June 14 2017

What To Take With You To Today’s Q&A for Portalarium’s Seed Invest Campaign

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!

6/14/17 at 4 PM Central Time / 5 PM Eastern

Head over and read the full details!
Lord British Invites You to Upcoming Q&A Events for Portalarium’s SeedInvest Campaign


The wrap-up! Want to do some homework before the Q&A? What are different people saying? What questions are there? What opinions? Get out your notebooks…

One of the most important links, the official Seed Invest site:
Portalarium – Series.b – SeedInvest

Watch the last telethon where this was discussed and see data!

Other Web Sites:
Garriott reassures backers after fresh crowdfunding push exposes finances | GamesIndustry.biz

Richard Garriott's Portalarium to raise equity crowdfunding for Shroud of the Avatar | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Dean Takahashi

Garriott reassures concerned Shroud of the Avatar fans | Games industry news | MCV

Invest $30,000 in Shroud of the Avatar to get a golden castle | PCGamesN

Update On 'Shroud Of The Avatar' From Director Richard Garriott

Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar seeks more funding – Backers are concerned

Portalarium Announces Equity Crowdfunding Campaign as Commercial Launch of Shroud of the Avatar Nears | Games industry press releases | Develop

Richard Garriott Reassures Shroud Of The Avatar Backers About Their $15 Million | Kotaku Australia

Portalarium opens the books for equity crowdfunding | GamesIndustry.biz

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Portalarium Announces Equity Crowdfunding Campaign as Commercial Launch of Shroud of the Avatar Nears

Shroud Of The Avatar Developer Announces Crowdfunding Campaign | CGMagazine

Richard Garriott Reassures Shroud Of The Avatar Backers About Their $11 Million

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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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September 14 2016

Staying Caught Up With Shoud of the Avatar

Hopefully, it will not be much longer until I am caught up with everything I do in my life, once again. So that you know, Shroud of the Avatar is partly to blame for that, and I love every minute of my game time! Just wish I could take more!

If you missed the Postmortem, pull up a chair and take a peek!

Published on Sep 9, 2016
Watch as the team chats about Release 33 and looks ahead to Release 34. We also answered many player questions, and gave out awesome prizes during the livestream.


Gamezone published an interview with Richard Garriott that you will not want to miss! Titled “An interview with Richard Garriott: How Shroud of the Avatar is looking to change RPGs” by Tom Caswell it is a great interview but be warned, it is also long!

This guy coined the term MMORPG, so it was a delight to sit down with him and pick his brain on his past and future, both of which proved to be equally fascinating.

Go check it out here http://www.gamezone.com/originals/an-interview-with-richard-garriott-how-shroud-of-the-avatar-is-looking-to-change-rpgs-k1yk


Markee Dragon continues to roll out great videos that will help you out with your gaming needs!


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If Discord is your thing then this may interest you.

SoTA Speak is a Discord Server set up to provide players with a centralized, interactive, non-private, region-specific voice chatting system to promote community interaction.

Go read the whole article over here!
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/sota-speak-discord-project.55158/


September 10 2015

Don’t miss the R21 Shroud of the Avatar post Mortem!

If you have the same problem I have and as I know many others run into, you were at work during this.

I have NOT watched it yet, but just hit play and am listening (and will tab over to take a peek as I work on things tonight), so can’t toss out whether there’s anything really awesome in this.

So for the scoop you are just going to have to go watch it!

Streamed live on Sep 10, 2015
Please join us Thursday, September 10th at 3:00 PM Central (20:00 GMT) for our next Hangout of the Avatar! Richard, Starr, and Chris will be chatting about Release 21 and giving you a sneak peek at Release 22. And, of course, FireLotus will be taking your questions and feedback live in the chat-room.
-Portalarium Posting Description on YouTube

*SCREAM LIKE A GIRL* Sir Frank!!! Ok, so – Sir Frank made this hangout!!! Yay!!!! *changes featured image before posting*

September 1 2015

Summer 2015 Telethon of the Avatar!

If you are anything like me you where able to watch 0 minutes of this, due to the timing and the schedule. These are not for the person that works 9-5 for a living, that’s for sure!

Fortunately we get an oppertunity to watch it afterwards! While I have not seen ityet I have heard lots of good things. I know that two of my guild members won prizes, as well as others in the community I nkow. Even if you didn’t win anything directly as long as you spent 5.00 from the store during the telethon you got something extra!

So go find out what it was all about and let me know if theres anything I missed thats Epic!

August 30 2015

August 31st Telethon of the Avatar

Don’t miss this Shroud of the Avatar hangout/community event! More importantly if you are a Guild leader or interested in the more artistic arts there may be a chance for you to join the actual hangout!

I am looking to sign up about two dozen guests for the following Community segments.

1pm – 2pm Central ~ Guilds

9pm – 10pm Central ~ Music / Radio / Theatre
-Firelotus

You can view the full post and details over here: https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/august-31st-telethon-of-the-avatar-call-to-arms.36164/

The New Britannia Theater Troupe


P.S. – Anyone know how why in Windows 10 after creating new directory, if you start renaming it it cuts off the first few letters? Sort of like you created it, but there’s a delay until it sticks and unless you wait a few seconds to start typing the name you have issues. HOW do you get rid of that delay? anyone? anyone?

