24 August

Community Journal: Our New Tradition

By Serpentius

Salutations Elyrians!

This is going to be the first of many community journals.

The goal of these journals? We want to focus on you! Every person in Chronicles of Elyria plays an essential part of the ongoing story and, as such, we want to make sure your voices are heard, and that we share and celebrate all the amazing stuff already going on in the community.

This will also be a place for us to make sure you’re up-to-date with the latest news coming out of the studio, specifically from the Adams family of Kaizen and Serp, who lead our Community team. Caspian mentioned in the State of Elyria that we’re leaning into more transparency, and this journal is just one of the ways we’re going to do that.

So let’s dive right into it!

Meet an organization

Each month we will spotlight an organization from our community. Sometimes it will be a Kingdom, other times a guild or association. We have many creative members who are building amazing groups in Elyria, and this is one way we can make sure you know about them.

Today we wanted to provide some details about the Kingdom of Tyria, hailing from the Angelica server in the North America - West region.


Kingdom of Tyria crest

Kingdom of Tyria

  • Leader - King Archibold von Rothe
  • Kingdom colors - "Tyrian" Red & White
  • Kingdom crest - Sword & Scales
  • Values - Justice, Loyalty, Chivalry
  • Goals - We seek to promote prosperity among all our people, both high born and low, so that we may reach our full potential, while ensuring the security of the people, resources, and wealth of the nation. For instance, the Crown seeks to operate a royal bank to secure private deposits as well as public funds.
  • Kingdom fun fact - "We seem to have a collective obsession with sharing food pics"
  • Recruitment thread
  • Kingdom of Tyria Discord

If you want to learn more about this organization, jump into their Discord or reply to their recruitment thread.

Meet the Mods

Soulbound volunteer Moderators help keep the peace, assist players whenever possible, and are bastions of knowledge about the Chronicles of Elyria community.

To get to know them better, we decided to give you a little more insight into who some of our wonderful and mysterious moderators are.

This month, we talked to Duke Mythos Cardan, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly known as Yugoslavia). Mythos' first job at 18 was in the Serbian military. At that time, the Serbian war was happening and regular infantry were being drafted. He decided he would join up with their special forces - airborne division, as he felt he'd get better training and survival skills from that group. He enjoyed great camaraderie with his fellow soldiers and feels that decision saved his life.

He moved to the US when he was 20 and, due to the splintering of his former homeland, he now speaks Bosnian, Serbian, Croatian, Montengrin, Slovenian, Macedonian and English.

Fun facts:

First car? Green Honda Accord
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate, but only milk - no dark!
CoD or BF? Battlefield all the way!
Battle cry? Get !H#&[email protected] wrecked!

Q&A:

SBS: What do you like most about being a mod?

Mythos: I really like having to shift gears from what is my normal gut reaction on how to handle a situation to something constructive, and learning from my fellow teammates.

SBS: How about least?

Mythos: Having to deal fairly with trolls, and people who try my patience.


You might recognize Duke Mythos Cardan's avatar from the hit TV show Vikings!

I can certainly understand where he is coming from, moderating a community is no easy task!

Thanks again to Mythos Cardan for sharing with us. Next month we will introduce you to another member of the mod team - stay tuned!

New Community Ambassadors!

This month we launched a brand new Community Ambassador program, aimed at recognizing those paragon members of our community who are very well-versed on CoE. The program is intended to recognize and empower those among the community who truly embody its spirit. Wherever they go, an Ambassador will be known as someone whose knowledge of the game is deep, whose commitment to the betterment to the community is unparalleled, and whose kindness and willingness to reach out and help other community members is beyond reproach.

You can read more about this new program in our announcement thread here.

After the initial batch of nominees were reviewed, many of them became our first Ambassador candidates. The criteria was tough, and many of those initially nominated didn't make it to the voting stage. Those who became candidates were given individual polls for you to vote and comment on, and the community has finally spoken!

The first round of Ambassador voting polls are closed, and all candidates will have heard from us by now. If you didn't make it this time don't fret, you can always be nominated again!

We want to thank all of the candidates, voters, and community members for their support and participation. This is a community that will stand on the quality of its members, and we are thrilled that we can keep finding new ways to cultivate and encourage a positive environment with your help.

If your name is on the following list, congratulations and welcome as the first members of the CoE Community Ambassador team!

  • Bombastus
  • Daedhel
  • Emery
  • Gammea
  • Ikkerens
  • Imshada
  • Markof
  • MoonChaser
  • Scylurus
  • Strawhat
  • VictoriaRachel

Currently, Ambassadors are easiest to find in our official Discord server. Their names are a bright green color, and you will often find them interacting with players in the #new-players room and #coe-common-room. Feel free to reach out to them if you have a question, want to clarify a detail about CoE, or just want to say hello.

A new round of votes will go live for our second group of candidates, look for it sometime tomorrow (Friday) evening Pacific time!

Seeking the Soul Chamber

We also recently launched the #soul-chamber on our official Discord this month.

