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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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!
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They are trying to send 10 kids to space camp with the proceeds
Its non profit
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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!
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.”
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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
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.