Camelot Unchained launches alpha, standalone builder

After a short delay to track down some bugs, Camelot Unchained’s alpha has begun for realsies.

“We are proud and happy to tell you that as of this writing, the alpha testing phase of Camelot Unchained has begun!” Mark Jacobs announced last night. “Starting tonight, we will begin regularly scheduled tests of our game.”

Jacobs said that on top of participating in the online alpha, testers will also get a “standalone building program” called C.U.B.E. with which to experiment, test, and create. “So, how’s that?” he wrote. “Not only are we opening alpha, but we are giving you a fun building tool that you can use without having to be in the main game! Testing an MMORPG only when the tests are being run? That’s so 20 years ago.”

[Source: Alpha announcement. Thanks to Tim, Dreda, and Amber for the tip!]
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Nanulak
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Nanulak

I want to start with…this is not my first Alpha, I have been around a while now and I have participated in a few alpha’s and beta’s in my time.  I seems I spend more time in game testing than actually playing the games.

Anyway as far as alpha’s go this is far more polished than what I have experienced in the past.  The world is actually solid and you can go about your gaming session without falling through the world or getting stuck in a wall.  Now don’t get me wrong, it is not perfect,but there are far fewer issues interacting with the world than any other early game development I have participated in.

The collision detection/physics seem to be working great, especially between the environment/characters and spell components.  Overall, they already have a game that is playable and works extremely well..so the games future seems very bright.

I am looking forward to the next testing phase….

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

Walpurgisnacht Yes, there is an NDA, and because of that, No, there will be no streaming footage until CSE gives the okay. Mark said it won’t be long before he starts to show some footage, so… “soon”. :)

Vexia
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Vexia

Congratulations to City State who have been working so hard, the backers who helped fund the game, and the testers who are breaking everything for the benefit of the future! :P I hope to one day be a part of that future, but once the beta has arrived. This weekend as a reward to myself for surviving midterm exams, I’m going to get at least the basic builder’s tier and then later decide which one I’d like to upgrade to. “I Am Sorta Committed” sounds really interesting to me because I feel like I have a huge bias toward the Tuatha De Danann faction (I really wanna see that texture pack!), but the altholic in me is still a little bit nervous about never, ever being able to try the other realms on a different server.

Awer
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Awer

$250 to test the game in alpha? jesus christ

Walpurgisnacht
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Walpurgisnacht

Will gameplay be streamed and is there an NDA? I have been following this game for a few months and am very excited for it (along with Crowfall!). I would love to see how it plays.

Perfect Hero
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Perfect Hero

Is there any actual footage or is this one of those “take our word for it” things?

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

PaganRites LOL, no worries. I’m sure we’ll misinform you at some point and we’ll call it even. :)

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Ahh ok. Well that makes sense. I thought I’d missed a very important development! I was misinformed. :P

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

karmamule Mark Jacobs Nothing wrong with that. :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

AilsaN10 And more. We have given them abilities and yesterday Tim taught them how to talk. Now, all they said was “Exterminate!” but it’s a start. :)

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

And you are still using the same procedure from the Smackhammer tests? Meaning, those bots being rendered are simulating unique log-ins?

Rhime
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Rhime

AilsaN10  Ah..ok, thank you!

karmamule
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karmamule

Mark Jacobs karmamule I am BEYOND psyched about cube.  I do tend to lean towards crafting/exploring/building over PVP so this is an unexpected treat.   But, I won’t just do CUBE, I’ll be wading in to some alpha as a healer to spread loving-kindness and the occasional smack upside the head.  :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

AilsaN10 No worries! And it’s always Mark. :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Skyewauker Apologies are gratefully accepted and no worries at all. I really do appreciate the fact that you did keep to your word as much as I appreciate the donation to the game. I hope you enjoy the game, no matter what pledge level. Don’t forget to say hi to me on our Forums, I’m there a lot as well.

/respect

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

BriarGrey Thank you and your husband so much for that! Much appreciated as well as your kind words. I hope enjoy!

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

SeedEve Thanks! I agree. For a small team that still can’t get enough programmers, we’re doing pretty well. I don’t know which I’m prouder of, the fact that we released CUBE with Alpha or that the server still hasn’t crashed even with all the Bots we threw at it.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

karmamule Indeed! I’m really looking forward to what people are going to do with CUBE. It’s really easy to use and while it isn’t anything near Beta, the folks in IT have made a lot of interesting structures already. I can’t wait to see what they can do when they start working together on things and we add some commands to make building even easier.

karmamule
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karmamule

Many many congratulations to the hard-working CSE team and of course Mark for his tireless presence here!  This is wonderful news and I can’t wait to dive in both to the alpha and to CUBE.  Fun fun times ahead!  o/

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

Skyewauker The more the merrier. It is always helpful to have the biggest skeptics come in and give their 2cents instead of just us self-admitted “fanboys” or “fangirls” in my case.

