3 May

Kickstarter-versary is Here Again!

By Camigwen

Greetings, Elyrians,

Two years ago we put our future in your hands by launching our Kickstarter. With big risk comes big reward, and the Chronicles of Elyria community came through that month, and since then, in spades. We have made tons of progress in the last year, but we never would have been able to get started without that initial Kickstarter.

Last Kickstarter-versary we offered our existing backers rewards based on the total amount spent on pledge packages and EP. Rewards ranged from 10% Store Credit all the way to a bonus Courtier Package which could be used to add value to an existing pledge package or gifted to a friend. Those rewards were recently applied, so make sure to check out your new EP totals and pledge packages!

To say thank you once again for that successful Kickstarter, and to share the rewards with the community that has joined us on this journey, we're launching continuous promotions throughout the month of May. This year, starting on May 7th and going through the end of the month, each week we'll be adding fresh new items to the store as well as bringing some favorites out of the vault for a limited time only. As well, we're adding a fun new challenge with a big reward at the end if we can meet our goals (Hint: it rhymes with Ferrari). But we're not going to make you wait until the final prize. We have eleven other community rewards that everyone can partake in if we reach our milestones throughout the month. See below for all the details!

In addition to the prizes listed below, and in addition to the weekly promotions we'll be running, there's a few other events happening throughout the month.

The Return of the Ki...err Du... er Count

Kicking off this celebration we've got a surprise for all those with noble aspirations. Beginning Monday, May 7th, a modified Courtier package will return to the store! This light package, much like in the Free Kingdom event, lacks the Design Experiences, but otherwise comes with all the rest of the benefits. There are still openings for these high level positions, and we know many of you have been requesting its return for a while. So if you want the chance to rule, don't wait!

Also coming back for a limited time are the 3 share packs: Carriage for Two, Cottage for Two, and Buy the Farm. For those community members looking to play with friends or family, make sure you take this opportunity to start with everything you need to play together.

The Two EP Packages

But wait, there's more! Last seen in February, the 3,000 EP pack is a highly sought after prize that is coming back for a limited time only. But it is not alone. In addition to getting 3,000 EP for $200, you can now get 2,250 EP for just $150! Make sure to snap these up while available, as they won't last long! Been planning to run some community competitions? Have a mother or wife to celebrate in May? No problem. The giftable versions of these items will also be made available!

NOTE: All of these promotions will end at 12PM (noon) PDT on June 1st, 2018.

2018 Kickstarter-versary Community Reward Milestones:

If total sales reach the indicated amount next to each reward between May 1st and May 31st, those items will either be unlocked in the store, or added as a freebie to your inventory. Rewards are only given to those with completed packages by the end of May, 2018.

  • $10k: Kypiq Party Pack - Get ready to participate in the Kypiq's Sunsight Festival
  • $25k: Purebread Horse - Join us in jest with a horse that you can eat...freshly baked bread
  • $50k: Pack Bonuses - All previously purchased backpacks (Adventurer's Pack, Founder's Pack, & Merchant Pack) will each have additional goodies added to them for any that were sold (a la carte or as part of a package) before June 1st, 2018
  • $75k: Special Title - Receive an in-game title (it's a surprise) to show you're a Pre-Alpha backer
  • $100k: Otter Bear Baby - Unlock an Otter Bear baby as a pet in the store
  • $150k: Otter Bear Mount - Unlock Otter Bear mount in the store
  • $200k: Mystery Gift - A gift shows up in your inventory with a note that says "Warning: Do not open until launch," written in pyqsi
  • $250k: Upgraded Housing - Houses in the Aristocracy and Nobility Packages are getting an upgrade! (ex: All Mayors get a villa, all accounts with a villa get a manor, and all accounts with a manor get a grand-villa)
  • $300k: Soul Pack - Get an extra set of 3 random souls to choose from for your starting character
  • $350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older than one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward
  • $400k: EP Kit Limit Increase - You will be able to purchase 2 of each of the Profession, Store Front, and Land Use Exposition Kits from the EP Store (currently limited to 1 per category, per title).
  • $500k: Mydarri At Launch - Some Mydarri will have found their way to the starting continent, will be scattered throughout all temperate and warmer biomes, and will be playable at launch! (Not a dominant tribe. Cannot be chosen by Nobility)

NOTE: All of these reward milestones will end at 12PM (noon) PDT on June 1st, 2018.

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! Look for the first weekly post with info on the new items and those coming back next Monday, May 7th!

Sincerely,

The Soulbound Studios Staff

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AuroraFinem - 12 months ago

Does this mean the Courtier package is only available until June 1st or is it until the available spaces run out? I'm planning on upgrading but I just graduated from college and am not sure if I'll receive my first paycheck at my new job before then or not to make the purchase.

