14 May

Kickstarterversary week 2: Take me to the River!

By Serpentius

Ahoy Elyrians!

Our 2nd Kicktstarterversary promotion is going strong and as our store tracker has already announced, the community has achieved the first 5 milestones already, nicely done!

Milestones achieved so far:

  • Kypiq Party Pack
  • Purebread Horse
  • Pack Bonuses
  • Special Title
  • Otter Bear Cub

Keep going, you've sailed past 5 milestones in the first week, let's see how many you can unlock next! To carry you swiftly towards your goals, we've brought back a few favorites from the vault.

Otter Bear Cub

First, you unlocked the Otter Bear Cub, find it under Pets and Mounts in the store!

It's so adorable, it's easy to forget the monstrous strength it will one day possess.

The "squee" you're hearing isn't from the Otter Bear Cub. It's just the sound everyone makes when confronted with their nigh-lethal levels of cuteness. Your otter bear cub will grow up to be your big best friend, but with careful training, you might even teach the little cutie to act as your ride.

Note: This item is giftable.

Back in the store this week:

The cute little otterbear cub won't be alone in the store. Joining them for a limited time is the return of the Foxcelot, Song Birds, and a brand new Hive item for those that either missed the Renewal Festival or want to increase the number of bee species they can breed.

The Foxcelot

Song Birds

Both of these are back, but 25% more expensive than before to thank those who snagged them on their first time in the store.

New: Colony Starter Kit

Much like on Earth, Elyrian fields and flowers are pollinated by bees. If you dream of being a renowned beekeeper in Elyria, then this is the package for you. You'll receive a hive box and beekeeper's gear, plus a random swarm of bees and their Queen. Bees increase germination and growth rates of plants in their area, and can provide other benefits depending on the species.

Take Me To The River

It wouldn't be an awesome Kickstarterversary if there weren't a few surprises. That's why these resilient and sturdy water transports have appeared in the store through the end of May!

River Barge

Moving goods across Elyria is a complicated task even under the best conditions, but when it comes to moving the heaviest goods, the "best conditions" don't involve traditional wagons at all. The shrewd trader moves the heavy goods via the rivers and other waterways of Elyria, shipping goods that would break the axles of any mere wagon.

Note: This item is giftable.

But wait, that's not all! For the intrepid merchant, we've also added the following bundle; outrun thieves and brigands with help from these swift and furry friends.

The OtterBarge

For the up-and-coming trader, wagons are... you know... fine. But, when you're ready to take things to the next level, it's time to hit Elyria's waterways at the prow of your very own trade barge. Your rivals will watch in jealous awe as you float by, your goods-laden barge gliding across the water, towed behind your majestic Otterbear team.

Includes:

  • River Barge
  • 2 Otterbear mounts (not yet available a la carte)
  • 2 Otterbear yokes
  • 50m coil of Kypiq-Woven rope
  • 2 Barrels
  • 4 Crates

Note: The otterbears and barge inside this bundle are giftable, the otterbarge kit is not. To trade, wait for game launch.

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Something For Everyone

In order to help you keep track of the Community Rewards milestones achieved throughout the month, we added this handy progress bar to the top of the merchandise store!

To learn what was launched in the 1st week of this promotion, read the announcement post here.

Most of the rewards will be given at the end of the month to anyone who has a completed pledge package by then but, please note, and there are a few that will unlock in the store along the way too. For more details see the 3rd FAQ answer on this page.

Our 2nd Kickstarterversary celebration continues throughout the month of May with additional weekly promotions. Be sure to check back to see what's new, and good luck!

As always, more to come...

Discuss

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Rumplestilsken - 1 day ago

I'm so curious how this is all going to work out

HolyAvengerOne - 4 days ago

The more time pass, the more this looks like Star Citizen strategy...

Deslyon - 6 days ago

Time to build an otterbear army :)

curzman - 6 days ago

2 Questions I need to ask before any purchase:

1- Can the Kypiq ride the adult otterbears?

