Ashes of Creation shows off work on castle sieges, building destruction, and mounts in a livestream

    
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This past Thursday saw a number of devs from Ashes of Creation provide updates and details on work being done on the MMORPG. As usual, the stream covered a pretty broad melange of topics including some castle siege previews and mount previews.

Work appears to be well underway on making siege engines work, with the livestream providing a quick look at a trebuchet in action. The trebuchet can be steered around like a vehicle right now, allowing players to position themselves to line up the right shot. Of course, laying siege to a castle isn’t really all that satisfying unless you see those walls get damaged, so the stream offered some still shots of castle ramparts, walls, and bridges after they’ve taken some damage.

The stream also granted a look at s mount from start to finish, both in character model form and final render. One mount, which looks like a cross between a giraffe and an anteater, appears to be more or less ready to ride as the devs showed off several animations as well as a prototype that featured a player riding the mount.

There is also a Q&A session, some word about feedback collection and data, and a look at some of the community-carved Ashes of Creation pumpkins. We’ve embedded the full video below and you can also work through an auto-generated transcript if you hate yourself.

sources: YouTube, Google Docs via Reddit

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G I G A B E A R

I’m going to be honest. A QA that pre-screens questions and forum bans people who submit ones they don’t want to answer isn’t particularly useful.

I would ask them what they plan to do about the battle royale having so few player the queues can be up to an hour long, and only 1 of the 4 intended modes can be run at a time, but their creative director will demand anyone asking such a question be banned from their forums and twitch immediately for “trolling.”

You can’t really expect a workable feedback process with someone whose response to your name being read aloud while donating to their charity stream isn’t a thank you, but “oh god.” Entirely because I wsa critical of his decision to make a battle royale and not focus on the MMORPG we backed.

I’d sit back and wait for their alpha before committing a dime to them. I only wish I still had that option myself.

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G I G A B E A R

Here’s the link to that “oh god” moment if anyone thinks I just made that up. I admit it sounds far fetched.

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SovereignGamer3

Entirely because I wsa critical of his decision to make a battle royale and not focus on the MMORPG we backed.

If only you were candid of the reason you were banned:

https://web.archive.org/web/20181120235314/https:/twitter.com/Gigabear_WoW

https://web.archive.org/web/20181116002153/https%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FGigabear_WoW

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G I G A B E A R

All I am going to add to this is that at no time were personal social media platforms covered by their community guidelines and that I fully acknowledge I said things on them that would have been ban worthy in the even they did apply.

I also note all of that came after said ban and as a direct result of a pretty clear case of censorship, and not before the ban, so it wouldn’t have been grounds to warrant any punishment regardless.

I was beloved by Steven Sharif and Intrepid Studios before I spoke against the BR. Here is your proof: https://livestream.clips.gg/DepressedFuriousGullCopyThis

You don’t offer someone a unique cosmetic who you view as toxic lol. This relationship remained incredibly positive right up until the BR dropped and everything went off the rails. It wasn’t me, it was them.

I have done everything in my power to reconcile, and for my efforts I had my thousand dollar game account suspended for 3 days, and placed on a final warning that if I submit any ticket related to any of my bans, I will be permanently banned on my Intrepid account.

To this day they have offered no evidence of guideline violations, despite my asking them in those tickets for such evidence. That, coupled with the clip above showing clear bias on the part of the CEO against me personally, is all you need to know about how Intrepid deals with constructive critical feedback. Which is what I was giving them up till I got booted for doing it.

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Pepperzine

I don’t have all the context, but you should consider yourself freed Giga. Focus on things more worthy of your time and money!

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G I G A B E A R

I’ve been trying, but I got far too passionate about this project for my own good. It’s proving difficult to simply walk away. That and I’m into it for a thousand bucks.

Like many in the community, I just want a good MMORPG.

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Pepperzine

Don’t let sunken cost force you to stay involved. I’m sure when you joined you enjoyed it and now you do not enjoy it. If you’re not deriving enjoyment out of being involved it’s not worth sticking around for the $1000 you’ve sunk.

My personal opinion on these crowdfunding ventures, avoid them. Instead of looking for the grass is greener mmorpg, play one that is existing but imperfect, and in time a fresh crop of games will launch without the need for you to waste your time and energy on it. And you’ll have a lot less drama to deal with!

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Bruno Brito

Play old projects. Play Everquest 99. Play SWG.

Don’t waste money on these shitshows that promise something then bend backwards for more money.

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G I G A B E A R

You’re right of course. Last year when all of this hit the fan I downloaded Unreal Engine 4 and have been learning game development.

While I don’t ever expect to release a proper game, I am very much enjoying the process of making a slice of my own idealized version of the world of Ashes.

I’ve been trying to move on for a solid year. I’ll get there eventually.

Pepperzine
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Pepperzine

Sounds like a much better use of your time, instead of giving money to intrepid you could spend that money on courses for that. There will always be games in development and there will always be a need for developers.

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Bruno Brito

He was banned because of his opinions on Twitter?

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G I G A B E A R

Intrepid attributed it to “unnecessary drama” on the discord. However when asked why I got the boot, their head moderator replied “read his twitter.” The given reason was just a cover.

Since then I have been banned from literally every platform they have the ability to ban me from. I receive no notifications on these bans beyond those generated by the platforms automatically, and NEVER a reason related to anything beyond my twitter or the discord, and rarely do I even get that much.

Which platforms am I speaking of beyond the discord?

I was banned from their forums and reddit the same time as the discord, despite no offending posts on either to warrant it, nor have any ever once been cited, because they don’t exist.

All 3 of their twitter accounts have blocked me.

Their facebook and youtube have banned my comments(youtube shadowbans, which is the same thing really, leaving me to waste time commenting when nobody could see it)

Their Steam community hub has banned me, ironically while linking a thread asking them to please stop censoring the community that broke no rules at all. No reason was given, that field was left entirely blank. All communications from me as to the ban have been ignored.

They twitch banned me for asking a single question “Will in game moderation be as strict as the community platforms?” I don’t see anything wrong with that question.

The community marketing lead banned me on sight from her “personal” stream after I joined it because Intrepid advertised it as an Ashes of Creation function. My only message there was “Hi Fooshy, how ya doing?” Fooshy is a friend of mine in the community, and well-liked. No reason was ever given. There really wasn’t any valid one I can see.

It’s been a very sad ordeal. But this is what Intrepid is willing to do to you if you don’t stop criticizing them. But, their ToU carry an even more dire warning. There is a line on what happens if you are banned which says the following “and we will use all legal means available to us to prevent you from contributing to the community.” Those ToU with such an Orwellian threat did not exist when I backed mind you.

I apologize for the length of this reply, but it’s a very long history with me and Intrepid.