Chronicles of Elyria unveils its official launch kingdoms

Monty Python and the Holy Grail forever gave us the perfect test for whether or not someone is the king: see if he’s got fecal matter all over him. Presumably, the kings behind the official kingdoms of Chronicles of Elyria will themselves be free of such refuse, allowing them to focus more upon tasks like keeping down the poor, executing those who do not kneel in deference, and arranging peasant houses in the shape of naughty words.

But why speculate? You can jump into the recruitment channels and threads for the various launch kingdoms to sign up as a loyal vassal well ahead of the game’s launch. It’s perfect for nobles who enjoy politicking, aspiring nobles who enjoy politicking (or backstabbing) until they’re no longer simply aspiring, and peasants who wish to protest that lobbing around very large Kickstarter donations is no basis for a system of governance. (Let us know how that last one works out for you.)

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Dro Gul

Game is years from release as a full game. They are monetizing everything they can find… even selling tokens for I think $10 that you are supposed to buy to give to your town leaders to make the place better or something like that.

People who support this crap deserve what they are going to end up with and better not come back at launch to cry about it.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

yes 25 dollars for a year of gameplay is horrible.

They added tokens as a way for people to contribute to others and there is a cap of 3 you can buy. Seems like a hateful attitude for a guy that barely understands what they are selling and why.

I will admit I’m uncomfortable about the relics that will be sold… I think that is going too far. Everything else is fairly in-line.

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Dro Gul

They are selling everything. Resources, rares, castles, schools, siege weapons even titles, land and kingships. In one case they allowed the same guy to buy 2 out of 6 kingdoms on the same server. Selling tokens for each player to buy to grow their town. You should educate yourself before talking.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

That’s how the game is setup, genius. As a king, after you claim your kingdom, you select your dutchy, county, and city. If you don’t want to use a pre-built town you can buy them with your resources (Exposition Points). This is solely for launch.

Every single thing you have listed is for exposition, and if you don’t know what that is, that is the building of the kingdom before the game starts. As backers you get to influence your territory and build your town/county/duchy/kingdom. Once the game starts all these things you’ve spent money on become vulnerable. That “rare” cathedral could be burnt to the ground, that livestock can become sick and die, those crops can wilt, that school may be ransacked, castle torn asunder.

This is how they decided to handle funding for their game. To allow people to invest in the devs and their territory at the same time. Once the game goes live it is all up in the air.

Who cares if a guy has two kingdoms? That is his deal and he’ll have to take care of it. He’ll have twice as much land to govern and twice the people to satiate. And when he fails to do that he’ll have a coup on his hands. He’ll have flushed $20k down the toilet after he loses that and some duke/duchess takes over.

When exposition starts I, as a Mayor-tiered backer, will select a town or build my own from scratch. I will then spend my remaining exposition points to either upgrade my own stuff or make my town better. I can spend it on a workshop and some lots of land for myself or I can spend it making my town more appealing.

Other than that the only thing you will ever have to buy is a spark of life… that is your game access and the life of your character. They will last about a year but are affected by your activities. People that are more famous (kings, dukes, renown warriors, infamous gankers) will have a modifier; i.e., shorter lifespans. So tell me why you are obligated to buy anything other than that? If you were a likeable person you could probably join a city and increase your reputation. Buy up land, gain influence and become a mayor. Do a great job or marry a duchess and bam… you’ve got a duchy.

Educate myself? It’s almost like I’ve been following this game since it was announced and invested hundreds into it…

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Dro Gul

Ahhh. You spent hundreds of dollars on the game that won’t even launch for years to secure yourself an edge by buying your title and land. Thanks for making my point.

Folks like you are why it’s going to be so much fun watching this blow up when it “launches”. You perfectly exemplify the echo-chamber that is the hardcore community and I’ve got my popcorn waiting for the inevitable failure and self-destruction when you start turning on each other.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Also, a question I have.

Why do you hate this game so much and shit all over the kickstarter packages and you seem to love ashes of creation which has nearly identical KS packages, including a $10k king package? Hell, ashes will have a cash shop after but CoE isn’t slated to.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Sounds like you are a little troll that cares more about watching things go wrong than hoping things go right. I didn’t spend hundreds to secure an edge. I donated what I felt comfortable with to contribute to this game. If you don’t know what contribute means it is when you add to something to help.

I am not even sure if I want to run a town. I may sell it so I can start off with some crafting supplies since that is all I’m really interested in. I don’t really get why you are acting like this. You start crapping all over something with minimal knowledge. I try to clear things up and you should how infantile you are. Guess I really shouldn’t respond to you since you are not here to do anything other than whine. Go contribute (there is that strange word again) to society. Sign up to be an organ donor and play in traffic.

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Dro Gul

Keep digging yourself and your community a deeper hole.