2- If I buy 2 cubs will they be opposite sex for breeding and will the two that come with the barge be opposite sex for breeding?

Snipehunter - 6 days ago

Quietly starts writing "6-month insurance" variants of all vehicle packages... ;)

Seriously though, these are boats, not ships.

Damnit, "seriously" was probably the wrong word there.

chipla - 6 days ago
@Snipehunter:

Posted By Snipehunter at 9:39 PM - Tue May 15 2018

Quietly starts writing "6-month insurance" variants of all vehicle packages... ;)

Seriously though, these are boats, not ships.

Damnit, "seriously" was probably the wrong word there.

I've dropped about as much on CoE as I have on SC - please stop abusing my wallet....

Costanius - 1 week ago

Do we get lifetime insurance (Lti) on the ship when we pay with fresh money instead of using store credit? :-p
;-)

Beodrick - 6 days ago
@Costanius:

Of course! It's a "Concept Sale!"

Although, you could always wait for the explorer variant . . . ;-)

Costanius - 3 days ago
@Beodrick:

Posted By Beodrick at 7:14 PM - Tue May 15 2018

Of course! It's a "Concept Sale!"

Although, you could always wait for the explorer variant . . . ;-)

And the military version will have thicker oak planks, less cargo space and will cost 30% more, right? ;) :-)

ZeroCool - 1 week ago

So will the Otter Bear Cub mature into an adult thus giving massive savings to buying the Otter Bear Mount or will it forever remain a pet and be a wee bit immersion breaking?

Esoba - 1 week ago
@ZeroCool:

Posted By ZeroCool at 08:08 AM - Tue May 15 2018

So will the Otter Bear Cub mature into an adult thus giving massive savings to buying the Otter Bear Mount or will it forever remain a pet and be a wee bit immersion breaking?

Yes, they will mature and if cared for and trained appropriately could become a mount. From the announcement:

our otter bear cub will grow up to be your big best friend, but with careful training, you might even teach the little cutie to act as your ride.

Snipe also indicated that otterbears will likely live roughly a human's lifespan:

Figure your otterbear is going to live a roughly human lifespan. Maybe a little less. They're not tortoises, so they won't outlive you, probably.

Mhaura - 6 days ago
@Esoba:

Posted By Esoba at 05:15 AM - Tue May 15 2018

Snipe also indicated that otterbears will likely live roughly a human's lifespan:

Figure your otterbear is going to live a roughly human lifespan. Maybe a little less. They're not tortoises, so they won't outlive you, probably.

I think it would be interesting to have animals who know my dynasty for multiple generations. Maybe that brings about a stronger bond? Maybe animals are like mann and have light/dark affinity and prefer certain people? I've read that trained animals can turn on their owner, is there a way for animals to be completely loyal? Would it only be certain animals that didn't have unbreakable bonds? Damn it, i want to talk to animals.

Kaloki - 1 week ago

The Otterbarge looks amazing! Gotta have one of those <3

Kurko - 1 week ago

Howabout a "baby barge" for the cute cub to train with? :D

Gunnlang - 1 week ago

Dam that Otterbarge is just awesome. While no idea if I even start next to any water.. so very tempting.

Aemon_Blackfyre - 1 week ago

Since I plan on having my barony near a waterway, I'm going to have to buy that dang otterbear barge and I hope for the best come domain selection ;)

Poldano - 1 week ago

That barge kit is mighty hard to resist.

Polite - 1 week ago

Oooh boy you making me want those river barges I tell you what. But how do I ensure rivers for domain selection gahhhhhhhh.

Zephyr1107 - 1 week ago

otter bear cub is so cute!!

SirApetus - 1 week ago

Very nice! I love to see more bees!

Terrantal - 1 week ago

Concept ship sales in CoE. Oh no, Caspian found out about my other addiction :(

MusaKn - 1 week ago

will the otter bears be the only mount option we'll have for pulling barges up and down rivers? I wanna know if i should save my money for those mounts.

