July 24 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Players, and It’s Developer’s in the News

This is another one of those summary pieces. Oozes and Blobs that have crossed my path fairly recently that I hadn’t passed along yet and all that.

You may remember a little while back that Protalarium was doing an AMA on Reddit for Shroud of the Avatar. Red Thomas has a nice summary piece set-up over here on MMORPG if you missed it!

Mainly, there’s a lot of questions about what’s going on in development and how it impacts them. So, the Shroud of the Avatar team set up a Reddit AMA to answer their questions.

Shroud of the Avatar Team Hosts Reddit AMA | MMOExaminer

Not the only recent Article from Red Thomas, you may also want to catch this one about Offline mode for Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar – Offline is On – MMORPG.com


Richard Garriott is certainly no stranger to Interviews. I also doubt this is the first time he’s been interviewing while playing a game.

In this episode of Antwand Pearman Vs The Interview, Antwand interviews game developer and explorer Richard Garriott over a very special game of “Save Matt Damon.” They talk about how Richard developed the Ultima series, weird things about space travel and much more! Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues


How about those Lunar rifts? When do they go where?

Duke Gréagóir has a fantastic link to a spreadsheet posted over in the forums that help with just those sort of questions!

It is a google doc and starts 6/29 at 4:151:15 pm central time / new britannian time. It is easy to modify as the forumla is adding 8 minutes and 45 seconds for each stop. If you see it is off, Let me know or you should have access to edit it too (if the setting works in google docs).

SOTA Lunar Rift schedule

Duke Greagoir's Lunar Rift Schedule Worksheet | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Heres Some Article links to check out!

NEVERDIE Partners with Richard Garriot – The Merkle

Neverdie and Lord British partner to develop VR infrastructure – Gamereactor UK –

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Portalarium & Lord British (Famed developer of Ultima & Shroud of the Avatar) Joins Forces with NEVERDIE in Support of Their ICO to Provide Millions of Gamers Universal Ethereum-Based NEVERDIE & Teleport Gaming Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – My Journey to New Britannia (Part II) iMMOsite – Get your gaming life recorded – my.mmosite.com

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – Richard Garriott – Goals, Milestones, and Expectations – MMORPG.com

'Welcome to New Britannia' Community Trailer Contest Submissions | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima creator Richard Garriott looks back on nearly four decades making video games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Dean Takahashi

Austin’s annual RTX gaming convention set to be biggest yet | KXAN.com



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July 22 2017

SotA Supplier Spotlight Contest for 1 Million Gold – Updates!

Hello everyone, just some quick updates on this contest which were initially posted on this Journal here:
SotA Crafting Contract Bid – Earn a 1 Million Gold Work Bid Bounty + An Article on This Blog! – Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond

Please be sure to keep an eye on the forum posts here:
WTB Heavy Armor Gaiaism Set + other items – 1 million gold bounty + Blog article | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

I have added some additional information and clarification to this contest on the above forum link. Here is a copy of that information:

 

I realize that with the crafting system this means there is also a part luck factor. That’s a factor, and I think a good one as luck even applies in real life sometimes. It can be bypassed by making several pieces. this would mean you’re making more than i would be buying, but a good crafter is making and selling anyway and should be able to sell those on their vendors and to regular customers if they don’t want to rely on just luck, although I wouldn’t expect people to be trying multiple makes. I also figure someone crafting a lot would have things in stock to possibly choose from for this contest.

The idea here is to put a spotlight on resourcefulness, creativity, ability to come up with something for a difficult but large order, etc

We see all these contests taking place all the time. We know who the Best PvP’s are. We know the best fisherman, dancers, and radio shows. PvE’s, sellers, and all these other things. What about.. in a game supplier? Who can offer the best prices, the best equipment, the best recommendations, etc? It doesn’t even have to be a crafter. As a merchant myself, id be willing to bid for an order like this if I had things in inventory I could use to put together such an order, and I’d be willing to spend some time in game shopping around seeing what I could maybe put together at good prices for a profit. Or I might hit people on my contact list ive established business relations with and work with them.

