Chronicles of Elyria on a la carte prices, skins, and this weekend’s convention game

    
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Looking to just buy your way into an exclusive alpha program? Want to put your name on a star or tombstone? Thinking about adopting a pet? Chronicles of Elyria has you covered on all of this and more.

The fantasy MMORPG is getting ready to offer a la carte shop options, allowing players to pick and choose their advance purchases as the title trundles through development. There are many options to pick from, including Beta 2 access ($20), Alpha 1 access ($155), the soundtrack ($10), the option to name a landmark ($100), and a server-exclusive coat of arms ($25). The tombstone thing is quite real, by the way, and half of the profit of each one sold will be donated to the International Association for Suicide Prevention.

While Elyria won’t be at PAX Australia, the team is activating its Conquest of Elyria convention game over the weekend in its honor for any supporters who meet the required level of influence. There are in-game prizes as rewards for fans to secure, including armor, jewelry, and a cloak.

In still more Elyria news, the game’s latest forum post covers all the bits and bobs that the team is working on to get the first leg of alpha for backers underway: character creation, terrain and physics, survival mechanics, the website, and new biomes, pics of which we’ve tucked below.

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A lot of circle jerking going on in the comments. I guess people really don’t understand what a la carte means. That being said I probably won’t be following this closely for a while along with Star Citizen. I won’t be buying any of these a la carte items and I probably won’t be doing Kickstarter until at least one of my backings pans out.

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Dro Gul

I think you need a dictionary

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Loyheta

A la carte is when you buy something separate. As opposed to a combo/special/bundle. Like going into a restaurant and getting 2 tacos instead of the platter #2 that has two tacos with beans and rice. In this case it is buying alpha access by itself instead of as a tier/bundle. You can then add this to your bare-bones game purchase. Saving you hundreds. Let me know if you still don’t get it.

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Dro Gul

It was about your circle jerk comment, genius.

Also, LOL about the “saving you hundreds comment”. Too funny.

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Loyheta

yeah I just bothered to look it up. It only saves you 30 if you wanted both the game and alpha. I have seen alpha bundled with packages that cost you hundreds before. One of the top of my head would be ED.

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Dro Gul

Saves you $30. LOL
What a shill.

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Loyheta

Must be nice to just laugh off a 13.33% savings.

Can you go troll somewhere or someone else?

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Loyheta

1)circle jerk is just an echo chamber which before I posted there was nothing but negativity, ergo, echo chamber.

2)Value is dictated by the market. So if they think it is too high, they won’t buy in. So if someone thinks it is reasonable but doesn’t want to buy the 225 package they are saving.

3)Why do you post so much on CoE articles? Are you trying to save someone from wasting their money on this game? Are you a troll? I don’t click on articles that don’t interest me so what compels you to?

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Dro Gul

Also. On another post you said you admitted you spent hundreds of dollars on this. Sounds like you’re an unbiased source.

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Loyheta

Oh no I’ve been found out. My secret plan of coming in here and expressing how I’m not all that enthused at the moment. Thus tricking all these people crapping on the game to come in and play with me. Just because I purchased it doesn’t mean I’m automatically a zealot for the cause. You could talk to me about just about any kickstarter I’ve backed and I’d have some negative things to say about it.

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Robert Mann

As I noted way back when, the moment I saw the noble titles on sale for thousands of dollars, I knew this was going to go at least a little wrong. Same applies to every ‘game’ out there doing this.

Whether any of them deliver on other things or not, those huge purchases and the advantages they convey ruin things in so many ways for anyone who doesn’t buy in at those levels.

$1000+ buys me… something in the range of 20 new games right now. Assuming I buy brand new. That. IS. Not. Happening. For those with so much money burning a hole in their pockets, I wish you well, but I doubt that it’s worth it.

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Dro Gul

Wait a second. $155 to join an alpha and it doesn’t include a copy of the game?

WTF is wrong with these people?

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Armsbend

The developers or people who give money to crowdfunded games?

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Dro Gul

Do I have to pick one? Fits both.

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Loyheta

Do you need someone to explain to you what a la carte means?

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Dro Gul

The point was that they believe a stand alone Alpha test access is worth $155. It’s ridiculous. Take your snide comments back to the CoE forums if you want to see a true “circle-jerk”.

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I don’t see how Alpha access couldn’t be worth $155. With a minute of research the current cheapest package with it is $225. Alpha is a vulnerable period of time and for almost every single game with alpha testing, is reserved for those that have shown commitment and passion for the project that will go in and help instead of saying “this game is buggy and un-optimized” and spreads hate.

I don’t spend much time on the forums. I spend more of it on Ashes of Creation and I don’t ever go to Star Citizen. There’s not much that I can say that hasn’t been said and some threads are just an echo chamber.

I did, however, expect something other than negativity in this article’s comments but didn’t, ergo the comment about circle-jerking.

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“I don’t see how Alpha access couldn’t be worth $155. With a minute of research the current cheapest package with it is $225.”

I think the point is – it’s all worth exactly $0.00. $1 is more than an alpha of this piece of shit is worth.

To get to the point.

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Dro Gul

Guy like him will never get the point. They come out of their safe space to try and lure more people into donating to “The Cause”, then run back to their forums to bemoan how bad the world is.

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Loyheta

I like how you cherry pick what comments to respond to and the vast majority don’t have any substance or address the topic. I’ve said plenty of bad and good things about the game but you ignore that fact because it doesn’t fit your narrative.

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Dro Gul

The rest of us know what a joke this whole thing is. Someday after you get handed a pile of poo on a plate you will get the punchline.

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Loyheta

For the sake of all those that have invested money or have careers riding on this, I hope you are wrong Nostradamus.

I mean it is normal to have doubts or see problems with a game’s development but I don’t understand why anyone would get so unabashedly hostile and hateful towards someone else because they are interested in it

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Dro Gul

Come back in a few years when you get the punchline. The rest of us already got it.

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Loyheta

That’s your very poisonous, heavy handed, and biased opinion.

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I’m amazed that you don’t understand that paying $155 to test a prototype of software is insane. I’d elaborate further on the absurdity, but if you can’t see that already then nothing I say is going to change that.

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I really don’t have an argument against this. I associated it with the cost of the package but framing it the way you did (albeit incredibly condescending) as what it quite literally is… testing prototype software, it does seem absurd.

Some people see a lot of value in alpha access. I never have been one. The games are usually broken and missing so many features that it is a chore to play/test. I’ve signed up in many just to see if they are developing in a direction I want to support but when it is part of your package.. the money is already spent.

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Ashfyn Ninegold

This has stopped being a game in any real sense of the word. It’s just a marketing scheme now. Think of those late-night TV hucksters selling miracle hair tonics and car deodorizers.

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Cadaver

In defence of the late-night TV huckster, you will receive an actual bottle of fake miracle hair tonic in short order. This is a better proposition than the mere promise of owning one at some undisclosed time in the distant future.

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Robert Mann

When there’s actually a logical defense for late night hucksters and snake oil salesmen… you know something is wrong!

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