Chronicles of Elyria players secede from their king to create their own confederation

    
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A fascinating bit of player-run political intrigue has happened in Chronicles of Elyria well before the game has even seen a playable build. During the Domain and Settlement Selection (DSS), a player king who has reportedly been missing from the community for 18 months has now seen his power evaporate, forcing players within that kingdom to form their own nation.

The king of the nation of Kairos, Thared, has been silent for a year and a half with no explanation, which caused four dukes of Kairos to believe that their people are being neglected. As a result, those dukes and 250 of the kingdom’s players have elected to secede from Kairos, creating a new nation known as the Solaris Confederation. These four dukes are reportedly extremely active in their part of the world of Elyria, expanding their communities to become 3/4ths of the population of Kairos and raising $60,000 collectively for the developing MMO.

In the player-written announcement we received, this bit of political maneuvering is acceptable owing to the fact that “Kingdoms [are] not guaranteed to last and that their power came from their community,” in spite of the fact that Kings and Queens have backed the game to the tune of $10,000.

Even with this bit of defiance, the leaders of the Solaris Confederation are hoping for a peaceful split from Kairos. If you’re at all interested in hearing just what motivated these players to make the move they did, there’s a livestream from yesterday providing all those details.

In other Chronicles of Elyria news, the August Community Journal for 2019 is out, which recounts all of the updates made during the game’s development, including DSS, a combat and underground lighting effects preview, initial details of the Dutch auction, and a look at clothing design among other things.

As for the fate of Kairos, we reached out to both Soulbound Studios and the player organization about efforts to locate the missing king, out of concern that something may have happened in real life. While Soulbound hasn’t yet replied, representatives from the player alliance told us the community made “multiple attempts over the past 18 months” to contact him, including through Discord, where he is still present, but they received no response. There’s even speculation he vanished “due to personal reasons related to starting his own business.”

sources: email, official site
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styopa

Hey if they give me a free to play account, I’ll cheerfully play a bully boy for the absent king and work to crush the rebel scum.

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P Jones

Alternate tagline: “King” who dumped at least $10,000 into game, so disgusted that he has given up even following the game.

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Robert Mann

Yeah, lot of people won’t be active until there is an actual game. Drama is expect as a result. This is just one of many things that strike me as a problem with paying for such positions.

I get that it was to raise kickstarter funds and all, and that there needs to be some system, but that was one of the biggest negatives about the game to do in my mind.

Outside that, they actually have some ideas of interest, assuming that the rest of the design isn’t cruddy and that things form up before they are completely irrelevant in those areas.

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MilitiaMasterV

Wonder if they were a victim of one of the mass shootings…

This made me remember an old game called Cybernations that a neighbor had gotten me into for a short bit…where you ‘ruled’ a nation, and could decide what it did, and build up, and join other nations/alliances…each of which got ‘unique’ resources that other nations would require, so you could make deals/get lured away by other nations. Lots of political intrigue. Wars often happened, and nations that were giant, could slaughter/farm smaller nations, but if you joined an alliance that had made peace with most people, you could basically just ‘rule’ in vague peace, until you got large enough that someone would want to take you down a peg or two/another alliance would ruin your fun…

I eventually left because my neighbor had access to one of the top few nations and was basically just acting like a megalomaniac online…(And was kind of a jerk IRL…he went on to become the girl’s coach in this small town, where he can basically rule women’s lives…while also running a ‘church’ in town…I think there’s something seriously off about him…but nothing I can do…I imagine he’ll someday be charged for doing something ‘inappropriate’…)

Not sure I’d want to play a game where people pay loads of money to be ‘in power’…

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A W

Feel free to come say hello to Thared 😁

https://discord.gg/cYAB7Tj

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Godnaz

Rich Parent:
Theodore, get off of that computer right now! It’s time to head to school.

Thared:
BUT MOM! I PLEDGED MY SUMMER ALLOWLANCE TO THIS AND THEY’VE MADE ME KING!

Rich Parent:
Do you know how much we had to pay off your curriculum professors so you’d pass? Uncle McConnelly has a job waiting for you in government. You can be king once you’ve finish university.

…. Okay, it was terribly executed. But that’s the first thing that came to my head when someone spends $10,000 to play a video game and can’t lift a finger to show responsibility.

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PanagiotisLial1

The weird thing is, since when I asked around I was told there was no playable version yet, they are kings and citizens etc of a Forum Nation. Its all about Forum RP. Now dont get me wrong, there was such forum RP and was quite popular in 90s/early 00s in eZboards and Proboards but people werent paying to participate and to gain ranks.

As ideas though, the game does looks very promising with a lot of MUD based gameplay being included. I just dont know if it can deliver. I went to their page and it is saying its supposed to get released second half of 2019. Anyways, if this game makes it and delivers like 2/3 of what is promised I can get interested but now things dont look too bright

Also states its coming on the second half on 2019 on this link. Not sure if true or they forgot to update it with a potential date

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2Ton Gamer

This game is going to be either vaporware or not successful at all. I backed it at a lower tier and would gladly have gone higher, but the changes during development and the constant e-begging for more money for virtual items and lack of plausible roadmap and lack of meaningful development communication led me away. This game has been mismanaged and misleading from the start. 2021 would be a pipe dream for a real workable version of this game.

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PanagiotisLial1

Yes I heard similar things. I dont want to prejudge it – they may pull it off even with extreme delay but it has to be said that future doesnt look bright on same pace. And while its not a game type basing a lot on graphs and tech it may end up too old if it gets released 2022+. To get an example Project Gorgon has great gameplay and because of its low tech and graphs people just agree its fun but rough looking and they move on

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David Blair

“All hail the Summer Lord! Our noble King rules with a fair and just heart between the months of June and August. Then he falls into deep slumber under the dark curse of ‘High Skewl’ during the rest of the year. May his endless wealth flow forth and enrich our kingdom!”

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PupTwilight Patterson

Most it’s not one person spending the money. A lot of the time it’s a collection of people from a group that put money forward for said person

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laelgon

This game is trying to dethrone EVE as the”Most interesting stories, least interesting to play” game just by virtue of not having an actual game.