Chronicles of Elyria’s subreddit reopens, promising ‘no more censorship from Soulbound Studios’

    
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This turned out super great here, guys.

Back in the middle of July this year, Chronicles of Elyria made the decision to shut down its subreddit, claiming a “torrent of abuse” and “daily threats of violence” that Soulbound Studios claimed to be receiving from “a small but vocal minority” of players. As of yesterday, that subreddit is now back open and under new management. And that management is wholly independent of the studio.

“This subreddit should, and will be, a place for people to talk about Chronicles of Elyria, Kingdoms of Elyria and all that is related to them. No more censorship from Caspian or Soulbound Studios. All previous moderators have been removed and permanently banned. Minor changes to rules etc will happen, and I’ll put out a call for mods in a short while.”

The subreddit has sprung back to life with a couple of posts after the announcement of its reopening, and as one might expect, it’s highlighting the class-action lawsuit against COE. The sub’s “about” section even references the ongoing suit and advises that “extreme caution should be taken if looking to become financially involved with the project.”

source: reddit, thanks to Mazty and Pepperzine for the tip!
Chronicles of Elyria stunned MMO gamers in 2020 by announcing it was out of money, had laid off the devs, had closed Soulbound Studio, and had ended development on the game. Though CEO Jeromy Walsh later retracted much of that and said the game was still in production with volunteer staff, the gamers who’d backed it for $14M+ in crowdfunds pressed on with legal action. In 2021, Walsh has been releasing new videos on the production he says is happening, though the focus has been more on spinoff game Kingdoms of Elyria.

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Felix Stone

Hoping we’ll see more of Walsh’s broken, shitty Banished clone. Wasn’t he supposed to provide monthly updates on progress for KoE?

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Drunk3nShaman

Keeping up with the Caspian’s has been entertaining as hell I must say, hope the backers get something from this fraudster, jail time would be great but we know that wont happen. Or will it? PPP loan fraud is a thing and the feds should look into this.

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Peregrine Falcon

And THIS is a perfect example of exactly why company employees should never be allowed to have anything to do with the moderation of a subreddit.

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Dro Gul

I love the fact that yet again, Walsh’s incompetence comes back to bite him. The first thing these guys did was ban Walsh’s account and those of the mods who tried to censor public discussion by locking the sub.

Like a cockroach this guy will scurry back to the shadows of his private discord. But the world knows. We remember. Kudos to the fans for tracking the 2 months and redeeming the sub.

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Bruno Brito

That’s a place i’m sure to steer clear from.

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Pepperzine

Because it’s Reddit or because it’s no longer censored by SBS?

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Bruno Brito

Because it’s reddit. I don’t give a shit about SBS besides thinking that Jeromy should be jailed.

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Pepperzine

Gotcha! So pretty much anything involving Reddit you steer clear of.

Doesn’t seem very relevant to this specific article unless you comment this on any article involving Reddit, but hey, it’s a reasonable stance. Reddit can be a cesspool at times.

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Bruno Brito

I don’t avoid reddit on a 100% basis, i just avoid getting involved with stuff there because it’s a pain. I’m not fond of the extremely open-endedness that reddit has with it’s policy. While i’m not huge on heavy moderation ( i had enough of that on the GW2 forums ), i’m also not a fan of the facebook approach ( don’t manage anything and let misinformation spread ). The fact that one of the biggest whiteknights in the reddit is still allowed to make remarks is baffling to me.

I’ve said this before, but the concept of complete freedom of speech is something that is localized. Only the US has that. In Brazil, for instance, any kind of apology to nazism is against the law, and i’ll say this: I never once thought “maybe we should let the nazis have their own opinion and be a part of the debate. ”

Call it a cultural difference. But the wowservers sub is a cesspool, it always was a cesspool, and when mods and admins refuse to manage it on a “freedom of speech” reasoning, i can’t think of anything besides them being lazy pricks.

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notReginald VelJohnson

Thank you for sharing.

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Tanek

We apologise for the fault in the subreddit. Those responsible have been sacked.

Mynd you, lawsuits Kan be pretti nasti…