December 2 2016

Auction Spotlight – Ultimas and Ernest Cline & Armada Patches

We have quite a few this time, so let’s move through them!


Nothing rare, and in fact rather common but a lot of fun going on here in that you get four items, so if you have none of them, its a nice lot at a low price.

Currently at $10.50 but the shipping is a tad high. Might ask them to switch that to an economy.



Three maps for $60.00 Isn’t what I would call bad, but these are definitely three of the more common. I’d most likely personally watch for them for 10-15.00 each, but if I was in a mood I might snatch this for the coolness factor.

3 original ULTIMA cloth maps – Quest of Avatar, Warriors Destiny, False Prophet


Ultima IX Journal for $3.49 and inexpensive shipping may appeal to you.



Currently only $9.99 with low shipping!

Quest of the Avatar Ultima IV Apple II


I enjoyed Ernie Cline’s book “Armada” and noticed these cool Armada Patches.

Earth Defense Alliance Patch Ernest Cline Armada Ready Player One NYCC Exclusive




Speaking of Ernest Cline, if you have not read “Ready Player One” then this is a cool way to nab it as you get a poster and some other cool stuff!


November 4 2016

Shroud of the Avatar Homes of New Britannia – Decorating Contest

Contest Homes

Currently in Shroud of the Avatar, one of the more enthusiastic and active parts of the community are those decorating their homes. There is a multitude of reasons for this, but let’s look at it from a logical and straightforward standpoint.

The game is in pre-release stages right now and has not officially launched. Personally, I could play for a year or more the way it is now and not get bored! I think it’s about choosing your attitude and looking at what is present instead of focusing on what is still in development, not going to be done, or isn’t coming for a long time yet.

However one of the most flushed out aspects of the game IS the housing element. Therefore it is straightforward that the players most interested in that would also currently be the ones most interested in the housing. As other areas are fully launched the player interest for those areas will also increase. I LOVE being in a game to be a part of that emerging development.

So knowing all that it’s time to decorate! What better way to do that then to have contests?

From Berek over on the forums:

Get those creative house decorating ideas ready, Avatars! Show the community the curb appeal you can bring to a town as folk walk down the street, and the wonder in the eyes of those who step in to visit your cozy abode. Throw it all up on the walls for this contest and see what sticks!

As the contest progresses, each week on either Monday or Tuesday, we will announce on social media the latest submissions in a Facebook screenshot gallery. Peruse the screenshots there, or go to the forum submission thread to find coordinates to the homes so you can tour them in-game!

Interested in learning more? Head on over and when you post your images be sure to include a dedication to The Caverns for me!

November 2 2016

Ultima Auction Spotlight – U9 and ROV Japenese Add

Two things caught my attention that are currently up on Ebay in the Ultima Realm.

The first isn’t anything to get overly excited about, although you most likely would want in a collection. The reason it caught my eye is the price tag has a great potential.

The downside is I am not sure what shipping could be on this, as it’s coming from Denmark and the seller indicates they will invoice corrected shipping. Might want to get an estimate first.

For under 8.00 though, what is listed as a complete Ultima 9, may be a great buy for someone.

Ultima IX: Ascension (PC Big Box, Complete, VG Condition)


This other piece is a Japeneese advertisement for Ultima Runes of Virtues. Not sure if the pricing is fair but it sure is pertty!


October 29 2016

Lord British and Gamereactor Have a Chat About Virtues in SotA – Theres Video!

So be sure to grab your popcorn and watch the video as well as read the article! This one is titled “Lord British on the virtues of Shroud of the Avatar” and is posted over here at Gamereactor:

We sat down for a chat with legandary game creator Richard “Lord British” Garriott.

October 23 2016

Keeping up with Shroud of the Avatar… and Stile Teckel

Hello everyone,

Wow have I been busy! I know many of you by this point are wondering if I fell off the face of the earth and do not care to talk to you anymore.

Where are the Subscription box reviews? Ultima Auction Spotlights?! The movie and book recommendations? The Shroud articles, geek articles, and occasional ramblings? Are you abbonding us??

