30 November

November 2018 Promo Comes to an End

By Serpentius

Hail Elyrians!

2018 has been an exciting year, and this month brought us ever-closer to Domain and Settlement Selection as we wrapped up Map Voting and began Server Selection. While all good things must eventually come to an end, not everything must come to an end today! And trust us, a lot is headed your way, we hope you are ready for it!

Nobility Packages

While we bring our November promotion to a close, we've heard many requests from all over our community to retain the Nobility packages a while longer. As we often do, we've listened to your requests and have taken steps to offer the packages a short while longer.

Today, at 12pm PST, the promo items left the store and returned to the vault. But the Ltd. Courtier and Ltd. Royal packages will remain in their current form until early next week! Then, thanks to the new features we've added to store to support server-specific items, the packages will be transforming next week to into something better!

  • Nobility packages will now be limited by a specific available quantity per server
  • Nobility packages will require you to be locked to a server
  • Since these packages will be server-specific, you'll need to be locked to the server the package is from to purchase for yourself
  • If you are purchasing as a gift for a friend, they will need to be locked to the server the package is from prior to claiming it

Initially we removed these packages to be certain we didn't have an overpopulation of Nobles in the world come selection. After Server Selection launched, we had a better idea of the breakdown of where nobles planned to settle, and that gave us the insight required to bring them back. It is important to us that every player who purchases one of these packages has a place to call home come selection time. These new features allow us to more tightly control the inventory on a per-server basis which prevents that from being an issue.

So while we'll still need to take the packages down before Domain & Settlement selection, these packages will remain in the store until the end of the year - rejoice!!**

End of Aristocracy Tiers

The Aristocracy are the final tier that chooses a settlement with their Mayor title. Since Domain and Settlement Selection is imminent, it is important we lock down the availability of this group and secure the player base at this level of play, as well.

Thus, at the end of the year, the Mayor, Magistrate, and Governor pledge packages will be removed from the store indefinitely. This will be your last opportunity to purchase these packages in their current form, complete with the huge discounts they offer on Sparks of Life, Exposition Points (EP), the Villa/Manor, Alpha 1 access, and more! So make your decision before they are gone, gone, gone.

Things are moving quickly now and these packages coming down signal the coming of Domain & Settlement Selection early next year. If you have any questions about the above topics, this is the place to ask them.

Fare well friends, until we chat again!

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omightis - 1 week ago

Nice!

Korvoc - 1 week ago

" but I would have liked to see how the game actually plays prior to jumping into the leadership role." i don't understand these type of statements. its like no one has been following this game from the start. its not that type of game. what we are doing now is unique , we are not playing the game we are creating the starting content of it for the people who enter come launch. its not pvp, like in eso or wow or any other mmo out there you can not run to a castle throw down your siege equipment and pound away at it. You will have an army to direct. that means supply line, people to feed, having to rest the whole thing . You ain't going to sneak an army in to overthrow a kingdom , any king worth his weight in gold is going to have scouts , so they will know you are coming so then you will have to deal with people hitting your army supply lines and camps and so forth. The army may never even make it to their objective. We are picking land and settlements and such. Now you are going to have to make that work, if you can't make that survive ,you may not make it into the history of the game other then there used to be a settlement there . We are the creators of the game base, they are giving us this honor. It is not the game proper. It is not pay to win, if anything you are paying to loose . The person who pays 10k to own a kingdom could lose it to the person who comes into the game at launch if they are cunning enough to do so. Guaranteed that after a few years some of these kingdoms will be ruled by someone else. We are paying for the honor to help build the game right now. making its history, laws, legends ect...., this is not the game proper yet. So wanting to hold on to what you buy until after launch is just silly, Its not the point of what we are doing. go back and read everything from the start and hopefully you will understand the monumental thing we are doing right now in the gaming world. it will change it all if we pull this off. This is as close as you can get to a true and proper D&D campaign but way more detailed then has ever been done. If we make this work it will change the gaming world as we know it. It's sort of like Elon musk and his cars and rockets. He put it out there now the rest of the world will have to keep up or get left behind. Help make history not whine about it !

