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:

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

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

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October 23 2016

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar… and Stile Teckel

Hello everyone,

Wow have I been busy! I know many of you by this point are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth and do not care to talk to you anymore.

Where are the Subscription box reviews? Ultima Auction Spotlights?! The movie and book recommendations? The Shroud articles, geek articles, and occasional ramblings? Are you abbonding us??

If you are asking any of these questions I say unto thee, please, allow me some time, and all will come back!

To use the term that is being employed by my employer, I am being “Displaced” at my 9-5 job. The result of this is that I will no longer have my steady employment after Christmas. I do get some severance benefits and getting some unemployment benefits will not be an issue. After working for a company for eleven years I feel no shame in taking a few months of benefits that are meant to be used in exactly this sort of situation so as not to destroy my life.


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I find it unlikely I will be hired for any full-time employment with anyone as I have plans, I am not ready to share yet taking place in 2018. It is, therefore, my intent that if necessary, by the time unemployment runs out I am ready to become self-employed. My business is on the verge of being able to do that for me, should I take it full time. There are things I need to do to get it there, and that is why you have not been seeing a lot of me.


Until my regular 9-5 “displacement” takes place, I will still try to get some articles out here and there, but they will be very limited. Once that ends and I have more time to be able to work that into my days, the majority of everything I do will pick up again.


Ultima Auction spotlights will be rarer than they used to be, but only in that I am going to focus on things that are fascinating, unique, rare, etc.. and avoid the more typical stuff.

I would love to work on a new project or two on this site. I don’t want to promise to much as I am still going to need to do a lot for my business to try to pay the bills but I hope to stop working until 10pm+ every day and have a bit more time for some other things.

Been a while since I have done anything new here but I do not have any specific ideas at the moment, so if you have something, share!!

For now, though, while I do have quite a few Shroud of the Avatar articles I want to get out for that part of my reader base until I can get to that; why don’t you pop up a huge bucket of popcorn and let Markee Dragon show you some things are done?

Also if you haven’t caught it catch the Shroud of the Avatar Panel from Dragon Con 2016!

What’s that? An Encore? More Video? You have Popcorn left?

Here’s a Post Mortum for Release 34!

Ankh Quill

August 27 2016

Tools for Shroud of the Avatar Players – Part Six

One of my favorite websites, SotA housing, added another tool a few months back. It is called “House Lot Fence Calculator.” Directly on the internet site, you can determine how much fencing you need, what quantity, what it’s going to cost, and more.

I have not had a need to use this one yet, but much like their Player Owned Town Housing calculator, I am sure when the time comes I will be very appreciative!

Markee Dragon is still putting out videos that will be of help to many, continually. So grab yourself a bucket of fried frog legs and enjoy!


Hey, if you find these articles of use, show a little love back and toss me a $1.00 or two via donation or subscribing to my Patreon. The cost of living is not going down, and the costs to keep everything running, go up every year.

If that doesn’t sway you, consider this. I am losing game time when I do these!

That is it for now, but yes there is a part Seven, which shall be the last in this “catch-up” series. I still have enough notes to do another piece. So watch for that to come soon!

August 21 2016

More Tools for Shroud of The Avatar Players – Part Five

Yep, that’s right. Part five. What can I say, the community creates?!

Green Star

Astronomy is going to be important in Shroud of the Avatar. I have heard Richard indicate in the past that there are plans for cosmic events. The moon has been shattered in the world, and that plays an important role. We have Star Dials in the game and more. While we do not know yet what all forms of interest it will take in this game, we are aware it’s important to keep an eye in the sky.

This web page over here may help with that!


That adventuring experience pool is taking some hits, and you need to put something into the pool? Having trouble with your quests maybe?

WALKTHROUGHS! While you may not want to spoil the gameplay, it can also be just as bad to be so stuck you just cannot progress. That is when I will turn to a walkthrough.

So if you find you need a little help with your quests, you may want to try Quests of the Avatar.


You have that new book you wrote ready to be published, you want 500 copies, and you walk over to either your Magical Printing Press or your Soujerner’s Tales Magical Printing Press, and… your clueless!

Don’t Panic! Grab a Towel and head over to the forums to check out this handy guide on what to do from Themo Lock.

Markee is still putting out video that will guide you through your adventures.

Not really a tool or resource (at least yet!), but Ember Isolte just put up her contest entry video for Shroud of the Avatar‘s new trailer!


When one is going deep under the earth with your fellow travellers, don’t get lost during your spelunking adventures. Take a map!

Sewer, Catacomb, Mine and Dungeon Maps

So I finally cleaned off the muck, grime and ectoplasmic residue from visiting some old spots in Novia and the Hidden Vale. Let me tell you what, funky things are living below us and most of them aren’t too friendly. Good thing I have a trusty sword I “borrowed” from a burned out village, and hat that glows in the dark!

There are many cartographers in this community of ours. Each offer something special. These are done by Spero Gottskraft and you can find them here on the forums.


Looking for all the emotes you can pick up from NPC’s in game? Spoon is helping the community keep a list and where to get them over here.

So there are lots of sign language one can learn from the locals here in New Brittania. Here is a list of some of them.

Can you find any more? (Not listed the ones from pledge, recruit, purchase etc – ie only ones one can earn in game).

August 19 2016

More Tools for Shroud of The Avatar Players – Part Four

Let’s see if I can wrap this series up this time, eh?

First, grab a bag of popcorn and catch another show from Markee!


Not a tool, but also not a piece I wanted to do its own article on. What would have happened if Shroud of the Avatar had not been crowd-funded? Now that it has, is it possible in the future it may be part of a larger company, other then Portalarium?

Richard Garriott talks a little bit about this with “MC Computer and video Games” . Here’s the link.

Umuri has put out a HUD!

Umuri's SOTA HUD

I am EXTREMELY excited about this. Not this particular utility in particular as at this time, I do not have an interest in the things it is doing. That is just because right now (and could change later), I am not too worried about the things it offers. Regardless it is going to appeal to a lot in a major way!! My personal excitement is that where there is one, more will follow.

I look forward to seeing what additional utilities similar to this, but offering different things and features, the Shroud of the Community will be creating!

Here is a snippet from the post on the forums:

Hello and welcome to the first public release of Umuri’s SOTA HUD.

A clean viewable interface for the /stats command, no more looking at a wall of text that’s hard to read!
Combat statistics, see how much you hurt something for, what the average damage is, and how high your crits are!
Crafting statistics, see your salvage rates!
Skillgains and logon/logoff timestamps. Did that person really log off an hour ago or was it just 10 minutes ago when you weren’t looking?
Chat tab that lasts more than 5 minutes of history!
Ability to view previous days logs, to pull historical stats
Opacity and on-top mode! Now you can have that second chat window you always dreamed about
Exporting of parsed stats/chatlogs to CSV format
Much much more!

There is a lot more information on this, though, so get over and check it out! Tell em I sent you!

Need help getting started in Shroud of the Avatar? If you do and if you are a video person, then Lace’s Tutorial Video’s are the answer for you!

This link will take you to a Youtube playlist of (currently) 33 videos!

Here is a link to the thread in the Shroud of the Avatar forums if you want to stay up to date and discuss things.

Color-coded overview of Land Selection order and info

Balec’s description on what this is, is so much better then any comments then I could make that I am just going to quote it.

A one page color-coded overview of the staggered land rush schedule for your browsing and convenience. In spreadsheet form.

Here’s the forum thread!