July 5 2017

SotA R43a Map by Birko and TOURNAMENT FOR THE KING

Wow! Birko makes and impressive map. Like that thumbnail your seeing? Then go get the whole thing in full size!

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Novia R43 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Looking for a Tournament or just something cool to do in Shroud of the Avatar?


Hear ye, Hear ye!!

You are cordially invited to join the Orders Guilds for the third year in celebrating the birth of our King, @Lord British, with a PVP event. as a part of the Kings Day Festivities.

This year we will be hosting the event during the Birthday Bash Telethon, July 6th.

Get the details over here.
TOURNAMENT FOR THE KING | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

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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!


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

April 27 2015

Bunches of things you might want to know about

Net continues his combat lessons in game and the You Tube after versions continue to come your way. So grab a box of gummy bears and a Cherry ICEE and watch the latest one!

The new Shroud of the Avatar Comic Debut made the news over at MMORPG. Thumbs up Tortoise and Hare Creations!

Shroud of the Avatar Comic book and me number 1

Update # 122 came out, if you missed that somehow. Be sure to check that out over here.

Here is what the official summary has:

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

PaxLair: SotA’s First Player Owned Town
Shroud of the Avatar: New Beginnings Comic
Summon Phoenix Skill
Abe’s Solace Bridge Upgrades
Release 17 Dev+ QA Server is Live
More Fences Galore
In-game Community Weekend Events
AmbushedGamer Live twitch Interview with Lord British
Community In-Game Images and Videos
Get Your Red Fez Hat!
Send Gift Function Added to Account Page
Receiving Pledge Rewards and Add-On Items
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Layaway Payment Plans
Upcoming Events


Looking for some new shirts? It looks like based on some tweets from Rild, Relics from Rild is getting ready to launch some Shroud of the Avatar shirts soon. Take a look!



So I am sure you caught update #118 by now, but its one of the lower priority pieces I haven’t blogged on when busy and/or sick. So if for some reason you never did catch it, you can find it right this way.

Another one that falls into the same category (hey, ive been behind and buried, ive had to prioritize!), is update #117. Regardless, here is a link to it so it shall always be found on my sites search!

So here’s a fun one for you! Im not a huge autograph chaser. Usually if I ask for one its either because, well.. I was going to have the chance so I feel like I should OR because Im going to ask for one on something as a way to just have a little fun. I guess you could say I sometimes enjoy getting them and maybe making a game out of it, but im also not someone thats crushed if I don’t get a chance to get one. No big.

So when I was packing for Austin, I saw an item from my Shroud of the Avatar collection I HAD to take to get signed. I did, and I also asked and had confirmed no one has ever asked for a signature on said item before. Woot! fun had, mission accomplished, and I have a first! I will let the pictures speak for themselves.

April 23 2015

Random drops of wisdom

Wow! thinks have been amazingly busy this week and weekend! As a result im a bit behind on things but catching up! On a good note, its not busy in bad ways, its busy in fun/good ways. Buried me though! Still though, trying to keep up on as much as I can so here are some things for you!

Grab a big bag of popcorn, a giant coke or blur Raspberry Icee, a bag of Twizzlers, and a box of chew-able runts and sit down for another awesome production from the Mad Hermit!

Want to know what it’s like to be a VIP and attend Richard Garriott’s Easter Celebration? Buckle up and go for a ride with The Mad Hermit!

Lord and Lady British's Easter Celebration at Castleton (Recap) – YouTube.

China Topix did a piece on the aim to have zero down time for Shroud of the Avatar.

Upcoming Shroud of the Avatar Aims to Avoid Server Downtimes : Tech : Chinatopix.

Now at this point you should still have quite a bit of that pop corn and other yum yum’s left. It’s time for the second feature! Combat lessons with Net.

Net's Combat Lesson No3 – YouTube.

So one of the things I am behind on, because its really not original or very useful in my opinion is recapping the official updates. However I still fully plan on including those as summary pieces just out of the sake of the completionist side of me.. Id like to have them as references in the archives for future searches to find them should someone look for them.

So here is the most recent one, #121


The official summary:

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

Steam Special Promotion: 25% Off Thru April 21
Abe’s Vertas Pass Upgrades
Judging a Book by its Cover
Fences Galore
TableTop with Wil Wheaton & Richard Garriott
The Mad Hermit’s Video of Lord & Lady British’s Easter Celebration
In-game Community Weekend Events
Community In-Game Images and Videos
Receiving Pledge Rewards and Add-On Items
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Layaway Payment Plans
Upcoming Events

Personally, I really am happy to see the books. Home run team! Looks like we are going to see some fences in the store. I will wait to see what they do with those on the pledge perks before I consider buying any but Im not looking forward to when they go in the store. Ill have to update the store spreadsheet I maintain! ugh! *laughs*

Don’t forget that the Caverns has a Patreon and can use your support! Even a 1.00 a month adds up quickly, so thank you for your consideration!

