February 16 2018

Photos and Photo Galleries Working Again

For anyone that noticed there was an issue with displaying images, our apologies!

I noticed that a recent update of the lightbox software I used was not allowing it to be very friendly with certain things. This was a simple fix but I was delayed by other bugs that had to be worked out to implement it.

As you can see from this nice gallery here, when you click on an image you will now have a nice slideshow lightbox gallery, with options to play it, scroll through it, and all the other functionality that is frankly just necessary!

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February 15 2018

*SQUEALS LIKE A GIRL* Coins from Relics by Rild and Frank Baxley!

(Note: Sorry for images not looking correct at the moment, or being able to be pulled up to look at in large size. Currently working on fixing lightbox, gallery issues with the site, but before I can do so, there are other bugs I am having my host work out from the new migration first. Thanks for patience and photos should be back up and pretty before long).

OMG, OMG, OMG! It was so awesome opening a box today from Relics by Rild!

Frank Baxley recently designed two new coins for Shroud of the Avatar, which is now for purchase in the Relics from Rild store.

So, this was a hard purchase for me. I became unemployed in 2017 and I have decided to stay that way as an entrepreneur who has yet and probably will not for a few years, makes enough to be qualified as “self-employed”. As you can imagine part of this decision includes a self-sacrifice in that there is very very little I purchase that does not serve a need of some kind. Usually most of my purchases these days are investments for my business in some way.

So when not one but TWO new coins went into the store at the same time, some tough decisions had to be made! I mean, I’ve been wanting one of the SotA Title Art Woodcut Hoodie’s for ages now as it is!

Ultimately there was never any question! No way I am not getting my hands on any coins made by Frank Baxley that I had an opportunity for, and do not already own. I’ll share my collection below.

Very happy I decided to work these into the budget. They are both beautiful, but clearly, the Blade of the Avatar coin is a new level of coin making from Frank. This particular coin is larger than any others he has made (that I own at least), and to me personally, is just the most creative, artistic, best-looking one he has done.

Great job Frank!!!

My Shroud of the Avatar and Related Coins:
Not all of these coins are made by Frank, but most of them are.

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February 14 2018

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Dev’s, and the Community In the News

A lot more has been showing up in the news of late and I am sure this has to do with the upcoming Launch as well as some of the bigger conventions starting up.

No matter how busy his game get’s Richard Garriott continues to show up all over the place!

He is quoted in this particle article regarding motion sickness in VR.

One fan of this new solution is videogame developer and former astronaut Richard Garriott, who said in a statement, “It has a very natural feel” and that “It doesn’t require a joystick.”

Virtual Reality: Motion Sickness May Be Avoided With New Innovation | Fortune

Have $45 million in Bitcoins? You might want to check this out!

Richard Garriott offers 'significant discount' for using bitcoin to buy $45M Austin estate – Austin Business Journal

He’s talked about in this article on Crowfall as well as how the Portalarium team has worked with the Crowfall developers.

When you look back at the history of fantasy and online games in Austin, one name that always pops up is Richard Garriott, who co-founded Origin Systems in the early 1980s and who has for many years loomed large in the local games community.

ArtCraft's "Crowfall" creators have already lured 40,000 early players

Shroud of the Avatar is also discussed in this article regarding Crowfall.
Austin's ArtCraft Entertainment has cobbled together $20M for 'Crowfall' video game – Austin Business Journal

Specifically to Shroud of the avatar, MMORPG talks a bit about the state of the game in this article.

Starr Long crushed the dreams of a small segment of the player base like so much playdough recently when he announced that the bag inventory system would be dropped from the game.
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/shroud-of-the-avatar/columns/release-the-kraken-1000012463#6rO9pKXqztxVtKiC.99

Shroud of the Avatar – Release the Kraken – MMORPG.com

Take a break, watch a movie!

You probably got it from the horse’s mouth already, saw it, heard about it from somewhere. It bears repeating though CONFIRM YOUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS IF YOU BACKED THE GAME!!

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues by Portalarium, Inc. — Kickstarter

Hey, don’t forget in addition to writing this blog I am an independent entrepreneur, that also sells Shroud of the Avatar in-game items! Not just in it for the sales, I am a day one backer, Seed Investor, fan, and player!

Visit my store here, which has been recently updated with large amounts of inventory!

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February 10 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 02-09-18 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Everyone! Asclepius is away this week, so I will do my best to keep things interesting! Here is the news of the week!

Game Development

  • The Making of South Midmaer Way
  • The Making of South Fetid Swamp
  • New Bears to Roam New Britannia
  • Vendor Variations & Improvements
  • The Making of The Lost Vale (cont)
  • Heraldry Items (cont.)