The Soul Chamber is a new room that will be used exclusively for chats with our CEO Caspian and other members of the Soulbound Studios development team. When a developer is not actively using the room, it will be locked to keep the information clear and organized.

You can read the full announcement about this exciting new way to engage directly with our development team here.

There has already been several sessions thus far, if you aren't caught up on all that was talked about, look into the #soul-chamber on Discord today.

Community Content Spotlight

Greetings, Elyrians! Kaizen here with a few updates.

About a month ago, we kicked off the Community Spotlight Submission Form. We’ve received a large amount of submissions, and a handful of them have already been shared on our official Facebook page. If you submit something and are selected, expect to see your creation pop up on this blog as well as our Facebook page.

If you'd like a chance to get your community content featured, submit your original creations here.

Let’s take a look at a few more awesome community submissions.

From Lillica:

Lillica writes: These two creatures are from one of the Chronicles of Elyria community's longest running fan favorite creations, the Meowl.

From MoonChaser:

MoonChaser gave us a little description of the submission: This is about a thought that came up with Count Dekul on Discord. Namely that Kypiqs would be accustomed to using ziplines to get from one house to another in a way that doesn't work in settlements of other tribes. As I couldn't find an artist to implement a visualization, I had a go at it without having done anything with graphics before. In the end it evolved into a GIF pointing out that a Kypiq player will have a different game experience to other tribes and will have to be aware of that - Game design that values true diversity.

Lastly, Trug de Bellême submitted some kingdom fiction! Click here to read it, and here’s Trug with a quick blurb about the story:

This is a short bit of fiction that I wrote a while back as a backstory for the Kingdom of Kairos. It's the first of what will be several books, but the rest of the lore crew and I decided to hold off until after land selection, just in case we end up having to re-write as one of the more exotic tribes. Still, I think it stands fairly well on its own, but I'll leave that up to the reader to decide for themselves. :D

Don’t forget, if you want a chance to be featured, submit your creations here!

What’s Next?

The inaugural Community Journal is wrapping up, and we have a few last things to cover.

  • We’ll be at PAX West next week at booth #6502 Which means that the team will be busy prepping the booth, so there won't be any blogs that week.
  • Be sure to follow our Twitter account; cell service allowing. We’ll be broadcasting updates live from PAX West starting on Wednesday. So, if you want a behind-the-scenes look at what we’re doing at PAX, check us out on Twitter.
  • Expect the next update to follow sometime after PAX concludes. We’ll need some time to regroup but, as soon as we are able, we’ll release our PAX West/Jousting retrospective.

The team has been working hard, and we're excited to show off the progress we've made.

More to come...

Serpentius

Discuss

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Tange - 2 years ago

Congrats to the winner. That gauntlet sure was sweet! The booth looked sharp as well!!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Tange:

Thanks for your comments, most appreciated!

HolyAvengerOne - 2 years ago

Congratulations to all the winners!

Namina - 2 years ago

Cannot wait for wait for pax and congratulations to the ambassador's.

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Namina:

Thanks, hope to see you there!

Cynn - 2 years ago

Congrats to all and well earned! Trug, I enjoyed reading that short story, nicely done.

Trug - 2 years ago
@Cynn:

Glad you liked it, Cynn! And thanks SBS for the community spotlight!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Cynn:

Thanks for your comments Cynn :)

VictoriaRachel - 2 years ago

Thank you very much for the position of ambassador, and thank you to those in the community that nominated and voted for me and all the other candidates. I am glad that I chose this community to dedicate my lack of life to!

Really enjoyed the introduction to the Kingdom. I have been struggling to keep up with all the different communities, keeping up with the game is so much easier, so this certainly helps.

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@VictoriaRachel:

Thanks VR, and congrats on your Ambassadorship!

melliminion - 2 years ago

It is a great idea to introduce kingdoms etc. like that :) and I am really looking forward to new stuff on the community content spotlight :D it's hilarious... meowl haha such a cute idea!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@melliminion:

Appreciate your comment, glad you liked it!

Maulvorn - 2 years ago

Well done to everyone!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Maulvorn:

Thanks Maulvorn!

Artax_Daane - 2 years ago

Um...

Varhukan - 2 years ago

This is the high light of my day, thank you!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Varhukan:

Thank you for the kind comments!

Lillica - 2 years ago

I couldn't help but notice there are Meowls about ;) Congrats to all our new ambassadors and I look forward to seeing who makes it through the next round! Also the variety of things featured in this little spotlight is nice, I'm a fan of it. Keep up the good work, team!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Lillica:

Thanks Lillica, we appreciate it!

Noslim - 2 years ago

Excellent work putting all this together Serpentius! We appreciate all the hard work that was put into this and look forward to more in the future!

Congratulations to the entire Community Ambassador team!

Serpentius - 2 years ago
@Noslim:

Cheers Noslim, had plenty of help from the team :)

Tarvald - 2 years ago

Interesting.

Sneezewortt - 2 years ago

Congrats to those ambassadors that made it! Glad to see the community growing and promoting those who help the newcomers!