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 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

Stile’s Special Spotlights

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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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May 26 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-25-2018 – 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

  • Zombie Children
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Release 54 Livestream
  • Release 54 on the QA Server
  • Release 54 Dance Party
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Pets & Fur
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Spotlight: Rauchbier Platz
  • Livestream: Westend & Store Housing
  • The 4th Annual Soldier’s Memorial Ball – May 26
  • AERIE Fund – Community Cause – Primal Nature – June 2018
  • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
  • Project to Support: Sybil
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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May 19 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-18-2018 – 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

  • Female Peasant Wearables
  • The Making of Shaminian Hills (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Release 54 on the QA Server
  • NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Statues
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Livestream: Looking For Group & Heraldry
  • Elaina’s Lost Bow Quest
  • Rauchbier Platz – Virtue, Chaos and Brewing Quests
  • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
  • Project to Support: Wasteland 3
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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May 12 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-11-2018 – Echoes from the Caverns

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

  • Lord Baldrith Departs (oh no!!)
  • Game Development
    • New Creatures: Skeleton Plunderers and Unicorns
    • The Making of Shaminian Hills
    • The Making of Upper Tears
    • The Making of Westend (cont.)
    • R52 Livestream Obsidian Order Items (cont.)
    • Heraldry Items (cont.)

    News Announcements

    • R53 Livestream Results, YouTube & Missed Questions
    • NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
    • New Trailers: The Path of Virtue and The Path of Anti-Virtue
    • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
    • Weekend Flash Sale: Fireworks
    • Upcoming Events Calendar

    Community Updates

    • Event (Dev Led): Charge of the Dragons
    • Win a $50 Gift Card to RelicsbyRild.com!
    • Project to Support: SOTACON Austin 2018 – VIP Experience Package on sale now!
    • Resources: Players Helping Players

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May 5 2018

Echoes from the Caverns 05-40-2018 – 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 Westend
  • R52 Livestream Obsidian Order Items (cont.)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • Double XP Final Week for Release 53!
  • Store Credits Exchange to Gold Crowns: May 7th
  • >NPC Submission Requests: Central Brittany
  • Portalarium is Hiring: Web Developer
  • Weekend Flash Sale: Homes and Lot Deeds
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Community Livestream: Hospitallers & Ambassadors
  • Event (Dev Led): Charge of the Dragons!
  • Event (Community Led): PaxLair’s Campfire Stories Vol II
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar Has Greenhouses!
  • Recommended Project to Support: Underworld Ascendant
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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