May 12 2015

Out with the old and out with the new.

Over at the Caverns I continue to work on getting the newer news out to you but so that it is never forgotten, until I get caught back up, no matter how old it gets, the old still coming at you to in case you didn’t see it elsewhere!

Of course one of our more recent things of note is the official update # 124! I wont be going into depth for this thing at all as a lot of the news on it I covered in other blog posts last week.

Here is the official summary:

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

The Building of the PaxLair Maze
Birko’s Customized Map of Novia
Community Created Street Names
Player Owned Town Submission Form
Steam Achievements
Bob’s Bell Tower
The Mad Hermit’s How To Get The Fez Hat Video
Thou hast been invited to the Release 17 Postmortem
Get the Shroud of the Avatar Fansite Kit
Richard & Starr on the Past, Present, and Future of Game Development
Blade of the Avatar Pledge Reward and Add-Ons Expire May 31
In-game Community Weekend Events
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


Surprise! This is where more news was going to go as I started this post yesterday.Rather then just toss this one and make another, Im just hijacking it!

Having some computer issues everyone. Going to take care of them but its going to be very time consuming. Im guessing at best Ill be running at a reduced output (and with less tools) until at least next Monday. Possibly the one after… Its being forced on me by hardware issues at this point. I should be running better then ever once done and should have done some of what needs being done a long time ago.. but, its time consuming.

Sorry for any disruptions on work in my projects this will cause, but it shouldn’t be to bad. Unfortunately I will not be in game at all until this is wrapped up. Cept house refreshing and the like and maybe special events (very special.. as otherwise i wont get it done and the sooner i do this the easier it will be to accomplish.. I have drives failing for example).

See you all soon!

Ankh Quill

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

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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!

https://twitter.com/beanerpdx/status/588524421842796544?refsrc=email&s=11

https://twitter.com/beanerpdx/status/588524146142744576?refsrc=email&s=11


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

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=49874

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

March 9 2015

Pieces of late

So Richard shared this recently via twitter. Some Real life jousting is going to be taking place at Britannia Manor! If you have been to a renaissance faire before, chances are what you saw where actors. It IS POSSIBLE you have been to one before though in which it was SCA jousters that take it very seriously, are very safety minded about the entire thing, but make no mistake do the real thing (with in reason of safety of course). Ive been to one such and it is awesome! Looks like Richard brings it home!

A’ Plaisance, Ltd.

Source: Richard Garriott on Twitter: "@TheSpoonyOne You may get your chance!!! Watch this space!!! http://t.co/9GJoRfZqUL Return of real jousting to Britannia Manor!".


If you haven’t gotten your R14 hat yet, the Mad Hermit has done a how to for us for The Silver Jester Carnival Mask! So visit the drive-in, crank your tesla coil, and watch the flick!

Shroud of the Avatar How To Get The Silver Jester Carnival Mask – YouTube.


If you missed the wedding of Keira and Roper then be sure to head over and visit the forum thread where vows that where spoken, screen shots, and other things of like nature are taking place!

The wedding | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


If you enjoy decorating or are thinking about just trying it out, be sure to get involved in the R15 decoration contest! Judging takes place on March 20th. You can see the details over here:

The R15 Decoration Contest | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


And from my side of things, very late. Im sure youve gotten it by now, but to be through.. Update #114!

As always I would encourage you to listen to Lord Baldrith and Asclepius bring the news to you in a fun and entertaining discussion format!     Newscasts – Echoes from the Caverns.

Visit the official update 114 yonder,
Update of the Avatar #114 – 2015.02.27: Underworld Funded and Final Week Push, Crowfall Funded, Jabbering Bertha, SotA’s 1st Wedding, Rick’s Spectral Mines, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

The always helpful official summary:

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

Play Release 15 Now!
Underworld Funded – Now Entering Final Week!
Crowfall Kickstarter Funded in 3 Days!
Final Week for Massively Kickstarter
First Wedding in New Britannia
Rick Holtrop’s Spectral Mines
In-game Community Weekend Events
Sir Frank’s Writing Contest (with Prizes!)
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
This Week In The News
Upcoming Events

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Speaking of the first wedding. If you missed it, not to worry. The Insane hermit person we all love and know that goes by the Mad Hermit once again went around people and recorded this thing for you!

