September 29 2017

Waking Up To Castletown In the News Makes Me Sad

As a child, I remember waking up to the sounds and the smell of a coffee pot percolating in the kitchen, people rustling newspapers. As an adult today I wake up with a Mountain Dew, a Movie, doggies in my lap, and by going through the last 8-10 hours of emails, which also tends to determine my day’s work.

Today was both exciting and sad to me, as I saw an article had landed in my box about Richard Garriott’s land in Texas. Exciting as I have spent time on some of his property, sad because it is being sold.

Conserving land in Austin as the skyline grows | khou.com

This particular article talks a lot about the land development in Austin. What was of particular interest to me, that caused me to want to spotlight this piece, was this quote.

“This piece of property cannot be split up and developed, said Garriott. “It is now permanently set aside as a nature preserve.”

This is the first time I am aware of this and it pleases me greatly. I still have a lot of personal concerns about this piece of land whose history has touched me a bit. One of my largest is what will happen to the Theater, as it will be up to the new owners of Garriott’s land what happens to that. The Theater – The Baron's Men

Well, I certainly don’t have the $45 million dollars laying around, or I would most definitely purchase this fine parcel and would be content to spend the remainder of my life being a caretaker for it!

Enjoy the article, I did and found it informative!

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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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August 14 2017

Shroud of the Avatar AND It’s Players, Communities, and Developers in the News

This is one of my summary pieces, in which I point you out to various things that may be note worthy if you missed it over the last month or so!

Ultima fans, as well as Shroud of the Avatar fans, will definitely want to check out this article! I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read.
Learning morality through gaming | Life and style | The Guardian

If you play Shroud of the Avatar, there is an upcoming Crafting event you may want to take a look at.
BMC Crafting Fair – August 19, 2017 – Black Rock Cove – Garrison Road Bazaar | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Not currently a player? Give it a try for free!!
Free Trial to Run From August 9- 30th – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

Other things of note:

Shroud Of The Avatar Team Talks Forests And Post-Episode Content | MMOExaminer

CoinReport NEVERDIE announces details for interoperable Teleport Token – CoinReport

Shroud Of The Avatar Update Highlights New City Polish and Armor | MMOExaminer


Take a break from all those articles and reading, and listen to something new from one of our community members, Dan Span!


Go Back to reading now…

BioWare Montreal Closes: Will EA kill this brand like it has these? Part 1: Origin and Westwood

Travian Games to publish Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar | GamesIndustry.biz

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August 2 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, Portalarium, and it’s Developer in the News

Richard Garriott, as always, has been in the news a lot of late. Seriously, when is he not?

Both Portalarium and Shroud of the Avatar are also seeing a lot of increase in the news, with their Seed Invest campaign! Speaking of which, that is drawing to a close so if that interests you, get in on it!

A Lot of articles are being syndicated around on the bigger websites, as well as original pieces coming out. Here are some of those for you to check out!

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Travian Games and Portalarium Partner for Shroud of the Avatar as it Reaches Story Complete Milestone

Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar gets publishing help from Travian Games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Jason Wilson

Travian Games to publish Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar | GamesIndustry.biz

Shroud Of The Avatar Team Gets New Partner | MMOExaminer

Portalarium Inks Deal with Travian for EU Publishing – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

Update of the Avatar #235 – 2017.07.07: New Elves, Scene Polish, Shroud at RTX, Free Trial Live, Telethon Results, Your Questions Answered, New Flash Sale, Contest Winners, Community Events, and More! | Shroud of the Avatar

NEVERDIE Creates Interoperable Teleport Token to Use Across VR Worlds and Create Gamified Virtual Reality Jobs – CoinSpeaker

Portalarium Partnership with Travian Games | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Bullock Museum Scores Video Game Exhibit: “Pong to Pokémon” traces gaming’s Texas ties and rapid evolution – Screens – The Austin Chronicle

From "Pong to Pokemon," explore 50 years of electronic gaming at the Bullock Museum exhibit in Austin, opening Saturday, July 29 | Community Impact Newspaper


Want to hear how some things are going from the Developers themselves? Grab a bag of popcorn!

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July 27 2017

Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group Surpasses 1000 Members!

On March 8th, 2013 Portlarium and Richard Garriott kickstarted a game called Shroud of the Avatar.

On March 14th, 2013 I thought to myself “I should create a Facebook group to go along with my blog, and as a way to meet people while we wait for this game!!”

