April 5 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and It’s Developer In the News

This is another one of those catch-up pieces. What has been out there you may have missed? Here you go!

To start out with something cool, check this out!

The pioneering game designer Richard Garriott will be presented with the Spanish Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Honorary Award at Gamelab Barcelona.

The man has more awards then I have bills and that is saying a lot! Really cool though, and very deserved in my opinion. Read the article here.
Richard Garriott to receive Spanish Academy's top honour | GamesIndustry.biz

or here
Richard Garriott to get top honors at Gamelab event in Barcelona | GamesBeat | Games | by Dean Takahashi


Now I am going to guess that if you have wanted to see the latest Shroud of the Avatar Telethon video, you have or know where to get it. Just in case though, here it is!


Want more Richard Garriott? Fear not, IGN did a piece recently.

BY RYAN MCCAFFREY Ultima creator Richard Garriott tells us incredible stories about his life and career, including his early Ultima success, changing the gaming world with Ultima Online, visiting outer space as a private-citizen astronaut, exploring (and getting stuck under) the Titanic’s remains at the bottom of the Atlantic, his thoughts on the future of the RPG genre, his new project Shroud of the Avatar, and much more!

You can find the full thing right this way.
BY ALEX OSBORN Richard "Lord British" Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren't very deep.

WAIT! THERES MORE AT IGN!

BY ALEX OSBORN Richard “Lord British” Garriott, the creator of the Ultima series, recently shared his thoughts on the future of the role-playing genre and how increasing CPU power will continue to result in games that aren’t very deep.

Ultima Creator on the Future of the RPG Genre — IGN Unfiltered – IGN


Finally, for this one anyway, here MMORPG did a recent write-up about Shroud of the Avatar.

Shroud of the Avatar – Shooting Solo – MMORPG.com

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March 28 2017

Shroud of the Avatar and it’s Developers In the News

This is a summary piece on both things to take note of for Shroud of the Avatar, as well as some different things that some of its developers may have going on. The latter may be completely unrelated to the game.


First, the Moon is made of cheese… no wait, sorry, I meant let’s talk about the head cheese and going to the moon! That is Richard Garriott and an article posted over at Dailymail.com in which Richard Garriott talks a bit about Elon Musk’s plans for sending tourists to the moon. I found it an enjoyable read.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4338148/Space-tourist-offers-advice-SpaceX-moon-rocket.html


Richard Garriott is also mentioned in this article posted at Skift.

SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am

Read it here:
SpaceX Tourists Will Face Physical and Mental Challenges in Trip Around the Moon
Caroline Winter, Bloomberg – Mar 22, 2017 9:00 am


MMO Examiner Posted an article titled “Shroud Of The Avatar Team Gives New Update For Game”.

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.

Read it all here:

Shroud of the Avatar is a crowdfunded third-person RPG with MMO elements. It seeks to provide a massive singleplayer mode via episodic content, while also giving the player many opportunities to have multiplayer moments and modes. Due to the size and complexity of the game, the team, comprised mostly of Ultima veterans, makes weekly updates to give players insight into what is going on with the title.


Richard Garriott often attends the Explorer Club meals from what I have noticed. This is an article about one of the recent dinners which gives him a mention.

Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads “astronaut, author, game software developer.” Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he’s brought to the Explorer’s Club.

See the images and read the full article here:
Ten feet away from the sub drone stands Richard Garriott, whose official description reads "astronaut, author, game software developer." Garriott and I never actually exchange words, but I spent ten solid minutes eavesdropping on his conversations with other guests and admiring the (real?) spacesuit he's brought to the Explorer's Club.


MMORPG has an article published titled “New & Updated Locations & Vile Weapons Anchor Newsletter”
Read more at http://www.mmorpg.com/shroud-of-the-avatar/news/new-and-updated-locations-and-vile-weapons-anchor-newsletter-1000043692#QiIVbqc22QRqA08d.99


Connectstatesboro.com has an article published with a quote taking place involving Tracy Hickman.

“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.

Read the full article here:
“I don’t like having six palettes of game boxes in my garage waiting to ship out and having to explain to my wife why they’re still there,” added Tracy Hickman, a Utah-based writer and game designer.


Take a break, watch a movie!


MMO Examiner shows some love to Shroud of the Avatar’s work in donating to charity with this artcile.

The Shroud of the Avatar team is doing their part by donating 50% of their profits from all Water.org in-game items to the organization. According to the post made on their official website today, Shroud of the Avatar has helped raise over $27,000 for the cause. For an early access indie title, that’s truly impressive!

Shroud of the Avatar Celebrates World Water Day – MMOExaminer

Here is another article they posted about SotA Updates!
Shroud Of The Avatar Gives Latest Update – MMOExaminer


Think that was all you were seeing in this piece about Tracy Hickman? Nope! Deseret News is giving you some good writing tips and Tracy Hickman lent a hand.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

New York Times bestselling authors discuss their writing process and their journey to success at Salt Lake Comic Con FanX at the Salt Palace Convention Center on March 18.

They also show him some love with a review posting of one of his books!
Book review: 'Unhonored' is a fast-paced sequel full of suspense and mystery | Deseret News


Ok, and if that was not enough for you, here are some other article’s you might want to go check into as well.

