touched on elements of settlements before in different ways. They are here, here, and here. Check them out ahead of time so you can be well-informed!