SeedEve
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SeedEve

Congrats to Mark and team,I have been following this game progression from afar and all I can say is that I’m really impress by the amount of work CSE has pulled out with such a small team.

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

Sorry Mr. Jacobs, my reply was to @Jestahr. I don’t find a thing wrong with how you handled the tiers! :-)

BriarGrey
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BriarGrey

Hrm…will upgrading my founder status to include alpha status so I can join my husband in alpha testing actually be considered a birthday gift for him?  /ponders how to sell that one….  ;)

Seriously – kudos!  Awesome job :)

Skyewauker
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Skyewauker

This is me eating crow.  I will even back the game now.  Sorry Mark Jacobs.

Jestahr
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Jestahr

I won’t get into a long debate about it, just airing out my thoughts on it that’s all. Quite frankly it’s nothing I’ll lose any sleep over, more a moment of reflection on the kickstarter generation of games.
In my opinion a better system would of been kickstarters get it at a discounted rate, late adopters get the same perks at a higher premium. However the system currently feels like if I pledge now as a builder I “pay more but because you are late you’ll be titled differently and given less”. Wether by intention or not it does separate backers, by name, pricing and perks so I think it only natural I’d feel that way.
As I say I understand why it’s this way and promises were made and early adopters need to be rewarded.
I’ll probably check the game out on release either way.

SpykeDruid
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SpykeDruid

I’ll tag on of anyone treats you as second class citizen which I’m not sure I’ve seen send me a PM and we can RvR them together… Sounds like something a dirty Viking would do…

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

PaganRites He’s not new PR, he was one of the Killer Bs that joined us last year. :) We haven’t had a new programmer join the team in like forever.

PaganRites
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PaganRites

Is the new Storybricks employee a much needed programmer? Or what’s his/her role at CSE? Just curious.
Grats again on getting Alpha out the gate. Now let us test The Depths! :P

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

NobleNerd Mark Jacobs Thanks so much for the kind words and praise. Hopefully you’ll like the long-delayed crafting reveal too. :)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Nanulak Not coming soon but it is coming. For now, more materials and commands to make building easier.

NobleNerd
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NobleNerd

Mark Jacobs I am sure you have lost a few backers over this, but the more I have added this game to my radar and the more I have seen an actual developer in the forums explaining the game and reasoning behind their choices, the more I believe you will see people like me growing in interest for a few reasons:

1) I see a great game taking shape
2) I see more and more integrity, passion, and honesty in a developer and his team (haven’t seen and felt this in a long time)
3) Even though I am not a hardcore PvPer I see other things surfacing in this game that would be fun.

grimcanuck
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grimcanuck

well I have a kickstarter pending approval now called Backing the Backer. Goal of $425. It will be open to all CU devs. So still lots of time for you as well. There will be some pretty cool incentives.
Thanks.

Nanulak
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Nanulak

Whoot!  We have made it.  And now we can build to our hearts content.

Now we just need some of the next elements of the building system so I can watch the enemy die as they fall prey to my traps ;)

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

@AilsaN10 I understand truly. My mistake (and I owned up to this before) was that what I should have said during the KS was that once the KS was over, the Founder’s Tiers would go up by x%. I didn’t and I need to stick to what I said. I’m really, really sorry truly because I know that I have lost some potential Backers but…

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

BryanCo Mark Jacobs Dystopiq Why should I be the only one losing weight! :)

The good news is that we will begins some streaming sessions sooner, rather than later.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

grimcanuck Sorry, truly but we still have a long way to go and we will be running a very long beta too so there’s plenty of time to join us and by then, you’ll even have more information.
Thanks for the interest!

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

But what you propose would lessen the value of the Founders tiers for those who jumped in early. Do you think this project would have met its Kickstarter goal if people were promised they could get the exact same deals later? What is the incentive for being an “early bird” under those conditions. I am sorry you weren’t able to get a Founders package but it would not be fair to those who did if you were able to get the same deal now.
I love collecting LE pins from Disneyland/WDW but I live too far from either park to be able to get them all (they get sold out quickly to people who live near the parks or just happen to be there when they get released). I would have to pay a premium to buy one after-market. It is just the way things are.

