Buildings that offer goods and services, as well as purchasable housing are created when a node reaches village stage.
- Auction house
- City hall
- Crafting stations
- Guild halls
- Lumber yards
- Royal stables
- Scholar's academy
- Static housing
- Thieves' guild
- Trader's company
Node layout and style
Node layout and style is determined by several factors:
- Environment (biome) and location of the node.
- The way that the node system is built is that they can exist across a spread of 18 biomes, but at the same time have to represent the cultural influence of these cultures that are intrinsically a part of a specific biome. – Steven Sharif
- Nodes will adjust the local topography to fit the aesthetic and mechanical requirements of the node.
Currently the way that the platform system is set up, is it's capable of adjusting the topography of the node's footprint, regardless of the surrounding terrain. So the reason for that is we want to have flexibility in the presentation of the node's layout and how it is essentially both from an aesthetic standpoint as well as a mechanical standpoint with node sieges- how it's constructed and that construction should have the ability to take on a variance of different types of topography. So it shouldn't be dependent on the surrounding area. Now that's not to say that the surrounding area isn't going to have some influence over. So for example... we're experimenting a little bit with the platform tech and putting up a node up against the side of a mountain or on the edge of a cliff or something that has a beautiful vista. Those are things that we're going to test out obviously as we continue to work on the node tool and how that platform system works, but the idea is to have the node independent of the surrounding terrain. – Steven Sharif
Some parts are determined by the area it's in. Some parts are determined by the type it is. Some parts are determined by the race it is; and then the rest of it is determined by the mayor. – Jeffrey Bard
- Race that contributed the highest percentage to the node's advancement will alter the racial appearance of its buildings, NPCs, and props.
All nodes whether they're associated with a castle or associated with normal node structure has cultural influences that replicate over to the buildings that are produced and the NPCs that are present. – Steven Sharif
- The rest is determined by the node's mayor.
- It should be possible for a node to complete several building projects within a mayor's one month term in office.
- Q: How long would you say it will take players on average to fill slash build up a node completely from wilderness to metropolis?
- A: It's one thing to get a node to a certain level: it's another thing to develop the node; and I can't really give you an on-average expectation, because there's a lot of variables at play. There's how many citizens does the node have attracted to it; what's the type of traffic that the node is attracting to it based on things like its tax rates, or the specialization that it chose to spec into, based on the building types it's chosen to build. All of those things are variables that can affect the quote-unquote "average build-out time" of a particular node. So it's kind of difficult to give you an average when there's so many variables along those lines. But the idea is that if there is a particular project that players are interested in in developing based on the node stage, that they would have the ability to complete several of those projects as within a single term of a mayor; and a term of a mayor is one month. – Steven Sharif
Cultural influences manifest in many ways, from node and gear aesthetics to NPC languages and lore.
- Gear appearance of certain armor sets is influenced by the player's race.
- Node layout and style is influenced by the race that contributes the most to that node.
- NPCs will react differently to different character races.
There is an attrition and that attrition on experience and influence is heightened based on the performance of the race in the world. So if all these nodes are Orc nodes then their attrition rate is very high to compete with the cultural establishment of new nodes because they have more influence in the world and a popular opinion is against them in their outlying regions that they do not have influence in. – Steven Sharif
Constructible node buildings
Node governments decide the location and types of constructible node buildings to be constructed within sectors of a node.
These are buildings that the mayor has agency over determining whether or not they should be a constructed project. Constructible buildings can be selected at open plots that are gained as the node advances. If they elect to begin construction of one of these types of buildings- one of which is the marketplace- it'll grant certain trade benefits as well as some stalls that the citizens may participate in. – Steven Sharif
The government decides how to specialize their node. Once they choose certain things they won't be able to choose other things.
- Node buildings live within a "tech tree" based on the stage of the node. Each stage offers stronger services to the node but must satisfy prerequisites for the building construction.
- Different governments may change the buildings within a node.
And there could be regime change... If somebody doesn't like the fact that a market was built and they want to re-elect a new government next cycle, they can do so... and that market could be destroyed and a new building take its place.
When the building types are determined, the community will then need to bring resources into the node (using caravans) and come together to construct the buildings (via quests and the like).
- Materials contributed toward building a node building are lost if the mayor decides to scrap the project.
- Pre-defined parameters limit the number of buildings at in-node locations.
