28 April

Celebrate Our Kickstarter-versary!

By Vye

Greetings, Elyrians, I bring fair tidings to thee,

A year ago next month we took a big leap and ran our Kickstarter. It was chaotic, it was scary, but our efforts were rewarded with a community of like-minded individuals joining us in this journey and directly contributing to the success of Chronicles of Elyria! In honor of that momentous occasion, we are going to be running a series of promotions through the month of May with a little something for everyone.

To Our Existing Backers

We wouldn't have been able to hire the awesome team we've collected over the last year without you, so we want to say thank you to the folks that have supported us early on. To celebrate, we'll be giving existing backers the following gifts, based on total amount spent on pledge packages. This is for anyone who has a fully paid-off pledge package by 10AM PDT on May 1st, before the Anniversary Promotion begins!

Rewards will be applied after Account Merging but before Domain Selection. That means if you currently have more than one package, spread across more than one account with the intent to merge them later, and that merge would put your total into a higher tier listed below, then you can expect to receive the reward commensurate with the total merged value. More on that further down the post.

Below is what existing backers can expect (not cumulative):

  • Below $250 : 10% Store Credit
  • $250-$349 : Bonus Spark of Life
  • $350-$499 : Spark of Life + $10 Store Credit
  • $500-$749 : Elyrian Package + $10 Store Credit
  • $750-$999 : Pioneer Package + $10 Store Credit
  • $1,000-$2,499 : Settler Package
  • $2,500-$4,999 : Mayor Package
  • $5,000-$9,999 : Magistrate Package
  • $10,000 and up : Courtier Package

Please be aware, the packages listed above are in addition to the packages you already own. They can be claimed on your primary account as a way to add value to your existing pledge packages (see below on merging), or they can be gifted to a friend so they can join you in your adventure.

Week 1

Kicking off this celebration, we are offering a 10% discount on ALL pledge packages during the month of May! Settlement & Domain Selection is coming up and we want to encourage folks to get the most out of their layaways by completing them before selection occurs. In addition, if you were on the fence or sad that you missed the Kickstarter, it isn't too late to stake your claim in Elyria! Anyone who gets a package outright or finishes off their layaway this month will do so at the discounted price until June 1st at 10AM PDT.

At the same time, we are going to be giving 100% More Influence for anyone who has used your friend code and buys their first package in May. In other words, you'd receive 100 Influence and $10 store credit, instead of 50 and $5! This will only last until June 1st, so if your friends and guild mates have been dragging their feet, now's a great time to hold those feet to the warm, cozy fire that is Chronicles of Elyria!

See the Week 1 kickoff post

Week 2

Starting in the second week, we'll be running a 10% off sale on all Exposition Points items and introducing a limited-time EP Pack worth 3,000 EP for $200 - our best deal yet!

Exposition Points will be used during Exposition - the three months leading up to Launch - where players will be able to customize their settlements and put their imprint on Elyria. When new players come in at Launch, the governments, shops, and organizations they encounter will be the ones that players in Exposition created. Each server and settlement will be as unique as the players who live there! Expect a post with some additional guidance on what your EP will afford you during this week, as well.

If you've purchased EP packages before May 1st, never fear! All previously purchased EP packages will be receiving a 10% boost to their EP for buying early! And while the 10% discount ends in June, the additional 10% for your previously purchased EP packs is yours to keep!

See the Week 2 kickoff post

Week 3

But wait, there's more!

It has always been our plan to allow Guild Members and Town Residents a way to share the burden with their leaders through Guild Tokens and Villager Tokens, rather than put the entire onus of responsibility on the leader. For the last two weeks of May, we want to encourage more collaboration for settlements and organizations by running two raffle contests: one for Villager Tokens and one for Guild Tokens.

Players will be able to give their tokens to another player account starting the third week of May. We'll tally everything up at the end of the month and list the results, but we won't know who will win the prize until server selection is done because there will be a winning settlement and winning organization on each server. Once server selection is completed a little later in development, we will select the winner from the raffle pool and announce the recipients of the prize, now locked in on each server. Each token exchanged is an entry into the raffle. The winning settlement and winning organization will be based off of its leader, the player who receives the token.

  • The winning settlements are guaranteed to have a major story event occur in their settlement!
  • The winning organizations will be written into the lore and history of Elyria as we continue to develop the game!

So that you will know exactly what you'll be influencing with your tokens, expect a write-up on how they work in much more detail in a couple weeks.

Week 4

It's a surprise! We are keeping mum on the last promotion until it goes up in the fourth week of May. We're pretty sure people will be pleased, but you'll have to wait to find out... ^_^

A note on account merging and gifting...