Edany (AmberACurtis)
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Edany (AmberACurtis)

Jestahr I can tell you first hand that there isn’t a hierarchy in how CSE treats and interacts with its backers other than in name only.
You have to understand, the Founders packages are what they are because we took the chance to fund this game via KickStarter at a time when people were (and still are) so skeptical of it. Not only that, but Mark was making a comeback from a game that left a bad taste in a lot of people’s mouths (WAR) for various reasons that I won’t go into.
And on top of that, we funded this game based on nothing but a set of intentions and ‘Foundational Principles’. There was no in game footage, concept art was pretty much all they had, and even that was released over the 30 days.

We were one of the most vocal crowd of early supporters around, and we all did everything we could to spread the word about the game far and wide. Sadly, we didn’t catch every single person in our information net.

Our packages were designed to reward us for putting our faith in CSE, and at that time it was nothing but a leap of faith.
That said, when the Builder packages came about, CSE had long discussions with Founder purchasers about what should be offered, etc. I think you would be pleasantly surprised to find that a majority of Founders were more than happy to share the wealth, and we had no problem with the Builders packages being designed to give them just as much as we Founders were offered. And the Builder packages reflect that.
There are no second class citizens in our community, at all, and you would also be thrilled to see the huge ‘Welcome Builders’ thread we created just for you guys.

If you feel at all like a second class citizen, it is just yourself putting yourself in that role – I highly recommend that you don’t. You are wanted and needed, with open arms.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Infraction Thanks! We still have a long way to go though but we are on a good path right now.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Jestahr AilsaN10 I understand that but we aren’t reopening all the Founders Tiers to other people. To do that would mean I would have to do that for all of our current Builders and that would break my promise that I made to the Founders during the KS.

While we love to see more folks added to our ranks, I’m not going to do so by releasing all the Founder’s Tiers to Builders and/or non-Backers.

I’m truly sorry you don’t like the Founders/Builders/Citizen tiers but I believe in it, even if it costs me some Backers. The people who were willing to take a chance with us longer get some special perks such as badges and cosmetic items (no PTW items). And, I believe that they deserve it for taking the chance that this project, like many other game development projects, wouldn’t succeed.

FYI, I told our Founders (even during the KS) that some of the higher end tiers, if they remain unsold, would be open to other folks but there won’t be many. But even then, I’ll make them available to our current Builders first because that is the fair thing to do.

Again, I’m really sorry that you agree with the F/B/C thing but it’s my way of thanking the people who back earlier and those people also get cheaper tiers than the group that comes after them. 

Thanks for your interest though, truly.

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Mark Jacobs BryanCo Dystopiq  The Jacobs is cruel!  It wants us to starve from our poor information diet!

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

Nelapsi Glad you are enjoying!

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

BryanCo Dystopiq It was thrown in Mount Doom and is no more. There you go, you tricked me! :)

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Dystopiq  That just means we have to trick The Jacobs into giving us its precious information.

Mark Jacobs
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Mark Jacobs

wolfyseyes Right now, if you can build in games such as Minecraft, you’re good to go.

Jestahr
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Jestahr

AilsaN10 Upset is a strong word. I’m just saying what’s holding me back on investing at this stage. This hierarchy of founders, builders and whatever else is coming next just doesn’t sit well.

I’m sure I’ll check the game out on release, if CSE wanted my cash at this stage I’m letting them know what would get it.

Nelapsi
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Nelapsi

Yay Alpha at last ! I love the CUBE system, trying to do a skatepark right now ;) And the ability crafting is really fun. But the best part for me is that i have the same feeling that i had back in the old days when i started DAoC for the first time, i don’t really know how to explain that but that’s what i feel right now. It bring back some of my childhood memories but with new game mechanics and more “BSC idears” !
But more than the nostalgia, i’m glad because i’ve been (and i am) part of a great adventure since the kickstarter ended, and now i know i made the right decision about buying the lifetime sub.

wolfyseyes
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wolfyseyes

I’m just chillin’ here, with my “I Am the Warrior” tier, waitin’ on beta and news on how things shake down. Juuuuuuuust chillin’.
So chill…
….oh God please let me play… ;_;
On point, I am curious what level of modeling and coding knowledge C.U.B.E. will demand. Much as I would love to try building things, I suspect this will be like many other mod tools–far exceeding a layman’s knowledge, but capable of great things in the hands of those far more talented and learned than I.

AilsaN10
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AilsaN10

Ever heard the expression “a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush”? Why be upset about what you missed out on when an opportunity to get some perks is there for you now?

Dystopiq
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Dystopiq

U mak me cri.

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