June 23 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-22-2018 – Echoes from the Caverns

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • The Making of The Obsidian Trials
  • v
  • The Atavists of Purity

News Announcements

  • Lord British Birthday Double XP Weekends
  • Release 55 on QA Server
  • Custom Avatar Head now Lord Forged Items
  • Custom Static Player Owned Towns: Discontinued
  • Company Status
  • (SPOILER) POT Row Lot Deed Reward for Completing Story (R55)
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys (extended to R56)
  • Lord British Birthday Game Sale: $19
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Basements
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Royal Gardeners Wanted! New Decoration Contest
  • AERIE Fund – 24-hour Streamathon, Primal Nature – June 23
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Relics by Rild on Meretz: Win Shroud Swag!
  • Project to Support: Portrait of Scottie for Shroud of the Avatar
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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June 22 2018

Shroud of the Avatar Guide to Novia

Hello, Shroud of the Avatar folks!

I am excited to announce that community member Greyhaven recently approached me about hosting his Guide to Novia on Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond!

A couple of quotes from Greyhaven himself:

The guide features sagely observations and useful insights from such renown figures as Sorcerous Steve, Sea Wolf, “Vas Corp Por” Koleski, “Scottie” Jones, Earl Greyshot, mysterious Arabella and not forgetting our Sovereign, Lord British, himself!

It is a large 26mb, 85 page, high-quality format PDF document containing information from over 260 Shroud of the Avatar updates. It is extensively illustrated by specially produced “pen & ink drawing-effect” pictures.

WOW! He’s not kidding, this thing is absolutely fantastic and I personally plan on printing a copy in duplex and binding it!

If you are interested in checking this out, you can download it, print it, open it in Adobe reader, or I even have it embedded on the web page for you!
http://www.thecaverns.net/Wordpress/shroud-of-the-avatar/resources/game-guides/guide-to-novia/

If you ever lose your direct link, from the menu system it is under SotA & Ultima/Game Resources – top link on that page!


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June 22 2018

Reminder to all Guild Members and Potential Guild Members!

The forums are located here!
http://www.thecaverns.net/talk/

Hello everyone,

Two things of note to remind everyone of.

The forums are located here!
http://www.thecaverns.net/talk/

One, We are still here!!!  The webpage itself just does not see a lot of activity that can be seen by the public because… AND NOTE, THIS IS IMPORTANT:

Our Guild Discussion forums are located at a different link, using PhpBB software. Why a guild webpage and separate forums?  Last time I checked there was no decent way to Embed PhpBB Forums (or any of the other decent forum packages), into a WordPress site.  The forum software is updated too often for it to be used for anything more than forums, and so a website outside of the forums is needed.  While WordPress does offer forum type plugins/software, I find it very inadequate to a full blown forum software package. So we have both!

The forums are located here!
http://www.thecaverns.net/talk/

ALSO NOTE: When you go to the forums there is a general discussion section that the public can see.. and that’s ALL! There IS an ACTIVE guild member only forum section, but to see them you have to have access to them!

To get access to the forums, you will need to register an account, which I will then have to go in and manually verify. While this is a pain, it is the best anti-spam measures available.

If I don’t do this within a day, use the contact form on this website to drop me a note and I’ll get it taken care of for you.

Only Guild members are granted access to the guild forums OR prospective guild members that would like to have an opportunity to hang out in our forums. If your thinking about joining the guild and want guild forum access, just contact me!

The forums are located here!
http://www.thecaverns.net/talk/


The other thing I would mention

The reason the “website” does not see much use, is I don’t have the time to do a lot with it. If someone wants a feature or asks me to do something, I will most likely do it if someone is asking me to.. because someone is asking, so they are using or looking at it, and that makes me happy to do it.

Otherwise, for general care – we need someone to maintain some things on the website. Hopefully, we eventually recruit someone interested in doing at least one of the things the site needs loving attention given to it, for! Maybe you?

What are those things?

-Maintaining the guild roster page(s)
-maybe we put a calendar up and keeping that updated with guild events and info
-general updating of the content on the site as needed
-someone to publish posts (like this one), about the guild and guild member related projects. Recap’s of guild events
-Anything else your imagination can supply.. Ill help with software installation if needed!