We will be adding functionality to be able to merge accounts and gift packages to other accounts before Settlement / Domain Selection. Some folks have already purchased an additional package for a friend or spouse or themselves across multiple accounts, since there can only be 1 package per account in the current system. Here is what happens in each scenario:

Merge Accounts & Keep Everything

If you have multiple packages with the intention of combining everything into one mega-account, here is what you'll get:

  • Account Rewards: EP, Sparks, and Souls will stack
  • Character Rewards: Packs, Transportation, & Pets stack
  • Kingdoms, Duchies, and Counties don't stack, but instead become double domains. Settlements become 2x in size.
  • Bonus Rewards: All will stack
  • Total Influence: Will be the sum of both account's influence (minus any referral bonus for referring your own account - don't do that)

Give A Package As Gift

If you have multiple packages with the intention of giving it to another player in it's entirety, here is what happens:

  • All rewards associated with the package will transfer to the other account
  • Total Influence: Will be the sum of both packages since you're the one who paid for them
  • The person receiving the package will receive no Influence from the gift, but they'll have the package!

Transfer All Titles & Lands

If you have a package but wish to give all your titles and lands to another player, there will be an opportunity to do so before Settlement & Domain Selection. Here's what would happen:

  • All items under the Titles & Nobility would transfer to the new account, along with the accompanying villa or manor
  • Total Influence: Will stay the same since you still paid for it
  • You retain all other package rewards (launch party tickets, sparks of life, design experiences, etc)

NOTE: This is not the same as willing one of your titles to another player. Willing a title to another is done after Settlement & Domain Selection and you will still be responsible for picking your domain and/or settlement before willing them to another.

For example, if you want to have a county but give a friend your duchy, you'll do this after you've selected the lands.

NOTE: All of these promotions will end at 10AM PDT on June 1st.

Whether you backed us during the Kickstarter, got a package later from our online store, or are just hearing about the game for the first time, there is something for everyone. We've all been working hard to make this dream a reality and we want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts and welcome you into our community!

Honored to be traveling alongside such brave and noble souls,

Vye

Discuss

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Papa - 1 month ago

I have a question. I backed during the Kick Starter. But when I look on my account it states I have no package. I'm a bit confused. Any explanation or help would be appreciated.

Gromschlog - 3 months ago

Posted By Vye at

Rewards will be applied after Account Merging but before Domain Selection.

Is there a guessed date for this? Especially: will it be in May or after May? Because, if its in May, I could use the reward to pay off my layaway. If its after May, actions by me are required^^ Would just like to know it.

LorenzW - 3 months ago
@Gromschlog:

Actions by you may be required. I don't think they will do merging until after the sale is done so that they have a more solid count on who is going to be taking part.

V3nom - 3 months ago

Hello to all the community!

There's something I can't get right:

Let's say I want to apply for a count pledge. What size my settlement would ever be? 150? 75? Based on my IP and picking/selection? What's the maximum a count could ever get his hands on?

You are talking about a possibility of merging 2 titles and getting 2x on the settlement size but I am confused. Am I missing something?

chipla - 3 months ago
@V3nom:

Posted By V3nom at 10:04 AM - Tue May 02 2017

Hello to all the community!

There's something I can't get right:

Let's say I want to apply for a count pledge. What size my settlement would ever be? 150? 75? Based on my IP and picking/selection? What's the maximum a count could ever get his hands on?

You are talking about a possibility of merging 2 titles and getting 2x on the settlement size but I am confused. Am I missing something?

Hi there - it's based on your IP picking order to some extent (since that determines which county you pick) each county iirc has a number of settlements based around an average urban population orf 250 - meaning you can have in your county anywhere from 1 capital to 10 villages (or if you're really unlucky 25 hamlets).

Realistically speaking counts in the middle of the picking order (and assuming no other factors) will probably get a town (75 people)

LorenzW - 3 months ago
@chipla:

When talking about getting a double sized domain/settlement, the reference is to the number of land plots contained in them.

A hamlet is so designated when it's a minimum of 3 plots of land, a village at 9 plots, a town at 25, city at 49 plots, and capital at 81 plots.

As the Mayor/Baron/Mahistrate/......et al, you will have the largest number f of these pots under your direct control as owner, so if you have a x2 settlement, you will have a minimum of double the above outlined minimums to govern.

The size of Kingdoms, duchies and counties, will also follow these lines for merging, but I think those will be a fair bit more variable in size.

Aika - 4 months ago

Thats good to hear since i do get my payment at the end of the month.

Caspian - 4 months ago

It lasts until 2017.6.1 at 10am PDT. All promotions this month are cumulative, with each lasting until June 1st.

Aika - 4 months ago

Got a question does the 2k EP package last until 31.05 or is it only for one week?

Leafbinder - 4 months ago

Just looking forward to a game that isnt a korean grinder or a cash grab like BDO, Riders of Icursis or Revelation Online. Hope they open beta soon

Saap - 4 months ago

WIth the liberty from the tech-forum regarding the linking of Kickstarter accounts.

Posted By Shady Clown at 03:05 AM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Here's what I know. After the kickstarter, they were supposed to send a mail to the email account that is linked to your kickstarter.

I received my email on 7/15/16, so check around that time.

Also, it might be in your spam folder.

The name of the mail was "Connect your Kickstarter pledge for Chronicles of Elyria"

No promise about that. I'm not a KS backer so don't know how this work.