Gunnlang - 12 months ago
@AuroraFinem:

Posted By AuroraFinem at 03:51 AM - Sun May 13 2018

Does this mean the Courtier package is only available until June 1st or is it until the available spaces run out? I'm planning on upgrading but I just graduated from college and am not sure if I'll receive my first paycheck at my new job before then or not to make the purchase.

Only available until the event ends.

Sanguinesh Eviscerator - 12 months ago

For those who were unable to comprehend the fairly simple point of my initial post on this topic, let me try to dumb it down even more.
I have no issue with SbS selling things to raise more money.
I am not complaining about getting or not getting freebies.
I am irritated at the presentation of this promotion. Instead of simply putting things up for sale like they did with the last 2 promotions, they tried to wrap this up in the guise of rewards to us as a celebration of the kickstarter anniversary. I find it repulsive when anyone does this (it happens to be a very common, sleazy sales tactic).
I hold SbS to a higher standard than other companies, I attempted to be constructive with my first post.
Please, downvote all you can - it just demonstrates that I hit a nerve. Perhaps if I hit enough of them it will remove the fog and clear peoples vision.

amendment: I want to point out that I do appreciate what SbS does. I have faith in their ability to deliver a new and innovative genre to gaming. Neither of these things will EVER stop me from calling bullshit when it needs to be called.

LegendOfStein - 12 months ago

Already passed $25k.

Stanton - 12 months ago

Hurry up sale!! I have a break at work and money to spend!!

Angrymonkeyboy - 12 months ago

Is there a counter that shows how far the milestone has reached?

Esoba - 12 months ago
@Angrymonkeyboy:

Posted By Angrymonkeyboy at 5:10 PM - Mon May 07 2018

Is there a counter that shows how far the milestone has reached?

There will be one coming.

Oracle - 12 months ago

Will there be seasonal goodies up for sale this month too ie various "rares" etc?

Lira - 12 months ago

Will the store sales launch right at midnight?

Xeyska - 12 months ago
@Lira:

Posted By Lira at 8:46 PM - Sun May 06 2018

Will the store sales launch right at midnight?

Likely not, most of SBS' promotions start at noon Pacific Time (PT). Or it might run later in the day, we'll see tomorrow.

CaptainSeli - 12 months ago

Mydarri at launch would be a dream come true. I've already warned my wife that I will be spending some money this month on a game!

I want them Mydarri!!! Arrrr!

Lorgaff - 12 months ago

I am thinking of upgrading also . this will be a sweet deal for all lets reach the 500K goal

Lira - 12 months ago

Finally, a way for me to upgrade so I'm not just a countess consort. :, )

Aemon_Blackfyre - 12 months ago

Hell, I am more than pleased. The more things for me to buy the better! SBS is better at taking my money than my wife, but this way I get more in return lol.

Sanguinesh Eviscerator - 12 months ago

I have no issue with the fact that SbS needs to continue bringing in more revenue in order to get the game made. I am beyond disappointed that you have chosen the route of used car salesman to do it. "Hey everyone! To show how much we appreciate you, we are going to offer you the chance to spend more money, and if you spend enough we will give you the bonus reward of even more options for spending more money." ... That is as positive and constructive as I am able to be, and I put effort in to get it this good.

GrandMaster_Sic - 12 months ago
@Sanguinesh Eviscerator:

Posted By Sanguinesh Eviscerator at 5:33 PM - Fri May 04 2018

I have no issue with the fact that SbS needs to continue bringing in more revenue in order to get the game made. I am beyond disappointed that you have chosen the route of used car salesman to do it. "Hey everyone! To show how much we appreciate you, we are going to offer you the chance to spend more money, and if you spend enough we will give you the bonus reward of even more options for spending more money." ... That is as positive and constructive as I am able to be, and I put effort in to get it this good.

Love when someone criticizes an approach the developers make, then they get heavily disliked. I've seen it more and more as the days go on. Lets not be toxic behind a curtain now.

If you compare this anniversary to last years, I completely get where you are coming from. Last year had free rewards to backers. This year is pure "sales/time = rewards", yet they could have easily done both. Nothing about what they said was bad; it's all positive if you look past the mentality of it. It would have just been nice to see some rewards before a promotion leading to rewards. At the end of the day you can lie to others, but you can't truly lie to yourself.

Keep up the great work though ya'll, looking forward to everything :) . Y'all have my support.

Gunnlang - 12 months ago
@GrandMaster_Sic:

Posted By GrandMaster_Sic at 2:46 PM - Mon May 07 2018

If you compare this anniversary to last years, I completely get where you are coming from. Last year had free rewards to backers.

Most of the rewards are free this time round as well. If people don't wanna spend money, they don't have to. But they still get any milestones we hit along the way.

At the end of it, SBS didn't have to offer anything. They could have just congratz themselves and everyone else and left it at that. Offering the count title again and the chance people get to play one of the lost tribes within itself is awesome.

