24 October

Thank you for an awe-inspiring 2019 Kickstarter-versary!

By Serpentius

Greetings and Salutations Elyrians!

This year’s Kickstarter-versary was a momentous and inspiring occasion for all of us in the studio. With returning vault items, new promo items, milestone rewards, the “Show Us Your Domain” contest, and the rare ingredients and recipes from far away, we hope you found the experience exciting and rewarding as well.

Since we felt the event went so well, the studio felt it made sense to immortalize the success and celebration that occurred with this wrap up blog.

First, a quick reminder of the event for anyone who missed it.

Recap

The purpose of the Kickstarter-versary is a way to say thank you to our original backers once more, and to extend that thank you to each and every one of you who has helped us push this dream forward. Every player who had a Chronicles of Elyria pledge package by the end of the promotion will receive a suite of gifts from the studio, ranging from unique recipes for treats and adult beverages up to a steadfast and loyal companion for you to take on your adventures! Each gift is a small but heartfelt expression of our gratitude for your continued support!

The rewards that players earned include all of the original milestones created, and all of the extended “stretch” milestones, plus all four “Thank you” gifts. There wasn’t a single milestone or reward the community didn’t earn. Huzzah!

Milestones were achieved by players purchasing items from the online store during the event.

The milestone rewards players earned at each level are:

  • 40k - Clock
  • 80k - Rock Lantern
  • 120k - Travel Stone
  • 160k - EP Store Voucher (Bloodline + only)
  • 200k - Marked Account (Bloodline + only)
  • 240k - Ao’s Coin (Bloodline + only)
  • 280k - Gliders (were achieved and in the store during the event)
  • 320k - Cannibalism
  • 360k - Astral Dreaming
  • 380k - Hunter’s Cloak
  • 420k - Double Rare
  • 480k - Hot House
  • 560k - Seed Your Destiny (Bloodline + only)
  • 660k - Subterranean Volcanic Ecotope
  • 780k - Adventure Islands

See this original post for more details on these items you’ve earned!

Additionally, players earned all four Thank you gifts. They are:

Versary Monkey

Infinity Oracle

A Round on Us

Drasean Tea Set

All of these player rewards (thank you gifts + individual milestone rewards) will be deposited into player inventories very soon(tm).

But wait: there was more!

For each week of the promotion where players bought at least one promotional item, they received two rare crafting ingredients they won't be able to find easily on the starting continent. These ingredients are used in special recipes, and players that purchased an item in each week of the promotion also received one of these recipes at the end of the event!

Lastly, we hosted the “Show us your Domains” contest, which received an astounding amount of entries (over 200!). We are still in the process of judging them, and will announce the results and winners as soon as we’re done!

Some stats

Tons of players participated in many aspects of this event, and we thought you’d find it interesting to see some of the statistics we were tracking during the event:

All stats below are collected from this event that lasted from September 16th at 4pm pacific through midnight pacific on October 14th, 2019.

Total ingredients earned:

30,546

Total recipes earned:

1,374

Average amount of Tournament tokens per player:

9.7

How many players only had 1 token:

218

How many total players collected tokens:

596

What were the top 10 promo items sold:

  1. Forest Farming Kit
  2. Battlecat!
  3. Domesticated Wolf
  4. Steppe Farming Kit
  5. Cardinal Beekeeper Kit
  6. Temperate Orchard Kit
  7. Ancient Tapestry
  8. Rebel Sedecim Gear
  9. Catapult
  10. Livestock Starter

Least popular item:

Pilgrimage Supplies

So tell us fair Elyrians, if we were to ever do this type of event again, what would you like to see return from the vault?