Tuffon - 4 months ago

So .. I backed a Kick starter last may- I created an account here as well.. I haven’t kept up with much going on here, but got an email about overall pledges and stuff being on sale and bonuses etc.... So I log on the account here- and review it ... it says 0 influence-
When I look at Kick starter page it says start with (more than 0..)? ( no clue what influence it is or why I will use it. but seems like something good to have around.) _

So how do I get the site here - to match my kickstarter pledge?

Only ask because if I were inclined to do more or increase anything- it would be helpful to see what I already have.

mystichaze - 4 months ago
@Tuffon:

Posted By Tuffon at 10:03 AM - Mon May 01 2017

So .. I backed a Kick starter last may- I created an account here as well.. I haven’t kept up with much going on here, but got an email about overall pledges and stuff being on sale and bonuses etc.... So I log on the account here- and review it ... it says 0 influence-
When I look at Kick starter page it says start with (more than 0..)? ( no clue what influence it is or why I will use it. but seems like something good to have around.) _

So how do I get the site here - to match my kickstarter pledge?

Only ask because if I were inclined to do more or increase anything- it would be helpful to see what I already have.

You should have received an Email several months ago so that you could attach you Kickstarter pledge to your forum account. If you didn't get it in your email, check your junk mail. Otherwise you might have to contact support.

Tuffon - 4 months ago
@mystichaze:

Thanks!...

Found it buried in the folder i move stuff to for this game.

drillerb - 4 months ago

hey when are the sale prices going into affect

Ecir_Edyah - 4 months ago

Good morning!

Tried to purchase an 'Elyrian' package this morning (c. 8am Central time.) The checkout processes reflected a $40 price tag all the way through to payment processing. I'm guessing the "sale" prices aren't yet effective.

Would you guys kindly give me a heads-up when the sale prices are up-and-running?

Thanks! :)

LorenzW - 4 months ago
@Ecir_Edyah:

10 AM PST, you're a few hours ahead so, should be about 2 pm Central?

LittleCookie - 4 months ago

Is this game EVER going to be launched or just keep asking for more money?

NoBull - 3 months ago
@LittleCookie:

It's an MMO and they only kickstarted a year ago. :)

Aionion - 4 months ago
@LittleCookie:

Yes to both. They need money to finish and launch the game. Plus they're offering amazing deals :)

Elbereth - 4 months ago

Greetings :) Happy kick-versary!

I'll get the bloodline pack once the special offers start. So, I hope we all can have an amazing time soon!

-Sorry for my bad English, don't judge me. -

Heartagram - 4 months ago

Week 4 - New Website v3!!

Unlimitits - 4 months ago

Sweet gift ^^

TheLastMinotaur - 4 months ago

Does this mean we get KS rewards?

Captain Alvord - 4 months ago

Awesome News and Happy Kickstarter-versery!

Question: "Rewards will be applied after Account Merging but before Domain Selection."

I'm assuming this won't happen in May so I could upgrade the reward package to take advantage of the 10% discount. Cause that would make this doubly awesome. I know call me greedy. ;)

I would take my reward settler package and make it a Courtier if I got to take advantage of the May discount. Would only upgrade it probably Mayor possibly magistrate if I couldn't take advantage of the May discount with reward packages.

Giving the rewards in May would lead to more money from me (and probably others).

Proteus - 4 months ago

This is going to be great~

HandsomeKirito - 4 months ago

Yo, i feel like this game is going to be for rich kids, or is my English just so bad that I misread something?

Gunghoe - 3 months ago
@HandsomeKirito:

Posted By HandsomeKirito at 1:08 PM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Yo, i feel like this game is going to be for rich kids, or is my English just so bad that I misread something?

Just like in real life inequality is supposed to exist. This game is trying to remake a low fantasy, as if it where sorta like the real world. With out inequalities there wouldn't be any way for a character to progress though a great capitalist government in the game. if people started from scratch it'd be basically the same thing, except not decided with money you invested in the game. The game needs inequality, Money spend vs will, people that just thrown the money anyway would be coup'd fast or something else fast, if they where not to have a following.

RedDoggybone - 4 months ago
@HandsomeKirito:

Posted By HandsomeKirito at 1:08 PM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Yo, i feel like this game is going to be for rich kids, or is my English just so bad that I misread something?

No, you somehow missed that you can buy just the base game for around $40 and be a commoner and shape your own destiny. I am sure the majority of people that play will do just that. These boards tend to be filled with the people that pledged large amounts of money to help get the game made and thus are the players that are of the ruling class.

No game could possibly survive by just having a group of "rich kids" be all the players.

Dleatherus - 4 months ago
@HandsomeKirito:

Posted By HandsomeKirito at 10:08 AM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Yo, i feel like this game is going to be for rich kids, or is my English just so bad that I misread something?

Yo - you didn't misread - you just didn't educate yourself enough about the facts

it is projected that:

around 1% - 2% of the player population will START as Nobility (your 'rich kids" if you like - ALL can, and many will, lose their their positions with time)

another 2% -3% will START as Aristocracy ("middle class if you want to carry on assigning labels - ALL can, and many will, lose their their positions with time)

the HUGE majority, 95%, will be your 'normal' player who will spend $30 about every 8 months or so ($3.75 or so every month - WAY less than most subscription models)

there will be NO cash shop that gives any kind of advantage

so basically the 'normal' player can enjoy the game in multiple ways, including having a blast taking away stuff from the "rich kids", or he can spend time lamenting that the game is pay to win, unfair, should be free, blah blah. blah

Fyreto - 4 months ago

You choose by order of influence.

