August 30 2017

Portalarium, Shroud of the Avatar, It’s Dev’s, and It’s Community

CONGRADUUUUUULATIONS SHROUD OF THE AVATAR

Shroud of the Avatar has now successfully raised over Twelve Million in funding. That’s worth taking note of! My congratulations to everyone involved in that, something to be proud of.

Let’s take a look at some of the recent going on’s that are involved in that, shall we?


With Richard Garriott having opportunities to talk about it a bit at a Gaming Convention with over 350K people, I hope we will see a few new players!

Gamescom 2017 Keynote Speakers Announced; Includes Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene, Richard Garriott, and More

GamesCom 2017 – Preview

More than 350,000 attend Gamescom 2017 – Thumbsticks

Playerunknown's Battlegrounds Panel Coming To Gamescom – GameSpot

Gamasutra – Press Releases- From Playerunknown's


Speaking of Richard Garriott and conventions.

Devcom to return in 2018 | GamesIndustry.biz


A community continuing to create resources for each other!

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 1 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

Travel journal about the South entrance to Dragomir Mori – Part 2 | Shroud of the Avatar Forum


The Rest…

Shroud of the Avatar works on replacing placeholder scenes – Massively Overpowered


Also if you did not see one of my new projects, I am running an online auction site now. Located in my store, Caveloot.com, where you can also find Shroud of the Avatar Items listed under the “virtual Games” category, under the “shop here” menu tab. More products being added all the time!

What’s great about this project is that we sell for the community for a fairly low commission. If you want to learn more about it why not just drop my an email at customerservice@thecaverns.net?

I also have a nice write-up detailing the program over here in the forums:
Online Auction Services at Caveloot.com being offered | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

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July 22 2017

SotA Supplier Spotlight Contest for 1 Million Gold – Updates!

Hello everyone, just some quick updates on this contest which were initially posted on this Journal here:
SotA Crafting Contract Bid – Earn a 1 Million Gold Work Bid Bounty + An Article on This Blog! – Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond

Please be sure to keep an eye on the forum posts here:
WTB Heavy Armor Gaiaism Set + other items – 1 million gold bounty + Blog article | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

I have added some additional information and clarification to this contest on the above forum link. Here is a copy of that information:

 

I realize that with the crafting system this means there is also a part luck factor. That’s a factor, and I think a good one as luck even applies in real life sometimes. It can be bypassed by making several pieces. this would mean you’re making more than i would be buying, but a good crafter is making and selling anyway and should be able to sell those on their vendors and to regular customers if they don’t want to rely on just luck, although I wouldn’t expect people to be trying multiple makes. I also figure someone crafting a lot would have things in stock to possibly choose from for this contest.

The idea here is to put a spotlight on resourcefulness, creativity, ability to come up with something for a difficult but large order, etc

We see all these contests taking place all the time. We know who the Best PvP’s are. We know the best fisherman, dancers, and radio shows. PvE’s, sellers, and all these other things. What about.. in a game supplier? Who can offer the best prices, the best equipment, the best recommendations, etc? It doesn’t even have to be a crafter. As a merchant myself, id be willing to bid for an order like this if I had things in inventory I could use to put together such an order, and I’d be willing to spend some time in game shopping around seeing what I could maybe put together at good prices for a profit. Or I might hit people on my contact list ive established business relations with and work with them.

So the idea is to pretend I’m the customer, and I sent you an order request. You can ask questions (just ask them publicly, so all people entering get the info). I’m offering you a million gold, and here’s what I want. I’m also coming across as easy to work with.. meaning.. if you do things little different here or there, I’m ok with it.. im relying on your expertise, to overcome my mistakes in saying what I want. In this particular instance though, you have competitors doing the same thing (I’m shopping around) – so who will make the best minor alterations, recommendations? Or have a little bit of luck streak that they come up with something a tad better? Or pounded out extras, or shopped for that one piece they weren’t getting how they wanted themselves, etc..

I would indicate, that this character will never be used for pvp, and only casual pve. He’s a merchant, crafter, hauler, and shopper, and that’s why I want his Strength to go as high as it can, and i want his movement boosted. I’ve had to carry as much as 14,000 weight with him before, although 500-1000 is more common. He’s also my crafter.. but i do want to take him out for casual PvE and want to start training his skills. I also want him to be able to do some of his own resource harvesting.

The goal is not to create equipment to go stand against the best fighters. its to create equipment that adds the best bonuses for lifting and speed… but, to use those same assets to their best extent possible, in combat as a secondary use. Additional stats on equipment can be used to help in combat and to boost his skills.

 

That is the operating in a budget part of this. I could have offered 2 million or even 5 (although i would have needed time to raise it, which is one reason i choose the 1 million amount.. I have it on me).

The main part to this though, are customers are going to have budgets. So the idea here is.. operate within that budget. I’m not asking anyone here to spend 3 million in resources to get a 1 million set of gear. I’m saying “whats the best you can do, towards what I want, for 1 million.. and that’s what you do”. Part of that will be based on your time, which can vary from person to person. How resourceful are they? How creative? efficient? lucky? there are all these factors that make one person stand out above others in their craft.

whos the best at that currently in this community? I’m trying to spotlight the style of player that i don’t think has had as much of a chance to stand out yet.