So the idea is to pretend I’m the customer, and I sent you an order request. You can ask questions (just ask them publicly, so all people entering get the info). I’m offering you a million gold, and here’s what I want. I’m also coming across as easy to work with.. meaning.. if you do things little different here or there, I’m ok with it.. im relying on your expertise, to overcome my mistakes in saying what I want. In this particular instance though, you have competitors doing the same thing (I’m shopping around) – so who will make the best minor alterations, recommendations? Or have a little bit of luck streak that they come up with something a tad better? Or pounded out extras, or shopped for that one piece they weren’t getting how they wanted themselves, etc..

I would indicate, that this character will never be used for pvp, and only casual pve. He’s a merchant, crafter, hauler, and shopper, and that’s why I want his Strength to go as high as it can, and i want his movement boosted. I’ve had to carry as much as 14,000 weight with him before, although 500-1000 is more common. He’s also my crafter.. but i do want to take him out for casual PvE and want to start training his skills. I also want him to be able to do some of his own resource harvesting.

The goal is not to create equipment to go stand against the best fighters. its to create equipment that adds the best bonuses for lifting and speed… but, to use those same assets to their best extent possible, in combat as a secondary use. Additional stats on equipment can be used to help in combat and to boost his skills.

 

That is the operating in a budget part of this. I could have offered 2 million or even 5 (although i would have needed time to raise it, which is one reason i choose the 1 million amount.. I have it on me).

The main part to this though, are customers are going to have budgets. So the idea here is.. operate within that budget. I’m not asking anyone here to spend 3 million in resources to get a 1 million set of gear. I’m saying “whats the best you can do, towards what I want, for 1 million.. and that’s what you do”. Part of that will be based on your time, which can vary from person to person. How resourceful are they? How creative? efficient? lucky? there are all these factors that make one person stand out above others in their craft.

whos the best at that currently in this community? I’m trying to spotlight the style of player that i don’t think has had as much of a chance to stand out yet.

Also, I felt that blog article adds some value. I WILL spotlight every submission in the article, as well as the winner. I should have said that in the initial piece.

so I’ll do a more in depth piece of the winner as the focus.

the article will then have a summary area showing each entry, the scoring system I used, and the final score of each entry.

I feel the idea here is that this will help give the community a guide of who some of the best people are to contact this kind of work, and they’ll have a sort of portfolio of work to choose from.

What sort of value does this have for you in terms of marketing? You would have to decide that. At one time any blog post on SotA I did had an easy reach of 20K+ people, sometimes 100K. These days? I know it’s down, but I haven’t looked at my analytics in a long time. They aren’t important to me as I do what I do for enjoyment, and I did it when I had 5 views.:) I know it’s still a few thousand a week, most likely at least 10K.

An article like that will easily be 4-8 hours of work, maybe more. I felt it offered some marketing value and helps get this seen which is the idea.

I hope this helps a bit? I know I don’t always communicate the best, so I’ll continue to help to try to clarify anywhere I can.

I have had a few people let me know they are going to enter the contest and seem excited about it. I’ve had a couple pass along a thing or two they are doing that is very simple and creative, that made me smile. Overall I don’t have a feel for how much interest there is in this or how well it’s being received. It was an idea and can only see how it goes.:) Nothing but good intent meant though.

I hope it’s something all who participate in have fun with. More importantly, I hope to help spotlight some of the best suppliers in the community, to the community.

Also – Maybe the community may want to buy some of the sets that didn’t win? They would have the contact info to do so!



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July 22 2017

Echoes From the Caverns 07-21-17 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hi Everyone! Finally got my vacationing self back here! Here is the News of the week!
  • New Norgard Garments
  • Etceter Polish
  • Vertas Polish
  • Making of Hallowed Plains (cont.)
  • Making of Grannus Colossus (cont.)
  • Free Trial 4 Ends July 26!
  • Portalarium Joins Forces w/NEVERDIE – Ethereum-Based NEVERDIE & Teleport Gaming Tokens
  • Explore/Create Panel at Comic-Con San Diego Saturday
  • Shroud at PAX Dev Next Month – Starr’s Crowdfunding Panel
  • Shroud In the News: Interviews and Livestream with Starr Long
  • Origin PC’s July Bundle Promo – Free Copy of Shroud!
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Comic-Con San Diego Cosplay Wearables Sale
  • SeedInvest: Time is Running Short to Join Portalarium!
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
  • Welcome to New Britannia’ Community Trailer Contest
  • Community Livestream: Hallowed Plains and Grannus Colossus
  • Community Spotlight: Shadow’s Rest – Player Owned Town
  • Community Events: Kahli Writing Contest and Treasure Hunt
  • Community Resources: Players Helping Players
  • Recommended Project to Support: Denis Loubet Patreon
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July 19 2017

Ultima’s Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE

Well, one thing is for sure, as soon as Richard Garriott’s name hits the news, it starts exploding fast.

