December 7 2017

Tabletop & PC Gamers both, Take Notice at Amazon Today!

Most of the time the Amazon deal’s of the day bore me. Every once in a while they do one that makes me take notice.

Today they decided to take money from gamers, and didn’t want to discriminate between the Tabletop and the Videogamer, from what I can see!

First off a large selection of Tabletop games at %40 off.
http://amzn.to/2zXZRns

Id like to spotlight a couple of recommendations, including one for my Shroud of the Avatar Readers!

including one for my Shroud of the Avatar Readers

Not everyone from the Shroud of the Avatar community was around this long, and I doubt many will remember the videos from the first Kickstarter days! During one of the videos of the early Kickstarter days the Dev team played this game, although perhaps not this version of it! I also carry “Are you a Werewolf” with me at convention booths when I vend for Caveloot.com, it’s a great game!

Takes a lot of people, but is fun, easy to do, and great for social gatherings. Try it at your next party! Now there’s an interesting tidbit about this. When the Dev’s where playing this, at one point Richard made a statement. Something about that statement, and dozens of other things that I knew about him, history, his game making, game interests, etc, all clicked, and it gave me a HUGE insight into the “super secret story” twists planned for Shroud!

I later had a chance to ask Richard about it, and I was fairly dead on. However as time has moved on, a lot of those plans have changed I know based on community feedback and game development. Unfortunately, since I still don’t know what peripherals of that story idea they plan on keeping are, I’ll continue to keep my promises about keeping my mouth shut about my guesses. It won’t be long until I can say what my original guesses where, and what some of the thoughts and Ideas had originally been talked about.

I have not personally played the board game version of this, but being the gamer I am my life is surrounded by both gamers and game developers, and I have heard nothing but good things from all of them!

It certainly looks awesome, and I know I have played the mobile game on IOS of the same theme, extensively. Grr.. in fact I see that happening again real soon now!

If you’re not familiar with the theme/title, you should be. It’s certainly been done in a lot of mediums!
http://amzn.to/2kqNw8q

Yay Cheap Ass Games! For those not familiar with Cheap Ass Games, that’s exactly what they did. They made Cheap Ass games, that you get the bare minimums really cheap to play a basic game.

Now personally, I prefer to pay more for my games, get cool things with it, and more importantly help support those developers in their industry!

I’m not the only person that feels that way and that’s why Cheap Ass Games took some of their more popular games and made nicer editions of them. This being one!

I haven’t played this in a while, but I do have their original version in my game room. A good friend of mine once gave me a present of a bunch of their games, in a nice binder, with cool accessories he put together shopping himself. A lot of good times have been had from that gift! Great Present!

WOW! This game has come a long way! I remnemebr when it first came out, and in fact I still have my first edition in the tiny little box it came in. I think I got the first expansion after that, which came with another 100 zombies or some such.

While I stopped investing into the game (which I am sure would not have been the case if I still gamed as much as I was once able to do), I have friends that have continued to pick up a lot of the expansions and things of that nature.

Bottom line, You will not go wrong with this game!!

If you want to make that gamer’s in your life Christmas this year, GET THIS! Open Gifts early, gather the family around and have an amazing day. Take a break for lunch and keep going, as no one is going to want to leave!


For you PC Gamers, they have some high end Gaming hardware up for sale today also!

http://amzn.to/2ADw2Kj

I have no strong reccomendations in this section, as I can’t reccomend equipment I have not used, and nothing in here is my exact equipment. For the most part my hardware is better (It’s amazing that a build I did 3 years ago has held its value as long as it has!), or the upgrade vs. cost just is not worth it!

If I had money just laying around though, this caught my attention and would be a nice upgrade. Id want to upgrade from my DDR3 ram to DDR4 with it though.

I’m REALLY surprised by the lack of any Video Cards in that selection today! On the other hand, a good thing, as that’s where I really need to do an upgrade! At the moment I can only window shop!

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September 26 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

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August 30 2017

Portalarium, Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Dev’s, and It’s Community

CONGRADUUUUUULATIONS SHROUD OF THE AVATAR

Shroud of the Avatar has now successfully raised over Twelve Million in funding. That’s worth taking note of! My congratulations to everyone involved in that, something to be proud of.

Let’s take a look at some of the recent going on’s that are involved in that, shall we?


With Richard Garriott having opportunities to talk about it a bit at a Gaming Convention with over 350K people, I hope we will see a few new players!

Gamescom 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced; Includes Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, Richard Garriott, and More

GamesCom 2017 – Preview

More than 350,000 attend Gamescom 2017 – Thumbsticks

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Panel Coming To Gamescom – GameSpot

Gamasutra – Press Releases- From Playerunknown's


Speaking of Richard Garriott and conventions.

Devcom to return in 2018 | GamesIndustry.biz


A community continuing to create resources for each other!

