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 5 2017

Jeff Dee Now On Patreon

If you’re a gamer, the name will most likely be familiar to you.

If not the first paragraph of his Patreon overview should get your attention!

Hi! I’ve been a professional fantasy, SF, and superhero artist for over 40 years, starting as a freelancer for TSR Hobbies (the original publishers of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy role-playing game) way back in 1977. I’ve also worked in comics and computer games, and I’ve even done a little concept art for the motion picture industry.

If you have an interest in his art and the industry, you might want to hop over and check that out. I chipped in, didn’t want to miss out!

Jeff Dee is creating Fantasy, Science Fiction and Superhero Illustration | Patreon

Interesting side story. Well, most likely not really but I am going to share it anyway. I was vending at Inconjunction this last weekend and needed to Facebook add a friend whose first name is Jeff and the last name is definitely not Dee. Yet for some reason every time I kept trying to remember his last name, I kept thinking “Dee” and going, No.. Stop that.. Why do I keep thinking Jeff Dee? I can only attribute it to being at a gaming convention 🙂

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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:
https://www.patreon.com/hearthofbritannia/posts

Website:
https://www.hearthofbritannia.com/index.php

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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:
http://www.thecaverns.net/Wordpress/donate/

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. 🙂 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!

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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!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/research-into-armor-base-stats-damage-reduction-per-fizzle-and-more.58765/

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

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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…

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/what-is-going-on-a-sota-leveling-guide.41503/

Be sure to let them know the Caverns sent you!

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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!

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