April 17 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – UIV Map, UIII Map, UII Map, UII


Several things caught my on Ebay right now, especially for the map collector!

An Ultima four map, currently at $5.50 with free shipping!
Ultima IV Cloth Map

How about an Ultima III at the same bid?
Ultima Cloth Map Exodus | eBay

Not good enough? Ultima two map currently at $6.50 with free shipping!
Ultima Cloth Map Revenge of the Enchantress | eBay


Looking for something more substantial than just some great potential deal on maps?

This Ultima Two is currently at $125.55. The shipping is a bit nasty so keep that in account when bidding, or ask them to switch to something more reasonable for you. Lot of times Sellers just choose the wrong shipping on accident!

Ultima II Revenge of the Enchantress Apple II Sierra On-Line Origin Systems game | eBay



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April 14 2017

Echoes From the Caverns 04-14-17 – Echoes from the Caverns

Hello everyone! Asclepius is back!! Here is the news of the week!

 

  • The Making of Solace Bridge Outskirts (update)
  • Release 40 Postmortem Recap
  • Autism Awareness Month Sale
  • Telethon Goal: New Flame Pattern Stained Glass Oil Table Lamp!
  • Patterns Weekend Flash Sale
  • Upcoming Events Calendar
  • Community Livestream: The Making of Verdantis Mines
  • Community Event – The Great Wood Duck Hunt
  • Community Event – Prism Presents a Grandmaster Tutoring Event
  • Community Resources – Players Helping Players
  • Job Openings
  • Recommended Projects to Back

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April 12 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – VII Pt2 / IV / I


The bidding is on but not all that high for this Ultima 7, part two. Three bids and currently at $23.20, worth keeping an eye on.

Ultima VII: Part Two — Serpent Isle (PC, 1992) 17814800115 | eBay


Twice the bids in place for this Ultima Four yet still only at $15.50 with reasonable shipping. Bett throw this on that watch list also!

Origin Systems Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar for Apple II | eBay


Not good enough? Want something a bit more rare than that? Fine then! Yet nearly double the bids again, at 11, going currently at $98.00 and with reasonable shipping, an Ultima One!

Origin Systems Ultima I for Apple II



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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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April 2 2017

Congradulations to This Months Patreon Winner!

This months Patron winner was Gabi Margadant! Congratulations Gabi and thank you for being a Patron to The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond.

Gabi won a custom die I had made in limited quantity for an upcoming event. Unfortunately as this particular event has not taken place yet, and I am keeping these somewhat of a surprise, only my Patrons get to see the actual prize at this time.

I will make the giveaway video public after the indicated event takes place.

Until then, remember I will be doing a giveaway like this every month for my Patreon’s or anyone that made a donation of a $1.00 or more for that month. Just one of the ways I am trying to say thank you to those are helping to support my projects and to create!

The dice in the featured image are currently being made and represent some of the cool future giveaways I will be doing!



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March 29 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Sealed Ultima II *blinks* with an Extra U2 CD!


So this auction is happening right now, and what really makes it amazing it was listed low. How low? Current bid is $5.50 with very reasonable shipping.

It looks authentic to me but I am not a complete expert in that area. I know a few tricks on checking such things, but not all of them. So please do some research if you’re going to buy.

New/Sealed ULTIMA II by Origin Systems for AtariST + Game CD for Win 7-10 | eBay



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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 28 2017

New Hand Made Scupltures are Ready to be Looted! Dragons, Slimes, Mimmics, Reapers, Krakens, and More!

Hello, everyone! We are excited to announce that our line of handmade sculptures came in! These are an assortment of Dragons, Slimes, and various other critters that are all hand made. Which means each one is unique! You can view this entire line of sculptures in the “Independent” Brand category. … Continue reading

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March 21 2017

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Ultima II


What this auction is lacking, namely a box. Is made up for in that it has the map and is currently under $20.00.

Well? What are you waiting for? Tell them Caveloot.com sent you and to go shop there with the money they get from you!

Ultima II IBM PC – Map Disk Card Guide Manual Lot – Vintage Computer Game



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