Shroud Of The Avatar First Wedding In New Britannia – YouTube.


If you missed them and need them, then wow.. is this going to help you out. Release 15 instructions:

Release 15 Instructions – Unity 5 is Alive! | Shroud of the Avatar.


Did you catch Chris Spears post about the Economy?

Time to talk about economy! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


It has been a very long time since I have heard much from Markee Dragon on the topic of Shroud of the Avatar. He published this over on Youtube telling us why hes been quiet on the topic.

Shroud of the Avatar | What I Am Waiting For – YouTube.

Essentially, I’m waiting for the game to be officially released as a complete package before I invest my time in developing a character.-Markee Dragon


Ok, its official.. Ultima maps being mounted at the Smithsonian? That’s just cool. Thanks for sharing this one Cranberry!

Ultima IV Map Exhibition Preparation – GIS in Imagery Series – GIS Lounge.

March 7 2015

Update of the Avatar #115 – 2015.03.06

Another week and another update with lots of great stuff! I was personally excited to see Dr. Shroud won the decorating contest as hes a friend and guild mate. He certainly has been making a splash in the community and I have a feeling well be seeing more (ok, I know things. Well see more from him!)

I know that I’ve been getting a lot of the news and updates from Lord Baldrith’s and Asclepius weekly Podcast while I am at work on Itunes. You can to!
Echoes From the Caverns 3-06-15 – Echoes from the Caverns.

You can catch the official update on the Shroud of the Avatar site:
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=48768

The official Summary:

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

Community Sponsored Decoration Contest
Abe’s Overworld Work-in-Progress
Release 16 Grand Tour Quest Reward: Black Lepus Mask
Underworld Ascendant Kickstarter Raises 143% of Goal!
Crowfall Kickstarter Passes $1 Million Stretch Goal!
In-game Community Weekend Events
Sir Frank’s Writing Contest (with Prizes!)
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
This Week In The News
Upcoming Events

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February 7 2015

A Whole lotta stuff

The Mad Hermit never seems to stop putting out pieces of aid to the community! Need gold? He is going to show you how to be rich beyond your dreams and then you CHOOSE to live in a little hovel alone somewhere in the woods.. because your CRAZZZZYYYYY…

Shroud Of The Avatar – Money Making Guide – R14 – YouTube.


All Reporters Gathering! This is a thing! How cool is that? Winfield posted about this new occurrence taking place over in the Sota Forums. Heres a little snippet of what he has to say!

Purpose:
To discuss how news and information from inside New Britannia is reported and documented.
To compare ideas to help consolidate and prevent duplication of services.
To envision how information will last for decades for all to use.
To share knowledge about existing or planned services.
To educate each other on best methods for discovering, uncovering, reporting, and documenting information.

Now I know your saying.. “Stile, how soon are you getting in on this?”. To be honest, I am not. I think its fantastic, a great group and they have my support! However for me personally I have a dull plate of projects and activities that I am already trying to wrap up so I can maintain my core stuff and focus on my guild and new in game projects. Im not going to add new projects to my plate! Although I hope to maybe poke my head in from time to time as time allows.

However I think this is a fantastic opportunity to grow a great community within our big community. TWO THUMBS UP!


So were in R14 now your playing it, the graphics are looking good. Maybe some things still need some work. Well, compare it to where we where are R13 and where we are going by catching the R13 Post Mortum!

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 13 Postmortem – YouTube.


Kenneth Kully got something really cool in the mail and it shows you why being a part of this community is so fantastic! Head over and see what he had to say and exactly showed up in his mail!

In Which Rustic Dragon and Richard Garriott Leave Me Humbled – The Ultima Codex.


Ultima Underworld returns via Kickstarter – Article over at bit Gamer

Ultima Underworld returns via Kickstarter | bit-gamer.net.


The Bear Tavern Brawl is hosting an event this Saturday! “Tag Team”, Read all about it!