10 influence = 1$ spent on the game, so, the more you pay, the best is your placement during selection

Otherwise, it's just like DleaTherus said.

Dleatherus - 4 months ago

Server Selection is NOT the same as Domain Selection

Server Selection is choosing, and locking in, which server you will play on EU, NA-E. NA-W, APAC The order in which players commit to a specific server is in order of when their pledge was fully paid off, with earlier fully paid off pledges going first (this will apply to kings - not sure how/if it applies to dukes/counts)

Domain Selection comes after Server Selection and is the choosing and locking in of a Domain (a kingdom/duchy/county) on a specific server The order in which players get to choose their domain is based first upon tier (Kings, then Dukes, then Counts), and within those tiers it is further segregated by IP (with date of pledge being the tie-breaker if needed)

the following is purely speculative on my part, but is my take on what needs to happen before we can get to Domain Selection, and please note some of the items might have already been accomplished but we aren't aware of them (like map generation) The order of some things might vary also (website 3.0.0 might be deployed before Server Selection etc)

  1. Maps need to be created for the servers
  2. Decisions as to which map is on which server
  3. Server Selection
  4. Website 3.0.0
  5. Reasonable amount of time to allow for account merging
  6. Domain Selection
Logain - 4 months ago
@Dleatherus:

Posted By Dleatherus at 4:02 PM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Server Selection is NOT the same as Domain Selection (...)

Thanks a bunch! But the second part of the questions persists, since Vye mentions 'tally everything up at the end of the month' and 'server selection (...) a little later in development'. Is there a reason to delay the server selection past May, since it's lack seems to cause issues with selling different tiers?

Aika - 4 months ago
@Dleatherus:

Posted By Dleatherus at 4:02 PM - Sun Apr 30 2017

The order in which players commit to a specific server is in order of when their pledge was fully paid off, with earlier fully paid off pledges going first

Got a question, i tought the ppl who have paid the most will get to choose first.

Dleatherus - 4 months ago
@Aika:

Posted By Aika at 07:06 AM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Got a question, i tought the ppl who have paid the most will get to choose first.

for Domain Selection yes - those who paid the most have the most IP, and within their respective King/Duke/Count tiers, will choose their domain before those with less IP

for Server Selection my understanding is that regardless of how much IP a King has, Kings will commit to a server in order of the date which their monarch pledge was fully paid off, with the earliest date going first

Grayshade - 4 months ago

This is great, I'll be able to gift my Elyrian pack and bring another buddy into the game! :)

Taco - 4 months ago

I love the promotion, but I did notice a peculiarity with how the process is structured -- I and countless others will be receiving bonus Store Credit "based on total amount spent on pledge packages" after the conclusion of the sale.

Would it not make sense to hold the sales for Weeks 2 & 3 (and possibly 4) after Account Merging and the crediting of the bonus Store Credits?

Chronicles_of_P2W - 4 months ago

Posted By Vye at

  • The winning settlements are guaranteed to have a major story event occur in their settlement!

This right here sounds awesome!

But erm... what happens if that settlement gets burned to the ground in the meantime? (it is the sandbox game) :)

coach - 4 months ago

thanks SBS

was just wondering about merges and how they would work

Gromschlog - 4 months ago

yay, this is all great news. However, I am a little confused with getting boni twice.

so... I have bought the old bloodline for 120 and layawayed merchant for +30 (150 total). I got 5 by finding someone that used my friendcode, so I am at 125 if you want to call it so... when I get my 10%, I should get 12.5, which would put me at 137.5, which is higher than the layawayed price of merchant 150-15=135 in may... so I dont need to pay for anything anymore if I just want to upgrade to merchant (which I guess wont work as we get the 10% store credit after may)...? So the intention is, my layawayed merchant goes down to 135 in may, I invest 10, get it and afterwards get 13.5 to spend on EP or whatever? which wont work as afaik there is no way to spend 13.5... cant they just directly be exchanged to EP? or do I only get 10% discount for the missing amount of my layaway, which would be only 2.7 (i am actually at 120 +3/30 merchant)... so, where is the discount applied? to the full price of merchant or only to whats left by layaway? or do I get discount for merchant so merchant is at 135, so I pay 10 and afterwards merchant is worth 150 and I get 15 store credit? If so, I still cant pay for anything with 15, just like with 13.5... so please allow to make any store credit thats left into EP.

and whats special with week1 if all thats listed at week1 stays for the whole month?

Ortherion - 4 months ago

Fantastic news and promotion!!

Happy Kickstarter Anniversary SBS

Florin - 4 months ago

I've got a question concerning Pledge Upgrade: So I pledged Adventurer during KS and am planning to upgrade to Bloodline. I would like to do so with layaway, but Caspian said: “Settlement and domain selection is coming very soon. I will stress, make sure you get your layaway stuff paid off next month. That would be a good month to do that in. We’ll just leave it at that.”

