Crowfall preps ‘Siege Perilous’ castle siege testing for ‘later this month’

ArtCraft is previewing its next big pre-alpha rollout for Crowfall, codenamed Siege Perilous: the “first phase of testing for some of the initial features that will eventually become [the game’s] castle siege system.”

Design Lead Thomas Blair writes that the testing phase will take place on a modified map that leaps past the prep stage of battles straight to castle sieging itself. One faction defends the Tree of Life inside the keep, while the other defends its grove outside the keep. Victory comes through destroying the enemy tree(s) or outlasting the timer.

Siege weapons, in the form of catapults that function as Crowfall’s “first working mounts,” will be seen in action during the test; players will use them to bust through the walls and towers of castles.

Blair tells eager players they can start testing “later this month”:

“As always, we will start by inviting the Pre-Alpha 1 and Pre-Alpha 2 test groups. Once the test is reasonably stable, we’ll begin to roll in more test groups: Alpha 1, then Alpha 2, and then Alpha 3. Within each of those groups, we invite players in waves based on original pledge date (i.e. the first time you became a backer).”

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plynky12
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plynky12

orionite madoc The Siege Perilous was one of the chairs around the Round Table. Nothing to do with besieging a castle. French siege = seat.

If you sat in it and weren’t the perfect knight it killed you. Quite perilous, then. I assume this update isn’t about sitting in chairs, however. While sitting in chairs is more than some MMOs can manage,not sure it would be worthy of a big announcement. :)

TimothyTierless
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TimothyTierless

Samizdat breetoplay madoc orionite We should just be happy they haven’t called anything the New Game Enhancements yet! :l

PhunThymes
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PhunThymes

Trees will be burnt.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

breetoplay madoc orionite They’re calling it a Tree of Life from Shadowbane too and I don’t see the issue. It’s an homage to the various influences in the game, and it sounds cool besides.

Samizdat
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Samizdat

Unfathomably excited to get in and test this. Glad they’re bringing back the “Tree of Life” lore too from Shadowbane, which I always thought had a good feel to it.

Francis courant
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Francis courant

“The Chaos team will have multiple catapults already spawned in front of the Keep. […]
Each catapult can support one player, who can jump inside, drive it around and (most importantly) will 
be given an override power tray that allows them to shoot Flaming Balls of Death at enemy players and structures.”
<< Ready to shoot Flaming Balls of Death

breetoplay
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breetoplay

madoc orionite It always makes me twitch a little bit too, for exactly the same reason. :P

HDHarris
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HDHarris

oh yeah looking forward to this!

madoc
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madoc

orionite madoc True enough, but Raph is the lead designer in UO, and a major design consultant in Crowfall.   I’d say the borrowing is pretty clear cut.

orionite
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orionite

madoc Well, to be fair, Siege Perilous goes back to Arthurian legend and Order vs. Chaos is a somewhat fundamental concept to the universe at large… :)

madoc
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madoc

“Siege Perilous”
“Order vs Chaos”

Has Raph run out of ideas to the point where he’s just reusing UO themes?

Archebius
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Archebius

Really looking forward to this stage of the testing. Can’t wait to hold off the barbarian hordes. :)

Francis courant
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Francis courant

Now that’s the kind of PvP I should enjoy: larger teams, strategy, sieges, structure destruction… Exciting times. =)

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