If you are asking any of these questions I say unto thee, please, allow me some time, and all will come back!

To use the term that is being employed by my employer, I am being “Displaced” at my 9-5 job. The result of this is that I will no longer have my steady employment after Christmas. I do get some severance benefits and getting some unemployment benefits will not be an issue. After working for a company for eleven years I feel no shame in taking a few months of benefits that are meant to be used in exactly this sort of situation so as not to destroy my life.


Don’t forget we take donations!

I find it unlikely I will be hired for any full-time employment with anyone as I have plans, I am not ready to share yet taking place in 2018. It is, therefore, my intent that if necessary, by the time unemployment runs out I am ready to become self-employed. My business is on the verge of being able to do that for me, should I take it full time. There are things I need to do to get it there, and that is why you have not been seeing a lot of me.


Until my regular 9-5 “displacement” takes place, I will still try to get some articles out here and there, but they will be very limited. Once that ends and I have more time to be able to work that into my days, the majority of everything I do will pick up again.


Ultima Auction spotlights will be rarer than they used to be, but only in that I am going to focus on things that are fascinating, unique, rare, etc.. and avoid the more typical stuff.

I would love to work on a new project or two on this site. I don’t want to promise to much as I am still going to need to do a lot for my business to try to pay the bills but I hope to stop working until 10pm+ every day and have a bit more time for some other things.

Been a while since I have done anything new here but I do not have any specific ideas at the moment, so if you have something, share!!

For now, though, while I do have quite a few Shroud of the Avatar articles I want to get out for that part of my reader base until I can get to that; why don’t you pop up a huge bucket of popcorn and let Markee Dragon show you some things are done?

Also if you haven’t caught it catch the Shroud of the Avatar Panel from Dragon Con 2016!

What’s that? An Encore? More Video? You have Popcorn left?

Here’s a Post Mortum for Release 34!

Ankh Quill

September 14 2016

Staying Caught Up With Shoud of the Avatar

Hopefully, it will not be much longer until I am caught up with everything I do in my life, once again. So that you know, Shroud of the Avatar is partly to blame for that, and I love every minute of my game time! Just wish I could take more!

If you missed the Postmortem, pull up a chair and take a peek!

Published on Sep 9, 2016
Watch as the team chats about Release 33 and looks ahead to Release 34. We also answered many player questions, and gave out awesome prizes during the livestream.

Gamezone published an interview with Richard Garriott that you will not want to miss! Titled “An interview with Richard Garriott: How Shroud of the Avatar is looking to change RPGs” by Tom Caswell it is a great interview but be warned, it is also long!

This guy coined the term MMORPG, so it was a delight to sit down with him and pick his brain on his past and future, both of which proved to be equally fascinating.

Go check it out here

Markee Dragon continues to roll out great videos that will help you out with your gaming needs!


If Discord is your thing then this may interest you.

SoTA Speak is a Discord Server set up to provide players with a centralized, interactive, non-private, region-specific voice chatting system to promote community interaction.

Go read the whole article over here!

September 2 2016

Ultima& Shroud of the Avatar Auction Spotlight

This first one quickly lost my interest but only because with shipping from Australia I wouldn’t be able to get in on it. If your over that way though this may be a good find for you.

C64 Disk Games: Cave of the Word Wizard, Ultima III & Blade of Blackpoole by Sir

Vintage Origin Lord British Ultima 4 Quest of the Avatar Apple 2 64K Game

If you are looking for an Ultima IV then this is your lucky day! Has a lot of bids so it may go high or low but currently is at $15.00 with reasonable shipping. Keep an eye on this one folks!

Vintage Origin Lord British Ultima 4 Quest of the Avatar Apple 2 64K Game

Vintage Origin Lord British Ultima 5 Warriors of Destiny Apple 2 64K Game

Partner that IV up with an Ultima V currently at $10.50.

Vintage Origin Lord British Ultima 5 Warriors of Destiny Apple 2 64K Game

1999 ULTIMA IX Ascension PC Game - 2 Discs, COMPLETE In Original Box WINDOWS

Grab a side order of Ultima IX starting bid with no current bids of $10.50.