Back to the moon? Austin astronaut Richard Garriott talks space travel with Fox 7 – Story | KTBC

Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Has Roots in Old Game | Time.com

Richard Garriott de Cayeux Says SpaceX Moon Crew Should Take Drugs | Inverse

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November 1 2016

Massively Talks about Death and Skill Decay in Shroud of the Avatar

I know that I have been personally enjoying the lighter death benefits we have had in the past.

After reading this new update, I am definitely going to need to die less!

Titled “SHROUD OF THE AVATAR EXPLAINS ITS SKILL DECAY DEATH PENALTY” You will find this bit posted by Massively Overpowered.

http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/29/shroud-of-the-avatar-explains-its-skill-decay-death-penalty/

These days, most MMO players don’t think about death penalties as much more than a time and/or small repair cost for gear. When it comes to Shroud of the Avatar, however, players will lose skill points on death in a new system called decay.

October 29 2016

Lord British and Gamereactor Have a Chat About Virtues in SotA – Theres Video!

So be sure to grab your popcorn and watch the video as well as read the article! This one is titled “Lord British on the virtues of Shroud of the Avatar” and is posted over here at Gamereactor:

http://www.gamereactor.eu/articles/469563/Lord+British+on+the+virtues+of+Shroud+of+the+Avatar/

We sat down for a chat with legandary game creator Richard “Lord British” Garriott.

October 27 2016

Massively Posted about Shroud of the Avatar plans for 2016

This article is a few weeks outdated, but if you did not catch it may want to see what it is all about!

Link directly to the article:
http://massivelyop.com/2016/10/03/shroud-of-the-avatar-outlines-its-plans-for-the-rest-of-2016/

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

July 26 2016

Shroud of the Avatar is Picking Up In the News – Even PC Gamer!

It’s good to see the gaming news that is popping up all over regarding the upcoming final wipe of Shroud of the Avatar. I have been seeing more and more articles popping up all over the net of late but given how rarely PC Gamer covers the game I took note when I saw they had done a new article.

It’s been awhile since we last talked about Shroud of the Avatar, the crowdfunded, Early-Accessed MMO that Richard “Lord British” Garriott unveiled to the world back in 2013.

You can read the full article here:
http://www.pcgamer.com/richard-garriotts-mmo-shroud-of-the-avatar-is-about-to-be-wiped-for-the-final-time/

Gamasutra also just published a press release on this as well.
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/pressreleases/277874/Richard_Garriotts_Shroud_of_the_Avatar_NearsldquoBeginning_of_the_Worldrdquo_Event.php

June 29 2016

Shroud of the Avatar – R31 Coming and Red Thomas Talks about it on MMORPG

Red Thomas has an article up on MMORPG talking about Shroud of the Avatar Release 31. This includes not only some of what we will see tweaked in this upcoming release but also some general thoughts about the overall state of the game.

As always a great read, and one of my most anticipated Shroud of the Article articles I look forward to reading! I think he does an excellent job with this article in voicing some concerns in a few controversial places as well as highlighting some great positives.

Just a month until final wipe. In many ways, the 31st release for Shroud of the Avatar is summed in that simple statement. So many things are right, a few things aren’t quite there yet, there’s a certain anticipation of finally being able to play in a truly persistent game-state, and yet there’s this nagging concern in the back of my mind that the concept might be a little too ambitious.

You can read the full article here:
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/game/935/feature/10966/page/1

April 28 2016

Are We Ready For VR Yet? Find out What Richard Garriott Thinks

Gamers Nexus posted an interview with Richard Garriott titled

“Richard Garriott on VR: “We’re Still A Generation Early. I’m With Warren.”

I found this to be a fantastic read and a thank you to Steve Burke for writing it.

I personally agree with Richard on this as well. It’s still too early, and I think many have expectations that are too high.

I am happy for all the enthusiast though because without them we will never have it. It is only through testing, experimentation, and pushing the technology we have to its limits that we will eventually have what we hope to achieve.

One of the things I enjoyed about this particular article is it had a lot of examples of ways it is looking at being used. While I am not ready to invest money into Virtual Reality equipment, I would certainly love to try out some of the things he talks about!

there is a movie maker who shot a VR sequence in a refugee camp, and in that film I thought he did a really great job of exploring some new cinematography techniques.

Go check the whole thing out!

April 26 2016

Red Thomas Talks About R29 for Shroud of the Avatar on MMORPG

Red Thomas has become one of my favorite gaming journalists as I have watched release after release the fantastic articles he puts out for Shroud of the Avatar. This one is no exception!

It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of this project, but there are definitely some months that make for more entertaining articles than others. I really kind of expected this one and the next couple to be relatively slow as several members of the dev team switch to working on some of the underpinning that turns a cool project into a sustainable game.

You can read the full piece at MMORPG here:
http://www.mmorpg.com/gamelist.cfm/setview/features/loadFeature/10790/gameID/935/utm_campaign/MMORPG%20Daily%20Digest%20Email/utm_source/MMORPG/utm_medium/email/eatrack/stile@thecaverns.net,8