March 12 2017

Thank You to Our Newest Patron – The Hearth of Britannia!

It’s always a party when I get a new Patron, but even more so when it is someone as prestigious as the Hearth of Britannia!

The Hearth of Brittania is an active and in my opinion at least, a major community leader in both the Ultima and the Shroud of the Avatar game communities.

Rustic Dragon of the Heath of Britannia himself has been a developer for Shroud of the Avatar, hired by making his mark in the community and impressing the developers with his work. A recipient of a Royal warrant and his famous “cabinet of Virtues” was included in the game, as was The Hearth of Britannia itself!

He also runs regular Google Hangouts as an open forum for discussion for the Ultima Dragons and guests. A place where one of the mottos are “You will always have a home with the Hearth.” As a member of the Ultima Dragons myself, it’s a home that means a lot to me and is very welcoming to new people.

Also on Patreon themselves, engaged in several projects including the development of a cookbook based on the foods from the Ultima Game series.

Even closer and dearer to my own heart, The Hearth of Britannia runs occasional player meets with LARP’ing aspects and is creating an LARP system!!

The Hearth of Britannia is creating an Ultima companion cookbook, LARP system, events, and more!

The Hearth of Britannia tries to give back to the community, and it’s joining as a Patron was a way the Hearth of Britannia is currently helping many of the community members by giving back when they got a bit more than needed for immediate goals.

I highly recommend checking them out if any of their projects sound like they may be of interest. You would be becoming part of a fantastic small community that is big on supporting those among it!

Their Patreon page:


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January 5 2017

Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond Treasury Status at End of Year

I feel this is an obligatory post I need to make at the end or start of a New Year!

Donations and Patronage for 2016 just finished coming in, and I reviewed the final pledge levels. We ended up collecting just a few dollars shy of $800.00 this year, which was 50% of the goal!

Now some people would say, but your goal was $1900 to cover 2016’s related expenses, Stile?

I say, yeah. It would have been nice to have hit that, HOWEVER – A community of individuals who find value in the projects and postings I do to help me raise 50% of the year’s expenses. I’ll pick up the other 50% and say, hey, that’s fair! Thank you, everyone, for your continued support and efforts! It’s of immense help, appreciated, and lets me know that my work is valued.

2017 Goal is a bit lighter at $1200.00 for the year. The reason for the reduced goal is that 2016 had some additional software expenses and other items work in and 2017 is very much at this time budgeted for more of maintaining with current costs.

If you’re interested in donating or signing up as a Patreon you can do so here:

As always thank you for your support, and I hope that I rock this site for you through 2017!

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December 11 2016

Geeks Cooking With Video Games, TV, Movies, and Books

A friend of mine has this concept that I think is cool, and was the first time I had ever heard of anything like it. Basically to take all the foods presented in a video game or series of video games, and making real life versions of those recipes as close to the games as possible. Put those all together into a cookbook and how cool is that?

In fact, he has a Patreon in place for just that thing. Goes by The Hearth of Britannia and you can check it out here if you are interested in the project. It revolves around the Ultima game series.

So when I saw a World of Warcraft Cookbook come across my radar, I was rather surprised! Then out of curiosity poked around on Amazon a bit. The following images link to Amazon (me being an affiliate and all that), but it’s a selection of what I would call “Geek Cookbooks”!

I am an “ok” cook (some people say I am good, I disagree). I don’t enjoy cooking, and so cookbooks have never been my thing. I’ve had plans to buy the Ultima cookbook of course, because, that’s Epic. If I was ever going to buy any others, here’s my selection!

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December 2 2016

Aartemis Posted “The Lunar Rift Chronometer!” For Shroud of the Avatar

If you plan on doing any travel by Moon Gate, this will definitely be of interest to you!

Release 1.1 (9/26/16)
– Added Current Moon Phase to Display.

Release 1.0
– Adjusted/Tested in Multiple Time zones (We are Eastern)
– Might have to adjust when Daylight Time ends. πŸ™‚ Did testing, but you never know.
– Added Destination Names for each Rift Location – Might be helpful for some.
– Added a Comment Box for concerns/questions.
– Did as much research and testing as we could to make sure it was as accurate as possible, however as with anything else, we built it for fun as game helper app. Hopefully it works for all of you as well.