I already fully pledged my 40$, so if I buy Bloodline now via layaway I should still be able participate in Settlement and domain selection, even if I don't complete the layaway by then, right? And how long will layaway last?

Crystevil - 4 months ago
@Florin:

Florin,sorry to ask, where are you from ?😎

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Florin:

Posted By Florin at 10:43 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I've got a question concerning Pledge Upgrade: So I pledged Adventurer during KS and am planning to upgrade to Bloodline. I would like to do so with layaway, but Caspian said: “Settlement and domain selection is coming very soon. I will stress, make sure you get your layaway stuff paid off next month. That would be a good month to do that in. We’ll just leave it at that.”

I already fully pledged my 40$, so if I buy Bloodline now via layaway I should still be able participate in Settlement and domain selection, even if I don't complete the layaway by then, right? And how long will layaway last?

Until you complete payment for a backing package, you will not be considered to have it. As such you will be considered an adventurer until bloodline is fully paid up.

Discounts for layaways will only apply for those completed in May.

We don't have a guaranteed date for selections yet, but SBS are encouraging us to wrap up pledges, so do bear in mind at any point they may announce that key date.

Vye - 4 months ago
@Oracle:

Posted By Oracle at 3:14 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Florin at 10:43 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I've got a question concerning Pledge Upgrade: So I pledged Adventurer during KS and am planning to upgrade to Bloodline. I would like to do so with layaway, but Caspian said: “Settlement and domain selection is coming very soon. I will stress, make sure you get your layaway stuff paid off next month. That would be a good month to do that in. We’ll just leave it at that.”

I already fully pledged my 40$, so if I buy Bloodline now via layaway I should still be able participate in Settlement and domain selection, even if I don't complete the layaway by then, right? And how long will layaway last?

Until you complete payment for a backing package, you will not be considered to have it. As such you will be considered an adventurer until bloodline is fully paid up.

If features of that package would have benefitted you during selection, you risk missing out on them ;)

Best to pay attention to the guidelines they give :)

Caspian said that because of the May promotion he already knew was coming and it would be easier to pay off layaway in May. Domain & Settlement Selection is coming up, but it won't be at the end of May. You still have time to layaway, but you only get the sale price in May!

Logain - 4 months ago
@Vye:

Posted By Vye at 12:41 AM - Sun Apr 30 2017

(...)Domain & Settlement Selection is coming up, but it won't be at the end of May(...)

I'm slightly puzzled by the terminology and chronology, so I hope you don't mind my question. Is 'Domain Selection' the same as 'Server Selection'? And if so, is there a reason to delay it any further (especially past May), since it's lack seems to cause issues with selling different tiers?

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Vye:

Posted By Vye at 11:41 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Oracle at 3:14 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Florin at 10:43 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I've got a question concerning Pledge Upgrade: So I pledged Adventurer during KS and am planning to upgrade to Bloodline. I would like to do so with layaway, but Caspian said: “Settlement and domain selection is coming very soon. I will stress, make sure you get your layaway stuff paid off next month. That would be a good month to do that in. We’ll just leave it at that.”

I already fully pledged my 40$, so if I buy Bloodline now via layaway I should still be able participate in Settlement and domain selection, even if I don't complete the layaway by then, right? And how long will layaway last?

Until you complete payment for a backing package, you will not be considered to have it. As such you will be considered an adventurer until bloodline is fully paid up.

If features of that package would have benefitted you during selection, you risk missing out on them ;)

Best to pay attention to the guidelines they give :)

Caspian said that because of the May promotion he already knew was coming and it would be easier to pay off layaway in May. Domain & Settlement Selection is coming up, but it won't be at the end of May. You still have time to layaway, but you only get the sale price in May!

Makes good sense :) I'll edit that to clarify. Thanks Vye.

Maulvorn - 4 months ago
@Vye:

Posted By Vye at 11:41 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Oracle at 3:14 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Florin at 10:43 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I've got a question concerning Pledge Upgrade: So I pledged Adventurer during KS and am planning to upgrade to Bloodline. I would like to do so with layaway, but Caspian said: “Settlement and domain selection is coming very soon. I will stress, make sure you get your layaway stuff paid off next month. That would be a good month to do that in. We’ll just leave it at that.”

I already fully pledged my 40$, so if I buy Bloodline now via layaway I should still be able participate in Settlement and domain selection, even if I don't complete the layaway by then, right? And how long will layaway last?

Until you complete payment for a backing package, you will not be considered to have it. As such you will be considered an adventurer until bloodline is fully paid up.

If features of that package would have benefitted you during selection, you risk missing out on them ;)

Best to pay attention to the guidelines they give :)

Caspian said that because of the May promotion he already knew was coming and it would be easier to pay off layaway in May. Domain & Settlement Selection is coming up, but it won't be at the end of May. You still have time to layaway, but you only get the sale price in May!

oh man Vye I thought we was friends? why shoot me like this :'(

Dante_Rhyne - 4 months ago

very nice. Thank you Vye

CaptainSeli - 4 months ago

Great stuff. Some exciting times ahead!