Also, I felt that blog article adds some value. I WILL spotlight every submission in the article, as well as the winner. I should have said that in the initial piece.

so I’ll do a more in depth piece of the winner as the focus.

the article will then have a summary area showing each entry, the scoring system I used, and the final score of each entry.

I feel the idea here is that this will help give the community a guide of who some of the best people are to contact this kind of work, and they’ll have a sort of portfolio of work to choose from.

What sort of value does this have for you in terms of marketing? You would have to decide that. At one time any blog post on SotA I did had an easy reach of 20K+ people, sometimes 100K. These days? I know it’s down, but I haven’t looked at my analytics in a long time. They aren’t important to me as I do what I do for enjoyment, and I did it when I had 5 views.:) I know it’s still a few thousand a week, most likely at least 10K.

An article like that will easily be 4-8 hours of work, maybe more. I felt it offered some marketing value and helps get this seen which is the idea.

I hope this helps a bit? I know I don’t always communicate the best, so I’ll continue to help to try to clarify anywhere I can.

I have had a few people let me know they are going to enter the contest and seem excited about it. I’ve had a couple pass along a thing or two they are doing that is very simple and creative, that made me smile. Overall I don’t have a feel for how much interest there is in this or how well it’s being received. It was an idea and can only see how it goes.:) Nothing but good intent meant though.

I hope it’s something all who participate in have fun with. More importantly, I hope to help spotlight some of the best suppliers in the community, to the community.

Also – Maybe the community may want to buy some of the sets that didn’t win? They would have the contact info to do so!

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July 18 2017

SotA Crafting Contract Bid – Earn a 1 Million Gold Work Bid Bounty + An Article on This Blog!

I have seen a lot of cool events in Shroud of the Avatar. Many of which I helped create! It has been a long time since I have done anything though, and part of that is I just have not had much inspiration.

So, I came up with an idea for a bidding contest with a big payout budget, when I was tired of hitting vendors in the game.

Here’s the deal! I am looking for a full set of equipment for one of my characters. To enter the contest you must not only supply a list of the equipment you would recommend (with stats!), but please include notes as to why you are choosing each piece.

I have posted a summary piece on this in the forums over here:
WTB Heavy Armor Gaiaism Set + other items – 1 million gold bounty + Blog article | Shroud of the Avatar Forum

I will run this contest until the end of July. Meaning all entries must be submitted by July 31st, Midnight, Eastern Time.

You can PM the entries to “Sir Stile Teckel” on The Shroud of the Avatar forums or you can also email it to me using stile@thecaverns.net with the subject “Equipment Contest”. Document attachments are fine (just about any format is ok).

After I have had enough time to review all of the entries, I will pick the winner and post announcements.

You are building this to sell, and deliver, on a budget!!! You can spend more than a million gold on your time and resources, but 1 million is the payout for the sale. You do not get the gold until the equipment is being delivered. Part of this is to show that as a crafter/resource gather/thief (however you would obtain the gear), what you can do for a customer based on their budget. Whoever can do the most based on that budget, is showing how far they will go to get the business!

To sweeten the pot, and because I am just having fun doing this, the winner will also receive a full sized blog post here at The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond. [pullquote]also receive a full sized blog post here at The Caverns, Dungeons, and Beyond[/pullquote] An article showcasing the final build with photos and all that good stuff!

The information you send for your entry will also be used for the article (write-ups on why you are choosing what, any photos you might include, stat information, etc). Additionally, if you’re willing there may be some interview questions.

This post will include information to where and how you can be contacted by anyone wanting to hire your services, after showing the community you are the best of the best! If you have a website, forum thread, or anything like that I will link those as well. Don’t have a website or any online presence and would like one? Maybe I can help out with that as well.

Ok, I am going to describe the “purpose” and skills being used, followed by some of my equipment thoughts. It is then your job to take it from that point.

Equipment slots to supply, include:
Head
Chest
Legs
Hands
Feet
Weapon – Polearm
Ring
Necklace

Optional:
Off hand
Belt for combat use
Back

Use:
The set is to be designed with two purposes in mind.

The first is that the set should add as much strength bonus and if possible/any as much move bonus increases it can.

The character in question will be using a Belt of the Ox (Already owned), to maximize his strength and bonuses, for carrying capacity. When not in combat of course.

This leads us to our second use. Combat.

So to talk about combat lets talk about what he will have for training. Polearms, Heavy Armor, Earth, Sun, Some tactics, and a dash of wind for dash and blink are what is planned to train for now. Character training has not begun yet.

Stat attributes im most interested in:
Strength
+ to Move
Dexterity
– To Fizzle Chances

Increases to Earth or sun spells and attunements.

Considerations:
I’m primarily guessing that most of this would be made using Gaiaism. The Chest piece would need to be heavy armor as that’s the planned armor skill. Other pieces could be heavy, light, or chain, depending on what you think would make the best setup/mix, or it could be all plate or all chain.

Don’t be afraid to be creative!


Questions? I will make sure any questions sent to me are added with answers to the comments section of this post, as well as getting back to everyone. Thank you and good luck!

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