Unique node buildings
Each node type has a unique node building associated with it that can be activated at the Village stage of node advancement. The unique building plays a central role in the progress of civilization for a server.
- Divine nodes
- Economic nodes
- Military nodes
- Scientific nodes
City hall is a government building within a node.
We want the City Hall to be the place where big decisions are made for each Node. It should be where the “ruling class” comes together and decides what to do (these decisions can quickly make them the “old ruling class” too).
Mayors and node governments use City hall to visualize and control activities within their node. These capabilities will also be available via mobile/web inteface.
- Status of the node's economy.
- Status of upcoming elections.
- Status of trade agreements.
- Status of caravans.
Players can interact with the node board to get a list of its citizens.
- Clicking on a citizen will reveal information about their guild, society, religion, and property ownership.
Node building destruction
Node buildings (including player housing) have hit points and can be damaged or destroyed by different systems.
- NPC-driven events that are a response to story arcs or node atrophy.
- Node sieges and node wars.
- Attackers may not be capable of destroying a node during a siege. Instead they may carry out precision attacks to disable specific service-oriented buildings within the node. These buildings can be targeted with siege weapons and bombs.
- Hazardous events such as tornadoes or hurricanes.
If buildings suffer more than approximately 25% damage, any NPCs or services offered by that building will not be available until the building is repaired.
- Players must repair damaged buildings (or rebuild destroyed ones) in order to reactivate the services from those particular buildings.
Buildings that take significant damage are destroyed and appear as rubble on the plot they occupied.
- Node governments must clear any rubble on plots before any buildings can be reconstructed. Any prerequisites for the building reconstruction must be satisfied beforehand.
- Buildings also live within a prerequisite system. So in order to build down the tech tree of what these buildings provide, as the node grows larger to access stronger building types, you may get a kink in that chain if it's destroyed and you'll have to stand that back up in order to support the service again. – Steven Sharif
- If the node is destroyed by a node siege, the debris field will contain spoils that are lootable to the victors of the siege.
- Player housing that is destroyed during a node siege can no longer be sold. Furnishing and decorations are retained and can be placed again later.
Freehold buildings that can be placed on a freehold plot serve three main purposes.
Freehold buildings require blueprints and materials to construct.
- Some freehold buildings have multiple tiers, with different footprint sizes. For example: Small, medium, large, to mansion-sized homes.
- A mansion sized home may occupy up to 50% of a freehold plot.
- Upgrading a tier will not change the size of the building in terms of footprint, but may increase in height.
- Basements in freehold buildings are to be decided.
Freehold building architecture is based on the blueprint for the building.
- Freehold skins are applied to a blueprint based on the type of building.
- Players are not locked into any particular race for freehold blueprints.
- The way we look at it is the freehold is your space so we want you to be able to make it look the way you want it to. – Jeffrey Bard
Freehold building placement
Freehold buildings and other items/props can be placed on freehold plots (by the land owner).
- There may be a grid-based system that freehold owners can use to place items/props and buildings on their freehold plot. Players will need to manage how these are arranged to maximize adjacency bonuses.
- A portion of a freehold plot is dedicated to the homestead. This requirement may be scrapped based on testing.
- The number and type of buildings that can be placed on the freehold and the way these buildings get placed are subject to change based on testing and iteration during Alpha-2.
- There is going to be a limited allotment of how many workstations you can have stood up at any given time. There's a limited allotment of licenses that can be applied to a freehold in order to make some of those stations reach level two- tier two and tier three. What those particularly are, we have some designs for them now, but that most likely will not survive testing and will need to be changed and adapted and iterated upon based off what the testing results provide. – Steven Sharif
Buildings will be able to be named. The custom name will appear as floating text when it is targeted.
Freehold building skins
Freehold building skins were offered as Kickstarter and Summer crowdfunding rewards and are currently available in pre-order packs.
- Freehold skins are applied to a blueprint based on the type of building.
- Freehold buildings serve three main purposes: Homesteads, processing stations, and workshops.
- The vast majority of cosmetic freehold skins are used for the home.