Heartagram - 4 months ago

Hi Vye, you just forced me into buying Mayor package because of this news! haha just kidding. Love you.

Slaine - 4 months ago

Is that backer bonus chart based on payment for packages only, or all in store purchases? Sounds like packages only, but it would be nice if villager/guild tokens and EP counted toward your total, I don't want to be aristocracy or nobility, but I wouldn't mend spending a bit more on other things for those rewards

Eliyah - 4 months ago

Thank you for your extreme generosity! With each update my desire to have the full game in my hands increases more and more.

Wolfwitch - 4 months ago

This post is made of awesomeness :) I shall be hogging some more EP, thanks Team!

Not that it has any relevance to anyone on my budget, but are all the available King/Queen packages sold out because we hit the maximum of kingdoms the game can accomodate?

RegisHammer - 4 months ago

This will be very cool month. Glad i finely got trough the atrocities of xsolla payment system, And got the rest of my pledge payed off in time.

Mesis - 4 months ago

Really cool

Davepoleon - 4 months ago

I'll be playing a vintner so having a lot of land is probably going to be pretty important to me. I'm seriously considering purchasing a second mayoral title for the double land size and EP. But is that the best use of the funds? I could alternatively upgrade to a magistrate and get the furnished villa which I assume saves a lot of money but we don't know the value of the villa plus being fully furnished(?). A big part of the equation we don't have is how does land expansion work after launch, maybe I missed the dev diary on it? I'm sure i could buy up that land in some way with in game funds... but is it going to be really expensive for another settlement? Would I have to buy up the pieces of the neighboring settlement parcel one piece at a time? Do I buy them from my count or can he grant them to me? Or perhaps it might be best to wait until the second week of May to spend $200 on the 3000EP packages to get a significant increase to my starting settlement, but until we know what can be bought with EP I can't really know whether or not I should wait until May or do it before May so I can get all that plus the extra Elyrian package and $10 store credit.

hmm...25 extra villagers or double the land +1000 EP or furnished villa +2000EP or 3000 extra EP and 5 villagers... Have they released any detailed information on how villagers, land purchase/expansion after domain selection, or the new EP store works? I want to make an informed decision on how I'm going to spend this $250 more I didn't know I wanted to spend.

COECipher - 4 months ago
@Davepoleon:

Posted By Davepoleon at 10:42 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

until we know what can be bought with EP I can't really know whether or not I should wait until May or do it before May so I can get all that plus the extra Elyrian package and $10 store credit.

It certainly feels like the cart has been put well before the horse. Why hasn't this been better defined at this juncture so people can know the value of what it is they're purchasing? Even if it's not an exact pricing, offer some context, like an EP range for common things that'll be in game - land, homes, furniture, pets, mules, gear, etc.

Can anyone at CoE offer any guidance on this?

CerebralDaemon - 4 months ago
@COECipher:

Posted By COECipher at 1:56 PM - Sun Apr 30 2017

Posted By Davepoleon at 10:42 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

until we know what can be bought with EP I can't really know whether or not I should wait until May or do it before May so I can get all that plus the extra Elyrian package and $10 store credit.

It certainly feels like the cart has been put well before the horse. Why hasn't this been better defined at this juncture so people can know the value of what it is they're purchasing? Even if it's not an exact pricing, offer some context, like an EP range for common things that'll be in game - land, homes, furniture, pets, mules, gear, etc.

Can anyone at CoE offer any guidance on this?

Posted By Vye at

Week 2

[...]

Expect a post with some additional guidance on what your EP will afford you during this week, as well.

DrTank09 - 4 months ago

For the guild and villager token raffles, what if we are the head of our guild and are the head of our village?

I'd love for both things to happen to me, but I can't transfer either of them to myself.

Lunaus - 4 months ago

I'd also like to thank the team for clarification on the transference of titles and items, there was still a lot of confusion since the Settlements Q&A about how it'll work and this is very reassuring to a lot of us who have friends wanting to give away their titles from their main accounts.

Ironside - 4 months ago

We love you guys/gals. You know this...yes? :)

Scheneighnay - 4 months ago

"The winning settlements are guaranteed to have a major story event occur in their settlement!" No thanks, I choose life.

Abigor - 4 months ago
@Scheneighnay:

Posted By Scheneighnay at 4:00 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

"The winning settlements are guaranteed to have a major story event occur in their settlement!" No thanks, I choose life.

Congratulations! A serious plague has started in your settlement, enjoy this major story event.

Ironside - 4 months ago
@Scheneighnay:

@Scheneighnay LOL

Lunaus - 4 months ago

I can't help but feel 2 days is asking people a bit much, It's short notice, and yes you didn't have to do any of this for us in the first place, I don't think is a smart move.. Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

Or give them until land selection (with ample notice) to pay it off, I dunno, we were just talking in discord prior to the Q&A how things are just DROPPED on the community with little to no warning and putting people in a frenzy/panic.

chipla - 4 months ago
@Lunaus:

Posted By Lunaus at 1:05 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

Layaways aren't excluded - their pledge becomes 10% cheaper throughout the entirety of May - which is nothing to turn your nose up at.

