February 14 2018

Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Dev’s, and the Community In the News

A lot more has been showing up in the news of late and I am sure this has to do with the upcoming Launch as well as some of the bigger conventions starting up.

No matter how busy his game get’s Richard Garriott continues to show up all over the place!

He is quoted in this particle article regarding motion sickness in VR.

One fan of this new solution is videogame developer and former astronaut Richard Garriott, who said in a statement, “It has a very natural feel” and that “It doesn’t require a joystick.”

Virtual Reality: Motion Sickness May Be Avoided With New Innovation | Fortune

Have $45 million in Bitcoins? You might want to check this out!

Richard Garriott offers 'significant discount' for using bitcoin to buy $45M Austin estate – Austin Business Journal


He’s talked about in this article on Crowfall as well as how the Portalarium team has worked with the Crowfall developers.

When you look back at the history of fantasy and online games in Austin, one name that always pops up is Richard Garriott, who co-founded Origin Systems in the early 1980s and who has for many years loomed large in the local games community.

ArtCraft's "Crowfall" creators have already lured 40,000 early players

Shroud of the Avatar is also discussed in this article regarding Crowfall.
Austin's ArtCraft Entertainment has cobbled together $20M for 'Crowfall' video game – Austin Business Journal


Specifically to Shroud of the avatar, MMORPG talks a bit about the state of the game in this article.

Starr Long crushed the dreams of a small segment of the player base like so much playdough recently when he announced that the bag inventory system would be dropped from the game.
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/shroud-of-the-avatar/columns/release-the-kraken-1000012463#6rO9pKXqztxVtKiC.99

Shroud of the Avatar – Release the Kraken – MMORPG.com


Take a break, watch a movie!


You probably got it from the horse’s mouth already, saw it, heard about it from somewhere. It bears repeating though CONFIRM YOUR PHYSICAL ADDRESS IF YOU BACKED THE GAME!!

Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues by Portalarium, Inc. — Kickstarter


Hey, don’t forget in addition to writing this blog I am an independent entrepreneur, that also sells Shroud of the Avatar in-game items! Not just in it for the sales, I am a day one backer, Seed Investor, fan, and player!

Visit my store here, which has been recently updated with large amounts of inventory!

Shroud of the Avatar

Also now running faster after a new server migration!

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February 5 2018

Keeping of with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers

Hello, everyone!

Just another short and quick to the point piece for you Shroud of the Avatar players, of things you may have missed. Most of these items will not be found mentioned on any of the official communication platforms for the game, but are rather pieces I found elsewhere.


Shroud made MMORPG’s list of games that had it worst in 2017.

Richard Garriott is a legend. Portalarium’s goal to make the ultimate RPG is a lofty one, but one that just can’t seem to find its footing.
Read more at https://www.mmorpg.com/columns/the-mmos-that-had-it-worst-in-2017-1000012365#Z37ixTXvmMbbjITQ.99

The MMOs That Had It Worst in 2017 – The List – MMORPG.com


Massively Over Powered talks about the addition of Log Cabins to the game.

With such a strong emphasis on player housing, Shroud of the Avatar has fans guessing as to what other interesting abodes the team is cooking up inside of Lord British’s lab. Turns out the answer to this is “log cabins.”

Shroud of the Avatar goes nuts for log cabins – Massively Overpowered


If you scroll down towards the bottom of this Article on Sim City, you will see a piece and a short video that references Starr Long & Richard Garriott, in regards to Virtual Ecology.

See the long-lost NES prototype of SimCity | Ars Technica

This was my favorite!


An article that references Richard Garriott.

What this means is that Todd Howard is going to join the ranks of Ultima developer Richard Garriott and the entire team at Rockstar Games – they have won this prestigious Legend Award in the past

Todd Howard To Receive Legend Award At New York Video Game Awards


Richard Garriott is going to be talking about Shroud of the Avatar at the Austin Convention Center!

After several years of successful development as the second highest crowdfunded game ever, Shroud of the Avatar is finally launching! Join Richard “Lord British” Garriott himself

It's Here! Shroud of the Avatar and What's Coming Next (OFFICIAL)


Air and Space magazine has an article this way, about 2017 being a popular year for Astronauts to release memoir books.

