Make My MMO: Star Citizen’s new website and private concierge event (January 6, 2018)

This week in MMO crowdfunding, Star Citizen devs gave a first look at game’s brand-new website, which is due to launch later in January. It’s good news for those of you who’ve argued the existing site doesn’t do enough to explain the game to newbies who haven’t been following the game for years.

High-end Star Citizen backers also have the opportunity to attend an exclusive shindig in May. “On Friday May 4th, we will host a private Concierge event, which will include an intimate tour of our LA headquarters, followed by dinner in the commissary and a sit-down Q&A with Chris Roberts and key devs from the Star Citizen team,” members of the Chairman’s Club were told via email this week. “The event will be filmed with highlights airing at a later date. It will be limited to 60 tickets, going on sale to Concierge members for $350 in three installments [beginning next Friday].” (Thanks, DK!)

Meanwhile, Crowfall talked parcels, Chronicles of Elyria wrote about identity, Elite players are busy rebuilding, and Ship of Heroes spoke to us about its hopes for the superhero MMO genre. Read on for more on what’s up with MMO crowdfunding over the last couple of weeks and the regular roundup of all the crowdfunded MMOs we’re following.

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Campaigns and crowdfunded MMOs we’re watching

3001SQ (Société des Mondes Virtuels) – Kickstarter unsuccessful. Work continues.
AdventureQuest 3D (Artix Entertainment) – Raised 368k; beta began Oct 2016.
Albion Online (Sandbox) – Launched July 2017.
Antraxx (Team Antraxx) – Kickstarter canceled.
Ascent: The Space Game (Fluffy Kitten Studios) – Successful KS. Fully launched 2016.
Ashes of Creation (Intrepid Studios) – Successful KS. Alpha zero.
Broke Protocol (Cylinder) – Unsuccessful KS. In free early access.
Camelot Unchained
(City State) – Kickstarter successful; open donations/packages.
Caribbean Conquest (Invenio) – First KS canceled, second ended unsuccessfully.
Contested Space (Zon)
Crowfall (ArtCraft) – Kickstarter win, open packages, Indiegogo crowdfunding ongoing.
Chronicles of Elyria (Soulbound) – Kickstarter successful, open packages.
Citadel of Sorcery (MMO Magic, Inc.) – Open donations.
City of Titans (Missing Worlds Media) – Successful KS; launch planned for fall 2018.
Descent Underground (Descendent Studios) – Successful KS.
Divergence Online (Stained Glass Llama) – Three campaigns; now in KS early access.
Dogma: Eternal Night
(Prelude Games Factory): Kickstarter overdonor preorder packs.
Dragon of Legends (Thrive Games) – Successful Kickstarter.
Dual Universe (Novaquark) – Kickstarter funded, now has donor platform. Pre-alpha.
Eco (Strange Loop Games) – Funded, now in alpha.
Edengrad (Huckleberry Games) – Kickstarter funded; in early access.
Elite: Dangerous (Frontier Developments) – Funded and launched.
Empyrion Online (Eleon) – Kickstarter canceled; launched on Steam early access.
Epic Space (EpicSpace.net)
Ever, Jane (3 Turn Productions) – Now in open beta.
Global Adventures (SubaGames) – Kickstarter funded.
Gloria Victis (Black Eye Games) – Open donations, no end date; in early access.
Greed Monger (Greed Monger) – Abandoned, multiple times now.
Grim Dawn (Crate Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Guardians of Ember (Runewaker) – Funded and launched.
Guns of Icarus (Muse) – Funded and launched.
Hero’s Song (Pixelmage) – KS canceled; Indiegogo. Canceled w/ refunds.
Infinity: Battlescape (I-Novae Studios)
HEX (HEX Entertainment) – Funded and launched.
Legends of Aria (Citadel Studios) – Kickstarted as Shards Online. Alpha ended.
Life is Feudal (Bitbox): Indiegogo ended. Currently in beta.
LUX (Chimera) – Kickstarter canceled.
Maestros of the Anthymn (String Theory) – Kickstarter canceled.
Mekria (Infinity Online Studios) – Kickstarter canceled.
Midair (Archetype Studios) – Kickstarter successful.
Nebula Online (Mizar Games) Kickstarter canceled; launched in November.
Neo’s Land (NeoJac Entertainment) – Open donations, no end date.
Novus AEterno (Taitale Studios)
OrbusVR (Ad Alternum) – KS funded March 2017. In early access.
Overpower (Hydrant Games) – Kickstarter unfunded; heading to early access.
Pantheon: Rise of the Fallen (Visionary Realms) – Open donations. Prealpha.
Pathfinder Online (GoblinWorks) – Doom, mostly.
Planet Nomads (Craneballs) – Kickstarted, early access launched sans multiplayer.
Pixel Starships (SavySoda)
Project Gorgon (Elder Game) – Kickstarted in three tries + Indiegogo. In alpha.
Pumpkin Online (Monique) – Downgrading from MMORPG.
The Exiled (Fairytale Distillery) – fka Das Tal; 2015 KS unsuccesful. In Steam early access.
The Realm: Reawakened (Stephen Nichols) – Ongoing GoFundMe.
The Repopulation (Idea Fabrik) – Kickstarted twice by A&B. Back in alpha
ROKH (Darewise) – Kickstarter canceled; now in early access.
RUiN (Tarhead Studio) – Kickstarter successful.
The Stomping Land (Alex Fundora) – Abandoned.
Sacrament (Ferocity Unbound) – Kickstarter failed; Patreon ongoing.
Shadow’s Kiss (Clockwork Throne) – Ongoing Patreon, Kickstarter funded.
Shroud of the Avatar (Portalarium) – Successful KS. Soft launch July 2016.
Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium) – Ongoing donations/packages.
TUG (Nerd Kingdom) – In middle of year-long revamp after funding surge.
Vigor Roads (NeuronHaze) – Kickstarter unsuccessful; early access planned for 2017.
War of Rights (Campfire Games) – Successful Kickstarter; in alpha.