Here is a link to it at the SotA forums. Be sure to tell them Stile sent you!

November 15 2016

Armor Base stats, Damage Reduction% per fizzle% and more for SotA by Warin

Warin has been digging into the armor options for Shroud of the Avatar, charting, graphing, mapping and extrapolating just for us!

Even beyond that, there are downloads you can grab, put in your data, and see what it spits out!

I certainly hope he continues to keep up with this as changes are made to the system. I for one have already found this information, he put the time into, to be very useful!

If you do too, be sure to tell him The Caverns sent you!

If you’re wearing leather click here:
If you’re thinking about wether to pick light or heavy armor this might help you decide.

Worked on some armor charts and stats in order to compare different armor sets to eachother:
In the green area you enter your armors base stas,
In the blue area you enter your skill, item, jewlery bonuses etc

November 14 2016

Shroud of the Avatar Levelling Guide by Themo Lock

If you are having trouble with the advancement in Shroud of the Avatar, here’s a great guide Themolock put together for the community.

Finding the right zone to start off in is quite often the first thing that confuses and enrages people, so i offer this advice…

Be sure to let them know the Caverns sent you!

November 9 2016

Kickstarter Spotlight – City of Mist

For you RPG tabletop fans, this one looks fairly interesting.

City of Mist is a tabletop role-playing game about ordinary people in a modern city becoming incarnations of myths and legends. Inspired by the film noir and detective comic book genres, the game focuses on your crew’s search for answers in a city that seems to enshroud everything in false appearances as well as on the struggle between your character’s normal life and the legend growing inside her.

Fully funded with a couple of weeks to go, this may be one to check out!

November 6 2016

The Little Book of Gratitude 2016 by Vyrin – Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar community, as we come upon Thanksgiving this year Vyrin has extended a hand to collaborate some of the things us players are thankful for this year, for all eternity! Or however long the text remains in Shroud of the Avatar anyway, in book format!

If you want to be included, simply write your thoughts in a reply to this thread. Please limit yourself to 100 characters. (It’s those book length restrictions!) Even with the limit, there may be 2 volumes if we get many responses.

I will collect all the submissions and format them into a book or books available in-game for a very modest price.

I am exceedingly grateful that Shroud allows us the opportunity to capture things like this in-game. Please join us in giving thanks!

Head over and add your sentiments and tell them The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond sent you!

Indi Martin Caverns Guild Logo Full Size (Medium)

Vyrin is a member of The Caverns Guild and resident of the Player Owned Town of Neath and The Caverns Underneath. The Caverns Guild is both a guild and a think-tank, in which each of the members supports each other in their endeavors and projects as much as time and interest allow. Without any requirements regarding how much you play or how you spend your time.

We love the individuals that are enthusiastic and dedicated, but we also welcome the casual player with open arms.

We are recruiting and welcome players of all styles and walks of life. We are about maturity, no drama, having fun, and being open-minded about other people’s playstyles.

Most of all we just aim to be a happy home of people that share a similar interest. Shroud of the Avatar.

If you feel, we may be the right place for you, either as a town or a guild (or both), please don’t hesitate to contact either myself or another Caverns member about joining.

Ankh Quill

November 4 2016

Need to Know More About Housing, Lots, Raffles, or Related in Shroud of the Avatar?

Silis put together a “Player Housing Primer” for Shroud of the Avatar and put it up over on the forums for everyone to use. So if there is anything about housing that has ever confused you, this may be worth taking a look at.

This primer was created to help new players understand the housing system and answer a lot of questions that I was hearing after the raffle. I try not to go into too great of detail, I leave it up to you to decide what you want to discover on your own from here and what you want to research deeper. Please send any feedback, I hope I was mostly accurate in my data.

Player housing in Shroud of the Avatar is a fun way to take a break from adventuring and carve out your own spot in the world. It gives you a flexible way to express some creativity in the game and create a space with your friends or for yourself. To understand housing there’s a few initial concepts to run through quick as houses are placed on lots that are claimed with deeds. You may also need to pay taxes on lot to maintain ownership. Below is a brief overview of these ideas before we dive into the house itself.

Be sure to let em know sent you, and here’s where you can get the info and let em know!