Remember ECO? It’s that sandbox game built to educate kids/people about how your actions impact the world and environment around you. Our community of friends played exactly one year ago and had a blast — quite literally. We saved the world from the meteor and had a good time building up our factories and houses in the process.
Fast forward one year. ECO’s large game-changing 8.0 patch just came out, and our community has once again purchased a server and begun
annihilating the planet — saving the environment — scraping the life off the face of the earth as we strive to progress technologically to a point of sustaining ourselves while eliminating the meteor that will impact in only 25 or so days.
Last time I played I went the route of technology and smelting. This time I’m going for wood working, furniture crafting, and things like bricklaying.
We’ve developed much more of an economy than our last go around. Last time we simply traded goods. This time we’ve all created stores using our own form of credits. We sell goods to each other in exchange for our own forms of currency, then cash those points in at each other’s stores to buy the things that person is selling. For example, I buy 1 wood log for 1 keencoin. Someone can sell me logs then buy a hewn log (used for building) for 2 keencoins. We’ll keep using this system until we have an established, minted currency and a centralized bank
A lot has changed with the game — pretty much all for the better. The best change is the skill system. Now you gain experience by simply using the skill rather than having to just wait over time for skill points to generate. So you can gain experience in mining by actually mining, and skill points are simply used to unlock another skill — that you’ll then have to use to level up that skill. It’s similar in some aspects to the Star Wars Galaxies model.
Now is a great time to play ECO if you’re looking for that sandbox / creative / building / quasi-surviving / game-meets-sim experience. The 8 or so of us playing on our server all recommend it.
Join our Discord Server and say hello. We have a private channel for all our ECO talk, but if you hang out in general and express your interest we can discuss allowing access for more people.