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Eldevin Online Developer's Blog

Eldevin is a free to play, 3D browser based MMO developed by Hunted Cow Studios. This blog will showcase the awesome world of the Eldevin Kingdom, which aims to be the biggest 3D world in browser-based MMOs. We hope to see you there!

Author: EldevinOnline_Press

Eldevin Update 1.03c

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Sunday January 19 2014 at 9:09PM
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The Eldevin team is pumping out updates this month, bringing players lots of needed tweaks and things players have suggested on the forums.

General

  • Players will now receive claimed rewards for daily repeatable quests even if quest gets reset.
  • Slightly improved experience gain for killing higher level creatures.
  • When in a group you will now get solo experience if no-one from your group is within range.
  • Group level experience buff now only applies to creature kills and will not apply if no-one in your group is within range.
  • "Hide quest below level" option in the Quest Journal now saves with your account.
  • The cooldown on 'Benediction' has been increased by 10 seconds.
  • Added vendor map icon for the Eldevin Pet Shop.
  • Added the Anchor and Tankard in Brokenshore as a rested experience area.
  • You can now preview vanity gear in the Eldevin Market.
  • Split window now shows what you are splitting in the window title.
  • The Instant Dragon Travel now requires location to be unlocked.
  • Experience gain against much higher level creatures is now much lower.
  • The Balaur smashes a little less frequently and no longer specifically hates Rangers.
  • Improved the 'Chasing Inspiration' quest.
  • Increased the Arcane Council reputation given by the Arcane Council Token to 100 up from 50.
  • Updated the skill descriptions of Armorsmithing, Jewelry and Alchemy to be more accurate.
  • Quest chat announcements that belong to the same quest now overwrite each other.
  • PvP now requires both players to be in a PvP zone. 
  • Clicking on the health and mana bars in the Player Name panel will now select that player.
 
Eldevin is completely free-to-play with an optional subscription bonus, and mainly vanity items in the cash shop. There's zero pay-to-win, and the gameplay is focused on PvE, crafting and character development, with a PvP arena and group queing for dungeons. 
 
 
 
If you haven't tried Eldevin, it's a good time to get into it now, as the team is working on a downloadable client through Steam Greenlight which will bring graphical improvements to the game. Go ahead and give Eldevin a try now.

Eldevin on Steam Greenlight

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Wednesday January 8 2014 at 12:56AM
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If you haven't heard already, Hunted Cow Studios has launched a Steam Greenlight campaign for Eldevin, with many updates to the game in the works, including:

  • Downloadable client for Windows, Mac and Linux
  • Hardware rendering (faster and improved graphics)
  • WASD controls
  • Improved camera controls (3rd person view and long-distance rendering)
After being released in November, Eldevin has reached the Top 10 MMORPGs here on MMORPG.com, as well as the Indie Browser MMO of the Year on Massively. If you haven't played Eldevin by now, it's a great time to get into the fun.
 

Eldevin's Key Features

  • Rich storyline involving hundreds of quests. 
  • Huge world to explore with many cities, areas, dungeons and secrets. 
  • 6 Talent Trees featuring over 200 talents. 
  • Real-time combat system. 
  • Use strategy and tactics to defeat epic Foes and Bosses. 
  • Engage in PvP combat with your friends and enemies. 
  • Your decisions and actions will affect future encounters and possibilities. 
  • Class-less combat system; players in Eldevin are free to learn any of over 100 unique abilities. 
  • Train in 14 professions to craft your own weapons, armor, items and amenities. 
  • 14 group-based dungeons and dozens of in-depth story-driven solo instances. 
  • Hundreds of items, including 20 unique sets, to obtain and collect. 
  • Initial release of 40 levels with awesome end-game content and consistent updates.
 
We sincerely we hope you'll enjoy the game and support our Greenlight campaign!
 

The Assassin Who Stole Christmas: Slaying Snowmen in Eldevin

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Tuesday January 7 2014 at 10:08AM
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The holidays are over, but there's still time to take part in the festive activities in the Eldevin Kingdom. In the town center of Eldevin City you'll find a mage who has opened a portal to a strange winter land.

 

Once you step through the portal, you'll notice the map has been divided into 4 sections,  so characters of all levels can enjoy the area.