This one seems like it could be a rather big deal and I have already had two sources cross my desktop.

Here’s a snippet from the post over at Marketride., although it looks like both sites are hosting the same article.

The Teleport token will be used to transport across worlds, seamlessly from one game to another while the NEVERDIE Coin will be used to buy new lives. Both coins will ultimately be used to create a monetized infrastructure that will drive the growth of the virtual goods economy, thus supporting gamified jobs as a way to offset traditional jobs lost to AI and VR advancements. The endeavor between Lord British and NEVERDIE will underscore this effort by championing avatar rights and creating economic opportunity for gamers and longevity for games and virtual worlds.

Here’s links to both websites with the article.
Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens | Benzinga

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming Under NDC Token



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July 19 2017

Now Selling UDIC “Ultima Dragon Internet Chapter” Dice

Being a member of The Ultima Dragon Internet Chapter myself, I am very happy to start carrying this product! Whether a member or just wanting to show your support of the UDIC these dice or for you. Not only because you would be rolling with the logo on the 6-side … Continue reading The post Now Selling UDIC “Ultima Dragon Internet Chapter” Dice appeared first on Caveloot.com.

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July 19 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – U3 Map and U6



Hello everyone,

Two items for you collectors of Ultima that caught my eye today.

The first is an Ultima III map which is up for auction, currently, has no bids at a starting of $10.00, and has reasonable shipping charges.

Ultima Online III 3 Cloth Map | eBay


I didn’t notice the stone in the photo for this one, but with a starting bid of $10 and cheap shipping, this may be a win for someone!

Ultima VI The False Prophet Vintage 1990 PC Game by Origin -3.5" Disks -Full Box 17814770111 | eBay



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July 19 2017

Interested In Attending a Shroud of the Avatar LAN Party in Chicago, IL?

Community Member the Mad Hatter is putting together a Shroud of the Avatar Players Meet / Lan Party. Being held in Chicago, IL and taking place on 10/6/2017

This event also seems to be getting some official recognition:

As mentioned in the Summer Telethon Part 1 and Lord British Birthday Telethon… Mad Hatter is happy to hold the 1st exclusive SotA community LAN event. This event will be held on “Mad Hatter Day 10/6” in Chicago and hope to be an annual event.

As well as digital attendance rewards.

$25 (Cloak Only – Not attending event)

$55 (Signup & Cloak) Until August 14th, 2017 @ 11:59PM (Central Standard Time)

$70 (Late Signup & Cloak) After August 14th, 2017

Head over to the forum post to get all the details!
Hatter's LAN Party 2017 – Chicago (October 6th, 2017) | Shroud of the Avatar Forum



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July 18 2017

SotA Crafting Contract Bid – Earn a 1 Million Gold Work Bid Bounty + An Article on This Blog!

I have seen a lot of cool events in Shroud of the Avatar. Many of which I helped create! It has been a long time since I have done anything though, and part of that is I just have not had much inspiration.

So, I came up with an idea for a bidding contest with a big payout budget, when I was tired of hitting vendors in the game.

Here’s the deal! I am looking for a full set of equipment for one of my characters. To enter the contest you must not only supply a list of the equipment you would recommend (with stats!), but please include notes as to why you are choosing each piece.

I have posted a summary piece on this in the forums over here:
WTB Heavy Armor Gaiaism Set + other items – 1 million gold bounty + Blog article | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

I will run this contest until the end of July. Meaning all entries must be submitted by July 31st, Midnight, Eastern Time.

You can PM the entries to “Sir Stile Teckel” on The Shroud of the Avatar forums or you can also email it to me using stile@thecaverns.net with the subject “Equipment Contest”. Document attachments are fine (just about any format is ok).

After I have had enough time to review all of the entries, I will pick the winner and post announcements.