Rojinn - 1 week ago
@Korvoc:

Posted By Korvoc at 9:37 PM - Sun Dec 02 2018

" but I would have liked to see how the game actually plays prior to jumping into the leadership role." i don't understand these type of statements. its like no one has been following this game from the start. its not that type of game. what we are doing now is unique , we are not playing the game we are creating the starting content of it for the people who enter come launch. its not pvp, like in eso or wow or any other mmo out there you can not run to a castle throw down your siege equipment and pound away at it. You will have an army to direct. that means supply line, people to feed, having to rest the whole thing . You ain't going to sneak an army in to overthrow a kingdom , any king worth his weight in gold is going to have scouts , so they will know you are coming so then you will have to deal with people hitting your army supply lines and camps and so forth. The army may never even make it to their objective. We are picking land and settlements and such. Now you are going to have to make that work, if you can't make that survive ,you may not make it into the history of the game other then there used to be a settlement there . We are the creators of the game base, they are giving us this honor. It is not the game proper. It is not pay to win, if anything you are paying to loose . The person who pays 10k to own a kingdom could lose it to the person who comes into the game at launch if they are cunning enough to do so. Guaranteed that after a few years some of these kingdoms will be ruled by someone else. We are paying for the honor to help build the game right now. making its history, laws, legends ect...., this is not the game proper yet. So wanting to hold on to what you buy until after launch is just silly, Its not the point of what we are doing. go back and read everything from the start and hopefully you will understand the monumental thing we are doing right now in the gaming world. it will change it all if we pull this off. This is as close as you can get to a true and proper D&D campaign but way more detailed then has ever been done. If we make this work it will change the gaming world as we know it. It's sort of like Elon musk and his cars and rockets. He put it out there now the rest of the world will have to keep up or get left behind. Help make history not whine about it !

So sorry to come across as "Silly". I did receive an answer via mail that was very helpful...cleared it right up. I'll see everyone during Expo. as one of the Mayors, somewhere.

Hawkaze - 1 week ago

Thank you for offering all the wonderful items. Allowing more nobility will most certainly make for more fun in game and the 3000 EP purchase was a nice help to several.

Rojinn - 1 week ago

I have a mayor package, but I have yet to pledge to any kingdom. My thoughts were that I would “save” my package so that I could play the leadership-resource management game a bit later, after I played out an explorer and perhaps a tradesman, like a blacksmith. The more I read, the more I see that I will presumably be forced to play my mayor role right away as part of the world building phase of things, I assume, after this, the players will be assigning leadership roles from Nobility, or top down, much like say EVE On line. I understand this and see the value and even fun of it, but I would have liked to see how the game actually plays prior to jumping into the leadership role. Can anyone link me a journal or clarify these items for me? Thanks so much…and I can’t wait!

kajoreh - 1 week ago

So how "Early" is "Early Next Year"?

LaLicorne - 1 week ago

Thanks for letting us some more day the Nobility package to consider the buy !

Posted By LordBronn at 10:16 PM - Fri Nov 30 2018

the question is WHY they're working on things backwards. having the first playable alpha with a very basic map should of been their #1 target since the start. Let players get an idea of what to expect, before they have to make decisions that could jeopardize their $300-20,000 investments!

I understand you eager to play Alpha. SBS needs to put inside Alpha as much features as they can to validate testing. One can also deduce from their project milestones that alpha will be server specific. That would let them have 4 different laboratories to tests different things ;)

Ironside - 1 week ago

i am happy to see the mayor packages going away.

Gaelan - 1 week ago

Posted By Serpentius at

Hail Elyrians!

2018 has been an exciting year, and this month brought us ever-closer to Domain and Settlement Selection as we wrapped up Map Voting and began Server Selection. While all good things must eventually come to an end, not everything must come to an end today! And trust us, a lot is headed your way, we hope you are ready for it!

Nobility Packages

While we bring our November promotion to a close, we've heard many requests from all over our community to retain the Nobility packages a while longer. As we often do, we've listened to your requests and have taken steps to offer the packages a short while longer.

