Good morning, citizens of Elyria,
Kickstarter Campaign Update #12 has been posted, and this time, it is all about the stretch goals. As we approach the intended goal of $900,000 (currently less than $60,000 from that goal), Caspian begins the update by explaining how they decided on cutting certain features from the game. They did this to keep this game's development costs down (and meet the goal of $900k).
Now that victory is all but assured, it's time to start thinking about what features you would like to see added. For brevity's sake, I will only be listing the features that will be on the poll. He describes a lot of features that were cut and will eventually be put in the game but not as a stretch goal from Kickstarter.
Here are the following features (along with their descriptions from Caspian himself) that will be on the poll for Kickstarter supporters to vote on:
I have decided on the top three features that I, personally, would like to see and why. If you have a different opinion, please voice it in the comments below:
Firstly, Natural Disasters is a must for me. Mostly, this is because I feel that no other game has ever gotten it right. Typical of MMO's, the landscape is usually static, unless changed specifically by the player themselves (I'm looking at you, Life is Feudal). To be able to have the game alter the landscape in the form of a natural disaster provides not only more dramatic story opportunities, but tactical ones, as well.
Imagine you stronghold is under siege by a large enemy force and just when all hope is lost, an avalanche from the nearby mountainside, engulfs half of the enemy force, raising your odds of success against the siege. There are many more scenarios that could be created with a natural disaster feature.
Secondly, Integrated VoIP is a must for me. Games like DayZ and Miscreated, both use local VoIP, where you can talk to players in your proximity. In my opinion, nothing breaks immersion, then having to stop moving and acting so that you can type on your keyboard. You can't beg for your life and run for your life at the same time with type-chat. Integrated VoIP will allow us to speak to each other with our real voices in real time and I think that this is a must-have feature for any survival MMO.
Finally, Social Activities - Gaming / Gambling is a completely selfish one that I want with every fiber in my being. It is selfish of me to want this because I will be running this tavern / inn. I want there to be fun things to do when you stay at my inn. Who wouldn't want to be able to walk into the Dagger and Crone, and play a hand of cards or Liar's Dice? Gambling is one of the services I want to offer at the D&C and thus, a gambling feature is necessary for me to do so.
There will still be ways that I plan to allow people to game and gamble at the Dagger and Crone, even if this feature is not included. For example, I am looking to hire an in-game bookie, who's job it is to take bets from other players on the outcome of duels, that will take place in our dueling hall. This is something that will not require any additional features (besides a motivated player who is good with numbers).
Now, even if my top three aren't picked, I'll still be happy. This is just my opinion and humble attempt to persuade you to vote in my best interests. :-) What are your top three features that you would like to see as a stretch goal? Let me know in the comments below!
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~ Paddy Bardic
Owner / Proprietor
Dagger and Crone Tavern and Inn
*IMPORTANT NOTICE - The Dagger and Crone Tavern & Inn, Paddy Bardic, are not affiliated in any way with Soulbound Studios or Chronicles of Elyria. Nothing that has been written here should be misconstrued or interpreted to the contrary. I am just a huge fan of this game and want to help it succeed as an avid fan.