It's that time again! It's quiet on the sixth floor of the Washington State Convention Center. There's a dull hum of exhibitors working on the finishing touches of their demos. If you peek your head out into the hallways, you can hear the rumble of the crowd; the throngs of people waiting to get inside the exhibition halls, wanting to begin their PAX West experience.
But this PAX West, we're bringing part of our PAX Experience to YOU, through our Conquest of Elyria Web/Mobile game.
If you're new to Conquest, here's the rundown:
Conquest of Elyria is a cooperative and competitive game where players try and collect resources, build weapons, and then wage war on hostile domains. Conquest of Elyria can be played either at PAX West 2017, or if you've got an account with at least 250+ Influence, it can be played Online!
Once there, there's just a few simple steps to play.
To start, join a domain of your choosing. Once you do, you'll be assigned a random resource type (Wood, Stone, or Metal).
The domains at this Conquest of Elyria game are:
After you've joined a domain, begin gathering resources. If you're playing online, go to the Gather tab and then enter the friend code of another active player. If you're at PAX you gain resources for you domain by finding other Conquest players and scanning their QR code. You can identify a Conquest player because they'll be wearing a neat little Chronicles of Elyria button that represents what material they have. Just click on the Gather tab and snap a picture of their QR code to receive their resource type.
Resources gathered by you and your fellow citizens are contributed to your Domain's overall score. The resources you collect can be used to build items to fight other Domains. To build items, click the build buttons on the resources tab.
Then, by 5pm each day choose a Domain to attack on the Attack tab. At 5PM, the Domains will go to war and the items you built throughout the day will contribute to your attack power against the Domain you selected. The Domain with the highest score at the end is that day's Conquest of Elyria winner!
But it's not as easy as it sounds. To be truly successful You'll need to coordinate with your cohorts to horde resources and plot your attack strategy against your opponents. To coordinate, you'll want to use any and all of the channels you can: Discord, Twitter, our forums - anything you can do to win.
Why? Because each resource you trade grants both you and them a resource. So be mindful of who you trade with, as you may just be funding the enemy.
So you can win prizes, duh!
There are 3 different ways to win: as a domain, as an individual, or as a community! There's no reason not to go for all three.
1 - Domain Win
Be a member of the Domain who is the winner each day. The Prize: A PAX-West exclusive, in-game accessory. All members of the winning Domain will receive a ring, necklace, or bracelet - depending on the day - for their character to wear in-game. These trinkets match those earned at PAX East 2017, but are green instead of blue in homage of our Emerald City.
2 - Individual Win
Out of all the Domains, gather the single most resources for the day and you will win an in-game Suit of Armor, Caparison, and Barding for your Horse! Best of all, the colors and crest will match the domain you represented during PAX West 2017 Conquest of Elyria! (Limit one)
3 - Community Win
Help spread the word and get 1000 new signups into the game. The Prize: Exclusive, in-game PAX West cloak. All players active in the Conquest of Elyria game will receive a cloak that their character may wear in-game. Every 1000 signups, the quality of the cloak increases!
So how do you know who truly belongs to which domain? You don't. In Chronicles of Elyria, it won't be immediately apparent where another character's loyalties lie, and they might even be in disguise. Fealty to a Domain will be a point of pride and contention in Elyria, so we want to simulate that aspect during Conquest of Elyria. So feel free to ask what domain someone belongs to... or feel free to lie!
One final note on the rules. To trade resources online you simply go to the gather tab and enter another player's friend code. This is going to encourage a LOT of people posting their friend codes in different places.
We're ok with that, with the following two exceptions:
So what does that leave? Everything else! Use other forums to share your codes, use the friend codes of YouTube streamers, search the web for friend codes other people have posted, send PMs, Facebooks, Emails, and of course, Twitter.
And if you do use Social Media, Make sure to include @SoulboundStudio #PAXWest2017 #ConquestOfElyria.
That's all folks. Get started now if you've got 250+ Influence by going to chroniclesofelyria.com/conquest!
And if you happen to be at PAX West this weekend, make sure to stop by our booth to trade with our staff - especially if you haven't purchased a pledge package yet. You can find us here:
Pledged to the Continued Advancement of the Soulborn Engine and the Chronicling of Elyria,