Richard Garriott, as always, has been in the news a lot of late. Seriously, when is he not?
Both Portalarium and Shroud of the Avatar are also seeing a lot of increase in the news, with their Seed Invest campaign! Speaking of which, that is drawing to a close so if that interests you, get in on it!
A Lot of articles are being syndicated around on the bigger websites, as well as original pieces coming out. Here are some of those for you to check out!
Richard Garriott is certainly no stranger to Interviews. I also doubt this is the first time he’s been interviewing while playing a game.
In this episode of Antwand Pearman Vs The Interview, Antwand interviews game developer and explorer Richard Garriott over a very special game of “Save Matt Damon.” They talk about how Richard developed the Ultima series, weird things about space travel and much more! Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues
How about those Lunar rifts? When do they go where?
Duke Gréagóir has a fantastic link to a spreadsheet posted over in the forums that help with just those sort of questions!
It is a google doc and starts 6/29 at 4:151:15 pm central time / new britannian time. It is easy to modify as the forumla is adding 8 minutes and 45 seconds for each stop. If you see it is off, Let me know or you should have access to edit it too (if the setting works in google docs).
I mentioned recently that I am going through a lot of piece’s I hadn’t been able to get to until recently, and so am sharing those with you in case you may have missed them.
One piece that I have read and even discussed with some others, but am just now sharing with my readers, is of particular interest.
Posted by Shack News a piece titled “Museum Takes Possession of Original Doom Memorabilia Under Guard”, which speaks of a Gaming Museum in Texas and its many cool artifacts being collected. Of particular note though is that there is a section on some contributions by Richard Garriott.
Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, who created the Ultima series of games and is now working on Shroud of the Avatar MMO, donated quite a bit of memorabilia as well. “I am and always have been a huge pack rat,” he said via email. “I have kept every note, every disk, every bit of hardware or materials I/we have used in making games.”
What if you’re looking for a guild to join for Shroud of the Avatar? You don’t want to use the forums or the internet. In fact, you don’t even want to leave the game!
One of the community projects in place to help with this is being done by Nick (Name from SotA Forums). The concept is that in one of the heavier high traffic areas of the game is to have a setup, which using books act’s as a directory of in-game guilds.
For instance, The Caverns Guild would have its own book and inside that book would be information about the guild including how to contact them if you are interested. What a great project!
I am inviting all guilds (big or small) who wishes to put up their guild information to send 2 copies of their guild information to be placed in Soryn Fields. The guild information will be:
1) a paper, with minimal writing via the subject, to describe their guild in a few words. This will be listed on the vendor.
2) a book, to describe the guild in detail. This will be placed on a shelf inside the inn for outlanders to read.
There will be no cost associated with the listing.
Right then.. *Looks like a deer caught in a headlight*
This topic has caused quite a stir in the Shroud of the Avatar community, and this is my first time doing a piece on it. Mainly as I have been rather busy.
Let’s break it up into three sections. What is it with my take on things, what is taking place today, and finally a LOT of information for you to check out as articles and videos.
Invest, Invest, Invest!
So the new seed program is a way to raise additional revenue for Shroud of the Avatar. As I understand it the basic gist is to raise additional funding beyond what is raised by other methods and used for current operations, in order to expand operations to include things such as Marketing as we get closer to launch.
This is done by selling company stock in which you also get possessions in the Shroud of the Avatar game. These possessions are non-play-to-win cosmetics such as land, housing, and different textures for your in-game possessions such as said houses. A golden house for example.
A lot of people are tripping out by all of this. The two bigger areas I have picked up on that are causes of concerns.
First, they revealed their current bank account balances and things of that nature. WOA! You would think people don’t understand what “lean’ is! So here’s the scoop. Portalarium has about enough in the bank to pay the bills for two months.
People are screaming “where did all of my money go”. I will have articles below you can go read, what people are saying, thinking, why, etc.. Here is my take though. I believe I remember Portalarium having always said it is running lean, that is generating enough money per month in paying that month’s operating costs, etc, etc. I personally saw no surprise here. What happened to our money? My thought is.. What do you think they have been doing this for free for the last 4+ years?
So call me dense, but.. yeah, I saw no surprise here, and no reason to be any more concerned than I would have been two years ago!
Secondly, I believe people are flipping out about why they want more money. Again, I remember them always saying things like “We pay ZERO for marketing”, “We share booths so as not to spend your money on marketing”, “When we are near launch we will look at ways to generate revenue for marketing”, “We will always be exploring new ways to generate revenue”.. and on, and on, and on. Like a mantra for years.
So.. They are doing what they always said they would do in my mind. No surprise to me.
So.. that’s my take *Shrugs*. I haven’t done a lot on this topic, in part because that is my feeling on it. It’s nothing to be surprised about, and the general unrest it caused honestly and truly confuses me.
I am not saying Portalarium is perfect, or that there may not be reasons to be concerned about the game and companies longevity or their choices. I just don’t see anything here that was a big shock to me.
Now that you have the very, very basics, what is happening today?
You probably already are aware if you care, but just in case! You have a chance to learn all you want to know!
We are reestablishing development support translating our game to Russian, Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Portuguese languages! In order to meet the vast translation needs of our project, we return to you, our amazing community, in search of qualified volunteers with a passion for seeing our project reach many more players and communities!
If you hadn’t heard yet, Richard Garriott is selling a lot of his property in Austin. The Texas Monthly published an article over here that is very informative. Although I did notice they no mention of Castletown, Richards Renaissance Village on the property.
lthough Garriott’s arrangement with the Baron’s Men isn’t something that a new owner would necessarily be required to maintain (who can require someone with $45,000,000 to spend on a house to do much of anything?), it certainly seems like the sort of option that the troupe would be open to based on the reaction from its performers to the news of the sale.