 

Speaking with the Old Claus NPC will yield a quest involving killing the inhabitants of the glacial land and bringing candy canes back to Old Claus.  You'll gain a hefty chunk of experience for this quest, and the creatures will drop more than just candy canes in their loot bags. The armor loot drops are fairly high also.

These snowmen aren't pushovers, and have both ranged and melee attacks. They'll hurl snowballs at you from a distance, and rake you with their arms when you engage close-up.

Oh, and they bleed too. Maybe there is some magic in that old hat, afterall.

Candy canes can also be used to exchange for cool winter themed items, such as a present filled with a random assortment of goodies, or a vanity pet snowman that follows you around wherever you go.

 

 

 

Oh, and did we mention Eldevin is now on Steam Greenlight? For the Steam downloadable client release, we are working on adding many new and improved features requested by the community such as Hardware Rendering (better and faster graphics performance), WASD movement and improved camera freedom.  Click Here to vote for Eldevin on Steam! 

 

Battle of the Dark Dragon Gameplay Footage

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Monday January 6 2014 at 11:23AM
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Click Here to watch the Battle of the Dark Dragon

 

Eldevin has no shortage of action, utilizing an old-school MMO feel with modern features to give hardcore MMO players an exciting challenge. The gameplay is similar to Runescape or WoW, with added features not found in many other browser-based MMOs such as dungeon and PvP party queing, the ability to level up in any of the class talent trees simultaneously, and 14 crafting professions to make your own armor, food, potions and more.

Also, hopscotch!

You can utilize a vast array of abilities at your disposal to blast, slash, poison and zap your enemies, with over 100 abilities to learn. Instead of choosing your class during character creation, you buy scrolls to learn the different class abilities, and the strength of those abilities will be directly affected by your ability points (Strength, Wisdom, etc) and the points you invest in the talent trees.

Eldevin's Classless System for Hybrid Characters

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Friday January 3 2014 at 1:37AM
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While gameplay in Eldevin is easily compared to MMOs like WoW or Runescape, it does offer a unique skill -learning system. Instead of choosing a class when you create your character and then finding your class trainers, you simply buy scrolls to learn new skills.

This means that you can buy scrolls from the trainers of any one of the six classes and create a truly hybrid character. Want to cast Mage fireballs while dual-wielding scimitars? Want to throw Assassin poisons on the ground while running around casting Templar healing spells on yourself? It's all completely viable.

You have the following classes to mix and match skills from:

Warrior: (Melee Damage) Allows you to take down multiple targets.

Templar: (Tank) This class can draw enemies and take their damage.

Assassin: (Melee Damage) Mastery of quick damage and damage over time.

Ranger: (Ranged Damage) Specializes in shooting with bows with powerful abilities.

Mage: (Spell Damage) Can use powerful magical spells to deal large amounts of damage.

Prophet: (Healer) Heals your allies with powerful spells.

 

So, go crazy. Be a ranged healer with a deadly bow. Leap into battle with the ferocity of the warrior, then fry a bunch of enemies with arcing lightning bolts.

 

Clad in heavy armor and wielding a large 2 handed weapon, the Warrior wants to deal as much damage a possible, so Ranged and Sorcery are best completely ignored as Vitality and Melee should take up the most of your point allocation. Although only a fool will ignore Focus as critical hits can mean the difference between life and death in a tough fight. The Warrior uses Ruin to strike an enemy twice with their large 2 Handed weapon. This ensures the damage output is high even with such a slow weapon. Then with Bloodbath, a skill that strikes multiple enemies, coupled with the large damage dealing ability bane, the Warrior is a formidable force.

 

Dressed in Heavy Armor and carrying shield and sword, the Templar can go toe-to-toe with any enemy and take large amounts of damage. As with a Warrior Vitality and Melee are the main interest for the Templar. A few points could be put into Sorcery so that the Templar can heal their allies more effectively. Some would say that the Templar gives up some damage dealing by carrying a shield. This is not the case, as with Vindicate the Templar charges the shield with a magical energy and slams it directly into their enemies. Not only that, but Impale draws foes to them and throws vicious ethereal spikes at all those who are foolish enough to come near. This would be deadly enough, but the Templar can also use Bloodbath with equal ferocity to any Warrior. With these powerful skills, the Templar can stand with confidence at the forefront of battle.

