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Posted: Aug 9th 2010 7:03PM Valkesh said

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I was highly critical of this game during its beta phase, but after it released, really grew to like it. Unfortunately, tons of people couldn't deal with how different the game was, and immediately started freaking out about bear populations and how they didn't have giant flaming quest beacons to tell them where to go all the time. Then you had all the people who went "wait what do you mean it isn't F2P" and left instantly because they assumed it was F2P as it was published by Acclaim. Then there were the glitches...

Despite all its faults, absolutely loved the atmosphere, music, and art style of that game, and I'm truly sad to see it go. I know it was hard on the developers as well, as they put quite a bit of themselves into it. One even posted a dedication video.

I have a fairly large compilation of screenshots from the game if anyone is interested in the look/feel of the title. MMORPG.com was quite happy to ban me for utterly ridiculous reasons, but they had no qualms with keeping my images...

You can find them here:
http://www.mmorpg.com/galleries/Kordesh/1477_Chronicles-of-Spellborn

Posted: Aug 9th 2010 8:58PM (Unverified) said

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CoS should be a lesson to all the Dev's out there.
It had amazing art, fantastic. I loved it. I wanted to play it based on all that beautiful artwork. I was very excited for more news, when it was in development.
Then I heard about the combat and that twisty skill deck thing. God how horrible.
Way to ruin it by being "innovative" and "Original"...
That made me not want to play. I gotta assume I wasn't the only one turned off by that thing.
Sadly, I bet it would still be around if they had just done it WoW style. Something people were already familiar with, and willing to work with.
Keep the squid off my Ham and Pineapple pizza please.

Posted: Aug 9th 2010 9:33PM DevilSei said

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Well, one question, did you play the game at all? Or is it just a "lawl change no thnkz plz" kind of thing?

The combat system worked surprisingly well, it was how the game was handled (by acclaim) that really killed it, and for me personally, the beginning essentially had a chain of quests were it was "kill 10 more rats".
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Posted: Aug 9th 2010 10:09PM blix2006 said

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anytime one of these assholes comes in here saying"haha another mmo/f2p game is dead yay!"i just wanna kick them in the teeth...you never want to see a game fail it isnt good for the industry and even less good when its something that tried to do something outside of the cookie cutter mold..innovation dies a little more every time something like this happens..i may not have cared for the game but it sucks to hear this.

Posted: Aug 9th 2010 10:45PM (Unverified) said

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Beautiful game, unbelievably gorgeous art. I've never spent so much time just exploring any other game ('cept maybe fallout 3). Almost everything about this game was unique in some way. The combat system which everyone mentions was certainly unique; but worked well I thought. One innovation I particularly liked was it's death system which I felt rewarded a player for not dieing; rather than the standard punishment for dieing (Champions Online has something similar but doesn't work nearly as well).

In better hands who knows where tCoS could have gone.

Posted: Aug 9th 2010 11:08PM Vandal said

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I was in the beta of this game and they were *never* able to even provide a client that could run on my PC. I made posts, send messages and the developers never gave a response much less a fix. That kind of dedication and competence has gotten exactly what it deserved.

Posted: Aug 9th 2010 11:23PM (Unverified) said

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I was going to give this a try thanks to the Within Temptation music video (I guess they did several songs for the game), but everyone I know that tried to play had nothing but problems, even trying to just install and run it.

Figured I'd give it a try once things got fixed after the move to F2P. Guess I waited too long. :(

Wouldn't it be great if no other company picks up the game if they'd make it available to anyone wanting to run it? Probably can't because of copyright issues and such. Sad.

Posted: Aug 10th 2010 1:36AM niakori said

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Twas Acclaim that killed the beast. Wait to be fair Frogster and the original devs had a large hand in it as well. Sure the game itself had quirks (the god awful starter zone and slow traveling) but it could have overcome those difficulties with an active development crew. The lesson here is to listen to your players if they are all screaming the same thing.

Posted: Aug 10th 2010 5:58AM SkuzBukit said

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I very much enjoyed this tile but it was plagued with problems, for me though the final straw was the terrible lag that messed up the combat control completely.

