November 26 2017

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar, it’s Developer’s, and it’s Community

Long overdue to highlight some of the things taking place that may be of interest to many of the Shroud of the Avatar community!


One thing that just happened is community member Rosemourne transcribed the R46 post-mortem telethon. Definitely, a cool thing to do for the community!

R46 Post-Mortem Telethon Transcription | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


Both Richard Garriott and his wife Laetitia Garriott, who met through their joint interests in spaceflight, also held duel judge positions recently!

Surprise Double Prize at the Austin “Sharks in Space” Event


Let’s not miss out on the articles by various game sites, magazines, blogs, and other such places that have done articles on Shroud of the Avatar itself!

Shroud Of The Avatar Details Release 48 Updates | MMOExaminer

Are Too Many MMORPGs Using the Fantasy Genre? | MMOExaminer

Shroud Of The Avatar Shows Off Armor And Holiday Items | MMOExaminer

Shroud of the Avatar – Invading Europe – MMORPG.com

Shroud Of The Avatar Gives Patch Notes For Release 47 | MMOExaminer

Warum hacken alle auf Shroud of the Avatar rum? – Mein-MMO.de

What's Ahead for the Balance of 2017? The Journey to Early Access Release – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com

What's Ahead for the Balance of 2017? The Journey to Early Access Release – Shroud of the Avatar – MMORPG.com


Some cool things from the community! Speaking of which, I am going to be in a play soon! Right, the stuff..

Join the Meretz SotA Tribe | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Some other Misc Stuff

Gamasutra – GDC 2018 to host a special 20th anniversary

Windows 10 Issue and Workaround | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Visceral Games Joins A Long List Of Studios Closed By EA

News – All News

Tracy Hickman working on some cool things outside of Sota!
The VOID Tackles Star Wars Universe in Next Experience – Utah Business

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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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March 13 2016

Wired Posts Article on Warren Spector ~+~ Scott Kelly to Retire From NASA

This is a good read, mentions Richard Garriott, Origins and some other cool stuff. Some good quotes and such, but not a long read.

WARREN SPECTOR SPENT 10 years playing Dungeons & Dragons with science fiction author Bruce Sterling, who was a brilliantly improvisational Dungeon Master. The players were free to do whatever they wanted, an experience so powerful that Spector spent decades trying to recreate it on a computer. He got his start working alongside visionary game designers Richard Garriott and Chris Roberts at Origin.

Go read the whole thing.
http://www.wired.com/2016/03/geeks-guide-warren-spector/


If you follow The Beyond much, Space.Com posted an article today that Scott Kelly is going to retire next month. Whoa that caught me off guard! It’s a good article but unless I missed it they didn’t go very much into his reasons for his decisions. I am sure we will be hearing a lot more about this though!

Astronaut Scott Kelly, who recently completed an unprecedented yearlong mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and holds the American record for most days spent off Earth, will retire from NASA on April 1, agency officials announced today (March 11). – See more at: http://www.space.com/32246-one-year-astronaut-scott-kelly-retires.html?cmpid=NL_SP_weekly_2016-3-12#sthash.QnNDixT2.dpuf

The full article is over here:
http://www.space.com/32246-one-year-astronaut-scott-kelly-retires.html?cmpid=NL_SP_weekly_2016-3-12

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October 18 2015

Buy a cool t-shirt and the money sends kids to Space Camp and more? Awesome!

Help Astronaut Abby out and buy a Mars Generation T-shirt. You get a LOT more for your purchase then just a really cool shirt! This is a cool thing, so just give me a minute to tell you about it all!

  • You get a Shirt
  • They are trying to send 10 kids to space camp with the proceeds
  • Its non profit
  • Become an official member of the launch support crew
  • Inspiring young people to dream big, act big and inspire others
  • It’s a holiday gift
  • It’s a Cool shirt!

I think this is a win-win purchase and I just wanted to share it. It would be awesome if they made 500 sold and I thought I would try to help them reach that goal! There’s only a few hours left so be sure to head over right away!

https://teespring.com/the-mars-generation-launch

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September 25 2015

More info for the Shroud of the Avatar Community

The first thing is of course, it is Release 22 and you are going to need those updates on what has changed as well as them instructions!

Starr Long as typical does a fantastic job presenting that for us all in the Release 22 instructions:
https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/?p=53590


Not Shroud of the Avatar per say, but relates to our Lord British directly. Inverse put up a post which they talk to Richard Garriott a bit called “Space Tourism and the Overview Effect Will Transform the One Percent”. It sounds like a pretty great thing and hopefully someday anyone can go take a look but until then many of us will just do our best through virtual space trips!

“If even a fraction of one percent of the human population had a similar experience,” says Garriott, “I think it would radically transform public opinion.”

