Creature survival sandbox Day of Dragons flaps its way into early access

    
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Have you ever found yourself the khaleesi of an exotic nation and, somehow, misplaced your dragons? You could throw beautiful temper tantrums about it — or you could get smart and head on over to Day of Dragons where they are probably roosting.

This “online creature survival sandbox” raised over a half-million dollars this past fall on Kickstarter, and now Day of Dragons has released on Steam early access. The $20 game gets you access to private servers and at least a year of pre-launch play. There’s also a single-player mode if you’re one of those dragons that needs a lot of breathing space. If you’ve ever had fantasies about laying eggs and seeing your offspring hatch, well, this is your game.

Day of Dragons is an online creature survival sandbox game set in a large, beautiful, open world with multiple biomes,” developer Beawesome Games said. “Rule the world as one of several dragon species, or unlock the secrets to playing as a non-dragon species.”

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Greaterdivinity

FYI – this appears to be Trials of Ascension with a new name, a few new people, and some of the old.

So this decade-long running scam/pipe-dream is still alive and kicking somehow…

More context: https://dayofscams.com/

I normally am not one to bag on game just for being bad, but please for the love of god stop covering this before more people throw away money on this nonsense.

After all these years, it’s hard to view this as anything other than a scam. AT BEST it’s a small group of people who are WAY out of their depth and are irresponsibly taking peoples money to put towards a project that they don’t have the talent to complete.

But believing that seems to require that we ignore a huge amount of context and developer behavior over the years.

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Tizmah

I knew when I heard about the half million kickstarter and seeing all these store bought assets something was up.

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Sorenthaz

Well that’s disappointing. That gameplay video actually got me interested for a moment.

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Greaterdivinity

The one embedded? If so, did you notice any non-dragon creatures other than the worm with the dragon corpse on its head? Because I didn’t when skipping through, and I have a sneaking suspicion that the dead dragon is a band-aide to get the game to recognize that the creature should be “alive”…

Also, watch the video I linked. Or at least skim through it and then watch the last few. There’s an amusing twist to it : P

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Sorenthaz

Yeah reading the reviews on the Steam page and seeing discussions in the forums, it looks like the cult-like mentality is very strong. “Stop complaining about it!” “Ignore the negative reviews, I’ve always dreamed of a game like this!” etc.

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cursedseishi

So it’s a developer who is equal parts RAW mixed in with… Shooter Tactics (however many offensive and derogatory titles made for that game)…

Neat!

Seriously though, if someone can’t be honest on their project regarding experience? Don’t back them. If a game is asking for 10k, and they’re promising full 3D and VR and blah-blah-blahdaidaha? Don’t back them. Unless they offer a demo or free version to play, and make it clear that the small amount is for something additional to the game, and not to fund the game itself…

Yeah, don’t back them.

Jao or whoever is full of crap. This is no different than Digital Homicide Studios, whose Romine brothers tried to claim they were Government level Grey-Hat hackers, but couldn’t code worth a damn in the most basic engines. I can code better than them! And all I took was High School Comp-Sci and one semester of bog-standard college game design. They are no different from Shooter Tactics developer who… well… Jim Sterling had a field day with their Steam Greenlight antics, look ’em up. Point is, they sound just like this Jao guy. And RAW? The game started by a few first-name only folk with absolutely no proof of experience? The game that ripped down hard for being a scam? Yeah…

I will disagree though, in that this shouldn’t be covered. You can disagree with how a game is covered, but never should we say that something should never be touched upon. I’d agree that I’d like to see this looked into more heavily, but I wouldn’t be shocked if this is the last we hear of it here until something blows up. The ‘dev’ has made it clear he isn’t interested in any real and proper press coverage so I doubt anyone will honestly talk about this game aside from a release.

The game is already getting knocked on Steam, and I’d imagine most everyone on this site is careful enough to not blindly leap into a game, and those reading at least glimpse through the comments a little.

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Michael Fuchs

Any idea which developers from ToA? Brax and the two others were so delusional. It’s awful they keep trying to do this crap even though they have 0 development experience.

Edit: Alright. The voice clip in there has to be Brax. It sounds just like him if you listen to the TOA AMA: https://www.twitch.tv/videos/42419159?filter=highlights&sort=time

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Bree Royce

Thank you for tipping this – we had no idea any of this was going on. I haven’t been able to find verification of the link to Trials of Ascension, and I am not a voice expert, but even without that, this is a mess.

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Michael Fuchs

Indeed. I’d like to hope that some attention going to it will actually see a complete game for those that spent their $0.5M. Feels pretty horrible every time someone comes in and promises people games that they’d actual want, and then they run off or are so incompetent that the funds vanish (ToA, GreedMonger, etc)

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Toy Clown

I’m intrigued! However, I’ll just wait a bit longer and see what they’re doing with… well. Everything.

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Tizmah

Half a million dollars for a game that has a 74.99 store bought dragons at the forefront, dragons you can easily find by searching “dragons” and those models are the first ones that pop up on Unreal store…

Look I know it’s early access…but wtf.

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PanagiotisLial1

I remember Dragon’s Prophet, very good idea on that game but it was never actively worked much after release. Still it was the best Dragon Taming(and collecting) simulator