July 17 2015

Continuing to keep you up to date with the new and the old for Shroud of the Avatar and related!

I know, I know.. I’ve been lame for this last week. I apologize! Been one of those.. Car troubles and all sorts of things. Keeping it short, life’s been extra special busy with a dash of epic! I’m always here though keeping it coming for you.. and I haven’t been completely slacking!

ALL of the Caverns file links should be restored and working again. This includes the Google drive links. Everything (after a mere 2 months of arguing with my computer) is back up and running or seems to be! Please – if you run into any bugs report them to me. Its possible I have tweaks to make. I apologize for how long this took but moving files around with glitches can take a while!


Unfortunately the Post Mortems always take place while I am at work so I miss them live. Luckily for those of you who are like me in you missed the R19, we have it on Youtube!


NBNN did an interview with Starr Long on Twitch but fear not, as it IS on Youtube.

I hear the details on the Chaos Medals is discussed at 1:30:14!


I was really excited when I saw this next one. The first video I ever saw from the Mad Hermit (and I think it was his first for this community) was a Unity how-to video for those doing assets for the game.

So I almost jumped out of my seat cheering for The Mad Hermit when I saw he put an asset up on Unity! GO BROTHER< GO!!!!!


Ever wish you had a Magic The Gathering card.. Signed by Richard? A contest is taking place for just that!

No, not me this time as the few of these I have left im keeping (although for the right price i might part with a signed artist proof someday).

This time Koldar is running it!

I am giving away some MtG Shield of the Avatar cards that Lord British (@RichardGarriott) autographed. There are 3 foil and 25 regular cards (see images below).

Since Portalarium is offering a 10% bonus, I figured now would be a great time to have this giveaway. The truth is, I’ve been planning this for a while but I wasn’t sure when the best time would be to launch it. I believe that time has come.
-Koldar

Get over to the forum thread and win one of these! Tell em Stile or The Caverns sent ya!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/giveaway-celebrate-the-summer-bonus.33875/

(this photo is from my collection as opposed to the ones Koldar is giving away. You can grab a image of those at that thread I told you to go to!)

Shield of the Avatar Magic the Gathering Cards - Reverse Side

Shield of the Avatar Magic the Gathering Cards


Looking for a Patreon to support? I mean, other then mine.. although no complaints *winks*. Be sure to support Dennis Loubet!

Hes doing cool things, sharing his work, and even doing random drawings for giveaways!

https://www.patreon.com/denisloubet?ty=c


Blake Blackstone revealed a new project he’s been working on called The Weeping Seven.

Now after you check it out, you may be going.. nice artwork! As you should as Tortoise and Hare represents!

THE WEEPING SEVEN
is an organisation that follows and upholds the disciplines of the Seven Sons. Each member is unique and sets their own path, choosing one of the Sons to follow and study. However, all act together, as a single unit, if the time arises to defend the sacred scriptures.

Go read and see it all here: http://theweepingseven.com/

June 30 2015

NEWS – NEWS – NEWS – NEWS – Shroud of the Avatar and RELATED

So I know that this month a lot of community members are going to be visiting Austin. This is of course in addition to those that already live there or nearby. You both have something in common.You might want to do this!

Felicia Day (Who was on Video with Richard last year talking about SotA and Ultima.. E3 2014 if I am remembering correctly) is going to be doing a book signing in austin for her new book. Now don’t just show up! You need tickets! Go get em!

https://twitter.com/bookpeople/status/615953557846536192?refsrc=email&s=11


Now my Google drive is going through a restore and its taking a long time. So my google links are not working.

As such, here is a temporary location of the add-on-store-archive from drop box. I have made a lot of updates to it, but still have a few left yet to do. I will let you know when its fully back up to date!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/esigmzziu16jmnq/Add-on%20Store%20Archive.xlsx?dl=0


Today on Twitter The Mad Hermit shared a link to a map of the Ardoris sewers you might want to check out!

http://www.themadhermitgaming.com/ardoris-sewers/


This article is a tad outdated but I hadn’t blogged it yet. A blurb over at Gamasutra about Shroud and E3. http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/245979/Richard_Garriottrsquos_Shroud_of_the_Avatar_on_Display_atE3.php

Much the same for this piece at WCCFtech. http://wccftech.com/lord-britishs-shroud-avatar-display-e3/


Did you catch the R18 Hangout Post Mortem live? If not then you might want this!


Don’t miss out on the R18 Unreliable Travel Guide!!!!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-r18-unreliable-travel-guide.29889/#post-378505


Duke Gréagóir started a great project for an App. The SotA New Britannian Runic App. Go show a little love and support for this if your interested and tell him Stile sent you!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/announcing-the-sota-new-britannian-runic-app.24987/#post-378425


Another good friend of mine, Avatar Acid posted a Time Lapse video of the Britannia sky a few months ago. Here’s the forum thread for this and tell him I said hi!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/the-sky-of-new-britannia-8-hour-time-lapse.28755/#post-375727