GrandMaster_Sic - 12 months ago
@Gunnlang:

Posted By Gunnlang at 12:03 AM - Mon May 07 2018

Posted By GrandMaster_Sic at 2:46 PM - Mon May 07 2018

If you compare this anniversary to last years, I completely get where you are coming from. Last year had free rewards to backers.

Most of the rewards are free this time round as well. If people don't wanna spend money, they don't have to. But they still get any milestones we hit along the way.

At the end of it, SBS didn't have to offer anything. They could have just congratz themselves and everyone else and left it at that. Offering the count title again and the chance people get to play one of the lost tribes within itself is awesome.

If there's a stipulation, is it really free? And saying they could have done nothing at all is true, people would still be all "omg we love you". You can't always be grateful for something. This isn't rewarding previous backers, but I see the psychology they pulled for many to believe it is. /clap . They'll still get my money regardless with their carrot on a stick approach. I was simply supporting those who see it for what it is :) . On top of 500k in a month? That's 1/8 of what they've accumulated in over 2 years. If they aren't opening the ep store, it's unfortunately not happening.

Gunnlang - 12 months ago
@GrandMaster_Sic:

Posted By GrandMaster_Sic at 3:59 PM - Mon May 07 2018

If there's a stipulation, is it really free? And saying they could have done nothing at all is true, people would still be all "omg we love you". You can't always be grateful for something. This isn't rewarding previous backers, but I see the psychology they pulled for many to believe it is. /clap . They'll still get my money regardless with their carrot on a stick approach. I was simply supporting those who see it for what it is :) . On top of 500k in a month? That's 1/8 of what they've accumulated in over 2 years. If they aren't opening the ep store, it's unfortunately not happening.

Yeah maybe not completely free. But really, SBS has thrown around so much free things or picking things up for a cheap deal. I don't really see a point to being annoyed about things. Over how some other games have done anniversaries.

Are those people annoyed they didn't get something free again? Personally I was happily surprised the first time round, got some nice EP. But I wasn't expecting the same thing this year.

Be the same as last year, if I see something cool I buy it. Not going to buy stuff just trying to hit whatever goals. Within all that, SBS said they got 512k last year. So hitting 500k with a carrot on a stick, seems very much possible.

HajimeSaikou - 12 months ago
@Sanguinesh Eviscerator:

Posted By Sanguinesh Eviscerator at 06:33 AM - Sat May 05 2018

I have no issue with the fact that SbS needs to continue bringing in more revenue in order to get the game made. I am beyond disappointed that you have chosen the route of used car salesman to do it. "Hey everyone! To show how much we appreciate you, we are going to offer you the chance to spend more money, and if you spend enough we will give you the bonus reward of even more options for spending more money." ... That is as positive and constructive as I am able to be, and I put effort in to get it this good.

Think of it this way. SBS has provided a quote on what it will take to fund various additions, adjustments or extensions to their current plans. A kind of paid overtime.

As additional incentive, they have thrown in some other existing bonuses between the additional work, to try and sweeten the deal.

Zalx - 12 months ago

Mounts aren't sexy to Hrothi, unless we can make them into pies? <eg>

keep up the great work

LegendOfStein - 12 months ago
@Zalx:

Excited to spend some money.

LegendOfStein - 12 months ago
@Zalx:

I was wondering if these mounts would be sized to hrothi. Would be disappointing if you spent money for a mount and it didn't get sized to your tribe. I know each biome will have a certain type for each mount but I don't know if that counts towards size of mount for the person wanting to ride it.

Odsbodikins - 12 months ago
@LegendOfStein:

Posted By LegendOfStein at 4:29 PM - Sat May 05 2018

I was wondering if these mounts would be sized to hrothi. Would be disappointing if you spent money for a mount and it didn't get sized to your tribe. I know each biome will have a certain type for each mount but I don't know if that counts towards size of mount for the person wanting to ride it.

Yes, any mount you get from the store will be scaled to whatever your character's tribe/biome is because the tokens will be exchanged IG to breeders.

Snipperhoofd - 12 months ago

Will the Otter Bear Baby grow up to be an Otter Bear Mount?

Serpentius - 12 months ago
@Snipperhoofd:

Posted By Snipperhoofd at 3:01 PM - Fri May 04 2018

Will the Otter Bear Baby grow up to be an Otter Bear Mount?

If you put the effort into taming and teaching it, yes.

Rieko - 12 months ago

If we hit the $ 500k goal can we expect a tribe write up for the Mydarri like the launch tribes received?

BOS_Hydra - 12 months ago

Well, that's good to know that inactive souls will still scale with everyone else. That gets rid of some of my worries. I know souls already had a chance to be older and I didn't have a problem with that because everyone was subjected to the same RNG. Now a new player not getting an old soul turns from "oh well bad RNG" to "oh well didn't know about this game 5 years ago when it was in development."