Quotes

Here’s what everyone had to say about this event:

”The Basilisk Lizard is adorable! Definitely would love to see some armor clad To'resk on them.” - Super Moderator Xeyska

"As I promised Caspian goes in my wallet in between Jesus and Rihanna. Thanks for my favorite weapon of destruction, The Ballista" - Duke Augustus Aquila of Selene

”To see the overwhelming support for the game. It makes me proud to be a part of our amazing community.” - Moderator Focii

”I’m a really big fan of the travel stone. Nice addition!” - SME Huntsmaster

”Well, that reward meter escalated quickly” - Developer Irreverent (in his best Ron Burgundy voice)

”lol all I can think of when I look at the Battlecats! in the store is Thundercats and its glorious haha well played SBS ;)” - Mel Bluebelle of Luna

”There were so many things the studio did right with this Kickstarterversary; I think it promises some really great promotions in the future! Not only were members of various tribes and biomes considered, but also a variety of play styles, too. All I can say is... I couldn't keep my wallet away from those outfits!” - Super Moderator Kitlandria

”Thanks SBS <3 Eyes bulged out of my head when I saw the Villager Token Contest Winners. Awesome news!” - Alleykat from OCE

”It was a lot of fun to read and see what people came up for the Show Us Your Domain contest and with those prizes it was no wonder people put in a lot of effort!” - Ambassador Rofus

"We're giving them cannibalism?! Well there goes the neighborhood." - Developer Jazzhands

”Love the goats and Sedecim wear!” - Moderator Dreamar

”I’m definitely more hyped after this event. Imagine all the trebuchet airline potential if you combine the glider with trebuchets!” - Super Moderator Ikkerens

Thank you

Soon all of the prizes will be awarded to everyone, and we have been deluged with amazing entrants for the Show Us Your Domain contest! There were so many of you participating that this is going to take a little bit to judge!

Thanks to you, this was a record breaking Kickstarter-versary! You worked so hard to meet our challenge that we had to make new challenges for you!

We’re going to have to work hard next year to top this Kickstarter-versary.

Heartfelt and ever-humble, we remain in awe and with great gratitude for all you’ve helped us achieve, and for what’s to come.

Until next time,

More to come...

Discuss

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Tarloch - 3 months ago

It was amazing to see the overwhelming community support.

As for returning vault items: EP pack specials, Trade skill items, Stables Kit, Seed stacks, and Farming kits.

VioletWinterlynn - 3 months ago

Anyone with Elyrian + pledge yes. And some require higher pledges.

Avastar - 3 months ago
@VioletWinterlynn:

ah, thank you. i've been watching Elyria on and off for 3 years now. I kinda wish they had mentioned the requirements for those rewards. edit: oh they did, hehe oops

Avastar - 3 months ago

what were the requirements for a player to receive items in their inventory? is it pledged accounts only?

Floodedlake - 4 months ago

perfect time to purchase my bloodline package!

Finneris the Novice - 4 months ago

Good Job on the kickstarter anniversary. Starting it up after D&SS was smart play. I would love to see the Raiding Party kit come back out of the vault.

leone - 4 months ago

Ansiedade não descreve o quanto eu estou ansioso para jogar, este evento fez com que o meu coração ficasse em minhas mãos e minha mente imaginando as infinitas possibilidades quero agradecer por estarem criando um jogo que desperta emoções em seus jogadores a muito tempo não encontrava algo assim. obrigado.

TheLazySoap - 4 months ago

Love the milestones!
But don't chew off too much, we do want a playable game in the next 2 years! Sooner preferably!

KypiqStomper - 4 months ago

im gonna name my monkey ''Ape''

Kuponut - 4 months ago

Mild Orchard Kit?

Loggy - 4 months ago

Was a wonderful event

Scorus - 4 months ago

My visa bill came today...

Gammea - 4 months ago

It was a surprise how quick you pass far far away of the first milestones!

Congratulations!

Steveburger - 4 months ago

I really enjoyed the wide array of items that went up on the shop this KSV. I think the cycling weekly/daily stock was a great idea. Its getting to the point where there are so many items, not everything can have a chance to be represented on the shop.

The Tournament of Champions has taught us a lesson concerning token events that might be planned in the future, and that would be my only critique of the whole thing.

Moving towards the next KSV, It doesn't look like many people are complaining about the execution, and would just like to see items that haven't been represented yet, like blacksmithing, or other trades, as an example.

I don't like to say "you should do XYZ" because it feels like I'm saying I know better. Throughout the year, as new items are created for other events, they could be rotated into the future KSV to replace items that weren't so hot previously or that you might want to keep a little bit more exclusive, if that's something SBS is interested in.