News Announcements

  • R50 Postmortem Telethon YouTube Video & Missed Questions
  • NPC Submission Requests: Xenos & Yew
  • The Adventures of Lord British & Lars Janssen
  • Free Trial: Choose Any Path!
  • Flash Sales: Viking & Wolf Items
  • Job Opening: Executive Assistant
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • The Magnificent Trophy Rooms Contest Returns!
  • Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
  • Sequanna Brasserie – Valentine’s Day Dinner – February 14 – 3-7pm CT
  • Getting Started Videos: How to Learn New Emotes!
  • Did You Know: The Forests of New Britannia are Fraught with Danger!
  • Recommended Project to Support: The Saga of Lucimia MMORPG
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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February 5 2018

Keeping of with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers

Hello, everyone!

Just another short and quick to the point piece for you Shroud of the Avatar players, of things you may have missed. Most of these items will not be found mentioned on any of the official communication platforms for the game, but are rather pieces I found elsewhere.

Shroud made MMORPG’s list of games that had it worst in 2017.

Richard Garriott is a legend. Portalarium’s goal to make the ultimate RPG is a lofty one, but one that just can’t seem to find its footing.
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/columns/the-mmos-that-had-it-worst-in-2017-1000012365#Z37ixTXvmMbbjITQ.99

The MMOs That Had It Worst in 2017 – The List – MMORPG.com

Massively Over Powered talks about the addition of Log Cabins to the game.

With such a strong emphasis on player housing, Shroud of the Avatar has fans guessing as to what other interesting abodes the team is cooking up inside of Lord British’s lab. Turns out the answer to this is “log cabins.”

Shroud of the Avatar goes nuts for log cabins – Massively Overpowered

If you scroll down towards the bottom of this Article on Sim City, you will see a piece and a short video that references Starr Long & Richard Garriott, in regards to Virtual Ecology.

See the long-lost NES prototype of SimCity | Ars Technica

This was my favorite!

An article that references Richard Garriott.

What this means is that Todd Howard is going to join the ranks of Ultima developer Richard Garriott and the entire team at Rockstar Games – they have won this prestigious Legend Award in the past

Todd Howard To Receive Legend Award At New York Video Game Awards

Richard Garriott is going to be talking about Shroud of the Avatar at the Austin Convention Center!

After several years of successful development as the second highest crowdfunded game ever, Shroud of the Avatar is finally launching! Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott himself

It's Here! Shroud of the Avatar and What's Coming Next (OFFICIAL)

Air and Space magazine has an article this way, about 2017 being a popular year for Astronauts to release memoir books.

Tales of the Space Explorers | Daily Planet | Air & Space Magazine

Well, if you missed Richard Garriott’s book I HIGHLY recommend it. In fact being familiar with most of his stories it has even become more fun for me, as when I am telling someone about something I am now able to pull it off a shelf and say “read these two paragraphs!”.

You probably saw this one through official channels, but it’s worth watching again!

IGN Talks about SXSW hitting Austin in March!

For starters, attendees can enjoy exclusive access to industry luminaries, creators, performers, and high-profile players at the Discovery Stage. The nine sessions announced so far include appearances by System Shock / Deus Ex mastermind Warren Spector, Ultima creator Richard Garriott (on the eve of launching crowdfunding phenom Shroud of the Avatar), Castlevania dad Koji Igarashi, Sega’s Sonic posse, and many more.

SXSW Gaming's About to Storm Austin Once Again – IGN

Looking to buy Shroud of the Avatar digital items for the game?

Check out Caveloot.com! My store, where I keep a section dedicated to digital products just for the SotA Player!

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February 2 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 02-02-18 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Everyone! Here is the news of the week!

Game Development

  • The Making of The Lost Vale
  • Heraldry Items Revealed

News Announcements

  • R50 Postmortem Telethon Results
  • NPC Submission Requests: Xenos & Yew
  • Shroud of the Avatar Launch Event
  • Livestream: The Making of Physical Goods
  • Free Trial: Choose Any Path!
  • Job Opening: Executive Assistant
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • The Magnificent Trophy Rooms Contest Returns!
  • Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
  • Crossroads ‘Palisades Mall’ Monthly Flea Market
  • Getting Started Videos: The Mail System
  • Did You Know: Sun Magic Spells Strengthen Depending on the Daytime?
  • Recommended Project to Support: REEF
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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February 2 2018

Wizard for Hire – Ever Want A Legendary GM to Run an RPG for your Group? NOW YOU CAN!

