Domain and settlement claiming for Chronicles of Elyria begins on August 30

    
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The time is near for eager Chronicles of Elyria fans who bought in to the MMO’s promise hard enough to be granted land ownership in the game. Actually, that time is very near. It’s tomorrow; claiming of domains and settlements begins Friday, August 30th. Holy crap.

Here’s how it’s going down: Claiming begins at 6 a.m. in the time zone for the game’s four servers (NA West, NA East, EU, and Oceanic). Kings and queens will get first crack on August 30th, picking their duchies, counties, and settlements inside of the kingdoms that have already been selected. Dukes and duchesses will be allowed in on September 2nd in order of influence to stake their claims, with counts and countesses being let in on September 9th and Mayors getting to pick their cities on September 16th.

Anyone who can’t make it at the appointed time will get to claim their appropriate properties during the Dutch Property Auction happening after settlement claiming, which will get its date in a later announcement. A proxy system is also being offered to name another person as a representative for an in-game landowner for anyone who is unable to be present at the appointed hour. That can be done via the Holdings section of the account page.

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CerealK195

I would be more excited once I saw actual play besides the battle royale. I get they were testing the combat system but till I see some world stuff for the RPG side of it I’m a little skeptical. It looks like they are just stalling.

The concept is definitely interesting but as others have said it would require a large amount of people to play in order to breathe life into world. While I applaud their efforts I’ll stay on the fence till something is closer to launch then I will buy in.

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Solaris

Gotta say, the maps look incredible. The system is pretty impressive.

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Ragemaster9999

Cant wait to see all the pampered people who bought nobility land packages lose their stuff to war and power plays post launch. My eve pvp corp is watching this game VERY closely.

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Jahlon

When you suffer a coupe de grace on day one and lose it all.

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Robert Mann

Except MOST of them have a larger power structure through the people they are playing with, and doing so would require enough effort to overcome some protections put in place which would leave oneself open to attack (and there’s plenty of people willing to do so).

I expect that somebody will try, but underestimate the effort required, or maybe one of several will succeed but find that the system is set up with heirs in mind and that they really did nothing. Don’t get me wrong, I expect there to be lots of ganking going down in this game. I just expect that the cities and towns having enough population will make it rather difficult inside them without cheating, and cheating is something they have touched on a little as being something they will likely address with fixes.

I do think that the whole buying of nobility thing was the worst aspect shown so far, but I also see that they are seriously looking at how to prevent too much abuse with such behaviors. Whether that will work out or not…

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laelgon

I’m picturing a handful of players alone in their individual castles talking to themselves, issuing orders to subjects that don’t exist. From the maps they’ve generated, the world is going to be absolutely massive, which means they need that many more players to fill it. The history of PvP sandbox MMOs would indicate that it’s going to be a very empty world rather quickly. But maybe they will buck the trend, which would be nice to see one game do it.

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2Ton Gamer

You are right. The idea for this game was pretty ingenious, but only in the hands of a very very active playerbase which unfortunately they will not have because the company has been shady and ill-developed.

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Robert Mann

The PvP systems here are slightly different, and the fact that there’s so much of an NPC presence means people will have to be in much larger groups to effectively ruin the day of others. At least, that’s some of the ideas that are supposed to be part of this.

I do think there will be problems, but I don’t think it will be quite as bad as the norm for these games. At the least I will watch to see how that all works out.

Also, where I would agree that the company has had issues and made some mis-steps along the events so far, I don’t really concur with 2Ton Gamer below. I haven’t seen anything all that shady here. I do think the effects of buying monarchy and such will be a negative in some areas. I do think they have a lot of learning to do on how to handle things yet. But, at the least they aren’t quite so… self-promoting in how they interact with people. They have admitted to mistakes, done adjustments when needed by and large, and actively attempt to provide enough information to keep people engaged. So I’d give them more of a B- rating at this point, with room to grow or fall.

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P Jones

B minus? LOL. Some of the biggest backers (as in, tens of thousands of dollars tossed at the game) have called the developers shady. They have not delivered anything except sales. They were supposed to have the game launched in 2017. It’s 2019 and not even in Alpha. The development has been a mess of wasting time and resources on items that they throw away. Not one single player has been in game yet, but they have a small group of fans so obsessed that they have spent almost $7M on this project. Last I heard the average spend per paying customer was over $300 each. That’s simply crazy. They have turned this into the ultimate P2W game, except for the missing factor being there is no actual game to play nor will there be for a very long time.

BUYER BEWARE

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Robert Mann

There not being a game, and newer studios underestimating times to develop products, is different than scam/shady. There’s been both scams and solid successes under those conditions. Assumptions are as they are. Where that all is a concern, the project has some interesting ideas behind it.

My B- there is based on putting faith that there is work being done, and includes some downgrade for having had problems that people had to force them to fix. It includes some upgrade for honesty in noting they screwed stuff up, and for not dealing with trolls via reactionary statements. They aren’t really great in customer relations, but they are better than most studios. It’s more that other studios are really really really bad at this, as B- isn’t exactly a high recommendation there either.

You are free to consider your own response to each game, but what I see so far is more or less that people were given a chance to buy different games (I still dislike it) with the nobility roles and non-nobility roles, and some ups and downs. SHOULD there be nothing there, then of course the names involved will be on a list of “Avoid at all costs”.

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Dro Gul

A few points. First related to “buying a play style”. Give me a break. It’s pure P2W crap where you can buy massive advantages in game. Not just titles and land but also basic stuff like ships, armor, weapons, resources.

Second, even if we accepted you “buying a playstyle” Concept it still fails when you consider that people who bought in at the Town or Strongholds level do not all get Towns or Strongholds. Some will end up with just a few plots of land while others will have dozens plus land management devices etc… That is about as shady as it gets. If your Kickstarter says you get a Town or Stronghold you should get one. Then to top it off they sell $10 tokens that can be used to add these parcels you should already have had 5 tokens to 1 parcel I believe)

Third, their development has continued to mislead on timelines. Go and read the dev posts and journals. Always making it seem like the game is close to release when in fact they have nothing. Not one single player has been in game. It’s not even in Alpha yet and the game was supposed to launch about 2 years ago.

Anyone who gives these guys money needs a head checkup.

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Dro Gul

Also, as background I assume that you know that the Lead Designer was also in a similar role for Revival which also sold land/housing before anything existed in game and went out of business with no refunds. So history says ne should be very careful with these guys. Especially when they are years behind in development and millions over budget already and have been unable to land a publisher or investor..