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Pioneers of New Dawn Overview

Pioneers of New Dawn (PoND) is an MMO set in the persistent world of New Dawn. Healed centuries after a global ecological disaster, it beckons Pioneers, descendants of its former inhabitants, to explore, surveying remnants of the past and rebuilding civilization in balance with the environment. From establishing settlements and trade networks to creating thriving colonies, they seek to leave their mark on New Dawn, writing a new chapter for humanity - together.

The goal of Pioneers is to build lasting settlements, maintaining them against the environment's natural pushback. The core challenge lies in harmonizing Pioneer-made structures with the world's innate desire to reclaim them.

To do this, Pioneers must be strategic, avoiding excessive resource extraction, selecting tech advancements with the most direct benefits, and safeguarding their structures from nature's wear and tear. This sets the stage for progression, automation, and expansion.

The goal is not to survive, but to thrive.


  • Explore and Survey
    Assess the ecological, geological, and meteorological characteristics of an area.
  • World Simulation
    In New Dawn, the world constantly strives to return to its pristine, untouched state. To craft successful settlements, Pioneers must adapt to and align their efforts with the environment, creating a true PvE experience.
  • Geological
    Rapid geological mechanisms produce diverse resources, shaped by nature and extraction. Areas rich in one resource may later present a different one, ensuring an ever-evolving, unpredictable landscape.
  • Ecological
    Flora regenerates at different rates, shaped by natural factors and rarity. The generation of flora not previously found post-harvest can shift a biome's resources, creating dynamic environmental variability.
  • Meteorological
    Weather affects building durability and can hasten decay. Balancing resource needs with weather challenges adds strategic depth.
  • Creating Connections
    Record practical and social data, marking Pioneers' outposts, trade routes, relics, and more on their maps. Add travel points and use data tools to uncover resources other settlements might need.
  • Collaborate and Progress
    Pioneers are encouraged to expand infrastructure while ensuring a balanced resource flow, vital for ambitious projects and growth. By adding residents, strengthening trade networks, and employing automation, settlements can evolve into successful, interconnected communities.
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