1999 ULTIMA IX Ascension PC Game – 2 Discs, COMPLETE In Original Box WINDOWS

Ultima II Revenge of the Enchantress Big Box 1982 Apple game COMPLETE cloth map

*Just Drools*

Ultima II Revenge of the Enchantress Big Box 1982 Apple game COMPLETE cloth map

C64 Ultima I


C64 Ultima I

Ultima III Exodus Origin Systems Inc Big Box 1983 Apple game COMPLETE cloth map

*coughs* Right, then you sprinkle on a little Ultima III, listed at $41.99 with free shiping to get things going.

Ultima III Exodus Origin Systems Inc Big Box 1983 Apple game COMPLETE cloth map

The Sword of Midras  A Shroud of the Avatar Novel 1 by Hickman and Garriott

Then serve the whole thing up on some Sword of Midras for $10.00 each, free shipping, with 100% of the proceeds going to charity!

The Sword of Midras A Shroud of the Avatar Novel 1 by Hickman and Garriott

Ultima Online 10th Anniversay Mouse Pad

WAIT! You can’t have a dinner like that and not include a little bit of desert! Keep it on the light side for $25 and get yourself a new mouse pad.

Ultima Online 10th Anniversary Mouse Pad

August 27 2016

Ultima Auction Spotlight – Forever Map, Rustic Dragon Hobloth III

The Ultima Forever maps have eluded my grasp for a long time now, partly due to my insistence to get a good buy in the past. It’s actually rather interesting that at one time I had spent weeks watching them sell like crazy on Ebay and watched as the price was down to about $20-30.00. One week I loaded up to go to New York to visit Richard Garriott, came home, and saw that I had missed a chance to nab both maps they produced for under $15.00 while I was away. Yes, that still hurts!

I have only seen them go up on Ebay since that time a couple of times and usually for a starting price of about $50.00. Ahh, did that window of opportunity slam shut hard on me!

Ultima Forever: Quest For the Avatar Cloth Map

Ultima Forever Virtue Cards

Another cool SWAG item that Ultima Forever did were the Virtue cards. There was a smaller size set and a larger size set. I have one of them sealed (I believe it’s the larger) and they are pertty neat.

Ultima Forever Virtue Cards

Hearth of Britannia HoBLotH III Ultima Double Sided Cloth Map Exclusive

If you didn’t attend or donate to the Hobloth III for a set of trinkets, you still have a chance to get them!

Rustic Dragon did a great job on these type of items for the previous events and they have been very popular in the community. I know that I am getting excited knowing I have a set of these coming to me in the mail from my donation! I also own a set from the Holboth II and they are superb. So if you have any doubts as to whether you want to add these to your colelction, shouldn’t! They are sweet!

Go get em!!!

Hearth of Britannia HoBLotH III Ultima Double Sided Cloth Map Exclusive 18×12!

Grey Codex of Ultimate Wisdom Dice Bag HoBLotH III Hearth of Britannia Ultima

Blue Codex of Ultimate Wisdom Dice Bag HoBLotH III Hearth of Britannia Ultima

Hearth of Britannia HoBLotH III Ultima Origin Wake Sew On Patch OSI

August 27 2016

Tools for Shroud of the Avatar Players – Part Six

One of my favorite websites, SotA housing, added another tool a few months back. It is called “House Lot Fence Calculator.” Directly on the internet site, you can determine how much fencing you need, what quantity, what it’s going to cost, and more.

I have not had a need to use this one yet, but much like their Player Owned Town Housing calculator, I am sure when the time comes I will be very appreciative!

Markee Dragon is still putting out videos that will be of help to many, continually. So grab yourself a bucket of fried frog legs and enjoy!


Hey, if you find these articles of use, show a little love back and toss me a $1.00 or two via donation or subscribing to my Patreon. The cost of living is not going down, and the costs to keep everything running, go up every year.

If that doesn’t sway you, consider this. I am losing game time when I do these!

That is it for now, but yes there is a part Seven, which shall be the last in this “catch-up” series. I still have enough notes to do another piece. So watch for that to come soon!