Great looking title with good music & some very well executed ideas let down by bugs, non-existent support & any kind of real post release development.

Posted: Aug 10th 2010 3:06PM Debbilicious said

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The players of The Chronicles of Spellborn were recently informed the game will be closing at the end of this month.

Since Acclaim sold out to Playdom months ago our community has been ignored by all administrators/moderators/support team and have been fighting keep the game going by contacting all the companies involved.

Acclaim did not reply to any e-mails.
Playdom replied stating they have no involvement in the game.
Spellborn NV did not reply.
Frogster directed us to their German site even after being told the correspondent was English and therefore unable to use a German site.

This latest news about the game's closure was not received by Playdom, but by a Games.com writer who received an e-mail from Playdom informing them of this decision, this seems strange as they informed us they are not involved in the game.

We love this game, and do not want it to end.

The players have created a petition here to keep the game online - http://www.petitiononline.com/tcos/petition.html

We have appealed to Playdom to review their decision but are not hopeful of a reply.

We think the online gaming community has a right to know about how these companies treat their players.

thank you for reading this

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Posted: Aug 10th 2010 2:31PM (Unverified) said

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Debby...

WE ARE STILL NOT OFFICIALLY INFORMED ABOUT ITS CLOSING SO STOP FOOLING AROUND AND MAKE THE WHOLE COMMUNITY LOOK BAD...
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Posted: Aug 10th 2010 3:20PM Debbilicious said

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Libe Goad posted an update on the Games.com site - http://blog.games.com/2010/08/06/playdom-plans-to-shutter-chronicles-of-spellborn-in-september/

She posted this -
UPDATE (8/7) A few CoS players didn't believe this report, so I have posted the email received from my contact at Playdom.
Underneath is a screenshot of the actual e-mail she received.

I really doubt anyone is going to release an official statement either on forum or officially to news sites ArroW, and the above information is on our forums, as you are a member of that forum surely you have seen it?

Accusing me of making our community look bad is totally unnecessary and reeks of attempted flaming, it seems YOU are making us look bad now :(.
I love the community, this is why I am fighting to get people to take notice and keep it going.

(If my previous comment about this appears, I apologise, but I did not receive the confirm comment e-mail so I assume it did not work)

Debbie xx

Posted: Aug 10th 2010 5:59PM (Unverified) said

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Debby,

seriously everyone over at the official forums is sick 'n tired of you. Get a life, girl! Stop posting poetry about vodka & games and move on.

At first I appreciated your efforts for the community but now only nonsense comes forth from your typing. Let it go.
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Posted: Aug 10th 2010 6:46PM (Unverified) said

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Well i've seen some of ur posts in acclaim forums, and i thought well im wrong i'm not on a forum about problem starting a game? what this womand is talking about and what does it have to do with the forum about bug reports?
was u hu, that did write that?
debbilicious
Joined: 28 Jul 2010
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Location: tired and forlorn in chilly northeast England

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go die in a fire you useless waste of sperm
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wow...
thats not a way to talk in a forum indeed...
anyway look at this one, seems to be at least a real news...
http://phpbb.acclaim.com/spellborn/viewtopic.php?t=6625
so just please stop insulting people, and dont say that u were so gives u the right to...
just glad finally u didnt join our friendly guild...and dont dare say Arrow could in any way makes us look bad..i dont allow u that...

Lokilouve, GuildMaster of International in Spellborn, GuildWars

Posted: Aug 11th 2010 12:24PM Debbilicious said

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Yes, I agree I sometimes let trolls on forum get the better of me, that was a response to one who the rest of the forum were getting truly sick of, a fact of which you are well aware.
It was made AFTER the servers were taken offline, when all the players were downhearted and looking for people to blame.

I have been posting on sites such as this to TRY to get the game restored.
Regardless of your personal feelings towards me, many players feel I have gone beyond what others have done and at least tried my best. You two however are now trolling and attempting to flame me, which does our cause no good at all.

I am done, I am not feeding you two nasty individuals anymore.

All I want is our game back :(

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