Eco offers doomsday device Kickstarter tier, then pulls back from the brink

    
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In the final hours of its successful Kickstarter campaign, the global survival sandbox Eco pulled out the big guns: a new tier that would allow those backers to obliterate the world with a doomsday device.

Theoretically, players who bought into the Destroyer of Worlds tier would be able to research and develop the doomsday device to either use it or wield it as a bargaining chip. It would have played into the game’s themes of both societal conflict and collaboration and was priced at $750.

Lots of past-tense references in the previous paragraph, you might have noticed. That’s because creator John Krajewski backed off of the idea fairly quickly: “It’s doing more harm than good, so we’ll adjust it and offer refunds to those that backed (past the KS campaign too). I’d still like to explore a design expanding ‘players as villains’ in the game, but will do so later in development in an inclusive way, where we’re not beholden to backers who paid the $750.”

Source: Kickstarter #1, #2. Thanks to Dengar for the tip!
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ManastuUtakata
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schlag sweetleaf ManastuUtakata 
I don’t think that’s two Gnomes making up one Human though. o.O

Robert80
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schlag sweetleaf ManastuUtakata  That may be the most awesome saggy pants picture ever.

Ceder
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The see sawing like that reflects to me a lack of their design plans in a big picture sense.  If I was a backer, I’d be more than a bit concerned with these sorts of short quick and short sighted decisions.

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schlag sweetleaf

ManastuUtakata schlag sweetleaf ” THEN PULLS BACK FROM THE BRINK”

:)

Wratts
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Denngar Wratts Cool, I hadn’t realized it was a private-server focused game.  That makes a lot more sense in that context

Denngar
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VikingGamer It’s a HUGELY optional component of the game. It’s like playing Monopoly, players agreeing to also add the rolling of a 20 sided die if someone rolles a 12, and agreeing that a 20 means you automatically lose the game. It’s a veeery optional part of the game people would have to be super aware of.

Denngar
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Wratts Totally over-reacting. Perma-ban is optional, just like PvP. The perma-ban is attached to specific laws (there’s no outright killing players, it’d be for, like, chopping down too many trees), which also are optional and voted on. The perma-ban also wouldn’t be immediate, you’d need people to witness your transgression or find evidence of it, then track you down, and then arrest you. Considering the game’s mostly about private servers, the perma-ban is something you pretty much have to actively pursue. Really, without any overlap between worlds or account tracking, unless you were really attached to the community, the perma-ban tool doesn’t pose a threat to individual players, it’s simply a tool for server communities to open themselves to the challenge of griefers while also making sure that the threat they pose isn’t a constant.

Denngar
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Armsbend Whoa, that got ugly fast! Pay to win? It was capped at 6 people, required a team of people to help build the doomsday device, and it’s a game with private servers (so there’ll be PLENTY of servers even before people decide to disable that option). Heck, it  was cancelled because of the paywall. Strange Loop actually listened to their fans.

ManastuUtakata
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schlag sweetleaf 
That’s a classic Strangelove reference. To bad it got put in reverse. :(

ManastuUtakata
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*Notes pic header* I used to have that poster. o.O