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 This coin was originally made by Frank Baxley and was given to Portalarium along with the designs and all that sort of stuff.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

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

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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!

Don’t forget your core book(s)!

January 31 2016

A SotA Pen and Paper RPG.. Just musing of Stile Teckel

So I was thinking a Shroud of the Avatar RPG would be really cool. Pen and paper that is. You know get together at a table, on a google hangout, or whatever your method and roll dice and speak to people.

It’s been done for other MMORPG’s. Everquest has one.

World of Warcraft

Many others. Now sure, I know what you may be saying. Stile, these are some major games with big budgets. Names large enough PRG companies are willing to partner up or they have the finances to hire someone.

Well sure, but that is where some of my musings came into play. If it was to ever happen, who would be involved in it? How could this be done without spending a lot of money?

Well, what if they made themselves and hired people they knew and had worked with to assist?

You have a very experienced team in place already really. Beyond that fact that the majority of the Developer team have some sort of play experience even if minimal all the way to veteran.

Scott Jones has himself published a very solid pen and paper RPG, Shard.

Denis Loubet was also very involved with the project and its artwork. You can find his Patreon over here.

Tortoise and Hare have already worked with Portalarium doing the Shroud of the Avatar comic book. Beyond that they have worked on numerous Pen and Paper projects doing artwork.

Mike Nystul is currently working on creating RPG and tabletop projects and is in that area, has worked with them before, as well has extensive experience.

Then come on, this is a given. Tracy Hickman! Helped to bring Dragonlance to the world just to name drop. Still working hard in the genre with the recent project of bringing us back ravenloft!

I don’t know if Richard Garriott has ever worked directly on a RPG Pen and Paper project. I know he has had extensive experience both playing and in knowing industry leaders such as Steve Jackson Games.

(great game, I highly recommend it).

However I do not believe he has ever been involved in creating one. Again I could be wrong but I think the same goes for Starr Long. I bet both of them could play small but essential roles on the project and enjoy the experience.

There is probally more development experience among our current dev team and their associates I am not thinking about in my current musings, so no one missed intentionally.

Interesting thought though for a side project in the future if this game sees success. You wouldn’t be able to work on it though until the game mechanics are finalized so you can create a pen and paper working comparable.

Although I think in an RPG version, home ownership needs to take a much smaller role and the Virtues a much large one.

Kickstart it for sure.

All I can say is… I’d Play that!

If they ever do though, they better make sure it uses 6-sides in it somewhere. Given out over 2000 of those things to date!

Caverns Dice

January 25 2016

Ravenloft is making a come-back to D&D – With TRACY HICKMAN!

I definitely did a double take when I saw this. Last I knew (or thought I knew), White Wolf owned the legal’s to Ravenloft and had went under and what would happen to Ravenloft was speculation.

Talk about being out of the RPG loop lately.. BAM – Tracy Hickman is doing Ravenloft for D&D! Check out this article titled “Dungeons & Dragons Goes Goth”.

You can dig up a bit more on Amazon as well.

So Ravenloft is personally one of my favorite settings. It has a lot of flexibility to do what you want with it and have fun. Entire campaigns or just a visit, it’s all good. It’s a rare D&D campaign that I run that last for any length of time in which my victim.. err, players, do not visit Ravenloft at least once.

At least it has been in the past. Not sure how this will be laid out, but don’t forget.. Books are GUIDELINES. Don’t be afraid to go back to 2nd edition D&D, read up on how they would insert it into regular campaigns for a one-shot, and do the same if you desire.

I have used Strahd’s Castle from the 2nd edition box set in a World of Darkness White Wolf campaign. Just blue print’s mind you. I wouldn’t try to mesh rules from those two systems!

Really happy to not only see it coming back but being worked on by one of the Shroud of the Avatar game developers as well! I will be honest though. I would have rather seen it coming back with Pathfinder *winks*.

YOU CAN PRE-ORDER! This would be fun to have Tracy sign! When you do, be sure to tell him Stile Teckel sent you!

