Another day, another Elden Ring field run. Since FromSoftware’s massively popular Soulslike was released on February 25th, scumbags all over the world have tackled the game in absolutely disgusting ways. But time beat with one hand and to play with a harp impressive, Twitch streamer Luality is taking it to a whole new level by trying to finish it lately. Elden Ring with a crazy drawing tablet.
You’ve heard of Luality before. Brazilian content creator who mainly plays Soulslike Twitch and YouTube, Luality has been challenging itself to beat these tough games in some really crazy ways for a minute now. For example, in 2018, he ran away Dark souls 3 with Dance Dance Revolution kill tough bosses like the dance floor Dancer of the Boreal Valley and The Nameless King while sweating in the storm. He then mumbled all of them Elden Ringdance floor with ‘s baddiesa feat that attracted so much attention to him Presented at the Intel booth at PAX West. You can imagine my shock when I saw Luality do this. While FromSoft’s game continues to kick my ass, it’s boss after boss through the dance floor like it’s nothing.
So when I stumble An amateur tramples Godric with the help of a drawing tablet while scrolling Elden Ring subreddit, I was floored and need to know more. Why? How did the installation work? Was it difficult to play with a drawing tablet, and more specifically, more difficult than playing with a dance floor? I had the chance to chat over Twitter DMs with Luality, who gave me all the tea.
Perhaps the most confusing part of running is how it all works. Luality broke it down by explaining that it uses both PC and PS5 (via PlayStation Remote Play) to stream. Elden Ring to his Wacom Cintiq Pro 13 tablet. He said things weren’t perfect, but with the help of his community, he pulled it together it worked well enough for him to defeat the stupid Tree Sentinel At the beginning of Limgrave awaits all the tarnished.
“I had this idea two weeks ago, I asked some friends to help, and in three days we could have a prototype that could work hard,” Luality said. “Then I went to PAX West. They invited me to play the dance floor Elden Ring Experience the Intel Booth! It was amazing! As soon as I got home I continued to work on the tablet and right now we are close to perfect, and to say perfect is almost impossible! More than anything else, this run is aligned with my hopes and dreams! To make this possible, I use five different programs that are not designed to work together. But slowly tweaking things and making things more stable has been a lot of fun, especially as the run starts to take shape and I start killing bosses. I’m happy to see how far we’ve come in such a short time!”
If you’ve seen some of Luality’s clips, you’ll see him drawing strokes on the tablet screen to perform in-game actions like attacking (straight line) and jumping (triangle). Some commands were very difficult to work with. For example, camera control was not possible with this setup, so it gave up entirely based on the “reset camera” command alone. Accuracy is impossible here, Luality says the run is “incredibly difficult and frustrating” but completely doable.
“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 streaming with bunnies. However, that doesn’t make it any less stressful and I’m sweating watching him get beat up by the bosses over and over again.
So what’s next for Luality? Except to finish Elden Ring with a drawing tablet – he’s in the middle of the game the latest Twitch streamcurrently battling Rennala Queen of the Full Moon and Starscourge Radahn – he’s also summoning some other seriously crazy challenges for FromSoftware’s latest Soulslike.
“I’ve been playing FromSoftware games in weird ways for years,” Luality said. “I often think and get weird ideas for runs. I plan to play the piano soon. A lot is ready [on that front]”