19 November

The votes are in! Map Voting is Over and the Winners are...

By Snipehunter

Greetings Elyrians!

Map voting is finally over and, if you’re anything like me, you spent the weekend wondering which maps came out on top for each of the game’s four servers. Well rest easy my friends, the wait is finally over!

In round one, you whittled us down from 20 unique maps to 5 potential candidates for each server. Leading us to round two, where those 5 maps for each server were put to the vote.

On Angelica, the contenders were Map G, Map H, Map I, Map K, and Map S

On Luna, maps A , J, N, R, and T duked it out for the title slot

On Selene it was all about maps B, C, L, P, and Q

And of course, round two saw the introduction of not 5, but 8, island chain maps: Map 1, Map 2, Map 3, Map 4, Map 5, Map 6, Map 7, and Map 8

In round two, there were actually 23 total maps to consider across the 4 servers. That’s more than in round one! But, in the end, there could be only one winner on each server. So, from a horde 23 we come down to 4 winners and the sow the seeds of four distinct versions of Elyria.

So without further ado, the winners are:

On Angelica (NA-W), Map I will now be your starting continent!


On Luna (NA-E), it was Map N that took home the prize!


Meanwhile, the citizens of Selene (EU) will now call Map B home!


And, finally, for Oceanus (OCE) it was Map 7 that came out on top!


Congratulations Elyrians! Your selection of the starting continent maps for each server marks a bit of a milestone in the creation of games like this. In the past, players have always been forced to accept whatever map was given to them, but with map voting now finalized, you represent the first community of an online game to decide every server’s map for an online world!

And now that you’ve made history and you're done poring over the annotated versions of these maps looking for every glimmer of data, why not take a moment to admire them without all those notes and annotations:

Map I, Map N, Map B, and Map 7, are all available for your perusal.

And while you’re at it, today marks the start of server selection – Now that you know which maps represent your world, why not take a moment to lock in your server choice now?!

Just to be clear, what we're saying here is:

Server Selection is now live!

Discuss

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Wolfens - 2 days ago

There are undiscovered continents so..

PRIMEXXX - 2 days ago

I agree, all maps should have had islands, it make since, or later in the game undiscovered islands appear.

Duffy_de_Concierge - 2 days ago
@PRIMEXXX:

Posted By PRIMEXXX at 2:45 PM - Sun Dec 09 2018

I agree, all maps should have had islands, it make since, or later in the game undiscovered islands appear.

It was implied that there are various islands around the main continents, the maps only show "continental" islands. We are meant to explore and find the smaller islands off the coastline of the main continents.

Aeryn Suun - 1 week ago

So when the Kingdoms start choosing regions, ready for some hands-on. Real alpha stuff.

Is there an updated timeline?

Sidonius - 2 weeks ago

To be quite honest the people saying the first three maps are very similar are right.

Orashna - 2 weeks ago
@Sidonius:

Posted By Sidonius at 04:40 AM - Mon Nov 26 2018

To be quite honest the people saying the first three maps are very similar are right.

I think that points to the "bay areas" as something that was a common interest to everyone

I can't speak for others, as I'm not pledged to any kingdom atm, so I'm not privy to any of the strategies each had

I had voted for the maps that I wanted based on that though, because having a bay will allow for faster trade with the north/south rather than going all the way through every kingdom by land. That's just mho

Rojinn - 2 weeks ago

I will be playing on map N, but map 7 is by far the most interesting. You guys will be a heavy sea-going game (obviously). I will probably have to have an alt in Oceanus, just to watch the trade routes, pirating, and naval war that is sure to dominate.

Kerios - 2 weeks ago

Time to build my fleet and set sail to explore, raid and pillage. Keep your eye open on the horizon APAC members. We are so pumped!

Daemonheim - 2 weeks ago

I find it funny that only the Oceanus server has a remotely unique design. NA-W, NA-E, and EU all seem to be mild variations of the same map. I am generalizing of course on the rudimentary ‘I’ form of each of them.

EDIT: this does have one particular perk. Server picking based on localization not map uniqueness.