Support Sir Stile Teckel creating Blogging/Fan & Podcasting site for Shroud of the Avatar.

Caverns Logo in circle with name and website

April 18 2015

More Leaks from the Caves

So this is an important message!

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming – YouTube.

Don’t miss out on the R16 Hangout video! And for the record, Chris was already sick when I arrived so I only assume 50% responsibility for bringing the plague! *winks*

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 16 Postmortem – YouTube.

Now im not sure if you saw it or not, but Relics from Rild added some new merchandise to it’s line-up! Specifically that of pint glasses and shot glasses. Promises of more are on the way (which by the way Rild, don’t judge current response as a measureing stick.. I almost waited to combine on shipping knowing you have more coming but decided not to wait.. not everyone will rush it!).

I happen to be wanting some new glassware though, so this worked out for me. Perfect for my use.. so, score for Rild on timing! I plan on ordering at least 4 more as soon as he has the others in stock *taps foot and stares at Rild*. No really.. I NEED 4 more glasses as quickly as possible please. Seriously.. im not kidding.. I mean it. I really need them. Don’t forget to sample to the press for reviews also! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

I did see, pick up, touch, and put down some of these at Portalarium. I still ordered some, right? So that tells you what I thought of them. Nuff Said, review written!

Now go buy em so you own the shirt: Shop Now — Relics by Rild.

Hey, Im in this!!! Way to video it Mad!

Shroud Of The Avatar Design Roundtable And Portalarium Studio Tour (Recap) – YouTube.

The NBNN News has a Google+ page over here if you are interested:
NBNN News – Google+.

Additionally you can find them on Twitter:
NBNN (@NBNNNews) | Twitter.

One of their videos, this should certainly be an Easter favorite!
Shroud of the Avatar: The Adventures of Lazarus Long – YouTube.

This is a fun but short read:
The Origin of the MMORPG & More – Profiling Richard Garriott’s Innovations

Want to learn how to use the deck system a bit better? New gave some lessons on that and it was recorded to share with you!

Combat Lessons – From Novice To Master – Lesson 2 – YouTube.

Here’s a great write up and a few photos of the Explorers Club dinner. Richard and family attended as normal!
a href=’http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2015/04/06/whos-coming-to-dinner-explorers-astronauts-and-spelunkers/?_r=0’>Who's Coming to Dinner? Explorers, Astronauts and Spelunkers – NYTimes.com.

Stile loves Geek subscription boxes. Check out his favorite two and if you sign up using this link he gets a bonus!

Visit Loot Crate

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March 24 2015

A few snippets

Preparing for R16? Firelotus is and she has the screenshot thread posted!
Release 16 Screenshot Gallery | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Introducing the Novian Academy of Arts & Sciences! Shroud of the Avatar’s first ever institution dedicated to the education of Avatars within New Britannia!

Did that catch your interest? Here’s the forum thread:
Introducing: The Novian Academy | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Don’t have a lot of play time? Then this may be right up your alley. A guide to get you going, step by step to level up posted over in the forums.

thread of gaylike — guide to follow | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

So the title of this event says a lot “The Gladiator’s Grid-Iron (BMC)”. This is a repeating event that has took place a few times already. You can keep an eye open for future dates as well as catch videos and screen shots though!

The Gladiator's Grid-Iron (BMC) | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Gatsu made his own version of the SotA map and put it up on the forums to share with everyone. Let me draw you a map on how to get to the map….Going crazy on updating hidden vale map.. | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

The winners have been announced for the 4B PvP Tournament. Congratulations!

Jacob Canaan
Bambino LudoVate

4B PvP Tournament (1v1 Ranged Double Elimination) 2.0 | Page 2 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Don’t miss the SotA companion app!

SOTA Companion App | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

The Caverns Guild is currently raising funds for a PoT and is past the 50% mark! If for some reason your feeling generous and want to help the group with that, you can do so over here. POT Donations |.

It’s a great group of people the you see heavily involved all over the community both as individuals and as part of the guild. I had not planned on running a guild until E1… They changed all of that and I could not be happier or prouder.

You might have bumped into them in game or maybe you went to one of their events (such as The Shape of Things to Come spotlighted in a weekly update by Portalrium a week or two back!). The guild roster includes Sophi, Dr. Shroud, Logain, Vyrin, Womby, Lord Baldrith, Blake Phoenix, Forgiven, F’lar, Iansmellis, Trelass, Lyran, Nyssa Teckel, and Zoey Parx! Wow, what a line-up right?!!