Ever sit around with your game group knocking around who it would be cool to have run a campaign for you just once?

Or how about going to a convention and pubically playing with an amazing guest GM or attending their panel, and thinking.. WOW! I wish I could have them run for my private group once!

What about just consulting with such a person for your own campaign?

While not every Epic GM out there offers such services, Nystul does!


Check it out!! If you have any interest just contact me and I will put you in touch with him.

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February 2 2018

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Ultima Ascension – posters autographed by Lord British / Richard Garriott

The sellers of these is an Ultima Dragon and they do a way better job of describing them, then I could!

Three Ultima Ascension prints signed by Richard Garriott. These are the two-page ads that were run during Ultima Ascension’s release window.

Each poster is a full 16.5 x 10.5 inches. There is no magazine split down the middle.

All proceeds will be donated to Toronto SickKids Hospital (https://www.sickkids.ca/). This charity is not listed on eBay.com’s Make A Donation option, so I will be donating directly and providing proof to the winner.

When Ultima Ascension was released, it performed… poorly. I helped test the first patch by running dozens of benchmarks on whatever Matrox card I had at the time.

Post-release, someone at Origin asked for my home address to send a small token of appreciation. A few weeks later these prints showed up, all signed in gold sharpie by Lord British / Richard Garriott.

I would love to add these to my collection, but my finances do not allow it at this time, so.. GO GET EM!!!

Ultima Ascension – posters autographed by Lord British / Richard Garriott | eBay

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February 1 2018

The Pilgrimage of Virtue 6 – by Olthadir – narrated by Asclepius – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello everyone, this is Asclepius, with the next chapter in this wonderful story by Olthadur, entitled
The Pilgrimage of Virtue
Background music by Smartsound

Chapter 6, “The Cooks Tale”

I sat in the Courage Plaza for most of the morning. I looked at the statue of Grannus, staring off into the distance in stoic strength. It has been a week since the soldier was injured. He will survive and will walk with us. His arm is badly broken – shattered they told us. But he demanded he be allowed to leave with us.
Determination and Courage. Where was the line between Courage and foolishness?

We sat in the tavern that afternoon with the Soldier. He was glad to be out of his bed and eating. He refused his normal mead, but seemed in good spirits.
“Maybe we should think about going back?” the Farmer said, nodding once to the Soldier.
There was a quiet pause. No one said anything.
The Cook cleared his throat.
“If every time someone got hurt they stopped what they were doing, no one would have done anything worthwhile.”
“That’s easy to say when you aren’t the one who almost died,” the Farmer said.
“You assume that I was never hurt before. You must have been hurt before as well, all of you. And yet, here we are, like the Soldier, continuing on.”
“Tell us more,” the Elder said, picking up his fork and eating once again.
The Cook took a look around the table and nodded.
“I suppose it is my turn,” he said.