Gunnlang - 2 weeks ago
@Daemonheim:

Posted By Daemonheim at 08:45 AM - Thu Nov 22 2018

I find it funny that only the Oceanus server has a remotely unique design. NA-W, NA-E, and EU all seem to be mild variations of the same map. I am generalizing of course on the rudimentary ‘I’ form of each of them.

EDIT: this does have one particular perk. Server picking based on localization not map uniqueness.

Cause OCE is best server. If you notice, we also have bigger duchies. While less counties per duchy, so bigger counties. Everyone else should be so jealous.

I mostly expect the war will be even more bloody from those above facts. Some duchies on NA/EU are just beyond tiny. Like those server need anymore reason to kill each other.

Daemonheim - 2 weeks ago
@Gunnlang:

Indeed, if server latency isn’t an issue, I’ll definitely be creating a character on AU server. I’m sure many others will as well.

Gan Xing - 2 weeks ago

All Hail Angelica!

LeBron - 3 weeks ago

Thank god we got B! Awesome.

Kheil - 3 weeks ago

:3

Gromschlog - 3 weeks ago

I think, the higher nobility is already set on which server they'll play on, so a pick order for servers isnt needed / already done.

Gunnlang - 3 weeks ago
@Gromschlog:

Posted By Gromschlog at 9:19 PM - Tue Nov 20 2018

I think, the higher nobility is already set on which server they'll play on, so a pick order for servers isnt needed / already done.

Unless they know people are 100% locked into their server and while they no doubt know how many duke/count titles are around. Still seems like they would be safe about things. Just in case the shit did hit the fan.

Logain - 3 weeks ago

I've got a few questions regarding this:

Posted By Serpentius at

(...)risk being placed at the back of the line(...) (...)Player Benefits: (...)You gain the ability to participate in future events that require you to be locked to a server(...)

If one doesn't lock in the server before an event, can one not participate, or can one lock in during an event and still be granted access (in other words, is there a 'back log', like mentioned with the nobility?

Posted By Serpentius at

(...)soul packs, will all bind to your server(...)

Does that include the '$300k: Soul Pack - Get an extra set of 3 random souls to choose from for your starting character'-Kickstarterversary reward? And if one uses a soulpack later on, can all the three souls in that be only used on a specific server, or can they be 'split' across servers?

Posted By Snipehunter at

(...)# Server Selection is now live!

Wasn't that planned to happen in order, like with settlement&domain selection, where the pick order was supposed to be determined by the purchase day of your pledge and it's tier?

Dyrnwyn - 3 weeks ago

Bit disappointing but that's to be expected. With 5 options, the winning map could have barely 21% of the vote and win. As for Oceanus with 8 options, the winner could have 13% and win.

It would have been better to have a final vote on the top 3 Maps. But as it is, the results probably reflect kingdom collective votes and campaigning. So perhaps the final results wouldn't have changed much.

I'd feel better with the final vote percentages not just the winners. Were the margins close? Were there any ties?

Maybe the best way to look at it in the end is that all the maps have great potential, but it is a bit of a downer after examining what kind of possibilities were available on different maps.

Will the other continents not chosen still be a part of that server's world awaiting discovery? Or are those options gone forever?

Thanks for this event!

Ranulf - 3 weeks ago
@Dyrnwyn:

Posted By Dyrnwyn at 02:22 AM - Tue Nov 20 2018

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Will the other continents not chosen still be a part of that server's world awaiting discovery? Or are those options gone forever?

All the potential maps had entire worlds already generated for them. So no, we will not be seeing any of these continents later on as Map I and the other winners bring with them an entire world to discover.

Watru - 3 weeks ago

So when are we going to be able to jump in the sandbox?

Zakarus - 3 weeks ago

Does a happy dance great maps all around great work peps.

Zsiledifyshk - 3 weeks ago

Better Kingdom layout, imo.

Olu - 3 weeks ago

Would someone mind explaining what the appeal of I was? Not trying to start anything, just wondering what some of the pro's I'm missing are.

Dyrnwyn - 3 weeks ago
@Olu:

The kingdoms were approximately equal even if the biomes were not. So it had a more universal appeal to all the kingdoms since no one knew which kingdom they might get in the kingdom selection process.

I favored more equal biomes and coastline exposure as well as interior interests like the inland sea on Map H; but this outcome is not an unexpected political compromise.