It’s all very easy to do. Much like using a word processing program! Drop me a note if interested 🙂

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June 22 2018

Shroud of the Avatar Community Repeating History Because Not Learning History?

I was a bit sad to see recently that some of the Shroud of the Avatar Developers were being let go, as many of them I consider associates outside of the game and in a few cases even friends. So anytime I hear about a staff change, it affects me a bit more personal in that I worry about people I know personally suffering some hardship.

When I read such news, I have no surprise. From that perspective, it’s like someone told me they decided not to have a cup of coffee or a Mountain dew that morning. Oh? That’s a bit different today, but it happens.

Then what BLOWS ME AWAY is the Damage the Shroud of the Avatar player Community does both to the Game and the company. It sort of goes like this:

-We are making a change, that is normal for us to make at different times in development, as a game developer.
-The community then scatters rumors, sells, players quit, and puts the overall player base and game development months behind. In short.. The player community does more damage then any enemy to the game could do.

Portalarium has exsisted since before Shroud of the Avatar. Something people seem to keep forgetting.

I have been involved deeply in my life with Shroud of the Avatar, since before it Kickstarted. What I mean by that, is I knew from watching the company and Richard they where working on things, and I was already being involved with the company, it’s develoeprs, etc.. in any way I could (although at that time it was small). If I didn’t take a picture, it didnt happen, right?

This is a group I THINK I created on Facebook before Shroud of the Avatar had even been fully decided on by the company and Richard Garriott. Course, I left my own group and didn’t delete it, and so just had to re-request membership to a group I once made. LoL. It still exists though, so you can pull it up on Facebook and verify its pre-dated Shroud of the Avatar

I am also friends on Facebook with Portalarium developers, dated before Shroud of the Avatar day 1 Kickstarter, and many other things. This was me saying “Dammit Richard, im stalking you and your company until your next RPG video game, whatever that is”.

During all this time. THIS HAS HAPPENED MANY TIMES!!!!!!

Game development is like hiring actors to perform a role. Once you have finished shooting their clips in the film, what the F do you want to do? Pay them to sit on their asses and watch everyone else work? Especially when you are running very lean?

I am not saying I agree with the model, the way it runs, or the way it works.

However, it has been fully established by Portalarium, that this is how they run their game development. This includes letting people go at different stages and bringing new people in. This is not the first time and it is not the last time.

What is the true state of the game, its player base, etc? I felt it was growing VERY slowly, but that it was growing. Given that no major marketing has been done yet I felt this was a good sign. This was my feeling only and the truth is, I have no idea!

Then Portalarium does what it has done many times now, and made changes necessary to continue that GROWTH, rather than stay at the same place, and everyone flips out. Now MAYBE this time is different in all the past times in that there’s more going on then we are seeing or they are saying, and it bodes ill.

The thing is, there’s no way for anyone to really be able to say that, just based on them doing yet another staff change, and I’m sure it won’t be the last!

Unfortunately, I feel bad for the company though and my fellow community members that get it. It being that, what DOES hurt the game is the panic from the community as a result..

Which is running around, making posts everywhere, trying to sell anything they can, and making judgments without basis on the state of affairs. Overall, this MAY be the end of Shroud of the Avatar or next time Portalarium makes some staff changes, THAT may be the end of Shroud of the Avatar.

However, I don’t blame Portalarium. I blame the reactions of its community in the panic they present, from what has already been proven as “daily business” for Portalarium.

Anyway, this is the most I could bring myself to talk about this subject. I see the forum posts, and posts in other places and I can’t respond to them, because all I want to do is yell at people and say “are you really that STUPID that you don’t realize, that right now YOU are the problem, creating a PROBLEM, when there might not have been a problem? Now there is.. because of you”.

So instead I keep my mouth shut. I felt I would do one blog piece on this, for the less stupid and this is the most I am covering this topic or the current state of affairs.

Thanks for listening!


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June 21 2018

Black Rose Chronicles 3 – by Belladonna Rose – narrated by Asclepius – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the third chapter of a wonderful story from Belladonna Rose, entitled
Black Rose Chronicles
Background music by Smartsound

Taking in the transformation of herself she looked around her again. The mirror no longer glowed. Only a shimmering and swirl of lights could be seen now. Not even her own reflection. Stunned at this magic she stood there for a time. Then a voice came to her tell her to go up the path to the building at the top. “Your Destiny awaits you Avatar”.