Today, at 12pm PST, the promo items left the store and returned to the vault. But the Ltd. Courtier and Ltd. Royal packages will remain in their current form until early next week! Then, thanks to the new features we've added to store to support server-specific items, the packages will be transforming next week to into something better!

  • Nobility packages will now be limited by a specific available quantity per server
  • Nobility packages will require you to be locked to a server
  • Since these packages will be server-specific, you'll need to be locked to the server the package is from to purchase for yourself
  • If you are purchasing as a gift for a friend, they will need to be locked to the server the package is from prior to claiming it

Initially we removed these packages to be certain we didn't have an overpopulation of Nobles in the world come selection. After Server Selection launched, we had a better idea of the breakdown of where nobles planned to settle, and that gave us the insight required to bring them back. It is important to us that every player who purchases one of these packages has a place to call home come selection time. These new features allow us to more tightly control the inventory on a per-server basis which prevents that from being an issue.

So while we'll still need to take the packages down before Domain & Settlement selection, these packages will remain in the store until the end of the year - rejoice!!**

End of Aristocracy Tiers

The Aristocracy are the final tier that chooses a settlement with their Mayor title. Since Domain and Settlement Selection is imminent, it is important we lock down the availability of this group and secure the player base at this level of play, as well.

Thus, at the end of the year, the Mayor, Magistrate, and Governor pledge packages will be removed from the store indefinitely. This will be your last opportunity to purchase these packages in their current form, complete with the huge discounts they offer on Sparks of Life, Exposition Points (EP), the Villa/Manor, Alpha 1 access, and more! So make your decision before they are gone, gone, gone.

Things are moving quickly now and these packages coming down signal the coming of Domain & Settlement Selection early next year. If you have any questions about the above topics, this is the place to ask them.

Fare well friends, until we chat again!

Thank you, now I have more time to decide, what to do, what to do, what to do

Roarer - 1 week ago

Things are starting to move quickly, maybe the completion of 0.5.0 is truly that impactful.

Community leaders should start paying close attentions to things, or we may be caught off guard.

Seems like we are going to enter the stage of " having something to show" soon 😁

Sagan - 1 week ago

Cool, cool. Nice stuff.

Mayor+ disappearing is a lil scary!

Dyrnwyn - 1 week ago

So Nobility Pkgs are going to be server-locked after this weekend? And Aristocracy Pkgs (and Nobility Pkgs) will be removed after next month? Tight schedule!

Melia - 1 week ago

Woohoo! Good choice on the delay of package vanishing, methinks.

Abigor - 1 week ago

Ltd. Courtier and Ltd. Royal packages will remain in their current form until early next week!

So while we'll still need to take the packages down before Domain & Settlement selection, these packages will remain in the store until the end of the year - rejoice!!**

So...Courtier and Royal being removed in one week or counties and duchies will be available till the end of the year, but packages will be changed even more?

VioletWinterlynn - 1 week ago
@Abigor:

Posted By Abigor at 1:28 PM - Fri Nov 30 2018

Ltd. Courtier and Ltd. Royal packages will remain in their current form until early next week!

So while we'll still need to take the packages down before Domain & Settlement selection, these packages will remain in the store until the end of the year - rejoice!!**

So...Courtier and Royal being removed in one week or counties and duchies will be available till the end of the year, but packages will be changed even more?

My hopes are that they bring back the full ones 😍

LordBronn - 1 week ago

Why is the dev timeline so backwards? Map selection -> server selection -> domain selection -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> first playable alpha?

VioletWinterlynn - 1 week ago
@LordBronn:

Posted By LordBronn at 1:24 PM - Fri Nov 30 2018

Why is the dev timeline so backwards? Map selection -> server selection -> domain selection -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> first playable alpha?

It isn't backward at all, its a sort of when they plan to work on things, which is different than when things get released. Sometimes things need to come out sooner than expected, or when they think during that time of working on it when its best suited to come out and that can be at any time really that they find necessary for it to come out.