 

A fast, high damage, melee, medium armor wearing class, the assassin uses their abilities to deal large amounts of damage and take out your enemies one at a time. Melee is your main attribute as you kill your targets with dual wielded small weapons. Although Sorcery and Ranged are of little use to the Assassin, Energy will keep your lethal abilities coming. Critical hits from Focus will also help to finish your foes quickly. The Assassin gets the most out of their razor sharp blades with Lacerate which deals additional damage and Rupture which causes their targets to bleed out over time. To augment this pair of vicious skills, the Assassin uses Lethal Concoction, an insidious skill that throws a pool of acid over an area which eats away at any enemy caught within it. With their Corrosion talent, the Assassin can make this Lethal Concoction truly live up to its name. In the hands of a skilled Assassin, Lethal Concoction, Lacerate and Rupture can be used with devastating effect.

 

The Ranger is a master of bows and crossbows. Sorcery and Melee are avoided by the vast majority of Rangers as their main interest is the Ranged attribute to make their bows more potent. A Ranger's true strength is their wide variety of skills. This means that Rangers with high Energy ensure that they can use their abilities freely. Of course Focus is always useful for an easy kill. The first skill any Ranger learns is the damage dealing Black Fang. This is a staple for most Rangers, foes learn to dread the Black Fang's signature purple glow. Haemorrhage causes serious bleeding over time, which makes it the skill of choice for many Rangers to initiate combat. The Crystal Blast stuns a Ranger's target for a second, but this can be increased with the Concussion talent making this skill even more useful. On top of all that the Ranger also has Blazing Arrow, which incinerates any enemy caught in arrow's cone of burning fire. The finest Rangers are those who observe the flow of battle and use their skills accordingly.

 

You deal death with your arcane skills and Sorcery is your favored attribute. Due to this the majority of Mages simply ignore Melee and Ranged so they can concentrate their points into Sorcery. That being said, you must keep the spells coming, so Energy is also very useful to any Mage. Focus is ignored by many, which is a mistake. Critical hits will now and again will make you deal more damage and so save your precious Mana. Although Staves can be used for finishing off a weakened enemy, it's your Essence that you should use to deal damage. The talent Essence of Magic is extremely useful as you deal more damage with your Essence and it also tops up your Mana for free! The initial spell a Mage learns is Incinerate, a fireball that does serious damage. This makes it one of the most useful spells in the Mage's arsenal. Unfortunately there are times when an enemy does manage to survive the hail of Incinerate and Essence fire. It's then that the clever Mage would use Frostbite to root an enemy to the spot allowing for some precious seconds of respite to either retreat or decide on the next spell. When a Mage finds themselves facing a large group of enemies, they can use Blizzard to call a powerful storm of ice shards to rain down upon them. Something to note is a mage with high sorcery can also learn some healing abilities from the prophet tree to increase their survivability as they tend to be clothed in lighter armor.

 

A master of healing, Sorcery is the main attribute for the Prophet as it makes their healing capabilities more potent. This also means that the Mage's damage spells can be used, with almost as much effectiveness. Balancing their healing and damaging spells is the real challenge for the Prophet. Energy will keep the the healing spells flowing and their allies alive which will benefit from Focus. A critical heal is always appreciated. Melee and Ranged are generally ignored by most Prophets. The basic heal is Revitalize, this restores the health of the Prophet or targeted party member. Rejuvenate does heal over time allowing for friends to stand in the heat of battle when they otherwise couldn't. When a friend is overwhelmed by their enemies the Prophet can literally bring them back from the dead with an improved Resurrect. The Prophet is not just restricted to healing, they can also protect a single party member with Redemption that absorbs incoming damage. The damage absorption of Redemption can also be increased with the Prophet's Sanctuary talent making it even better. These healing and protection specializations make the Prophet an invaluable member to any dungeon group. In times of dire need the prophet can summon a Dark Prayer to heal all allies within a wide area instantly!

 

Eldevin Dungeon Gameplay Footage

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Wednesday January 1 2014 at 2:45AM
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Are you following the Eldevin Youtube channel? We'll be posting gameplay footage, quest guides and other cool updates for our fans. Take a look at gameplay footage of the Othalo Prison dungeon, a group instance for low-level characters.

