February 10 2016

Interview with Sir Stile Teckel

I recently did a piece pointing to a newer article that The Vortex Lama had done.

What I (obviously) knew about and have been giving it a little time to circulate, before I point it also.. Is that The Vortex Lama also put me in the Hall of Fame! Wow! That’s a serious honor to be given and my thanks go out to The Vortex Lama.

It’s been a long time since I updated this site with a new interview, but I wish to add today to my particular “Hall of Fame” to Sir Stile Teckel, noble warrant of the Order of New Britain Empire (ONBE), dugeon master of thecaverns.net, where Lord Baldrith, first member of my Hall of Fame, share his voice in the podcasts. Well, a nice guy.

So, welcome to the new season of the llama mini inverviews!

It has to be discouraging rebooting a site and trying to bring everyone back and get the word out. So pass it along, go over and read a few things, and tell everyone The Caverns sent you!

You can catch the interview over here.


February 2 2016

Markee Dragon live stream of Shroud of the Avatar Release 27

About 6 hours ago I was a bit surprised to get an email notification that Markee Dragon was live streaming SotA. Only surprised as while he has streamed it a few times now, it is still not often.

I have not had a chance to watch this though, so can’t give you any sort of recommendation on it!

Ok, so I give a lot of reviews on books and often mention that I am reading them on Kindle Unlimited. If you are not familiar with Kindle Unlimited, it is an Amazon program in which for 10.00 a month you can read from a large, changing, selection of books. Think of it as a Library with a membership fee to just about any portable device. I use the Kindle app on IoS.

I tried giving up my Kindle Unlimited once to save money. I lasted two weeks. I recently bought a 2 year membership from a half-off sale to save money *chuckles*.

They are doing month free trials if you wanna check it out. I will warn you, that’s how I got started!

January 25 2016


Ok, I will admit. It has always been my desire to see a push-me-pull-you, but I am very happy to see that the Purple Llama is back at it!!!

The Vortex Llama is the Avatar Persona of someone who has a website in which they do a lot of the same sort of stuff I do. Only there is a LOT more comedy.

They have always been a fresh air in the forums bringing in the fun there as well.

The website was retired for a while to the disappointment of many. Fear not though! The Vortex Llama is back and you can see a post that captures it all, right here: http://www.energyvortexllama.com/2016/01/my-disastrous-adventures-7-new-beginning_21.html?spref=fb

October 23 2015

Time to watch some movies!

Alright, this time I am going to go with some beef jerky, a tall coke, and a bag of goldfish cheddar crackers *nods*.

Regardless what your favorite movie snacks are there are some for you to watch!

Portalarium posted this one tilted “Lord Britsh and Dupre telling stories!”. It IS an older piece and I have published it on this blog before, but if you haven’t seen it, its a good one!

Another flick that’s fun to take a look at is one the NBNN posted!- “Shroud Of The Avatar: Awards At The BMC Convention”.

In my opinion, the best for last! Shroud Of The Avatar: Awards At The BMC Convention!

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October 13 2015

Lord British speaks at Comic Con 2015

So I could be wrong, but I believe this took place in New York. What I like about that is that Loot Crate just did a limited offer special Comic Con box for the Con and offered up a limited number to subscribers on a first come first come serve basis. Someone nabbed me one as a gift! In a way, I feel like I was there!

Oh, right.. The topic? Richard Garriott spoke at the Con! NBNN has been kind enough to get a Youtube video posted so that everyone can enjoy!

So grab a soft pretzel, some nachos, some jalapenos, lots of cheese, and a big fat soda! The movie is about to start so please put turn your phone off!

October 5 2015

SotA Music

There are a lot of internet sites in the World Wide Web (that’s what www. stands for if ya didn’t know!), that share and distribute .abc files. This is especially true thanks to Lord of the Rings Online.

It is expected though that we will start seeing sites tailor made to do the same thing but with music that people will want to play in SotA. Not to mention custom made pieces (*coughs Space Bards coughs*). One of the ones I have recently seen pop up is SotA music. At this time it is a simple site with a simple upload and download feature and sometimes simple is better!

