Another day, another day elden ring Run the challenge. Since the massively popular Soulslike game dropped from FromSoftware on February 25, Tarnished around the world has approached the game in some downright cliched ways. but while Hit her with one hand And the playing with ukulele Impressive, Twitch streamer has taken Luality to a whole new level recently by trying to finish it elden ring With a freakin’ drawing board.
You may have heard of Luality before. A Brazilian creator who basically plays Soulslikes Twitch And the YoutubeLuality has been challenging herself to beat these challenging games in some really crazy ways for a minute now. Back in 2018, for example, it passed dark souls 3 with dance dance revolution Dance board, killing tough bosses like North Valley Dancer And the The unknown king While sweating in a storm. She is later mysterious all of elden ringBad guys with a dance boardIt is an achievement that has attracted much attention It ended up showing up at the Intel PAX West . booth. You can imagine how shaken I am watching Luality do this. With FromSoft continuing to kick my ass, there she is, head after head with a dance floor like it’s nothing.
So, when I found the Luality Trample Godrick the Grafted With Drawing Board While scrolling in a file elden ring subreddit, I was impressed and needed to find out more. why? How does the setup work? Was it difficult to play with the drawing board, and more specifically, was it more difficult than with the dance board? I had the opportunity to chat with Luality via Twitter DMs, who gave me all the tea.
Perhaps the most confusing part of the race is how it all works. Luality broke it down, explaining that it uses a PC and PS5 (via PlayStation Remote Play) to stream elden ring to her Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 tablet. She said things weren’t perfect, but with the help of her community, she put something together. You did well enough to beat the stupid Guardian Tree Waiting for all the warped at the start of Limgrave.
“I came up with this idea two weeks ago, asked some friends for help, and in three days we could have a prototype that didn’t work very well,” Luality said. Then I went to PAX West. I was invited to play the dance floor elden ring Live in Intel Booth! It was amazing! Once I got home, I kept getting the tablet working, and now we’re close to perfect, and I mean hardly possible! This run brings together my hopes and dreams more than anything else! I’m using five different programs that are not meant to work together to make this possible. But adjusting things slowly and making things more stable was a lot of fun, especially since the running started to take shape and I started killing bosses. I’m just glad how far we’ve come in such a short time! “
If you see some Luality clips, you’ll notice that they draw strokes across the tablet screen to perform in-game actions like attacking (straight line) and jumping (triangle). Some of the commands were too cumbersome to work with. For example, controlling the camera was impossible with this setup, so I gave it up entirely, relying solely on the “reset camera” command. Precision is impossible here, which Luality said made running “incredibly difficult and frustrating” but entirely possible.
“Both the dance pad and drawing tablet aren’t very reliable controllers and have their challenges, but the tablet beats the dance pad on this one,” Luality said. “In a lot of places they come together as equally bad. I have no camera control on either. But at least on the dance pad, I can hold keys down so things like sprinting and walking in a diagonal is more reliable. With the tablet, I can’t hold keys. I have to keep drawing and drawing. Sometimes the tablet allows me to walk in a diagonal line, but if I am using my pen, I have to pick a direction or it’s overwhelmed by inputs! Talking about this makes me laugh. I just love how all this barely works. It makes it more fun and special to me.”
Something she’s a bit more cognizant during this challenge run is how her body feels as she plays.
“My wrists are good,” Luality said. “Sometimes, the position I need to have the tablet makes my hands hurt a bit, but I am working on solving that problem so it’s not a long-term issue! I did damage a tendon in my feet while doing dance pad runs a while back, but I am mostly okay now!”
Of course, this isn’t Luality’s first jaunt through Elden Ring. Though she couldn’t recount how many times she’s beaten the game, she’s intent on finishing it with the drawing tablet because she’s “too stubborn” to give up now. She did, however, speak about the run’s hardest part so far, which, maybe surprisingly, has been just walking around the Lands Between with her Tarnished. It first consisted of drawing lines to initiate movement, but much like camera control, that became too cumbersome. Instead, Luality overlaid a virtual keyboard only for character movement, which streamlined things a bit.
The software setup is a work in progress, so Luality didn’t share the programs she’s using to make this all possible. However, she shouted out to her community several times for helping her see it through.
“I am also not doing this alone,” Luality said. “People in my community have been helping me and they have always helped me a lot. The reason I always say ‘we did it!’ when we make something cool is because it has always been a group effort. They help me troubleshoot things. They help me figure details out. They help me try different things. They support me financially so I can afford to take the time and buy the materials needed for those runs, and most importantly, they are always there for me and they believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself and they keep me going.”
I love how about her community Luality is, and you really get that sense of camaraderie watching her streams. Not only does she dish out sound relationship advice—sample: respect yourself, do not put up with bullshit—but she also gives out digital high-fives whenever she accomplishes something, whether that’s beating a hard enemy or surviving a massive drop off a cliff. It’s hella wholesome, not least because she streams with her bunnies. But that doesn’t make it any less stressful, and I was sweating watching her get repeatedly beaten up by her superiors.
So, what’s next for Luality? In addition to finishing elden ring Using her artboard – she’s about halfway through the game Latest Twitch streamShe’s currently battling Rennala Queen of the Full Moon and Starscourge Radahn – she’s also conjuring up some other Madness Challenge rounds for FromSoftware’s latest Soulslike.
“FromSoftware games have been played in weird ways for many years,” Luality said. “I often think and have strange thoughts for running. I have a piano planned soon. Most things are ready [on that front]! “