Turning she looked up the path and started to walk. Walk. Smiling she took a few more steps and began to run up the path. Amazed that she was on her own two legs again. Thank the stars she was whole once more. As she reached the top of the hill she saw an ornate looking building. Small but very impressive. Intricate carvings and a strange red glow from the domed roof. This must be the place.

Reaching out she slowly turns the knob of the wooden door. The metal of the knob was warm to the touch. As the door opened a soft warm mist greeted her and the red glow inside grew even brighter.

Stepping into the structure she saw the huge metal face hanging on the wall. Strange glowing eyes seemed to stare down at her. She stepped forward and looked about the room. Empty alcoves were to the left and the right. Huge torches hung on the walls beside the face. As she grew closer to the face the metallic churning sounds of gears began. Louder and louder. Covering her ears, she started to step away towards the door.

“Greetings Avatar. At last you have arrived.”

Stopping dead in her tracks she looked at the face. The glowing eyes blinked at her and the face looked as though it was alive. Shaking in her own skin she stepped close again to examine this strange thing on the wall.

“We have been waiting for you Avatar. It has been foretold that one such as yourself would arrive.”

Blinking again she stood infront of the face and listened carefully to what it said.

“By what name do you go Avatar?”

Swallowing hard she tried to find the words to answer. After a moment she finally spoke with her own voice instead of using her mind as she did with the hooded lady.

“My name is Belladonna Rose.”

“Greetings Belladonna Rose. I am the Oracle. I am here to help determine who you shall be as you move through this new world. I am but a guide to help you learn and navigate on your journey.”

Bella looked quizzically at the machine. The clanking and grinding of gears was almost overwhelming. Shaking her head again she heard the face give a soft chuckle and soon the sounds subsided, and a dull hum filled the room.

“Here I will ask a series of questions to determine the path you should follow. There are no right or wrong answers. And no answer is irrevocable. Tis the way of the mind and soul to change one’s mind along the path to better suit or deter your destiny. Your path will be yours to follow. I will simply assist you in following the choices that your feel are best. I know not your mind or heart Avatar, I can only watch your actions and advise on what I see.”

Bella felt a bit tense at the conversation. Not sure if she should trust this machine. She was not all that familiar with this sort of entity. This sort of thing was not widely known or used where she came from. She was definitely in a new world. Remembering what Arabella said about Lord British she decided to continue and listen.

After a time, the Oracle asked her many questions. Things about what she would do in certain situations. She only prayed that she answered the right way. She responded with her heart. For that was truly the only way she felt she could be honest with herself in everything she did.

The clank and grind of gears started up again. “Ahh. You have chosen the Path of Love Avatar. And I will now instruct you where to start your journey. The outpost of Solace Bridge has been under attack. Here you will venture forth through the rift and make your way to help those who survived. Upon reaching Solace Bridge look for Edvard. He will guide you from there.”

Bella looked quizzically at the Oracle.

“You will see me again Avatar. And I advise you check with me when you see buildings such as this in many a town. Here I can give counsel and help you if you need advice. Your destiny awaits you.”

The eyes of the Oracle glowed slightly and blinked.

“Your arrival has been foretold in a prophecy Avatar and the road you travel pre-ordained. We have waited long for your arrival. You must not delay any further. You will learn much and be given many choices in your travels. You will meet many foes and make many friends along your way. Heed all in your path. Now you must go Avatar. The world of New Britannia awaits you.”

Bowing her head quickly she stepped backwards towards the door. As she turned, the door opened before her. The diminished light of the outer world let her know that it was coming upon nightfall. She exited the chamber and looked towards the uphill path. Looking back again to the chamber the door was now closed again. Taking a deep breath, she made her way up the path.

Muttering to herself. “I have no weapon. I have no food. What in hell’s name am I doing here? This is some sort of trick or am I really in another realm. No matter. I need to go forth. I need to find Jack and the crew. If I have to turn this world upside down to do it, then I will.”

Trudging up the hill she saw the circle of pillars and the bright swirling blue orb in the center. This must be the rift that Arabella and the Oracle talked about. Do I step inside she wondered. Jump. Run. Bella walked to the edge of the ring and peered inside. Nothing but blue shimmering and swirling lights.