You can visit them at this URL: http://sotamusic.com/

April 29 2015

Grab your quill and take notes

Just a few more bits and bobs that you may want to know about, as I work on keeping up with both the new stuff and catching my backlog.

Obviously R17 is about to happen and I hope that you are all excited as I am! Add “Stile Teckel” to your friends list and keep an eye open for me as I’ll be around!

So the first thing out the gate tonight is a bit about the Mad Hermit. He Has a website now! Congratulations Mad and looking good! http://www.themadhermitgaming.com/

As we are all ramping up for R17 it looks like MMORPG.com decided not to be left out of the picture!

Prepare for a server wipe in Release 17, but there are a number of reasons why you shouldn’t be bummed about the global reset. While Starr Long is out working his way around Europe, having finally been convinced that he needs a vacation, Chris Spears, and Richard Garriott took time to walk me through some of the big updates we can expect in Shroud of the Avatar’s 17th monthly release.

Head over for the full article!

Ok, this was intended to have more content but Im not going to have the time. So I am getting out what I have done to you!

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April 18 2015

More Leaks from the Caves

So this is an important message!

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming

Richard Garriott Wants YOU To Subscribe To The Mad Hermit Gaming – YouTube.

Don’t miss out on the R16 Hangout video! And for the record, Chris was already sick when I arrived so I only assume 50% responsibility for bringing the plague! *winks*

Hangout of the Avatar ~ Release 16 Postmortem – YouTube.

Now im not sure if you saw it or not, but Relics from Rild added some new merchandise to it’s line-up! Specifically that of pint glasses and shot glasses. Promises of more are on the way (which by the way Rild, don’t judge current response as a measureing stick.. I almost waited to combine on shipping knowing you have more coming but decided not to wait.. not everyone will rush it!).

I happen to be wanting some new glassware though, so this worked out for me. Perfect for my use.. so, score for Rild on timing! I plan on ordering at least 4 more as soon as he has the others in stock *taps foot and stares at Rild*. No really.. I NEED 4 more glasses as quickly as possible please. Seriously.. im not kidding.. I mean it. I really need them. Don’t forget to sample to the press for reviews also! *wink wink, nudge nudge*

I did see, pick up, touch, and put down some of these at Portalarium. I still ordered some, right? So that tells you what I thought of them. Nuff Said, review written!

Now go buy em so you own the shirt: Shop Now — Relics by Rild.

Hey, Im in this!!! Way to video it Mad!

Shroud Of The Avatar Design Roundtable And Portalarium Studio Tour (Recap) – YouTube.

The NBNN News has a Google+ page over here if you are interested:
NBNN News – Google+.

Additionally you can find them on Twitter:
NBNN (@NBNNNews) | Twitter.

One of their videos, this should certainly be an Easter favorite!
Shroud of the Avatar: The Adventures of Lazarus Long – YouTube.

This is a fun but short read:
The Origin of the MMORPG & More – Profiling Richard Garriott’s Innovations

Want to learn how to use the deck system a bit better? New gave some lessons on that and it was recorded to share with you!

Combat Lessons – From Novice To Master – Lesson 2 – YouTube.

Here’s a great write up and a few photos of the Explorers Club dinner. Richard and family attended as normal!
a href=’http://www.nytimes.com/times-insider/2015/04/06/whos-coming-to-dinner-explorers-astronauts-and-spelunkers/?_r=0’>Who's Coming to Dinner? Explorers, Astronauts and Spelunkers – NYTimes.com.

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March 21 2015

Tuesday’s Newsday

So, hopefully some of this isn’t to old as not to be of use.. man, when I start catching up on old news pieces, you guys are going to go “really.. that old Stile?”.. Meanwhile so that I am not of complete waste:

So this piece really caught my attention. Its over at Gamers Nexus and its focus is on Richard Garriott and Chris Roberts talking, space.. Why did that catch my attention? What a combo on that topic!. Fun and short read even if my musing wasn’t!

