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Travian is Crowfall's Euro-partner and two
senior Travian guys (the CEO I guess? + a younger one) chatted with Todd
and Gordon for long time after the announcement; It seems that ACE (at
least, Gordon) has good connections with them since long time ago, they
mentioned stuff they were doing together in 80s;
ACE negotiated with lots of potential partners, including a
number of companies bigger than Travian, but in the end decided that
similar vision and spirit matters more than big numbers; Travian should
"cover" Europe, Brasil, Middle East and North Africa;
EU and USA will be in the same universe but will have different
servers - some for USA, some for EU and you can choose which ones you
wan to play on;
Raph Koster gave a kind of Q&A/chat mix with Gordon, but for
some reason questions allowed were about their general lives and
careers, not Crowfall!?
There was a quick "surprise" visit from 4-5 developers of Shroud
of the Avatar, including Starr Long who presented a huge bottle of
whiskey to Todd; Couple hours later, bottle was almost empty - see
ACE played a little game of taking whiskey shots whenever they
get another $500 worth of pledges; Total pledges during stream went well
over $10 000 - there was a wheel with ACE names written on it, they
were spinning it at every $500 and the (un)lucky winner was taking a
shot. It seems that someone rigged the wheel, since Todd took three big
shots in a row quite early (at least while I was watching);
There was a lot of live artwork/modeling/animating/developing -
say, we saw future Frostweaver + Minotaur art, Mino animations and early
developing/testing of some skills by Blair;
New environment graphics update coming very soon, they showed some and it looks sweet;
Swimming confirmed, still in rudimentary state of development;
Trees will be actual harvesting nodes for lumberjacks, and similar for some flowers/grass; After harvesting, some resources will just "explode" into pieces, like a pinata, to be gathered;
Campaign worlds may take hours to run across.
Crafters can build custom wall pieces for castles, players can hire crafters to modify their castles.
Executive Editor (Games) http://www.wccftech.com
Travian? Are you serious?... Damn.