Gonna be a lot of fun watching this trainwreck when it inevitably crashes and burns.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Still haven’t addressed my question. You just keep showing how infantile you are. Why are you even posting here in the first place?

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Dro Gul

Sure. The guy saying I should become an organ donor and go play in traffic (over criticism of his video game) calls me infantile.

You truly are a great example of the Elyria community.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Keep deflecting. It’s not obvious. Your bias and double standard behavior is not transparent.

Why do you hate this game’s kickstarter but love ashes’?

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Dro Gul

It’s not deflecting. YOU Sir are a perfect example of the community and a key reason why I can’t wait to see the inevitable crash and burn.

“Sign up to be an organ donor and play in traffic.” over a video game. LOL. Great community representative you are.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Why do you hate this game’s kickstarter but love ashes’?

Are you really incapable of answering? You started this by being hateful. I tried to educate you and you escalated things. I really think you are just a troll and I don’t think i can muster up any desire to continue talking with you.

If you can’t answer one simple question, at least tell me what your name is on ashes so I can avoid you.

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Robert Mann

Their nobility system is the single biggest reason I’m not excited about this game. Random drawings, player votes, contests for creating cool ideas… just about anything but dropping a giant wad of cash works for me.

As it is, the game lost my interest by and large from going the ‘buy nobility!’ thing, and then cementing that with their heir system for basically as long as the person wants to buy into it. No room for anyone who didn’t drop the cash to advance, unless they make life so miserable for those people that those people quit… and all that means that any actual interest in grouping up with friends is muted by having to deal with somebody else’s odd rules. If you don’t think that’s a problem, check the insane rules on the majority of small game servers people host. The problem is widespread enough to have spawned memes, jokes, and t-shirts around it.

Compound that with the factor of most people I have heard about that throw that much cash at a game seem to be less than desirable as a leader, and it’s a disaster waiting to happen, at least in my opinion.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Many points seem fair but there are ways to take over regions. Through war, marriage, theft, etc.

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Dro Gul

Hey, how about I give you a stick while I get a gun a knife and some leather armor. Then let’s fight. I mean, technically you “could” win and take my stuff away right?

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Or I could join up with my 30 other friends with spoons and swarm you. Just saying.

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Dro Gul

Yeah genius and I could have 30 of mine with guns, knives and armor.

The more you respond the better I understand how you were talked into this fiasco.

Have fun. I know I will have fun watching it burn up on entry.

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Robert Mann

War means you have a different person who bought in, most likely, just taking over. It’s hard to raise a bunch of troops without that nobility. Marriage and theft are largely neutered by the systems of the game.

Basically the way their backer information reads, and systems we have heard about are worded, the entire area could be left unhappy and so long as the person at the top kept paying for new heirs right away they would continue to rule.

I understand they don’t want to lose something they spent thousands on… but at the same time it’s just one giant glaring thing that is basically impossible to do for everyone else. Sure, life isn’t fair… but applying that to real money spent in a video game is a huge turn off to me, and leaves me very much uninspired. I can write the game off as being for other people, and wish them fun. However, I also do want to make noise that people are looking for games that avoid that… because squeaky wheels do tend to get the grease.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

“War means you have a different person who bought in, most likely, just taking over. It’s hard to raise a bunch of troops without that nobility. Marriage and theft are largely neutered by the systems of the game”

Not every position will be filled. Many roles will be led by NPCs. So there will probably be tons of dukes and mayors that are not players. So that leaves them open to marriage for some average joe to take over. Not only that but the whole gamemap won’t be open at launch. That, once again, opens the game up for anyone to discover new continents to claim.

“Basically the way their backer information reads, and systems we have heard about are worded, the entire area could be left unhappy and so long as the person at the top kept paying for new heirs right away they would continue to rule.”

This I really don’t have a counter to. I have zero interest in anything outside of my township so I haven’t bothered to research it. I assume their must be a way to oust them or legitimize their claim or just outright assassinate all their children. Again, not too familiar because I’ve been focusing on a town and crafting.

“I understand they don’t want to lose something they spent thousands on… but at the same time it’s just one giant glaring thing that is basically impossible to do for everyone else. Sure, life isn’t fair… but applying that to real money spent in a video game is a huge turn off to me, and leaves me very much uninspired. I can write the game off as being for other people, and wish them fun. However, I also do want to make noise that people are looking for games that avoid that… because squeaky wheels do tend to get the grease.”

Yeah I definitely know what you mean. I would say that I don’t know why people would feel entitled to a kingdom or duchy. This is a game of kingdoms. I suppose the game could have launched with everyone at a plebeian level and everyone had to fight their way up the ranks through war or influence. I would find that very compelling.. like some kind of mount and blade game. The only downside is it would not garnish that much backing.

Loyheta
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Loyheta

Woot. Going to have fun in Kairos!

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