Journal Abridged – Bolstering & Earn-to-Play

Assassin and King concept art from Chronicles of Elyria.
With just days left until the KickStarter, which is on May 3rd so get ready, we have been given an incredibly interesting Developer Journal to chew over. Like the last Developer Journal, this one too concentrates on the business model to an extent, however, perhaps an anti-business model might be more accurate. This is about balance. Balancing those who have less time but more money with those who have more time but less money in a way that ends up with everyone having a darn good time!

If you want to read the Developer Journal in full it can be found on the Chronicles of Elyria website, or you can read on for the Journal Abridged. Because we will be diving in with the far shorter bullet pointed version. Continue reading

Akashic Records – Lore Video

We have had gorgeous videos introducing us to the world, the team and some of their technical capabilities. Now though we have had the video that really matters, Lore. The topic of the video is rather apt for this series of posts as it is the Akashic Records themselves. What are they? Why do we go there? More importantly, where do we go from there?

Finally, we do not have to read what Anara Starsong has to say, we can hear her tell us herself.

So now you have watched that on repeat, for an hour if you are anything like me, let’s see what we lovely lore we have learnt! Continue reading

Mega Muster – The Team, Children and Snow!

A narrow street with carts and goods rom Chronicles of Elyria.

Yes, it has been a quiet few weeks here at the Echo but Soulbound Studios have been far from silent. In fact, we have an awful lot to cover including two videos (which has now become three while I was writing!), two Q&As, loads of social media and there has been chatter on the IRC too. So you better get ready, grab some tea, and settle in because this is going to be a long one!

In chronological order we are going to be covering, deep breath now; priests, barbers, tattooists and who are those people over at Soulbound Studios and what are they doing? Children, self-defense, artifcats, relics and of course snow! Continue reading

Announcement: Q&A March 21st @ 11pm UTC

Get your Q&A Kicks with the video which has now been uploaded.

Where: DM21_Gaming over on YouTube

When: Monday, march 21st at 4pm PDT / 7pm EDT / 11pm GMT. That’s right daylight saving time has started in America, but not in Europe. It is a bit all over the place so make sure you know the right time for your region.

How: Questions can be submitted in advance here.

It has been a while since we had a Q&A and this time they have some stipulations. Basically don’t bother asking about the KickStarter tiers and that information is coming later and they have another Q&A planned for the business model so leave that to one side too. However, everything else is fair game! Remember to up vote the questions you want to see get answered as that is how the questions get chosen.

The Muster – Power, ‘Head Start’ and Titan’s Steppe

A dark street in Chronciles of Elyria.
Another week closer to the KickStarter. A week in which we have had a newsletter and forum posts, IRC chatter and general banter going on across social media. This post is here to Muster up all that news and put it all into a convenient package for you!

This week we are looking at the news the official newsletter brought, and how you can get the next issue delivered to your inbox if you missed out. We also look at power vacuums, what exactly a Chronicles of Elyria ‘head start’ is, and where is Titan’s Steppe. Continue reading

The Muster – Sacrifice, Skills and Different Stories

Ruins by the road from Chronicles of Elyria.

Well, there was some darn big news this week that has stolen most of the air time, and rightly so. If you have not watched the pre-alpha first look video and caught up on the KickStarter news, then you really need to do so. However, the Muster is still here to pull together a few of the other news stories that were missed in all of the excitement.

Videos were not the only new media this week, we have a whole host of new screenshots to look at and some members of the community began to question exactly what it is we are seeing. There was also a magazine interview over at Gaiscioch which covered a lot of interesting topics, including some information about changes to the skill system. Finally, is starting with high influence ruining the fun of the game? Spoiler: Only if you treat Chronicles of Elyria as a typical MMO. Continue reading

Announcement – KickStarter Date and Video

Today was the announcement we have been waiting for, and it was worth the wait. The headline news is that Soulbound Studios will be starting their KickStarter on May 3rd 2016, and are asking for our help in reaching a funding goal of $900k. However, that headline did not come alone and it is the supporting information that really captured my attention.

It is accompanied by a letter from Jeromy ‘Caspian’ Walsh the owner and Creative Director of Soulbound Studios. It explains why they are making this project, why they asking for your money to do it, and why they are asking for the amount they have chosen.

The announcement is also supported by a video. Our first official footage of Elyira, of the world many of us want to call home. Not only is it exciting to finally see it, but it was also incredibly moving to see the game coming to life. Watch it yourself and see how far they have come alone and consider if you want to be part of getting them the rest of the way. We will be getting a lot more information before the KickStarter on May 3rd but this is a great start: