Frequently asked questions
- How do I get an eternal kingdom?
- What is the purpose of an eternal kingdom, and why do I want one?
- How does an eternal kingdom differ from campaign worlds?
- How are eternal kingdoms laid out, and how big are they?
- What are parcels?
- How can I build out my eternal kingdom?
- How do I redeem my purchased items?
- How do I place my parcels and buildings?
- Can you describe the different types of parcels?
- Why would I want stronghold parcels in my kingdom?
- Are all of the stronghold parcels the same size and shape?
- Can I upgrade one stronghold to another?
- Do the resource parcels come in various types and sizes, too?
- Can I own multiple stronghold parcels?
- What do buildings do?
- Can buildings be decorated and customized?
- Why would I want a big kingdom?
- Will a big kingdom benefit me in the Campaign Worlds?
- What is a vassal?
- Can I open (or close) my kingdom?
- How do I turn on pvp in my kingdom?
- Is there an upkeep cost on the land or buildings?
- I got rewards from a pledge package. If I use them now what happens to them when the game goes live?
How do I get an eternal kingdom?
Every account is granted an Eternal Kingdom. They start as mini-worlds that players can build to become much larger.
What is the purpose of an eternal kingdom, and why do I want one?
Eternal Kingdoms (EKs) are smaller versions of the Campaign Worlds, but are the only worlds that are permanent and player-owned. You are the monarch of this world! You can design your Kingdom, build cities and towns, and recruit other players to live there. You can even fill your world with places for your vassals to explore and adventure.
How does an eternal kingdom differ from campaign worlds?
Eternal Kingdoms start with a small amount of land and no buildings. If you want to upgrade them, it will take time and resources to do so.
Lower tier resources can be found in the Kingdoms themselves. Higher tier (and higher quantities of) resources are only found in the Campaign Worlds. That means to grow your Kingdom, you’ll have to either brave the Campaign Worlds or trade with the players that do.
How are eternal kingdoms laid out, and how big are they?
Eternal Kingdoms can be very large! The map of every Kingdom is divided into a square grid that you can fill with parcels. Each parcel is made up of cells, and each cell measures 128m by 128m. Every Eternal Kingdom can currently be up to 20 cells by 20 cells, making for a total area of 6,553,600m²!
These are also full MMO servers, so we expect them to support hundreds of concurrent players.
What are parcels?
Parcels are the pre-joined land cells that players can place in their Eternal Kingdoms. Since the Kickstarter days, we have referred to them as Tetris pieces because, well, they look like Tetris pieces. Parcels cannot be overlapped, but they can be moved, rotated, or transferred between worlds, so placing them is not a permanent decision.
How can I build out my eternal kingdom?
Eternal Kingdoms start with a Temple parcel. Temples are one-cell parcels that contain a huge golden statue where you respawn if you die in a Kingdom. You will also have a Crypt parcel, a small cave where you can change and store vessels (for more information on vessels, see the Crows and Vessels FAQ). You cannot place buildings on Temple or Crypt parcels, but they will spawn some harvestable resources. To add more parcels to your Kingdom, you can either craft them using Geomancy recipes or buy them from the Crowfall Store. You then use the Kingdom Builder tool to place these parcels.
How do I redeem my purchased items?
To redeem items purchased from the Crowfall Store into the game world, log into your Crowfall game account and then click on “Purchases” in the lobby. Here you can choose the items you want to import into your Spirit Bank by clicking the boxes beside each item you want, then clicking “Import Selected”.
How do I place my parcels and buildings?
To use your parcels and buildings, make sure that any purchases have already been imported into your Spirit Bank from the Lobby screen as described above, then follow these steps:
- Hit B to open your Spirit Bank. Your Inventory will also open on the right hand side of the screen.
- Drag items from your Spirit Bank to your Inventory.
- To place parcels:
- Hit ESC and select EDIT KINGDOM from the menu.
- Drag parcels from the inventory list at the bottom of the screen onto the EK grid.
- Hit SUBMIT to save changes. Your Kingdom will immediately have the changes applied.
- To place buildings, walls and towers:
- Click I to open your inventory
- Right-click icons in your inventory that you want to drop. This will bring up a ghost image of the item.
- The color of the ghosted building will tell you if the current placement is valid (or not).
- Red transparency = Invalid placement. Cannot use left-click to place the item here.
- Blue transparency = Valid placement. Left click will place the item here.
- Gold transparency = Valid placement. Left-click will place the item here, AND “socket” it to connected asset seamlessly.
- Left click to place the item.
- Hold G to ‘loot’ (reclaim) pieces that have been placed.
Be aware when placing buildings that each parcel has a weight limit. Smaller parcels will hold a smaller number of assets and, naturally, the inverse will also be true.