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 1 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 2 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


The Rest…

Shroud of the Avatar works on replacing placeholder scenes – Massively Overpowered


Also if you did not see one of my new projects, I am running an online auction site now. Located in my store, Caveloot.com, where you can also find Shroud of the Avatar Items listed under the “virtual Games” category, under the “shop here” menu tab. More products being added all the time!

What’s great about this project is that we sell for the community for a fairly low commission. If you want to learn more about it why not just drop my an email at customerservice@thecaverns.net?

I also have a nice write-up detailing the program over here in the forums:
Online Auction Services at Caveloot.com being offered | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

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March 28 2017

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

This is a summary piece on both things to take note of for Shroud of the Avatar, as well as some different things that some of its developers may have going on. The latter may be completely unrelated to the game.


First, the Moon is made of cheese… no wait, sorry, I meant let’s talk about the head cheese and going to the moon! That is Richard Garriott and an article posted over at Dailymail.com in which Richard Garriott talks a bit about Elon Musk’s plans for sending tourists to the moon. I found it an enjoyable read.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4338148/Space-tourist-offers-advice-SpaceX-moon-rocket.html


Richard Garriott is also mentioned in this article posted at Skift.

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am

Read it here:
SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am


MMO Examiner Posted an article titled “Shroud Of The Avatar Team Gives New Update For Game”.

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.

Read it all here:

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.


Richard Garriott often attends the Explorer Club meals from what I have noticed. This is an article about one of the recent dinners which gives him a mention.

Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads “astronaut, author, game software developer.” Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he’s brought to the Explorer’s Club.

See the images and read the full article here:
Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads "astronaut, author, game software developer." Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he's brought to the Explorer's Club.


MMORPG has an article published titled “New & Updated Locations & Vile Weapons Anchor Newsletter”
Read more at http://www.mmorpg.com/shroud-of-the-avatar/news/new-and-updated-locations-and-vile-weapons-anchor-newsletter-1000043692#QiIVbqc22QRqA08d.99


Connectstatesboro.com has an article published with a quote taking place involving Tracy Hickman.

“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.

Read the full article here:
“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.


Take a break, watch a movie!


MMO Examiner shows some love to Shroud of the Avatar‘s work in donating to charity with this artcile.

The Shroud of the Avatar team is doing their part by donating 50% of their profits from all Water.org in-game items to the organization. According to the post made on their official website today, Shroud of the Avatar has helped raise over $27,000 for the cause. For an early access indie title, that’s truly impressive!

Shroud of the Avatar Celebrates World Water Day – MMOExaminer

Here is another article they posted about SotA Updates!
Shroud Of The Avatar Gives Latest Update – MMOExaminer


Think that was all you were seeing in this piece about Tracy Hickman? Nope! Deseret News is giving you some good writing tips and Tracy Hickman lent a hand.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

They also show him some love with a review posting of one of his books!
Book review: 'Unhonored' is a fast-paced sequel full of suspense and mystery | Deseret News


Ok, and if that was not enough for you, here are some other article’s you might want to go check into as well.

Back to the moon? Austin astronaut Richard Garriott talks space travel with Fox 7 – Story | KTBC

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Roots in Old Game | Time.com

Richard Garriott de Cayeux Says SpaceX Moon Crew Should Take Drugs | Inverse

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March 8 2017

Shroud of The Avatar & Cuthulu Auction Spotlight


The first auction I noticed today was for a Shroud of the Avatar challenge coin. This coin was originally made by Frank Baxley and was given to Portalarium along with the designs and all that sort of stuff.

Since then they have remade multiple versions of it using different metal mixes and finishes. To the best of my knowledge, the artwork has never been changed, although it will for the reward coin version from pledge rewards.

Given out by dev’s just about anywhere you can encounter them, and if they decided to have some with them (not just Richard himself).

Someone has this one up on Ebay. I wouldn’t say the price is bad, but I think in time you may do better. On the other hand, if you’re trying to get all the metal versions of this, you might want to jump on it. Some are more limited than others.

Lord British Shroud of the Avatar Coin RARE


This auction caught my eye, as I want it for my collection and use! I have most of the D20 Cthulhu stuff as well as a lot of off-shoot stuff (none of which I have used yet *smirks*). One of the few items I have never picked up is the Game Master’s Pack. For a while, it was impossible to get for anything less than $150.00.

I have seen it purchasable for a $100.00 or so a few times now, but this is the first time I saw it listed this low! Fortunately for you, if it is of interest to you, if it doesn’t pay my bills or put food on my table I don’t buy it right now. So I am passing a good score onto you instead!