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primal

well looks like Cryteks lawsuit against CIG is complete BS. seems CIG paid 1.85 million euros for the use of the engine to. looks like its going to go away

edangerous
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edangerous

I would be surprised if a company like Skadden would take on a “complete BS” case, their reputation is important to them.

Let’s wait and see what the court decides instead of relying on armchair lawyers or youtube celebrities.

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primal

wow… one of crytek complaints is that CIG would profit unjustly at cryteks expense but they paid them 1.85million euros for License and buyout and so they wouldnt need to compensate crytek in the future. point 5.4 in the GLA specifically states No royalties need to be paid so id the say the majority of cryteks lawsuit is a joke. If you want to read the GLA itself and read the responses from a real lawyer i.e. the lawyer actually defending CIG then its all here

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1mPjfXrjAf9RUq3_5cJgd-hF-I5XoCQta

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primal

this looks like CIGs lawyers, dunno if there any good http://fkks.com/

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primal

armchair lawyers? so you call a practicing copyright lawyer in the US like leonard french fake lawyer? yeah ok dude.

maybe Skadden thought they had a case, chances are in discovery theyll find out they dont have much to go on

edangerous
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edangerous

No I am not calling Mr French an armchair lawyer, I was referring to him as the youtube celebrity. I thought that should have been quite clear.

I hate this leaping to assumptions. Why not leave it up to the people that are involved with the case, this contract law is a minefield because so much of it is about interpretation.

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primal

i wouldnt of called that leonard guy a youtube celebrity tbh, it was the first time id ever heard of him and all he seems to do is talk about law which isnt exactly a subject tons of people are waiting to watch

seems like cryteks interpretation is out of this universe. when they tried to talked about Ortwin and his involvement with it he had a signed waiver from crytek before they negotiated the GLA. cryteks just seems to be throwing as much crap as it can and hoping something will stick

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Jeff Weideman

Here. It does appear to be without merit but the final decision is still out. This breaks down what was actually in the agreement and why the lawsuit will go no where most likely.

edangerous
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edangerous

Oh god no. The last person I would trust with an opinion about the legalities of this contract would be a shill like BoredGamer. He just repeats what he wants to hear….

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Loyal Patron
Armsbend

I don’t think these guys understand what it means when a Manhattan law group picks your case.

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Armsman

In the end it means nothing. (And BTW I work for the LASC). In the end (if it goes as far as an actual Trial), civil Cases are decided on their MERITS – not who is representing whom. It may be that they figured CIG would settle fast to avoid any further negative publicity. It wouldn’t be the first time Crytek management made a bad call.

(95% of all Civil cases settle before they even see the inside of a Courtroom. I’m sure that’s what Crytek was – and still is – hoping for.)

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Zora

Well gala dinners to fleece wealthy people are used to raise funds all the time in politics or even academical backgrounds…

Perhaps mr. Roberts missed his true calling there but as long as the money flow in and he doesn’t have to share them with anybody else (unlike with aforementioned environments) who can possibly blame him for trying uh?

styopa
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styopa

They have a new website ?