Quick side blurb;

So a while back I needed an Ipad 4 case. My requirements where inexpensive, light weight and form fitting. In short, I was after minimal scratch protection not drop protection.

To all of you it will be obvious I think, why I choose the one I did. I really didn’t care about looks as long as it looked good, I did research and I ended up with about 30 choices for the price range. I picked the one I liked best *shrugs*. That was all the thought I really put into it cosmetically.

Yes I went with a map, because my fondness for maps comes from Ultima.. Obvious as I said!

For some reason it has stopped more traffic in my house when people are walking around, then… then.. anything I have ever bought for decor!

I like it.. I just didn’t think it was THAT cool!

So do yourself a favor. Just buy one of these, stick it where people can see it. Conversation piece taken care of. Tip from the Caverns blog.

November 13 2015

Support one of our communities own and don’t be in The Dark!

The Dark Unknown that is. This is an Ultima style game being released by one of the Ultima Dragons, Adam Burr. What is more the artwork is being done by Indi Martin of Tortoise & Hare Creations!

I have had the pleasure of meeting Adam twice now in person, as well as spending time with him in Google Hangouts. I have heard a lot about this project over what I think is a couple of years now as well as having seen demos in the past. Adam has been hard at work for a very, very long time in creating this game and what I am seeing looks pretty fantastic!

Now we all have a chance to help support the project, get cool stuff in return, as he’s doing something I think all of us are fairly familiar with by now. KICKSTARTER!

The Dark Unknown is an old school CRPG in the vein of Ultima. Help me commission the best art possible to go with and in the game.

You play as a young hero of the realm, the younger child of the King, called upon when your brother declares himself in rebellion. Fight monsters, learn spells, solve puzzles and figure out the true meaning behind these events. It has been a personal project of mine for over 8 years now, and as it nears completion it is time to put all the pieces together.

I am honestly looking at this, thinking of a good friend, seeing the 250.00 level and absolutely DROOLING! Not sure where I shall actually end up as finances do not allow much right now, so please help me help a friend out! Head over, and at least give this thing an honest look over. It will not be for everyone but for some it will be a great fit. If so, pledge and let him know The Caverns sent you! If its not your thing, no harm done, only a couple of minutes lost, aye?

Some of the pledge perks include great pieces from Indi Martin as well, so that makes this entire thing doubly awesome!

If you are a fan of Indi, Ultima, Ultima style games, or cool art, be prepared to just throw your wallet at this thing!

October 30 2015

Keeping up with Richard Garriott – Good luck!

I’m going to be covering a few things here, and doing a summary piece on some things you may want to take a look at.

First thing of value to discuss is that the Austin Business Journal is having a “face to face” with our Lord British.

The Austin Business Journal’s Face 2 Face series delivers some of the brightest industry leader to Austin’s business community for informative and inspiring discussions. Personal stories, stories from the boardroom and opinions on today’s ever-changing business environment are tackled in a fireside chat format with ABJ Editor Colin Pope.

Now this is not Shroud of the Avatar related, which I will admit I do not do much of. However a friend of mine and I where talking recently about “what will happen to White Wolf’s World of Darkness?”. If your not a pen and paper RP gamer, you don’t care most likely. If you are though, and like us where wondering, you should read this article!

Paradox Interactive has acquired the White Wolf license from CCP Games, who at one time had plans to make an ambitious modern gothic MMO by the name of World of Darkness. Alas, that did not come to pass, with CCP cancelling the game and rededicating itself to the EVE universe. Now, it’s sold the White Wolf license—which includes the World of Darkness and Vampire: The Masquerade pen ‘n’ paper RPGs—to Paradox.

Are you keeping up to date with Lord British and his rapid transit system? No! Not Moon gates, I am talking the real world in Austin!

Richard Garriott wants to build a futuristic pod-based transit system in Austin. But first, he has to pitch it to the public and win them – as well as key policymakers – over.

Go read this whole article over at the Austin Business Journal.

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