Chris Roberts & Richard Garriott Playfully Discuss Zero G Physics [Video] | Gamers Nexus – Gaming PC Builds & Hardware Benchmarks.

Miss the most recent Church of the Dark Star? Visit Amber Raine’s thread where she even posts the audio for you! Church of the Dark Star – Saturday Services | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Matterio posted a thread over in the Sota forums announcing the SotA community app has went Alpha.

SotA Community App | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Umuri did something pretty cool. I really am not even going to try to explain this thing, you just need to check it out.

Ok, so I’ve been working on a functional almost fully self-crafted house decor entry, and now that it’s done for this release 16 hours positioning and 6k boards later, figured I’d run a contest.

So, hidden on this lot are a number of apples, I won’t say exactly how many, but first one to find them and post screenshots of them at each apply with /loc showing wins 100k gold. So you have to ask yourself, did you find them all? Or maybe you didn’t and your post will tip someone off to where their missing one is? Good luck! Since no one’s put an entry up yet, The following reward applies, for every apple you are missing, your reward is cut in half, and the remaining apples rewards are still open.

So whoever finds the final apple gets 50k, the second to last gets 25k, third to last gets 12.5k, etc

Head on over and see the full details. Go check the place out, I hear its really cool!
Scavenger Hunt for 100k gold! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Ok, disregarding anything else, this is one catchy title!

Con Man: Quick … Take My Money!

Tracy Hickman is strongly supporting this project. It has some amazing people involved and it really looks awesome. I figured while not really SotA related it was a cool blurb that many might be interested in.

Con Man: Quick … take my money!.

Need some combat lessons? Heres a class that took place you can watch!

Combat Lessons – From Novice To Master (Introduction) – YouTube.

Published on Mar 21, 2015
A combat lesson by Net
Assisted by Gaelis Trajan
Commentary by Amber Raine

Shroud of the Avatar has passed 6 million dollars… HUZAH!! HELLLLL YEEAHH!!! Well, to tell you all about it, who better then the Ultima Codex?
» Shroud of the Avatar: $6 Million RaisedThe Ultima Codex.

MMORPG Also did a piece on this:
$6M and CountingSotA Shroud of the Avatar News – MMORPG.com.

Article over at Redbull.com: Shroud of the Avatar: Ultima in all but name.

Yes, in full disclosure I am biased. One of my guild members made the front cover of this piece over at Gamers Nexus. So this is a must see! *chuckles*.

Shroud of the Avatar's Impressive Stability & Beautification – Richard Garriott Interview | Gamers Nexus – Gaming PC Builds & Hardware Benchmarks.

I thought it was pretty cool that Shroud of the Avatar made an article by CNBC! Fans give millions to fund fantasy Avatar video game.

February 8 2015

A whole lotta more stuff!

I think from what we are seeing so far it is clear that Shroud of the Avatar will have some strong ties to the single player game Underworld Ascendant which comes from Ultima Underworld, a game near and dear to my heart (and in my collection!). As such I put a page for it under the links section of my site and I plan on kickstarting it (just waiting to see if we have a cross promotion right now).

Well, im not the only one! The community is already getting a wiki going and its being done by a lot of names you should recognize. Go read it for yourself!

UnderWiki: The Underworld Ascendant Wiki – The Ultima Codex.

Looking for a lot in game? Not sure where to find one? Saw an empty one don/t need it but will share it? There was a thread for that for R13 and tradition is being carried over into R14. So go find it here and tell them the Caverns helped you find them!

R14 available lots!!! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

Do you like to decorate houses? Testing the decoration system for R14? just want to win free stuff? Then enter the decoration contest!

Decoration contest! | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

As a side note I’m really excited to see how many of my guild members are in this event. GO TEAM!

Bear Tavern has another PvP event taking place called Guild vs. Guild. Taking place on 2/22/15 go read about it all here!

Bear Tavern Brawl – Guild vs Guild (Expression of Interest) | Shroud of the Avatar Forum.

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