I took a screen shot below:
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draugris

Oh seems like the concept art simulator goes into another round of $$$$ making, maybe the 350$ dinner with chris roberts is the better deal

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Oleg Chebeneev

Actually the button donate is pretty hard to find and you have to go through verious menus to get there. Its almost invisible compared to how much varied stuff and info there is on the site

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Alex Hyer

Stop it man, you’re ruining his shitty joke.

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Patreon Donor
Totes McGoats

That was a joke? I thought that was literally the new design.

They can’t afford to release the game because donations would cease so I predict another decade of “alpha/beta”.

Pretty scummy to make your living fleecing unsophisticated gamers.

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Alex Hyer

Congratulations.

You’re popular.

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Nathan Aldana

Private concierge event?

Star A Lago?

cmdr_cotic
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cmdr_cotic

That’s not true is it?
Pay $1000 to support a company which earns you the privilege to pay another $350 for a nosh up.

Someone’s got to be having a laugh.

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Kickstarter Donor
zeko_rena

I must have missed the part where people who paid $1000 had to pay $350 to attend or face execution by firing squad.

Oh wait that is because you don’t have to attend, don’t be mad at people who have stupid amounts of disposable income (I wish I did, but I don’t hate them for it)

oldandgrumpy
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oldandgrumpy

minimum of $1000 USD to get you into the first level of special star citizens

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Joe Blobers

To Cmdr_cotic:

Did Backers paid 1000$ from start to get a special meeting or to support the game they want to be done? Clearly the later.
Hence the extra $ for event not dedicated to game development.
Do you know why Backers do pay a smaller fee to participate to CitizenCon?…. to help cover costs.

Difference is this meeting is not for a large public but much smaller audience with no sponsor, hence the ticket charged being higher than for bigger event.

By doing so CIG practice goodwill. This is complementary of regular free Studios tour several times per year.
This one is a special event. Do not want to participate to this very specific one? Don’t, nobody force you and the extra costs won’t be charged to others Backers. A Win-Win solution.

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Michael18

@Joe Blobers

tbh, my initial reaction was close to cotic’s but I think the perspective you describe makes sense.

Still, what remains from offers like this is an air of elitism about this project. Having several layered groups of elite backers might help squeeze out enough money from whales to fund development of a cool game, but I fear there is a price to pay in the long run.

cmdr_cotic
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cmdr_cotic

Joe Blobbers, apologist and deflectionist extraordinaire….

I don’t care what you say and the ways you try to pass this off as acceptable because I find it very amusing that after having people pay $1000 towards getting a $60 game made they are trying to charge 1/3rd as much again for a lousy studio tour with a bit of food.

I guess CIG think if people are stupid enough to fork over $1000 or more for jpegs then there’s a good chance they are stupid enough to pay $350 for this.

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Joe Blobers

Quote Cmdr_Cotic: “I don’t care what you say and the ways you try to pass this off as acceptable”…

Cool, I comment more for Readers than for you because talking about deflectionist and Jpges while 3.0 is out and available to all in PTU… :)

Fine also if you do not understand the fact Pledges are for game development and not for special events available to few.

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primal

3.0 is live not PTU

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Patreon Donor
Totes McGoats

“Alpha” 3.0 is the funniest scam I’ve heard in a while.

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Armsman

“Alpha” 3.0 is the funniest scam I’ve heard in a while.

^^^
For a scam, it’s pretty downloadable and playable atm.

As for the $350 a ticket dinner, please show me where it’s mandatory to buy a ticket to the dinner play the game. If there’s no interest in such an event; the ‘free market’ will take care of itself when no tickets are sold. If tickets do sell – it means someone found the event worth the price.

(For myself, while I’ve backed the project, I wouldn’t spend that amount of money to attend such an event; but what others decide to do is their choice.)

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Nathan Aldana

if you thin k the free market is virtuous and uncorruptible by the stupidity of human beings, then , I really envy your ability to still believe in humanity, and pity your lack of acknowledging the reality of humanity.

Tamanous
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Tamanous

Crowd funding is more pure than typical big developer financing. It’s binary. The customer likes it and contributes or doesn’t. Meta marketing often via venture capitalism is funneling money from any source (most from other products not even sharing the client base interested in it) to make a game not niche targeted.

Your view of reality needs to be reshaped.

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Armsman

Where and when did I EVER imply in that statement that the free market was virtuous or uncorruptable. If anything the U.S. Federal Election of 2016 shows ignorance and stupidity are in full force among a vast swath of humanity.

But I don’t control the actions or desires of other people – and if they feel something is of value, that’s their choice.

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