Youtube Gameplay Footge

 

Though Eldevin is a browser-based MMO, the game has been crafted to push modern hardware to the limits, blending a huge world with 3D graphics to bring you into the fantasy world of the Eldevin Kingdom. The zones are enormous, allowing your character to freely roam the landscape with no barriers obstructing you.

 

The world of Eldevin is literally a massive place. There are 163+ realms for players to explore, covering over 3 million tiles. There's over 1000+ quests to solve, innumerous boss battles, and countless dungeons and instances with rare items for your group to find. We hope to see you in there!

 

Eldevin Has 14 Professions for You to Learn

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Friday December 27 2013 at 9:15PM
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Eldevin has 14 professions which can be divided into two categories. The first category is Gathering:

Fishing Catching fish. The fish can be used in the Cooking profession.
Skinning Skinning creatures you have killed. The produced meat can be used in the Cooking profession and the skin and hides are turned into leather that can be used in the Leatherworking profession.
Farming Growing various crops on designated farming plots. The harvested materials can be used in Cooking and Tailoring.
Foraging Picking fruits and other parts of plants, that can be consumed directly for health and energy or used in the Alchemy and Cooking professions.
Forestry Cutting down trees and making them into planks which can be used in Weaponsmithing.
Prospecting Mining ore and turning it into metal bars and ingots. The bars can be used in Weapon-smithing and Armor-smithing, and ingots can be used in Jewelry.
Crystal Cutting Mining quartz from deposits and turning it into gemstones that can be used in Jewelry.

 

Early on, it's quite easy to simultaneously level up your gathering professions and your character's own level. You'll gain a little bit of XP every time you use a gathering skill, so you can level your character quite fast if you're taking advantage of foraging apple trees while you're in the forest killing and skinning pigs, for instance.

 

(There's something so satisfying about skinning pigs)

 

The second category of professions is Crafting. You'll use the items you gain from Gathering to make rare, unique items that can't be found anywhere else.

 

For example, foods you cook can give you increased health and mana regeneration, as well as temporary stat boosts.

Cooking Cooking different food items that can be consumed for faster health and mana regeneration and various temporary stat boosts.
Leatherworking Turning leather into leather armor (medium armor).
Tailoring Turning cloth into cloth armor (light armor).
Alchemy Mixing potions that grant instant health and energy and other stat boosts.
Weaponsmithing Using metal bars and sometimes timber to create various weapons and shields.
Armorsmithing Turning metal bars into metal armor (heavy armor).
Jewelry Using metal ingots and gemstones to create amulets, charms, and rings, that all boost various stats when equipped.
 
 
All over Eldevin City you'll find apprentice trainers who will have a daily skill quest for you. These quests will usually involve gathering a specific amount of materials for them. Completing these quests on a daily basis can really make your skill level go up, and you'll be crafting the finest armor in Eldevin Kingdom in no time.
 
 
 
 

Dungeon Relics & Epic Armor

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Thursday December 26 2013 at 8:23PM
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Eldevin has a dungeon relic system that allows you to exchange elite dungeon tokens for epic armor sets. The first available armor set is the Beetle Carapace armor, and it's actually quite easily obtainable. There's an elite dungeon that's accessible at level 5, and it provides some very rewarding loot drops from the bosses.

A corrupt warden in the prison has allowed the prisoners to escape their cells and overrun the prison. You and your dungeon party must restore order to the prison, slaying any prisoners and their leaders. Doing this dungeon with a party is entirely optional, as our level 9 Assassin is able to easily solo through.

 

When you reach the prison courtyard, you'll see the Warden surrounded by 3 lackeys. When you dispatch his corrupt guards, the Warden will challenge you to a fight. He wields a massive hammer and occasionally unleashes a powerful stun attack on you while yelling "Hammer Time!!". Once you beat him, he'll drop his mighty hammer, a strong item for anyone in your group who uses 2h melee weapons.

 

On your first time through this dungeon, you'll have a side-quest to free prison guards who have been locked in cells by the escaped prisoners. This is an easy objective, although sometimes a prisoner will ambush you from the cell you just unlocked, leaving you guessing which doors hold the trapped guards.

