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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May 17 2016

My Continued Adventures With The Alchemists’ Council by Cynthea Masson

If you missed the previous pieces, I read an advanced copy of a book back in April, liked it, and did a review/recommendation on it.

From there I “bumped” into the author, online if you will. Long story short, which you can read a bit more about here, I was invited to share a project with another reader on doing a series of posts which provide our thoughts on the novel.

So, now that you are caught up if you don’t hang onto my every post (like you really should be doing,) onward!

Cynthea was kind enough to ask her publisher to send me the final print of the book about a month ago. This was sweet, as having a book arrive courtesy from a publisher, by request of the author was a new experience for me. It was the start and physical representation of a new adventure, experience, and opportunity to learn.


Monday, Matthew Graybosch put up the first post titled “Reading THE ALCHEMISTS’ COUNCIL by Cynthea Masson.” Here is the introduction to the piece.

Because I’ve been enjoying The Alchemists’ Council by Canadian author Cynthea Masson (website | twitter) since getting an ARC at the 2015 World Fantasy Convention, I’ve decided to go beyond a mere review and write a series of blog posts providing commentary on the text.

Eric “Stile Teckel” Higby will be joining me, and I’ll let him have his say first.

If you are interested in hearing what Matthew and I had to say about the introduction to the book you can read the full post here:
http://www.matthewgraybosch.com/2016/05/reading-the-alchemists-council-by-cynthea-masson/

Cynthea Masson will be offering feedback to our comments in the form of a post on her blog as well. She took the time to give us and the project an introduction on her site as well as providing some feedback to our initial musings.

Breaking news! Thanks to the generosity and ingenuity of two readers, today marks a momentous time here at News from Council Dimension. Matthew Graybosch and Eric “Stile Tekel” Higby have begun their chapter-by-chapter read-through of The Alchemists’ Council. Once a week, for the next several weeks, these two “outside world scribes” will offer their insights, anecdotes, quips, and analyses of the book. Honestly, I could not be more thrilled than I am with the discussion they offered us today in Part One of “Reading The Alchemists’ Council,” which focuses on the Prima Materia and Prologue.

You can stop over here to read the whole thing and let her know The Caverns sent you!
https://cyntheamasson.com/2016/05/17/reading-the-alchemists-council-part-1/

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April 3 2016

Ultima Auction Spotlight – U5 & Savage Empires ~+~ Disney Blog Reccomendation

Here is what I am seeing. An Ultima V, free shipping, and Buy-it-now for $35.00. I would be grabbing my wallet if I didn’t already have one or, you know, broke. It is missing the trinket but that not going to be hard to pick up by itself if you are patient and watch for one. The condition looks beautiful as well. The edition may not appeal to some, but I think it was the one I originally owned!

Ultima V Warriors of Destiny IBM/Tandy – Radio Shack Edition


Savage Empire, free shipping, looks complete, good condition, $60.00 buy-it-now. A steal? Not really but honestly this is about as low as it gets on this item. You may piece one together over time for less or snag one in a bidding war eventually. As a straight up quick and complete purchase? I like this one. Go ahead and grab it and send it my way!

Worlds of Ultima: The Savage Empire (PC, 1990)


Someone I know recently started a blog that is covering things related to Disney. If this is something that would interest you, drop by and check out the site! Starting a new blog is a hard thing and I am sure he would appreciate it. You can also visit them on Facebook.

New post, The new Tiffins Restaurant at Animal Kingdom sounds fantastic!, has been published on

Posted by The WDW Chronicle on Thursday, March 31, 2016

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February 27 2016

Shroud of the Avatar Players Meeting up at Dragon Con

Portphoenix is crowdsourcing to put together a large event at DragonCon. Multiple groups you may recognized are involved and this looks like it could be quite the event if funded!

So head on over and take a look at what they have going on, tell them The Caverns sent you, and have fun at the Con!

http://www.portphoenix.com/dragoncon


Oops, Wrong Cave!

Wait.. What? 360TB 5D Technology!? Check these out and can I have a handful with a reader/writer please?

The storage allows unprecedented properties including 360 TB/disc data capacity, thermal stability up to 1,000°C and virtually unlimited lifetime at room temperature (13.8 billion years at 190°C ) opening a new era of eternal data archiving.

https://futuristech.info/posts/eternal-data-archiving-with-5d-nanostructured-glass-holds-360-tb-and-could-last-for-billions-of-years

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