- In Alpha-2 we will have our freeholds available to test; and while we have the designs in place for how processing interacts for gathering and how processing feeds the crafting stations, some of that stuff might change: The allotment of buildings that can be placed on the freehold, the way that the buildings get placed on the freehold, whether or not we even scrapped the idea of dedicating a portion of the Freehold towards the house. And because of that, because of the design limbo that's still pending our testing environment in Alpha 2, we've not wanted to give definitive definition around how those cosmetics will be applied to the freehold buildings in the event that that might change based on iteration. But to give you perspective there, it's mainly going to be focused around the freehold house and then also having the ability to apply the skins to some of the workstations as well. – Steven Sharif
2022-09-05 2020-02-28 2020-01-31 2018-04-01
- ↑ Livestream, January 30, 2020 (1:01:59).
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Node series part II – the Metropolis.
- ↑ Blog - Know Your Nodes - The Basics.
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Blog - Know Your Nodes - Advance and Destroy.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Livestream, October 30, 2020 (39:17).
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Livestream, September 27, 2018 (53:06).
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Livestream, February 25, 2022 (41:00).
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Livestream, February 26, 2021 (1:12:18).
- ↑ 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 9.5 Livestream, March 31, 2022 (4:57).
- ↑ Podcast, April 11, 2021 (29:47).
- ↑ Interview, May 11, 2018 (54:34).
- ↑ Livestream, May 26, 2017 (21:23).
- ↑ Podcast, April 11, 2021 (23:36).
- ↑ 14.0 14.1 Interview, May 11, 2018 (47:27).
- ↑ 15.0 15.1 Livestream, July 29, 2022 (1:13:09).
- ↑ Livestream, June 26, 2020 (45:32).
- ↑ 17.0 17.1 Interview, February 7, 2021 (33:00).
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Interview, May 11, 2018 (1:00:19).
- ↑ Podcast, April 23, 2018 (29:56).
- ↑ Livestream, March 28, 2020 (1:16:03).
- ↑ Video, March 23, 2020 (0:24).
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 22.2 22.3 22.4 Livestream, May 19, 2017 (33:57).
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 Livestream, January 20, 2018 (38:17).
- ↑ Livestream, 2018-04-8 (PM) (51:49).
- ↑ Interview, July 8, 2020 (55:05).
- ↑ 26.0 26.1 26.2 26.3 26.4 26.5 26.6 26.7 26.8 Livestream, March 31, 2022 (1:13:00).
- ↑ Livestream, July 30, 2021 (1:10:09).
- ↑ Livestream, September 1, 2018 (36:28).
- ↑ Know Your Nodes: Economic Node Type.
- ↑ Blog: Creative Director's Letter
- ↑ City hall.
- ↑ Livestream, November 17, 2017 (9:49).
- ↑ 33.0 33.1 Livestream, October 30, 2020 (1:01:00).
- ↑ Livestream, October 31, 2019 (36:20).
- ↑ 35.0 35.1 Livestream, November 22, 2019 (16:56).
- ↑ 36.0 36.1 36.2 36.3 36.4 Interview, July 8, 2020 (57:46).
- ↑ Forums - Livestream Q&A 2022-08-26.
- ↑ 38.0 38.1 Livestream, November 22, 2019 (17:59).
- ↑ Interview, July 8, 2020 (59:38).
- ↑ Podcast, September 29, 2021 (14:21).
- ↑ Livestream, April 30, 2020 (1:14:44).
- ↑ 43.0 43.1 Livestream, June 26, 2020 (1:02:12).
- ↑ Livestream, July 18, 2017 (40:14).
- ↑ Livestream, November 17, 2017 (47:10).
- ↑ Ashes of Creation Store: Dünthol’s Forge.
- ↑ 47.00 47.01 47.02 47.03 47.04 47.05 47.06 47.07 47.08 47.09 47.10 47.11 Livestream, April 7, 2023 (31:49).
- ↑ 48.0 48.1 Livestream, May 24, 2017 (9:58).
- ↑ Livestream, June 30, 2022 (1:08:02).
- ↑ 51.0 51.1 51.2 Interview, July 8, 2020 (45:23).
- ↑ Livestream, June 28, 2019 (1:09:22).
- ↑ 53.0 53.1 53.2 53.3 Livestream, August 28, 2020 (2:14:06).
- ↑ Livestream, May 26, 2017 (44:11).
- ↑ 55.0 55.1 Livestream, May 29, 2020 (41:27).
- ↑ 56.0 56.1 Livestream, October 16, 2017 (56:42).
- ↑ Livestream, October 31, 2018 (46:18).
- ↑ What is included with my Pre-Order package?
- ↑ Livestream, November 30, 2020 (57:50).