Chronicles of Elyria to start taking name reservations next month

Thinking about reserving a character name in Chronicles of Elyria? It’s going to cost you, but if you’re willing to pony up the dough, you should be sitting pretty some time next month.

Soulbound Studios announced this week that it will start taking family surname reservations in January. The studio explained that this is more important than your typical MMO: “When you reserve a surname, that surname becomes a part of the game’s history. Every character is born to a family in Chronicles of Elyria, and it’s possible new characters will be born into your dynasty and will inherit your surname! Once you reserve a surname, no other player can claim it; it belongs to you, and you alone!”

There are some hoops to be jumped through in order to lock in your surname, however. You’ll need to either buy a minimum $135 pledge package by itself or unlock the a la carte store by buying a minimum $45 pledge package and then picking up the surname option for another $25 (so, $70 total). Additionally, surnames will be reserved according to player influence, so those with more in their account get dibs over the rest of the crowd.

Yeah, you’re probably not going to get “Stark” and “Baggins.” Sorry to break it to you.

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Cadaver
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Cadaver

What about ‘double-barrelled’ surnames? Always a mark of class, breeding and distinction. Maybe I could still get ‘Stark-Baggins’ at ‘release’? The hobbits of Winterfell. Second breakfast is coming.

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silverlock

The hobbits of Winterfell? You mean Tyrion and Sansa end up having kids after all?

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Drake Ordanska

Yes you have to pledge to get a surname but it’s no different to alot of Kickstarter games and the bonuses they offer. The surnames are only unique if your a count pledge or above otherwise they are server unique.

Once you have your surname any children you have in the game will take that surname, you can either lock those children from other players or allow a player to take over that child and become part of your family, there is a suggestion that they could then become a branch of your family, sharing a surname but not benefitting from the family mechanics.

And what’s the issue with resevation order being on an influence basis. This only ensures those with the most dedication to the project get to choose first.

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silverlock

Nothing you say changes the fact that they are charging players with the more reasonable game packages $25 to reserve their name. That’s flat out wrong. Everyone with a game package should be able to reserve a name before release. This is gouging pure and simple, preying upon rper’s because they know names are important to them.

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duokeks

This is actually done so RPers can take their part on the “pre-alpha experiences” to set a base world onto the “exposition” face which is some kind of early access to actually populate the world by the own player’s doing.
Key is that everything decays and all that is done in said phases will be malleable and probably put to shame by the influx of the $25 players (90% or more of the population, https://chroniclesofelyria.com/blog/6549/DJ-18-Kingdom–Land-Management. Second paragraph) who will be able to do whatever they want depending on how they play. Nothing is out of reach. Be it for new players or backers. Loss or win.

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Drake Ordanska

Well before the a la carte menu came out those lower packages didnt get a surname, and you had to buy the bloodline pack.

So before the a la carte you bought the lower pack knowing you didn’t get the chance to pick your surname and would have to have one of the generated ones.

Then the a la carte came out and now for a lot less you could get the surname of your choice.

So those that bought before knew they didn’t get a surname, those after knew to get a surname they had to add it to their package.

So no one went into it unknowing what they got, the people that had a right to be annoyed are those that bought bloodline just for the surname.

Next your going to say everyone should get a coat of arms and a mayor title free. Or maybe we could give everyone a kingdom pledgr without them paying.

KS works because the higher your pledge the more you get…
Or do you believe everyone should get everything for nothing?

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Dro Gul

KS works?

Can you list the successful KS MMORPGs that launched to date so far?

OH you must mean it works to raise money! Yes, that has been proven. And it sometimes works for non-MMORPGs. So far though, the only thing KS has been good at for MMORPGs is raising money for developers.

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Robert Mann

Unique combo, or special identifier outside names, is best… but real money screwing with names and the more you spend the more ability you have to push a popular surname? Nay! This is the same kinda crud I already disliked with this game’s setup. :(

They had some interesting ideas, but the $$$$$$$$$ to be involved is killing any interest for me.

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NeoWolf

This is how all games should handle naming, unique surname, non unique forenames.. that way noone misses out on the forename they want.

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silverlock

So you have to pay $25 bucks just to reserve your name for a game you haven’t even played yet? That should absolutely be free for everyone with a game package. You know throughout all this games BS I managed to hold some excitement for it’s release, this just killed it.

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BalsBigBrother

So P2S (Pay to Surname) um okies then

*gives game a wide berth*

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P Jones

These guys are the most money grubbing developers I have ever seen.
How do they even do it with a straight face?

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Drake Ordanska

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Dro Gul

Yeah keep telling yourself that Drake. It’s going to be funny when this thing “launches” and all you guys that bought your castles and titles have no peons to rule. Let me guess, you are one of those guys with multiple accounts and are at least a “baron” right. Here’s a hint: Nobody is ever going to sign up to let you be their leader.

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Drake Ordanska

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Dro Gul

This is the topic Drake. The game’s money scheme is horrendous. This concept of paying $25 for a game that won’t launch until 2020 just to reserve your name is just a continuation of it. When it launches many years from now all you guys who bought your Baron or Count or King packages are going to be shocked when nobody shows up. I wish 2020 would hurry up and get here because it’s going to be epic!

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Drake Ordanska

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Dro Gul

Guarantee I know more than you do. The plan to release the game in 2020. They ran a Kickstarter and website fundraising continues. They sold Kingdoms for $10,000. They let one guy buy two of those. They are allowing people to “vote” for the last open king spot on a server by buying $10 vote tokens. They were supposed to have used the crowdfunding as seed money to attract a real investor but that hasn’t materialized yet. They now “let you” spend $25 to reserve you name for the game that’s going to launch at least 2 years from now.

Anything else about their finances you want to know? Was I right about you buying multiple account and at least buying a Baron title? I think it’s very relevant to the discussion because obviously someone who will spend real money to become a Baron would not find anything wrong with tossing $25 on a name.

Im glad Massively is rightly skeptical of schemes like this as well as leading the way on lootboxes. Unlike some of their competitors which you mention, the guys and gals of Massively just call it straight.

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Drake Ordanska

Actually, you know about half of their funding mechanics which is what I would expect from someone on the “Bash CoE forum” on mmorpg.com

Oh btw I am not criticising this site, or the author the article was well written. My comment was that the article wasn’t complete, it needed other views putting in.

Finally I requested my comments be deleted because I’m not engaging with you anymore. This final comment was because it looked like i was running (instead of not engaging) due to how my posts were deleted.

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P Jones

BYE

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Dro Gul

/wave

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Ashfyn Ninegold

Excuse me, I’m out of popcorn. Be right back.

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