Rothie - 4 months ago
@Lunaus:

Posted By Lunaus at 07:05 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I can't help but feel 2 days is asking people a bit much, It's short notice, and yes you didn't have to do any of this for us in the first place, I don't think is a smart move.. Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

I kinda agree, to a point. I think, if you have a layaway package paid up to a level that you'd have gotten a bonus, if you bought that level of package, you should get that bonus, even if the total package isn't paid for, since, as you said, there is no refund on what you've paid into the layaway already.

But I don't have any problem with them saying that you need to have the package paid for by xx date to get the bonus either, even on short notice.

But, yeah, rewarding the amount you've spent so far would be a better path to customer good will than making it only for fully paid packages.

Iccubus - 4 months ago
@Rothie:

Posted By Rothie at 08:29 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Lunaus at 07:05 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I can't help but feel 2 days is asking people a bit much, It's short notice, and yes you didn't have to do any of this for us in the first place, I don't think is a smart move.. Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

I kinda agree, to a point. I think, if you have a layaway package paid up to a level that you'd have gotten a bonus, if you bought that level of package, you should get that bonus, even if the total package isn't paid for, since, as you said, there is no refund on what you've paid into the layaway already.

But I don't have any problem with them saying that you need to have the package paid for by xx date to get the bonus either, even on short notice.

But, yeah, rewarding the amount you've spent so far would be a better path to customer good will than making it only for fully paid packages.

just to clarify we are talking about paying off layaway's per the Q&A on 4/27/2017. If so they said pay off by next month, so that would be 33 days. (32 as of today)

Rothie - 4 months ago
@Iccubus:

Posted By Iccubus at 07:39 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Rothie at 08:29 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Lunaus at 07:05 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I can't help but feel 2 days is asking people a bit much, It's short notice, and yes you didn't have to do any of this for us in the first place, I don't think is a smart move.. Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

I kinda agree, to a point. I think, if you have a layaway package paid up to a level that you'd have gotten a bonus, if you bought that level of package, you should get that bonus, even if the total package isn't paid for, since, as you said, there is no refund on what you've paid into the layaway already.

But I don't have any problem with them saying that you need to have the package paid for by xx date to get the bonus either, even on short notice.

But, yeah, rewarding the amount you've spent so far would be a better path to customer good will than making it only for fully paid packages.

just to clarify we are talking about paying off layaway's per the Q&A on 4/27/2017. If so they said pay off by next month, so that would be 33 days. (32 as of today)

Sorry, this is regards the anniversary rewards program, per Vye's post: This is for anyone who has a fully paid-off pledge package by 10AM PDT on May 1st, before the Anniversary Promotion begins!

Lunaus - 4 months ago
@Iccubus:

Posted By chipla at 08:32 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Lunaus at 1:05 PM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

Layaways aren't excluded - their pledge becomes 10% cheaper throughout the entirety of May - which is nothing to turn your nose up at.

I agree, that makes things easier for those who may be struggling (or encourage people to buy higher). I just meant for the rewards for any who are interested in them.Posted By Iccubus at 08:39 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Rothie at 08:29 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Posted By Lunaus at 07:05 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

I can't help but feel 2 days is asking people a bit much, It's short notice, and yes you didn't have to do any of this for us in the first place, I don't think is a smart move.. Why the choice to exclude layaway backers? Monies gone towards their pledge and is nonrefundable so even if they cancelled the layaway they'd still be able to put those funds towards a lower package.

I kinda agree, to a point. I think, if you have a layaway package paid up to a level that you'd have gotten a bonus, if you bought that level of package, you should get that bonus, even if the total package isn't paid for, since, as you said, there is no refund on what you've paid into the layaway already.

But I don't have any problem with them saying that you need to have the package paid for by xx date to get the bonus either, even on short notice.

But, yeah, rewarding the amount you've spent so far would be a better path to customer good will than making it only for fully paid packages.

just to clarify we are talking about paying off layaway's per the Q&A on 4/27/2017. If so they said pay off by next month, so that would be 33 days. (32 as of today)

No, talking about the bonuses to those who've completed their layaway by May 1st.

Droob - 4 months ago

Sounds awesome, I'm very excited to found out what's happening for the fourth week.

TrueEvolution - 4 months ago

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

OrangeBoy - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 02:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

I have competition

Mr_Plunkett - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 10:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

I mean, I'm usually against a game of beat the retard.

But really, if you actually knew a single thing about this game, you would realise that it's not designed to allow little beggars to come and play it. The whole premise of the game is so that every action means something, letting people play for free because they don't want to pay for things completely removes that. And don't get me started on your fucking 'you paid so I don't have to stance' I think we have all found the guy who won't pay for any part of a meal because you ate more.

"True Evolution", if evolution was centred around inbreeding most likely.

RedDoggybone - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 05:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

Hmm, So I pledged money so you can play for free? I didn't know we were such good friends.

Don't you just love it when someone just joins and makes one post and it's something like this. Sigh. I mean of all the cool things mentioned in the game, this is the only thing thats post worthy to him.