TL;DR: When things come out =/= when things are being worked on via the dev timeline

Its simply a "when we are working on it" not a "when its coming out"

LordBronn - 1 week ago
@VioletWinterlynn:

the question is WHY they're working on things backwards. having the first playable alpha with a very basic map should of been their #1 target since the start. Let players get an idea of what to expect, before they have to make decisions that could jeopardize their $300-20,000 investments!

HajimeSaito - 1 week ago
@LordBronn:

Posted By LordBronn at 05:16 AM - Sat Dec 01 2018

the question is WHY they're working on things backwards. having the first playable alpha with a very basic map should of been their #1 target since the start. Let players get an idea of what to expect, before they have to make decisions that could jeopardize their $300-20,000 investments!

It's not backwards. Backend does not mean the last thing that should or needs to be worked on.

SBS's approach to this particular game development was to save time in the long run, rather than drag out development.

If you read the development journals, this approach and it's reasoning is thoroughly explained.

LordBronn - 1 week ago
@LordBronn:

And the most recent example of being backwards, server selection should of come before map selection. Since SBS went out of their way to "research" where people were planning on playing, and stopped people from voting on maps for multiple servers.

Roarer - 1 week ago
@LordBronn:

Posted By LordBronn at 11/30/2018 8:24:40 PM

Why is the dev timeline so backwards? Map selection -> server selection -> domain selection -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> ??? -> first playable alpha?

Posted By LordBronn at 05:19 AM - Sat Dec 01 2018

And the most recent example of being backwards, server selection should of come before map selection. Since SBS went out of their way to "research" where people were planning on playing, and stopped people from voting on maps for multiple servers.

I think your opinion is perfectly legit if you take the point of view of a customer. But you will understand SBS's course of action if you look at it from a development perspective.

Customer pov: we need to know what we are buying before we pay. SBS pov: we need money first to create the e things you wish to buy.

Customer pov: we need a demo of the game mechanics to tell what communities we want to join.

SBS pov: we need a strong community to hit critical mass for launch. And the lack of in-game domains is stopping many communities to further grow.

Xaar - 1 week ago

Noon? Gah! Assumed it was the end of the day -- serves me right for not checking! :(

Fergus Redbeard - 1 week ago

.....and the sale comes to an end as I was trying to checkout...guess that explains the error message.

guess I won't spend that money on those items afterall.

Kinoss - 1 week ago

So there are no plans for NPC Nobility? I thought that provided an interesting dynamic to the game.

Gunnlang - 1 week ago
@Kinoss:

Posted By Kinoss at 07:16 AM - Sat Dec 01 2018

So there are no plans for NPC Nobility? I thought that provided an interesting dynamic to the game.

It be impossible to sell out all titles. But doesn't stop me wondering how shit the AI will be, since they seem to give every chance for the titles to fill out with players. I still would have loved one kingdom to ran by an NPC. Just to see how it would overall work/compared to players. But since that whole FK event, just make me assume they really didn't want to waste time programming the AI to run anything.

VioletWinterlynn - 1 week ago
@Kinoss:

Posted By Kinoss at 1:16 PM - Fri Nov 30 2018

So there are no plans for NPC Nobility? I thought that provided an interesting dynamic to the game.

There are plans for NPC nobility from my understanding, there won't be every package bought out, however as it currently stands there are a TON of nobility that would end up as NPC, and that they do not plan for or wish to happen.

Duchies:

37 duke/duchess titles have not bound their titles to a server * 31 NA-West (31% of those bound) * 35 NA-East (35% of those bound) * 25 EU (25% of those bound) * 8 OCE (8% of those bound)

Counties:

559 count/countess titles have not bound their titles to a server * 179 NA-West (23% of those bound) * 405 NA-East (53% of those bound) * 141 EU (18% of those bound) * 46 OCE (6% of those bound)

Kastivi - 1 week ago

Do the package merging before taking stuff away please

Thor - 1 week ago

Interesting! Will there be released any more detailed maps before christmas?

VioletWinterlynn - 1 week ago

Thank you for the promotion and allowing people to upgrade! ♥

JohnnyViscerate - 1 week ago

Thank you for extending the packages.

Azzaro - 1 week ago

Sweet