Tales of the Space Explorers | Daily Planet | Air & Space Magazine

Well, if you missed Richard Garriott’s book I HIGHLY recommend it. In fact being familiar with most of his stories it has even become more fun for me, as when I am telling someone about something I am now able to pull it off a shelf and say “read these two paragraphs!”.


You probably saw this one through official channels, but it’s worth watching again!


IGN Talks about SXSW hitting Austin in March!

For starters, attendees can enjoy exclusive access to industry luminaries, creators, performers, and high-profile players at the Discovery Stage. The nine sessions announced so far include appearances by System Shock / Deus Ex mastermind Warren Spector, Ultima creator Richard Garriott (on the eve of launching crowdfunding phenom Shroud of the Avatar), Castlevania dad Koji Igarashi, Sega’s Sonic posse, and many more.

SXSW Gaming's About to Storm Austin Once Again – IGN


Looking to buy Shroud of the Avatar digital items for the game?

Check out Caveloot.com! My store, where I keep a section dedicated to digital products just for the SotA Player!

Shroud of the Avatar

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December 25 2017

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Community, and It’s Developers in the News

It’s about that time again when I toss out some little blurbs and links to things that may be of interest to the Shroud of the Avatar community!

A fun article over here in Which Richard Garriott practices the virtue of Forgiveness.

Lord British pardons long-ago piracy of Ultima 6 – Polygon

You will also find Richard Garriott over here.
Game development leaders optimistic about state of things in Austin

As well as over here, and if you follow the space stuff at all this is one I highly recommend reading. Great article!
Space Tech Oddity: An Astronaut, VC And Space Writer Discuss Space Exploration


Unfortunately, that’s all I have saved in the article box at this time! All three are great pieces of the man behind the game!

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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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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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November 12 2016

Richard Garriott Interviewed by Joe Payne

Joe Payne published an article he wrote at “Cultured Vultures” titled “INTERVIEW: Richard “Lord British” Garriott, Creator Of Ultima and Shroud of the Avatar“.

Check it out!

I’m an RPG player. There, I’ve said it. I play RPGs almost exclusively, from ‘Nethack’ to ‘Dark Souls’, with ‘Wizardry’ and ‘Dungeon Keeper’ in the middle. But the games that shaped my childhood love of roleplay were Richard Garriott’s ‘Ultima’ series. From humble roots as ‘Akalabeth’, a dungeon crawler which had you hunting creatures from gremlins to the Balrog, the series went from strength to strength, until it was bought by everyone’s favourite arch nemesis, EA.

http://culturedvultures.com/interview-richard-lord-british-garriott-creator-of-ultima/

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August 18 2016

Recent Articles About Shroud of the Avatar – Important Note On How to Get Banned!

Here are a few recent articles related to Shroud of the Avatar I found worth reading.

This first one is not a new topic but has one of the best reviews I have seen written so far on the Sword of Midras novel. Posted on Game Industry News and written by Michael Blaker.

http://www.gameindustry.com/reviews/book-review/richard-garriot-back-sword-midras/

If you have not read the book yet, you can still get it from Amazon.

http://amzn.to/2b5g9ht


If you are playing Shroud of the Avatar and thinking about hacking, you may want to reconsider doing so. The current policy is that is an automatic ban, your gone! Polygon has a must and interesting read all about it over here.

http://www.polygon.com/2016/8/16/12482010/shroud-of-the-avatar-launch-richard-garriott

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July 1 2016

Shooter Jennings in Shroud of the Avatar

A while back you may remember that Shooter Jennings debuted his album Countach in Shroud of the Avatar.

An excellent article with an interview piece about the whole experience was posted over on The Tennessean, written by Dave Paulson,

“They had these in-game radios that broadcast streaming radio stations. You could buy one and turn it on, and everyone within a certain radius could hear it. It was a no-brainer that we could do something in the game.”

That’s just a snippet, so head on over and read the whole thing! Tell them Sir Stile Teckel sent you.

http://www.tennessean.com/story/entertainment/music/2016/07/01/shooter-jennings-dragons-and-playing-his-dads-band/86564290/

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