Call of Cthulhu D20 Gamemaster’s Pack RPG

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December 18 2016

Kickstarter Spotlight – Unknown Realm

Are you a fan of the 8bit RPG classics, such as Ultima? Then this is definitely going to appeal to you! Available for PC or Commodore, it captures that modern-classic feel with 8-bit graphics yet retains some of the modern brains behind the game we have come to expect today. A lot of people I know signing up for this one, even developers!

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August 5 2016

Ultima and Wing Commander Auction Spotlight – Action Figures, U1, and UO Map

I enjoy Wing Commander but my collector’s interest is limited to the console cartridges as I collect retro console gaming. These are pretty cool though and I wouldn’t mind them hanging on one of my walls. So when I saw them, thought I would pass them along.

1999 Wing Commander Action Figure


Ultima 1981 Lord British 5.25 Diskette Progame California Pacific Apple II Game

Look at the photo. Look at the description. Do I really need to explain what this is? *drools* I want one!

Ultima 1981 Lord British 5.25" Diskette Progame California Pacific Apple II Game


CLOTH Ultima Online Map

Even though I just recently did a map piece, I saw this going for a $10.00 minnimum bid with low shipping and decided I HAD to pass it along. No pin with it, just the map. Great bargain though!

CLOTH Ultima Online Map

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March 11 2016

International Business Times Talks About Shooter Jennings and Shroud of the Avatar

This just dropped into my inbox. While I wish I could have stayed longer at the event I am glad I was able to, at least, show up! This could go a long way towards bringing more players into the game as well. It’s a nice write-up with some great info, and it’s a short read!

Why Shooter Jennings Premiered A Country Rock Tribute To Giorgio Moroder Inside A Role-Playing Game

http://www.ibtimes.com/why-shooter-jennings-premiered-country-rock-tribute-giorgio-moroder-inside-role-2334882

If you haven’t ordered your copy of the album yet, go grab one!

Waiting on my CD to arrive but I did hang mine!

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February 22 2016

Lot of cool stuff this last week – Here’s some of note

So I actually started this post on Monday 2/14/16. It is now much later then that, the number of items I want to do on this piece has grown a lot, and I doubt I will get it out for a few days yet! These are pieces that may not quite be their own article but you may want to take a peek at… here we go!


Shroud of The Avatar Developer Tracy Hickman is also involved with his Son on the project” The Void”. Tracy recently gave us some photos and an update on Facebook.

Our team from THE VOID setting up our first public demonstration of our experience at the TED2016 conference in Vancouver.

Posted by Tracy Hickman on Monday, February 15, 2016


Looks like Richard Garriott is giving to be a guest speaker over here at Linda Hall Library on March 16th. So that is something you may want to check out if you will be in the area.

http://www.lindahall.org/event/computer-gaming-pioneer-richard-garriott/


I am sure you have seen a lot of news on Shooter Jennings debuting his album in Shroud of the Avatar. Its spreading in the news like wildfire though, so be prepared to see it all over! This one is posted over at Polygon.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/2/15/10999198/shooter-jennings-shroud-of-the-avatar

If you haven’t pre-ordered it yet, you can. Either CD, /Mp3… OR PINK VINYL! That’s kinda cool.

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February 4 2016

Strike force – with artwork by Denis Loubet

Strike Force is currently being Kickstarted! Well, it is in Kickstarter anyway. Kickstarting it financially does not seem to be a problem as it’s already been fully funded in under 3 days!

A superhero setting like no other. A role-playing game campaign book that includes techniques and lessons from over 22 years of play. A tribute to one of the greatest creators in the RPG industry, created using Champions 6th Edition.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force

Denis Loubet was one of the original players and made a whole lotta cool art for this stuff!

Now for you Shroud of The Avatar fans I want to point this out.

Chupacabracon Special: You are invited to participate in a special Chupacabracon Strike Force Adventure run by Ross Watson and featuring Denis Loubet, one of the original Strike Force players! This pledge level does NOT include transportation, admission, or accommodations for the convention. (Austin, Texas, May 13-15) (Limited to 6)

So you could get in on this and not only have this great experience, but check into maybe visiting the folks at Portalarium if you’re up to asking them. If it was me Id also see about catching a play at Richard Garriott’s Curtain theater while I was there. Maybe stopping off at his famous geocache, Necropolis.

Let’s summarize:
An awesome game
Kickstarting Fun
Stretch Goals to come
Already funded
A good value
Artwork from one of your (hopefully!) favorite artists
Depending on pledge level, opportunity for much more!

Something that really caught my eye being a fairly experienced Mutants and Masterminds Game Master was this:

In addition, you receive a PDF of character sheets for the heroes and villains of Strike Force for ICONS, Mutants and Masterminds, and Savage Worlds!

Man, that’s a lot of character conversions. I hope they have or write code to do that for them! If you pledge, tell them The Caverns sent you!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2000633882/aaron-allstons-strike-force

Don’t forget your core book(s)!

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