I can still see it being the bottleneck to the highest ranks depending on population. Maybe it's not so bad if there's a wide spread of skills for the soul to roll. We'll have to see how it turns out in practice.

Snipehunter - 12 months ago
@BOS_Hydra:

Posted By BOS_Hydra at 11:38 AM - Fri May 04 2018

Well, that's good to know that inactive souls will still scale with everyone else. That gets rid of some of my worries. I know souls already had a chance to be older and I didn't have a problem with that because everyone was subjected to the same RNG. Now a new player not getting an old soul turns from "oh well bad RNG" to "oh well didn't know about this game 5 years ago when it was in development."

Wait we didn't say we were taking away the chance to get an old soul randomly, did we? Just that we were going to guarantee that one of the souls in the soul pack we give you as a gift will be an old soul, right?

>

$300k: Soul Pack - Get an extra set of 3 random souls to choose from for your starting character

$350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older as one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward

KipFoE - 12 months ago

If we got a package at a discounted price, do we get any kind of credit toward upgrading? Example: the magistrate package I have says it costs $550 while the next package up is $800. One would think I could upgrade for $250, but it instead says it would cost me $350!

Gromschlog - 12 months ago
@KipFoE:

Posted By KipFoE at 7:11 PM - Fri May 04 2018

If we got a package at a discounted price, do we get any kind of credit toward upgrading? Example: the magistrate package I have says it costs $550 while the next package up is $800. One would think I could upgrade for $250, but it instead says it would cost me $350!

you'll have to pay the difference between what you paid for it and its costs, not the difference between what its costs are now. So no, discount was just for your package. Not for everything that follows. I sit in the same boat with an old discounted merchant pack, which I think I got for 135 or something like that but now costs 180 or something. So for upgrading old packs, it gets expensive. If one wanted the higher pack, one should have layawayed it a year ago.

Stanton - 12 months ago

So I currently have a Governors (top mayor) Package, with this I can just pay the difference (about $200) and upgrade to the Courtier (Count) Package?

Kaynadin - 12 months ago
@Stanton:

Posted By Stanton at 11:12 AM - Fri May 04 2018

So I currently have a Governors (top mayor) Package, with this I can just pay the difference (about $200) and upgrade to the Courtier (Count) Package?

Yes.

Ironside - 12 months ago

I really hope we get to 250k but the really big and awesome milestone is 500k!

TheCoz - 12 months ago

Lol, shiiiit son! Everyone shell out $20 ! lol

Kaynadin - 12 months ago
@TheCoz:

Posted By TheCoz at 08:45 AM - Fri May 04 2018

Lol, shiiiit son! Everyone shell out $20 ! lol

I'm waiting for the carriage for two to come back. I went to get one the other week and was sad that it was gone. It was a good deal.

Cydon - 12 months ago

Oh nice, i might upgrade my pledge !

Leonardo_Loriano - 12 months ago

Very, very nice.
On to a new year with CoE.

Xeyska - 12 months ago

One thing to consider is all souls not played within the first year will be boost to the next year (two year souls), and so on (three year souls) as time goes on [Source - Caspian, The Soul Chamber Channel CoE Discord (10-20-17)].

This way it gives all players a chance to catch up and not have anyone running behind.

Kaynadin - 12 months ago
@Xeyska:

Posted By Xeyska at 06:01 AM - Fri May 04 2018

One thing to consider is all souls not played within the first year will be boost to the next year (two year souls), and so on (three year souls) as time goes on [Source - Caspian, The Soul Chamber Channel CoE Discord (10-20-17)].

This way it gives all players a chance to catch up and not have anyone running behind.

And there has always been a random chance that you'll end up with older souls. Perhaps a soul that's multiple years older. But there is no guarantee that it will have the alignment and skill sets you want it to have. That makes for an interesting choice, do you totally switch your game plan and become a fisherman instead of a soldier just so you can have some edge over others? Do you pursue tailoring instead of blacksmithing because the soul was a tailor before? If your goal is just to be the top 1% in something and you don't care what it is then yeah you'd switch. If your goal is to have fun being a bounty hunter that focuses on trap making but you got an older soul with some paper making skill ramps then those ramps won't help you at all. The same scenarios happen when talents are randomly assigned. They also happen based on when you set your characters birthday as, and chunks of birthdays and certain planet alignments will not be possible as time goes on so new players will never have a chance at some storyline or another.

HajimeSaikou - 12 months ago
@Xeyska:

Posted By Xeyska at 7:01 PM - Fri May 04 2018

One thing to consider is all souls not played within the first year will be boost to the next year (two year souls), and so on (three year souls) as time goes on [Source - Caspian, The Soul Chamber Channel CoE Discord (10-20-17)].