Bear Tavern Brawl – Tag Team! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


The Recap band.. LIVEEE IN NEW YORK!!!!!!! How cool is this??!?!?!?!?!?

Our first local NY show is happening! 3/7 @ The Skyline in Middletown.

Damn, wish I could go!!

Recap on Twitter: "Our first local NY show is happening! 3/7 @ The Skyline in Middletown. https://t.co/2aJzFLRCiq".


The Bear cavern starts a new community group called “The Beran League”

To one and all,

The community of The Bear Tavern has slowly but surely grown over its recent past, attracting visitors from all walks of life. Now well beyond the scope and scale of that originally intended, it has been decided that a different approach should be taken to support the community as a whole. As such, on the evening of the 3rd of February, the High Council of Beran’s Reach voted on and approved the formal creation of The Beran League, an organisation encompassing a range of Towns, Guilds and Businesses. This represents our first step in founding something bigger, a move which promises to deliver greater opportunities and events for those who wish to be involved. Our little community has begun to grow up.

This isn’t the only news. Alongside our current circle, our long-term friends within The Moongate Travellers together with their Player Town of Rifts End will be joining us. I would like to wish them a formal welcome, a matter that seems somewhat redundant since we know many of them well already! I look forward to go out into the world alongside the good folk of MGT470 on dungeon raids and event nights in the future.
-Vallas

Go catch all the details!
The Beran League – Guilds and Land Owners Unite | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.


News Cast by Matthew over in the Google community can be found here!

Episode 11 is here!.


It looks like if I am understanding this correctly, that home decorating services are being offered.

Need design work done for your home in #NewBritannia ? Like this page and….


The Shroud of the Avatar Box art was revealed!

Shroud of the Avatar on Twitter: "Heya @djWHEAT Care to add SotA: FV box art to Twitch Games Directory? https://t.co/ceD3PsE4v1 http://t.co/snVj6P558l".

Shroud of the Avatar Alpha Testing Release Box Artwork


Massively has an article up about the free hat quest in R14

Shroud of the Avatar's release 14: FREE HAT | Massively.


German Shroud of the Avatar interview! our Lord British tweeted about this over here, Richard Garriott on Twitter: "Hope its complimentary, don't speak German: Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues – Interview http://t.co/KPQZboprlT via @gamona".

You can go view the interview here, Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues – Interview.


Until I send more your way,
Stile Teckel

February 6 2015

Update of the Avatar #111 – 2015.02.06

Another week and another update! So if you didn’t get it in your in box, be sure to go take a peek!
Update of the Avatar #111 – 2015.02.06: Help Support Underworld Kickstarter, Bank Slot Rewards, Carnival Mask, Time.com Top 50, $10 for $10 Bonus, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

Here is the official summary

Raise the Underworld
New Pledge Rewards: Bank Slots
Receiving Pledge Rewards and Add-On Items in Release 14
Time.com includes SotA in Top 50 Most Anticipated Games of 2015
The Release 15 Grand Tour Silver Jester Carnival Mask
Limited Edition Jester Carnival Mask
Massively Overpowered Kickstarter
$10 for $10 Bonus Promotion
Novia Overworld Work-In-Progress
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
In-game Community Weekend Events
Last Chance Exclusives
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
This Week In The News
Upcoming Events

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You can also take a listen to the weekly newcast from Echoes of the Caverns to listen to the team discuss the news!
Update of the Avatar #111 – 2015.02.06: Help Support Underworld Kickstarter, Bank Slot Rewards, Carnival Mask, Time.com Top 50, $10 for $10 Bonus, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

The Blog is looking for more authors. You can pick the news, your schedule, how much time you put into it, and how often. You can go with a theme, whatever is related to SotA that interests you, or we can even send you pieces with a couple of suggestions at a rate you desire. If interested drop Stile Teckel a note!

January 31 2015

Update of the Avatar #110 – 2015.01.30

Another week and another fantastic update! This game just continues to grow at an amazing rate and speed. The added features on a monthly basis combined with the continued increase of test players is growing at an astonishing rate each time I play!