At the end of the dungeon you'll fight Raelin the Wrathful. He's a little tougher than the Warden, and he'll heal himself when you think you've got him beat.

Throughout the dungeon you'll obtain dungeon relics (the coin with two swords in this screenshot).

Right outside the dungeon is the trader for relic armor, and each piece of armor costs between 4 - 6 relics per piece. A full set should be easily obtainable in 3 - 5 runs of the dungeon. This is a great low-level armor set to have, especially for Assassin characters who wear medium armor.

 

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The Battle of the Dragons

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Thursday December 26 2013 at 6:49PM
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Early in your Eldevin quests, the Prince of Eldevin City will summon you to his chambers. He knows things about your past that you are not aware of, and he wants to unlock the memories hidden inside your mind. You were once a knight in the King's elite army, and you took part in a great battle against one of the six dragons that guarded the magic artefacts that unleashed the corruption plaguing the Eldevin Kingdom.

The Prince will ask you to close your eyes and relax so his mage can help you remember some key facts. You have some choices to make which will determine which dragon battle your character will play. Here, our character remembered that he fought against the Blood Dragon. We traveled deep into our memories to re-live the epic fight against the fearsome creature.

In the memory, you find yourself clad in armor, standing next to soldiers of the King's army. Your mission is to follow Major Davias and meet up with the 2nd battalion scouts. Shortly along the way, the dragon swoops in and carries off one of your party members in its mouth. One of the other scouts panics and flees off, and Major Davias orders you to follow him and bring him back to the party.

Upon finding the scout, the dragon launches another surprise attack, using his blood powers to seal the area in cages of red webs. The wizards in your party cast fire spells to incinerate the cages. Your party engages the mighty beast, and a violent battle erupts. Though the dragon kills some of your party members, you emerge victorious from the battle, and your party stands over the fallen creature's lifeless body while cheering.

 

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The Early Quests

Posted by EldevinOnline_Press Monday December 23 2013 at 6:36PM
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In the beginning quests of Eldevin, you find yourself in the Void, a strange place that exists outside the normal world. You remember nothing of how you got there, or your identity. As you progress through the early quests, you begin to unravel the mystery, of who you once were. There's a reason you're so adept at mastering the combat abilities.

Of course, you won't discover the powers inside you simply all at once. First you must prove your skills in Melee, Archery and Magic on wild pigs

 

flying midgies

 

and crazed, deadly squirrels of doom

 

While you're out slaying these fearsome creatures, it's useful to carry a skinning knife. You'll gain experience points towards your character level, and it can't hurt to have a few stacks of animal skins to cure into leather. Also, skinning animals gives a really satisfying "scquish" noise and accompanying splurt of blood.

 

A few giant beetles and a goblin cave later, you'll find yourself in Eldevin City, which has a load of quests for you to complete. You'll speak with master trainers in Melee, Archery and Magic, each with a different quest for you, and each trainer will grant you a new ability and some cool items. That's partially why Eldevin gameplay is so fun, right from the beginning you're able to utilize abilities from the 3 modes of combat, instead of focusing on just Melee, or just Magic.

You'll also be able to start investing Talent Points into your chosen class at level 5.

The six classes are:

Warrior: Clad in heavy armor and wielding 2h weapons, they deal the most melee damage.

Templar: Similar melee damage to the Warrior, but carries a shield and healing spells.

Assassin: Masters of dual-wielding, critical hits and damage over time abilities.

Ranger: Wields the bow with deadly precision, with skills such as shooting magic, exploding arrows.

Mage:  Fireball-hurling, blizzard-summoning, lightning-casting badasses, with some healing spells.

Prophet: A master of Healing spells, an invaluable party member to any group.

 

Personally, the Assassin is my favorite. There's nothing better than slicing and dicing foes to ribbons with dual-wielded blades. One of the quests given by the Melee trainer involves taking out a camp of crimson bandits, and they were definitely no match for my Lacerate skill.

Nor were these plagued zombies in the sewers beneath Eldevin City

 

After doing these quests for the master trainers, the Prince of Eldevin City will summon you to his chambers to reveal a bit more about your past. Stay tuned for our next article, The Battle of the Dragons.

 

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