This way it gives all players a chance to catch up and not have anyone running behind.

Wow, I didn't even know what.. that's pretty cool

BOS_Hydra - 12 months ago

I'm a little surprised no one picked up on the Old Soul goal, but I can understand people being excited for the Mydarri.

$350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older as one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward

There are some non-trivial issues that it creates.

One, it's bad for PR. It's a straight up power increase compared to any new player who finds the game at launch. SOMEONE is going to post an article referencing this at launch and some amount of people are going to immediately turn away when they find out they're a year behind in progression. Being labeled as "pay to win" might be worse, but setting newbies a year behind is almost as bad.

Two, new players are a year behind everyone else... for however that plays out in game. We are most likely going to be the minority of the playerbase at launch, but we can't rely on speculation too much on this point. One year in progression could be the difference between them never being able to achieve the highest ranks in whatever skill they focus on. Taken from the wiki... "the Soulborn Engine monitors progress and provides bonuses as necessary to ensure the top 1%, 10%, of players in a skill will eventually reach the Legendary or Grandmaster tier for that skill."

Three, what exactly does being a year older entail? Does it affect potential quests/destiny that's available to an older soul? How much of a % increase does one get from +1 year of combat abilities? A potential 5% bonus is a big deal considering the nature of the source of that boost. I know CoE isn't going to be all "look at your stat sheet to min/max your character" in theory, but if a free extra year of progression is the bottleneck to obtaining grandmaster/master then that is a problem.

This is just from the top of my head. I'm sure there are other points to consider. I have other concerns with what's going on with the shop, but blatant power increases is an easy way to ruin everything being worked for with CoE.

HajimeSaikou - 12 months ago
@BOS_Hydra:

Posted By BOS_Hydra at 6:11 PM - Fri May 04 2018

$350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older as one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward

One, it's bad for PR. It's a straight up power increase compared to any new player who finds the game at launch. SOMEONE is going to post an article referencing this at launch and some amount of people are going to immediately turn away when they find out they're a year behind in progression. Being labeled as "pay to win" might be worse, but setting newbies a year behind is almost as bad.

Two, new players are a year behind everyone else... for however that plays out in game. We are most likely going to be the minority of the playerbase at launch, but we can't rely on speculation too much on this point. One year in progression could be the difference between them never being able to achieve the highest ranks in whatever skill they focus on. Taken from the wiki... "the Soulborn Engine monitors progress and provides bonuses as necessary to ensure the top 1%, 10%, of players in a skill will eventually reach the Legendary or Grandmaster tier for that skill."

Three, what exactly does being a year older entail? Does it affect potential quests/destiny that's available to an older soul? How much of a % increase does one get from +1 year of combat abilities? A potential 5% bonus is a big deal considering the nature of the source of that boost. I know CoE isn't going to be all "look at your stat sheet to min/max your character" in theory, but if a free extra year of progression is the bottleneck to obtaining grandmaster/master then that is a problem.

I can see why you may have concerns, but I don't think you should worry.

I believe and "old soul" will most likely grant minor skill ramping to a small selection of random skills, which were supposedly focused on in the past life. While being an "old soul" may provide limited skill ramps to various skills, there is no mention to whether these are random or not, but I imagine it will be completely random, just like traits, so you won't get to choose your skills ramps, and it highly doubt it will ramp every skill!

If they are random, an "old soul" PC with a skill ramp for farming is not going to be any benefit to someone who wants simply combat or deviancy.

Secondly, it may take RL years to be a legendary <insert profession here>, but I doubt it will take all 10 years to do so. Therefore even someone joining 2 or even 3 RL years in to the game story, should be able to achieve their goal, if their goal is to reach legendary status in <insert profession here>

Thirdly, I believe SBS has mentioned previously that NOTHING in this game will offer a significant advantage that cannot be overcome. That is to say a legendary sword, may be more durable and may do ever so slightly more damage than a common sword (not like other MMO's which have 2x, 5x, or even 10x damage multipliers for rarity and quality of gear), but if you are more skilled at "playing the game" as opposed to just higher skill in game, then those insignificant benefits will count for next to nothing.

Next, i believe new players will actually be the majority, not minority after launch and the severs start filling up. Any slight advantage that being an "old soul" having skill ramps, being nobility etc confers is in fact in keeping with realism.

While I personally believe in treating people equally regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, occupation etc, the reality is that if you are born in to wealth or an influential family, typically speaking life is generally easier than someone who was born in to poverty or a discriminated minority group..... It may not be fair, it may not be right, but it is sadly the way things are and I believe any of the insignificant advantages that current backers receive before launch is in keeping with the games aspirations for realism.