This KSV was excellent, and I think a lot of us could smell its success early on in the event. =)

Vangensa - 4 months ago

Es könnten mal mehr Dinge für den Schiffsbau kommen.

Augustus_Aquila - 4 months ago

Great.. I love it. We rock well in the KSA.

Isuzu - 4 months ago

"We’re going to have to work hard next year to top this Kickstarter-versary."

If we still haven't launched by this time next year we are gonna have to have ~the talk~. You know, the refund or detailed explanation talk. :(

HazelWolf - 4 months ago

What are people hoping to see emerge from the vault? I believe there was a whole thread on that here: https://chroniclesofelyria.com/forum/topic/34021/highly-requested-vault-items

Tiffany - 4 months ago

Posted By Serpentius at

We’re going to have to work hard next year to top this Kickstarter-versary.

But the game will be released by this time next year, right? Right?

Dalvin117 - 4 months ago
@Tiffany:

Posted By Tiffany at 4:38 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

Posted By Serpentius at

We’re going to have to work hard next year to top this Kickstarter-versary.

But the game will be released by this time next year, right? Right?

Well this years kickstarter-versary was late so we are only about 8 months from the next, with that said I would hope we are able to get into something playable, right? Right? Pretty please?

SerMedieval - 4 months ago

Amazing event this year, congratulations to SBS and the Chronicles community, I can't wait to ride my woolly mountain goat down a mountain.

Kossuth - 4 months ago

Seed Stocks and the non pack coastal raiders were glaringly absent. Quite a few people I chatted to were waiting for those two.

Athorias - 4 months ago

much love from skelanos! <3

Dalvin117 - 4 months ago

If you truly want a list of what we would like to see in another event then without further ado and in no particular order:

Cardinal Beekeeper Kit, 3000 EP Pack, Foxcelot Pet, Colony Starter Kit, Distiller's Starter Kit, Vintner's Starter Kit, Stables Kit, Guild Hall Kit, Cartographer's Kit, Baker's Kit, Twilight Garden Kit, Prize Livestock, Seed Stacks- and basically any of the farming stuff, please let us buy full granaries to cope with all the hungry peasants! Actually I would make that a standalone request, Grainaries that are filled maybe with a cat or foxcelot included. finally buyable Hothouses now that they are known knowledge!

The excitement was real this kickstarterversary and we are starting to see things come together so know we are all waiting most anxiously for the time we get to see our first Elyrian dawn!

Neurotoxin - 4 months ago

Posted By Serpentius at

So tell us fair Elyrians, if we were to ever do this type of event again, what would you like to see return from the vault?

I think there was like a love boat for 2, not the barge with wine and chocolate, that didn't show up.

I want to see aesthetic customization kits and commission vouchers. The intent is to allow for different colors and/or materials to be used to make existing blueprints, as well as permanently teaching the crafter/vendor where it was claimed how to make more or acquire more.

Different versions could exist for different levels, such as personal, familial (incorporates family crest), organization (like a uniform), settlement/town (town guard or court attire), and regional style, each version being usable only by people with permissions of the version type or lower. Like if you meant to run a guild, but joined one instead, the organization voucher could be claimed at the familial level instead.

Being possible to replicate is based on the region, though. A specific color or material may be inaccessible or inadvisable, and may fall out of fashion or accessibility quickly. Making a Kypiq helmet out of bone and leather, then painting it reflective orange, probably wouldn't catch on.

KearaLoar - 4 months ago

We need triple-chocolate-chip-cookies to go with that tea set ♥.♥

Bluebelle - 4 months ago

Big thank you to SBS for putting on such an amazing Kickstarter-versary! Seeing the new items you guys came up with each week was so fun!

Raiborn - 4 months ago

Was a fantastic anniversary. Well done!

So tell us fair Elyrians, if we were to ever do this type of event again, what would you like to see return from the vault?

  • Cartography kit
  • Prized livestock
  • Monster hunter kit
Eolwyn - 4 months ago

Enjoyed taking part to this versary, and look forward to the next step of developpment !

Yeah, the next milestone would be the best gratitude you could offer to us.