Fyreto - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 11:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

Says someone who doesn't want to pay and take benefit from those who did.

Anyway, great news.

It could be fun if the "The winning settlements are guaranteed to have a major story event occur in their settlement!" is in fact a monsters attack ^^

chipla - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 10:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

Last time I checked I wasn't donating money, I was paying for a package in the game - which included access to the game, a town, a county and a duchy all of my own. I paid that money cause a) I wanted to play this game and b) I wanted the associated package rewards.

Regardless of whether I wanted this game to be free (I don't) SbS needs money to continue the development of the game, pay their employees, and to recover their sizable personal investments in the game (over $1m). Corporations aren't charities (see Dodge v. Ford Motor Company (1919) for why) and frankly SbS' income model is actually pretty good for the consumer.

You are not entitled to the services and labour of another without paying for it. If you don't want to buy the game that's fine, but you won't get to play the game either.

Zariel - 4 months ago
@TrueEvolution:

Posted By TrueEvolution at 02:26 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Should not this game be for free after all the donation you got from players? I mean package should cost money, but the game itself should be free entirely.

Why? becuase people back the game? that isnt how companies work they still have to make money on this and the money for the game is going to development,

Nimueh - 4 months ago

(Duplicate)

Nimueh - 4 months ago

Hm... weeek 4... maybe an EP store? I don't know, just throwing it out there. Whatever it is, I'm sure it'll be great :D

SirSalsa - 4 months ago

Hey, that's pretty good.

OrangeBoy - 4 months ago

cool

Miss Plume - 4 months ago

I want to use my 10% store credit to get the game for a friend... during the 10% discount time. Is there anything I should know before I do this? I see the influence will go to me, but will this be invalid:

100% More Influence for anyone who has used your friend code and buys their first package in May. In other words, you'd receive 100 Influence and $10 store credit, instead of 50 and $5!

?

Aeyt - 4 months ago
@Miss Plume:

When a friend uses the friend code to buy a package, they get the IP and EP associated with the purchase, and you get a small bonus amount of IP and a store credit. If you buy the package for them, you get the full, IP and EP and they get none. so you are correct in saying that the statement is invalid.

Lianne_Drake - 4 months ago

A fairly quick synopsis:

Politicopia Breaking News

Energ218 - 4 months ago

LOOOOOOOOT, ahem, deep breath, LOOOOOOOOOOOOT.

Oracle - 4 months ago

A bit gutted about the 3k EP deals though. I've missed out buying EP early. Nm eh.

Kyxsune - 4 months ago

Last week of May, something huge is happening. No idea what though.

I can't wait to see week 3 though, we should have an audition show for each major org/settlement.

With three judges: A snarky British one, a lenient kind one, and a soft spoken judgmental one.

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Kyxsune:

Posted By Kyxsune at 08:00 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

Last week of May, something huge is happening. No idea what though.

I can't wait to see week 3 though, we should have an audition show for each major org/settlement.

With three judges: A snarky British one, a lenient kind one, and a soft spoken judgmental one.

Heeey I object. Why does the British one have to be snarky? Lol

Posted By Energ218 at 08:12 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

LOOOOOOOOT, ahem, deep breath, LOOOOOOOOOOOOT.

Haha. He's clearly not happy :D

Un_muted - 4 months ago

All indicators are pointing in that direction, coupled with 'Pay off your layaways....soon' bit from Caspian. It's safe to assume, Maulvorn

Maulvorn - 4 months ago

So this is another hint that landselection is coming may?

Oracle - 4 months ago
@Maulvorn:

Posted By Maulvorn at 07:48 AM - Sat Apr 29 2017

So this is another hint that landselection is coming may?

Definately not :)

The events are happening throughout May, before land selection. That would put selection at June earliest ;)

EDIT.. unless perhaps that last week? Lol

Hollowsong - 4 months ago

Thank you so much, SBS!

It's been a great year. Looking forward to adding value to the community in the years to come! Your generosity is much appreciated.

Gunnlang - 4 months ago

Wow so awesome!

Atlas Forgiven - 4 months ago

Huzzah ! Thanks for all your hard work soul bound, Glad to have been apart of the kick starter and I look forward to the members to come

Bluedreamz - 4 months ago

The community event for the 3rd week sounds really nice ;)

Darmky - 4 months ago
@Bluedreamz:

I'm looking forward to it too! It will be the first official in game lore about community members, great idea

Flashman - 4 months ago

A year already. Gosh how time has flown.

Oracle - 3 months ago
@Flashman:

Just a thought... how will players be able to plan for week 3 yet? Most including myself are uncommitted to towns / locations, until section has been done. The biome and tribe, as well as geography plays a big part for many of us.

Surely this just means that only gaming guilds and those with rigid plans who don't care about location will be positioned to benefit?

We would otherwise be dishing out $10 tokens to town owners with no idea if we were actually going to settle with them. Those that approached me previously with a view to settling in my county in some cases said they wanted to wait for selection to check it was as planned. In others I advised them the same thing myself. We can't advertise for residents for X town in X location until we have that selected..

Presumably tokens can still be exchanged after this?