Now this is what I call getting into the spirit of Octo-Halloween-ber, the best month of the year: ArtCraft is rolling out previews of all of Crowfall’s monster races, playable and otherwise, over the next couple of weeks. Up first? Centaurs and Elken, two races not unknown to longtime followers of the game, but the recap is worth a look anyway.
Centaurs, for example, aren’t just stock horse-people; they’re “shrewd diplomats, powerful warriors, and respected philosophers” with bonuses to constitution, kicking, and movement speed (they also eat a lot!). They can run as Knights, Champions, and Cleric classes. And this is cute as heck: “The Centaur also gets a bonus Horseshoes Slot which acts as an additional slot for boots.”
The Elken, on the other hand, are stag-like beasts that communicate with their hands (yes, hands), the better to help them hunt and stealth. They can play as Knights, Confessors, Templars, Rangers, and Clerics.
The unique part about Crowfall’s races, note, is the vessel system itself – that being the “body that your Spirit Crow inhabits which allows you to explore the world” and customize your gameplay.
“When a vessel is created, its Race is chosen, and that vessel receives a permanent Racial Runestone. This Runestone contains all the attributes and skills that apply to that particular Race. Along with attribute modifications (such as increased Constitution or Dexterity), each Race has a unique Racial Bloodline Passive, a dodge, and a number of other exclusive powers. The Racial Bloodline Passive acts as a free passive — that is, you don’t have to expend one of your limited passive skill slots to use it and it’s automatically granted. These passives are thematic to the vessel’s Race (for example, the Centaur can move more quickly and the Minotaur is harder to stun). An important goal of ours is to make sure our Races all feel different when you play them. The sheer variety of choices, along with the different Classes and the addition of a vast array of Disciplines, makes for enormous customization potential.”
It’s #crowfallgame Monster Month! Throughout #October, we’ll be showcasing the playable #Monster Races, like the antler-slamming #Elken here, and creatures of #Crowfall. https://t.co/jX4B0rhsJX #crowfallmonstermonth #creaturesofcrowfall pic.twitter.com/G6N6AaB6lh
— Crowfall (@CrowfallGame) October 1, 2018