For the record, I did not have a privileged upbringing, I was raised by a single mum because my father "couldn't handle the responsibility" of a 2 year old and new born baby (I was the new born). I only mention this because I anticipate some people dismissing what I say as "what would he know, he's rich" due to my forum rank. I've had to work very hard to get to where I am today, not that I am rich by any means!!!

So in essence, I think your fears of "1 year" producing a "bottleneck to obtaining grandmaster/master", are understandable, not not warrented, because as I mentioned, I believe these will be random and we may not even know what skills are ramped, just like with traits.....

SBS will have to confirm or deny this speculation however.

Wolffje - 12 months ago
@BOS_Hydra:

I disagree. The skill ramps that an old soul will have are RNG and could be totally useless for the professions I want. I am going to focus on animal husbandry and architecture. So an old soul with skill ramps in deviancy or blacksmithing will be totally useless to me and will mostly likely end up being unused and just sitting there on my account.

Posted By BOS_Hydra at 12:11 PM - Fri May 04 2018

I'm a little surprised no one picked up on the Old Soul goal, but I can understand people being excited for the Mydarri.

$350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older as one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward

There are some non-trivial issues that it creates.

One, it's bad for PR. It's a straight up power increase compared to any new player who finds the game at launch. SOMEONE is going to post an article referencing this at launch and some amount of people are going to immediately turn away when they find out they're a year behind in progression. Being labeled as "pay to win" might be worse, but setting newbies a year behind is almost as bad.

Two, new players are a year behind everyone else... for however that plays out in game. We are most likely going to be the minority of the playerbase at launch, but we can't rely on speculation too much on this point. One year in progression could be the difference between them never being able to achieve the highest ranks in whatever skill they focus on. Taken from the wiki... "the Soulborn Engine monitors progress and provides bonuses as necessary to ensure the top 1%, 10%, of players in a skill will eventually reach the Legendary or Grandmaster tier for that skill."

Three, what exactly does being a year older entail? Does it affect potential quests/destiny that's available to an older soul? How much of a % increase does one get from +1 year of combat abilities? A potential 5% bonus is a big deal considering the nature of the source of that boost. I know CoE isn't going to be all "look at your stat sheet to min/max your character" in theory, but if a free extra year of progression is the bottleneck to obtaining grandmaster/master then that is a problem.

This is just from the top of my head. I'm sure there are other points to consider. I have other concerns with what's going on with the shop, but blatant power increases is an easy way to ruin everything being worked for with CoE.

Gunnlang - 12 months ago
@BOS_Hydra:

Posted By BOS_Hydra at 8:11 PM - Fri May 04 2018

I'm a little surprised no one picked up on the Old Soul goal, but I can understand people being excited for the Mydarri.

$350k: Old Soul - Get a soul that’s one lifetime older as one of the 3 souls from the previous "Soul Pack" reward

There are some non-trivial issues that it creates.

You know there is already a very random chance someone will start with an older soul. Much like those random chances people start with an talent.

I do get your meaning, that also means pass the first year, no one new will start. If they go with that, honestly backwards logic. Just cause people get an older soul, doesn't mean they will be better anyway. They still need the skill behind them. I could start with a master level soul and suck so badly it won't help my cause.

At the end of it all, the top levels of professions. Grandmaster/Legendary are all going to take several lifetimes. While within those lifetimes, people are basically only focused on them. So sure, us starting with an older soul will help us. But we still need to put in the years of time to reach it. While anyone new can put in the same years. While we also both need the skill. I can't see any bottleneck happening, it was based around people with a fresh soul could hit it, if they put in the time and effort. That won't sudden change.

Esoba - 12 months ago

I am absolutely pumped for this month. Cannot wait to see what comes our way. And ohhhhh my sweet EP deals, you shall be mine.

Wolffje - 12 months ago

Awesome! Two of my Mayors are already bouncing through my Discord at the excitement of upgrading to Count! Thank you SBS for bringing this package back one last time!

I additional I will be engaging in my own shopping spree. ;)

Let's get us those Myrdarri, people!

Abigor - 12 months ago

KearaLoar - 12 months ago

I hope I'll be able to pledge later this month.

Question though about the horses in pledge packages... Do horses qualify as a "large" mount? Hrothi and Kypiq can't use "large mounts" according to their tribe pages, but pledge packages contain horses...

Xeyska - 12 months ago
@KearaLoar:

Posted By KearaLoar at 03:57 AM - Fri May 04 2018

I hope I'll be able to pledge later this month.

Question though about the horses in pledge packages... Do horses qualify as a "large" mount? Hrothi and Kypiq can't use "large mounts" according to their tribe pages, but pledge packages contain horses...

Any pet or mount tokens will be exchanged in-game to a breeder, there will be biome specifc versions or the equivalent. You will be able to find something to spend the tokens on. [Source - Caspian in the CoE Discord (03-28-18)]

Augustus_Aquila - 12 months ago

Awesome. 5 million will be getting closer.