Caspian - 1 week ago

In response to the statement, Cardinal Bee honey is an ingredient in recipes related to healing that regular honey is not.

Either way, bees contribute to the local ecology. But the bees in this bee starter kit are very specifically not Cardinal Bees, but a random species of Elyrian honey bees.

JohnnyViscerate - 1 week ago
@Caspian:

Posted By Caspian at 12:49 PM - Mon May 14 2018

In response to the statement, Cardinal Bee honey is an ingredient in recipes related to healing that regular honey is not.

Either way, bees contribute to the local ecology. But the bees in this bee starter kit are very specifically not Cardinal Bees, but a random species of Elyrian honey bees.

Glad I bought my Cardinal bee kit already.

Dleatherus - 1 week ago

hrmmm - now if somebody figures out how to attach a couple of wooden axles (with wooden wheels) to the barge, theoretically the otterbears could pull the barge on land and tow it in water

Drun Redforge - 1 week ago

Yay!!!

Teland - 1 week ago
@Drun Redforge:

Man, the river barge is tempting.

DukeAlduin - 1 week ago

Its all about the otters!!!

Brynath - 1 week ago

Hrmmm looks like SbS just did a Drive-by on my wallet... and now I have all these otterbear cubs....

Wolfguarde - 3 days ago
@Brynath:

Posted By Brynath at 04:42 AM - Tue May 15 2018

Hrmmm looks like SbS just did a Drive-by on my wallet... and now I have all these otterbear cubs....

That's not a drive-by, that's a drop, knock and run with a box of baby animals :P

It is going to be bizarre watching these things exit water for anyone who hasn't been keeping up to date on the dev journals come release time.

Morbis - 1 week ago

Otterbear! OTTERBEAR!

GIVE!

Raziel - 1 week ago

Nice... Otterbarges 🤑

Wolffje - 1 week ago

Noooooooo! My poor wallet! Dang you, SBS! :P

ReivannaEBlack - 1 week ago

oh wow~ looks amazing! Thanks Serpentius ^.^

ShadowTani - 1 week ago

Another boat, and a way to get mature Otterbears early? Nice, I approve. :3

The colony starter kit comes with regular bee's I assume, as opposed to the cardinal one from earlier?

Xeyska - 1 week ago
@ShadowTani:

Posted By ShadowTani at 5/14/2018 6:00:23 PM

The colony starter kit comes with regular bee's I assume, as opposed to the cardinal one from earlier?

Yes, you are correct. The colony starter kit will just be regular bees, and not the Cardinal ones.

Caspian: Also, new version of the Beekeeper kit. Does NOT include cardinal bees, but a random species of Bee from Elyria for you to begin your cross-breeeding.

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Dekul - 1 week ago
@Xeyska:

Posted By Xeyska at 1:03 PM - Mon May 14 2018

Posted By ShadowTani at 5/14/2018 6:00:23 PM

The colony starter kit comes with regular bee's I assume, as opposed to the cardinal one from earlier?

Yes, you are correct. The colony starter kit will just be regular bees, and not the Cardinal ones.

Caspian: Also, new version of the Beekeeper kit. Does NOT include cardinal bees, but a random species of Bee from Elyria for you to begin your cross-breeeding.

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Odd, I thought the advantage of the cardinal bees was that they were supposed to increase the yield of crops in their area...

All honey should work as a healing salve, it's one of the oldest antiseptic wound treatments.

Esoba - 1 week ago

Love the barge. Just hope there's lots of rivers or lakes nearby.

DarkthShadow - 1 week ago

These are some awesome looking things, and I am really tempted to not wait, and use that free $10 store credit to get the Otter Bear cub.....

Maulvorn - 1 week ago

Nice!

Grim_ - 1 week ago

what did I see o.0

LapantinoPT - 1 week ago

Very hell

Augustus_Aquila - 1 week ago

Great we all love you.

Aela_ - 1 week ago

Yay so many cool things! Thank you SBS <3

JohnnyViscerate - 1 week ago

Nice! The Otter-barge is awesome.