Update of the Avatar #110 – 2015.01.30: Underworld Kickstarter, Play R14 Now, $10 for $10 Bonus, Novia WIP, Denis Loubet Patreon, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

Here is the official summary:

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

Raise the Underworld
Play Release 14 Now and Get Your Grand Tour Hennin Hat
$10 for $10 Bonus Promotion
Standing Stones
Novia Overworld Work-In-Progress
In-game Books
Elven Tents
Support Denis Loubet on Patreon
New Britannia Theater Troupe: Live Double Feature Videos
Pledge Rewards, Add-Ons, and Banks in Release 14
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
In-game Community Weekend Events
Last Chance Exclusives
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
This Week In The News
Upcoming Events

A huge and personal special thanks from me to The Mad Hermit for doing the videos for both of these plays for The New Britannia Theater Troupe! I know everyone involved in these productions worked very hard and you doing videos for us helps to spread that to the community so that they can not only enjoy it but so that the Troupe can grow allowing us to put on larger and more productions in the future.

Shroud of the Avatar New Player's Guide – YouTube.

Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Troupe Presents – The Helpful Mage – YouTube.

Shroud Of The Avatar – New Britannia Theater Troupe Presents – Of Shadows and Light – YouTube.

The Mad Hermit

January 25 2015

Uderworld, Starr Long interview, SotA Role Players, Update #108

Ok if you haven’t heard about Underworld Ascendant yet then you may find it of interest if you where a past fan of Ultima Underworld. If you where not a fan of Ultima Underworld, STILL CHECK THIS OUT!

Underworld Ascendant – Underworld Ascendant.

One of the questions quickly become though is, any chance of this having any SotA Tie-ins? The question has been raised and Ultima Codex tackled a great article on it!

#IAmTheAvatar: Are Underworld Ascendant and Shroud of the Avatar Set in the Same Universe? – The Ultima Codex.

Personally I am hoping we see a little cross promotion on this project. I wont be putting a lot of money into it as I can’t afford to. I will however be backing it as it will be a game I will have to fit a little time in for.. somehow!


Don’t miss the interview you can see posted over here at Gamasutra with Starr Long titled “Crowdsharing development of Shroud of the Avatar” and from what I hear it is a very good interview! Definitely going onto my to watch list. It’s accompanied by an article.

Gamasutra – Video: Crowdsharing development of Shroud of the Avatar.


In case you missed a past piece I did on it, don’t forget that the Shroud of the Avatar Role Players moved to a new site recently! IF you are not familiar with them, they are a community with the goal of creating some role play cohesion among different role playing guilds, individuals, and groups in the community.

Shroud of the Avatar Role Players.

If nothing else swing by to take a look at their site! Wow! I’m jealous, that’s a nice theme!


Also, If you didnt catch update 108 be sure to grab that! I didn’t publish it at the time 🙂
Update of the Avatar #108 – 2015.01.16: Mad Hermit’s Lay of the Land, PAX South, R13 Postmortem, Duke’s Basement, Flesh Flayer, Steam Catchers, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

Ankh Quill

January 24 2015

Update of the Avatar #109 – 2015.01.23

Wow this piece of news hit a bit hard. I read it, and then remembered “oh yeah, I have to do a play in the morning.. GAH!!!”. Stage fright aside it ended up being a great performance! So catch out this weeks official news!!

Be sure to look at the store last chance exclusives!

Update of the Avatar #109 – 2015.01.23: SotA at PAX South, Banks, In-Game Backer Rewards, Novia Overworld, Game Informer, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar.

The official summary:

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

SotA at PAX South
Banks in Release 14
Changes to Store Credit Conversions
First Glimpse of Novia Overworld
SotA in Game Informer Magazine
MMORPG.COM – Release 14: Strong Start to a New Year
Shack News: CES Interview with Starr Long
GDC Next – Crowd Sharing: Crowd Sourcing + Crowd Funding
In-game Community Weekend Events
New Britannia Theater Troupe: Live Double Feature
Last Chance Exclusives: The Axe and Wood & Plaster Homes
Steam Access Keys Available for All Backers
How to Cancel Monthly Payment Plans
Upcoming Events

The New Britannia Theater Troupe