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.
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):
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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... ^_^
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:
If you have multiple packages with the intention of combining everything into one mega-account, here is what you'll get:
If you have multiple packages with the intention of giving it to another player in it's entirety, here is what happens:
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:
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,