Athorias - 12 months ago

bye bye wallet

LudwigvonBullgardt - 12 months ago

How does a Grand-Villa look like?

Sypher - 12 months ago

Nice. Some store credit and it's just a day after my birthday so I have some spare coin to spend too lol.

Poldano - 12 months ago

Reading the tea leaves here...

Mydarri at launch means that some in-game characters (NPCs, probably) will know about ocean travel. I wonder if the $500K figure is a significant chunk of the development cost to get that technology player-accessible, and make sure there is something for venturesome players to find when it happens. Whatever, it surely is enough to whet the expectations of prospective ocean explorers.

Arebs - 12 months ago
@Poldano:

Posted By Poldano at 08:40 AM - Fri May 04 2018

Reading the tea leaves here...

Mydarri at launch means that some in-game characters (NPCs, probably) will know about ocean travel. I wonder if the $500K figure is a significant chunk of the development cost to get that technology player-accessible, and make sure there is something for venturesome players to find when it happens. Whatever, it surely is enough to whet the expectations of prospective ocean explorers.

I don't think, that we will get ocean travel just because we got some Mydarri. Yes, they are probably very skilled Sailor's, but this doesn't mean that any of them are skilled in building Ships. Maybe some Mydarri Ship's sunk and the Sailors, who work on the Ships but didn't build it, rescued themselves to the starting continent. Maybe they have some knowledge to boost the research for ocean travelling, but I don't think that it is more than this.

Poldano - 12 months ago
@Arebs:

Posted By Arebs at 12:11 AM - Fri May 04 2018

Posted By Poldano at 08:40 AM - Fri May 04 2018

Reading the tea leaves here...

Mydarri at launch means that some in-game characters (NPCs, probably) will know about ocean travel. I wonder if the $500K figure is a significant chunk of the development cost to get that technology player-accessible, and make sure there is something for venturesome players to find when it happens. Whatever, it surely is enough to whet the expectations of prospective ocean explorers.

I don't think, that we will get ocean travel just because we got some Mydarri. Yes, they are probably very skilled Sailor's, but this doesn't mean that any of them are skilled in building Ships. Maybe some Mydarri Ship's sunk and the Sailors, who work on the Ships but didn't build it, rescued themselves to the starting continent. Maybe they have some knowledge to boost the research for ocean travelling, but I don't think that it is more than this.

Those are precisely the threads to start pulling on.

Other than that, I freely admit to idle speculation and gossip-mongering. Besides, that's a $500K pledge goal in a month! Talk about carrot on a string!

Salvador - 12 months ago

This is a non-stop!

Arebs - 12 months ago

I thought you got me with the otterbear babies. But Mydarri at launch... even if I can't take them with my Duchess, that's fucking awesome! :D

Lucasdb - 12 months ago

Poor wallet

GrandMaster_Sic - 12 months ago

Are there only gonna be a limited number of Courtier packages?

Ravenlute - 12 months ago
@GrandMaster_Sic:

Posted By GrandMaster_Sic at 10:19 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Are there only gonna be a limited number of Courtier packages?

Since each server will have 1,728 Counts, it seems unlikely.

VioletWinterlynn - 12 months ago
@GrandMaster_Sic:

Posted By GrandMaster_Sic at 11:19 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Are there only gonna be a limited number of Courtier packages?

Not that we know of, only a limit of time it can be purchased

Fenrer - 12 months ago

Damnit.. How will I now be able to ignore the temptations of Otterbear breeding/training/selling?

Otto - 12 months ago
@Fenrer:

Posted By Fenrer at 9:22 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Damnit.. How will I now be able to ignore the temptations of Otterbear breeding/training/selling?

I know right! i thought I had enough to do before this sale.

HajimeSaikou - 12 months ago

Looks like I am headed for divorce....

The jokes on her, because SBS will already have all my money :P

Asin - 12 months ago
@HajimeSaikou:

Posted By HajimeSaito at 11:54 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Looks like I am headed for divorce....

The jokes on her, because SBS will already have all my money :P

Be careful, she might try and take half of your CoE account... It is technically considered an asset in the terms of divorce because it is worth more than the state deemed minimum value (the highest is $1,000 I do believe), and technically will grow in value so it can be considered an investment. Thankfully, SBS disallows direct sales of accounts, so liquidating the asset will prove difficult, and possibly impossible in the eyes of the courts LOL :)

HajimeSaikou - 12 months ago
@Asin:

Posted By Asin at 11:05 PM - Sun May 06 2018

Posted By HajimeSaito at 11:54 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Looks like I am headed for divorce....

