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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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
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