Can you describe the different types of parcels?
We have currently have two types of parcels: stronghold and resource. In the future we plan to add additional options like roads and adventure parcels.
Stronghold parcels allow you to build cities and castles, like a fort, keep, castle, mountain citadel or an imperial palace. The parcel will also include some natural elements like trees, rocks, rivers, escarpments and waterfalls. They are intended to act as housing and marketplace areas. In many cases, friends and guilds will combine their houses and collaborate to build cities.
Resource parcels are single and multi-cell parcels that players can drop around their stronghold parcels. Available as a woodland grove, woodland hills or woodland creek, they offer harvestable resources like wood from trees, stone from rocks and ore from mineral deposits. Players will also be able to drop some props and decorative elements onto these areas, but resource parcels are generally not intended for building placement.
Once you drop a parcel into a cell (or cells) using the Kingdom Editor, these areas will immediately be added. Using different types of parcels, you can build the world to be unique. The only limit is your creativity.
Why would I want stronghold parcels in my kingdom?
Having stronghold parcels is highly valuable to any monarch, especially one who is trying to build a mercantile empire, because it offers very efficient use of build space, increases the concurrent player cap of the world, and allows for the placement of buildings which hold vendors and crafting tables. All of this equates to a more popular Kingdom, increased commerce and a larger potential tax base.
Are all of the stronghold parcels the same size and shape?
No. There is a progression of strongholds that determines the number and size of buildings.
The progression is: Farm, Estate, Hamlet, Shire, Village, Town, Fief, City, Capital, Province, and Caldera. For each of these types, there are three ranks. Each rank of a given type will fit within the same footprint so that you can upgrade parcels without having to rearrange your world.
Can I upgrade one stronghold to another?
Upgrades allow you to change a small or medium parcel into a larger parcel of the same type. If you upgrade to a medium, your parcel will gain more building capacity. It also upgrades cosmetically.
Trade-ins allow you to exchange one type of stronghold for another. You can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to trade in your stronghold, resource parcel or building for credit towards another.
Do the resource parcels come in various types and sizes, too?
Yes, though the footprint of these is typically smaller (most are in shapes of one to four contiguous cells). The intended purpose is to surround your stronghold parcels with resource parcels.
Can I own multiple stronghold parcels?
Yes, you can have as many parcels as you can fit in your 20 x 20 EK.
We will also support collaboration on Kingdoms so that friends and guilds can work together to build one collective EK. For more information on read the Vassals FAQ (coming soon).
What do buildings do?
Buildings serve many purposes. They can…
- Act as personal housing and social hubs.
- Allow for crafting stations for crafting new goods such as weapons, armor, potions, etc.
- Provide marketplaces (i.e. allow player-run NPC vendors to sell crafted and collected goods).
- Hold NPC guards.
- Hold artifacts and relics.
Can buildings be decorated and customized?
They can! By using the resources and materials found in the campaigns, players will be able to decorate their buildings, to customize them with different building materials and to install crafting stations.
Why would I want a big kingdom?
More developed EKs have more parcels. More parcels means more buildings. More buildings allow for more vassals and tenants, higher online player population caps and better visibility when other players are browsing the Eternal Kingdom list for new markets or Kingdoms.
All of this also means more commerce, which can generate more revenue from other players; however, note that all of these are indirect benefits – they’re social and economic gains that you get from dealing with other players.
Will a big kingdom benefit me in the Campaign Worlds?
No. The Campaign Worlds all have import rules that severely limit the number of items that can be brought into the world. Having a larger, more developed EK will not directly impact the game balance within the campaigns.
What is a vassal?
The vassal system encompasses a series of ranks that can give other people the ability to build and place parcels in your Kingdom. For more information, read the Vassals FAQ.
Can I open (or close) my kingdom?
Yes, Kingdoms can be made PUBLIC (open to all players) or PRIVATE (limited to only the players that you allow). To toggle these settings in your EK, hit ESCAPE to open the settings menu. Go to “Edit Kingdom” and you will see the option to set your Kingdom to public or private. You’ll also see an option here to turn PvP on or off.
Players who want to create a marketplace (or social hub) will want to set their EKs to Public and create one or more attractive, easy to navigate marketplaces to attract other players.
How do I turn on pvp in my kingdom?
In your EK, hit ESCAPE to open the Settings menu. Go to “Edit Kingdom” and you will see the option to toggle PvP on or off.
Is there an upkeep cost on the land or buildings?
Yes, but this is still in the works. Parcels and buildings will have recurring maintenance costs and/or taxes.
I got rewards from a pledge package. If I use them now what happens to them when the game goes live?
Of course you’ll still retain your rewards! If there is a server wipe, your rewards will be reset, and you can re-import them from the lobby the next time you log in.