The PoT will be for the guild to use as a group with land available to all guild members! We’re sweating the goal a bit and getting a tad worried they may sell out. They also go up 20% in May so are looking at it more seriously! If you where not aware of the 20% increase in May yourself, now you know! Get your purchases made before then!

Ankh Quill

March 16 2015

Things some will find worth knowing!

Well, not everyone will be interested in all this, but hopefully theres something here for each of you!

First off, wow – another cross-promotion! Now, Im VERY RARELY negative, but wow.. a 55.00 on each side? That’s the steepest one yet with little information on the item! Ill be keeping my eyes on this one but I am not jumping in yet! The game itself, completely of interest to me… but a person can only play so many games and my future list is getting big! With the bulk of my time going to SotA, asking me to spend 55.00 on something I may not have time for is steep.. but that may not be the case for you!

So check it out – SEVEN DRAGON SAGA!

Dragonshroud Blade: Our friends at Portalarium wished to get together with us to offer unique in-game items for both games. If someone backs Seven Dragon Saga at the Emperor’s Own ($55) level and backs Shroud of the Avatar at the Immortal Adventurer ($55) level, then the backer gains an in-game items in both games: the Dragonshroud Blade her in Seven Dragon Saga, and a magical cloak in Shroud of the Avatar.

Seven Dragon Saga by Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI) by Tactical Simulations Interactive (TSI) — Kickstarter.

Ok, what if you where interested in watching Shroud of the Avatar stream every day on Twitch? Well, we have a community member promising to do just that! Check it out!

Streaming SOTA everyday till release 🙂 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Chris released some thoughts to put up for discussion in the community announcements on PvP and corpse looting.

First, the current plan is that loot claimed within a scene will stay with your corpse until you leave that scene. This means that if you run into a dungeon, run to the end, loot a diamond, that diamond is not really yours until you leave the scene. If you die deep in the dungeon, the stuff you just picked up will stay with your corpse. If you are in a PVP zone, anyone will be able to take those items.

So head on over and check out the whole thing and tell him Stile sent you if you join in! Full loot PVP and stuff | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Huzah! We Made 2015 Top 10 most anticipated by MMORPG!

Ultima. Richard Garriott. Hardcore. Old-school. If any of those things sound familiar or intriguing to you, then this is a game you should already be excited about.

Catch the full article: Top 10 Most Anticipated MMO Releases of 2015 – The List at MMORPG.com.

Want to get in on testing the Sota Community app? A Thread has been started! SotA Community App – iOS | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

If you didn’t catch the news, SotA passed 6 million (and that does NOT include Steam!). You can head on over to the forum thread if you want to join in on the celebration!

SotA just passed $6M | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Ankh Quill

August 25 2014

Timelord’s Interview With PvP Champions, Espada & DavenRock

Timelord did a text interview with Edpasa and Davenrock and posted it on the forums to share with everyone.

For all those who have never tried our SotA PvP, I asked these simple PvP questions to our Champions;

1) “Is there anything in general that you could say about skill building or skill trees?”

2) “What do you believe is the difference, if there is any difference between building a hunting character vs a War or Battle Character?”

3 “Do you see any possibilities of traveling tournament, such as we know from the movie named “A Knight’s Tale”?

4) “Anything you would like to include in any such interview to be publicly known or questions you wish to comment on?”

Head on over if your interested in the full interview!

A News Interview With Our PvP Champions, Espada & DavenRock | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


August 23 2014

Slayer Exodus shares a PvP build in the forums

Now if you listen to the latest newscast with special guest Espada youll learn about some weak spots with this build. That aside, its still a good solid build and not really hard to use if you want to check it out.

Gear. Sword and board with full plate.

You want 4 skills locked and rest random.

Locked skills are

Rend from blades tree
Defensive stance from shield tree
Knights grace from heavy tree
Root from Earth tree

Rest of deck should be all the heavy buffs and root cards. Perhaps a heal.

The glory of this setup comes in the locked cooldown being so low.

Rend deals damage over time and lasts for at least 10 secs. Skill is on zero cooldown.

Defensive stance adds more damage reduction than the full su it of plate and lasts for only 1 sec less than the cd. 90% uptime.

Root is around 10 sec cooldown but lasts for at least 5 to 6 secs. 60% uptime and zero chance to fizzle.

Knights grace install removes stun and knockdown and has no cooldown.

The heavy armor buffs when they do roll into your random deck slots last around 30 secs. Enough to refresh them even with all the slugs.

You essential become a tank with double plate armor protection that roots everything and can dot the enemy for 5 dmg per second on full plate. Just that dot alone can kill in two applications. Casters have a chance but not if they get rooted and dotted up. Rend hits for too much to live.


Slayer Exodus

via Anti melee tank build | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


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