Keep doing good work and the momentum running !

Wulff - 4 months ago

It was a fun event. Thank you! Oh, and please don't tell my wife how much money I spent or I suspect I won't be alive by the time CoE launches. :D

Glosterian - 4 months ago
@Wulff:

Posted By Ashina at 8:57 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

It was a fun event. Thank you! Oh, and please don't tell my wife how much money I spent or I suspect I won't be alive by the time CoE launches. :D

I'm amazed that (at time of responding) only myself and 4 others had 'Liked' this.

I got the sense, in our Discord, that many of us were, er, ensuring some 'rather creative accounting' was happening to enable us to get away with (ahem, I mean fully explain the vital and possibly amazing coincidences and issues) that caused the family income to suffer an unexpected earthquake last month...But it was a great event!

Anyone got a good cure for a black eye btw?

Ineluki - 4 months ago
@Glosterian:

Posted By Glosterian at 12:32 AM - Sat Oct 26 2019

Posted By Ashina at 8:57 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

It was a fun event. Thank you! Oh, and please don't tell my wife how much money I spent or I suspect I won't be alive by the time CoE launches. :D

I'm amazed that (at time of responding) only myself and 4 others had 'Liked' this.

I got the sense, in our Discord, that many of us were, er, ensuring some 'rather creative accounting' was happening to enable us to get away with (ahem, I mean fully explain the vital and possibly amazing coincidences and issues) that caused the family income to suffer an unexpected earthquake last month...But it was a great event!

Anyone got a good cure for a black eye btw?

Y'all should have married a gamer. =D

Glosterian - 4 months ago
@Ineluki:

Y'all should have married a gamer. =D

Posted By Ineluki at 01:26 AM - Sun Oct 27 2019

For some strange reason, two gamers together never seem to have any money though!!!

Korvus - 4 months ago

Pretty awesome stuff!

However, I am sure I'm not alone in hoping for some playable and testable material before the next KSversarry. We've only been waiting "patiently" for 3 or 4 years! lol

Sage_Alluvial - 4 months ago

Dang that monkey looks bananas. :D

DontAskY - 4 months ago

More blacksmith items!

Phgil - 4 months ago
@DontAskY:

Posted By DontAskY at 12:56 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

More blacksmith items!

More blacksmith items!!!

Dalvin117 - 4 months ago
@Phgil:

Posted By Phgil at 4:21 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

Posted By DontAskY at 12:56 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

More blacksmith items!

More blacksmith items!!!

More blacksmith items!!!!!

Kaeolin - 4 months ago
@DontAskY:

Posted By DontAskY at 3:56 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

More blacksmith items!

I'd have to agree that more tradeskill items would be nice.

Focii - 4 months ago

Woot!!! And we appreciate all the hard work from the Studio. Keep doing what you all do best and we will keep supporting you...

kkillroyv2 - 4 months ago

Congrats on the success you guys

The only additions I'd make are

1, A better selection of sale items, For the Weeklies this was mostly fine though as usual some races/biomes were left out again. Similar to that there are several professions (some of which like Blacksmithing which even have as Design Journal out) that have a grand total of 0 purchasable items. Right now its either Be a count buying farms or buy pets to most people.

  1. On the final day doing a flash sale where all items (even just weekly items) are available could have saved so much trouble for people who missed a sale (I didn't get first week email notifications sadly)

Other than that it was a great event

Jute - 4 months ago
@kkillroyv2:

Posted By kkillroyv2 at 2:53 PM - Thu Oct 24 2019

On the final day doing a flash sale where all items (even just weekly items) are available could have saved so much trouble for people who missed a sale (I didn't get first week email notifications sadly)

I really agree with this one. A single flash-sale containing the entire lineup of daily items (perhaps at a higher cost) would have attracted my interest. There were some days I certainly wanted an item but my budget couldn't fit them in until the following week. Had a day like this been presented, I could have saved cash and on that very last day - log in to nab things.

vernes - 4 months ago

Oh Wise Oracle, will I be able to purchase villagers of ANY tribe? Shakes Infinity Oracle

JohnnyViscerate - 4 months ago

YAY! Thank you to everyone!