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 19 2017

Richard Garriott and Space – eBay Auction Spotlight


What really caught my attention about this item on eBay today, was not that it’s all that rare. I just haven’t seen one in quite a while.

I have seen them posted regularly in the past. Pricing if I remember right tends to run between $75.00 – and $125.00 so this one while not an amazing deal, IS reasonable and fair.

I would love to get one of these for my collection! I have a framed Nasa Postal Cover that has been signed both by Richard and his father, Owen Garriott. Richard signed it for me himself, and while it’s worth a relatively minor dollar amount, especially compared to other items in my collection, it is one of my most treasured possessions as well as his commemorative space travel coins.

Why? Simple, I am a major fan of the space programs as I believe our ability to travel, explore, and populate the stars, is dependent upon our long-term ability to survive as a species. I believe that could lead to us being one nation someday, as one planet, without borders.

Commercial Spacelight bringing the countries of the planet together to pioneer the stars due to common interest and passion. I also believe that Richard Garriott will be historically seen as one of the greatest visionaries of his century as a godfather and pioneer not only in his work in the space industry but also for his ability to inspire others.

So I personally love items that tie those things together, as they represent something I believe strongly in and have a passion for. Dollar value is irrelevant :).

Whatever your reason for collecting such item’s though, this one is a cool piece to own!

Richard Garriott Personal Patch Soyuz TMA-13 International Space Station Tourist

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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:
http://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/9904/20170307/spacex-s-mission-to-fly-non-astronaut-citizens-will-not-be-a-joyride.htm


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

http://mmoexaminer.com/shroud-avatar-gives-new-weekly-update/


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

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February 12 2017

Richard Garriott In the News

Richard Garriott is in the news on a general basis, but there are spurts based on his activities. Of late there has been a lot of pieces I have noticed. Here are some of the more interesting ones!

Polygon did this great piece titled “Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief”, which dives deeply into Richard’s new book.
Richard Garriott: the man, the myth, the mischief

Over on App.com is “FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks ‘Explore/Create”.
FAN THEORY: Richard Garriott talks 'Explore/Create'

Interesting topic over here at PC Magazine “Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?”.
Can Online Games Keep the Modern World From Falling Apart?

I thought this piece was very cool as it just seems like something that would be very interesting to do. Published by Austin’s Business Journal “50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers’ CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest”.
50 startups will pitch to Richard Garriott, LA Dodgers' CFO at 2017 SXSW Accelerator contest

Another book review by “The Space Review”.
The Space Review: Review: Explore/Create


Nothing really to see here as it already took place and was live. Just personally thought it sounded like a cool appearance.

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

hursday at 9 PM Eastern time, tune into Ham Talk Live! to hear Richard Garriott de Cayeux, W5KWQ talk about operating ham radio from the International Space Station and his new book, Explore/Create!

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February 7 2017

Shroud of the Avatar Auction Spotlight – Sword of Midras Audiobook


If you haven’t picked up the Sword of Midras on Audiobook yet, this is a good chance to get it at a great price! Listed on Ebay with a Buy it Now of $8.32 and free shipping!

The Sword of Midras: A Shroud of the Avatar Novel

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February 5 2017

Richard Garriott Auction Spotlight – Man On A Mission


This is a fantastic documentary about Richard Garriott’s preparation and flight into space. It is not hard to find at all. However, I have NEVER seen it posted this inexpensively on Ebay. I even paid a bit more than this for the copy I own, and I waited a year before I nabbed it at what I paid!

You do not need to be a fan of or interested in Richard Garriott to enjoy this movie. I think just about anyone with an interest in some of the things taking place in the commercial space flight industry would do well to check this score out!

There is also bonus features on it, including the first (and only still?) horror movie that takes place in space, actually filmed in space. It’s just a short flick of only a few minutes but is enjoyable.

So whether looking to add it to a collection, or just want an enjoyable and educational movie to watch, this is a win!

Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars

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January 31 2017

Auction Spotlight – “AUTOGRAPH,HAND SIGNED SOYUZ TMA-13 COSMONUT , RICHARD GARRIOTT”

Nothing really caught my eye today in the Ultima or Shroud of the Avatar auctions, but I did see this autographed photo. I have seen a lot of autographed space photos involving Richard Garriott. Don’t believe I saw this one before, though.


AUTOGRAPH,HAND SIGNED SOYUZ TMA-13 COSMONUT , RICHARD GARRIOTT

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November 26 2016

Auction Spotlight – Richard Garriott’s New Book On eBay!


So, as just about any of my readers know at this point, Richard Garriott has a book coming out 01/10/2017 that is quite the hot topic in a lot of circles.

You don’t have to wait! The Advanced Read copy has made an appearance on eBay, and you can go But It Now!

Explore/Create UNCORRECTED PROOF ARC by David Fisher, Richard Garriott de Cayeux

November 25 2016

Talking About Richard Garriott’s New Book: “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark”

Wow, that is a long title! Let’s take another look at that. Today we are going to talk about the book written by Richard Garriott and David Fisher titled “Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark.”

Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon

Getting the necessaries out of the way. This article will contain some minor spoilers, but I will be hiding them in spoiler boxes.

This book has not been published yet and is being released 1/10/2017 on Amazon. My references are in regards to an Advanced Read Copy (ARC) I won in a random giveaway on Goodreads, and ready this week.


About the book from Amazon:
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I am going to talk about this book first from an overall perspective as a sort of quick review piece. Following that, I will do a quick chapter by chapter commentary which will be hidden by a spoiler box to make it easier on the eyes.

Some of my comments will be of a personal nature while others may be about the content. Anything goes!

Please understand that I am not an objective reader. I have had contact with Richard on numerous occasions in various formats, including in person. From that association and common interests I share with him, this has led into us sharing several common friends, a couple of which are even mentioned in his book!

Thereby my review, while I will try to make it object where it should be, may be colored by biases I do not even realize I have. You have been told!

Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon


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As someone who had already been patiently waiting for the release of this book, I was rather excited when I won it in a Goodreads giveaway. This was followed by a slight bit of disappointment at the 30-day timeline only to turn once again into excitement when the book arrived a few days later, which for me was two days ago.

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Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon

While I was very interested in receiving it, I also was worried that I would find it somewhat boring. Not due to lack of being well written or good content but rather as someone who has been following Richard Garriott at some level or another most of my life, I was worried it would all be old news to me.

Quite the contrary, there were only a couple sections of the book that feel this way to me. Areas that I had heard stories about from Richard or seen on Youtube had new insights and revelations. To my astonishment, I even learned about a few of Richard’s adventures in life I had not known of. I attribute this to the fact that as a public personality, time alone in private with him is rare. So topics tend to be the ones that the majority of the public pull from him.

This book allows for a format in which Richard gets to share adventures that may not be as popular, but I find none the less intriguing.

While he certainly offers some advice here and there, it is more narrative and story driven. Recounting major stories, turning points, and adventures in his life with some commentary. I personally, was then able to draw some corollary’s in my own life and learn from his experience.

Being done this way led to a fun story that at many times completely engaged me, drew me in, and made me feel like I was living it a bit. Not in the way a good Fiction Novel would, but well enough to help me feel the experiences he describes.

David Fisher did a fantastic job overall in capturing the nuances of Richards personality in person, in print. I have had the honor to engage with Richard face to face on occasion and many times as I read this book I could easily hear him telling me the story!

There can be a lot of reasons someone may be interested in this book. Hoping to gain some insight or wisdom from a creative individual perhaps. You may be a fan or follow of one area of his life such as video game or space travel and are looking for things specific to that. Maybe you just find him and his stories fun or exciting.

For me, it is a combination of all these things and many others, which put this book was on my wish list. Whichever reason you are considering purchasing it for, do yourself a favor and get on the preorder list. It’s not lengthy which for some will be positive. For myself, that was the only negative.

If you want to hear some of my fun commentaries about the book, the following is a chapter by chapter commentary that overall I keep short. Spoilers will exist but will be mostly minor. I will try to avoid sharing anything that might ruin reading it for yourself!

Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon


Chapter 1 – Titanic Mistakes

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I Was a Teenage Dungeon Master

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The Night Comet Shoemaker Levy 9 Crashed Into Jupiter

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Chapter 3
The Origin of Origin

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It All Begins To Computer

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Risky Business

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Chapter 4 – The Wonders of Wondering

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Chapter 5 – Minding My Own Business

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Chapter 6 – A Universal Language

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Chapter 7 – IV-Play, Or The New Rules of Engagement

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Chapter 8 – Makeing Enemies

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Chapter 9 – The Haunted Beginnings of Themed Interactive Events

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Chapter 10 – The Magic of Science

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Chapter 11 – The Discovery of the Pina Colada

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Chapter 12 – The End of the Beginning of the World

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Chapter 13 – Nothing for Money

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Chapter 14 – We Created a World and Never Got a Day of Rest

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Chapter 15 – Finder’s Leavers: A-Geocaching We Will Go

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Chapter 16 – Playing for Keeps

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Chapter 17 – He’s Got a Ticket to …

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Chapter 18 – Packing (and smuggling) for Space: The Space Kielbasa

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Chapter 19 – Taking Up Space

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Chapter 20 – Don’t Kill Stephen Hawking!

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Chapter 21 – Oh! The Places We’ll Go!

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I dedicate this article to Richard Garriott.

Richard Garriott has had at least some subtle, yet direct, effect on my life since I have been a child. Sometimes not so subtle. 🙂

It was enjoyable for me to get to read many of his great stories in detail and I look forward to the next volume!

But.. Richard,
J/K

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Explore/Create: My Life in Pursuit of New Frontiers, Hidden Worlds, and the Creative Spark on Amazon