The jokes on her, because SBS will already have all my money :P

Be careful, she might try and take half of your CoE account... It is technically considered an asset in the terms of divorce because it is worth more than the state deemed minimum value (the highest is $1,000 I do believe), and technically will grow in value so it can be considered an investment. Thankfully, SBS disallows direct sales of accounts, so liquidating the asset will prove difficult, and possibly impossible in the eyes of the courts LOL :)

I'm all for a fair and equitable split.... She takes the kids, I keep the account.... sounds fair to me :P..... If anything, she owes me because I only get one account while she gets multiple rug rats!!

I jest of course. My wife and (especially) little girl (an only child...for now) are my world and I would never leave them.... unless they both tell me to piss off.....

Gunnlang - 12 months ago

Oh dam at those stretch goals. Got me hook line and sinker with older souls. Very bloody nice!

GrandMaster_Sic - 12 months ago

Nice couple of first time mentions :)

Zelcovian - 12 months ago

That is a lot of green backs.

ZTB - 12 months ago

Will the Courtier package have the same price as before?

VioletWinterlynn - 12 months ago
@ZTB:

Posted By ZTB at 8:46 PM - Thu May 03 2018

Will the Courtier package have the same price as before?

Caspian stated that it would be $1k yes

Tadakatsu - 12 months ago

These stretch goals make my wallet cry. Thank you Caspian and Crew!

VioletWinterlynn - 12 months ago

♥_♥ Yush more!

ScarletteTaygen - 12 months ago

Ouch, my wallet! lol Thank you again for all of this wonderful stuff!

U3L - 12 months ago

Wow! Amazing as always!

Aves - 12 months ago

Mydarri! I'm looking forward to the potential tribe writeup!

Arthos - 12 months ago

I think this will be reached just so people can play the mydarii, one of if not the most desired tribe.... pity I can't take part in it since I'm a count and it's my mist beloved tribe.

Caspian - 12 months ago
@Arthos:

Posted By Arthos at 6:45 PM - Thu May 03 2018

I think this will be reached just so people can play the mydarii, one of if not the most desired tribe.... pity I can't take part in it since I'm a count and it's my mist beloved tribe.

You've got multiple sparks. :-)

Eurickdm - 12 months ago

Very well played, SBS, nice promotion,

HammerStrike - 12 months ago

WOOOOT!!!

Xarkfleur - 12 months ago

Souls!, Mydarri! and Otter Bears! Oh my!!

(old souls) (launch Mydarri playable remnant!) (Otter Bear mounts!)

Rieko - 12 months ago

$500k: Mydarri At Launch - Some Mydarri will have found their way to the starting continent, will be scattered throughout all temperate and warmer biomes, and will be playable at launch! (Not a dominant tribe. Cannot be chosen by Nobility)

I know they have said that Aristocrat =/= nobility before but I just want to make extra sure that if I'm going to be a mayor/baron that I can be one as a Mydarri from Expo.

Kaynadin - 12 months ago
@Rieko:

Posted By Rieko at 8:13 PM - Thu May 03 2018

$500k: Mydarri At Launch - Some Mydarri will have found their way to the starting continent, will be scattered throughout all temperate and warmer biomes, and will be playable at launch! (Not a dominant tribe. Cannot be chosen by Nobility)

I know they have said that Aristocrat =/= nobility before but I just want to make extra sure that if I'm going to be a mayor/baron that I can be one as a Mydarri from Expo.

I am pretty sure you're just limited to the tribes that are in the town you chose to run.

Kerlem - 12 months ago

Old Soul looks awfully appealing.

Odsbodikins - 12 months ago

AIN'T NO PARTY LIKE A KYPIQ PARTY, AND A KYPIQ PARTY DON'T STOP!

\O/

Woooo!

Endeavor - 12 months ago

YAAAAA

Let's do it boys!

TheGinLow - 12 months ago

Fantastic :)

Jaidic - 12 months ago

Awesome, TYVM SbS <3 It's spending time. :)

Lady_Tzayelle - 12 months ago

Otter bears are all we need. I8

Hydorian - 12 months ago

All backpacks or only backpacks bought this month?

Caspian - 12 months ago
@Hydorian:

Posted By Hydorian at 5/4/2018 12:46:24 AM

All backpacks or only backpacks bought this month?

All before June 1st. So.. including the ones you've already got.

Rinkuji - 12 months ago

You forgot the most important milestone: 800k (aka 5,000,000$ total) : Adam Burrfoot will shave his beard :D

AvariciaMoon - 12 months ago

FOR THE OTTERS!!!

VanHarsen - 12 months ago

lol nothing to say

StrawHat - 12 months ago

Looking forward to this!! Hats off to the studio, as usual.

Maulvorn - 12 months ago

Nice!

Sohei - 12 months ago

Awesome! Looking forward to it! Especially that upgraded housing..

MusaKn - 12 months ago
@Sohei:

Ikr me too.

GBeltrami - 12 months ago

Cool!