Hieronymus - 3 weeks ago
@Olu:

Posted By tbiggy at 8:50 PM - Mon Nov 19 2018

None of these maps were of my choice, so limited with a narrow straight of land to get through from top to bottom and across....

Well on Map I at least, that "narrow strip" is 2 to 3 duchies wide. That's still quite a distance.

Posted By Olu at 10:25 PM - Mon Nov 19 2018

Would someone mind explaining what the appeal of I was? Not trying to start anything, just wondering what some of the pro's I'm missing are.

Based on the many conversations that took place between reps of the various NA-W kingdoms, I think I can sum it up with one word:

Fairness.

M_Zero - 3 weeks ago

Ugh, of course the second worst map won for NA-W...Any chance we'll be able to do some terraforming in the future?

tbiggy - 3 weeks ago

H and K maps were my favorites I is just Meh....

tbiggy - 3 weeks ago

None of these maps were of my choice, so limited with a narrow straight of land to get through from top to bottom and across....

BadgerRhiessi - 3 weeks ago

im jealous of the oceanus map. It is by far the coolest.

Solarity - 3 weeks ago

Is it only me that the picture is too big when click in my FF browser and I have to right click and select view image again to see the whole picture(hold Ctrl for new tab)

Miothadil - 3 weeks ago

Don't worry, B happy

Lady Grace - 3 weeks ago

RIP map 8, your mountains so beautiful shall never be walked upon.

Dreamar - 3 weeks ago

Map 7 taking it home for a win. Such a good map.

Tiffany - 3 weeks ago

I'd be curious what the popular vote numbers were for each map (i.e. 1 vote per person, influence ignored), compared to the vote numbers with influence counted... just to see how big of a difference it made in the results, if any.

I'm happy with the results for NA-W though. I is the one I voted for. :)

Caska - 3 weeks ago

My code if anyone wishes to use it: D74BEA

I look forward to meeting the Waerd and serving the Queen!

We are Waerd! I think i am so pleased with these results! Hurrah for CoE!!!

Snipehunter - 3 weeks ago

Uh, so those links to the no-lines version of the winning maps are fixed now. I dunno why they weren't working before, but they should be good now.

Xonth - 3 weeks ago

So are the features within the map accurate. Like if I see a river and a lake or something, will that be the way it is at launch or is those just quick textures for the sake of making it look better for voting.

PixiePunchPie - 3 weeks ago
@Xonth:

Posted By Xonth at 5:46 PM - Mon Nov 19 2018

So are the features within the map accurate. Like if I see a river and a lake or something, will that be the way it is at launch or is those just quick textures for the sake of making it look better for voting.

What you see is what you get :)

Chillified - 3 weeks ago

I'm super happy with the maps we got, but may Map H rest in peace. I'll never forget your beautiful inland sea.

Eurickdm - 3 weeks ago

Let's go!

ZariusFontaine - 3 weeks ago

Hail map 7

Tweal - 3 weeks ago

Rest in peace map H and your beautiful inland sea.

Heartagram - 3 weeks ago

Server selection?! Now that is a treat!!!

ScarletteTaygen - 3 weeks ago

RIP Map H

Gromschlog - 3 weeks ago

I'd have preferred any of the US-maps, but cant change the results^^

Can you tell us how close it was in round 2? Not that I think it was anywere close, I'd just like to see it.

And will we get much more detailed maps soon? Like the level of detail to know where settlements are and which tribes live in those settlements? And which type of settlement a settlement is? Like if its a hrothi settlement, is it surface settlement or not might have an influence, if people want to settle there... Or will those information only be available at settlement selection and we'll have to wait till then?

Gaiyamato - 3 weeks ago

YAY! Map 7! :3

Nongenti - 3 weeks ago

Morbis actually did it... For the glory of MorBis!

Stanton - 3 weeks ago

I think I can see my house from here...

CaptainSeli - 3 weeks ago

Awesome wins! We really did pick the best maps! Haha!

Noxidius - 3 weeks ago

"I" am very pleased with these results :-)

Esoba - 3 weeks ago

Woot. We have a home.

Zener Atlas - 3 weeks ago

oof Map

Leockie - 3 weeks ago

Huzzah!

1cec0ld - 3 weeks ago

All Hail Morbis!