On July 26th, 2017 We hit 1000 members in that group!!!

So I wanted to take this occasion to say a few words about the group, and why I am proud of being involved in this.

It’s not because I created the group. That was a lucky accident of timing, and the group and its success is a contribution of many, including Portalarium helping out. I don’t even have to do a lot these days. A while back, I think it was around 500 or 600 members, I got what I felt like was a gentle nudge from someone at Portalarium that said: “you really gotta stay on top of this, did you see this concern?”. I read that as “I need some help because I can’t be here all the time”. So I choose some people I knew well that I felt would be fair administrators.

They deserve one hell of a round of applause, let me tell you!!!

I had no idea exactly HOW well I was choosing at the time. These nine individuals admin this group so well, that I can’t even help! I would literally have to sit at my computer with my finger hovering over the group just to accept a new member. I am not exaggerating in this, they have handled any concerns this group has had, more quickly than I could 99.5% of the time. I feel like I am worthless as an admin as they react so quickly and so well, I can’t help!

Additionally, I have never heard of or received any complaints about any of the administers, of ANY kind. For that matter, I have never had a complaint in this group that I can recall at the moment, from one member about another, of any kind.. Woaaaahhh!!!

If that’s not enough? In those four years, I have seen less drama, disputes, serious disagreements, or any other concerns that even need an admin then I have in smaller groups, in any given month. The maturity level, the level of comradeship, and willingness to help each other out is amazing!

Everyone has a large focus on the positive, and most conversations that have a negative tint tend to be a civil discussion that doesn’t over do it, but rather discuss it enough and then let it go, agreeing and disagreeing where appropriate in a polite way, and then moving in.

I would be proud to be in a group like this, anywhere for any type of interest in a social setting.

Please jump on in some time if you haven’t, the water is warm, and while we occasionally have small squabbles, for the most part, we all play together very well!


I would like to say a personal thank you to the group, regarding a particular thing. When I created it, it was for some people to get to know each other and that was all I really had in mind (and that did in fact work! I have made great friends due to creating the group. I hope all of you have!).

I never thought, or expected to see it achieve the kind of numbers it did and has. I also never expected Portalarium to show the level of support to the group they have, in even promoting it in their news letters and articles.

While that is all great, I can’t tell you how nervous it has made me at times. It would be naive of me to think a company such as Portalarium, with a game like Shroud of the Avatar, and that in my naivety and innocence in doing social work had the audacity to name EXACTLY like the game, to not think they don’t keep an eye on how well it’s managed. In the end, no matter how many administrators the group has if there was a serious issue, I realize that eye is going to be like the blazing eye of Sauraun looking at me and thinking I have the One Ring in my pocket!

I know they would always be understanding, and work with me, not come at me like death if there was a concern… The thing is though, I have never had to have those conversations with Portalarium because the group has never put me in that position.

Thank you so much, for how awesome you all are for that!

To many more years, and thousands of members both for the game and for the group.
Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group

*The Shroud of the Avatar Facebook Group is not affiliated with Portalarium or any of its subsidiaries. It is a fan group run by fans for fans. There is a Shroud of the Avatar Facebook PAGE, which is owned and operated by Portalarium for Shroud of the Avatar. For official information, you should join that page!

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July 24 2017

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Players, and It’s Developer’s in the News

This is another one of those summary pieces. Oozes and Blobs that have crossed my path fairly recently that I hadn’t passed along yet and all that.

You may remember a little while back that Protalarium was doing an AMA on Reddit for Shroud of the Avatar. Red Thomas has a nice summary piece set-up over here on MMORPG if you missed it!

Mainly, there’s a lot of questions about what’s going on in development and how it impacts them. So, the Shroud of the Avatar team set up a Reddit AMA to answer their questions.

Shroud of the Avatar Team Hosts Reddit AMA | MMOExaminer

Not the only recent Article from Red Thomas, you may also want to catch this one about Offline mode for Shroud of the Avatar

Shroud of the Avatar – Offline is On – MMORPG.com


Richard Garriott is certainly no stranger to Interviews. I also doubt this is the first time he’s been interviewing while playing a game.

In this episode of Antwand Pearman Vs The Interview, Antwand interviews game developer and explorer Richard Garriott over a very special game of “Save Matt Damon.” They talk about how Richard developed the Ultima series, weird things about space travel and much more! Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues


How about those Lunar rifts? When do they go where?

Duke Gréagóir has a fantastic link to a spreadsheet posted over in the forums that help with just those sort of questions!