You are building this to sell, and deliver, on a budget!!! You can spend more than a million gold on your time and resources, but 1 million is the payout for the sale. You do not get the gold until the equipment is being delivered. Part of this is to show that as a crafter/resource gather/thief (however you would obtain the gear), what you can do for a customer based on their budget. Whoever can do the most based on that budget, is showing how far they will go to get the business!

To sweeten the pot, and because I am just having fun doing this, the winner will also receive a full sized blog post here at The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond.

also receive a full sized blog post here at The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond

An article showcasing the final build with photos and all that good stuff!

The information you send for your entry will also be used for the article (write-ups on why you are choosing what, any photos you might include, stat information, etc). Additionally, if you’re willing there may be some interview questions.

This post will include information to where and how you can be contacted by anyone wanting to hire your services, after showing the community you are the best of the best! If you have a website, forum thread, or anything like that I will link those as well. Don’t have a website or any online presence and would like one? Maybe I can help out with that as well.

Ok, I am going to describe the “purpose” and skills being used, followed by some of my equipment thoughts. It is then your job to take it from that point.

Equipment slots to supply, include:
Head
Chest
Legs
Hands
Feet
Weapon – Polearm
Ring
Necklace

Optional:
Off hand
Belt for combat use
Back

Use:
The set is to be designed with two purposes in mind.

The first is that the set should add as much strength bonus and if possible/any as much move bonus increases it can.

The character in question will be using a Belt of the Ox (Already owned), to maximize his strength and bonuses, for carrying capacity. When not in combat of course.

This leads us to our second use. Combat.

So to talk about combat lets talk about what he will have for training. Polearms, Heavy Armor, Earth, Sun, Some tactics, and a dash of wind for dash and blink are what is planned to train for now. Character training has not begun yet.

Stat attributes im most interested in:
Strength
+ to Move
Dexterity
– To Fizzle Chances

Increases to Earth or sun spells and attunements.

Considerations:
I’m primarily guessing that most of this would be made using Gaiaism. The Chest piece would need to be heavy armor as that’s the planned armor skill. Other pieces could be heavy, light, or chain, depending on what you think would make the best setup/mix, or it could be all plate or all chain.

Don’t be afraid to be creative!


Questions? I will make sure any questions sent to me are added with answers to the comments section of this post, as well as getting back to everyone. Thank you and good luck!



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July 17 2017

Addicted to Ananias by Slashware Interactive

A game I have downloaded on my iPhone for a while now is “Ananias” by Slashware interactive. I really feel I made a mistake in starting to play it, as I have become horribly addicted to it and it has kept me awake longer than I should have been on many occasions now!

Created by Slashware Interactive and stated to be an “A modern classic turn-based roguelike dungeon exploration game.”. Which I indeed find it to be all those things!!

Ananias Roguelike

After playing (and dying) about 30 times now, I have developed more and more play strategy. I find that each class I have given a chance if I am patient while I go through a few quick deaths while I learn that class, that each offers something unique with a different feel to the game.

The wave Save games are handled you could hop on and just play for five minutes, or have hour long marathon sessions. With its random loot tables, monsters, and more I continue to see new things. While I hope to continue to see continual updates and new content for what is becoming one of my favorite classic style games and is now on my A list, it is already solid as it is and I highly recommend it.

You can get it on both the Ios or Android platform. Be sure to add account “Stile” to your friend’s list if you play!

You can find the Slashware Interactive website here.
Slashware Interactive

Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS



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July 15 2017

Results For This Months Patreon Drawing for CDB Has Been Posted!

Hello, everyone!

Happy to share that as the title indicates, this months giveaway for my Patron‘s and anyone that has donated a $1.00 or more since my last drawing, has been posted to my Patreon site.

It’s a great opportunity to make fun of my poor video skills when it comes to selfie’s as well as hear about some of the different things I have taking place as I ramble a bit in horrid attempts to entertain my viewers.

Enjoy, and as always thank you to those who help contribute to this blog and my other projects, so that I can continue to create.

If you just want to catch the announcement of the winner’s name, see the prizes, and read a couple sentences you can view the post here.

This month’s giveaway winner, and surprise prize finally shared! | Sir Stile Teckel on Patreon



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