June 18 2017

Stile Teckel Catching Up With Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developers

I mentioned recently that I am going through a lot of piece’s I hadn’t been able to get to until recently, and so am sharing those with you in case you may have missed them.

One piece that I have read and even discussed with some others, but am just now sharing with my readers, is of particular interest.

Posted by Shack News a piece titled “Museum Takes Possession of Original Doom Memorabilia Under Guard”, which speaks of a Gaming Museum in Texas and its many cool artifacts being collected. Of particular note though is that there is a section on some contributions by Richard Garriott.

Richard Garriott, aka Lord British, who created the Ultima series of games and is now working on Shroud of the Avatar MMO, donated quite a bit of memorabilia as well. “I am and always have been a huge pack rat,” he said via email. “I have kept every note, every disk, every bit of hardware or materials I/we have used in making games.”

The article does go on to detail what some of this includes, so head on over and read the whole thing.
Museum Takes Possession of Original Doom Memorabilia Under Guard | Shacknews


What if you’re looking for a guild to join for Shroud of the Avatar? You don’t want to use the forums or the internet. In fact, you don’t even want to leave the game!

One of the community projects in place to help with this is being done by Nick (Name from SotA Forums). The concept is that in one of the heavier high traffic areas of the game is to have a setup, which using books act’s as a directory of in-game guilds.

For instance, The Caverns Guild would have its own book and inside that book would be information about the guild including how to contact them if you are interested. What a great project!

I am inviting all guilds (big or small) who wishes to put up their guild information to send 2 copies of their guild information to be placed in Soryn Fields. The guild information will be:

1) a paper, with minimal writing via the subject, to describe their guild in a few words. This will be listed on the vendor.
2) a book, to describe the guild in detail. This will be placed on a shelf inside the inn for outlanders to read.

There will be no cost associated with the listing.

You can read the whole article, get more information, ask questions, or tell them The Caverns sent you, right over here.
Looking for Guild information | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


If you are looking for something to read, here are a few articles I have not referenced or linked for you previously you may want to take a quick gander at.

Black Sun Game Publishing to Bring SotA to Russia – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Portalarium's Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Gets Russian Publishing Deal

This one is even new!
Richard Garriott probed over additional Shroud of the Avatar funding


Need something a little more visual after reading those articles? Grab a seat in the theater and see what Markee Dragon has for you!

PERRRRTTTTYYYYY


Looking for In Game items, COTO’s, or Gold? Our sister company, Caveloot.com sells Shroud of the Avatar virtual items. Swing on over and check it out!

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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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April 5 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developer In the News

This is another one of those catch-up pieces. What has been out there you may have missed? Here you go!

To start out with something cool, check this out!

The pioneering game designer Richard Garriott will be presented with the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award at Gamelab Barcelona.

The man has more awards then I have bills and that is saying a lot! Really cool though, and very deserved in my opinion. Read the article here.
Richard Garriott to receive Spanish Academy's top honour | GamesIndustry.biz

or here
Richard Garriott to get top honors at Gamelab event in Barcelona | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi


Now I am going to guess that if you have wanted to see the latest Shroud of the Avatar Telethon video, you have or know where to get it. Just in case though, here it is!


Want more Richard Garriott? Fear not, IGN did a piece recently.

BY RYAN MCCAFFREY Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic’s remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!

You can find the full thing right this way.
BY ALEX OSBORN Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren't very deep.

WAIT! THERES MORE AT IGN!

BY ALEX OSBORN Richard “Lord British” Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren’t very deep.

Ultima Creator on the Future of the RPG Genre — IGN Unfiltered – IGN


Finally, for this one anyway, here MMORPG did a recent write-up about Shroud of the Avatar.

Shroud of the Avatar – Shooting Solo – MMORPG.com

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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 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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