It is a google doc and starts 6/29 at 4:151:15 pm central time / new britannian time. It is easy to modify as the forumla is adding 8 minutes and 45 seconds for each stop. If you see it is off, Let me know or you should have access to edit it too (if the setting works in google docs).

SOTA Lunar Rift schedule

Duke Greagoir's Lunar Rift Schedule Worksheet | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Heres Some Article links to check out!

NEVERDIE Partners with Richard Garriot – The Merkle

Neverdie and Lord British partner to develop VR infrastructure – Gamereactor UK –

Gamasutra – Press Releases – Portalarium & Lord British (Famed developer of Ultima & Shroud of the Avatar) Joins Forces with NEVERDIE in Support of Their ICO to Provide Millions of Gamers Universal Ethereum-Based NEVERDIE & Teleport Gaming Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – My Journey to New Britannia (Part II) iMMOsite – Get your gaming life recorded – my.mmosite.com

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Partnering with NEVERDIE on their ICO for Etherium Block Chain Tokens | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens

Shroud of the Avatar – Richard Garriott – Goals, Milestones, and Expectations – MMORPG.com

'Welcome to New Britannia' Community Trailer Contest Submissions | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Ultima creator Richard Garriott looks back on nearly four decades making video games | VentureBeat | PC Gaming | by Dean Takahashi

Austin’s annual RTX gaming convention set to be biggest yet | KXAN.com

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July 19 2017

Ultima’s Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE

Well, one thing is for sure, as soon as Richard Garriott’s name hits the news, it starts exploding fast.

This one seems like it could be a rather big deal and I have already had two sources cross my desktop.

Here’s a snippet from the post over at Marketride., although it looks like both sites are hosting the same article.

The Teleport token will be used to transport across worlds, seamlessly from one game to another while the NEVERDIE Coin will be used to buy new lives. Both coins will ultimately be used to create a monetized infrastructure that will drive the growth of the virtual goods economy, thus supporting gamified jobs as a way to offset traditional jobs lost to AI and VR advancements. The endeavor between Lord British and NEVERDIE will underscore this effort by championing avatar rights and creating economic opportunity for gamers and longevity for games and virtual worlds.

Here’s links to both websites with the article.
Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with Jon NEVERDIE Jacobs to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming with NDC and TPT Tokens | Benzinga

Ultima's Famed Lord British Joins Forces with NEVERDIE to Unite Millions of Gamers in Ethereum-Based Gaming Under NDC Token

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July 5 2017

What Does Lord British Have In Common With the Orioles?

I’m guessing if you dig deep enough a whole lot of things! This particular blurb of mine though is in regards to the fact he is mentioned in an article with them posted over here.

Independence Day Orioles Bird Droppings: The rotation provides the fireworks – Camden Chat

Nothing profound mind you, only that he was given a shout out for his Birthday being on July 4th. There are a LOT of people not on this list, so that is a nice head nod to him in my opinion.

Birthdays and anniversaries
One lone former Oriole has a Fourth of July birthday: 1956 four-gamer Babe Birrer, who passed away in 2013.

Is today your birthday! Happy birthday to you! What’s it like to share a birthday with the United States of America? Along with this country, your birthday buddies for today include: Geographer and surveyor George Everest (1790), novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804), circus founder James Anthony Bailey (1847), President Calvin Coolidge (1872), machine maker Rube Goldberg (1883), and Ultima creator Richard Garriott (1961).

My Birthday wishes to Richard as well, even though it’s about a half hour after the mark EST time. So let’s hope he is in Austin right now and I caught it a half early!

My best friend’s birthday is also on July 4th. Don’t want to toss a name out on a public blog post and possibly suffer his ire, but he knows who he is. Love you DZ (and I truly mean that), wish I saw you more, but hope you’re doing well!

Happy Birthday to my father as well, who I’m cheating a bit as his is on July 2nd. Close enough in my book though, cause.. he’s my dad 🙂

Remember America, Non-Judgement Day is Coming. It’s not too soon to start getting ready. Happy Birthday.

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July 5 2017

Game Reactor Posts An Interview With Richard Garriott

Game Reactor put out this recent interview you may want to take a look at.

We sat down with Honor Award recipient Richard “Lord British” Garriott at Gamelab to talk about his long career, his new game Shroud of the Avatar, space adventures, and more.

Lord British: Shroud of the Avatar is "all about virtue test" – Gamereactor UK – Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues

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