“I knew a woman who lived in Braemar. She was not a well off woman by any stretch. But she could afford to survive. She had a small house, a garden and hunted enough to feed herself and earn some coin.
“She was considered beautiful and was courted by many. She refused all advances. She did not really care for such things. She focussed more on her work, hunting, tanning, and making leathers. She became quite good at it.
“Hunters and artisans looked for her leathers and paid good coin for them. Others, who were more ambitious, asked her for her hand in marriage, hoping for both love and wealth.
“She denied the marriage, but took the coin. Eventually this got tiring, and a little lonely. She wouldn’t mind a companion, one who could hunt with her, help in her chores and learn from her. Maybe, and she was very reluctant and afraid to admit it, love her.
“She believed she found someone and reciprocated his affections. Many were surprised at this change in the Lonely Huntress, as they called her.
“She was excited and nervous. The relationship was good, for both of them.
“She used her coin to build a larger house and together they hunted, stretched and tanned leathers.
“One fall the Lonely Huntress found out she was pregnant. This was unexpected for both of them. The news meant that things would change. The man she fell in love with said things would be fine. She could care for the child and he would hunt, tan and sew. She said she could hunt, tan and sew with child. She loves what she does and will find a way to care for the child and continue her work.
“As time went on the Lonely Huntress grew with child. She hunted as much as she could, but took many more breaks than she anticipated.
“When the child was born she had to remain indoors for some time. Her child was beautiful and strong, but birth took a toll on the mother.
“She lived, being strong herself, and used a wrap she had made to carry her child into the wild to hunt with. The hunting never stopped, but it did change. The child did not yet know of stealth and patience. Soon, the Huntress remained home to care for the child while her partner did the work.
“‘This was temporary,’ she thought. When the child could learn, she would hunt again. She did the stretching and drying of the leathers as the child grew, but that too waned as she had to spend more time caring and feeding the child.
“Again, she felt that this was temporary. Years went on and things changed yet again, but not in the way the Huntress wished.
“The child was sick often, causing her to spend more and more time tending to the child as opposed to hunting and preparing skins.
“Soon business began to falter. Stress overcame the family. The Huntress needed coin to pay for the child’s medicine and she still yearned to hunt. Her partner was unable to hunt well enough to make the money the needed. She wished to go out and hunt more than anything. She knew she was a better hunter than her partner. She had been at home with the child for far too long, yes, but her skill could not be denied.
“Yet, he did deny it. He demanded he remain the hunter. He demanded she teach him the skills needed to keep the business, and their life, afloat.
“There was no way this could work. It would be easier to teach her partner to care for the child and hunt herself. On top of that, her partner did not have the skill she had – no amount of teaching, or time, would change that.
“There was only one thing she could do to ensure the survival of her child: sell the business, the tools, the workshop, the property and the house. Use the coin to purchase a smaller dwelling and the excess coin to care for the child.
“Her partner did not agree. He held onto the life they had before the child and refused to allow the business to be sold. ‘Without the business, he would be nothing,’ he said.
“The Huntress replied, ‘I have not hunted in three years. The business and name I created are no longer mine. You do everything while I care for our child. My very identity has changed. No one calls me the Lonely Huntress any longer. They don’t even call me a Huntress. I am a mother. Our child needs us. Let the business go. You will not be nothing, you would be a father.’
“Her partner did not agree. His work was his identity and giving that up would not do. Over the course of the next year the two fought, stopped talking, broke up, and the business was sold.
“Now, the Lonely Huntress was an out of work mother who had the business she started sold off. She had to give some of the money from the sale to her partner, which meant she did not have enough as she had planned for herself and the child.
“The next few years were difficult. The mother had purchased a small house, barely large enough for the two of them to live in. There was a small garden which she worked, and it provided them with enough food to stretch every coin they had.
“As the child grew older she grew stronger. She grew out of the sickness that held her back and the Love of her mother made her stronger.
“The mother took the daughter hunting. She patiently taught her everything, nursing the child’s natural skill. The hunts were not as productive as the mother would like, but they were more a lesson to the child than a job. The leathers they created were damaged and imperfect, both from an untrained huntress and an untrained tanner.
“Many years passed like this. The daughter grew into a good huntress. Her kills yielded more and more usable skin and her tanning gave high quality leather.
“Soon both mother and daughter were hunting, tanning and sewing together.
“Through all this the mother reflected. She lost a good deal of time and money to this child. She lost her identity, her business, and her love. She really did love her partner, contrary to the fact that he chose his own happiness and identity to theirs and their child. She very likely could have been famous and rich throughout the island if she continued to hunt for the last fifteen years. Instead she chose to care for her child, the child who survived childhood sickness and became a strong independent woman.
“For many days, the mother wished she could just be herself and hunt, but the child interfered with that. It was frustrating, but necessary. Now, aged beyond her prime she sat outside her house waiting for her daughter to return from a hunt, a cart filled with carefully chosen and compassionately killed game to be turned into food, tools and leather.
“She was no longer the Lonely Huntress. She was a mother. The mother who gave her daughter everything so she could live and provide her herself. In exchange the daughter became what the mother always wanted, a Huntress.

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January 26 2018

Echoes From the Caverns 01-26-18 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello Everyone! Here is the news of the week! Hope you are enjoying Release 50!!!:

Game Development

  • Play Release 50 Now!

News Announcements

  • Release 50 Postmortem Telethon
  • Shroud of the Avatar Launch Event
  • SXSW Schedule Latest News
  • R50 & R51: Skill Unlearning 100% Return
  • R50 QA Testing Incentive Winners
  • Community Livestream: Wild Boars & Wolves
  • Free Trial: Choose Any Path!
  • Job Opening: Executive Assistant
  • Last Chance for Shroud Perks via BrightLocker CrowdEquity
  • Upcoming Events Calendar

Community Updates

  • Virtue Marathon 2018: Children’s Miracle Hospital Network
  • Prism and Diamond Fields Present a Grandmaster Tutoring Event
  • Getting Started Videos: ‘Crafting Complete’ Series by Datendrache
  • Did You Know: Shroud of the Avatar Features Dedicated Community Orators and Playwrights?
  • Recommended Project to Support: Midboss
  • Resources: Players Helping Players

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