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Exclusive Darkstarr Moondial. Get yours before they're gone!

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by caravaggiosWolf (Dev), Jul 10, 2013.

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  1. caravaggiosWolf (Dev)

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    In celebration of Starr Long joining the SotA Dev Team, we are memorializing his Darkstarr online persona with several new pledge rewards available to all backers that pledge prior to July 31, 2013. All Citizen level backers will receive the Darkstarr Moondial, a special in-game, yard decoration which will track the heavens both day and night! A very useful invention when planning strategies in-game, as this device lets you explore the mists of Revelations and Prophesy, unveiling astronomical events and revealing bits of lore to astute adventurers.




    You can watch the concept of the Darkstarr Moondial as it unfolds:

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    That is one cool looking moondial. Kudos.
     
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    Oooh... really digging that snake!
     
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    You get me! I am really thinking about to pledge for Citizen or Edelmann.
    Will i receive the other Star Longs rewards automatically when i have allready a certain pledge level? I am an early founder. Am i eligible?
     
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    Now we are talking! I was liking #1 a lot yesterday, but I do like the WIP version more now that I see it...The Snake and overall clean design seals the deal, imo. Very nice work there, CaravaggiosWolf. :)
     
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    *plucks the moondial out of this thread, sticks it in his pocket and shuffles away quickly*
     
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    Yes, you get everything at and below your current pledge level.
     
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    hmm yes.. the chaos serpent.. I was noticing that as well. The less observant may with to note it goes opposite of LB's order serpent symbol. I was starting to wonder how many people would spot it until I saw you're post.. I guess I shouldn't be surprised. :)
     
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    And there's just something about the serpent... It looks real, like it would move if touched. I can practically feel it on my arm! :D I wasn't sold on the hand design during PotA, but I'm really loving this concept now.
     
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    eek! or maybe.. a pseudo-eek. Snakes aren't my favorite.. lol they don't really bother me mind you.. just haven't been around them much. I prefer cats. :)This one doesn't have the usual curvature and being on the sphere does kinda give it a more natural look doesn't it. You almost expect a little tongue to come out.
     
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    Really nice. I particularily like the one with the serpent.
     
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    I first through idea 2 was a very nice one but looking at number 1: its now my favorite! :)
     
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    Creating art is such a wonderfully collaborative process on SotA!

    Starr approached me yesterday with the concept of the Darkstarr Moondial that he, Richard, Dallas and Chris came up with. They were discussing ideas for unique furnishings in the homes and/or gardens of property owners. Starr collects time pieces and Richard collects all sorts of interesting mechanical contraptions. As they were discussing possibilities Richard hit upon the idea of a moondial. Cosmology plays a big part in SotA.

    Starr provided me with the reference they had gathered and shared their discussion. I started the concept live on PotA Tuesday the 9th. After the show I continued to flesh out the concept wrapping my mind around what would be visually important and how best incorporate the communities input. The moondial will be metal, brass or bronze and about the size of a table. The planets with slowly revolve in their orbits and there will be something special about the shattered moon. Emits light? Then I sent my Work In Progress (WIP) to Richard for review that evening. Richards feedback was to make sure the shattered moon, Daedalus (created from the collision of 2 moons some 400 years prior) was clearly visible. 8 planets one for each Virtue, moons if I so desired and put the sun on the outer horizontal ring. Bring the snake off the planet so it can be the moondial/pointer.

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    I sent this near final version to Richard earlier today. He suggested shrinking the sun and the planet with multiple rings and increase the size of Daedalus. In doing so it was necessary to adjust some of the other planets sizes to keep an interesting visual diversity of scale. I was chatting with Dallas and hit upon the idea of making the hand a different material as an option for the production team.

    The final approved concept for the Darkstarr Moondial. I can't wait to see what Bob does with the art tomorrow!

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    Two moons you say? Was that ok give away? ;) Suddenly some of my questions about the backstory are laid to rest. :D Verrrrry interestink. *nod nod*

    Oh I see the snake is.. I had only noticed it from the one angle in the earlier pic and missed it wrap around the arm LOL I was wondering why Lori made that comment about feeling it on her arm. Don't I feel silly now. :)
     
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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    ... in other words: :eek:

    Simply stunning... For some reason it didn't occur to me how big it would be! Super happy to be at a tier that will receive this! Awesome coloring... The marble hand option really makes the rest pop, too.

    PS: :eek:
     
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    Lori I might have to come over and borrow yours on occasion. ;)
     
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    LOL it's okay, I'm used to people thinking I'm a little crazy. ;)
     
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    Absolutely :cool:
     
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    Looks awesome!
     
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    Shattered moon is now public. :(
    Well, I was special for a little while anyway. :cool:
     
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