“What the hell. I am probably dead anyways. What can go wrong. I have nothing to lose.”

Taking a deep breath, she ran straight at the rift and disappeared from this place.

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June 16 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-15-2018 – Echoes from the Caverns

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • The Making of East Vauban Foothills
  • The Making of Norgard Fens (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)
  • R53 Livestream Sky Navy Themed Items

News Announcements

  • R54 Livestream Results and Videos
  • (SPOILER) POT Row Lot Deed Reward for Completing Story (R55)
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Musical Instruments
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Royal Gardeners Wanted! New Decoration Contest
  • Spotlight: Beran’s Reach
  • A Grandmaster Crafting Tutoring Event
  • Wild Safari Presents ‘Boogie Nights’
  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! Concert and Birthday Celebration
  • AERIE Fund – 24-hour Streamathon, Primal Nature – June 23
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Relics by Rild on Meretz: Win Shroud Swag!
  • Project to Support: Portrait of Scottie for Shroud of the Avatar
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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June 12 2018

Game Developer and Artist Scott Jones Coming to My Home and Possibly Yours in Shroud of the Avatar!

How do you get Scott Jones in Your house in Shroud of the Avatar? Just go pledge on this Kickaster, I have, at the highest level, and feel awesome about being able to do so!

Don’t miss this opportunity to bring a smile to the face of an individual, who brings smiles to everyone around him. Let’s show him the love!


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June 9 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-08-2018 – Echoes from the Caverns

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:
Game Development

  • Improving the Ebon Dawn Cultists
  • The Making of Norgard Fens
  • Double XP for Week 1 & 2 of Release 54!

News Announcements

  • R54 Livestream Continued Today From 3-7pm CT (8-12pm GMT)
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Patterns
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Royal Gardeners Wanted! New Decoration Contest
  • Community Spotlight – Veritas Sanctuary
  • BMC 20th Anniversary Event – Friday, June 8 at 8pm CT
  • Chicken and Stars Party – Tuesday, June 12 at 8pm CT
  • AERIE Fund – 24-hour Streamathon, Primal Nature – June 23
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Relics by Rild on Meretz: Win Shroud Swag!
  • Project to Support: Crowfall
  • Resources: Players Helping Players
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June 2 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 06-01-2018 – Echoes from the Caverns

Greetings Fellow Avatars! Here’s what we have for you in this week’s edition of Update of the Avatar:

Game Development

  • Play Release 54 Now!
  • Double XP for Week 1 & 2 of Release 54!

News Announcements

  • Release 54 Livestream – June 4
  • Release 54 Dance Party Today!
  • Release 54 Lot Deed Raffle Winners
  • NPC Submission Requests: Brittany Alleys
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Obsidians
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

    Livestream: The Companions Revisited

  • R54 Welcome Quest – Lux Sanctuary – Saturday, June 2 at 12pm CT
  • AERIE Fund – Community Cause – Primal Nature – June 2018
  • Win a Pair of SOTACON 2018 Tickets!
  • Project to Support: Midboss
  • Resources: Players Helping Players
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May 27 2018

And so Comes Change – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Folks! This is Sir Stile Teckel with some official announcements!

I want to keep it short so let’s just do that,

As you are most likely aware by now, Lord Baldrith has left the Echoes From the Caverns, to take up other pursuits and needs.

That left the question out there, who will be taking over his spot on the show? Will anyone?

You may have heard through the rumor mill as I did not make a lot of attempts to keep it quit OR if you listened to our last show in whole, you would have heard it on there as well.

That would be me! Now that I work at home for a living I not only do not have time for many hobbies, I also don’t get a chance to talk very often. I’ve come to find I lose my voice rather quickly. So when the opportunity presented to pick up a hobby that doesn’t take a lot of time and I get to talk? No brainer!

Now after talking to the boss a little bit *points over at Asclepius*, he has agreed to try out a couple of ideas I have for the show, in the near future.

I’d rather leave them a surprise, for now, accept to say, expect not to lose anything we have or that you like about it, but do expect some new things to make it a bit more enjoyable for you (we hope)!

Finally, and I may get in trouble for this or even be told that I need to change it, as I hadn’t run it by the previously mentioned boss yet, that I wiped up some new artwork Here it is again so you can blow it up to full size if you’d like!

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