April 17 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developers In the News

It’s that time again for me to toss out a recap of some bits and bobs that you might want to take a look at, if you missed through the standard channels.

Why don’t you start with a video before digging in?

Looking for a way to help bring the SotA game to more players? IF you speak French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish then you can be of help and the call has been put out!

Thank you for your interest in helping our team localize Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues!

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!

Get the full details in the forums.
Join the Localization Team! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Portarlarium Is putting in Place a new thingy called “Outskirt Scenes”, read about it here.

The First Outskirts Scene – Solace Bridge Outskirts | Shroud of the Avatar

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.

You can read the full article with links here.
Would You Pay $45 Million For This Austin Ranch?

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March 8 2017

Richard Garriott and/or Shroud of the Avatar In the News

Here are just a few things that I have seen here and there of late, I thought I would pass onto my interested readers.

The Science Times quotes Richard Garriott in one of their recent articles, about Elon Musk’s current plans in terms of timeline to send commercial tourists around the moon.

Elon Musk and his mission is insanity, said Richard Garriott

Read the article here:

MMO Examiner posted an article about release 39 and Shroud of the Avatar in general, over at this spot.


Markee Dragon also continues to play and video his time and tips for the game.

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January 16 2017

Let’s Watch Some Movies Made by Legends!

If you missed it at the time it came out, legendary game developer Dr. Cat recently put together a long live stream composing some of the most legendary names in gaming you will find anywhere!

I was able to keep a few snippets live, but have not to this date been able to watch the whole thing. Luckily if you are like me and could not watch it all live, you still get to see this amazing amazing day of discourse with the epic people!

Watch live video from Doctor_Cat on www.twitch.tv

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December 13 2016

Don’t Miss the Legends of Gaming With Dr. Cat!

If you haven’t heard about this, you are really out of touch, and I am honored you’re hearing it from here!

Dr. Cat this upcoming Saturday, the 17th of December is hosting a celebration in the form of a live stream! The celebration of 20 years of Furcadia, the longest running online social graphical game!

I know I certainly am going to do everything in my power to be able to watch this live. Why? Let’s let the event speak for itself!

Dragon’s Eye Productions presents the largest gathering of veteran game designers ever in the history of the world!

Confirmed Guest List so far:
Matt Mihaly (Achaea, Earth Eternal)
Ed Fries (led team that created the Xbox)
Chris Crawford (GDC Founder, Eastern Front, Balance of Power)
David Lubar (Creative Computing, River Raid 2, Frogger 2)
Jason Kopalka (Popcap Games, Storm Crow Gaming Tavern)
Raph Koster (Ultima Online, Star Wars Galaxies)
Brad McQuaid (Everquest, Vanguard: Saga of Heroes)
Graeme Devine (7th Guest, Quake 3, Magic Leap)
Jennell Jaquays (The Dungeoneer, Judge’s Guild, Coleco, iD)
Rebecca Heineman (Bards Tale III, Tass Times in Tone Town)
Tim Brengle (EA, Accolade, GDC)
John Taylor (Islands of Kesmai, Air Warrior)
David Fox (Maniac Mansion)
Jeff Dee (D&D, Villains & Vigilantes, Sims Castaway Stories)
Bob Bates (Unreal 2, Spellcasting 101, Spiderman 3)
Scott Miller (Max Payne, Duke Nukem 3D, 3D Realms)
Talzhemir (Furcadia co-creator, Cavemaster, Bethorm, Quicksilver)
Randy Farmer (Habitat)
Chip Morningstar (Habitat)
Richard Bartle (MUD, MUD 2)
Robert Clardy (Synergistic Software)
Scott Adams (Adventure International)
The Fat Man (The 7th Guest, 11th Hour)
Dave Rohrl (Plants vs. Zombies)
Dewi Morgan (Doom Editing Utilities, Furcadia)
James Ernest (Cheapass Games, Kill Dr. Lucky)
Ken Peczkowski (Griffon Bookstore, 40 year old public gameroom!)

Maybe list (need to check their schedule, will move to above list when confirmed):
Damion Schubert (Merdian 59, Shadowbane, Star Wars: The Old Republic)
Ken St. Andre (Tunnels & Trolls)
Rick Loomis (Starweb, Nuclear War, Tunnels & Trolls, Ace of Aces)
Lord British (Ultima, Shroud of the Avatar)
John Romero (Doom, Quake)
Brenda Romero (Wizardry, Train)
Tim Schafer (Brutal Legend, Psychonauts)
Eric Goldberg (Paranoia, MadMaze, Tales of the Arabian Nights)

Come join Dr. Cat and co-host Steve Meretzky (of Infocom fame) for a 12-hour live stream on Twitch TV. We’re celebrating the 20th anniversary of Furcadia, the longest continuously running MMO on the net. There’ll be plenty of great stories from the last forty years of computer game development, as well as RPGs and boardgames!

To fit with this monumental milestone, every game developer we’ve invited has at least 20 years experience making games as well! Come see and hear from the people that built the game industry, in this once in a lifetime, not to be missed event!

We’ll be streaming from Noon PDT to Midnight (that’s 3PM to 3AM Eastern Time) on http://twitch.tv/doctor_cat.

Woa! If that doesn’t do it for you, then nothing else will either!

Again, that is at: http://twitch.tv/doctor_cat.

In the meantime though, this was just posted in the last few days. Interview with Dr. Cat talking about working at Origin Systems! I haven’t had a chance to watch this myself yet, but will be Friday night!

I have read many stories about this topic. From Richard Garriott as well as more then frmo one book I have ready that touches upon gaming history. Will be interesting to hear these stories straight from Dr. Cat!

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November 22 2016

So, You Want To Be a Farmer In Shroud of The Avatar?

While farming is not a complicated profession in Shroud of the Avatar (at least yet), it does have a few aspects to it. Personally, I find the thing to be most concerned about is how often to water!

Whatever you’re wanting to know though should be covered in this video! So grab your sunflower seeds and kick back and check out Val’s Gardening Tutorial.

1 – The Basics (r35): Covers the types of seeds, how to plant, and timings for watering for Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues release 35.