You can read the whole article here: https://www.inverse.com/article/6301-how-space-travel-will-change-the-one-percent-and-then-the-world


If you never saw it, the NBNN did an interview a while ago with Richard Garriott!


I did a blog piece a little while back about Richard Garriott’s proposed Transit system in Austin. If you watch these sort of things on the net, you will have noticed a LOT of news sites where covering that topic!

CBSDFW: http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2015/08/17/video-game-mogul-proposes-106-m-transit-system-in-austin/

Austin Business Journal: http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/blog/at-the-watercooler/2015/08/entrpreneurs-jetsons-style-transit-system-turns.html

My Statesman: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/news/local/richard-garriott-pushing-personal-rapid-transit-sy/nnKc5/


Speaking of Richard Garriott, his book “Explore/Create: My Life at the Extremes” has been released for the Kindle (or of course the app). I haven’t read this yet but it is in my wish list and i’ll be saving up some of my Amazon Prime no rush shipping credits for digital media, to pick up a copy! You can head over and get yours and here’s a link to make it easy!


Great pics from Lady British!


Too much news and such? Take a break and let someone play a concert for you! SotA Stile!

Ome the Bard and I doing a duet of his original song Truth is Alive in Shroud of the Avatar.

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July 8 2015

Keeping you up to date

Or out of date as the case may be, with some older pieces but that if you missed you will want to be in the know about! Catching up on the backlog!

First thing of note is Chris Freeman posted this video on Youtbue titled “Shroud of the Avatar – Response to Chris Spears”. I have not had a chance to watch it yet so you will have to take a look for yourself!


If video is your thing and you want to watch a little PvP action then here is some R18 Vengeance – 1v1 Grudge Matches.


I was excited to see this one as it came from someone I have worked iwth a number of times and love seeing him do more stuff! From the Magnificent Myrcello! An updated fan version of the official trailer for Shroud of the Avatar.


Would you like to put the Avatars Circle Community Cavern on your own site like I did at The Caverns Guild Website (Warning, our website is heavily under construction right now! Doing upgrades *winks*).

Duke Violation tweeted links with instructions for doing this! Simple as cutting and pasting some code, so check it out.

https://twitter.com/dukeviolation/status/603249433564868608?refsrc=email&s=11

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Richard Garriott weighed in on this thread over at Quora titled “For those of you who have ever visited space through private funding, was your trip as a space tourist worth the price?”. Having seen many of his videos, posts, movies, etc nothing I found new information here. It is however a long well thought out, well worded post that clearly took him some time to put up and I found it a fun read. You should check it out if the topic interests you at all!

http://www.quora.com/For-those-of-you-who-have-ever-visited-space-through-private-funding-was-your-trip-as-a-space-tourist-worth-the-price

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Do you have a player owned town? Thinking about buying one? There is an unofficial FAQ goign on so that may be something you want to keep in mind.

You can find it here, and let em know Stile sent ya!

https://www.shroudoftheavatar.com/forum/index.php?threads/pot-submission-form-guidelines-and-faq.27317/#post-370467

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August 9 2014

EmDrive Engine and Richard Garriott

This is a cool piece because I haven’t had any news on Richard in a while that didn’t involve Shroud of the Avatar, and our dev’s need love to!

So whats the relationship? Not a big one really, but still a very cool one. The relationship is that they use one of Richard Garriott’s videos, specifically having to do with the law of conversation and momentum to demonstrate their point. That’s pretty damn cool!

EmDrive Is an Engine That Breaks the Laws of Physics and Could Take Us to Mars.

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June 13 2014

Space Adventures Honors Father’s Day – Garriott Style

When talking space travel combined with Father’s Day the their is certainly no better tie-in then that Of Richard Garriott and Owen Garriott. Being Histories first 2nd generation Astronaut is pretty hard to top! So in honor of father’s day they celebrate appropriately – visit their site and reflect.

In Honor of Father’s Day We, Reflect on America’s First Cosmic Family

Space Adventures.

Earth

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May 10 2014

It’s Time to Push for US Human Spaceflight Independence

Our Lord British, Richard Garriott and his father Owen Garriott submitted a fantastic article on this topic over at space.com.

You can read the full article over here

It's Time to Push for US Human Spaceflight Independence) | Space.com.

Here is a snippet but go check out the full thing!

While no one has ever doubted the importance of an independent U.S. capability to put its own astronauts in space, NASA’s budget could not keep the space shuttle flying while simultaneously allowing for the development of new systems. So, the United States has been living through an expected gap of about five years from the retirement of the space shuttle, waiting until multiple, new U.S. human spaceflight capabilities become available. Those developments are going quite well, and the nation should soon have several ways to send American astronauts on American vehicles to the International Space Station , and even to points far beyond any previous human missions.

Ankh Quill

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